Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses ‘Terminator’ fans ahead of film premiere

first_imgRelated South African film sparks debate on euthanasia Ghana Film Awards: Golden Movie Awards Fetes Outstanding Film Industry Talent Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger delighted fans in London earlier this week when he showed up for a fan footage event for his upcoming film, “Terminator Genisys”. The 67-year-old actor was greeted by a crowd of hundreds outside a cinema in the capital’s Westfield shopping centre, before heading inside to address some of his more die-hard fans. Egyptian film receives heavy criticismlast_img

Plump’s 80th Birthday

first_imgIt is hard to believe that the young kid who made the “shot heard around the world” in 1954 turned 80 years old!  When you think of celebrities, they are usually people you do not know. However, Plump and his teammates are friends and colleagues of many of us. They have reached this status not only because of what they accomplished but also due to the movie “Hoosiers”.I taught with two members of this team and I know over half of them personally.  Most of these individuals still live within 100 miles of Milan.  The Indianapolis Star printed a full-page article on Bobby Plump’s birthday party.  It is reported that as many as 400 people may have attended.last_img

One seriously hurt in Ripley County crash

first_imgRipley County, In. — The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and Napoleon Fire Department responded to a serious single vehicle crash early Wednesday morning in the 9000 block of U.S. 421 North.Preliminary reports indicate at 3:40 a.m. a single vehicle crash seriously injured one person. The victim was flown to an area hospital with serious injuries.No names have been released. This is a developing story.last_img

Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in straight sets to reach final

first_imgMelbourne: World No. 2 Novak Djokovic remained on course to a record extending eighth Australian Open title after beating World No. 3 Roger Federer in straight sets in the semi-final on Thursday at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.Federer raced to a three set lead in the first set before Djokovic came back to take the first set. He maintained the momentum and in the end, the scoreline read 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-3 in Djokovic’s favour. The 32-year-old will now face either Alexander Zverev or Dominic Thiem, who will play their semi-final tie on Friday.The first set lasted well over an hour with Federer winning the first two games. This was followed by consecutive breaks with both players winning sets on each other’s serve before Federer held and took the score to 4-1 in his favour. Both players managed to hold on their serve in the next two games before Djokovic broke Federer twice in three games to take the score level to 5-5. Federer broke back and Djokovic did the same in the next game to take the set into the tie-breaker.Djokovic rattled away the first three points before Federer got one back. However, the Serb rode the momentum and took the tie-break 7-1. Djokovic had won the set after being down 4-1, 40-0.Federer took a medical break in the interval while Djokovic’s physician also tended to him courtside.Djokovic held the first game comfortably and made Federer work to level things up in the second. Federer managed to keep up until 4-4 after which, Djokovic held and broke to take the set 6-4.In the third, Federer managed to take just three sets as Djokovic sealed his place in the final. He remains on course to winning his 17th Grand Slam title, putting him two behind Rafael Nadal’s record and three behind Federer. IANSAlso Read: Defending champion Novak Djokovic Sets Up Federer ShowdownAlso Watch: CRISIL Foundation’s Gram Shakti certification to drive financial literacy and Inclusionlast_img read more

FIFA reaches agreement to help unpaid players

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodZURICH, Switzerland (Reuters) – FIFA has reached an agreement that will help players leave their clubs when they do not get paid on time.“It was an issue that was stewing for a long, long time and they couldn’t come to an agreement, but because of our impetus they’ve reached one,” Victor Montagliani, head of FIFA’s stakeholders committee, told reporters yesterday.“We all like to get paid … it’s an employment labour issue and to me that’s very important.”Montagliani said the agreement also involved the European Club Association (ECA), the world players’ union FIFPro and the World Leagues Forum, which represents major domestic soccer leagues.FIFA said that, in return, FIFPro had agreed to withdraw a legal complaint it made at the European Commission against the transfer system two years ago.“We’ve had constructive talks with FIFA, but it’s premature to discuss what might happen next regarding our legal complaint against the transfer system, or any prospective deal until we are satisfied with the proposals put forth,” FIFPro said in a statement.FIFPro says players can only make a complaint against their club after three months without being paid and can wait for up to two years for a decision from FIFA’s dispute resolution chamber.The new agreement would make it much easier for a player who has not been paid his wages to leave a club, FIFA said, although it could not give precise details until the agreement is finalised, which is likely by March.FIFPro’s complaint at the European Commission two years ago was based on the argument that the transfer system was uncompetitive and unjustified.The transfer system is governed by FIFA statutes and is based on an informal agreement between FIFA, UEFA and the EC in 2001.In a survey conducted last year among 14 000 players in 54 countries, FIFpro found that four in 10 had experienced late payment at some stage in the previous two years.last_img read more

