Taller Cambodian rival continues to haunt Alora

first_img“But this was the best fight I had against her, maybe next time I can get back at her,” said the Rio Olympian.READ: Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer “No regrets. It was a good fight. I did my best,” said Alora who in the third round of the middleweight final tried frantically to score but still can’t find her range.Her defeat came after Francis Aaron Agojo fell to Vietnamese Nguyen Van Duy, 30-17, in the men’s bantamweight semfiinals.Agojo barged to the semis with a dominating 35-5 win over Cambodia’s Va Mithona.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next What she can’t solve?READ: Alora falls to familiar foe, settles for silver in taekwondoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Her height. I tried to intercept but every time she has (arms and legs) sticking to me,” said the 27-year-old, five-foot-8 Alora in Filipino.Seavmey is reigning Asian Games champion and just also recently defeated Alora in the Asian Championship/Olympic qualifying held in the Philippines. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Traffic welcomes Ray Allen in Manila LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ But he found himself in the same bracket as the Vietnamese who dealt him a defeat in the gold medal match two years ago in Singapore.The Philippine taekwondo team will go home with two golds—via men’s poomsae team and Samuel Morrison in men’s lightweight—three silvers and four bronzes. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Faced with an enemy four inches taller, Filipino top taekwondo bet Kirstie Elaine Alora lost a 14-6 decision to settle for silver in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Alora tried to fight through the outstretched arms of 6-foot Cambodian Sorn Seavmey up to the last second but still fell short against the opponent that has beaten her four times already.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s govt gives panchayat land to Virender Sehwag and Subhash Ghai

first_imgThe site of Virender Sehwag’s schoolCricketer Virender Sehwag and filmmaker Subhash Ghai are among celebrities who have been given large swathes of panchayat land by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana government. Over the years, the state government has been gifting or leasing land to corporate houses, politicians and businessmen, allowing,The site of Virender Sehwag’s schoolCricketer Virender Sehwag and filmmaker Subhash Ghai are among celebrities who have been given large swathes of panchayat land by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana government. Over the years, the state government has been gifting or leasing land to corporate houses, politicians and businessmen, allowing them to run petrol pumps, gas agencies and stone crushers. The lease of five acres of panchayat land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, that has Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra and Rahul Gandhi on its board, to build an eye hospital and research centre in Gurgaon’s Ullawas village is one of a long list. It’s a move now challenged by petitioners before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.All lease and sale of panchayat land has to be approved by the state government. The lease amount varies from district to district and is five per cent of the price fixed by the district collector for the land. For instance, the lease value chargeable from the Rajiv Gandhi trust and Sehwag’s society is Rs 3 lakh per acre annually, with a provision for a 5 per cent increase every year. While a total of 151 sites belonging to panchayats have been approved to be gifted, sold or leased by the state government since January 1, 2001, Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, alone has got 75 sites to set up Satya Bharti schools to impart primary education.Bharti Foundation Chief Executive Officer Vijay Chadha says the foundation paid Rs 11.99 lakh as lease fees last year and this year will pay more as there is a five per cent hike built into the agreement. The foundation, which retained 46 sites and returned the rest, has now written to the Haryana government seeking a waiver of the lease amount. It has cited the example of Punjab where it pays no lease for 90 sites allotted in the state. Says Chadha, “We want it (lease) to be waived as it’s all for charity. We are fighting it out. Also, we’ve given the government an undertaking that we will not undertake any commercial activity in these sites.”advertisementSite for Subhash Ghai’s film instituteREALTY BITESInstances of panchayat land in Haryana being given away since 2001Trusts of Chautala/Devi Lal family75 acres of land was given between June 2001 and July 2004 as a gift.Rajiv Gandhi Charitable TrustOver five acres of land on lease for 33 years since February 2010 in Ullawas village.Virender Sehwag’s schoolKrishna Drishti Educational Society got 23 acres in October 2008 on lease for 33 years for sports complex and school.Bharti Foundation75 sites totalling over 70 acres since June 2007 on lease for either 20 years or 33 years; Bharti has retained 46 sites, returned the rest.Rohtak resident Rajinder SinghSix kanals (less than an acre) on a 33-year lease since April 2010 for a petrol pump.New Anil Stone CrusherOne acre on lease since May 2008 for 33 years.Rulthan resident Vijay PalBought 505 sq m for gas agency in September 2001.Saraswati Sugar MillBought eight acres of land in May 2008 for sugar mill.Subhash Ghai’s Mukta ArtsBought 20 acres in September 2010 for television and film institute for about Rs 8 crore.KCL Milk ProductsBought 60 acres of land in October 2010 for milk plant.Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government accounted for the sale or gift of 39 of these sites while the remaining 112 were handed over after March 2005 when the Congress government came to power under Hooda as chief minister. Chautala family-managed trusts and societies were the single largest beneficiaries during the inld’s term when seven sites measuring over 71 acres at different places in the state were ‘gifted’ to them. Officials say that government policy earlier provided for gifting, but not any longer. inld President Ashok Arora insists the Chautalas did nothing wrong. “Our stand is clear on this matter. Let the government come out with a white paper on this. Let it list all allotments and land releases since the forma-tion of the state. We demand an inquiry by a Supreme Court judge. They have been giving away land to whosoever they wished,” he says.The list of beneficiaries during Hooda’s term includes some heavyweights. In October 2010, the government sold 20 acres of Bahadurgarh panchayat land in Jhajjar to Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts to set up an international film and television institute and multimedia complex. Virender Sehwag’s Krishna Drishti Educational Society was given over 23 acres of land in Jhajjar’s Shilani Kesho village in October 2008 on a 33-year lease for a sports complex and a school at Rs 3 lakh per acre.Most of the beneficiaries have big business plans which involve charging steep prices for services.advertisementPallavi Farwell, head of human resources and public relations for Sehwag’s Krishna Drishti Educational Society, says the proposed school has 315 students so far, having opened only this academic session. Asked about the fees and other charges the school levies on students, she says they are “very nominal, but from 2012 onwards the institute plans to charge Rs 3 lakh per student annually, which will include the sports academy charges as well. This amount is for boarders while day scholars will pay around Rs 1 lakh less.”Ghai’s Whistling Woods International institute hasn’t decided on fees as the facilities will take about three years to be ready, but it will be high if the institute’s Mumbai chapter is the yardstick, where it is Rs 6 lakh a year. Ghai says the fees are not high given the “infrastructure, technology and faculty from abroad”. “The land cost Mukta Arts around Rs 8 crore and comes without any further government support or subsidies,” says Ghai. “Film schools the world over get subsidies from governments, not ours. When we approached Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda, he visited our Whistling Woods International campus in Mumbai with his team. He then extended his support to us to set up an international film, television and multimedia school in Haryana and we were offered 20 acres of land as per government rules in Jhajjar’s Badsa village. It will take at least three more years to establish facilities,” adds the filmmaker, who is chairman and founder of the institute.The Haryana government leased six kanals (less than an acre-eight kanals make an acre) of land to Rohtak-based Rajinder Singh to set up a petrol pump in Hisar district in April last year and sold eight acres of land to Saraswati Sugar Mills in 2008 to establish a sugar mill in Ladwa in Kurukshetra. Sixty acres of land was sold to KCL Milk Products India Private Ltd to set up a milk plant in Kaloli in Jhajjar in October last year.”I cannot believe that the Haryana government can actually lease or sell land for purposes such as a petrol pump. That’s a big scam,” says Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Chetan Mittal, who is arguing against the state’s action to lease panchayat land to the Rajiv Gandhi trust, which has snowballed into a controversy. Alleging that the village sarpanch was forced into signing the lease with the trust, some of the residents have moved court protesting against the ‘low’ lease amount.Haryana Town and Planning Principal Secretary S.S. Dhillon says, “Panchayats are free democratic bodies. What’s wrong in leasing out land that’s not giving you any income for money? Yes, earlier there was a practice of gifting land. But we have stopped that practice now.””The state government should inquire into the use of panchayat land by trusts and societies and allotments should be cancelled in case the land is found to be used for purposes other than what it was allotted for,” said Congress MLA Sampat Singh, who headed the finance ministry in the Chautala government.advertisement”There is something called transparency,” says Mittal. “Issue an advertisement in the media, invite bids and then consider giving out land. How can the state allocate land based on its whims and fancies to just about anyone?”last_img read more

