Cricket back in focus after India resolve coach crisis and Australia end pay dispute

first_imgThe cricket world can breathe a little easy now.Two of the most celebrated cricket teams in the world were grappling with serious issues of their own.The Anil Kumble – Virat Kohli standoff had started to hurt Indian cricket’s reputation worldwide. Never before had such a state of acrimony existed between the coach and captain of an Indian team. Elsewhere, in Australia, Steve Smith, David Warner and over 200 Australian cricketers were embroiled in a bitter pay dispute with Cricket Australia.Incidentally, India and Australia, two ends of a fierce cricketing rivalry, faced off in a Test series earlier this year and after an intense dogfight, Kohli’s men emerged victorious.But things soon started spiralling out of control.The Kumble-Kohli rift became public before the start of the Champions Trophy and even though the defending champions reached the final, the body language was stiff and the tension on the field was palpable. Two days after the defeat to Pakistan in the final, Kumble stepped down as coach following differences with Kohli.Photo Credit: Reuters And thus began a search for the next Indian coach which culminated with the appointment of Ravi Shastri. All seems well with the Indian dressing-room and the players are once again a relaxed lot.Currently in Sri Lanka for a full-fledged tour, India lead the three-match Test series 1-0 and have the clear upper hand in the second match in Colombo after two days of action.Meanwhile, Australia have finally resolved their pay dispute.Cricket Australia and the players’ union announced they had agreed an “in principle” deal on Thursday, finally ending the month-long lockout that threatened a tour of Bangladesh and this year’s Ashes series.advertisementAustralian skipper Steve Smith was at the helm of a successful negotiation as the players celebrated the solidarity of the 230 or so male and female professionals who went unpaid for a month until the conclusion of the dispute.Over the last several months, Australian cricket was struggling to hold its own. A defeat to South Africa in a Test series at home triggered widespread changes but the team could not achieve more than a victory in Pune on their all-important tour of India.The Aussies could not even qualify for the semi-finals in the Champions Trophy albeit weather pulled a cruel trick on Smith’s men. The women’s team, after dominating the World Cup for the majority of the tournament, stumbled against India in the semis.But now with the bitter pay dispute behind them, Australia will once again to start afresh their rise to the top. They have a tour coming up in Bangladesh before they return to India for a limited-overs series. Then they fly back home for the Ashes. Smith’s team will be busy for the remainder of the year and it will be interesting to see what they do in these few months.Photo Credit: Reuters India and Australia are perhaps the most-followed teams in world cricket and the controversies they were enmired in, were not doing their reputation any good. Now, the focus for both squads can return firmly to the cricket on the field.last_img read more

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EKF: quad port USB 3.0 peripheral slot card for CompactPCI Serial

first_imgEKF introduces the SBF-CROSSOVER, a peripheral slot card for CompactPCI Serial systems, equipped with four USB 3.0 controllers, and two Gigabit Ethernet NICs, all wired for front I/O. In addition, a PCI Express Mini Card socket is provided on-board, which can be used e.g. for a fieldbus I/O module such as CAN-FD. Furthermore, a quad port UART is available for RS-232 or RS-485 communication.The SBF-CROSSOVER can be installed into any PCI Express enabled peripheral slot of a CompactPCI Serial backplane. All on-board devices are PCI Express based. The front panel USB and Ethernet jacks are wired to individual controllers each, thus achieving the full data throughput on all connectors concurrently. Hence, the SBF-CROSSOVER is a multi-purpose solution, suitable e.g. for edge computing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Mouser: Microchip’s AVR-IoT board offers plug-and-play migration from AVR to CloudNext Sensirion: innovative sensor solutions at electronica 2018last_img read more

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ECSA EU Parliament Adopts Maritime Single Window

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The EU Social Partners in the maritime sector, ECSA and ETF, welcomed the adoption of the proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment.After it was adopted by the Members of the European Parliament, the parties are looking forward to the soon expected formal adoption by the Council in order for the Regulation to enter into force and deliver on the much-awaited administrative simplification for shipping.For several years now the maritime transport social partners have called for a reduction of the administrative burden for shipping. The endless paperwork faced today is detrimental to the motivation and functioning of the masters and officers working on board and the onshore shipping companies’ staff, as well as to smooth shipping operations in ports, according to ECSA.The new Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment is expected to bring harmonisation and re-use of information, as well as reduce the administrative burden on crew and operators caused by the previous Reporting Formalities Directive. With the adoption of the Regulation, shipping is a big step closer to enjoying a genuine single market and a true facilitation and simplification, ECSA said.Once the Council gives the green light, the implementation of the Regulation can start, and ECSA and ETF call upon the Commission and Member States to stick to the ambition of the proposal: a real single market for shipping without an administrative burden on crew.last_img read more

