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The search is on for Donegal’s best kept council housing estate

first_imgResidents in Council Housing estates across Donegal are being encouraged to enter this year’s Best Kept Council Housing Scheme competition.“We have over 200 Council housing estates all over Donegal and there are lots of residents living in these estates that do a tremendous job year in and year out keeping their estate in tip top shape” says Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan.“This competition is about acknowledging the great work that they do. This year we are also keen to encourage more and more estates to enter the competition. The competition is organised on a Municipal District basis with a substantial prize fund to be won. Prizes are awarded for schemes of 20 houses or less, schemes of between 21 and 50 houses and schemes of 51 houses or more.” The competition is easy to enter and is currently open for applications. Adjudication will take place during August. Marks will be awarded for effort involved; absence of litter; planting trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens; colour and colour harmony; condition of houses in the scheme; absence of unsightly objects and other special factors.Cllr. Crossan believes that this is a great way for communities to come together to make their own estate a great place to live in and to bring up their families. “Each year I have the pleasure of seeing first-hand the work that is done by residents groups in these estates where people are working together, creating a sense of pride and community spirit in their own areas and we are keen to recognise their achievements.”To qualify for the competition at least 20% of the total number of dwellings in an estate must be in the ownership of the Council. To enter the competition simply submit an entry form signed by two tenants of the Scheme on behalf of the residents.Competition entry forms are available from the Housing Section in any Council Office or by calling (074) 91 53900. The latest date for receipt of entry forms for the competition is Friday 26th July 2019. The search is on for Donegal’s best kept council housing estate was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SA to host African Gymnastics Champs

first_img16 January 2014 South Africa’s leading gymnasts will take on the continent’s best when the University of Pretoria hosts the 12th African Gymnastics Championships from 25 March to 4 April. Both men and women will compete in the artistic competition, while the women will also contest the rhythmic disciplines. Much will be expected of Cameron MacKenzie and Kirsten Beckett, who will be at the forefront of the South African team’s challenge.‘A welcome shot in the arm’ After spending a decade abroad, MacKenzie provided South African gymnastics with a welcome shot in the arm when he returned from the United Kingdom in October, having represented Great Britain at junior and senior level. He was a member of the Huntingdon Club, which also produced Olympic medal winners Louis Smith, Daniel Keatings and Sam OldhamAchievements MacKenzie’s list of achievements includes representing Britain at the World School Games in Qatar in 2009 and being part of the Great Britain National Gymnastics squad that won team gold at the Junior European Championships in 2010. That same year he won gold in the Junior Men’s All-Around at the Bumbo Cup in South Africa. More recently, in 2013, MacKenzie placed sixth in the Senior Men’s All-Around at the British Championships in Liverpool.Commonwealth Games places In the South African artistic trials last year, he confirmed his pedigree by finishing first in the all-round competition. After also excelling in the apparatus finals he secured a place in the South African team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, along with Tiaan Olivier, Kirsten Beckett and Claude Cummings. MacKenzie’s UK coach Paul Hall has been signed up to help with a training plan for the both the South African junior and senior men’s artistic gymnastics teams. Kirsten Beckett Beckett, aged 17, first competed outside of Africa in 2008. Last year, in the International Gymnastics Magazine, John Crumlish wrote: “Beckett’s achievements in 2012 continue the momentum generated by South African teammate [and 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medal winner in the vault] Jennifer Khwela earlier in the Olympic cycle”. In 2013, Beckett was South Africa’s top performer in her first visit to the World Championships. She is ranked ninth on the floor in the latest International Gymnastics Federation world rankings, up from 24th in 2012. She is also ranked 12th on the vault, and 49th on the uneven bars.Revival Gymnastics South Africa is aiming to use the African Championships to help spearhead a revival of the country’s international fortunes, which peaked in 1998 at the Commonwealth Games when Simon Hutcheon won gold in the men’s vault, Christian Brezeanu captured silver in the vault and on the floor, and Athol Myhill won bronze on the rings.Support To show your support for Gymnastics South Africa, visit the 12th African Gymnastics Championships pages on Facebook and Twitter. SAinfo reporter and 12th African Gymnastics Championshipslast_img read more

