Notre Dame Adds Wide Receiver To 2020 Class

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p The official announcement from Brunelle took place on Twitter.Check it out:Proverbs 16:3“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”C O M M I T T E D🎥: @epps_kristian pic.twitter.com/wNnmqCPFWJ— JAY BRUNELLE¹ (@jabrunie) June 26, 2019Regardless of his ranking, Brunelle should give the Fighting Irish a shifty wideout to rely on for years to come. During his junior season of high school, the St. John’s product had 69 receptions for 1,158 yards and 18 touchdowns.Notre Dame is putting together an impressive 2020 recruiting class. The Fighting Irish have commitments from 15 players, making it the No. 5 ranked class in the entire country.The only programs that are above Notre Dame in the 247Sports recruiting rankings are Clemson, Alabama, LSU and Georgia. Notre Dame runs onto the field ahead of a game vs. Wake Forest.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)This past weekend was critical for a plethora of football programs around the country. Although Notre Dame didn’t land any recruits while they visited campus, it has picked up a pair during this week, including the latest of the 2020 class moments ago.Head coach Brian Kelly picked up a commitment from three-star wide receiver Jay Brunelle. Michigan and Boston College were in pursuit of him, but he ultimately chose Notre Dame.Brunelle is the No. 138 wide receiver and No. 8 recruit from Massachusetts, per 247Sports. The Fighting Irish had a strong impression of him from his previous trip to South Bend.Notre Dame has a trio of wide receivers in its 2020 class, which includes five-star recruit Jordan Johnson.last_img read more

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  • Government of India and Asian Development Bank collaborate for three projects

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  • Samsung offers lighter, cheaper OLED panels for 2019 iPhone models

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  • New Nokia 9 PureView image reaffirms design, shows 5 rear cameras and no notch

    first_imgThe Nokia 9 PureView has been one of the most anticipated 2018 flagships that never launched in 2018. Months of rumours, leaked images and renders have already given us a fair idea of what to expect from the world’s first penta-camera smartphone. And for any skeptics out there, noted tipster Evan Blass just dropped a new image of the Nokia 9 PureView that once again reaffirms its design. The Nokia 9 PureView release date is expected in the last week of January, at least as per most recent rumours.On the eve of a brand new year, Blass tweeted an image of the Nokia 9 PureView. It seems to be an official marketing image by the looks of it, and it shows off the phone from the front and back. The Nokia 9 PureView camera can be seen clearly on the rear panel and its design keeps in line with past renders and live images. We see five cameras (powered by Zeiss, of course), an LED flash and what is rumoured to be a proximity sensor arranged in the shape of a pistol revolver. Blass doesn’t provide any details on the nature of the cameras, so that remains a mystery for now. Notably, there seems to be no camera bump in any of the images seen so far.Nokia 9 PureView “Beholder.” HNY pic.twitter.com/x4Kh3anP46Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 31, 2018The Nokia 9 PureView design includes a rear panel is made up of 3D curved glass. We also see the Android One logo on the bottom, which is expected. The Nokia 9 PureView should come with Android 9 Pie out of the box. The image also seems to confirm that the Nokia 9 PureView will not offer a physical fingerprint sensor, but rather an in-display sensor.advertisementThe image posted by Blass also reaffirms that the Nokia 9 PureView will not come with a notch of any kind. The display will see symmetrical bezels on the top and bottom and a more traditional 18:9 aspect ratio. It’s a surprising move considering HMD has been adopting the notch for most of its recent phones like the Nokia 8.1, Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus to name a few.Now that Blass has revealed what seems to be the final design of the Nokia 9 PureView, the big question is whether the flagship will run 2018’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, or the next-gen Snapdragon 855 SoC. We should also hear more on the sensors being used for the penta-camera system and other hardware-related information as we approach its rumoured Janary-end launch.ALSO READ | Nokia 9 PureView rumour roundup: 5 cameras, January launch and everything we know so farALSO READ | Nokia 9 PureView with five rear cameras launch timeline revealedALSO READ | Nokia 9 PureView with five rear cameras shown off in live hands-on imagelast_img read more

  • From the archives: When Ramakant Achrekar said Praveen Amre wasn’t a limited overs cricketer

    first_imgIT will be tempting to put the feet up and relax. A blazing come-back to level the one-day series was no less satisfying than the spin-wash that preceded it. If Azharuddin and Ajit Wadekar are thumping each other on the back and simpering, who can blame them? Good times are,IT will be tempting to put the feet up and relax. A blazing come-back to level the one-day series was no less satisfying than the spin-wash that preceded it. If Azharuddin and Ajit Wadekar are thumping each other on the back and simpering, who can blame them? Good times are for savouring, as long as they don’t swallow all the hyperbole that fair-weather friends are heaping on their plate.The team now runs onto the field with a sense of purpose and anticipation. There is a , hint of a swagger in the way Indian batsmen take guard and the fans’ attitude is obvious from the way they thronged to watch home stars practise as the modest Zimbabweans came calling. The batsmen no longer look like bleating sheep being led to the slaughter. But it is also time to analyse and build.”What can you say about limited overs cricket? Any team can win on its day,” says Wadekar. This attitude has to go. It is too late to turn the clock back and dub the one-day version a glitzy gimmick that the game can do without. The intruder has now become part of the family, and while it is far more unpredictable than Test matches, it is certainly not the roulette that the Indian manager makes it out to be. There are wrinkles that need to be ironed out before the abbreviated battles against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, not to mention the 1995 World Cup.Of the seven fixtures against South Africa and the six recent ones against England, India won five. Not a single one of these came while defending a total. Wadekar’s lottery theory holds only if he means that everything depends on India winning the toss and chasing a total. Otherwise, in plain cricket terms, it is evident that the team does not have the bowlers to defend a total.advertisementThe deficiency is painfully obvious in the slog overs, when most matches are won or lost. Manoj Prabhakar is the only one who has mastered the art of mixing in-dipping yorkers with slower deliveries that batsmen tend to spoon up. Kapil, in spite of bowling economical first spells tends to get collared in the last lap. Srinath, the man with such obvious talent and zip, somehow misplaces his nerve in the final phase and starts spraying wides down the leg-side.Perhaps, it is time to shed formula captaincy. Instead of changing the bowling by rote, it might be better to let Kapil complete his quota before the slog really begins. Srinath can be groomed to bowl during the big bang and encouraged to tease and experiment, Prabhakar style. After all, confidence does not sprout in a day. It is also not necessary to have the same bowlers, Kapil and Prabhakar, operating during the slog. The surprise element can be a major weapon. Remember Sivaramakrishnan bowling the final overs in the Benson and Hedges WCC Cup? Apart from these, tweaker Anil Kumble has cemented his place with some tight, no-non- sense bowling. But the fifth bowler remains a problem. Raju bowled too short Salil Ankola in spite of an impressive spell, was shown the door, and Maninder Singh was jittery in his eome-back games. It is time to settle down with one or two of these bowlers instead of shuffling the pack like a desperate gambler.The search for a bits and pieces playei has failed. Neither of the Ajays, Jadeja or Sharma, have shown that they have it in them to survive at the top. That is no reason to give up the hunt. A player who can bowl a few tight overs when one of the regulars is not on song and smite some mighty blows in a crunch situation can be a tremendous asset. He might be a misfit in Tests, but the one-day version is a different kettle of fish, as Ramakant Achrekar never tires of pointing out.”Praveen (Amre) is not a limited overs cricketer. Of course, he is adjusting, but it is not his natural game,” says Achrekar. The problem with those who are dragged into the one-day mode is that they go in believing that runs can only be found past the ropes. N othing can be farther from the truth. Neil Fair-brother, master of the short version, would nudge, prod and tickle and the score would surge ahead even as the bowlers got unsettled. India, on the other hand, saw innings of thunder and fiery genius from Azhar and Sidhu.advertisementBUT genius is unpredictable while the precise chatter from Fairbrother’s blade has the inevitability of a machine-gun. Sachin and Kambli need to learn the art. And while Prabhakar filled the opener’s slot admirably against England, it was obvious he can not get quick runs even with his eye in. It might not be a bad idea to let a specialist batsman take over the responsibility, especially in view of Robin Smith’s huge success in the role. Kiran More was an unqualified failure during the series. But Vijay Yadav, who gets another look-in, needs to show that he is as much of a wicket-keeper as a batsman. Other-wise, this vital slot may be up for grabs again.These prescriptions, which admittedly roll off the tongue far more easily than they can be implemented, may help the team do better on home soil, but Azhar has still not forgotten the South African experience. He says that every Indian batsman plays abroad with the inherent disadvantage of never having batted on quick, bouncy tracks before. Even against England, the task was made easier because the visitors did not have a single genuine quickie in their ranks. Now that the board has raked in a neat packet, perhaps it can repay the men who made it possible by engineering fast pitches for them to practise on, and to encourage pacmen at the same time. This, at least, can be implemented without difficultylast_img read more

