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first_imgOlympiacos Piraeus overcame injuries to grab its 10th win in its last 12 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games by downing Unics Kazan 75-90 on the road on Thursday. Olympiacos improved to 15-6 in the standings, while Unics dropped to 7-14. Erick Green led the winners with 25 points, Georgios Printezis added 20, Nikola Milutinov had 11 and Kostas Papanikolaou 10 for Olympiacos, which was without the injured Vassilis Spanoulis, Patric Young and Matt Lojeski. Keith Langford led Unics with 25 points, Pavel Antipov added 19 and Art Parakhouski had 14 for the hosts, who were without playmakers Quino Colom and Anton Ponkrashov. Olympiacos had a near-perfect start, hitting 7 of its first 10 two-point shots and going 9 of 12 from downtown. It tied a EuroLeague all-time record by getting a 20-point margin after 10 minutes (13-33) and extended it to 16-43 early in the second quarter. At halftime, Olympiacos had outrebounded Unics 9-18 with more offensive rebounds (6) than its opponent’s defensive boards (4) in addition to 12 assists and having made 10 of 15 three-point shots to get a 36-56 margin. Unics improved in the second half to get within 61-69 in the fourth quarter, but Printezis showed great leadership in crunch time and made the critical baskets Olympiacos needed to keep full control of the game. In the end, three-point shots (14) and offensive rebounds (12) made the difference for the Reds.Printezis and Papanikolaou got Olympiacos going with consecutive jump hooks. Vangelis Mantzaris and Green each struck from downtown right after that for a 4-10 lead. Kostas Kaimakoglou and Vadim Panin stepped up for Unics, but Milutinov followed a jumper with a put-back slam and three-pointers by Papanikolaou and Mantzaris made it a double-digit margin. Papanikolaou and Printezis each buried a shot from beyond the arc to make it a 20-point game, 13-33, after 10 minutes. Dimitris Agravanis also hit a triple to cap a 0-14 run early in the second quarter. Antipov joined the three-point shootout, but Green and Dominic Waters boosted Olympiacos’s lead to 16-41. Khem Birch shined over with a wild alley-oop slam, but Parakhouski and Langford brought Unics a bit closer, 26-45. Printezis rescued Olympiacos and got plenty of help from Green and Milutinov to establish a 36-56 margin at halftime. Langford followed a layup with a triple right after the break and a layup by Parakhouski gave Unics hope at 43-58. Green remained unstoppable, but Langford had 4 points in a 6-0 run that brought Unics closer, 49-63. Kaimakoglou hit free throws and Marko Banic nailed his trademark baseline jumper, but Green hit a couple of jumpers to give Olympiacos a 54-69 advantage after 30 minutes. Olympiacos kept struggling to score early in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Orlando Johnson scored down low, Parakhouski made free throws and a big triple by Langford prompted the visitors to call timeout at 61-69. Printezis and Milutinov stepped up in crunch time and free throws by Papanikolaou made it a 12-point game, 65-77, with four minutes left. Printezis struck twice from downtown and added a fast break slam that sealed the outcome, 68-87, in the next-to-last minute. Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgMSK Prasad, India’s chief selector said his committee covered the best possible squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and added all bases have been covered in the 15-man squad led by Virat Kohli. The selection committee left out Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu while all-rounder Vijay Shankar made the cut as a batsman who can bowl.MSK Prasad spoke to the media in Mumbai and named the squad in the presence of Amitabh Chaudhary and said his committee has selected one of the most balanced Indian teams.”In the last one year or so, these two wrist spinners have done well. Wickets might be a bit more dry. Jadeja might come in handy,” MSK Prasad said on Monday.”After the Champions Trophy, we have tried a few middle order options. We gave a few more chances to Rayudu but what Vijay Shankar offers is 3 dimensional. If the conditions are overcast. he might bowl a bit and he is a fantastic fielder. He is a batsman who can bowl.”In the team, we have the luxury of 7 bowlers. We have covered all the bases and this is one of the most balanced Indian sides for the World Cup,” Prasad said.MSK Prasad revealed the Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini were also discussed as back-up pacers and added they would be on stand-by and will fly down to England if the need arises.”Khaleel and Saini were discussed and they will be around. If the need arises, one of them will go to England,” he said.advertisementIndia’s World Cup preparation started soon after the Champions Trophy in England two years ago. India had lost the final to Pakistan and it was then that the selectors decided to try out two wrist spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.”We had been planning soon after the completion of the Champions Trophy but in the last month or two, a couple of players like Vijay Shankar cropped up,” MSK Prasad said.Earlier, Virat Kohli and MSK Prasad had insisted IPL performances would not affect India’s team selection for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India have done well in ODIs over the last one year.In 2018, India won their first ever ODI series in South Africa, won the Asia Cup, defeated West Indies at home and won away series in Australia and New Zealand. However, India had lost a 3-match ODI series in England in 2018.India’s top-3 have done the bulk of the scoring over the last several years but Shikhar Dhawan’s recent form has been cause for concern. The onus will once again be on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli while India will expect MS Dhoni to carry on the good work he started in Australia where he hit 3 fifties in 3 ODIs and won the man-of-the-series award.The main strike force in the pace department picked themselves. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have done incredibly well for India while the two wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will be a force to reckon with.India begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5. India’s next match will be against defending champions Australia at Kennington Oval, London before they take on New Zealand in Nottingham 4 days later.India play the high-profile clash against Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester before returning to Southampton to play Afghanistan on June 22. India then play West Indies (June 27). Bangladesh (July 2) and Sri Lanka (July 6).Also Read | India World Cup squad announcement: No.4 slot set to dominate selection meetingAlso Read | KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant await World Cup fate, India to name squad of 15 on MondayAlso Read | ICC World Cup 2019 Indian Squad Announcement Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch team announcementAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre Russellast_img read more

