May 31, 2021

Changing of the Seasons

first_img red fall leaves photo courtesy of Eric Albitz, ericalbitzphotography.com Photo courtesy of Eric Albitz, ericalbitzphotography.comArguably one of the most beautiful times of year, fall is finally upon us. The leaves have begun to adorn their autumn colors, the sun sinks away earlier and earlier each night, and suddenly, the morning air is accompanied with a sweater appropriate chill.What a great time of year to go out and explore, to go to bed early, and to find different ways to stay warm. There is no better feeling to me then staying warm amongst crisp autumn temperatures. It seems impossible during those hot summer memories to cool down, to let your temperature drop, you couldn’t escape the heat. But the fall is different. Add more layers, eat a hearty meal, or get that blood pumping; there is a multitude of ways to stay warm during the fall.Something just feels right about the way long-sleeves fit in October. Walking out to the vibrant orange and yellow atmosphere, feeling the cold not at your skin, but stopped short by added layers. It’s almost like your outsmarting the system, like your fighting a small battle against Mother Nature and coming out victorious. Throw on the forgotten cold-weather cap and you are conqueror of this universe. The reason your room seems so cold in the morning is because you have stayed warm under the covers all night. Fall is here and you are ready.Besides adorning feathered clothing, a different inclination of humans can also be attributed to the dropping temperatures, a natural instinct engraved into our genes; the penchant for body heat. Never in the summer is hanging out in cramped conditions a necessarily joyous event. But come the long nights and cold temperatures of the fall, gatherings of people can be found packed into the kitchen, the family room, and all together in an effort to keep the cold away with a collective warmth.It can be strange at first, stepping outside and not immediately drowning in sweat, the new colors are nearly blinding with their brilliance, and the world you once knew has shed its skin to reveal a new kind of beauty. Unarguably one of the best times of year to go out and explore; fall is the season to stay nice and warm.-BDL fall colorscenter_img fall on the mountain photo courtesy of Eric Albitz, ericalbitzphotography.comlast_img read more

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Cricket News ‘He Has Actually Not Gotten Me Out’ – Steve Smith Brushes Aside Jofra Archer Threat

first_img New Delhi: Steve Smith was the prime reason for Australia’s 251-run win against England in the first Test at Edgbaston. Smith scored centuries in both innings and in the Lord’s Test, on a difficult surface, Smith showed his class when he smashed 92. However, during that innings, he faced up to a hostile spell from Jofra Archer and he was struck on the side of the neck by a 93mph bouncer. The blow forced Smith to retire hurt but he returned to bat. On the final day of the match, Smith was withdrawn as he suffered a concussion and he was forced to miss the third Test in Leeds. In his absence, Australia were boosted by Marnus Labuschagne but Australia were blown away by a brillant 135 from Ben Stokes as England leveled the series with a one-wicket win in their chase of 359. Smith was seen practising in the side nets in Leeds and he has been cleared to play in the tour game against Derbyshire. Many analysts had said Archer was Smith’s nemesis after hitting him on the side of the neck but Smith has laughed the thought off, stating that he never got him out. “There’s been a bit of talk that he’s got the wood over me, but he hasn’t actually got me out. He hit me on the head on a wicket that was a bit up and down at Lord’s. He actually didn’t get me out. All the other bowlers have had more success against me, I daresay. I’ve faced them a bit more, but they’ve all got me out a lot more,” Smith said. With Archer unsettling Smith with a bouncer, many believe that England’s bowlers might employ this as a plan in the upcoming Test at Old Trafford. Smith, though, has a different take on the entire issue. “If they’re bowling up there it means they can’t nick me off, or hit me on the pad or hit the stumps. With the Dukes ball I don’t know, it’s an interesting ploy. So we’ll see what happens,” Smith said. Smith had earlier described the feeling of a delayed concussion and said the first thoughts were what happened to Phillip Hughes in 2014 when the batsman died after being hit on the side of the neck by a bouncer from Sean Abbott in the Sheffield Shield clash in Sydney. “I had a few things running through my head, particularly where I got hit, just a bit of past came up, if you know what I mean, from a few years ago. That was probably the first thing I thought about. t wasn’t until later that evening that it hit me. When the doc asked me what did it feel like I said it felt like I had six beers last night and felt a little bit under the weather, without the six beers unfortunately. That was the sort of feeling I got, that groggy feeling and that stuck around for a couple of days. Not a nice place to be in but these things happen and unfortunately missed what was a pretty amazing Test match,” Smith said.The five-match Ashes series is level 1-1 and the fourth Test will take place at Old Trafford on September 4. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Steve Smith hit centuries in both innings of the Edgbaston Test.Steve Smith missed the Leeds Ashes Test due to a concussion.Australia lost the Leeds Test by one wicket as England achieved their highest run chase.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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Chicago Cubs hire David Ross to replace Maddon as manager

