A bloody carnage: Bangladesh team’s Indian support staff recalls Christchurch horror

first_imgA bloody carnage: Bangladesh team’s Indian support staff recalls Christchurch horrorBangladesh cricket team’s Performance Analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran recalled the Christchurch mosque shooting, saying that “initially they didn’t even realise that it was a terror attack”.advertisement Press Trust of India ChristchurchMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 15:32 IST Shrinivas Chandrasekaran said all the Bangladesh players and support staff are in a state of shock (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch on FridayBangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers when the shooting occurredShrinivas Chandrasekaran, Bangladesh’s Performance Analyst, said the team was in shockThe plan was to offer the Friday namaaz and then head for practice. But the Bangladesh players ended up praying for their own lives as they narrowly escaped a terror attack inside a mosque close to the Hagley Oval ground in New Zealand’s Christchurch.The team bus was barely metres away from the scene of the carnage when the players first heard gunshots. Moments later they saw a woman collapse. Some of the players wanted to help the distressed woman, but just then they saw a horde of petrified worshippers pouring out of the mosque, some of them covered in blood.”We couldn’t react initially. In such a horror situation, your brain automatically freezes as you are terrified. That’s exactly happened to all of us,” Bangladesh cricket team’s Performance Analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran, who was in the bus, told PTI over telephone from the team hotel in Christchurch.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden later announced that 40 people were killed and more than 20 injured in the attack, claimed by a 28-year-old white Australian who is in police custody.Shrinivas, a Mumbai-based software engineer who works as a video analyst with the Bangladesh team said that initially they didn’t even realise that it was a terror attack.”It was a few metres away from the mosque and we suddenly heard gunshots. Neither the players nor me initially realised what was happening. Suddenly we saw this woman fainting on the road. We thought it was a medical emergency and some of the boys wanted to get down from the bus and help the lady,” said Shrinivas, his voice still quivering as he recalled the the team’s close shave.advertisement”However, we realised that it was something much bigger than what we had thought. We saw people running for their lives and blood everywhere and suddenly we were all told to lie down quietly on the floor of the bus. I don’t know for how many minutes we lay on the floor of the bus. Once we understood, everyone was calm and did what was told,” said Shrinivas.It was some time before the police arrived and they were escorted out of the backdoor of the team bus and taken to the ground.”It is obvious that all the players and support staff are in a state of shock. They are all too shocked to react.”Shrinivas, who earlier worked with IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and joined the Bangladesh cricket team in 2018, thanked both the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as well as New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for their prompt reaction.”We all are waiting to return home. The players will be leaving for Bangladesh and I am also waiting for my return ticket to India,” he said.Also Read | Shocking and tragic: Virat Kohli reacts to Christchurch mosques terror attackFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow BangladeshFollow New ZealandFollow christchurch mosque shootingslast_img read more

UZMAR’s State-of-the-Art KOC MUSANED-2 Passes Sea Trials

first_imgzoom UZMAR’s innovative, super silent Smart Tug ‘KOC MUSANED-2’ has returned to the shipyard’s Izmit Port, after the first stage of sea trials.This innovative, multi-purpose tug was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. who was able to integrate a very complex list of equipment to this 20.4m long boat. The ship is designed for a wide range of mooring operations, oil spill response included.Smart Tug KOC MUSANED-­2 is powered by twin CAT C32 marine engines each producing 1200bHP at 2000rpm coupled through ZF reversing gear box to Teignbridge propellers and the triple high-­efficiency rudder system.This arrangement gives the tug a maximum bollard power of 19 tons and speed of 10.5 knots. Caterpillar 4.4 auxiliary generator, rated 86 ekW-­50hz at 1500rpm, is installed to meet not only domestic shipboard loads but also to power the electrically driven deck machinery.The equipment adjustments, functional check of main systems and propulsion characteristics have confirmed the readiness of the ship. uzmar, April 14, 2014last_img read more

Province Celebrates the Achievements of Young Volunteers

first_imgOutstanding young Nova Scotian volunteers gathered in Dartmouth today, March 28, to have their efforts and accomplishments celebrated at this year’s Youth Nominee Luncheon. They were nominated by their community for consideration of the Provincial Volunteer Award or the Crime Prevention Award. Young people make up an important segment of volunteers in Nova Scotia, with about 65 per cent in the 15-24 age group volunteering. “It is wonderful and heartening to see the efforts of this next generation of volunteers and the valuable contributions they are making in their communities every day,” said Marilyn More, Minister of the Voluntary Sector. “Each and every one of these young Nova Scotians is setting a great example that all of us should follow.” Despite school demands, part-time work, and extra-curricular activities, young people in Nova Scotia are finding time to give a total of 132 million hours of volunteer time every year. For Devon Bate, a Grade 12 student at Northumberland Regional High School, volunteering started at an early age. After serving as class president at his middle school, he continued to get involved both at school and in the community. After returning from a trip to Guatemala in Grade 10 where he helped build schools, libraries and orphanages, Devon started his own fundraising business called Sweat for Others. By organizing sporting events and donating the proceeds to charity, Sweat for Others has raised over $1,800 for the IWK, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and charities in Guatemala. “I’m the youngest of four brothers and I believe that a person’s community is like their extended family” said Mr. Bate. “People should help those that live around them. We can use our skills to give back to our communities, each of us supporting one another.” Now eighteen years old, Devon founded the Pictou County Youth Council in May. The organization focuses on environmental awareness and cleanups, as well as awareness campaigns to encourage young people to get involved. The organization was recently given a $10,000 grant from the Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development to fund programs across the province. “I was always told to never pass up an opportunity because you never know where it will take you. Volunteering has given me so many important and wonderful experiences. It has given me the chance to help others here at home and abroad in ways I never could have imagined.” Devon Bate is one of 40 young volunteers being honoured at this year’s luncheon.last_img read more

