Barcelona natives full force on field hockey team

The No. 6-ranked Ohio State field hockey team (11-3, 3-1) is riding a five-game winning streak and is poised to make a run at the Big Ten championship. One of the reasons for the Buckeyes’ recent success is the key performances of sophomore forward Berta Queralt and freshman forward Paula Pastor-Pitarque. Queralt has scored six goals and Pastor-Pitarque has added three goals during the current winning streak. The two are from Barcelona, Spain, and have been playing together long before they teamed up at OSU. “We’ve played together for the last seven years, since I was 13 and she was 12,” Pastor-Pitarque said. The two first played on the same national team before Pastor-Pitarque decided to join Queralt on the same club team. The highlight of the pair’s Spanish careers was when they beat Germany for the bronze medal in the Under-21 European Field Hockey Championship. “We beat Germany in overtime and I’ve never beat Germany before,” Queralt said. After knowing each other for so long, the duo developed a solid chemistry both on and off the field. As a freshman in 2009, Queralt led OSU’s team in scoring with 46 points and started in every game. This year, Pastor-Pitarque came to OSU because she wanted to study abroad and continue her field hockey career. Knowing the transition from Spain would be hard, Pastor-Pitarque felt more comfortable with her decision because Queralt was already on the team. “We are really used to each other and it helps us on the field,” Queralt said. Pastor-Pitarque added, “We have played for the same coaches for so long, so we’ve been taught the same things.” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson has noticed the special bond between the two forwards. “They have a sixth sense for each other as far as where they are on the field,” Wilkinson said. OSU looks to continue its winning streak playing Michigan (10-5, 4-0) as 3 p.m. Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Indians outfielder Sizemore to rehab against Ohio State

Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore will participate in an exhibition game with the Columbus Clippers against Ohio State on Tuesday, according to a press release. Sizemore is rehabbing a left-knee injury he suffered during the 2010 season. He had microfracture surgery on June 6, 2010, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday (retroactive to March 29), before the start of the 2011 regular season. During spring training, Sizemore played in four games, going 1-10 with two walks. He played in just 33 games during the 2010 season, hitting .211 with no home runs, 13 RBIs and 35 strikeouts. Sizemore also missed 56 games during the 2009 season because of injuries to his left elbow and lower left abdomen. Before injuries derailed both seasons, he played in at least 157 games in each of his previous four seasons. In 2006 and 2007, he played in all 162 regular-season games and all 11 of the Indians’ games in the 2007 playoffs. From 2005 to 2008, Sizemore played in 382 straight games. Indians reliever Joe Smith also will suit up for the Clippers, rehabbing an abdominal strain. Smith went 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 40 innings pitched in 2010 for the Indians. The Clippers play the Buckeyes at 6:35 p.m. at Huntington Park. read more

