Before Thursday night’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, our Elo ratings predicted a 77 percent probability of a Bengals win. Cincinnati had the higher Elo rating before the game, 1568 to 1420, and it was playing at home, both of which fed a pregame point spread of -8.5 points in the Bengals’ favor.Instead, the Browns dominated, winning 24-3 (and forcing Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton into one of the worst passing games ever). How unexpected is it for a team favored by 8.5 to lose by 21 points? And what does it say about the confidence we should have in these types of point-margin predictions — whether generated by Elo or otherwise?Nearly three decades ago, statistician Hal Stern found that, for NFL games, “the margin of victory over the pointspread (number of points scored by the favorite minus the number of points scored by the underdog minus the pointspread) is not significantly different from the normal distribution” with a mean of zero and a standard deviation of 13.86 points. In other words, the likelihood of the actual margin in any given game can be described by a bell-shaped probability distribution centered on the pregame spread (in Stern’s case, the Vegas line).Stern’s original research had only tested results from the 1981, 1983 and 1984 NFL seasons. But using Vegas spread data from 1978 to 2012, I replicated Stern’s work and confirmed his findings — the final margin of victory in an NFL game can be approximated by a normal random variable with a mean of the Vegas line and a standard deviation somewhere between 13 and 14 (for the entire 35-season sample, that standard deviation was 13.45).We can also see this effect if we plot a histogram of the prediction errors between the actual scoring margins of games and those predicted by the pregame Elo ratings:In the case of Elo, the normal distribution predicting a game’s final margin of victory is centered around the difference between the two teams’ Elo ratings divided by 25 (adding or subtracting 2.6 points if the team is at home or on the road), with a standard deviation of 13.65 points. That means the likelihood of last night’s score was about 1.5 percent, based on the pregame ratings and the location of the game.But Thursday night’s outcome wasn’t the most unexpected of the season thus far. When the Atlanta Falcons faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 18, they were favored by 5 points; there was only a 0.3 percent chance they would decimate the Bucs by 42 points, which is what ended up happening. Likewise, there was only a 0.3 percent probability that the Miami Dolphins would win by 37 as one-point underdogs against the San Diego Chargers last week.Here are the most unexpected results of the 2014 season to date:It bears mentioning that the normal distribution model is an approximation, and approximations can break down at the extremes. If we toss all NFL games since 1978 into buckets based on the probability of exceeding the actual point margin and compare those buckets to the expected frequencies, we can see where the model is over- or under-estimating the likelihood of a given outcome:If the model is properly calibrated, each bucket should contain exactly 5 percent of all games. And that’s basically the case, but there are small deviations. For example, the model predicts slightly more games than it should in the top and bottom 5 percent buckets, fewer than it should in the 10 to 25 percent and 75 to 90 percent likelihood zones, and more than it should in the buckets between 40 and 60 percent.
Oakland6.3– Houston12.7– Tennessee6.8– Denver4.7– Jacksonville9.7– Los Angeles Chargers5.3– New England1.2– Tampa Bay8.6– Carolina6.2– New York Giants11.4– Green Bay8.2– San Francisco16.3– Washington9.2– New Orleans17.8%– Los Angeles Rams9.2– Looking at the entire New Orleans roster, nearly 18 percent of the Saints’ overall AV in 2017 came from their draft class, good for the highest percentage of any team this year. Unsurprisingly, New England’s four draft picks, the fewest in the league, produced the least value for their team in 2017. Cincinnati9.0– Chicago11.5– Seattle7.9– Kansas City8.4– Indianapolis7.2– The Saints leaned on rookies more than any other teamShare of each team’s Approximate Value created by their draft picks, 2017 Buffalo10.8– New York Jets9.9– Philadelphia4.5– Minnesota8.1– Pittsburgh8.7– What’s also clear from the table above is that leaning heavily on rookies is more likely a sign of turmoil than success, as it could suggest that teams are rebuilding or that their veterans are riddled with injuries. The five teams ranked just behind the Saints in percent of team AV contributed by rookies — the 49ers, Browns, Texans, Bears and Giants — combined for only 18 wins, or 3.6 apiece.Going back to 2000, the 2017 Saints class is only surpassed by the Dallas Cowboys’ excellent 2016 draft class — headlined by Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott — in terms of total value produced during their rookie seasons. Even the 2010 Patriots’ haul, which featured Rob Gronkowski and Devin McCourty, doesn’t compare.And the Saints only had seven picks in 2017, compared with nine for the Cowboys in 2016 and 12 for the Patriots in 2010. Indeed, the Saints’ 6.1 AV per pick among draftees in their rookie year is the best of any team since at least the 2000 draft. Detroit10.3– Dallas5.6– Cleveland14.7– TeamPercent After three straight years of finishing 7-9, the New Orleans Saints seemed headed to another year of mediocrity when they began the season 0-2. But since Week 3, when New Orleans routed a 2-0 Carolina Panthers team on the road, the team has peeled off 12 wins in 15 games, including another win over the Panthers in the wild card round last Sunday.And yet there’s reason to believe the franchise revival didn’t begin in late September. It began in April, at the NFL Draft.There are lots of reasons for the Saints’ success this season — including the ageless Drew Brees and the historically good running back duo he’s been handing the ball off to — but the team’s terrific rookie class is perhaps the driving force behind it all. The Saints had just seven draft picks in the 2017 NFL draft, slightly less than the NFL average of 7.9 picks per team, and nearly every one of the picks can be viewed as either a solid addition or a huge success.Cornerback Marshon Lattimore, taken 11th overall, has helped revitalize a defense that last year ranked as the second worst in the league in terms of points allowed. Third-round running back Alvin Kamara has accumulated more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage while leading the NFL with 6.1 yards per carry. Thanks in no small part to a number of ridiculous highlight plays like Kamara’s juggling touchdown and Lattimore’s butt interception, the duo were both named to the Pro Bowl and are favorites for offensive and defensive rookie of the year.Even drafting just one of these two would be about enough to qualify a draft class as a success, but the Saints didn’t stop there. Tackle Ryan Ramczyk, who was taken 32nd overall after New Orleans traded Brandin Cooks to the New England Patriots for that pick, has played every offensive snap this season. Second-rounder Marcus Williams started 15 games and made four interceptions at safety while the remaining picks — linebacker Alex Anzalone, edge rusher Trey Hendrickson and DE Al-Quadin Muhammad — have all contributed to various degrees.Put it all together, and the Saints not only had the top draft class of any team in 2017 but one of the best this century. To show this, I used Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Approximate Value (AV) metric.1You can see more detail on how AV is calculated here. AV is “an attempt to put a single number on the seasonal value of a player at any position from any year.” Obviously there’s no perfect way to measure the contributions of an offensive tackle relative to a middle linebacker, but this metric allows us to at least estimate value of every player and compare them regardless of position. Comparing the total AV of every team’s rookies shows just how well the Saints drafted in 2017 relative to the rest of the league. Baltimore4.5– Miami7.1– Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Arizona8.2– Atlanta2.7– The Saints have already won a playoff game for the first time since 2013, and they are now two wins away from going to their second Super Bowl in franchise history. If they don’t get there this year, the team’s 2017 rookie class may give them a fighting chance at another title in the handful of years before Drew Brees’s storied career comes to a close.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
For most of the century-plus that Iowa State has been playing college football, the Cyclones have toiled in misery, the doormat of virtually every conference they’ve been a part of. That neighboring programs at the University of Iowa and University of Nebraska rose to national prominence, in part at the expense of the Cyclones, no doubt made this fact more painful for the faithful in Ames.But despite losing to Iowa in the first game of their season, the No. 16 Cyclones are the class of the region this year.At 6-3, Iowa State’s record doesn’t jump off the page, but coach Matt Campbell has turned the program around. In 2017, Campbell’s second season on the job, the Cyclones snapped a seven-year streak of losing records and capped the season with a win in the Liberty Bowl — just the fourth bowl victory in school history.Now currently on a five-game winning streak against conference foes,1A feat never before accomplished by the team. including two wins over ranked opponents, Iowa State has a chance to play in the Big 12 championship game if it beats Texas on Saturday and Kansas State next week, and West Virginia loses either to Oklahoma State or Oklahoma. The Cyclones haven’t won a conference title since before the television was invented, last doing so when they were a part of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Even being ranked this late in the season has the Cyclones on the brink of another accomplishment: The team has finished a season in the Associated Press rankings only twice in school history — and never higher than 19th. By comparison, their rival to the west, Nebraska, has finished 48 seasons in the rankings.Iowa State is 12.89 points better than the average team this season, according to Sports Reference’s Simple Rating System. That would be the team’s third-best season of all time and the best mark since 1976. Not bad for a program that, through the 1990s — despite having a transcendent talent at running back — averaged an SRS of negative-4.7 and won less than 26 percent of its games.Campbell, at least at podiums, is hardly satisfied. “I think what’s exciting is that I sit here right now knowing that our best is still out there,” he said after the team’s most recent win. Iowa State’s five-game winning streak coincides with Campbell’s decision in early October to play true freshman quarterback Brock Purdy, who spurned a scholarship offer from Alabama. Purdy’s Total Quarterback Rating of 85.0 trails only Shea Patterson of Michigan (85.2), Kyler Murray of Oklahoma (95.3) and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama (95.8).Purdy has an elite target in Hakeem Butler, the successor to recently graduated star receiver Allen Lazard. At 6-foot-6, Butler is a ball-hawking skyscraper who ranks second nationally in yards per reception (22.7) and share of receptions resulting in a first down or touchdown (86.1 percent). Add in a bruising tailback like David Montgomery — a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection from a season ago who has amassed 1,108 yards after contact over the past two seasons, the fifth most of any running back — and the Cyclones have a frightening offensive triumvirate. In the seven seasons under Paul Rhoads, Campbell’s predecessor, Iowa State never ranked in the top 50 in offensive efficiency, but the team is on track to crack it for the second season in a row.But the pulse of Iowa State’s success is in the dominant defense installed by Campbell and defensive coordinator Jon Heacock. This season, the Cyclones rank 13th in defensive efficiency at 79.22 — 8.79 points higher than any previous season in the previous 10 years and 30.62 points higher than their average over that stretch. Iowa State leads the Big 12 in rushing yards allowed per attempt (3.1), opposing passer efficiency rating (125), yards allowed per play (4.94) and opponent drive score percentage (25.9 percent), among other metrics.The Cyclone defense displayed its chops on Oct. 13 against West Virginia, which touts a top-five passing offense (337.3 per contest) and top-10 scoring attack (40.89 per contest). Will Grier, a likely Heisman finalist, was held to a season-low 100 passing yards, and the Mountaineer offense managed just 7 points. (West Virginia finished with 14 total points, but 7 came by way of a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown.) “We didn’t do anything right,” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said afterward.Iowa State’s toughest assignment left on the regular-season schedule comes Saturday against No. 15 Texas, before the Cyclones close with matchups against Kansas State and Incarnate Word.2The last game was added after Iowa State’s first scheduled game was canceled because of bad weather. But that last game, scheduled for Dec. 1, would be canceled if Iowa State can reach the conference championship.For decades, conference foes worked Iowa State like a speed bag on Saturdays, turning Jack Trice Stadium into a virtual burial ground. Opposing coaches like Tom Osborne at Nebraska and Hayden Fry at Iowa inflicted substantial punishment, year after year. But under Campbell, the cardinal and gold have shown that they won’t be pushed around. FiveThirtyEight’s Elo rating pegs the Cyclones higher than it does Central Florida, a team largely crowdsourcing its playoff candidacy but that does have the nation’s longest current winning streak. A win Saturday in Austin, a game some consider to be the program’s most significant in the past decade, wouldn’t vault Iowa State into the playoff conversation. But it would rubber-stamp a growing notion: The Cyclones — yes, those Cyclones — are finally ready to contend.Check out our latest college football predictions.
The Final Four of the 2019 NCAA women’s basketball tournament is set, which means FiveThirtyEight’s Sara Ziegler is here to break down the two semifinal games. Watch to learn how the teams match up, who’s favored to win and how those favorites can avoid possible upsets on their way to the national title.Be sure to follow our live win probabilities and predictions throughout the rest of the women’s and men’s NCAA tournaments.
There are a few differences near the top: Hayes and Horton-Tucker leapfrog Morant as the best prospects behind Williamson (CARMELO really appears to love Horton-Tucker), while Culver and Barrett tumble in favor of efficient, rim-protector-type bigs such as Porter and Oregon’s Bol Bol, the 7-foot-2 of son of Manute Bol. I wouldn’t start using these rankings to make my picks if I were an NBA general manager — it’s been shown that scouting rankings are easily the most predictive component any draft projection can add. But they are still somewhat interesting in terms of helping to identify undervalued players whom the eye test alone might miss.And it’s telling that Wiliamson still emerges as the clear-cut No. 1 prospect regardless of whether we’re looking only at statistics or a hybrid between metrics and scouting information. The guy is probably going to be pretty dope in the NBA, and Morant might not be far behind as the likely No. 2 pick. After that, there are a few more solid choices and then a whole bunch of uncertainty. That’s pretty standard for the NBA draft, where potential value drops off quickly after the first pick or two — but this year’s class might be unusually top-heavy even by basketball’s normal standards. 5RJ BarrettSG19315.4C. AnthonyD. Russell 3T. Horton-TuckerSF192110.9G. WallaceT. Ariza 34Bruno FernandoC21342.2T. BryantD. Sabonis 35Daniel GaffordC21382.2C. TaftR. Hendrix 29Isaiah RobyPF21362.5D. BrownJ. Martin 44KZ OkpalaSF20261.3J. JohnsonW. Chandler 19N. A.-WalkerSG21235.7D. MitchellS. Brown 14Tremont WatersPG22476.8P. JacksonM. Banks 30Brandon ClarkePF23124.0T. BookerP. M.-Bonsu 21Nassir LittleSF19164.2Q. MillerK. Oubre RkPlayerPosAge*Scout RkUpside WARNo. 1No. 2 26Jaylen NowellSG20924.6J. ForteJ. Okogie 13Matisse ThybulleSF22285.9D. MillerN. Powell 24Tremont WatersPG22473.4P. JacksonM. Banks 4Jaxson HayesC19915.8Z. CollinsD. Davis 15N. A.-WalkerSG21235.6S. BrownP. McCaw 17Chuma OkekePF21414.8O. SpellmanJ. Martin ‘Pure stats’ CARMELO projections for 2019 NBA draftMost valuable NBA players from 2020-26, according to CARMELO’s upside wins above replacement projections, using only college stats 11Kevin Porter Jr.SG19146.3X. HenryL. Walker 46Justin RobinsonPG22522.5A. HolidayB. Stepp Not including European players or point guard Darius Garland (who played only five career college games). Upside WAR ignores a player’s projected below-replacement seasons.*Ages are as of Feb. 1, 2020.+ Player has withdrawn from consideration for the 2019 draft.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Unsurprisingly, Duke’s Zion Williamson ranks No. 1 in our prospect ratings with a massive upside WAR of 36.7 projected wins over his first seven pro seasons. To give that number a sense of scale, last year’s top projected prospect — Texas’s Mohamed Bamba — led the pack with an upside rating of just 21.8 WAR, so it’s fair to say that Williamson is a significantly better prospect than we’ve seen the past few years (if not much longer than that).We’re not exactly going out on a limb with our projection: Zion is the top choice in basically every mock draft on the planet. But it’s always nice when the numbers back up the overwhelming consensus of opinion. During his lone season at Duke, Williamson rated better than the median Division I player in every major facet of the game according to the advanced metrics, headlined by a 93rd percentile usage rate and a 100th percentile true shooting percentage. His top comparable player — another former Blue Devil, Jahlil Okafor, whose career has largely underwhelmed — might be concerning, but it mainly speaks to how unique Zion is. The 0-100 scaled “similarity score” between Williamson and Okafor is just 37.1, meaning they’re not very similar at all. (By comparison, the similarity between Zion’s teammate RJ Barrett and model-namesake Carmelo Anthony is a healthy 60.1, which is normal for a top comp.) Simply put, Williamson is a unicorn. We’ve seldom seen a player quite like Zion, who is very short for his position but has great stats across the board (even in terms of rebounds, blocks and steals) and scores so often with such incredible efficiency.Another unsurprising result is the presence of Murray State’s Ja Morant at No. 2 overall. Morant enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign with the Racers, culminating in a triple-double in an impressive NCAA Tournament win over Marquette. To be sure, Morant has flaws in his game (he needs to work on efficiency in terms of both shooting and turnovers), and his upside projection isn’t on Williamson’s level, but he would have been CARMELO’s best prospect of last season, and some of Morant’s top comps — such as John Wall and Derrick Rose — offer a glimpse into his star potential.After Williamson and Morant, there is a huge drop-off before the next group of prospects. Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech, Jaxson Hayes of Texas and Barrett form a clear-cut second tier below Williamson and Morant, and each comes with his own strengths and weaknesses. Hayes is a low-usage, high-efficiency big man who can protect the rim but is a work in progress on offense beyond finishing plays made by others. (Brandan Wright comes to mind as an archetype.) Barrett is a low-efficiency, high-usage swingman with unimpressive defensive indicators, in the mold of Anthony, Andrew Wiggins or Brandon Ingram. Barrett does come with a good amount of upside, in terms of potential value several years into his career, but he also looks like this draft’s best example of a high-risk/high-reward prospect who may just turn into an inefficient high-volume scorer (that classic bane of every stathead). And Culver is a nice all-around wing whose best-case comps include Harrison Barnes and Rudy Gay. Noted bust Joseph Forte isn’t the most encouraging comparison, but Culver’s versatility is a big plus as a small forward prospect.The rest of the draft class drops off steeply after Barrett at No. 5 in our rankings. Some of the players who might be drafted highly but our model isn’t as fond of include Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter (fifth in the scout rankings vs. 14th in our projections), Duke’s Cam Reddish (seventh vs. 12th), Indiana’s Romeo Langford (11th vs. 20th) and Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura (18th vs. 36th). By contrast, players who might be underrated in the draft include Shamorie Ponds of St. John’s (49th by the scouts vs. 23rd in our rankings), Auburn’s Chuma Okeke (41st vs. 17th), Jontay Porter of Missouri (42nd vs. 18th), Matisse Thybulle of Washington (28th vs. 13th), Tyler Herro of Kentucky (17th vs. ninth) and Iowa State’s Talen Horton-Tucker (21st vs. eighth).Just for the sake of comparison (and transparency), here’s a version of our upside WAR rankings that doesn’t include the scouting rankings as an input,4Specifically, every player is assigned a scout ranking equivalent to the No. 10 prospect. which can be viewed as a sort of “stats only” ranking of the prospects this year: 2Ja MorantPG20225.4T. BurkeJ. Wall 33Josh ReavesSG22812.3I. CousinsJ. Richardson Comparable PlayersRkPlayerPosAge*Scout RkUpside WARNo. 1No. 2 6Coby WhiteSG19108.9B. KnightC. Sexton 6Charles Bassey+C19519.6C. BoshD. Favors 1Zion WilliamsonPF19136.7J. OkaforM. Bagley 30Dedric LawsonPF22442.4J. GreenM. Muscala 3Jarrett CulverSG20617.1J. ForteH. Barnes 27Matisse ThybulleSF22284.3D. MillerJ. Richardson 42Q. WeatherspoonSG23571.5D. WellsS. Thornwell 50Donta HallPF22971.0J. GrantM. Estill 43Zach Norvell Jr.SG22772.7W. EllingtonJ. Meeks 18Jontay PorterC20424.7C. WoodS. Zimmerman 45Justin RobinsonPG22521.3Q. CookD. Walton 15Coby WhiteSG19106.7B. KnightD. Rose 47Quentin Grimes+SG19842.5A. BradleyH. Diallo RkPlayerPosAge*Scout RkUpside WARNo. 1No. 2 36Rui HachimuraPF21181.9M. HaislipT. Warren 43A.J. Lawson+SG19861.4L. StephensonA. Goodwin 27John KoncharSG23683.0D. WellsM. Gansey 10Bol BolC20137.1S. HawesH. Ellenson 25Dylan WindlerSF23333.3J. KaponoM. Bonner The NBA doesn’t waste much time before moving on. The 2018-19 season has been over for less than a week, and the Toronto Raptors are still picking up the debris from their jubilant1And surprisingly violent. championship parade. And yet, Thursday’s NBA draft will mark the de facto beginning to the 2019-20 season. So we at FiveThirtyEight are also wasting no time: We’ve fired up our CARMELO projection system and run the numbers looking ahead to the next season and beyond. We’re still making some tweaks and improvements to the way we’re projecting veteran players, so we’ll be rolling out those numbers sometime in the next few weeks. But for rookies, we have the data, and the CARMELO computer is all ready to go. Let’s take a look at the best statistical prospects whose names should be called from the podium by Adam Silver.First, though, a little refresher on how this works. CARMELO (the Career-Arc Regression Model Estimator with Local Optimization) is our system for predicting the career of each NBA player, based on how things tended to pan out for similar players from the past. For rookies, we use a database of college stats (adjusted for pace and strength of schedule) since 2001 provided to us by ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, plus biographical information like a player’s height, weight, age and — before the draft — scouting rankings.2After the draft, we’ll switch those to a player’s actual draft position. Those latter few categories actually matter quite a bit, so older players and those regarded poorly by the scouts will need much, much better college stats to achieve the same projection as a younger player who scores better on the eye test.Like we did last year, we’ll be ranking the members of this draft class on each player’s “upside” wins above replacement — the number of wins he’s expected to add above a minimum-salary replacement (at the same position) over the first seven seasons of his career, zeroing out seasons in which he is projected for negative WAR.3This is done to avoid penalizing players for situations where, in reality, their coach would (or at least should) bench them before they accumulate negative value. One big disclaimer: These rankings don’t include players from overseas leagues, such as Sekou Doumbouya (who played in France), nor do they include players who didn’t accumulate enough time in college, like potential Top 5-pick Darius Garland, who logged only 139 minutes as a freshman at Vanderbilt because of a knee injury. We don’t have a good sample of data on these kinds of players, so CARMELO can’t really render an assessment right now (though we will eventually assign them ratings for our team depth charts next season).Anyway, let’s move on to the rankings: 40A. SchofieldSF22321.6Q. PondexterJ. Harper 25Nassir LittleSF19164.6Q. MillerT. Harris 7Brandon ClarkePF23128.0D. LeeN. Collison ‘Stats + Scouts’ CARMELO projections for 2019 NBA draftMost valuable NBA players from 2020-26, according to CARMELO’s upside wins above replacement projections, using college stats and scouting 20Josh ReavesSG22815.6J. TrepagnierJ. Richardson 47Louis KingSF20351.2D. GreeneM. Williams 28Charles Bassey+C19512.6T. BryantJ. Allen 1Zion WilliamsonPF19129.5J. OkaforM. Bagley 9Tyler HerroSG20177.6M. BeasleyG. Trent Not including European players or point guard Darius Garland (who played only five career college games). Upside WAR ignores a player’s projected below-replacement seasons.* Ages are as of Feb. 1, 2020.+ Player has withdrawn from consideration for the 2019 draft.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 16Grant WilliamsPF21245.1M. SweetneyT. Murphy 14De’Andre HunterPF2255.7M. MorrisA. Bennett 36Nicolas ClaxtonC20403.5R. LopezA. Len Comparable Players 12Chuma OkekePF21417.2O. SpellmanJ. Richardson 37Nicolas ClaxtonC20401.7S. ZimmermanS. Dalembert 31Jaylen HandsPG20934.0M. WilliamsK. Satterfield 12Cam ReddishSF2075.9H. BarnesT. Young 22PJ WashingtonPF21154.0R. H.-JeffersonB. Portis 13Devon Dotson+PG20737.0T. JonesM. Conley 8Jarrett CulverSG2068.5J. ForteK. C.-Pope 7Bol BolC20138.5G. OdenM. Beasley 32Luguentz DortSG20272.3M. RichardsonA. Goodwin 22Donta HallPF22974.7J. AugustineJ. Bell 38Dylan WindlerSF23333.3J. KaponoS. Battier CORRECTION (June 20, 2019, 3:15 p.m.): A previous version of this article listed Western Kentucky’s Charles Bassey as a prospect for the 2019 NBA draft. Bassey withdrew his name from draft consideration on May 29. 21Grant WilliamsPF21245.3M. SweetneyM. Bridges 49Jaylen NowellSG20921.0S. LandesbergD. Washington 23Ty JeromeSG22294.7S. WeemsT. Bowers 46Ky BowmanPG21851.2B. WrightS. Mack 16Kevin Porter Jr.SG19146.5Z. LaVineJ. Richmond 17John KoncharSG23686.2M. GanseyF. Jones 24Daniel GaffordC21384.7R. WilliamsJ. Poeltl 29Bruno FernandoC21344.0J. PoeltlD. Sabonis 48Terence DavisSG22791.1M. BrooksB. Paul 5Jontay PorterC20429.8T. LylesC. Wood 2Jaxson HayesC19914.1Z. CollinsD. Stone 9Tyler HerroSG20177.5M. BeasleyJ. Lamb 34Dedric LawsonPF22443.5M. MuscalaJ. Green 11RJ BarrettSG1937.4R. VaughnM. Fultz 42Q. WeatherspoonSG23572.8B. HieldD. Wells 39Luguentz DortSG20273.3A. RiversM. Richardson 8T. Horton-TuckerSF19218.0T. ArizaG. Wallace 38Cameron JohnsonPF23221.7M. BonnerS. Novak 26Keldon JohnsonSF20203.2M. BeasleyD. DeRozan 18A.J. Lawson+SG19866.1A. GoodwinT. Brown 32Cam ReddishSF2073.6M. RichardsonX. Henry Comparable Players 28Ky BowmanPG21854.1K. WalkerJ. Robinson 39Devon Dotson+PG20731.6C. JosephT. Green 31Carsen EdwardsPG21252.4G. DiazK. Martin 37Romeo LangfordSF20113.4A. RiversM. Williams 10Shamorie PondsPG21497.5K. WalkerJ. Williams 35Terence DavisSG22793.5M. BrooksB. Paul 40Isaiah RobyPF21363.2T. WilliamsJ. Gist 41PJ WashingtonPF21152.9J. MartinR. H.-Jefferson 4Ja MorantPG20210.8J. FarmarN. Calathes 50DaQuan JeffriesSG22552.3J. CageR. Terry 44J. CumberlandSG22942.6J. CrawfordM. Brooks 33Keldon JohnsonSF20203.6D. DeRozanM. Beasley 41Jalen McDanielsPF22371.5J. MartinB. Bentil 23Shamorie PondsPG21494.0S. MackJ. Robinson 48Killian Tillie+C21902.4E. MurphyD. Brown Comparable PlayersRkPlayerPosAge*Scout RkUpside WARNo. 1No. 2 20Romeo LangfordSF20114.5A. RiversD. DeRozan 45Carsen EdwardsPG21252.6B. GordonG. Diaz 19Ty JeromeSG22294.5T. BowersW. Ellington 49Jalen McDanielsPF22372.3J. GistJ. Martin