Melodious Mavericks Jatin Lalit

first_imgThe decade of 1990s truly belonged to music director duos. They dominated film music and were responsible for bringing back melody to Bollywood. They were Anand Miland, Nadeem Shravan and Jatin Lalit. Jatin Lalit were the fourth music duo after Husanlal Bhagat Ram, Kalyanji Anandji and Anand Miland – and like them, they were real brothers. Anand Miland were the sons of film composer Chitragupt. Nadeem Shravan had no connection in the industry while Jatin Lalit belonged to a famous music Gharana. They were born to Pandit Tej Narayan of Mewati Gharana in the village Pili Mandori in Hisar, Haryana. The doyen of Mewati Gharana is legendary Pt. Jasraj – he is the brother of Tej Narayan and uncle of Jatin Lalit. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalPandit Tej Narayan had a large family of four sons and three daughters. He would train his children, except his youngest son Lalit. He wanted him to study and do something else, rather than making a career in singing. Lalit’s elder brothers Mandhir and Jatin were trained by their father as were his two daughters Sulakshna and Vijeta Pandit, who became actor-singers and acted in several Jubilee films. Vijeta Pandit was the poster girl of 1980s along with Kumar Gaurav (son of Rajendra ‘Jubilee’ Kumar). Vijeta Pandit later got married to music composer Adesh Srivastava, who gave several hit numbers like Haathon mein aa gaya jo kal rummal apka (Kumar Sanu) in the film Aao Pyaar Karen (1994), Kya ada kya jalwa tere paro (Udit Narayan) in Shastra (1996), the eponymous title song of Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya (Asha Bhonsle, Amit Kumar and Udit Narayan, 1997) to mention a few. Sadly, his career ended with his sudden demise after a cardiac attack. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceLalit Pandit had finished his board exams from Panchgani and came back to Bombay. After seeing the successful career of his brothers and sisters, Lalit decided to opt for music. He learned music from Pyaralal of Laxmikant Pyarelal fame. Jatin had already given music in some films with his elder brother Mandhir. When he saw his brother’s growing interest in music they formed a team and started working as Jatin Lalit.Jatin Lalit made their debut with film Yaara Dildara in 1991, starring Aasif Seikh and Ruchika Pandey. It was a low budget film with one dulcet number Bin tere sanam (Udit Narayan/Kavita Krishnamurthy). With their debut film, the duo went on to become melody composers with Anand Miland and Nadeem Shravan. Jatin Lalit were greatly inspired by composer R D Burman and started attending all rehearsals and recordings of Panchamda. They were so enamoured by Panchamda that often, they would go attend the shooting where Pancham songs were being picturised. They got to face the camera in Yaadon ki Baaraat of producer-director Nasir Hussain. They were seen with Aamir Khan as child artist in the song sequence of Yaadon ki Baaraat nikli hai aaj (Lata Mangeshkar/Padmini Kolhapure/Sushma Shrestha) in 1973. The duo was also seen in Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander in the song sequence Hum se hai sara jahan (Sadhna Sargam/Jatin Pandit) in 1992. In the scene, Jatin was seen singing a song with a girl while Lalit was playing the bass guitar! Jatin Lalit came on the scene with film Khiladi in 1992 starring Akshay Kumar, Deepak Tijori and Ayesha Julkha. The hit numbers of Khiladi were Wada raha sanam (Abhijeet/ Alka Yagnik). Mansoor Khan of Qamayat Se Qamayat fame was fascinated by the background score so much that he signed Jatin Lalit for his next film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander in (1992) starring Aamir Khan and Ayesha Julkha. The music was immensely liked by younger generations and its most iconic number was Pehla nasha (Udit Narayan/ Sadhna Sargam). With this song, Jatin Lalit started getting offers from big banners. In the same year, they scored music for Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman. The film was produced by G P Sippy and Vivek Waswani (co-producer) and directed by Aziz Mirza. The film was a romantic comedy starring Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Nana Patekar and Amrita Singh. It earned great commercial success in the box office. The numbers which became popular were title track Raju ban gaya gentleman (Kumar Sanu, Jolly Mukherjee, Sudesh Bhonsle and Sadhna Sargam), Kya hua….dekho isko laveria hua (Kumar Sanu, Jolly Mukharjee and Alka Yagnik) and Tu mere saath saath (Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik). The film was released in Japan in 1997 giving a great boost to the Hindi film industry. After hits like Khiladi, Jo Jeeta Wahi Shikandar and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Jatn Lalit never looked back. Witnessing the popularity of this duo, Yash Raj Banner invited them to score music for their film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1996) starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. It was the debut film of Yash Chopra’s elder son Aditya Chopra as director. The film broke all records and ran for six years in a single theatre in Bombay. Yash Chopra also gave a break to music duo Shiv Hari (Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the santoor maestro and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, the greatest flutist in our time). Shiv Hari made best use of the pahari style of music in Yash Raj’s films. Jatin Lalit gave another twist to the Pahari style in numbers like Tujhe dekha to ye jana sanam (Kumar Sanu, Lata), Ho gaya hai tujhko to pyaar sajna (Lata, Udit Narayan) which became the most iconic romantic numbers of the film. Zara sa jhoom lun main (Asha, Abhijeet) and Mere khwabon mein jo aayein had the rhythmic pattern of their role model R D Burman. Jatin Lalit also composed hit wedding songs in Mehndi laga ke rakhna (Lata, Udit Narayan) and Ghar aa jaa pardesi (Pamela Chopra, Manjeet Kaur and Chorus). Melodious numbers of Jatin Lalit were most popular in that decade. They never compromised with the quality of music. In the 1990s they became the most sought after composers for melodies. They gave music in nearly 70 films with some celebrating jubilees with their unforgettable melodies. Some of these were Fareb (1996) starring Faraaz Khan, Suman Rangnathan and Milind Gunagi and its number Ye teri aankhen jhuki jhuki (Abhijeet), Aankhon se dil mein utarke and Pyaar ka pehla pehla (Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik). There was also Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) starring Salman Khan, Nana Patekar and Manisha Koirala which had iconic numbers, Bahon ke darmiyan (Alka, Hariharan) and Aaj mein uper asman neeche (Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kumar Sanu). Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998) starring Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Kajol was another hit, particularly its song O o jane jana (Kamaal Khan) and Deewana mein chala (Udit Narayan). Their next musical Ghulam (1998) starring Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherjee had the carefree peppy number Aati kya khandala (Aamir Khan, Alka Yagnik), Aankhon se tune ye kya keh diya (Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik). Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) Karan Johar’s debut film as director starring Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee is remembered as an icon. Its songs Kuch kuch hota hai (Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik), Koi mil gaya (Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnuk, Udit Narayan), Sajanji ghar aaye (Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu) and Ladki badi anjani hai(Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik) became very popular but sadly they couldn’t create the same magic touch. Their next hit was Sarfarosh (1999) starring Aamir Khan and Sonali Bendre. It had a qawwali style number Zindagi maut na ban jaye (Roop Kumar Rathore, Sonu Nigam) and the heartfelt ghazal, Hoshwalon ko khabar kya (Jagjit Singh); it also had Is deewane ladke ko (Alka Yagnik, Aamir Khan) and Jo haal dil ka (Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik). Jatin Lalit went on giving musical hits in the new millennium also. Their hits were Yash Chopra’s Mohabbatein (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Hum Tum (2004) and Fanaa (2006). Mohabbatein starring Amitabh Bachahan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had haunting melodies Humko humise se chura lo and Zinda rahti hai unki mohabbatein (Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan). Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was a multistarrer directed by Karan Johar. Its star cast included Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Jaya Bachchan. They gave number of hits such as title track Kabhi khushi kabhie gham (Lata Mangeshkar), Bole chudiyan (Kavita Karishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, Amit Kumar) and Ye ladka hai allah (Alka, Udit Narayan). Hum Tum starring Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee witnessed a new style of singing in Ladki kyun… (Shaan, Alka Yagnik) composed by this maverick duo but its soft notes number Sanson ko sanson me (Babul Supriyo, Alka Yagnik) became extremely popular. Fanaa had seven numbers composed by Jatin Lalit but the songs Chand Sifarish (Shaan/Kailash Kher) and Mere haath mein (Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sulaiman Merchant, Kajol, Aamir Khan) were the most popular. Fanaa was the last film which carried the credits of Jatin Lalit. Their partnership came apart after this movie and they decided to work separately. Jatin Lalit were nominated 11 times for the Filmfare. Although their films got several awards in various categories they were unlucky to never win a single trophy for their music. Lalit Pandit was asked by Arbaaz Khan to compose an item number for his film Dabangg starring Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. This iconic song Munni badnaam hui was sung by Mamta Sharma and Aishwarya, both of who were discovered by Lalit Pandit. This number became a smashing hit in 2010. The song was also written by Lalit himself and won him several awards as a lyricist-composer.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 5 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario.There were also 25 guaranteed prizes of $100,000 each.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Feb. 20 will be approximately $7 million.The Canadian Presslast_img

