OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta speaks to the team before practice Friday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU is set to begin its season Saturday against Morgan State. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team welcomes Morgan State to the Schottenstein Center Saturday as it begins the pursuit of yet another deep NCAA Tournament run.OSU coach Thad Matta welcomes back eight players from last season’s team that lost to Wichita State, 70-66, in the Elite Eight. Notable returners are senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., junior forwards LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson and junior guard Shannon Scott. With that many players holding extensive game experience, Scott said “the sky’s the limit” for OSU this season.“I believe the sky’s the limit for us really,” Scott said. “We believe we can be a national champion, a Big Ten champion but we know we have other things we have to work on. We can’t come in on days and not play our best. We gotta be ready with our ‘A’ game or we’re going to lose.”Thompson agreed with Scott, adding that the team is looking to build off the success from last year.“We have a veteran basketball team, a team that’s been here, a team that knows how to win and a team that’s won,” Thompson said. “We’re just excited to get after it against real opponents now in the games that count and really look to build on what we started last year.”Matta said the team is much farther ahead than it usually is at this point in the season — especially on defense.“I think that we got our core principles down sooner maybe than we have in the past,” Matta said Friday. “I think it’s allowed us to be hopefully a little more defensively. I want us to be as aggressive as we possibly can.”The Buckeyes finished 27th in the nation in scoring defense last year, only giving up 59.4 points per game. That comes from a cohesiveness on the defensive side of the ball, Matta said, which starts on the perimeter.“I think we’ve got four of what I consider the best defenders in the country with Aaron (Craft), Shannon (Scott), Lenzelle (Smith) and Sam Thompson,” Matta said. “Those guys, you see them taking more chances, being just a little bit more aggressive. Which I love to see.”Matta said the starting lineup “could change periodically” this season.“So much of it is just the role definition of what we need guys to do and what they’re capable of doing,” Matta said. “I think we’ve got great depth.”Regardless of who starts, the goal always remains the same.“Nobody in that locker room cares about who gets called out for starting lineups,” Thompson said. “At the end of the day we all want to win, and we all want to do what’s best for the program. Whoever gets called to start the game, gets called to start the game.”Morgan State returns a lot of veteran players from a team that went 17-15 last season, and 10-6 in the MEAC. The Bears have four seniors and two juniors, all who played significant time last season.“They have a lot of size and go rebound the ball well,” Thompson said. “We know that they’re a good basketball team coming in, and we have our work cut out for us.”It’s not a secret that the team is ready to get the season started in pursuit of Matta’s sixth Big Ten title in what will be his 10th season at the helm.“I like the energy, I like the fire we’ve had,” Matta said. “We’ve been competing and we’ll continue to compete … but all the work they’ve done up to this point, now it’s time to go and go against somebody for real.”Tip off against the Bears is scheduled for noon Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
Kolkata: The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) on Thursday announced the schedule of Madhyamik Examination 2020. The examination will start from February 18 and end on February 27. The WBBSE usually announces the schedule of the examination for the next year while publishing the results for the examination. But this year, WBBSE president Kalyanmoy Ganguly had said that the schedule of 2020 examination would be announced later. A notification announcing the examination schedule was released on the website of the Madhyamik Board. The dates for Physical Education, Social Service and Work Education will be announced later.
