PH archers miss gold target anew, settle for bronze medals

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ The Philippines’ archers stayed off target for a gold medal as both the men’s and women’s teams settled for bronze medals in the recurve events in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at National Sports Center Synthetic Turf Field in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The men’s squad, featuring Florante Matan, Gabriel Moreno and Mark Javier, secured bronze after beating Vietnam, 6-0, (50-49, 55-54, 54-53).ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH cyclists Aquino, Salamat fall short Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The Filipinos were shut out, 0-6 (54-57, 53-58, 49-52), by the Malaysians in the semifinals.The women’s side, composed of Nicole Marie Tagle, Mary Queen Ybañez and Kareel Meer Hongitan, also blanked Vietnam, 6-0, (51-44, 50-47, 55-47) for third place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTagle and company bowed to their Indonesian counterparts, 2-6, (50-52, 55-54, 54-56, 52-55) in the semis.The 15-year-old Tagle bagged the silver medal in the individual women’s recurve Sunday.The country’s archers still have a chance to win that elusive gold in the mixed doubles event on Tuesday. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ The Philippines’ archers stayed off target for a gold medal as both the men’s and women’s teams settled for bronze medals in the recurve events in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at National Sports Center Synthetic Turf Field in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The men’s squad, featuring Florante Matan, Gabriel Moreno and Mark Javier, secured bronze after beating Vietnam, 6-0, (50-49, 55-54, 54-53).ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH cyclists Aquino, Salamat fall short Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The Filipinos were shut out, 0-6 (54-57, 53-58, 49-52), by the Malaysians in the semifinals.The women’s side, composed of Nicole Marie Tagle, Mary Queen Ybañez and Kareel Meer Hongitan, also blanked Vietnam, 6-0, (51-44, 50-47, 55-47) for third place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTagle and company bowed to their Indonesian counterparts, 2-6, (50-52, 55-54, 54-56, 52-55) in the semis.The 15-year-old Tagle bagged the silver medal in the individual women’s recurve Sunday.The country’s archers still have a chance to win that elusive gold in the mixed doubles event on Tuesday. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View commentslast_img read more

Australia women get bumper pay rise following good show at ICC World Twenty20

first_imgAustralia’s run to the women’s final at the ICC World Twenty20 in India has contributed to a significant pay rise for the country’s elite female cricketers.Cricket Australia issued a statement on Wednesday saying the Southern Stars, who lost the World T20 final to the West Indies last weekend, will be the best paid of any women’s sports team in the country.The sport’s national governing body said it would almost double its commitment to elite female cricketers from 2.36 million to 4.23 million Australian dollars ($1.8 million to $3.2 million), which includes increases in retainers for international and domestic Twenty20 contracted players and comes on top of improved travel and accommodation benefits, an updated pregnancy policy, and contributions to private health insurance.The maximum retainers for the women’s national team will increase from 49,000 to 65,000 Australian dollars ($37,000-$49,000), and combined with Women’s Big Bash retainers, match retainers and tour fees, the best players will earn more than 100,000 Australian dollars ($76,000).Minimum retainers for the Southern Stars will double to 40,000 Australian dollars ($30,200), significantly below the minimum value of a Cricket Australia retainer for the top 20 men of 270,000 Australian dollars ($204,000).Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said he was “determined to make cricket the sport of choice for women in Australia.””We have worked constructively with the Australian Cricketers’ Association to reach this point and will continue to do so in our ongoing efforts to improve wages and workplace conditions for all elite female cricketers.”He said of the 1.2 million registered cricket players in Australia, almost one-quarter were women and girls.advertisement”That number continues to grow rapidly and we will continue to support females playing the game from backyard to baggy green,” he said.Cricket Australia released a list of 16 contracted female players for next season, with the likes of 17-year-old Lauren Cheatle and 20-year-old Holly Ferling joining established stars including Ellyse Perry, who has played soccer and cricket for Australia.last_img read more

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first_imgAustralia’s run to the women’s final at the ICC World Twenty20 in India has contributed to a significant pay rise for the country’s elite female cricketers.Cricket Australia issued a statement on Wednesday saying the Southern Stars, who lost the World T20 final to the West Indies last weekend, will be the best paid of any women’s sports team in the country.The sport’s national governing body said it would almost double its commitment to elite female cricketers from 2.36 million to 4.23 million Australian dollars ($1.8 million to $3.2 million), which includes increases in retainers for international and domestic Twenty20 contracted players and comes on top of improved travel and accommodation benefits, an updated pregnancy policy, and contributions to private health insurance.The maximum retainers for the women’s national team will increase from 49,000 to 65,000 Australian dollars ($37,000-$49,000), and combined with Women’s Big Bash retainers, match retainers and tour fees, the best players will earn more than 100,000 Australian dollars ($76,000).Minimum retainers for the Southern Stars will double to 40,000 Australian dollars ($30,200), significantly below the minimum value of a Cricket Australia retainer for the top 20 men of 270,000 Australian dollars ($204,000).Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said he was “determined to make cricket the sport of choice for women in Australia.””We have worked constructively with the Australian Cricketers’ Association to reach this point and will continue to do so in our ongoing efforts to improve wages and workplace conditions for all elite female cricketers.”He said of the 1.2 million registered cricket players in Australia, almost one-quarter were women and girls.advertisement”That number continues to grow rapidly and we will continue to support females playing the game from backyard to baggy green,” he said.Cricket Australia released a list of 16 contracted female players for next season, with the likes of 17-year-old Lauren Cheatle and 20-year-old Holly Ferling joining established stars including Ellyse Perry, who has played soccer and cricket for Australia.last_img read more

Croatia superstar Luka Modric wins FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Year award

first_imgReal Madrid and Croatian midfielder Luka Modric ended a decade-long dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award as he pipped Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to take the trophy at an award ceremony in London on Monday.Modric had a brilliant summer where he helped Real Madrid win a record third consecutive Champions League title and then went on to guide Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.Croatia came up short in the final losing 4-2 to young French team but Modric was award the Best Player of the tournament award.”It’s a great honour and beautiful feeling to stand here with this trophy.Congratulations, Luka ModricWinner of #TheBest FIFA Men’s Player 2018 #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/D489MswXug#TheBest (@FIFAcom) September 24, 2018″I would like to give congratulations to Mohamed and Cristiano for the great season that they had. I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this.”This trophy is not just mine. It is for my Real Madrid team-mates, the Croatia national team and all my coaches. This is also for my family, without who I would not be the player I am,” Modric said after receiving the award.On the other hand, Brazilian captain Marta won the award for FIFA Best Women’s Player of the Year after she captained Brazil to a Copa America win this season.Marta pipped Lyon dyo of Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan to win the award. Everyone from Ronaldo and Ronaldinho to Roberto Carlos on the stage were beaming as she received the award.advertisementHere are the rest of the award winners on the night:Best Goal of the Year: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)Best Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps (France)Best Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Chelsea)Best Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros (Lyon)Best Fan Award: Peru fans, who travelled to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in RussiaFIFA Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy (VVV-Vento)World XI team: David de Gea (Manchester United, Spain); Dani Alves (PSG, Brazil), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid, France), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain), Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil); Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France); Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina), Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Juventus, Portugal).last_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid and Croatian midfielder Luka Modric ended a decade-long dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award as he pipped Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to take the trophy at an award ceremony in London on Monday.Modric had a brilliant summer where he helped Real Madrid win a record third consecutive Champions League title and then went on to guide Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.Croatia came up short in the final losing 4-2 to young French team but Modric was award the Best Player of the tournament award.”It’s a great honour and beautiful feeling to stand here with this trophy.Congratulations, Luka ModricWinner of #TheBest FIFA Men’s Player 2018 #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/D489MswXug#TheBest (@FIFAcom) September 24, 2018″I would like to give congratulations to Mohamed and Cristiano for the great season that they had. I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this.”This trophy is not just mine. It is for my Real Madrid team-mates, the Croatia national team and all my coaches. This is also for my family, without who I would not be the player I am,” Modric said after receiving the award.On the other hand, Brazilian captain Marta won the award for FIFA Best Women’s Player of the Year after she captained Brazil to a Copa America win this season.Marta pipped Lyon dyo of Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan to win the award. Everyone from Ronaldo and Ronaldinho to Roberto Carlos on the stage were beaming as she received the award.advertisementHere are the rest of the award winners on the night:Best Goal of the Year: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)Best Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps (France)Best Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Chelsea)Best Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros (Lyon)Best Fan Award: Peru fans, who travelled to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in RussiaFIFA Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy (VVV-Vento)World XI team: David de Gea (Manchester United, Spain); Dani Alves (PSG, Brazil), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid, France), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain), Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil); Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France); Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina), Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Juventus, Portugal).last_img read more

Grading The Uniforms: First Threads Of OSU Season Get High Marks

first_imgI will be grading OSU’s uniforms each week using a criteria consisting of five categories.Four of the five categories are on a scale of 1-5. The helmet will have its own rating. Aesthetics will be a rating of the flow of the uniform as a whole. The intimidation factor will simply be how intimidating the uniform looks. The accessories will be a rating of the gloves, socks, shoes, and sleeves. Additionally, the Cowboys get a point for winning. A perfect score is 21 points for the GOAT.Let’s get to Saturday’s grade.Helmet (4)The new helmet design is really cool. I like the updated shiny logo and the bandana details. I would probably rank it in my top 5, but I have a feeling that we are in store for much more. The helmet stripe didn’t really do it for me this time. It looks like it could really work well on an orange helmet, though.Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 7.52.57 AMAesthetics (5)It’s easy to love the flow of the classic white-orange-white combo.Intimidation Factor (2)The black accents really stand out and the numbers look strong, but White-Orange-White isn’t that intimidating.Accessories (5)White-Orange-White looks great with black socks and black shoes, but how much cleaner does it look with white socks and white shoes? The orange gloves popped and I heard a lot of fans talking them up.Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 7.53.25 AMWin (1)“I don’t care what they wear as long as they win.” 61-7.Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 7.50.14 AMIf 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_imgI will be grading OSU’s uniforms each week using a criteria consisting of five categories.Four of the five categories are on a scale of 1-5. The helmet will have its own rating. Aesthetics will be a rating of the flow of the uniform as a whole. The intimidation factor will simply be how intimidating the uniform looks. The accessories will be a rating of the gloves, socks, shoes, and sleeves. Additionally, the Cowboys get a point for winning. A perfect score is 21 points for the GOAT.Let’s get to Saturday’s grade.Helmet (4)The new helmet design is really cool. I like the updated shiny logo and the bandana details. I would probably rank it in my top 5, but I have a feeling that we are in store for much more. The helmet stripe didn’t really do it for me this time. It looks like it could really work well on an orange helmet, though.Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 7.52.57 AMAesthetics (5)It’s easy to love the flow of the classic white-orange-white combo.Intimidation Factor (2)The black accents really stand out and the numbers look strong, but White-Orange-White isn’t that intimidating.Accessories (5)White-Orange-White looks great with black socks and black shoes, but how much cleaner does it look with white socks and white shoes? The orange gloves popped and I heard a lot of fans talking them up.Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 7.53.25 AMWin (1)“I don’t care what they wear as long as they win.” 61-7.Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 7.50.14 AMIf 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

