Inside the SATURDAY SIX Tsum Tsum Obsession

first_imgShare This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Tsum Tsums! Regular readers of our sister series – the Magic, the Memories and Merch! – know of our obsession with Tsum Tsums but may not realize exactly how deep it goes. Today we explain.FOR THE UNINITIATED: Like pretty much all things that are next level bonkers, the Tsum Tsum craze started in Japan. Wikipedia – a source synonymous with always being 100% correct – says the name Tsum Tsum is derived from the Japanese verb Tsumu, which means “to stack.” These adorable plush toys are cylinder in shape, and can be easily stacked on top of each other. Like many Disney collectibles, there are exclusive ones that can be much harder to obtain than others. Today we are going to go over some of our favorite Tsums, starting with..# 6 – Disney Cruise LineRecently I listened to a great podcast that debated the merits of Disney Cruise Line vs Royal Caribbean, with TouringPlans’ own stat nerd Fred Hazelton on the side of DCL. As a person who has sailed on both Disney and Royal Caribbean ships, I think both are absolutely incredible experiences, each having some pros and cons.For ME, where Disney Cruise Line blows Royal Caribbean out of the water – pardon the pun – is in character experiences, Castaway Cay, and merchandise. In fact, the DCL ships have pound for pound the best selection of quality Disney merchandise anywhere. One of the items they have are DCL Tsum Tsums that you can only get on the the ships: Mickey and Minnie Mouse in their sailing outfits, along with a greatly themed pirate Stitch.Minnie, Stitch, and Mickey.Side View.# 5 – City SeriesThere are some Tsum Tsums that are only available in Disney Stores in specific cities around the world. It can be bit confusing for the average collector, because they also have “City Specific” Tsums that you can also order online at DisneyStore.com. For example, in the pictures below you’ll see two boxes of Mickey and Minnie Tsums representing Chicago and New York. The boxes you can get both at traditional Disney Stores in Chicago and New York, but you can also order online. However, the “I Love NY” Mickey and Minnie as the Statue of Liberty can only be bought in New York City. Sounds reasonable right? Of course not, which is why deep down every true Tsum Tsum collector is absolutely, certifiably 100% insane.Chicago and New York.The Chicago Set has Mickey themed to a hot dog (definitely with no ketchup) and Minnie as a deep dish pizza (like you could make this stuff up.) As for the New York box set, Mickey is literally a “big apple,” while Minnie is wearing her “I Love NY” shirt.Chicago and New York.Look how great the overall theming is. The boxes themselves are themed to a elevated subway car for Chicago and a city cab for New York.Chicago and New York.Living in Florida, I was able to get a hold of the NY Tsums thanks to Mannhatanites Len Testa and Laurel Stewart. For Chicago, a dedicated SAT SIX reader reached out to me. So now we just need readers in: Hawaii, Los Angeles, Canada, Ireland, Italy, London, Mexico, Paris, and Spain. If you live in Minnesota, we good.# 4 – Tsum Tsum Subscription BoxIn my lifetime there has been several cases of “found money” in areas that just didn’t exist before. When I was growing up, everyone had a reasonable phone bill, with the only out of the ordinary charges being “collect calls” and “1-900 numbers.” (I have a long story to tell one day where my parents received a large phone bill and were about to kill me thinking I had repeatedly called an “adult hotline.” They called the number and found out it was a Spider-man play-by-phone game that was advertised in Marvel comic books at the time. They may have been actually been more embarrassed for me finding out it was that.) Anyhoo, now families regularly have $100 monthly phone bills for each family member.Subscription