Yuvraj Singh slammed sloppy fielding and poor bowling in the Powerplay following Sunrisers Hyderabad’s six-wicket defeat against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Delhi batted unreal, says Warner)Yuvraj also said the absence of unfit Ashish Nehra was hurting Sunrisers Hyderabad and his return will certainly boost his team’s bowling attack.”I think we gave a lot of runs in the first six overs.The dropped catch (of Karun Nair) was crucial. If we could have taken early wickets, would have been key. It wasn’t a great start by our bowlers and we did not pick wickets in the middle. All of their guys got 30-40 runs,” Yuvraj said.”We have been relying a lot on Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Rashid (Khan). When Ashish (Nehra) is fully fit, it will make our bowling line up a lot more stronger. Mohammed Siraj is a young guy while it has been a huge learning curve for Siddharth Kaul. Both have been bowling well,” he said.Yuvraj had earlier struck an unbeaten 70 off just 41 balls to fire Hyderabad to 185 for three but Daredevils’ batsmen fired in unison to chase down a challenging 186-run target with five balls to spare. They kept losing wickets but the required run rate was always under control thanks to brisk scoring by young batsmen of the home team.”It was important for me to get some runs. In the last three to four innings, I did not get enough time in the middle. When we were batting in the first innings, it was a bit tough as the ball was gripping. So, I thought of playing till the last and went for the big shots after the 16th over,” Yuvraj said. (Yuvraj happy to make it count after brief slump)advertisement”I was lucky, I got dropped. I could cash in on it in the later overs,” said Yuvraj, whose catch was grassed by Sanju Samson when he was on 29.MISHRA PLEASEDMeanwhile, Daredevils spinner Amit Mishra was relieved that his side was still in contention for the play-offs.”We are very positive from now, we will go step by step. We have a very good team and we clicked today. We did well in batting and bowling but are still struggling with our fielding. It was not up to the mark,” the leg-spinner said.”Against Pune also our batting clicked. Our bowling is good, if we bat well we have a chance to get good result.” (Shami says match-winning performance vs SRH a confidence booster)Yesterday’s win was first for Delhi after five defeats in a row and incidentally their last win also came at this very ground.Out of the last five matches, they are playing four at home but Mishra said they were not looking at things with this perspective.”We are not thinking about home matches. We will try to do better in every match and do not repeat mistakes,” he said.Mishra had succeeded in choking the Hyderabad batsmen along with fellow spinner Jayant Yadav in middle overs.Talking about his own bowling, he said, “My bowling is always attacking, I go for wickets. My job is to create pressure. I bowled well but today I am disappointed because I feel I should have taken more wickets.(With PTI inputs)
PRAGUE – Two Greek athletes won silver medals in the final day of the European Indoor Track & Field Championships.Antonis Mastoras was second in the high jump while Katerina Stefanidi was the runner-up in the women’s pole vault competition.Mastoras cleared a personal best 2.31 meters to finish in a second-place tie with Italy’s Silvano Chesani in the final, behind winner Daniyil Tsyplakov from Russia. Mastoras did better than was expected, giving Greece a boost at the games.Stefanidi is always a favorite to win and performed well, coming close to her personal best of 4.77 meters, clearing 4.75 meters, behind only Russia’s Anzhelika Sidorova, who soared over 4.8 meters.Stefanidi to win gold right with a bold gamble, taking a shot at 4.85 meters but failing. Greek record holder Nicole Kyriakopoulou was a disappointment at fifth, jumping only 4.5 meters after having a few days earlier going 4.8 meters.Greece finished with two silver medals, plus a fourth place, two fifths and a sixth spot after being unable to fund its national team sufficiently because of an ongoing economic crisis.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Playing for Bangladesh again will be my greatest achievement: Mohammad AshrafulPlaying for Bangladesh again will be my greatest achievement: Mohammad Ashraful
Mohammad Ashraful will be making his return to cricket after serving a five-year ban for his involvement in match-fixing and spot-fixing during Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) back in 2013.The 34-year-old Bangladesh batsman, whose punishment for the offence will end on August 13, said that he has been waiting for the day for quite long and asserted that making a comeback for his national side would be a great achievement for him.”I have been waiting for August 13, 2018, for a long time now. It has been more than five years since the day I admitted my involvement. Although I have played domestic cricket in the last two seasons, there is now nothing preventing me from being eligible for national selection,” ESPNcricinfo.com quoted Ashraful, as saying.”Playing for Bangladesh again will be my greatest achievement,” he added.In May 2013, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had initiated an investigation in the spot-fixing and match-fixing charges that were levied against the batsman, following which he was indefinitely suspended from the team.Later, Ashraful admitted to fixing charges and subsequently, he was handed over a ban of eight years by anti-corruption tribunal of BPL. The ban was later revised to five years following an appeal against the suspension by the batsman.Reflecting on his future cricket plans, the right-hand batsman said that he has already gone through a month-long training and would now join the pre-season training ahead of the upcoming National Cricket League later in the year.Ashraful has played a total of 178 one day matches for Bangladesh and made 3468 runs with an average of 22.09, while in Tests he has scored 2737 runs with an average of 24.01 in 61 games.advertisement(With inputs from ANI)