Balotelli is growing up… at last!

first_imgLigue 1 Balotelli is growing up… at last! Ligue 1 social Robin Bairner 19:00 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Mario Balotelli, Nice Getty Ligue 1 PSG Nantes v PSG Nice v Αμιάν Nice Αμιάν Nantes The Italy international took time to reflect on how he’s grown since his arrival in France, while Neymar took the time to pay tribute to Haiti Ligue 1 returned after a three-week Christmas break this weekend, though some of the major stars were absent for their sides. Neymar, for example, missed Paris Saint-Germain’s Sunday night trip to Nantes due to injury, while Mario Balotelli managed only a few minutes at the end of Nice’s win over Amiens.Balotelli might be yet to start a game in 2018, but he showed with a couple of Instagram posts that he has lost none of the humour that makes him a big favourite with the fans.On Wednesday, he posted a video of him receiving treatment from a member of Nice’s staff. Balotelli is positioned in a vulnerable position, with the physio apparently providing some painful treatment to the Italy international’s hamstring. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Isn’t what you guys are thinking, I swear!!!” he said. Despite those Instagram hijinks, Balotelli is a far more mature man than he was when he spent time in England with Manchester City and Liverpool. That was reflected in a cartoon the forward posted on Thursday.In it, a young Mario is stood with a quiver full of fireworks with a house on fire in the background, reflecting the damage that he did to his apartment when with Man City. Below is a similar picture, but in this one Balotelli is a bunch of arrows and has fired them consistently at the centre of the target.It is a sentiment that tickled the Italian, who clearly found it reflective of his career.Unlike Balotelli, Neymar has managed significant action this year, even if he missed out on Sunday. Indeed, he caught the headlines with a clever balancing act after scoring a penalty against Amiens in the Coupe de la Ligue in midweek, taking his boot off and balancing it on his forehead.He gave little away about it, though.“Those who know @jcelsomoraes will understand my celebration,” he said. “Congratulations brother, best wishes.”The Brazil ace has been putting his brief time off to good use, though, reminding his Instagram followers of the Haiti earthquake of 2010 that continues to hamper the country. “January 12, 2010: earthquake in Haiti (230,000 dead, 220,000 injured). 8 years later, Handicap International and I continue to support Haitians. I truly hope to be visiting Haiti very soon,” he said.Meanwhile, he posted an image of his time off over the Christmas period with his son.Young team-mate Kylian Mbappe posted a similar image of himself looking relaxed in the back of a car with younger brother Ethan.The week finished off on a philosophical note from Neymar, who continues to come under unprecedented scrutiny from all quarters since me moved to PSG from Barca in the summer.“There are people who will like you, and people who will hate you even if you are the best person in the world,” he said. “Don’t blame yourself if so-and-so thinks you’re boring. People can find what they want, it doesn’t change who you are!”They might have missed out at the weekend, but both Balotelli and Neymar expect to play full roles for their sides as they tackle Monaco and Dijon respectively.last_img read more

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first_imgLigue 1 Balotelli is growing up… at last! Ligue 1 social Robin Bairner 19:00 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Mario Balotelli, Nice Getty Ligue 1 PSG Nantes v PSG Nice v Αμιάν Nice Αμιάν Nantes The Italy international took time to reflect on how he’s grown since his arrival in France, while Neymar took the time to pay tribute to Haiti Ligue 1 returned after a three-week Christmas break this weekend, though some of the major stars were absent for their sides. Neymar, for example, missed Paris Saint-Germain’s Sunday night trip to Nantes due to injury, while Mario Balotelli managed only a few minutes at the end of Nice’s win over Amiens.Balotelli might be yet to start a game in 2018, but he showed with a couple of Instagram posts that he has lost none of the humour that makes him a big favourite with the fans.On Wednesday, he posted a video of him receiving treatment from a member of Nice’s staff. Balotelli is positioned in a vulnerable position, with the physio apparently providing some painful treatment to the Italy international’s hamstring. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Isn’t what you guys are thinking, I swear!!!” he said. Despite those Instagram hijinks, Balotelli is a far more mature man than he was when he spent time in England with Manchester City and Liverpool. That was reflected in a cartoon the forward posted on Thursday.In it, a young Mario is stood with a quiver full of fireworks with a house on fire in the background, reflecting the damage that he did to his apartment when with Man City. Below is a similar picture, but in this one Balotelli is a bunch of arrows and has fired them consistently at the centre of the target.It is a sentiment that tickled the Italian, who clearly found it reflective of his career.Unlike Balotelli, Neymar has managed significant action this year, even if he missed out on Sunday. Indeed, he caught the headlines with a clever balancing act after scoring a penalty against Amiens in the Coupe de la Ligue in midweek, taking his boot off and balancing it on his forehead.He gave little away about it, though.“Those who know @jcelsomoraes will understand my celebration,” he said. “Congratulations brother, best wishes.”The Brazil ace has been putting his brief time off to good use, though, reminding his Instagram followers of the Haiti earthquake of 2010 that continues to hamper the country. “January 12, 2010: earthquake in Haiti (230,000 dead, 220,000 injured). 8 years later, Handicap International and I continue to support Haitians. I truly hope to be visiting Haiti very soon,” he said.Meanwhile, he posted an image of his time off over the Christmas period with his son.Young team-mate Kylian Mbappe posted a similar image of himself looking relaxed in the back of a car with younger brother Ethan.The week finished off on a philosophical note from Neymar, who continues to come under unprecedented scrutiny from all quarters since me moved to PSG from Barca in the summer.“There are people who will like you, and people who will hate you even if you are the best person in the world,” he said. “Don’t blame yourself if so-and-so thinks you’re boring. People can find what they want, it doesn’t change who you are!”They might have missed out at the weekend, but both Balotelli and Neymar expect to play full roles for their sides as they tackle Monaco and Dijon respectively.last_img read more

Umbro reveal Diskerud’s Man City transfer

first_imgTransfers Diskerud’s Man City transfer revealed by UK sports company Umbro Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 04:12 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mix Diskerud NYCFC 060216.jpg Brad Penner Transfers Manchester City New York City MLS Premier League The United States international has left New York City FC, signing with its sister club, though it seems unlikely he will ever play for them Mix Diskerud appears to have left New York City FC to sign with the MLS side’s sister club Manchester City.The United States international had spent the previous season on loan with IFK Gothenburg of Sweden’s top league. He had another season left on his contract with NYCFC but that deal has been terminated.The contract, which is for four-and-half years, was announced by Manchester-based apparel company Umbro. Neither NYCFC nor Manchester City has made an announcement over the deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, despite signing the contract, it is unlikely the 27-year-old Diskerud will ever suit up for the Citizens.ESPN reports he is not set to train with the first team and is likely to be sent out on loan, perhaps before the end of the January window. The report states that the loan will not be to another club owned by City Football Group.A similar situation occurred with Aaron Mooy, who moved from Melbourne City in Australia to Manchester City on free transfer in June 2016. Mooy never played for the Citizens, going on loan to Huddersfield Town, then in the Championship, for the 2016-17 season.Mooy then was sold to Huddersfield for €9.1 million following the season.Delighted to report the news that @MixDiskerud will further be cementing his relationship with Umbro in our hometown, as he proudly continues his footballing development with a 4,5y Manchester City FC contract. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/JEYJdjoTPZ — Umbro (@umbro) January 27, 2018 Diskerud joined NYCFC from Rosenborg of Norway’s top division and spent two seasons in MLS. However, he struggled in the U.S. and eventually fell out of NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira’s plans.The midfielder moved to Gothenburg in 2017 and had his most productive season in years with the club, scoring five times in 29 Allsvenskan games.Diskerud has suited up 38 times for the U.S. national team, but has not played for country since March 2016.last_img read more

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first_imgTransfers Diskerud’s Man City transfer revealed by UK sports company Umbro Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 04:12 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mix Diskerud NYCFC 060216.jpg Brad Penner Transfers Manchester City New York City MLS Premier League The United States international has left New York City FC, signing with its sister club, though it seems unlikely he will ever play for them Mix Diskerud appears to have left New York City FC to sign with the MLS side’s sister club Manchester City.The United States international had spent the previous season on loan with IFK Gothenburg of Sweden’s top league. He had another season left on his contract with NYCFC but that deal has been terminated.The contract, which is for four-and-half years, was announced by Manchester-based apparel company Umbro. Neither NYCFC nor Manchester City has made an announcement over the deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, despite signing the contract, it is unlikely the 27-year-old Diskerud will ever suit up for the Citizens.ESPN reports he is not set to train with the first team and is likely to be sent out on loan, perhaps before the end of the January window. The report states that the loan will not be to another club owned by City Football Group.A similar situation occurred with Aaron Mooy, who moved from Melbourne City in Australia to Manchester City on free transfer in June 2016. Mooy never played for the Citizens, going on loan to Huddersfield Town, then in the Championship, for the 2016-17 season.Mooy then was sold to Huddersfield for €9.1 million following the season.Delighted to report the news that @MixDiskerud will further be cementing his relationship with Umbro in our hometown, as he proudly continues his footballing development with a 4,5y Manchester City FC contract. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/JEYJdjoTPZ — Umbro (@umbro) January 27, 2018 Diskerud joined NYCFC from Rosenborg of Norway’s top division and spent two seasons in MLS. However, he struggled in the U.S. and eventually fell out of NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira’s plans.The midfielder moved to Gothenburg in 2017 and had his most productive season in years with the club, scoring five times in 29 Allsvenskan games.Diskerud has suited up 38 times for the U.S. national team, but has not played for country since March 2016.last_img read more