boxes are another phenomenon that seemingly appeared out of nowhere. You name the product, and someone out there is making a subscription box for it. Disney has put out several types of subscription boxes over the years, including a mysterious one for The Haunted Mansion that seemed like it was made by the creators of the TV show LOST.The Tsum Tsum Subscription Box service has changed over the past two years. At first, each month a box would come featuring two exclusive Tsum Tsums, one large, and one mini. More recently the offerings have included three mini Tsums OR a set of six EVEN SMALLER TSUMS, which are called “micro” size.Dumbo, Finding Dory, and Aristocats.Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Lady & the Tramp.I use the Tsum Tsum boxes as part of the Nuclear Meltdown Protocol. If – or should I say when – the kiddos start to lose their minds for whatever reason, I pull out a subscription box to open and all of sudden everything is ok again.Burrito (with Gauchito), Pumbaa (with Timon in “dress in drag and do the hula), Stitch (with Experiment 626) and Beast (with Belle.)One of my all time favorite Tsum Tsums came from the Subscription service, and it is this Ralph and Felix that came in a plush arcade cabinet.Wreck-It Ralph and Felix.Wreck-It Ralph.As you can seen below, the more recent Tsum Tsum “boxes” have been character sets. They come with a card identifying who they are. Here is the Princess and the Frog set along with a Dr. Facilier I got at the Disney Outlet Store.Princess and the Frog.The next set comes from the bonkers Disney short Runaway Brain. A cult classic, this Academy Award nominated short has spawned several pieces of merchandise you’ll almost never see inside a Disney-run store.Runaway Brain Tsums in front of a Runaway Brain vinyl figure.Runaway Brain Tsums.If I had my druthers, we would only have the mini sized Tsums in our collection, but here are some of the micro sized ones that came in subscription boxes.Mulan.Oliver and Company.Oliver and Company.# 3 – Disney ParksWhen it comes to “every day Tsums,” the vast majority of my collection comes from the Disney Outlet Stores. Once you start paying 99 cents (and often with a BOGO or Buy Two Get One Free deal) its hard to go back to the standard retail price of $5.95. However, there are certain Tsums that get released that I purchase at full price because I don’t want to risk them NOT making it to the Outlet. Almost all of these full price purchases are for Disney Park Tsums.I’m a sucker for just about anything Tower of Terror related, so when I saw Goofy and Peg Leg Pete in ToT bell hop uniforms, I knew I was going to buy them.Tower of Terror Tsums. There’s also a Donald and Daisy in the set but I liked the “old timey” Minnie and Mickey more..These Haunted Mansion Tsums actually made it to the Outlet.Haunted Mansion.Splash Mountain is one of our family’s favorite attractions, so getting Brer Bear, Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit was a no-brainer. Brer Possum and the Buzzard were Outlet finds.Splash Mountain.These Adventureland Tsums made it to the Outlet, but I bought the Little Orange Bird full price the day it came out because, c’mon, it’s the Little Orange Bird. I would probably consider the Enchanted Tiki Room one of my personal six favorite WDW attractions, and possibly the Jungle Cruise as well, so this set was a home run for me.Adventureland Tsums including Jungle Cruise Skipper and Rhino, Orange Bird, and Tiki Birds with Tiki God.Here’s the Pirates of the Caribbean Tsums with another one of my Top 6 All Timers, the Jailer Dog.Pirates of the Caribbean.Some of the selections from the Fantasyland set, including a hideous looking Tea Cup, a character from its a small world, a carrousel horse, and MR. TOAD.Fnatasyland.This set was first released in the Bonjour! Village Gifts shop in New Fantasyland next to Gaston’s Tavern. It’s the Beauty & the Beast Human Again set. The carrying case is the footstool that the dog turns into thanks to the curse. Inside are the “human” versions of all the major characters, including the dog.Beauty & the Beast.Beauty & the Beast.Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Babette the French Maid.Belle, Prince Adam, and Chip.# 2 – Camping TsumsAs a person growing up seeing the Junior Woodchucks on the Disney Afternoon, there was no way I wasn’t getting this incredible camping set. Not only did it have a tent, but each of the characters was wearing an themed outfit AND came with mini sleeping bags. Chip is dressed like s’more, Pluto as if a bear is eating him, Goofy as a lumberjack, and Dale as a Junior Woodchuck/boy scout.Camping set.Camping Set.Awwwwww.TIME TO GO TO FORT WILDERNESS!!1-10 on the CUTENESS SCALE? 1,000,000# 1 – International ParksAs many Tsum Tsums that we have over here in America (spoiler alert: WAY TOO MANY) they have much more over at the Asia parks. The ones I was interested in the most were found in Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. These were Albert, from the Mystic Manor attraction, and Duffy the Bear’s friends Shellie May and Gelatoni. Getting these only came from shamelessly begging world travelers like TouringPlans’ own Daisy Lauren and Julia Mascardo. Abstract concepts like “pride” and “dignity” are fine and all that, but I’ll take these Tsums thank you very much.Albert, Shellie May, and Gelatoni.HONORABLE MENTION: Christmas TsumsWe are a Christmas family, and the month of December is filled with non-stop Christmas movies and decorations. There have been many holiday themed Tsums released over the years, including a set based Mickey’s A Christmas Carol and giant advent calendars. While 1-800-GOT-JUNK may disagree, you can never have too many Christmas Themed Tsum Tsums.Christmas.Oswald and Baymax.Pascal, Simba, and Figaro the cat.The dalmatian is eating a gingerbread man!!!!AND THE REST…Marvel.Star Wars.Love some of the details on the Star Wars Tsums including Grand Moff Tarkin’s ranking, Anakin Skywalker’s rat tail, and Mace Windu’s purple lightsaber.Toy Story.Linguini was at the Disney Outlet Stores, but I had to get Remy as Ratatouille one of my favorite Pixar films. The scene with Bing Bong in Inside Out also one of my emotional faves.Big Hero Six.Had to get these Tangled and Frozen Tsums for the princess in our family.Cinderella.The Classics including Stitch, Pink Stitch, Duffy the Bear, Dumbo, Mickey and Donald Duck.Dumbo carrying case.Dumbo set.Snow White village.Snow White and the seven dwarfs. These were in micro size, but it was on sale.IT NEVER ENDS.There are still plenty more Tsums in our collection not pictured, such as characters from Zootopia, 101 Dalmatians, and others simply because I can’t find them. They may be lost to The Hoard. For more info on Tsum Tsums I would recommend the comprehensive website Tsum Tsum Central and the @DisneyTsum account on Twitter for day-to-day updates on what is happening in the Tsum Universe worldwide.So there you have it: Inside the SATURDAY SIX TSUM TSUM OBSESSION! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:The Six BEST Souvenirs at Walt Disney WorldThe Best RESORT SPECIFIC Merchandise at WDWThe Six Most Unusual Souvenirs in EPCOT’s World Showcase6 Great Souvenirs from the Universal Orlando Resort6 Pieces of Disney Merchandise That Don’t Exists (But Totally Should)Disney Merchandise We Really Want to See!Special Thanks to our spirit animal Brandon Glover, Minnesota’s second favorite son @Dizwire, crazy cat lady – and our Fearless Leader – Laurel Stewart, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with goofballs co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde , while fellow Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2018 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!last_img read more