Shawn Mendes Exceeds Fundraising Goal To Build School In Ghana

first_imgSinger-songwriter Shawn Mendes has announced that he exceeded his goal to raise $25,000 through his Represent Campaign to benefit Pencils of Promise (PoP).The “STITCHES” singer, launched his #BuildASchoolWithShawn campaign on October 14, sparking a worldwide trend on Twitter. He has now hit 164% of his fundraising goal to build a school in rural Ghana with the non-profit education organization. Shawn funded 98% of his campaign after just one social media post, showcasing not only the power of his fans and community, but also how young people can affect and fuel social change.Shawn, who was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 30 Most Influential Teens, winner of Choice Male Web Star at this year’s Teen Choice Awards, as well as winner of Best New Act and Best Push at this year’s MTV European Music Awards, raised funds through an innovative Represent Campaign allowing fans to purchase exclusive merchandise with proceeds benefiting Pencils of Promise.“Shawn has been an amazing partner to Pencils of Promise,” says PoP Director of Marketing Natalie Ebel. “For so many children, a PoP school is the safest most sound structure in their community and Shawn is helping to give more deserving children a safe learning environment.”Shawn was deeply inspired by the campaign and looks forward to continuing to build more schools with Pencils of Promise in the future.“I’m so excited we were able to raise enough funds to build a school for the kids in Shia, Ghana,” said Shawn. “This means the world to me that my fans joined me and supported such an amazing cause.”PoP was founded in 2008 with the goal of increasing quality education for children in the developing world. Since inception, the organization has built over 300 schools and educated more than 30,000 students.last_img read more

NCPCR will conduct survey to find out reasons behind child abuse

first_imgNew Delhi: What is the reason behind child abuse? To find out the answer, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) will conduct a survey in the country including Delhi. The child rights body is developing an online system through which they can easily avail the report of cases related to crime against children from different stakeholders.According to NCPCR, whether pornographic is the reason or drug addiction led to the crime all these factors will be taken into consideration during the survey. According to sources in the recently held meeting among the senior officials of the child rights body a decision was taken to conduct the survey. “Our main aim is to know why children being assaulted and also the reason behind the increase in the cases. We will also create awareness regarding the laws meant for the safety of minor children,” said an official. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe survey will also focus on proper registration of the cases. Commission had found that in some cases the victim child did not inform his or her family regarding the crime. Sharing one such incident a member told Millennium Post that a girl studying in 10th class informed them about the incident of sexual abuse happened with her at the relative’s house. “She reported the case through POCSO e-box and told us not share the information with her family members,” said official adding that after rigorous follow-up from the commission an FIR got registered in the case against the accused who was girl’s relative. Yashwant Jain member from NCPCR told this newspaper that they are putting their all-round efforts in ensuring the safety of children. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe commission is also developing an online system through which they can easily get the report of the case from different agencies like the police. “Earlier we used to write to different stakeholders about the status report in the case and then they used to send the report. It was the lendy process now with the help of online platform the concerned authority will send us the report,” said an official. Priyank Kanoongo chairperson NCPCR confirmed the news regarding the online platform.last_img read more

UNHRC members call on Sri Lanka to set timebound plan

UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) members today raised concerns on the slow progress seen in Sri Lanka on the post war accountability issue.Some countries, including Germany and Switzerland, called on Sri Lanka to set a time-bound action plan to carry out its pledges. Delegations from the United Kingdom and the EU were among those who raised concerns on Sri Lanka after a written update was submitted to the UNHRC by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The delegation from Switzerland said that Switzerland is concerned by the lack of progress in the implementation of resolutions 30/1 and 34/1 and calls on Sri Lanka to establish without delay a timetable and benchmarks with indicators.Germany said that since 2015, Germany has actively supported Sri Lanka in its efforts in favour of justice, reconciliation and human rights. Switzerland said that it deplored the recent acts of violence perpetrated by extremist groups in Sri Lanka against the Muslim community. “We witnessed significant improvements, notably in the areas of freedoms of expression and assembly, and important steps towards reconciliation – most recently the setting-up of the Office of Missing Persons. However, we are worried about delays in the implementation of this Council’s resolution on holding accountable those responsible for past atrocities as well as on repealing and replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act. We are also concerned about recent outbreaks of violence, sparked by incendiary hate speech. The government needs to protect those targeted by discrimination and violence and to produce the suspects in court,” the German delegation said.Germany invited Sri Lanka to announce a time-bound plan to carry out its pledges, and to continue its pursuit of a society in which all citizens fully enjoy their human rights. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Mylan to buy Abbotts branded genericdrug businesses outside US for 53B in

