MLA wants Strabane included in Waterways Ireland strategy

first_img Twitter Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Facebook Twitter There are calls for Strabane Canal and Moorlough to be included in the Waterways Irelands Business Plan.Waterways Ireland was developed under the Good Friday Agreement, and it is responsible for developing Irelands canals and inland waterways.Strabane canal is a four-mile stretch of waterway linking Tyrone and Derry, and the Council has recently carried out restoration work.And West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle, says Moorlough and Strabane Canal have huge potential….[podcast][/podcast] News WhatsApp By News Highland – November 9, 2012 WhatsApp Facebook Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Pinterestcenter_img MLA wants Strabane included in Waterways Ireland strategy Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Pinterest Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Previous articleDonegal has the state’s highest level of student grant eligibiltyNext articleMemorial mass in Portnoo for children killed in NY floods News Highland Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powerslast_img read more

WikiLeaks’ Assange Talks Google, NSA & Granai Airstrike Video At NYC Book Launch

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]W[/dropcap]ikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke with journalists and supporters via Skype Wednesday at a book launch event in Manhattan for his latest When Google Met Wikileaks, an edited transcript of a June 2011 encounter with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.Appearing from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he’s been holed up since seeking diplomatic asylum there on June 19, 2012, the thinly bearded 43-year-old spoke for roughly an hour and a half about his book, the man at the top of the world’s most popular search engine, and its revolving door with the U.S. government. He talked about Bitcoin—the online-based currency—the Obama administration’s ongoing war against whistleblowers and Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army private who supplied WikiLeaks with more than 750,000 diplomatic cables and Army reports regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with two cockpit videos documenting U.S. air strikes massacring civilians in those conflicts.Assange repeatedly warned of the dangers posed by the mass surveillance of tech giants Google and Facebook, assailing Schmidt and the omnipresent search engine he oversees as worse than the National Security Agency (NSA) in terms of privacy concerns and the sheer, unregulated power it wields via the mass personal data voluntarily handed over by users.Perhaps one of the most wanted men in the world—there has been a longstanding European Union-wide warrant requested by Sweden in effect for his extradition to that country to face questioning for allegations he raped one woman and molested another during a 2010 visit to Stockholm, thus, his exile at the embassy—Assange also shed light on the whereabouts of perhaps one of the United States’ most sensitive wartime footage to date: the Granai Airstrike Video, documenting the killing of up to 150 Afghan civilians, purportedly mostly children, by a US Air Force bomber in Farah Province in May 2009.Projected on the second-floor wall of art space/collective/indie arcade Babycastles at 137 W. 14th Street via Skype and superimposed before the cover art of When Google Met WikiLeaks—the book’s title entered within the search box on Google’s homepage with the added option “I’m feeling evil” as opposed to it’s typical “I’m feeling lucky”—he sat alongside singer/rapper Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam aka M.I.A., though she only popped into the broadcast briefly. Daniel Stuckey of Motherboard moderated. Assange, the hacker-turned-publisher of the world’s governments’ most damning secrets-turned-captive began the evening by reciting lyrics from M.I.A.’s song “The Message,” which he also quoted in his book:“Headbone connected to the headphones / Headphones connected to the iPhone / iPhone connected to the Internet / Connected to the Google/ Connected to the government,” he read, quoting a passage from his book. Essentially, he explained throughout the course of the launch—first during a discussion and then a brief Q&A with the public and media outlets—there is no difference or separation between Google or the United States government. Rather, they are, in fact, one in the same. “Google has become an invasive organization that wants to have a business model of formulating every single person it can on the Earth, collecting their private information, storing it, indexing it, and producing profiles of individuals so they can sell those profiles to better target ads on them and also sell its other services to the National Security Agency, and the US military, and enter into strategic relationships with the US state department,” he told reporters from The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Post (who sent several, organizers told the Press, among them its Page Six photographer, who snapped away as we all drank $5 bottles of warm beer and cups of wine, conversing among arcade games, paintings and stacks of other titles published by OR Books, the publisher of When Google Met WikiLeaks and Assange’s Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet). Co-publisher Colin Robinson announced to everyone there’d be a 20-percent discount for any Google employees in attendance.