Amitabh Bachchan Emraan Hashmis thriller to start rolling on May 10

first_imgMumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi’s untitled mystery thriller will go on floors on May 10, here. The film, produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited, will be helmed by Rumi Jaffrey. This is the first time Bachchan and Emraan will work together in a film. “We are extremely excited to commence the shoot of the film from May 10. Looking forward to seeing Mr Bachchan and Emraan onscreen for the first time. Given the subject of the film, I do believe we have a winner in our hands,” Pandit said in a statement. The film is scheduled to release on February 21, 2020.last_img

Ratings Nerd Fight Seattle is 1 in Elo Green Bay Is 1

11Cincinnati154011Kansas City1532 27Chicago141927Cleveland1409 25N.Y. Jets144025N.Y. Jets1458 9Philadelphia15459New Orleans1540 2New England16752New England1653 32Tennessee133932Oakland1346 29Tampa Bay137729Tampa Bay1358 RANKTEAMRATINGRANKTEAMRATING 10Arizona154110Pittsburgh1536 We relaunched our NFL Elo power ratings on Thursday with a nifty interactive that lets you track where your team stands and how likely it is to win each game. But Elo isn’t the only statistical power rating out there; in fact, our NFL previews used predictions and rankings generated by ESPN’s new Football Power Index (FPI), a system of far greater complexity.1While Elo simply takes last year’s overall end-of-season ratings and regresses them to the mean, FPI adds some intricacies: It breaks a team’s quality down into components that measure its offense, defense and special teams, incorporates Vegas expectations, and employs subjective survey data from NFL experts. Since we plan to use both metrics in our NFL coverage throughout the season, we thought it would be interesting to look at how closely the two ratings mirror each other, as well as which teams fare better in each. (Note: To make an apples-to-apples comparison, I converted FPI to the same scale as Elo. I also updated the Elo-equivalent FPI ratings of New England and Pittsburgh to reflect Thursday night’s season-opening game.) 8Pittsburgh15528Baltimore1553 23St. Louis147723Minnesota1477 26Cleveland142226Chicago1444 28Oakland138928Washington1394 16San Francisco152916Buffalo1510 18Houston150518Detroit1501 30Washington137130Jacksonville1351 24Atlanta146224San Francisco1463 For the most part, Elo and FPI agree about the landscape of the league; the correlation coefficient between the two metrics is 0.94. But the fit isn’t perfect. 17San Diego152317Houston1508 13Detroit153813Arizona1526 12Kansas City154012Miami1530 20Miami148420N.Y. Giants1496 1Seattle16781Green Bay1653 22Minnesota147922St. Louis1484 5Dallas15905Denver1622 15Buffalo153415Carolina1515 4Denver15954Indianapolis1635 3Green Bay16013Seattle1642 6Indianapolis15816Dallas1592 ELOFPI 7Baltimore15777Philadelphia1564 14Carolina153614Cincinnati1525 31Jacksonville135731Tennessee1349 19New Orleans148619San Diego1497 Elo thinks more highly of 17 teams — including the San Francisco 49ers,2Probably because Elo has no idea they lost so much talent during the offseason. Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks3Thus continuing Elo’s ongoing crush on the Seahawks. and San Diego Chargers — than FPI does. Among the teams that FPI favors, on the other hand, are the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons.It’s tough to pinpoint exactly why the discrepancies exist in many cases (so many factors go into the FPI’s construction, in particular), but they’re worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. 21N.Y. Giants148021Atlanta1495 read more