Former Penn State Doctor Claims James Franklin Pressured Him To Clear PlayersFormer Penn State Doctor Claims James Franklin Pressured Him To Clear Players
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on after the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium on November 10, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)A former Penn State team doctor has filed a lawsuit against the school and James Franklin, alleging the head coach pressured him to clear injured players.Dr. Scott A. Lynch, a former team doctor at PSU, has filed the lawsuit, according to Matt Miller of Penn Live.The lawsuit, filed in Dauphin County Court, alleges that Franklin “repeatedly” tried to influence his decisions on whether or not injured players could appear in games.Lynch, who was removed from his position as Orthopedic Physician for the football team and Director of Athletic Medicine for the university in March, alleges that Franklin’s pressuring led to his removal. The former Penn State doctor is reportedly seeking $50,000 in damages.Lynch’s 43-page suit, filed by Philadelphia attorney Steven F. Marino, does not list any examples of specific incidents where Franklin supposedly tried to influence a player’s medical care or return to the field. Lynch merely accuses Franklin of trying to sway medical treatment and return to play decisions “on multiple and repeated occasions.”He claims he resisted that alleged interference, which he contends endangered the health of the student-athletes. Lynch claims his ouster is a direct result of his complaining about Franklin to other university officials.Penn State’s football team, meanwhile, is set to open its 2019 regular season on Aug. 31 against Idaho.You can view the full details of the lawsuit here.
zoom International classification society RINA has been authorised by the Danish Maritime Authority to act on its behalf to carry out plan approval and surveillance during construction on board ships using LNG as marine fuel. The authorisation is valid for ships flying the Danish Flag. Andrea Cogliolo, head of innovation, RINA Services, says, “This authorisation recognises RINA’s expertise with gas and will allow us to assist owners in Denmark who are actively considering conversions to and newbuildings with LNG fuel. We believe there will be a rapid and accelerating switch to LNG as a fuel in north European waters, but the move to gas must be done safely and with good management of all the risks involved. That is where we can make a real difference, by helping owners and yards to adopt new fuel solutions in a safe and timely manner.”RINA has rules and requirements for the use of liquefied or compressed natural gas (LNG or CNG) on board ship as an alternative to traditional fuels. These rules give the industry a regulatory tool to ensure that the arrangement and installation on board of machinery using this type of fuel are such as to provide a level of integrity, from the point of view of safety and reliability, equivalent to that of a conventional installation.Cogliolo says that until the new IMO Code for Gas Fuelled Ships is completed owners and yards must work to class requirements. “We are helping owners move to gas, and we are making sure they avoid the pitfalls as well gaining the benefits,” he says. RINA is actively involved in a number of projects to convert existing tonnage or build new vessels with gas fuel and is also facilitating studies for the diffusion of LNG as a fuel in the Mediterranean area.RINA, March 3, 2014
Pak PM Imran Khan to visit China for Belt Road ForumPak PM Imran Khan to visit China for Belt Road Forum
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China next week to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum and hold bilateral meetings with the top Chinese leadership, the Foreign Office announced on Wednesday. China will hold the Belt and Road Forum (BRF), which provides a platform to countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), from April 25 to 27 in Beijing. According to reports, India has planned to boycott the forum for the second time. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPakistan’s Foreign Office said Prime Minister Khan will visit China from April 25 to 28 at the invitation of President Xi Jinping who will inaugurate the forum on April 26. This will Khan’s second visit to China after becoming the prime minister in August last year. He earlier paid a state visit to China in November. In addition to participating in the forum, Khan would also hold bilateral meetings with President Xi and Premier Li Keqiang, the FO said in a statement. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPakistan and China will also sign several memorandum of understandings and agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, the FO said. Leaders from 40 countries and delegations from over 100 countries, international organisations and corporate sector would participate in the event. Khan will be accompanied by a ministerial delegation. He will deliver a keynote speech in the opening ceremony of the forum and participate in the Leaders’ Round Table. He will also attend the Beijing International Horticulture Exhibition-2019 and address Pakistan Trade and Investment Conference in Beijing. The forum provides a platform to countries participating in the BRI for exchanging views and experiences on regional connectivity, policy synergy, socio-economic development, and trade and commerce, the FO added. China has played down India’s reported plans to boycott the BRF, saying India may have misunderstood the BRI and suggested New Delhi to “wait and see” before taking a decision.