first_img First Published: 24th October, 2019 22:19 IST The Chicago Cubs have hired former catcher David Ross to replace Joe Maddon as their manager, hoping he can help them get back to the playoffs after missing out for the first since 2014.The Cubs announced Thursday a three-year deal with Ross with a club option for the 2023 season.Ross played the final two of his 15 major league seasons with the Cubs and was a revered leader on the 2016 team that won the World Series, ending a championship drought dating to 1908. He spent the past three years in Chicago’s front office and was widely viewed as a potential replacement for Maddon, who compiled a 471-339-1 record in five seasons.Ross has no coaching or managing experience.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Written By WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 24th October, 2019 22:19 IST Chicago Cubs Hire David Ross To Replace Maddon As Manager The Chicago Cubs have hired former catcher David Ross to replace Joe Maddon as their manager, hoping he can help them get back to the playoffs after missing out for the first since 2014. COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Golfers Jostle for Lakowe 2018 Club Championship

first_imgMembers of Lakowe Lakes Golf Course are set to battle for the 2018 Club Championship in a 36 holes contest on the 1st and 2nd December at the picturesque course in Lagos.The event that was won last year by Tunji Adebajo and Georgia Oboh in both male and female categories respectively, will now feature a lot more contenders when it tees-off. Although, Oboh, will be missing this year; as she has gone ahead to sign-up for professional golf career, which leaves the title in that category open for a new winner entirely.Head professional and operations manager at the golf facility, Femi Olagbenro, informed that the growing membership of the club has given rise to new challenges for participants and past winners at events at the club. “We have over sixty players already signaled to take part; we expect the event to be a tough battle for the former winners in different categories” he said.Olagbenro also assured that the golf course is also being primed for the event with the greens and fairways being given professional growing in readiness for the traffick that the two days will attract.The event would be competed for in gentlemen, ladies and veteran categories.Top among this year’s contenders for the title include, Cubus Classen, Douglas Koebe, Peter Eben-Spiff, Frank Momoh, James Heur, Richard Smith and Winston Strasser in the men’s category while Fatumata Coker, Njide Ndili and Idowu Babalakin are all tipped for the lady’s crown.The event will be rounded off with prize presentation gala at the end of the second round, where all the winners would be presented with their award.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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MTN to build fibre-optic backbone