Co-favorite victories counted as winsSources: Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Daily Racing Form Update (May 6, 10:50 a.m.): Although Classic Empire was the morning-line favorite, the odds have since shifted. As of 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Always Dreaming is now narrowly favored to win the Kentucky Derby in what is considered a wide-open field.One of the cardinal rules of horse racing is that betting on favorites is fun — who doesn’t like having a winning ticket? — but it’s the quickest way to go broke. Except, that is, in the most famous race in America.The Kentucky Derby should be nearly impossible to handicap. The horses, at just 3 years old, don’t have much experience and are still maturing. Many of them have never run this distance before, or run at Churchill Downs. And even if a handicapper can sift through all that uncertainty and use a combination of past performances and pedigree to identify the best contenders, it can all become irrelevant thanks to the abnormally large Derby field — with as many as 20 horses creating gridlock and chaos, results ought to be utterly unpredictable.That’s what makes the last several years of the Kentucky Derby so strange: It is, seemingly, getting more predictable. For four straight years, the favorite has come out on top. It began with Orb in 2013, then continued with California Chrome, American Pharoah and Nyquist.In total, 16 favorites have won the Kentucky Derby in the last 50 years.1Including Forward Pass, the favorite in the 1968 Kentucky Derby who initially finished second but was awarded the win after first-place finisher Dancer’s Image was disqualified for failing a drug test. Bets on Dancer’s Image may have been paid out before the horse was disqualified, but for the purposes of this thought experiment, we’re counting things as if Forward Pass won the usual way. And that has produced a compelling betting strategy: Forget all the wonky handicapping. Over the last half-century, placing a $2 bet (the smallest bet you can make on a single horse in the Derby these days) on the favorite each year would have netted you $107.80 on a $100 investment — a 7.8 percent profit. But in just the last 20 years, returns on that same strategy would be much better: 74 percent. Belmont Stakes1.430-0.77 Kentucky Derby2.732%+$0.16 Outcome of betting on the favorite, 1967-2016 RACEAVG. FAVORITE ODDSFAVORITE WIN PCT.AVG. PROFIT ON $2 BET Now the question has become: Is the recent rash of victorious favorites a coincidence? Or a sign of something bigger?Before these last four years, the Kentucky Derby had for decades been known for its unpredictability. Between 1980 and 1999, not a single favorite won. Before 2013, it had been four years since a favorite wore the roses.There are two rational explanations for this trend. The first is chance. These horses, after all, are the favorites for a reason. And this kind of streak is not unprecedented — favorites won four straight years from 1972-1975, too.But there’s another rationale that would indicate that this is more than a fluke. It explains why the Kentucky Derby is getting chalkier and why the mega-longshot winners we once saw regularly in this race might become increasingly rare.When Orb won the Derby in 2013, that wasn’t just any year. It was the first year that horses qualified for this first leg of the Triple Crown under a newly implemented points system. This “Road to the Kentucky Derby” awards points to the top four finishers in a select group of races. The top 20 get to run in the Derby.What’s more important than the point system is the mechanism it replaced. Before 2013, horses qualified for the Derby based on their winnings in graded stakes races.This created chaos in the Derby. In some instances, horses that were elite in sprints — races shorter than a mile, which are excluded from the new qualifying system — could crowd the Derby, a route run at 1¼ miles. In other instances, horses that weren’t good enough made it in anyway. But these horses didn’t just fade down the stretch into irrelevance. They regularly introduced anarchy, transforming the subtle mechanics of a race in a way that allowed longshots to thrive.There’s no more illustrative example than the 2005 Derby, when 50-1 longshot Giacomo stunned the world. Giacomo’s best friend in that race was a 71-1 longshot named Spanish Chestnut, which led for the first three-quarters of a mile. In the last two races Spanish Chestnut ran before the Derby, it finished sixth twice. In other words, it didn’t belong. But during those first six furlongs, Spanish Chestnut set the second-fastest pace in Derby history.Predictably, Spanish Chestnut couldn’t sustain such a hot pace, ultimately fading and finishing 16th. But while this longshot was in the lead, other horses got sucked into running that fast and wound up tiring, too. The favorite that day, Bellamy Road, was close by, in fifth place, when Spanish Chestnut started to slow.At that same distance, three-quarters of a mile, Giacomo was in 18th place out of 20 and trailed by 14¾ lengths, the farthest behind of any eventual Derby winner in more than a quarter-century. But when Spanish Chestnut — and every horse that tried to keep up with Spanish Chestnut — tired, Giacomo had enough gas left in the tank to pass 17 other horses.The new points system is better at weeding out the Spanish Chestnuts. That means longshots like Giacomo are even less likely to encounter the volatile circumstances that enable them to win.The strategy of betting the favorites for 50 years would also pay off in the Preakness Stakes, the Triple Crown’s second leg. In fact, in the long run you’d make more than you would on the Derby — the Preakness has offered returns of 11.4 percent. But in any single year, betting on a favorite in the Preakness can be less attractive: When American Pharoah and California Chrome won, for example, they went off at odds shorter than 1-1, meaning that if you cashed in on a $2 bet, your winnings would likely be counted out using more quarters than dollar bills. Essentially, it requires risking a lot of money just to win enough to pay for a celebratory cigar. On the other hand, because the Derby is so uncertain, favorites can be had at good value. This year’s morning-line favorite, Classic Empire, is priced at 4-1. That would offer better returns any Preakness favorite in the last half-century.At the same time, the biggest sucker’s move is betting a favorite in the Belmont Stakes, which at 1½ miles is longer than almost any other race these horses will ever run. In other words, nobody knows how the horses will handle the distance. What’s worse, the favorite will often be racing for the third time in seven weeks, which can leave a horse worn down. A bet on the favorite in the Belmont in the last 50 years would have cost you 38.7 percent of the money you staked. There’s a reason we went nearly 40 years without a Triple Crown winner before American Pharoah came along.All of this means that the best betting strategy for this year’s Derby may also be the dumbest one: Bet on Classic Empire. Preakness Stakes1.544+0.23
In something of a paradox, the Mavericks also have the league’s worst road attendance rate — meaning that they are objectively the least interesting team to watch to the average basketball fan who doesn’t live in Dallas. The average attendance when the Mavs are the road team is 86 percent of capacity, which gives Dallas a nearly 17-percentage-point gap between its home and road attendance rates. No other team has as large a gap — except for the Atlanta Hawks, who have the opposite problem. The Hawks’ road attendance rate is 17 points higher than their home attendance rate. On Dec. 18, the Dallas Mavericks will host the Phoenix Suns in what will likely be an inconsequential mid-season affair between two sub-.500 teams. Even so, tickets to the game will probably sell out, just as they did for 719 consecutive Mavs home games leading into this week.1This number includes playoff games. The Mavs have sold out 652 regular-season home games in a row. Dallas will face off against San Antonio on Tuesday night. The Mavericks, who are in last place in the NBA’s Western Conference, have a longer active sellout streak than any other professional basketball team.2The Portland Trail Blazers hold the record for the longest sellout streak in basketball, with 814, including the playoffs, between 1977 and 1995. But that distinction also raises some eyebrows — after all, by all reasonable accounts, Dallas is not a team that people are clamoring to see in person.This season, the Mavericks boast the highest attendance rate in the NBA — average attendance at Dallas games is 102.8 percent3Standing-room-only sections and suites can overflow. of the capacity of the American Airlines Center (19,200). Based on attendance numbers alone, you’d think the Mavs would be better than their 7-20 record. The difference between the Mavs’ home and away attendance rates could be seen as a sign of how diehard their fanbase is. But here’s the thing: NBA attendance is measured in how many tickets are distributed, not how many are redeemed. A more accurate interpretation of the situation is that Mavs tickets aren’t selling out so much as they are being given out.“It’s far more important to me to build a fan base for the future,” Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, said in an email. “And the best way to do that is to get people to a game.”You might think that a bad season would threaten the sellout streak. Last season was the first time since the 1999-2000 season that the team finished below .500, and Dallas posted their lowest local TV ratings in at least 11 years. And yet attendance has remained at or above capacity for every home game since Dec. 15, 2001.Cuban cites two reasons that games have continued to sell out: pricing and donating.Compared with other teams around the league, the Mavs are one of the most affordable teams to see in person if you don’t mind sitting in the nosebleeds. A ticket for a Dallas game at home in the upper bowl this season costs $30, on average, at StubHub, a seller on the secondary market — which is a better barometer of supply and demand for individual game tickets That’s less than half the average price of an upper bowl ticket in the NBA ($63).But one thing that has helped the Mavericks to extend their sellout streak is the number of tickets that are donated to schools and charities. “For slow games, we will use our community service group to proactively invite groups to a game,” Cuban said. If a game doesn’t sell out on its own, the Mavs can donate the remaining tickets and still call it out a sellout. “Tickets are perishable,” Cuban said. “We feel like having a seat full with a young fan creates a Mavericks fan for life. It’s an investment in building our future fan base.”Cuban said the sellout streak is not all that important to him, but he also recognizes that it is important to his organization’s sales and community groups. “They know I care far less about the gate than I do having a full house,” said Cuban, who said ticket sales have been making up a shrinking percentage of the Mavs’ total revenue in recent years as other sources of revenue have risen (e.g., national TV revenue and sponsorship sales). “So they have carte blanche to put ‘butts in seats’ over revenue.”Although it’s not entirely accurate to call it a sellout if the unpurchased tickets are given away, it’s difficult to criticize Cuban and the Mavs for their charitable work. Because NBA attendance is measured in how many tickets are distributed and not how many are redeemed, the Mavs will hold the record for the longest active “sellout” streak for as long as they want.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Ohio State football added another chapter to its own history Sunday evening with the announcement that seniors Garrett Goebel, John Simon, Etienne Sabino, Jordan Hall and Zach Boren will captain the 2012 Buckeyes. Goebel, Simon, Sabino, Hall and Boren were chosen by their peers to lead first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer’s squad, which learned Saturday that it is ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press’ first Top 25 poll of the season. “Announcing who are team captains is one of the great honors I get to do as head coach,” Meyer said in an OSU athletics Sunday release. “We had a number of guys get votes. This is a really good group of seniors who I am very proud to have leading this team.” Simon, co-captain of former head coach and current defensive coordinator Luke Fickell’s 2011 Buckeyes, becomes just the seventh two-time captain in OSU history. Being named captain meant a lot, Simon said the athletic department release. “I appreciate the votes of the players. This is one of the biggest honors a player can receive and I’ll be proud to lead this team along with four other great guys,” Simon said. “We’ll have a really good season if we all lead well.” Simon (defensive lineman) Boren (fullback) and Sabino (linebacker) all joined Meyer in Chicago for Big Ten Media Days – the three players have been visible at media events. Hall, a senior running back, joins the captain quintet despite surgery for a torn ligament in his foot after stepping on glass while walking his pit bull dog, “Cali.” Hall could miss up to three games at the outset of OSU’s non-conference schedule. Hall said his selection for the captaincy is a dream come true. “I was hoping to be named a captain but I was also a little surprised when it happened,” Hall said. “I can’t thank my teammates enough for selecting me for this honor.” Goebel, a redshirt senior defensive lineman with five career starts to his name, said that he too is honored by his selection as captain. “I’m excited. It is an honor that your teammates think that highly of you to name you a captain,” Goebel said. “I’m going to put everything I have into this responsibility.” OSU’s five new captains will lead the team into competition for the Buckeyes’ first game this year Sept. 1 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
Ohio State freshman forward Dorka Juhasz shoots a jumper in practice. Credit: Daniel McNatt | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s basketball team traveled to Seattle and was handed its third loss of the season, falling to Washington 69-59 on Wednesday night.Washington junior guard Amber Melgoza led the team with 28 points on 50 percent shooting from the field, one point short of her season high. Melgoza connected on each of her eight free throw attempts in Wednesday’s win, recording six in the first half. “She’s a great player,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “Every time we made a mistake against her she made us pay. You can’t do that against somebody as good as her.”Washington was up by as many as 10 points in the first half despite shooting a worse field goal percentage than Ohio State, 35 percent to 43 percent respectively and left at halftime with a six-point lead. Despite shooting 41.67 percent from the field in the second half, outscoring Washington 37-33, the Buckeyes could not overcome the first half deficit, connecting on 21.1 percent of 3-point shots, including one of nine in the first half. One of the main problems that has consistently plagued Ohio State this season was a factor against the Huskies, turning the ball over a season-high 21 times, killing the momentum on numerous occasions. Ohio State redshirt senior guard Najah Queenland scored eight points off the bench, making four of her five attempts from the field. Freshman forward Dorka Juhasz scored 11 points, but failed to reach a double-double in the game for just the second time this season, finishing with six rebounds. Redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman also scored 11 points and notched seven rebounds but recorded four turnovers, tied for the team lead with redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande. Waterman said one of the main focuses going into the game was communication and said it was something that was lacking during the loss to the Huskies. “Just from the beginning of the game we weren’t talking, we weren’t communicating, we just weren’t really ready,” Waterman said. “There’s too many fifth years on the team to be like that. I think coach McGuff really tried to emphasize communicating with each other and we weren’t doing that and I think that’s what lead to a lot of our turnovers.”Ohio State will be back in Columbus on Dec. 16 to face the Florida Gators at 1 p.m. Updated at 11 a.m. with quotes from Kevin McGuff and Makayla Waterman.
The grass verge has been a source of controversy for eight yearsCredit:Ben Lack So when the Webbs started mowing the verge themselves, and told the widower to stop driving across it, he refused.The couple placed nearly 40 ornamental rocks on the border of their land and Mr Taylor was arrested for smashing one of the boulders with a sledgehammer to “protect his right of way”.The turf war dragged on for years in the ordinarily-peaceful residential area nestled between Highfield Road and, ironically, Love Lane. The court heard Mr Taylor began driving his car back and forth across the land almost daily, doing wheel spins and churning up grass. York Magistrates court was told of how Mr Taylor would sit in his car for hours, staring over at their property. Mr Webb, 43, said that he and his wife had become virtual “prisoners in our own home” because of Mr Taylor’s “vendetta”. Mr Taylor was found guilty of harassing the Webbs and was banned from driving for six months to curb his anti-social behaviour. As a precaution, officers also confiscated his shotgun and rifle, but these have been returned on appeal. A pensioner who battled with his neighbours over a patch of land could be sent to jail if he walks on the grass outside his home.The eight-year feud in Whitby, North Yorkshire – over the ownership of a roadside verge between two houses – reached an uneasy truce when Jon and Sara Webb obtained a court order against their elderly neighbour.Phil Taylor, 86, was served with a harassment notice and banned from driving, as well as other sanctions, after a campaign against the Webbs.The dispute began when the couple, both police officers, bought their property from the police authority along with a 100 yard grass verge that runs down the street past Mr Taylor’s home. Until then, the retired former soldier had tended to the land, planting rows of bulbs along the garden fence and mowing the grass. He also laid a patio next to the area, parked his caravan on the flagstones and built a boathouse, so he could tow his boat across the grass before he went fishing. Mr Taylor added that he would go and live with his family but was afraid of “being a nuisance.””I daren’t set foot on the grass because there is a CCTV camera trained on the verge all the time and if I just step off the patio onto it I will be arrested,” he added.”What gets me is everyone else in the street is free to walk on it and exercise their dogs there – but not me. All the neighbourhood is up in arms about what’s happened.”The Webbs, who have now repaired the damage to the grass verge, refused to comment following the court case.It is understood Mrs Webb has now retired from the police service but Mr Webb remains a serving officer. The pensioner also received a two-year restraining order, which prevents him from stepping on the Webbs’ land until July 2018, and was ordered to pay £620 court costs and fined £225 with a £30 surcharge.Mr Taylor intends to challenge the driving ban on the grounds that he was not convicted of any motoring offences.He said yesterday: “Now I just want my car back so I can pick up my pension and medications without being dependent on my son and granddaughter.”I can’t walk properly and without my car I have lost all mobility. It takes me an hour to get to the shops just down the road.” If I just step off the patio onto [the grass] I will be arrested,Phil Taylor Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Indisputably one of Britain’s best-loved actresses, Dame Judi Dench has been dazzling audiences and gathering rave reviews for more than 60 years on stage and screen.If she hoped to receive such recognition in America though, she may have been mistaken.A documentary about the life of Dame Judi, has revealed how she was greeted in the United States in recent years as a bright new talent, despite four decades on stage under her belt. One journalist asked her, “What have you been doing until now?”, while Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul, initially believed he had spotted the new ‘next big thing’ after seeing her performance in Mrs Brown in 1997. Dame Jude Dench began her career as a Shakespearian stage actress Samantha Bond, the actress, said: “There is an extraordinary story she once told me. She had gone to America to do the pre-publicity for Mrs Brown.“And she was being interviewed by the American journalists and they said to her, in all seriousness: ‘We all know you from the Bond films. So what did you do before?’“That’s 40 years of a career where she had to go, ‘well…I’ve done quite a lot of Shakespeare…’“Completely oblivious to the magnificence we’ve all been watching for as long as I can remember.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed at the Rose Theatre, Kingston Dame Judi as Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown By then, of course, Dame Judi had played more or less every great Shakespearean role, with six Oliviers and six Baftas already on her mantlepiece.“I saw this amazing performer, who England knew and the world didn’t,” Weinstein told the programme, of his first viewing of Mrs Brown.“And I just go ‘who is this girl?’”Dame Judi went on to be nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Queen Victoria, at the age of 61.She went on to build a new career in Hollywood with the help of Weinstein, with roles in Shakespeare in Love, Iris and Philomena as well as 17 years as M in Bond. The programme, Judi Dench: All The World’s Her Stage, tracked Dame Judi from her first, disastrous appearance as Ophelia straight out of drama school to the modern day, with photographs and footage of her as a young actress.Dame Judi told how a “deep well of sadness in her” had helped her create her most emotional performances, disclosing she enjoyed the variety of the stage because “I don’t have much quiet inside me”.Sir Richard Eyre, the director, said: “Her great gift as an actress is to make people feel she’s accessible to them.”“But she’s much more private and there’s a core of her that is hard to know. And when you do know it, you feel there is something there, a soul that is far from untroubled.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The row over growing pressure on the NHS has intensified after GPs’ leaders refused to take the blame for the growing strain being placed by patients on A&E services.Theresa May warned GPs’ surgeries they would face funding cuts if they did not meet the Government’s pledge for them to open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.A new set of figures appears to back up Mrs May’s call for family doctors to meet growing demand for care after they showed that the surge in patients attending hospital A&E departments is not caused by elderly patients, but by working age people with “nowhere else to.”The figures revealed that just one fifth of patients attending A&E last year were over 65. NHS data shows that among all ages there were 185,017 patients who waited at least 12 hours on trolley and chairs in 2015-16 – a rise from 87,213 cases two years before. The steepest rise came among older patients.“This is another strong argument for investing more in our GP, community health and social care services as it would relieve the pressures on A and E by providing more healthcare options for all of us, closer to our homes,” said Ms Abrahams. Mr Dorrell added: “They fill up when the rest of the public services don’t work, when people cannot find a way of solving their problems except by going to A&E.”However, the charity Age UK maintained that it is the elderly who tend to suffer worst in jam-packed emergency departments, where cases of older patients languishing on trolleys for more than 12 hours have tripled in the last two years.The new figures reveal that last year 9.5 million people, roughly 50 per cent, received only guidance or advice or were simply sent home from A&E, rather than needing treatment. Health chiefs also admitted they were considering drafting in doctors from India to deal with soaring patient demand.But the former health secretary Stephen Dorrell said part of the problem was the inefficient running of surgeries which forced family doctors into spending often a third of their time attending to non-medical administrative tasks.Mr Dorrell told The Telegraph: “GPs undoubtedly have a heavy workload, but why in God’s name are we using people in whom we have invested seven years’ training to do this kind of thing?” he said.He also said the new data showed it was wrong to blame pensioners for the crisis. Mr Dorrell, who chairs the NHS Confederation, the membership body for hospitals and care commissioners, told The Telegraph: “Older people are by no means the only factor. This evidence shows they are 20 per cent of the problem at most.”He said the majority of patients attending A&E were responsible people who “go because it’s the only place with the lights on”. The crisis in the NHS is very clearly caused by the fact that we have chronic underfundingDr Chaand Nagpaul The concern over inappropriate use of emergency departments has prompted scrutiny of the Government’s target to see all patients within four hours.On Monday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt briefly appeared to suggest the target could in future only be applied to attendees with acute conditions.NHS England data also showed that 9 per cent of all A&E patients are seen between three hours 50 minutes and four hours, indicating a scramble to stay within the target. However, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee, defended the efforts of family doctors.He said: “We don’t have enough GPs to provide a safe service at the moment. [Theresa May] knows that we’re several thousand GPs short, she knows in fact that more than eight in ten GPs cannot provide safe care. We’re trying to churn patients through our waiting rooms in ten-minute intervals, patients that need half an hour.”But the most important thing is the crisis in the NHS is very clearly caused by the fact that we have chronic underfunding. We have fewer doctors per head than the rest of Europe, we have fewer hospital beds than the rest of Europe.”We spend less, we’ve got fewer GPs, we see patients in general practice at shorter intervals than any other European country.”Dr Nagpaul also said that the thousands of new GPs set to join the NHS would not improve the situation, as many more are about to retire.He said: “One in three GPs will be retiring in the next five years. That will more than offset any increase in numbers that might enter. The crisis in the NHS won’t be solved by scapegoating or deflecting blame onto general practice.”Separate NHS data last week revealed almost half of hospital trusts declared one of the two highest states of alert in the first week of January. “Saying there’s not a crisis won’t do,” said Mr Dorrell. “The fact is that performance is getting worse year by year.”Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said busy A&E departments posed a particular risk to old and frail patients.“Older people are not the primary users of A&E services, but we know that those who do go there, whether under their own steam or taken in an ambulance, are more likely than other groups to be admitted,” she said.“This certainly lays to rest any suggestion that older people are using A&E for the wrong reasons and we know that many of them worry about burdening an already hard-pressed NHS and if anything tend to minimise their health problems and delay seeking help.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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GPs will be placed in A&E departments to turn away people who are not sufficiently ill as part of a £100 million effort to crack down on hospital overcrowding.The measure, announced by Philip Hammond in the budget, follows a relentless increase in A&E admissions which at one stage this winter saw one in two hospitals issue emergency alerts indicating they were unable to cope. Experience has shown that onsite GP triage in A&E departments can have a significant and positive impact on A&E waiting timesPhilip Hammond A significant cause of the problem is the increasing proportion of patients turning up in emergency departments who do not need to be there.NHS figures reveal that in 2015-16 38 per cent of A&E patients were sent away having received “advice only”, a rise of almost four per cent in only two years.The £100 million pledged yesterday, which is earmarked to be spent before next winter, is intended to help staff triage patients at an earlier stage.Having GPs physically located in hospitals, which is currently the practice in a handful of trusts, means patients suffering from non-emergency complaints can be diverted away from heaving departments.The NHS has consistently missed its own targets for treating A&E patients on time, and in January analysis showed the number of people stuck for more than 12 hours on trolleys has nearly doubled in the last two years.Mr Hammond announced the extra cash for A&E alongside an additional £2 billion to be spent on social care over the next three years, which it is hoped will indirectly ease pressure on hospitals by hastening the discharge of elderly patients in need of care at home or a care home place. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The proposal has provoked a mixed response from the medical profession.Chris Moulton, vice president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said the body “cautiously” welcomed the measure.”For some time, RCEM has called for co-location of urgent care services around major A&E departments and having primary care on site will undoubtedly benefit patients,” he said.”The College would like to see this as the first step to co-locating more services, including frailty teams and out-of-hours mental health teams, around the A&E department.”The devil will be in the details but the money from the budget will hopefully help to ease winter pressures.But the British Medical Association expressed scepticism over the proposal and warned that placing GPs in hospitals could in fact end up attracting more patients.Dr Mark Porter, chair of the BMA council, also questioned where the extra family doctors were going to come from.“Many [GPs] are already working in practices with permanent vacancies which they are unable to fill, despite government promises at the last election to recruit 5,000 more doctors into general practice,” he said.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said GPs working in A&E units had been successful in some areas.But she added: “The most severe pressures in A&E are not simply down to inappropriate attendance but the inability to admit seriously unwell patients, and lack of capacity to discharge them into the community.” “That is one of the two big pressures on hospitals,” he told MPs.“The other is inappropriate A&E attendances by people of all ages.“Experience has shown that onsite GP triage in A&E departments can have a significant and positive impact on A&E waiting times.” The £100 million was announced as part of the budgetCredit:Justin Tallis
She shared a set of four photos of her costume on Twitter in which she can be seen in a variety of poses, while one picture shows the hair of her wig standing on end.She captioned the post: “Nearly 30! Thanks for the well wishes. See you soon x”.The British star has shown her flair for costumes in the past. Last Halloween she was unrecognisable as Jim Carrey’s character in The Mask, complete with a green face, while for her 27th birthday she dressed up as her friend George Michael.The star has recently been on a world tour, which will end in London on July 2 after four sold-out dates at Wembley Stadium. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. She may have just turned 29, but Adele has shown she is already embracing later life after dressing up as a famously foul-mouthed grandmother. The singer celebrated her birthday on Friday by posing as Joannie “Nan” Taylor from The Catherine Tate Show, complete with pink cardigan, wild red hair and chained glasses. Nearly 30! Thanks for the well wishes. See you soon x pic.twitter.com/j15vjkMcye— Adele (@Adele) May 5, 2017
After months of painstaking, tense and tough negotiations, and an embarrassing false start on Monday, Theresa May finally returned from Brussels with a deal that will unblock long-stalled negotiations over a future trade and transition deal. What did Mrs May give up, secure and compromise on to gain Jean-Claude Juncker’s recommendation that Britain had made “sufficient progress” on the issues of Ireland, the Brexit bill and citizens’ rights? How far did she stray from the vision she laid out in her Lancaster House speech… One stand-out success for the Prime Minister was linking the future withdrawal agreement to the future trade and transition talks, something that the EU had previously ruled out.