Jerry Codiñera named 3×3 Elite League commissioner

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Codiñera is tasked to lead tournament where a chance to represent the Philippines in the SINA 3×3 Elite League Manila 2019 is at stake.“I’m honored to be part of this tournament. I look forward to seeing the best Filipino talents in 3×3 come together and compete for a chance to represent the Philippines in international competitions,” Codinera said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The champion team of the 3×3 Elite League Manila organized by Mediapro Asia and SINA Sports takes home $3,000 and gets a ticket to the SINA 3×3 Elite League 2019 scheduled December in Beijing.The first runner-up in the 3×3 Elite League Manila wins $2,000 while the second runner-up receives $1,000. This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? ‘Plays like he’s 6-10’: Undersized import Khapri Alston impresses Columbian MANILA, Philippines–PBA great Jerry Codiñera has been appointed as tournament commissioner for the 3×3 Elite League Manila 2019 set to take place from September 20 to 22.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue The eliminations are scheduled on Friday and Saturday at Dumlao Sports Complex in Mandaluyong, while the championship is scheduled on September 22 at Market! Market! mall in Taguig.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View commentslast_img read more

David Warner warns Cricket Australia, says ‘won’t budge’ from revenue model

first_imgAs the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Cricket Australia (CA) and Australia’s Cricketers Association (ACA) ends in less than a fortnight, David Warner has underlined the willingness of the nation’s top players to go without employment in order to achieve the retention of the fixed revenue percentage model which is at the heart of the pay dispute.Both the organisations are making very little progress in talks over how to reach a compromise on the next deal.And if a deal is not signed before July 1, Australia’s cricketers will be effectively unemployed, something Warner says remains a genuine possibility.”Well from July 1 – we’re unemployed”, Warner was quoted as saying by news.com.au.”We’ve been threatened with that. We’re hopeful there’s going to be an agreement done – it’s a sticky situation.”Warner has been the most outspoken critic of the board in recent weeks after the CA chief executive James Sutherland threatened they would be left unemployed if the ACA did not agree to CA’s terms.The smashing left-handed opener said that the players were committed to ensuring all cricketers shared in the game’s upside, not just an elite few.”We’re prepared as players to give a little bit more in that revenue share [percentage],” he said of the ACA’s proposal to reduce the players share from around 26% to 22.5% with more money to go to grassroots levels.”But that’s what we want. We’re not going to budge from the revenue sharing model, we want equality, and a fair share for domestic and female players. That in a nutshell is what it’s all about,” he added.advertisementAustralia are set to tour Bangladesh in the coming months for a two-Test series and the squad was named this week. But if a new MOU is not signed shortly, the tour is unlikely to take placeWarner says training and preparation for the tour will certainly be compromised without a deal struck.”From our point of view I want to play for Australia and so do the other boys. But if there’s nothing that’s put in place for what we’re trying to achieve here, from both point of views, we’re not going to tour Bangladesh, there might not be an Ashes if we don’t have an MoU,” he said”We want to keep playing cricket for Australia, that’s our goal. If there’s no cricket in summer, what are we going to do? We’re going to be locked out. Where do we train? They can lock us out from all the different training facilities. It’s going to be disappointing if it comes to that, we want to keep playing for Australia. But if we don’t have the MoU done, it’s going to be hard for us to walk on that plane come Bangladesh,” he added.ACA had earlier rejected the new pay offer from the game’s governing body, saying the proposal will be a win for cricket administrators but a loss for the game.The ACA had also insisted that the CA’s proposal disrespects the value of domestic cricketers and the role they play in Australian cricketCA, on the other hand, has maintained that their new pay offer has to be implemented for the long-term good of the game.In March, CA made an offer, proposing that the average pay of Australia’s international women’s players would rise from $A79,000 to $A179,000, while the average remuneration of state cricketers would more than double to $A52,000.Under CA’s proposal, only male international players would have the chance to share in any surplus revenue, while other domestic male players and women at both domestic and international level would have to settle for fixed amounts which would not fluctuate according to the game’s income.last_img read more