Commentary Ray Smalls arrest part of a growing trend for Ohio State

Being an athlete at Ohio State comes with a certain expectation, an expectation that you carry yourself with pride on and off the field. That would imply maintaining good academic standing, staying out of trouble and wearing the pride of Buckeye nation on your shoulders. Enter former OSU wide receiver Ray Small, who just can’t seem to keep himself out of the media spotlight. His most recent transgression involves a felony charge for allegedly possessing 243 suspected Oxycontin pills, hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes, undisclosed suspected amounts of heroin and a loaded 25-calber pistol after the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over and searched. Granted, while Small had his issues at OSU, he was never involved in anything of such a serious nature. In fact, it wasn’t the law he toed the line with, but former OSU coach Jim Tressel. Tressel suspended Small in 2008 for two games and also for the 2010 Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl game was the last chance Small had to suit up in a Buckeye uniform. He also found himself in the news after he spoke to The Lantern last spring and admitted that Buckeye players received benefits including discounts on automobiles. Small’s former teammates chastised him for his comments. With this latest transgression, Small has elevated himself into the company of former OSU running back Maurice Clarett, not somewhere anyone should want to find themselves. The problem is not necessarily that Small had a run in with the law. Rather, the problem is that Small is just another name that can be added to the list of former Buckeye’s finding themselves in the news for all the wrong reasons. Small and Clarett can be found alongside the names of former Buckeye’s like Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, Dominic Clarke, Jaamal Berry and Michael Current. Pryor and Posey were involved in the memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal of last season that ultimately led to the resignation of Tressel and saw Pryor forgo his senior season for the NFL. Posey ended up serving five games for his role in the tattoos scandal and an additional five games after being overcompensated for work done in the summer months for former OSU booster Robert DeGeronimo. Berry was charged with assault, battery and disorderly conduct after a Nov. 2 incident and has since left the team for good. After being charged with drunk driving on Jan. 7, Clarke was released from his scholarship. It was the second time in less than four months that Clarke had been arrested, after he was arrested for an incident involving a compressed-air gun Oct. 9. Current, a former lineman who played under coach Woody Hayes in the 1960’s, was found dead in a wildlife refuge just outside of Salem, Ore., on Jan. 16. He is believed to have taken his own life and was facing five counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of luring a minor at the time of his death. Perhaps this past year has been an aberration, something we won’t see again for a very long time. Or, it’s part of a growing trend that is beginning to reflect poorly on OSU. OSU was always the knight in shining armor, there to set the example for the rest of the college world to follow, something that clearly hasn’t been the case recently. Coach Urban Meyer was criticized while at Florida for the amount of off-field incidents his players were involved in. Hopefully the same problems don’t follow Meyer to OSU. A few years ago, Small would have been the exception, but today, he’s part of a trend. And that is a problem for OSU fans everywhere. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State searching for answers to problems against No 19

Ohio State head basketball coach Chris Holtmann claps while looking on during the mens basketball game between the Buckeyes and Spartans on Jan. 5. Ohio State lost 86-77. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternOhio State started the season hot, winning 12 of its first 13 games including road games against the likes of Cincinnati and Creighton.The Buckeyes’ only loss to that point was to Syracuse, who took down No. 1 Duke on Wednesday.It was looking like Ohio State was on the road toward another impressive season, but then it hit a snag.The Buckeyes suffered a three-game losing streak, falling to No. 6 Michigan State and No. 23 Iowa, with a loss to unranked Rutgers in between.For head coach Chris Holtmann, this is the longest skid in his time at the program. He said the focus is still on the game ahead, though he understands the mindset can change during a losing streak. “We are trying to be about the daily process as much as possible, and kinda surrendering the results,” Holtmann said. “It’s hard, there’s a discipline required to that.”A key struggle area for Ohio State has been the foul trouble of its top scorer, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson.Wesson earned two quick fouls in the first half against the Hawkeyes in the previous game, and has had his minutes limited in all three games during the streak.Holtmann said the team’s biggest concern at this point in the season is the struggles on offense, and said Wesson’s foul troubles have come with an increased physicality from Ohio State’s opponents.“I think teams are clearly going at him,” Holtmann said. “They’re attacking him, because I think they have an understanding of how important he is for our group.”The Buckeyes will take their struggles back home, and are matching up their three-game losing streak with No. 19 Maryland’s six-game win streak.Projected StartersOhio State (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 9.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Kyle Young — Sophomore, 7.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 7.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.9 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 16.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.6 apgNo. 19 Maryland (14-3, 6-1 Big Ten)G — Anthony Cowan — Junior, 17.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Eric Ayala — Freshman, 9.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 apgG — Darryl Morsell —  Sophomore, 8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apgF — Bruno Fernando — Sophomore, 14.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1,8 apgF — Jalen Smith — Freshman, 12.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apgThe Terrapins come into the matchup as the No. 20 team in the country according to KenPom.com. Ohio State is ranked No. 27 after the trio of defeats.Maryland’s strength to this point in the season has been its defense which has allowed the 40th-fewest points per game in the NCAA.Junior guard Anthony Cowan leads Maryland with 17.8 points per game, hitting on 42.4 percent of his shots and 84.5 percent of his attempts from the free-throw line.Holtmann said the Buckeyes will have to specifically game plan for what Cowan brings to Maryland’s team.“He’s really dynamic as a point guard. Really fast, incredibly shifty, he’s crafty, he does a great job at getting to the free throw line as well as he can make really big shots,” Holtmann said. “I think we’re gonna have to have a great team approach with him.”The three losses the Terrapins have this season are against Virginia, Purdue and Seton Hall. Those teams rank No. 1, No. 15 and No. 52 in the KenPom rankings, respectively, and Maryland lost each game by five points or less.In the frontcourt, Maryland brings sophomore forward Bruno Fernando and freshman forward Jalen Smith, who both are 6-foot-10, taller than any player on the Buckeyes.Fernando’s 9.9 boards per game is tied for No. 21 in the country, and Holtmann said these two players, along with Cowan, makes the Terrapins such a dynamic group.“The thing about them that makes them so good is they have excellent shooting, collectively, and they have, now, really two interior threats, so you cannot just focus your defense on [Cowan],” Holtmann said. “Bruno, has shown an incredible ability to score with his back to the basket, and so has Jalen Smith … I think it’s gonna require a great team defensive effort.”Ohio State attempts to turn around its losing ways against No. 19 Maryland at home at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. read more