William Thomas Cook claimed he was wounded in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805Credit:Louis Philippe Crepin/Getty Images/The Bridgeman Art Library Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The brass telescope was withdrawn from sale following the bogus claimCredit:Hansons/BNPS Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons, said in a statement: “We deeply regret any offence caused by stories relating to the sale of the telescope and bucket, particularly to members of Nelson’s family.”The information comes from stories passed through the generations in our vendor’s family.”Importantly, we are now fully investigating all the academic information we have received about the item’s provenance and will consider all views with due care, respect and diligence. “The item has now been withdrawn from sale pending further investigations.” We consider this claim to be a ridiculous slurProfessor Dominic Tweddle Mrs Burns, 88, who lives in Southport in Queensland, had said: ” It was whispered in our family that Cookie was abused.”Lord Horatio Nelson may well have been called a paedophile today – that’s the sad truth.”But respected Nelson expert Andrew Baines, the deputy director of heritage at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, said after conducting further research he could ‘state categorically’ Cook was not known to Nelson. Professor Dominic Tweddle, director general of the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, labelled the remarks a ‘ridiculous slur’ on Nelson’s memory.He added there was no evidence Cook served on HMS Victory or any other ship at Trafalgar.Hansons has now withdrawn the telescope from sale ‘pending further investigations’.The auctioneers acknowledged there was no evidence that Nelson had abused any boys in his charge and they ‘deeply regretted’ repeating the allegation. Navy historians have attacked an auction house for repeating paedophile slurs about Admiral Lord Nelson, which forced them to withdraw a telescope from sale.The telescope, said to have been gifted by Nelson to a cabin boy, was withdrawn as an upcoming lot after a claim made by the seller sparked outrage.Australian vendor, Audrey Burns, consigned the instrument for sale after it had been handed down through her family from her great-great-great grandfather, William Thomas Cook.Passed down with it were Cook’s ‘tales’ that included him serving as cabin boy to Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar and being abused by him.The allegations were repeated by Hansons Auctioneers of Derbyshire when they advertised the sale, prompting naval experts to intervene. Audrey Burns alleged her great-great-great grandfather, William Thomas Cook served under Lord NelsonCredit:Hansons/BNPS “We are pleased it has been withdrawn from sale.”William Thomas Cook was transported to Australia in 1820 after being convicted of theft and took with him a brass telescope.His scurrilous stories, which probably earned him a few drinks back in the day, also included him being wounded in the face by a splinter at Trafalgar and ripping a piece of the Victory’s flag off Nelson’s coffin at his funeral. Prof Tweddle said: “As custodians of HMS Victory and a keeper of the flame of the immortal memory of Nelson, we consider this claim to be a ridiculous slur.
The stay-put policy was not abandoned until 2.47 am, a decision which some survivors say cost the lives of their family members.Mr Dowden will continue his evidence on Wednesday. When asked if at 1.19am he considered evacuating, Mr Dowden said he had not, adding: “Things were rapidly developing and it was a very dynamic situation and I was feeling uncomfortable and at that point I wasn’t aware of what was happening internally”.When asked if he considered what he might do if the fire got out of control he replied: “I can’t recall a point of that conscious thinking, but that doesn’t mean to say that I didn’t or I did, but I think that this was the point where I was starting to become very consumed in terms of what was happening in front of me.“I think that the way that it was increasing and developing that I have never seen anything like that before and it was almost that I was consumed by that in terms of the sensory overload and because of the way that it was I do have some blanks and it is very difficult to recall certain parts of that incident.” He said that he had first realised that the exterior of the building was alight by 01.19 and had continued to increase appliances.This was despite the fact that Chris Secrett, the manager of the crew who had initially gone in to tackle the fridge fire in flat 16, calling for the response to “to slow down because the fire was now out”. “For me at that moment in time to facilitate and change a stay-put policy into a full evacuation is impossible, I didn’t have the resources, we are looking at 20 floors above the fire floor with just six fire crews in attendance. One central staircase. It is not something I have experienced as an incident commander before.” He told the hearing at Holborn Bars in central London: “Split second decision making is based on previous knowledge. I had no previous knowledge on how that building was reacting. I had nothing to fall back on, no default in terms of my own previous knowledge of how that building was reacting. At that moment in time I did feel uncomfortable, out of my comfort zone, because I didn’t have any previous experience to fall back on.” The firefighter in charge of tackling the Grenfell inferno has defended the controversial ‘stay-put’ advice for the first time, arguing it would have been “impossible” to evacuate the tower block.Michael Dowden, a watch manager, agreed that someone more senior should have been in charge and admitted that he cannot recall considering abandoning the policy or ordering an evacuation because he was “consumed” by events and suffering “sensory overload”. But Mr Dowden, who was the incident commander for the first hour, insisted that in hindsight even at 1.24am, just two minutes before the flames reached the top and experts say stay-put had failed, he did not have the resources to evacuate.He broke down in tears and had to take a break from the public inquiry after video footage was played showing flames spreading up the side of the block as members of the public cried: “Get out of the tower”.Families and experts fear that the continuation of the stay put policy could have contributed to the fact that 72 people lost their lives because of the fire.Mr Dowden told the hearing: “I think that it is important to clarify around that sort of time (01.24) I only had six fire appliances in attendance and from my understanding at that time most of them were consumed in terms of the breathing apparatus resource at the bridgehead. However, despite putting in that request at 01.12 Mr Dowden was left in charge till 1.57 as Andy Walton, who was on his way to relieve him, was delayed because he was “having difficulty finding a route to the incident due to the amount of road closures in the area”. By the time Mr Walton took over there were 25 pumps in attendance. After 10 engines were ordered an Assistant Commissioner should normally take charge, and Mr Dowden said when he made this call at 01.24 he had “expected that there would be a senior officer very soon”. He admitted that these were not thoughts that he had had at the time but were “reflective”, adding: “I was reacting in a way that I thought was best in all my experience.”Mr Dowden had been with the first crews to arrive on the scene around five minutes after the first 999 call at 00.54am on June 14 last year.As watch manager he took on the role of incident commander, and quickly began ordering more fire engines to attend when he saw that the flames were licking out the side of the building.The inquiry heard that London Fire Brigade policy states that as soon as it becomes a fire which requires six engines to fight it a Station Manager, a rank above, should take control. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
“This is Asia, it’s not like the west. I am guilty under Indonesian law of possession of narcotics, there’s no denying that.”Even though medicinal THC is something so widely accepted elsewhere and it was such a small amount, I foolishly crossed the line in a very strict country.”The only way now to ensure my sentence is something I will survive is to invest in the right legal representation and rehabilitation.”Doctors have been able to prescribe medicinal cannabis products to patients in the UK since November 1 after the drug was rescheduled.However, Indonesia has strict drug laws and dozens of convicted smugglers are on death row.British woman Lindsay Sandiford, from Cheltenham, was convicted of drug-smuggling offences and sentenced to death in 2013.A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “Our staff are assisting a British man following his arrest in Bali, and are in contact with his family, lawyer and the Indonesian authorities.” A British man arrested in Bali for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil has admitted he has been “very stupid” as he faces up to 15 years in an Indonesian prison.Pip Holmes, reportedly a 45-year-old artist from Cornwall, was one of five foreigners paraded at a news conference last week in Denpasar, the capital of Bali province.Indonesian police said he received nearly 31kg of cannabis oil in the mail and could face the death penalty if convicted.Mr Holmes, who describes himself as an artist and surfer, claims he was caught with just a tiny amount – around 3g – of medicinal THC oil, which he uses to treat his arthritis.His family has launched a crowdfunding page to raise $100,000 (nearly £80,000) for legal fees to keep the father-of-two out of prison.They say he could face a jail sentence of between five and 15 years but are hoping he can instead serve a short spell in a rehabilitation centre before being deported to the UK. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A message from Mr Holmes on the crowdfunding site said he had already been moved from a cramped police cell in Bali to a rehabilitation centre and has been helped by messages of support from his family.”For the last few days, each morning I have woken up in a terrible nightmare. I still can’t believe that I’m here and I feel sick with fear,” he said.”As it stands, I don’t know if I’m about to spend a few months in a rehabilitation or if I’m about to face five to 15 years in Kerobokan – one of the toughest prisons on earth.”Mr Holmes said he had been in Bali for two months before his arrest on December 3.”It all went terribly wrong when I was arrested for possession of a tiny amount of THC oil. Stupid much? Yes very very stupid. Right now I feel helpless and very alone,” he said. So I’m in rehab center/prison in Bali…. I was arrested with a small amount of THC oil about two weeks ago. Stupid of me, I thought I was past making dumb errors in judgement, but it seems not. 😔 I use thc and cbd to treat my arthritis pain…https://t.co/AnHSaRBKyQ— Pip Holmes (@_pipholmes) December 16, 2018
He was Margaret Thatcher’s self-styled “assassin” who would eventually become the architect of her downfall. And 40 years after her election as prime minister, Michael Heseltine remains scathing in his assessment of the Iron Lady’s career and social background, describing how he found it “incredible” she was elected to lead the Conservative party in 1975 as “this was not a leader”. The outspoken Tory grandee is among a number of political heavyweights who contribute to a new five-part BBC series marking 40 years since Lady Thatcher was elected as Britain’s first female prime minister. Charting her rise to prominence and decision to challenge Edward Heath for the Tory leadership, members of her…
He told The Sunday Telegraph that his protege during the 1979 operation is preparing to perform the world’s first pig-to-human kidney transplant “before the end of this year”, which – if successful – would open the door to more complex organs. Sir Terence English, who performed Britain’s first successful heart transplant 40 years ago on Sunday, believes “xenotransplantation” could all but eradicate the donor waiting list. There are currently around 280 patients waiting for a heart transplant in the UK. Suitable donated organs are scarce because… Pig hearts adapted for human use could be available to patients within three years, the surgeon who pioneered heart transplantation in the UK has said.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: President Granger meets Queen Elizabeth, pushes ‘green agenda’April 27, 2017In “latest news”President Granger departs for UK …to meet Queen, British MPs, business community, Guyanese diasporaApril 24, 2017In “latest news”Guyana a reliable partner in the fight against climate change – President GrangerSeptember 21, 2016In “latest news” President David Granger, today, was paid a courtesy call by British Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Rt. Hon. Baroness Anelay of St. Johns DBE. The British Minister, who is visiting Guyana for the first time, is on a three country tour in the region and also met with the Guyanese Head of State last week in London, the MOTP stated.The President in conversation with British Minister of State, Rt. Hon. Baroness Anelay during her visit to the State House (MOTP photo)President Granger first met Baroness Anelay on the side-lines of the United Nations’ 71st General Assembly in September 2016, where they discussed the revival of the Security Sector Reform Action Plan (SSRAP). The President had also been in discussion with former United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and British High Commissioner to Guyana, Mr. Greg Quinn on the matter.Last year, a team visited the country to perform scoping works to prepare for the arrival of the senior advisor and in January of this year, British Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor, Mr. Russell Combe arrived in Guyana. The programme had been scrapped in 2009 by the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Administration after the British Government had requested oversight of the programme. Since taking up Office, however, President Granger had made a priority the re-engagement with the British to ensure the implementation of the plan stating that security sector reform is important to ensuring that Guyana’s borders are properly protected and that its police force is strengthened.During this visit, Baroness Anelay will also meet with the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, and members of the private sector. The British Minister had announced that she would be visiting Guyana from May 1-3 at the Caribbean Council’s House of Lords Annual Reception on April 25.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, performing the duties of Prime Minister, today in the National Assembly.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, performing the duties of Prime Minister, today Wednesday) disclosed in the National Assembly, that Guyana’s consulate in Trinidad and Tobago is providing services to flood-affected Guyanese in that country.The minister was responding to a question posed by PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who claimed that Guyanese in the flood-affected Twin-Island are not receiving the necessary assistance they need, the DPI has reported.However, Minister Greenidge said the government, through its consulate office, is readily available and will be providing assistance to Guyanese there.Opposition PPP/C Chief Whip, Gail TeixeiraMinister Greenidge noted between the Civil Defense Commission (CDC) and its Trinidadian counterpart, it was agreed that the CDC will be providing food items to those affected citizens, DPI said.He clarified that there is no neglect or abandonment of Government’s obligations to Guyanese in Trinidad and Tobago.According to DPI, the Minister reminded that a regional disaster response framework is in place which sees collaboration among the national authorities in the affected country, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and other related agencies. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP’s Gail Teixeira prepared to renounce Canadian citizenship …following CJ’s rulingFebruary 1, 2019In “latest news”2018 budget: Motion to cut $200M from Parliament Office passed despite fierce OppositionNovember 17, 2017In “latest news”No ‘business as usual’ once Parliament reconvenes – MPMarch 24, 2019In “latest news”
Trans-Siberian Gold (TSG) recently held an annual general meeting, in which it was indicated that the appointment of Oleg Bagirov as the new Chief Executive and the potential consolidation of the company’s operations in Far East Russia represent a substantial step change in the company’s efforts to become a profitable gold producer by 2008.The sale of the company’s projects at Veduga and Bougnay, together with a project financing facility from Standard Bank, will provide the company with the necessary funding for the development of its Asacha gold project. This represents a positive milestone in the company’s objective of bringing the Asacha mine into production by 2008.Asacha is located in the oblast of Kamchatka, occupying a 1,000 km peninsular in the very far east of Russia. By road Asacha is some 150 km to the south of the port of Petropavlovsk – Kamchatsky, the regional capital. The first 90 km of the road is mostly paved, being the road to the Mutnovskaya geothermal power station. From the turn-off to the site is a 60 km long unpaved all-weather road that has been constructed by the company.TSG holds a 90.05% interest in Trevozhnoye Zarevo, which holds mining and exploration licences covering both the Asacha (24 km2) and Rodnikova (16 km2) deposits. The company has an obligation to acquire the remaining 9.95% of Trevozhnoye Zarevo for $1million pending a final decision by the board to proceed with the development of a mine at Asacha.The bankable feasibility study, completed in March 2004, was adjusted in 2005 to be in full compliance with Russian regulations and technical norms. Work has continued on engineering studies, site preparation and in completing construction of the access road, while discussions with banks and lending agencies on project finance have been ongoing. Extensional and regional exploration is also proceeding.The mine plan and design is based on ore extraction by underground mining methods only, using mechanized cut and fill, with the processing of the free-milling ore taking place in a conventional CIL plant. However, a study has now been completed which indicates that it is technically feasible to open pit the top portion of the orebody. Work will continue in this area, as extraction of the upper portion of the orebody should increase the mineable ore reserves and improve the safety and economics of the project.The current proposed scheme is for throughput of 200,000 t/y (mine/plant) producing 100,000 oz/y of gold and 180,000 oz/y of silver for a life of six-and-a-half years.In September TSG announced that it has agreed in principle to sell all of the company’s interests in its two wholly owned subsidiaries, GRK Amikan and AS Angarskaya Proizvodstvennaya Kompaniya (AS APK), to AngloGold Ashanti for a cash consideration of $40 million.Amikan holds the license for exploration and mineral extraction at the Veduga project, as well as an exploration license in respect of the 540km2 area surrounding Veduga. It has a book value of $22.9 million and made an operating loss of $1.8 million in 2005. AS APK holds the license for exploration and development of the Bogunay property. It has a book value of $2.4 million and made an operating loss of $116,000 in 2005. Both Veduga and Bogunay are located in Krasnoyarsk Krai, central Siberia.International Mining‘s November issue, due out shortly, features a major review of projects within the CIS.
Western Copper was awarded the 2009 Robert E. Leckie award for the major reclamation program carried out on old abandoned workings at its Casino project. During the reclamation of the old exploration camp at Casino all old buildings, structures, equipment, material, and debris were removed and the area was recontoured to re-establish natural vegetation. Other areas of the property where debris had been allowed to accumulate over the many years of exploration by previous companies were similarly cleared and regraded.The Robert E. Leckie award was created in 1999 to acknowledge innovative approaches to planned reclamation, research, and cooperation between the Government and the mining industry. It is presented annually during the Yukon Geoscience Forum in Whitehorse, Yukon to worthy recipients for exceptional reclamation and restoration efforts. “It is a great honour for us to receive this award and I would like to thank everyone who worked with us to make this event happen” said Dale Corman, President & CEO “While completing the cleanup activities we were committed to go beyond our ordinary obligations and to operate in a way that is consistent with our sustainable development goals. We are focused on developing our projects in a manner that respects and protects the environment and enhances benefits to nearby communities”.Western Copper’s world class Casino project is located 300 km northwest of Whitehorse, Yukon and has a NI 43-101 compliant reserve of 8 Moz of gold, 4,400 Mlb of copper, and 475 Mlb of molybdenum, contained in approximately 1,000 Mt of ore. Western Copper completed a positive pre-feasibility study on the project in June 2008 and is currently focusing on exploration with the goal of increasing the size of the resource. The company is also advancing baseline environmental and socio-economic studies in preparation for submission to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB), the first step in the permitting process.
SNC-Lavalin in Europe has been awarded an EPCM contract to build a grassroots sulphuric/phosphoric acid complex including utilities and a power plant in Eshidya, Jordan by JIFCO, a joint venture company owned by JPMC and Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative. JPMC is a leading phosphate rock, phosphoric acid and fertiliser producer in Jordan, and IFFCO is the largest fertiliser producer and distributor cooperative in India. The total estimated investment value of the project is about $625 million. SNC-Lavalin will provide overall project management, detailed design, proprietary equipment items and construction management for the facilities. This world-class complex will have a capacity of 500,000 t/y of phosphoric acid. It includes a single line sulphuric acid plant with a capacity of 4,500 t/d, making it the largest single stream unit in the world.“This contract reflects our notable experience and technical capabilities in the fertiliser field” said Jean Claude Pingat, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group and President, SNC-Lavalin in Europe. “It is also an excellent example of how SNC-Lavalin creates synergies among its various areas of expertise to bring added value to its clients, in this case the provision and integration of sulphuric and phosphoric acid plants and other associated facilities.”Work will begin immediately and production start-up is expected before the end of 2012.
CiDRA Minerals Processing was awarded a contract for the installation of three flowmeters at AngloGold Ashanti’s Cerro Vanguardia mine in Patagonia, Argentina. CiDRA’s SONARtrac systems were chosen by Cerro Vanguardia after a series of performance tests and flowmeter comparisons, and ultimately, the sonar systems were chosen for their reliability and ease of installation, CIDRA says. Two of the SONARtrac systems are now installed on the overflow lines from the mill and secondary thickener; while the third meter is awaiting installation on the milling hydrocyclone feed line.Cerro Vanguardia is a gold and silver mine located northwest of Puerto San Julian in the province of Santa Cruz. AngloGold Ashanti has a 92.5% interest in the mine with the province of Santa Cruz holding the remaining 7.5%. Cerro Vanguardia consists of multiple small open pits with high stripping ratios. The orebodies comprise a series of hydrothermal vein deposits containing vast quantities of silver, which is produced as a byproduct.CiDRA’s SONARtrac systems are non-invasive, which allowed the customer quick installation without any process interruption, and provide the high reliability, performance, and maintenance-free operation the customer required. CiDRA’s SONARtrac flow technology is a new class of industrial flowmeter, utilizing measurement principles that are distinct from all other flowmeter technologies operating in the mining industry. As well, SONARtrac systems demonstrate very stable output and superior levels of performance in the presence of highly variable fluid properties.
Joy Global has added to its rotary blasthole drill product offering to provide a wider range of solutions for hard rock applications. The new P&H 285XPC provides up to 53,524 kg (118,000 lbs) of bit loading specifically designed for 270 and 311 mm (10 5/8 in and 12 ¼ in) diameter holes, making it well suited for the majority of copper and iron applications. “This new drill will carry on the P&H legacy for durability,” stated Eric Wilkinson, Product Manager. “It will feature the same powerful propel structures and robust pulldown systems as our other P&H drills.”The new drill also features the Universal Drill Cab (UDC) utilised on other P&H drills. This commonality of controls will allow experienced operators to quickly and easily transition to a P&H 285XPC. The UDC provides the operator with a clear, unobstructed view of the drilling area and the surrounding environment. Its expansive windows and video cameras provide the best visibility in the industry and ensure that the operator is able to maintain complete situational awareness while drilling and propelling. Additionally, the FOPS Level II certified structure combined with shatter-resistant glass protects the operator from harsh mining conditions. The 285XPC is already available worldwide.
A new “next generation” of shaft enlargement machines for shaft boring using the pilot borehole is now available to the market. The Shaft Boring Machine for Shaft Enlargement (SBE) was developed by Herrenknecht in close collaboration with a joint-venture between Thyssen Schachtbau GmbH and Murray & Roberts Cementation. These two mining services and technology groups had approached Herrenknecht with the aim of applying V-Mole technology to the next high-performance generation of shaft enlargement.With the newly developed shaft enlargement machine, Herrenknecht offers a modern version of shaft boring machines that “complies with the highest standards of efficiency, safety and reliability.” With this new generation machine, shaft boring diameters of up to 9.5 m can be realised under optimum conditions in hard rock. The machine concept allows significantly higher sinking speeds compared to earlier shaft boring generations. It is robustly designed to handle the tough working conditions found in sinking of shafts. Qualified personnel can easily operate the system.The SBE basically works like modern hard rock TBMs, but vertically. Advance and primary shaft lining are carried out simultaneously. With the help of laterally extendable hydraulic cylinders the 15 m high and 350 t machine braces itself before every drilling stroke in the shaft steadying the machine, allowing the thrust cylinders to push the rotating cutterhead against the borehole floor. Hydraulic cylinders ensure precise vertical alignment of the shaft boring machine to the target axis. This is constantly transmitted to the machine operator by a laser aiming device.The rotating anchor platform is located on the drilling deck above the cutterhead. From there anchors and steel mesh can be put in place by two powerful hydraulic drill rigs. If required, a shotcrete unit on the shaft boring machine secures the shaft wall immediately after exposure of the rock outcrop. The machine operator controls all operations safely and conveniently from the interior of the machine.The sinking of a shaft with the new SBE occurs in three phases:– First a pilot hole is created from the top downwards, which sets the vertical target axis– Once at the bottom, workers in the cavern replace the drill bit with a reamer, which then enlarges the pilot hole from bottom to top until the pilot borehole diameter is reached. The muck is continuously loaded at the foot of the borehole and transported away– Thereafter, the shaft boring machine enlarges the pilot borehole from top to bottom to the final diameter and installs the primary lining of the shaft in parallel. The shaft depth is only limited by the technically feasible length of the pilot borehole
The new Cat 994K Wheel Loader is Caterpillar’s largest wheel loader and handles an increased payload compared to its predecessor, the 994H. The standard 994K carries 45 t per pass, and the high lift version moves 42 t per pass, 18% and 20% more, respectively, than the previous model.The 994K loads mining trucks in the 250, 200 and 150 t classes in one less pass than the previous model. The high lift configuration is a six-pass match with the Cat 793 mining truck, and the high lift as well as the standard configuration loads the Cat 789 in five passes. The standard configuration loads the Cat 785 in four passes. More engine power, increased hydraulic flow, greater breakout force and rimpull, and improved lateral stability are also developments that have been made to the new loader.The new 994K also offers options to expand its application range and versatility. The new high ambient package is available to equip the loader for operation in higher temperatures, and the standard cooling package offers improved cooling compared to the previous model. An optional fuel tank holds enough fuel to operate the loader for 24 hours without refueling. New high performance buckets in a wide range of capacities are optimised for the 994K linkage kinematics. The new bucket design has an extended floor, larger radius and angled side bars for fast loading, high fill factors and good material retention.A number of efficiency improvements, such as the electronically controlled and hydraulically driven cooling system fan, help keep operating costs down. The new engine air filtration system delivers three times the life of the previous system.The new 994K also features safety and operator health enhancements, such as a reduced stair angle for easy access and egress, a Cat Deluxe seat and four-point seat belts. The operator has increased visibility with new mining mirrors, optimized LED lighting and an improved camera for greater site awareness. The loader also delivers reduced sound in the cab to help fight operator fatigue, and increased cab air pressurisation and filtration keep dirt out.Engine oil change intervals are 500 hours minimum, and all routine service points are conveniently located on the left side of the loader. Hydraulically driven auto lube handles linkage greasing. Superior hydraulic system filtration helps ensure long life and optimum performance, and durable LED lights extend service intervals. Modular design makes field assembly and component replacements faster.The 994K Wheel Loader will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2016.
Eldorado Gold Corp has entered into a definitive agreement with Integra Gold Corp, pursuant to which Eldorado has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Integra that it does not currently own, by way of a plan of arrangement.Integra’s principal asset is the Lamaque project near Val-d’Or, Quebec. Lamaque hosts an NI 43-101 indicated resource of 5.1 Mt at a grade of 9.13 g/t Au and an inferred resource of 3.5 Mt at a grade of 7.94 g/t Au (5.0 g/t cutoff)1. A PEA was completed in February 2017 that envisions a high-grade underground operation producing 123,000 oz/y of gold at all-in sustaining costs of $634/oz over 10 years. Integra is currently in the process of advancing underground ramp development to facilitate underground exploration and completion of a bulk sample.Integra owns the Sigma mill (pictured) which is well located to process the Lamaque ore.George Burns, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eldorado Gold, stated, “The company has been following Integra’s progress at Lamaque over the last 18 months and commend their team for the accomplishments to date. From previous experience of building and operating gold mines in Canada, I am excited about Eldorado’s entry into the Eastern Abitibi region of Canada. With our current balance sheet strength post the sale of our Chinese assets, this acquisition represents a use of the proceeds complementing our existing portfolio of high quality, low cost assets.”Benefits to Eldorado:Adds a high quality development project that has the potential to add meaningful near-term production and cash flow with modest upfront capitalEstablishes an operating presence in Canada and diversifies the operating portfolio into one of the most productive mining camps in the worldMaintains the flexibility to fund its development pipelineIncome tax and G&A synergies with the addition of a future mining operation in CanadaBoth companies’ Boards of Directors have determined that the proposed transaction is fair to their respective shareholders and in the best interests of their respective companies based on a number of factors, including fairness opinions received from their respective financial advisors. Each company’s Board of Directors approved the terms of the proposed Arrangement and the Integra Board of Directors unanimously recommends that its shareholders vote in favour of the transaction.Eldorado is a leading low cost gold producer with mining, development and exploration operations in Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Romania and Brazil. Its success to date is based on a low cost strategy, a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, safe and responsible operations, and long-term partnerships with the communities where it operates.
