YouTube/Ben WaitWith the graduation of star quarterback Dak Prescott, Mississippi State is one of many SEC programs with a battle at the position on its hands. Four players—Nick Fitzgerald, Elijah Staley, Nick Tiano, and Damian Williams—are vying for the starting job, and no player has set himself apart.Mississippi State’s QBs are so close, in fact, that they had to play ‘rock, paper, scissors’ to determine which would take first team reps. Today’s winner: Fitzgerald. He spoke about the unique process after today’s practice.Video via Ben Wait of The Dispatch:Fitzgerald joked that the rock, paper, scissors win gave him a nice confidence boost heading into camp.“I won rock-paper-scissors, so if anything, my confidence in that game is pretty high right now.”Rock, paper, scissors skills aside, replacing Prescott will be no easy task for Fitzgerald, or whichever Bulldog quarterback wins the job. He may be the top quarterback in program history. In 2015, he put together a fantastic 3,793 passing yard, 29 touchdown, five interception season. On top of that, Prescott ran for 588 yards and 10 touchdowns. That built on an impressive junior year, when Prescott piled up 4,435 total yards and 38 combined touchdowns.Williams is the lone Mississippi State quarterback with a start under his belt. During his career, Williams is 37-for-70 for 434 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. In 2015, head coach Dan Mullen redshirted him.Last season, Fitzgerald served as Prescott’s primary back-up. He completed 11-of-14 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions.Elijah Staley threw five passes last season, completing three for 51 yards and a score.Redshirt freshman Nick Tiano is the only of the four players without any game experience, making him the wild card of the battle.Williams and Fitzgerald seem like the favorites in this one, but it will take more than rock, paper, scissors skills to compete with the likes of Alabama and rival Ole Miss in the SEC West.[Saturday Down South]
Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions for the 2016 College Football Playoff field feature three unsurprising picks, and one darkhorse.College football fans are used to Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions. The ESPN personality updates his college football playoff field on a weekly basis during the season. Today, he dropped his preseason CFP forecast.Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kanell, Herbstreit revealed the four teams he has making this year’s College Football Playoff: Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State are locked in, and he’s close to certain on TCU being the fourth team.Clemson: “I’m going to have Clemson, who I think’s going to go on to win the championship. That has everything to do with one guy. I hate to put it all on him, but Deshaun Watson, to me, is just a freak.”Alabama: “I would pick Alabama out of the SEC, because of another one guy. That is Nick Saban.”Ohio State: “I think Ohio State still comes out of the Big Ten. I think J.T. Barrett, despite all their [personnel] losses, will kind of allow Ohio State to be able to maneuver through their schedule and get there to win a Big Ten Championship.”TCU: “Those three I feel pretty good about. The fourth team I think I’m going to go TCU out of the Big 12. It’s either a Pac-12 team or TCU. Right now, I’m leaning towards TCU as my fourth team to get in.”We suppose Herbie could change his mind on the Horned Frogs before he tapes his annual “Herbie” awards show. However, he was probably the only guy picking Oklahoma to make the CFP in the preseason last year, so he’s been right before going off the beaten path.College football fans, how do you feel about Herbstreit’s predictions? Did he nail them, or is he way off?
The National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST) is working on an amendment to the Food and Drug Safety Act, to identify nutraceuticals as a special category. The National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST) is working on an amendment to the Food and Drug Safety Act, to identify nutraceuticals as a special category.Director General at the NCST, Professor Errol Morrison, speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on November 27, noted that Cabinet has already received the submission as it relates to the amendment.He explained that across the country, persons are making claims about various potions and products, which he said the NCST “is not negating, but wants to ensure that the public is protected”.Professor Morrison said the Commission is working with a wide cross section of stakeholders, looking at getting the nutraceuticals properly identified, including information about who the producers are, how and where the products are being made, and ensuring that they adhere to some minimum international standards.The Director General identifies nutraceuticals as the fastest growing aspect of the health industry today.“Whilst a pharmaceutical is a drug used to treat diseases, the nutraceutical is really an extract from a plant, animal or mineral that could possibly help [in] a disease process,” he explained.He said that sometimes they could be further clarified by small clinical trials, but indicated that they do not go through the robust details as formulating a drug.Therefore, the Professor noted that one of the quickest ways of getting the products out there is through the nutraceutical process, as it is less costly.In the meantime, Professor Morrison said that the Government is also finalising a Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) policy, which should be in place in 2019. Director General at the NCST, Professor Errol Morrison, speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on November 27, noted that Cabinet has already received the submission as it relates to the amendment. Story Highlights He explained that across the country, persons are making claims about various potions and products, which he said the NCST “is not negating, but wants to ensure that the public is protected”.