RMLD SPOTLIGHT RMLD Offers NoCost Home Energy Assessments To Wilmington Residents

first_imgREADING, MA — The Reading Municipal Light Department offers no-cost home energy assessments to residential customers who are interested in implementing energy efficiency and conservation measures. The assessment consists of an evaluation of the home to identify efficiency measures that will help to conserve energy and lower your electric bill. Information about the various residential rebate programs is also provided.To request a Home Energy Assessment, please contact RMLD’s provider, Energy New England, at 888-772-4242.If you are a served by a gas utility that is a Mass Save member (such as National Grid), RMLD recommends that you obtain a home energy assessment through Mass Save because it will evaluate items in your home that are specific to your heating type. Visit Mass Save’s website to schedule an appointment with them.(NOTE: The above announcement is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”last_img read more

Specs for Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card leaked

first_img(Phys.org)—Rumors are swirling around the internet concerning Nvidia’s follow-up to its announcement last week of the GeForce GTX 650 and GTX 660, that a GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card is next and that it will fill in between the other two. Graphics cards and their specifications are important to gamers because the higher the quality, the better the gaming experience. Some run fast but produce less than sharp or rich images, while some are the opposite. The best produce razor sharp, fully textured images, with no blurring or skipping during motion sequences. To create stunning visuals for video games, graphics card makers such as Nvidia have developed processors with a variety of hardware options that offer trade-offs between price and performance. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti appears to be the ultimate trade-off, sacrificing processing speed for price, but only to a certain degree. © 2012 Phys.org Power of GeForce GTX available to gamers everywhere with two new Kepler-based GPUs The latest is that the GeForce GTX 650 Ti is to be based on the same Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) as the GTX 660 (GK106), though sadly, will have two of its five SMX (streaming multiprocessor) units disabled, which will of course slow down its processing abilities. It will also have one of its memory controllers disabled as well. The idea is to give gamers a card that costs less than the 660 (average price $230), but offers more performance than the 650 (average price $109). The rumor is that the newest addition to the line will cost on average $170. The 650 Ti also will have a smaller bus and fewer texture units than the 660 and of course a reduced clock speed, which when added together would seem to bring the performance of the new card closer to the 650 than the 660.Hardware specs and numbers are helpful in gauging how a graphics card will perform, but the ultimate test is how things look when the card is installed and operating, and most appear to expect the GeForce GTX 650 Ti to perform somewhat faster than the 650, but quite a bit slower than the 660, and that image quality will fall somewhere in-between as well (texture units for example, are believed to be 48, versus 80 for the 660 and 32 for the 650). Thus, the bottom line for gamers will be to decide if the $60 difference between the 650 Ti and the 660 is worth wringing their hands over. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Specs for Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card leaked (2012, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-specs-nvidia-geforce-gtx-ti.html The GTX 650Ti leaked specifications. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Explosive Love

