Bucks eyeing conference tournament championship

Heading into the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament as the top seed, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team could easily grow complacent.The No. 10 Buckeyes have won 10 consecutive matches, including a 3-0 win against tonight’s opponent, No. 13 Ball State. “We ended up beating three rivals to end the season,” said middle hitter Kevin Heine, “so the team is feeling pretty confident.” By winning the regular-season conference title for the fourth consecutive season, OSU earned a first-round bye in the quarterfinals and will host the semifinal match. Many players agreed that this was a big advantage, as they will get to play in front of their home crowd and won’t have to travel.The Buckeyes may also have the most talent in the conference. Redshirt junior Steven Kehoe was named the MIVA Player of the Year. He and three other Buckeyes are also members of the all-conference team, tied for the most from one school. Additionally, coach Pete Hanson was named the MIVA Co-Coach of the Year.While all the signs point to success in the tournament, the team knows it can’t take anything for granted.“We have a pretty healthy respect for our opponents,” Kehoe said. From here on out, any mistakes could result in the end of the season. “We know that every game is a must win,” Heine said. In order to advance to the NCAA championship in May, the Buckeyes basically must win the MIVA tournament. The NCAA championship features the three conference winners and one at-large bid, but should they lose, the Buckeyes likely would not receive the at-large bid. The Buckeyes did not let the extra time off due to the bye go to waste. “We had a really good focus at practice,” Heine said. The team spent last week working on its own skills and going back to the basics, sophomore Shawn Sangrey said.This week, practices shifted focus to preparing specifically for their next opponent Ball State, redshirt junior John Klanac said. The Buckeyes also understand that the entire team needs to play well for it to succeed. “Everyone understood their roles on the team,” Kehoe said. Especially at the end of the long season, the rest of the team is there to pick each other up when someone isn’t playing to their potential, Klanac said. “We don’t let anyone slack off,” Sangrey said. The Buckeyes face Ball State tonight at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

KMC holds workshop on prevention control of vectorborne diseases

first_imgKolkata: Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is responsible for transmitting dengue virus into your body is lured by deep colour of clothes. Deep red, deep black and deep blue are the three colours that attract dengue mosquitoes towards a person, said Vector Control Officer of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Debasish Biswas. Speaking at an interactive session on dengue, Biswas said: “These three colours are spotted by an Aedes Aegypti, female mosquito, from a distance of 10 metres. The shadow of these colours help the insect in the sighting and it is attracted towards these colours. So it is better to avoid these colours at least from June to October which are the months in which dengue cases are the maximum.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe event was held at Rabindra Sadan organised by the KMC’s Health department on Saturday. Fashion designer Agnimitra Paul suggested roping in cricketers and film stars for the campaign. “I have seen that when some brand is endorsed by a cricketer or a film star, it has more appeal. The same process may also be followed in the KMC’s awareness programmes about dengue,” Paul added. Member Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh welcomed the proposal and said the civic body will give it a serious thought. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSpeaking at the programme, Ghosh said the objective of the programme was to make all the stakeholders aware of the treatment protocol of the vector-borne disease that is made by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) every year. “We want that treatment at all hospitals, health centres (both government and private) of vector-borne diseases would be of the same pattern as per the guidelines of World Health Organisation (WHO). We have invited all hospitals, both government and private, in the programme to hand over the treatment protocol. We will also be sending it to other stakeholders who failed to attend the programme,” Ghosh said.He urged the doctors dealing with dengue to consider the treatment to be a part of social cause. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, in a word of advice to the councillors and borough chairmans who attended the programme, said not to create unnecessary panic over dengue.”The civic body is fully geared up to fight dengue and we will strive in ensuring that there is not a single death due to this disease,” Chatterjee said.He reiterated that deaths due to dengue in the state are much less than most other states in the country.last_img read more

Impulsive in nature Parents to be blamed

first_imgIf your child is impulsive, do not blame him or her. It is something that may have been inherited from you as new research has linked such behaviour with “impulsivity” genes. “Delay discounting” is the tendency strongly influenced by our genetic makeup.It gradually improves as teenagers get older and when given the choice, to take a smaller reward that is available immediately, instead of a larger reward that will be delivered in the future.Identifying the “delay discounting” genes are important for understanding the basis of psychiatric disorders, especially addictions and other disorders that involve impulsive decision-making. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For this, Andrey Anokhin and his colleagues from the Washington University’s school of medicine did a study of 602 twins.The results suggest that “delay discounting” gradually improves as teenagers get older — such that 18 year-olds have a greater ability or tendency to wait for the larger delayed reward, as compared to younger teenagers. Apart from age, genes accounted for about half of the difference among individuals in their level of delay discounting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMany genes are likely to influence “delay discounting” and the data suggest that these “impulsivity genes” may include genes coding for enzymes that synthesise the neurotransmitter serotonin and receptors where serotonin binds in the brain.“While it is tantalising to speculate that the associations between delay discounting and serotonin-related genes may ultimately point the way to new treatments for addictions and other disorders involving impulsive choice,” Anokhin said.The report was presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida this week.last_img read more