first_img10 September 2007South African cellular operator MTN has announced plans to build a 5 000km fibre-optic network covering the country’s major centres within the next two years in order to cope with the increasing demand for bandwidth from its customers.“MTN has designed and mapped out its own national backbone network and is in the process of going out to tender to identify relevant suppliers and obtain final constings for the laying of 5 000km of optical fibre cables to build the MTN network,” MTN SA managing director Tim Lowry said in a statement last week.The decision to build a national backbone follows a successful two-month pilot project during which fibre-optic cables were laid between the Johannesburg suburbs of Sandton, Illovo and Rosebank, with companies such as SABMiller and the JSE taking part.Lowry told Engineering News that while the pilot project cost R10-million – R8-million for the fibre and R2-million for equipment – the national backbone could cost up to R1.3-billion, depending on possible joint ventures or partnerships.“Having been awarded a commercial licence to self-provide, MTN is now in a position to launch the first commercial offering by a mobile network service provider,” he said.“We are going with self-provisioning to cut operational and customer costs and we are now the alternative choice to the current fixed-line operator.”Under its mobile licence, MTN may self-provide the telecommunication facilities used to build its mobile converged telecommunications services, while also leasing out excess capacity on its fixed infrastructure.The company already has experience in building and running fixed-line networks in Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda.The statement adds that customers will now have access to products that will enable them to bundle virtual private networks (VPN), internet provision, hosting, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and mobile lines.MTN Business head of network solutions Mike Brierley told Engineering News while the normal lead time attached to fibre-optics was about 12 months for the incumbent fixed-line operator, MTN would be able to roll out the service in between six and 12 weeks.The company aimed to offer three services ranging between 2 megabits per second and 1 gigabit per second, up significantly from current offerings of between 64 kilobits per second to 10 megabits per second.“The demand for high-speed internet and VPN access services within the corporate market is growing daily,” Lowry said.“A fibre-optic network offers MTN almost infinite capacity, and can carry far more information at higher speeds over much greater distances, using far less power than copper cables.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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So you think we’ve got problems

first_img31 January 2008With the recent wave of power cuts and state company Eskom’s acknowledgement that we are in for a rough ride, it’s not surprising that, in the minds of many journalists, “the alarm bells are ringing” over South Africa’s ability to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The power crisis is one of numerous issues that will continue to make headlines in the build-up to 2010. So let’s pause for a moment and reflect on some of the hurdles previous World Cup hosts had to face. Argentina staged the 1978 tournament under a military dictatorship. Four years later, tensions between that country and England over the Falklands War threatened to disrupt the tournament in Spain.Eight months before the 1986 tournament in Mexico, Mexico City was nearly flattened by a massive earthquake which left 100 000 people buried.The 1990 World Cup in Italy saw the dark side of football played out on centre stage. It generated a record-low goals-per-game average and (at the time) a record 16 red cards, which subsequently saw sweeping changes to the rules of the game.In 1994, the US had to overcome enormous spectator apathy to set the record for the highest spectator attendance figures in World Cup history.On the eve of the 1998 tournament, France was hit by a major transport strike. Air France was only able to honour 25% of its flights, affecting all of its short, medium and long haul routes.2002 saw the logistical nightmare of hosting this mega-tournament in two countries, Japan and South Korea, for the first time. “Never again,” said Fifa.And the previous hosts, Germany, overcame enormous challenges – including the (very real) threat of terrorism and hooliganism – to stage what was widely regarded as the most successful World Cup so far.This is not to downplay the challenges South Africa faces in the lead-up to 2010; just to put them in a different light, and so perhaps to calm those jangling bells a bit.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

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PM to address 4 rallies in poll-bound Haryana

first_imgThe campaigning in Haryana will gain momentum with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to address four rallies across the State, starting from Ballabhgarh on October 14, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday. Mr. Tomar, who is also the party’s election in-charge for the State, said the BJP will win 75 seats and return to power for a second consecutive term. The State will go to polls on October 21 and results will be declared on October 24.Star campaigner The campaigning will gain momentum in the coming days as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is BJP’s star campaigner, will address four rallies across the state. Mr. Modi will address his first rally at Ballabhgarh in Faridabad district on October 14, Mr. Tomar said. “We will win 75 seats in Haryana. Have faith in our target. During general elections, we had said we will cross 300 seats and we did so,” he said. The mood in the State is in favour of the BJP because of several reasons including transparent administration, a strong central government and better implementation of the schemes, he said. Noting that Haryana was known for corruption, he said after many years, there is a transparent BJP government in the State with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar taking several measures for the same.Curb on corruption “Mr. Khattar has taken several steps to curb corruption. The filling up of teachers’ post in a transparent manner and without taking any bribes has created a massive impact on the peoples mind,” Mr. Tomar said. The Union Minister also mentioned that farmers are benefiting from various central schemes including ₹6,000 annual income support under the central scheme PM-KISAN. Since Haryana contributes significantly to the armed forces, people have welcomed the Centre’s decision to abrogate the Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, he added. In the last Assembly polls, the BJP had won 47 seats with 33.2% vote share.last_img read more