Few, if any, tech accelerators have a presence in San Juan, Argentina. The province, located in northwest Argentina, is known more for mining than machine learning. But to say there is no tech community in San Juan would be far from true, something Bill Wall, Barrick’s Director of Digital for South America, discovered last September.“It was my understanding that the local community in San Juan didn’t really have any tech companies or technology expertise,” says Wall, who joined Barrick in May 2017. “And I think that’s wrong; that it was kind of a blind spot that we had because we didn’t know where to look, and people that are interested in technology didn’t know how to talk to Barrick.”Barrick is looking to close that gap and, in the process, strengthen digital capacity in San Juan while creating an innovation ecosystem in the province. This will not only benefit the company, which operates the Veladero mine in San Juan together with Shandong Gold Group, but it will also benefit the province for decades to come.he first step in this process was a Barrick-sponsored hackathon that took place last September in Buenos Aires. It was there, ironically, in a city that’s located about 1,000 miles east of San Juan, that Wall was first exposed to the province’s burgeoning technology talent.A hackathon is an event in which large numbers of people come together and leverage their technology skills to develop ideas and solutions to operational challenges. Participants—developers, software engineers, data scientists, and other tech-savvy people—typically split into teams and spend several days developing competing solutions to specific challenges. At the Buenos Aires hackathon, Barrick posed challenges that touched on key priorities for Veladero in areas like processing, maintenance, and community engagement. More than 100 people participated in the event, nearly a third from San Juan. One of those San Juaninos was Santiago Azcona.“The hackathon was a great thing for us,” Azcona says. “It gave us a chance to solve real problems at Veladero, which is here in San Juan, which is where we live.”Azcona, an accountant and data analyst, was part of a five-person team at the hackathon that dubbed itself Federal Group. The team, which included three San Juaninos, the Spanish term for someone born in the province, designed a solution that uses 3D-visualisation technology and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to improve gold recovery rates in the mine processing area at Veladero. “They had a great idea,” Wall says. “Something that no one had really thought of, which is why they won first prize at the hackathon.”One of the judges at the event was Ciro Echesortu, Regional Director of Acceleration Programs for NXTP Labs in Argentina. NXTP is a tech incubation and investment company with operations across Latin America. In early December, NXTP hosted a week-long accelerator program in Buenos Aires for the top four teams from the hackathon. The program included marketing workshops, training in investor pitches, and mentoring opportunities with start-ups in NXTP’s portfolio as well as established businesses like Globant, a software development company with operations around the world.“The challenge after the hackathon ended,” Echesortu says, “was how do you get a hackathon team that came together for a weekend to consolidate its prototype into a viable project that not only helps Barrick with its innovation efforts, but can also evolve into a sustainable and high-impact business.”Barrick’s partnership with NXTP forms part of the answer, and it’s also a key part of the Company’s effort to help build an innovation ecosystem in San Juan that nurtures and expands technology and entrepreneurial knowhow in the province. “Together with NXTP, we have co-created a distinctive program that underscores our commitment to building strong and lasting partnerships,” says Tyler Godoff, Manager of Innovation Partnerships at Barrick. “At Barrick’s core, is the belief that partnerships should be defined by trust, transparency and excellence. Our engagement with NXTP Labs exemplifies this belief.”While the four teams received invaluable training during the weeklong accelerator program, they were also competing for a chance to attend NXTP’s more intensive, four-month accelerator program. Modeled on the iconic Y Combinator program in Silicon Valley, the four-month program provides in-depth training in marketing, sales, finance, accounting, and product development. Only one team could enter the program and that team was Federal Group.“Federal Group developed an innovative solution that, if successfully developed, is scalable and could generate significant cost savings for companies that adopt it,” Echesortu says. The team members complement each other well, he adds, bringing a mix of technology and business backgrounds. Furthermore, some members already have experience running a business that services the mining industry, which will shorten the learning curve. And finally, Echesortu says, NXTP was impressed with the team’s drive and ambition. “They are 100% committed to their project,” he says. “And they want to go global and use San Juan as their base of operations.”In addition to their work with Federal Group, Azcona, along with team members Alejandro Madcur and Joaquin Sousa, operate a company that uses UAV technology to provide survey data to the mining and construction sectors. They started the business, called DAMS, in 2014 but retained their day jobs while working nights and weekends to grow the business. Azcona worked at an accounting firm and Madcur and Sousa, both civil engineers, worked for construction companies.Buoyed by their recent success and the experience at the NXTP accelerator program, the trio recently left their day jobs to devote all their efforts to growing DAMS and Federal Group. They continue to work closely with Federal Group team members Omar Mrad, a software developer and Michaela Amatti, a geologist. In fact, they plan to merge DAMS and Federal Group and add more people.“The week-long program was great for us because we got to meet people from other companies with similar backgrounds and learn how they managed to succeed,” Azcona says.While Federal Group readies for the four-month accelerator program, which begins in May, the team continues to work closely with Wall. They visited Barrick’s iROC (integrated remote operating center) In Albardon, San Juan, which serves as an innovation hub for Barrick in Argentina. They’ve also refined their prototype and developed new ideas, including a second solution for monitoring gold recoveries at Veladero that could hold as much promise as their initial prototype.“They’ve thrown some interesting technology and ideas at us,” Wall says. “I just had them in here last week, and they’re going to come back in a couple of weeks and pitch a revised concept to the head of processing and the head of operations at Veladero.”This year, Barrick is sponsoring a hackathon in Las Vegas in partnership with Cisco, Unearthed Solutions, and Switch, an information technology services provider whose Las Vegas data center is one of the largest in the world. The event takes place March 9-11. Barrick is partnering with Silicon Foundry, a corporate innovation services provider, to help market the event and to provide the winners with the resources to scale their solution.The company took a similar approach in Argentina and hopes the partnership with Silicon Foundry marks the start of a new innovation hub in southern Nevada. Barrick is also working to integrate its own front-line operators into the company’s innovation process. For the Las Vegas event, the company’s innovation team encouraged and incentivised employees to submit challenges by holding a company-wide challenge contest. A panel of Barrick leaders selected a submission that will be used at the hackathon. The winners, a team of three from Elko, Nevada, received an all-expense paid trip to attend the hackathon and will serve as mentors at the event. The contest generated more than 130 entries, and entries were received from every Barrick mine.“We were thrilled to receive so many entries,” says Nicolas Westgate, Innovation Analyst at Barrick and one of the contest organisers. “Our people understand our problems best and know what’s on their wish list. Their ideas were great and, while we could only pick one for the Las Vegas hackathon, those ideas will be catalogued, shared and discussed around the company.”
← Previous Story Hassan Moustafa victim of racism and jealousy?! Next Story → Women’s WC 2011 in Brasil Prediction: Russia runs for Gold! Sead Hasanefendic is no longer the coach of Gummersbach. Despite winning three European trophies in the past three seasons, the club decided to terminate the contract with Hasanefendic even before the expiration of the contract next summer. The defeat against Bergischer with 31:29 was too much for the board of directors, and now the club finds themself as serious candidates for relegation if they don’t better their performances. The club will be lead bz Emir Kurtagic in the upcoming period, and from next summer the coach will be Huttenberg’s current, Jan Goor.
In the five games played today we saw two more teams qualify for the L16 phase. Metalurg had more trouble than expected at home against Chambery, however with the support of the crowd which was loud as always, managed to break Chambery’s resistance in the end and win with 26:21. Gorenje Velenje had another rather easy game against St Petersburg and with their physical superiority easily coped with the Russians and won by 7 goals, 32-25 victory in Chekhov.In Group D, Barcelona scored another routine victory, and easily beat Kadetten with 36:25, while perhaps in the most interesting game Pick Szeged beat RK Zagreb at home with 26:24 and therefore took the 4th position at the moment after 7 games, and is on the pole-position for the 4th team to qualify ahead of the final 3 matches in the group.Celje were hoping to prepare another miracle as against THW, but Veszprem proved too strong and had the support of around 2000 Hungarian fans in Celje, and strengthened their lead on the table ahead of the THW-Atletico clash. Veszprem are now with 14 points, while THW and Atletico have 8 and 6 respectively. ← Previous Story Wisla Plock wins again over Sungul Snezhinsk, advances to group phase Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 12): Anaitasuna with a surprise win away at Cuenca! BarcelonaCeljeChamberydumoulinkadettenmetalurgPick SzegedSzegedveszpremzagreb
Kielcelubinmalchertomczak ← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Sweden smashed by France – Only Norway with 4 points! Next Story → Battles for semi-finals begins: Hungary or Montenegro to get keys of “Kombank Arena”? Another high-scoring win for Vive Targi Kielce in the Polish Championship. Battle against Zagłębie Lubin showed that Polish Champions always approach to every game with full concentration. Since their first goal they were gradually increasing advantage and despite of Lubin’s goalie, Adam Malcher‘s good attitude, there wasn’t even one draw in this match. From 48. to 52-minutes Vive’s players scored six goals, with no response from the hosts! The meeting ended a goal from Bartłomiej Tomczak, raising the score to 44:29 for Kielce.Zagłębie Lubin: Malcher – Stankiewicz 8, Kozłowski 1, Szymyślik 6, Gumiński 2, Przysiek 3, Kużdeba 1, Przybylski 5, Bartczak 1Vive Targi Kielce: Losert, Szmal, Buchcic – Tkaczyk 2, Olafsson 4, Tomczak 6, Jurecki 6, Bielecki 4, Lijewski 1, Strlek 5, Stojković 4, Zorman 1, Cupić 6, Buntić 1, Musa 4″TEXT: Ida Baran
Six matches of the EHF Cup Round 3 have been played on Sunday. The best job was made by Slovakian vice-champion HC Sporta Hlohovec who celebrate in Norway against Arendal 26:20. Swedish Kristianstad beat Romanian Bacau 40:25 and their appearance at EHF Group stage is now more than realistic…RESULTS:Chambery Savoie – Alpla Hard 31:30RK Porec – Sporting Lisboa 24:24Nantes – Elverum 28:21Kristianstad – Bacau 40:25RK Nexe – Ademar Leon 34:29SATURDAY’S RESULTS EHF Cuphandball matcheshc sporta holohovec ← Previous Story FRUSTRATION IN SKOPJE: The CHAIR as the eighth player! Next Story → Aalborg’s coach still unknown – Jesper Jensen has a few offers
al-saddBarcelonaEl JaishFlensburghandballIHFsuper globe ← Previous Story Radnicki KG brings Slobodan Ervacanin Next Story → SEHA week: Vardar win in Banja Luka – Draw in Serbian derby After the completion of the group stage, the semifinal pairs are now known. Al-Sadd and El-Jaish are to defend Qatari honour against the European giants. Al-Sadd will be playing against the reigning EHF Champions League winner Flensburg-Handewitt. In the other match, the reigning IHF Super Globe winner, Barcelona (beat HSV Hamburg in 2013) are to play against El-Jaish. The European teams are big favorites in this matches, but with the tournament in their home country, the Qatari teams stand a good chance for a surprise.The matches are scheduled for the 11th of September, at 18:00 and 20:15 local time.
Bojana Popovic is backhandballHandball in Rio 2016mONTENEGROrio 2016 handballWomen’s handball ← Previous Story Bosnia and Herzegovina seek new NT coach Next Story → Iman Jamali to Meshkov Brest The last test before trip to Rio, friendly tournament in Eindhoven (Netherlands) began with wins of Montenegro and Sweden. Host team, silver from the last WCh 2015 in Denmark, Dutch girls have been defeated by Sweden 26:25. The most interesting fact of the first day was come back of Bojana Popovic, legendary left back who scored six goals in Montenegrian win over Russia.Netherlands: Estavana Polman 6, Angela Malestein 4, Nycke Groot 3, Laura van der Heijden 3, Lois Abbingh 3, Yvette Broch 2, Ailly Luciano 1, Danmick Snelder 1, Sanne van Olphen 1, Jessy Kramer 1.Sweden: Linn Blohm 8, Sabina Jacobsen 4, Carin Strömberg 4, Isabelle Gulldén 3 (1 straff), Linnea Torstenson 2, Louise Sand1, Nathalie Hagman 1, Michaela Ek 1, Frida Tegstedt 1, Filippa Idéhn 1Montenegro – Russia 27:26 (12:13)Montenegro: RAJČIĆ (five saves), Barjaktarović (seven saves), PETROVIĆ 6 (2), PAVIĆEVIĆ 2, Radičević 6 (1), Grbić, A. Bulatović 1, A. Klikovac 1, POPOVIĆ 3, B. Klikovac, Jauković 1, K. BULATOVIĆ 6, RAMUSOVIĆ, Mehmedović, Despotović, RAIČEVIĆ 1.Russia: SEDOJKINA (3 saves), Jerohina (three saves), Kalinjina (one save), KUZNJECOVA 4, Gorškova 1, DMITRIJEVA 2, Senj 1, Akapjan, VJAHIREVA 4 (3), Sudakova, BOBROVNJIKOVA 4, MAKEJEVA, Žilinskajte, Marenjikova 2, BLIZNOVA 2 (1), Černoivanjenka 2, Iljina 3, Petrova 1.
Bosnia and Herzegovina stayed without WCh 2019 Play-Off place after decision of EHF to punish domestic team in “case Nuic” which put Switzerland ahead with 0:10 win in Tuzla, after well deserved defeat. Dissapointment with decision of EHF, coach Bilal Suman, expressed with words against Slovenian delegate Darko Repensek and EHF live-ticker match list on which is clear that left wing Tomislav Nuic was registered for the match from Bosnian side. One of those who are also deeply dissapointed is team’s captain, Telekom Veszprem member, Mirsad Terzic:As an athlete, I don’t understand Swiss, how they don’t have ethical problem to complain after they lost two matches against better team? We beat them in all segments of handball game. I am more than dissapointed with their decision to put official objection, but also with EHF decision – said Terzic for national newspaper – Oslobodjenje. ← Previous Story Rhein Neckar Lowen lose Gedeon Guardiola for the rest of the season! Next Story → Challenge Cup 17/18 1/4 finals: Turda against Fyllingen, AEK against Berchem
ALL OF THE garda escort motorcycles in the country were taken off-road for July and August, while local traffic units covered escorts, TheJournal.ie has learned.The motorcycles, which are used for presidential escorts, in the transportation of prisoners to and from court and for escorting ambulances to hospitals in serious cases, are also used in regular traffic duty.There are around 20 of these bikes, based in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, and all of them were out of action for two months, under the premise that they would be undergoing health and safety checks, sources have said.“That would have taken no more than two weeks,” a source said. “People were asking why they were sitting there for another six weeks and why no one was using them.”Over this two month period, gardaí were doing escorts on traffic motorcycles which were described as “substandard”, as they are much less powerful than the Yamaha FJR escort bikes and cannot reach the speeds required.TheJournal.ie also learned that the traffic corps in Dublin had been pushing escorts towards local traffic units, though escort duty is generally performed by gardaí based at Dublin Castle.Stretched resourcesSources said there is a belief among gardaí that this move was taken to make immediate savings in the stretched garda budget. Overall numbers of garda vehicles have been decreasing in the last number of years from 2,677 in 2011 to 2,473 in June 2013.The number of garda motorcycles has fallen from 238 in 2009 to 170 in March of this year.Almost 130 of these vehicles were more than five-years-old with 71 of those being used for at least seven years. An Garda Síochána is required to replace vehicles once they reach a certain mileage but the limit for motorcycles is much lower than for cars and it is thought that the ageing bikes are being kept off the roads to delay their replacement.One garda source said the budget limits the purchase of new vehicles but there is a larger provision for repairs and so they are often fixed up multiple times – even if it costs more than replacing them.It is understood that last year, a garda car involved in a head-on collision in Limerick was repaired at a cost of almost €6,000, despite the fact that the car could have been replaced for about €3,000.“If that car had cost €10,000 to repair it would have been paid because the repairs budget is higher – there’s no lateral thinking”, the source explained. We’re in cars with wires exposed, radios and sirens not working, crashed and then patched up. There’s no budget for new cars but there’s a budget for repairing them so when something should be written off, instead there’s thousands poured into it to keep it on the road.‘Monitored and reviewed’In response to a query on the issue, the Garda Press Office said:The allocation of these vehicles will be determined by Garda Traffic, Dublin Castle consistent with operational requirements and the operational requirements in the Dublin Metropolitan Region will be considered within the the overall operational requirement of the organisation.“The allocation of garda motorcycles is monitored and reviewed on a continual basis to ensure the best match with operational requirements,” it added.When contacted by TheJournal.ie, the Department of Justice declined to comment.This report was first published on Monday, 23 September 2013, at 6am.Read: Gardaí feel like ‘sitting ducks’ after decision to withdraw Uzi submachine gun>Read: ‘I have given as much as I can’ – garda speaks out against pay cuts>
UKRAINIAN SECURITY FORCES have moved away from the Kiev city hall after a failed bid to retake the building from some 200 opposition activists who have occupied it for over a week, an AFP correspondent reports.The buses of the Berkut anti-riot police drove away from the building after failing to storm it due to the sheer number of demonstrators and after they were hosed with freezing water by activists inside.Riot police officers during a clash with pro-European Union activists near the city hall entrance in Kiev, Ukraine. Pic: AP Photo/Efrem LukatskyPolice used truncheons outside the building to beat protestors, who responded with sticks.Meanwhile, demonstrators inside the building sprayed police on the street with freezing water from a fire hose, forcing them to retreat into police buses.Amid an increasingly tense standoff, thousands of protesters came to picket the city hall where deputies from the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) movement held negotiations with the security forces over their next course of action.Pro-European Union activists take away police shields from a police bus during a clash with riot police officers. Pic: AP Photo/Efrem LukatskyThe members of the security forces remained holed up in their buses parked outside the front entrance surrounded by protesters and it was not clear if they would be able to launch a new bid to assault the building.Meanwhile activists proudly waved flags of the Svoboda party and Ukraine from the upper floors to show that they remained in control of the building. Those on the ground chanted the main slogans of the protest movement, such as “Out with the gang!”.- © AFP, 2013Read: Demonstrators topple Lenin statue in giant Ukraine protest>
Poll Results: I’m not sure (2418) No (2229) A SURVEY PUBLISHED today found Irish people are still shopping in Northern Ireland to bag the bargains.Cheaper food and alcohol seem to be the driving factors and those closer to the border are, unsurprisingly, more likely to travel north to do some shopping.But we want to know: Will you be travelling to Northern Ireland to shop ahead of Christmas? Yes (485) YesNoI’m not sureVote
ONE OF LUKE ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s fellow independent TDs has said Flanagan should have accepted the penalty points he was given for using a mobile phone while driving.Wexford TD Mick Wallace said, however, that Flanagan’s actions did not undermine the broader campaign by some TDs to highlight alleged Garda malpractice by having penalty points expunged.“He’s made a mistake, he’s got to learn from it,” Wallace told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.“It doesn’t change the bigger picture, the bigger issue – which is the fact that we have evidence of serious malpractice in the Garda Síochána,” he added.Wallace and Flanagan were among four TDs who had held a press conference before Christmas, where details from a Garda dossier – which outlined tens of thousands of cases where penalty point offences had been wiped from the records – were revealed.The others were Clare Daly and Joan Collins of the United Left Alliance.“The termination of penalty points is widespread,” Wallace said. We have evidence of anywhere between 60,000 and 100,000 episodes of it.Last night, in a debate on new legislation to allow minor criminal convictions be wiped from a person’s record, Flanagan said he would appeal for the penalty points and associated fines to be restored to his licence.via HEAnetHe was caught using a mobile phone while driving on two occasions in 2011 – once on June 3, after which a Garda sergeant advised him to write and explain his business, after which no penalty points were added to his licence.On the second occasion, he was travelling to a council meeting in Roscommon when he was again stopped for using his mobile – mentioning the incident to a council official when he arrived.He said that official had called him again later that evening, advising that they had “sorted out” the issue for him.Longstanding legal precedent means members of the Oireachtas cannot be prosecuted for traffic offences if they are travelling on official Oireachtas business.Read: Ming: I want my penalty points back
23. You regard your hurlers as fashion icons with their choice of footwearPic: INPHO22. You know the Galway media lads – Murphy from Milltown and Frehill from Kiltormer – can play a bit of ball21. You point out the first step on route to becoming a Galway footballer is to enrol at St Jarlath’sPic: INPHO/Donall Farmer20. You reckon you could take Paul Hession in a 100m sprintPic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy19. You know Pat Comer’s documentary ‘A Year Til Sunday’ off by heart at this stageYouTube: Conor Ryan18. You’ve been frozen watching games at the Sportsground more times than you care to rememberPic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan17. But you always see passion by the bucket load from the Connacht lads in actionPic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan16. You’ve had Tuam’s finest musical act play at your club’s dinner dancehttp://www.goldenplec.com/15. You’ve offered up vigils in the hope that Michael Meehan can stay fitPic: INPHO/Mike Shaughnessy14. You’ve seen Joe Canning produce tekkers like this since he was playing U10 for PortumnaYouTube: jdtvideo13. You have tried and you have failed to combat playing on a windy day at Pearse StadiumPic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan12. You become a sailing enthusiast any time the Volvo Ocean Race swings by Galway BayPic: INPHO/IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race11. You’re adamant Galway were wronged in the Keady Affair in 1989 Pic: INPHO10. You love the fact that no one showed more emotion than a Galway man when Katie Taylor won Gold in LondonYouTube: rte9. You think this flick by Kevin Broderick leads to the greatest hurling point of all timeYouTube: stvincentsgaa8. And the greatest football point of all time is all about Michael Donnellan’s run from deepYouTube: KilkennyFootball7. You study the form carefully in Ballybrit at the end of every JulyPic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy6. This is where you venture for your pre-match and post-match carbsratemyarea.com5. If his Christian name is ‘Joe’ and his surname begins with ‘C’, then chances are he’s been your favourite Galway hurler at some stageJoe ConnollyPic: INPHO/James CrombieJoe CooneyPic: INPHO/Billy SticklandJoe CanningPic: INPHO/Billy Stickland4. You’ve ran into famous faces over the years in Terryland ParkPic: INPHO/Mike Shaughnessy3. You know the greatest legend in Irish rugby is this manPic: INPHO/Patrick BolgerPic: INPHO/Billy Stickland2. You thank Mayo people for the loan of this man for a few yearsPic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan1. And this speech and song from 1980 by the two Joe’s still brings a tear to the eyeYouTube: sceilig22 signs you’re a sports fan from Limerick21 signs you’re a sports fan from Clare21 signs you’re a sports fan from Tipperary21 signs you’re a sports fan from Waterford16 signs you’re a sports fan from Cork19 signs you’re a sports fan from Kerry
RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 64 per cent. Audience rating: 97 per cent want to see WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Populaire(movieclipstrailers/YouTube)For fans of: Gallic humour, brooding men, Mavis BeaconAvoid if: You type with one fingerI seriously hope that the star of Populaire progresses to typing with more than two fingers, because there’s something wrong if a typing champion doesn’t know their asdf from their qwerty. This seems somewhat overly-stylised as a film – although the dresses do make me swoon – and perhaps is a little simplistic in plot, but no doubt will be utterly charming. Mais oui. RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: no score yet. Audience rating: 94 per cent want to seeByzantium(movieclipstrailers/YouTube)For fans of: Interview with a VampireAvoid if: Blood makes you queasy, you’re worried about ageingOur own lovely Saoirse Ronan plays a teenager who is 200 years old, with a mother (Gemma Arterton) who lives on human blood and is fond of brothels. Neil Jordan is the man behind the camera here, but this isn’t Interview With A Vampire part deux. Instead, we see Arterton and Ronan trying to stay safe in a coastal town, and find out more about their background through flashbacks. This looks intriguing but potentially confusing, if I’m honest. RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 80 per cent. Audience rating: 70 per cent want to see The Purge(movieclipstrailers/YouTube)For fans of: Purging, violence, masksAvoid if: You’d rather a film about the Iron ThroneAn interesting premise here – that one day a year (called the Purge, naturally) all crime is legal, so that the rest of the year the country remains safe. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey (oh hi, fellow Game of Thrones fans) star as the parents in a family who think they’re safe, but of course find out they’re not after their son takes pity on a man attacked on the night of the Purge. Big mistake, dude.
CALLS HAVE BEEN made for drivers to slow down in built up areas after a four-year-old girl was hospitalised after being knocked down.The girl is in a stable condition in St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny after being hit in an incident involving a car and a truck in the John Sweeney Park estate in Carlow this morning.LARSO, the Local Authority Road Safety Officers group, asked the public to take heed of their surroundings when driving.Their Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh says people should be extra vigilant while driving in housing estates.“We are appealing to everyone to be mindful of the fact that many young children and vulnerable people are out and about in housing estates, play areas and crossing roads, and we would urge everyone to be alert and watch out for these people, particularly in built up areas”.Gardaí in Carlow town are investigating the incident.Read: Young girl and three women killed in Westmeath road crashRead: Woman critical after crash which killed 8-year-old girl
UN CHIEF BAN Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry are in Cairo today in a bid to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas after two weeks of fighting which has left over 570 Palestinians dead.Many of those killed in the relentless Israeli campaign of shelling and airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, in its 15th day, were women and children. On the Israeli side 27 soldiers and two civilians have died.World powers have urged Hamas to accept an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and stop raining rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip, demands it has so far resisted.“Only Hamas now needs to make the decision to spare innocent civilians from this violence,” Kerry said, and UN chief Ban Ki-moon appealed for the violence to “stop now”.Kerry, who arrived in Cairo to try and intensify truce efforts, pledged $47 million in humanitarian aid for the battered Gaza Strip.Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi too urged Hamas to accept an Egyptian proposal to end the fighting it had turned down last week.Kerry plans to hold his meetings with the Egyptian leadership including President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Palestinian medics treat a wounded boy following an Israeli air strike on a family house, at a treatment room of al Najar hospital in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHowever US officials acknowledge that the truce efforts could prove trickier than in the past as Egypt — long the key regional broker — had little leverage with Hamas after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.The top US diplomat defended ally Israel’s right to strike against Hamas militants, but voiced concern over the massive civilian violence.“We are deeply concerned about the consequences of Israel’s appropriate and legitimate effort to defend itself,” he told reporters as he met with the UN chief, urging Hamas to accept the Egyptian-proposed ceasefire.Ban said Hamas “should immediately stop firing rockets,” adding that while he understood Israel’s military response, “there is a proportionality and … most of the death toll (has been) Palestinian people.”583 deadA series of Israeli air strikes early Tuesday killed seven people in Gaza, including five members of the same family, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.The deaths hike the total Palestinian toll to 583 since the Israeli military launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8 in a bid to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza.Qudra said a strike on Deir el-Balah in central Gaza killed five family members, four of them women.Another person was killed in a strike in nearby Nusseirat, and one more died in the southern city of Khan Yunis.- © AFP, 2014Read: UN Security Council calls for “immediate truce” in Gaza >Read: “It’s a massacre” – This has been the deadliest day in Gaza so far >
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you need to know before you head out the door.1. #WATER: An average family of two adults and two children will pay €278 a year for water under new rates published today.2. #COURT: Alan Wilson has been found not guilty of the murder of Marioara Rostas. [RTÉ]3. #LIFE: Two Irish murderers who contested their imprisonment as a violation of their rights have lost their case in the European Court of Human Rights.4. #GAZA: The Seanad has been recalled from their holidays to debate the spiraling situations in the Middle East and in Ukraine.5. #HACKED: Paddy Power is contacting customers who had an account with them in 2010 after a data breach was discovered.
