UP govt may undergo reshuffle after polls

first_imgLucknow: With four Uttar Pradesh ministers fighting the ongoing Lok Sabha polls and standing “bright chances” to win their seats, the Adityanath government may have to undertake its first Cabinet reshuffle soon after the elections are over.The four state ministers in the poll fray include Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Allahabad, S P Singh Baghel from Agra , Satyadev Pachauri from Kanpur and Mukut Bihari from Ambedkarnagar parliamentary constituencies. “The names of ministers were zeroed in on for fielding, seeing their track record, utility and effectiveness in respective areas, dedication towards the party, communication with party workers and their overall performance, the names of ministers were zeroed in on,” state BJP spokesperson Hero Bajpai said. “They all stand bright chances of winning their respective seats,” he added. Asked recently if any Cabinet reshuffle is on cards, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said, “First let the elections get over.” Also Read – Fear of dengue outbreak in Patna The whole election process will be completed by May 27 after counting of votes on May 23, said an Election Commission official. Among the four state ministers fielded so far in the ongoing polls, the name of Cooperative Minister Mukut Bihari figured in the BJP latest poll list. Bihari has been fielded from Ambedkarnagar parliamentary constituency which goes to polls on May 12 in the sixth phase. The BJP had earlier named Minister for Animal Husbandry, Minor Irrigation and Fisheries Baghel in its first list as its candidate for the reserved Lok Sabha seat of Agra. Agra had gone to polls on April 18 in the second phase of elections. Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says ShahTwo others, Minister for Women, Family, Mother and Child Welfare Department Joshi and Minister for Khadi Village Industries, Sericulture, Textile, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Export Promotion departments Pachauri have been fielded from Allahabad and Kanpur Lok Sabha seats. Joshi, who is presently also the tourism minister in the UP Cabinet had contested the 2014 General Elections from Lucknow parliamentary constituency on a Congress ticket and lost to the BJP’s Rajnath Singh.last_img read more

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Ohio State professors organization making waves in sports research

Trevon Logan, an associate professor of economics at Ohio State, poses for a photograph inside his office at Arps Hall. Logan is one of the head researchers involved with the recently created Sports and Society Initiative at OSU. Credit: Courtesy of Trevon LoganA newly formed organization of Ohio State professors and other distinct faculty are challenging the traditional views of sports through in-depth research.The Sports and Society Initiative at OSU performs data analytics research to look at the way sports interact with the economy and society. The collective, which is composed of professors from five different majors, began in October. Despite being just five months old, SSI is already making headway through its multiple areas of expertise. Its members work toward developing new findings in the realm of sports research. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, the divisional dean for social and behavioral sciences in the OSU College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the driving forces behind SSI. Her role is to support the ideas and research done by professors, as well as galvanize outside donors, public officials and OSU alumni about this newly thriving organization.“(SSI) wants Ohio State to be the place to go for research on sports,” Box-Steffensmeier said. One of the leading professors on the forefront of SSI’s research is Trevon Logan.Logan, an economics professor who has been at OSU for more than 10 years, is the group’s main member that is deeply examining the correlations between sports and economics.“There are social science and policy aspects to sports,” he said. “They are just never brought up in the public sphere and talked about.”That is where SSI comes in. Its goal is to challenge the conventional wisdom of sports, as well as provide a platform in which research and discussion of sports issues can take place.“We want to make Ohio State sports-related research as prominent as the sports themselves,” Logan said.His recent research dove deep into the issues of compensation for student-athletes. The professor began delving into years of OSU data in order to analyze the effects the school’s recruits have on the number of wins and bowl game appearances.Thereafter, Logan took that information of wins and appearances and reviewed their connections to the university’s football-related revenue. The research revealed, based on revenues and expenditures, that a five-star recruit is worth about $900,000 for a university, Logan said. That number dips to $400,000 for a four-star recruit.“If you think about that number based on a five-star and four-star recruit’s salary in the NFL, those are honestly not too crazy of numbers,” Logan said.Next, Logan examined the data around transferring and the frequency of players departing early for the professional ranks across FBS schools.This research found that 15 percent of college football players will transfer to another university. The most common transfer position, Logan said, was the quarterback position. Additionally, the professor found that 11 percent of players will leave early for the NFL draft.“When these numbers were generated, I was shocked,” he said.SSI members will present this research — and more — in the coming months at a multitude of events regarding policy and economics in the world of sports.One of these events includes a forum centered on the pay-to-play model in high school athletics. The event is titled, “Pay to Play: Who’s In, Who’s Out and How Much?” and it is set to be held at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26 in Pfahl Hall room 202.Discussing the issue, Logan said, will be a panel of professors and politicians, such as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, State Sen. Cliff Hite, Scott Grant, a professor at the University of Findlay and Ohio University Professor David Ridpath.“The goal of this forum is to discuss ways to increase participation in high school athletics without increasing the costs,” Logan said.A separate gathering is slated to be held on April 15 to dissect compensation for collegiate student-athletes. This function will present sports experts and OSU alumni from across the nation to examine this subject, Logan said.  Arguably the crown jewel of the panel will be Vince Doria, an OSU graduate and senior vice president and director of news at ESPN.Research SSI has conducted concerning this issue will be presented at the forum, too, Logan said.“(SSI and the panel) want to discuss the implications of compensation for student-athletes and what it would mean for the future of college athletics,” he said.Box-Steffensmeier possesses similar goals for these cutting-edge gatherings. Her hope is to further dialogue about these important national issues while promoting the faculty involved with SSI and the research it has performed.Additionally, she said she also wants to intrigue students who have a passion for sports and encourage them to contact those involved with SSI. She said she believes that students doing this could spark new ideas and issues to research.She said she holds big aspirations for the future of SSI. “I would love major news outlets to have a hot sports topic and know that we have an outstanding roster of faculty and students to call upon about the issue,” Box-Steffensmeier said.SSI might be in its early stages, but the collective is taking giant leaps, reaching new, unexplored heights in the vast expanse of college athletics. “Ohio State is on the move in regards to sports-related research,” Logan said. And with the passion, intelligence and ability of this small group of faculty members, there is no telling just how influential its work might be. read more

