Margielyn Didal gets ‘unexpected’ recognition as PSA Athlete of the Year

first_imgAFC CUP: Ceres scrapes past Shan United “Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWeightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat. It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat.Winning in the Asian Games was no doubt her biggest accomplishment to date and she’s more than ready to ollie her way to another.The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.“Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Players Need to Perform to Draw Fans to Stadium in Kolkata: ATK Coach Antonio Habas

first_img antonio habasatkcoachcrowds First Published: October 25, 2019, 9:32 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Kolkata: ATK head coach Antonio Habas on Thursday urged his players to step up and perform to the level where home fans are forced to come to the stands and watch them play, ahead of the team’s first home game against newbies Hyderabad FC here on Friday.Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions ATK lost 1-2 to Kerala Blasters in Kochi on the very first day of ISL Season 6. Carl McHugh had put ATK ahead with an absolute stunner in the sixth minute but the hosts, egged on by a vociferous crowd, hit back with two goals from new signing Bartholomew Ogbeche in the first half itself.Habas had rued the missed opportunities after the game.Playing at the Salt Lake Stadium now, the Spaniard has said his team has a lot of new faces and it will take time for them to find the right balance. But Habas has maintained that for fans to throng the 65,000 capacity stadium, the team needs to play a good brand of football.”We need the support of the fans. I think we have to transmit the energy from the pitch for the fans. I don’t want to tell the fans to come support support and support. I think first the players on the pitch must perform well to win over the fans,” Habas said on the eve of the match.”I think maybe we need more balance in the team. We need to improve with the players. We have seven new players in the team and it’s very difficult to create the perfect balance with a new side. We had many opportunities to score goals. We didn’t deserve to lose the match. But now we have to think about the match ahead,” he said.ATK’s star player this time is Fijian captain Roy Krishna who was the top scorer in the A-League last season, and the city outfit would hope he fires on Friday in front of the home crowd. ATK don’t have any injuries for the Hyderabad clash.Habas was also asked about the lesser number of foreigners in the league, and he said: “I feel it’s necessary for the growth of Indian Football. Every season you need to know more for the Indian players. You must give opportunities to Indian players. It’s necessary for the development of the Indian national team and for the growth of Indian football.”Under Habas, who is back at the club for a second stint, ATK are looking to get back to where they were under the Spaniard.Under him, then Atletico de Kolkata won the inaugural title in 2014 and made the last-four the following year.Former Spanish international goalkeeper Jose Molina then took over the reins in the third season and the Kolkata franchise put up a dominant display to win their second title — a record they jointly hold with Chennaiyin FC in the five-year-old history of the league.But since ATK severed ties with Atletico Madrid who looked after the technical affairs, their performances deteriorated sharply as they finished ninth and sixth in the last two editions. last_img read more

Virat Kohli hits 28th ODI hundred to equal Sanath Jayasuriya’s record

first_imgVirat Kohli hit his 28th One-Day International hundred to help India clinch the five-match series against the West Indies 3-1.He now equals Sanath Jayasuriya’s record of 28 tons in ODIs and will be joint third with the Sri Lankan in the list of most ODI centuries. Only Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting (30) have more centuries than him the 50-over format.He scored a hundred after 12 matches. His last ton came against England when he scored 122 in Pune earlier this year in January.Virat Kohli also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most hundreds in chases. While the Little Master took 232 innings to score 17 hundreds, he has taken just 102 innings to score 18 ODI tons while batting second.Kohli, who had a quiet series to his standards before this match, came out with intent and was positive right from the word go.Chasing 206 to win the fifth and final ODI, India lost Shikhar Dhawan in the first over for 4 with the score on 5. He steadied the ship with in-form Ajinkya Rahane and struck a 79-run partnership with the Mumbaikar, before the opener fell for 39 in the 19th over.Kohli continued his seamless batting and reached his fifty off 67 balls with a beautifully timed boundary of the bowling off Ashely Nurse in the 22nd over. The 28-year-old then made sure that the batting doesn’t falter like before and held one end and allowed Dinesh Karthik to settle in before accelerating.The Indian captain hit a six off Roston Chase to reach the three-figure mark off 115 balls. He hit 12 fours and two maximums in his innings.advertisement He struck an unbeaten partnership of 122 runs for the third wicket with Karthik to finish off the game.Kohli finished as the second-highest run-getter in the series with 244 runs from five matches. Rahane was the highest run-getter with 336 runs.last_img read more