Mylan to buy Abbott’s branded generic-drug businesses outside US for $5.3B in stock PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The generic drugmaker Mylan is buying Abbott Laboratories’ generic-drugs business in developed markets for stock valued at about $5.3 billion.Mylan said Monday that the deal will diversify and expand its business outside the U.S. The combined company will be organized in the Netherlands, which will help reduce its tax expenses. The company will keep its headquarters near Pittsburgh.The deal is expected to lower Mylan’s tax rate to approximately 20 per cent to 21 per cent in the first full year, and to the high teens after that.Several other U.S. companies are using mergers to reincorporate in countries with lower tax rates. These moves are raising concerns among U.S. lawmakers because they can cost the federal government billions in tax revenue.The business to be acquired by Mylan encompasses more than 100 generic and specialty drugs sold in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Some of the products include Creon, Influvac, Brufen, Amitiza and Androgel. It also include manufacturing plants in France and Japan.The portfolio of products accounted for about $2 billion in sales last year.Abbott is keeping its branded generic drug business in emerging markets. That business had 2013 sales of $2.9 billion. It is also keeping its other businesses and products in developed markets.Abbott will own about 21 per cent of the combined Mylan company — which will be called Mylan NV — but does not intend to remain a long-term shareholder. Shares of Mylan NV will trade on the Nasdaq under Mylan’s existing ticker symbol, “MYL.”The transaction is expected to about double Mylan’s revenue in Europe by strengthening its presence in countries such as Italy, the U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Portugal. It also is expected to more than double Mylan’s revenue in Canada and Japan, and strengthen its business in Australia and New Zealand. The deal also gives Mylan a meaningful presence in the specialty and branded generics market in Central and Eastern Europe.The deal is expected to close in early 2015. It is expected to immediately add to Mylan’s earnings, to the tune of about 25 cents per share in adjusted earnings in the first year, increasing through 2018.Mylan Inc. is based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.Mylan’s stock added $2.10, or 4.2 per cent, to $52.30 in premarket trading, while shares of Abbott gained 94 cents, or 2.3 per cent, to $42.24 . by The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2014 4:59 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Aaron Craft preparing for postOhio State career with Golden State Warriors

Then-senior guard Aaron Craft (4) drives to the basket during OSU’s 89-50 win against Morgan State on Nov. 9, 2013. After not being selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, Craft signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors.Credit: Lantern file photoWhen the 2014 NBA Draft concluded, and his name hadn’t been called, Aaron Craft was unfazed.Like the majority of his career at Ohio State, Craft dusted himself off and began to move forward.Despite going undrafted in June, Craft was invited to play with the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors during the NBA summer league before being officially signed by the Warriors last week.For most, receiving an offer from an NBA team would be cause for celebration. For Craft, it led to a deep breath before getting back to work.“It wasn’t anything super crazy. There’s definitely a little bit of relief once we actually figured out it was happening for sure,” Craft said in an interview with The Lantern. “(I was) just kind of enjoying being at home as much as possible and then once you kind of figure it out, then you go back into work mode and try to figure out what we have to do to prepare ourselves to be ready for it.”Craft said despite not being selected in the draft, he never gave up hope of making an NBA roster.“Obviously you always want to hear your name called. Everyone takes a different path, everyone has to go their own way and this has been my path,” Craft said. “We are trying to live it out as much as possible and do it that way.”“We” likely referring to he and his wife Amber, Craft said the newlywed couple is trying to get its bearings of the new surroundings in California.“All the little things you have to deal with — not knowing the area and not knowing a good place to go eat, a lot of things are just kind of restarting,” he said. “We are figuring it out day-by-day and the people in the Warriors organization have been great.”On the opposite end of the spectrum, Craft’s sister Cait, a junior guard on the women’s basketball team at OSU, is learning to deal with life without her older brother on campus.“I can’t speak for him, but for me it is very difficult. I used to see him all the time, when he went here obviously we would be in the gym a lot together. So it is really awkward for me,” Cait Craft said in an interview with The Lantern. “It is so different because I remember when Aaron first left for college, I was so lost.“I am experiencing that again (and) it’s just so different. But I know he is busy, he is out there doing what he can, but we do stay in touch.”Cait Craft could have potentially been even farther away from her brother, as Aaron Craft said he would have at least entertained the idea of playing overseas had the Warriors not come calling.“If the right opportunity would have arose, I think we would definitely have done that but you just roll with the punches,” he said. “You play the waiting game, and for me, this seemed like the best opportunity and (the) chance was right here and it just happened to be in California.”Cait Craft said it was a different experience seeing her brother play against other NBA competition during the summer league.“To think that Aaron (was) playing in the NBA summer league (was) just kind of a surreal feeling. I just told him ‘do what you can do and be yourself.’ He pretty much did that all summer, he stayed within his abilities and it all worked out for him,” she said.Aaron Craft must have listened, as he led the Warriors’ summer league team in assists (2.4) and steals (2.6), something he did during his senior year at OSU as well.Aaron Craft, who also averaged 7.4 points per game with 45.5 field goal percentage during the summer league with the Warriors said he isn’t sure what to expect going into his first NBA season.“It is definitely going to be different. You look at the schedule and you know it is going to be a grind,” he said. “Just looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity and hopefully we can attack it like we have everything else.”Aaron Craft’s NBA journey is set to begin Oct. 7 at the Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers. Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. read more