  • Here’s what HR must do to reduce workplace stress

    first_imgFrom the phase of Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0, the corporate world has grown exponentially, and a lot of new industries have also emerged. With this, the workload increased and that led to a spike in the demand of workforce.There is pressure piling up due to tight work schedules. Employees are increasingly stressed out, eventually resulting in depression and loss in work productivity.A research conducted by SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) India in 2016 highlighted that disrespect at the workplace, lack of work-life balance, over time, inability to process constructive feedback from the manager, support from manager and participation avoidance are the major causes of stress at workplace. In such a scenario, stress management as a discipline has become an integral part of Human Resource Management. Stress at workplace – BasicsStress has been defined in many ways related to the different situation in one’s life under different circumstances, but the most relatable definition of stress is a feeling when work demands, work-life balance, and tension in relationships, exceed the resource potential. The tension that arises in any of the three domains – personal, social, and financial leads to stress. If stress is not managed in time, it may cause depression and notably bring health ailments.Over the period of time, stress has become a major part of human life because the sources of stress aren’t obvious and also the daily work-life situation demands resolution only by the affected one. Thus, the real solution to counter the pertaining problem is not to avoid stress beforehand, but to manage stress adroitly.advertisementAt the workplace, anyone can experience stress under different circumstances as everyone has different mental ability and stress handling capacity. The SHRM study also revealed that 80 per cent of employees in India are suffering from stress at the workplace, every 1 out of 2 employees suffer from anxiety and depression on a varied basis. This is true that everyone cannot fit in a single parameter when it comes to stress management. That’s a reason, it is the responsibility of the HR to handle the situation skillfully and help employees to manage stress.There has been a recent paradigm shift in the likeliness of employees volunteering for stress management programmes, where nearly 90 per cent of employees have shown interest for participation in such programmes.Stress- Cause, reaction and fallout When work demands exceed the capacity and capability of an individual, it leads to stress in the workplace. In cases, where companies load employees with an excess of work without weighing them on the scales of efficiency and capacity, lack of work-life balance, and disrespect at the workplace are the most common causes of stress in the corporateRight from undefined duties, key result area (KRA), and unrealistic goals to harassment, ill-treatment, or bullying at the workplace, are some of the major causes that result in stressThe most common reaction to stress is flight or fight. But any individual can neither avoid stress for long nor can fight against the odds alone. Despite being the common reactions, these options aren’t the right choice in the day to day work life situationsEven the ROI of organisations are adversely affected because of employees’ stress. As per the SHRM India study, the productivity losses across IT, Finance/Banking, and Travel and Hospitality because of stress reach to Rs 49.67 crore, 105.48 crore, and 10.5 crore respectivelyHealth deterioration, physical ailments, underperformance, absenteeism, reduced productivity, job quitting, et cetera are the major results of stress. The need of the hour is to have a planned approach to manage stress at the workplace in a practically effective manner. This is what makes the role of an HR even more crucial.Ways for HR manager to manage stress The HR managers need to follow a psychologically sound approach to manage stress. The three phases of stress management namely – Identification of stress, treatment of stress, and stress relieving mechanism for future, are essential for HR managers to understand and follow.They must also be in sync with the health and safety department of the organisation scheduling primary health checkups for employees time to time and arranging psychiatrists and counselors for counseling sessions if needed.In the complete stress management process, the first step should involve an analysis of the factors causing stress. This will not just help in employee retention and enhanced work performance but will also result in organisational development.The diagnostic phase plays an important part in stress management.The employees should also be encouraged to self-diagnose the stress causing reasons. That can involve simple techniques of analyzing the past day and observe easy signs of stress including a frequent headache, excessive sleep, weakness, and disorientation at work.advertisementApart from this, HR managers should also identify the change in individuals at the workplace and engage in conversations regarding the work-life balance and workflow efficiency. This is vital for the HR team to observe signs of social withdrawal amongst employees like not wanting to meet people, avoiding parties, and a constant feeling of being overwhelmed.The HR managers should encourage individuals to accept stressful situations as a part of self-awareness because that can greatly help in refocusing on the remedial measures. Today, with widespread awareness regarding stress, employees at the workplace aren’t hiding their feelings and coming to the forefront to their HR and management in anticipation of a proper solution.Following the psychological principles, the proposed solution for stress management can be action based, job-based or ritual based.Action based stress management: The advancements of technology can be really helpful for individuals fighting stress because they can manage their time efficiently using alarms and notification apps on their smartphones.Following a disciplined time routine can help get rid of stress to a great extent and that should also be the focal point of HR managers to assure that employees follow a time routine and undertake their work in a disciplined manner. The newly emerging mobile health apps are proving great benefits for health and wellness of the employees across industries.Today, mobile technology and telephonic assistance are rising as the most applicable technology driven assistance to address stress at an individual level with a share of 30.4 per cent and 24.5 per cent respectively.Job-based stress management: Prioritising tasks is another way to bust stress and come out with flying colors. HR team should responsibly hold seminars and workshops with employees and counsel them to identify and prioritize important tasks and accomplish their targets.Counseling is the most imperative aspect in the stress management for the HR, especially counseling at the right time because the resistance time of stress-fighting for employees, between the alarm (first) and exhaustion (final) phase of stress, can help derive the befitting stress management technique. In fact, employees are also advised to approach employee counselors or HRs to become aware of one’s own strengths and weaknesses.Ritual based stress management: The stated hobby in over 95 per cent of the resumes that HR managers receive gives a sign that those activities provide a break from routine to individuals and help them recharge for the work.Employees need to believe that he/she is singularly responsible for his/her health. Hobbies and rituals can play an important part in achieving the same and handle stress. Right from fun Fridays to sports activities at the workplace, these arrangements done by HRs will not just help employees at all hierarchy to interact but will reduce the causes of stress to a great level.Motivational activities, team building tasks, and interactive fun activities can also be fruitful in countering stress.advertisement(Authored article by Judy Manjlekar, India HR Director, TechnipFMC)Read: 7 steps to make your organisation a great place to workRead: How to deal with people who do not perform at workplacelast_img read more

