‘Transformed’ police stations in Odisha from October 2

first_imgWhen the nation celebrates the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, walking into any police station in Odisha may not evoke a sense of nervousness in the mind of the common man as officers won’t dare to ill-treat a complainant.As part of its much-talked about ‘Mo Sarkar [My government]’ programme, which would be rolled out from October 2, the Naveen Patnaik government on Saturday announced that the conduct of police officers towards complainants will be linked to their career progression.“Our officers and police stations exist for the citizens. It is our utmost duty to treat the citizens with dignity, whenever they visit police stations, deal with their complaints in a professional, ethical and humane manner,” he told policemen in all districts through videoconferencing.Saying a system was put in place to take feedback from complainants, the CM added: “We will follow up with the complainant, how he was treated at the station and how his complaint was dealt with. The phone number of every petitioner will be recorded and available to everyone in the system — from the CM to the SP.”“Starting from October 2, I will personally make 10 phone calls every day. Based on the feedback, there will be immediate action appreciating those who are doing good work and initiating action against those who are not,” he added.last_img read more

‘Ready’ Jett Manuel joins PBA Draft

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH With or without injured Salado, Chiefs ready for crucial stretch Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOne of the craftiest guards in the amateur ranks, Jett Manuel has tossed his hat in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pool.The 24-year-old submitted his application on Wednesday, joining what appears to be one of the most loaded rookie classes in years.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “Personally, it’s been a goal of mine ever since to see how far I can go with regards to basketball and the PBA. I’ve been training and preparing for this since the beginning of the year. I got to expose myself and measure myself on the international level with Chooks-to-Go and I just felt that I was ready and it was time,” he said.The 6-foot-2 scorer seamlessly blended into coach Chot Reyes’ system with Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas, where he thrived as one of the team’s superb combo guards in the continental club championship.“Aside from my shooting, I like playing defense and fitting into a system. I was never the type of player to just get the ball and go freelance. I’ve always preferred fitting into a system of a coach, I think that’s why I enjoyed playing for coach Chot with the limited time that I had,” he said.Aside from Manuel, Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger, Ateneo ace Kiefer Ravena, La Salle stud Jeron Teng, and FEU bruiser Raymar Jose have also declared their intentions to join the draft.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES “I just felt that it was the right time,” said Manuel. “I finished and accomplished all I could for UP in the UAAP, I got my civil engineering license. I spoke to my parents, trainer, and my manager Mel Macasaquit and all of us are aligned that this is the right move for my basketball career.”Manuel had a rousing end to his collegiate career as he averaged 15.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in his senior year in UAAP Season 79, while also helping to lay out the foundation for the resurgent Fighting Maroons.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 shutoutThough he remained inactive for the past year due to prepare for May 2017 Board Exams for engineers, which he also passed, he has kept himself fit and even earned a spot with Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China, where he averaged 6.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 18.8 minutes of play.But Manuel acknowledges that the PBA is a whole different beast and he’d like to test his mettle against some of the country’s finest ballers. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Cricket Australia likely to review Steve Smith and David Warner bans this week

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) is likely to review the one-year bans of Steve Smith and David Warner, who were suspended for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal earlier this year.Smith and vice-captain Warner were handed suspensions after they were found guilty in the ball-tampering row in South Africa in March.Smith and Warner are into the 8th month of their bans and the duo is not scheduled to resume playing at the top level until the end of March 2019.The third player involved in this episode, Cameron Bancroft, was suspended for 9 months and he will be eligible to play after December 29.The Australian Cricketers’ Association has always contested the bans were overly-harsh and have continued to push for all three to be able to return to representative cricket immediately.Also Read – Adam Voges expects Cameron Bancroft to join Western Australia a day after ban endsThose calls intensified after a cultural review into Cricket Australia last month that suggested that the culture fostered in the game by the governing body had contributed to the incident in a Test against South Africa.That review led to the resignation of chairman David Peever, who had forcefully maintained that the players should see out the full terms of their suspensions.Sydney’s Daily Telegraph on Monday reported that “serious discussions” had taken place among senior officials over allowing the players to return to state cricket, adding that the board would consider lifting the suspensions this week.Also Read – Steve Smith, David Warner bans should stay, says Mitchell JohnsonadvertisementSmith and Warner are two of the best batsmen in world cricket and the debate over their bans is being played out against the backdrop of Australia’s continued struggles in all formats of the men’s game.With Australia’s defence of the 50-overs World Cup starting in England at the end of May and the defence of the Ashes following in August and September, there is clearly a desire among some Down Under to get the duo back as soon as possible.Both have been keeping their hand in by playing Sydney club cricket and have received praise in local media for the way they have conducted themselves.Smith and Warner have both been retained by their franchises in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) for the next version of the competition, which starts on March 29.Australia take on India in the first of three Twenty20 internationals in Brisbane on Wednesday looking to snap a run of four consecutive defeats in the format.They then face the tourists, who are top of the world rankings, in four Tests over December and January looking to avoid what would be a first ever home series loss to India.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Leicester left-back Callum Elder joins Ipswich Town