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Google Seeking Developers to Make Wave-Based Forum

first_imgThe idea has been batted around before, but now it looks like Google is ready to throw some effort in the direction of creating a Google Wave powered forum.According to a post on the Google Wave Developer Blog, the Google Wave team already open-sourced Forum Botty, a Google Wave extension that creates a forum-like experience inside Wave, and now it wants to “continue developing this code base into a powerful and generic extension for running forums in wave, and we’re hoping that other developers like you will join us in this project.”Google Wave is a real-time, collaborative environment that Google made available to the public at the end of May. Despite much hype and anti-hype (where detractors rush to call it dead), it looks like Wave is still very much alive and kicking and looking at some interesting new uses.The post on the developer blog is written by David Crane, an external Wave developer who is involved in the development of the Debatewise extension. With his work on Debatewise, Crane has already used Wave in holding mass discussions, so he already has some experience in the realm of creating a Wave-based forum. Crane writes that Wave is better than a standard forum right from the get-go:Google Wave offers a number of benefits over traditional forum software, with just its native functionality. However, by incorporating some of the tried-and-tested features from forums into a robot, we could turn Google Wave into the ultimate platform for forum-based discussion.A forum could be a killer app for Wave. It’s a tool that people already use in huge numbers for specific purposes, are used to keeping separate to their email, and will dip in and out of as required. Wave is similar enough for them to jump in quickly and different enough for them to get, and be hooked by, the benefits. A forum removes the need for people to find things to use Wave for and means they could use it even if none of their friends did. Wave could enhance and improve upon some of the most important features of a forum and through acclimatisation, will encourage them to use it for a world of other purposes.Crane says that there are three areas in need of developing: a way of organizing waves around subject matter, a method of encouraging participation with rewards and the development of “trust mechanisms so people can determine who to rely upon or ignore”.To this end, he says that they are looking for “Python, Java and Javascript developers, QA testers and anyone with an interest in forum software, community building and online discussion”. The resulting Wave-based forum will be licensed under the same open-source license used for Google Wave, meaning it will be open for others to implement and modify. Tags:#Google#Real-Time Web#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Note To BBC: The Future Of Radio Is Not “This Content Is Not Available On Your Device”

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#New Media#web Related Posts For a media organization founded in the 1920s, the British Broadcasting Corporation has done a remarkable job of keeping up with the times. Its iPlayer media app is adored by those fortunate enough to have access to it. This week, the BBC launched an iPlayer spinoff that focuses on radio. It’s a great start, but if you’re eagerly awaiting radio’s future, you might want to hang tight.To be fair, iPlayer Radio is a solid offering. The attractively designed Web app is a focused way to stream live broadcasts from any of the BBC’s many channels. There’s a ton of content here, both live and archived. It’s all broken down by channel, category, schedule and – as you drill down further – topic area, personality, format and music genre. It’s a handy online portal into the BBC’s radio experience, much of which is available to users around the world.Geography is where the concept starts to fizzle. I live in the United States, so there are limitations on what I can hear on iPlayer Radio. For one thing, the iOS apps aren’t available here, so I have no choice but to point my iPhone and iPad browsers to the Web app. To the BBC’s credit, streaming a live broadcast works fairly well, and I can minimize the browser, launch another app and continue to listen uninterrupted. But even in the browser, I’m blocked from streaming certain shows in the archive. Bummer. I don’t know precisely what the future of radio looks like, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t include the sentence, “This content is not available on your device.”As well designed as the Web app is, it still feels a little fractured. Not all the audio content on iPlayer Radio is funneled to the same pop-up window, for example. Some of it plays natively in the browser tab in which you initiate the stream, while some of it launches a new player in pop-up window. If you’re already streaming from one of those pop-ups and then decide to switch to another channel, iPlayer Radio will fire up another pop-up. In many cases, you end up with concurrent streams of audio, which turn into a cacophonous trainwreck of sound until you manage to find one of the stop buttons. It’s weird.To improve this particular aspect of the user experience, the BBC might want to borrow a page from SoundCloud or Shuffler.fm, both of which feature a single universal audio player that keeps streaming no matter where you navigate and then switches to a new audio stream when you ask for it. Other bastions of radio innovation have good ideas as well – NPR, Stitcher Radio, TuneIn and Pandora come to mind.The BBC might be, as radio futurologist James Cridland put it, a bit late to the party on this, but it’s a valiant effort, on the whole. The BBC has some incredibly high-quality content, often containing deeply valuable, alternative viewpoints. This new initiative helps open it up to a wider global audience. The mobile apps (from what I can tell) look especially well designed, with innovative carousel navigation and an alarm to wake up to the BBC. It’s the mobile experience that has the greatest potential to steer radio’s future, especially as smartphones continue to find a place in cars.It’s worth noting that iPlayer Radio is only the player’s first iteration. The BBC knows that online streaming and mobile technology are going to be a central component of their future. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market john paul titlowlast_img read more