Excitement Builds as GOtv Boxing Night Mini Holds Saturday

first_imgA wave of excitement is washing over boxing fans, as the first edition of GOtv Boxing Night Mini nears. The show, which holds on Saturday at the Rowe Park Sports Complex, Yaba, Lagos, is heavily anticipated by fans, who have adopted many of the boxers scheduled to be in action.Fans interviewed at Yaba, Ojuelegba and Surulere areas of Lagos during the week expressed delight that the boxing show is close and will afford them the opportunity of watching some of the country’s top boxers in action.Rafiu Dehinde, a fan who idolizes Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, reigning West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, said he is delighted with the opportunity to see the boxer in action again. “I had hoped to see him fight Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph for the African Boxing Union (ABU) title, but Joe Boy got injured and the fight has been postponed. But I’m happy that he is on the bill because he’s such a good and stylish boxer,” said Dehinde.Chiedu Abaeneme, a fan of Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi, is equally thrilled, saying the boxer is famous around Bariga where residents are ready to troop to the show venue to cheer him to victory.“KB is well known in Bariga because he’s a good boxer and a nice man. Many people from Bariga will be there to cheer him to victory and watch other boxers,” he said.Folashade Ogundipe, a female amateur boxer, said she’s happy that the show will feature female boxers.She said: “I’m happy that female boxers will participate. Female boxers have had few opportunities at the professional level. GOtv Boxing Night Mini has given us hope that we are not being ignored,” she said.GOtv Boxing Night Mini will feature five explosive bouts. Oladosu will take on Ola Adebakin in a national lightweight challenge, while Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion, will take on Dennis “The Range” Mba in a challenge duel.Other bouts are the national cruiserweight challenge between Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi and Tunji “Germani” Olajide; national light welterweight challenge between Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu and Semiu “Jagaban” Olopade as well as the all-female super featherweight challenge clash between Cynthia “Omo Bobby” Ogunsemilore and Omowunmi “Mummy’s Pet” Akinsanya.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Badgers focus on playing ‘perfect’