Technology companies powered stocks solidly higher on Wall Street Tuesday as traders hoped that a meeting next week between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China will ease trade tensions between the two economic powers.Markets also got a boost after the head of the European Central Bank said it was ready to cut interest rates and provide additional economic stimulus if necessary.On Tuesday:The S&P 500 index climbed 28.08 points, or 1% to 2,917.75.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 353.01 points, or 1.4%, to 26,465.54.The Nasdaq composite jumped 108.86 points, or 1.4%, to 7,953.88.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies added 17.48 points, or 1.1%, to 1,550.23.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 30.77 points, or 1.1%.The Dow is up 375.93 points, or 1.4%.The Nasdaq is up 157.22 points, or 2%.The Russell 2000 is up 27.73 points, or 1.8%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 410.90 points, or 16.4%.The Dow is up 3,138.08 points, or 13.5%.The Nasdaq is up 1,318.61 points, or 19.9%.The Russell 2000 is up 201.67 points, or 15%.The Associated Press
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) had earlier said that a priest and a nun at the church were assaulted by troops during the violence in Weliweriya last week.The BASL said that a team of lawyers had visited Weliweriya and recorded statements from people in the area as well as doctors who had treated the injured. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith called on the government to conduct an impartial and just inquiry into the incident where innocent people were killed. “Such actions cannot be accepted by anyone. It is always necessary that we preserve the sanctity of sacred premises of any religion and respect the people who enter such premises seeking protection.” he said. “The people still live in fear,” an executive member of the BASL had told the Colombo Gazette.The BASL will be recording more statements over the next few days and will then decide on the next course of action.Three people have died so far and many others sustained injuries during the “battle for water” at Weliweriya. The Catholic Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith today condemned the attack carried out by “some elements of the forces” on people who had sought refuge at St. Anthony’s Church in Weliweriya during the clashes between the army and public in the area last week.He said that it was sacrilege for anyone to enter such sacred precincts with arms in their hands and to behave in a violent manner there. The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has also launched an investigation into the incident. (Colombo Gazette)
EU says it has 4 concerns where Google may abuse dominant positionEU says it has 4 concerns where Google may abuse dominant position
BRUSSELS – The European Union said on Monday that Google Inc. must in “a matter of weeks” outline steps it is willing to take to ease concerns about alleged abuses of its dominant position in the online search market.European antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said that after a 1 1/2 year investigation the EU had pinpointed four specific areas of concern and insisted the problems needed to be dealt with quickly because the high-tech industry changes so rapidly.“Restoring competition swiftly to the benefit of users at an early stage is always preferable to lengthy proceedings,” Almunia said.Google, the world’s most popular search engine, also faces a similar antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission in the United States.The EU’s concerns, brought on by complaints from Google’s rivals, centre on how the internet giant deals with its search results, how content is used and how advertising is run on its search engine.Almunia suggested it was in the interests of both the 27-nation EU and Google to find a quick resolution to the antitrust concerns. The investigation could drag on for years, by which time the market in the fast-evolving internet sector may have rendered the EU’s concerns obsolete. At the end of an investigation, however, Google could face a fine of up to 10 per cent of its annual revenue.Almunia noted Google had committed to discuss the antitrust issues and avoid legal action from the EU.