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Giggs satisfied with Wales performance

first_imgDespite having lost the final of the China Cup 1-0 to Uruguay, Ryan Giggs has described himself as happy with the entire squad’s overall performance in the tournamentWales had their chances to open the scoring against Uruguay with Andy King twice coming close to scoring against goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Gareth Bale later forced the Uruguayan into another fine save, but they appeared to lose their rhythm after Edinson Cavani scored after the break in his 100th appearance at international level.“Of course, against teams like that you’re going to ride your luck but they showed us the utmost respect,” said Giggs, according to Sky Sports.“We won’t play against much better teams than that in terms of experience and talent. It was a great learning curve for the players and a great test which I thought they stood up to.“What I want from my team is to go to the end and I thought we did. Suarez and Cavani were going to the end, and we were still in the game.“Ryan Hedges put in that fantastic cross right at the end, and on another day we’d have got someone on the end of it.”Players who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.Overall the newly appointed Wales manager was pleased with their overall performance in the tournament and believes that there is a lot of promise within the squad.“We’ve had two very different opponents and two different performances, but equally pleasing in many ways.“I have learned there is a fantastic team spirit which I knew beforehand but then witnessing it was brilliant.“There’s also a lot of quality in the squad, and more that’s been left at home as well.“I’m really happy with the young lads who have come in and done well and with the squad as a whole.”last_img read more

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Valverde criticizes Real Valladolids pitch

first_imgThe Barcelona coach talked after his team beat 1-0 the Estadio Jose Zorrilla tenants but was angry about the state of the field“My players are also football players, not farmers. Nobody is interested in playing on a lawn that does not meet good conditions,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.The Blaugrana manager was angry about the state of the field in Estadio Jose Zorrilla after his team beat Real Valladolid 1-0.The grass “was the same for everyone”, he added.“Valladolid played with good pressure and they pushed us, but the pitch had a lot to do with it.”“We were more dominant and had opportunities, but we couldn’t score the second goal,” he said to the club’s official website as quoted by Sport.Sergio 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.“There was a time when they changed the system and we could’ve made it 0-2 then, but in the last few minutes we did badly.”“These results give us opportunities to win the league, but we feared that there could be some injury, the state of the pitch has conditioned both teams,” he added.La Liga president Javier Tebas tweeted that the turf “did not meet the minimum conditions required.”El estado del césped del José Zorrilla no reunía las condiciones mínimas exigidas para una COMPETICIÓN como @LaLiga, evidentemente se procede a abrir el expediente disciplinario correspondiente para depurar las responsabilidades.— Javier Tebas Medrano (@Tebasjavier) August 25, 2018last_img read more

