Tirupati: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao along with his family members offered prayers at Lord Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala here on Monday. Chandrashekhar Rao, his wife Shobha Rao and other family members worshipped and participated in various rituals conducted by temple priests. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, and his family members had reached Tirupati in a special aircraft on Sunday evening. After the night halt at Tirumala, they offered prayers. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Officials of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the hill shrine, welcomed the Telangana Chief Minister. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief prayed at the famous temple for the first time after assuming office as the Chief Minister for the second term in December last year. Interestingly KCR’s visit to the temple in Andhra Pradesh came close on the heels of his bete noire N. Chandrababu Naidu losing power in the state. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations YSR Congress Party of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, with whom TRS has friendly ties, stormed to power with a landslide victory on Thursday. Though KCR’s party bagged maximum number of Lok Sabha seats (9) in Telangana, the results were disappointing for the party as the BJP made huge inroads winning 4 seats. Congress won 3 seats and TRS ally All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) one. KCR’s daughter K. Kavitha was defeated in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency and his plans for Federal Front to form a non-BJP and non-Congress government at the Centre were foiled by BJP’s massive victory in the polls. Jagan Mohan Reddy had called on KCR in Hyderabad on Saturday to invite him to attend his swearing-in as the Chief Minister at Vijayawada on May 30. KCR will attend the swearing-in and also pray at Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada.
Los Angeles: ‘Avengers’ ruled the MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019 as Marvel’s latest offering “Endgame” was named the Best Movie with Robert Downey Jr winning the title of Best Hero as IronMan at the ceremony. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Brolin’s reprisal as supervillain Thanos won him the Best Villain award. In a video message, Downey Jr said winning the award was “kinda unexpected”. “That said it’s been an absolute joy, honour and privilege, etc to play Tony Stark all these years. So I want to say thank you Marvel, Disney, MTV and mostly thank y’all. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Maybe it’s true that you love me 3,000 but I just checked. What are the new numbers? And oh, I love you 3,427,” he said. Brie Larson took home the golden popcorn for the Best Fight sequence between her “Captain Marvel” and Minn-Erva (played by Gemma Chan) in MCU’s first female stand-alone. She walked on stage arm-in-arm with her stunt doubles for the film, Jonna Bennett and Renae Moneymaker. “They’re the living embodiment of Captain Marvel,” Larson told the audience. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Despite receiving mixed reviews from both fans and critics for its season finale, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was adjudged the Best Show. Dwayne Johnson was honoured with the Generation Award, while Jada Pinkett Smith accepted the Trailblazer Award. Johnson entered the stage dancing to Queen anthem “We Will Rock You” to receive the award. He said throughout his career he was asked to conform to norms but he decided to maintain his identity. The half-black and half-Samoan actor told the audience he is a “walking example” of staying true to oneself and acting as a bridge between cultures. “I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood. Hollywood was going to conform to me,” Johnson said in his speech. It was Pinkett Smith’s “Girls Trip” co-star Tiffany Haddish who presented the actor, philanthropist and “Red Table Talk” host with the Trailblazer Award. Accompanied by her son actor-singer Jaden Smith, she said she was unsure if she deserved the trailblazing award “quite yet”. “Often we applaud the trails people blaze in the external world that we can see, but very rarely do we applaud the trails that are blazed in the hidden rooms of the mind that are full of uncertainty, false beliefs and pain. “It’s these internal obstacles that must be challenged in order to muster the courage to forge new paths that we can see in the world,” she said. Lady Gaga, who made her feature film debut with “A Star is Born”, won Best Performance in a Movie award. The film’s song “Shallow”, which Gaga sang with director-co-star Bradley Cooper for the movie, won the Best Musical Moment. For her role in the critically-acclaimed dystopian drama “The Handsmaid’s Tale”, Elisabeth Moss won Best Performance in a Show. Moss gave a shout-out to fellow nominees — Emilia Clarke, Gina Rodriguez and Kiernan Shipka — the “bada** women” ruling the small screen today. “To all my ladies out there, keep up the fight. I stand right alongside you,” she added. Sandra Bullock accepted the Most Frightened Performance award for her performance in Netflix’s acclaimed thriller “Bird Box” in a heartfelt and humorous message to her children. “Even though you can’t see it until you’re 21 because apparently a movie about being a mommy is a horror film, you will know when you see it that there isn’t anything I would do for you,” Bullock said. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo shared the Best Kiss award on behalf of their on-screen characters – Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean. Centineo took home award for Breakthrough Performance in the Netflix teenage rom-com. Daniel Levy from “Schitt’s Creek” won the Best Comedic Performance. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was named Best Real-Life Hero for “RBG’, a documentary on her life. “Surviving R Kelly”, a six-part Lifetime documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against American singer Robert “R” Kelly, was named Best Documentary. Several of the survivors interviewed in the docuseries came onto the stage as Brie Miranda Bryant, senior vp unscripted development and programming for Lifetime, accepted the award. “This team believes in the power of numbers. Fifty-four individuals sat to tell this story. Survivors walked through the fire and stood again to tell the story,” Bryant said. At the show, Melissa McCarthy, Moss, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Bautista, David Spade and Kumail Nanjiani served as presenters. The stage was set on fire with performances by rapper Lizzo, DJ-producer Martin Garrix, Macklemore, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy Singer, songwriter and producer Bazzi performed his hit song “Paradise.” “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi hosted the ceremony.