  • Manchester United not a laughing stock any more, says Phil Jones

    first_imgManchester United were a “laughing stock” at the start of the season but deserve to be taken seriously now after Saturday’s win over Fulham lifted them into the Premier League’s top four, defender Phil Jones has said.Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had brought a “positivity” to the club after Jose Mourinho’s departure and while United were not the finished article they were moving in the right direction, he added.”It was tough for everyone involved, we might have been a bit of a laughing stock at the start of the season, but certainly not now,” Jones told reporters after United’s 3-0 win.”We’ve proven that in the last 10 or 12 games. Everyone’s got to take us seriously now.”United were 11 points off the top four when Solskjaer took charge in December and, having won eight of their last nine Premier League games, they moved back into the Champions League spots for the first time since the opening weekend.The club is undefeated since Solskjaer’s appointment, winning 10 of 11 games in all competitions, and Jones attributed the run to the different approach under the Norwegian.”(There’s) just a positivity about the place to grind results out when we’re not playing well, to play forward, to play with intent and purpose,” said Jones, who extended his contract until 2023 last week.Also Watch:last_img read more

  • Oppo K1 review: An affordable Oppo phone that offers good performance and cameras

    first_imgIn a lot of ways, the Oppo K1 rights some of the wrongs of the Oppo A7. Both the phones have been launched in India at Rs 16,990, but where the A7 delivered underwhelming specifications, the K1 succeeds in offering hardware and software that are more in line with what today’s consumer is looking for. The Oppo K1 is a unique phone in this segment as it is the cheapest to offer an in-display fingerprint.While an in-display fingerprint sensor is the biggest USP, the K1 has a lot more to offer. It brings an AMOLED display as well along with a powerful mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset and a 25MP selfie camera, among other things. At this price, the Oppo K1 touts a number of striking features as the phone looks to take on the likes of the Realme 2 Pro and Mi A2 in the online sphere. I spent a little over a week with the Oppo K1 and here’s how I feel about the new mid-range smartphone.Oppo K1 designThe Oppo K1 looks like a pretty typical new Oppo smartphone. Like the Oppo F9 Pro and A7, the Oppo K1 gets a waterdrop display on the front, and a glossy rear panel. There’s also a horizontal dual camera setup on the top left corner with a gold accent around. While there is some familiarity, the K1 feels a little more premium. This is largely due to a combination of a gorgeous AMOLED display on the front and a glass-like 3D curved back panel. That’s right, the K1 brings an AMOLED display at a price of Rs 16,990, which is always to see in this segment.advertisementSo, the rear panel is not glass, but it does feel good to touch thanks to a 3D injection molding process that makes the panel feel smooth, while it glistens and shines as light hits the surface. My review unit was in Astral Blue, which offers hues of blue that takes up the top half, gradually shifting towards purple on the bottom. The phone is also offered in a solid colour Piano Black. The plastic panel does attract smudges and I noticed a few scratches after about a week of usage, so you will definitely want to use the transparent silicone cover that comes with the box for as long as you can.The Oppo K1’s USP is that it brings an optical in-display fingerprint sensor at an affordable price. This is currently the only phone under Rs 20,000 to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor, which makes it pretty unique. But at the same time, I feel it’s not really a feature to crave. The under display fingerprint sensor is pretty standard to what some of the other phones have to offer. Registering your fingerprint takes a good bit of time, and unlocking is slower than a physical fingerprint sensor. The speed is comparable to what the OnePlus 6T offers, not faster or slower. The sensor is fairly accurate at registering the fingerprint, but there have been occasions when the sensor would not register the touch at all.Oppo K1 displayThe Oppo K1 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, over 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Getting an AMOLED display in this price bracket is a rarity. Some Samsung phones have offered this, but the numbers are few, and this is honestly more exciting than having an in-display fingerprint sensor. The AMOLED display looks great with punchy and saturated colours and good viewing angles. You are still greeted with a typical ColorOS UI with chunky app icons that makes the UI look a little dated, but the display manages to bring some life into the UI and the general user experience. The waterdrop notch is pretty non-intrusive while watching videos or playing games, so you can expect an immersive viewing experience. Brightness levels are pretty good, with no problem during outdoor visibility.Oppo K1 performance and softwarePowering the Oppo K1 is a capable octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. Oppo did not bring the 6GB RAM variant to India, which is kind of a bummer. But the base model with 4GB of RAM still offers a pretty solid configuration for power users, In my brief interaction with the device, I found the K1 to work effortlessly while browsing through apps and generally working with the UI.The Snapdragon 660 chipset is a known powerhouse performer that typically delivers a consistently smooth and lag free experience. It runs games like PUBG and Ashphalt 9 like a breeze on medium graphics settings. Even if you tweak the settings to high graphics, the processor manages to work pretty smoothly. It is also pretty power efficient and you won’t find the phone heat up too much even after a 30 minute session of PUBG. It’s quite nice to see Oppo go with a SD660 chip after launching the Oppo A7 for the same price with a Snapdragon 450 processor.advertisement A real bummer here is that the Oppo K1 runs on Android Oreo with ColorOS 5.2 on top. There’s no Pie, and the company has not provided a clear timeline for when the K1 will be updated to the latest ColorOS 6.0. We have seen ColorOS 5.2 run on phones like the Realme U1 in the recent past. While the general UI still offers the typical chunky app icons, but the number of pre-loaded apps are minimal, which is good to see. The Oppo skin is fairly lightweight and offers some notable features like Game Space with Hyper Boost that helps load heavy gaming apps faster and also helps in adding a smooth consistency to the performance. There is also a Smart Bar, which is a floating dock that lets you easily switch between your favorite apps.The few downsides to ColorOS 5.2 is the constant barrage of irrelevant notifications from Oppo’s custom apps. During the review period, I received tons of notifications from the Oppo App Store to check out videos on Vigo, an app that I did not download or use. ColorOS 5.2 also does not offer an App Drawer, but that is said to come with ColorOS 6.0. In fact, the next major ColorOS update will bring a cleaner, minimalistic UI that is optimised for bezel-less phones, and we hope to see the next bunch of Oppo phones to launch with ColorOS 6.0 out-of-the-box.The Oppo K1 does offer the option to hide the notch, if you find it interfering some of the content on screen, but I have not found the need to use the option because the teardrop notch barely comes in the way of anything.Oppo K1 cameraLike most Oppo phones, the Oppo K1 is also a selfie-centric smartphone with a 25MP AI camera housed inside the droplet notch. The sensor is offered with a f/2.0 aperture and typical beautifying modes to make selfies look smooth and bright. Selfies captured in daylight offered good brightness levels and a lot of detail. Facial textures can be smoothened if you enable the AI Beautification feature, or you can disable the Beauty mode if you want more natural-looking selfies. There is some smoothing that happens even with the Beauty mode turned off, but that’s