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first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIWinners: OSU fans, Marcell Ateman, uniform connoisseurs, Justin Gilbert, FOX (it gets Texas-OSU next week), ’88 team (could beat KU right now, probably), Barry (for this), and Glenn Spencer (every week).Losers: Kansas fans who traveled (or watched), creators of schematic advantages, Josh Stewart (huge bummer for him), OSU football/hoops opponents this weekend (lost by a combined 100 points),Uni Heisman: I don’t feel like Clint Chelf gets enough credit for his work with the uni. He has big shoes to fill (Weeden and Zac) but he does a good job. I’ll give him his AJ McCarron lifetime achievement award this weekend since nobody else stood out that much.Uni Heisman II: I feel the need to hand out an award to Shaun Lewis for his Warrick Dunn “jersey halfway up his upper body” thing. Great look.“Wait, this is still a thing?!” moment: I guess I didn’t know OSU still used those goofy boards on the sidelines that don’t mean anything even though they have weird symbols like Superman logos and Dana’s hair.Everybody knows they don’t mean anything, right?Quote I don’t buy: Mike Yurcich: “I’d say to our basic fundamentals of the offense, we were pretty vanilla. There wasn’t anything too exotic.” No, we just don’t execute that well on offense.Best play: The back shoulder fade from Chelf to Moore in the second half. That’s not the easiest throw to make and Moore made a fantastic catch. I feel like those two are trolling all of us with their goal line fades. “You should have played me in Morgantown, coach!”Tweet that made me laugh: @carsonc5 when David Glidden went over the middle and got tripped up at the 10 but bounced eight yards nearly into the endzone: “I think David Glidden just hit a land mine.”Play that reminded me of that ’05 SC team: The Desmond Roland wheel route made me weak. I’m a sucker for wheel routes. That used to be the default play for Leinart and Reggie at SC so any time a team runs it these days, it reminds me of them.Number I’m not sure I want to know: How many broken tackles Tracy Moore has for his career.Other number I’m not sure I want to know: How many tipped balls Clint Chelf has this year.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The sanction to prosecute former finance minister P Chidambaram and former Niti Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar for their alleged involvement in corruption is awaited from the Centre for more than four months, a latest data by the CVC said. The requests seeking sanction to prosecute Chidambaram was sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs on January 22 this year, according to data updated till May 2019. The probity watchdog said the sanction to prosecute a few bureaucrats is also pending with the Personnel Ministry, that acts as the nodal department for anti-corruption matters, for over four months. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief The permission is awaited to prosecute Khullar and former secretary of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Anup K Pujari, for their alleged involvement in the corruption case, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) said. Besides them, the anti-corruption watchdog is waiting for the government’s approval to prosecute Prabodh Saxena, who is Principal Secretary in the Himachal Pradesh government, Rabindra Prasad, former undersecretary in the Department of Economic Affairs and Ajith Kumar Dung, former section officer and said to be working with the Union Health Ministry now as undersecretary in the INX Media corruption case, they said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC The case is related to the alleged irregularities in granting clearance by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore. Khullar served as additional secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs during 2004 and 2008. She was in 2015 appointed as the Niti Aayog CEO. Pujari was the joint secretary during 2006 and 2010; Saxena served as the director of the department between 2008 and 2010, and Prasad also worked during the period under investigation. The CVC, which is working without its regular chief, said it is awaiting sanction to prosecute over 100 government officials, mostly from banks, in 57 cases of alleged corruption for more than four months. As per norms, sanction for prosecution has to be decided within four-month time. An FIR was filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds in 2007 when Chidambaram was the finance minister in the UPA government. Senior Congress party leader Chidambaram is a Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra. INX Media was once owned by Peter and Indrani Mukherjea, prime suspects in this money laundering and corruption case. Chidambaram’s son Karti is also under probe by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) regarding various clearances given to the company. According to the investigating agencies, INX Media showed a transaction of Rs 10 lakh named against Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd, a firm which is allegedly indirectly owned by Karti, as management consultancy charges towards an FIPB notification and clarification. It has been alleged that Karti Chidambaram took money from INX Media and used his influence and power to manipulate a tax probe against the company regarding a case of violation of the FIPB conditions to get investments from Mauritius. The CBI had registered an FIR against Karti, his company Chess Management Services, Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea, INX Media, Advantage Strategic Consulting Services and its Director Padma Vishwanathan.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: One of 25 missing fishermen was rescued alive by a commercial vessel of Bangladesh near Chittagong on Wednesday morning after five days. Crew members of the Bangladesh vessel who rescued him could not believe that he managed to float in the rough sea and sustain without water, food and life jacket.According to sources, on Wednesday around 11 am, Bangladesh time (10:30 am IST) the commercial vessel, MV Jawad, saw a man floating in the water of Bay of Bengal. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAs the information about the missing fishermen was conveyed to all ships and vessels, the captain and crew of Jawad understood that the floating man was from the missing fishing vessels of India. Bangladesh Coast Guard and Bangladesh Navy were immediately radioed by the captain of Jawad. However, both coast guard and Navy informed that due to bad weather they would be late and requested to the crew members MV Jawad to rescue the man. After this, crew of Jawad started the rescue operations. At first, a life jacket and a buoi was thrown towards the fisherman, who was later identified as Rabindranath Das. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDas couldn’t get hold of the life jacket or the buoi. Later, a shipping net was thrown on Das using a crane. This time Das was able to entangle himself in the net and then he was dragged to the vessel. After rescuing him, Das was provided with food and hot beverage. After a few moments, Das regained his ability to speak and told the crew members his name and how he went missing. He was later admitted to a hospital in Chittagong. After Das was rescued, a message was conveyed to Indian Coast Guard and South 24-Parganas district administration of Bengal. Following this, Das’s family members were informed. Till now, 24 other fishermen are missing. Searches are on to find them. Formalities to send Das back to India have been started.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government is on track to run deficits nearly $8 billion deeper than expected over the next two years, the federal budget watchdog said Monday in a new report.The parliamentary budget officer estimated the Liberals will post a $22.1-billion shortfall this fiscal year, which would be $4 billion more than the projection of $18.1 billion in the federal government’s February budget.For 2019-20, Jean-Denis Frechette’s team predicted a $21.4-billion deficit, $3.9 billion higher than the government’s forecast of $17.5 billion.“We believe that the deficit is going to rise somewhat above what the government was assuming in the budget,” Mostafa Askari, the deputy parliamentary budget officer, said in an interview.The report’s release comes two months after the Liberal government introduced a budget that predicted deficits across the planning horizon, until 2022-23, with no timetable to return to balance. During the 2015 campaign, the Liberals had vowed to keep annual deficits at no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has argued the shortfalls will help Canada make investments to raise long-term economic growth.Any hope of returning to the black any time soon is remote, the budget office said Monday. It predicted there’s approximately a five per cent chance the federal budget will be balanced or will show a surplus in 2020-21.The blows to the federal bottom line will come from several sources, the independent budget office said.“Our higher deficit forecast largely reflects our higher projections for public debt charges, direct program expenses and children’s benefits,” the PBO wrote in its report.The analysis predicted the government will spend a total of $19.5 billion more than it had forecasted in the budget to service the federal debt between 2017-18 and 2022-23. Askari noted the discrepancy between the estimates is mostly due to the fact the PBO used a higher projected interest rate for its calculation than the budget predicted.The government’s fiscal position is also expected to take a hit — a total of about $1 billion over the next five years — from a higher-than-anticipated cost for its budget commitment to expand benefits for the working poor, through its Canada Workers Benefit. The details were included in a separate report also released Monday by Frechette’s office.The federal budget projected the Canada Workers Benefit, a rebranded version of a program introduced by the Harper government, would have a fiscal impact of about $831 million between 2018-19 and 2022-23. The PBO believes otherwise, saying it will come in at $1.84 billion over that period.Most of the extra cost, the PBO said, will come from the government’s effort to make more people eligible for the benefit and to allow the Canada Revenue Agency to automatically enrol those who qualify. That tweak alone is expected to add 300,000 more workers.The PBO also predicted the federal government’s forthcoming carbon price tax would lower the country’s real gross domestic product by 0.5 per cent, or $10 billion, in 2022.The carbon price is set to rise from $10 per tonne per year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.“Implementation of the federal government’s carbon pricing levy will generate a headwind for the Canadian economy over the medium term,” Frechette’s report said.To make its assumption, the budget office based its estimate on an analysis by the Ecofiscal Commission.“The carbon levy will generate significant revenues over the medium term,” the PBO said. “As has been noted by the Ecofiscal Commission, the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.”Among Monday’s projections, the PBO also predicted that over the next five years, Canada would generate about $70 million less in revenue from cannabis taxation than the federal government is expecting.Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre called the PBO’s findings “damaging” for the government, citing the impact of larger deficits, higher debt payments and a carbon tax that he says will erase at least $10 billion per year from the national economy by 2022.“In other words, we will be spending — under this government’s plan — more for nothing,” Poilievre said in Ottawa.“More debt interest, higher taxes and smaller GDP. That is the Liberal plan. It is a failed plan and we need a change.”A spokeswoman for Morneau disagreed, saying that since the Liberals came to office, the economy has created more than 600,000 jobs and the unemployment rate has been near its lowest level in about 40 years. On the PBO reports, Chloe Luciani-Girouard said in an email that findings can vary because they’re sometimes based on different methodologies.Morneau told reporters Monday that while he respects the work of the PBO, the financial expectations remain the same as those laid out in the budget.“We’re in a very positive situation economically, with more Canadians working, with a strong level of growth, and we’ll continue to have an approach to fiscal conservatism that shows a declining debt-to-GDP over time,” said Morneau.He defended the government’s carbon-pricing plan as the right approach to ensuring Canada has both a good economy and a healthy environment over the long term.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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6 June 2007The United Nations Security Council today urged justice for the victims of Iraq’s 1990 invasion and subsequent occupation of Kuwait. Council members strongly condemned the execution of Kuwaitis and others by the previous Iraqi regime, said Ambassador Johan Verbeke of Belgium, which holds the presidency of the 15-member body, in a statement to the press.“Security Council members agreed that those responsible for these horrendous crimes should be brought to justice,” he said.The statement noted the recent positive identification of further human remains and the repatriation of others from Kuwait to Iraq.A total of 233 mortal remains have so far been identified, according to the Secretary-General’s latest report on the issue. Council members welcomed the work of the Tripartite Commission, which includes Iraq, Kuwait and the United States, and is dealing with the issue, “including provision of mutual assistance among them.” Security Council members issued the press statement following a closed-door briefing by Ambassador Yuri Vorontsov, the Secretary-General’s High-level Coordinator on Kuwaiti persons and others as well as property harmed during the invasion.Ambassador Verbeke said the members were “confident that all parties, in particular Iraq and Kuwait, could work towards constructive arrangements to enable a satisfactory solution to all of the outstanding humanitarian aspects covered by Ambassador Vorontsov’s mandate.” read more