Updated 10.10 pm on 12 August GARDAÍ IN DUNDALK have located the body of 23-year-old Ken Fagan who’d been missing since last Wednesday.A number have appeals had been issued in an attempt to find him and CCTV footage had been released.Gardaí say they would like to thank the public for their assistance in the search.Read: Gardaí renew appeal for missing 81-year-old Dublin man Thomas Kennedy >Read: PSNI search for missing German tourist >
Here at Geek.com we are usually the last people to tell others how not spend their money. A look into any of our closets or basements will reveal all sorts of crazy, geeky purchases that were too good to pass up (with the prime example probably being my keyboard collection). That noted, please don’t spend $1000+ on an iPad 2 on eBay, Craigslist, or any similar site.We know the iPad 2 is in high demand. We understand that you want one, and can empathize that you won’t want to wait 5+ weeks. Plus we are fully aware of possible component shortages because of the tsunami’s damage to manufacturing facilities in Japan. But remember this: every time someone overpays for an iPad 2, a geek loses his propeller hat.So why not pay a ton for an iPad 2 on eBay right now? Well, first of all: you are being ripped off. Sure, if you were too lazy to wait in line and you want to buy your friend a case of beer, that’s great. Or if you need one for work and you’re willing to spend an extra $50 on it, we understand. But the prices we’re seeing online are crazy, even for post-release iMania.Second of all, let’s not encourage this sort of activity. If everyone that picked up an iPad 2 (or iPad or iPhone 4 for that matter) early got as many as they needed, the shortage wouldn’t nearly be as bad as it is. Instead people are buying extras in order to resell or smuggle to the black markets of iPad 2-less countries. If the gain on reselling an iPad 2 was limited, say just $25 or $50 above retail, many less people would be willing to wait in line, deal with shipping, and pay eBay fees.Also, you are rolling the dice. Chances are you’ll pay for your iPad 2 and it’ll arrive, just as promised. But you can bet that some people will be getting the wrong model, be tricked into received original iPads, will have their device mysteriously lost in transit, and so on. Every time you buy from a non-authorized reseller you are taking a chance and when you are paying $1000+ for a product through a grey market transaction, there is just that much more risk.Finally, let’s keep in mind that the iPad 2 is not the only tablet on the market. Sure, it’s the best one, but the original iPad is perfectly fine so you can pick one of those up for a reasonable price, use it for a few weeks and then get your iPad 2 when supplies increase. Or you could just use that until the iPad 3 comes out–you don’t really need those cameras do you? And, by the way, there are other tablets on the market. You could buy an iPad, a Nook Color, and a WiFi Xoom for the price of some the iPad 2 sales on eBay right now.So please, use your head and have some patience. There will be enough tablets to go around.
Nearly a full month before its launch in the US, Google and Samsung gave all of the attendees at Google I/O 2011 a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Android 3.0 onboard. This GTab, the WiFi-only 32GB version, has been considered by many to be “the Android tablet to beat the iPad 2” (sorry, I refuse to call anything a “killer”) due to its size, thickness, and weight all being extremely comparable if not better than the iPad 2. So, we took some time to give the Tab 10.1 a full once over to see exactly how well it stood up against the other devices out there.HardwareAllow me to preface this by saying that I sincerely hope the whole “make it thinner” bit stops with the Galaxy Tab and the iPad 2. I realize that we’re headed towards digital paper and whatnot, but I can’t imagine anything thinner being comfortable to hold without a constant fear of breaking it. Lighter, sure, but not thinner.The Tab 10.1 LE has a slick plastic backplate that was not made of the same material as the Samsung GTab’s I have had the opportunity to examine prior to I/O. The backplate on this device is much less grippy than the soft touch material on the Xoom, or the polished metal backing of the iPad, and forget about holding the tablet if your hands are at all moist.The power button rests on the bezel next to the volume rocker, and aside from the headphone jack and the 20-pin connector, there are no other features to the device. Since the Tab is flat, and the weight balanced, you’re less likely to feel like it’s needed to hold the device in landscape mode like the Xoom, though the front-facing camera’s placement on the long edge of the device make it clear how you are “supposed” to hold it. Speaking of the camera, a side-by-side comparison with the Xoom revealed that Samsung’s cameras take much better pictured than the Xoom. The lack of an SD card slot seems to be a growing trend with Samsung Android phones.In asking people how they like the Tab, I was really surprised at the mixed response I got to the weight and thickness of the device. It seemed that about half of those I asked preferred the heft of the Xoom to the lightweight Tab. Personally, I think the Tab is much more comfortable to walk around with and hold for extended periods of time, and I think most users will really enjoy the device itself.Despite being so light and thin, the Galaxy Tab’s battery life is nothing short of impressive, and in fact beat the much heavier Xoom by almost an hour when compared side by side.SoftwareI can’t say enough nice things about the software inside the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. I can’t say enough, because there aren’t any nice things to say. They don’t exist. Android 3.0 is actually more broken on the Tab 10.1 as it stands right now than the Xoom was prior to the 3.1 update.In just using the device today, I experienced no less than 9 separate Force Close warnings in every app from GluMobile games to Google Navigation. Simple functionality, such as the ability to change the timezone your device is in, doesn’t exist. It’s unlikely that this is the build that the Tab 10.1 will ship with, but as it stands right now, the experience is not good. Another thing that may not be included in the finished product is the ability to quickly apply Root or SuperUser access to the device, but on this device it’s an extremely simple thing to do.On the good side, the camera app on the Tab is Samsung’s camera app, brings back one of my very favorite things about Samsung’s TouchWiz system, the Panorama shot. The existence of the Samsung camera app is further evidence that Samsung has, in fact, managed to theme Android 3.0 with Touchwiz, though from what we’ve seen so far even the final version of the TouchWiz theme will still be pretty close to Stock Honeycomb. The Samsung Keyboard, which is the default keyboard, messes up some of the really nice things about the stock Honeycomb Keyboard, most notably the long press quick access to things like the question mark. It’s a very quick switch back to the stock Android keyboard, and I highly recommend it.The Tab was very clearly rushed to us. Samsung had to make some severe hardware changed after Mobile World Congress to re-invent the Tab 10.1, and the software that drives it has clearly not been fully baked. I would expect the final version of the Tab to lack a lot of the things I find problematic with the Tab, though only time will tell.Final ThoughtsProvided the software gets fixed in a hurry, the Tab 10.1 could very well be the best Android tablet out there for the moment. The battery life and the weight alone make the Tab a clear winner, and Samsung’s move to open with a cheaper WiFi only option will most likely be a popular one. Will this device put the iPad 2 out of business? Of course not, but the Tegra 2 processor inside will certainly give it a run for its money when comparing quality of games and an ability to deliver high quality content. If more manufacturers use Samsung as an example to shoot for when it comes to price and hardware, the Android tablet space is sure to heat up this year.[Images 2 and 3 via PCmag]
T-Mobile’s relationship with Android has been interesting. As the carrier to first bring Android to the US, and the one that allowed Google to launch all of their developer phones on their network, the lads in magenta have definitely been responsible for much of the success Android has had. Their developers have even contributed to the Android ecosystem, with their release of the Android 2.3 friendly theme system that is now included in CyanogenMod.It’s not always been a great ride, however, with Android fanatics growing increasingly upset with the carrier for being the only one without an Android powered 4.3-inch device. Wouldn’t it be funny if, after months of seeing customers beg for a larger screened Android phone like the EVO or the Thunderbolt, T-Mobile would turn around and drop a 4.5-inch monster like the Samsung Infuse on AT&T? Well, apparently that’s exactly what they plan to do.AdChoices广告According to an exclusive landed by the crew at This is My Next, Samsung has prepared an answer to the Infuse that is internally being called the Hercules. This phone is not even being evaluated by T-Mobile yet, but it is clear that the device has been built to ride the magenta wave as it crashes into AT&T and survive. The radio in it supports the 42Mbps theoretical speeds of T-Mobiles HSPA+ network, but is also AWS 850/1900 ready, so it will move gracefully into the architecture AT&T has proposed should the merger actually complete before this phone becomes obsolete. This radio configuration has been seen before (LG G2X), however, as it was originally reported that several recent T-Mobile phone would be “merger-proof” that turned out to be false.The screen is 4.5-inch, so just a hair larger than the EVO or Thunderbolt, but if the Infuse reviews are any indication the device will feel simply massive in the hand. I have to wonder about these reviews, however, as they sound familiar to what we heard when the EVO first came out, earning the phone the moniker of “clownphone” for a little while. The screen size is likely not as bad as preliminary reviews would cast it. What is kind of disappointing about the screen, however, is the decision to stick with 480×800 resolution. A larger screen with the same pixel density of a smaller screen will cause images to be far less sharp than recent qHD devices like the Sensation and the EVO 3D, but with Samsung as the manufacturer I am sure this Super Amoled+ screen will be erupting with vibrant colors and deep blacks, just like the Infuse.Adding fuel to the speculation that Apple is busy buying up an arsenal of parts for their next device, this phone will be dual-core, but not made by Samsung. Instead, Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz dual core processor will replace the Exynos chip that Samsung has been working on for some time. This could seriously affect the functionality of the device, considering the massive differences in performance we’re hearing already about the Galaxy S2 over devices like the EVO 3D.Some of the odds and ends this Android 2.3 device will have strapped on will be an NFC chip, an MHL port, and an 8MP camera. So far Samsung has been the only manufacturer to really step up to NFC, but it is still unknown if this chip will support the ISIS payment gateway compliant or not. The MHL capabilities of the Hercules will remove the need for a dedicated HDMI port, but still requires a special cable that has yet to be included with a phone as well as an MHL compliant television to use it. The camera on this phone will be capable of recording at 1080p out of the box, and will include an undescribed front facing camera to complement it.So there you have it. The Hercules doesn’t really have a release timeframe, but it is being pretty highly speculated that this is being pitched to T-Mobile as the answer to the next iPhone, as well as potentially of the first “merger-proof” devices that are coming to the network at the end of this year. If that is in fact the purpose, the question the becomes, would you stand in line for this phone?
After a big Apple announcement, like yesterday’s for the iPhone 4S, there are often so many major details, pressing questions, and armchair analysis that some relatively minor details can almost slip through the cracks. While it wasn’t announced in the actual keynote, one interesting piece of info from yesterday is that Apple is actually set to sell micro USB adapters for the iPhone.But wait, citizens of the world, before you start getting excited about a new flexibility in Apple’s approach, there’s a catch: the adapter will only be available in the 27 countries that are members of the EU.Is Apple suddenly favoring Europeans, or using the European Union as a beta testing ground for new products? Of course not. This move has been made strictly to comply with new EU regulations. The new rules require cell phone makers to move towards universal charging compatibility, by including micro USB connection. There is a caveat that makes adapters allowed under the provisions, so there you have it.Apparently the EU’s rules don’t require the micro USB compatibility out of the box, because the adapter will cost EU iPhone owners another 9 € (about $12). It is reported to have already shown up in Apple Stores across the European Union.Will it also charge the iPad, iPod touch, or even music-only iPods? Considering they have the same proprietary connection, it would seem so, but it isn’t specifically addressed. Since Apple is only making this product available out of necessity for cell phones, they have no reason to flaunt its compatibility with other devices. It was mentioned that it would not work with the original iPhone.With most Android phones and tablets having micro-USB connections – along with a variety of devices ranging from Bluetooth headsets to e-readers – making iDevices a little more adaptable should be welcomed by many users. There have been third-party adapters available to do this for some time, but they tend to look a little gaudy, and lack that slick Apple finish (that was probably part of what made you buy the gadget in the first place, right?).Will Apple make this accessory available in the US (and the rest of the world) any time soon? I’d say no way. It was released out of pure necessity to avoid problems selling their products in 27 countries. They don’t care if a few customers in North America think it would be cool, they’d rather keep selling you $19 proprietary cables.via GigaOm and TUAW
Laptops allow us access to computing on the go. You could argue that smartphones and tablets do the same thing, but I’d argue both are very much limited compared to the laptop. However, choosing to work on a laptop comes with a number of compromises based on what you can easily fit alongside one in a bag.Light and thin laptops are now offered by several well-known manufacturers with Apple leading the way. You can get a wireless mouse to throw in there alongside one, and Microsoft’s Arc mouse goes a step further by lying flat for transport. There’s even a few options for carrying slim and light power packs around, and hopefully one day soon a foldaway plug too.One accessory that hasn’t been catered for yet as a portable product is the laptop stand. It may not sound like something you need to take with you, but typing for extended periods of time with your laptop keyboard at the right angle in a stand can make all the difference to your wrists, fingers, and even your posture.MAKE Collaboration has spotted a niche for creating the ultimate portable laptop stand, and their design is called the Prop. The only problem is, they need funding to produce it, so have setup a Kickstarter fund in the hopes of raising the $18,000 required for the plastic injection mold plates.There are so many tech-related Kickstarter funds now that you have to pick and choose which ones to highlight. However, just by looking at the images of the Prop (and the video below), you can tell this is a very clever and useful product worth bringing to market.It will be manufactured from a bio-degradable plastic material and takes the form of two very thin and light sections. These clip together to form a stand base that is flexible enough to hold any laptop between 13 and 17-inches in size. For transport, you just unclip them and lie them flat in your bag, and I doubt you’ll even notice their weight.So the Prop is lightweight, easy to store in your bag taking up next to no room, and the design aesthetic is such that it is probably going to make your laptop look all the better on that Starbucks table or airport lounge desk. But what about the cost?Based on the pledges being asked for through Kickstarter, the Prop is going to be super cheap to buy. Just $18 secures you one if funding is successful, and you can pick up two by pledging $34. That’s not to say this is the final pricing, but I can’t see it being far off once the manufacturing is setup and running.So far the Kickstarter drive has raised over $5,000 with it running until November 20th. Hopefully MAKE Collaboration can reach that $18,000 target and give us all the option of a very cheap and stylish portable laptop stand to throw in our bags.Read more at the Prop Kickstarter page and MAKE Collaboration
There’s a big, mad rush right now to get 3D printers to a point where they can be in people’s homes. Meanwhile, on the industrial side of that coin — which is often undercovered as we focus on the price drops and accessibility of 3D printing — companies are building dining room table-sized 3D printers like the Objet1000.Home 3D printers are great, and will continue to get smaller, faster, easier to use, and more accurate. Right now, if you have a couple thousand dollars and really want to make your own dice they are amazing machines that fit on your desk. While these are really cool, most people forget that these are the descendants of giants. Industrial 3D printers are built to make massive 1:1 scale objects out of a variety of materials simultaneously. It will be a long time before anyone gets a machine like the Objet1000 in their home, and not just because the printer is 9-feet wide and nearly 6 feet tall.Connex 3D printers are capable of printing more than 120 different materials, and they are able to switch back and forth as needed without interrupting the print job. This allows prototypes to have different surface for more realistic end result, right down to a transparent material to simulate glass and a flexible rubber-like material if necessary. This is accomplished with 8 extruders on the print head, so it can switch back and forth and not risk the project shifting as it cools. The sides of the Printer can hold six different hot swappable cartridges, each weighing nearly 40 pounds. The Objet1000 gets its name by having a 1000mm printing base, meaning a single print can occupy a 1000 x 800 x 500 space.The print quality for the Objet1000 is great as well. If you compare the 100 micron resolution print of the new Makerbot Replicator 2 to the 30 micron resolution of the Objet1000, you begin to understand the difference between an industrial grade 3D printer and a consumer grade model. 100 micros is fantastic for most users, and certainly better than many of the consumer grade printers out there, but pales in comparison to what is being used for 3D printing prototypes on an industrial level.Looking at machines like the Objet1000 paints a great picture for where the consumer space is going to be headed. Right now, companies like Makerbot are working to increase the print resolution and make the machines small enough to fit in homes. We will see printers with multiple extruders for printing different materials and hot swappable cartridges to go with that in time as well.
Amazon is making a sweet deal to any students who haven’t gone back to school yet but still have some holiday gift cash to burn. As long as you have an Amazon Student account, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is available to you at a $50 discount.The Kindle Fire line has had one goal from the beginning: to disrupt the tablet market. As PC manufacturers began to try their hands at tablets, and Apple sat at the top of the heap with hardware and pricing that defined the industry, tablets were expensive. Then the Kindle Fire came and offered much of the same tablet functionality for much less than any of Android and iOS tablets on the market. When Google countered with the $200 Nexus 7, Amazon responded with the Kindle Fire HD and continued to offer superior hardware for less than their competition. Amazon has tried a number of times to offer incentives for users to continue their Amazon Student subscription, with hardware discounts serving as the latest attempt.If you have an Amazon student account in good standing, you’ll be able to see the deal. If you have a .edu address and have never created an Amazon account, you have six free months of their service, which includes Amazon Prime shipping. If you have already taken advantage of this service and your six months have lapsed, you’ll be out $69 to get yourself another year of the service. If your account is active, you will see that every 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD has been discounted $50, starting with the $299 model. This discount is set to expire at the end of January, and at any point during this month if you have an active student account you’ll be able to take advantage of the discount. Even if you go to create your account right now, the deal is available to you.This doesn’t apply to the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, due mostly to the fact that the tablet is already sold as close to cost as possible. Amazon makes very little off of their hardware, but the combination of kickbacks from content sales and the operating system level advertising on the Kindle Fire HD helps balance that out. If you’re not a big fan of the software, you can always root the Kindle Fire HD and turn the tablet into a stock Android device.
This week is certainly looking like one to remember for Sony. Not only are we expecting to see the PS4 unveiled on Wednesday, and a price cut for the PS3 a day later, but Sony has announced a price cut for the PS Vita in Japan.The PS Vita was launched in Japan at a price of 29,980 yen (US$320) for the 3G model and 24,980 yen (US$267) for the WiFi model. Since then, nothing much has changed, however, come February 28, Sony is dropping the price of both models to the same level. You’ll be able to pick either one up for 19,980 yen (US$214).The drop is quite significant for the 3G model and should allow you to afford another game if you opt for the WiFi model. It also brings the handheld much closer in price to the 3DS XL, which sells for between $200-$230.It seems likely the same price drop will be made to the PS Vita in the US and across Europe. The list prices are currently $249.99 and $299.99 respectively. Could we see them both drop to $200, or will Sony choose a $214.99 price point and match Japan?The price drop comes just a couple of months after Sony rolled out a new PS Vita bundle to try and help boost sales. For $300 you got the handheld, a 4GB memory card, a downloadable version of Unit 13, and a one year membership to PlayStation Plus. Clearly that wasn’t enough, though, or Sony was trying a short term fix until component prices dropped enough for it to adjust the retail price.Cutting $50 off the price will certainly help, but the PS Vita, like the Wii U, needs a number of exclusive hits if Sony really wants to increase its user base.
Brace yourselves, Geek fans: NEC has just unveiled a water-cooled Android smartphone. The downside? The Medias X 06E is a little more girly and embellished than you might like.What’s inside the phone that necessitates water cooling? There’s a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.7GHz running the show. An NEC spokesperson told The Verge the idea is that the water-cooled chip can run at full power for longer periods since overheating isn’t an issue.It’s not that the chip actually needs to be water-cooled, however. Plenty of other device makers are using the same chip and haven’t felt the need to cram heatpipes inside their phones (yet).But this phone isn’t for just anyone. The Medias X 06E is for stylish, hip ladies that can’t be bothered with a phone that gets hot while they assault its integrated LTE modem with Pinterest pins and status updates. Since the 06E can remain comfortable to hold for long stretches it has to look good, too. That’s why NEC has dressed it up in frosty white and soft pink shells and adorned it with jewelry.Like the HTC Rhyme %displayPrice% at %seller%, the 06E features a light-up charm. NEC opted to go the ostentatious route, however, and skipped the subtle color-matched cord for the unabashed bling of a faux gold chain.You might think a water-cooled phone should be styled more like the Samsung Rugby Smart, or at least have a badass carbon fiber back like the Droid Razr — so that it looks tough enough to power through your marathon mobile gaming sessions. Maybe NEC will follow up with something a bit more Danica Patrick and a little less Penelope Pitstop.
Technology now plays a major role in the entertainment and interactions we experience on a daily basis. And that inevitably means the things we are interacting with require a power supply or battery be attached. But Disney Research has managed to replace the need for a power supply in some instances with a paper generator.Disney has been experimenting with electrels–types of material that have special electrical properties and carry a “quasi-permanent electric charge.” A group of researchers working out of Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University has created paper generators that work by placing a sheet of Teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE) in between two conducting layers. Those conductive layers can be something as simple as metallized polyester.That sandwich of sheets is thin and light enough to be attached to a sheet of paper and is capable of producing an electrical charge when paper is rubbed over it. The charge generated is enough to light up an array of LEDs, trigger wireless communication with another device like a PC, or sound a buzzer, for example.The video below shows a few examples of how these paper generators can be used:The generators can respond to rubbing, tapping, or a number of gestures. Obvious uses include interactive posters and children’s books, but any sheet of paper can easily be modified to carry some form of battery-free interaction–you can even print parts of the generator using conductive ink. And because they are created from such simple materials, they are very cheap to produce.As this is Disney, there’s every chance the company will incorporate these paper generators into the posters and books they sell. But as they are so simple to create, I don’t see why their use won’t spread to lots of different types of books and even paper kits that let kids experiment with making their own interactive sheets.