first_imgGREG SCHMITZ/Herald photoWrapping up its nonconference schedule before the start of the Big Ten season, Wisconsin will host The Citadel in what head coach Bret Bielema hopes will be a sea of red.The Badgers (2-0) are coming off a last-minute win manufactured by a Tyler Donovan run. All three units — offense, defense, and special teams — weren’t particularly good. Saturday is their last opportunity to sort out the inconsistencies from the good before Big Ten play begins next weekend against Iowa. “[Our] struggles kind of all boil down to how we do on third down,” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. “No matter how you put it, … I don’t think we did a good job those first two weeks, and that’s one thing I think we’re going to improve on this week.”It is Bielema’s goal that the fans unify by wearing all red to Camp Randall. The defense, on the other hand, has already gelled as a group and is focused on playing “perfect” football.”We’re worried about the defense, and how we work and how we play and not giving up a point and not giving up a yard,” cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “If we can do that, we can go out there and make a statement after the first two games — this is a big game for us to do that — so I think if we can do that, it will give us a nice boost before Big Ten play begins.” The Bulldogs (2-0) run a spread offense, and they run it well. Last week, The Citadel walloped Webber International 76-0 to set the program’s modern-day record for points scored. While the point total is quite the feat, the Bulldogs are not the sort of team that should normally scare a Top 10 team, coming from the 1-AA Southern League.Still, after what happened to Michigan a few weeks back against Appalachian State and from what he’s seen on film of the Bulldogs’ offense, Ikegwuonu won’t take UW’s opponent lightly. And that means resisting the temptation of shifting into neutral and coasting. “I’d lie if I say I’d probably get up more for them than a different opponent,” Ikegwuonu said. “But they’re a good team. I don’t want to put anything past them. They have good athletes, have played good teams before so they’re not going to be shocked at all. They’re going to come at us with everything they got.”Casillas found no reason why The Citadel should be overlooked despite its “weak” labeling.”That’s one thing we won’t do, we won’t take anything for granted,” Casillas said. “We don’t want them to come over here and throw up a dud.”The secondary will face another good passer in senior quarterback Duran Lawson. This time, Ikegwuonu promises, the defense will be prepared. “I think we’re going into the game expecting [Lawson] to throw the ball around the field,” Ikegwuonu said. “He’s a senior as opposed to (Travis) Dixon who was a redshirt freshman. [Lawson’s] a seasoned veteran, he’s been there before and knows how to run the offense. So we’re ready to defend the pass.”In addition to Lawson, senior Tory Cooper, who has rushed for over 100 yards in four straight games, will pose a threat. Last season, the back led the team in rushing and receptions. “They like to spread (Cooper) out, pass the ball to him … so we have to keep an eye out on him,” Ikegwuonu said. “A lot of things they do are representative of where he is on the field. So if we know where he is, keep track of him, then we’ll have an opportunity to be successful.”More impressive than Cooper or the offense itself is The Citadel’s discipline. Of course, its military background contributes mightily.”The kids are very disciplined because of what it takes to go there,” Bielema said. “They’re making formations at 6 a.m., they’ve got great discipline, great athletes … so it’s going to be a great opportunity to go out and see exactly where we are.”Freshman Kyle Jefferson is the favorite to replace the injured Paul Hubbard at receiver, but Bielema hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a rotating receiver-by-committee scheme.”Probably going to be one or two that jump out a little bit more than the rest,” Bielema said. “I know this, they’re all real excited, and it’s an opportunity for someone to take a step forward and again, it might be by committee, for certain things some guys are better for certain roles than others.” Lance Smith is available to play this week, but look for Zach Brown to retain his role behind P.J. Hill. “Ninety-five percent of the situations that are going to pop up on Saturday, the first guy in will be Zach Brown,” Bielema said. The defense wants perfection. Bielema wants improvement. Whether they happen remains to be seen.If nothing else, Saturday’s game will be a good indicator of how well the fans respond to Bielema’s requests to wear all red.last_img read more

Bielema, Smith made right choice on suspension issue

first_imgThere is a legitimate argument that can be made saying Bielema Three Big Ten road games, three lossesfor the Wisconsin football team. If you count a near-loss at UNLV inthe nonconference season, the Badgers could easily be 0-4 away fromCamp Randall Stadium this year.The common thread running through allthose games: the absence of sophomore running back Lance Smith.Because of an altercation with his girlfriend this summer, therunning back was suspended for the team’s five road games.Two weeks ago, Smith told The BadgerHerald he and UW head football coach Bret Bielema chose thatunconventional suspension over the missing the first five games ofthe season, a fact confirmed by the head coach last Thursday.There is a legitimate argument that canbe made saying Bielema and Smith should not have had the opportunityto even make a decision on the format of suspension the running backshould receive — that discipline should not be left to thediscretion of the person being punished.That is a fair and sound point, but notone I wish to look at at this time.Instead, given the situation presentedto both Bielema and Smith and the decision the universityadministration allowed the two to make, was the correct tacticalfootball decision made?Despite the three road losses for whichthe running back was absent, the answer is a definitive “Yes.”With Wisconsin in the middle of whathas to be the program’s most disappointing season (given preseasonexpectations) since 2000, when the Badgers started the season fourthin the Associated Press poll and were absent from the rankings withina month, it is easy to armchair the coach and point to the decisionto have Smith miss the road games as a colossal mistake.Could Smith have helped the Badgers’chances in the three road losses?Quite probably. In the losses toIllinois and Ohio State, his presence might have even had a majorimpact on the outcome.At the time the decision needed to bemade was the right decision made?Absolutely.Had Bielema and Smith opted for thefirst five games variety of suspension it would have meant startingthe season off with true freshmen and exactly zero career carriesbehind oft-dinged up starter P.J. Hill at the running back position.Hill’s running style puts him in aposition to take a beating on a game-by-game basis, and you justcan’t predict when injuries happen.Were Hill to re-injure the shoulder hehad offseason surgery on, get a concussion or even, say, suffer asevere leg bruise that rendered him unable to play for some time inthe first game of the season, then what would have happened? Playingwithout your top two running backs is never a good option, asSaturday’s loss to Ohio State evidenced. Zach Brown is a finerunning back, but asking a true freshman to carry the load is a lotto ask.Don’t forget either that over thefirst five games of the season Wisconsin squeaked by in wins overUNLV, Iowa and Michigan State and was booed off the field by the homecrowd at halftime in a tie game against Division I-AA The Citadel.Had both Hill and Smith been out forthe early-season home games, chances are there would have been atleast one loss in there.Another factor is rust. If Smithdoesn’t play at all in the first five games of the season, there isa good chance he would be rusty when he returned to the field andtake some time getting back into football condition, essentiallymaking his suspension longer than just five games.But then there is the question ofconsistency. Wouldn’t the offense be better off not having toadjust to a different backup running back depending where the nextweek’s game took place?Bielema has handled this situation bysaying — at least publicly — that each week’s backup isdetermined off of which back has the strongest week of practice.And whether you find it responsible ornot, Bielema was motivated to choose the five road games with theintention of pushing UW administration to shorten the suspensionlater in the season, reducing the punishment both to Smith and theteam.To be fair, Bielema says on the fieldissues weren’t the only consideration. By Smith missing the roadgames, he is able to stay on campus and focus on his academics, thecoach points out.As they say: Hindsight is always 20-20.If you are looking for someone to blame for the suspension workingout the way it has, don’t point the finger at Bielema.Instead, point it at Smith, whosecarelessness put the coach and team in a no-win situation. Ben is a junior majoring injournalism and political science. Feel free to e-mail him atbvoelkel@badgerherald.com to talk about sports or offer upsome fantasy basketball advice.last_img read more