Legal arguments against Aereo, a tech startup that makes it possible for consumers to watch unauthorized digital streams of broadcast programming, may reach the U.S. Supreme Court. This move comes after lower courts gave Aereo the green light to continue allowing this type of streaming, even after broadcasters cried foul. Broadcasters plan to petition the nation’s highest court sometime in the next few days, Variety reports.Founded in 2011, New York City-based Aereo launched its service in March of last year, aiming to change the way people access and watch TV programming. Aereo uses internet-connected antennas to capture broadcast signals and make them available to paying users on any type of device.For months now, big broadcasters — including NBC Universal, ABC and Fox — have been trying to shut Aereo down, claiming that it is stealing and reselling their programming. Aereo doesn’t pay broadcasters for their content. It argues its antennas are legally akin to the ones people already use to watch TV in their own homes.To date, it seems that courts are siding with the startup. In July 2012, a New York federal judge refused to grant an injunction to stop Aereo from operating. And the Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied broadcasters’ request to reconsider the decision of the lower court.Related: TV Startup Aereo Countersues Big BroadcasterToday, a judge in Boston issued a similar ruling in favor of Aereo. “Today’s decision makes clear that there is no reason that consumers should be limited to 1950s technology to access over-the-air broadcast television,” said Chet Kanojia, Aereo’s founder and chief executive, in a statement.In Washington and Los Angeles, however, district court judges found in favor of broadcasters in cases brought against Film On X, a startup similar to Aereo. Film On X appealed the lower court’s decision, but it remains to be seen how the appellate court for the Ninth Circuit will decide. A finding that conflicts with the Second Circuit might persuade the Supreme Court to settle the matter.On the heels of these legal developments comes the announcement today that Aereo will release its first Android app later this month. Currently the service is not available for Android users, though it is accessible via the web on desktop computers and laptops.”At Aereo, we believe consumers should have more choice and control over how they watch television and a big part of that is expanding the universe of devices that they can use to access Aereo’s technology,” Kanojia said in a news release.Until now, Kanojia said, the company had focused on expanding its geographical reach. So far, Aereo’s service is available in seven U.S. cities, including New York, Miami, Atlanta and Dallas.Related: 3 Tips for Doing Deals With Big Companies How Success Happens 3 min read October 10, 2013 Listen Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.
In keeping with Arcosanti’s traditional event-night experience, the evening began at 5 pm with an after-hours tour of Arcosanti, this time led by Arcosanti’s ecotourism coordinator, naturalist Anne-Marie Vaduva. [photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer] At 6 pm, attendees gathered in the Cafe at Arcosanti for a sold-out 6-course meal created by Chef M. Ali Sadiqi and his team of dedicated staff and volunteers. With a menu of such culinary delights as classic Caprese sald with Arcosanti basil, fresh trout, roast potatoes with truffle oil, and a sweet polenta souffle with chocolate-hazelnut sauce, it was a full house of satisfied palettes![photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer] This year’s Vivaldi Festival brought together a wonderful array of performers and artists: soprano Eileen Mager, pianist GayNell Cronin, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, painter Jim Covarrubius, Terpiscore Dance Company, Zona Flamenca with Bernadette Gaxiola, and glass artists Joshua Dopp and Brigid O’Malley.[photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer] May 21, 2014On Saturday, May 17th, Arcosanti hosted the 17th edition of the Arizona Vivaldi Festival, an annual event presented by Arts Renaissance Initiative. The festival began earlier this month with events in Phoenix, is a celebration of “the maestro’s magic in song, dance, dinner and glass.” [photo: Sue Kirsch, text: Kate Bemesderfer] Following dinner, guests had the opportunity to see a live Venetian glassblowing demonstration (and a rare glimpse inside the Arcosanti Lab Building) with Joshua Dopp and his Highway Hotshop, a portable glass studio. Josh’s demonstration highlighted a weekend of glass-working activities at Arcosanti that included his 3-day workshop and fellow glass artist Brigid O’Malley’s afternoon presentation on architectural glass–keep an eye out for a glass workshop with Brigid at Arcosanti this fall. As part of the evening, one of Joshua’s pieces was raffled off to raise funds for the Arcosanti community–the lucky winner turned out to be one of the stars of the festival, Eileen Mager! More about the glass workshop in Friday, 5/23/2014 report.[photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer]Around 7:30, the audience settled into the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater for the concert itself, which began with a tribute to Paolo Soleri from festival organizer and ARI founder Michel Sarda. With great humor and scholarship, Eileen Mager guided the audience through a selection of Vivaldi arias, Terpiscore Dance Company transformed orchestral pieces into modern movement, Thula Ngwenyama enchanted us with her Stradivarius renditions of several works, Zona Flamenca infused classical music with the energy and passion of flamenco, and Jim Covarrubius created an original painting (also raffled off to a lucky audience member at the end of the night) live onstage as the concert unfolded.[photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer]With its unique constellation of inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural and trans-historical interpretations of one of the world’s great composers, the Arizona Vivaldi Festival remains one of Arcosanti’s premiere events–we look forward to next year’s iteration![photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer]
And what about their great-grandparents who were slaves? They were militarily protected, after all. And their local oppressors operated fully under the rule of law. The Supreme Court approved. Did that make them free? On one side of this “xenophobia coin,” we have outsiders whom we need to keep beneath us. The people of Eastern Europe were protected by a Soviet arsenal that included thousands of atomic bombs. They were further protected by constitutions and courts, all of which were locally administered. Were they free? I could go on, but I think the point is made: The vast majority of human oppression comes at the hands of locals, not foreigners. That’s a fact, whether or not it works as a movie plot. I know that many good men and women have spent time in various military capacities, but the fact is this: Foreign invaders abuse far, far fewer people than do local bosses. And here’s another fact: Once a foreign invader takes control of a new place, he usually tries very hard to keep the populace happy. The foreigner does not murder civilians by the millions… but local rulers do. (Think of Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, etc. They each killed millions of locals.) The Flip Side of Xenophobia Xenophobia is fear of the foreigner and usually applies to things like hating immigrants. But it’s not always “fear.” It’s more often a need to keep the foreigner beneath us. In any case, classic expressions of xenophobia involve punishing immigrants, Jews, or some other outsiders (justified by whatever facts can be conveniently assembled). It seems to me that the myth we mentioned above, “military power equals freedom,” is the flip side of this xenophobia phenomenon: On the other side, we have outsiders whom we must prevent from putting us beneath them. No people suffered more to defeat Hitler than the Russians. So did killing the foreign invader make them free? Hardly – it kept Stalin, who killed far more people than Hitler ever did, in power. Both of these fears come from a dominance instinct: We must allow no one above us. As I was finishing up my liberty entertainment article a few weeks ago, I checked lists that other people had made, just to see if I had forgotten something. As I did, I was dismayed to find that in most of these lists, pro-liberty really meant pro-military. So I think it’s time to take a quick look at the myth that military power gives us liberty. The Fantasy of the Foreign Oppressor There is a plot that lies behind this “military power equals freedom” belief. It says that the enemy of liberty is a foreign invader. So, if the outsider is afraid to approach, we are free. It implies that “local rule equals freedom.” This is simply a lie. But it’s a lie that works very well in fiction. Back in the real world, the hometown of an oppressor – whether it be near or far – makes him no better or worse. Are we free because the people who rule us reside within local borders? Does that remain true even when it’s the “inside our lines” people who oppress us? May only foreigners be oppressors? Consider these recent cases: What about Southern blacks in 1950? Almost everything done to them was “under the law,” and they were protected by a massive military and a nuclear arsenal capable of reducing any invader to ashes. Were they free? We must keep those below us in place. Both of these impulses are irrational, and they tend to travel together. Perhaps I’m missing something, but my experience tells me this: The people who love the “military equals freedom” fantasy are the same people who oppose immigrants. That’s not just an American thing, by the way. You see it more or less everywhere. I know that there are many exceptions to this statement (we’re talking about millions of individuals, after all, many of whom DO analyze their own minds), but I think this statement holds up: “Military equals