Home opener against Maryland on deck for Ohio State softball

OSU redshirt senior first baseman Erika Leonard (15) swings at a ball. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State softball team is finally headed home. With 22 games already in the books in 2016, OSU (15-7) has the chance to make a statement on its own field. The Buckeyes, who are coming off a 4-1 trip to San Diego, which included a 9-6 win over then-No. 22 Fresno State, are set to face Maryland (7-20) in their home opener Friday at 6 p.m. at Buckeye Field. The three-game series stretches from Friday to Sunday and marks the beginning of conference play. Up to this point, OSU has seen action in five tournaments since February. “We won, but we aren’t even at our best yet,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Everyone has been like, ‘Wow, imagine what we will be like when we put it all together,’ which is great.”Maryland at a glanceThe Terrapins have not had a winning season since 2013, and this season has been more of the same. Maryland failed to tally a winning weekend at any of the six tournaments it attended, including an 0-3 showing at its own invitational last week.Maryland checks in at last place in the Big Ten for both win percentage and team pitching. The Terrapin pitching staff, which is led by redshirt junior Madison Martin, currently owns a 6.08 ERA while allowing 238 hits. Starter Brenna Nation has only 19 strikeouts in her 19 appearances, although the redshirt junior’s slow start might just be an adjustment to a larger role than in her two previous seasons.Sophomore Skylynne Ellazar has 13 RBIs and a .388 batting average, while senior infielder Lindsey Schmeiser leads the team with four home runs, despite having only 11 total hits so far.The Terrapins’ opponents are outhitting them .327 to .281 and have nearly 60 more RBIs than the younger Maryland squad. The team has only two seniors, but its key advantage is the versatility of its players. Eight of the 20 Terrapins play multiple positions, enabling the team to rotate and increase its endurance.Strength from the moundUnlike the Terrapins, the Buckeyes’ greatest asset is their cohesive pitching staff. OSU still boasts the lowest ERA (2.30) in the conference, and its five pitchers continue to fill both starting and relieving roles. Junior Shelby Hursh continues to dominate from the mound with 69 strikeouts, only 23 behind her total in 2015. The right-hander retains the lowest ERA in the conference.“Shelby’s ability to step in and execute her pitches immediately allows us to take the momentum back into our dugout,” Schoenly said.Junior Lena Springer also has performed well, ranking in the top 10 with a 2.17 ERA, while surrendering only four extra-base hits to opponents.More top honorsBuilding off senior Cammi Prantl’s Big Ten and Louisville Slugger honors last month, two more Buckeyes earned conference awards last week. Senior first baseman Erika Leonard earned Big Ten Player of the Week, while second baseman Emily Clark was named co-Freshman of the Week. Leonard and Clark recorded strong weekends in Arizona and California, as both players posted a batting average north of .350. Leonard hit two home runs, while Clark recorded her first-career four-bagger against Fresno State. In late February, Leonard was announced as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, which will be given to one NCAA Division I softball player in May. The award, which focuses on community, classroom, character and competition, encourages players to use their platforms to act as leaders in their community, according to its website. “This team is lucky to have such strong seniors this season,” Schoenly said, referring to Leonard, Prantl and shortstop Maddy McIntyre. “They’re leaders and role models, and I never want them to leave.” Eight other Big Ten players were selected as candidates. Leonard’s nomination marks the first time an OSU player has been selected since the award’s inception in 2007.Coming upAfter their series with Maryland, the Buckeyes are set to head to Wisconsin for another three-game matchup spanning from April 1 to 3. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. on April 1. read more

Barcelona staff give players guard of honour

first_imgAfter Real Madrid’s refusal to give Barcelona the traditional guard of honour in respect for their recent La Liga title victory, the technical staff at the club rose to the occasion and applauded the players as they entered the pitch at the Nou CampPrior to Sunday’s “El Clasico”, Zinedine Zidane had announced that Real would not be giving their arch-rivals the guard of honour, after sealing the league title last weekend, due to the fact that Barcelona had failed to do the gesture themselves when the sides met at the Santiago Bernabeu in December after his side had won the FIFA Club World Cup.Despite the protests of both Barcelona and the Spanish press, Real remained firm on their decision and carried on with their pre-match preparations as normal.In light of this, Gerard Pique asked the technical staff to do the honour in Real’s place and so they applauded the team as they entered their home ground for the first time in front of their fans as Copa del Rey and La Liga champions.The coaching staff perform a guard of honor for the team ???? ???? Força Barça! pic.twitter.com/ypHdltokGaSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.— FC Barcelona ???? (@FCBarcelona) May 6, 2018“As they didn’t want to give us a guard of honour, I ask our staff to do it and we’ll do it like that,” said Pique, as reported on Sport.The match between the two La Liga giants ended 2-2.last_img read more

Allegri satisfied with Juventus win

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was satisfied with the way his side overcame a “useful test” at Valencia to leave with a 2-0 win in their Champions League openerThe 34-time Serie A champions overcame the loss of star man Cristiano Ronaldo, after his controversial 29th-minute dismissal, to silence a raucous Valencia crowd by taking home all three points.Penalties from Miralem Pjanic secured Juventus a 2-0, whilst goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved a spot-kick from Valencia captain Dani Parejo to preserve their clean sheet.“This gives us the best possible start, but we can’t let up now,” Allegri told the club website.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We play away on Sunday and then we face Napoli and will need to beat Young Boys. Tonight we were able to dictate the play, get ourselves into the lead and then manage the game well without giving away chances. It’s definitely been a useful test.“We worked hard and we managed not to concede, which is great news. You’re unlikely to concede goals when you’re as focused as we were tonight, plus we’re also becoming more vibrant going forward.”Juventus will next face Serie A new boys Frosinone Calcio on Sunday in the Serie A.last_img read more