first_imgRecently the capital was gripped by, 3 Sakina Manzil, showcased as a part of Desires Unlimited’s first vintage theatre festival – Epoch.Power-packed performances by Puneet Sikka and Tarun Singhal who essayed the role of Shashi and Comrade Shashi left the audience spellbound. The 100-minute play revolves the love story of these two characters set in the back drop of  the Bombay dock explosion. Each of them alternately remembers the time they spent together and the fateful day – 14 April 1944- that drew them apart and tore the city they lived in. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play – 3, Sakina Manzil – has been written by Ramu Ramanathan, and was directed by Deepak Dhamija is set in pre-independence juxtaposed with the world being ravaged by World War II, and gradual establishment of the Hindi film industry. There are references to how Dev Anand had come as a fresher in the industry and by the end of the play , Comrade Shashi tells the audience how he had emerged as a successful hero. Amidst all this turmoil begins a beautiful love story between the protagonists. As Comrade Shashi walks in for a job at 3 Sakina Manzil, he immediately falls in love with his namesake. It is love-at-first-sight for her as well. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTarun’s performance as Comrade Shashi is etched well. He is able to bring about the transition in the character beautifully as the older Comrade Shashi reminisces his interaction as a young man with his love – Shashi (also his employers daughter). His co-actor Puneet too justifies her role as she transforms from the young Shashi expressing her love moving to the older one as she recalls the tragedy of the explosion and losing her love.The plot is subtly designed to take you back in time and revisit the tale of these lover’s lives simultaneously revealing the horrendous explosion. On the fateful day of their expected meeting 14 April 1944, Bombay habour is ripped by a huge explosion. The Bombay Dock Explosion left the citizens in shock and created chaos and devastation, simultaneously being responsible for separation of the two silent lovers. Separated by destiny, the two lead different lives as they set forth in life after the accident, only to meet again after five decades and recount their versions of the love story.last_img read more

One morning in the life of some Indians

first_imgKalu Miyan heard the good news from Rameshwar when he was sitting under a tree near the canal. For early morning rituals the villagers use this part of the grazing ground. Men come little after sunrise. By then the women return. Neither Kalu Miyan nor Ramu Chacha is aware that their village is among those in the country that has stopped open defecation. They had heard that the few broken bricks stacked in the corner of the village will eventually become the village toilet. They heard that some Babus (government functionaries) from the town had come to their village one day before these bricks were laid. That was before the rains came, and Ramu helped Kalu Miyan to till his land. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceBoth Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha sat on a light bedstead with Pavan, their village elder and heard on the radio the Pradhan Mantri from Delhi mentioning something about Swachh Bharat. Pavan, who knows some Babus in the town, told them that their village will have toilets. Villagers know that any construction takes time. The bridge on the canal has been under construction for some time. Ramu remembers that it had started when his youngest son Chhotu was born. Now Chhotu is living in Begusarai, some 50 km away from the village. He goes to school, where there are no classes. The boy, now ten years old, works at a shop and earns a livelihood. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeRamu Chacha has a radio on his phone. He bought it recently from the money he received in his bank account after the Babus came and opened bank accounts about a year back. In the past, only well off persons, such as Kalu Miyan and Pavan had ever visited a bank. Ramu and his family were elated when for the first time they entered a bank. One year before the bank Babus came for account-opening, they had gone to the local Panchayat in a village just a few kilometers north, to get themselves photographed and get their fingerprints registered. Their eyes were also tested. The Babus told them that all these details would be printed on a card that would come from the post office. Pavan told all of them to keep that card (called Aadhar) safely. But that was used only once when the bank Babus came. Ramu Chacha heard on the radio that the Bara Adalat (Supreme Court) in Delhi has now addressed their concern. It is unknown to Ramu and his fellow villagers that the Aadhar card is wrong. It is wrong because all their information is stored on that card. But Ramu could not follow what was wrong in it. The details of the money that helped him buy the radio was also stored on that card.Gagan, son of his elder brother, knows many things. He even goes to towns to walk with political Babus. Gagan explained to Ramu Chacha what privacy is and how the Aadhar system was breaching his privacy. Not only Ramu, but all villagers must thank the Bara Adalat for securing their right to privacy. This is what Rameshwar explained to Kalu Miyan while relieving himself in the fields. Maybe Kalu Miyan was suffering from constipation and did not seem thankful to the Bara Adalat.When Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha were busy in a remote village in the morning, it was time for the senior Sarkari Sahib (government official) to get ready for work. He had just returned from his morning walk and barely had any time left to glance through the newspaper. He must reach office now before nine – a trouble that started when Narendra Modi came to New Delhi from Gandhinagar. Not only must he reach office on time, but there are also new slogans nowadays – “Make in India” and Ease of Doing Business. What hurts the senior Babu more is that his boss, Mr. Burden Remove Boast travels the world, gets photographed with Modi, tweets his achievements, and sends all papers to him, the Hump Ahmed. When well-paid officers from foreign companies visit him, the poor man has little option and maintains a smiling face. Like the man who laughs poor Hump can never express his problems to anybody.On his table is a proposal for a big MNC, which is keen to venture out in the Indian market. As such there is no issue now that the confusing language kept in the notification has been done away with few months back. The Sahib knows of the brand and uses the same given to him by the Indian franchise of the company. The issue is one of level playing field. If the MNC opens its store, the poor Indian franchise will lose his revenue. Shouldn’t the Government act as a guardian for the Indian business person? Instead, the Prime Minister is busy going abroad and talking to these MNCs.But Hump Sahib knows how not to bend easily. He has to ensure fairness for all. Leaders come and go, but Sahibs are constant. What can the leaders do without the Sahibs? And what is the incentive Hump Sahib may receive from the MNC? A mere thank you, one supposes. Now Hump Sahib is not interested in easing it anymore; let the Prime Minister keep shouting his Mann Ki Baat.By the time Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha were ready to tend to their respective fields, and Hump Sahib had finished his second cup of coffee brought by his servant, it was time for anchor Rubbish Desai to call his stringer in Bihar. Rubbish wanted a big breaking story on how Modi’s Swatch Bharat data on toilets were rigged and how Kalu Miyan, Ramu Chacha, et al. were still using the village green. He has also lined up the well-known guest who will explain how this Government manipulates all information with active support from the highest office. Meanwhile, Rubbish receives a call from his reporter from the capital. The young lady has access to a senior Sahib, who tells her how the Government is slowly killing the Indian entrepreneurs to promote MNCs. With two news night top stories frozen, Rubbish went for his lunch at Machan where there is a Tunisian food festival to celebrate this year’s Nobel Prize. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

