An opportunity to start over

first_imgFor a Government with a one-seat majority, the PNC-led coalition behaved after 2015 as if they had the two-thirds majority Forbes Burnham rigged for the PNC in 1973. Yet they had gone into a coalition with the AFC, which had earned five seats in the National Assembly in 2006 on the promise they would provide a countervailing force to both the PPP and PNC. Most of their supporters assumed they would maintain some semblance of independence to keep the PNC on the straight and narrow, since the withdrawal of their support on any spending bill could bring the Government down.But it was not to be, even though they had a signed agreement, dubbed the “Cummingsburg Accord”, to guarantee their autonomy of action. Their behaviour between 2011 and 2015, however, when they consistently supported the PNC/APNU positions against the PPP minority government, signalled their opportunism to the PNC. The latter’s first move after they acceded to office was to sweeten the pot on salaries and perks of the AFC leaders, so that when they, the PNC, reneged on all the promises of the Accord, the AFC not only stayed mum, but actively connived with them to introduce several authoritarian measures.  President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of the octogenarian Justice James Patterson to the Chair of GECOM, which vitiated the painstakingly-crafted Constitutional provision for the meaningful input of the Opposition Leader, was a case in point. AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan gleefully allowed that he had actually suggested the feint to Granger.In his peroration as to why the PNC-led Coalition Government should not be allowed to finish its five-year term, Bharat Jagdeo, Leader of the Opposition, offered a masterful summation. Fundamentally, the clinching argument was based on the question of what the Government had to show after spending $1.3 trillion, apart for them enjoying the “good life” with their super salaries and their perks. Jagdeo also honed in on the chasm between their manifesto promises and the sordid reality of non-accomplishment.The “yes” vote by AFC MP Charandass Persaud stunned the Government, because they had come to believe that everyone on their benches would stifle their consciences. It was the quintessence of democratic representative Government when Persaud explained that, unlike his party leaders, he was not an automaton to be remote controlled by the PNC. As the British High Commissioner Greg Quinn said, “The democratic process as laid out in the Constitution has been followed.  It is important that everyone now respects the results.  Members of Parliament must be allowed to undertake their constitutionally mandated roles in the absence of fear or favour.”The Constitution, specifically Art 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution, states respectively: “The Cabinet, including the President, shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” And “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall, by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly, determine…”After the vote, the Opposition Leader acknowledged that both sides have constituencies, and as such, he said, “We have to find a way now to ensure that we maximise all of the national skills and look past the politics of it, so that we can, in the upcoming era, which can be transformative, we can present a united face to the rest of the world. And this, although it may seem an unprecedented and maybe disappointing for the members of the Government side, it’s also an opportunity – and I would hope we all see it as an opportunity – for engagement very, very early on both sides, and decide on how we [move forward].”This newspaper supports the call for a free and fair election and a campaign fought on the issues that confront Guyana and its future development.last_img read more