Security agencies warn industry of foreign espionage threat to networks

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian companies should watch out when they use technology supplied by state-owned companies from countries that want to steal corporate secrets, the country’s security agencies have warned them.The RCMP organized two workshops last March — one in Calgary, the other in Toronto — to raise awareness about threats to critical systems, including espionage and foreign interference, cyberattacks, terrorism and sabotage, newly disclosed documents show.Canadian Security Intelligence Service materials prepared for the workshops advise that “non-likeminded countries,” state-owned enterprises and affiliated companies are engaged in a global pursuit of technology and know-how driven by economic and military ambitions.The materials were released to The Canadian Press in response to an access-to-information request.The heavily censored records do not go into detail about specific countries. But the presentation does include a passage from a 2017 U.S. government report saying competitors such as China steal American intellectual property valued at hundreds of billions of dollars every year.In addition, CSIS openly warned in 2016 that Russia and China were targeting Canada’s classified information and advanced technology, as well as government officials and systems.The presentations to industry dissected techniques used by adversaries and offered advice on protecting confidential information and assets. The intelligence community’s concerns emerge as Canada considers allowing Chinese firm Huawei Technologies to take part in developing a 5G telecommunications network.Former security officials in Canada and two members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have warned against such a move, saying the company’s ties to Beijing could compromise the security of Canada and its closest allies. Huawei has denied engaging in intelligence work on behalf of any government.The workshops led by the RCMP’s critical infrastructure team highlighted the problem of “supply chain vulnerability” — a back-door tactic to infiltrate systems.The RCMP did not respond to questions about the sessions. CSIS spokesman John Townsend said the concerns stem from cases where equipment and related computerized control systems and services are manufactured and installed by companies controlled by or affiliated with a foreign government.“These foreign governments may pursue not only profitable commercial objectives but may also try to advance their own broader and potentially adverse strategic and economic interests,” he said.The tactics could include gaining influence and leverage over the host country, espionage, technology theft and malicious cyberactivities, Townsend added.The security presentations also warned of “spear-phishing” attempts by hostile forces to gain access to computer systems through emails that fool employees into giving up passwords or other sensitive data.The agencies encouraged companies working on leading-edge research to take stock of protective measures and develop a corporate security plan to manage risks. For instance, scientists should consult corporate security about precautions when outside delegations visit.“If you detect suspicious activity, contact authorities,” the presentation materials say. “All infrastructure sectors should remain engaged with RCMP and CSIS to share security intelligence.” Patrick Smyth, vice-president of performance at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, said security is “top of mind” for member companies, which share information and help each other ensure they are prepared for emerging hazards and threats.Cyberattacks are an evolving threat, but not a new one for pipeline operators, he said in an interview.“They’ve been looking at it for a number of years and tracking the evolution around the sophistication of bad actors who might wish to find entry points into individual companies, and take over control of certain elements of the infrastructure and cause damage,” he said.If a state-owned enterprise is looking to acquire an asset, “these companies have programs, checks and balances in place to address that.”Pipeline operators receive intelligence from the RCMP, CSIS, the federal natural-resources and public-safety departments and U.S. agencies, Smyth added. However, he sees a place for the awareness workshops, saying any “additional source of information and intelligence is helpful.”— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian companies should watch out when they use technology supplied by state-owned companies from countries that want to steal corporate secrets, the country’s security agencies have warned them.The RCMP organized two workshops last March — one in Calgary, the other in Toronto — to raise awareness about threats to critical systems, including espionage and foreign interference, cyberattacks, terrorism and sabotage, newly disclosed documents show.Canadian Security Intelligence Service materials prepared for the workshops advise that “non-likeminded countries,” state-owned enterprises and affiliated companies are engaged in a global pursuit of technology and know-how driven by economic and military ambitions.The materials were released to The Canadian Press in response to an access-to-information request.The heavily censored records do not go into detail about specific countries. But the presentation does include a passage from a 2017 U.S. government report saying competitors such as China steal American intellectual property valued at hundreds of billions of dollars every year.In addition, CSIS openly warned in 2016 that Russia and China were targeting Canada’s classified information and advanced technology, as well as government officials and systems.The presentations to industry dissected techniques used by adversaries and offered advice on protecting confidential information and assets. The intelligence community’s concerns emerge as Canada considers allowing Chinese firm Huawei Technologies to take part in developing a 5G telecommunications network.Former security officials in Canada and two members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have warned against such a move, saying the company’s ties to Beijing could compromise the security of Canada and its closest allies. Huawei has denied engaging in intelligence work on behalf of any government.The workshops led by the RCMP’s critical infrastructure team highlighted the problem of “supply chain vulnerability” — a back-door tactic to infiltrate systems.The RCMP did not respond to questions about the sessions. CSIS spokesman John Townsend said the concerns stem from cases where equipment and related computerized control systems and services are manufactured and installed by companies controlled by or affiliated with a foreign government.“These foreign governments may pursue not only profitable commercial objectives but may also try to advance their own broader and potentially adverse strategic and economic interests,” he said.The tactics could include gaining influence and leverage over the host country, espionage, technology theft and malicious cyberactivities, Townsend added.The security presentations also warned of “spear-phishing” attempts by hostile forces to gain access to computer systems through emails that fool employees into giving up passwords or other sensitive data.The agencies encouraged companies working on leading-edge research to take stock of protective measures and develop a corporate security plan to manage risks. For instance, scientists should consult corporate security about precautions when outside delegations visit.“If you detect suspicious activity, contact authorities,” the presentation materials say. “All infrastructure sectors should remain engaged with RCMP and CSIS to share security intelligence.” Patrick Smyth, vice-president of performance at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, said security is “top of mind” for member companies, which share information and help each other ensure they are prepared for emerging hazards and threats.Cyberattacks are an evolving threat, but not a new one for pipeline operators, he said in an interview.“They’ve been looking at it for a number of years and tracking the evolution around the sophistication of bad actors who might wish to find entry points into individual companies, and take over control of certain elements of the infrastructure and cause damage,” he said.If a state-owned enterprise is looking to acquire an asset, “these companies have programs, checks and balances in place to address that.”Pipeline operators receive intelligence from the RCMP, CSIS, the federal natural-resources and public-safety departments and U.S. agencies, Smyth added. However, he sees a place for the awareness workshops, saying any “additional source of information and intelligence is helpful.”— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Police conduct seizures in bikerlinked drug network in Quebec New Brunswick

first_imgMONTREAL — Police conducted raids linked to the Hells Angels and drug trafficking in several regions of Quebec and New Brunswick Wednesday.Quebec provincial police said 150 police officers took part in 35 seizures in homes, vehicles, and businesses.Sgt. Ann Mathieu said operations were conducted in various cities in the province as well as in Edmundston and Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska in New Brunswick, where the RCMP assisted them.She said the organized-crime network targeted was primarily active in eastern Quebec — the Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspe and Iles-de-la-Madeleine — and was allegedly linked to influential members of the Hells Angels.Mathieu said the raids were aimed at gathering evidence and no arrests were immediately expected.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL — Police conducted raids linked to the Hells Angels and drug trafficking in several regions of Quebec and New Brunswick Wednesday.Quebec provincial police said 150 police officers took part in 35 seizures in homes, vehicles, and businesses.Sgt. Ann Mathieu said operations were conducted in various cities in the province as well as in Edmundston and Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska in New Brunswick, where the RCMP assisted them.She said the organized-crime network targeted was primarily active in eastern Quebec — the Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspe and Iles-de-la-Madeleine — and was allegedly linked to influential members of the Hells Angels.Mathieu said the raids were aimed at gathering evidence and no arrests were immediately expected.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccans react to Algerias decision to severe its diplomatic ties with

first_imgRabat- There has been still no official reaction from the Moroccan government to the Algeria’s decision to freeze its diplomatic relations with Morocco. But some Moroccan officials said that the decision made the Algerian government translate their disarray and disorientation because of Morocco’s diplomatic success regarding the Sahara dispute over the past two months. “The Diplomatic offensives carried out by Morocco in 2013 have dealt a blow to Algeria, which finds itself disoriented by these successes to the point that the Algerian spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed this Sunday his country’s decision to severe its ties with the kingdom,” a Moroccan official was quoted by Moroccan French language portal Le 360.ma as saying.  The Algerian government justified its decision by what it called the “scandalous” sentence handed by the Casablanca tribunal to the Moroccan man who tore the Algerian flag. But Moroccans say that this event is used by Algeria just an excuse that translates its frustration to see Morocco achieving diplomatic successes on multiples fronts, including in Africa. “It is clear that the Algerians react in this manner after their failure to push the European Parliament to refuse the signing of a fishing agreement with Morocco, and Morocco’s successful attempt to play a pivotal role in stabilizing Mali,” Dr. Mohamed Chtatou, Professor at University Mohammed V in Rabat, told MWN. “In addition to that, the Algerians are annoyed by the successful visit of King Mohammed VI to the United States and his meeting with President Barack Obama, after which the American head of State pledged his support to a mutually agreed-upon and political solution to the Sahara conflict,” he added. For her part Karima Rhanem, a Moroccan Researcher in Governance & Public Policy, expressed her disbelief to see that the Algerian government decided to freeze its ties with Morocco using the excuse of the verdict of the Casablanca tribunal against the Moroccan who tore the Algerian flag. “I am very surprised to hear this decision. I am even surprised it was a reaction to the Moroccan court verdict regarding the Moroccan who took down the Algerian flag. Neither the Moroccan government nor another foreign entity could interfere in the court decision and this should be clear to our neighbors,” she said. “Right after this incident, we saw several Algerians setting fire on the Moroccan flag. Yet, the Moroccan government didn’t freeze its relations,” she noted. Karima, who has traveled several times to the Maghreb region and works to reinforce the cultural, economic and fraternal ties that binds the countries of the Maghreb, called on Algerian officials to “rethink their strategies before dragging the two countries and the region into a useless cold war.”“Regardless of the current tension between the two countries, intellectuals from Morocco and Algeria are calling for reinforcing these ties and ending this artificial conflict. I call on the Algerian Government to hold back this unprecedented decision before leading both countries into a useless cold war,” she said.“The Algerian and Moroccan people’s will to sustain partnership and friendship ties should not be undermined by this decision. People of the two countries need more economic prosperity, need cultural partnership, employment opportunities, social justice, a unified Maghreb rather than an endless conflict,” she concluded. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