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Manchester United desperately want to bind Paul Pogba amid Barcelona transfer

first_imgAccording to the renowned sports portal, ESPN, Manchester United’s board are strongly opposing Barcelona’s intention to secure the services of the French midfielder Paul Pogba.The future of the 25-year-old has been a subject of numerous discussions over the last few months and especially after his public confrontation with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.With the Red Devils struggling to find the right balance this season under the Portuguese coach, it was suspected the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner would prefer a change of air. Even Pogba’s manager Mino Raiola recently announced his client would like to swap the English Premier League with La Liga, with Real Madrid and Barcelona named the leading candidates to wrap up the deal.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.However, after Los Blancos abandoned the track that leads to the former Juventus star, the Blaugrana have remained the only option. Still, it was unknown whether the Catalans can afford to splash out a figure that exceeds €100 million, but it seems the current La Liga holders are prepared to make a move.Manchester United management would, nonetheless, like to keep Pogba in the squad, mainly because Mourinho’s faith seems to be more and more away from the Old Trafford, with Zinedine Zidane’s name steadily approaching by the 3-time Champions League winners over the last period.last_img read more

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Fate of East West on the Wire Again

first_imgTo document her thoughts in the days leading up to her final decision, Malik has been writing daily blog posts on the East West Web site. “I have emerged from the cloud, I have other loves and other things to enjoy now,” Malik wrote in one post. “And I realize that in my fight to make it, I lost the story. The last two issues of East West made this clear. Overwhelmed at making the business side shine, I lost my love of the story. “When East West first began,” Malik continued, “we stood out because of the true heart that went into every editorial decision, because of the risks we took to tell important stories, because we were forward thinkers. The last two issues still spoke to these values, but I personally felt less engaged. I felt less of me went into those stories because of the stress of business.”East West relaunched last fall after going on “hiatus” in April 2008 after the company ran out of money. The magazine was launched in as an online-only magazine in 2003. The countdown has begun. By January 31, East West founder Anita Malik says she will decide the fate of the bi-monthly magazine targeting Asian Americans and focused on the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures. Malik this week sent an e-mail to subscribers saying the magazine, once again, is “at a crossroads.” “Today, publisher/editor-in-chief Anita Malik is feeling unsure of what one person can do to take this brand further, to provide quality, national media to our underserved community,” the e-mail, sent January 22, said. “The economic landscape has certainly made things harder than normal, but in good times or in bad, when does the challenge or the workload surpass the passion?”Will East West go quarterly? Will Malik sell it? Turn it into a non-profit? Will she shut it down completely? In an e-mail to FOLIO:, Malik said what will come of the magazine is still “unknown.” last_img read more

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New Director Named to Head Regional Support Groups for Ft Leonard Wood

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Kent Thomas, who earlier served as the garrison commander for Fort Riley, Kan., last week was named as the new executive director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership and the Leonard Wood Institute.Thomas will start his new posts on June 1. Since retiring from a 24-year career in the Army in 1998, Thomas worked in various positions for the Missouri State University system. He also has served on the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission.“I am excited about what the organization is doing and am confident I can provide the energy, leadership, organizational ability, vision, and community outreach that is necessary as executive director,” Thomas said in a news release.Thomas will replace Joe Driskill at the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership and the Leonard Wood Institute. Last month Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Driskill as the state’s first military advocate.The Leonard Wood Institute is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen the Army’s mission at Fort Leonard Wood. The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership — a subsidiary of the institute — collaborates with the post, Missouri’s congressional delegation, state leaders and others to support the installation and improve the region’s business climate.last_img read more

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