The New “One Microsoft” Is About To Get Slimmer

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Fixing Microsoft#layoffs#Microsoft#Microsoft layoffs#Microsoft Windows#Microsoft Xbox#Nokia#Nokia Lumia#Nokia X#Satya Nadella#Windows#Windows 8#Xbox Bloomberg News reported today that Microsoft is on the verge of what could be its biggest round of layoffs in history. New CEO Satya Nadella will reportedly cut jobs in marketing and engineering, as well as positions made redundant when Microsoft absorbed Nokia’s cell-phone business in April. Where the biggest cuts from will soon tell us a lot about the direction that Microsoft is taking next.That’s crucial information, because Microsoft seems to be taking a new direction with alarming frequency of late. Before outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer left, he proclaimed that the company would be “One Microsoft” organized around “devices and services.”. When Nadella took over, he said that Microsoft was focused on “ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence.” Now, Microsoft is a “productivity and platforms” organization, according to Nadella’s recent memo to employees.The new “One Microsoft” is apparently still many things. But that, too, may soon change.See also: The New “One Microsoft” Is—Finally—Poised For The FutureSlimming Down The Not-So-MicrosoftMicrosoft has its hand in a lot of pies. From the very top levels, the company continues to insist that it can be successful as both a consumer and an enterprise company. Nadella’s email to staffers last week shows Microsoft’s belief that people are “dual users” who use their devices for both work and life. By this theory, Microsoft must continue to cater to both of those worlds. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella faces hard choices.After attending Microsoft’s Build conference in April, I described Microsoft as a company organized around platforms and pillars. The platforms are Windows (including Windows Phone and Windows 8) and the cloud backbone of Azure. The pillars are the services that Microsoft deploys on those platforms (and increasingly to other non-Microsoft platforms, like its Office suite coming to the iPad). Office 365, Xbox, OneDrive and Microsoft’s many other apps and services are the pillars on which it builds its next empire. When the layoffs are announced, the brunt of the blow will spare these teams.Everything else is basically fair game.The first and most obvious chopping block will be Nokia. It will be curious to see who stays and who goes among the 25,000 employees Microsoft brought on board when it finalized the deal in April. For instance, Microsoft may do with the entire team at Nokia that focuses on developer relations and services in favor of Microsoft’s own long-standing developer-relations teams. Other redundant Nokia employees may find themselves on the outside as well, including marketing and communications specialists, software engineers, and the middle managers and executives in charge of those operations. Precedent elsewhere says that Microsoft trimming Nokia employees after the acquisition makes a lot of sense. When Google bought Motorola, it essentially gutted the company, installing a new CEO and wiping out most of the jobs in the manufacturing segment. It would not surprise anyone if Microsoft were to do something similar with Nokia. Which Way To Go?The layoffs will also tell us much about the device strategy that Microsoft will take in the future. The question basically becomes: Does Microsoft make its own hardware or does it farm out manufacturing to partners? No easy answer to that question exists. Microsoft has given mixed signals in that regard this year.On one hand, Microsoft just bought a smartphone manufacturer to, ostensibly, make smartphones. On the other hand, Microsoft created a reference design program for Windows Phone that it announced at Mobile World Congress this year that allows for partners in emerging markets to build cheap smartphones. Microsoft also made Windows licenses free for any devices with screens smaller than 9 inches across at Build this year, which would include most smartphones and tablets. On the PC side, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3 in May, and it still charges its PC partners licenses for Windows 8. The most telling sign may be the fact that Microsoft has not yet killed the Nokia X line of devices that do not run Windows Phone. Instead, X devices run Google’s Android operating system, but with Microsoft’s search, online-storage and maps apps replacing Google’s standard apps. When Nokia announced the X at Mobile World Congress, shortly before the Microsoft deal closed, its executives said over and over again that Microsoft wanted to get “the next billion people on the cloud.” Hence the Nokia X would be allowed to live in the new Microsoft. A Nokia executive told me at Build earlier this year that it is still planning on making second-generation Nokia X phones. Trimming The FatThe Bloomberg report suggests that global marketing for Xbox may be trimmed along with software testers who have become redundant in a world of cloud-based software, where its easier for engineers to test as they go. It is natural for a company the size of Microsoft to take stock of its portfolio every so often and axe teams that are not necessary to the core vision. That’s what healthy companies do. So, if Xbox’s international sales aren’t enough to merit paying marketers to reach consumers in some regions, those teams go. If engineering processes can get more efficient, there’s no reason to hold onto old ones.None of this is bad business. The good news is that Nadella has Microsoft focused. The bad news is he’s doing a poor job of communicating the changes inside and outside.Let’s just say it for him: It is high time that Nadella made Microsoft as efficient as possible. If that means cutting thousands of jobs, that’s what he needs to do. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinskicenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Why written languages look alike the world over