Big East : TCU in discussions to join Big 12

first_imgLess than three weeks after Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced their moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East was dealt another blow when Texas Christian University announced Thursday it is in discussions to join the Big 12 conference.Statements from both the school and Big 12 confirmed TCU’s possible move. TCU’s switch to the Big 12 would leave the Big East with 14 schools total, and just six for football.‘Acting upon a unanimous recommendation of its expansion subcommittee, the Big 12 Board of Directors this morning authorized negotiations with Texas Christian University to become the Conference’s tenth member, and instructed interim commissioner Chuck Neinas to immediately begin discussions with TCU,’ the Big 12 Board of Directors said in a statement. ‘The action of the Board was without dissent. On the advice of legal counsel the University of Missouri did not participate in the vote.’Last November, TCU, currently in the Mountain West Conference, accepted a bid to become the then-17th member of the Big East. The move would have taken place effective July 1, 2012, in time for next year’s football season.But after Syracuse and Pittsburgh accepted offers to join the ACC on Sept. 18, conference realignment was brought back to the forefront. Texas A&M announced on Sept. 25 it would be moving from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference, leaving the Big 12 with a need for replacements. And TCU is an obvious target for the Big 12 in terms of geography.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe uncertainty of the Big East may have caused TCU to reexamine its options.TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini, Jr., released a statement on Thursday regarding the Big 12 negotiations and said what is best for TCU and its student-athletes must be consider ‘in this ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics.’‘These discussions with the Big 12 have huge implications for TCU,’ Boschini, Jr., said in the statement. ‘It will allow us to return to old rivalries, something our fans and others have been advocating for many years.’A spokesman from the Big East declined comment on Thursday afternoon, saying the conference was not going to comment while the formal process isn’t complete yet.But statements from the University of Texas, Baylor University and the University of Oklahoma sound eager to welcome TCU to the Big 12.‘We’re proud that TCU has been invited to join the Big 12,’ Texas men’s Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said in a statement. ‘Their commitment to academics and success on the field make them an excellent fit. With a solid budget and strong financial support, they have been proactive at improving facilities. Their close proximity to all conference institutions makes for a comfortable travel situation.’Baylor Athletic Director Ian McCaw said in a statement Baylor values the more than century-old rivalry it shares with TCU, and fans will be able to take advantage of the short distance between the two schools.‘The Big 12 has made significant progress today in restoring stability to its membership,’ McCaw said in the statement. ‘We are grateful for the leadership of Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas along with the Big 12 Board of Director’s for today’s decisive action. (Baylor) President (Ken) Starr has played an extremely important role in this effort.’Oklahoma President David L. Boren championed TCU as an excellent choice to be the newest member of the Big 12. And he also hinted that the conference realignment carousel may not be finished, either.‘TCU is an excellent choice as a new member of the conference,’ Boren said in a statement. ‘They bring strong athletics and academic credentials and were enthusiastically and unanimously supported by all of the members of the conference. There could be other additions in the future.’The Big East was already looking for replacements following the moves of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, and may now have to ramp up replacement talks even more. Many schools have been thrown around in speculation as possible replacements — Temple, Central Florida and Navy perhaps being the primary targets.Southern Methodist, another school who has been rumored to be in the mix, declined comment on Thursday.Connecticut President Susan Herbst also released a statement on Thursday regarding conference alignment. UConn is one of the six football schools remaining in the shrinking Big East.‘Conference realignment continues to be a very fluid situation as we have seen developments and new rumors nearly every day,’ Herbst said in the statement. ‘It is important that none of us here at UConn become too anxious over this situation. We will continue to monitor the national landscape and be in communication with officials from other schools and leaders from around the country. UConn has always competed at the high level of collegiate athletics and will continue to do so in the future.’mcooperj@syr.edu—Asst. Copy Editor Andrew Tredinnick contributed reporting to this article. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Journalists discuss role of media in politics