“What is happening to Google is the most important thing that is happening to the Internet,” continued Assange. “And what happens to the Internet happens to all of us, because society, not just American society, but the global society, has merged with the Internet. The Internet has become the backbone of international civilization…. That is a new form of colonialism. It is digital colonialism. Breeding the values of high-tech American exceptionalism to the rest of the world. And that is then also being reflected domestically within the United States. “Now no one thought of Google this way,” he added. “I didn’t think of Google this way, initially. I had this very interesting and unusual meeting…in 2011 with Eric Schmidt and three other people, a secret meeting, which ended up turning into Google’s book for its vision for the future of the world, The New Digital Age [co-authored by Schmidt and former U.S. Secretary of State Planning Staff member/advisor to Condoleeza Rice and Hillary Clinton-turned-Google Ideas director Jared Cohen]. And this book [When Google Met WikiLeaks] is largely a reply to that vision. No one else it seems took that vision seriously. And that’s something that’s quite interesting.”Assange attributed Google’s successful invasion and pillaging of the global public’s most personal data to that of a cyber-Trojan Horse whose PR, marketing and packaging cloaks its sinisterism, enabling it to infiltrate more covertly than even the largest defense contractors and spy agencies, with users being none the wiser—even with that stated mission being published in black and white, available and accessible for anyone to read, from the shelves of local bookstores. “If Chevron or Lockheed Martin had written down what its vision for the future of the world is, and how it’s going to bring it about and how it was shaping up and the nature of its, some of the nature of its relationships, a book that has on the back of it pre-publication endorsements by Henry Kissinger, Madeline Albright, Tony Blair and the former head of the National Security Agency and CIA [General Michael] Hayden, we would be quite concerned and there would be political scholars, like Noam Chomsky, trying to understand what that meant,” explained Assange. “But because Google has successfully—up until about a year ago—successfully positioned itself as a playful thing, their colored logo presenting itself under the eyeballs of people around the world more than a billion times a day, a playful thing, like it is a playroom, with soft, curved [thoughts] and soft toys, a place where we can go to look at things, a place that provides information for free, we have come to think of it as something that is helpful, or an assistant, a tap, a magical angel that disgorges helpful and useful information and not an organization like every other organization,” he continued. “Not an organization which spends now more money lobbying with Washington, DC than Lockheed Martin. Not an organization which has engaged in contracts with the National Security Agency since 2003…. And not an organization with a revolving door between the US State Department and Google and between the White House and Google.” Julian Assange spoke to the audience via Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)Assange said Google’s Android mobile operating system gains 1.5 million new user subscriptions each day, consistently providing Google with their location “whether they know that they’re doing it or not, location, their contacts, their emails.”“That’s the basic business model: to look like you’re a soft, playful organization, to collect the world’s information or index it and then of course, the National Security Agency and other actors with the United States feed off what Google is doing,” he stated, matter-of-factly. “Ultimately, even if Google reacts and tries to distance itself, as it has done a little bit in response to being called out by Edward Snowden revelations, ultimately it is…susceptible to coercive power in the United States.”“Its audience isn’t designed to be common readers, its audience is designed to be Washington,” the WikiLeaks founder said of Schmidt’s New Digital Age, foretelling of an even grimmer, even more Orwellian future if all continues the way it’s been. “What Lockheed Martin was to the 20th century, high-tech companies will be to the 21st century.”If Assange’s dire description is correct—and his new book boasts voluminous citations directing readers to scores of documents purporting to prove it is—then why isn’t this incestuous Big Brother love fest on the cover of every major newspaper across the globe, you might ask?Banal tech-gadget reporters are the only ones reporting on Schmidt and Cohen’s view of the future, he explained, “because there’s this absurd blind aspect to humanities in most universities and it seems [among] political commentators where they just don’t get Google, they don’t get the Internet…. Once upon a time we didn’t get nuclear weapons, either.”Over time, the public came to understand that those weapons “shape geopolitics, shape societies, shape the balance of power,” he explained. “And what Google has become and what the Internet has become is just as important, perhaps even more important in a sense that it’s penetrating every single society at once.” Just as Assange has taken to the airwaves (and art gallery walls) recently to promote the message within When Google Met WikiLeaks, so too has Schmidt to debunk both it and its author. The Google executive chairman is also stumping for his own latest book, How Google Works, released the day before Assange’s launch party at Babycastles.