Kimi Raikkonen was faster, admits Hungarian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel

first_imgFerrari headed into the August Formula One break with a one-two victory in Hungary on Sunday but race winner and championship leader Sebastian Vettel recognised that team mate Kimi Raikkonen had been faster.The German’s fourth win of the season put him 14 points clear of Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton, who could have been on the podium but instead ceded third place back to Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas in an act of sportsmanship.Vettel was suffering with steering problems and had to stay off the kerbs but there was never any suggestion that he might let Raikkonen, who was in danger of being caught by Hamilton, go through.”I didn’t do a favour to Kimi who obviously could go faster, I didn’t have the pace,” the relieved German said in podium interviews.last_img read more

MLB Attendance Down Another 1.4%, 4th Straight Drop

first_imgNEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins drew 12,653 Wednesday night — combined.Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Tampa Bay set stadium lows this year. Kansas City had its smallest home crowd since 2011 and Toronto and San Francisco since 2010. The Marlins’ average attendance is less than Triple-A Las Vegas.Major League Baseball’s overall average of 26,854 through Wednesday is 1.4% below the 27,242 through the similar point last season, which wound up below 30,000 for the first time since 2003.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred attributes this year’s drop to fewer season tickets but emphasizes day-of-game sales are up 6%.“Given the explosion of entertainment alternatives and the growth of the secondary market, it is not surprising that season ticket sales can be challenging,” he said. “The clubs are responding to this challenge with creative and effective approaches. For example, sales of subscription tickets are double what they were a year ago. And the Twins recently had a $5 flash sale that produced crowds of over 30,000 in three of four games, and the largest single-game attendance since 2016.”Nineteen of the 30 teams have seen their average fall from a similar point last year, with the largest drops in Toronto (6,963), San Francisco (6,463), Baltimore (3,839) and Detroit (3,686).Large rises have taken place for Philadelphia (10,383), Oakland (4,027), San Diego (3,465) and the Chicago White Sox (2,311). The Phillies signed Bryce Harper and the Padres added Manny Machado.“A lot of it comes down to competition. Fans want to know their teams are doing everything they can to compete for a championship every year,” union head Tony Clark said. “I see every empty seat as a missed opportunity. Experiencing a game and seeing players perform in person creates a bond with baseball; our industry needs to find ways to convert those empty seats into lifelong fans.”Fans watch a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Miami. Major League Baseball’s average attendance of 26,854 is 1.4% below the 27,242 through the similar point last season, which wound below 30,000 for the first time since 2003. Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Tampa Bay set stadium lows this year. Kansas City had its smallest home crowd since 2011, and Toronto and San Francisco since 2010. Miami and the Rays drew 12,653 Wednesday night _ combined. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MLB’s average peaked at 32,785 in 2007 — the last year before the Great Recession and the next-to-last season before the New York Yankees and Mets moved to smaller stadiums. The average was at 30,517 in 2015 before sliding for three straight years, and last season’s final figure of 28,830 marked a 4% drop, the overall number hurt by unusually cold and wet weather early in the season.Manfred points to other metrics that please MLB: Games top prime-time cable ratings in 24 of 25 markets and MLB.tv streaming is up 8.5%. He views increases for the Phillies, Padres, Athletics and White Sox tied to team performance.Florida remains a problem on both coasts.Despite a sparkling, eight-season-old ballpark with a retractable roof, Miami is averaging 9,554 in Derek Jeter’s second season as chief executive — below the 9,582 average for Triple-A Las Vegas in its first season at a new 10,000-capacity stadium.Tampa Bay plays in one of the most outmoded facilities in the major leagues and drew 5,786 against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, the smallest home crowd for the Rays, who started play at Tropicana Field in 1998.“The more people there are, the more energy there’s going to be,” Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said. “No matter what crowd you’re playing in front of, you have to get motivated.”A quartet of last-place teams has seen swaths of empty seats.Miami is on track to have the lowest home attendance in the National League for the seventh straight season. Tampa Bay is at the bottom of the AL for the fifth consecutive year.“Any time you’re seeing less people show up to the ballpark, I think you’re wondering why and you’re wondering how you can change that,” said Miami first baseman Neil Walker, accustomed to big crowds from his time in New York. “You’ve got to assume that it has a little bit to do with it being expensive to come to the ballpark.”Having traded many veterans, the Orioles are 28th in the majors at 16,263. Baltimore topped 2 million in 21 of its first 25 seasons at Camden Yards, exceeding 3 million nine times. But the Orioles drew 6,585 against Oakland on April 8, the lowest in the ballpark’s 28-season history except for a 2015 game closed to the public at a time when the city was plagued by rioting.“I wish fans were here. When we played in Wrigley, the energy level was off the charts,” first-year Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I’m hoping that someday soon that will be the case here.”Cincinnati’s crowd of 7,799 against Milwaukee on April 1 was the lowest for a Reds’ home game since 1984 at Riverfront Stadium. That same day, Toronto drew 10,460 against the Orioles, the smallest attendance at the Rogers Centre since 2010.San Francisco drew 28,030 vs. Pittsburgh on April 10, the Giants’ lowest home crowd since 2010.Kansas City’s crowd of 10,024 against the Twins on April 2 was the lowest at Kauffman Stadium since 2011. Minnesota drew 11,465 against Toronto on April 17, the lowest figure in Target Field’s 10-season history.“As a kid, I loved more than anything to go to the ballpark and I loved nothing more than playing baseball,” Walker said. “But I think a lot of people are just — they want action now. They don’t want to be totally consumed with a game maybe that’s just not timed.”By: Ronald Blum, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7, a new 32-inch TV and everything else Xiaomi launched in India today