“This is why I am today giving Google an opportunity to offer remedies to address the concerns,” he told reporters.At the start of the probe in November 2010, three competitors, one owned by Microsoft, said that links to their services appeared too low on Google’s general search results. They also noted that when Google, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., offers similar services, such as online price comparison, it put its own links higher on the sponsored search results, the ones companies have to pay for.The EU Commission’s investigation also assessed whether Google prevented advertising partners from placing ads from Google’s competitors on their sites.On Monday, Almunia said that Google displays some links to its own vertical search services differently than it does for competitors. “We are concerned that this may result in preferential treatment.”He also said Google might be picking up content from competitors and using it without prior authorization. “We are worried that this could reduce competitors’ incentives to invest.”A telephone request to Google for comment was not immediately returned.ICOMP, an internet business group which is sponsored by Microsoft, said it welcomed Almunia’s statements.“It is vital that the terms of any agreed settlement include measures to quickly redress the harm caused to European businesses and consumers and are sufficiently robust to ensure that such harm is not repeated,” said ICOMP counsel David Wood. “We trust that this will prove to be the case and a competitive online market place will be restored.” by News Staff Posted May 21, 2012 10:32 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU says it has 4 concerns where Google may abuse dominant position, asks quick remedies
Calgarys downtown offices will continue to clear out reportCalgarys downtown offices will continue to clear out report
by Crystal Laderas Posted Dec 30, 2015 7:35 am MDT A new report says Calgary’s downtown office vacancy rate will soon reach highs similar to what it experienced during the 2009 recession. CBRE Limited is out with its 2016 Canada Commercial Real Estate Market Outlook. It says Calgary will see an 18.4 per cent vacancy rate in the core next year.The commercial real estate watcher says investors are paying attention to the price of oil, but they’re a bit hesitant for now to keep offices open. It says the bulk of downsizing appears to have already happened, so rising vacancy rates should slow down, although they will peak in the third quarter of 2016.In a recent interview with 660 NEWS, Regional Managing Director Greg Kwong says if you believe in history, you can expect a dramatic rebound that follows the resource sector bouncing back within a few years.“Conservatively, that’s probably going to be the second or third quarter of 2017 where we see an eight, nine, maybe 10 per cent vacancy rate. And that’s manageable,” he said.There is one big advantage. All the empty offices make way for cheaper space, with a rate of $18.81 per sq. ft. according to the report. In a year end interview, Mayor Naheed Nenshi described Calgary as having a ‘one-time only limited sale.’ Companies who thought they were priced out of the downtown market are now considering space in the city centre. He noted developers who have construction crews working right now, hit the jackpot.“They could build at the bottom of the economic cycle and lease at the top of the cycle. So we basically have people making $100 million and $1 billion bets that there will be a top of the cycle by the time those buildings come out of the ground. And I like those bets,” says Nenshi.CBRE says it’s also changing the face of downtown. Kwong says high end fashion retailers and some restaurants are getting wiped out, but strong retailers are moving in. Calgary’s downtown offices will continue to clear out: report FREEIMAGES.COM AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
UN mission seriously concerned by Taliban threats against Afghan media outletsUN mission seriously concerned by Taliban threats against Afghan media outlets
“The work of journalists is critical in providing independent and accurate information about the ongoing conflict. Journalists must be guaranteed the highest degree of protection by State and non-state actors,” said the Mission said in a statement.According to UNAMA, the Military Commission of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan issued a statement on 12 October condemning the reporting of Tolo TV and 1TV, declaring that they consider these television channels to be targets and not legitimate media outlets.The Mission explains that according to international humanitarian law, Afghan journalists are not participants in the conflicts they cover and therefore, do not lose their status as civilians. The law also protects the right to freedom of expression of journalists. Additionally, it also explicitly prohibits attacks against civilians including acts of threats of violence aimed at terrorizing civilian population.