“Well, he’s, of course, writing from the, shall we say, luxury lodgings of the local embassy in London,” Schmidt told ABC News of Assange on Sept. 23. “The fact of the matter is Julian is very paranoid about things and it’s true that the NSA did things that they shouldn’t have done, but Google has done none of those things. Google never collaborated with NSA and in fact, we’ve fought very hard against what they did and since what the NSA did which we do not like, we have taken all of our data, all of our exchanges, and we fully encrypted them so no one can get them, especially the government.”“He has a difficult job,” Assange responded to Schmidt’s jab on Wednesday when prompted by Stuckey. “Read the book, you’ll come to understand that Eric Schmidt’s job is to be Secretary of State to Google, essentially. To be the external relations [arm] for Google to meet presidents, including the United States, and to deal with all those people. “It’s sad that he has to resort to name calling,” he continued, adding that it was he who introduced Schmidt to Bitcoin, telling the Google billionaire back then that it was a good time to buy in. “Thank goodness he didn’t take that advice because his $8 billion now would be worth 8,000 times more than that,” Assange laughed on Wednesday. “He who controls the present controls the past, and he who controls the past controls the future,” warned Assange, quoting George Orwell, explaining, thus, whoever controls the present and historical archives and publications—then the past and the future doesn’t actually exist, just the present. “If you control the present, you can change what the records are… Then you control the future.”Assange said Schmidt’s The New Digital Age proposes “that whistleblower sites should be regulated by the government, there should be a single government body run by the state where prospective publications from those whistleblower publications go to that body—it is an absurd centralization that we see from Russia, that the press should have pre-publication submissions to some body [of government].”After Julian Assange’s appearance, organizers beamed a photo of Assange’s book “When Google Met WikiLeaks” beside Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg’s new book, “How Google Works.”He stated the ambition of Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page as to make Google “as big as possible, to suck everything into it, every aspect of people’s lives… You go to sleep and Google alarm wakes you up, you’re connected to Google Calendar and creating your own sleep-cycle states.” By harvesting and processing this data, Google knows their REM cycle states, and Google Watch knows when you go to your next appointment and whenever you wear Google Glass, he continued, equating cell phones, such as Google’s Android-operated smartphones, to “a tracking device that also makes calls.”To the common argument made in support of increased surveillance or by those who state they can tolerate it and have no qualms because they themselves have nothing to hide, Assange fired back:“When people say: ‘Why do I have to be concerned about this? I have done nothing wrong?’ Stop being so damn selfish, you’re not an island. Every time you go to a party and put on Facebook and take photographs of people at that party, you’re being a rat, you’re being a rat to your community, you’re being an informant, you’re being a narc to your community.”“It’s not just about you,” he insisted. “You are part of your community. If you’re community goes down the tubes then you’re going to go with it.” In response to an inquiry posed by the Press on the whereabouts of the Granai Airtrike Video, also known as the Garani Massacre Video, and whether it would ever see the light of day—Assange had said in published reports WikiLeaks had the video and was readying its release prior to it being taken by WikiLeaks former spokesperson Daniel Domscheit Berg and possibly destroyed—he replied:“The Garani airstrike video is said to be in the hands of someone in Germany, who won’t release it to the public. A very sad situation, the deaths of over 60 Afghan children or 100 Afghans in a single massacre of children in Afghanistan by the United States military, by a B-2 bomber. And it’s not been released. The United States government, interestingly, scheduled some of it for release, and then decided that no, actually, in hindsight, they don’t want that out there.”“Is that another flag for the list of flags to be captured for WikiLeaks?” asked Motherboard’s Dan Stuckey.“Yes,” said Assange. “Recaptured.”When Google Met WikiLeaks’ co-publisher Colin Robinson told the Press afterward he hopes Assange will be present—in the flesh—for his next book launch gala and not between the walls of a room “half the size of this room.” “I go to London quite often and I always go to see him,” he said. “I always enjoy talking to him because he’s resolutely optimistic about his own personal situation and he’s also—we talk about politics, the politics of the Internet and it’s always very interesting. But when I leave and I pass that special branch officer who’s sitting at the entrance of the embassy checking everyone going in and out I sort of think ‘He should not be forced to be living [the way he is].’ “He’s been in there for over two years now,” lamented Robinson. “Whatever you think about these cases in Sweden, he basically did some very brave things this guy and he changed the world in very positive ways. It seems to be fundamentally wrong that people like him and Chelsea Manning are denied their freedom and George Bush is living on his ranch in Texas doing whatever the fuck he likes.”last_img read more