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first_imgRabat- There has been still no official reaction from the Moroccan government to the Algeria’s decision to freeze its diplomatic relations with Morocco. But some Moroccan officials said that the decision made the Algerian government translate their disarray and disorientation because of Morocco’s diplomatic success regarding the Sahara dispute over the past two months. “The Diplomatic offensives carried out by Morocco in 2013 have dealt a blow to Algeria, which finds itself disoriented by these successes to the point that the Algerian spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed this Sunday his country’s decision to severe its ties with the kingdom,” a Moroccan official was quoted by Moroccan French language portal Le 360.ma as saying.  The Algerian government justified its decision by what it called the “scandalous” sentence handed by the Casablanca tribunal to the Moroccan man who tore the Algerian flag. But Moroccans say that this event is used by Algeria just an excuse that translates its frustration to see Morocco achieving diplomatic successes on multiples fronts, including in Africa. “It is clear that the Algerians react in this manner after their failure to push the European Parliament to refuse the signing of a fishing agreement with Morocco, and Morocco’s successful attempt to play a pivotal role in stabilizing Mali,” Dr. Mohamed Chtatou, Professor at University Mohammed V in Rabat, told MWN. “In addition to that, the Algerians are annoyed by the successful visit of King Mohammed VI to the United States and his meeting with President Barack Obama, after which the American head of State pledged his support to a mutually agreed-upon and political solution to the Sahara conflict,” he added. For her part Karima Rhanem, a Moroccan Researcher in Governance & Public Policy, expressed her disbelief to see that the Algerian government decided to freeze its ties with Morocco using the excuse of the verdict of the Casablanca tribunal against the Moroccan who tore the Algerian flag. “I am very surprised to hear this decision. I am even surprised it was a reaction to the Moroccan court verdict regarding the Moroccan who took down the Algerian flag. Neither the Moroccan government nor another foreign entity could interfere in the court decision and this should be clear to our neighbors,” she said. “Right after this incident, we saw several Algerians setting fire on the Moroccan flag. Yet, the Moroccan government didn’t freeze its relations,” she noted. Karima, who has traveled several times to the Maghreb region and works to reinforce the cultural, economic and fraternal ties that binds the countries of the Maghreb, called on Algerian officials to “rethink their strategies before dragging the two countries and the region into a useless cold war.”“Regardless of the current tension between the two countries, intellectuals from Morocco and Algeria are calling for reinforcing these ties and ending this artificial conflict. I call on the Algerian Government to hold back this unprecedented decision before leading both countries into a useless cold war,” she said.“The Algerian and Moroccan people’s will to sustain partnership and friendship ties should not be undermined by this decision. People of the two countries need more economic prosperity, need cultural partnership, employment opportunities, social justice, a unified Maghreb rather than an endless conflict,” she concluded. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

UN agency encourages Rwandan refugees to return after goandsee visits

Exploratory visits to their homeland have calmed the fears of potential Rwandan returnees who have been taking refuge since the 1994 genocide in other African countries, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today. In the years following the genocide, some 3.2 million Rwandan refugees have gone home, and UNHCR is actively promoting the repatriation of 48,000 others living in 14 African countries. Josephine, for example, was 19 when she left her village in the southern province of Butare in May 1994, shortly after the start of the genocide in which some 800,000 people were killed in just 100 days.She settled in the Luwani Refugee Camp in Malawi, which is still home to some 3,400 Rwandan refugees. After a visit to her village earlier this month with four other Rwandan refugees, she came back to Malawi to help her fellow refugees decide whether or not to go back to Rwanda for good.According to UNHCR, some refugees remain unconvinced that Rwanda is now a safe country. In addition, some say the establishment of traditional local courts, known as gacaca – which are meant to identify and try lower-level perpetrators of the 1994 genocide – has caused them to hesitate about coming home. During her time in her village, Josephine made a point of talking to the mayor of Gikonko district, as well as the gacaca coordinator in the area, so she could return to Malawi with a better understanding of these issues.“I do not have a bad impression of the functioning of the gacacas, and this is what I am going to say to other refugees back in Malawi,” she told UNHCR. “Rwanda now seems a peaceful country, and I see no reason for not coming back home.” read more

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Exploratory visits to their homeland have calmed the fears of potential Rwandan returnees who have been taking refuge since the 1994 genocide in other African countries, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today. In the years following the genocide, some 3.2 million Rwandan refugees have gone home, and UNHCR is actively promoting the repatriation of 48,000 others living in 14 African countries. Josephine, for example, was 19 when she left her village in the southern province of Butare in May 1994, shortly after the start of the genocide in which some 800,000 people were killed in just 100 days.She settled in the Luwani Refugee Camp in Malawi, which is still home to some 3,400 Rwandan refugees. After a visit to her village earlier this month with four other Rwandan refugees, she came back to Malawi to help her fellow refugees decide whether or not to go back to Rwanda for good.According to UNHCR, some refugees remain unconvinced that Rwanda is now a safe country. In addition, some say the establishment of traditional local courts, known as gacaca – which are meant to identify and try lower-level perpetrators of the 1994 genocide – has caused them to hesitate about coming home. During her time in her village, Josephine made a point of talking to the mayor of Gikonko district, as well as the gacaca coordinator in the area, so she could return to Malawi with a better understanding of these issues.“I do not have a bad impression of the functioning of the gacacas, and this is what I am going to say to other refugees back in Malawi,” she told UNHCR. “Rwanda now seems a peaceful country, and I see no reason for not coming back home.” read more

Are The Giants Sneaking Up On Us Again

It’s easy to dismiss the success of the 7-3 New York Giants. The team ranks 23rd in scoring, tied with the 49ers, and is 11th in points allowed; overall, the Giants have outscored opponents by only 4 points all year. In fact, the Giants haven’t won a single game by more than 7 points. Meanwhile, they rank 20th in yards per game and 16th in yards allowed per game and have benefited from a favorable schedule: The team has played only three true road games this year.1The Giants have played six games at home; they also played one game in London, against the Rams.Ahead of Week 11’s games, the Giants ranked 16th in both ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings and Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, and their 6-point home win against a bad Bears team is unlikely to move those needles. And even after Sunday’s win, the Giants rank only 17th in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings.So the Giants are just an average team that has lucked into a good record, right? That’s an easy conclusion, but the Giants have a history of sneaking up on the rest of the NFL, as they did in 2007 and 2011:In 2007, New York was 7-3 through 10 games but imploded in the team’s 11th game. Against Minnesota, Eli Manning threw three pick sixes (he would finish the year with 20 picks, tied for the league lead).In 2011, the Giants through 10 games had scored 228 points and allowed 228 points, leading to a 6-4 record.At the time, neither of those teams seemed very noteworthy, and they finished with 10-6 and 9-7 records, respectively. Our current simulations have this year’s Giants finishing with 9.9 wins, which would put them right in line with those other good but not great Giants teams.Of course, both of those Giants teams wound up winning the Super Bowl. Is there any reason to think this year’s team could similarly surprise in the playoffs? To find out, let’s use expected points added to measure how the Giants have fared in every season (through 10 games) going back to 2006.2The first year for which we have EPA data. And while EPA does not adjust for era, we have adjusted those numbers on a per-play basis to account for those differences. I took an average of the per-play EPA for passing and rushing plays from 2006 to 2016 and then adjusted each season of team EPA data based on how the per-play average in a given season differed from the per-play average overall.Pass offense The 2007 and 2011 Giants were both strong against the run, but this year’s squad is even stronger. The Giants currently rank eighth in rushing yards allowed per game and fifth in yards per carry allowed. The additions of Harrison and Vernon have transformed the defensive line, after the defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in most rushing categories last year.ConclusionThe defense is the clear strength of this year’s Giants team, and it’s in a better position through 10 games than the defenses were during those Super Bowl-winning seasons. That’s a good thing, because unlike in those championship seasons, Eli Manning and the Giants offense are playing at or below league average — not exactly in position to carry a team on a late-season winning streak. So if the Giants make a run for the Super Bowl, it may be less likely to resemble Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl teams and more likely to resemble Eli’s brother’s team last year.Check out our latest NFL predictions. In 2007, the Giants’ offense was centered around Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, with spot appearances by Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. The ground game ranked fourth in yards and yards per carry.But even though the Earth, Wind and Fire Giants carried over their rushing success into 2008, the running game has been more of a weakness than a strength in more recent years. In 2011, the Giants finished dead last in both yards and yards per carry. And once again, the Giants can’t seem to piece together a running game. This season, New York ranks 31st in yards and 30th in yards per carry, with the underwhelming Rashad Jennings the leader in an unimpressive committee. The veteran back is averaging an anemic 3.40 yards per carry, 38th out of 43 qualifying rushers.With this year’s Giants featuring a mediocre passing game and a bad running game, you’ve probably figured out that it’s not the offense carrying the team.Pass defense In 2007, the Giants’ passing attack through 10 games wasn’t very good (and it would only get worse: The team finished the regular season at 22nd in adjusted net yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating). The running game (more on this in a minute) is what powered the team. But Eli Manning had some of his best games in the playoffs, particularly in the first two games.In 2011, the Giants were defined by the passing offense: Manning had one of his best seasons, teaming with wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Manning again played better in the postseason, particularly in the early rounds.This year? Despite highlights from Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and the success of rookie Sterling Shepard, the Giants have had a mediocre passing attack. They rank 19th in passing EPA and 16th in ANY/A. There’s obvious upside with Manning and Beckham, but if the Giants go on a Super Bowl run, the data suggests that the passing offense won’t be behind it.Rushing offense The most enduring image of the 2007 Giants is likely the beating that the team gave Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots, but it’s easy to forget that through 10 games, that team was below average against the pass. Same goes for the 2011 version, which was among the worst teams in the league at defending the pass until it got its act together down the stretch.Last year, the pass defense was the Giants’ downfall — the team ranked 28th in EPA and 29th in ANY/A allowed, factors that led to the team finishing 30th in points allowed and last in yards allowed. The Giants finished 6-10, with opposing quarterbacks leading five fourth-quarter comebacks against them and a sixth loss involving another blown lead in the final minute.In the offseason, the Giants spent a ton of money to improve the defense. The team re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul; added Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison; and drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round. Those additions have paid dividends, and safety Landon Collins, selected 33rd overall last year, has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround. This year, the Giants rank eighth in pass EPA and fifth in ANY/A allowed, and the pass defense is the strength of the team in a way it hasn’t been in years.Rush defense read more