Libya urged to end migrant detention amid warnings over threat to MediterraneanLibya urged to end migrant detention amid warnings over threat to Mediterranean
That appeal coincided with a call from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, to boost search and rescue facilities in the region, amid concerns about a toughening stance in some European Union (EU) countries, against volunteer boats disembarking people plucked from the water.Speaking to journalists in Geneva, IOM’s Leonard Doyle explained that Ambassador Swing had made a personal appeal to Libya’s Prime Minister, Fayez al-Sarraj.On this third official visit since 2016 to the North African nation, which is a major migrant hub, Ambassador Swing also met some of those in detention.“One after another, he heard absolutely awful personal stories of human grief in these detention centres,” Doyle said. “His call, really, is not to send migrants back into detention.”Of more than 50 detention centres in operation last year in Libya, only 17 are still open, Mr Doyle explained, adding that the bulk of migration happened in and around Tripoli, where the internationally recognized Government is located.Concerning the management of the detention centres, in which the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, has highlighted grave rights abuses in the past, Doyle said there is “government oversight” in some, “but it is far from comprehensive”.He added that when Ambassador Swing had met the Libyan Prime Minister, he had recommended the construction of separate centres for women and children.The development follows a sharp increase in Libyan anti-smuggling operations in 2018, backed by the EU.Last month alone, almost 4,000 people were rescued in the country’s territorial waters, IOM said in a statement, noting with concern that migrants are placed in detention, often in overcrowded and poorly-monitored centres. On the potential impact of the IOM chief’s request, Mr Doyle noted that “we are already seeing vast improvements in many areas, the support with the coastguard is really impressive, despite occasional – from what we understand – rogue issues, there generally seems to be a desire by the coastguard personnel to save lives.”Alternatives to detention include “speeding up repatriation,” the IOM spokesperson said. “So, we support them in voluntary repatriation, voluntary return, humanitarian return from Libya. It sometimes takes a while because they don’t have papers and documents; the only embassies in the country really full-time are African embassies and even they have very low capacity.”Also in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley highlighted concern over the high number of vulnerable people who continue to perish in the Mediterranean Sea.For the fifth year in a row, more than 1,000 people are dead or missing, he said, while nearly 48,000 asylum-seekers and migrants have reached Europe’s shores in the first six months of 2018 – five times lower than in 2016, when arrivals peaked in the EU.The high loss of life illustrates the need to strengthen search and rescue at sea, Mr Yaxley insisted, reiterating that the “key, key priority has to be saving lives at sea” and preventing people from “putting their lives in the hands of smugglers and taking these often-fatal journeys”.Between January and April, non-governmental organisations have been responsible for around 40 per cent of rescue operations for those disembarked in Italy, UNHCR said in a statement.And amid a recent decision by Italy to refuse docking rights to vessels carrying migrants, the agency reiterated the potentially fatal impact, if boats are discouraged from responding to distress calls.“If we have any threats of legal action or the hint of repercussions of hanging over boats rescuing people at sea, then the very principle itself will potentially come under risk” Yaxley said. “You may see ship masters wavering over responding to distress calls and that is a dire situation not only for migrants and refugees, but for anyone who is in distress at sea,” he added. UNHCR/Vania TurnerRefugees on board an Italian Coast Guard ship, which rescued them after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. Migrants and refugees undertake a perilous sea crossing aboard rickety boats with hopes of reaching Europe, unfortunately many lose their lives along the way. (file photo)
WNBA Players Wont Back Down from BLM Protest AfterWNBA Players Wont Back Down from BLM Protest After
New York Liberty protests in support of Black Lives Matter (Fox Sports)In a defiant move Thursday, members of three WNBA teams refused to take questions about basketball at a post-game press conference in protest of a fine given for wearing black warmup t-shirts. Atlanta Black Star reported the WNBA fined the New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever $5,000, and their team members were charged $500 each.The basketball stars wore their uniform-approved Adidas Black t-shirts that read #BlackLivesMatter and #Dallas5 – but the messages did not comply with the league’s guidelines which state uniforms must not be changed in any way. The hashtags are meant to honor the shootings done by and against police. League president Lisa Borders commended their “engagement and passionate advocacy for non-violent solutions to difficult social issues” but expected teams to comply with uniform guidelines.At the press conference Thursday afternoon following the New York Liberty and Indiana Fever’s matchup at New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Washington Post reported the players would not answer questions regarding the game or basketball but were willing to discuss social issues.LIVE on #Periscope https://t.co/Cc4rbHOROL— Excelle Sports (@ExcelleSports) July 21, 2016“We really feel like there’s still an issue here in America,” Liberty player Tanisha Wright said. “And we want to be able to use our platforms, we want to be able to use our voices, we don’t want to let anybody silence us in what we want to talk about. So you guys can ask away about anything that’s happening in society.”“It’s unfortunate that the WNBA has fined us and not supported its players,” she added.Fever forward Tamika Catchings also confirmed her team would not answer questions about their 82-70 game win or the sport itself. She mentioned the blackout was a group decision.“I think, no matter what our success is on the court, basketball is just that — it’s just basketball,” the 2012 WNBA champion said. “And there’s a whole other world outside of that, and it’s way more important than what we do.”“What’s most upsetting is the way it was handled,” Indiana Fever point guard Briann January told ESPN. “You have a league that is 90 – if not above 90 – percent African-American and you have an issue that is directly affecting them and the people they know and you have a league that isn’t willing to side with them.”Phoenix Mercury forward Mistie Bass pointed out the WNBA’s praise of team actions in support of the Orlando Shooting last month, which included wearing t-shirts.I would hope the league would feel the same way about our desire 2 use this platform 4 the recent tragedies! #taboo pic.twitter.com/agtKlYovOu— Mistie Bass (@A_Phoenix_Born) July 21, 2016Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, who has been encouraging athletes to be social activists, also supports the protest.“I don’t see no reason to fine them,” he told ESPN. “If anything you should want to support them. I don’t know details, but don’t see a reason to fine them.”