South Africa’s global reputation steady

first_imgFNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City, is located in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa’s standing in the culture category remains its strongest asset. In this category the country scored highly on sporting excellence. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission) The Storms River mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park in the Eastern Cape province is one of the country’s most beautiful areas. South Africa is particularly well known for its natural beauty and received its best ranking from 11 out of the 20 panel countries on this measure. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Petrus de Kock   Brand South Africa   +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • New slogan for Brand South Africa • Building a thriving African brand • Brand leadership award for SA • ‘Don’t underestimate South Africans’ Wilma den HartighSouth Africa’s overall global reputation has remained steady for the second consecutive year, maintaining its 36th position out of 50 nations under review in the latest Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index (NBI), an annual survey which measures global opinions of various developing and developed countries across the world.This is a significant achievement for South Africa as the findings come at a time when two thirds of the surveyed countries, some which are considered the world’s most highly regarded nations, suffered declines in their reputation over the past year.South Africa’s stable position as a nation brand is important because the way a country is perceived can make a major difference to the success of its business, trade and tourism efforts, as well as its diplomatic and cultural relations with other nations.Dr Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa, says the country’s inclusion in the report is recognition of South Africa’s position in global economic and political systems.De Kock says that promoting the country is not only the job of the government. “The way South Africans speak about their country and relate to others also plays a role when shaping perceptions,” he says.The Anholt survey is conducted annually – approximately 20 000 people are interviewed in 20 core panel countries, one of which is South Africa. They consist of major developed and developing nations that play a key role in international relations, trade, the flow of business, cultural and tourism activities.The respondents rate 50 countries on questions in six categories, namely exports, governance, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. The index measures the power and appeal of each country’s ‘brand image’ by examining its competence in these categories.Top achieversThe US retained the top spot for the fourth year in a row, as the nation with the best overall reputation, followed by Germany (2nd), UK (3rd), France (4th), Canada (5th), Japan (6th), Italy (7th), Switzerland (8th), Australia (9th) and Sweden in 10th position.NBI founder Simon Anholt, in his analysis of the results, said in a statement that with a few exceptions, developed nations, ranking among the top 20, have registered some of the biggest score losses.“Put simply, the world likes the world a bit less than it did last year,” Anholt said.Most countries that achieved higher scores in 2012 have come from emerging regions, with the highest gains for the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Kenya, and Poland.No small feat for South AfricaSouth Africans provided high rankings in the people, tourism and culture categories, but are more critical about areas such as governance and immigration/Investment.The latter refers to a country’s ability to attract talent and capital, its economic prosperity, equal opportunity, and the perception that it is a place with a high quality of life. The country’s economic and business conditions are also measured.GovernanceThe report notes that South Africa faces the greatest difficulty in the area of governance, with South Africans being more critical of their government in 2012.Although South Africans’ overall score for their own country in this area declined, the country recorded some gains in this area, outdoing its Brics partners, India and Russia, in this category.Tourism, culture, peopleSouth Africa moved ahead of Russia, South Korea and China in the people category, which measures people’s friendliness by whether respondents would feel welcome when visiting the country.According to the report South Africans are admired across most panel countries for their welcoming nature, especially when it comes to wanting someone from South Africa as a close friend.The cultural reputation of a nation is considered to be among the most volatile of all indices, but South Africa’s standing in the culture category remains its strongest asset, being ranked 28th. In this category the country scored highly on sporting excellence (16th), but is somewhat less known for its culture – both contemporary (34th) and historic (33th).South Africa’s rank of 34 for tourism is the same as last year. The country, which is particularly well known for its natural beauty (15th), received its best ranking from 11 out of the 20 panel countries on this measure.The study found that international travellers, defined as people who have visited at least one foreign country, are the most positive toward South Africa. Travellers view South Africa as a tourist destination, which is also an appealing place to live and work.However, they also note that it is a creative place that contributes to technology, produces quality products and offers both investment and educational opportunities.Selecting the countriesThe list of 50 nations is based on their political and economic importance in global geopolitics and the flow of trade, businesses, people and tourism activities. Regional representation and the diversity of political and economic systems are also taken into consideration.The panel countries are: Western Europe/North America, which includes the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Sweden; Central and Eastern Europe including Russia, Poland and Turkey; Japan, China, India, South Korea and Australia comprise the Asia-Pacific category; Argentina, Brazil and Mexico as part of Latin America; and the Middle East/Africa panel, which includes Egypt and South Africa.• Slideshow image courtesy of Gauteng Film Commissionlast_img read more

Leveraging Keywords to Advance Your Career

first_imgAs an HR professional, you already know the importance of using the right keywords in a resume. Keywords can make or break job seekers’ attempts to gain an interview, as their resumes are fed into a company’s applicant tracking system or other resume scanning tools. The right keywords will get you noticed, while the absence of targeted keywords will often keep your resume from surfacing when you apply for a new job.However, keywords are a powerful tool beyond just resume writing. They are just as important when:Writing your LinkedIn profile, career bio, personal website and all other career communications.Interviewing (via phone, Skype or in-person) throughout your job search campaign.Writing interview thank-you notes, letters and e-mail communications.Striving for a new job or promotion with your current employer where you can leverage keywords in any documents or proposals you present, and throughout the interviewing process just as you would during a full-fledged job search campaign.Applying for board positions, leadership roles in organizations and other professional yet not work-related activities.The value of keywords is not limited to helping your resume pass an electronic scan. As you can see from the list above, keywords are just as important in your verbal exchanges because they communicate critical information about your skills, qualifications, experiences and achievements.Consider the impact that this small sampling of HR keywords and keyword phrases can have on how a prospective employer or internal hiring manager perceives you and your HR expertise…To continue reading this article, please click here.last_img read more