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Some Nova Scotia deaths that have led to calls for public inquests

first_imgHALIFAX – Some Nova Scotia deaths that have led to calls for public inquests:Lionel Desmond, 33; Shanna Desmond, 31; Aaliyah, 10; Brenda Desmond, 52.Jan. 3, Upper Big Tracadie, N.S.Afghan veteran Lionel Desmond fatally shot his mother, wife, daughter and himself in a horrific murder-suicide that renewed debate over how Canada treats former military members with post-traumatic stress disorder. Desmond was diagnosed with PTSD and post-concussion disorder after a 2007 Afghanistan deployment. Last week, Desmond’s twin sisters, Chantel and Cassandra, joined a growing list of advocacy groups calling for an independent inquiry that would determine the facts of the case and provide a list of recommendations on how to avoid similar deaths. The medical examiner says he’s waiting to see the review before taking any further decisions.—Dorothy Stultz, 87.March 1, 2012, Bridgetown, N.S.Stultz died after a shove by a male resident at Mountain Lea Lodge, which led to a serious fall and later a blood clot. It was among a series of nine deaths over the past decade classified as “homicides” by the medical examiner. Stultz’s daughter, Debbie Stultz-Giffin, says the province’s internal study has failed to examine key elements of the case. Dr. Matthew Bowes, the medical examiner, says a judicial inquiry isn’t needed. “If a public system is reasonably diligent, I don’t think hard about a judicial inquiry. I only think hard about it if they (government) are completely ignorant or in denial about an issue,” he said. “Our health care system does have an awareness of falls of the elderly as an issue, whether accidental or homicidal I suppose.”—Jason (Libby) LeBlanc, 42.Cape Breton Correctional Facility, Jan. 31, 2016, Sydney, N.S.LeBlanc died from an opiate overdose 13 hours after being placed in a cell. An internal review concluded correctional officers failed to follow proper procedures in the strip search process and didn’t complete their rounds at standard intervals. LeBlanc’s father told The Canadian Press he had asked the medical examiner’s office for a fatality inquiry into their son’s death after the 42-year-old labourer became the sixth, non-natural prison cell death in the province since 2010 without a public inquiry.—Camille Strickland-Murphy, 22.July 28, 2015, Nova Institution for Women, Truro, N.S.Veronica Park, 38.April 24, 2015, in hospital while in custody at Nova Institution for Women.Strickland-Murphy committed suicide by suffocating herself with a plastic bag while serving a three-year sentence for attempted robbery of a pharmacy, according to a lawsuit. Park died of pneumonia, and also tested positive for an antibiotic-resistant strain of MRSA. She had sought medical help but wasn’t taken to hospital until she was found gasping in her cell, according to a lawsuit. The families of the women, both from Newfoundland, requested a fatality inquiry but didn’t get one, their lawyer says. The families say in a lawsuit the women didn’t receive appropriate or adequate medical care, but the federal prison service says such care was provided.—Clayton Cromwell, 23.Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, April 7, 2015, Halifax.Cromwell died of a methadone overdose, even though he wasn’t part of the prison’s methadone program. Devin Maxwell, his family’s lawyer, said he has been seeking full disclosure for almost two years on what precisely happened to the 23-year-old. He said he favours a public inquest because “the goal from the family’s point of view is to get an answer as to what happened … The mother wants to make sure this never happens again and a mandatory inquest would go a long way in both these areas.” In a lawsuit, the family asserts there was a lack of control over the potentially deadly drug. The province denies the assertion.—(The Canadian Press)last_img read more

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Nunavut politicians brush off activists concerns over people living in shacks