Beach Handball EURO 2015 Croatia and Hungary are golden teamsBeach Handball EURO 2015 Croatia and Hungary are golden teams
← Previous Story Beach ECh 2015: Croatia and Spain for the gold – Norge and Hungarian girls in the final Next Story → RK Borac Banjaluka to host EHF CL qualification tournament! The Croatian beach handball team won the fourth European gold in a row at the European Champioships in Spanish Lloret De Mar.Team coached by Davor Rokavec beat the host team 2:1 in the big final.The third place and bronze medal won Ukraine by beating Hungary 2:1.In the women’s final, Hungary beat Norway 2:1, while bronze took Italy against Spain 2:1.
We have to step up — Gopperth looks for leaders to slayWe have to step up — Gopperth looks for leaders to slay
There will be a few new faces and it’s important that we have a few of the experienced heads back because players like Jenno are proven leaders.We will need to tap into all of our experience in Newport because they’re going to be pumped up themselves having lost to the Ospreys last weekend. Leinster needed a late penalty try to avoid a shock against Connacht last week and Gopperth knows that there is room for improvement.“We showed a bit of bottle to hang in there and get the win after being behind for spells against Connacht, but we know that we have to be more clinical at our set-piece and in attack.Our defensive effort was good and it will need to be better again this week because the Dragons are a team who like to play with a lot of pace out wide.Power rankings: The most important players to Ireland’s cause this November LEINSTER WILL NEED all of their experience to extend their winning streak against the Dragons tonight.Matt O’Connor’s side travel to Wales without the bulk of their internationals although prop Martin Moore has been released from Ireland’s November Series camp to make the trip.Leinster followed up their perfect start in the Heineken Cup with a win against Connacht last weekend and out-half Jimmy Gopperth wants to build on that momentum.He returns to a back line which features the international experience of Luke Fitzgerald, a fit-again Lote Tuqiri and Springbok debutant Zane Kirchner while Shane Jennings captains the side from the back row.“It has been good to get a run of three wins on the bounce,” the out-half said, “but each of the players knows that this week we have to step up.
Depending on where you live in the world, wireless data transmission is limited to either 3G or 4G speeds. If you are lucky enough to have an LTE capable device and connection, then the upper limit of your transfer speeds is 300Mbps. That’s fast by today’s standards, but won’t always be.As the years go by the need for ever faster connections grows. You only have to look at broadband speeds as an example. 2Mbps used to be a fast connection, but 100Mbps is becoming ever more common. Now it looks as though the next wireless speed evolution has been created by semiconductor manufacturer ROHM.Working with Osaka University, ROHM has developed a new wireless chip that utilizes terahertz waves to allow for up to 30Gbps transmission speeds. That’s a theoretical limit, but the first generation chip has already hit 1.5Gbps, some 5x faster than LTE.The chip isn’t small enough to fit inside a smartphone yet, measuring 2 x 2 x 1cm with an integrated micro antenna, but then the infrastructure isn’t in place to take advantage of those speeds yet anyway. Even so, ROHM says it can produce the chip for $1.30, making it already cheap enough to add to a laptop or mobile hotspot device.We won’t see ROHM mass producing the terahertz chips until at least 2014, by which time 4G will be the norm and some users will be complaining it’s too slow. Even if we do just get a bump up to 1.5Gpbs, at least we know the technology is scalable and could keep the speed increases coming for a few decades.More at ROHM (translated), via TechCrunch
Tara Oceans la goélette océanographique vogue désormais vers lArctiqueTara Oceans la goélette océanographique vogue désormais vers lArctique
Tara Oceans : la goélette océanographique vogue désormais vers l’ArctiqueTara, la goélette océanographique se lance en direction de l’Arctique pour une mission scientifique de 7 mois. Il s’agira de faire le tour de l’océan Arctique et de clore l’étude sur les écosystèmes planctoniques marins qui avait débuté en 2009.Lors d’une première expédition ayant duré de 2009 à 2012, la goélette océanographique Tara avait débuté une étude des écosystèmes planctoniques marin. Pendant cette période, le navire avait parcouru les océans et les mers à travers toute la planète pour étudier le comportement de ces micro organismes (du virus aux larves de poissons) à l’origine de la vie sur terre et soumis au réchauffement climatique. Seul l’océan Arctique n’avait pas encore été exploré.C’est pour