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Kashmir weave

first_imgKashmir silk was renowned to be finer than the Chinese weave till the thread broke in the vicissitudes of time. But there is hope now. The Government Silk Factory spanning Rajbagh and Solina in Srinagar is reopening, with the Word Bank granting ₹23.54 crore to infuse new life into its filatures and looms.From 200 looms in its heyday, only 26 remain. The floods in 2014 dealt the final blow. “The deluge damaged the looms and stocks,” Muhammad Afzal, factory manager, says. Encroachments have shrunk the site from 13.5 acres to 3 acres.The British opened the factory in 1896, taking Kashmir into the industrial era. By 1939, the factory, working round the clock with 2,000 workers, used to churn out 20,000 metres of silk a month. But protests had broken out against the Dogra monarchy over the poor condition of the artisans and the tough laws on weavers. The factory suspended operations for some time in 1917. Muhammad Iqbal, poet, visited Kashmir in June 1921 and wrote the famous Persian poem Saqi Nama on the ordeal of the weavers. In 1924, the workers launched a full-fledged agitation against low wages, but the rulers crushed the protest.“The revival of the project should be seen not only as an effort to step up silk production but also as a memory project,” says Tassaduq Mufti, Peoples Democratic Party leader and former State Tourism Minister. Mufti, a Bollywood cinematographer-turned-politician, backed the idea of reviving the silk factory as “a living memory”. The revival plan envisages generating 10 lakh metres of silk a year from the Rajbagh and Solina unit and those at Nowshera and Bari Brahmana in the State.As silk production grew phenomenally elsewhere, Srinagar’s silk factory failed to compete in the international market and saw a declining number of customers, especially high-spending Europeans. Now is the time for another stab at glory.Text by Peerzada Ashiq and images by Nissar Ahmad(Peerzada is a Special Correspondent and Nissar a Senior Special News Photographer of The Hindu based in Srinagar)last_img read more

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Cavs’ Dwyane Wade sidelined with bruised knee

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go PLAY LIST 01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go01:33US Representatives react to Trump impeachment inquiry00:51Clarkson on being PH flag-bearer: One of the happiest moments in my career01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Gritty Bolts force Game 7 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade, center, drives to the basket between Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross, left, and Evan Fournier, from France, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)NEW YORK — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dwyane Wade has a bruised left knee and won’t play Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.Wade came off the bench and scored 11 points in 19 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Bulls. It was Wade’s first game with Cleveland’s second unit, and the 35-year-old added four assists and three rebounds as theCavs’ reserves cut into Chicago’s early 14-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Tyronn Lue said he didn’t know Wade had banged knees during the game, saying it was just a freak accident and that the knee had swelled up on the flight to New York.Earlier this week, Wade asked Lue to take him out of the starting lineup because he thought it would benefit the team. Lue has been juggling his lineups and rotations while trying to blend new players and deal with injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStarting point guard Derrick Rose was out for the third straight game with a sprained ankle, with Lue saying he hoped Rose could return Saturday. LeBron James made a rare start at point guard and scored 34 points with 13 assists as the Cavs improved to 3-1. James also tweaked his right ankle.Nets guard D’Angelo Russell was out with a right knee sprain. Coach Kenny Atkinson said the injury wasn’t serious and that the team was being cautious with its 22-year-old leading scorer. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPlast_img read more