BiH loses of Belgium in a Decisive Match for 2018 World Cup Qulifier

first_imgThe National football team of BiH was defeated at the Grbavica Stadium against the selection of Belgium with the result 3:4, in the match within the 9th round of qualifications for the World Cup 2018.The National football team of BiH led after the first half, but players of Mehmed Bazdarevic played much weaker in the second half of the match, which Belgians used to reverse the result and win at the end.A cold shower for our players followed already in the fourth minute on Grbavica, when Meunier took advantage of the confusion in the rows of BH team and scored after the assistance of Hazard.Our team took the initiative then, and Medunjanin had the best chance when he performed a dangerous shot from the edge of the field.After half an hour, the Dragons managed to equalize the score. Kolasinac led a brilliant action on the left side and sent the ball to Dzeko, who managed to send the ball to the Belgian goal stands. Courtois managed to defend this shot, but Medunjanin ran after the ball and managed to score for 1:1.Only nine minutes later, Grbavica Stadium exploded again. After Vertonghen’s huge mistake, Visca came in front of the Courtois and routinely scored for 2:1.Before the break, Belgian players Vermaelen, Hazard and Batshuay, had several great opportunities, but they eventually hit the goal stands. Nevertheless, our goalkeeper Begovic was great with several excellent interventions and we went on a break with a result 2:1 for our selection.The Belgians started the second half in the same rhythm. Batshiayi and Alderweireld missed some great chances, and then they reached a well-deserved equalization of the result just half an hour before the end of the match.Fierce attacks continued, and Begovic managed to save his goal in 67th minute after Tielemansa’s shot.The Belgians scored the third goal from the corner of the previous action. De Bruyne centered, Carrasco passed, and Vertonghen shot the ball into the net for a new turn.Just 8 minutes before the end of the match, Djumic tied the score once again, but all hopes for a favorable result were destroyed by Carrasco who scored for the final result 3: 4.With this victory, Belgium increased its lead in Group H, while BiH remained in the second place with one point more than Greece, but also with one match more.(Source: N. K./ read more

Son of ex-49ers Super Bowl champ leads Serra’s offense after long wait

first_imgSAN MATEO — Serra senior Daylin McLemore is a three-star recruit as a dual-threat quarterback, but the 17-year-old was a relatively unknown entering this season.He could’ve transferred as a junior to play elsewhere in order to increase visibility for college scouts. Instead, he opted to stay, even if it meant remaining under the radar as a backup QB.“I was just waiting for my time to come,” said McLemore, who sat out his sophomore year with a broken leg and used it as an opportunity to learn …last_img

The First Passivhaus Retrofit Certification in the U.S.

first_imgUPDATED on March 30, 2011 with a new link at the bottom of the page to a video of the project.The messy, retrofitting part is over. Now it’s time to track the performance of Cathy O’Neill’s 1960s-era home in Sonoma, California, which was expanded and renovated to the Passivhaus standard. Last time we checked in on the project, in late March, builder Rick Milburn, of Solar Knights Construction in nearby Napa, was leading his team through the particulars of insulating and sealing about 40% of the existing envelope and a 400-sq.-ft. extension using the Pressure-Equalized Rain-Screen Insulated Structure Technique, with insulation and barriers that include Aerogel Spaceloft, InsulFoam IX expanded polystyrene, Insulfoam R-Tech IV rigid foam, Optima blow-in insulation, Grace Ice & Water Shield; Stego Wrap, and Protecto Wrap building tape.The aim was to bring the floors to between R-12 and R-20, the roof to R-74, and the exterior walls to R-31, and add Optiwin 3 Wood triple-glazed windows and doors. The HVAC package includes an UltimateAir RecoupAerator energy recovery ventilator that, Milburn recently told Contractor magazine, likely will be used about 10 or 12 days a year, and only at about 30% capacity. The house originally featured 2,400 sq. ft. of interior space and radiant heated floors that were supplemented by electric baseboard heaters.Savoring the resultsAll the planning and effort finally found their intended target. On July 20, Solar Knights announced that the house had earned certification from Passive House Institute US, making it the first residential retrofit in the United States to do so. Having made the unusual journey from retrofit candidate to Passivhaus performer, the house also will be monitored by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and has been selected as a prototype by the DOE’s Building America Program.For Milburn, the project was both demanding and enormously rewarding. “I will say that this is the hardest house I have ever built, but everything from here on out will be easy,” he told Contractor. “In the climate that I work in, there is no reason that all new construction shouldn’t be built to the Passivhaus standard. It’s just not that hard.”To see a video tour of the project, click here.last_img read more