first_imgXiaomi hosted a special, and a rather big event, in New Delhi on Thursday to launch a slew of devices and accessories. The star of today’s Xiaomi launch event was the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which saw its global launch at the event in New Delhi. Basically, the Redmi Note 7 Pro launched in India event before it makes its appearance in China. Then there was the Redmi Note 7, which too has been launched today.But these were not the only two new Xiaomi products today. There were two more. Apart from the smartphones, Xiaomi also launched an Mi LED TV Mi LED TV 4A PRO (32) at the event.While the Redmi Note 7 will go on sale in India on March 6, the Redmi Note 7 Pro will go on sale starting March 13 via Flipkart, Mi Home and Mi.com. On the other hand, Mi LED TV 4A PRO (32) will be available starting March 7. And if you are planning to buy the Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones, which too launched today, the pre-order for the earphones starts today.Here is a list of everything that Xiaomi launched today in India:Redmi Note 7 ProThis is the new Redmi in the town. And it is fairly impressive. The Redmi Note 7 Pro features a 6.3-inch full HD+ display with a dew-drop or waterdrop notch. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor inside and it runs on Android 9.0 Pie-based MIUI 10. While it comes with 48MP + 5MP dual camera setup at the back, on the front it has a 13MP AI camera that is housed inside the notch.advertisementThe Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a gigantic 4,000mAh battery, which the company says can last for up to two days, and it features support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 technology. Additionally, the phone comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, which protects both the display and the back of the phone.The Redmi Note 7 Pro is available in two memory variants: one with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, which is priced at Rs 13,999, and the other with 6GB RAM and 128GB memory, which is priced at Rs 16,999, and it comes in Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Classic Space Black colour variants.Redmi Note 7The cheaper Note 7 today, the Redmi Note 7 comes with a 6.3-inch full HD+ screen that has dewdrop or waterdrop notch. The Redmi Note 7 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AE processor and it runs on Android Pie based MIUI 10. Just like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 also comes with a 4,000mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 along with a 13MP AI front camera. However, on the back the phone sports a 12MP + 2MP dual camera setup. Another feature the Redmi Note 7 shares with its Pro sibling is its Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both the sides.In terms of memory, the Redmi Note 7 is available in two variants: one with 3GB RAM and 32GB memory, which is priced at Rs 9,999, and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB space, which is priced at Rs 11,999. The phone is available in three colour variants Black, Blue and Red in India.Mi Sports Bluetooth earphonesRedmi also introduced Mi Sports earphones at the event. The newly-launched earphones come with a 9-hour battery life and IPX4 protection. Additionally, the earphones come with enhanced bass response and they feature support for Google Assistant.The Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones are priced at Rs 1,499 in India.Mi LED TV 4A PRO (32)The Mi LED TV launched at the event comes with an 80cm screen and an HD display. It comes with Android TV and Xiaomi’s custom PatchWall user interface. The newly launched LED TV is powered by Google Assistant and it comes with Google Play, YouTube and built-in Chromecast.The Mi LED TV 4A Pro is priced at Rs 12,999.Redmi-branded phone coverLast but not the least, Xiaomi also launched slim and perforated covers for its Redmi Note 7 series. While the slim cases are available in Black and Grey colour variants, the perforated cases are available in Black and Yellow colour variants for Rs 349 each.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 launched in India, price starts from Rs 9,999ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 32-inch launched in India for Rs 12,999, will be available on March 7ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro launched: Key specs, features, India price, and everything else you need to knowlast_img read more

Watch: Crowd at Boone Pickens Chants “9 and 0!” after TCU Win

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The crowd was absolutely incredible yesterday in Stillwater, and they became alive after realizing the Cowboys were advancing to the next game to remain undefeated. “9-0! 9-0!” chants rocked the field, and the place came alive. Here’s video:Keep telling us we don’t belong in the playoff and we will keep proving you wrong #okstate #CollegeFootballPlayoff pic.twitter.com/c5CS6U4J62— Jeff Goodnight (@JeffGoodnight2) November 8, 2015 It.. Was.. Lit pic.twitter.com/qp9K2qcVuV— Quinn (@TQY_4) November 8, 2015last_img read more

Yass Knockout 2019 is coming!

first_imgThe Yass Knockout is coming around again, it’s on the weekend of 26th to 27th January 2019. What better way to spend Australia Day?!Play in Men’s, Women’s or Mixed divisions.$15,000 prize money up for grabs.Teams must nominate by 11th January 2019.There are many accommodation options, listed in the form below, or teams can camp in tents at the venue.To find out more, go to: Yass Knockout 2019 form (002)last_img