PV Sindhu wants to end season with a title at Dubai Finals

first_imgOlympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu is satisfied with what she has achieved so far this year but wants to cap a successful season with yet another title at the USD 1000,000 Dubai World Super Series Final starting on Wednesday.After the high of Rio Olympics last year, Sindhu continued her rampaging run this season clinching the India Open Super Series and Korea Open Super Series, besides bagging the silver at Glasgow World Championship and finishing as runners-up at Hong Kong Open last month.”It has been a good year for me and I’m very happy with my performance. I won two Super Series and a runners-up and also a silver at World Championship. I have no regrets because I did pretty well this season. Now I really hope the year ends on a good note, that is at the Dubai Super Series Finals, I hope I do well there,” Sindhu told PTI.”It is not going to be easy as all the top players will be playing in this event. Each match from the first round itself will be very tough. So I will have to be prepared from the start to do well in Dubai,” added the Hyderabadi, who had reached the semifinals at Dubai event last year.Asked which matches impacted her most this season, Sindhu said: “Each match was comparatively different and in the starting it was Sindhu-Marin and then it was Sindhu-Okuhara at the World Championship and also there were other good matches.”I think each player has a different style of play and every match is different. Well, not one in particular but I think the World Championship final impacted me the most.”advertisementThe 22-year-old Indian has played all the 12 Super Series tournaments this season and she credited her training sessions which helped her to manage the workload.”Training was going well and I had to be prepared for every match. Every month we had tournaments and I am happy the way I have managed the workload. It worked out fine for me,” said Sindhu, who played five back-to-back tournaments in October-November.Badminton World Federation (BWF) has revamped the international circuit and made it mandatory for the top 15 players to play at least 12 tournaments next year.Asked about the schedule next year, Sindhu said: “I think it would be a hectic schedule next year and we have to plan it out accordingly and play tournaments because each event will be important and also we have other important tournaments such as Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.”It’s just that we have to be prepared. I will have to sit with my coach and plan accordingly. The scheduling will depend on the training sessions, how fit I am and how I am playing and also it’s my coach’s decision, so I will sort it out with him which tournaments to play,” she added.Sindhu, who finished runners-up at the Senior National Championship in Nagpur, said it would be difficult to figure out a window for the domestic tournament next year.”It depends on the schedule as 2018 would be very hectic.”It would be difficult to figure out which month or which date it would be. It would not be easy for me or other players. It depends on the scheduling of the tournaments which I play and I will decide accordingly,” she said.BWF has decided to trial a new kind of service rule next year starting at the 2018 All England Open Championships and Sindhu said they would have to practice it during training before playing at the tournaments.”I heard about the new service rule. I think we all have to be really conscious about it, it would be implemented from the All England and we have to really practice it before we play in the tournaments but I think it would be good for everybody,” said Sindhu.last_img read more

Shiv Thakor sacked by Derbyshire after exposing himself to two women

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Support The Guardian news Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Derbyshire Cricket Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Derbyshire County Cricket Club has terminated Shiv Thakor’s contract with immediate effect after the cricketer was found guilty of exposing himself to two women.“The club expects the highest standards of behaviour from all its staff and is opposed to sexual harassment in any form,” Derbyshire stated on their website.“Following last week’s court decision, the club has reviewed the case and Thakor’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect. The club will make no further comment.”The 24-year-old was convicted at Southern Derbyshire magistrates’ court last week and is awaiting sentencing on 24 November.Thakor, who made his first-class debut for Leicestershire in 2011, was granted conditional bail before his sentencing as Derbyshire moved to release him from the county.A former England under-19 captain, Thakor exposed himself through a “gap” in his jogging bottoms. He was arrested in July after the two offences near Radbourne Lane in Mackworth, Derby, on 12 June and 19 June.Southern Derbyshire magistrates’ court was told that, during a police interview, he said he had already been “sexually satisfied” by his “16-year-old girlfriend” so he would not have committed the offences. Giving evidence, he also said he has “a tendency” to “rearrange myself”, both at the front and the back. Topics Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