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It’s easy to dismiss the success of the 7-3 New York Giants. The team ranks 23rd in scoring, tied with the 49ers, and is 11th in points allowed; overall, the Giants have outscored opponents by only 4 points all year. In fact, the Giants haven’t won a single game by more than 7 points. Meanwhile, they rank 20th in yards per game and 16th in yards allowed per game and have benefited from a favorable schedule: The team has played only three true road games this year.1The Giants have played six games at home; they also played one game in London, against the Rams.Ahead of Week 11’s games, the Giants ranked 16th in both ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings and Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, and their 6-point home win against a bad Bears team is unlikely to move those needles. And even after Sunday’s win, the Giants rank only 17th in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings.So the Giants are just an average team that has lucked into a good record, right? That’s an easy conclusion, but the Giants have a history of sneaking up on the rest of the NFL, as they did in 2007 and 2011:In 2007, New York was 7-3 through 10 games but imploded in the team’s 11th game. Against Minnesota, Eli Manning threw three pick sixes (he would finish the year with 20 picks, tied for the league lead).In 2011, the Giants through 10 games had scored 228 points and allowed 228 points, leading to a 6-4 record.At the time, neither of those teams seemed very noteworthy, and they finished with 10-6 and 9-7 records, respectively. Our current simulations have this year’s Giants finishing with 9.9 wins, which would put them right in line with those other good but not great Giants teams.Of course, both of those Giants teams wound up winning the Super Bowl. Is there any reason to think this year’s team could similarly surprise in the playoffs? To find out, let’s use expected points added to measure how the Giants have fared in every season (through 10 games) going back to 2006.2The first year for which we have EPA data. And while EPA does not adjust for era, we have adjusted those numbers on a per-play basis to account for those differences. I took an average of the per-play EPA for passing and rushing plays from 2006 to 2016 and then adjusted each season of team EPA data based on how the per-play average in a given season differed from the per-play average overall.Pass offense The 2007 and 2011 Giants were both strong against the run, but this year’s squad is even stronger. The Giants currently rank eighth in rushing yards allowed per game and fifth in yards per carry allowed. The additions of Harrison and Vernon have transformed the defensive line, after the defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in most rushing categories last year.ConclusionThe defense is the clear strength of this year’s Giants team, and it’s in a better position through 10 games than the defenses were during those Super Bowl-winning seasons. That’s a good thing, because unlike in those championship seasons, Eli Manning and the Giants offense are playing at or below league average — not exactly in position to carry a team on a late-season winning streak. So if the Giants make a run for the Super Bowl, it may be less likely to resemble Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl teams and more likely to resemble Eli’s brother’s team last year.Check out our latest NFL predictions. In 2007, the Giants’ offense was centered around Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, with spot appearances by Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. The ground game ranked fourth in yards and yards per carry.But even though the Earth, Wind and Fire Giants carried over their rushing success into 2008, the running game has been more of a weakness than a strength in more recent years. In 2011, the Giants finished dead last in both yards and yards per carry. And once again, the Giants can’t seem to piece together a running game. This season, New York ranks 31st in yards and 30th in yards per carry, with the underwhelming Rashad Jennings the leader in an unimpressive committee. The veteran back is averaging an anemic 3.40 yards per carry, 38th out of 43 qualifying rushers.With this year’s Giants featuring a mediocre passing game and a bad running game, you’ve probably figured out that it’s not the offense carrying the team.Pass defense In 2007, the Giants’ passing attack through 10 games wasn’t very good (and it would only get worse: The team finished the regular season at 22nd in adjusted net yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating). The running game (more on this in a minute) is what powered the team. But Eli Manning had some of his best games in the playoffs, particularly in the first two games.In 2011, the Giants were defined by the passing offense: Manning had one of his best seasons, teaming with wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Manning again played better in the postseason, particularly in the early rounds.This year? Despite highlights from Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and the success of rookie Sterling Shepard, the Giants have had a mediocre passing attack. They rank 19th in passing EPA and 16th in ANY/A. There’s obvious upside with Manning and Beckham, but if the Giants go on a Super Bowl run, the data suggests that the passing offense won’t be behind it.Rushing offense The most enduring image of the 2007 Giants is likely the beating that the team gave Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots, but it’s easy to forget that through 10 games, that team was below average against the pass. Same goes for the 2011 version, which was among the worst teams in the league at defending the pass until it got its act together down the stretch.Last year, the pass defense was the Giants’ downfall — the team ranked 28th in EPA and 29th in ANY/A allowed, factors that led to the team finishing 30th in points allowed and last in yards allowed. The Giants finished 6-10, with opposing quarterbacks leading five fourth-quarter comebacks against them and a sixth loss involving another blown lead in the final minute.In the offseason, the Giants spent a ton of money to improve the defense. The team re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul; added Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison; and drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round. Those additions have paid dividends, and safety Landon Collins, selected 33rd overall last year, has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround. This year, the Giants rank eighth in pass EPA and fifth in ANY/A allowed, and the pass defense is the strength of the team in a way it hasn’t been in years.Rush defense read more

Football Urban Meyer prepares for Ohio States trip to the Rose Bowl

Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates with Urban Meyer after he scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorComing into Sunday’s College Football Playoff selection, it was expected that Ohio State would be left on the outside, even after winning the Big Ten, finishing off a 12-1 season with a 45-24 win against then-No. 21 Northwestern.Those expectations became reality, as the Buckeyes finished No. 6, behind both No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Georgia in the final College Football Playoff poll, giving Ohio State a trip to Pasadena, California for the Rose Bowl against No. 9 Washington, the Pac-12 champion.Meyer said, unlike in 2017, he was not that surprised to see his team outside of the top four.“Those are three really good teams,” Meyer said. “The last thing we’re going to do is stand up here and criticize the committee. We’re not going to do that.”Since the creation of the College Football Playoff in 2014, Ohio State has been ranked within the top seven spots in every final ranking released. Even with missing by three spots or less in any given year, Meyer said he is not calling for an eight-team playoff because it would “change the entire model of college football.”But being on the outside of the playoff does not change what Meyer thinks of the team he has this season.“I don’t want to devalue what we just did,” Meyer said. “We just won the Big Ten Championship.”Looking back at the season, Meyer sees a turning point in the year as something that occurred before he was even eligible to coach this season.During Ryan Day’s three-game tenure as acting head coach, junior defensive end Nick Bosa went down with an injury in the third quarter against TCU. The injury would end up costing Bosa his season, as he moved his efforts toward the 2019 NFL Draft.“When Nick Bosa went down, that changed our team,” Meyer said. “He was a great player, but he was so much more than that.”Many saw Oklahoma’s 12-point win against then-No. 14 Texas as the nail in the coffin for Ohio State’s playoff hopes, regardless of the events of the Alabama-Georgia matchup.Meyer agreed, saying he was worried about the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes after the Sooners came out with a victory.Even with the Sooners being placed at No. 4 as expected, the Bulldogs coming in ahead of Ohio State after a loss to the Crimson Tide came as a surprise to Meyer.Still, Meyer called Georgia a “heck of a team,” and is looking forward to the matchup against Washington on Jan. 1.As far as Meyer’s thoughts on his Heisman hopeful, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who through for 499 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday, he left no doubts.“Oh he’ll be in New York,” Meyer said. “He’s going one way or another. I’ll fly him there myself.” read more