freedom” grows from the same impulse as xenophobia.The Case of America Since the majority of my readers seem to be Americans, I’ll devote a minute to the US’s fear of the “foreign devil.” Should Americans really take an “alien invasion” seriously? Even when surrounded by two huge oceans and friendly people to the north and south? (The trouble in Mexico exists largely because the US government created it.) There is no potential invader who takes invasion seriously. Here’s what Japan’s Admiral Yamamoto said during the hostilities of World War II: You cannot invade mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass. No foreign power would seriously consider invading America, where there are 270 million guns in the hands of ordinary people. Everyone, not just boys in uniforms, would be a deadly threat. The US can be taken by stealth, but not by an open invasion. If the American people ever paid attention to what was being done to them, no oppressor would survive it. To close this discussion, here’s a quote from General Douglas MacArthur, who knew something about America and war: Our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. We need to let go of fear and think rationally. Very seldom do foreigners oppress us. The vast majority of oppression comes from within. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com
Another huge corporation just went bankrupt.It was one of the biggest bankruptcies of the year. But it certainly won’t be the last. In fact, we think this is a trend that could soon level the global economy…Some folks will call us alarmists for saying this. But, as you’ll discover by the end of today’s Dispatch, this prediction isn’t as bold as it sounds.Today, we’ll take a deeper look into this growing crisis…and we’ll show you what you can do today to protect your wealth.• On Monday, Brazilian telecom giant Oi SA filed bankruptcy…The company went bankrupt after its $19.3 billion debt became too much to bear. It was the largest bankruptcy in Brazil’s history.Like many companies these days, it borrowed too much money. MarketWatch reported yesterday:Since 2009, Brazil’s fourth-largest telecom company has accumulated a huge amount of debt to complete two mergers, first with Brasil Telecom and later with Portuguese company Portugal Telecom. Those deals failed to generate enough cash flow to fund the company’s investment needs.Last week, the company said it was burning through cash. It warned that it desperately needed to restructure its debt. But, according to Fortune, it “ran out of time.”• Many folks thought Oi SA would become one of the world’s top telecom companies…That’s because Brazil was a rising star of the global economy not that long ago.From 2000 to 2011, its economy more than quadrupled in size. Brazil was even the “B” in “BRICS,” a Wall Street acronym for five emerging markets with big growth potential.It didn’t live up to the promise.• Brazil is in its worst downturn since the Great Depression…Its economy has been shrinking for two straight years.Unemployment and inflation are both at their highest levels in years and climbing. The country’s main stock market index, the Bovespa, has plunged 70% since 2010. And Brazil’s currency, the real, has lost 34% of its value over the past two years.• Thousands of Brazilian companies have failed…Last year, 1,287 Brazilian companies went bankrupt. That was a record high, but it might not stand long.According to Reuters, 571 Brazilian companies filed bankruptcy between January and April. That’s twice as many filings as there were over the first four months of last year.• Brazil’s government is a big reason why the country’s economy is unraveling…This won’t surprise longtime readers. As we’ve shown you countless times, almost every major financial crisis begins because of bad government policies. That’s because governments don’t create economic value. They only steal, hurt, and destroy it.Brazil’s socialist president, Dilma Rousseff, has destroyed the economy. She took the country from a 2.3% government surplus to a 10.3% deficit in just five years.Rousseff is still running the show right now. But she may not be for long. She’s currently standing trial for impeachment. Many folks believe a new government could turn things around.• Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Investing, is watching Brazil’s economic crisis closely…Nick says it will take more than a new government to fix Brazil. In the April issue of Crisis Investing, he said things will get worse in Brazil before they get better:Replacing one corrupt government with another is not going to fix these problems. The worst is yet to come in Brazil. It’s shaping up to be a lovely train wreck.I believe soon, one (or a combination) of these things will trigger a full-blown crisis in Brazil. It will thrust Brazil onto the front pages of First World newspapers…and get Wall Street to say, “Sell anything Brazilian.”