conclure cette étude et combler cette lacune que la goélette à deux-mâts Tara repart pour 7 mois en direction du pôle nord. Elle a quitté hier le port de Lorient en direction de Tromsö, en Norvège, légèrement au-delà du cercle polaire arctique. Les biologistes et océanographes à bord vont faire le tour de l’Arctique dans le cadre d’une mission baptisée “Oceans Polar Circle”, allant de la Russie au Canada, en Alaska et au Groenland, l’Arctique étant désormais libre de toute glace.Un voyage de 25.000 km Au cours de ce voyage de 25.000 km, ils complèteront leur étude des écosystèmes planctoniques (98 % du volume de la biosphère) qui absorbent 50 % du CO2. “Le seul océan dont nous n’avons pas encore exploré le plancton durant la précédente étude, est l’Arctique”, expliquait à France Info Romain Troublé, le secrétaire général de Tara Expéditions et coordinateur de la mission. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Seuls deux voiliers de plaisance ont, jusqu’à présent, fait le tour complet de l’Arctique d’une seule traite”, a-t-il souligné. “Ce sera une navigation difficile, voire ici et là audacieuse, au milieu des plaques de glace dérivantes poussées par le vent”, a également confié le chercheur.Il sera possible de suivre l’évolution de la mission sur son site officiel . (Crédit Photo : A.Deniaud/Taraexpeditions.org)Le 20 mai 2013 à 12:23 • Maxime Lambert
Ivan Rakitic says his wife predicted hed win the day forIvan Rakitic says his wife predicted hed win the day for
Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has told reporters that his wife predicted he would be decisive in their last 16 match against Denmark.Rakitic scored the winning penalty against Denmark after the match ended 1-1 following normal time and an extra 30 minute period. During a tense shootout, Croatia keeper Danijel Subasic saved 3 penalties to Kasper Schmeichel’s 2 in Denmark’s goal, before the Barcelona star stepped up to win the game.“This was one of the most emotional games in my career,” Rakitic said post-match, as the BBC reports.“As I was preparing for this last penalty, I was thinking only about my wife and my daughters.”“She told me I would be the one who would decide it in the end.”A dramatic tie in Nizhny Novgorod saw both teams cancel each other out for large periods, despite Croatia being strong favourites pre-match. Denmark gave everything and in Schmeichel they had a goalkeeper playing at the top of his game, even stopping a Luka Modric penalty in the second half of extra time.Modric made amends in the shootout, calmly dispatching his penalty to keep Croatia in the driver’s seat and his teammate Rakitic was quick to praise the Real Madrid star.Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at Ronaldo.com we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…“If Robert Prosinecki says that Luka Modric is the best player in the history of Croatia, then it is so,” he said.“There is no-one in Croatia who is better understood in football than he is.”“But Luka Modric is not only great in the field, he is a great person as well. It’s a pleasure to play against him in Spain, and it’s even better when we’re in the same team. He is our leader.”Modric will once again captain his national side this coming Saturday as they take on the tournament hosts Russia in the quarterfinals.
A new six-lane swimming pool, an elevated indoor track, children’s locker rooms, a teen center and more space for child supervision services are just some of the new features the Clark County Family YMCA will have after it completes a remodel, which will partially be paid for by money from the state’s capital budget.The facility learned last month that $1.5 million was carved out of the state’s supplemental capital budget for the remodel. It was something the YMCA had hoped for but didn’t expect given the tough financial situation faced by state lawmakers as they headed into the 2012 legislative session.Supporters of the state’s capital project spending have said it will create tens of thousands of jobs statewide. Meanwhile, YMCA officials say the state money will help it secure the rest of the funds needed to complete the project.“It was critically important to receive the $1.5 million,” said Bruce Patton, chief development officer with the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette. Securing such funding makes the project more enticing for foundations and other donors to chip in. “They’re looking at it saying, ‘We want to be part of your success,’” Patton said.Once the two-year, $8.2 million YMCA remodel is complete, the facility expects to add permanent jobs equivalent to nine full-time employee positions, Clark County Family YMCA Executive Director Eddie White said. He estimated that the construction on the remodel itself will demand new jobs equal to 25 to 30 full-time positions.