Image: RollingNews.ie File photo Dec 7th 2016, 8:00 PM Updated 8pmAN EX-CHIEF of Staff of the Real IRA has died following a shooting in Cork city this evening.Dissident republican Aidan O’Driscoll, 37, has been named as the victim of the gun attack outside the Church of the Annunciation on Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool at about 5pm today.It is understood O’Driscoll – who is often referred to by his nickname The Beast – was shot a number of times in the back.He was given medical assistance at the scene and taken to Cork University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem is to be arranged.Gardaí are currently at the scene, which has been preserved for technical examinations.Two partially burnt-out cars have been found in different locations nearby – one on Redemption Road in Blackpool and the other in Killeens, county Cork.Gardaí in Mayfield have appealed for witnesses.The Real IRA is a dissident republican organisation which has been heavily linked to criminality in recent years.With reporting by Órla Ryan 66 Comments Former head of Real IRA dies after shooting in Cork Aidan O’Driscoll, 37, was shot in the back a number of times. http://jrnl.ie/3126284 Short URL 61,378 Views Share64 Tweet Email4 Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sinead O’Carroll File photo Image: RollingNews.ie
http://jrnl.ie/3239274 Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 8:30 PM Share161 Tweet Email Alice Marr Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26 Comments First Dates Ireland’s Alice on dating: ‘I get a little tired of the games that we play’ If you’re in a relationship Valentine’s Day can be really fun and smug. But if you’re not, here is Alice from First Dates on how to find your boo. 3,607 Views By Alice Marr First Dates is easily the most human dating show we’ve ever seen, although admittedly most of us watch its fly-on-the-wall intimacy through our fingers. First Dates Ireland waitress Alice Marr writes us a guest column about love, romance, first dates and Valentine’s Day.I’M NOT A dating expert. But from the eclectic assortment of dates I have been on, and all of the moments in the First Dates restaurant, I like to think I have picked up a few ideas about the dating world.When it comes to how to behave with your date, as much as it sounds cliché, I really put an emphasis on being yourself. Do you ever notice that you find yourself attracted to people who are really at ease and comfortable in their skin, no matter what they might look like? Confidence and self-assurance is sexy.So instead of putting all this energy into being who you think your date might want you to be, find ways to express the best parts of you. I would never complain or moan much on a date as who really wants to hear that. I tend to focus on the positive and on the real.But don’t delve too deeply into the personal. There will be plenty of time for that if the relationship grows.Embrace it, but be chillFrom working on First Dates, I’ve learned that everyone gets nervous. No matter who you are, in that moment when you are waiting to meet your possible match, you’re bound to be nervous.I would recommend getting something you know you will take your time drinking, so that you don’t accidentally drink a lot before getting to the main course. It’s lovely to have a drink or two as you ease into the date, but I would cap it there. We all know how we can get after having that one drink too many.Low expectations Source: Shutterstock/Kaspars GrinvaldsThere are many people we may initially find attractive. But with time how many end up being compatible with us? When heading out for a date I would keep expectations to a minimum.Yes, sometimes you can hope it will all go fantastically and you will never look at anyone else again, but sometimes being realistic is a necessity.Try to enjoy yourself, have a laugh and see where it may or may not go. Sometimes it is just really fun to date and keep it relaxed without being enveloped in expectations.Decoding body languageYou can read a lot about a person by their physicality, the distance they create between themselves and you, as they connect with you and focus on you. Watch out too if every exterior stimuli is distracting them.Everyone is different so obviously this is not a blanket statement. But if they are interested you can tell by how they are interacting with you verbally and physically.While I am on a date there are certain indications that lead me to believe that the date isn’t working. If the other person seems to be paying me very little attention and not connecting with me, I think it either means that they are just not that interested or that maybe they are a little too interested in themselves. Both of those are warning signs for me not to pursue this any further.I want to meet someone who is intrigued by meThis may seem harsh but sometimes in dating you have to be cut throat, so that you can foresee the car crashes before they happen.When you know you don’t want to see the other person again, in my experience the best way to deal with it is clarity. Say directly that you don’t want to pursue it anymore. This way there are no mixed signals and other than mild rejection, any major hurt is avoided.Mind gamesIn those exciting times when the date goes well (yay) I would try to gauge the possibility of us meeting again before we part. In the past I have allowed time pass and waited to see if they are interested enough to want to meet again. But at this stage I get a little tired of the games that we play when we are interested in someone.Of course, you don’t want to come on too strong. It’s best to keep some of your cards close to your chest. But when you are both hitting it off, there is no reason to be afraid of saying that you’d like to see each other again.So there you go, a little insight into Alice’s world of dating. This is what works for me, but as we know, every date is unique and comes with a different set of rules.Alice Marr is a waitress on First Dates Ireland. She is currently in her final year studying Drama and Theatre in Trinity College Dublin and plans to continue acting after graduation. First Dates Ireland airs Thursdays at 9:30pm on RTÉ2.Column: ‘My mum was dying. Her heart was failing. She was bedridden until she got a new heart’>The Burning Question*: Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?> Short URL Feb 14th 2017, 8:30 PM
The night Peter Robinson and a gang of masked loyalists invaded a Co Monaghan village The incursion terrorised a village – and later criminal charges threatened to derail the future first minister’s career. Paisley and Robinson at Dundalk Courthouse in August 1986. Source: Eamonn FarrellThe incident was condemned by both the British and Irish governments. The official Northern Ireland Office report noted that Robinson appeared to have lingered behind deliberately. He had been held in custody for 32 hours, the report added, during which time “he refused all sustenance provided by the gardaí, preferring the wholesome Ulster food brought to him by his wife”.Robinson was later charged with four offences, the report said, “including assaulting gardaí and causing willful damage”. Bail was set at IR£10,000 in court the following day – double the amount expected by his lawyers.“The court sitting was timed to take place after the banks had shut and the judge then raised the bail,” Ian Paisley contended in a complaint later made to the British foreign office.“Dr Paisley claimed that this was a deliberate attempt to prevent Mr Robinson’s release from custody,” an official report on Paisley’s complaint said.He also pointed out that £10,000 sterling had been handed over and alleged that the Irish authorities had failed to keep their promise to repay the difference between the Sterling and Punt values. EVENTS OF THE past few weeks have done little to change the widely-held impression that politics in Northern Ireland seems to do little else but lurch from crisis to crisis – with the two sides retreating to their entrenched, tribal positions whenever disputes flare up.But a look-back at a bizarre event that kicked off months of controversy some thirty years ago underscores just how far politics in the North has come in the last few decades.The ‘Clontibret Affair’, as it came to be known, came to an end thirty years ago this month with a final appearance before the Special Criminal Court by Peter Robinson.The DUP politician accepted a charge of ‘unlawful assembly’ for his part in an incursion by some 150 loyalists into the Co Monaghan village the previous summer, along with a hefty fine.Robinson’s decision to take part in the invasion, during which gardaí were attacked and missiles thrown at buildings, almost derailed his political career.And although his boss and political mentor, Ian Paisley, gave full-throated support to his then-deputy throughout the controversy, the events of Clontibret became a bone of contention between the two men in later years – with Robinson challenging Paisley’s recollection of events just months before the latter’s death.What happened? The 1985 Anglo-Irish agreement, which for the first time gave Dublin an advisory role in the North, had been met with fury by the unionists (Paisley gave his famous “never, never, never…” speech to rally protesting the deal, attending by hundreds of thousands of people). Paisley addresses a rally at Belfast City Hall. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesAfter almost a year of unrest, more protests and demonstrations had been called for the evening of 6-7 August 1986: one, it turned out, wasn’t scheduled to begin until the early hours of the morning, just a few miles from the border – on the southern side. An official’s note to the British ambassador, released years later, described how 150 loyalists, “some wearing paramilitary uniforms and carrying cudgels,” invaded Clontibret in the dead of night.Garda Frank Gallagher, recalling the events in court later, said he was woken by noise at around 1.35am, looked out his window and saw several cars, accompanied by people walking on both sides of the road.“They were lined up in fours out in the middle of the road there,” another garda, Jim Curran, told a reporter the next day.Someone was in command and they gave a command of ‘quick march’. They marched down the village and came back up again and stopped up at the cross here – and that’s when the patrol car and the army arrived.It later transpired that the RUC had tipped off gardaí about the expected events of the night – and armed Garda reinforcements arrived from Monaghan town within half an hour.Journalist Ed Moloney recounted what happened next in his biography of Ian Paisley: three Special Branch officers, armed with revolvers and Uzi submachine guns, arrived in an unmarked car – to find a line of men blocking the village’s main street.They reversed, before approaching again slowly – joined this time by two officers from a uniformed police patrol who drove their marked car ahead of the gardaí dispatched from Monaghan.As they approached the line of loyalists, Garda Leo O’Hara got out of his car – but almost instantly, the crowd moved forward and started shouting. The garda was struck in the back, and later recounted:The crowd then grabbed me and pulled me on the road. I struck out with my fists but was overwhelmed by the numbers of the crowd. I was thrown to the ground, kicked and beaten repeatedly with an iron bar. I heard shouts of ‘get the bastard, kill him’ and I screamed and screamed.A series of warning shots discharged by the Garda Special Branch officers dispersed the crowd – who fled to their cars and back across the border. Source: RTÉ News/screengrabAs gardaí gave chase, one invader was apprehended at random. As the dust settled, it later became clear that the man, detained under the Offences Against the State Act, was Peter Robinson MP – already a well-known figure in Northern politics, and the deputy leader of the DUP.The extent of the damage emerged as the village awoke the next day. Slogans had been painted on several buildings, including the garda station. Stones and small trees, which had been uprooted from a garden next-door, were also thrown at the station. Windows and lights had been broken on the main street – and locals gave multiple accounts of masked men marching through the town, carrying bars and other basic weapons.“It was terrifying – we were all shaking in bed,” one woman told RTÉ the next day.Court drama The loyalists insisted that the incursion had proved the lack of security along the border – and speaking to the media from his police cell in Monaghan the following day, Robinson was unrepentant.“I confess that I could have run away if I had sought to run away,” the MP for Belfast East told Downtown Radio.“But I was there to observe security and I saw no reason, as I had done nothing wrong, as to why I should run away.I can tell you this – that as far as security along the border is concerned we have the worst area of South Armagh with a gaping hole in it without any sign of security forces on either side of the border.If hundreds of men could walk around in what was supposed to be bandit country, Robinson asked, “how much easier must it be for the IRA going in ones and twos?”. 52,099 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 55 Comments Jan 21st 2017, 10:00 PM By Daragh Brophy Ian Paisley speaks to the BBC in a documentary aired in January 2014. Political historian at Stranmillis University College in Belfast Dr Eamon Phoenix said that official files from the 1980s released in recent years contained speculation about tensions between Paisley and Robinson.“He had been the loyal lieutenant since the 1970s but now was beginning to chafe at the bit somewhat at this stage, certainly,” Phoenix said.Paisley was out of the country at the time and certainly did not authorise Clontibret, there’s no question about that – and the files would give the impression that he was actually quite cold or perhaps privately critical of Robinson’s histrionics.There were indications the two men’s relationship had become “tetchy” by the 1980s as Robinson became increasingly frustrated that power was eluding him, Phoenix said.It was also clear that Paisley regarded Clontibret as an attempt to gazump his leadership and to really propel Robinson to the forefront during one of his regular absences.Explainer: What is the ‘cash for ash’ scandal?Related: Nearly half of Irish people think it’s time for a United Ireland > Short URL Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 10:00 PM Peter and Iris Robinson arrive in Dundalk with Ian Paisley and supporters. Source: Eamonn FarrellAfter a later court appearance, in Dundalk, Robinson’s supporters were chased out of town. News footage from the time shows stones and petrol bombs being thrown as the loyalists were pursued back their cars.Paisley complained to foreign office officials that he and Robinson had been afforded “totally inadequate protection” and had “narrowly escaped with their lives”.“The DUP leader claimed that £100,000 worth of damage had been done to cars belonging to Mr Robinson’s lawyer and supporters because of the Garda’s failure to protect them,” the foreign office report, released in 2014, said.Robinson, speaking to the same officials, “expressed grave concern about his safety should he appear in court again, as required, on October 2nd”.Threat to career The saga eventually came to an end in January of the following year – but only after another dramatic turn of events.At that October court appearance, Robinson learned that he would be served with seven further charges – including that of assaulting a garda in the course of duty.If found guilty, the MP could face up to two years in prison. While such a penalty, in and of itself, clearly presented a significant concern – as a result of laws brought in during the republican hunger strikes, it also it also meant that Robinson could be barred from standing from future elections in Westminster.A deal that would save his career was eventually agreed: in return for the more serious charges being dropped, Robinson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful assembly.After a night a Limerick Prison, he appeared before the Special Criminal Court for sentencing on 17 January 1987, and was set free after being fined IR£17,500. Paisley and Robinson canvass in 1996. Source: JOHN McAVINEY/RollingNews.ieLeadership challengeThere was speculation at the time that Robinson had planned to use his arrest as a springboard to take over the leadership of the DUP – intending to burnish his reputation among hardliners by spending jail time in the Republic.Speaking in 2014, in what turned out to be his final interview, Paisley said that the cross-border incursion “”shouldn’t have been done”.Asked whether there was a feeling in his family that Robinson was making a challenge for the party leadership he said: “Everybody has a right to decide for themselves what their answer to that is.”Paisley added:I think he (Robinson) thought that there was going to be a tremendous uprising as a result of all that, and that didn’t happen.In a stinging public criticism of his mentor, Robinson responded by contending that Paisley, then aged 87, had had “a failure of recollection” about the incident.Paisley “was the one who had agreed to go to Clontibret,” the then-first minister insisted.He had to leave to go to a funeral in the US and I stepped in as his deputy into the Clontibret arrangement. 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Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 7:00 AM Apr 15th 2017, 7:00 AM BELIEVE IT OR not, some companies in Canada’s British-Columbia province can force women to wear high heels at work. But not any more.The premier of the province, Christy Clark, announced last week that companies can no longer impose such a rule.“In some workplaces in our province, women are required to wear high heels on the job. Like most British Columbians, our government thinks this is wrong,” Clark said.Clark, who belongs to the Liberal Party, called the practice dangerous and discriminatory.“There is a risk of physical injury from slipping or falling, as well as possible damage to the feet, legs and back from prolonged wearing of high heels while at work,” she added in a statement, co-signed by the province’s labour minister, Shirley Bond.“I expect employers to recognise this very clear signal that forcing someone to wear high heels at work is unacceptable,” said Bond.Clark has thus endorsed a Green party bill aimed at changing workplace laws so that safety regulations – including those involving footwear – are the same for men and women.A month ago, 25 restaurant chains in Ontario stopped forcing female employees to wear heels and short skirts as part of their uniform.© – AFP 2017Read: ‘Zero prospect’ of recovery after Great Barrier Reef decimated by the heat and Cyclone Debbie > http://jrnl.ie/3332615 Short URL Canadian province makes it illegal to force women to wear high heels at work The premier of British-Columbia has said companies can no longer impose such a rule. 12 Comments Share Tweet Email4 Image: Shutterstock/578foot By AFP 9,036 Views Image: Shutterstock/578foot Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
By AFP 23,185 Views Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 7:45 AM US President Donald Trump Source: Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association ImagesNORTH KOREA TEST-FIRED a ballistic missile today in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions.The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, came just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the UN Security Council of “catastrophic consequences” if the international community — most notably China — failed to pressure the North into abandoning its weapons programme.Military options for dealing with the North were still “on the table”, Tillerson warned in his first address to the UN body.The launch ratchets up tensions on the Korean peninsula, with Washington and Pyongyang locked in an ever-tighter spiral of threat, counter-threat, and escalating military preparedness.US President Donald Trump, who has warned of a “major conflict” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime, said the latest test was a pointed snub to China — the North’s main ally and economic lifeline.“North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. 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Source: TwitterThe US is deploying a naval strike group led by an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula, and a missile-defence system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) that officials say will be operational “within days”.North Korea recently conducted its biggest-ever firing drill and has threatened to “bury at sea” the US aircraft carrier, and there are signs it could be preparing for a sixth nuclear test.South Korea’s defence ministry said it suspected today’s missile test had failed after a brief flight, while the US military’s Pacific Command confirmed the rocket did not leave North Korean territory.Japan has lodged a “serious protest and criticism” to the North, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters after a national security council meeting.Risk of nuclear attack ‘real’ China pushed back at Tillerson’s call at the UN Security Council for it to do more to rein in Pyongyang, arguing that it was unrealistic to expect one country to solve the conflict.“The use of force does not solve differences and will only lead to bigger disasters,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.His country, he said, should not be “a focal point of the problem on the peninsula” and stressed that “the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side”.Russia joined China in saying a military response would be disastrous and appealing for a return to talks and de-escalation.Military action was “completely unacceptable”, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the council, and a miscalculation could have “frightening consequences”.But Tillerson argued that diplomacy had to be backed with credible muscle.“Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary,” he said.“The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Seoul or Tokyo is real, and it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the US mainland.”China wants talks The meeting of the top UN body yesterday laid bare major differences among key powers over the way to address the North Korean crisis.Over the past 11 years, the Security Council has imposed six sets of sanctions on Pyongyang — two adopted last year — to significantly ramp up pressure and deny the North Korean regime the hard currency revenue needed for its military programmes.But UN sanctions experts have repeatedly told the council the measures have had little impact because they have been poorly implemented.Tillerson called on all countries to downgrade or sever diplomatic relations with North Korea and impose targeted sanctions on entities and individuals supporting its missile and nuclear programme.The United States is ready to impose sanctions on other countries where companies or individuals are found to have helped North Korea’s military programmes, he said.China instead wants Pyongyang to freeze its military programmes in exchange for a halt to US-South Korean annual drills.“Now is the time to seriously consider talks,” said Wang.But Tillerson was blunt in saying it was up to North Korea to take the first concrete steps.“We will not negotiate our way back to the negotiating table,” he said. “We will not reward their bad behaviour with talks.”The United States, Russia and China took part in six-party talks on North Korea’s denuclearisation from 2003 to 2009, along with Japan, South Korea and Pyongyang.- © AFP 2017Read: North Korea reportedly test-fires another ballistic missileRead: ‘He’d still win if the election were today’ – 100 days in, Dublin, California, adjusts to Trump’s ‘new normal’ https://jrnl.ie/3365580 Short URL Apr 29th 2017, 7:45 AM 30 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article North Korea fires another missile, Trump tweets his anger The US President said the move “disrespected the wishes of China”. 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IRISH ADULTS BOTH in the country and across the world will be able to renew their passports online from Thursday.The Online Passport Application Service (OPAS) will be available on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.The new service is only for the renewal of adult applications, first time applicants and children will have to use the current system.In a statement the Department of Foreign Affairs said, “People can apply via the Department’s website using their PCs, tablets or mobile phones.The service will be convenient, secure and it will offer faster and more predictable turnaround times. 76 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3311202 140,820 Views Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com Mar 28th 2017, 3:53 PM Irish adults will be able to renew their passports online from Thursday First time applicants and children will still have to use the current system. By Cliodhna Russell Share2128 Tweet Email121 The initiative is part of the passport reform programme which is modernising Ireland’s passport systems and controls.Read: New service means you can now track your passport application online> Short URL Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 3:53 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
‘A craven leprechaun performance’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week. Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 6:30 PM Share4 Tweet Email1 Britain is in limbo.UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Theresa May’s Brexit Flextension deal. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeMr Delaney will be most welcome to Kerry. He will get what I would call the mother of all welcomes when he comes to Kerry because his reputation and his respectability will proceed him down the road before he lands.Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae praised former FAI CEO John Delaney during his appearance before an Oireachtas committee this week. Healy-Rae’s approach drew criticism. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeIt was a craven leprechaun performance from you today and I was embarrassed for you that a member of our parliament would be so obsequious to someone who was not answering questions.Ivan Yates wasn’t happy with Healy-Rae. Apr 14th 2019, 6:31 PM 9 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4589155 Source: PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Nicky Ryan Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandOnly a cynic would suggest that this is a calculated two fingers to Brexit Britain.Ireland’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Adrian O’Neill (above, centre), hit out at Spectator magazine over a piece about Ireland’s decision to join an international French-speaking organisation. Source: ShutterstockI’ve certainly had encounters where people have been frightened for me to tell their loved one that they are dying. And not just because they were worried that it would upset them emotionally, which is a very valid worry and I would worry the same thing. Because they would feel like that would mean they would die quicker. That crops up quite a lot, people say don’t tell them, because they’ll just give up.In a new book, UK-based Irish doctor Aoife Abbey shares her experience of working in intensive care. Source: RollingNews.ieDespite what people say, it is not a black hole. The money isn’t all being well spent but most of it is being well spent.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on spending at the Department of Health. Source: PA Imagest feels like looking at the gates of hell, at the end of space and time –- the event horizon, the point of no return.Chair of the EHT Science Council Heino Falcke, speaking to AFP, on the discovery of an actual black hole this week. 21,959 Views
Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article In the course of her research, Hogan said it became clear how much State bodies knew what was going on in these homes.“There were concerns raised about the deaths in these institutions in the very first years they were running and it just seems that nothing was done to prevent these deaths – nothing effective – because the deaths continued,” she said.“I spoke to social workers who visited the institutions and it wasn’t a secret, they were very aware of the various institutions. It was just what was done.It does make you think, what are we accepting today that future generations will say ‘how did we let that happen?’As well as interviewing women who had spent time in the homes, Hogan spoke to members of the religious orders that ran them.A midwife at St Patrick’s institution told her stories of women writing letters to their family pretending to be in foreign countries working.One woman that came in had been wearing two corsets to hide her pregnancy because she lived at home.She said it was important for her to speak to people from the religious orders because there has been a “pervasive silence” from them about the treatment of unmarried mothers in the homes. “The religious sisters, they often told me that the families had sent these women to the institutions or they’d ask me where the fathers were, but I also think they did feel that they didn’t speak up at the time and did look back on this with some shame.” These stories are so important, the lived experience of women who were sent to these institutions. A lot of these women haven’t told their children or their families that they were in institutions. Sat 6:01 PM By Michelle Hennessy https://jrnl.ie/4808060 Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 6:00 PM Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie 35 Comments CAELAINN HOGAN GREW UP just a stone’s throw from Ireland’s biggest holding centre for adoptions.“These institutions were places that you walked by every day and you didn’t know the history, didn’t know what happened behind the walls.”Hogan has friends whose mothers were adopted from mother and baby homes and through her work as a journalist has met people who were born the same year as her – in 1988 – in the Bessborough home in Cork.With her new book, Republic of Shame, she wants to highlight how much this period in Irish history still impacts on people today.“Talking to people my own age who were affected by this really impressed on me how recent this is, it’s not the past,” she told TheJournal.ie.“In the book, there are quite a few women who use pseudonyms, there is still fear of speaking out. A lot of women still feel the stigma, but that is starting to change. Share61 Tweet Email 26,243 Views Short URL Republic of Shame: ‘One woman came in wearing two corsets to hide her pregnancy’ A new book seeks to highlight how much this period in Irish history still impacts on people today.
Greece believes it has met all the conditions demanded by its eurozone partners and is hoping that the Eurogroup will approve on Monday a new bailout, although there is speculation that a final decision will be taken at a special eurozone leaders’ summit in Brussels on March 2. Government spokesman Pantelis Kapsis on Thursday confirmed that Athens had found how it would save 325 million euros, as demanded by the eurozone, and had no more loose ends to tie up. “The process for the new program and the cuts have been concluded,” he said. “There are no more economic issues outstanding.” Kapsis denied that during a teleconference on Wednesday some eurozone finance ministers had suggested obtaining from Greece’s smaller parties a commitment to the package of austerity measures and structural reforms Parliament passed on Sunday. Kapsis also declined to respond to a suggestion from German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble that Greece should postpone elections planned for April and install a technocratic government instead. “I have nothing to say in response to Mr Schauble,” said Kapsis. “It is absolutely up to Greece when to hold elections.” Tension has grown this week between Greece and some of its eurozone partners over the conditions Athens has to meet for the next bailout of at least 130 billion euros. Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager added to the pressure on Greece Thursday. “We’re back at square one,” he told Dutch MPs. “Greece is in a much worse state than had been anticipated at the time.” When eurozone leaders agreed on more help for Greece in October, the country’s debt was expected to fall to 120 percent of GDP by 2020, which was taken to be the maximum threshold. The new level is now expected to be closer to 129 percent, according to the latest study by the International Monetary Fund. In a new development aimed at reducing this debt, the European Central Bank is set to exchange its holdings of Greek bonds into new notes ahead of a deal for private bondholders to accept a haircut, eurozone sources told Reuters Thursday. The ECB is thought to hold 50 billion euros of Greek bonds, which it bought at a discount. A swap could reduce Greek debt by another 10-15 billion euros. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Premier Daniel Andrews described his predecessor’s plan for Flinders Street Station as a “colouring-in competition at taxpayers’ expense”, ruling out a multi-billion dollar plan – based on the winning selection of an international design competition – for the station’s transformation.Mr Andrews’ comments follow a demand from the Victorian Opposition that Labor should outline its plans – if not to re-imagine the station then to maintain it – with some irony, after it too backed quietly away from putting in place a mechanism to realise the design selected to redefine the city landmark.The Flinders Street Station design competition, conceived by former Coalition premier Ted Baillieu in 2010, offered $1 million for a plan to restore and reinvigorate the station. Three years later Mr Baillieu’s successor Denis Napthine announced the winning architects – Hassell and Swiss-based Herzog & de Meuron, but no commitment was made to follow through to implement the architects’ design for the station – at an estimated cost of around $2 billion.Shoring up Premier Andrews’ remarks, State Treasurer Tim Pallas told the ABC that the competition was “nothing more than a drawing project”.“Rather than spend billions of dollars on an edifice in the centre of the city, our view was that that money could be better spent delivering better public transport for Victorians,” he said.“We don’t see it as our priority and never did,” he added. To get an architect’s perspective on this state of affairs – and one whose award-winning work offers radical alternatives for Melbourne’s built-environment – I asked Billy Kavellaris, founder of bespoke Melbourne architectural practice KUD, for his reaction to the government’s reverse-gear approach.Kavellaris says he isn’t surprised. “Given that this was to be a government civic project – and one of the largest in Victoria’s history – it was always going to be a difficult journey for the architectural community.”“As much as I would love to have seen the project go ahead, I can understand why the decision seems to have been made. “There were never any accurate feasibility studies – or costings done, and moreover there was nothing specified in the competition brief.”Kavellaris believes the local and international success of Federation Square continues to be a model for such ambitious urban projects.“In a time when Melbourne has become a prominent Australian international city, it’s critical that we as a culture invest, and philosophically shift our focus, towards a much more sophisticated transport ideology,” says Kavellaris.“It’s impossible to remove congestion from a city, but in the words of Rem Koolhaas, a city needs ‘smooth congestion’. The Flinders Street Station project is one of the paths that Melbourne will need to take. I’ve no doubt that a project on this site will happen; when is another question.”Major Projects Victoria has for more than a year been responsible for a ‘preliminary business case’ for the redevelopment and restoration of Flinders Street Station. What that will result in, given the state government’s comments to date, is likely to mean few major alterations to the iconic station. The station’s history is perhaps instructive here. The current much-loved building and platforms’ conception was the result of a design competition held in 1899 which had 17 entries. The 500 pounds first prize went to local railway employees James Fawcett and HPC Ashworth. Their plan – extensively modified – was realised after much fraught argument and financial concerns 11 years later.