a pretty common trait in Oppo phones.The selfie camera lets you take bokehs by tapping on the waterdrop logo on the top to enable depth effect. The bokeh shots captured doesn’t do a great job at separating the subject from the background, but it is passable when done in broad daylight. The selfie camera also offers modes like Stickers and Pano. The panoramic selfie is essentially a group selfie feature that lets you capture more area by tilting the device to the left and right.advertisement The dual camera system on the back includes a 16MP primary camera with a wide f/1.7 aperture and a 2MP secondary camera for depth sensing. As you would expect, there’s a lot of AI backing for the primary camera as well. Thanks to an AI-powered chipset, the camera is able to detect a number of scenes and will automatically adjust the setting according. Photos captured via the primary camera look really good in daylight as you get a lot of detail and nice colour reproduction. Thanks to the AMOLED display, colours will look rich and punchy, and will are you want to share the pictures on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook.IMAGE SAMPLESThe Oppo K1 manages to retain some detail even in average lighting, but things aren’t as flattering in low-light conditions where photos will look grainy. The primary camera supports portrait shots, and the K1 does a decent job at subject separation. The background blur looks pretty satisfying, but the portrait mode tends to perform poorly in low light settings.Oppo K1 batteryThe Oppo K1 houses a 3,600mAh battery with support for 10W charging over micro-USB port. It is a little disappointing to see a microUSB port in this segment in 2019, but it isn’t all that surprising. The K1 delivers a decent battery life that can take you through a full day on heavy usage. This is not a two-day battery, but the power efficient chipset makes sure battery drain is minimal when playing graphic intensive games. Since the Oppo K1 does not support Oppo’s in-house VOOC fast charging, and it will take about two and a half hours to fully charge the device from zeros to 100 per cent.Should you buy the Oppo K1The Oppo K1 offers a few interesting features to keep a user satisfied. The attractive gradient design and teardrop display is a nice sight to have every time you pick up the device. The AMOLED panel offers rich, vibrant colours and sharpness, which makes it great for watching videos and playing games. The Snapdragon 660 is a smooth and powerful chipset that is capable of handling whatever you throw at it, while at the same time keeps the Oppo K1 cool from the inside.While the USP of the K1 is its in-display fingerprint sensor, it is probably not something that will excite you a great deal. It works just fine, but it still cannot beat the swiftness and accuracy of a physical sensor. ColorOS still looks clunky and dated, a persisting issue that you can either accept or wholeheartedly reject. Beyond that, the cameras and battery life are pretty decent, but phones like the Realme 2 Pro and Galaxy M20 offer something more in these areas.ALSO READ | Oppo R17 Pro review: Stunning, good performance and crazy fast chargingALSO READ | Oppo F9 Pro review: Waterdrop notch, superfast charging makes it worth buyingALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi 9 quick review: A premium Xiaomi phone that may appeal to Indian usersOppo K1 review7.5/10ProsVivid AMOLED displayGood performanceDecent camerasConsRuns on Android OreoSpam notificationsLow-light camera performancelast_img read more

  • Delhi University (DU) UG registration 2019 to end soon! Apply now @ du.ac.in

    first_imgDU Admission 2019: The online registration process of Delhi University (DU) Undergraduate (UG) admissions 2019 will end on June 14, 2019. All the interested, eligible candidates can apply for 56,000 seats in undergraduate courses on the official website, the link for which is du.ac.in .Till now, over 2.14 lakh students have registered on Delhi University’s website for admissions to undergraduate courses. As reported by IANS, in total 1, 15,999 have been made payments. Out of the total number of registrations, 73,363 aspirants are from the unreserved category, 20,317 from other backward classes, 16,815 from Scheduled Castes, 3,379 from Scheduled Tribes and 2,142 from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS).Delhi UG Admission 2019: Cut-off listFirst cut-off list: June 20 (Expected)Second cut-off list: June 25(Expected)Third list: June 29, 2019Fourth and fifth cut-off lists: July 4 and July 9, respectivelyColleges affiliated to Delhi University:Delhi University is a prestigious institute of higher education in India and many top notch colleges like St Stephens, Hindu College, Hansraj College, Shriram College of Commerce, Lady Shriram College, Miranda House, Ramjas College, Kirori Mal College, Kamala Nehru College (KNC), Gargi College, etc are affiliated to it.Delhi UG Admission 2019: Educational qualification requiredThe candidate must have passed class 12 or its equivalent examination with minimum marks specified for each programmeCandidate should be an Indian citizen. The NRI candidates can apply through a different admission processAge limit:There is no minimum age requirement for applying.How to apply for Delhi University (DU) UG Admission 2019:Go to the official website of DU, du.ac.inClick on the New Applicant Signup’ tabOn the new page, create a new user account (Follow direction)Click on the New Registration’ linkEnter all the required information in the space providedPay the application fee and upload all the relevant scanned copied of the documentsClick on the ‘Register’ and a registration confirmation will be sent on your email idDownload a soft copy and take a print out of the filled-in DU Application Form 2019Direct link to apply: http://www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=ug-admissionadvertisementList of documents to be uploaded while filling the application form:Passport size photograph of the applicant (10-50 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)Scanned signature of the applicant (10-50 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)SC/ST/PwD/CW/KM Certificate (in the name of the applicant) issued by the competent authority (100-500 kb in size for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format)OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) Certificate (in the name of the Applicant) issued on or after March 31, 2019. The OBC caste must be included in Central list issued by the Government of India. http://ncbc.nic.in. (100-500 kb for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format)EWS Certificate issued by SDM certifying the applicant can claim reservation under this category, dated March 31, 2019 or later.(100-500 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)Self-attested copies of Sports and/or ECA certificates. (100-500 kb in size per document for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG FORMAT), if applying under these categoriesSelf -Attested Class 10 certificate/marksheet containing Date of Birth (100-500 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)Self -attested Class 12 mark sheet, if results have been announced. (In case the marksheet has not been issued by the Board, a self-attested copy of the marksheet downloaded from the respective board’s website should be uploaded). (100-500 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)DU Admission 2019: Number of seatsThis year Delhi University will offer admission on 56,000 seats for undergraduate courses.DU Admission 2019: Most popular courseThis year, English (Hons) is emerging as the most sought after undergraduate course in Delhi University (DU) so far. As of now, the university has received 92,346 applications for the course.In 2018, English had received the maximum number of applications 1,26,327, thereby making it a highly contended seat, with 55 students competing for each seat. Of DU’s 63 colleges, 48 offer the subject.For any other query related to admission, all the candidates are advised to check the official website of Delhi University (DU).READ: DU admissions: Delhi University to provide full scholarship to students whose parents are no morelast_img read more