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7 September 2007Thousands of people recovering from last month’s devastating floods in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) require immediate and continued food aid, including nutritional support for children and other vulnerable people, and more donations are needed, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. Thousands of people recovering from last month’s devastating floods in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) require immediate and continued food aid, including nutritional support for children and other vulnerable people, and more donations are needed, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.”Hundreds of thousands have taken a big hit from these floods,” WFP Asia Director Tony Banbury said of his agency’s latest food security assessment report. “They need our help now just to get by, and they will need our help in the future to recover lost livelihoods.” Immediately after the floods, the Government gave WFP extensive access and cooperation to assess the disaster’s impact and international agency staff undertook rapid assessments between 17-26 August in six provinces. WFP and the Government agreed last month on food distributions to 215,000 people over three months.The latest findings confirmed that villagers and farmers suffered extensive losses of food stocks, livestock and private kitchen gardens — all critical sources of food in the upcoming winter months.”WFP is providing emergency food assistance in 37 of the hardest hit counties, but we are also concerned that children and pregnant mothers are able to receive adequate food as these areas struggle to recover,” WFP Country Director Jean-Pierre DeMargerie said. “We will work closely with the government in monitoring the nutritional status of vulnerable persons and we will seek to increase food supplements for children who live in these areas,” he added.The floods caused severe damage to agricultural areas, with the greatest impact on the so-called “Cereal Bowl” lowlands of North and South Phyongan, and North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae provinces, representing 76 percent of the DPRK’s total arable land.Estimates by the Ministry of Agriculture indicate that the damage to arable land cultivated with rice, maize, soybean and other crops totals 223,381 hectares — 16 per cent of total arable land.”WFP is committed to helping them as long as the Government provides the conditions we need to do our job,” Mr. DeMargerie said. The Government has indicated acceptance of WFP conditions allowing for ongoing visits and assessments by agency staff of food distribution at district and community levels.An existing WFP operation provides nutritional aid to 1.9 million especially vulnerable people across 50 counties, including many now hit by the floods, with vitamin- and mineral-enriched foods processed at local factories for young children and pregnant and nursing women. With stocks now being drawn down for flood relief, more donor aid will be needed to ensure continuation of the broader aid programme. The emergency flood response alone will cost $5-6 million, according to preliminary estimates. read more

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A teen committed suicide in Ududumbara yesterday over a love affair, the police media unit said today.The police said that the 15 year old girl had set herself on fire inside her house over the affair. Her parents had advised her on her affair with a boy and she had then committed suicide, the police said.The body of the teen was taken to the Kandy hospital. Further investigations are underway.

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NEW YORK — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos have completed their divorce and are divvying up their stake in Amazon, leaving both with a piece of the online shopping giant worth billions.In government filings late Wednesday, Amazon disclosed that Jeff Bezos’ stake in the company was cut to about 12%, from 16% after completing his divorce and selling nearly $2 billion worth of stock. His current stake is worth nearly $110 billion. He remains the company’s largest shareholder.MacKenzie Bezos now has a 4% stake in Amazon worth more than $37 billion. She announced in May that she planned to give away at least half her fortune to charity.Amazon.com Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press

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MADRID — A day after seeing its rivals falter, Sevilla took care of business.Sevilla moved past Atletico Madrid and Barcelona to go top of the Spanish league by beating Valladolid 1-0 on Sunday.Atletico and Barcelona had played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, opening the way for Sevilla to take the lead with a home win.Sevilla also benefited from setbacks by other teams near the top of the standings. Alaves had a chance to go top on Friday but lost 1-0 at Leganes, while Real Madrid is sixth after a shock 3-0 defeat at Eibar on Saturday. That result ended the team’s perfect run under coach Santiago Solari and left the Spanish powerhouse six points off the lead.Sevilla, which had already led the league after the eighth round, has 26 points from 13 matches, one point more than Barcelona and two more than Atletico. Fourth-place Alaves is three points back.Looking to avoid its own setback, Sevilla controlled the match from the start at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. It didn’t create many significant scoring chances but was always closest to scoring.Andre Silva got the winner with a 30th-minute header after a well-placed cross by Pablo Sarabia, giving Sevilla its seventh straight home win in all competitions. It was the eighth league goal for the Portuguese forward who hadn’t scored for Sevilla in five matches.Valladolid had a 74th-minute goal disallowed for offside, and its biggest chance was a stoppage-time shot by substitute Enes Unal that forced a difficult save by Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.The team owned by former Brazil striker Ronaldo hasn’t won in two matches and dropped to 12th.ATHLETIC’S WOESAthletic Bilbao’s struggles continued with a 1-1 home draw against midtable Getafe, extending its winless streak to 12 matches.The result left Athletic with 11 points from 13 matches, just inside the relegation zone.The Basque Country club hasn’t won since the league’s first round in August, enduring eight draws and four losses since then.It opened the scoring with a goal by defender Peru Nolaskoain in the 67th, but Jaime Mata equalized for the visitors in the 77th.It could have been worse for Athletic if Getafe had been awarded a penalty kick late in stoppage time after Mata was held by a defender inside the area, but the referee ended the match before a video review.Getafe, winless in three matches, sits 11th in the standings.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniTales Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