Innovation: Can or Should Social Media Drive Product Innovation?

first_imgHow are new technologies influencing innovation in businesses?  Which groups within companies are the engines of new innovation?  Those are a few of the questions that a study from the Economist and sponsored by Oracle, “Cultivating Business-Led Innovation”, tries to address.While the Economist report is well researched and has some interesting findings, it’s a bit questionable if ‘innovation’ is really what the report is addressing.  Innovation comes in many shapes in forms, and it typically implies the creation or invention of something previously unknown.  Instead, what this report focuses in on as  ‘innovation’ is more about customer attentiveness, or how businesses can be re-architected to work better at responding to what customers want.   Customer attentiveness differs dramatically from what Steve Jobs’ considered as product innovation when he famously said that  “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”The report concludes that businesses can provide better customer service by mining data from customer feedback and experiences.  Businesses can use the results from that analysis to become more flexible in addressing the needs of customers and to ultimately change their products based on customer requests, and it is in this last step perhaps where innovation begins creeping in.  The report notes that the new technologies that enable businesses to tap into customer feedback data are primarily social media backed with the data mining capabilities of big data.  The story here is that businesses are widely adopting and tweaking the techniques of social media data collection and analysis, techniques that have already been pioneered by a number of other companies.To the likely chagrin of IT departments, the report finds low regard for IT.  ‘IT’ and ‘Innovation’ are typically not associated with one another.  The report found that while new technologies like the cloud, big data and social media are currently front and center for attention at companies, the groups that are pushing the application of new technologies forward are generally not IT.  Which seems like a surprising conclusion, of course, since the ‘T’ of IT is all about technology.  The report found that half of companies think of IT more as the provider and supplier of technologies, and only 11 percent said that IT had much say in deciding how, where and which technologies should be applied within the business to make innovation happen.  Reggie Bradford, Oracle’s vice president of business development, said that “One of the things this study highlights is the lack of collaboration.  Where innovation happens successfully, it happens across the organization. Yet the CIO is still seen as the implementer of technology rather than a thought leader in how it can be used to move the business.”last_img read more

Lucky to play alongside Andrea Pirlo, says Frank Lampard

first_imgFormer England midfielder Frank Lampard considers himself lucky to play alongside Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo.Pirlo joined American club New York City FC on Monday from Italian champions Juventus and was instantly praised by Lampard, himself a legend at English team Chelsea.Lampard said he can’t wait to play alongside two greats of the game, Pirlo and Spanish ace David Villa.”David and Andrea are at the top of the list, I’m a lucky man to be in the same squad as them,” Lampard was quoted as saying by goal.com on Tuesday.”I’ve been watching all the games. I know every player and how they play. It will be a pleasure to play with them every day. I think Pirlo is the best at getting his ball to dip and dive off the free kick. He can have the first one” he added.Lampard spent the last season on loan at English side Manchester City from the Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit. But this season he will play for the MLS side and could make his debut in Sunday’s meeting with Toronto FC.last_img read more

Women Behind Canadian TV Catherine Reitman

first_img Login/Register With: This interview has been edited and condensed.The TV Junkies: You have done a lot of work as an actress, but was the goal always to work behind the scenes?Catherine Reitman: With my type of personality I knew early on that I needed to be in control of myself and have a say. Being an actress is a really unbelievable head trip because you’re going in and giving this performance, and even though you have control over your body and the performance, the takes they ultimately choose and how they cut the scene often can leave you feeling really unsatiated. The coverage might not be the one, the take is too big or it’s disappointing because it didn’t honor the work you had done on that character.Look I was raised around directors obviously, but even as an actress I remember feeling like I want to be able to choose my takes, direct myself and help others without feeling so powerless. Showrunning was a huge gift in that because even when there were other directors, I could step in respectfully and change things. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment How to balance who we are as women with a healthy home life is at the core of Catherine Reitman’s new CBC comedy series Workin’ Moms. It’s a story and show that was born directly from Reitman’s own experience, and during production of the show’s first season she was a woman literally trying to have it all. Reitman was living the exact plot of her show as a mother to two young boys who was also creating, starring, directing and writing a new comedy series about the struggles women face as they return to work after having children.The actress, who had roles on Blackish, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and How I Met Your Mother, created Workin’ Moms to open the dialogue around motherhood and share in the fact that no one is doing it perfectly. In order to help her, Reitman hired an all-female writers’ room for the show’s first season and put women in many other key behind the scenes positions such as director, editor and camera crew.She recently joined The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series to discuss why she felt responsible as showrunner to hire other women. Reitman also shares her experience and the struggles she faces as a woman looking to maintain her professional identity now that she has two small children at home. Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Makeorbreak for BJP its allies

