While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Earlier this week we started breaking down all 94 of Mike Gundy’s wins, and I asked you guys for different variations you wanted to see. One of the most common I saw was Gundy’s squads when ranked and against ranked teams. Cool. Let’s do it. I took these from CFB Reference which I believe uses AP ranking at the time of a given game. How does OSU fare?When Unranked: 39-26 (60%)When ranked in the top 25: 55-21 (72%)When ranked in the top 20: 46-18 (72%)When ranked in the top 15: 31-16 (66%)When ranked in the top 10: 16-8 (66%)When ranked in the top 5: 6-3 (66%)What about when playing ranked teams?When playing unranked teams: 77-19 (80%)When playing top 25 teams: 17-28 (38%)When playing top 15 teams: 9-24 (39%)When playing top 10 teams: 5-14 (26%)So … not very good. But a lot of those were in 2005-2007 when OSU still stunk. What about as a ranked team against other ranked teams?When OSU and opponent are ranked: 12-14 (46%)When OSU is top 20 and opponent is ranked: 12-13 (48%)When OSU is top 10 and opponent is ranked: 6-6 (50%)When OSU and opponent are both top 10: 2-4 (33%)What about home and away?When OSU is top 25 at home: 28-8 (78%)When OSU is top 25 on the road: 27-13 (68%)When OSU faces top 25 at home: 10-14 (42%)When OSU faces top 25 on road: 7-14 (33%)I suppose the ones that stick out are that OSU wins at just a 66 percent clip when ranked inside the top 15, 10 and 5. It seems like a top 10 team should be winning around 75 percent of the time (small sample size, I realize).Also the record against unranked teams is better than I would have thought given the first 2-3 years of Gundy’s tenure. The record against top 25 teams is worse than I thought it would be (and probably should be). I mean, 38 percent against top 25 teams? That’s not good.It seems like OSU is a solid top 25 team on the road too — nearly 70 percent even as a ranked squad is salty. The record against top 25 teams at home should be better though.All in all some fun July fodder to think about going into the season, and a good reference when OSU goes to TCU, Kansas State and OU in a few months.
New Delhi: Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi got a massive poll mandate in 1984, but did not use it to create an atmosphere of fear, threaten and scare people or destroy institutions, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on Thursday, in an apparent swipe at the Modi government.Addressing an event marking Rajiv Gandhi’s 75th birth anniversary, she also said the challenges facing the Congress were formidable, but it must continue with its ideological struggle against divisive forces. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”In 1984, he (Rajiv Gandhi) won an unprecedented mandate, but did not use that power to create an atmosphere of fear or threaten and scare,” Sonia Gandhi said. The former prime minister did not use that power to destroy the independence of institutions, trample on divergent views and create dangers for democratic traditions, she said in her first public address after taking over as the Congress’s interim president earlier this month. Her remarks assume significance as they come after senior Congress leader and former Union finance minister P Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI in connection with the INX Media case, with the grand old party accusing the government of using central agencies such as the CBI and the ED as personal “revenge-seeking departments”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”In 1989, the Congress did not get a majority on its own, so he (Rajiv Gandhi) politely accepted the mandate of the people. I want to tell the present generation that despite (Congress) being the biggest political party at the time, he did not lay claim to power. This was because his inner moral force and honesty did not allow him to do so,” Sonia Gandhi said. She asserted that her husband’s 75th birth anniversary was not just a ritual being marked by the Congress, but an occasion to remember him, understand what he stood for and espoused, what he achieved and what he wanted to accomplish, had destiny been “kinder” to him. “It is an occasion for us individually and collectively to reaffirm our resolve to continue to uphold the values that inspired him, to stand up and confront the forces that are determined to destroy those values,” the UPA chairperson said. “Electoral ups and downs are inevitable, the challenges our party confront today are formidable, but what must continue is our ideological struggle against the forces of divisiveness, forces that are out to change the very nature of our society, the very idea of India as enshrined in our Constitution,” she said. She added that standing up for the values that were dear to Rajiv Gandhi would be the best tribute to him on his 75th birth anniversary. Several Congress leaders also spoke at the event held at the KD Jadhav indoor stadium and a cultural programme was also organised to mark the former prime minister’s 75th birth anniversary, which was on August 20.
Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova for Olympic goldIn a fashion that was stunning in its dominance and brevity, Serena Williams captured the gold medal in women’s singles at the London Olympics Saturday by simply crushing Russia’s Maria Sharapova.The crowd at the All England club witnessed one of the most dynamic and explosive efforts ever on its legendary grass Centre Court. Sharapova never had a chance.Not even Williams could have expected to claim her first individual gold – and the second to complete the so-called Golden Slam – in such an overwhelming way. She demoralized Sharapova early with her booming serve and relentless attitude and never let up.The 6-0, 6-1 score gives some idea of the lopsidedness of the match. But even that does not paint an accurate picture of Williams’ demolition of Sharapova. Perhaps nothing can. It was that commanding of a performance by Williams, who smashed aces that left her opponent flat-footed.But it was not just her powerful serve that overwhelmed Sharapova. It also was Williams’ shot placement that kept her opponent off balance. And it was her will and determination that were crushing.To get to the gold medal round, Williams had her way with the No. 1 seed, Victoria Azerenka.Truth be told, she had her way with everyone she faced. She lost only 17 games in her six matches. She went 13-0 this summer at the All England Club, where she won her fifth Wimbledon title a month ago.The career Golden Slam was first achieved by Steffi Graf, won gold in the Olympics in 1988 after winning all four major titles. Williams has14 Grand Slam singles championships, the most of any active woman.If her efforts in London have not shown that she is at the peak of her game and the rest of the tennis world should be concerned, then nothing will. Just ask Maria Sharapova.
TCL All the best Prime Day deals are at Amazon, right? Nope: For a limited time, Best Buy has the TCL 75S425 75-inch Roku TV for $799.99. Regular price: $999.99.Walmart has it for the same price — which will give you option of returning it locally should it have a problem or not meet your expectations. Update: This appears to be out of stock at Amazon, but Walmart still has inventory, at least for the moment. See it at AmazonAlthough the 4 Series has been around awhile, this 75-inch model appears to be an early-2019 addition. That’s why you won’t find it mentioned in David Katzmaier’s review of the TCL S425 series. Katz liked the overall value proposition of the 4 Series, though found the image quality a bit lacking — especially compared with the aforementioned 6 Series. The Amazon user reviews are more encouraging, with an average 4.3-star rating from over 900 buyers. Take note, however, that those apply to all the sizes in the lineup, not just the 75-inch. So it’s hard to say for sure what users thought of the 75S425. My take: If you’ve been thinking about a really big TV, this is one of the best deals I’ve seen. And in case you’re wondering, the 6 Series in this size is currently $1,400. It may be a while before it gets anywhere near this price. Your thoughts? Read more: The best TVs for 2019 The Cheapskate TCL’s cheap Roku TVs are the go-to choice for tight budgets Originally published on July 2. Update, July 15: Removed bonus deal, changed TV availability CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! TCL Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voice Comments 15 1:59 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. TVs
Sahidullah, a man from the Rohingya community, holds his son on his lap as he speaks with Reuters inside his shack at a camp on the outskirts of Jammu on 5 October 2018. Photo: ReutersHours after Indian TV channels flashed that the country was deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, Sahidullah said he received a call from his nephew: “Uncle, please get us out of here. They will send us back too.”Sahidullah, a Rohingya living in the far north of India after fleeing what he called persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in 2010, said his relative, Sadiur Rahman, 40, was lodged in one of several detention centres for illegal immigrants in the distant northeastern state of Assam.Rahman, he said, had been incarcerated with his brother and eight other relatives since being caught in 2012 at a railway station as they fled to India via Bangladesh. Sahidullah had taken the same route two years earlier, but like many others had escaped detection.He said Rahman made the phone call when he was taken out for a routine medical checkup on 3 October, the day when India moved the seven Rohingya men out of a similar detention centre and took them to the border.They were handed to the Myanmar authorities the next day, the first ever such deportations of Rohingya here, spreading panic among an estimated 40,000 refugees who have fled to India from its neighbour.About 16,500 of the refugees, including Sahidullah, have been issued identity cards by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that it says helps them “prevent harassment, arbitrary arrests, detention and deportation”.India says it does not recognise the cards and has rejected the UN’s stand that deporting the Rohingya violates the principle of refoulement – sending back refugees to a place where they face danger.”Anyone who has entered the country without a valid legal permit is considered illegal,” said A. Bharat Bhushan Babu, a spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs. “As per the law, anyone illegal will have to be sent back. As per law they will be repatriated.”In recent days, Reuters interviewed dozens of Rohingya in two