Invisibility carpet cloak can hide objects from visible lightInvisibility carpet cloak can hide objects from visible light
The researchers, led by Prof. Xiang Zhang at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have published their study in a recent issue of Nano Letters.As the researchers explain, most previous invisibility cloaks have used metallic metamaterials for cloaking at microwave frequencies. But at optical frequencies, the metal absorbs too much light and leads to significant metallic loss, and Berkeley and other groups have had to design dielectric cloaks at infrared frequencies. More recently, researchers at University of Birmingham (UK) have experimented with using uniaxial crystals as the cloak material, which can enable cloaking in visible frequencies, but only for a certain polarization of light.In the current study, the researchers used a technique called quasi conformal mapping (QCM) to conceal an object with a height of 300 nm and a width of 6 µm underneath a reflective “carpet cloak.” The carpet itself has the appearance of a smooth optical mirror, so that the object and the bump that the object makes underneath the carpet are undetectable by visible light.“The carpet cloak means that you conceal the object under a layer, which we call carpet, but you see the carpet like a normal mirror, as if it is flat with no bump caused by putting the object underneath,” Zhang told PhysOrg.com. “This way, the observer won’t recognize something is concealed underneath.”In order to guide visible light around the concealed object, the researchers had to make light travel at different speeds while approaching the bump. They achieved this by designing the materials to have a variable refractive index, transforming them into metamaterials, since they don’t appear in nature. The researchers placed a silicon nitride waveguide on a transparent nanoporous silicon oxide substrate that they specially developed to have a much lower refractive index than that of the waveguide. Using nanofabrication techniques, the researchers etched tiny holes into the nitride to make a desired pattern, giving the waveguide the cloaking refractive index profile.“The concept of the carpet cloak was originally suggested so that you can design a certain pattern for a given size of the bump, and hide an object of arbitrary shape under that,” Zhang said. “If you need to make a bigger size bump to hide a bigger object, a new hole pattern will be required.”With this refractive index profile, along with the transparency of both the waveguide and the substrate, the cloak could completely conceal an object by producing a light beam profile identical to a beam reflected from a flat carpet with no object underneath.“This device is among the first cloak devices that operate at visible frequencies; the other very recent visible light cloaks operate based on a principle that relies on a certain polarization of light, whereas the quasi-conformal-based principle does not rely on the polarization,” Zhang said. “Of course, the waveguide geometry entails different operation for different polarizations, which is extrinsic to the QCM design.”In addition to cloaking, the new technique provides an important step toward implementing optical transformation structures in the visible range. Using transformation optics (TO), researchers can manipulate light for applications such as powerful microscopes and computers.“The carpet cloak is an example of a wide family of devices that can be made based on transformation optics,” Zhang said. “Besides invisibility, all kinds of optical illusion schemes can be made based on the concept, where the observer receives a different impression when looking at an object. The capability to manipulate light propagation can be used in energy devices, optical computing devices, and beyond, wherever it is desired to have full control on the light path; TO lets us redirect light and re-route it.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Miniature invisibility ‘carpet cloak’ hides more than its small size implies (PhysOrg.com) — Most of the invisibility cloaks that have been demonstrated to date conceal objects at frequencies that are not detectable by the human eye. Designing invisibility cloaks that can conceal objects from visible light has been more challenging due to the strict material requirements. But in a new study, researchers have fabricated a carpet cloak that can make objects undetectable in the full visible spectrum. When an input beam (black arrow) reflects off (a) a bump without a cloak, the bump causes a perturbation. When the beam reflects off (b) a bump covered by a cloak, the cloak masks the bump, and the reflected beam is reconstructed as if the bump did not exist. (c) Light after reflection from a flat mirror, a bump without a cloak, and a cloaked bump, at three different wavelengths. Image credit: Majid Gharghi, et al. ©2011 American Chemical Society More information: Majid Gharghi, et al. “A Carpet Cloak for Visible Light.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl201189z Explore further Citation: Invisibility carpet cloak can hide objects from visible light (2011, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-invisibility-carpet-cloak-visible.html Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.