Meet Ezra’s, The One-Stop Shop for Craft Spirits

first_img How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Craft spirits are all the rage these days, with everyone honing in on locally produced artisanal goods. Parker Newman, his twin brother Adam Newman and their childhood friend Scott Reich noticed the trend, but also discovered that the liquors they wanted to try were all too often not available outside of the areas where they were produced. So, they decided to do something about it and create Ezra’s, the first e-commerce site that offers a carefully curated selection of locally produced craft liquors and a website dedicated to everything about them, from cocktail recipes to profiles on the various brands they offer, which includes High West American Prairie Reserve, a whiskey produced in Park City, Utah; St. George’s Rye Gin, which is made in Alameda, California; and TINCUP Whiskey out of Denver. Ezra’s also has a brick-and-mortar location in Chicago. The Manual caught up with Parker to discuss Ezra’s, craft alcohol, and of course — drinking.How did you come up with the idea for Ezra’s?We were following the happenings of the craft beer boom, and slowly started to see the same trend happening with spirit producers.  We loved seeing all the great new distilleries popping up and the innovation that was taking place, though we were frustrated that so many of the impressive new products were unavailable outside of their home state or region. Thus began our idea to figure out how to provide greater access and exposure for these emerging spirits and distilleries.The other problem we wanted to try and solve was education related. Far too often we would go to a liquor store or see names on a menu and know virtually nothing about how to distinguish between the brands or sub-types of spirits. With our strong emphasis on editorial content, we hope to tell the stories behind each of the brands and educate drinkers about all aspects of the industry by covering everything from obscure spirits to the latest in cocktail creations.What features will the website have?The website will mainly consist of two parts. The first is our online store featuring detailed product descriptions and headlines to provide consumers with instant insight as they use our user-friendly interface to browse a comprehensive inventory of craft spirit and alcohol products. The second is The Swill, our enhanced online journal that will be published in issue format. Each issue will feature a variety of article types – features, bar visits, videos, slideshows, etc. — covering a diverse array of topics. While the main goal of this will be to provide deeper insight into the products and distillers featured on our site, we plan to include content reaching across the entire spirits industry, such as “how tos,” opinion piece, travel articles and craft cocktail bar trends..How do you go about discovering craft spirits for the website?The craft world is moving extremely fast, so it’s definitely a full-time job determining which brands to feature. Our retail store in Chicago gives us great access to information as we work with over ten distributors who are constantly attending conferences and tradeshows to find the latest and greatest brands. Daily interactions with walk-in customers also help, as we’ll be constantly talking with them about new products emerging in various pockets of the country. Additionally, our East Coast presence also gives us access to a whole new slew of distilleries that may only have products available for purchase in that one region.While the word “craft” has been a bit muddled to mean a lot of different things, our main criteria for finding new products and distillers is pretty stringent: small enough that they’re still very hands-on with the product, brands attempting to innovate and do things differently, use of local ingredients, and interesting bios and/or back stories that resulted in their passion for the space. Anyone who is diving into distilling, whether it’s a first or second career, generally has a lot of passion for their craft and it comes through in their product.Have you ever thought about doing a subscription service where customers can sample different craft alcohols?Yep!  This is definitely a feature we hope to introduce very soon after our launch. Small, sample bottles that give customers the ability to try lots of different tastes is something we hope to do as well as well as more standard “of-the-month” clubs. Be on the lookout for more developments along these lines.Who is your target market?We realize that there’s lots of obstacles in reaching various target markets and that there still includes some sense of the old boys club exclusivity in the spirit world. Our goal is to shake things up by opening up the craft spirits and alcohol space to everyone. This is the backbone behind our whole mission as we want to provide as much access as we can to these products by building the most comprehensive online marketplace, and by educating and informing our customers through our online editorial content. The increased prominence of blogs and social media has pretty much opened up avenues for people to both share and devour the things that they’re passionate about. We’re looking forward to sharing that passion with the drinkers and distillers who form our community. Specifically, we think we’ll appeal to individuals who appreciate artisanal, small-batch, craft products and love to find out the faces, stories and inspirations behind them.You also have a brick and mortar store in Chicago. What can visitors find there?Like our website, our store in the Lincoln Park neighborhood features a whole wall of craft spirits as well as ingredients and accessories to create great cocktails. Since we want to cater to the whole neighborhood, we also have coolers full of craft local beer as well as a wide-selection of wine and champagne. The space gives us a place to interact with customers and get direct feedback, and we also hope to offer classes and other educational opportunities in the near future.What have you learned about the craft spirit industry since starting Ezra’s?We’ve learned that having passion for creating spirits is so important. Anyone entering this world knows how motivations become transparent very quickly. Those in it for just the money are quickly weeded out, leaving only those who are truly motivated to put in the long hours to innovate and delight as the success stories. Taking risks, innovating on the status quo, and being creative in every aspect from label design to the bottle itself, casts an impression and is important for success.We’ve also learned that there is way more to the space than just the big spirits categories — whiskey, gin, vodka, etc. —  Some of our most delightful discoveries have been reinterpretations of long-forgotten or exotic alcohols as well as lots of great liqueurs.What do you hope to achieve with Ezra’s?Our goal is to make craft spirits accessible, both through education and in getting unique, hard-to-find bottles into the customers hands. Beyond just selling you a bottle, we want to inform you about everything that went into producing it and how you can enjoy it best. If we can do this, and get people to move away from the run-of-the-mill products, then we’ll feel like we’ve done a good job! For more information, visit ezras.com. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 last_img read more