settlements, one in the northern city of Jammu and a smaller one in the capital, Delhi, and found communities who feel they are being increasingly vilified.Many now fear prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government is about to act on its stated position – that it wants to deport all Rohingya Muslims from the country. With a general election due by next May, they worry that targeting them will be a populist tactic used by Modi and his allies.Hatred GrowingSahidullah – who like many Rohingya goes by only one name – is not just worried about his detained relatives but also his family living in a mainly Hindu region of India’s only Muslim-dominated state, Jammu & Kashmir, in the country’s northern tip.The restive Himalayan state that borders Pakistan and is home to Muslim separatists battling Indian rule, has the biggest population of Rohingya in the country with around 7,000 people scattered in various makeshift settlements, largely in the Jammu region.”We came to India because people told us things were better here, there’s more work and one could move freely unlike back home,” said Sahidullah, who works as a cleaner at a car showroom in Jammu city to support his aging amnesiac mother, wife and four children.”All that’s true and we are thankful to India for letting us live here. But hatred against us is growing,” he told Reuters as he sat on a colourful linen sheet laid on the floor of his self-made wood and plastic-sheet house built on a rented plot of land.Mohammed Arfaat, a 24-year-old Rohingya youth leader in Jammu, said that locals often accuse them of having links with militants without any proof.”They want us out of here and that has got our families worried,” said Arfaat, switching between English and Hindi as nearly a dozen community elders seated around him on the rough concrete floor of a Rohingya house started leaving for Friday prayers. “Everybody here is aware of the deportation and is afraid.”Indian authorities said that the repatriation of the seven was a routine procedure and that it sends all illegal foreigners back home.But the UNHCR voiced deep concern on Friday about the safety and security of those expelled, saying they had been denied access to legal counsel and a chance to have their asylum claims assessed.”Current conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are not conducive for safe, dignified and sustainable return of stateless Rohingya refugees,” said UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic.Most Rohingya used to live in Rakhine.In August last year, attacks by Rohingya fighters on security posts in Rakhine led to a bloody military crackdown that caused around 700,000 Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh.The United Nations has accused Myanmar of acting against the Rohingya with “genocidal intent,” a charge Myanmar refutes, saying its military did not use excessive force and was reacting to militant attacks.Increasingly UglyThe atmosphere facing the Rohingya in India has been getting increasingly ugly.Jammu’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry last year threatened to launch an “identify and kill movement” against the settlers, which it said pushed the government into taking the issue of Rohingya more seriously.The chamber’s president, Rakesh Gupta, told Reuters on Friday that there was nothing new in taking the law into one’s hands if “someone becomes a threat to our security, to the nation’s security, and the security forces don’t tackle them”.In some of the more virulent parts of India’s media, the Rohingya are not only accused of being terrorists but also of trafficking in drugs and humans, and of having the money to elbow out local businesses.The Pioneer newspaper, which supports Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said in an editorial on Saturday that “the Rohingya are a problem”, declaring that those that are radicalised Islamist extremists need to be dealt with ruthlessly and the rest are economic migrants that India cannot afford to help.India, which considers itself a victim of Islamist militancy and is trying to boost economic ties with Myanmar to counter China, said late last year that it shared Myanmar’s concern about “extremist violence” by Rohingya militants.India’s home ministry has told the Supreme Court that it had reports from security agencies and other authentic sources “indicating linkages of some of the unauthorised Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan-based terror organisations and similar organisations operating in other countries”.”It’s definitely an election issue,” said Kavinder Gupta, a BJP legislator in Jammu & Kashmir and former deputy chief minister of the state.”It’s our decision to throw them out keeping in mind the security situation of the state,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of a campaign meeting for municipal elections. “We have made the home ministry aware of the need to send them back to their country.”Senior Jammu police officials said on condition of anonymity that they had identified all Rohingya in the area in preparation for their eventual deportation. They added they had not found any link of Rohingya with militants.Around 600 km (370 miles) south of Jammu, residents of a makeshift refugee camp in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh also said they fear deportation.”We don’t want to leave India. Where will we go?” said Mohammed Harun, a 47-year-old Rohingya elder in Delhi. “There are refugees from other countries in India too. Why are we being targeted? Why do they send us to jail? It is only because we are Muslims. They don’t do this to the other refugees.”