first_imgNew Delhi: Polling will be held on Monday for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha election in 72 parliamentary constituencies spread across nine states.The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as it had swept 56 of these seats in 2014, leaving just two for the Congress and the rest for other opposition parties such as the Trinamool Congress (six) and the Biju Janata Dal (six). Voting will take place in 17 seats in Maharashtra, 13 each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, eight in West Bengal, six each in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, five in Bihar, three in Jharkhand and a part of the Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe election in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP had cornered all but two of the total 54 seats in 2014, will begin in this phase. The Congress appeared to make a comeback, forming the governments in the states after last year’s Assembly polls. In the first three phases, voting has been held in 302 Lok Sabha constituencies, and 168 more seats will go to polls in the last three phases. The fate of 961 candidates, including Union ministers Giriraj Singh, Subhash Bhamre, S S Ahluwalia and Babul Supriyo of the BJP and former Union ministers Salman Khurshid and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress, will be decided by about 12.79 core voters in the fourth phase. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenAmong other key contestants in the fray are Kanhaiya Kumar (CPI), Baijayant Panda (BJP), Urmila Matondkar (Congress), Dimple Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Satabdi Roy (TMC) and Milind Deora (Congress). The Election Commission has set up 1.40 lakh polling booths/stations and has made elaborate security arrangements. In Maharashtra, where the election will come to an end with this phase, the opposition Congress is facing a tough task of reclaiming its lost base in north Maharashtra and Mumbai, while the NCP is trying to get a foothold in Thane district and Western Maharashtra. The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena had won all 17 seats in 2014. Union minister Subhash Bhamre, and Congress leaders Milind Deora and Urmila Matondkar are among the 323 candidates in the fray in this phase. In Rajasthan, where the BJP had won all the seats in 2014, the Congress appeared to make a comeback, forming the government in the state with a narrow majority after last year’s Assembly polls. In Uttar Pradesh, most of these 13 seats are seeing a direct fight between the BJP and SP-BSP alliance with Kannauj being a matter of prestige for the SP. In 2014, the BJP won 12 of these 13 seats in the state. In West Bengal, all the eight seats, which are spread across four districts, will see a four-cornered contest between Trinamool Congress, BJP, Congress and the Left Front. In Odisha, where the state’s ruling BJD won all six seats, the BJP is making concerted efforts to bag a few seats. Prominent among the hopefuls include BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda (Kendrapara), who quit the BJD to join the party recently. Polling will also be held in 41 assembly seats in Odisha in this phase. In Bihar, the BJP and its allies are looking to retain all the five seats in the face of a spirited fight put up by the RJD-Congress alliance. The cynosure of all eyes in this phase, however, is the Begusarai seat which will witness an electrifying contest between the political Left and the Right with CPI debutant Kanhaiya Kumar taking on firebrand BJP leader Giriraj Singh. In all the six seats in Madhya Pradesh, a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP is on the cards. Over 45.26 lakh voters will decide the fate of 59 candidates in the first phase of polls for three Lok Sabha constituencies in Jharkhand.last_img read more