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OSU freshman Emily Clark (20) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State-Michigan rivalry continued this weekend, but this time, the Wolverines came out on top. The OSU softball team (25-11-1, 9-4-1) suffered its first sweep of the year at the hands No. 2 Michigan (33-4, 11-2), with three lopsided games in Ann Arbor, Michigan.OSU junior Shelby Hursh pitched 11 innings with 10 strikeouts over the three games, taking her record to 13-5. For the Wolverines, junior Megan Betsa dominated in the circle with two complete games and 25 strikeouts.At the plate, freshman Emily Clark continued her confident approach, hitting .500, and senior Cammi Prantl hit .333 with a double in the final game, which brought her within three of tying the program’s all-time record.Game 1The Buckeyes opened their tough weekend with an equally tough loss, an 8-0 shutout in six innings.Clark went 2-for-2 and redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre went 2-for-3. The pair were the only batters to record hits, as OSU struggled against Michigan junior Megan Betsa, who struck out 13.McIntyre started the game with a single through the left side and a stolen base, but the Buckeyes left her stranded. In the bottom of the first, Michigan earned two bases after Hursh hit two batters, but she recorded two strikeouts to keep the game even.The game remained this way until the bottom of the fourth, when the Wolverines grabbed a one-run lead after junior Abby Ramirez singled to left field to bring in junior outfielder Kelly Christner, who had reached first base on a throwing error. Despite loading the bases on Clark’s single and two walks in the next inning, OSU could not tie the game.Michigan stretched its lead to four on sophomore Aidan Falk’s three-run shot to center field in the bottom of the fifth and pushed the margin to 5-0 on a deep triple by senior Kelsey Susalla in the following inning. The Wolverines continued to dominate at the plate with leadoff hits from sophomore Tera Blanco and junior Lindsay Montemarano and a walkoff single by Falk to end the game after six innings.Game 2In Saturday’s matchup, the Buckeyes were able to score their first run of the weekend, but once again were overwhelmed by the home team in a 5-1 loss.OSU left six runners stranded throughout the game, and Michigan took control of the fifth inning to score three runs with two outs. However, for the first time this season, no Buckeye struck out at the plate, which is somewhat of silver lining amid a tough three-game sweep. Both redshirt junior Alex Bayne and sophomore Taylor White went 2-for-3 with pairs of singles, and sophomore Becca Gavin earned an RBI on a single through the left side. OSU junior Lena Springer and sophomore Shelby McCombs managed to strike out only one batter and gave up seven hits.Like Friday’s game, Michigan scored first on a solo home run by Christner in the bottom of the second. The Wolverines took their lead to two on Susalla’s outfield single to bring in Romero.The Buckeyes briefly responded on Gavin’s hit but could not stop Michigan’s bats from adding three more runs to the scoreboard. Freshman Faith Canfield, on her second homer of the year, senior Sierra Lawrence and senior slugger Sierra Romero recorded big hits to maintain the Wolverines’ hold on the game.The final three innings were unsuccessful for both dugouts, especially for OSU, as its last nine batters of the game went down in order.Game 3Michigan, once again, scored first on a throwing error from behind the plate by Gavin. In the bottom of the third inning, a sacrifice fly to right field by Blanco brought in Lawrence to make the game a 2-0 battle.While OSU got runners aboard, it could not send them around the bases to score. Through the first three innings, the Buckeyes left four stranded with only one hit. White brought the Wolverines’ lead to one with a leadoff inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning, but Gavin, junior Anna Kirk and Leonard went down in order to stifle the rally.The Buckeyes took their first lead of the weekend on Prantl’s double up the middle to bring in freshman Bri Betschel and Bayne in the fifth inning. This lead did not last long, though, after Michigan’s Blanco sent a booming three-run homer over the center-field fence.Heading into the final two innings behind two runs, OSU could not jumpstart a late rally, handing Michigan a 3-0 weekend and another notch in the rivalry history.Up nextOSU is scheduled to take on the Ohio Bobcats in another midweek, intrastate doubleheader Tuesday before returning home for a series with Purdue from Friday to Sunday. The first game against the Bobcats is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. in Athens, Ohio. read more

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first_imgComputer parts manufacturer NoFan plans to release a copper version of its huge CR-95C CPU cooler. It’ll weight 1020g, be made of pure copper, and be able to cool processors with up to 100W TDP (including Ivy Bridge‘s 77W). This monster will be 180mm wide and 148mm tall, meaning you better make sure that the heatsinks on your memory aren’t too large. And while the silent operation it promises is ideal, it probably won’t fit into your HTPC’s case.We won’t blame you if you don’t remember the NoFan CR-95C Nickel IcePipe. It was a behemoth of a CPU cooler, that was made available towards the end of 2011. It was regarded, by some, as the largest CPU cooler ever. While I’m not sure if that’s the case, it was by no means small. The cooler weighed in at a motherboard-destroying 730g and came wrapped in a handsome nickel coating. It was designed to handle CPUs up to 95TDP, was compatible with Intel LGA1155/1156/775 and AMD FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 sockets, and sold for about $130 (though it seems to have mostly been available overseas). Reviews were generally positive, but often remarked on the