Evan Vucci, Wong Maye-E/APPresident Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to continue to square off in 2018. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /18:34 Trump declares war on former adviser Steve Bannon And finally, Brandon and Jay unpack what 2018 will look like during President Trump’s second year in office. We do a weekly Texas-centered episode too which you can subscribe to on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus catch you up on what’s been happening in Washington and around the world since the end of 2017:My button is bigger than yours – President Trump comparing nuclear button sizes to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un President Trump dissolves controversial voting commission to look into voter fraudNew York state sues the Feds on tax changes This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Listen X
While the world waits for apocalypse to strike on 21 December, Sundeep Sharma wants to make each person muqaddar ka sikander. How? As the song lyrics suggest, the one who dies laughing is the king of his destiny.Under Banana Republican Comedy Party for Mango people, Sharma is all set to present his first solo comedy stand-up. He plans to take on everyone from international politicians to the drama unfolding in India and how in the recent few years the character of Delhi men have stooped lower than the floorboards of the DTC buses. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘To begin with, this show is not about boyfriend-girlfriend, sex, period stereotypes. It is a show with a deep insight into our social and political system,’ said Sundeep.The show will be hosted by two other known comedians in the Delhi circuit — Nishant Joke Singh and desi Jatt Yadvinder Singh Brar. Both will steer the show in English and Hinglish.‘The show is about the insights of a small town guy who has spent 12 years in Delhi and now divides his time between Delhi and Mumbai. After working for more than a decade as a voiceover artiste, I started performing at different pubs in Delhi and Mumbai and this show is my first brave attempt at performing in an auditorium full of people and cracking a few laughs,’ he added optimistically. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf the catastrophe is not enough, the man will face direct competition from the superstar of Bollywood with Dabangg 2 releasing the same day. Is he optimistic about footfalls? ‘Well, all the best to bhaijaan. I know I will surpass him easily and as a mark of respect will watch the film after my show,’ he joked.Sharma also wants to bring in the recent gangrape element to strike a chord. ‘To pay homage to the recent heinous gangrape, I will cover my mic with a black cloth and perform my act, which has both laughable moments and some introspective analysis of human nature,’ Sharma said.DETAILAt: LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, near Mandi House When: 21 December Timings: 7.50 pm onwards Tickets: Available on bookmyshow.com
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The story of the internet so far has been one of both ever-faster speeds and ever-higher demand for connectivity. According to Cisco, worldwide internet traffic reached more than 20 exabytes per month in 2010. (An exabyte is a billion gigabytes.) The smart money says demand is only going to keep rising.Fortunately, the physical infrastructure of the internet is equipped to handle it, at least for a while. The undersea cables we use now can be upgraded to move data at 100 gigabytes per second, about 10 times faster than current speeds. And a $1.5 billion project is underway to reduce the lag time of signals between London and Tokyo by 60 milliseconds using a fiberoptic cable in the Arctic Ocean, the first of its kind in that part of the world.The infographic below, compiled by Gator Crossing, a Houston-based web hosting service provider founded in 2002, provides a history of the internet along with some facts even dedicated web geeks might not know. Such as the fact that as of 2010, about half of rural households in America did not have internet access at home. Where’s Google Fiber when you need it?Click to Enlarge+ Register Now » September 25, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1 min read
Sesame Street’s first autistic muppet is heading to Beaches Resorts Tags: Beaches Resorts, Family Travel MONTEGO BAY — Following her historic television debut as Sesame Street’s first autistic muppet, Julia is now heading to Beaches Resorts’ properties in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos for a bit of fun and sun.Beginning this fall, the beloved character will be on site to launch a new activity, ‘Amazing Art with Julia’ during which she’ll greet children and highlight how people can express themselves through art. Using a range of materials, children will get the chance to create in this open-ended art activity and talk about how their artwork is a celebration of who they are.“We created Beaches Resorts as a concept for everyone and it’s our privilege, particularly during Autism Awareness Month, to announce the addition of Julia this fall as part of our exclusive relationship with Sesame Workshop,” said Adam Stewart, CEO of Beaches Resorts. “As a resort company that also celebrates that children have a remarkable ability to ‘see amazing’ in all people, we are excited to introduce more inclusive programming for families with children on the spectrum of which Julia will play a part in.”Credit: Beaches ResortsJulia’s debut continues Beaches Resorts’ partnership with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and expands the resort company’s exclusive ‘Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street’ program, now in its 13th year.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backSesame Workshop debuted ‘Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children in 2015’ to help increase awareness and understanding of autism. As part of Beaches Resorts’ commitment to create memorable experiences for all families, staff underwent initial training with ‘Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children’ resources. Continuing these efforts, Beaches Resorts has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in training and certification programs, created to meet the training needs of professionals who work with individuals with special needs and cognitive disorders.Through this partnership, which is ongoing and provides intensive training for team members, each of the resorts’ Kids Camps and its early childcare staff have earned the distinction of Certified Austim Centers.“We launched our autism initiative, ‘See Amazing in All Children’ to promote awareness and acceptance and to combat the stigma and isolation so often experienced by children with autism and their families,” said Steve Youngwood, COO, Sesame Workshop. “Initially a digital character, Julia has come to life on Sesame Street, and now as a walkaround character who is sure to bring joy to children. We’re thrilled to work with our long-time partner, Beaches Resorts, to extend our work around diversity, acceptance, and kindness.” Posted by Share Travelweek Group Wednesday, April 12, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>