Los Angeles: Miley Cyrus is back to making music, two weeks after her split from Kaitlynn Carter. The 26-year-old singer took to Instagram to share a photo of herself inside the studio, indicating that she is working on new music. “Back in the yo! I am so f***ing inspired right now… Thank You NEW MOON,” she captioned the photo. In late September, it was reported that Cyrus and Carter, 31, have gone their separate ways, a little over a month after they started dating. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger According to Us Weekly, the relationship ended as the singer went to Las Vegas on September 21, with her mother, Tish Cyrus and her elder sister, Brandi Cyrus to attend the iHeartRadio Music Festival, where Miley was set to perform. Kaitlynn of “Hills: New Beginnings” fame stayed home where she was seen relaxing as per her Instagram Stories. The duo were first linked in early August, when they were spotted kissing on vacation in Italy. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upTheir photographs started doing the rounds on social media hours before Miley confirmed her separation from actor, now former husband Liam Hemsworth on August 10 after less than eight months of marriage. Carter and her longtime boyfriend Brody Jenner had announced their own split just a week earlier. Kaitlynn was also seen wearing a ring with the letter ‘M’ when the former couple attended New York Fashion Week in early this month.
Kolkata: A fire broke out at a shopping mall in Salt Lake area in the northern fringes of the city Thursday afternoon. The mall was evacuated and there was no report of any casualty, a fire department official said. At least nine fire tenders have been rushed to the shopping centre beside Baisahkhi housing estate in Sector II of Salt Lake. “The source of fire is the basement of the mall. We are trying to reach the source. We have evacuated the entire shopping mall,” the official said. Disaster management teams also reached the spot.
New Delhi: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission on Thursday claimed that Khadi India’s flagship store at Connaught Place here made a record sale of over Rs 1.27 crore on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The store broke its own record of the highest sale of Rs 1.25 crore on October 13, 2018, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said, adding that Wednesday’s sale was the highest on a single day since Independence. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraA customary discount sale starts from October 2 every year by KVIC on Khadi products across the nation. “Not only that, nearly all Khadi India showrooms across the capital remained capacity-crowded till late evening on Gandhi Jayanti. Altogether 16,870 Khadi-lovers visited the store at Connaught Place on Wednesday. “Total number of 2,720 sales bills were issued yesterday. The first bill was issued at 9.48 am and the last customer made the payment at 09.46 PM. Out of over Rs 127.57 lakh sale, the share of Khadi was Rs 114.11 lakhs and Village Industry products Rs 13.46 lakh,” Saxena said. The chairman, who was personally monitoring the customer influx at the outlet, claimed “the record sale was the translation of how the prime minister has communicated his vision of economic transformation through Khadi clearly, creatively, and continually.”
Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim on Thursday inspected different ghats in the city to ensure smooth immersion of idols and avoid any untoward incident. The Mayor was accompanied by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh and Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks & Gardens) Debasish Kumar.”The immersions will start right from the day of Vijaya Dashami and will continue till Friday, October 11. As directed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, we are making all possible arrangements for smooth immersion and prevention of any untoward incident. Apart from the representatives of the Puja committees, several people also turn up at the ghats to witness the immersions. We are working in tandem with Kolkata Police and will be making periodic inspections in the next few days,” said Hakim. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe inspection was conducted at Baje Kadamtala Ghat, Gwalior Ghat (popularly known as Judges Ghat), Doi Ghat and Nimtala Ghat. All the four ghats witness lakhs of people during Durga idol immersion, with the Baje Kadamtala Ghat topping the list. “The arrangements will be conducted in strict compliance with the guidelines of the National Green Tribunal. Our KMC officials and Kolkata Police have been very sincere and immersions are being carried out smoothly every year. We are hopeful that it will be the same this time too,” an optimistic Hakim added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe reiterated that due to natural erosion the river bank at Baghbazar Ghat has been affected. “Work needs to be done for strengthening the bank. We will make arrangements and in dangerous portions there will be danger signages to ensure that people do not encroach there,” he said. “We will have arrangement of cranes and pay loaders for immediate removal of the structures. There is a separate demarcated place in the ghats for dumping of flowers, leaves, etc,” a senior KMC official said. He added that a crane barge will be deployed with minimum 30 labourers at Baje Kadamtala Ghat, where the immersion of bigger idols take place. At Judges Ghat, where immersion of smaller idols take place, launches with boats and ropes for containment of idols within a zone will be done and thereafter they will be pulled manually by labourers. “Safety and security are our priorities and there will be reasonable deployment of police in the ghats for this purpose. Once removed from the ghats, the idols are taken away by recyclers deployed by KMC,” the official added.