Mens lacrosse opens season with pair of home matchups

With a powerful group of veteran leaders and a super sophomore class, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team looks to start its season with a victory tonight against Detroit (0-1). OSU coach Nick Myers said the Buckeyes’ leadership comes from a group of 14 seniors — four of whom are captains — and junior captain Brock Sorensen. “You have got to look to those seniors for leadership first and foremost,” he said. “They have really stepped out and taken charge of this team and made it clear that it’s an effort every day that we pay attention to detail.” Two of the Buckeye captains, midfielders Scott Lathrop and Jarred Bowman, agreed. “There is going to be adversity throughout the year,” Bowman said. “As long as we stay together and really focus on having each other’s backs and being there for everybody, we will be fine.” Although the leadership comes from the senior class, a large part of the scoring for OSU comes from a duo of sophomores. At attack, Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo return to the Buckeyes after being the top two scorers for the team during their freshman seasons. Schuss finished the 2010 campaign with a team-high 56 points with 31 goals for the Buckeyes, and Tundo added 35 points with 20 goals. Although those two attackers are only sophomores, Myers said he holds them to the same standards as he does the team’s veterans. “A lot of those sophomores that play for us, we’re treating those guys like veterans,” Myers said. “We want them to play like veterans as second-year guys, and that’s a big strength for us.” A challenge for the Buckeyes this season will be the difficulty of their non-conference schedule, which includes No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 10 Notre Dame. “We probably have the toughest non-conference schedule we’ve ever faced,” Myers said. “We understand it’s going to be one game at a time.” On Saturday, OSU had two scrimmages — one against defending National Champion No. 5 Duke and another against Division III power Salisbury. But the Buckeyes are anxious to get on the field for a regular season game. “We have been practicing against each other for a month now as well as all of fall,” Lathrop said. “We got some scrimmage time last week but it’s not the same as a regular game. I think everyone is just real excited to play another team in a real-game situation.” Last year, the Buckeyes went 7-8 and finished No. 33. Their last meeting with Detroit was Feb. 27, 2010. Behind a team-high six points from Schuss, OSU came away with a 16-7 victory. The Titans fell to No. 17 Delaware, 13-5, in their season opener Saturday. OSU kicks off its regular season at 7 p.m. tonight at Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

Commentary Buckeyes offense facing identity crisis

As the football program’s annual Spring Game inches closer, the two sides of the ball could not be farther apart, in both play and identity. Take Saturday’s scrimmage for example. In 17 possessions, the offense managed just three Drew Basil field goals. The four quarterbacks taking snaps in place of injured starter Terrelle Pryor looked mundane at best. Taylor Graham was the only one without a turnover. That’s not exactly vintage “Tressel Ball.” The receivers helped account for some of those turnovers, dropping passes that turned into picks. The discrepancy between returning starter DeVier Posey and the rest of the receiving corps appears to be wide. Now, the offense does have a handful of legitimate reasons for its struggles on Saturday: Pryor’s injury, starting right tackle J.B. Shugarts’ absence because of a shoulder injury, two new starting guards and too many new faces catching the ball. But the defense, which is replacing seven starters, sure wasn’t offering any excuses. Its play did the talking from the first snap, when the offense started from its own three-yard line. At the snap, defensive linemen John Simon and Johnathan Hankins slammed through the point of attack and stopped running back Dan Herron in the end zone. The “Silver Bullets” weren’t finished causing havoc quite yet. Cornerback Bradley Roby had two interceptions. Running back Jaamal Berry was crushed by cornerback Dionte Allen on a bubble screen. And on a single play, Simon sacked quarterback Kenny Guiton, forced him to fumble and then recovered the ball for a triple crown of sorts. The defense even appears to have found its director in Etienne Sabino, who seems to have finally seized the opportunity. “(Sabino) is definitely our leader right now in the middle of the field,” cornerback Travis Howard said. “He’s the guy calling all the plays and making all the checks.” Not all is lost for the offense. It appears to have a three-headed monster of running backs up to the challenge, each of whom brings something different to the table. Berry has the speed, Jordan Hall has the shiftiness and Rod Smith packs the Beanie Wells-like power. It’s no secret that the program has been engulfed in a storm of controversy during the offseason. Heck, it couldn’t even finish the scrimmage because a howling thunderstorm showed up in the ‘Shoe. So, whether it’s the offense finding its identity or the defense continuing to assert its own, it’s clear the team has a long road ahead. Lucky for the Buckeyes, it’s spring, not autumn, so they have plenty of time to weather the storm. read more

