Odisha hit by over nine lakh lightning strikes this year

first_imgFive States accounted for half of the lightning strikes in India in 2019, led by Odisha with 9,37,462 or about 16% of the cloud-to-ground strikes. This is among the findings of an analysis of lightning strikes in India — the most widespread killer among natural calamities — from January to August by the private weather agency Skymet. There were 20 million lightning strikes in that period, with 72% of them being instances of ‘in-cloud’ lightning. In-cloud strikes result from a friction in a cloud, whereas the cloud-to-ground ones, which are responsible for deaths, happen when electric charges travel to the ground. Odisha account for nearly 7,00,000 more total lightning strikes than the second placed West Bengal, though it had only 3,50,000 more of the cloud-to-ground strikes. Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh accounted for the rest.Peak activity in June June saw the most lightning flashes — 56,04,214 — during the first eight months of 2019, which is when the monsoon sets in. Temperatures are extremely hot during June, ranging from 32 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius. A rise in lightning activity begins in May, peaks in June and tapers by August.Skymet makes its assessment based on 1,700 sensors spread across the country and claims to send alerts 45 minutes before “dangerous lightning” strikes an area.According to the National Crime Records Bureau, there were 8,684 deaths in the country due to causes “attributable to forces of nature” during 2016. Of them, 38.2% deaths were due to “lightning”, 15.4% to “heat and sun stroke” and 8.9% due to “floods”.A more recent report from the Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council ( CROPC) that relies on the India Meteorological Department’s lightning forecasts analysed lightning patterns and deaths this year from April 1 to July 31. Most deaths in U.P.Uttar Pradesh registered the maximum number of deaths, 224, followed by Bihar, 170, Odisha, 129, and Jharkhand, 118.Varied coping mechanisms and grades of infrastructure determine the level of casualty from lightning in the States. For instance, the CROPC report says, Odisha had the highest number of strikes, 9 lakh-plus, and 129 deaths.But Uttar Pradesh had 300 strikes and 200 deaths.last_img read more

Honey Singh to lend his support to kabaddi by buying a team in the World kabaddi League

first_imgAfter launching a special video with Sonakshi Sinha, rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh is now ready to lend his support to Indian sport kabaddi by buying a team in the World kabaddi League (WKL).At an event held in the Capital, Honey Singh announced that his team will be named Yo Yo Tigers.Actor Akshay Kumar was the first celebrity to endorse this sport and buy a team in the league, which is scheduled to be held in five different countries – starting with the UK – from August to December this year.The popular rapper plans to roll out a new song in support of his team Yo Yo Tigers”I like action-based sports and kabaddi has always been my favourite sport. Since I grew up playing kabaddi, I wanted to be associated with it,” said Singh, who had also started the Global Fighting Championship in Dubai.WKL is the first international kabaddi league coming out of India. It is loosely based on the Formula 1 touring sport format and will be the first Indian sport league with an international footprint and a fivemonth long calendar. ‘Circle style kabaddi’, which will be played during this league, is the most popular international format of the sport that is followed in as many as 26 countries.The popular rapper even plans to roll out a new song in support of his team Yo Yo Tigers.Coming back to Honey Singh’s special video with Sonakshi Sinha, the 10-minute video titled Superstar is part of the rapper’s upcoming album.advertisementSonakshi Sinah in a hot makeover is seen donning denim shorts, biker jacket and a crop top The video features Sonakshi in a hot makeover in which she is seen donning denim shorts, biker jacket and a crop top. The music video has been shot in exotic deserts and beaches of California and even involves a high-intensity car chase sequence. This video – shot with assistance from an international team – is one of the most expensive videos ever to be shot by an independent Indian artist.Sonakshi previously worked with Honey Singh for the song Party All Night from the film Boss that also has Akshay Kumar in the lead.last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Real Madrid complete deal for Man City whizkid Diaz