SRC Encourages Entrepreneurs to Purchase Formulations for Products

first_img He said the Council currently has formulations for sauces, seasonings and beverages which can be modified, based on the desire of the entrepreneur. Story Highlights The Scientific Research Council (SRC) is inviting budding entrepreneurs to purchase formulations for products that could create viable businesses. Executive Director at the SRC, Dr. Cliff Riley, told a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’ that each year the SRC produces quite a large number of food and natural product formulations. The Scientific Research Council (SRC) is inviting budding entrepreneurs to purchase formulations for products that could create viable businesses.Executive Director at the SRC, Dr. Cliff Riley, told a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’ that each year the SRC produces quite a large number of food and natural product formulations.He said the Council currently has formulations for sauces, seasonings and beverages which can be modified, based on the desire of the entrepreneur.Dr. Riley explained that there are products that can be bought and be solely owned by the clients, and there are also products that can be purchased through partnership with the Council, with exclusive or non-exclusive sale.Meanwhile, Marketing Manager at the SRC, Carolyn Rose Miller, further explained that “based on market trends, the SRC develops food formulations and makes them available for persons to buy.”In addition to purchasing the formulations, Mrs. Rose Miller said that persons can come with their ideas and “we will assist you in developing them under a contract.”She noted that the Council is opened to signing contracts with clients, including non-disclosure agreements.“Your intellectual property is very important, and so we ask persons to go to the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) to protect themselves,” she said.last_img read more

WPI inflation at nearly 2yr low at 245 pc in May

first_imgNew Delhi: Wholesale price-based inflation slipped to 22-month low at 2.45 per cent in May helped by falling prices of food articles, fuel and power items, according to an official data released Friday. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation was at 3.07 per cent in April. It was 4.78 per cent in May 2018. Inflation in food articles basket was 6.99 per cent, down from 7.37 per cent in April. However, onion prices spiked during the month with inflation at 15.89 per cent, as against (-) 3.43 per cent in April. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Vegetables inflation eased to 33.15 per cent in May, down from 40.65 per cent in the previous month. Inflation in potato was (-) 23.36 per cent, against (-) 17.15 per cent in April. WPI inflation in May is the lowest in 22 months, since July 2017, when it was at 1.88 per cent Inflation in ‘fuel and power’ category cooled to 0.98 per cent, from 3.84 per cent last month. Manufactured items too saw decline in prices with inflation at 1.28 per cent in May, against 1.72 per cent in April. Also Read – Mobile tower installation at 60% of annual target WPI inflation data for March has been revised downwards to 3.10 per cent from provisional 3.18 per cent. Data released earlier this week showed retail inflation spiked to a 7-month high of 3.05 per cent in May on costlier vegetables, and protein-rich items. The Reserve Bank, which mainly factors in retail inflation for monetary policy decision, on June 6, lowered its benchmark lending rate to a nearly 9-year low of 5.75 per cent, even as it upped its inflation projection to 3-3.1 per cent for the first half of 2019-20. Flagging uncertain monsoon, unseasonal spike in vegetable prices, crude oil prices, financial market volatility and fiscal scenario as risks to inflation, the RBI projected upward bias in food inflation in near term.last_img read more

Sting To Join Paul Simon At Charity Concert

first_imgSting, Trudie Styler, Steve Martin, Ruben Blades, and Luba Mason have joined previously announced stars Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Amy Grant, and Vince Gill, for a benefit concert that showcases some of America’s most talented families.Paul Simon will also take the stage, alongside wife Edie Brickell at this once-in-a-lifetime evening. The benefit marks the 25th anniversary milestone of the Children’s Health Fund, co-founded by Paul Simon and pediatrician Irwin Redlener, MD.A limited number of tickets to the October 4th fete at Radio City Music Hall will also be available to the public and can be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets and the Radio City Box office.“American Idol” creator Simon Fuller will be honored by Children’s Health Fund with a Founders’ Award.Over the past 25 years, Children’s Health Fund has expanded nationwide to become the primary source of medical care for thousands of homeless and low-income families and now has 25 programs operating in 17 states and Washington, DC.Tickets range from $125-$1000. Click here for more info.last_img read more

Be A Bruce With Monty Python For Charity

first_imgA new charity auction is giving you a chance to be a “Bruce” with Monty Python!Video: A Once in Lifetime “Selfie” – Monty Python’s “Charity Bruce”The lucky winner of this prize will get the opportunity to rub shoulders with the much loved stars of Monty Python and enjoy a guest appearance during their fantastic Monty Python Live (mostly) show at the O2 Arena on Friday18th July 2014. You will feature in The Bruces sketch as a “Bruce” and be on stage with one of the world’s finest ever comedy groups; this really is a money can’t buy prize.All proceeds from the auction will go to music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.The five surviving members of the comedy group – John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin – have reunited for the last ever time for a run of 10 live shows at London’s O2 Arena. This will be the first time they have performed together live on stage since 1980, at the Hollywood Bowl, and 40 years after they last appeared on stage in the UK, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The show will see a combination of new material and fan favourites and you can be a part of it.This truly is a unique and unforgettable experience, so make sure you bid now to join the stars of Monty Python in the most hotly anticipated comedy tour of 2014. The prize winner will also be given two tickets to the show, so you can bring a guest who will have the chance to only enjoy this fantastic show but also witness you take to the stage!To take part in the auction, click here.last_img read more