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ATP prevents DDR3 supply shortage with new own-built DDR3 8 Gbit components and modules

first_imgATP Electronics has announced its commitment to provide its own high-density DDR3 8 Gbit components to ensure the steady supply of DDR3 memory, especially for customers in the networking and embedded industries that are yet unable to upgrade to latest-generation platforms immediately.As the DRAM market migrates to DDR4 memory, several key manufacturers have already announced end-of-life (EOL) production of DDR3 modules based on high-density DDR3 8 Gbit components, including EOL notice of the components.ATP’s own-built DDR3 modules consist of meticulously characterized and tested high-quality integrated circuits. The components are manufactured according to ATP’s exacting standards using 2x nm manufacturing process technology and are tested via an extensive component test program to improve the overall memory module performance.ATP DDR3 8 Gbit components are free from row hammer effects, thus preventing any disastrous random bit flips caused by the electrical charge of cells leaking to adjacent cells and successively writing data to them. At module level, ATP implements 100% test during burn-in (TDBI) into the production flow to guarantee the high-quality module.ATP DDR3 components are available in monolithic 8 Gb one-chip select (1CS) or as DDP two-chip select (2CS) for a variety of memory modules based on this technology. DIMMs, SO-DIMMs and Mini-DIMMs in 1CS package are available in 16 GB capacity and 1600 MT/s transfer speed. ATP offers 2CS DIMMs in 16 to 32 GB capacity and 1333 or 1600 MT/s, while 2CS Mini-DIMMs are at 8 GB capacity and 1600 MT/s. ECC and non-ECC options are available on various form factors.ATP is fully committed to supporting the legacy memory requirements of customers that are yet unable to upgrade to newer-generation platforms. In September 2018, ATP signed a partnership agreement with Micron Technology to make sure that Micron DDR2 SO-DIMMs, UDIMMs and RDIMMs will continue to be available after Micron announced end-of-life notices for these modules. According to the agreement, ATP will manufacture DDR2 DRAM modules for customers that continue to use platforms supporting these memory types.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous HCC Embedded extends distributor network in EuropeNext Innodisk: AIoT solutions for the medical fieldlast_img read more

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2007/08 AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION SPORTS LEADERSHIP GRANTS FOR WOMEN

first_imgHigh Performance coaching and officiating 2007/08 Sport Leadership Grants for Women “Sport Needs More Women”Leadership is the ability to influence group members so as to help achieve the goals of the group or organisationThe Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Government Office for Women invite you to apply for the 2007/08 Sport Leadership Grants for Women.  The program is aimed at providing women with an opportunity to undertake certified sport leadership training.This program builds on the grants program offered in the previous 4 years, open to all women in sport.The 2006/07 Sport Leadership Grants for Women offers grants in five key categories: Governance (board and committees) The Program provides successful applicants with a one-off grant of up to $5,000 for individuals and up to $10,000 for incorporated organisations.Applications for the grants close on Friday 29 June 2007 and examples of previous grant recipients applications are also available.For grant application forms and guidelines please go to: http://www.ausport.gov.au/women/grants.asp Coaching Women in general sport leadership Each category includes the following project areas:center_img Officiating Women in disability sport Indigenous women Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds Management (including administration) last_img read more