A Home Playoff Game Is A Big Advantage — Unless You Play

NBA59.9+9.864.5+13.9+4.1 The NBA and NFL have the biggest regular-season home advantages, improving a team’s chance of winning by 10 and 7 percentage points, respectively. And those benefits grow even larger in the playoffs, ballooning to as high as 14 percentage points for NBA teams. NFL home teams gain almost 5 extra points of win probability in the playoffs — again, after controlling for the fact that better teams tend to get more postseason home games.In baseball and hockey, on the other hand, playing at home doesn’t get you nearly as much help. MLB teams win about 54 percent of home games whether it’s the postseason or not (so much for last licks!), and while NHL teams do a bit better at home in the regular season (55 percent), they actually see their advantage decrease slightly in the playoffs.In general, home advantage is a subject that deserves more research, simply because we’re still not entirely sure what combination of factors actually cause it. Some, like crowd noise, are obvious, while others are written into the sport’s rules (home hockey teams have the right to make the final line change before the puck drops, giving them a consistent edge in matchups). Other phenomena, like the home team getting preferential treatment by officials, still need further study. But numbers like the ones in the table above show that each sport brings its own weird nuggets to the overall topic of home-field/court/ice.Either way, after their loss Tuesday night, maybe the Rangers and their fans will take solace in being the latest case study for a fascinating natural experiment. (Probably not.) What’s home-field/court/ice worth in the postseason? LEAGUEWIN PERCENTBOOST*WIN PERCENTBOOSTPLAYOFF DIFF. NFL57.1%+7.064.7%+11.8+4.8 NHL55.1+5.155.3+4.8-0.3 When the Ottawa Senators traveled to New York to take on the Rangers in Game 6 on Tuesday night, it was fair to think the series would probably head back to Ottawa for a Game 7. The Senators got drubbed in the series’ first two contests in New York, and the nervously raucous Madison Square Garden crowd was hoping to give the Rangers a key home-ice edge in an otherwise tight series. The problem with this thinking, though, is that home-ice advantage is not much of an advantage in the NHL — and it has proven even less important in the playoffs.And so, the Rangers’ 4-2 loss at home (and playoff elimination) provided just the latest in a string of home-ice disappointments this postseason. So far, home teams are exactly .500 (33-33) in 2017, their worst playoff showing since 2012, when teams actually had a losing record at home at 39-47. Hockey home-ice isn’t actually the disadvantage that record would imply, but it’s also not the game-changer we’re used to seeing in other sports like football and basketball, where home teams have been very spoiled over the years.To measure the strength of each league’s home edge, I gathered data on every regular-season and playoff game since 2000, tracking how often the home team won. I also used our Elo ratings1Or, in the case of the NHL, Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS). to calculate an “expected” winning percentage for each game — based on the quality of the two teams — had the matchup been staged at a neutral site. (This isn’t important for the regular season, because every team is scheduled for roughly equal home and road games. But in the playoffs, better teams are rewarded with more home games, a factor for which we must control.)Comparing home teams’ actual winning percentages to what we’d expect on neutral ground, we can see how much of a boost teams get by being at home in each sport. We can also see how that boost changes from the regular season to the playoffs — if indeed there is a change. HOME TEAMS IN REG. SEASONHOME TEAMS IN PLAYOFFS MLB54.0+4.054.2+4.0+0.0 Percentage point change from home team’s expected win percentage at a neutral location. In the playoffs, better teams are awarded more home games, so expected home win percentage is higher than 50 percent.Source: Sports-Reference.com read more

Football Cincinnati Bengals draft Sam Hubbard No 77 overall in the third

Ohio State junior defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) prepares for a Trojan possession in the first quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against USC on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard was selected as the No. 77 overall pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Hubbard was the second Ohio State player taken by the Bengals after the team selected offensive lineman Billy Price with the 21st pick in the first round. After playing in 40 career games and starting 22 contests, Hubbard left Ohio State with the 15th-most sacks in school history with 17.Coming in as a four-star safety recruit, Hubbard switched to defensive end when he came to Ohio State. After redshirting his freshman season, Hubbard was named a USA Today Freshman All-American in 2015, recording eight tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and an interception.In his redshirt sophomore season, Hubbard was named as an honorable mention All-Big Ten, adding 46 tackles and eight tackles for loss.Hubbard earned second-team All-Big Ten honors during his redshirt junior season in 2017, ending the season with 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks, good for second-most on the team in both categories.Hubbard announced he would forgo his redshirt senior season and enter the NFL Draft on Dec. 30, only one day after Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl win over USC. Hubbard had a 35-inch vertical jump, ranked as fourth best at the NFL Combine. He also led all defensive linemen with an 11.61-second 60-yard shuttle.The Bengals begin their 2018 season on Sept. 9 against recently drafted former Ohio State defensive end Tyquan Lewis and the Indianapolis Colts. read more

Settling border controversy with Venezuela will address recent maritime transgressions Greenidge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana preparing to litigate 1899 Arbitral Award- GreenidgeDecember 5, 2017In “latest news”Maduro’s Decree: Guyana accuses Venezuela of misrepresentationJune 13, 2015In “Politics”Greenidge says Maduro’s decree authorizes Venezuela navy to secure areaJune 10, 2015In “Politics” Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl GreenidgeFollowing Venezuela’s act of aggression by way of temporarily intercepting an ExxonMobil contracted oil exploration vessel offshore the Stabroek block area of Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, during a symposium hosted by the Guyana Trade Union Congress (GTUC) on Thursday, said that the maritime matter cannot be solved without the land controversy being finally settled first.He affirmed that the land controls the sea coast and posited that Venezuela has several islands that prevented it from having clear access to the Atlantic as opposed to Guyana which has such access.It was explained that the county of Essequibo to which the Spanish speaking country claims, gives such access.Minister Greenidge however made it clear that the Martine space including all minerals, on sea and in the air belongs to Guyana.He added that 14 Caribbean countries are affected by Venezuela’s spurious maritime claims.ExxonMobil vessels under contract by the company and its partners CNOOC of China and NEX of the USA were performing exploratory seismic work within the Stabroek block area of Guyana’s EEZ when they were intercepted at about 10:30h on December 22, 2018.It was revealed that the Venezuelan Navy on the day of the attack on ExxonMobil attempted to land a helicopter on the Ramform Tethys (ship).In previously condemning Venezuela’s action, the Foreign Affairs Minister noted that Venezuela was informed of the works that would be carried out in the said area of the attack and as such, noted that the attack was deliberate despite denial from the Venezuelan Government.The Foreign Affairs Minister made it clear that Guyana has no interest in the Orinoco Delta and it is therefore misleading for Venezuela to claim that the Ranform Tethys was in that area.Greenidge recently meet with the United States (US) National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere Affairs Director Mauricio Claver-Carone in Brazil over the matter.Carone urged Venezuela to respect international law and the rights of its neighbours.Further, The US State Department reiterated in a statement that “Guyana has the sovereign right to explore and exploit resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone.”Guyana also has the support of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that recently reiterated “its full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, including its right to peacefully explore and exploit its onshore and offshore resources.”Last Year, the Guyana Government filed documents at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) outlining the issue being faced because of neighbouring Venezuela and outlined why it believes that the Court has a right to hear its case to settle the controversy over the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal Award.Guyana is hoping that the International Court will in a final and binding judgment, determine the full legal validity of the arbitral award that established the international boundary between Guyana and Venezuela more than a century ago.According to the Foreign Ministry, Guyana filed its Memorial in accordance with the Order of the Court dated 19 June 2018 that determined it would first resolve the question of the Court’s jurisdiction in light of Venezuela’s refusal to participate in the proceedings based on its claim that the Court lacks jurisdiction.The Guyana Government with the support of the Opposition has urged Venezuela to cease its military actions and join Guyana in submitting its territorial case to the ICJ. read more