Jussie Smollett Raises 40000 To Fight HIVAIDS In Black Communities

first_imgWhen you ask Jussie Smollett — one of the breakthrough stars from Fox’s uber-successful TV show Empire — how he wants to be introduced, he always leads with the word activist.Jussie Smollett with Black AIDS Institute President and CEO Phill Wilson and Board Chair Grazell HowardFor many actors in Hollywood, that’s just a public-relations gimmick; not Smollett. In a recent interview, he shared how his mother would admonish him and his siblings as children, “There are two things you must do: Love one another and be an activist.” Note that being an actor did not make her list.With his mother’s voice and a sense of the type of real activism that generates change imprinted on his psyche, Jussie is not satisfied just using his voice and celebrity to draw attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He recently leveraged his $20,000 gift to raise $40,000 for the Black AIDS Institute.Smollett and his five siblings, especially his younger sister actor Jurnee Smollett-Bell, took heed. Jussie and Jurnee have been HIV/AIDS activists since they were 15 and 12 years old, respectively. Both also have been inducted into the Black AIDS Institute’s “Heroes in the Struggle” Hall of Fame for their heroic contributions in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Today, Jussie currently serves on the Institute’s board of directors and Jurnee is an HIV/AIDS ambassador.“Jussie talks the talk, walks the walk and puts his money where his mouth and heart are,” says Phill Wilson, the Institute’s President and CEO. “We have many celebrities who support our work, and I am eternally grateful for their voices and time. But money fuels change. It takes dollars to test people for HIV; it takes donations to link people to care; it takes resources to resist the draconian and devastating attacks Donald Trump and his administration are waging on the HIV/AIDS community. If the President and the Republican-led Congress have their way, we are going to lose any opportunity to end the AIDS epidemic. Jussie understands that.”Individual gifts demonstrate not only the power of philanthropy but also of the impact that individual donations can have no matter their size. When faced with the Institute’s recent budget shortfall, Jussie immediately stepped up. Realizing the importance of engaging others, he had the foresight to make his $20,000 donation a challenge gift, where a donor makes a contribution contingent upon other donors also contributing.“So, in the end, we turned Jussie’s $20,000 contribution into $40,000. Those donations not only helped close our budget gap. They also helped us launch a testing campaign where we developed a monthly support group for 30 to 40 men,” says Wilson.Smollett’s next project for the Black AIDS Institute is chairing the 2017 Heroes in the Struggle Gala in September. “As a member of the Black AIDS Institute’s Board and past Heroes in the Struggle honoree, I’m so excited about this year’s event. I can tell you, this year’s awards presentation is going to be a huge departure from our past shows. Number one: All of the 2017 inductees are going to be women. I know from my personal experience, women have been so important to this fight. While I’m not going to give away all of our secrets, I can tell you one of this year’s honorees will be none other than my TV mom, Taraji P. Henson. The Gala promises to be one of the events of the year. The other “sheroes” are equally beautiful, talented and fierce as Cookie Lyon.”Jussie can be seen on the big screen in Alien Covenant, the latest installment of the Alien franchise. And of course, you can catch up on the life of Jamal Lyon when Empire returns to Fox for its fourth season, premiering on Wednesday, September 27, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 p.m. Central.For more information, or to learn how you can volunteer or donate to the Black AIDS Institute, go to www.BlackAIDS.org, email assistant@blackaids.org, or call (213) 353-3610 ext. 105.Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank in the United States focused exclusively on Black people. BAI’s Mission is to end the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing institutions, leaders, and individuals in efforts to confront HIV/AIDS. BAI, disseminates information, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance and capacity building, interprets and influences public and private sector HIV/AIDS policies, delivers prevention and linkage to care services, and provides advocacy mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.last_img read more

Heres how much it will cost you if you file your taxes

OTTAWA — As the deadline to file income tax returns looms, tax professionals have a dire warning for Canadians: Even if you can’t pay your tax bill immediately, filing your return after the deadline means you’ll face an even heftier bill.Regardless of whether you owe the government a dime, filing late may also delay the payment of your quarterly GST/HST credit or Child Tax Benefit.The deadline for individuals to file their income tax returns is a week away, on April 30. For the self-employed, the deadline is June 15.Navneet Negi of H&R Block says missing that deadline triggers charges that start piling up on your tax bill right away.“The one thing that people fail to take note of is there is a late filing penalty,” he said.Hey last-minute tax filers: Don’t make these common, costly mistakesChanges in your relationship status can have a major impact on tax returnIf you owe money for 2014, compound daily interest is charged starting May 1. But you’ll also face the late-filing penalty of five per cent of the amount owing, plus one per cent of the balance owing for each full month your return is late to a maximum of 12 months.That amount can bloat even further if you were charged a late-filing penalty for 2011, 2012, or 2013. If that’s the case, your late-filing penalty for 2014 may be 10 per cent, plus two per cent of your 2014 balance owing for each full month your return is late, to a maximum of 20 months.As well, you need to file a timely tax return to apply for the quarterly GST/HST credit, or if you or your spouse or partner want to receive the Child Tax Benefit.“Filing your return late may cause a delay or interruption of these payments,” Jelica Zdero, a Canada Revenue Agency spokeswoman, said in an email.“The CRA encourages Canadians to use its quick, easy, and secure electronic services to file their income tax and benefit returns on time and pay any amounts owing.”Even if you’re missing information, tax professionals say you should file your return on time anyway to avoid the penalties.You can file the changes later, once you get the information, when you receive your notice of assessment from the CRA. You’re also able to request changes to tax returns for the previous 10 years if you realize you failed to claim deductions you were entitled to. read more

Board of Iowa insurance pool travels far for public meetings

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Board members of an obscure Iowa government insurance program have spent tens of thousands of dollars in public money travelling to out-of-state resorts for meetings.A review by The Associated Press finds that directors of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool hold two meetings annually at posh locations such as Florida in February and Michigan in August.Meeting minutes and spending records show that the practice makes the meetings virtually inaccessible to the public while increasing costs to the pool, which includes roughly 750 counties, cities, towns and other municipalities.One county supervisor says the board’s spending may be excessive, and an attorney calls the out-of-state meetings ridiculous.Board chairman Jody Smith defended them, saying the Florida meetings coincide with a national conference and Michigan was close to the pool administrator.Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral to visit Islamabad Kabul Tehran and Vienna