first_imgKathleen MartensKent Driscoll APTN News An Inuit-rights advocate says he’s banging into walls when it comes to getting help for the homeless from Nunavut politicians.Qaumariaq Inuqtaqau runs the Facebook page Shame on Canada.It’s where he posts candid interviews about social problems in the northern territory, with a special focus on dozens of people that live in unheated shacks despite the freezing cold temperatures.In a video posted to the site last week, Inuqtaqau questioned Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa in an ambush-style video.“…Could we go to the shacks? Could I show you?” Inuqtaqau says of the plywood homes just down the road.But Quassa says, “I’m very busy right now,” before getting into a car and driving away.Last week he filmed former premier Paul Okalik leaving a grocery store.“Can we go to the shacks? I want to show you the shacks,” Inuqtaqau is heard asking on this video:“You guys are Inuk leaders.”But Okalik declined.“No, I’m not a leader,” he said, while holding a bunch of bananas and a bottle of Perrier water.Okalik was with his partner, Aluki Kotierk, who is president of the land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), which promotes Inuit rights and job training.They both know Inuqtaqau and signed a petition he distributed in 2016 calling for more Inuit to be hired by local employers.But on the video Kotierk appears to ignore him and get into a vehicle without saying anything.“Ok, thanks. It’s going online,” Inuqtaqau says of the video.Okalik, who could not be reached for comment, is no longer a public official. He was twice premier of the territory and twice elected a member of the legislative assembly. He ran again last fall but was defeated.A spokesperson for Kotierk declined to make her available for an interview Tuesday.APTN has reported on Inuqtaqau’s petition and lack of affordable housing in depth. Most recently in a documentary that can be viewed here.“If you Google my name you see I’ve been working on this for two years,” Inuqtaqau said in a telephone interview.“People in the shacks are suicidal, depressed. Meantime, our Inuk leaders choose to ignore them.”APTN tried to interview Quassa last week in Ottawa at the annual Northern Lights Conference. But his spokesperson said he was too busy.She said he was travelling Tuesday and unavailable for a telephone interview.“They treat their own people like second-class citizens. We’re ghosts to them,” said Inuqtaqau. “If they’re not going to talk about it I might as well confront them on camera.”Meanwhile, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told APTN in January she is interested in visiting the shacks.Inuqtaqau said he would like to introduce her to some of the people living there. Some of whom, he said, have been waiting for housing for 10 years.Others, he said, are working but can’t afford to buy a house or rent a two-bedroom apartment for $2,600 a month in one of the most expensive cities to live in Canada.kmartens@aptn.cakdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more

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Weinstein Co overwhelmed by backlash may be up for sale

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The Weinstein Co., besieged by sexual harassment allegations against its namesake and co-founder, may be putting itself up for sale.The company said Monday that it will receive an immediate cash infusion from Colony Capital and is in negotiations for the potential sale of all or a significant portion of the company responsible for producing films such as “Django Unchained,” ”The Hateful Eight” and “Lion.”Colony Capital, the private-equity arm of Colony NorthStar, was founded by Thomas Barrack, a close adviser to President Donald Trump. Barrack chaired Trump’s presidential inaugural committee.Harvey Weinstein was fired last week by the film production company he helped create. The allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein span decades and include many of the film industry’s leading actresses.The backlash has been severe as more women go public with their interactions with Weinstein.Law enforcement in the U.S. and Europe are taking a new look at past allegations.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revoked his membership, as has the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.“This has got to be a fire sale,” said Richard Levick, chairman and CEO of crisis-management firm Levick International. He added that while he doesn’t think anyone would be interested in buying the Weinstein name, they might be interested in “buying the pieces.”Amazon Studios, the growing film arm of Amazon, cut ties with the Weinstein company last week. Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and director David O. Russell scrapped an untitled Amazon Studios series that was being produced by The Weinstein Co.Showtime has threatened to pull out of an Oliver Stone drama in development, “Guantanamo,” because Weinstein Co. is a producer.“The stink from this is so substantial that it makes almost anyone to try to defend them to become an untouchable,” Levick said.Word of a potential sale comes just three days after Bob Weinstein, who helped found the company with his brother, Harvey, said that a sale was not an option.“We are pleased to invest in The Weinstein Company and to help it move forward,” Colony said Monday. “We will help return the company to its rightful iconic position in the independent film and television industry.”Now, Colony will have to weigh a sale price against “brand liability,” Levick said. This includes unknown things such as how many more women may come forward.The list of women alleging harassment and assault by Harvey Weinstein continues to grow. More than 30 women, including actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow — have spoken out.___Business writers Stanley J. Choe and Barbara Ortutay contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Staples Canada transforms business model with coworking spaces cafes and more