  • Education Budget 2019: Experts comment on national research foundation to major start-up tax benefits

    first_imgFinance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her maiden budget speech on Friday where she laid down the plan for the implementation of the new National Education Policy which focuses on research for development. Of the total Rs 94,853.64 crore education budget, Rs 56, 536.63 crore has been pegged for school sector while Rs 38,317.01 crore has been allocated for higher education. A Higher Education Commission will soon be set up and major tax benefits for start-ups were also proposed.Read: Education Budget 2019 expectations: From tax-free education to an upskilling allowance, here’s what education experts wantHere is what education experts from various schools, universities, institutes and start-ups think about the new Union Budget 2019 for Education:National Research Foundation Manek Daruvala, Founder and Director, T.I.M.E.”It is very heartening to note the increased focus to push research by setting up the ‘National Research Foundation’. India certainly has a lot of catching up to do on this front and one can only hope that the initiative is followed through with utmost rigour to ensure quick and fruitful results.”Srini Raghavan, Founder and CEO, EI”The National Research Foundation can be a game changer. However, there is a need for a higher focus on K 12 education. Unless we fix core issues in learning levels of school children – such as building foundational skills, tracking impact, board exam revamp, teacher training, etc. – initiatives at the higher education level will not yield desired results.”Kanak Gupta, Director, Seth MR Jaipuria Schools”The status of education is often a healthy predictor of the country’s overall development and well-being. I’m excited about the proposed setup of the National Research Foundation; this could be the game-changer.”advertisementProf. Vishwanathan Iyer, Professor & Associate Dean Academics, Tapmi”Establishment of National Research Foundation to promote research in India is a great move to strengthen overall research ecosystem in the country. Research is one area where we have been lagging behind compared to the West and even China.”Funds for World Class Institutions Dr. Sandeep Pachpande, Chairman, Audyogik Shikshan Mandal (ASM) Group “The proposed allocation of 400 crore to higher education institutes will help cater to many students across the country. However, the requirement is much more and we were expecting a larger percentage of the budget will be allocated for it. Though in the last four years the government has underspent the allocated budget for the sector, we are hoping the scenario will be different in FY20.”Shweta Sastri, Managing Director, Canadian International School, Bengaluru”The government proposed a range of major changes for India’s education system in the budget and laid emphasis on the importance of not only providing literacy but improving the quality of education. The increased allocation of funds will ensure better quality government schools that educate majority of children in India.This is a balanced budget as far as education sector is concerned. Overall, we feel that the measures taken should meet the expectations of the common man, which will lead to higher consumption, enhanced liquidity in the market, increase in investment and savings, imperative to fuel India’s growth engine.”Study in India programme Ravi Sreedharan, Founder, and Director, Indian School of Development Management (ISDM)”The Indian education system has always lacked a global student mix. Study in India plan in order to bring foreign students will help in bringing the desired diversity in our education sector.”Nilesh Gaikwad, Country Manager, EDHEC Business School “It is heartening to see the government emphasise on skill-training through Skill Certification Schemes. The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) will ensure our graduates are industry-ready. Special initiatives like ‘Study in India’ will attract foreign students, thus increasing awareness of the rich and diverse Indian culture.In turn, such diversity within an average classroom will ensure Indian students become global-minded. Increasing the number of Indian Institutions within the top 200 global institutions will not only substantiate the presence of top foreign talent graduating from India but also give a shot-in-arm to the research activities within Indian educational institutions. Through GIAN initiative, the government is also working to bring the best of international talent pool to work with Indian institutions”.Ankur Dhawan, COO, Buddy4Studdy”Though the focus on ‘Study in India’ is good, it does not solve the urgent problems of lower enrollment in higher education as well as poor learning outcomes. The budget could have emphasized on leveraging more of CSR funds in education to cover insufficient budgetary allocations”Amol Arora, MD – Shemrock & Shemford Group of Schools”A humble yet notable announcement in the Education Budget 2019 was the ‘Study in India’ programme, which holds the potential to put India on the world map. However, we still need a series of fundamental structural reforms – which I hope will be addressed in the near future”advertisementProf. Vishwanathan Iyer, Professor & Associate Dean Academics, Tapmi”‘Study in India’ is expected to be a game changer in terms of bringing foreign students into Indian higher education system. While we have always aimed at ‘Internationalization’ of Indian students in higher education, it is time we started seeing ‘Indianization’ of International students in the higher education space.”Major start-up benefits Raman Roy, Founder, Quatrro & Co-Founder, Indian Angel Network”The e-verification mechanism proposed by FM Nirmala Sitharaman is an enabling one for both start-ups and angel investors. This, coupled with the exclusion of start-ups and investors who file requisite declarations from tax scrutiny, is an uplifting step taken by the government. The ‘requisite declaration’ clause, though, requires a closer inspection. In any case, the overall development looks extremely optimistic for the Indian start-up ecosystem.”Ashish Bhatia,Founder, India Accelerator “In the Budget 2019-20, Hon’ble Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has duly tried to address some of concerns of Startup ecosystem. Easing of Angle tax issue is a step in right direction. Providing a platform like Shark Tank via a Doordarshan umbrella will also help many of the start ups, particularly in the early stages to raise funds and let the whole nation know about them.”Arun Nagpal, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Mrida Group “I am glad the FM has showcased Rural India, Start-ups, Women and Social Entrepreneurship, though it would have been good to see specific focus on job creation, and concrete steps to address rural distress, particularly for small and marginal farmers. The focus on SHGs and easy availability of credit will go a long way in ensuring that women develop as entrepreneurs.Start-ups, especially in the social sector, should benefit from the proposed social stock exchange and will also have easier access to capital. Start-up taxation, up till now the elephant in the room, has also been clarified and dealt with.”Anil Nagar, Founder and CEO, Adda247″The government’s focus on research and innovation will lead to progress in the country and boost various start-ups. We are also very positive with regards to India’s start-up growth where India has become the 2nd largest hub for start-ups with our youth turning into job creators from seekers.Promoting the concept of ‘Make in India’ and encouraging the concept of start-ups and proposing a method to establish and create awareness within the nation will be a good starting point.”Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla”A series of incentives accorded to start-ups in the Union Budget is a testimony to the government’s intent of fostering an enabling ecosystem to promote entrepreneurship in India. The move to set-up around 80 “livelihood business incubators” and 20 tech business incubators is commendable as it will boost entrepreneurship besides upskilling the workforce to meet demands of industry 4.0.advertisementFurthermore, the easing of Angel Tax on Start-ups and the proposal to revamp the Labour Laws will improve the Ease of Doing Business in the Indian economy. The extension of Women SHG Interest Subvention Programme will boost women entrepreneurship.”Kiran Dham, CEO & HR Head – Globus Infocom Limited”We laud the budget presented by FM Nirmala Sitharaman today and I believe it will have a positive impact on overall entrepreneurship and skills of woman in business. The biggest issue that woman entrepreneurs have been facing over the past decades is their lack of access to finance and markets to build businesses.It has been witnessed that women do not get apt growth opportunities and nurturing in their early start-up phase. Therefore, the present proposal of the government through expanding various schemes capacities such as Self-help group, Mudra Scheme, Startup India, are well thought and will further encourage women to venture into businesses and prove their mettle on a global platform.”Akshay Chaturvedi, Founder & CEO, Leverage Edu. “In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s continued commitment towards fostering startups in India, we would love to see a vertical focus on the sector from the respective ministers, which will help us integrate with the broader economy and contribute to government goals in a far better way, and reducing GST to the 5% slab for education services.”Sourav Jandial, Founder, Voyzapp.com”We are thrilled with the government boost for the new-age start-ups. A specially dedicated TV programme for start-ups is something all start-ups shall look forward to. The programme may serve as a one-point information house for topics such as start-up funding, issues affecting growth, tax planning etc.”Moonmoon Agarwal, Co-Founder and Director of Nmami Life”Startups and the investors will not be challenged on the valuation of angel tax and this initiative is going to build a strong startup system. The issue of establishing of the identity of the investor will be resolved by an e-verification (faceless income tax assessment). A lot of relief from the income tax department for startups is going to boost and encourage young entrepreneurs. This will remove the element of discretion for startups.”Chet Jainn, Founder and CEO, Crowdera”In the Union Budget 2019, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the government will start an exclusive television programme for start-ups which will promote start-ups, discuss their growth, as well as funding and tax planning. This programme will be run by start-ups themselves which will help the new and emerging entrepreneurs of tier 2 and tier 3 cities of our country that don’t have access to events and meet-ups.”New-age skill development Ishan Gupta, MD, Udacity India”The government’s focus on encouraging skill development and training in various tech-centric areas including Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Robotics etc. is an extremely welcome step.The field of AI and affiliated technologies is highly valued across the globe. The proposed measures will ensure that the next generation of students is job-ready for the high-value jobs that are rapidly emerging both in India and abroad.”Divya Jain, Co-Founder & CEO, Safeducate”The government’s vision of Digital India and Start-up India is incomplete without able entrepreneurs who have both the vision as well as the skills to execute that vision. The finance minister’s move to have 75,000 skilled entrepreneurs in India paves the way for this and will promote the development of cutting-edge and indigenous technological solutions, create high-tech jobs in India, upskill Indian professionals, and enable us to tap the ripening global market.”Siddarth Bharwani, VP – Brand & Marketing, Jetking”Focus has been laid on new age skills such as AI, IoT, Big Data and Robotics which are key demands in both national and international job markets. While the stepping stones to the importance of skill development in such fields have been laid, we are still awaiting further clarification on how this advanced skill development is to be achieved.”Dr. Aseem Chauhan, Chairman and Chancellor, Amity University”This Union Budget 2019 comes bearing good news for Indian youth. Skill development in new and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data and robotics is a forward looking move by the Government. Today’s budget pivots on creating opportunities for our aspiring youth and the rural economy. This will help the country in generating jobs and also in bridging the skills gap.”Tarun Bhalla, Founder & CEO, Avishkaar (India’s largest Robotics company)”I’m delighted to hear the government will be working towards improving our youth skill levels in AI, Big Data, IoT along with Robotics. These skills of the future will ensure that our youth are prepared and able to secure jobs both in the country and abroad. It’s a commendable step helping align education with industry requirements.”Pankaj Muthe, Program Manager, Academic Program, APAC, Qlik “The focus on the amplification of skills in new-age tech domains such as AI, IoT, Big Data, and Robotics will help to address the severe skills shortage that businesses across India are facing at present, apart from opening newer avenues of career growth for Indian professionals.The government should also make stronger efforts to incorporate data literacy training at the grassroots level and incentivise organisations to launch data literacy training initiatives for their employees. Doing so will equip current and future Indian professionals with the required knowledge and competencies to navigate the data-driven world of tomorrow.”Narayan Mahadevan, Co-Founder, BridgeLabz “This is a welcome move to help support the youth in AI, ML and emerging technologies so that they secure high paying jobs both in India and abroad. One of the areas to support in this would be to look at supporting the start-ups and organizations which are helping the disadvantaged youth to upskill.One extremely beneficial area to look at would be a case for the progressive tax rate for businesses with low threshold tax rates benefitting Micro and Small Enterprises. Currently, the corporate rates are in the range of 25-30% and having a further progressive slab structure will help millions of small enterprises which employ the large base of the pyramid. Also, a simplified low TDS process can go a long way to make life simpler and encourage small enterprises.”Subrat Mohanty, Group President, Manipal Education & Medical Group, MEMG”The government has comprehensively addressed the issue of employability in the Union Budget. At the outset, the ramping up of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) to leverage India’s unique demographic dividend is a crucial step to boost the economy.The intent to train the youth in new age skills (such as AI, ML, Big Data, IoT, and robotics will position the country as a hub for highly skilled labour. This will help drive employment considering the demand for these skills in the wake of Industry 4.0.Also, the increase in courses through the Swayam platform will empower the disadvantaged sections of the society in acquiring employable skills and for upskilling. Supplementing these reforms, the government’s decision to provide connectivity in every panchayat through the Bharat Net initiative will facilitate a broader base for upskilling across rural India.”Reforms through Higher Education Commission Dr. Yajulu Medury, Director, Mahindra Ecole Centrale, Hyderabad (private engineering college)”The FM has rightly focused on the youth of the country and education is the tool for development. The commitment to bringing in the new education policy and make sweeping changes in how education is imparted with the focus on learning outcomes will play a big role in bettering the education level.”Beas Dev Ralhan, Co-founder and CEO, Next Education India Pvt. Ltd “Apart from focusing on improving research and higher education via the National Research Foundation, the Union Budget 2019 has promoted play-based early childhood education and high-quality teacher training via the new National Education Policy.””Furthermore, in an admirable move, the National Sports Education Board for the development of skilled sportsmen is to be set up under “Khelo India” project, so as to promote enthusiasm in sports as an important part of the development of today’s learners.”Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla”For long, various stakeholders have stressed the need for a unified regulator in the higher education sector. The proposed move to set up Higher Education Commission would smoothen the regulatory process and remove jurisdictional ambiguity.”Problems with the National Education Policy as per experts Prateek Bhargava, CEO, Mindler”Inspite of submission of draft national education policy by HRD Ministry in May, 2019, the Finance Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, had again announced to bring in a New National Education Policy without laying down any framework to implement it.It seemed that the education sector was again kept on the back burner. Although various government schemes like Khelo India scheme, Kaushal Vikas Yojna were given due emphasis by the FM with the aim to support sports and skill training, no funds were allocated for technology upgradation, which would have helped Indian schools to leverage the power of digital solutions and prepare students for modern jobs and career.We at Mindler believe that the quality guidance and counselling aspect of education is the base for driving employment and this is ignored in the budget. India is a counselling deficit education sector by a wide margin and it is a critical space to look into for a country with the largest youth populations globally.”Zishaan Hayath, CEO & Founder, Toppr”We expected a larger focus on education for school-going children. Today, India has almost 250 million children in that age group but very few have access to quality education since it is limited to certain pockets of India.Improving and upgrading our higher education institutes is also required, but at the same time, we need to ensure that our children have access to well-trained teachers, infrastructure, and resources from the very beginning.It was very encouraging when the recently released National Education Policy spoke about adaptive assessments in schools so that children learn at their own pace. It encouraged the use of technology to personalize education so that children learn better. Unfortunately, this wasn’t mentioned in the budget, and we sincerely hope that this doesn’t just remain on paper.”Dr. Bappaditya Mukhopadhyay, Professor, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon “Education and health are two other predominantly service sectors that India has a lot to develop, offer and to employ. While there is increased allocation, are they anywhere near sufficient? Our education spending is at 3.1% of GDP, less than half of where it should be because we have the potential to be the employee centre.The emphasis on Robotics and AIML is welcome but given the current skilling, how far can we tap into such potentials? Surely any effort to prepare the young work force for emerging technologies is a welcome move. What remains disappointing is perhaps giving up the idea on Make in India. Very little is on the agenda when one looks at logistics and warehousing- both these are employment generators.Once again, investment in education seems to have got the raw deal — mere high allocation for R&D and higher education will yield little if the education infrastructure isn’t adequate. At this rate, ten years down the line, we will still produce a lot of graduates not ready with the required skills.Finally, for ages now we have seen budget as an exercise of macroeconomic targets with micro economic interventions. We have added a few more this year with catchy terms. Can the government set aside a dedicated fund to do an objective assessment of how much of the declared intentions announced through various schemes have been actually met? Evidence based policy making is needed.”Read: Union Budget 2019: Important education highlightsRead: Budget 2019: Start-up fund gets special mention, exclusive TV show to begin for start-upsRead: Education Budget 2019: National Sports Education Board to be set up under Khelo IndiaRead: Budget 2019: Centre allots Rs 400 crore for setting up world-class institutes in Indialast_img read more