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Real Madrid complete deal for Man City whizkid Diazby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrahim Diaz has joined Real Madrid from Manchester City to Real Madrid, in a deal worth £15.5m, and could rise to £22m with add-ons.Real confirmed the signing on Monday, several hours after Diaz had completed a medical.”I have arrived at a club that I dreamed of playing for as a child,” an emotional Diaz said. “I could not have received a better Christmas present than wearing the Real Madrid jersey.”When I decided that it was time to leave Manchester City, I only put three options on the table.”The first, to play for Real Madrid; the second, to play for Real Madrid; the third, to play for Real Madrid.”I never wanted to go anywhere else, it is impossible to go to a better club. I promise to give 100 per cent from the first day and to pay back the faith you have put in me.”The 19-year-old signing a six-and-a-half-year deal, which includes a clause that Manchester City will receive 15 per cent of any future transfer fee, which will rise to 40 per cent if the buying club is Manchester United. last_img read more

Ohio State mens golf secures 1st place finish at Windon Memorial

Despite a starting lineup consisting of all freshmen and sophomores, the Ohio State men’s golf captured its first victory of the season at the Windon Memorial. Freshman Max Rosenthal led the Buckeyes to a first-place finish out of 15 teams with a final score of 29-over 881 at the Skokie Country Golf Course in Glencoe, Ill. Rosenthal finished the first round of the tournament tied for 37th place with a score of 77 but turned things around with a second round score of 72, and a final round score of 70 to tie for 8th place individually. OSU went to the top of the leader board after finishing the first round in ninth place. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native attributed his aggressive comeback to his conservative play. “My game strategy was really conservative and I was just trying to hit a lot of fairways and greens,” Rosenthal said. “Just a matter of keeping a good mental focus because the course we played was really tough, but my strategy really helped out.” Not only was it Rosenthal’s first time leading the team, it was also his first tournament in the Buckeyes’ starting lineup. “I was a little nervous,” Rosenthal said. “I started off with four bogeys right away and coach came up to me and said, ‘All right, you got your nerves out of the way, now just go out there and play with confidence,’ and then I started making some puts and made a comeback.” Like Rosenthal, Buckeyes golfer sophomore Grant Weaver also made a comeback from 18th place after the first round to 12th place after the final round, finishing the tournament with a score of 220. Similarly, Weaver attributed his comeback to playing safe. “My strategy was to work with what I got because I was struggling hitting the ball so I tried to put myself in position where I could get up and down for par,” Weaver said. “I played safe because I wasn’t on top of my game all week.” Fellow Buckeyes sophomore Boo Timko and freshman Tee-K Kelly followed Weaver, tied for 17th place with a final score of 223. Freshman Michael Bernard rounded out the team lineup, tying for 37th place with a final score of 15-over 228. Sophomore Logan Jones competed individually placing 55th with a final score of 234 in his first tournament of the season. Coach Donnie Darr was pleased with the way the team finished the tournament. “We played exceptional the last two rounds,” Darr said. “Our first round score wasn’t really good but we didn’t play as bad as the score indicated, we just had a couple bad holes that drove our score up but overall pretty good this week.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to will take a break from tournament play before hosting the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, Oct. 8-9. “It’s a good field at Muirfield,” Darr said. “It’s a great venue and a great opportunity for our players to play in front of their home fans.” read more