first_imgTORONTO — Regular customers of certain Staples Canada Inc. locations may not recognize their local stores the next time they visit.The company is transforming its business model at two locations in Kirkland, Que. and Toronto to include a range of features including co-working spaces, a technology discovery zone and a “stadium-style” area that can be used for community events.It’s also dabbling in opening journal, pen and audio bars, offering new digital-based services including website design, rolling out a weekly speaker series and serving up coffee at an in-store cafe run by local coffee company Mos Mos.Staples chief executive officer David Boone said the concept stores are a product of the changing marketplace the retailer has faced as competitors Amazon, Walmart, Muji and Miniso have invaded Staples’ territory, driving down prices and increasing competition.Boone said Staples is dealing with the reality that its online business is growing faster than its retail footprint.“If you think about where our customers are going, they are embracing technology, they are embracing different ways of working and education is changing in Canada, so we are…adapting it to where our customers are going,” he said, noting that the company is also eyeing a new e-commerce experience.To shape the concept stores and features Staples is testing, the retailer consulted with thousands of businesses, educators, parents and students. They told Staples they wanted more inspiration and help, a community feel and a sense that things were “becoming easier” by shopping there, Boone said.The company settled on a range of features dedicated to the digital-savvy workforce and providing for entrepreneurs and those working in the gig economy.The journal, pen and audio bars will likely pop up at other Staples across the country, but the company will be more selective about the locations that receive its gathering and co-working spaces, Boone said.In recent years, co-working space business WeWork has aggressively expanded in Canada alongside similar companies targeted at women or millennials.Retail expert Brynn Winegard said how Staples’ co-working space will fare is hard to predict because those prone to using co-working spaces are just outside of the company’s core demographic.“A lot of the millennials, we call them ‘digital natives,’ never really wrote with pen and paper. They are more technology driven,” she said. “Some of the stationary components and non-digital products Staples has would attract a different demographic than the people using these working spaces.”She suspected this is why Staples is testing the offering at a few locations and not rolling it out on a wide scale just yet.She said the changes Staples is making are in-line with plenty of other big-box retailers that own many large stores and recognize that they can repurpose their spaces for other things to drive more traffic.“Those big centres have to be very profitable so you can justify keeping them,” she said. “There is the imperative and need for organizations to create a reason beyond shopping to go in the store.”Starbucks, she said, was among the first to clue into benefits of offering shoppers more than an opportunity to scoop up products. After it launched free WiFi, she said others followed suit. Then Holt Renfrew added a cafeteria, cafe and restaurant. Walmart, she said, has gotten into the action too, dabbling with optical, photo and dry-cleaning services.“People will say I am here to pick up my glasses prescriptions, I might as well pick up some stuff at the Walmart,” she said.“Very similarly at Staples, you can see this would be a very intelligent move if people say I am here for a meeting or to collaborate with my peers at this co-working space, so I might as well go pick up some dry erase markers.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Make summers trendy with prints

first_imgIn this fashion savvy world, most trends keep changing with time, but there are a few items in your wardrobe that can never be replaced – including denims, LBDs, prints. And, if we particularly talk about ‘prints’, they always stay with fashion and never fail to make a statement.No doubt, print individually is the safest style to opt for, but when styling it with other print (print on print trend), one really needs to be careful. According to style experts, pairing different patterns require an artistic vision, as it involves a lot of risk. That is why a lot of people are scared to experiment with such outfits. Though there are no listed rules to explore this trend, just make sure that they compliment one another. Also, summer is definitely the best season to flaunt fun print-on-print outfits. So, let’s see what all we can try to make our outfits stand out: Play safe and go for the most basic and universal print patterns like animal prints, stripes, geometrical patterns, polka dots, floral, checkered, etc. The most essential thing while experimenting with prints is to stay in the same colour family. As long as the prints have at least one colour in common, you can use contrasting colours. Match colours, not prints! If you want to make a bold choice of mixed pattern outfits, you have to be very careful with what you choose. To start with, keep in mind that some patterns don’t look good with one another. And, the simplest trick is to mix stripes with floral print. If you want to flaunt a mixed print outfit in a softer version you can add printed shoes, bags, and accessories to your regular outfit. One more way to don print this season is to pick pieces in vibrant colours. Eye-catching patterns in vivid colours will make the boldest outfits. These outfits are hard to miss and will surely catch eyeballs wherever you show up. Try the same print but in different sizes. One thing you can note is that graphic prints always match with each other. In this regard, you can also play with florals while matching your outfits; just go with bigger, more prominent ones. Though there is nothing wrong with combining prints from various categories, try to be subtle and make sure you don’t go over two prints at a time. Else, it will end up in a messy look and surely, that is not what we want, right? Speaking of the rules, the most important point is to be confident and comfortable in what you wear. So this Summer, pick the best prints, revamp your wardrobe and give major fashion goals to people around you.last_img read more

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Egypts political rivals in psychological warfare