price, huge size, and weight of the cooler. No one seemed to take issue with its cooling power though — the cooler’s incredible 217,036 mm² of dissipation area might have had something to do with it!The copper version, known as the Copper IcePipe, looks much classier, and it’s a good deal heavier than the original. Both require motherboard removal for installation and use a backplate behind the CPU socket in order to support the cooler. If you use a unit like this you might enjoy the low decibel levels of your system, but you really don’t want to move the computer around if you can avoid it (though placing the case motherboard-side down will help).No price has been announced yet for the copper version of the CR-95C, but you can bet it will be expensive. Copper isn’t particularly cheap these days and this cooler has a lot of it. Plus it’s clearly an intricate design, complete with heatpipes and some very nice skiving work. The cooler should be available some time in June.Fanlesstech, via EngadgetA review of the original CR-95C…last_img read more

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first_img Satellite image showing Wales and Ireland Image: Shutterstock/MarcelClemens Ireland looking to the stars with new plans to fund jobs in space sector Minister John Halligan announced a new strategy this week but it has been criticised for “supporting the arms industry”. The impact of the Government’s investment in ESA is not always evident to the general public, but the figures speak for themselves: the number of Irish companies active in the space related activities has doubled from 30 to 60 in the period 2010 to 2016. Satellite image showing Wales and Ireland Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 8:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/3861944 By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/MarcelClemens IRELAND’S SPACE SECTOR is growing, and the government says it wants to provide funding to create more jobs in the sector.Last week, the government published its Project Ireland 2040 plan, setting out a 23-year vision for the country and which projects will be prioritised in capital spending plans.The project involves €116 billion of spending and, although the government has said where the money will come from, the public has been warned not to get its hope up.One aspect of the 2040 plan is “strategic investment” of €9.4 billion in the next nine years , with a “new space technologies programme” included as one of the projects under this heading.This week, it was announced that the government is currently drafting a Space Strategy for Enterprise to try to support Irish businesses and jobs involved in developing tools for space exploration.While Ireland of course has no space programme to speak of, there are quite a number of companies in operation in the country that operate under contracts from the European Space Agency (ESA).Enterprise Ireland says that over 60 Irish companies currently benefit from partnerships with the ESA, with 2,000 people employed in these companies in 2014 and that figure expected to double in the future.The Project 2040 plan wants to “strengthen international science, technology and innovation collaboration to intensify Ireland’s participation internationally, using a wide range of initiatives such as the ESA programmes, to support increasing strengths in aerospace and aeronautics in, for example, the east, midlands and mid-west”.It adds that it will join international organisations to provide Irish access to all markets.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation said that its new enterprise plan would aim to ”identify and explore new opportunities and potential synergies with other sectors, as well as providing appropriate support for companies already active in the sector to expand”.Irish companies in the sector are involved in things such as satellite technology, human spaceflight and satellite applications.CriticismThis aim to provide support in this sector is not without criticism, however.This week, Halligan announced the new space strategy at the headquarters of Innalabs, a company that had just received a €2.6 contract from the ESA.This contract will see the company design, develop, build and test a radiation-hardened three-axis gyroscope – a spinning device used for measuring or maintaining orientation and angular velocity.The Minister said: “Through our continued investment in the European Space Agency and with the support of my Department and Enterprise Ireland, Ireland’s space sector will continue to go from strength to strength.”While producing products to be used in space technologies, Innalabs also manufactures high-spec equipment which can be used for military purposes. On its website, for example, the company says it provides “high-performing, reliable, and efficient sensors that support the operational needs of civil and military aviation, helicopters, and unmanned vehicles”.Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has criticised Irish investment in the space industry as also constituting support for the arms industry.“While announcing the space strategy Halligan praised several companies which are involved in the production of navigational systems and other components, used in drones, missiles, and other weapons systems,” she said.Boylan said it was important that any support the Irish government offers to companies involved in space technologies does not go towards military use.“Before announcing any space strategy the Minister needs to ensure that no company profiting of war and death receives public funding,” she said.Coming soonBefore the Space Strategy for Enterprise is finalised, however, a consultation process will seek views from interested parties on how Ireland can best exploit the opportunities in the space sector.In John Halligan, there is a minister who certainly has great interest in the sector.Speaking to TheJournal.ie last year, the Waterford TD explained his passion for the topic.He said: “I have a life-long interest in space exploration and science, particularly the Irish research community’s role in this, from the manned Apollo 16 and 17 missions to the moon to the high-profile international space missions that Irish scientists have been involved with since then.center_img Share81 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8,886 Views 18 Comments This generates significant economic impact, particularly in terms of jobs, exports and new company formation.With reporting from Paul HosfordRead: ‘There’s a lack of respect for the sector’: Trucking firms need more foreign drivers to fill staff gapsRead: ‘I’m learning every day’: Apprenticeships in Ireland are making a comeback Short URL Feb 25th 2018, 8:30 AM last_img read more