Scarlet wins Ohio State footballs Spring Game 3114

CINCINNATI – Gusty winds did little to prevent Ohio State from airing out the football during its annual Spring Game Saturday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. With parts of Ohio Stadium undergoing surface work, the Buckeyes traveled about two hours southwest to the Queen City for the 2013 edition of an intrasquad scrimmage between the Scarlet and Gray teams. After a game that saw its quarterbacks throw for a combined total of 433 yards, the Scarlet team prevailed, 31-14. While limited in the running game because of a no-contact black jersey, junior quarterback Braxton Miller finished the day 16 of 25 for 217 yards and two touchdowns. His counterpart, redshirt senior Kenny Guiton, totaled 151 yards and a touchdown on 13 of 22 attempts. After guiding the Buckeyes to a 12-0 finish last season, OSU coach Urban Meyer hovered just yards back from play on the field as the teams battled it out amid 18-25 mph winds in front of a speckled crowd of 37, 643. “This was a great day for Ohio State football – to come back to (a place), I consider this partly my hometown,” Meyer said during a press conference after the game. By his own admittance, Meyer said he intended it to be a day where the Buckeyes threw the ball more than they ran it. “Obviously, it was a pass-heavy game – an area that we were not very good at last year that we have to get better,” he said. Miller would set the tone early – launching a 49-yard rocket to junior wide receiver Evan Spencer on the scrimmage first play. Three plays later, Miller found junior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 20-yard touchdown with 9:08 to play in the first quarter. Miller said he’s gotten more comfortable throwing the ball. “Just knowing the play, how the play is developed and how it’s going to move. I can just move out of the pocket and know where the guy’s going to be,” he said. It’s something Meyer took note of. He said Saturday’s marked improvement in the passing game was a “continuation of what started all spring.” In fact, Meyer said it’s the type of development that could vault OSU into talk of being one of the nation’s best offenses. “I’ve spent a lot of time talking about a part of our game – that if we can figure that out – I would be disappointed if we don’t have the best offense in the Big Ten,” he said. It’s a notion that seems too early to validate, but one perhaps with the potential to come to fruition somewhere down the line. Meyer, though, maintained it’s a concept that hinges upon the play of his offensive line – which lost only former right tackle Reid Fragel. And with senior left tackle Jack Mewhort held out of the game for precautionary reasons, Meyer called the “fifth spoke of the offensive line” a “legitimate concern.” “Unless we get that fixed, there go the best offense in the Big Ten,” he said. Meyer’s concern seemed warranted, as sophomore defensive linemen Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington combined for five sacks in the first half and seven total. It bought time for Guiton and the Gray team to answer in the second quarter. The Buckeyes’ backup quarterback found senior receiver Chris Fields from six yards out to tie the game, 7-7, with 4:35 remaining in the half. Guiton, who played sparingly last season, said he was content with his performance. “I thought I did pretty good, I got the offense down. I’m moving forward, trying to get everybody else making sure we know what we’re doing,” he said. Thanks to an eight-play, 59-yard drive, though, the Scarlet team again seized the lead after Miller found senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown in the back of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown. Miller’s squad would head into halftime with a 14-7 advantage that they would not relinquish. Having been harassed most of the afternoon by the Gray defensive line, Miller rolled out of the pocket before scampering for a 5-yard touchdown with 6:25 to play in the third. Senior kicker Drew Basil tacked on a 25-yard field goal more than two minutes later to make it 24-7 in favor of the Scarlet team. Behind sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, the Gray would make a dent in the deficit after sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones found Thomas from four yards out with 8:44 to play in the fourth. Jones finished with 65 yards and a touchdown on 7 of 16 attempts. In a instance of trickery and changing of allegiances, Fields, who started the contest with the Gray team, scored on a 6-yard reverse play, pushing the Scarlet team’s lead to 31-14 with 4:41 to play in the game. It would all but seal the Scarlet team’s second-straight victory in the Spring Game. OSU is scheduled to open the 2013 season against Buffalo Aug. 31 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Despite offensive explosion Urban Meyer believes Buckeyes can play better