Wijnaldum Van Dijk has made a real difference at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum hailed the impact Virgil van Dijk has made in the club’s defence upon his arrival in JanuaryThe Reds signed Van Dijk for a record £75m fee for a defender in the last winter transfer window from fellow Premier League side Southampton.Since then, Van Dijk has become a crucial member of the Liverpool defence with his solid displays helping the club concede just five times in 12 Premier League matches.And Wijnaldum believes a large part of the credit should go to his fellow Dutchman.“I think Virgil has made a difference in the last line because he is a good defender, a big defender,” Wijnaldum told the club website.“He is an extra man who can defend set-pieces as well.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“He is a leader in the last line who not only helps himself with his quality but also the players next to him and so he really helps the team.“But it is not only Virgil, the team helps him also – the players who play next to him or in front of him and the goalkeeper too because we all have to communicate with each other and help each other.“It is good teamwork that makes us do things so well, but of course he has made a real difference since he came.”Van Dijk has made 16 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season.Jurgen Klopp’s side will travel to Watford for their next Premier League match on November 24.last_img read more

BNP gets permission to hold Fridays rally

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday said it got permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold a rally in the city on Friday demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.”We’ve got verbal permission from police to hold our scheduled rally in front of our Naya Paltan central office at 3:00pm on Friday,” party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told UNB.He hoped that the DMP authorities will also give them the written permission soon.Rizvi said the DMP commissioner gave the permission when their party’s delegation, led by party chairperson’s adviser Abul Khair Bhuiyan, met him at his office.He said their party and its associate bodies took all the necessary preparations for making the rally a success.On 15 July, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced that their party will stage demonstrations across the country, including the capital, on Friday demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and her better treatment.He said their programme is also meant for registering the party’s protest against the government’s ‘inhuman’ attitude towards Khaleda by keeping her in jail ‘without treatment’.last_img read more

Reward for building owenrs adhering to rules

first_imgParticipants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on ways to curb fire incidents organised by Prothom Alo at Karwan Bazar on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloDhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam has said that building owners who will comply with fire safety checklists will get special concessions from authorities while those not adhering to the rules will face punishment.“The factories which will not comply with the checklist would be stripped off their trade license,” Atiqul told a roundtable on Sunday.Prothom Alo organised the roundtable on ways to curb fire incidents in association with Sheltech at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office.Mayor Atiqul urged the house owners to build awareness to ensure fire safety of their respective buildings.“I request all to take measures such as installing fire protection alarm, conducting fire drills and installing emergency exit sign so that no more lives are lost in fire,” Atiqul added.Terming the future of Dhaka city as hazardous, former chairman of University Grants Commission and urban development planner Nazrul Islam said, “We will face many problems without a master plan and detailed area plan for the city.”Dwelling on importance of efficient implementation of plans taken by government authorities, he said that honesty and accountability of the officials are most important.Nazrul Islam also stressed coordination among the government bodies for efficient urban management.Sheltech managing director Towfique M Seraj in his presentation pointed out several inconsistencies in related codes and stressed periodic reviews of the codes, including of Bangladesh National Building Code 2006.Terming the recent FR Tower fire incident as a wakeup call, BUET’s mechanical engineering department professor Maksud Helali called for consulting fire engineers before approving the design of any building.Institute of Architects Bangladesh’s former president Mobasshar Hossein underscored the need for introducing city government and empowering the city corporation mayor to ensure effective governance.BUET’s urban and regional planning department professor Ishrat Islam said that the developers who construct a building without following proper building code should be immediately banned.She also called for introducing fire insurance system for every building.Fire Service and Civil Defence’s outgoing director general Ali Ahmad Khan said that strengthening regulatory bodies is necessary for curbing fire incidents.He also called for setting area based hydrant system or water reservoir in Dhaka city.Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakka’s (RAJUK) chief engineer Raihanul Ferdous agreed that RAJUK failed to implement occupancy certificate system fully.RAJUK has failed to set up proper monitoring mechanism due to lack of manpower, he added.Prothom Alo associate editor Anisul Hoque, managing director of Building Technologies Ideas (BTI) FR Khan, former REHAB president Tasbirul Haque Proval, BUET’s professor of architecture department M Shahidul Ameen, BUET’s architecture department’s chief Nasrin Hossain, Bangladesh Institute of Planners’ general secretary Adil Mohammad Khan, and Sheltech director Samia Seraj, among others spoke at the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayyum.last_img read more