first_imgScripts for written languages tend to feature more horizontal and vertical lines than oblique ones—but they didn’t evolve that way, a new study says. By Michael PriceNov. 16, 2017 , 8:00 AM Why written languages look alike the world over What do Cyrillic, Arabic, Sanskrit, and 113 other writing systems have in common? Different as they appear at first glance, they share basic structural features, according to a new study: characters with vertical symmetry (like the Roman letters A and T) and a preference for vertical and horizontal lines over oblique lines (like those in the letters X and W). The explanation appears to be rooted in the wiring of our brain.“People appear to have an aesthetic preference for certain kinds of shapes and designs, and that preference seems to explain the writing systems we see,” says Julie Fiez, a psychologist at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania who was not involved in the study. Fiez, who studies the neuroscience of reading, says those features may tap into how our eyes and brains process images: Neurons fire faster at the sight of objects that display vertical symmetry—like human faces—and horizontal and vertical lines, which are common in natural landscapes.Olivier Morin, a cognitive anthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, analyzed the features of 116 writing systems across 3000 years of history. He and a pair of independent coders looked only at languages that consisted of alphabets or syllabaries—in which characters represent syllables, as in Korean—or some combination of the two. They left out so-called logographic writing systems like Chinese and Sumerian cuneiform, which they say have too many characters and are too visually complex to easily analyze.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Together, the researchers sorted through more than 5500 characters and tallied the number of vertical, horizontal, and oblique lines. They ignored curves—a decision Morin says was necessary to compare standardized orientations across all the scripts—and only looked at both uppercase and lowercase letters in languages that have a case system. They also measured how many characters formed mirror images if split in half vertically or horizontally, properties known as vertical and horizontal symmetry.Morin found, on average, that about 61% of lines across all scripts were either horizontal or vertical, higher than chance would predict. (That number rises to 70% for the Latin alphabet, in which English is written.) And vertically symmetrical characters accounted for 70% of all the symmetrical characters. Together, the findings suggest that humans are drawn to these characteristics in writing, Morin says.But did written scripts evolve to have more of these features over time, as language users selected for certain shapes and orientations of a script? To find out, Morin looked at a subset of 93 scripts that descended from—or gave birth to—another script in the study. Morin found no evidence that scripts tend to become more horizontal or vertical over time, suggesting that the scribes who created them baked human preferences into the written word from the beginning, he reported last month in Cognitive Science.That contrasts with claims that human preferences act as a kind of selective pressure on writing, forcing it to evolve to become more legible or die, Morin says. “We have an evolutionary view of writing, and in many ways, I’m frustrated with that.” Fiez adds that future studies should explore whether logographic writing systems follow a similarly static pattern. Because they are so much more visually complex than alphabetic or syllabic systems, logographic systems might indeed follow different rules, she said.Florian Coulmas, a linguist at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, agrees that an evolutionary framework doesn’t work well for written language, but says there’s another, simpler explanation: Once a script is introduced, people tend to follow it diligently to avoid confusion—a concept known as path dependence. “Historically speaking, in writing … once you set down a path, you go down that path without much change,” Coulmas says.last_img read more

TAG Heuer unveils Carrera Tachymeter watch for men

first_imgTAG HEUER’S CARRERA TACHYMETER Rs 1,05,400TAG Heuer’s Carrera Tachymeter celebrates over 40 years of the Carrera. This new chronograph is powered with Calibre 16 automatic movement and combines refinement with the spirit of sport.It comes with a blue/silver and orange dial on a 41 mm polished steel case, a five-row,TAG HEUER’S CARRERA TACHYMETER Rs 1,05,400TAG Heuer’s Carrera Tachymeter celebrates over 40 years of the Carrera. This new chronograph is powered with Calibre 16 automatic movement and combines refinement with the spirit of sport.It comes with a blue/silver and orange dial on a 41 mm polished steel case, a five-row steel bracelet and a scratch-resistant sapphire case back.The functionality of the watch is reflected in the luminous hands and markers, the folding buckle with safety push buttons and the fact that it is water resistant up to 50 metres.Available at select outlets across the country.last_img read more