first_imgCAIRO  –“Each of the two camps seeks to achieve quick victories and control the volatile political scene,” Ghobashi said.With the trial of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi few hours away, the Egyptian army and the Muslim Brotherhood continued their psychological warfare to control the political narrative in this volatile country.“Egypt has been in the grip of a psychological warfare since Morsi’s ouster, but this warfare has intensified in the past few days,” Mukhtar Mohamed Ghobashi, the deputy head of the local think-tank Arab Center for Political and Strategic Studies, told Anadolu Agency.“Each of the two camps seeks to achieve quick victories and control the volatile political scene,” he added. Morsi’s is due to stand trial on Monday on charges of inciting the killing of peaceful demonstrators outside the presidential palace in December.It will be his first public appearance since his ouster by the powerful military on July 3.Ghobashi said both parties have their own problems.The army and its supporters, on one hand, are trying to present Egyptians with a convincing alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood whose year in power spawned public resentment towards the group.But they have been unable to do that because of the difficult economic problems that continue to trouble the country.The pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, on the other hand, has set the bar high with their demand for the reinstatement of Morsi, Ghobashi added.“This is difficult to achieve given the current political conditions in Egypt,” he asserted.“This, both camps have resorted to psychological warfare to make quick gains and control the political narrative” before Egyptians head to polling stations to vote on the constitution and later elected a new parliament and president, Ghobashi said.He cited Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim’s recent remarks that the Muslim Brotherhood had almost lost its ability to mobilize protesters.The minister also sounded confident about his ministry’s ability to secure Morsi’s trial, citing their recent success in arresting deputy chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Essam al-Erian.“It will be a normal day,” Ibrahim argued.-SteadfastnessThe National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, however, has vowed to stage unprecedented rallies on Morsi’s trial day.“The coup leaders are up for a week of mass demonstration,” Ali Khafagi, the FJP Giza youth leader, told Anadolu Agency.“We will show the world that we have a cause and that we are not backing down,” he added.“Our continuing protests far exceed their abilities and that is why they have resorted to imposing emergencies and imposing a curfew,” Khafagi suggested.Experts say despite the heavy-handed crackdown on pro-Morsi protests, which saw hundreds of supporters killed and detained, the pace of demonstrations has not slowed down, wearing out security forces and affecting the national economy negatively.The alliance, Morsi’s main support block, has urged supporters to gather outside the courthouse where Morsi would be tried.It also urged democracy advocates to rally outside Egyptian embassies and consulates around the world.Deputy Chairman of the Islamic Party Magdy Salem, also a leader of the Alliance, has reiterated their determination to defeat the “military coup” against Morsi.He said the army-installed administration uses all legal and illegal tactics to break the will of Morsi’s supporters.“But these practices only make us stronger,” Salem told Anadolu Agency.By Hagar al-Desoukilast_img read more

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Visiting UN cemetery Ban honours soldiers that fell in line of duty

30 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today became the first United Nations chief to visit the UN Memorial Cemetery in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and pay respect to the 2,300 soldiers that died in the line of duty during the Korean War in the early 1950s. “Today we remember those who fell in freedom’s name, and we remember the families and communities that still suffer from the war’s grim legacy,” Mr. Ban said at the cemetery in Busan, which he visited during an official trip to the ROK. “More than half a century ago, they stood against communist aggression. They fought and died so that we could be here today, living in larger freedom. We shall never forget them,” he added.The UN Memorial Cemetery is the only UN cemetery in the world. In his remarks during his visit to the site Mr. Ban said it is proof that “countries and peoples of all cultures, faiths, and geographies can unite to fight for universal principles.”He called the site “a beautiful monument to the brave UN soldiers” who lost their lives, and thanked local residents who visit the cemetery each day to lay wreaths of remembrance.“As a young boy, I watched the UN blue flag fly. I knew many of the soldiers who defended my country. They were brave and they were kind,” he said. “It was the courage of soldiers from 16 peace-loving nations and the support of five others who saved Korea from tyranny and helped to bring us where we are today.”He called for renewed commitment to reuniting the Korean Peninsula “so that all Koreans can live in peace and prosperity for generations to come.” read more

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Softball No 21 Ohio State remains on road for Texas Invitational