As the Big Ten expands to 14 teams with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland, Gene Smith thinks improvement across the conference will come down to individual schools making changes.The Ohio State vice president and athletic director said in a July 7 interview with The Lantern the Big Ten is already doing its part to boost competition levels.“The conferences is doing its job with the national exposure that we get to the Big Ten Network and all the other contracts,” Smith said.He added this income gives the coaches and programs at Big Ten schools the resources to recruit highly-rated athletes and improve their own teams. Smith also said improving the conference’s national standing has to go beyond recruiting.One step towards improving schedules could be eliminating games against Football Championship Subdivision opponents –– a practice OSU has steered away from over the past few years. Last year marked the first time the Buckeyes played an FCS opponent since they took on Youngstown State in 2008. That game ended with a 43-0 OSU victory, while the Buckeyes defeated Florida A&M 76-0 in September.According to a February 2013 article by ESPN, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said the Big Ten agreed to stop scheduling FCS opponents across the board.“The non-conference schedule in our league is ridiculous,” Alvaraz said on a Madison, Wis., radio show, according to the article. “It’s not very appealing.”The article said the ban could start by the 2016 season.Smith said the Big Ten’s new scheduling guidelines are hard to commit to for schools, but it is important to play major opponents.“It’s very difficult to do, to say that you’re not going to play a (FCS) team,” he said. “That you’re going to play one major, at least, in your non-conferences schedule.”Smith added the drive to schedule opponents who are easier on paper stems from the system of needing just six wins to qualify for a bowl game. He said he has never been a fan of that system and thinks it leads to teams trying to pad their schedules with less challenging non-conference games.At the end of the day, Smith said it is still up to the individual schools to figure out how they can put their best product on the field year in and year out.“As an institution, what do you do with your football coach to help him recruit the best talent to where you are so that you can get better?” he asked.While there have been knocks on OSU’s strength of schedule throughout the years, it has been rare to see the Buckeyes not schedule at least one major non-conference opponent. Since the beginning of the decade, OSU has taken on the University of Miami (Fla.) and the University of California twice, and the team is set to take on Virginia Tech this season and in 2015.While Miami and California were not at their peak performance levels during those seasons, Smith said OSU’s non-conference schedule is set to ramp up beyond the next two seasons. Between 2016 and 2023, the Buckeyes are currently scheduled for home-and-home matchups with Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas Christian University, Oregon and Texas.Scheduling better teams is a start, but Smith said there is still one more ingredient in the recipe for improving the conference’s reputation.“I think our problem in the Big Ten is we need to go beat people,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to go beat non-conference people, so that’s something we have to do better.”Beyond scheduling high-powered opponents, OSU has made changes to Ohio Stadium to boost recruiting as well as the fan experience at Buckeye games. Those changes include a new turf field, additional seats in the south stands and permanent lights to help the scheduling of night games.Smith said these additions are part of a plan for the future but can help recruiting off the bat, especially as OSU’s schedule begins to include more prime-time starts.“Recruiting is off the chain, we know that,” Smith said of the atmosphere at night games. “Because it’s a cool environment.”He also said there is a novelty to night games, so the school has to be sure not to schedule too many or too few.In a May interview, associate athletic director for facilities operations Don Patko said the stadium project had a deadline set for Aug. 14. As of July 7, Smith said the project was still on schedule and within the initial budget of $8.9 million.The OSU football team is scheduled to begin its season Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore, Md., at noon. The first game of 2014 at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for Sept. 6, when OSU takes on Virginia Tech at 8 p.m.