The Australian dollar dropped to a new six-year low yesterday on news of the referendum’s result.Australian shares are down more than 1 per cent on increased ‘Grexit’ fears and the Australian dollar has fallen around two cents in two trading days to be at its lowest level since 2009.Fetching around 76.5 US cents as Australian traders ended their week, the local currency lost about a cent in European trade on Friday ahead of Greece’s vote.The Australian dollar then lost around another cent as traders returned to their desks on Monday morning, after the Greek population resoundingly rejected the austerity measures proposed by the nation’s international creditors as a condition of further bailout funds.In early trading the dollar was buying US74.78¢, down 2 per cent on the same time on Friday, and its lowest level since May 2009. The sell-off reflects a fresh flight to safe haven assets by investors who fear Greece’s rejection of fiscal reforms in return for EU bailout funds could lead to financial chaos in Europe in the coming months.Source: The New Daily Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Writing serves to preserve languages and history as well as reproduce cultural practices. The Phoenician alphabet, which was created and introduced about 1000BC, is one of the world’s greatest inventions, based on an easily deciphered code making it possible for anyone to read and write. However, many people remained illiterate in the Middle Ages and early modern periods. Printing gradually made books affordable for the masses, not to mention more readable than handwritten texts, where the form of a letter could vary according to the sequence it is found in and the writer’s consistency or mood. Comparing scripts of Perso-Arabic adaptation used for writing Persian, Urdu and other non-Semitic languages, to early books printed in Greek, historians and graphologists found that Hellenes were the only ones who printed texts based on different styles of calligraphy often indecipherable to the uninitiated. Greek typefaces in the 16th and 17th centuries were modelled on contemporary calligraphic practice, featuring forms that joined two or even more letters, and sometimes turned a group of letters into a new sign. Two centuries ago, the same separate letters we use for the Latin alphabet were adopted.Perso-Arabic continued to be written by hand, and there was never any rationalisation of the relation of letter and sounds (several sounds can be represented by more than one letter) or of the multiple graphic forms of letters according to their place in the word and their conjunction with other neighbouring letters. To make matters more complicated, short vowels, though pronounced, are not written. This led, as we can see in the small but thought-provoking exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia, to the density and complexity of the Islamic lettering. Persian calligraphy especially is highly refined and abstract, and had a long dialogue with Greek civilisation to the west and Indian to the east. ‘More Ink than Ocean: The Art of Writing in Islam’ will be showcased at Gallery 19b , in the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide until 27 March 2016. Admission is free. For more information head to www.artgallery.sa.gov.au
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Chef Melinda McRostie has been named as one of 10 finalists in the running for the prestigious Basque Culinary World Prize.The award is aimed at recognising chefs of any nationality who demonstrate how gastronomy can be a powerful force for change and whose impact can be felt ‘beyond the kitchen’, and McRostie has been doing that for years now. Born in Melbourne, she first arrived on Lesvos with her mother at the age of three. Now based in the village of Molyvos she runs The Captain’s Table restaurant, the site from which she began providing food, water, and shelter to thousands of refugees seeking asylum from the Middle East.“We’ve always tried to help people in need, it’s something we’ve always done,” McRostie told The Herald Sun.In November 2014 her efforts were officially recognised and expanded after receiving a phone call from the Starfish Foundation.“The coastguard called me and asked if I had any clothes I had collected (for poor locals) as they had a boatload of very wet, cold people. It just went from there,” the chef recalls, soon after which she set up the local branch of the Starfish Foundation. What started with 100 refugees per week, eventually saw intake grow to 1000 people a day at the height of what is considered to be the largest refugee crisis since World War II. To keep up with demand, McRostie expanded beyond her restaurant with a camp. With the Starfish Foundation and volunteers, she provided 200,000 unassisted children and vulnerable families with food, water, medical facilities and transport to the island’s capital, along with much needed emotional support. “People would say to me, thank you for saving my life. I don’t think I saved anybody’s life, I was just giving them some food and water and juice, and clothes, but they were so grateful,” McRostie said.McRostie was shortlisted by a committee chaired by Spain’s Elena Arzak from Arzak restaurant, and if named the winner she will be awarded €100,000 (AUD $150,000) which she says will go a long way in helping to continue her work on the island.“Because we’re not in crisis mode with the refugees to the rest of the world, the money has slowly dried up. But so much is still needed here,” she said.“I’ve only got enough money left for another couple of weeks.” The winner will be announced on 18 July.To find out more, visit basqueculinaryworldprize.com
L’iPhone 4 est disponible en pré-commande chez SFRFrance – Neuf jours avant le lancement de l’iPhone 4 en France, l’opérateur SFR propose depuis ce mardi matin de pré-commander le nouveau smartphone d’Apple, vendu à partir de 199 euros.Si l’iPhone 4 ne sera pas en vente avant le 24 juin prochain, les clients de SFR peuvent déjà le pré-commander sur le site Internet de l’opérateur.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Dévoilé il y a quelques jours par Steve Jobs, le nouveau smartphone d’Apple embarque notamment un double appareil photo muni d’un flash, une batterie à l’autonomie nettement augmentée, et le système d’exploitation mobile iOS 4. Dans sa version 16 Go, le smartphone qui est disponible en noir ou en blanc, est vendu 199 euros avec un abonnement Illimythics, 429 euros avec un forfait bloqué, et 629 euros sans forfait. Le modèle doté de 32 Go de mémoire est quant à lui commercialisé 299 euros avec forfait, 529 euros avec forfait bloqué et 739 euros sans forfait.Après SFR, Orange devrait à son tour proposer l’iPhone 4 en pré-commande, le 22 juin prochain.Le 15 juin 2010 à 15:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Offres triple play : l’Assemblée nationale vote la hausse de la TVAFrance – Vendredi, l’Assemblée nationale a adopté la loi qui fait passer le taux de TVA des offres triple play de 5,5 à 19,6%. La répercussion sur les tarifs devrait être de deux euros.L’Assemblée nationale a adopté le texte concernant la hausse de TVA des offres triple play, ces offres groupées que proposent les fournisseurs d’accès Internet. Les box comprenant téléphone, internet et télévision offraient toutes leurs prestations pour environ 30 euros mensuels.Pierre-Alain Muet, député socialiste, a contesté ce vote : “Cela va pénaliser les ménages” a-t-il déclaré. “En élevant de 5,5 à 19,6% le taux de TVA appliqué aux offres triple play, le gouvernement poursuit et renforce une politique fiscale totalement injuste”, poursuit le député Patrick Bloche, secrétaire national du PS. Pour la gauche, “cette nouvelle taxe fait suite à la très longue liste des impôts créés ou augmentés par Nicolas Sarkozy”.”Nous avons le niveau le plus faible de tous les pays, les offres n’ont pas bougé depuis 2004″ justifie le rapporteur général UMP Gilles Carrez. Le relèvement du taux de TVA “représente une majoration de deux euros pour l’abonné”, estime-t-il.Cette décision intervient après la mise en demeure de la France par la Commission européenne, qui lui demandait de revoir son dispositif. Jusqu’à présent, dans ces offres, les services télé bénéficiaient d’un taux de TVA réduit de 5,5%, comme l’autorisent les instances européennes, alors qu’Internet et le téléphone étaient soumis au taux normal de 19,6%. La Commission souhaitait simplement que le taux de 5,5% ne soit appliqué qu’à la télévision (soit le tiers de l’offre triple). Une aubaine pour le gouvernement.Pour Gilles Carrez il s’agissait d’une “perte de recettes fiscales considérable” (1,1 milliard d’euros) que l’État va ainsi pouvoir encaisser grâce à cette décision.Le président de la Commission des finances, Jérôme Cahuzac (député PS), a prévenu que “beaucoup d’opérateurs commencent à dissocier les offres”, soulignant ainsi que la somme qu’escompte récupérer le gouvernement auprès des contribuables ne serait peut-être pas au rendez-vous.Lionel Tardy (député UMP) a jugé que cette disposition allait “casser le système des offres groupées”. D’autant qu’il s’agit en réalité d’un choix qui n’était pas contraint par l’Europe. Il a également regretté que le consommateur soit mis à contribution.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Les FAI (Fournisseurs d’accès Internet) ont déjà réagi : “Cette nouvelle taxe sera répercutée au premier jour de l’application de la loi, et au centime près. Nous n’en profiterons pas pour augmenter notre marge. Mais nous isolerons dans les factures de nos abonnés le montant de la “taxe Baroin”, qui sera comprise entre 1,50 et 3 euros par mois selon la formulation de la loi” a indiqué Xavier Niel, le fondateur d’Iliad qui pilote Free.Autre répercussion indirecte probable face à l’augmentation du coût des abonnements : le nombre de piratages qui, en compensation, risque d’augmenter.Le 25 octobre 2010 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
Apple offre 3.500 iPad 2 pour son anniversaireLa firme à la pomme souffle aujourd’hui ses 35 bougies. Pour l’occasion, les Apple Store de France ont prévu de faire gagner 3.500 iPad 2 ce soir.Apple va faire des heureux ce soir, à l’occasion de son 35e anniversaire. Les Apple Store français ont prévu de faire remporter exactement 3.500 iPad 2 ce soir, apprend-t-on dans un communiqué de presse. Nouveau coup de pub pour la firme à pomme, qui a déjà battu des records de ventes le week-end du lancement de sa deuxième tablette tactile ?À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette ApplePour avoir une chance de remporter l’un de ces iPad 2, il faudra appeler à partir de 18 heures l’un des Apple Store de l’Hexagone en expliquant que l'”on aime croquer la pomme” ! La firme de Cupertino n’a toutefois pas précisé dans quel délai les tablettes tactiles seraient remises, ni si elles seront envoyées par la poste aux plus rapides ou s’il faudra venir les chercher sur place.En France, l’iPad 2 est commercialisé depuis une semaine. Les chiffres officiels concernant les ventes au niveau mondial seront connus le 20 avril prochain, jour où Apple doit annoncer les résultats financiers pour son second trimestre fiscal. Dans la mesure où la production a été ralentie par les évènements dramatiques qui se déroulent en ce moment au Japon, ces chiffres risquent de ne pas être mirobolants malgré un démarrage puissant.En effet, plusieurs magasins américains ont témoigné de ruptures de stocks. Certains technophiles ont toutefois trouvé une parade pour se procurer la tablette vedette : eBay. CNET fait savoir aujourd’hui que 12.000 iPad 2 ont trouvé preneurs grâce à ce site en deux semaines, entre le lancement américain et l’international.Le 1 avril 2011 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
La majorité des Européens aimeraient vivre très vieuxSelon une étude Pileje/Ifop parue le 29 avril, 52% des Européens souhaiteraient vivre très vieux, par exemple au-delà de cent ans. Toutefois, les Français sondés sont seulement 48% à le vouloir.Les Européens vivront-ils plus vieux que leurs parents ? C’est en tout cas leur souhait, de manière globale, si l’on se fie à la dernière étude Pileje/Ifop, relayée par Le Parisien, et menée auprès d’un échantillon de 2.543 personnes, âgées de 18 ans et plus, selon la méthode des quotas. À lire aussiC’est prouvé : être bienveillant envers soi-même est bon pour la santéAinsi, les Espagnols et Italiens se verraient bien vivre vieux, au-delà de 100 ans (respectivement 62% et 63% des sondés). Toutefois, les Anglais (49%), Allemands (44%) et Français (48%) ne montrent pas autant d’enthousiasme à cette perspective. En moyenne, les personnes interrogées estiment qu’elles vivront jusqu’à 83,9 ans. Toujours d’après l’étude, la vieillesse est perçue par 65% des sondés comme “un moment pouvant être heureux, mais pas toujours”. C’est aussi l’avis des Français, qui sont également 64% à juger qu’il faut pouvoir être autonome et vivre chez soi pour être heureux lorsqu’on vieillit.Concernant la santé, “une bonne hygiène de vie” est citée comme premier critère à prendre en compte (61% des Européens et 77% des Français).Le 3 mai 2011 à 10:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
Bactérie tueuse : quatre nouvelles victimes en AllemagneLa bactérie Eceh a fait quatre nouvelles victimes outre-Rhin. Selon les autorités allemandes, le bilan est alors porté à au moins 47 morts en Europe.Le bilan continue de s’alourdir en Allemagne, où la bactérie E. coli entéro hémorragique (Eceh) a été détectée il y a plusieurs semaines. 46 décès ont été enregistrés par les autorités sanitaires allemandes lundi, portant le bilan total à 47 morts en Europe. Le seul décès enregistré hors d’Allemagne est celui d’une femme en Suède.Par ailleurs, 3.801 personnes ont été infectées par la souche très virulente d’Eceh outre-Rhin, dont 834 qui ont développé des complications graves (SHU).Toutefois, l’Institut fédéral de veille sanitaire, qui donne ces chiffres, a précisé que le nombre de nouveaux cas recensés baisse régulièrement depuis le pic de l’épidémie le 30 mai.Le 28 juin 2011 à 09:56 • Emmanuel Perrin
Un séisme de 6,2 secoue les Philippines Cette nuit à 4h47 heure locale, un tremblement de terre de magnitude 6,2 a frappé l’archipel des Philippines. Aucune alerte au tsunami n’a été émise et le séisme n’a fait ni dégât ni victime. Ce matin, L’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS) a annoncé qu’un séisme de magnitude avait secoué l’archipel des Philippines dans la nuit de lundi à mardi. Dans un premier temps évaluée à 6,6, la secousse s’est produite à 4H47 heure locale à 125 kilomètres à l’Ouest de l’ile Negros et à une profondeur de 19 kilomètres. À lire aussiInternet pourrait être le meilleur système au monde pour détecter les séismes”Nous n’avons émis aucune alerte au tsunami. Nous avons vérifié les zones alentour et on ne nous a fait part d’aucun dégât ou de blessé”, a indiqué Nazario Caro, responsable de l’Agence de gestion des risques cité par Romandie.com. Composé de 7.000 iles, l’archipel des Philippines est le siège de fréquentes activités sismiques et volcaniques car il est situé sur la Ceinture de feu du Pacifique, une zone de rencontre entre des plaques tectoniques. Une des lignes de fracture se situe même directement sous Manille, la capitale des Philippines. Les sismologues du pays ont ainsi prévenu que la ville n’était pas préparée à l’éventualité d’un grave tremblement de terre, comme le rapporte Romandie.com. Le 12 juillet 2011 à 09:38 • Maxime Lambert
Optimus Hub: LG rafraîchit son smartphone d’entrée de gammeSuccédant à l’Optimus One, sorti l’an passé, qui avait notamment connu un franc succès notamment auprès des jeunes, le nouveau né des smartphones LG compte bien séduire par ses qualités et son prix abordable.Reprenant la même recette que le One, son prédécesseur, LG a légèrement amélioré son noouveau modèle d’entrée de gamme, le LG Optimus Hub, en incluant tout d’abord une mise à jour du système d’exploitation, passant d’Android 2.2 à Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Les performances du smartphone sont donc boostées, complétées par une fréquence du CPU de 800 MHz, un appareil photo de 5 megapixels et un écran de 3.5 pouces affichant une résolution d’écran de 320×480 pixels. Le terminal est également équipé d’un GPS, des connexions Wi-Fi et Bluetooth 3.0 ainsi que de la technologie GSM quadri-bandes.Le tout pour un poids avoisinant les 123 grammes.Le fabriquant coréen veut donc continuer sur la lancée de l’Optimus One avec ce nouveau Hub, dont le prix, 200 euros sans abonnement, pourrait tenter les bourses les plus modestes désirant acquérir un mobile efficace et complet.Le 18 octobre 2011 à 13:25 • Maxime Lambert
SIDA : une loterie pour encourager le dépistage en Afrique du SudLa province sud-africaine du Cap occidental a décidé d’encourager les populations à subir un test de dépistage du VIH. Chaque personne qui se fera tester, gagnera ainsi le droit de participer à un tirage au sort doté d’un prix de 50.000 rands. Selon le dernier rapport de l’Onusida publié lundi dernier, l’Afrique du Sud reste le pays le plus touché du monde en chiffres absolus, avec quelque 5,6 millions de personnes séropositives. Mais bien que le pays ait lancé de vastes campagnes de prévention contre le sida et ait multiplié les tests, le dépistage peine à se répandre alors qu’il devrait au contraire se généraliser. À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterC’est pour résoudre cette difficulté que la province sud-africaine du Cap occidental a eu une idée plutôt surprenante : en associant des tests de dépistage au… prix d’une loterie. Concrètement, elle a annoncé que toute personne qui se fera tester dans les centres de dépistage de la province participera au tirage au sort, qui s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une campagne nationale de seize jours contre les violences faites aux femmes et aux enfants. Le prix à décrocher : une somme de 50.000 rands, soit 4.400 euros. “La persuasion n’a pas fonctionné. Nous préférons utiliser des incitations plutôt que des méthodes coercitives, pour s’assurer que tous les adultes testent régulièrement leur statut VIH”, a commenté pour l’agence Sapa le Premier ministre du Cap occidental, Helen Zille. Le 29 novembre 2011 à 11:04 • Maxime Lambert
HP révèle la sortie prochaine de 3 nouveaux moniteursHP a dévoilé trois nouveaux modèles de moniteurs. Le premier est un modèle haut de gamme auto-alimenté en USB et les deux autres sont des modèles d’entrée de gamme, au tarif très abordable.A l’approche du CES 2012, HP a présenté en avant-première trois nouveaux modèles de moniteurs. Ce CES débutera le 10 janvier prochain à Las Vegas.À lire aussiLa Descriptive Camera : quand une image se tranforme en texteLe premier moniteur (que vous pourrez retrouver dans notre article) présenté par le fabricant est le L2311c. Il est équipé d’une connectique USB 3.0 et affiche une image de 23 pouces en full HD. Deux autres moniteurs seront commercialisés en mars prochain. Il s’agit de deux écrans à rétroéclairage LED, les LV1911 et LV2011. Ils ont pour diagonales respectives 18,5 et 20 pouces, peuvent afficher en résolution de 1366 x 768 et 1600 x 900 pixels, avec un contraste de 3.000. 000 :1 en mode dynamique. Le temps de réponse de ces deux écrans est identique : 5 ms et une connectique VGA. Ces écrans d’entrée de gamme seront vendus à 125 dollars pour le modèle 18,5 pouces, (96 euros) et à 135 dollars le modèle 20 pouces (aux environ de 104 euros).Le 5 janvier 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambert
Pourquoi la voix d’Adèle provoque-t-elle l’émoi des auditeurs ? Afin de comprendre comment la célèbre chanson Someone Like You de Adèle parvient à arracher les larmes de millions d’auditeurs, The Wall Street Journal est allé enquêter auprès de spécialistes en psychologie et neurobiologie. Si l’émoi ressenti à l’écoute d’une chanson particulière dépend avant tout de la sensibilité et de l’histoire de chacun, il existe quelques astuces imparables qui permet de provoquer larmes et frissons chez ses auditeurs… Succès émotif assuré ! Parmi le top 10 des morceaux qui promettent un public larmoyant culmine actuellement Someone Like You, de la chanteuse britannique Adèle, récemment adulée lors de la 54e édition des Grammy Awards qui se tenaient à Los Angeles, le 12 février 2012.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?The Wall Street Journal est allé enquêter auprès de spécialistes en psychologie et neurobiologie afin d’expliquer comment la chanson est parvenue à faire pleurer des millions d’auditeurs. Selon le psychologue John Sloboda, l’émotion unanime ressentie à l’écoute d’un morceau serait lié à l’appoggiature, un ornement musical consistant à intercaler une petite note avant la principale. Martin Guhn, auteur d’une étude sur le sujet, affirme au Wall Street Journal que l’appoggiature intercalé dans une mélodie “génère une tension chez l’auditeur”. Il poursuit : “Quand les notes reviennent vers la mélodie anticipée, la tension disparaît et est remplacée par une sensation de bien-être”.Pour un morceau comme Someone Like You, la répétition des appoggiatures couplées aux modulations de voix de la chanteuse sur de longues notes, crée chez les auditeurs ce que le psychologue définit comme “de petites montagnes russes” émotionnelles et provoque l’apparition de larmes. Selon une équipe de neuroscientifiques de l’université canadienne de McGillcette, cette sensation contraire à de la tristesse, est très agréable pour les auditeurs. Une récente étude révèle que la chanson provoque en effet la libération de dopamine, un neurotransmetteur qui intervient dans le sentiment de plaisir.Le 18 février 2012 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambert
Xperia neo L : le premier smartphone Android 4.0 de SonySony vient de dévoiler son premier smartphone embarquant Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Hélas, seul le marché chinois se verra proposer ce nouveau mobile, tandis que les autres terminaux Android de Sony doivent se contenter de la version 2.3 de l’OS.Alors que la gamme de smartphones Xperia de Sony sont cantonnés à la version 2.3 d’Android 2.3 – même le dernier-né, le Xperia Sola, fonctionnera avec Gingerbread – la firme nippone vient de dévoiler son premier smartphone sous Ice Cream Sandwich. Un terminal pour l’heure hélas réservé au marché chinois.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Baptisé Xperia neo L, le téléphone affichera un écran tactile LCD FWVGA de 4 pouces d’une résolution de 480 x 854 pixels. Il embarquera un appareil photo 5 megapixels capable de capturer de la vidéo en 720p. Le smartphone est équipé d’un processeur Snapdragon S2 cadencé à 1GHz et d’un GPU Adreno 205. Il dispose de 512Mo de mémoire vive (RAM) et offrira 1 Go de mémoire interne extensible via une carte microSDHC.En matière de connectivité, le Xpera neo L est équipé de l’HSDPA jusqu’à 7,2 Mbps, du Wi-Fi N et du Bluetooth 2.1. Avec ses mensurations de 120.0 x 61.0 x 12.8 millimètres pour 131,5 grammes, il sera proposé en Chine en seulement deux couleurs : noir et blanc. Son prix, comme sa date de sortie, ne sont pas encore connus.Le 21 mars 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambert
Mozilla ouvre sa boutique d’applicationsLa Fondation Mozilla a rendu disponible son magasin d’applications Web à quelques testeurs et seulement sur invitation.Le Mozilla Marketplace continue de monter en puissance. Le magasin d’applications Web de la Fondation Mozilla a ainsi été ouvert à plusieurs testeurs sur invitation, nous informe Generation NT. Il s’agit d’une boutique qui permet aux développeurs de distribuer leurs apps, voire des extensions et thèmes destinés à étendre les fonctionnalités de Firefox. Attention, ces applications sont écrites en utilisant les technologies Web ouvertes et qui peuvent être exécutées sur de multiples plateformes, depuis n’importe quel appareil et en format HTML 5.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Quelques 200 applications sont d’ores et déjà disponibles sur le Mozilla Marketplace et elles fonctionnent comme une application de bureau sur Windows. Elles peuvent ainsi être lancées depuis le menu Démarrer et figurent dans la liste des programmes du panneau de configuration. Mozilla souhaite à terme ne pas réduire le Marketplace aux ordinateurs de bureau mais l’ouvrir aux applications mobiles. La Fondation espère d’ailleurs que d’autres navigateurs que Firefox le prendront en charge d’ici peu. Le Mozilla Marketplace sera ouvert à tous d’ici la fin de l’année. Le 15 juin 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambert
Lancement d’une enquête sur la qualité de l’eau en FranceUne importante enquête destinée à évaluer la qualité de l’eau en France est lancée par France libertés et 60 millions de consommateurs. Il s’agit du deuxième volet de l’opération “Transparence”, qui s’était dans un premier temps intéressée au prix du service de l’eau.La vaste enquête que lance aujourd’hui France libertés et 60 millions de consommateurs vise à évaluer la qualité de l’eau en France. Les résultats sont basés sur les informations fournies par les consommateurs. Ceux-ci doivent simplement témoigner de la façon dont les choses se passent sur leur lieu de résidence. Si le prix de l’eau intéressait le premier volet de l’opération “Transparence”, pour le second, c’est comment le consommateur est informé sur la qualité de l’eau qui importe. À lire aussiTabac, Apple et eau, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 29 maiY a-t-il un affichage en mairie, une synthèse annuelle jointe aux factures, une récupération des résultats des contrôles internes des opérateurs, etc. Telles sont les données qui seront relevées cette fois-ci. France libertés et 60 millions de consommateurs indiquent que les consommateurs deviendront ainsi des “lanceurs d’alerte”, qui permettront d’établir “une carte des dérogations faites aux limites de la qualité de l’eau en France”, qui permettent de “continuer à distribuer une eau ne respectant pas les normes sanitaires”. L’enquête souhaite également “pointer du doigt le manque de transparence sur cette question” et “la disparité des contrôles effectués sur le territoire”. Ils sont par exemple beaucoup plus fréquents dans les grandes villes.Pour mener cette enquête, “on a eu besoin de voir comment ça fonctionnait”, explique Emmanuel Poilane, directeur de France libertés, à l’AFP. Il explique que dans les départements sur lesquels on a eu des résultats, “il y avait beaucoup plus de dérogations qu’on ne le pensait”. A titre d’exemple, dans une commune, la quantité de bentazone (molécule présente dans un pesticide) avait été pendant 35 jours trois fois plus élevée que la dose journalière acceptable. Mais ce qui était dit aux consommateurs, c’est que “la teneur en pesticides n’a pas dépassé le seuil de réglementation”, selon M. Poilane. “C’est vraiment incohérent”, dit-il.Les résultats seront accessibles sur www.prixdeleau.fr et leur synthèse sera présentée en mars 2013, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’eau. Quelque 10 000 personnes avaient participé au premier volet de l’enquête sur le prix de l’eau, les deux associations organisatrices comptent donc avoir beaucoup de retour pour cette deuxième phase.Le 3 juillet 2012 à 13:41 • Maxime Lambert
Un contact avec les extraterrestres avant la fin du siècle ?Au cours du Forum Euroscience, qui s’est déroulé à Dublin du 11 au 15 juillet, une célèbre physicienne britannique a évoqué la nécessité, pour les gouvernements, de mettre au point un protocole de contact avec une éventuelle civilisation extraterrestre. Un contact qu’elle estime possible dans le siècle à venir. “Si nous suspectons la présence d’une vie intelligente quelque part, nous ferons-nous connaître d’elle ou pas ? Il existe d’intéressantes questions, comme : qui avertir en premier ? La Presse, le Premier ministre, le Pape… ? Nous devrions commencer à y penser maintenant”. C’est ce qu’a déclaré la physicienne Jocelyn Bell Burnell, de l’Université d’Oxford, au cours de l’Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) qui s’est tenu cette année à Dublin en Irlande. Une manifestation organisée par Euroscience, l’Association Européenne pour la Promotion de la Science et de la Technologie.Alors que les chercheurs restent encore divisés sur la question de l’existence d’extraterrestre et la possibilité de les contacter, cette scientifique elle est beaucoup plus confiante. “Je suspecte que nous allons avoir des signes d’une vie ailleurs, peut-être même d’une vie intelligente, durant le siècle qui vient”, a t-elle estiméreconnaissant que ce ne sera toutefois surement pas dans les années qui viennent. “[Cependant,] rien ne peut voyager plus vite que la vitesse de la lumière. Donc, nous parlons probablement de ‘conversations’ qui prendront 50 ou 100 ans aller”, a t-elle ainsi précisé. Une étude menée par la Royal Society auprès de 2.000 adultes britanniques avait montré que 44% d’entre eux croient à l’existence d’une vie extraterrestre, et qu’un tiers estime qu’il faudrait la rechercher activement pour entrer en contact avec. En décembre dernier, d’ailleurs, l’Institut SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) a annoncé que son programme de recherche de vie extraterrestreallait bientôt reprendre après avoir été suspendu pendant plusieurs mois. Une reprise devenue possible grâce à plus de 200.000 dollars de dons faits en ligne et ajoutés à un fonds financé par l’U.S. Air Force.Une vie extraterrestre qu’il ne vaudrait mieux pas rencontrer ? À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreMais si l’existence même des extraterrestres reste à prouver, certains scientifiques vont beaucoup plus loin à l’instar du célèbre astrophysicien Stephen Hawking. Estimant que nous faisons aujourd’hui tout ce qui est possible pour éviter le contact avec cette vie potentielle, celui-ci a suggéré que si de telles créatures arrivaient sur Terre, ce serait pour en dérober les ressources. “Nous avons simplement à nous regarder nous-mêmes pour voir à quel point la vie intelligente peut se développer en quelque chose que nous ne voudrions pas rencontrer. Si des extraterrestres venaient nous rendre visite, l’issue serait semblable à celle survenue lorsque Christophe Colomb a débarqué en Amérique et que cela a mal tourné pour les natifs américains”, a t-il estimé cité par le Daily Mail.Le 17 juillet 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
We’ve all been there. You’re relatively early on in a new Dungeons & Dragons campaign, excited to see what kind of monsters you’ll run across. You trek through the shadowy cave and are confronted by…Goblins. Again. Or maybe you’re a Dungeon Master, and are struggling to figure out what villainous civilization your players will be running up against next and all you can think of are…Orcs. Again.Fortunately for you, the 5th Edition Monster Manual features a ton of different monster races to use instead of those old green-skinned standbys. We’ve collected our favorites below! <> 1/11FeyFor my money, one of the most habitually underrepresented creature types in D&D is the Fey. No, creatures like Sprites, Pixies and Satyrs aren’t typically evil, but there’s no reason they couldn’t become rather territorial to a group of adventurers stomping through their woods killing spiders and wolves. 1/11GithUnlike most races on this list, the Gith are enemies meant for higher level characters to tackle, but considering your pals don’t tap out at level 5, that should actually be pretty useful. Though they don’t typically hang out in mortal planes too often, it shouldn’t be too hard to come up with a reason for your characters to run up against the evil Githyanki or the more neutral Githzerai. 1/11GnollsGnolls are one of my absolute favorite Dungeons & Dragons races and it’s not just because I like saying the name. They’re basically evil hyena men with demonic magic. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, they’re also massive, growing to a hulking 7 and a half feet tall. Best of all, the Monster Manual has a variety of Gnoll types, from the ½ CR standard-issue, to the 4 CR Gnoll Fang of Yeenoghu. 1/11HumansIt might seem weird to place Humans on a list like this, but Dungeon Masters often overlook the vast amount of options for human NPCs and enemies at the back of the Monster Manual. You could have a Cult Fanatic and her flock of Cultists, a Druid and an army of assorted blights and awakened plants, a Berserker accompanied by Tribal Warriors, or any combination of the above! 1/11KoboldsKobolds are a Dungeons & Dragons standby, but they don’t get anywhere near the love of Goblins and Orcs, likely because they never showed up in a Tolkien book. While they don’t have as many varieties as other creatures, the reptilian Kobolds come in both winged and non-winged fights, both of which boast pack tactics, which can make for some pretty exciting combat situations. 1/11Kuo-ToaLike the Gith, Kuo-Toa are Underdark dwellers that were once enslaved by the mind flayers. What makes these fish-men so fun, however, is that they’re absolutely bugnuts insane, making up their own bonkers gods that, through their power of their subconscious minds, can actually physically manifest themselves in the real world. 1/11LizardfolkLike Kobolds, Lizardfolk are reptilian in nature, but they boast much more well-developed societies, albeit ones that are completely amoral. They’re extremely territorial though, which should give you plenty of excuses for your player characters to run up against an army of Lizardfolks, their Shamans and perhaps, even their King or Queen. 1/11ModronsSo, in all likelihood, early on in you campaigns, players probably won’t be visiting the plane of Mechanus, which is where the Modrons make their home. But if they do, or if you think of a way to get these little robotic cuties onto their plane, they could make for some great, bizarre enemies, as each subtype is restricted to a certain number of activities it’s capable of performing. 1/11SahauginBoth Kuo-Toa and Sahaugin are evil fish-people, but there’s an important difference. While the Kuo-Toa are a nutty, wacky kind of evil, the Sahaugin are a vicious, terrible, invade-shoreline-areas type of evil. Their Monster Manual entry is also fully fleshed out, giving you access to a fighter, a priestess and a ruler, making for a pretty nasty war party. 1/11Thri-kreenThough they’re best known from their considerable presence in the world of Athas, as seen in the Dark Sun campaign setting, Thri-Kreen also warrant a page in the standard 5th Edition Monster Manual. Best of all, the help the insectoids feel even more alien, the entry also includes several Thri-Kreen specific weapons, as well as some psionic abilities. 1/11Yuan-TiAnd finally, we come to the Yuan-Ti, a fancy way of saying something rather simple: Snake People. The coolest thing about the Yuan-Ti is that the Monster Manual offers up lots of different snake-person combos, from the almost all snake Abominations to three different varieties of blended Malisons to the almost completely human looking Purebloods. There you have it: Eleven different ways to mix up the mobs that your players will be facing in Dungeons & Dragons. Our apologies to the Duergar and Aarakocra in the audience.Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast, SKALD. Though he hasn’t managed to squeeze any Gnolls in yet, it’s still worth a listen. Find it on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher & Podomatic. For more information, follow Aubrey on Twitter or check out his website.