The visit to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran would follow the Secretary-General’s trip to Tokyo, where he will attend the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan from 21 to 22 January as part of an official visit to Japan set to run through 23 January, spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. The Secretary-General will travel from Tokyo to Islamabad on 23 January before heading to Kabul on 25 January and then on to Teheran for a visit the following day, according to the spokesman. At the end of that tour, Mr. Annan will make an official visit to Austria, arriving on 27 January. “In Kabul, [the Secretary-General] will be meeting with the head of the Interim Administration, Hamid Karzai, the other members of the Interim Administration and the International Security Assistance Force leaders,” Mr. Eckhard said, adding that Mr. Annan would tour parts of Kabul that had been particularly damaged by the war and visit with ordinary Afghans.Concerning the Secretary-General’s stops in Islamabad and Tehran, Mr. Eckhard recalled that the UN had long been calling on Afghanistan’s neighbours to support peace in the country. “If the neighbours, who in the past have backed various warring factions in Afghanistan, continue to do that, then their influence on the country will be divisive,” he noted. “Most critical will be Pakistan and Iran, and he’ll be urging them to work more closely together to keep the security situation in Afghanistan stable, arguing that it’s in their common interest to do so.” read more

Children are the face of conflictfuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan –

As the conflict in the world’s youngest country enters its fifth year, UNICEF said in a new report entitled Childhood Under Attack, that more than half the children of South Sudan are “in the throes of tragedy” – victims of malnutrition, disease, forced recruitment, violence and the loss of schooling.“No child should ever experience such horrors and deprivations,” said Leila Pakkala, UNICEF’s Regional Director in Eastern and Southern Africa, “and yet children in South Sudan are facing them on a daily basis.Years of insecurity and upheaval have had a ‘staggering impact on children,’ threatening an entire generation, according to the report entitled.The numbers tell a grim story, said UNICEF, noting that almost three million children are severely food insecure; more than one million acutely malnourished; 2.4 million forced from their homes; two million out of school, and if the current situation persists, only one in 13 children are likely to finish primary school.Moreover, an estimated 900,000 children suffer from psychological distress; more than 19,000 have been recruited in into armed forces and armed groups; and more than 2,300 have been killed or injured since the conflict first erupted in December 2013 – with hundreds of rape and sexual assault incidents against children having been reported.Despite the huge challenges faced in a country that ranks among the world’s most dangerous for aid workers, UNICEF has been delivering lifesaving assistance to children across the country since the crisis started in December 2013, warning that while it required $183 million in 2018 to provide critical assistance to children and women, currently it is $141 million short. Impact of conflict Education Food insecurity and malnourishment Children under attack AUDIO: ‘Childhood under Attack’ in South Sudan fighting | UNICEF read more

5 things to watch for Ohio State v Purdue

Junior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) advances the ball while senior wide receiver Corey ‘Philly’ Brown blocks a defender during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorThe Lantern sports editors share their insight on what fans should know about this weekend’s matchup against Purdue.1. Can the Buckeyes overcome the West Lafayette blues?After last week’s 63-14 win against Penn State, the Ohio State football team (8-0, 4-0) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 20 games. The last time OSU lost a football game was Jan. 1, 2012, against Florida, 24-16 in the Gator Bowl. That was the tail end of a four-game losing streak that started with the Buckeyes’ last road matchup against Purdue. The Boilermakers won, 26-23, in overtime. OSU had an extra point attempt late in regulation that would have won the game, but the try was blocked. It was the third time in OSU’s last four trips to West Lafayette that Purdue had beaten the Buckeyes. The game before that, in 2002, was also a tough one for OSU, who came in ranked second in the country and escaped with a win only because of a play known simply as “Holy Buckeye.” For whatever reason, West Lafayette, Ind., gives the Buckeyes trouble whenever they visit, something that needs to be remedied if they hope to keep their championship dreams alive.2. Can Carlos Hyde keep rolling?Since Big Ten play began Sept. 28 against Wisconsin, senior running back Carlos Hyde has been averaging 137.3 rushing yards per game, and has tallied seven touchdowns. This has come against some of the nation’s top run defenses. The Boilermakers come into Saturday’s matchup giving up the 93rd most yards on the ground to opponents, by far the lowest ranking of any team the Buckeyes have faced since Hyde returned from his three-game suspension stemming from an incident at a Columbus bar in July. Hyde will hope to exploit a Purdue team that allowed 388 rushing yards to Wisconsin Sept. 21.3. Will Devin Smith and Corey “Philly” Brown continue to grow up?Coming into the year, perhaps the Buckeyes’ weakest offensive position was considered to be the wide receivers. As the year has progressed, though, junior Devin Smith and senior Corey “Philly” Brown have gone on to become two of the most threatening receivers in the Big Ten. Both players are in the top 10 in receiving yards in the conference. Each receiver has recorded at least three catches in every game this season except for the season opener when Brown only caught two balls for 25 yards. If these two can continue to grow as players, their presence could cause problems in the Boilermakers’ defensive secondary and allow for junior quarterback Braxton Miller and Hyde to find more space running the ball.4. How will Bradley Roby play?Purdue does not necessarily have a high-powered offense by any stretch of the word (it averages a B1G worst average 13.1 points per game), but OSU redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby has had his ups and downs since returning from a one-game suspension stemming from an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July. He is still confident in his abilities, though, and said Saturday getting beat is “part of being a cornerback.” His assessment could be accurate, but it will be interesting to see if he will gamble against the poor Boilermaker offense to try to intercept freshman quarterback Danny Etling.5. If the game is in hand in the second half, will OSU coach Urban Meyer call off the dogs?The Buckeyes’ blowout of Penn State last weekend helped to shrink the gap between OSU and No. 3 Florida State in the BCS standings. Meyer and the rest of the OSU coaching staff began taking starters out of the game early in the second half against the Nittany Lions, but with the way the BCS works, style points are a must for the rest of the season. Don’t be surprised if Meyer keeps his foot on the pedal until the clock hits zero Saturday. read more