• Nick thinks Brazil’s currency will collapse…Brazil’s had five currency crises over the past 75 years. That’s one every 15 years. Its last one was in 1994.If Brazil’s currency collapses, its stock market will collapse too…Nick says this would create one of the best buying opportunities in years.You see, most folks don’t realize that a crisis is actually an opportunity. In some cases, a crisis will give you the chance to buy a dollar’s worth of assets for a dime. That’s why we’ve called buying during crises “the world’s most powerful wealth-building secret.”Legendary investors like Warren Buffett and Sir John Templeton used it to become some of the richest men on the planet. Casey Research founder Doug Casey also used this strategy to make millions.Nick is an experienced crisis investor. In 2013, he made huge gains crisis investing in the tiny European island of Cyprus. The country just had a horrible banking crisis. Its stock market was down 98%. It was one of the world’s most hated markets.Nick recommended eight dirt-cheap Cyprus stocks to his readers. Three of those stocks more than doubled in under two years. Another gained 97%. Just one of the eight picks lost money, and the loss was small.• Nick says Brazil’s economic crisis presents a similar opportunity…But he’s not ready to buy Brazilian stocks yet. He’s waiting for the crisis to become the front-page story on newspapers around the world.That’s when he’ll invest in the world-class Brazilian company he’s been “stalking.”This company dominates its industry. It’s highly efficient. And it’s been steadily growing its profits despite Brazil’s economic struggles. Nick will let his Crisis Investing readers know when it’s time to pull the trigger.You can learn how to access Nick’s best investing ideas by watching this free presentation. We encourage you to watch this video even if you don’t plan on investing in Brazil. That’s because you’ll learn about a much bigger crisis that will affect you no matter where you live in the world…• The global financial system is more fragile today than it was in 2008…International Business Times reported last month:Corporate debt across the world has reached extreme levels, warned the Institute of International Finance (IIF), a trade group of financial institutions. The global banking watchdog added that it far exceeded the pre-Lehman financial bubble.According to International Business Times, it’s not just countries like Brazil that you need to be worried about. The entire global economy is drowning in debt:It said there was a double threat. While emerging markets had seen a five-fold increase in corporate debt to $25tn (£17.32tn, €21.91tn) over the last 10 years, developed markets such as the US and Europe were seeing record junk bond issuance.Referring to the US, the IIF said companies were borrowing as if there was no tomorrow even though their profits began to decline in 2014. It said the ratio of net debt to earnings (EBITDA) for companies was at 1.4. This had doubled since the 2007 subprime bubble.A rising debt-to-EBITDA ratio is a serious problem. It means companies have borrowed more money than they’re making.• If you’re nervous about the global financial system, we encourage you to take action today…We recommend you start by owning physical gold.As we often say, gold is real money. It’s held its value for centuries because it has a rare set of qualities: It’s durable, easy to transport, and easily divisible. No matter where you go in the world, folks recognize its intrinsic value.Unlike many paper currencies, gold has survived every stock market meltdown, economic depression, and currency collapse in history. During many periods of economic turmoil, gold’s value skyrocketed.You can learn other ways to protect your wealth by watching this short presentation. We encourage all Casey readers to watch it.As you’ll see, an implosion of the debt market will likely spark a crisis that could impact every person on the planet. It won’t matter where you’ve put your money.You’ll also learn how to turn the global debt crisis into a money-making opportunity. Click here to watch this free video.Chart of the DayU.S. corporations are light on cash and high on debt…Today’s chart shows the cash-to-debt ratio for 2,000 nonfinancial U.S. corporations. A cash-to-debt ratio measures how much cash a company has compared to its debt. The higher the ratio, the better.You can see this key ratio has been plunging since 2013. It’s now at the lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis.It only gets worse when you dive into the details. As we recently explained, U.S. corporations have a record $1.84 trillion cash on their books. But more than half of that cash belongs to just 25 companies, or 1% of Corporate America.When you remove these cash-rich companies from the equation, the cash-to-debt ratio plunges to 12%. In other words, the bottom 99% of U.S. corporations have just $0.12 of cash for every dollar of debt.U.S. corporate balance sheets are weaker today than they were before the last financial crisis. And they continue to weaken.Again, you can learn how to protect yourself by watching this free presentation.Regards,Justin SpittlerDelray Beach, FloridaJune 22, 2016