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Leicester left-back Callum Elder joins Ipswich Townby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City left-back Callum Elder has joined Ipswich Town on-loan.Elder has been training with the Tractor Boys, who sit bottom of the Championship, ahead of a potential loan move.Elder won’t feature when Ipswich host Millwall on New Year’s Day – “because of the registration” – but manager Paul Lambert is confident the Australian will have an impact.“Callum is a very good player,” said Lambert. “He’s been training with really good players at Leicester so I know what he’ll bring.”Elder is yet to make a competitive senior appearance for City, but has been involved in pre-season fixtures and has started 10 of the club’s 13 Premier League 2 games this term. last_img read more

Videos: Pass Breakup On Final Play Seals Huge Upset Win For Texas Over Baylor

first_imgSad Baylor fans in the stands after loss to Texas.Twitter/@RedditCFBOklahoma captured the Big 12 championship last weekend in Stillwater, making today’s Baylor vs. Texas game all about pride for the Longhorns, and potential bowl positioning for the Bears. While Baylor entered the game as a heavy favorite, the Longhorns channeled whatever it was that allowed them to upset the Sooners earlier this year. On the game’s final play, Texas nearly picked off Baylor’s Johnny Jefferson to seal a 23-17 victory over the nation’s No. 12 team.Texas Wins! pic.twitter.com/8WcxfEeCHw— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 5, 2015On the bright side, one lucky Baylor fan is going to enter the “viral sad fan hall of fame.” Okay, maybe that’s not really the “bright side.”This is what losing to a 4-7 Texas team can do to a person #TEXvsBAY https://t.co/a2ElzjjQtF— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 5, 2015With an early injury to third string quarterback Chris Johnson, Baylor was forced into using wide receiver Lynx Hawthorne behind center. He only managed to complete 10-of-22 passes, and threw two picks. No matter what, we think Charlie Strong and his team will take this win, and the momentum it brings, into the off-season.last_img read more