first_imgThe Center for the Political Future hosted journalists Tammy Haddad, Colleen King and Ron Brownstein as part of its “Political Conversations” series.  ( Photo from Twitter/@USCPolFuture) The panelists all agreed that media coverage is so much more abundant and accessible today, and this has changed how voters make their decisions, when they make their decisions and how it affects the length of the entire presidential election process. Journalists Tammy Haddad, Ron Brownstein and Colleen King spoke about media coverage and the role of journalists in the 2020 elections at Ground Zero Tuesday. “I also think there’s so much microtargeting going on in the campaigns,” Haddad said. “So if you’re a regular person, a regular viewer and you’re trying to figure out what’s going on — it’s too narrow. It doesn’t work.” Center for the Political Future Director Bob Shrum introduced each of the panelists and Annenberg Media Center Director Christina Bellantoni moderated the discussion. The event was co-hosted by the Center for the Political Future and the Department of Political Science and International Relations as part of the Center’s “Political Conversations” series. “There is a real schism in the reaction to [the debates], based on when the reactions were formulated,” Brownstein said. “People often start writing before the end.” The panelists discussed how Elizabeth Warren has emerged as  popular candidate among young, college-educated voters and how some voices speculate that Hillary Clinton might make an appearance at the Democratic National Convention and announce a run for the presidency. “Because there is more money available — it’s essentially infinite — and because there’s more media attention available — it’s essentially infinite — we are seeing races go all the way to the end, in a way that was not common before,” Brownstein said. In the case of the most recent debate, the candidates said that Democratic candidate Julián Castro attacked candidate Joe Biden for his age, and because of the coverage of that incident, Biden’s later assent went by unnoticed.center_img  “It was definitely a much different experience because it was an open forum, there was a moderator,” Montano said. “You have less chances to be part of the dialogue, however, I feel that it is such an organized event, it leaves you more room to listen and enjoy learning from professionals in their respective fields.” “In Washington, if you’ve covered foreign policy, or you’ve covered Capitol Hill or you’ve covered the White House, you’ve come across Biden,” King said. “He is very accessible and very friendly, so I think we’ve all met him and know him. But I think, at the same time, you look at him more closely because you remember more than you would know about a newer, up-and-coming candidate.” Haddad is the President and CEO of Haddad Media, and formerly served as an executive producer at MSNBC, the Today Show and The Late Late Show. Brownstein is a senior editor at The Atlantic and a senior political analyst at CNN. King is an executive producer at MSNBC. Julianna Montano, a freshman majoring in philosophy, politics and law, has attended several of the Center’s events and found this panel to be different but equally engaging. Haddad took a moment to survey the audience and asking who is settled on a candidate. Only one hand was raised. The conversation then shifted to how candidates are covered and how this affects voting attitudes. Bellantoni opened the discussion by asking the panel how media coverage has shaped political discourse since the Democratic Debates on Sept. 12. Haddad and King, who have worked together in producing broadcast television, concurred that editorial choices and the immediacy of media today shape audience’s views about certain candidates and platforms. The panel also discussed how the abundance of information has made it harder for people to choose a candidate. last_img read more