Following a 56-17 shellacking of Rutgers on Saturday, the Ohio State football team is looking ahead to its next challenge, a night game in State College, Pa., against Penn State.The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) are set to play just their second true road game of the season against the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2). OSU coach Urban Meyer met with the media Monday to discuss the upcoming game and recap the Rutgers win.Meyer made a point to thank the OSU fans for continuing to come out in big numbers. Ohio Stadium ranks first in the country in average attendance thus far in 2014.Meyer said he was pleased with the fast start the Buckeyes got out to as they scored on their opening drive for the fourth straight game.He said senior wide receiver Evan Spencer, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein and junior offensive linemen Taylor Decker and Jacoby Boren graded out as offensive champions.Meyer emphasized the play of Spencer. Added he is one of the MVPs of the team right now.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott was named offensive player of the game by Meyer.Despite winning Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week, Meyer said redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett could have played better in the game against Rutgers. Barrett did not grade out as a weekly champion.Meyer named senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, junior linebacker Joshua Perry and senior cornerback Doran Grant as defensive champions.Meyer said Grant played his best game as a Buckeye against Rutgers.Meyer said the Penn State defense stands out to him. The Nittany Lions rank first in the country in rush defense.Meyer said he has “a lot of respect for their big quarterback,” sophomore Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game.Meyer said playing at Penn State in 2012 was one of the top-five atmospheres he has played in. Added he feels much more comfortable now sending Barrett in as a starter than he would have a few weeks ago.Injury reportMeyer said Boren rolled his ankle against Rutgers, but should be ready to go against Penn State.Meyer said he does not know the status of junior linebacker Devan Bogard who sustained an injury on special teams Saturday. Bogard has missed extended time with knee injuries in the past.Defensive line coach and former Penn State assistant Larry Johnson Sr. said the status of redshirt-senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier is still unknown for Saturday.Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he believes sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson will be able to play against Penn State after sitting out most of the second half against Rutgers.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Nittany Lions Saturday at 8 p.m. read more