Alastair Cook suspended for one match for slow over rate

first_imgEngland captain Alastair Cook received a one-match suspension for a slow over rate in his team’s third one-day international against Sri Lanka.He was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee on Thursday, a day after England won the match by five wickets. The suspension from International Cricket Council match referee David Boon means Cook will miss the fourth match in the seven-match series on Sunday in Colombo.The penalties were imposed because Cook was guilty of the offense for a second time within 12 months.In the post-match interview after the match in Hambantota on Wednesday, Cook said he expected leniency considering the size of the ground, and the time it took for players to enter the playing area.last_img read more

Watch: India, Pakistan fans break out into brawl in pub after match

first_imgCricket is a gentleman’s game. But what happens on the field sometimes translates into fisticuffs off the field. Usually in a pub.This time around, it was the India vs Pakistan match which was played in Adelaide on Sunday and in which Pakistan was handed a 76-run defeat.Soon after the biggest grudge match in the Cricket World Cup got over, a brawl broke out at a pub in Marylands RSL pub where Indian and Pakistani fans had gathered to watch the match.About 40 fans were reported to have been involved in the fight. Four people were reported to have suffered grave injuries and had been rushed to the hospital after tables and chairs were hurled across the pub.One person was reported to have been hit on the head by a glass which had been flung by one of the brawlers.Though the cause of the fight has not yet been confirmed, police say they have not yet made any arrests and that any action will be taken only after the CCTV footage is reviewed.last_img read more

Ohio States Goebel bashfully steps into captaincy spotlight

An admittedly shy Garrett Goebel blushed when first-year Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced him as one of five captains to lead the Buckeyes this fall. “I walked out there and my face got red,” the fifth-year senior said bashfully. For Goebel, the attention – the mere notion of interest ­­­­- is arguably a novelty. So is dealing with reporters, photographers and the hot lights from camera crews trying to get their scoop. And to the casual fan, the veteran 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive lineman is, in all likelihood, a new face. While Goebel has made 44 tackles in 39 games for the Buckeyes, he’s managed to effectively fly under the radar in Columbus since arriving to campus in 2008. Now, such potential for innocuity seems to have evaporated as his honor as a captain has vaulted the Villa Park, Ill., native into the frenzy surrounding Meyer’s inaugural season at OSU. The lack of stardom isn’t something that often crosses Goebel’s mind, though. “I never really thought about it. I know I was never really too concerned. I just wanted to go out there and play good football,” he said. “I really don’t care too much about myself or being recognized or anything like that.” In fact, the active pursuit of being a captain, he said, wasn’t necessarily his aim. “I mean, I never really thought about it too much. Like, if it happens, it happens – it’s an honor. If it doesn’t, I’m not gonna get my head down or anything, you know, I’m still gonna go out there, work as hard as I can and lead,” Goebel said. “But it was just cool knowing that my teammates, you know, thought that highly of me.” In such a leadership role, Goebel automatically becomes an identifiable name for the Buckeyes – regardless of how much he likes the commotion around it all. And while some might wonder how a player with such a reserved disposition is best fit to lead, Goebel said his leadership is best demonstrated with his play, not his words. “I certainly say that I lead more by example but, you know, I still say stuff to people and, you know, make sure everyone knows what they’re doing