Researchers discover promising hydrogen storage material

first_img Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — If hydrogen is to ever to serve as an onboard energy carrier for the transportation industry, a material will be needed that can store large amounts of hydrogen at ambient temperature and pressure. So far, researchers have not found any material that can meet these requirements. But in a new study, a team from China and the US has taken a significant step toward this goal by identifying a material that can store hydrogen with a density as high as 4.6 wt. % (i.e., the hydrogen accounts for 4.6% of the total weight of the storage material), enabling it to meet the target of 4.3 wt. % set by the US department of Energy for 2010. More information: Kun Lü, et al. “Sc-phthalocyanine sheet: Promising material for hydrogen storage.” Applied Physics Letters 99, 163104 (2011). DOI:10.1063/1.3653465 Explore further Citation: Researchers discover promising hydrogen storage material (2011, November 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-hydrogen-storage-material.html Full to the brim with hydrogen: Porous form of magnesium borohydride can store hydrogen The researchers, led by Qiang Sun from Peking University in Beijing, China, and Virginia Commonwealth University in the Richmond, Virginia, US, have published their study in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.“Hydrogen storage is a big challenge for the hydrogen economy,” Sun told PhysOrg.com. “Currently the research is behind schedule, but with the advancement of materials design and synthesis, reaching the target for future transportation applications [is becoming] more and more promising.”As the researchers explained, the greatest difficulty in finding a sufficient hydrogen storage material for onboard storage systems lies in meeting multiple requirements with a single material. For example, in previous studies researchers have found that light metal hydrides can store hydrogen with a gravimetric density of 20 wt. %, but the material is not reversible, meaning it cannot be reused. Also, the hydrogen desorbs only at very high temperatures. In contrast, other materials such as carbon nanotubes and metal or covalent organic frameworks can store hydrogen reversibly, but the hydrogen adsorbs only at very low temperatures. The difference is due to bonding: in light metal hydrides, hydrogen is held in much stronger bonds than in the second group of materials. The researchers explain that, ideally, hydrogen should be bound with an intermediate binding energy.“If the bonding is too strong, hydrogen can only be released at high temperature, while if the bonding is too weak, the storage is unstable at room temperature,” Sun explained. “So we require an intermediate bonding energy.”In the current study, the researchers used modeling and simulations to investigate the performance of hydrogen storage in metal-containing porous sheets, which can be synthesized using the techniques previously proposed by two other groups (M. Abel, et al., and A. Sperl, et al.). In those techniques, porous sheets were made of blue-green dye units called phthalocyanines (Pc) with regularly spaced iron (Fe) atoms or other metal atoms. Due to their high dispersion, these metal sites in the porous substrates provide the possible adsorption sites for hydrogen molecules.“Transition metal atoms easily aggregate to form clusters,” Sun said. But materials in which metal atoms can be prevented from coalescing are scarce.The researchers systematically investigated 10 Pc-based porous sheets with transition metal atoms from scandium (Sc) through zinc (Zn), and found that porous Pc sheets with Sc atoms could store up to 4.6 wt. % hydrogen. In addition to the Sc atoms’ regular distribution in the Pc sheet, Sc has two other attractive features. First, it is lighter than other transition elements, allowing the overall storage material to be relatively light. Second, Sc atoms have a large size, so that they stick out and can capture more hydrogen molecules.By theoretically demonstrating that this Sc-Pc porous sheet can be used to create a hydrogen storage material with attractive properties, the researchers hope that the results will stimulate further analysis and experimental tests of the promising material. At a temperature of 298 K and pressure of 100 bar, the new hydrogen material can store hydrogen at a density of 4.6 wt. %. The inset shows the geometry of a Sc-Pc sheet. Image credit: Kun Lü, et al. 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

Nepalese man held with snake venom worth over Rs 1 crore

first_imgDarjeeling: The Sashashtra Seema Bal (SSB) apprehended a Nepalese citizen trying to sneak in a jar of crystallised snake venom from the country worth more than Rs 1 crore. The person has been arrested and later remanded to two days police custody by a Siliguri Court.The incident occurred on Thursday evening at Panitanki, the Indo-Nepal border near Siliguri. Troopers of the 41 Battalion of SSB were manning the Border OutPost when they saw the person acting suspiciously. He had crossed over from Nepal. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe was then questioned by the SSB and then frisked. A bag was then recovered from the man, identified as 49-year-old Bal Bahadur Yava. Inside the bag they found a jar of snake venom. He is a resident of Jhapa, Nepal. Later, Yava was handed over to the police at Khoribari police station. Booked under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, he was produced at the ACJM Court in Siliguri on Friday. “His bail prayer was rejected and he has been remanded to two days police custody,” stated Sudip Rai Basunia, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Siliguri. The bullet-proof glass jar bore labels of Red Dragon (the name of the company) and Made in France. The jar is being sent to Haffkine Institute, Mumbai for tests. It may be mentioned that since 2015, multiple jars of snake venom have been recovered from this region.last_img read more