For Ohio State football The Chase is on

The chase is on for the Ohio State football team, and it’s clear the Buckeyes are the hunters, not the prey. OSU held its first of 15 spring practices Tuesday indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, which houses a full indoor football field. At the south end of the facility hangs a new banner with two big words adorned on the scarlet background. “The Chase,” it reads. What exactly is the chase? Coach Urban Meyer said it’s different for everyone. “We’re all chasing something,” Meyer said. “We’re 15 practices behind every team that played in a bowl game last year, so the chase is on. Some guys are chasing starting positions, some guys are chasing bowl games, some guys are chasing NFL contracts.” But though Meyer acknowledges every individual’s pursuit has a different path, it seems clear that they all are aiming to intersect at the same place: the top of the college football world. It’s no secret what Meyer and his staff are chasing. On the team schedule listed in the media room, all the regular season games are listed. Then there’s the Rose Bowl. Then there’s BCS National Championship. That’s the prey, and everything – even the stretching and calisthenics during the very first spring practice – is designed to track it down. The expectations for this OSU team could not be higher. Rising junior quarterback Braxton Miller graced the cover of the latest “Sports Illustrated,” most preseason rankings have the Buckeyes somewhere in the top three and with nine returning starters on offense, nothing short of a championship will be viewed as a success. A perfect 12-0 season during a year with a postseason ban was enough to quench the fans’ thirst during year one of the Meyer era, but with one conquest comes higher goals. The Buckeyes’ first spring practice was open to the media, and it was clear what type of operation Meyer was running. Fast. Intense. Efficient. When he huddled the team briefly before breaking out into position drills, the only audible phrases from the sideline were “as fast as you can, go for four to six seconds” and “relentless.” There were no lengthy water breaks or team meetings, and there was no time to dwell on a failed rep. Everything was under the microscope. When a long, blond-haired kicker (who was not listed on the preseason roster) dared to take a swig of water during calisthenics, it was noticed. “What, do you need water, sunshine?” defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs yelled. “We’re stretching and you’re a kicker.” He wasn’t alone. No less than a half dozen assistant coaches were roaming up and down the field yapping at players for not running in a straight line or not going fast enough. “What are you chasing?” Coombs yelled at no one in particular. “What are you chasing today? Who are you chasing today? Let’s get to work. “Today’s not a good day, not a great day. It’s toughness Tuesday.” The transition between drills was a sprint, with the veterans going first, and the newbies waiting their turns so as not to waste time with lengthy drill instructions. The whole operation was a hyper-organized chaos and that seemed to be precisely how Meyer wanted it. Meyer praised Miller afterward, who looked about as good as a quarterback with no pads and no pressure can. “I thought Braxton Miller had a heck of a day,” Meyer said. “Fundamentally, his footwork was not very good last year. I thought it was outstanding today.” He also singled out rising senior Jordan Hall, who moved to a H-back position after a 2012 season riddled with injuries. Overall the second-year coach was pleased with what he saw. His team is in much better shape than it was at this point last year, something probably best illustrated by the fact that the third question of Meyer’s press conference was about the punting situation. But if Day 1 is any indication, there will be no resting on laurels. Meyer is constantly looking toward – chasing – the future. “Who’s going to be the (former offensive lineman Reid) Fragel?” Meyer said. “We’re going to call that the Fragel award, who was a very below average football player who turned out to be a very good football player for Ohio State University. “Who’s going to be that guy that’s coming out of nowhere?” OSU won’t be a team that comes out of nowhere this season. Everyone knows about the Buckeyes and everyone knows where they want to go. Will they get there? The chase continues. read more