and get everyone lined up,” he said. His content with being in the background, though, almost made him invisible to Meyer when he took over the OSU job in November. “I think I made the comment, I didn’t know Garrett. In the first four months I was here, he was just kind of a quiet guy that, you know, doesn’t look real good when we’re running around cones,” Meyer said at a Monday evening press conference. Meyer told reporters that the big man grew on him over time, though. Goebel said giving it his all day-in and day-out, especially during winter strength and conditioning drills, drew the attention of the former Florida coach. “I just worked as hard as I could every day – every day come in no matter what and just give it everything I had and do my best and I think he definitely appreciates guys that go hard all the time,” he said. Interesting enough, it seems that Goebel’s introverted, modest demeanor is nearly a perfect fit for the position he plays for the Buckeyes. Listed as the Buckeyes’ starter at nose tackle – arguably one of the most thankless positions in all of sports – Goebel is, and will be, responsible for doing what junior defensive tackle Johnathan “Big Hank” Hankins calls the “dirty work” for OSU’s “Silver Bullet” defense. “He’s probably one of the biggest pieces on our defense. He does all the dirty work, he takes up all the double teams – even though I take up double teams – but he does more of the dirty work,” Hankins said. “He’s a great leader for us, without him I feel like we would probably be kind of, like, out of shape because he basically knows the defense and he’s smart and he knows the play.” Similarly, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino said Goebel’s position is often unfairly unappreciated. “He’s our nose guard … He doesn’t get the credit he deserves, but he’s actually a very, very good player; for anybody who really knows football and watches him play, he’s actually a very, very good player,” he said. “Taking on 600 pounds every play is not an easy task, by no means, and he does a great job at that.” Despite Goebel’s low-key nature, Hankins said he knew his teammate would be a captain from the get-go, though. “Oh, I already knew he was going to become a captain. Since this year started, he took a leadership role and he just, you know I’m saying, worked hard, and I always looked up to him, watching film and learning from him,” he said. Sabino, who was also named a captain for 2012, said neither he nor the team was particularly surprised when Goebel’s name was called. “I think it’s probably more of a surprise to the media and everybody outside of the team, but Garrett comes to work everyday,” Sabino said. “He’s one of those players you know he’s going to do his assignment, it doesn’t matter whether it’s period one or period 40, he’s going to give it all he has. And you know, you’re going to get that regardless of the circumstances.”  That admiration, however, wasn’t just limited to Goebel’s teammates. Former OSU head coach and current defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said Goebel is “that unsung hero.” “I’m just so happy that Coach (Meyer) really points it out. I think (Goebel’s) really grown on him,” Fickell said. “He sees what we try to do as a defense and what we ask that guy sometimes to do and, you know, it doesn’t come up in the stat sheet and you guys might not interview him a whole lot … but he is definitely one of the center points of the defense.” Fickell, who was a nose tackle for the Buckeyes from 1993-1996, seemed to understand the magnitude of Goebel’s honor. “To be named captain, I think – what an unbelievable feat,” Fickell said. For Goebel, it’s still a feat, though, that he didn’t entirely see coming. “My goal was to do everything I can and really didn’t think about it if everything worked out,” he said. “I mean, yeah, it would definitely be cool, but I really wasn’t thinking about it – I was thinking about just giving everything I had and just trying to lead the best I can.” read more