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4 days agoMarseille midfielder Maxime López: How I blew Barcelona move…

first_imgMarseille midfielder Maxime López: How I blew Barcelona move…by Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Marseille midfielder Maxime López has revealed an approach from Barcelona.Lopez admits Barca were in contact two years ago.”In the summer of 2017, the sports director of Barça ( Robert Fernández) spoke with my agent, who said there was interest in the next season if I had a good campaign,” he recalled.”Everyone knows that I love Barça, I have imagined too many things.”In my head I thought: that’s it, I’m there. And that’s when I lost six months, I was lost, I no longer recognized myself.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ghosns legal woes highlight governance failings in Japan

first_imgTOKYO — One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the arrest of Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn is over how he allegedly could have underreported his income by millions of dollars for years and why the company is going after the suspected wrongdoing now.Ghosn, who headed the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors auto alliance, was arrested Nov. 19 on suspicion he underreported his income by $44 million over five years, or about half of what he was really making. Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi have ousted him as chairman; the board of Renault SA of France says it’s waiting for more evidence.Nissan is among a growing list of top-name Japanese companies whose corporate governance has been found lacking in recent years. Experts say Japan needs independent oversight for executive pay, among other reforms.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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ELC Student Charity Golf Tournament raises close to 5000 for Hospital Foundation

first_imgELC Vice-Principal, Lori Coulter, says community-based projects, such as the golf tournament, bring awareness to the students and allows them to discover how they can make an impact in their own neighbourhood.The Golf Tournament included 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, and a steak dinner. Over 40 golfers and 60 plus dinner guests were in attendance for the event. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the summer, four grade 10 students from the Energetic Learning Centre held a charity golf tournament fundraiser.As part of a Project-Based Learning Program, Colton Dyck, Jenna Miranda, Timber Wuthrich, and Mackenzie Gordon were able to raise almost $5,000 in support of the Fort St. John Hospital Eastern-Star Children’s Fund.With that money, the Hospital will be able to purchase new equipment for the maternity ward.last_img read more

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Fire at Bandhwari landfill site points to untreated waste hazard

first_imgGurugram: Fire at Bandhwari landfill site highlights that not having waste management in place is resulting in dangers piling up at the 30-acre landfill site nestled in Aravallis.The fire was caused on Monday. The main causes of the fire were attributed to the extreme heat caused due to the summer that led the methane gas present in the garbage to catch fire. Despite the assurances that waste at the landfill site will be treated, it is expected that there are 25 lakh tonnes of garbage of Gurugram and Faridabad combined dumped at the site. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe extreme dangers get further added to it has come to fore that leachate (a poisonous liquid substance that emanates from the garbage) has again begun to percolate outside the landfill. Even though the problem was solved on temporary measures, the urgency of finding a long term solution has again been raised with problems resurfacing. After repeated complaints, there can finally be a solution to the challenge of the toxic underground water table at Bandhwari and the areas around it caused due to the leachate of the presence of the 30-acre-landfill site. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsTo tackle this issue, a leachate treatment plant was expected to be set up at an area. At present more than 1,000 tonnes of garbage from Gurugram and Faridabad is discarded daily at the area that is nestled in the green belt of Aravallis. Based on the proposal, the plant will treat more than 100 kiloliters of leachate daily. It will be set up the Chinese company Eco green that has also been entrusted with the responsibility of recycling the waste in the area into the creation of power and other useful forms. As the layout of the projects, works presently are being undertaken. Commissioned in 2008, Bandhwari landfill was created with an objective of segregation and recycling of waste generated from Gurgaon and Faridabad. Set up with an investment of Rs 300 crores the was to operationalise a power plant and plastic recycling at the site. After laying defunct for more than four-and-half years the recycling unit was again set up after a lot of protests. There is criticism that work at the plant has not been carried out the pace as was promised and the waste continues to be dumped as it was done earlier. To reduce the amount of waste being dumped at the site the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram is encouraging composting among various residential and commercial sites.last_img read more

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Former NFL Receiver Reche Caldwell Arrested For Selling Ecstasy