Boom Herron shoulders the load for OSU

A week after the Ohio State offense had a slow start against Wisconsin, running back Dan “Boom” Herron made sure the team got going early Saturday against Purdue. “We definitely wanted to get out there, get on top and get some momentum,” Herron said. “It was an honor to carry the load on the first drive.” The Buckeyes handed the ball to Herron on their first five plays from scrimmage, piling up 45 yards and a touchdown for a 7-0 OSU lead. “I think ‘Boom’ got us started, which ‘Boom’ has that ability to electrify the huddle and the room when he walks in it,” coach Jim Tressel said. Fullback Zach Boren indicated the success was not because of diversity of play selection. The team ran only two different plays on that drive, he said. “It was good play-calling,” Boren said. “We were going for it, and it worked.” Herron also liked the decision-making. “I think guys just kind of got in the groove of things, running the same play,” he said. “You know, if it works, we are going to keep on running it.” After their second drive saw three pass plays result in an OSU punt, the Buckeyes returned to the run game on their third possession. It paid off, as Herron once again found the end zone. He finished the day with 16 rushes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Establishing the run was essential to success later in the game. “I think our offensive staff just wanted to get kind of a flow before we started putting the offensive line in difficult situations,” Tressel said. “The fact that the flow then worked gave you a chance to be balanced.” Starting with “the run really helped,” wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “The more we feel comfortable running the ball, the more it helps.” Herron was quick to share the praise for the success on the ground. “I really don’t talk about myself, it’s a team thing,” he said. “I really couldn’t do it without the offensive line over there.” Boren agreed the offensive line was important. “We were coming off the line and hitting someone,” he said. “The offensive line was creating huge holes for us, which … enabled us to get to the next level.” It has been Herron reaching that level more often than not for the Buckeyes, as he has led the team in carries the past five games. But he seemed reluctant to be referred to as the team’s featured runner. “I just try to get guys going and try to be a leader out there,” Herron said. “If that’s what everybody wants to say, I’m the feature back, I’ll take that.” read more

Best of OSU Kelsey Mitchell voted Best Female Athlete at Ohio State

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell controls the ball during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 79-69. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorNo player in the history of the Ohio State women’s basketball program has scored as many points as Kelsey Mitchell, nor has any player in Big Ten history. Only one player — former Washington guard Kelsey Plum — has scored more points in the history of women’s college basketball.Mitchell capped off her illustrious career as a second-team All-American with 24.3 points per game as a senior this season, and was voted by students to be Ohio State’s best female athlete.Mitchell also was named Big Ten Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches this season, the third time she was given the award. This year’s success is nothing new to Mitchell, who on Monday became the program’s first player to be honored four times as an All-American when she was named a second-team All-American for the third time in her career. She also was named a first-team All-American in 2016.Mitchell averaged at least 22 points per game in each of her four years. She both attempted and made the most 3-pointers in NCAA history and ended her career having made one triple in 92 consecutive games.Despite Mitchell’s many personal accolades, her team’s season did not end as she hoped. Central Michigan upset the third-seeded Buckeyes in the second round, ending Mitchell’s career. She never managed to lead her team past the Sweet 16 in any of her four collegiate seasons.Though her collegiate career is over, Mitchell has the potential for an extended professional career. She is viewed as a top-two prospect, along with South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson, in the 2018 WNBA Draft and has the scoring ability to terrorize defenses at the next level.Runner-up: Alexis Mattern, women’s gymnastics read more

Paul Clement happy with Reading performance

first_imgThe coach of Championship club Reading Paul Clement was happy with the performance of his side in a game which saw Reading limit the Cottagers’ chances to create opportunities for their own good.“I thought it was a good game, and a good test for us defensively,” Clement told club website.“I told the players at the end that I thought today we have begun to see the fruits of our labour on the training ground.Clement reveals Ronaldo’s early struggles as a striker Andrew Smyth – June 7, 2019 Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t “comfortable” as a centre-forward when Carlo Ancelotti first transitioned him into the position at Real Madrid, says Paul Clement.“It was difficult to see that in the first two games, as there was a lot of fatigue.  But this week in training there hasn’t been so much volume, but the intensity is there still.  They looked fresher, and a lot of players played 60 or 75 minutes so that’s a step up.“Overall, I was pleased.  And on reflection, Fulham are a team that rely heavily on possession to build chances, and they did have more of the ball than us.  But if I look back at match-winning chances, we edged it.last_img read more