Urban Meyer 1st half defensive effort against Iowa very alarming

Sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry (37) and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) watch Iowa senior linebacker C.J. Fiedorowicz (86) catch a touchdown during a game Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0) might sit atop the Big Ten eight weeks into the season, but the team enters its primetime matchup with Penn State (4-2, 1-1) with a wide array of questions — particularly on the defensive side of the ball.As OSU prepares to go for its 20th consecutive win, coach Urban Meyer was less than pleased with how the Buckeye defense handled adversity in Saturday’s win over Iowa, even though it did so without one of its best players on the field.“The adjustments need to be made quicker when they give us something we have not seen (on defense),” Meyer said in a Monday press conference. “The first three drives (of the game) were very alarming. I don’t think our defensive line played very well.”Iowa scored each of its first three drives and dominated time of possession in the first half, holding the ball for more than 18 minutes. The Hawkeyes drove 80, 67, and 69 yards, respectively, coupling a power rushing attack with play-action passes to a multitude of tight ends on their way to a 17-10 halftime lead.“Call it what it was. (Iowa) beat the shit out of us,” defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said. “We didn’t do a good job of playing physical with our hands, getting off blocks, shedding off blocks, walking away from blocks. When you do this against a good offensive line, they’re going to continue to push you and move the pile.”Meyer said he was very disappointed in the lack of production from the unit during those drives, mainly because he felt like no one stepped up as a leader when OSU struggled to stop the Hawkeyes.“What happened was you have some good emotion in that stadium and you (give up a) 13-play drive and you let the air out of the stadium and the emotion, and that’s where (injured senior safety) Christian Bryant, our great leadership, overcomes a little adversity and we didn’t have that,” Meyer said. “That’s got to come from our coaches and players … Can it be fixed? Absolutely.”Bryant broke his ankle in OSU’s 31-24 win over Wisconsin Sept. 28.OSU gave up 375 yards of total offense in the Iowa game, but only seven points in the second half, on its way to the 34-24 victory. Junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said the difference in the latter half of the game wasn’t about adjustments, but effort.“We came out in the second half with a chip on our shoulder like we need (to), but we can’t start a game like that again,” Bennett said. “I don’t know what the deal was, but especially on the D-line … we were doing something different than we usually do.”The defensive performance during the first three drives of Saturday’s game was something Bennett said he’s never seen out of them before.“I don’t think we’ve ever been manhandled like that … allowed ourselves to be manhandled like that,” Bennett said. “That’s disappointing to me personally because I feel like I let that happen in the first half with the whole D-line.”Beyond the defensive line, the Buckeye secondary was also depleted after redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby was ejected from the game for targeting late in the first quarter. It was the first time an OSU player has been disqualified for targeting, a rule that was added to the rulebook prior the 2013 season.“I think the NCAA and everybody is going to want to re-look at that rule,” Meyer said. “Ohio State is very concerned about player safety. We have gone to the Nth degree with adjusting practice … However, (Roby’s ejection) was a game changer. To take one of our better players out of the game, that impacted that game.”Junior cornerback Doran Grant said the rule change is something that all players have to get used to.“We just gotta be aware of the new rule. It was frustrating, Roby getting ejected from the game,” Grant said. “It’s just different for the defense now, you gotta be smarter in the way you hit.”Vrabel offered a simpler answer when he asked about the call.“Obviously, you better stay away from the head,” Vrabel said. “Anything that looks close, that’s what they’re told to call.”Roby and the rest of the defense figure to have their hands full with freshman Nittany Lion quarterback Christian Hackenberg Saturday, who is ranked 17th in the country with 278.7 passing yards per game. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Ronaldo is responsible for the whole attention Perez suggests

first_imgPortuguese international star Cristiano Ronaldo has made it clear to Florentino Perez that he really wants to leave Real Madrid.Real Madrid president, Perez has said that “Ronaldo must take all responsibility for publically announcing, himself, that he intends to leave the Spanish capital and the European champions behind,” Calciomercato, claims.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.This has informed the report that Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has made contact with Cristiano Ronaldo directly through numerous phone calls being held between the two. The report also suggests that Agnelli understood Ronaldo’s desires to be at the centre of attention, hence the convincing Ronaldo that he will be the star of Turin or even the star of Italian football.To show seriousness in signing the Real Madrid forward, Agnelli has also got to Ronaldo through his agent, Jorge Mendes, who is at the moment working out the costs and sustainability of the €100-€120 million transfer as well as the €30 million per year wage for the next four years. A deal is underway to be formally agreed between the two clubs, then the transfer, before an announcement.last_img read more

Irans coach hopes Jahanbakhsh will be fit for Asian Cup

first_imgThe Brighton and Hove Albion winger has been having a hard time with injuries, but for Carlos Queiroz, he might be available for the continental tournamentThe 2019 AFC Asian Cup kicks off this weekend, and Iran’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh might be fit for those first matches.This is according to Iran’s coach Carlos Queiroz, who spoke to Reuters today.“From a medical and technical point of view, we have a strong belief that he will be able to recover for the competition, although possibly not for the first stage,” the Portuguese coach told Reuters.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“After the World Cup, we were living a good moment with our performances and the opportunities that most of our players got to live and play in good teams in Europe.”“But unfortunately we have been hit by a wave of injuries since September,” he added.“We have a settled group with good foundations and good knowledge between all of them and we just need to turn these difficulties into belief and hope. We’re going to try.”last_img read more