Reche Caldwell, former NFL receiver, was arrested in Tampa and accused of selling the drug “Ecstasy,” his second arrest in five months. He was released from jail on Wednesday after posting a $2,000 bond. Caldwell faces one felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.Caldwell, 35, was arrested in January for allegedly spearheading an illegal gambling operation in Tampa with two other men. According to jail records, Caldwell has been arrested four times in Tampa since 2009.Prior to Caldwell’s criminal problems, he was standout receiver at the University of Florida, and eventually became a second-round pick by the San Diego Chargers in 2002. Caldwell was an underachiever throughout his career, but he had 760 receiving yards and four touchdowns with the Patriots in 2006. He spent the 2007 season with the Washington Redskins before his career ended.Broncos receiver Andre Caldwell is Reche’s younger brother. Andre Caldwell signed a two-year, $3.45-million deal with the Denver Broncos this offseason. He is expected to move up Denver’s depth chart after Eric Decker’s signing with the New York Jets during free agency. read more

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Pryors flashy legacy on the line with Bucks

For Terrelle Pryor, the Sugar Bowl is bigger than busting Ohio State’s 0-9 slump against the SEC in bowl games or redeeming the Big Ten after its horrid, winless New Year’s Day bowl performance. The junior quarterback’s mental toughness and his ability to fight through adversity will be on display. If he fails to rise to the occasion, it will harm his legacy, something that Pryor speaks so fondly about. In his attempts to rally the spirit of the Buckeye faithful, Pryor has boasted that he’ll get his “jersey hung up” at Ohio Stadium and that he “wants to leave a legacy here.” Apparently whatever legacy of success Pryor has at OSU is neatly displayed on some guy’s mantel, rather than at the Horseshoe. After the public learned of the Buckeye players’ five-game suspensions for improper benefits, including selling awards and receiving discounted tattoos, the legacy of selfish behavior seems to be the only one they’re leaving behind. That’s certainly not what Pryor implied originally. Of course, Pryor is not the only Buckeye guilty of selling out tradition for personal gain, but he obviously is the most prominent of the bunch and the most oft criticized. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is seemingly Pryor’s most public and outspoken critic. The former Buckeye quarterback ripped Pryor for his sideline demeanor during games, to which Pryor responded by calling Herbstreit a “fake Buckeye” on Twitter. That’s coming from the “true” Buckeye in Pryor — if “true” Buckeyes hock their hard-earned, team-oriented rewards for cash and tattoos. At the end of the day, showcasing your “school pride” with a giant Block “O” tattoo that looks like a 4-year-old scribbled it in crayon doesn’t sound like it’s worth the price to me. That may sound harsh, but it’s tame in comparison to Herbstreit’s blanket statements about Pryor’s award-selling controversy, such as, “You wonder how much involvement he had in this, if he was the ringleader in this.” I, meanwhile, can’t help but wonder why Herbstreit’s obnoxious Byers Auto Group commercials on local TV label him an “MVP quarterback.” Is it his memorable 8-3-1 1992 campaign as OSU’s starter? Is it referring to his legendary days in Centerville’s peewee league? Whatever the case may be, he’s certainly the “MVP” of hyperbole when it comes to trying to prove to college football fans that he’s not a biased Buckeye. If Pryor’s saltiness toward his critics in harsh times is any indication of how he’ll play on the field, it doesn’t look too good. The tweet parade doesn’t stop with Herbstreit, as Pryor even addressed the rumors of getting improper benefits before the suspensions were passed down. “I paid for my tattoos. Go Bucks,” Pryor posted on his personal Twitter feed. That tweet mysteriously and conveniently disappeared a day later. Evidently, he’s taking public relations lessons from his “mentor” LeBron James. In the face of all the criticism, the Sugar Bowl presents an opportunity for OSU and, most importantly, for Pryor. It’s a challenge more demanding than a last-second drive to beat Wisconsin in Madison. Essentially, it’s steeper than any challenge he’s faced in his career. A singular, heroic, final-minute drive defines just a season. How Pryor and his fellow Buckeyes respond to the public backlash will define their entire careers. If Pryor replicates his winning performance from last year’s Rose Bowl and makes good on his promise to return next season, his decaying legacy can be salvaged. OSU currently has a 30-3 record with him as a starter, and that sparkling record on his résumé will stand out even more with a strong end to his career. However, if he’s not able to steer the Buckeyes through its most trying time in the Jim Tressel era, he’s an outcast, much like Herbstreit appears to be within the Buckeye community. Starting with this Sugar Bowl, we will find out if Pryor’s closer to Archie Griffin or Maurice Clarett in OSU lore. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the nimble-footed quarterback, however, it’s not to count him out when the weight of the world is seemingly on his shoulders. Look no further than the fourth-and-10 against Iowa earlier this season. read more