  • These matches were warm-ups for the World Championship: Hima Das on her 5 gold medals

    first_imgIndian track and field athlete Hima Das on Monday said that her focus is on World Championship after winning five gold medals – four in 200m and one in 400m event. Hima said the five matches were warm-up like games for her as she is preparing for big matches. She added that she is trying her best to do well and need prayers and blessings from the nation.”These five matches were training games, warm-up matches because big games like World Championship is coming next. So for that, I am preparing. My focus is on these big games. I will try my best to do well there. I need your prayers and blessings,” Hima told ANI.The athlete also expressed her gratitude to the President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan for their good wishes on her achievements.”I am overwhelmed. Everybody conveyed congratulations to me. President Sir, Prime Minister Sir, Sachin Sir, Amitabh Bachchan Sir and rest everybody applauded me. I want to thank each one of you. Keep blessing me,” she added.The ace sprinter claimed her fifth gold medal, in three weeks, at the Nove Mesto Athletics Meet on July 20. She clocked a timing of 52.09 seconds to complete the 400m race, registering her season-best timing. Hima won gold in 200m in Tabor Athletic Meet earlier on Wednesday.Hima, known as ‘Dhing Express’, won three gold medals at different events – Klado Athletic Meet, Kunto Athletics Meet, and Poznan Athletics Grand Prix.advertisementAlso Read | Salaam boss: Rishabh Pant congratulates Hima Das after 5 gold medals in 19 daysAlso Read | Hima Das wins 5 gold medals: Anushka Sharma leads B-Town in congratulating India’s Golden GirlAlso Read | I will continue to work hard and bring more medals for India: Hima Das promises PM Modilast_img read more

  • Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, Shantha Rangaswamy appointed Cricket advisors

    first_imgKapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy have been appointed as the Cricket Advisory Committee subject to all three being cleared of any conflict of interest.The 3-member committee comprising Kapil, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy was earlier picked on an ad-hoc basis but it has now been handed the responsibility of appointing India’s next head coach.The interviews of applicants for India’s head coach are likely to take place on August 13 and/or August 14. The deadline for filing the applications for the head coach and support staff is July 30The Indian coaching staff, currently led by Ravi Shastri, was given a 45-day extension after their contract expired at the end of the 2019 World Cup. Shastri was appointed coach after Anil Kumble stepped down following a rift with captain Virat Kohli.It is understood Kohli will not give any input on the selection of the next coach.Besides, there will be no meeting to review India’s performance in the World Cup as the “team leaves in a few days from now and there is hardly any time.” Touted as pre-tournament favourites, India to New Zealand in a tense semi-final.Also See:last_img read more

