Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) goes up for a layup. OSU won against Illinois, 62-55, Jan. 23. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorA win’s a win.For the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes, that’s all that really matters after beating Illinois, 62-55, to put a stop to a four-game losing streak.“We try to do our best to put the losing streak behind us. This game wasn’t about that. It was about trying to come out and find a way to be better than Illinois and that’s our only goal in this game,” senior guard Aaron Craft said after the win. “We wanted to find a way to get better before this game in practice and watching film and we were able to do that. We were a tougher basketball team down the stretch than we have been, and that’s what matters.”A three-point play by junior forward LaQuinton Ross followed by a 3-pointer by senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (his fourth of the game) and free throws down the stretch helped secure the win for OSU.“I think it was just everybody being connected tonight. I think we had…it was a lot of togetherness tonight. You see guys jumping up and down, you see fans jumping up and down. We was able to get our crowd into it. It felt good to be playing back at home, too. Having that support for you from the crowd,” Ross said. “I think it was just a group effort tonight, everybody did what they had to and pitched in.”Both teams struggled offensively early on, combining to make just five field goals in the opening nine minutes of play.Smith Jr.’s second 3-pointer of the game gave OSU the lead, 24-23, with 57 seconds remaining in the first half, but a dunk on the other end by Illini junior center Nnanna Egwu helped give Illinois the lead at the break.The Buckeyes had as many field goals (seven) as they did fouls in the first half.OSU was able to gain momentum in the second half thanks to a 9-0 run that was topped off by a 3-pointer by junior forward Sam Thompson. That gave the Buckeyes the lead, 40-34, aided by four turnovers in six possessions by the Fighting Illini.Illinois (13-7, 2-5) would not go away quietly though, as it would make back-to-back 3-pointers to stay in the game.Craft would answer with a 3-pointer shortly thereafter, but two baskets by Illinois redshirt-senior guard Joseph Bertrand and a layup by junior guard Tracy Abrams tied the game at 46.Ross would bury a three from the wing, though, and a steal by Smith Jr. lead to a layup by junior guard Shannon Scott that gave OSU a five-point advantage with 3:31 left.The Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) were able to make enough plays late to hold off Illinois for the win.“I’m just so excited for my team right now. Got a chance to see guys smiling and I miss that,” Smith Jr. said after the win. “As a senior on this team, obviously you want to see your team smiling as much as possible. I can tell you, prior to this game there was no smiles, there was no laughter. There was none of that. Guys were kind of in their shell. And now I feel like everybody’s out now and I’m just looking forward to going forward and playing the next game with a lot of confidence.”Ross led the way for OSU with 18 points, but Smith Jr. wasn’t far behind with 16 of his own. Craft finished with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.“I think this. Did we play perfect? No, we did not,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “The thing I liked was I loved our energy on defense. I thought we played extremely hard. I thought we got back to rotating, seeing things the way we need to see them. And that was something going in…you know offensively, first half I’m just like, ‘here we go again.’ When (junior center) Amir (Williams) missed the dunk I’m like ‘maybe this isn’t supposed to be.’ But to the kids credit they had a different look in their eye down the stretch and give the (Schottenstein Center) a ton of (credit). I mean that crowd was as energetic as it could be and really helped us.”Bertrand scored 19 for Illinois in the loss.Next up, the Buckeyes are set to host Penn State (9-10, 0-6) Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Islamic StateThe Bangladeshi nationals, who went to Syria to fight for Islamic State (IS), may now return home as the militant group is about to be uprooted from the pockets in the civil war-torn Middle East country.In such a context, alerts have been issued at all airports, according to officials at Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the police.”We guess, the Bangladeshis who went to Syria have planned to return home. Airports have been asked to remain alert about any possible situation,” CTTC unit chief Monirul Islam told Prothom Alo.He said airports have been provided with necessary information along with suspected militants’ photos so that they cannot avoid arrest and officials have been asked to ensure that.The CTTC unit chief said the militant suspects will require passports and travel documents to enter Bangladesh.However, he added, it is assumed that they lost passports immediately after joining the IS. In that case, they can contact Bangladesh embassy in Turkey and officials there have also been asked to take necessary steps.The police official could not confirm identity of those who are actually trying to return.The last stronghold of IS in Syria was reportedly lost on Saturday.Around 800 foreign militants were detained by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The US has called for their trial in their respective home countries.The police officials said the government of Bangladesh has no intention to bring such militants back and try them.Sources in the law enforcement said they have confirmed that two Bangladeshi passport holders — Ibrahim Hasan Khan and his brother Zunayed Hasan Khan want to return. Their family lived in Saudi Arabia for long although these two brothers went to Syria via Dhaka. Before leaving Bangladesh, they lived in a house in Bashundhara residential area.It is learnt that physician Rokonuddin, who went to Syria along with his family, has been trying to return, officials said.Dhaka Shisu Hospital physician Rokonuddin along with his wife Naima Akhtar, daughter Ramita Rokon and Rewana Rokon and son-in-law Sad Kayes left the country