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Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates with Urban Meyer after he scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorComing into Sunday’s College Football Playoff selection, it was expected that Ohio State would be left on the outside, even after winning the Big Ten, finishing off a 12-1 season with a 45-24 win against then-No. 21 Northwestern.Those expectations became reality, as the Buckeyes finished No. 6, behind both No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Georgia in the final College Football Playoff poll, giving Ohio State a trip to Pasadena, California for the Rose Bowl against No. 9 Washington, the Pac-12 champion.Meyer said, unlike in 2017, he was not that surprised to see his team outside of the top four.“Those are three really good teams,” Meyer said. “The last thing we’re going to do is stand up here and criticize the committee. We’re not going to do that.”Since the creation of the College Football Playoff in 2014, Ohio State has been ranked within the top seven spots in every final ranking released. Even with missing by three spots or less in any given year, Meyer said he is not calling for an eight-team playoff because it would “change the entire model of college football.”But being on the outside of the playoff does not change what Meyer thinks of the team he has this season.“I don’t want to devalue what we just did,” Meyer said. “We just won the Big Ten Championship.”Looking back at the season, Meyer sees a turning point in the year as something that occurred before he was even eligible to coach this season.During Ryan Day’s three-game tenure as acting head coach, junior defensive end Nick Bosa went down with an injury in the third quarter against TCU. The injury would end up costing Bosa his season, as he moved his efforts toward the 2019 NFL Draft.“When Nick Bosa went down, that changed our team,” Meyer said. “He was a great player, but he was so much more than that.”Many saw Oklahoma’s 12-point win against then-No. 14 Texas as the nail in the coffin for Ohio State’s playoff hopes, regardless of the events of the Alabama-Georgia matchup.Meyer agreed, saying he was worried about the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes after the Sooners came out with a victory.Even with the Sooners being placed at No. 4 as expected, the Bulldogs coming in ahead of Ohio State after a loss to the Crimson Tide came as a surprise to Meyer.Still, Meyer called Georgia a “heck of a team,” and is looking forward to the matchup against Washington on Jan. 1.As far as Meyer’s thoughts on his Heisman hopeful, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who through for 499 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday, he left no doubts.“Oh he’ll be in New York,” Meyer said. “He’s going one way or another. I’ll fly him there myself.” read more

Uber drivers to ferry elderly patients home from hospital in attempt to

first_imgFinding a carer can be a nightmare, the founders of the new service sayCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Stressed person Elderly person David Mowat, the minister for care and support, said: “This is an interesting and innovative proposal which will help raise awareness of the challenges faced by the vulnerable elderly, ‎and those with specific conditions that are becoming increasingly common in our society. I look forward to hearing more about the results in due course.”Cera already offers a venture which guarantees a carer to a patient’s front door or hospital bed within four hours in some parts of the country.The start-up, which says it has just completed the largest ever seed round in European healthcare history,  is backed by the heads of Just Eat and a former director of the World Economic Forum. Uber drivers will be trained to ferry the elderly home from hospital in an attempt to tackle record levels of NHS bedblocking.Ministers hailed the deal as an “interesting and innovative” response to the challenges faced by Britain’s ageing population.The partnership between Uber and the company, Cera, means drivers will be given special training in disabilities, with access to cars which can take wheelchairs.And Cera will join forces with the country’s largest NHS trust and with three local health groups to deliver home care for patients, including those with dementia and cancer.The NHS scheme could also result in Uber drivers being used to transport patients home from hospital, or to send carers out to customers.Dr Ben Maruthappu, Cera’s co-founder, said the new plans would “revolutionise” closer working between care and transport services – improving the lives of families.“Older people and those with disabilities will now have access to the highest quality drivers, while carers will be able to efficiently travel to ensure they can provide services in the right place at the right time,” he said.“These partnerships tackle major challenges in the NHS, cracking down on bed-blocking and delayed discharges, while providing high-quality and efficient care, said Dr Maruthappu, a junior doctor.  The service run by the health start-up already allows families to book a carer online, and monitor the help given to their loved ones. Woman pill  Individual consumers will also be able to request specially trained Uber drivers to deliver paid-for care by the private care company, for those living in London.Jo Bertram, regional general manager at Uber, said the plans would improve mobility for some of society’s most vulnerable people.“Uber’s mission is for everybody to have access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation and this partnership brings us a step closer to making that a reality.“Simply by tapping a button on our app carers will be able to get to people quickly and efficiently, while those with mobility needs will have the freedom to get out and about,” she said. The NHS schemes cover a population of five million people across north London, as well as five hospitals run by Barts Health NHS Trust. The number of people who need help but do not receive it has risen by almost a fifth in a year, a report by Age UK showsCredit:PA  Families will be guaranteed a visit from a carer within four hours, once the scheme is rolled out nationally Credit:Alamylast_img read more

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first_imgFinding a carer can be a nightmare, the founders of the new service sayCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Stressed person Elderly person David Mowat, the minister for care and support, said: “This is an interesting and innovative proposal which will help raise awareness of the challenges faced by the vulnerable elderly, ‎and those with specific conditions that are becoming increasingly common in our society. I look forward to hearing more about the results in due course.”Cera already offers a venture which guarantees a carer to a patient’s front door or hospital bed within four hours in some parts of the country.The start-up, which says it has just completed the largest ever seed round in European healthcare history,  is backed by the heads of Just Eat and a former director of the World Economic Forum. Uber drivers will be trained to ferry the elderly home from hospital in an attempt to tackle record levels of NHS bedblocking.Ministers hailed the deal as an “interesting and innovative” response to the challenges faced by Britain’s ageing population.The partnership between Uber and the company, Cera, means drivers will be given special training in disabilities, with access to cars which can take wheelchairs.And Cera will join forces with the country’s largest NHS trust and with three local health groups to deliver home care for patients, including those with dementia and cancer.The NHS scheme could also result in Uber drivers being used to transport patients home from hospital, or to send carers out to customers.Dr Ben Maruthappu, Cera’s co-founder, said the new plans would “revolutionise” closer working between care and transport services – improving the lives of families.“Older people and those with disabilities will now have access to the highest quality drivers, while carers will be able to efficiently travel to ensure they can provide services in the right place at the right time,” he said.“These partnerships tackle major challenges in the NHS, cracking down on bed-blocking and delayed discharges, while providing high-quality and efficient care, said Dr Maruthappu, a junior doctor.  The service run by the health start-up already allows families to book a carer online, and monitor the help given to their loved ones. Woman pill  Individual consumers will also be able to request specially trained Uber drivers to deliver paid-for care by the private care company, for those living in London.Jo Bertram, regional general manager at Uber, said the plans would improve mobility for some of society’s most vulnerable people.“Uber’s mission is for everybody to have access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation and this partnership brings us a step closer to making that a reality.“Simply by tapping a button on our app carers will be able to get to people quickly and efficiently, while those with mobility needs will have the freedom to get out and about,” she said. The NHS schemes cover a population of five million people across north London, as well as five hospitals run by Barts Health NHS Trust. The number of people who need help but do not receive it has risen by almost a fifth in a year, a report by Age UK showsCredit:PA  Families will be guaranteed a visit from a carer within four hours, once the scheme is rolled out nationally Credit:Alamylast_img read more

Teenage girl fails to get grandfathers conviction for sexually abusing her overturned

A grandfather jailed for sexually abusing his granddaughter will not have his conviction quashed despite the 17-year-old now claiming that she invented the allegations.The man, who is 68, must continue to serve his 12-year prison sentence even though the girl, who was the main witness in the case against him, has said that she lied at his trial.Senior judges in the Court of Appeal heard how she invented the abuse as a way to gain attention from family members and friends but that after seeing her grandfather go to prison she realised she had to “do the right thing”. However the judges ruled that her original evidence at the trial in January last year at Snaresbrook crown court in London remained believable. In a ruling handed down on Friday the judges ruled that the girl, who was described as a “fragile and troubled teenager”, seemed motivated by regret that her grandfather had been imprisoned.The girl, known as M is proceedings as she cannot be named, first made the allegations about her relative to a counsellor in 2016, when she was 14. M told the counsellor that she realised that her grandfather’s behaviour was wrong only after attending sex education classes at school when she was in year eight. The counsellor reported the conversation to the police, who interviewed M the following day. Three months after the allegations were raised he faced charged of abusing the girl on several occasions when she was three or four, six or seven and eight or nine years old.The girl’s mother, M’s counsellor and a police officer all gave evidence in the trial. The man was convicted in February last year by a majority verdict of 11 to 1. The appeal was launched on the ground that the granddaughTer had given false evidence during the trial. M has now produced a 14-paragraph statement retracting the allegations against her relative. The statement says she wished to “withdraw my allegations as the alleged incidents did not in fact take place”.She says that she was “not informed of the consequences that would follow if the allegations I made were believed until after the proceedings had commenced, by which time I was too scared to say that I had lied. I now fully understand the severity of my allegations and the consequences of my actions.She went on to say that she had not liked the way her grandfather had treated her mother and “this gave me the idea” to make false allegations against him. The teenager went on to say: “I now realise the severity of my actions and sincerely regret them. After my grandfather went to prison, I knew I had to do the right thing and tell the truth. “I am making this statement because it is the right thing to do and I want to tell the truth. I am truly sorry for what I have done.”The retraction was supported by her mother, who during the trial was forced to deny that she had prompted her daughter to make the allegations because of her own dislike of her father-in-law.Concluding the trial it was ruled that there was “no proper basis for rejecting M’s original evidence”, adding: “We reject the veracity and reliability of her subsequent retraction statement, put in after sentence was announced.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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A grandfather jailed for sexually abusing his granddaughter will not have his conviction quashed despite the 17-year-old now claiming that she invented the allegations.The man, who is 68, must continue to serve his 12-year prison sentence even though the girl, who was the main witness in the case against him, has said that she lied at his trial.Senior judges in the Court of Appeal heard how she invented the abuse as a way to gain attention from family members and friends but that after seeing her grandfather go to prison she realised she had to “do the right thing”. However the judges ruled that her original evidence at the trial in January last year at Snaresbrook crown court in London remained believable. In a ruling handed down on Friday the judges ruled that the girl, who was described as a “fragile and troubled teenager”, seemed motivated by regret that her grandfather had been imprisoned.The girl, known as M is proceedings as she cannot be named, first made the allegations about her relative to a counsellor in 2016, when she was 14. M told the counsellor that she realised that her grandfather’s behaviour was wrong only after attending sex education classes at school when she was in year eight. The counsellor reported the conversation to the police, who interviewed M the following day. Three months after the allegations were raised he faced charged of abusing the girl on several occasions when she was three or four, six or seven and eight or nine years old.The girl’s mother, M’s counsellor and a police officer all gave evidence in the trial. The man was convicted in February last year by a majority verdict of 11 to 1. The appeal was launched on the ground that the granddaughTer had given false evidence during the trial. M has now produced a 14-paragraph statement retracting the allegations against her relative. The statement says she wished to “withdraw my allegations as the alleged incidents did not in fact take place”.She says that she was “not informed of the consequences that would follow if the allegations I made were believed until after the proceedings had commenced, by which time I was too scared to say that I had lied. I now fully understand the severity of my allegations and the consequences of my actions.She went on to say that she had not liked the way her grandfather had treated her mother and “this gave me the idea” to make false allegations against him. The teenager went on to say: “I now realise the severity of my actions and sincerely regret them. After my grandfather went to prison, I knew I had to do the right thing and tell the truth. “I am making this statement because it is the right thing to do and I want to tell the truth. I am truly sorry for what I have done.”The retraction was supported by her mother, who during the trial was forced to deny that she had prompted her daughter to make the allegations because of her own dislike of her father-in-law.Concluding the trial it was ruled that there was “no proper basis for rejecting M’s original evidence”, adding: “We reject the veracity and reliability of her subsequent retraction statement, put in after sentence was announced.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Filip Jicha will be assistant coach in THW Kiel