  • SOUTH SIOUX GRAIN ELEVATOR TO BE DEMOLISHED (UPDATE)

    first_imgUpdated 4:25pm 5/31/18THE OWNER OF THE SOUTH SIOUX CITY GRAIN ELEVATOR DAMAGED BY AN EXPLOSION TUESDAY SAYS HE WILL DEMOLISH THE STRUCTURE.SOUTH SIOUX POLICE CHIEF ED MAHON SAYS BRYCE ANDERSON, OWNER OF THE ANDERSON FARMS ELEVATOR, IS DISCUSSING OPTIONS ON HOW TO TAKE THE REMAINING SHELL OF THE STRUCTURE DOWN:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ELBLAST7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..QUICKLY AS THEY CAN. :12MAHON SAYS INVESTIGATORS STILL FEAR THAT THE REMAINING BUILDING COULD COLLAPSE, SO THEY DON’T WANT TO WAIT MUCH LONGER BEFORE STARTING THE DEMOLITION PROCESS.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ELBLAST8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………HOPE IT DOESN’T. :14GRAIN CONTINUES TO SMOLDER IN THE BASE OF THE STRUCTURE THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING.THE CAUSE OF THE EXPLOSION THAT SENT ONE EMPLOYEE TO THE HOSPITAL HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED.—————————INSPECTORS HAVE BEEN ON THE SCENE OF THE SOUTH SIOUX CITY GRAIN ELEVATOR THAT WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED BY AN EXPLOSION TUESDAY.SOUTH SIOUX POLICE CHIEF ED MAHON SAYS PLANS ARE BEING FORMED TO TRY AND PROTECT NEARBY HOMES AND BUSINESSES IF THE ELEVATOR COLLAPSES OR IS TAKEN DOWN:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ELBLAST5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….. WANDER IN THERE. :19MAHON SAYS THAT WILL LEAD TO SOME RESIDENTS BEING ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES.FOR THOSE RESIDENTS WHO CAN’T RETURN HOME, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO STAY AT A RED CROSS SHELTER IN THE SOUTH SIOUX CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL TONIGHT.MEANWHILE A FINAL DECISION ON WHAT TO DO WITH THE GRAIN ELEVATOR OPERATED BY ANDERSON FARMS HAS NOT BEEN FINALIZED:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ELBLAST6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….QUICKLY AS WE CAN. :11THE NAME OF THE EMPLOYEE INJURED IN TUESDAY’S EXPLOSION HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.CHIEF MAHON SAYS HE REMAINS HOSPITALIZED IN A LINCOLN, NEBRASKA BURN CENTER WITH SERIOUS INJURIES.last_img read more

  • Roundtable Friday: are we more excited about football or hoops?

    first_img@CarsonC5Both should be favored to win the Big 12, let’s get that out of the way. There’s no wrong answer. Football has more question marks. Will Glenn Spencer be a difference maker? Or just the next name on the list field a leaky defense? And — unpopular opinion alert — I’m not sure OSU is starting the right quarterback. The thing no one wants to talk about is Chelf feasted on the worst Big 12 defenses (Tech, WVU, OU)[1. Not to mention Purdue. I’m convinced Alex Cate could’ve run it up on the Boilermakers.] while Lunt had to face the best (K-State on the road, TCU). While Walsh may have been the most productive. Gundy’s already backpedaling a little bit[2. Per NewsOK.] Certainly a good headache to have.Despite the QB carousel, it all comes down to the defense and the schedule looks like Gundy drafted it. Big, big season awaits.But I think it has to be basketball. Strictly because the hoops team should be national contenders, not just league favorites[3. Ford is still doing this in his living room.]. I don’t think they are flawless, though. What happens if Cobbins gets in foul trouble? Gary Gaskins may help, or he may be Jared Shaw. Marcus Smart aside, OSU fans should be downright giddy about Stevie Clark. I have been covering Stevie since his freshman year of high school and he’s the best player I’ve ever seen. He is going to be incredible[4. Including launching threes from the Pistol Pete logo.].It’s Final Four or bust and GIA is going to be a monster. [insert “Ford may mess this all up” joke here]PistolsboyHoops, and it’s not close. Football is going to be great next year but for me there’s still a sense of “hey, we had our dream season of the last decade and that was 2011.” We might have another great one, but I’m not sure anything can measure up to that one — short of us winning a title and Chelf stripping down to his compression shorts in the Rose Bowl and 2,000 USC co-eds descending on him within a matter of seconds.Know how many NCAA Tournament wins we have since going to the Final Four in 2004, which was nine years ago? Three (we have five bowl wins in the same timespan). Those Tournament wins were against Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Illinois, and Tennessee.That’s it.So to bring back a top 10 team with a legitimate national POY candidate leading the charge and a tipsy GIA ready to explode twice a week? Come on, football is great, but Josh Stewart and Jeremy Smith aren’t touching that.The thing that’s being downplayed is that I don’t think people know how good this OSU basketball squad is going to be. They were a possession away from winning the Big 12 regular season title last year and basically return everybody but the guy who committed one fewer foul (92) than he had points (93).Not even Travis Ford could screw this thing up![2. (gulps).]AmilianSeveral times we’ve thrown around the question of “Would you rather have a consistent top 20 basketball program with an occasional Final Four appearance or a football program that averages 9-10 wins a year with an occasional BCS Bowl throw in the mix?”. This question was posed a couple years ago when football was on an all-time high and basketball was on an all-time low (for my lifetime). I’ve always gone with basketball. The memories I have of Gallagher-Iba from the early Eddie days through 2005 far outweigh the success our football team has had in recent years. Now we have a shot to be really, really good in both sports simultaneously and it’s not close. Give me hoops. Smart is saving more than Travis Ford’s job. He’s preserving the momentum GIA was gaining. I’ve said it for years: The only way we consistently get the traditional rowdiness back in that arena, is a sustained period of success. I’m so pumped for next season. I just talked myself into buying season tickets. Gallagher-Iba Arena is going to be special again and I want to be a part of it.You can buy season tickets for only $199!![6. This was not paid for or endorsed by anyone with an okstate.edu address.]If 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! osu2013We haven’t done this in a while but with Marcus Smart’s decision on Wednesday we wanted to go another round with Roundtable Friday. Today’s question: are we more excited about football next year or hoops?[1. Question courtesy of @carsonc5 — as well as the photo — he basically did this whole post.]OKC DaveIt has to be basketball. Football will be fun. We have a lot to look forward to this season. But we’re not going to challenge for the national championship in football. At best, we’ll lose a game or two and be in the mix for a conference championship – certainly something to be excited about in Stillwater, Oklahoma. But I think that’s our ceiling (prove me wrong, boys!).Smart & company are unequivocally going to be the favorite to win the Big 12 and will be in several pre-season Final Fours. This is the most anticipated OSU basketball season since 2004-05. Being excited about basketball does not diminish my excitement for the football season at all – but if we happen to drop a football game at home this year, as you stumble back to your tailgate all you have to do is glance to the east and gaze upon GIA to lift your spirits.last_img read more