Second basemen Emily Clark makes an off-foot throw to first during the Sep. 24 gameagainst Wright State. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternAfter returning home with three of four possible wins in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Raleigh, North Carolina, the No. 21 Ohio State softball team will hit the road again when it heads to Austin, Texas, for four games in the Texas Invitational. The Buckeyes will take on Wichita State, Virginia Tech and Texas.Ohio State enters as the team with the best record (8-1) with Texas sitting at 4-4, Wichita State at 5-4 and Virginia Tech at 6-2. Despite the early success, neither the team nor head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly are reading into these records too much.“As much as we will talk about the opponents, we try not to focus on the opponents,” Kovach Schoenly said, “Regardless of their record, they’re going to come out and try to beat Ohio State.”This weekend will be another full one with four games. The Buckeyes have already played four extra-inning games this season, three of which took place last weekend. Ohio State won two of those extra-inning games.“I just think it shows what we’ll be able to do throughout the season,” sophomore outfielder Spencer Sansom said. “It shows our energy. We want to compete, we want to be out there. We never give up.”The Buckeyes found success over the weekend based on contributions from all members of their team stepping up. Knowing that another long weekend lies ahead, Ohio State needs to have that happen again to come away with four wins.“The whole weekend, it was a new person every single time that stepped up and I think that’s what our advantage is,” junior catcher Emily Clark said. “We have a strong lineup, a strong nine.” Kovach Schoenly said Ohio State must watch out for Virginia Tech’s pitchers. Not only do they possess high strikeout rates, but she said they are also great hitters. As a team, Virginia Tech has struck out 58 batters in 54.1 innings. The team’s second-most effective pitcher, Carrie Eberle, also has been a potent hitter, batting .313 with one home run in seven games.The Buckeyes also will face a Texas team playing in front of its home crowd, one that Kovach Schoenly said can get the stands filled and create quite an atmosphere. But she thinks her team is ready and excited to spoil the game for the Longhorn fans. The only team Ohio State plays twice this weekend is Wichita State. The Shockers have struggled offensively, but has won five games on the strength of their pitching staff. The Shockers have been shut out in three losses — all to the only ranked opponents they have faced this season  — but have held opponents to just 10 combined runs in the five wins. Wichita State is hitting just .222 as a team, but has a team ERA of 3.66.Ohio State opens the series against Virginia Tech at 10 a.m. Friday before playing Wichita State at 3 p.m. later that day. It will play Texas at 6:30 p.m. and Wichita State at 9 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Connacht shock Toulouse to record their greatest ever Heineken Cup win

first_imgUpdated 16:55CONNACHT HAVE BEATEN Toulouse 16-14 at the Stade Ernest Wallon thanks to an assured Dan Parks kicking performance and a superb try from Kieran Marmion.The Irish side shocked the four-time Heineken Cup champions to snap their eight-game losing streak and give themselves a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals. The final five minutes were tense as Parks hit the bar with a 55 metre penalty attempt.The visitors were 60 seconds away from a remarkable half-time lead before a late Jean Pascal Barraque try. Pat Lam’s side began the game on the back foot and needed some committed defence to survive the opening 10 minutes. Connacht fought back after turning over Toulouse ball and gradually made headway into the French half.The frustration of the home side was evident as they went offside soon after knocking forward in midfield. Parks sized up the posts from halfway and scored with a sweet connection.The visitors grew in confidence after the early score and left French territory with another three points, on 15 minutes, after Parks slotted over a drop goal inside their 22.Jake Heenan and John Muldoon were outstanding for the Irish side in the first-half, with Robbie Henshaw the attacking spark in the backline.French pressure looked to have paid off in the final 10 minutes of the half as Barraque lined up a penalty. He missed and Connacht needed Parks’ superb tap tackle to deny Florian Fritz a try moments later.Toulouse were rewarded for their relentless attacking surges as Barraque got over for a try in the 39th minute. As the clock ticked red, Barraque converted his try and the French side led for the first time in the game.Kieran Marmion was superb for Connacht. INPHO/Billy SticklandParks put Connacht ahead with a penalty after the break and Henshaw showed great strength and awareness to set up Carr, who dived over in the corner. It looked like a core but he had been held up. Luckily, Marmion was on hand to burrow over and get the ball down at the next ruck.Henshaw was denied a score of his own when the video referee harshly called back play and the scene was set for a tense finish when Toulouse captain Thierry Dusautoir got over for a try and Lionel Beauxis converted it.Marmion was named man-of-the-match with a minute of play left but greater news was to follow. Connacht held on and recorded the greatest win in the province’s history.– First posted at 15:50Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >VIDEO: Watch Brian O’Driscoll’s magical between the legs passAs it happened: Munster v Perpignan, Heineken Cuplast_img read more

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Ecoli les graines dEgypte interdites par lUE