Stay on target Soylent’s efforts to replace regular solid food have been derailed. The Silicon Valley startup has been forced to take its flagship meal replacement powder off the market following multiple reports of nausea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal issues. This is the second product Soylent has pulled in recent weeks because of customer complaints.The pitch for Soylent is that it’s easier and cheaper than eating regular healthy food. You can get a cheeseburger pretty cheap, but living entirely on fast food isn’t smart. Soylent is designed to include all the fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, and other nutrients you need to consume in a day. So, instead of making dinner or paying someone else to do it, you mix up some Soylent when you have a spare moment and guzzle it down.Soylent has been gaining popularity, especially in the tech sector. Soylent announced the v2.0 update to its formula last year, but it has only been available as a pre-mixed bottle. The dry powder is the more economical option, and it’s still at v1.6. That’s what has been causing the stomach issues for consumers, but the v1.5 formulation wasn’t doing that. The company contends that only 0.1% of its customers have experienced any problems with the 1.6 powder. Testing has allegedly ruled out any food-borne pathogens or toxic materials.The recently released nutrition bars were pulled several weeks ago because of similar complaints. So, Soylent says it has narrowed the cause down to one of several ingredients that were added in the v1.6 powder and were present in the nutrition bar. For the time being, you can still buy the Soylent drink, which costs $32 for 12 bottles, but you drink five per day for a full Soylent diet. The powder was only $54 for a month supply. Internet Gutter: SoylentSoylent accused of containing unsafe levels of lead, but does it?
Stay on target Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend SpaceX CEO was on twitter yesterday in one of his rare, comparatively informative and enlightening tweet storms. This time, he spoke about a bevy of things: his love of Monty Python; a bit of history about how he was inspired to found Tesla after GM recalled and destroyed electric cars in 2003; and also let slip that SpaceX’s granddaddy rocket, the Falcon Heavy “should” fly by September.Specifically, Musk said that all three of the rocket’s main engines should be Cape Canaveral in two or three months, putting a launch a month later.All Falcon Heavy cores should be at the Cape in two to three months, so launch should happen a month after that— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 8, 2017That’s huge because the Falcon Heavy will be by far the most powerful rocket humanity has deployed since the Apollo missions. We knew it was coming soon — after all the first circumlunar flight is scheduled to run in 2018, and the company needs to do test launches — but this would be the first semi-solid timetable we’ve had in a while.Part of that is that one of the launch complexes at the Cape had sustained some damage, and that factored into some delays. But it sounds like everything’s good to go now, or soon will be, at least.While, technically, this will be the Falcon Heavy’s inaugural flight, it’s essentially a few of SpaceX’s smaller rockets strapped together. While those launches have come to be pretty reliable these days, the complex at Cape Canaveral is only damaged because of the AMOS-6 failure and then explosion last year. With the upcoming launch of the Falcon Heavy lines, the first civilian trip around the moon, and the James Webb Space Telescope launch next, we’ve got a string of high profile, high stakes space missions coming. The coming months will be some of the most important in the history of space exploration, as we begin to stretch back out the cosmos following our relatively protracted absence.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is providing fans with the ultimate Christmas gift: A spooky holiday episode that will debut on Netflix next month.On Monday, Netflix released an “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Netflix” holiday campaign on YouTube. The video, which is captioned with, “Feel all the feels with Netflix this holiday season,” opens with a brief clip from the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina episode, “A Midwinter’s Tale.” The episode will be available on Netflix on Dec. 14.“A Midwinter’s Tale,” isn’t the only Christmas treat from Netflix. More Netflix Originals movies and episodes are airing this season, including The Christmas Chronicles, a film about siblings that rescue Santa from a crashed sleigh and Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas, a holiday-themed Christmas special featuring the characters of the hit anime series.More on Geek.com:Satanists Slam Netflix With Lawsuit Over ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’The First Trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Lives up to Its NameNYCC 2018: Must-See Trailers from Marvel, Netflix, and More What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Stay on target
What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Following the success of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Netflix is “doubling down” on interactive programming, according to Variety.Reporting from this week’s media and entertainment conference FICCI-Frames in Mumbai, the trade magazine cited Todd Yellin’s excitement.“It’s a huge hit here in India, it’s a huge hit around the world,” Yellin, vice president of product at Netflix, said in a keynote speech. “We realized, ‘Wow, interactive storytelling is something we want to bet more on.’“We’re doubling down on that,” he continued. “So expect over the next year or two to see more interactive storytelling.”Psychological thriller Bandersnatch, an interactive film in the sci-fi anthology Black Mirror, hit Netflix on Dec. 28.Written by series creator Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade, the standalone movie encourages viewers to make decisions for the main character—young programmer Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead), who is adapting a fantasy choose-your-own-adventure novel into a video game in 1984.Fionn Whitehead is Stefan Butler in “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” (via Netflix)Instead of flipping between pages, Netflix viewers click a button at the bottom of the screen to select their choice. For example, should Butler eat Sugar Puffs or Frosties for breakfast?Moving forward, though, the streaming service’s reciprocative line up won’t necessarily be dark science fiction.“It could be a wacky comedy,” Yellin suggested. “It could be a romance, where the audience gets to choose—should she go out with him or him?”Personally, I think rom-coms lend themselves very nicely to this style of viewing. Though a buddy comedy or action film would work just as well. Historical period dramas, on the other hand…Yellin also announced plans to expand Indian content production—particularly since original series Sacred Games became a global hit, attracting two out of three viewers from outside the country.The number of languages Netflix content will be available in is also increasing from 25 to 30, Variety revealed.Netflix did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.More on Geek.com:Choose These Adventure Games After ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’Amazon Alexa Now Lets You Choose Your Own AdventureNetflix Claps Back at Steven Spielberg’s Push to Ban It From Oscars Stay on target
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Pinterest Google+ Twitter Tyson Fury Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks Now Playing Up Next WWE Star Shares ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Cosplay Mae Young Classic begins taping tonightWWE will begin taping the Mae Young Classic tournament later tonight at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. A special parade will air on YouTube and Facebook Live at 6:30 PM ET (5:30 p.m. CT) tonight introducing the 32 women in the tournament.Confirmed for the tournament thus far by WWE are the following:* Kay Lee Ray* Ayesha Raymond* Rhea Ripley* Sage Beckett (Andrea)* Kairi Sane (Kairi Hojo)* Sarah Logan* Bianca BelAir* Lacey Evans* Princesa Sugehit* Toni Storm* Abbey Laith (Kimber Lee)* Tessa Blanchard* Taynara Conti* Jazzy Gabert (Alpha Female)* Dakota Kai (Evie)* Piper Niven (Viper)* Kavita Devi* Vanessa BorneWWE Hall of Famers Jim Ross, Lita and Madusa will be on commentary for the tournament. The tournament begins airing in Netflix binge-watching form in late-August, with the live finale set to take place after Smackdown Live on September 12.Post-7/12 WWE NXT videosWWE posted the following videos after last night’s 7/12 episode of WWE NXT. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler) Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipLacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW DebutVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Lacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW Debut WWE NXT Results – 9/4/19 (Adam Cole defends the NXT Championship against Jordan Myles)
Police suspect an impaired driver may have caused a four-vehicle crash that killed a Vancouver woman Tuesday morning east of Orchards.The crash blocked both lanes on state Highway 500 for several hours.Washington State Patrol troopers were called to the crash on state Highway 500 near Northeast 182nd Avenue just before 9:30 a.m. and arrived to find four vehicles involved.According to the State Patrol, Pamela S. Alexander, 53, of Camas was heading west on Highway 500 around Milepost 9, about a mile east of the Vancouver city limits.Alexander’s SUV went over the center line, the State Patrol said, and hit the rear of an eastbound pickup driven by Maria D. Zepedachaparro, 38, of Vancouver.Alexander’s SUV then slammed head-on into another eastbound vehicle, an SUV driven by Jonna D. Porteous, 68, of Vancouver.The crash sent Zepedachaparro’s pickup over the center line, where it struck the fourth vehicle, a sedan driven by Eric M. Mazemke, 44, of Washougal, who was heading west.Porteous died after being taken to a hospital. Alexander and Mazemke were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for their injuries. Both had been treated and released Tuesday afternoon, according to the hospital. Zepedachaparro was hurt but not hospitalized.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Life was beginning to return to normal Monday in Alaska following the powerful earthquake near Anchorage, but people nervous about aftershocks were still grappling with damage that closed public buildings and schools, clogged roads and knocked homes off foundations.Some residents went back to work. But state transportation officials again urged people who live north and south of Anchorage to take the day off or work from home to reduce traffic.Rockfalls were still occurring along cliff-lined Seward Highway, while major repairs were underway on hard-hit Glenn Highway, the main road leading north of the city, Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said.“We don’t want the commute to be frustrating because people will experience delays,” she said.Residents still jittery from the 7.0 quake on Friday have been rattled even further by more than 1,700 aftershocks. A dozen have had magnitudes of 4.5 or greater.“Anything that moves, you’re on your last nerve,” said Anchorage resident Lyn Matthews, whose home sustained substantial structural damage, including a sunken foundation.
During the last week of his last term as Clark County treasurer, the walls and shelves in Doug Lasher’s second-floor office had been mostly cleared off.Next to the window, overlooking a parking lot and Mill Plain Boulevard, remained frames containing his oath of office, as well as two tax warrants. The tax warrants are aging documents from 1930 and 1957, respectively, that functioned like checks for the treasurer’s office. For Lasher, they served as reminders of just how much the office has changed.Lasher, who became treasurer in 1984, oversaw an office responsible for collecting and processing the annual taxes and assessments for 148,000 billable parcels, while also managing funds for local school districts and overseeing banking functions of 42 taxing districts.While it’s a government function many residents would rather forget about, Lasher said he’s sought to move the treasurer’s office from relying on slow, tedious labor to more digitally streamlined and customer-oriented operations. Each time he came up for re-election during his 34 years in office, Lasher, a Democrat, recalled how there was always one more project he wanted to see through.“It takes more than just four years to do this job,” said Lasher, a bespectacled, soft-spoken and owlish 69-year-old with neatly combed hair. He speaks cheerily about taxes, computer systems, mortgages, state statutes and other dry facets of government.
A Big Lots store had a soft opening last week in the Orchards Plaza shopping center, with a full grand opening event planned for the last weekend of April.The store’s first day appears to have been April 4, according to the distribution date on a regional ad announcing the store, but a ribbon cutting is planned at 8:30 a.m. April 26, with a promotion to give a free reusable shopping bag filled with treats to the first 50 shoppers on April 26 and 27.The event will mark the start of a donation program in which Big Lots will donate $5 to the One Life Food Pantry in Vancouver’s Hough neighborhood each time a member of the chain’s BIG Rewards loyalty program redeems a reward at the Vancouver store between April 26 and June 8.“We are happy to be selected as the charitable partner with Big Lots!” One Life founder and executive director Andrea Walker said in a press release. “By becoming a BIG Lots reward member, and shopping at the new store in Orchards, the community will help to provide 588 individuals right here in our community with much needed, healthy foods.”The Vancouver Big Lots is in the 30,869-square-foot anchor space of the Orchards Plaza shopping center at the intersection of Northeast 76th Street and 117th Avenue. The building was formerly home to a Safeway but has sat empty since May 2016.
By Sulayman Bah Real de Banjul has finally touched down in Algeria after departing Banjul via Saturday.The team comprising a 30-man delegation including 19 playersand GFF’s Ebou Faye arrived in Algiers Air port before taking aconnecting flight to Setif where the second-leg of the CAF first roundqualifier is to be played.Captain and goalkeeper Alagie Nyabally has talked tough ahead of Realde Banjul’s return match visit to Algeria eyeing only progression tothe next round.Nyabally told the club: “we are going to Algeria to be impressive andhopefully progress to the next round even though we know it won’t beeasy but in football, nothing is impossible’The Gambian champions will travel out for their second-leg tomorrowagainst ES Setif via Senegal.The first leg ended one-all. Real first raced ahead with Ablie Jallownestling in the game’s opener before ESS equalized twenty-five minutesfrom time after the hosts had disappointingly switched to the backfoot apparently contended with their fragile lead.The return match is billed for April 3rd at the 25,000 Stade 8 Mai1945 seater stadium with kickoff tipped for 8:30pm.Ivorian referee Dennis Dembele takes center stage of proceedings aidedby Moussa Bayere and Marius Donatien Tan. Tangba Kambou will be thefourth official while António Mendes of Guinea-Bissau will act as thematch commissioner.Real De Banjul needs to score and avoid conceding to stand any hope ofqualification in the return leg in Algeria.The capital-based side reached the first round qualifiers afterthumping Liberia’s champions Barrack Young Controllers in thepreliminary round.The 19 players on the trip are: Goalkeepers: Alagie Nyabally, EbrimaJarju, Joseph Jarju, Defenders: Salifu Krubally, Adama Sabally, AntouBadjan, Saikou Mansally, Mbye Faye, Arona Jabang, Midfielders: ModouLamin Badjie, Alhagie Bah, Bubacarr Camara, Ebou Sanyang, FamaraJarju, Ablie Jallow Strikers: Muhammed Badamosi, Yankuba Jarju, PaOmar Jobe and Madi Fatty ]]>
Manuel Neuer’s participation in this summer’s World Cup has been put into further doubt after it was confirmed that he will not play in Bayern Munich’s final Bundesliga game, reports Chicago TribuneThe German goalkeeper has missed most of Bayern’s campaign due to a hairline fracture in his left foot with his last appearance for the Bavarians coming back in September.Neuer sustained the injury during a club training session and is now running out of time to prove to Germany boss Joachim Loew his fitness for the upcoming World Cup this summer.Outgoing Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes confirmed on Wednesday that the German captain will not be included for the final league game against Stuttgart, but denied he had ruled out Neuer for their German Cup final clash against Eintracht Frankfurt on May 19.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“I didn’t say that. The fact is Manuel is not yet in the squad for the last home game against Stuttgart on Saturday. For the cup final, however, the decision is still open,” said the 72-year-old.While Neuer was expected to return in January, he has had to be careful in correctly judging the right time to come back as any relapse could potentially threaten his playing career.However, the 32-year-old believes that he can still make the Germany squad this summer.“I don’t think it’s imaginable without any match practice,” said Neuer.
Simone Verdi has completed his move to Napoli from Bologna for a reported €25m transfer fee in a five-year deal, reports Football-ItaliaThe Italy international had an impressive 2017/18 season and scored 10 goals with a further 10 assists to help steer Bologna clear of the relegation zone in the Serie A.Verdi’s impressive displays for the I Rossoblu attracted the interest of many clubs and he was reportedly close to joining Napoli in the January transfer window before ultimately deciding to remain with Bologna for the remainder of the campaign.Corini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.The Italian versatile forward had a medical at Rome’s Villa Stuart clinic before later visiting Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis’ Filmauro offices to finalise his deal.The 25-year-old is understood to have agreed on a five-year deal with the Light Blues and becomes Carlo Ancelotti’s first signing since replacing the ousted Maurizio Sarri last month.Napoli finished the Serie A in second-place last season after a season-long battle with Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence on FIFA’s The Best awards that saw him lose out to both Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah respectivelyThe Juventus star was left empty-handed as his former Real Madrid teammate Modric claimed FIFA Player of the Year award.This came despite the fact that it had been Ronaldo who inspired Los Blancos to a third successive Champions League triumph last season with an impressive 15 goals.Meanwhile, the Portuguese superstar’s spectacular overhead kick against Juventus in last term’s Champions League quarter-finals was also overlooked for FIFA’s Puskas award in favour of Salah’s strike against Everton in the Premier League.However, Ronaldo instead showed respect and congratulated the pair on their achievements.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Although he put in a reminder of what he has accomplished himself.“I congratulate him [Modric], sometimes it’s like that, you win and lose. I’m happy with what I’m doing, I’m at the same level for the last 15 years,” he said in an Instagram Live video.“His [Salah] is definitely a well-deserved award, it was a nice goal, but my overhead kick against Juventus in the Champions League was better. That’s okay though, I already have that prize at home.”Ronaldo will likely line-up for Juventus today ahead of their showdown with title rivals Napoli at Turin at 18:00 (GMT +2).
Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed his happiness for Napoli’s later victory against Liverpool FC this Wednesday in San Paolo.This Wednesday evening everybody was expecting Napoli to lose against Jürgen Klopp’s powerful Liverpool side, but the Carlo Ancelotti’s team had something very special planned and gave us the biggest upset of this Champions League week.A late Lorenzo Insigne goal was enough for the Italian side to get those three points, it also served them to take the momentary lead of Group C after they got a tie against Red Star in the first match of the season.“The team did well throughout the game, we never lost control, we were always very focused, above all when defending and allowed Liverpool practically nothing,” said ‘Carletto’ to Sky Italia. “We had the chances to score earlier, but I think we timed it well. We scored at the right time… If Mertens had scored a few minutes earlier, it would’ve been more time suffering!”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It means a lot to us to have won against the finalists from last year. It’s important for the confidence of the players, and these games give extra focus, but also some worries. I just told them to enjoy themselves, and it went well.”“We showed this group won’t just be hard for Napoli, but for everyone involved. After the disappointment of the first game, this is a great injection of confidence, but there’s still a long way to go in this group,” added the Napoli boss.¡TRIUNFO AGÓNICO DE NAPOLI!#ChampionsxFOX | Con una definición en el final del partido de Lorenzo Insigne, el equipo italiano doblegó en San Paolo a Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/wdxLMY0j7t— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) October 3, 2018
Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti expects a lengthy lay-off for Radja Nainggolan after he limped off in Sunday’s 1-0 derby win over AC MilanThe Belgian midfielder was forced off with a reported ankle problem after just 30 minutes of action at the San Siro following a challenge by Milan counterpart Lucas Biglia.Now Spalletti, who replaced Nainggolan with Borja Valero in the game, fears a long absence for his summer signing.“Nainggolan has been chopped down,” Spalletti said to Sky Sport Italia.“We have to take him to the hospital and see. He won’t be with us for a while.”Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.A dramatic injury-time winner from captain Mauro Icardi settled the 222nd official Derby di Milano in Inter’s favour.Spalletti, who felt that they were the deserving victors, was also pleased with the way Inter countered Milan’s dangerous passing game.“It’s dangerous when you press high, as there is always the risk of conceding a counter, but we were perfect and forced Milan to continually lose the ball,” added Spalletti.“We ensured Milan were incapable of playing their quality passing game that Gennaro Gattuso had spoken about.”Inter will next face Barcelona on Wednesday in the Champions League at Camp Nou.
Cristiano Ronaldo is already making his mark at Juventus after equalling a 60-year-old goalscoring club recordThe Portuguese striker may have had to wait until his fourth Serie A game against Sassuolo to find the net for Juventus, but the goals have since flowed in.Since that match-winning brace on September 16, Ronaldo has directly contributed towards eight goals for Juventus by either scoring them or assisting a teammate.Now AS reports that Ronaldo’s current goal tally of seven goals in his first 10 Serie A games has equalled John Charles’ 60-year-old record.The former Welsh forward, who played for Juventus between 1957 to 1962, managed seven goals in his first 10 league fixtures for the Old Lady.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Charles finished his debut campaign at Turin with 28 goals for the 1957/58 season and won the Serie A title.Argentine strike duo Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez both struck six times in their opening 10 league games along with Italian Filippo Inzaghi.While Alessandro Del Piero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Trezeguet both struck five times in 10 appearances.Now Ronaldo will undoubtedly have his eyes set on Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek, who leads the Serie A scoring charts with nine goals.Juventus will host Cagliari on Saturday in their next league game with kick-off to begin at 20:30 (CEST).
The Hoops attacker used to be an award-winning footballer and had a difficult 12-month run in terms of personal formScott Sinclair’s name was once a very respected name in the Scottish Premier League club Celtic.But he had a difficult 12 months run that ended up costing him his personal form.Now he wants to climb back to the top.“When I go out there, I still believe in myself 100 percent. I know the goals will come and I’ll be back on top form again,” he told The Telegraph.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Maybe opposition teams were also trying to man-mark or double-team me in certain games.”“They’re trying to stop me dribbling and scoring goals, but it’s up to me to come up with different ways and find solutions,” he added.“I like when people doubt me, that drives me on.”“As a footballer, you’re always going to get that, but the quality I showed a couple of seasons ago was proof of what I can do. It’s just about getting back up to that same level again,” he concluded.
The Citizens’ footballer says his team should be focused because “anyone in the top four can still win the league”Manchester City and Liverpool are the only teams that have yet to lose in the English Premier League after 15 matches.And for Riyad Mahrez his team is not invincible and they have to keep focus.“Anyone in the top four can still win the league,” said Mahrez to ITV.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Nothing is done and we need to keep working very hard for each other and try to win every game.”“Now we need to focus every three days, and we need to be ready and at our top,” he explained.“You are not going to win every game 4-0 or 5-0, and going through these types of games makes you stronger.”“We created more chances and tried to kill the game but in football when you are 2-0 up and the opposition scores, the crowd get behind them and it’s difficult, so we were very happy to win and get the three points,” he concluded.
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has announced their business in this month’s transfer window is finished to bring an end to their pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi.The highly-rated teenage winger had been allegedly keen on joining fellow English youngsters Jandon Sancho and Reiss Nelson in the Bundesliga this month.It’s understood that Hudson-Odoi has become frustrated with his lack of regular opportunities at Chelsea with most of his appearances this season coming in cup games.Therefore, Bayern had been strongly linked with a move for the 18-year-old after three reported bids of around £35m were turned down by Chelsea.Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic even confirmed their “great” interest in Hudson-Odoi and had hoped to bring him to the Allianz Arena this month.However, in light of Maurizio Sarri’s announcement on Tuesday that Hudson-Odoi will not be going anywhere, Kovac has now declared that Bayern will not be making any more moves before tonight’s transfer deadline.“We will no longer be active in the transfer market,” said Kovac, according to FourFourTwo.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The teams do not want to let their players leave. We have a good and big squad. I have to leave one or two at home again this weekend.”The Bavarians will take a trip to the BayArena this Saturday to take on Bayer Leverkusen in a Bundesliga match.Kovac’s side have won all five of their last games to close the gap to leaders Borussia Dortmund to six points and will be hoping to keep the winning run up in their attempt to win a seventh successive league crown.“They [Leverkusen] are a really, really good team,” Kovac added. “We are expecting a real fight at the weekend.”Veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will both be absent for the game against Leverkusen.But former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara is expected to be fit for the match this weekend.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 10 (JIS):The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has met with the police to roll out a more targeted and sustained programme to tackle illegal vending, and restore order to the streets of the Corporate Area.Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, told the monthly meeting of the Council on Tuesday (September 9), that the problem appears to have worsened over the past several weeks, with an eight-year old boy suffering an eye injury after he came into contact with metal hangers on display on a sidewalk along one of the city’s streets. “I have received several complaints of the level of intimidation meted out to pedestrians and motorists by vendors, who have their wares blocking access to our roadways and pathway,” she said.The Mayor, in expressing regret at the incident, said that she and the Town Clerk have met with the family, and are working with the police in its investigations to find the person responsible for the act of negligence, which resulted in the injury to the child.“This points out very squarely the reasons why we have been advocating for vendors to remain in designated vending areas. This has only strengthened our resolve to ensure that illegal vending is brought under control,” she stated.Mayor Brown Burke warned that the Council will be taking a zero tolerance approach to illegal vending, and is committed to ensuring that law and order prevails, “in our markets, in our parks, and along our streets”.Meanwhile, she informed that the KSAC has removed and demolished 16 illegal constructed wooden and concrete structures, in several communities, which were being used for commercial and residential purposes.The operations were carried out over several weekends in the communities of Maverly, Duhaney Park, Washington Boulevard, and its environs.Additionally, notices were served on illegal garages, and eight derelict vehicles removed from sidewalks.“This clean-up operation will help to make the Maverly Park more accessible to its residents for recreational purposes,” she remarked.On the matter of the fire at Oxford Mall, which impacted the lives and livelihood of 40 vendors, she informed that the area has been cleared, and plans are in place to have normalcy restored as soon as possible. “As soon as we are in a position to say exactly how we will proceed, the KSAC will meet with registered vendors,” she stated. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:jamaica, kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, st. andrews Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill