However, the Coyotes (17-10) are making their first trip to the Division II West Region tournament since 1998 when they face No. 2 Chico State (22-4) today at 2:30 p.m. at UC San Diego. Five of the eight qualifiers are out of the CCAA. Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball coach Kevin Becker could not have imagined his team playing this late in the season last November. His leading scorer and rebounder, Christina Day, had gone down with a season-ending knee injury and he wasn’t quite sure who would pick up the slack. “I knew we had some girls with potential but we were still young,” said Becker, who his finishing his 11th season. “And I wasn’t sure how they were going to respond to seeing their leader go down.” The way the team has responded to that setback has made success more rewarding. The seventh-seeded Coyotes are a decisive underdog with Chico, ranked No. 11 nationally. The Wildcats have manhandled the Coyotes, winning this season 68-49 and 82-55. The Coyotes also lost a year ago 77-56 and 66-49. The Wildcats are the defending regional champion, having advanced to the national semifinals a year ago before falling to eventual champion Grand Valley State. If the Coyotes had fallen to the eighth spot, they would have gotten the top-seeded Tritons, whom they have beaten. But most welcome the challenge. “It’s nice to get a team we haven’t beaten,” said guard Denise Snyder, one of three seniors on the squad. “We know we’re the big underdog but it will make it that much better if we can pull it out.” The Coyotes were predicted to finish seventh in a preseason poll of member coaches and that was before Day got hurt. Throw out Bakersfield, which is transitioning to Division I, and the Coyotes were tied for third. While Day’s injury was a huge blow, other players were still confident. “From the first week I saw other girls in practice and we all got along well and I thought we could do well,” senior forward Mariqueta Starling said. The arrival of junior center Vanessa Wilt (18.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.46 bpg) from Cal Baptist helped make up for the loss of Day. She earned first-team All Conference and All-region honors. Joining in her in the starting lineup are Snyder (4.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg), freshman point guard Ashlee Ford (4 ppg, 2.4 apg), junior guard Staci Harris and sophomore forward Jaclyn Rainville (5.4 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.5 apg). Freshman guard Krystal Urzua (7.5 ppg) and sophomore forward Rachel Johnson (6.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg) are key shooters off the bench. They must make shots from the perimeter to prevent the Wildcats from double-teaming Wilt down low. Wilt was well under her average against the Wildcats both earlier meetings, scoring 13 and 11, respectively. The Coyotes were just 4 of 17 from long distance in those contests. Becker’s teams are traditionally solid defensively and that has been the case again with the Coyotes No. 10 in the country in scoring defense (54.1 ppg) and No. 15 in field-goal pecentage defense (35.3). But he knows his team must fare better on offense. “We can’t score in the 50s and expect to beat a team of this caliber,” he said. “We’re going to have to be in the 60s to have a chance.” Players are keeping the faith. “None of the pressure is on us. It’s all of them,” Wilt said. “We have nothing to lose.” Chico is led by first-team All-CCAA selection Amber Simmons (16.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg), a junior forward. Other starters are junior wing Audriana Spencer (12 ppg, 2.60 apg), senior wing Niki Simons (12.2 ppg, 2.6 apg), sophomore center Renee Goldoff (8 ppg, 8 rpg) and the CCAA freshman of the year Jade Smith-Williams (6.3 ppg). Former San Bernardino Valley College player June Burt is a reserve. The winner of the eight-team tournament advances to the Elite Eight on March 21-24 in Kearney, Neb. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Reuters photoDisappointment for Gianluigi Buffon again. Will he get another chance to lift the elusive trophy or will he give up the chase. Defeat for Juve, but they can look back on this campaign with so much pride. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/iRuWizWSR4- #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017Cristiano Ronaldo is the man of the final and deservedly so. Real Madrid – 12 European Cups!56 ???57 ???58 ???59 ???60 ???66 ???98 ???00 ???02 ???14 ???16 ???17 ???#UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/XbSG89GQsv- #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017Real Madrid have won, they complete their 12th Champions League win also becoming the first team to win the UEFA Champions League back to back in the modern era. ??? UEFA Champions League 2017#CHAMP12NS pic.twitter.com/xDA5RXoIUO- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017It is surely all but over now, Marco Asensio scores in stoppage time. Toni Kroos is brought for Alvaro Morata. Red card for second-half substitute Juan Cuadrado. Juve down to 10 men.83′ RED CARD ??´ @Cuadrado is sent off for a second bookable offence. #UCLFinal- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017Not many minutes left for Juventus now, if they want to get back into this game now is the best time. Unless they have some other plans for last minute heroics.Zidane brings the Welsh superstar ,Gareth Bale comes on for Karim Benzema.??? 77′ Primer cambio en las filas del Real Madrid. Se retira @Benzema y entra @GarethBale11. @juventusfces 1-3 #RealMadrid#APorLa12 pic.twitter.com/5Kj5eV9VTP- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017Massimiliano Allegri ringing in the changes now, after Juan Cuadrado came on for Andrea Barzagli, Miralem Pjanic makes way for Claudio Marchisio.advertisementThe Juventus back line are falling asleep, Ronaldo ever-present in the box poaches a beauty, Buffon beaten for the third time this season. Previous to this match, he was beaten thrice in the whole tournament. ??? #APorLa12 ?? 61′ @Casemiro?? 64′ @Cristiano @adidasfootball #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/j74lqXFc5W- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017Goal!! Cristiano Ronaldo scores. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. 64′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL de @Cristiano! @juventusfces 1-3 #RealMadrid#APorLa12 #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/TnJxGhgicY- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017A deflected cross finds the mid-fielder just outside the box, who thumps the ball into the back of the net. Casemiro scores another long ranger to give Real the lead, again.61′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL de @Casemiro! @juventusfces 1-2 #RealMadrid#RMUCL #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/AmZaQeAlOK- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017Real Madrid have looked the livelier side in the second half so far, with Isco and Ronaldo inching ever closer to getting the lead back for Real. Looks like Gareth Bale is warming up on he sidelines, he is definitely going to make an appearance in his hometown. An interesting match-up has been on the Real’s left flank , as Marcelo and Dani Alves have been fighting the whole night for the ascendancy. The second half is under way.???? #APorLa12Comienza la segunda parte!??? HASTA EL FINAL, VAMOS REAL! ???@juventusfces 1-1 #RealMadrid@adidasfootball #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MkbJaqwHmR- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017If the first is anything to go by, football fans will be treated to more attacking over the next 45 minutes. Look out for Ronaldo to be more involved in the game, as he had faded away just as the half waned. Ex-Real Madrid player, Sami Khedira has been key in Juventus’ mid-field and has been more combative than Casemiro and better at dictating the pace of the game. HALF-TIME: Juve 1-1 @realmadriden?? 20′ Ronaldo ?? 27′ @MarioMandzukic9 #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/bIuoqS03ie- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017A terrific first half with both teams looking to attack and score goals. Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to the lead , but a Mandzukic stunner made sure the half ends at 1-1 for Juventus.A pass from Sandro, which the big man chests down and after a stunning overhead kick beats Navas. All hail @MarioMandzukic9! ???What. A. Goal. #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/EFRgkMUnRI- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017Mario scores a stunner to bring Juve level. It’s 1-1, game on. GOOOAAALLL!!! SENSATIONAL FROM @MarioMandzukic9!!!!GAME ON!!!! #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/KiXdix22Qv- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017Dani Carvajal passes the ball to Ronaldo, who unleashes a low strike towards the far post from just outside the box. The ball flies past Buffon’s out-stretched hand and disturbs the net to give Real Madrid the lead. Ronaldo draws first blood, beats Buffon after a turn over in midfield. 20′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL de @Cristiano! SIIIIIIIIIIIIIUUUUU!@juventusfces 0-1 #RealMadrid#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/3ajPbNEF9t- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017100 UEFA Champions League game for Dani Alves?? #UCL games for Dani Alves! ?????????#UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/KhxT87n6oSadvertisement- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 201712′ YELLOW CARD! @PauDybala_JR cautioned for a coming together with Kroos. #UCLFinal- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 20173′ An early sight of goal as @G_Higuain twice tests Keylor Navas! FORZA RAGAZZZIII!! #FINOALLAFINE #ItsTime #UCLFinal- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017The match starts, with Real Madrid C.F. in their purple kit, while Juventus F.C. are playing in their traditional black and white stripes.Some stats before the match gets under way,Cristiano Ronaldo has 103 UEFA Champions League goals up till now in the competition, which means he has outscored all but 22 whole clubs in the competition’s 25-season history.It will be Juventus and Real Madrid’s 19th encounter in the Champions League, which is the second-most played fixture in the history of the tournament.Real Madrid have reached the final a record 15 times, winning 11 times. This is also their third final appearance in the last four years.If Real Madrid manage to win, they’ll be the only club in the Champions League era to have successfully defended their European title.The last team to win back to back trophies was Italian club, AC Milan who won it back in the years 1989 and 1990, when the tournament was known as the European Cup.On the other hand, if Juventus win the title, not only will they be winning it after 20 years, it will also be their first-ever treble and the first Champions League title for Gianluigi Buffon.As a matter of fact, the team that will score first has a better chance to lift the trophy at tyhe end of the night in Cardiff, statistically speaking that is. In previous finals, 17 of the 23 teams that scored first won the game.Gianluiggi Buffon will become the second oldest player to win in the UEFA Champions League final, on 39 years and 4 months, after Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar(40 years and 6 months).Real Coach, Zinedine Zidane was part of the Juventus team that last faced Real in the final back in 1998, when he ended up on the losing side.Real Madrid are currently at a record 64-game scoring streak and on the back of a La Liga title after 5 years.If Real Madrid fail to score, only three would have managed to score past Buffon this season, Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso, Sevilla’s Nicolas Pareja and Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe. Who will make history tonight?The Juventus captain gets ready for action. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/mWodgkQAeI- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017Or,It looks like @Cristiano is raring to go! #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/i2EJGqPsrU- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017The Black Eyed Peas are ready to rock the football fans at Cardiff. They are belting out their hits from the last decade. ???? Opening ceremony tunes with @bep ???? #UCLFinal #ItsTime pic.twitter.com/oJsqlAen7T- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017The line-ups again ??? TEAMS ???Introducing the 22 players that will start the #UCLfinal… pic.twitter.com/OwwvKx3Bl8- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017The treasure that both teams are fighting for. advertisementJuventus or Madrid?Time for your #UCLfinal predictions!?? https://t.co/YpOIrJkPXo pic.twitter.com/ZEK0WeENVe- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017 The stadium looks stunning.Reuters photo Players are out on the pitchThe Juventus players go through their preparations. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/N6Gt9PZ2va- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017Real Madrid arriving at the stadium When @realmadriden checked in at the #UCLfinal! pic.twitter.com/0NcDWsxKCr- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017The dressing rooms are ready. Everything in its place in the @realmadrid dressing room. #AccessAllAreas #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/mLDjUR8BDZ- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017Plenty of focus on the legendary @juventusfc goalkeeper as he bids to become the oldest winner of the #UCLfinal https://t.co/9HfInyg11f pic.twitter.com/WZWUnBFyyu- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017 The teams have been named. Here’s how the two teams will start. ??? Follow all the build up here: https://t.co/Ryq8HmzwF7 #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/Cf6ukYO2bQ- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017It will be a historic night either way ahead of the meeting between Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday night.If Real Madrid manage to win, they’ll be the only club in the Champions League era to have successfully defended their European title.On the other hand, if Juventus win the title, not only will they be winning it after 20 years, it will also be their first-ever treble and the first Champions League title for Gianluigi Buffon.
Pay hike in 2018: Aon India Consulting SurveyReutersSimilar to 2017, employees in India may get an average pay hike of 9.4 percent this year, according to Aon India Consulting’s Salary Increase Survey released on Tuesday.”The projections for 2018 are also expected to be similar at 9.4% highlighting increasing prudence and maturity being displayed by companies while finalizing pay budgets,” Aon India Consulting said.Aon India Consulting analyzed data across 1,000 companies from more than 20 industries for its 22nd edition of annual Salary Increase Survey in India.The survey found that priority on performance is increasing year-on-year. The lead performer is getting an average salary rise of 15.4 percent, around 1.9 times pay hike for an average performer.”Given the broad economic context in the country, business performance expectations for FY 18-19 and the trend in #attrition, pay average increases in India will remain between 9.4% – 9.6%.” – Anandorup Ghose #AonRewardsIndia— Aon India Consulting (@Aon_India) 27 February 2018″Despite an improvement in macro-economic forecasts – salary increases remain at the same level as was projected in the last fiscal. With increasing maturity, HR budgets are being realigned towards top performers as opposed to the broader population,” said Anandorup Ghose, Partner at Aon India Consulting.Zones such as life sciences, automotive and consumer products, professional services, and consumer internet companies continue to estimate a two-digit pay hike for 2018.Engineering and manufacturing industry and metal industry projected 9.2 percent salary increase for 2018. Pay hike of 9.1 percent is estimated for telecommunication services and entertainment/publication and communication sector.While professional services sector topped in projected salary with an average 10.6 percent increase, the projected salary increase of cement industry is lowest among all.The survey forecast an emerging focus on budget rationalization with increasing adaptation of base effect. For example, pay increases for the top and senior management are consistently going down.Pay increases are becoming more nuanced, said Anandorup Ghose. “We are increasingly seeing a multitude of factors impacting salary increases such as the size of the company, business dynamics within the sub-industry, nature of talent requirements and quite obviously, performance,” he added.