Battle for VELUX EHF CL 20142015 SEHA warriors in Meshkov Hard VS

Alpla HardEHF Champions LeaguePorto handballVelux EHF Champions League ← Previous Story Midtjylland, Byasen and Podravka to fight for EHF CL place in Serbia! Next Story → SEHA GSS with 10 teams in season 2014/2015 – Veszprem IN, Lovcen OUT! Both debutants of the European top flight face a stern test after the draw at the EHF Office in Vienna has determined the three qualification groups.Michael Wiederer, EHF Secretary General carried out the draw, which also determined the right to organise the tournaments on 6-7 September.While the Dutch champions Targos Bevo HC will head for Belarus to face the hosts of Brest Meshkov in the Group 1 semi-final, the other newcomer Junior Fasano in the Group 2 semi-final will meet HC Motor Zaporozhye, who reached the Last 16 in the previous season and were eliminated but eventual runners-up from Kiel.The second semi-final pairing in Meshkov consists of the host club Vojvodina and Slovakian champions Tatran Presov. In Group 2, which is to be played in Hard Austria, the home side Alpla meet FC Porto, who showed an impressive performance in their EHF Champions League premiere last season.The Turkish champions Besiktas Istanbul have earned the right to host the Group 3 tournament. In the semi-final they will face Norwegian title holders Haslum HK, who they eliminated two years ago on the way to the EHF Cup Group Phase after coming back from 11-goal deficit. In he other semi-final the last season’s EHF Cup Finals participants HCM Constanta from Romania will play against the Belgian team Hubo Initia Hasselt, who returned to the EHF Champions League after 14 seasons.Only the winners of each group will make their way to the next phase. The group phase draw will take place on Friday, 27 June from 18:00 hrs at the Gartenhotel Altmannsdorf in Vienna.Semi-final pairings of the VELUX EHF Champions League Qualification groups:Group 1Brest Meshkov (BLR)HC Vojvodina Novi Sad (SRB)Tatran Presov (SVK)Targos Bevo HC (NED)Group 2HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)FC Porto (POR)Alpla HC Hard (AUT)Junior Fasano (ITA)Group 3HCM Constanta (ROU)Haslum HK (NOR)Besiktas JK (TUR)Hubo Initia Hasselt (BEL)Order of the right to host tournaments: Row 3*, Row 1, Row 4, Row 2* as Presov hosted the qualification group last year, their right passed automatically to Row 1 (Brest Meshkov)TEXT: EHF read more

Bank replaces card PIN with fingerprint triples customer base

first_imgPIN numbers have been a necessity for debit and credit cards for as long as I can remember. I have never owned such a card without needing to remember an associated PIN. But with technology relentlessly moving forward it’s about time we came up with a more secure, hassle-free replacement, and a bank in Vietnam has become one of the first to ditch the PIN number.Mekong Development Bank decided to introduce a new current account that comes with a fingerprint authenticated debit card. When a customer opens an account they supply their fingerprint. No PIN is issued. Instead, Mekong has installed a number of NCR SelfServ ATMs that include a fingerprint scanner. The user simply puts their card in the machine, has their fingerprint scanned, and takes their money if their identity is confirmed.Proving that no one enjoys remembering four digits, Mekong has seen its customer base triple since introducing the new account. And on average the new accounts have a balance double that of a regular account. Clearly, in Vietnam at least, people don’t mind having their fingerprint on record if it offers more convenience. They also believe it offers much better security based on those higher balances.Introducing both the tech and machines to support fingerprint scanning is easy in Vietnam where having a bank account and using a card is still a relatively new concept for most of the population. Implementing the same system in the U.S. or Europe would require major investment simply to upgrade the thousands of ATMs already installed.The success already being seen by this one bank will surely grab the attention of other financial institutions. If there’s a marketing opportunity to push this as “more secure,” and the costs are manageable, we may see fingerprint authentication rolled out to some of the larger banks in the not too distant future.Read more at TechWorldlast_img read more

Google ses liens sponsorisés épinglés par lAutorité de la concurrence

first_imgGoogle : ses liens sponsorisés épinglés par l’Autorité de la concurrenceFrance – Pour la première fois, l’Autorité française de la concurrence a épinglé Google. Elle estime en effet que la politique de contenus d’Adwords, le service de liens sponsorisés du géant de la recherche sur Internet, manque cruellement de transparence.L’avis de l’autorité a été rendu mercredi après que la société Navx, qui commercialise et conçoit des bases de données de localisation des radars routiers pour GPS, l’a saisie contre la suspension “unilatérale” de son compte par Google.La firme de Mountain View, qui développe ses propres systèmes de cartes et de navigation avait alors justifié cette décision en expliquant que ces liens étaient “contraires à la politique de contenus” du moteur de recherche, redéfinie en 2008. Une explication que conteste Navx. Si l’Autorité reconnaît dans son avis que les conditions d’utilisation d’Adwords interdisent la promotion de systèmes permettant de contourner des contrôles routiers, elle note un manque de clarté et de transparence de la part de Google. En effet, le numéro un de la recherche sur Internet n’a pas informé de la même façon toutes les sociétés concernées, par écrit, avant de suspendre leur compte. Qui plus est, certains fabricants de GPS tels que TomTom et Garmin, dont les appareils sont dotés de telles bases de données, n’ont pas été exclus d’AdWords comme l’a été Navx.AdWords a “été mis en œuvre par Google dans des conditions qui manquaient d’objectivité et de transparence et qui conduisaient à traiter de façon discriminatoire les fournisseurs de bases de données radars”, estime l’Autorité de la concurrence, qui a ordonné à Google de rétablir dans les cinq jours le compte de Navx. Cette dernière, qui affirme avoir perdu 70% de son chiffre d’affaire dans les ventes sur Internet aux particuliers suite à la suspension de son compte AdWords, entend réclamer des dommages et intérêts.L’Autorité de la concurrence qui a donné quatre mois à Google pour clarifier le règlement d’AdWords s’est pour l’instant prononcée à titre conservatoire. C’est dans plusieurs mois que devrait être rendu son avis final, vis-à-vis duquel Google se dit très confiant.Le 30 juin 2010 à 15:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Giec les experts du climat appelés à se méfier des journalistes