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 23, 2017 – Providenciales – Disasters such as hurricanes can have serious mental health consequences which can take the form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress, Grief or Depression.   First Responders in particular, typically operate on the front lines and often work under severely stressful conditions during disasters.To assist the country in providing mental health support to affected communities, the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services (MHAHS) along with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence, welcomes Dr Claudina Cayetano, Mental Health Regional Advisor of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington DC.   Dr. Cayetano has extensive experience assisting countries in developing strategies to improve national emergency responses and will be conducting Psychological First Aid training with first responders and other health professionals starting today October 25th – 26th.This training is designed to increase competence and skills necessary to improve the mental health of adults and children who may be struggling to cope after a natural disaster.   Participants of this training include Emergency Health Responders, Mental Health Department, Primary Health Care, TCI Red Cross and 911 Call Centre.The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services is grateful to PAHO for its offer to assist, and sees this as a great opportunity to support and further strengthen TCI’s mental health services within the national emergency response. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgThe inaugural team of Conservation Champions, sponsored by ASA & Walton Family Foundation, met with USDA NRCS during their training in D.C.A small group of conservation-minded growers met this week in D.C. to explore ways to amplify understanding and awareness of farmers’ roles in stewardship of the soil, water and air.This inaugural team of Conservation Champions, sponsored by ASA and the Walton Family Foundation, attended a two-day training and networking session, discussing how to develop advocacy plans and speak to policy-makers about the voluntary ag conservation practices adopted by growers across the country.During the training, participants had the opportunity to visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and also hear from an industry panel on conservation and environmental regulation, sponsored by Bayer Crop Science.This team of champions will advocate with elected officials, tell their stories through publications or social media, and share their experience with different conservation practices with other farmers. They will help highlight how today’s growers are using modern agriculture tools and stewardship effective conservation practices to enhance the sustainability and environmental friendliness of their operations.last_img read more

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first_imgClark County Auditor Greg Kimsey offered recommendations Wednesday on improving the management of the county’s fleet of nearly 400 vehicles.Specifically, Kimsey said the process for deciding when to replace a vehicle is “incomplete and ineffective,” resulting in vehicles being retired as soon as six years too early.The county’s fleet, as of the end of 2011, includes 147 vehicles for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and 140 vehicles for the Department of Public Works.The audit findings were shared Wednesday with the county commissioners, who were receptive to Kimsey’s suggestions.“We’ve (also) got great cooperation from fleet management and the public works director,” Kimsey said.The county fleet includes 203 sedans and SUVs, 80 light pickup trucks, 52 heavy pickup trucks and 56 vans, according to Kimsey’s report. The county has a five-step decision process managers use before deciding to replace a vehicle, but Kimsey said the process should be clarified.For example, the county’s current policy identifies the end of the “useful” life of a general light vehicle (such as a sedan for the assessor’s office) as 15 years and 150,000 miles. However, Kimsey said in a report that the policy doesn’t clarify that both age and mileage standards need to be met.As a result, the county has been retiring light vehicles at either 15 years or 150,000 miles, and sometimes without hitting either mark, according to the report.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Jurassic World franchise has been one of NBCUniversal’s biggest blockbusters.  Universal NBCUniversal — the Comcast media giant behind the Jurassic World franchise and TV networks like NBC, Bravo and Syfy — reportedly plans to launch a streaming service next year.The service will include original content, licensed programming and titles from the company’s archives, according to Variety, which cited two unnamed people familiar with the matter. It will reportedly be available free with advertising for people who already pay for TV through Comcast or Sky, the company’s European satellite provider. But people who aren’t Comcast customers can still access it with a paid subscription, and NBCU will offer an ad-free version for an extra fee too, the report said.  0 Share your voice TV and Movies Digital Media Tags Now playing: Watch this: Disney Comcastcenter_img It makes NBCUniversal the latest gigantic company jumping on the streaming-video bandwagon. Just this year, streaming services are expected from Apple, which has been reportedly investing $1 billion in programming for its as-yet-unconfirmed service; Disney, which will be the exclusive place to stream all its blockbuster Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars films; and WarnerMedia, the AT&T unit that owns HBO and movies like Harry Potter and Wonder Woman.  It will mark the coming year as one of major renovation for traditional Hollywood giants, which are all grappling for ways to take on deep-pocketed tech companies pouring money into original shows and movies, like Netflix and Amazon. NBCUniversal didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment. NBCU has long had a streaming operation through Hulu, the service jointly owned by Comcast, Disney, Fox and Warner. Pending Disney’s takeover of Fox, however, Hulu is expected to come Disney’s majority control later this year. What we know about the Disney+ streaming service: It’s getting ready to rival Netflix.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Post a comment 5:17 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom combines cutting-edge…last_img read more