The Dodgers Best Bats Heat Up At Just The Right Time

WORLD SERIES GM. 4 RAA -7.1+2.5 Sources: ESPN Stats & Information Group, Fangraphs PLAYERPOSREG. SEASON WOBABEFORE 7TH INN.7TH+ INN. Cody Bellinger1B.396-3.5+1.6 Justin Turner3B.411-1.2+0.0 Andre EthierRF.326+0.00.0 The Dodgers’ best bats showed up late in Game 4Weighted on-base average (wOBA) and batting runs above average (RAA) for Los Angeles hitters in 2017 regular season and World Series Enrique HernandezCF.320+0.4-0.5 Yasmani GrandalC.336-0.80.0 Austin BarnesC.396-1.6-0.5 Charlie CulbersonSS.237+1.30.0 Logan Forsythe2B.313-0.7+1.0 Chris TaylorLF.373+0.5-0.3 Joc PedersonLF.331+1.3+1.3 Total The Los Angeles Dodgers couldn’t buy a run, and their World Series chances were slipping away. After scoring six times off the Houston Astros but coming up short in a crazy, back-and-forth Game 2, they mustered three relatively low-leverage runs in Game 31None of those scores ever brought them any closer than within two runs of the Astros. and were shut out for the first six innings of Game 4. A loss here would have dropped LA’s World Series odds to around 20 percent, if history was any guide, and left this 104-win juggernaut staring at another postseason disappointment.But finally, after waiting most of the series for their bats to heat up, the Dodgers got what they were looking for late Saturday night. Cody Bellinger, who’d gone 0-for-13 in the World Series before the seventh inning of Game 4, delivered a double, then came around to score the tying run on a Logan Forsythe single. Two innings later, Corey Seager, who’d been hitless since Game 2, got on base with a single and scored on another Bellinger double, giving LA a lead it would never relinquish. (Joc Pederson’s three-run insurance homer four batters later also helped.) Suddenly, instead of falling into a 3-1 hole, the Dodgers knotted up the series at two games apiece and are back to being championship favorites again.Before Game 4’s assault on the Astros’ bullpen, the Dodgers as a team had produced 7.1 fewer runs than average in the series based on their weighted on-base average (wOBA),2Using the formula and constants provided at FanGraphs.com. including a collective 6.5 runs below average from the team’s four best hitters during the regular season by wOBA — Bellinger, Seager, Justin Turner and Austin Barnes. But all four batters played a role in LA’s late-innings scoring outburst, during which they collectively produced 1.6 runs above average (to go with 0.9 runs above average from their teammates): Corey SeagerSS.374-0.2+0.5 Yasiel PuigRF.360-1.2-0.5 Chase Utley2B.325-1.40.0 It’s impossible to say whether the Dodgers’ well-timed turnaround at the plate will kick-start their offense over the rest of the series. But they’d definitely been hitting below their talents up to that point — with a wOBA 94 points below their regular-season average — so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bellinger and company’s late-game performance be part of a positive regression to the mean going forward.As for the Astros, Game 4 was an enormous missed opportunity. Starting pitcher Charlie Morton pitched extremely well — he had a Game Score of 76, tied for seventh-best ever among World Series starters in a game the team ultimately lost — and it was looking like he’d steal Houston a crucial second series win in a game not started by team co-aces Justin Verlander or Dallas Keuchel. Leading up to the World Series, Houston was 5-1 in playoff games started by Verlander/Keuchel but 2-3 in all other games, so getting a pair of wins from Morton and Game 3 starter Lance McCullers would have been a major coup for the Astros at this point in the series.Instead, Houston is left wondering how a bullpen that had outpitched Los Angeles’s early in the series managed to blow such a winnable home contest. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Astros closer Ken Giles has now allowed as many earned runs (10) in 7⅔ postseason innings as he did in 50⅔ innings during his last 50 appearances of the regular season, and the Houston bullpen as a whole now has a 5.21 ERA during the playoffs — nearly two runs worse than their starters per nine innings.The Astros aren’t doomed, of course. The series is basically a toss-up now, a de facto best-of-three affair that will see them face the Dodgers’ best pitcher (Clayton Kershaw) at home and also be able to use their own top starter (Verlander) to neutralize LA’s home-field advantage in Game 6. But in a flash, the Dodgers’ cold bats warmed up and saved their season, turning what would have been a commanding Houston lead into a series either team can now win.CORRECTION (Oct. 29, 2017, 11 a.m.): A previous version of this article mischaracterized the regular-season stats of Ken Giles. His 10 regular-season earned runs allowed came in his last 50 appearances of the season, not the entire season.CORRECTION (Oct. 29, 2017, 3:30 p.m.): A previous version of this article said Los Angeles scored seven times in Game 2. The Dodgers scored six times. read more