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MS Dhoni, India stars celebrate Christmas after whitewashing Sri Lanka in T20I series

first_imgIt was all smiles in the Indian camp after the Rohit Sharma-led team thrashed Sri Lanka by five wickets to sweep the three-match Twenty20 international series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.The Indian team celebrated Christmas eve wearing the the Santa Claus hats after India finished 2017 with their 37th victory in international cricket — second most in a calendar year behind Australia’s 38 international wins in 2003.Chasing 136 for a series whitewash, India held their nerves to reach the target in 19.2 overs with five wickets in hand when MS Dhoni hit Thisara Perera for winning runs.The hosts overcame the loss of early wickets to overhaul the target with four balls to spare. Pacers Dushmantha Chameera and Dasun Shanaka bagged two wickets each for Sri Lanka.Merry Christmas everyone ❤️�??? pic.twitter.com/z9G3J5nCXJ- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) December 24, 2017Chasing a modest target, India did not enjoy a great start as openers Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma departed in quick succession.Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey then added 42 runs between them in 36 deliveries to bring the Indian inings back on track.The visitors struck back when Iyer was run out thanks to an excellent piece of fielding by Akila Dananjaya in the 14th over.Hardik Pandya was also dismissed in the very next over as the Sri Lankans looked to make a strong comeback.Pandya had attempted to guide a delivery from Dasun Shanaka through the empty third man region, but his miscued shot was safely grabbed by Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella.advertisementThe hosts suffered another setback when the in-form Manish Pandey, who was their top scorer with 32 runs off 29 balls, was bowled by Dushmantha Chameera.However, Dinesh Karthick and the veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni came together to finish off the chase.Earlier, India rode on a strong bowling performance to restrict Sri Lanka to a low total.AP PhotoAsela Gunaratne (36 off 37 balls) and Dasun Shanaka (29 not out off 24) were the main contributors for the struggling visitors, who lost the first two T20Is in Cuttack and Indore.Asked to bat by Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, Sri Lanka failed to click with their batting again. Both openers Niroshan Dickwella (1) and Upul Thranga (11) fell to left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat (2/15). While left-hander Dickwella was caught by Mohammad Siraj at mid-on, Tharanga played one to the hands of Hardik Pandya at deep midwicket, leaving his side at 18/3 in 3.3 overs.In between these two wickets, debutant off-spinner Washington Sundar got Kusal Perera’s catch of his own bowling as Sri Lanka struggled.Gunaratne (36 off 37) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (21) seemed to be building a strong partnership until the latter mistimed Pandya and Dinesh Karthik caught it at mid-off, with Sri Lanka at 56/4 in 8.3 overs.The Sri Lankan batting line-up showed no sign of resilience and Danushka Gunathilaka (3) and Thisara Perera (11) lost their wickets to left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and pacer Siraj respectively.Gunaratne and Shanaka tried their best but struggled to score briskly. Gunaratne was the next one to be dismissed, pulling Pandya to the hands of Kuldeep at midwicket.Later, Shanaka hit two sixes as Sri Lanka moved to 135/7 in 20 overs.AP PhotoIndia, who beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in the three-Test series, prevailed 2-1 in the one-dayers before stretching their domination in 20-overs.India will now travel to South Africa for a full-fledged series starting with first Test on January 5.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Ohio State on track heading into Jesse Owens Track Classic