Filip Jicha is successor of Alfred Gislason in THW Kiel. The legend of “Zebras” where he played between 2007 and 2015, left the club in tears as he wanted cheaper life and easier League in Barcelona, but his body couldn’t cope more with TOP handball, so the 35-years old Czech star ended his career in October 2017.Now, he will go back to Kiel starting from next summer. Jicha signed three-years contract. He will work as assistant of Alfred Gislason and then obviously overtake position of the first coach at the end of Icelander’s era in summer 2019. Filip JichaTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Helle Thomsen sacked from CSM Bucuresti Next Story → Orlen Wisla Plock sack Piotr Przybecki read more

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Filip Jicha is successor of Alfred Gislason in THW Kiel. The legend of “Zebras” where he played between 2007 and 2015, left the club in tears as he wanted cheaper life and easier League in Barcelona, but his body couldn’t cope more with TOP handball, so the 35-years old Czech star ended his career in October 2017.Now, he will go back to Kiel starting from next summer. Jicha signed three-years contract. He will work as assistant of Alfred Gislason and then obviously overtake position of the first coach at the end of Icelander’s era in summer 2019. Filip JichaTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Helle Thomsen sacked from CSM Bucuresti Next Story → Orlen Wisla Plock sack Piotr Przybecki read more

Rabbitte There must be meaningful engagement with the public over Eirgrid plans

first_imgIn response to Fianna Fáil’s Private Member’s motion tonight on Eirgrid’s proposals for overhead power lines, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Resources Pat Rabbitte said meaningful engagement is needed with the public.The motion called on the Government to initiate an independent, international assessment of the Eirgrid proposals to erect overhead pylons around the country.Rabbitte said he could not accept the motion but said it raised “important issues”.National interestHowever, he said it was the Government’s policy and “in the national interest, not least in current economic circumstances, that infrastructure investment programmes are delivered in the most “cost efficient and timely way possible”.According to the knowledge available to him from an the International Expert Commission “on the case for, and cost of, undergrounding all or part of the Meath-Tyrone line noted that there is no single right solution”.However, he said the Commission estimated that the cost of a high voltage direct voltage underground cable would be three times the cost of a traditional overhead line. He added:But, on the basis of the information available to me, I cannot say for certain that undergrounding other 400kV lines in Grid25 would automatically be 3 times as costly.Fossil fuelsRabbitte said Grid25 will reduce Ireland’s dependency on imported fossil fuels but said he was “aware that many people are concerned about the impact that new transmission lines and other energy infrastructure can have on the landscape, the environment and on local communities”.He added that EirGrid must address and where possible avoid any human, environmental or landscape impact in delivering the best possible engineering solutions for our small and still isolated electricity system, stating that they must adhere to national and international standards.I am however aware that many people are concerned about the impact that new transmission lines and other energy infrastructure can have on the landscape, the environment and on local communities.He pointed out that national and international health and scientific agencies “have reviewed more than 30 years of research into EMF. None of these agencies has concluded that exposure to EMF from power lines or other electrical source is a cause of any long-term adverse effects on human, plant or animal health”.Contrary to recent headlines, Rabbitte said EirGrid is working closely with Fáilte Ireland on Grid25, to ensure they can outline their objectives of protecting key tourism assets and amenities.Minister Rabbitte’s comments come just hours after chairman designate of Eirgrid, John O’Connor told the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications that he personally would not like to live beside an electricity pylon.Read: ‘I wouldn’t like to live close to a pylon, but who would?’ – Incoming Eirgrid chair>last_img read more

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first_imgIn response to Fianna Fáil’s Private Member’s motion tonight on Eirgrid’s proposals for overhead power lines, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Resources Pat Rabbitte said meaningful engagement is needed with the public.The motion called on the Government to initiate an independent, international assessment of the Eirgrid proposals to erect overhead pylons around the country.Rabbitte said he could not accept the motion but said it raised “important issues”.National interestHowever, he said it was the Government’s policy and “in the national interest, not least in current economic circumstances, that infrastructure investment programmes are delivered in the most “cost efficient and timely way possible”.According to the knowledge available to him from an the International Expert Commission “on the case for, and cost of, undergrounding all or part of the Meath-Tyrone line noted that there is no single right solution”.However, he said the Commission estimated that the cost of a high voltage direct voltage underground cable would be three times the cost of a traditional overhead line. He added:But, on the basis of the information available to me, I cannot say for certain that undergrounding other 400kV lines in Grid25 would automatically be 3 times as costly.Fossil fuelsRabbitte said Grid25 will reduce Ireland’s dependency on imported fossil fuels but said he was “aware that many people are concerned about the impact that new transmission lines and other energy infrastructure can have on the landscape, the environment and on local communities”.He added that EirGrid must address and where possible avoid any human, environmental or landscape impact in delivering the best possible engineering solutions for our small and still isolated electricity system, stating that they must adhere to national and international standards.I am however aware that many people are concerned about the impact that new transmission lines and other energy infrastructure can have on the landscape, the environment and on local communities.He pointed out that national and international health and scientific agencies “have reviewed more than 30 years of research into EMF. None of these agencies has concluded that exposure to EMF from power lines or other electrical source is a cause of any long-term adverse effects on human, plant or animal health”.Contrary to recent headlines, Rabbitte said EirGrid is working closely with Fáilte Ireland on Grid25, to ensure they can outline their objectives of protecting key tourism assets and amenities.Minister Rabbitte’s comments come just hours after chairman designate of Eirgrid, John O’Connor told the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications that he personally would not like to live beside an electricity pylon.Read: ‘I wouldn’t like to live close to a pylon, but who would?’ – Incoming Eirgrid chair>last_img read more

Chasse à la baleine deux militants Greenpeace jugés pour vol au Japon

first_imgChasse à la baleine : deux militants Greenpeace jugés pour vol au JaponJapon – Le procès de deux militants de Greenpeace s’est ouvert lundi au Japon. Accusés d’avoir volé 23,5 kilos de chair de baleine en avril 2008, ils plaident non coupable et dénoncent une affaire politique.Junichi Sato et Toru Suzuki, deux militants de Greenpeace qui dénoncent un trafic de viande de cétacé organisé par des pêcheurs, sont accusés d’avoir volé une boîte contenant 23,5 kg de chair de baleine, d’une valeur de près de 2.000 euros. Lundi, à l’ouverture de l’audience au tribunal d’Aomori, ils ont plaidé non coupable.À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filméeLes deux opposants à la pêche à la baleine, qui risquent dix ans de prison, affirment avoir voulu prouver l’existence d’un trafic illégal organisé par des membres d’équipage d’un navire amiral de la flotte baleinière japonaise, le Nisshin Maru. Après avoir subtilisé la boîte de chair de baleine, les militants l’avaient remise comme pièce à conviction à un procureur de Tokyo qui avait alors ouvert une enquête.D’après Greenpeace, une partie de la chair de baleine stockée dans le navire faisait l’objet d’un trafic alors qu’elle n’est normalement vendue qu’à des grossistes, à un prix fixé par l’Institut pour la recherche sur les cétacés. Les deux militants ont tout de même été arrêtés en juin pour entrée illégale sur une propriété privée et vol, tandis que l’enquête sur le trafic soupçonné a été classée sans suite.”Il ne faut pas juger l’engagement courageux pour la défense des baleines devant les tribunaux mais bien plus la corruption et les détournements liés au programme baleinier au Japon” s’insurgeAntje Helms, spécialiste des questions maritimes de Greenpeace. Il y a quelques mois, des experts des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU avaient conclu que les deux militants ont “agi dans l’intérêt public”.Le 18 février 2010 à 10:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgChasse à la baleine : deux militants Greenpeace jugés pour vol au JaponJapon – Le procès de deux militants de Greenpeace s’est ouvert lundi au Japon. Accusés d’avoir volé 23,5 kilos de chair de baleine en avril 2008, ils plaident non coupable et dénoncent une affaire politique.Junichi Sato et Toru Suzuki, deux militants de Greenpeace qui dénoncent un trafic de viande de cétacé organisé par des pêcheurs, sont accusés d’avoir volé une boîte contenant 23,5 kg de chair de baleine, d’une valeur de près de 2.000 euros. Lundi, à l’ouverture de l’audience au tribunal d’Aomori, ils ont plaidé non coupable.À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filméeLes deux opposants à la pêche à la baleine, qui risquent dix ans de prison, affirment avoir voulu prouver l’existence d’un trafic illégal organisé par des membres d’équipage d’un navire amiral de la flotte baleinière japonaise, le Nisshin Maru. Après avoir subtilisé la boîte de chair de baleine, les militants l’avaient remise comme pièce à conviction à un procureur de Tokyo qui avait alors ouvert une enquête.D’après Greenpeace, une partie de la chair de baleine stockée dans le navire faisait l’objet d’un trafic alors qu’elle n’est normalement vendue qu’à des grossistes, à un prix fixé par l’Institut pour la recherche sur les cétacés. Les deux militants ont tout de même été arrêtés en juin pour entrée illégale sur une propriété privée et vol, tandis que l’enquête sur le trafic soupçonné a été classée sans suite.”Il ne faut pas juger l’engagement courageux pour la défense des baleines devant les tribunaux mais bien plus la corruption et les détournements liés au programme baleinier au Japon” s’insurgeAntje Helms, spécialiste des questions maritimes de Greenpeace. Il y a quelques mois, des experts des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU avaient conclu que les deux militants ont “agi dans l’intérêt public”.Le 18 février 2010 à 10:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les dauphins utilisent un double sonar biologique