first_imgGiec : les experts du climat appelés à se méfier des journalistesMonde – Début juillet, 831 scientifiques et économistes ont été sélectionnés pour rédiger le prochain rapport du Groupe intergouvernemental d’experts sur l’évolution du climat (Giec). Ils auraient alors tous reçu une lettre de la présidence de l’organisation onusienne, préconisant la plus grande méfiance à l’égard de la presse.Dans ce courrier cité par Le Monde, le président du Giec Rajendra Pachauri écrit : “Mon conseil sincère serait que vous vous teniez à distance des médias. Toute question posée sur votre groupe de travail devrait être redirigée vers ses coprésidents et toute question sur le Giec devrait être redirigée vers son secrétariat”.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Au cours de ces derniers mois, la presse s’est faite écho de soupçons concernant l’honnêteté de certains experts du climat, mais aussi de prévisions erronées, notamment au sujet de la fonte des glaciers de l’Himalaya. La curiosité des médias ne fait aujourd’hui que s’accroître avec l’annonce de la sélection des scientifiques qui réaliseront le rapport 2014 du Giec.En avril déjà, l’organisme onusien aurait envoyé un document à ses experts, leur recommandant la prudence avec des journalistes décrits comme “sous-payés”, “débordés”, “blasés” et “inquisiteurs”.Le Giec précise toutefois que les scientifiques sont libres de s’exprimer en tant que chercheurs au sein de leur université ou de leur laboratoire. Mais “à ce stade, ils ne devraient pas s’exprimer au nom du Giec” estime Rajendra Pachauri.Le 17 juillet 2010 à 15:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

No change in personal tax rate What salaried class got from Budget

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsIt was expected that Budget 2018 would offer some salve to the salaried class which has always been the favourite target of finance ministers looking to shore up revenues to keep the bloated government machinery running.Union Budget 2018 highlights: FM throws cold water on hopes of individual taxpayersThere were high expectations that the budget would propose to increase the personal tax exemption limits and raise the current basic tax slabs. But Budget 2018 disappointed the salaried class with no changes offered in tax slabs.A person whose total income exceeds the tax exemption limit set by the government has to pay income tax. This has to be paid based on prevailing rates. Currently, people earning up to Rs 2.5 lakh per annum are exempted from income tax. There was speculation that the finance minister will increase the current basic income tax slabs to Rs 3 lakh. But he disappointed by going by the current rates.  Current income tax slabsHere are major announcements related to personal tax from Union Budget 2018:  The government has made many positive changes in personal income tax rates in the past year so no changes will be there in personal tax rates and tax slabs in Budget 2018.For all of the employees, the government would continue to make 12% contribution towards the Employee provident fund account for three years’ time.Women contribution to EPF reduced to 8% for first 3 years without affecting employer’s contribution.Seventy lakh formal jobs have been created this year. Government to contribute 12% of EPF contribution for new employees in all sectors.In a relief for salaried taxpayers, Arun Jaitley announced standard deduction of Rs 40,000 under the heads of transport and medical reimbursement. The facility is extended to pensioners as well.The education cess on personal income tax will be raised to 4 percent from the present 3 percent.”The salaried class was looking forward to either a realignment of tax slabs or significant benefit in the form of standard deduction. Though the standard deduction of Rs 40,000 looks attractive the benefit is significantly diluted since medical reimbursement of Rs 15,000 and transport allowance of 19,200 have been removed. The increase of cess on the tax to 4% from current levels of 3% also eats into the savings”,  Saraswathi Kasturirangan Partner of Deloitte, told International Business Times India.last_img read more