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first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioWasilla High Principal Says Congressman Young Offended Grieving SchoolLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe principal of Wasilla High School says her students are shaken after a visit from Congressman Don Young on Tuesday. Young, known for brash talk throughout his four decades in office, spoke to students about suicide and gay marriage in a way the principal describes as hurtful.Tanana 4H Members Follow Up On Emotional PresentationJennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauThe Tanana 4-H club returned to the Elders and Youth Conference yesterday, following up on their emotional presentation at last year’s conference.Begich, Walker/Mallot Are the Early Frontrunners for AFN Endorsement Jennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauAlaska’s largest Native organization will vote on candidate endorsements Saturday morning. The Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors has drafted two resolutions that will be heard on the final day of the AFN convention in Anchorage.Debris Lobe Threatens Dalton Highway Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksGeology and climate are interacting in the Brooks Range, sending masses of debris down mountains toward the Dalton Highway. One of the moving debris lobes has prompted a plan to relocate the road.High Energy Prices Driving Builders, Homebuyers to More Efficient Housing Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksAlaskan engineers and builders are pushing the envelope in the quest to build ever-more energy-efficient houses. Some of those innovations are making their way into residential construction.Senate F Race Pits Valley Educator Against Seasoned Legislator Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA new District – Senate F – was created with last year’s state redistricting plan, and now two candidates with solid ties to the the area want to represent it in Juneau.  Educator and Democrat Pat Chesbro,  is challenging long – time  Republican House representative Bill Stoltze  for the seat.Alaska Writer Presents Simple Philosophy On Wildlife Lori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageBill Sherwonit knows a thing or two about Alaska wildlife. The Anchorage based writer has spent decades traipsing through swamps, forging rivers and hiking mountains studying and writing about Alaska’s critters. From the superstars like grizzly bears, moose and caribou to the lowly wood frog. Even shrews and spiders have been given respectful literary treatment.Sherwonit has a simple philosophy about his relationship with wild animals.last_img read more

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first_imgA team travels on the Iditarod trail to Tanana. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)Iditarod mushers reached the Yukon River last night at Tanana. Teams are ready to launch their race plans as the 8-hour and 24-hour rest periods come into view. But first, they must run the longest stretch of the race between checkpoints and make it through the early race with their teams intact.As the sun went down Tuesday, Nicolas Petit staked his claim as the first musher to the Yukon River. He receives $3,500 in ones and a five-course meal prepared by chefs at the Lakefront Hotel. But first, he needed to find a guest. Martin Buser, the musher who arrived 36 minutes after him wasn’t up for it.“The Yukon River dinner? I might? Otherwise, I may have to find someone else,” Buser said. “I have to go to sleep; I don’t like all of that hoopla.”Nicolas Petit and Tanana resident Blanche Edwin enjoy the five-course meal Petit won for being the first musher to the Yukon River. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)Tanana Mayor Donna Folger presented him with gifts from the community and, ultimately, found him a date.“You guys arm wrestle for it? Blanche, will you eat with him for me? Yes, Blanche!” Folger said.Tanana resident Blanche Edwin joined Petit for the gourmet meal as cameras clicked. Andrew Adlesperger, Food and Beverage Director at the Lakefront Hotel, described the salad course.“Our sun-dried cranberry pear and gorgonzola salad on fresh springs, and it’s topped with a raspberry lime dressing that Bobby made in house.”Petit’s team, however ate a less leafy meal in the dog yard at 25 below.“Chicken fat and chicken skins and beef tripe and kibble,” Petit said. “No rib eye steaks. I’ve done that before, and it backfired.”Nicolas Petit was the first musher to reach the Yukon River. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)While Petit ate, several teams pulled into Tanana. Jason Mackey arrived fourth, right behind Mitch Seavey.“I had no idea there were only three teams here in front of me,” Mackey said. “I had no clue. Well, I did see a bunch of teams parked.”Dozens of teams Tuesday afternoon pulled off to the side of the trail and rested in the midday sun before Tanana.While the forecast is for mellower temperatures, Iditarod Chief Veterinarian Stuart Nelson and his volunteers are playing close attention to the athletes’ body condition over the course of another frigid interior Alaska night.“Very few dropped dogs, very low numbers. Overall, the dogs are healthy; we want to really monitor the hydration and body weights. But they’re pretty perky and peppy.”Upon reaching the Yukon, mushers’ mandatory rest strategies are on the horizon: teams can now take their 8-hour rest at checkpoints between here and Kaltag in addition to their 24-hour layover. Mackey wants to get hundreds of more miles behind him before taking the big rest.“I’m set up in my 24 starting in Galena, and Huslia, Koyukuk and Nulato,” Mackey said. “If I can get all the way to Nulato, that would be the best, I think. The further you can go for the 24, the better off. There is a slew of teams that are thinking the same way. I can hear them pulling in now; man, they’re screaming.”Before many take the 8-hour break, teams will head west on the Yukon to Ruby: the longest stretch between checkpoints at close to 120 miles. Petit’s plan is to have options with the gear and supplies he packs.“I plan on loading up my sled with anything I might need,” Petit said. “You see I still have straw? I still have a bunch of food. I don’t make a plan because I don’t know what the trail is going to do, and I don’t know what the weather is going to do, and I don’t know what my dogs are going to do. I just leave equipped for anything.”The checkpoint of Tanana is the first stop on the Yukon River. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)For Wade Marrs, the fifth musher into the checkpoint, the next couple runs to Ruby will determine how quickly he needs to bank his big rest.“If the dog team does really good coming across here, then we’ll take an eight and keep on going,” Marrs said. “If they don’t, we’ll take a 24 when we get to the end of this run and go from there.”25 minutes behind Marrs was Bethel musher Pete Kaiser.“I prefer to take my 24 first; we’ll see how it goes,” Kaiser said. “It all depends on what the dogs need at any given time. It’s nice to have the option for either from now on. But I don’t think we’ll need either of them, here.”Mushers will drive their teams west early Wednesday, with both options at hand and hard choices to make.last_img read more

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