Mens hockey Wisconsin solved Ohio States defense this week leading to Buckeyes

Ohio State senior forward Nick Schilkey takes a shot on net against Wisconsin in a Big Ten tournament semifinal in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on March 17. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiDETROIT — Less than a week ago, the Ohio State men’s hockey team was heading into a crucial away series at Wisconsin. Two losses meant the Buckeyes would probably have to win the Big Ten tournament to make the NCAA tournament. A split would keep the Buckeyes where they were — just outside the top 16 teams that make the tournament. But a series sweep meant OSU would be in excellent position for an at-large bid into the tournament.OSU outscored the Badgers 8-2 in that series, pulling off two huge road victories. On Friday at Joe Louis Arena in the Big Ten tournament semifinal, Wisconsin replicated OSU’s urgency from the week prior, which resulted in a physical 2-1 victory over the Buckeyes.“Last week, we were a little bit on our heels for the first time all year, as far as waiting to see how the game was going to be played.” Wisconsin coach Tony Granato said. “We played solid defensively and try to wear them down with forechecking and a lot of offensive zone shifts. The other plan was to stay out of the penalty box.”One could tell Wisconsin was playing with its season on the line on Friday, exemplified in its defense. The Wisconsin forwards pressured OSU to make long passes from its defensive zone and had active sticks along the boards against a team that has struggled all season to clear pucks from its own zone.“We tried to stretch it out too many times. We didn’t try to exploit their (defense) in their zone as much as we could’ve,” Schilkey said. “Just couldn’t get enough going offensively.”At Wisconsin, OSU’s transition-style offense systematically works better because the Badgers play on an Olympic-style rink, which is bigger than the NHL-regulated size the two teams played on at Joe Louis Arena. Speedster forwards such as senior Nick Schilkey and sophomore Mason Jobst, the conference’s scoring co-champion, didn’t have as much room to operate on the offensive end.“They like to throw guys up the ice and get into foot races,” said Wisconsin sophomore forward Luke Kunin. “I thought our forwards did a good job of keeping them back and staying in the middle, and our D did a good job of keeping them on the outside.”Jobst had four points last weekend against Wisconsin. On Friday, he had three shots and one assist on a powerplay. But except for one shot in the third period, Jobst wasn’t a major threat to Wisconsin freshman goaltender Jack Berry who was spectacular in net for the Badgers.“We tried to play defense last week” Granato said. “This week, we played defense by playing good offense. When it was in our end, we blocked those shots when we needed to, but we got it out quick.”The Buckeyes have relied on its offense for the entire season, and why shouldn’t they? Their powerplay ranks first in the nation, scoring on an absurd 32 percent of its chances, and the offense as a whole is ranked third in the nation with nearly four goals a game. Schilkey, Jobst and senior forward David Gust are the three leading goal scorers on a team that has seven players with double-digit goals.The penalty kill, which was fourth worst in the country before the game, has been OSU’s Achilles’ heel. But Friday, they were 3 for 3 — without counting senior defenseman Josh Healey’s five-minute major and game misconduct in the final minutes.One would think with the penalty kill taking care of business, OSU’s offense would find a way to get over the hump. But not on Friday. Not against a team that is fighting for an NCAA tournament bid.“Really throughout the whole game I thought when they pushed, we pushed harder,” Kunin said.The Badgers were sitting at No. 18 in the PairWise rankings. Now, they are just on the outside at No. 17, while the Buckeyes remain at No. 13.Now, it’s not like Wisconsin hadn’t had success against OSU this season. The Badgers swept OSU in January — one in Columbus and one at Madison Square Garden in New York. OSU coach Steve Rohlik said that Wisconsin attitude he saw in late January was present on Friday when it mattered most.“It was a playoff-type hockey game,” he said. “The score is going to be down and there’s going to be a chance either way. That’s how the game went tonight and that’s what I expected.” read more

City gears up for film fest with robots and droids

first_imgBringing a world of artificial intelligence and robots from the canvas of cinema, a three-day Artificial Intelligence Film Festival will be held here from September 17.The festival, being held in collaboration with Cinedarbaar, will show six science-fiction films that bring stories of robots and technology which will be followed by interactive sessions and robotic workshops at the American Center Auditorium (US Embassy) here, read a statement. The Day The Earth Stood Still, which stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and Hugh Marlowe, will open the festival with its intriguing storyline about the alien landing and how the people of Earth fight for survival.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The closing film will be Chappie, featuring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman. With a futuristic setting, the film takes cinema-goers to a world where crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanised police force. It narrates the story of a police droid, Chappie, which is stolen and is re-programmed, making him the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. The film highlights measures taken by humans to safeguard their existence. Other films that will be screened are A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Blade Runner and Robocop.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeakers are also invited to be part of discussion with the audience after the film’s screening. Bijoy Philip, who is a doctoral scholar at the department of cinema studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, will speak on the history of fictional robots in American cinema on the opening day of the festival.  The entry to the festival is free and is on first-come first-served basis. The entry is open for the general public, but by invitation only.last_img read more