first_imgE.coli: les graines d’Egypte interdites par l’UEAlors que les autorités viennent de confirmer la piste des graines germées égyptiennes, l’Union européenne a décidé d’interdire mercredi l’importation des lots de fenugrec. Mais l’Egypte se défend et déclare que les graines ne peuvent être à l’origine de la contamination. Un lien entre un lot de fenugrec en provenance d’Égypte et les intoxications par la bactérie E.coli a été confirmé par l’Efsa (l’Agence européenne pour la sécurité des aliments). Celle-ci vient alors d’interdire l’importation de ces graines et a recommandé à tous les Etats membres de retirer du marché et de détruire tous les lots en provenance d’Egypte. À lire aussiArchéologie : le vrai visage de Cléopâtre reconstitué en 3DMais ce n’est qu’un début : “la Commission va suivre l’évolution de la situation et décidera si des mesures additionnelles s’imposent” a précisé John Dalli, commissaire européen à la santé. De son côté, l’Égypte a rejeté dès mercredi soir, “toute responsabilité”, mettant en avant l’argument de la date d’exportation du lot : celui-ci exporté en 2009 contenait des graines séchées, sur lesquelles la bactérie n’aurait pu restée et proliférer pendant deux ans.D’excellents véhicules pour la bactériePourtant, d’après un article paru le 6 juillet, dans Sciences et Avenir : “La première hypothèse, très plausible, est celle d’une contamination à la ferme, lors de la production des graines”. Et, “nombre de graines étant destinées à être plantées et non mangées, les normes sanitaires ne sont pas aussi strictes que pour les produits destinés à l’alimentation”. Enfin, “si des graines de luzerne, de fenugrec ou de radis ont été contaminées en champ, elles deviennent d’excellents véhicules à long terme pour les bactéries.” “C’est la première fois qu’on trouve cette bactérie dans des graines germées”, informe la microbiologiste Patricia Mariani-Kurkdjan, citée par Metro. C’est donc ce qui pourrait expliquer le fait que les autorités sanitaires allemandes ont commencé par pointer du doigt les concombres espagnols.Le 7 juillet 2011 à 10:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Sony Patents Prescription VR Glasses

first_img By far the biggest thing holding back virtual reality, the gaming/tech world’s new golden child, is that no matter how immersive you make the worlds or how powerful you make the controls, people don’t want to play something that makes them physically sick. Strapping hardware to your head, having two different sort of unfocused images beamed to your eyes to make fake 3D, and moving through a space in a way that doesn’t totally line up with your senses makes you sick. It sucks!VR glasses can be especially bad for people who wear prescription glasses. Two different sets of lenses stacked on top of each other don’t always play nice. And the extra layer can get in the way of headtracking, which can exacerbate motion sickness even further when not smooth. So as more companies (even Nintendo!) invest more in VR tech, it’s cool that they are also investing in VR accessibility tech, like Sony just did with this new prescription glasses VR patent.Filed last week, this patent describes a system in which a VR headset (like Sony’s own PlayStation VR) would track a user’s glasses rather than their eyes. This would make tracking smoother and less confused while wearing glasses in VR. The glasses themselves would need some adjustments, some kind of embedded tech for the headset to register. But that could just be in the frame.The lenses themselves would still be a user’s prescription so they could, you know, actually see the game. There’s already precedent for tech takes on prescription glasses, like the Gunnar Haus Computer Glasses. This is just the next, VR step.Anything that makes more tech more usable for more people is a good thing. So hopefully this prescription VR patent eventually becomes a real product. Can they make something that fixes VR hair next?For more on PlayStation VR check out our recent hands-on with cool upcoming games like Iron Man VR, No Man’s Sky VR, and Trover Saves The Universe. And for more on glasses tech check out the upgraded Microsoft HoloLens 2. British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Rafa Benitez looks for his 50th Newcastle win

first_imgThe Spanish manager will look for this important victory against his former Premier League club ChelseaNewcastle United boss Rafael Benitez knows today is a special day for him and his club.Not only he is looking for his 50th victory with The Magpies, but he will look for it against his former club Chelsea.And ahead of his important Premier League match-up, the manager spoke to the press.“I knew this season would be quite difficult but now we have to concentrate on bringing in the new players and the understanding has to be good with them so we can compete now,” he told The Independent.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“When you have players who can’t make a difference, you need teamwork and it is important they understand your ideas and follow them. We cannot lose the work-rate and togetherness which got us to 10th last season.”“The supporters know we don’t have someone to go out and score 25 goals. What we have is a team which is stronger with the fans behind them,” he added.“We have to forget all the things that have happened over the summer and in the meantime, everyone has the right to do what they want to do.”“But thinking about the club, thinking about the team, thinking about the fans, I have to do my best,” he told reporters during the press conference.last_img read more

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Harry Wilson admits Gareth Bale is still the freekick expert

first_imgHarry Wilson who is gradually building a reputation as a dead-ball specialist netted a superb strike to put his side ahead of Ireland on Tuesday’s round of the UEFA Nations league.Bale, though injured tweeted in appreciation of his country’s win in Dublin, but the on-loan Liverpool midfielder accepts he will be stepping down for the Madrid superstar as soon as he is up and running.‘I’ll be putting my name forward but I think he (Bale) is still at the front of the queue – and rightly so,’ Wilson said during the post-match interview.‘When Gareth is here we stand back and watch him take them because he is that good.’‘But it is important to have a couple of players good on dead balls. It is good to have that option.’Players who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.The 21-year-old is a winger and plays for Championship side Derby County, on loan from Premier League side Liverpool. He also netted a spectacular goal last month to give his side victory at Old Trafford during their Carabao cup campaign.The Welsh manager and former Manchester United player, Ryan Giggs also made some funny comments upon naming his squad to face Ireland. He said he was considering slamming a fine on Wilson for scoring against his beloved United.‘He hasn’t got round to it yet, and I’m hoping that goal will make him forget about it.’ Wilson said via Sky Sports.‘I don’t know (which was the best) but I enjoyed them both. When you score for your country, no matter what type of goal it is, then its special. But then as a Liverpool fan to score at Old Trafford was also special. They are both there.’last_img read more