Its time to work for Ohio State as matchup with No 7

Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) intercepts a pass from Illinois senior quarterback Rielly O’Toole during a Nov. 1 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternAfter handling Illinois, 55-14, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett said the Ohio State football team has no problem taking things one step at a time.“I think we as an organization did a pretty good job of just focusing on the task at hand, and tonight that was Illinois,” Barrett said.But as soon as the clock hit zero Saturday night at Ohio Stadium, the task at hand shifted from the Fighting Illini to the No. 7 Michigan State Spartans (7-1, 4-0). The No. 13 Buckeyes (7-1, 4-0) are scheduled to play the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday at 8 p.m.“This is huge,” senior wide receiver Devin Smith said of the matchup with Michigan State. “We checked this on our calendar just because what happened last year.”The last time the two teams faced-off was the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Michigan State came away with a 34-24 win, effectively ending OSU’s hopes of making an appearance in the last-ever BCS National Championship game and snapping the Buckeyes’ 24-game win streak.“I’m not gonna lie to you, I cried for like two days,” Smith said Saturday. “It was tough, and the whole team, it seemed like after we took that loss it took the whole soul out of the team.”Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the Buckeyes put emphasis on that loss during the offseason, but added that their focus came week by week once fall rolled around.“You try to use that loss as motivation but, once the season hits, not to sound clichéd, but I mean it’s literally one game at a time,” Herman said after the win against Illinois.While the Spartans are a top-10 team once again, the Buckeyes fielded a new-look lineup that included Barrett in place of injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller and a few fresh faces on defense. One of those fresh faces — redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee — said he knows what the upcoming game means even though he wasn’t at Lucas Oil Stadium last December.“I wasn’t really in the locker room for that, but watching on TV, I mean, it hurt, it hurt, it hurt a lot,” Lee said after the Illinois game. “We feel like these guys took something from us and it’s full metal jacket now and we’re trying to go win this game.”Lee added that the Buckeyes are planning to return the favor when they make the trip to East Lansing next weekend.“Everybody is focusing on how this week is here upon us now and we’re just gonna get ready to go and take it,” he said.Barrett agreed that OSU is only focused on the Spartans coming out of the win, but made clear he feels that way because it’s the next game on the schedule, not for any other reason.“As far as our program here at Ohio State football, we’ve just been working on the next game,” he said. “And that’s it.”But as their focus shifts toward Michigan State, the Buckeyes have room to grow despite coming off a 41-point victory.While the starting defense pitched a shutout — the two Illinois touchdowns came with backups in the game for OSU — the Buckeye offense misfired on a few occasions on its way to a 31-0 halftime lead. Barrett in particular missed open receivers more than once in his half of play.While the Wichita Falls, Texas, native sat out the second half — he’s nursing a sprained MCL — he still managed to finish 15-of-24 for 167 yards and two touchdowns through the air.Herman said he wants to see Barrett correct some of the misfires, but added his ability to fight back from adversity can be a positive going forward.“(Barrett) missed some open throws that we would have liked to have completed,” Herman said. “We will figure that part out, I don’t have any hesitation there. The fact that it happened the way that it happened can only add some confidence and some toughness to him as he heads into this week.”But outside of Barrett’s early misses and a couple of big plays given up on defense, the overall performance from OSU was one of domination. The Buckeyes totaled 545 yards on offense while allowing just 243 from the Fighting Illini, and won the turnover battle, 4-1. Sophomore punter Cameron Johnston kicked the ball away just once, while Illinois was forced to punt four times and failed on two attempted fourth-down conversions.Sophomore safety Vonn Bell said OSU took Illinois seriously, but simply wanted to prove it was the better team by sticking to the game plan.“That wasn’t a sleeper team, they had good athletes,” Bell said of Illinois. “So we just had to do what we had to do. We had to execute, so it showed.”Lee said that execution, in addition to “heart,” will be important in the matchup with the Spartans.“They’re a good team without a doubt, and they’re a tough team and they’re a well-coached team,” he said. “But it’s just gonna come down to executing our game plan … on all phases. Special teams, offense and defense. We know what’s at stake here, and that’s about it.”As the preparation started just moments after the win against Illinois, OSU coach Urban Meyer said the “most prepared team will win it” when his Buckeyes visit Spartan Stadium.“That’s what’s going to win this game,” he said.With preparation in mind, Lee had one simple plan for the Buckeyes after leaving the Ohio Stadium turf and putting the 55-14 win against Illinois in the rearview mirror.“It’s time to work.” read more

Ex Rangers striker insists cup success will be sweet for Rangers

first_imgFormer Rangers striker Derek Johnstone insists winning the Scottish FA Cup would be good for the club this season.The Gers travel to the Central Park Stadium to face Cowdenbeath in the fourth round of the Scottish FA Cup on Friday night, and Johnstone has fond memories of playing the Scottish League 2 club.“I scored twice in a 5-0 win at Ibrox and the rest, they say, is history. So I have a lot of affection for Cowdenbeath and I have happy memories of playing against them, for sure.” He said, according to Evening Times.“Hopefully Jermain Defoe can follow my example now! There have been a lot of people saying that his eyes will be opened at Central Park tonight but I am sure he has seen it all during his career and nothing will surprise him if he makes his debut there.”“The pitch is the same as everywhere else and it doesn’t matter what the surroundings are like at the end of the day. Jermain will just get on with it, as will Steven Davis if he makes his second debut for the club.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“The majority of the crowd at Central Park will be Rangers supporters so it certainly won’t be a hostile environment. It is not, with the greatest of respect Cowdenbeath, the best place to make your debut for Rangers, but that is the game that is up and the game that they have got to win if they want to go on and win the cup this season.”“That will be the ambition for Steven Gerrard and the players and the disappointment of the Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen will still sting a bit for them.”“It was a great chance for Rangers to get back to a final at Hampden and they were the better side on the day, but Aberdeen got their goal late on and went through.”last_img read more