Ohio State tops Michigan State 4937 in rematch of 2013 Big Ten

Buckeye football players link arms as they enter Spartan Stadium prior to a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Ritika Shah / Lantern TV News DirectorEAST LANSING, Mich. — Eleven months and a day after Michigan State beat Ohio State in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game, the No. 13 Buckeyes overcame an early deficit to top the No. 7 Spartans, 49-37, on the road.After the game, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott described OSU’s locker room as “ecstatic.”“Everyone’s in there smiling,” Elliott said. “Toothy smiles; big, beautiful smiles. We love each other and we came out and we played for each other. And we’re just happy to go out there and win for each other.”The win put the Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) alone atop the Big Ten East Division standings, breaking a tie with Michigan State (7-2, 4-1). OSU also set a conference record with its 21st consecutive regular season Big Ten win.“It was a great opportunity for two good football teams to go play, and I’m very proud of our guys,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “A young team grew up tonight.”Elliott said OSU came into the game with a chip on its shoulder, and added the Buckeyes wanted to prove their doubters wrong.“Just coming into this game, no one believed in us,” he said. “We had no one behind our back besides Buckeye nation and ourselves. We just had to come out and prove to the world that we’re ready.”Heading into the weekend, the Buckeyes were ranked No. 14 in the College Football Playoff rankings, while the Spartans were No. 8.Senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said beating Michigan State means OSU’s “dreams are still alive for this year.” He added the game was about playing for the future, rather than getting revenge for last year’s loss.“It’s about accomplishing what we can accomplish this year,” Bennett said after the game. “And so by having that big win over a really good team, it really just keeps everything alive and starts putting us in the conversation.”After a handful of early miscues put OSU in an early hole, the Buckeyes surged to a 28-10 run to take a 42-24 lead early in the fourth quarter.“We just tried to forget about the mistakes, because mistakes happen in games,” redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett said after the game. “Those were…big mistakes, wish we didn’t make ‘em, but we did. We just all had to respond as a team and just get back together and play football.”Michigan State responded with a touchdown to cut the lead to 11, but Barrett sparked the Buckeyes on the ensuing drive, extending the lead to 18 at Spartan Stadium.On second-and-eight on his own 24-yard line, Barrett kept the ball and rushed outside before putting his head down to finish off a 55-yard run. Two plays later, Elliott powered the ball across the goal line for a 17-yard touchdown run, making it 49-31 with 7:12 on the clock.The Spartans tacked on another touchdown from redshirt-senior running back Jeremy Langford, but OSU ran nearly five minutes off the clock to help seal the win.The Buckeyes totaled 568 yards on offense, compared to 536 for Michigan State.Coming into the game, the Spartans’ defense had given up an average of 279.4 yards per game.“They’ve been talking about that defense, how they can stop everybody in the country,” sophomore safety Vonn Bell said after the game. “You seen our offense just shove it down their throats.”In a first half filled with momentum swings, OSU found a way to take a 28-21 advantage into the locker rooms — thanks in part to four total touchdowns from Barrett.After both teams scored early in the first quarter, OSU muffed a punt and Michigan State Jeremy Langford scored from 33 yards out on the first play of the ensuing drive.Barrett answered with his second touchdown run of the night on fourth-and-goal at the one, but Langford scored again to make it 21-14, set up by a key third-and-23 pass to senior wide receiver Devin Smith for a gain of 43 yards.“It was definitely a big time play,” Barrett said. “He did a great job just getting open and I just threw the ball to him.”OSU sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson fumbled on the ensuing kick to give the ball back to the Spartans, but they missed a 39-yard field goal to give OSU the ball on its own 21-yard line.On the opening play of the next drive, Barrett hit redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas for a 79-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21.After the game, Thomas said he knew what was going to happen before the ball was snapped.“Before the play came I knew I was going to score,” Thomas said. “Because of my confidence. I watch film on them.”After a Michigan State punt, Barrett went deep again and found Smith for a 44-yard touchdown, capping a five-play, 64-yard go-ahead drive for the Buckeyes.The 28-21 halftime lead came despite a pair of fumbles and six penalties for OSU.Michigan State opened the final 30 minutes with a field goal, but a 13-play OSU drive was capped by a one-yard touchdown run from Elliott, making it 35-24 with 2:18 to play in the third quarter.The Buckeyes stopped Michigan State on fourth-and-five on the ensuing drive, taking over at their own 36 to start the fourth.OSU marched down the field in less than three minutes before Barrett hit Wilson for a seven-yard touchdown to make it 42-24 with 12:07 to play. Michigan State redshirt-junior quarterback Connor Cook responded with a 16-yard touchdown strike to sophomore tight end Josiah Price.After Elliott’s touchdown, the Spartans took it back down the field for a touchdown, but Cook’s two-point conversion attempt fell short, keeping a 12-point advantage for OSU with 5:20 to play.Barrett finished the game with exactly 300 passing yards and three touchdowns and added another 86 yards and two scores on the ground. Elliott led all players with 154 rushing yards while Smith totaled 129 yards receiving.Senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett paced the OSU defense with four total tackles and the team’s only sack.Cook threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns while Langford totaled 137 yards and three scores on just 18 carries in the loss.The Buckeyes’ win marked their 12th consecutive victory on the road, which is the best ongoing streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision.OSU is set to close out a two-game road trip Nov. 15 against Minnesota in Minneapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.After the Golden Gophers beat Iowa, 51-14, before the Buckeyes took the field on Saturday, Meyer said his team doesn’t have much time to relax before getting back to work.“If you want to use the term exhale, we can’t exhale very long because we go on the road next week against a team that whooped Iowa,” he said. read more

Nabil Fekir transfer message issued to fans by Anfield legend

first_imgFekir who was on the verge of sealing a deal to Liverpool from Lyon for £53m last weekend had the deal thrashed over over concerns about his medical.However, there are indications that the Anfield bosses could revive their interest to sign him if the France international becomes available at a cheaper price. But former Liverpool winger John Barnes believes supporters should not be concerned if Klopp abandons his interest.“If they feel that there is a medical issue then they shouldn’t [sign him],” Barnes, speaking on behalf of Bonus Code Bets, told DailyStar.“Liverpool have to do what they think is right and Jurgen Klopp has to make those decisions.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Obviously, we trust Jurgen Klopp and the choices he makes so if Jurgen Klopp decides not to sign him then we shouldn’t say no.“If he decides to sign him with his slight injury but it’s not an injury that’s going to stop him playing and we feel it’s worth it then I’ll back him.”One of the main priorities on Liverpool’s transfer agenda this summer is a new goalkeeper following Loris Karius’ two catastrophic errors in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. A mistake that pressed home the anxiety among fans and pundits that a new man was needed between the sticks.last_img read more