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Service remembrance and reflection will be the themes for Sept 11

first_imgOn Saturday, Americans will mark the ninth anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.It’s an anniversary that has become a national holiday — not a holiday like Independence Day or Memorial Day, but a day for personal reflection and remembrance.On Dec. 18, 2001, President George W. Bush signed into law a resolution proclaiming that Sept. 11, 2002, and future anniversaries of the attacks would be observed each year as Patriot Day.In 2009, after a seven-year campaign, family members and friends of those who died on 9/11 came together to declare the first Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, to be marked by service projects and by honoring victims of the attacks, veterans and first responders. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which passed Congress with strong bipartisan support, was signed into law by President Barack Obama in April 2009.“I call upon all Americans to join in service and honor the lives we lost, the heroes who responded in our hour of need, and the brave men and women in uniform who continue to protect our country at home and abroad,” Obama said in proclaiming both Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Individual communities have found their own ways to observe the day.Local eventsThis year, in Clark County, Sept. 11 will be marked by music, speeches, a spaghetti feed, a prayer breakfast and ceremonies at fire stations marking the loss of nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and a Pennsylvania field nine years ago.last_img read more

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RBI allows foreign investors to buy corporate bonds in default

first_imgReserve Bank of India (RBI) is allowing foreign investors to buy corporate bonds that are either totally or partly in default, it said on Thursday, a potential boost to the country’s nascent distressed debt market.”This will provide an exit to existing investors and also help in reducing the level of stress in the banking sector,” said a policymaker.India is struggling to clean up corporate balance sheets after years of expansion were followed by a sharp slowdown in growth. Companies are wrestling with more than $640 billion of debt, or more than 40 percent of India’s gross domestic product, and a sluggish recovery means they struggle to repay.The result has been a bad debt pile of more than $50 billion in the country’s banks and a rise in bond defaults. That number is not publicly disclosed.Indian companies typically rely on bank loans for financing, but rupee bond issuance has jumped in 2015.While foreigners had not previously explicitly been banned from buying defaulted bonds, officials said investors had sought clarity from the Reserve Bank of India after a unit of JP Morgan in India suffered significant mark-to-market losses in late August.It was hit by a steep downgrade to auto-parts maker Amtek Auto Ltd’s debt. At the time, foreign distressed debt buyers had eyed Amtek bonds – unusual in a country where trading in corporate bonds is mostly confined to top rated issuers.”There were lots of queries from foreign investors on buying defaulted bonds,” the policymaker said.India is trying to foster a distressed debt market, and is currently pushing through its first ever unified bankruptcy code, a change which should clear up and speed up both liquidation and restructuring.In its circular issued on Thursday, the RBI said the maturity of the bonds should be three years or more.The issuer will need to restructure the bond to comply with the minimum maturity tenure, as foreigners are not allowed to buy corporate bonds of below three years, the RBI said.last_img read more

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Road crash kills medical student

first_imgRoad Accident LogoA student of Khulna Medical College was killed in a road crash on Rupsha Bridge Bypass road in Labanchora, Khulna on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Ariful Islam Akash, 22, a third year student of the college was from Faridpur.The accident took place around 8:30am when an unknown vehicle hit a motorbike carrying Akash while heading towards Rupsha Bridge, leaving him dead on the spot, said Shafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Labanchora police station.last_img

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NFL Player Indicted By Harris County Grand Jury

first_img Share Twitter via @KHOUA Harris County grand jury Friday indicted Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett for the felony charge of injury of the elderly for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic who was working at NRG Stadium to control access to the field at Super Bowl LI, prosecutors said.On Feb 5, 2017, Bennett was a spectator and in town to watch his brother, a player for the New England Patriots.Immediately following the game, Bennett shoved his way on to the field where players were gathering to celebrate.NRG Security personnel, including the 66-year-old disabled victim, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance for field access.Instead, he pushed through them, including the elderly woman who was part of the security team.The charge, injury to the elderly, includes intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older.It carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.As a result of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett’s arrest. Prosecutors are working with Bennett’s counsel regarding his surrender.Chief @ArtAcevedo Newser on Michael Bennett Grand Jury Indictment https://t.co/sRbLA6DA5j— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 23, 2018last_img read more

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