Nairobi: Kenya have lost its case against former national football team coach Adel Amrouche and have a deadline up to October 19 to pay him $1.08 million in compensation. Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa has confirmed the east African country lost the appeal launched at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), reports Xinhua news agency. “It’s true CAS has awarded Amrouch $860,000 and an additional $22,000 as cost for the case. We have to pay this amount by October 19,” said Mwendwa on Thursday in Nairobi. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Amrouche was sacked in August 2014 after he had been banned for a year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for spitting on a referee when he was the head coach of Harambee Stars. Kenya was playing away in Comoros. Kenya could not wait for his appeal, which he had launched with CAF. Amrouche appeal was lifted by CAF and it was then that he headed to FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chambers and CAS. The Belgian demanded $1.30 million as compensation, which was equal to the remainder of the five-year contract which he had running until 2019. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Should Kenya fail to remit the amount, FIFA may opt to withhold its grant to the country or lock it out of international competition starting with the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which start in November. FKF is also engaged in another battle with a former Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson from Scotland for wrongful dismissal. Williamson has filed a petition with Kenyan courts. He was sacked in 2016 and he is seeking $1.05 million from FKF for unlawful termination of services and payments due for the remainder of his contract and damages.
New Delhi: Young wrestler Ravi Dahiya, who recently won a World championships bronze medal, was on Friday included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) while struggling Sakshi Malik was dropped from the program. The decision was taken by the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Mission Olympic Cell. Ravi won a bronze in the men’s 57kg freestyle category in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The bronze also ensured an Olympic quota for India in next year’s Tokyo Games. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Sakshi, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has been struggling for long and has been dropped from the Scheme. She had crashed out in the opening round of the 62kg women’s category in Nur-Sultan. Weightlifter Ragala Venkat Rahul has also been excluded from the TOPS, which provides a monthly financial assistance of Rs 50,000. The committee has sanctioned the proposal of wrestler Pooja Dhanda to train for a period of one month in her hometown of Hisar under the supervision of Romanian coach Fanel Carp. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters The committee sanctioned weight-lifter Mirabai Chanu’s proposal for financial assistance to have a physiotherapist-cum-masseuse Shivani Bharuka, who will attend to her at the national camp till the Tokyo Olympics. The committee cleared financial proposals of over Rs 70 lakhs at the recently-held meeting. Three national federations — Shooting, Table Tennis and Weightlifting — also shared their roadmap for the 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympics with regards to strategy, planning and talent identification during the meeting. The Mission Olympic Cell has sanctioned overseas training in Colorado Springs for men’s 3000m steeplechase runner Avinash Sable under Scott Simons till the Tokyo Olympics. In badminton, the committee has cleared the proposal of Sameer Verma to participate in three international competitions — Dutch Open, Macau Open and Korea Masters in October and November respectively. The committee also sanctioned proposal of shuttler Saina Nehwal to travel with her fitness trainer Swaroop Sinha in seven international tournaments till December 2019. In shooting, the training, ammunition and competition requirements of seven shooters — Anjum Moudgil, Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker, Abhishek Verma, Lakshay Sheoran, Mehuli Ghosh and Anish Bhanwala — were also approved. The committee also cleared a combined proposal of five para-badminton players — Pramod Bhagat, Suhas Yathiraj, Manoj Sarkar, Sukant Kadam and Tarun for participation in the Denmark Open Para Badminton International. In para-shooting and para-athletics, the committee sanctioned the training and equipment needs of Deepender and para-athletes Sharad Kumar and Sandeep Chaudhary.
New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended an exclusive programme on ‘Indian Defence’ at India International Security Expo 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, on Friday. To mark the occasion, he also released exclusive knowledge papers on “Shifting Gears from Import to Export– Defence Capability Developments”. After attending the programme, the minister took round of the Expo and evinced his keen interest in a wide range of displays comprising of the latest security and surveillance systems which are indispensable for a credible and rapid response to security challenges and threats in the internal and external domains during peace and war. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAmong the high dignitaries present on the occasion were L C Goyal, Chairman & Managing Director, ITPO, Sanjay Jaju, Joint Secretary, Department of Defence Production, Lt. Gen. Manoj Mukund Naravane, PVSM, Vice-Chief of Army Staff, D K Aggarwal, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rajesh Agrawal, Executive Director, ITPO, Lt. Gen. Subrata Saha, PVSM, Chief Mentor, PHD (Defence & HLS Committee), Sanjay Aggrawal, Sr. Vice- President, PHD Chamber, Rajiv Bhatnagar, Chairman, PHD Defence & HLS Committee, members of the diplomatic corps, captains of Indian Security industry, senior representatives and experts from defence and law enforcement agencies, participants, delegates and media representatives. Organized by ITPO and PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry with support of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of MSME, Government of India, IISE 2019 (October3-5) has been organized in Hall 12, Pragati Maidan. Concurrent programmes Indian defence & homeland security with meaningful deliberations by experts are among the major attractions at the Expo.