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks in parliament strongly condemning the Sri Lanka terror attacks, before her question-answer session in the House on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged all to remain vigilant and instantly inform law enforcement agencies of any suspicious terror and militant activity in their respective localities, reports UNB.”I would like to urge the people of the country to remain alert and inform the law enforcement agencies instantly if there’s any abnormal activity,” she said in parliament strongly condemning the Sri Lanka terror attacks, before her question-answer session in the House.The prime minister also called upon people to refrain from such terror and militant activities. “I’ve no word to condemn such terror and militant attacks,” she said, adding that 359 people have so far been killed in the recent series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.Sheikh Hasina said some 40 children, including Zayan Chowdhury, a grandson of Awami League presidium member and former health minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, were killed in the terror attacks.”I don’t know what they (terrorists) want to achieve through killing innocent people like this. Children are innocent. So, why do they lose their lives?” she said, adding that terrorism and militancy can never bring welfare for the mankind.Noting that Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi fell victim to manmade terrorism, the prime minister said such brutal activities are very harmful to human beings.She said Islam is a religion of peace, but some people humiliate the religion to the whole mankind carrying out militant activities in the name of Islam.She prayed for salvation of the departed soul of Zayan and others who were killed in the brutal attacks carried out on Easter Sunday.In one of the attacks, Zayan’s father Moshiul Haque Chowdhury Prince (Selim’s son in-law) was also injured severely and he is now undergoing treatment at a Sri Lankan hospital.Prince was not informed of his son’s death yet, said Sheikh Hasina.
Art is expressed through a variety of medium and Sudip Roy’s works are best expressed through water-colours. Using unique strokes and colours, he solely focuses on innovation in his series of artworks. His experience is clearly reflected in his art which depict his emotions that do not linger on in his mind after its completion.Roy showcased his latest collection of works in an exhibition titled — ‘Odyssey’ — at the Visual Art Gallery, in India Habitat Centre on Wednesday. The exhibition was inaugurated by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. “I am very happy that Sudip Roy has come up with such beautiful paintings. I am a great admirer of his work; he’s doing very well and he deserves all the appreciation for that. Thank god I am born in the world of sound and I wish him all the best and I hope that our relation of music and colour goes deeper with time. I would love to see more of his works in future,” said the sarod maestro while inaugurating the exhibition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Uma Nair, art curator echoed similar thoughts and said: “Sudip Roy is an artist who is known for his realist works. He is known for his Charulata series and is a great water-colour artist. But this is another journey. It is a journey in abstraction. A lot of artists think that abstract painting is about colours but actually, it is more about the experience. These paintings show extreme emotions. I think it is great to be able to keep reinventing yourself.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe uses a unique combination of colours while expressing his emotions. However, the essence plays a part momentarily as it comes with a flow. Nair agrees and says: “The choice of colours is something which is instinctive and intuitive for Sudip. It comes naturally with a flow and nothing is deliberate.” The guests who graced the event were Subhalakshmi, Sushma Bahl, Manu Dosaj, Pooja Bahri, Anuradha Raman, Diana, Poonam Sethi and others.
Who among us hasn’t shouted at an ornery inanimate object in the privacy of our home? Well, thanks to LG, now some of those objects might just talk back. The South Korea-based electronics giant announced today they are rolling out a new line of smart refrigerators, ovens and washing machines that promise to make consumers lives even more interconnected.Related: Samsung’s Gesture-Operated TVs May Soon Switch On Your Living Room LightsThe products are the first to utilize the company’s HomeChat service. Through social messaging app Line, a popular WhatsApp and Viber competitor with some 400 million users, LG customers can remotely operate and get information from their appliances when they aren’t at home.The company likens connecting with the smart appliances to “chatting with a close friend,” and while you wouldn’t necessarily go that far, the smart refrigerator does feature an internal camera (that takes pictures in case you forget your shopping list) and a “freshness tracker” that tells you when something is expired, while the smart oven can recommend new recipes.Related: Get This: A Smart Toilet That Aims to Correct Poor Posture, and Even Detect Pregnancy and Disease Depending on your perspective, the prospect of a totally outfitted home may seem cool or creepy, but it is a bit concerning nonetheless, especially when as recently as January, smart refrigerators were part of the cause of sizable hack attack. With more connection comes the necessity for increased security. But the “Internet of Things” marches on — the LG appliances are currently only available for purchase in Korea, with the company aiming to expand to other markets like the U.S. at a later date. Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday Life Register Now » 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 7, 2014