BSkyB has launched sports content from its Now TV

first_imgBSkyB has launched sports content from its Now TV over-the-top service on Apple TV web streaming boxes in the UK for the first time. The Sports Day Pass costs £9.99 (€11.80) per-day and gives users access to all six Sky Sports channels without needing a Sky contract.The pass activates immediately upon purchase and is billed directly to a viewer’s iTunes account, said Sky.“It’s been a busy year for Now TV as we continue to widen access to our top-quality content by launching on popular platforms our customers use,” said Now TV director Gidon Katz.“The Now TV Sky Sports Day Pass is perfect for sports fans with Apple TV who want the flexibility to choose which live events they want to watch from the comfort of their sofa.”last_img

Swisscom has launched a new UHD TV box and will ai

first_imgSwisscom has launched a new UHD TV box and will air UHD football matches from the European Championships from public broadcast channel SRF Zwei.According to the telco, the launch means that its customers will be the first people in Switzerland who will be able to watch individual games broadcast in UHD quality on SRF zwei.rom the 2016/2017 season onwards, Swisscom will team up with Teleclub to broadcast two games in the Raiffeisen Super League in UHD quality every week.Swisscom is also offering a selection of UHD films and documentary programmes on-demand. This content will be expanded on an on-going basis, according to the company. The first live TV channels in UHD are scheduled to become available from the end of May. Customers will also soon be able to stream YouTube content in UHD using their new box.The new box can be ordered from all Swisscom points of sale from today. new customers will receive the new box if they subscribe to a Vivo package with Swisscom TV 2.0. Existing TV 2.0 customers can purchase the new box for CHF119. To view UHD content, customers will need an internet connection with a minimum bandwidth of 40Mbps.The box supports HDR as well as 4K resolution, according to the telco, and includes a built-in voice-activated search function. The voice-activated search function supports German, all Swiss German dialects and French. Italian will be added by the end of the year.“The new box is even smaller, faster and cheaper and shows our customers images in greater resolution and brilliance than ever before. As a football fan, I’m already looking forward to watching the games in top picture quality,” said Dirk Wierzbitzki, head of Swisscom products and marketing.last_img read more