first_imgLes dauphins utilisent un double sonar biologiquePubliée récemment dans la revue Biology Letters, une étude américano-suédoise montre que les dauphins émettent un double faisceau d’ultrasons pour mieux localiser les objets de leur environnement. Grâce à un dispositif qu’elle a développé elle-même, comportant pas moins de 47  hydrophones (microphones sous-marins), Josefin Starkhammar, physicienne à l’Université de Lund (Suède), en collaboration avec des biologistes de la National Marine Mammal Foundation de San Diego (États-Unis), a pu mettre en évidence, chez le dauphin, l’émission simultanée d’un double faisceau d’ultrasons, chose qu’ignoraient les cétologues, qui étudient pourtant le sonar biologique (ou système d’écholocalisation) de ces animaux depuis les années 1960.À lire aussiDes dauphins surpris en train de faire du ”toboggan” sur des baleines au large d’Hawaï”Les faisceaux ont des fréquences différentes, et peuvent être envoyés dans des directions différentes. L’avantage, pour le dauphin, est probablement de localiser l’objet plus précisément”, explique la chercheuse, qui pense que les émissions pourraient venir des deux différents organes émetteurs de sons de l’animal, organes dont l’existence est bien connue mais dont on pensait qu’un seul était actif.Cependant, une autre explication pourrait être un processus complexe de réflexion des ondes sonores à l’intérieur du crâne, siège de l’émission. Aussi, Josefin Starkhammar insiste sur la nécessité de poursuivre plus avant ces recherches, qui pourraient amener des progrès dans notre technologie des sonars, mais aussi dans la protection des cétacés contre les nuisances sonores.Le 13 juin 2011 à 16:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgLes dauphins utilisent un double sonar biologiquePubliée récemment dans la revue Biology Letters, une étude américano-suédoise montre que les dauphins émettent un double faisceau d’ultrasons pour mieux localiser les objets de leur environnement. Grâce à un dispositif qu’elle a développé elle-même, comportant pas moins de 47  hydrophones (microphones sous-marins), Josefin Starkhammar, physicienne à l’Université de Lund (Suède), en collaboration avec des biologistes de la National Marine Mammal Foundation de San Diego (États-Unis), a pu mettre en évidence, chez le dauphin, l’émission simultanée d’un double faisceau d’ultrasons, chose qu’ignoraient les cétologues, qui étudient pourtant le sonar biologique (ou système d’écholocalisation) de ces animaux depuis les années 1960.À lire aussiDes dauphins surpris en train de faire du ”toboggan” sur des baleines au large d’Hawaï”Les faisceaux ont des fréquences différentes, et peuvent être envoyés dans des directions différentes. L’avantage, pour le dauphin, est probablement de localiser l’objet plus précisément”, explique la chercheuse, qui pense que les émissions pourraient venir des deux différents organes émetteurs de sons de l’animal, organes dont l’existence est bien connue mais dont on pensait qu’un seul était actif.Cependant, une autre explication pourrait être un processus complexe de réflexion des ondes sonores à l’intérieur du crâne, siège de l’émission. Aussi, Josefin Starkhammar insiste sur la nécessité de poursuivre plus avant ces recherches, qui pourraient amener des progrès dans notre technologie des sonars, mais aussi dans la protection des cétacés contre les nuisances sonores.Le 13 juin 2011 à 16:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Et Apple présenta Siri

first_imgEt Apple présenta Siri…Parmi toutes les nouveautés mises en avant par l’équipe d’Apple lors de l’évènement l’IPhone 4S, il y en a une qui rallie les suffrages et fait bondir la reconnaissance vocale dans une nouvelle dimension quotidienne et pratique : Siri. Retour sur un assistant pas comme les autres.Siri. Derrière cet énigmatique prénom se cache l’une des nouveautés Apple la plus remarquable de cette fin d’année. Inclus dans le nouvel Iphone 4S, il permet un nombre d’actions impressionnantes avec une simplicité, elle, déconcertante, comme nous les montrent ces vidéos, disponibles ici et là sur la Toile.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Siri n’a pas besoin d’occurrences précises pour fonctionner, il suffit de lui parler simplement pour qu’il exécute les tâches à accomplir : “Écrire un message à Pierre… Pierre, je te remercie des fleurs que tu m’as offertes”. Siri reprend la parole “Voulez-vous envoyer le message ?”. “Oui, s’il te plaît”. Et voilà, le tour est joué.Prendre le cours de la Bourse, faire démarrer un minuteur, ou demander un itinéraire… Rien ne semble lui résister. D’ailleurs, Apple ne s’y est pas trompé : l’intégration complète avec l’Iphone 4S fait entrer l’application et l’outil dans une nouvelle ère… Pas si lointaine de celle de Hal de 2001, l’odyssée de l’espace pour les plus méfiants.Siri sera disponible en français dès le lancement de l’Iphone 4S, mais également en Allemand et en Anglais. Découvrez une démonstration de l’étonnant assistant virtuel Siri en vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 5 octobre 2011 à 10:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgEt Apple présenta Siri…Parmi toutes les nouveautés mises en avant par l’équipe d’Apple lors de l’évènement l’IPhone 4S, il y en a une qui rallie les suffrages et fait bondir la reconnaissance vocale dans une nouvelle dimension quotidienne et pratique : Siri. Retour sur un assistant pas comme les autres.Siri. Derrière cet énigmatique prénom se cache l’une des nouveautés Apple la plus remarquable de cette fin d’année. Inclus dans le nouvel Iphone 4S, il permet un nombre d’actions impressionnantes avec une simplicité, elle, déconcertante, comme nous les montrent ces vidéos, disponibles ici et là sur la Toile.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Siri n’a pas besoin d’occurrences précises pour fonctionner, il suffit de lui parler simplement pour qu’il exécute les tâches à accomplir : “Écrire un message à Pierre… Pierre, je te remercie des fleurs que tu m’as offertes”. Siri reprend la parole “Voulez-vous envoyer le message ?”. “Oui, s’il te plaît”. Et voilà, le tour est joué.Prendre le cours de la Bourse, faire démarrer un minuteur, ou demander un itinéraire… Rien ne semble lui résister. D’ailleurs, Apple ne s’y est pas trompé : l’intégration complète avec l’Iphone 4S fait entrer l’application et l’outil dans une nouvelle ère… Pas si lointaine de celle de Hal de 2001, l’odyssée de l’espace pour les plus méfiants.Siri sera disponible en français dès le lancement de l’Iphone 4S, mais également en Allemand et en Anglais. Découvrez une démonstration de l’étonnant assistant virtuel Siri en vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 5 octobre 2011 à 10:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cabrillo National Monument closed amid partial government shutdown

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s Cabrillo National Monument was closed Saturday as a result of the partial federal government shutdown that went into effect at midnight when the Senate and House of Representatives failed to reach an agreement on President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. The monument’s website said it was shuttered Saturday “for the safety of visitors and park resources” due to the lapse in federal funds, and the site wouldn’t be updated during the shutdown. The Cleveland National Forest’s website also said the USDA wouldn’t actively update the site during the shutdown, but there was no information on any portion of the forest being closed.The status of many National Parks is unclear. Workers were to be furloughed, but the parks themselves were expected to remain accessible for the most part. Congress approved funds for about three-quarters of the federal government in September, but the budgets for the remaining portions of the government had a Dec. 21 deadline for funding to pass. The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a stopgap funding bill with $5 billion for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate and House both adjourned Friday night without reaching a spending deal.The Senate again adjourned without a deal Saturday afternoon, ensuring the shutdown will continue at least through Thursday. Many workers were off during the Christmas holiday anyway, meaning the full effects of the shutdown won’t likely be felt unless it goes on longer. The departments of Interior, Homeland Security, State, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Commerce and Justice were all affected by the partial shutdown.Workers such as Border Patrol agents and Transportation Security Administration workers were expected to continue working. The U.S. Postal Service was unaffected by the shutdown and will continue to deliver mail. Cabrillo National Monument closed amid partial government shutdown KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 22, 2018 December 22, 2018 Updated: 3:27 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s Cabrillo National Monument was closed Saturday as a result of the partial federal government shutdown that went into effect at midnight when the Senate and House of Representatives failed to reach an agreement on President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. The monument’s website said it was shuttered Saturday “for the safety of visitors and park resources” due to the lapse in federal funds, and the site wouldn’t be updated during the shutdown. The Cleveland National Forest’s website also said the USDA wouldn’t actively update the site during the shutdown, but there was no information on any portion of the forest being closed.The status of many National Parks is unclear. Workers were to be furloughed, but the parks themselves were expected to remain accessible for the most part. Congress approved funds for about three-quarters of the federal government in September, but the budgets for the remaining portions of the government had a Dec. 21 deadline for funding to pass. The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a stopgap funding bill with $5 billion for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate and House both adjourned Friday night without reaching a spending deal.The Senate again adjourned without a deal Saturday afternoon, ensuring the shutdown will continue at least through Thursday. Many workers were off during the Christmas holiday anyway, meaning the full effects of the shutdown won’t likely be felt unless it goes on longer. The departments of Interior, Homeland Security, State, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Commerce and Justice were all affected by the partial shutdown.Workers such as Border Patrol agents and Transportation Security Administration workers were expected to continue working. The U.S. Postal Service was unaffected by the shutdown and will continue to deliver mail. Cabrillo National Monument closed amid partial government shutdown KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 22, 2018 December 22, 2018 Updated: 3:27 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more