No 12 Cards Play Host to Indiana UMass in SeasonOpening Weekend

first_imgStory Links The Weekend AheadAugust 30 | Indiana, 3 p.m., Trager StadiumLive scoring: Gocards.comTelevision: ACC Network Extra | Announcers: Jody Demling (play-by-play); Suzanne Bush (analysis)Series Record: UL leads 14-7; the Cards have won the last six matchups.Last meeting: Aug. 24, 2018 | UL won 2-1• Erica Cooper delivered her first career goal as time expired to lift the eighth-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team to a 2-1 win over Indiana in both teams’ season opener in Bloomington.Scouting Indiana: The Hoosiers open play under new head coach Kayla Bayshore. In 2018, IU posted a 4-13 overall record and a 1-7 mark in Big Ten play. Sarah Ananias, Hailley Couch and Ciara Girouard were named to the 2019 Big Ten Watch List.Notes: This marks the third straight year the Cardinals and the Hoosiers have faced each other in their season openers – Louisville has won the last two meetings.•IU’s roster features two Louisville natives: Victoria Hill and Mary Kate Kesler, both of whom attended Sacred Heart Academy with UofL freshman Mattie Tabor HOME SWEET HOMELouisville owned a 5-3 record at Trager Stadium in 2018, bringing its home record to 46-12 since the 2013 season.• Louisville compiled a 9-3 record at Trager Stadium in 2017.• The Cards were 8-1 at Trager in 2014. On Oct. 17, 2014, Louisville fell 2-1 in overtime to No. 17 Boston College, snapping a 16 -game home victory streak dating back to the 2012 season.• Prior to the Boston College loss in 2014, the Cards’ last home loss came on Nov. 2, 2012 when they fell 2-1 in overtime to then-No. 5 Connecticut in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship.• In 2013, UofL posted a perfect 10-0 record at Trager Stadium, going undefeated at home for the first time in school history.• The 6-2 loss to No. 4 Michigan snapped a 28-game win streak against non-conference opponents at Trager Stadium dating back to 2012. Prior to the Oct. 22 setback, the Cardinals had not lost to a non-conference opponent at home since Aug. 24, 2012 when they fell to Northeastern in their season opener. – Louisville also lost a 2-1 decision to UConn on Oct. 6, 2012 when both teams were members of the BIG EAST Conference. Game Notes vs. IU and UMass Sept. 1 | UMass, 12 p.m., Trager StadiumLive scoring: Gocards.comTelevision: ACC Network Extra | Announcers: Jody Demling (play-by-play); Suzanne Bush (analysis)Series Record: UL leads 2-0Last Meeting: Oct. 4, 2015, UL won 1-0 at Trager Stadium• Nicole Woods’ goal with 6:10 remaining in regulation lifted ninth-ranked UofL to a 1-0 win over the Minutewomen.Scouting UMass: After a 10-10 campaign and a 6-2 record in conference play in 2018, the Minutewomen were picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 Conference preseason coaches’ poll.• Sophie de Jonge, Lucy Cooper and Georgie McTear were named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference team.Notes: Prior to becoming Louisville’s head coach in 2011, Justine Sowry spent four seasons at the helm for the Minutewomen. Since that time, she owns a 1-0 edge against UMass after a 2015 matchup.• UMass head coach Barb Weinberg (Iowa, 2005) is from Louisville, Ky., and played at Male High School where she was coached by former UofL player Amy Shumate. TOUGH SLATE• Eleven of the Cardinals’ 18 opponents are ranked among the top 25 in the NFHCA preseason poll. In addition to its six ACC opponents, UofL will also take on No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 Penn State, No. 14 Ohio State, No. 21 Stanford and No. 25 William & Mary. ACC Network Extra vs Indiana UP NEXTThe Cardinals will wrap up their season-opening three-game home stand on Wednesday when they take on Kent State at 3:30 p.m. Following that, Louisville will not return to Trager Stadium until October 4, after a stretch of six road game.  Print Friendly Version CARDINAL QUICK HITS• Junior midfielder Mercedes Pastor was named to the Preseason All-ACC Field Hockey Team* The Cardinals were picked to finish four in the regular season standings in a vote of the league’s seven head coaches.• UofL finished the 2018 season with a 13-6 overall record and ranked No. 14 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll after earning the No. 3 seed in the 2018 ACC Championship.• Louisville returns 18 letterwinners from that team including Pastor and fellow All-West Region selections Carter Ayars, Alli Bitting and Bethany Russ.• Russ led the 2018 team with 11 goals and 24 points. Sophomore Erica Cooper stood second on the team with nine goals and 18 points.• The Cards welcome six newcomers to the 2019 roster.• Justine Sowry enters her ninth season During that time, she has guided the Cardinals to 107 wins, four NCAA tournament appearances along with a conference title and a runner-up finish in the ACC Championship. In the eight seasons that Sowry has been at the helm, UofL has produced 12 NFHCA All-America selections and 32 All-Region team members. Live Scoring ACC STRONG• All seven ACC teams appear in the top 18 with 2018 national champion North Carolina holding down the top spot. Duke placed third in the preseason rankings and Wake Forest checks in at No. 10 to give the ACC three teams among the top 10. Virginia (No. 11), Louisville (No. 12) and Boston College (No. 13) and Syracuse (No. 18) round out the ranked ACC squadsPASTOR EARN ACC PRESEASON HONORSMercedes Pastor was named to the Preseason All-ACC Field Hockey Team and the Cardinals were picked to finish four in the regular season standings in a vote of the league’s seven head coaches.• Pastor (Buenos Aires, Argentina) earned 2018 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) all-America honors after starting every in her first season at Louisville. The NFHCA all-West Region and all-ACC first team selection tallied five goals, including the game-winner in double overtime at No. 15 Syracuse and the deciding goal in overtime against California. Pastor also dished out three assists to bring her point total to 13 in 2018.2019 ACC Field Hockey Predicted Order of Finish1. North Carolina (6) – 48      2. Duke (1) – 433. Virginia – 294. Louisville – 255. Syracuse – 186. Boston College – 177. Wake Forest – 16(First-place votes) CARDS No. 12 in NFHCA PRESEASON RANKINGSUofL appears at No. 12 in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association preseason poll released on August 27.Louisville in the NFHCA Rankings• This marks the 65th straight week Louisville has appeared among the top 20 in the nation dating back to the 2013 season. The Cardinals finished the 2018 campaign at No. 14 after spending seven weeks in the top 10, reaching as high as No. 8.• Louisville appeared in the top 10 seven times in 2018 after debuting at No. 8 in the preseason poll, the highest preseason ranking in program history.• In 2017 Louisville appeared in the top 10 six times, reaching as high as No. 7 on Oct. 17, 2017.• On Oct. 7, 2014, Louisville appeared at No. 5 in the coaches’ poll marking the second top-five appearance in program history with Louisville achieving a program-best No. 4 ranking in the 2002 season. ACC Network Extra vs UMass INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCEThe Cardinals’ roster is bolstered by several players who have gained valuable experience within their countries’ national programs. The following is a list of players and their national squads.Carter Ayars – U.S. U21 Team (2018- current)Mackenzie Karl – U.S. U17 Team (2015-16)Margot Lawn – U.S. U19 Team (2019); U17 Team (2017-19)Mercedes Pastor – Argentina U21 Team (2015-17); U18 Team (2013-14)Katie Schneider – U.S. U19 Team (2019)Meghan Schneider – U.S. U21 Team (2018);  U19 Team (2017-18), U21 Team (2019) RUSS RETURNS TO FORMAfter being sidelined by injury in 2017, Bethany Russ rebounded nicely last season, leading the team with a career-high 11 goals and 24 points. Six of her 11 goals stood as gamewinners. Russ went on to earn all-ACC and NFHCA All-Region honors. The 12th-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team will open the 2019 season on August 30 when Indiana visits Trager Stadium for the annual Battle of the Border. The Cards will continue their opening weekend on Sunday when they take on UMass at 12 p.m. Admission is free.last_img read more