Oppn parties urge deployment of Central forces during LS polls

first_imgKolkata: The full bench of the Election Commission of India met members of nine political parties at a seven-star city hotel on Thursday.With electoral roll cleansing on the radar, instructions have been given to ensure that bogus voters are removed from the list and to ensure that names of the new voters are included properly. The full bench also met the CEO. The full bench of the ECI headed by Sunil Arora, the Chief Election Commissioner, is in the city since Wednesday evening. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe full bench of the Election Commission of India also met representatives of civil society organisations, who demanded necessary security measures in the state during the upcoming Lok Sabha polls to ensure a free and fair election. “The Commission met with… representatives of civil society organisations to elicit their views and suggestions to make the Lok Sabha elections, 2019 more inclusive, ethical, accessible and participative,” a release issued by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) here said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseMeanwhile, leaders of the Opposition parties urged the Election Commission of India to deploy heavy Central forces one month ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Besides leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), those of Opposition parties such as the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Congress called on the ECI’s top bosses. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee, who led the party’s delegation at a meeting with the EC, said the party spoke on several issues and the ECI full bench assured that it would look into the suggestions. He, however, did not elaborate. Jayprakash Mazumdar of the BJP said in order to conduct free and fair elections, Central observers should come to Bengal immediately. Debabrata Basu of the Congress opined that the Central forces should be deployed one month ahead of the election and they should conduct route marches in the vulnerable areas. The ECI expressed concern over the absence of Rajeev Kumar, Police Commissioner. Kumar did not come to attend the meeting. The ECI interacted with the District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police and took a stock of the law and order situation. The DMs and SPs were asked to give a full report to the ECI. It will meet the nodal officers on Friday morning along with state Chief Secretary Malay Dey and Director General of Police Virendra to take a stock of the law and order situation. The ECI will hold a press conference before leaving the city on Friday as well. Earlier in the day, the ECI released a photo album that captures the initiatives it has taken to ensure greater inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities into the electoral registration process.last_img read more

Prefer Actual Laughter Over an LOL Text Try These New Chatty Apps

first_img 5 min read One of the best things about social media and messenger apps is that they get everyone sharing things that boost knowledge and information. However, the onslaught of forwards, re-tweets and likes is debilitating our ability to talk about and share our own opinions. We are relying on influencers to share their opinions, and then we rehash these opinions or share or forward them to make it look like we are talking.But in reality, we are not talking.Related: 3 Mobile Apps for Converting Voice to TextWe are not communicating. Just read these thoughts on communication collected from across the Internet: “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein, writer”The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” — George Bernard Shaw, playwright and socialist”The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” — Sydney J. Harris, journalist”The great myth of our times is that technology is communication.” — Libby Larsen, composerWe are absorbing, sharing and probably imparting certain important facts, but we are definitely not communicating. And the times we communicate, we are not doing it effectively enough.Whether in personal life or workspace, one of the biggest productivity killers is ineffective communication or miscommunication. From planning lunch meetings to movies with friends, it is important that everyone is one the same page.Effective communication is not getting out a string of words and sounds — it is sending out a clear, actionable and intuitive message that elicits a similar response. With these three mobile apps, I hope you can achieve this easily and successfully.1. DartboardDartboard is a hybrid of voicemail and phone call — the perfect middle ground of communication. Dartboarding messages is fairly simple as well as fun. All you need to do is record your messages and send them to your friends and colleagues.It takes away the pain of typing on phones, it is lightning fast and most importantly, it gets you talking. LOL is replaced with the sound of real laughter, likes are replaced with genuine and meaningful compliments, and you don’t have auto-correct second-guessing your intentions.This app comes at a time when our ability to talk needs to be restored, and everyone should give it a try. The app is available on both Google Play and iTunes.Related: Controversial ‘Yelp for People’ App Now Available for Download2. AreYouInRemember the times when you met your friends at the pizza place, made plans and decided things on the spot? Now we have an app to do it. AreYouIn is where collaboration meets communication.AreYouIn really takes planning a small event or get-together to the next level. It can certainly make small conferences and meetings look more professional. The best part about the app is that you can limit the number of guests or attendees.Let’s say you want to organize a small book-reading session and have only 20 seats for the same. So instead of sending the invite to only 20 people, you can send it to all your contacts, and the event will be filled out on first come-first serve basis.It takes the headache and embarrassment out of event planning and makes it incredibly simple. Plus, they are coming with a in-built chat feature to make communication easier. The app is available on iTunes as well as Google Play but, due to the nature of the app, it is not available for the iPad.3. RoundsRounds is not just another video-chat app. It is so much more than that! For instance, it has a videoconferencing facility, group video-chat rooms and really funny chat effects that add to the fun of chit-chatting with friends.The best part is, it allows you to share and watch YouTube videos with others. This can feel like going to a movie with friends or tuning in to a webinar with colleagues, so all of you are on the same page.Rounds also has a karaoke feature, which I haven’t used so far, but am sure will be fun.The app is loaded with features like games, image editing and so much more that it replaces the need for many other apps. Rounds has more than 350,000 downloads and a 4.2 rating on Google Play. It is also available on iTunes.I can’t stress enough the importance of coming out of our collective shells and talking. Raise your head, take your eyes off the screen, drink a glass of water clear your throat and talk.Related: Grab a Margarita on a Wednesday Night With Your Spouse, Friend or Co-Worker. It’ll Work Wonders.These three apps are the next best thing to face-to-face conversations. These apps are basically technologically non-intrusive. As a result, they do not hamper your ability to communicate and express. On the contrary, they can help you get better at interacting and planning. If you are seeking some real talking minus the emojis, GIFs and all that fluff, try out these apps now. March 17, 2016center_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more