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Baseball Ohio State heads into fourgame series against Hawaii

Ohio State freshman Garrett Burhenn (30) throws one of the opening pitches during the Men’s Baseball home opener against the Lipscomb Bison on March 15, 2019 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team will take a hot offense up against the solid pitching staff of Hawaii. The Buckeyes (10-10) hope to continue their winning ways at home against the Rainbow Warriors (9-11) in a four-game series starting Thursday. The Buckeyes have won three of their past four games, while Hawaii has lost six of its past seven. In four home games this season, Ohio State has hit .355 with six home runs for an average of 8.5 runs a game. The explosive offense of Ohio State will be tested against a Hawaii squad that boasts several successful pitchers. Redshirt junior pitcher Dylan Thomas has a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings pitched this season. Thomas has thrown 13 innings as a starter, including an 11-strikeout start against Longwood University. Sophomore pitcher Jeremy Wu-Yelland has the most innings pitched for Hawaii. He holds a 4.13 ERA and 24 strikeouts in five starts. The Rainbow Warriors hold a team ERA of 4.20, while averaging 8.35 strikeouts a game. Offensively, Hawaii bats .256 as a team. However, more than 42 percent of the team’s hits come from three starters.The team’s top hitter is freshman outfielder Scotty Scott, who bats .325. Scott has started all 20 games for the Rainbow Warriors and leads the team with five steals on eight attempts. Sophomore first baseman Alex Baeza leads Hawaii with 20 RBIs, as well as four home runs and a .319 batting average. The last of Hawaii’s big three is senior shortstop Maaki Yamazaki. He has a .304 batting average to go with 13 RBIs. The series between Ohio State and Hawaii takes place at Bill Davis Stadium, and will open up with a 5:05 p.m. game on Thursday. This will be followed by a 5:05 p.m. Friday game, a 3:05 p.m. game on Saturday and a 1:05 p.m. finale on Sunday. read more

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Greece and FYROM set for talks to resolve differences

first_imgThe Greek Foreign Ministry announced this week that its officials will travel to Skopje in the next few days to discuss confidence-building measures with the government in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias revealed the news on Thursday, informing journalists that MFA political director Petros Mavroidis would be making the trip after meeting with FYROM’s Deputy Prime Minister Fatmir Besimi in Athens.Mr Kotzias said he may reveal more about the discussions when he visits Skopje later this month as part of a tour of the Western Balkans.“I would be getting ahead of myself if I mentioned measures, because we have to agree on them first,” said the Greek diplomat. “As I always say, when one is negotiating, it isn’t good to talk about it.”Mr Kotzias praised Deputy Prime Minister Besimi, a member of FYROM’s Albanian community, as a “young, talented politician”. “We always tell our European partners that realistic and reasonable voices like Mr Besimi’s must be listened to with care in Europe,” added Mr Kotzias.Mr Besimi said that he sees an opportunity for Greece and FYROM to resolve their differences, and welcomed Mr Kotzias’ decision to visit Skopje. “Neighbours have no other choice but to be good friends,” said the visiting envoy. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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