to join the IS.According to the law enforcement agencies, a total of 40 Bangladeshi passport holders left the country to join the IS. It is believed that half of them died.Efforts are on to find out whereabouts of the rest, likely to be around 20 millitants.An official at the CTTC unit said some people possessing Bangladeshi passports may join the IS from other countries. At least one of such person has been detected. There are four to five Bangladeshis in Baghouz in eastern Syria where IS was defeated on Saturday. However, their fates are yet to be known.Kurdish news agency ANHA published a report on detainees captured by SDF in Syria last month. It quoted Bangladeshi physician Arafat Rahman Tushar who went to Syria from Bangladesh.”The Caliphate movement has come to an end. There is no trace of the caliph for whose call we went to Syria,” ANHA quoted Tushar as saying.Ishfaq Ilahi Chowdhury, a retired air commodore, said those, who went to Syria, denied identity of their state and showed allegiance to the IS. “They should not be brought back under any circumstance,” he said adding that they would not be allowed to be regrouped.Ilahi said it is true that IS was defeated in Syria, but there are some videos posted on social media where their activists and supporters are threatening to regroup.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam
X Lawson Craddock continues his race to Paris.The Tour de France cyclist from Houston is fighting a broken shoulder blade that he suffered during a crash early on but refuses to give up.With a week left in the Tour de France, Craddock remains last in the overall standings but he said the pain from his injury is getting more manageable. “Pretty happy about how the injury is progressing,” he said on the phone from the French Alps. “And I really hope that I can keep going this way and maybe do something in the final week of the race.”Meanwhile, donations from fans are pouring in.Craddock is raising money for the Alkek Velodrome in west Houston.The Velodrome suffered bad losses during Harvey. It’s where Craddock got his start as a cyclist more than 15 years ago.His initial goal was to raise $2,100.As of Friday evening, his GoFundMe page registered more than $114,000. 00:00 /00:41 Share CABS Chamalieres MercerDuring the first stage of the Tour de France, Lawson Craddock suffered a fractured shoulder blade and a bad cut above the eye. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will embrace social media in a big way to boost its dengue drive this year. People of the city particularly the young generation are very active on social media so planned use of the social media platform is expected to widen the civic body’s reach in creating awareness. The step will help to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.”We will start our campaigns on Facebook and Whats app and for this we have already started discussions with experts associated directly with these social platforms. We are in the process of preparing a strategy for our campaign,” said Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh, who is also in-charge of Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s Health department. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Health department of KMC has already been undertaking drives to prevent mosquito-borne diseases in the city with special emphasis on visiting households which had witnessed dengue cases last year. The civic body is armed with a map of those addresses across the city. The team from the KMC visited Chatubabu Lane and Ananda Palit Road area under ward 55 which are dominated by slums. We have come across a number of vacant plots which are privately owned or belong to the Kolkata Improvement Trust (KIT) or WAKF land which needs to be cleaned up. We have identified the owners and will soon slap notices to them under Section 496 A of the KMC Act. We will be cleaning up the places but the owners have to pay charges against it,” Ghosh said. The KMC team spoke to patients who had dengue last year and advised them on how to keep their premises clean. The team of KMC’s Health department was accompanied by the ward councillor, borough chairman and officials from the Solid Waste Management department of the KMC.
Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore thunderstorms are expected across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire later this week as the Met Office issued a new Yellow Weather Warning. Residents across Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas were woken up in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday July 24) following an impressive display of lightning across a vast swathe of the country that followed a long hot day as a heatwave continues across the UK. The storm brought down branches and a number of trees across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire – with the heavy rainfall that accompanied it lifting a number of drain covers. Shortly before 11am today the Met Office confirmed they had put a new Yellow Weather Warning for thunderstorms in place for much of England – including Stoke-on-Trent, elsewhere in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Read MoreDriver in critical condition after accident on A520 Punter found hiding in bushes Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Massive thunderstorms erupted across Staffordshire in the early hours of the morning (Image: Judie Tingle) Police search for missing woman What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. The warning is in force from 3pm tomorrow (Thursday July 25) until 4am on Friday (July 26). The latest warning states: “Following a hot day (in places exceptionally so), scattered thunderstorms are likely to break out from late afternoon onwards. While some areas, particularly in the south of the warning area may well avoid the storms, where they do occur they could produce 20-30 mm of rain in less than an hour, along with frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds. “Perhaps the main focus will be later in the evening and into the first part of the night across northern England and southern and eastern parts of Scotland, where storms could be more widespread and locally intense.” Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .
November 8, 2017Master Yakimoto came to Arcosanti to teach his famous wood carving technique.“Takimoto uses what he calls an empty head to create art that runs counter both to current Japanese wood carving and to the rhythms of his modern world.”The class was held in the Colly Garden in the afternoon on October 27th.Takimoto collects pieces of wood from around the world for these classes of all kinds of trees; cedar trees, maples, sequoias, or, specifically at Arcosanti, mesquite and cottonwood.He lays all the different pieces out on a blanket and each student picks a piece to work with. The process is to take the kiridashi knife – a traditional japanese wood carving knife, and without thinking of anything, using an “empty head,” carve little shavings off the piece little by little until it starts to take shape.If you were to pass the class in the Gardens, you could feel the meditative energy in the silence and concentration of the students. Yo Takimoto’s process is all about energy. When a student needs assistance, they raise their hand. Takimoto does not immediately offer assistance though, first he plays Rock Paper Scissors with the student. If the student beats Yo, he says, “You have good energy, so keep going.” If the student loses, he takes the piece of wood and adds his expertise.He brought along several of his own finished pieces as inspiration as well. For more information on Yo Takimoto, visit www.matterofhand.com/yo-takimoto/(Photos by Sue Kirsch and Shannon Mackenzie, text by Shannon Mackenzie)
Facebook stands to benefit from a significant shift in consumer behaviour as people spend more time on mobile and online platforms than they do watching TV, according to the social media giant’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.Speaking on a conference call following Facebook’s first quarter results, Sandberg said that consumers spent more time on mobile and desktop devices than they did on TV last year for the first time. She said that US consumers spent on average five and three quarter hours “on digital” compared with four and a half watching TV, with the shift largely being driven by mobile.“As consumer time and attention shifts, we think ad budget shift as well – particularly if you have good mobile ad products and you can measure results,” she said.Sandberg said that marketers should be comparing return on investment across multiple platforms.“We want them to compare us to the other investments that could make to see who can drive the most value to the bottom line and that’s what we are focused on,” she said.Sandberg said that mobile platforms now account for 59% of Facebook’s advertising revenue, up 6% from the fourth quarter.Addressing the question of whether Facebook would develop premium video advertising on its platform,Sandberg said that the company had “significant opportunities” but that “it’s still very early” and that the company didn’t expect meaningful contribution from projects including premium video this year.“On video ads, video represents a really big opportunity, really driven by consumer behaviour,” said Sandberg.“Smartphones are going better and faster and more people have phones that can provide a great video experience. So we’re seeing consumers do a lot more in video.”She said ‘click-to-play’ video ads were performing well on the platform and that Facebook was in early conversations with clients about auto-play video ads. However, she said, “we really want to see autoplay video ads be something that’s pretty common in the newsfeed experience based on consumer usage before we push very hard in the ads business.”
Viacom is to migrate its German MTV HD channel to the SES-backed HD satellite platform HD+ from the beginning of September.MTV HD will henceforth be a free-to-air service on satellite, with HD+ users paying an annual technical fee to receive the raft of services on the platform. HD+ had around 1.4 million paying customers and a further 1.3 million on free trials at the end of last year.Viacom’s northern Europe chief Magnus Kastner had previously indicated that MTV would become an HD-only brand.
Rikard SteiberHTC’s senior vice-president of VR, Rikard Steiber, predicted virtual reality will “change the world” as he outlined a number of technological innovations happening in this space.Speaking at IBC over the weekend, Steiber, who is president of Viveport and SVP of virtual reality at HTC Vive, described VR as the portal that will take us between the real and imaginary worlds and said that “anything is possible in VR”.“I believe that virtual reality is going to change the world – not just for us as consumers, but us as an industry,” he said. “For the first time ever we’re going to democratise experiences.”Delivering a keynote presentation about ‘what’s happening in VR, AR and mixed reality’, Steiber said that though we are still in the very early stages of this technology, there are number of innovations coming that will help to achieve “true presence” – tricking your brain into thinking that “the virtual world is the real world”.These include a next generation of haptic suits that will allow users to feel real physical sensations from their virtual experiences – for instance with the forthcoming full-body Teslasuit. Advanced trackers with motion sensors will also help make the imaginary world seem more realistic in VR. However, Steiber predicted eye-tracking would be “the real breakthrough”.“Eye tracking is going to be a game changer,” he said. “The reason is that when we interact with computers today you’re probably pointing and clicking at something, but very very soon, within the next year, you’ll be able to just look at something to select it or interact with it.”Steiber said this feature would be very important for users to feel a connection with one another in social VR – one of the many promising areas for VR alongside the likes of education and gaming, which will benefit from the launch of a number of high profile VR titles later this year such as Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and LA Noire: The VR Case Fiiles.He also predicted that while most VR experiences today are downloaded and played, soon there will streaming VR experiences, allowing users to use VR with the same ease that they can watch Netflix or listen to music on Spotify.In terms of device types, Steiber said that HTC’s new standalone Daydream-powered devices – which were announced early this year but are yet to launch – will provide a third category in between high-end PC-tethered headsets and low-end smartphone-powered cardboard offerings.“Later on this year we’re launching a standalone device, which means that you don’t need a phone or you don’t need a PC, you just put on the device, which is going to be more convenient for many use-cases,” he said.“What’s interesting with virtual reality is that we’re kind of reducing the distance between the real world and the imaginary world and VR becomes this portal that takes us through that.“The technology that makes this possible is using both our visionary senses, our auditory [senses], but also our body. We can move around. What happens then is that our brain gets so much sensory input that it thinks that the virtual world is actually the real world.”