Distance runners, freshman Dominik Seitzer (left) and redshirt-sophomore Josh Sabo, pace the field during the Buckeye Tune-Up Feb. 21 at French Field House.Credit: Brandon Claflin / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to pay tribute to legendary runner Jesse Owens as the team debuts at its only home outdoor meet of the season.This weekend, the Buckeyes are slated to host more than 24 collegiate teams along with several unattached runners Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the 29th annual Jesse Owens Track Classic.Owens, known as the Buckeye Bullet during his time at OSU, is most recognized for his ability in the sprints and long jumping events. He set three world records at the 1935 Big Ten track meet and holds four gold Olympic medals: one each in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, long jump, and 4×100 meter relay.In the past, Olympians such as John Drummond, Allen Johnson, Edwin Moses and Buckeye Olympians Diane Dixon and Joe Greene all competed in the Jesse Owens Track Classic according to an OSU press release.The Buckeyes are excited to return home after five weeks on the road, men’s coach Ed Beathea said. He said he believes the Buckeyes have gotten off to a steady start into the outdoor season, but are looking forward to competing hard this weekend as they transition into the next phase of the season.“I think that we are on track for where we would like to end the season,” Beathea said.Beathea is confident the team is on pace to face high competition.“Performances have been a bit of a mixed bag,” Beathea said. “Some guys have thrived and done well and some guys have done relatively average. But when I look at our results from last year, we are where we should be on how we train.”Senior sprinter and hurdler Justin Hines agreed with Beathea, saying the pace the Buckeyes have taken in their training during the outdoor season.“We usually start off a little slower, then pick it up a little,” Hines said. “Coach usually peaks us right before conference. We are at a good spot based on the marks we have right now and I think that if we keep moving forward, we will be very competitive in the conference meet.”Moving forward is one thing Beathea hopes to see his team do this weekend.“We are taking each week for what it is, but we understand that for our training, we need to get our legs back and turn over a little bit faster,” Beathea said. “I would like to see them fight a little more and compete with a stronger sense of urgency.”He said many athletes are still adjusting from the indoor to outdoor season. But with a few meets under their belts in the outdoor season, he hopes they will be “more spirited.”One athlete who intends to improve and compete harder is senior sprinter and hurdler Demoye Bogle.Bogle said he has had a “rough” couple of meets to start the outdoor season, but is being patient with his training. He hopes this weekend at home will help him get his confidence back.“We want to do our best and show that we can’t be beat at our own track,” Bogle said.Bogle said he and his teammates are continuing to practice hard each day and keep healthy in order to be successful this weekend.The home track advantage comes with bittersweet returns for Hines because this is his last race at home as a Buckeye. He said he is excited, however, to have his family and friends make it down to the meet.“The guys tend to enjoy being at home because they get more support,” Beathea said. “Mechanically (they) look the same, but there is a feeling of comfort of being at home.”The meet starts Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Correction April 17: An earlier version of this story noted the athlete in the photo on the left to be Jackson Neff. In fact, it is Dominik Seitzer. The caption now reflects the correct individuals in the photo. read more

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Danny Murphy understands why Spurs wont rest star player

first_imgFormer Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy insists he believes the club’s manager Mauricio Pochettino is in a tight position regarding the fitness of Harry Kane.The Argentine tactician has received a lot of backlash for the recent fitness of struggles of the England captain after the player admitted to be struggling but physically and mentally with his fitness.Pundits and fans alike have questioned Pochettino’s decision not to give Kane a more extended holiday after he featured in all of England’s seven games at this summer’s World Cup.The academy product of Tottenham Hotspur finished as the top scorer of the tournament with six goals and with some other key players like Heung Min-Son missing from the Spurs’ team for the start of the season, Murphy believes he understands why Pochettino had to start the new campaign with Kane up front.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“What can he do? If you are the manager and you have your best player saying I want to play it’s difficult.” Murphy told Sky Sports.“You can say protect him, but the manager has to protect himself, what if he leaves Kane out and they don’t win? There are lots of different things to it.”Spurs next face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday and Pochettino’s men will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing to Watford just before the international window.last_img read more

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