a month agoNorwich boss Farke on Man City upset: Courage, amazing spirit

first_imgNorwich boss Farke on Man City upset: Courage, amazing spiritby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City boss Daniel Farke hailed his stand-ins for their shock victory over Manchester City.City’s long injury list meant Farke was forced into several changes, but his players did him proud.“It was a debut in the starting line-up for Sam Byram, a debut in the starting line-up for Ibrahim Amadou in a position that isn’t his natural one, and a first game for Alex Tettey,” said Farke. “It was difficult but we had to deliver against perhaps the best team in the world, and we did it in our style. We totally believe we are capable of reaching something extraordinary today, and we showed amazing spirit.“We have a lot of long-term injuries so it will be difficult. So we need this spirit and attitude because there will be setbacks and difficult moments and that’s when we will need our togetherness, and to remember moments like today.“Each and every game will be different, with teams with different styles and quality, but we have to take out of this game that if you stick together you always have a chance. Even if no one bets on you, with bravery and commitment and togetherness you can go far.”The boss also had a word for the City fans, who created an incredible atmosphere for the entire 90 minutes.“Carrow Road was an explosion and we needed this,” he said. “Without our fans, and their help to bring us over the line, we wouldn’t have had a chance to win today. We needed this unity from the fans, and big compliments to our supporters – they were crucial for our win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Watch how Team India spent their first practice session in England

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Watch how Team India spent their first practice session in EnglandTeam India players had a gruelling first practice session at The Oval in London on Thursday ahead of their first warm-up game for the World Cup 2019 on May 25.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonMay 23, 2019UPDATED: May 23, 2019 19:26 IST MS Dhoni and Jasprit Bumrah during India’s first practice session at The Oval on Thursday (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTeam India players had a session in the nets which was followed by a game of footieIndia will play two warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh on May 25 and 28 respectivelyVirat Kohli team will play its first World Cup game against South Africa on June 5 in SouthamptonIndian cricketers got straight to work after reaching London as they hit the nets for their first practice session at The Oval which was followed by a game of football along with a new BIB catching session.Team India captain Virat Kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni were seen sweating it out in the nets along with the other batsmen.The nets session was followed by a BIB catching drills which involved all the players running around the ground trying to catch as many BIBs as possible.Getting into the groove Skipper @imVkohli for the #CWC19 #TeamIndia (@BCCI) May 23, 2019Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal explained what their first warm-up was all about on Thursday.”We played footie first to warm up. You can see the chairs set as a sort of a net. And the team I was part of won in that.”Then we went on to bibs catching. That is all about agility and stamina. You have to run around with each carrying a bib at the back. In a two-minute round you have to snatch each other’s bibs. The one with the most number of bibs wins. After the second round we ran so much that we fell on the ground,” Chahal said.Some + BIB catching for #TeamIndia on Day 1 at the drillsMr. @yuzi_chahal at it #CWC19 (@BCCI) May 23, 2019India will play two warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh on May 25 and 28 respectively, before their first World Cup game against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.advertisementEngland are hosting the World Cup for the 5th time and for the 1st time in 20 years. Most of India’s cricketers have plenty of experience playing in England. India had reached the final of the Champions Trophy in England in 2017 and in 2018, India had toured England to play 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 5 Tests.In 2015, India had reached the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champions Australia.The Indian squad comprises Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (v/c), Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Vijay Shankar, M.S. Dhoni (w/k), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and others hit the nets after India reach LondonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni should be India’s No. 5, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Dhawan starts singing while waiting outside Bumrah’s roomFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan senlast_img read more

Saganash rode orange wave to victory

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe NDP’s Romeo Saganash easily took his northern Quebec riding despite facing accusations early on his Cree background would prove a liability with local voters.Saganash received double the number of votes compared to his nearest rival.The results probably surprised Bloc Quebecois candidate Yvon Levesque who claimed the region would never elect and Aboriginal person.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette was there during Quebec’s night of surprises.last_img

Recent border skirmish tops UN talks with Israeli Lebanese military officials

An exchange of fire between the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on 3 August reportedly led to the deaths of at least four people. The incident was triggered by Israel’s announcement of its intention to cut down a tree in the proximity of the Blue Line. The UN mission, known as UNIFIL, later confirmed that the tree was located south of the line on the Israeli side.At today’s tripartite meeting at the Ras Al Naqoura crossing, officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) provided their comments regarding UNIFIL’s investigation.“It was a productive meeting with many significant issues on the agenda,” said UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas.“It was important for me to listen for the first time to the comment and views of the parties on UNIFIL’s investigation report on the 3 August exchange of fire,” he said. Maj.-Gen. Asarta said that the mission will study and analyze the information, adding that “our intention is to finalize the investigation report as soon as possible.”Other topics discussed were how to speed up the visible marking of the so-called Blue Line separating the two countries, as well as the implementation of resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizbollah.Both countries, he said, made clear that clearly demarcating the Blue Line would help to avoid misunderstandings and prevent incidents.“The discussions today reconfirmed that no party would like to see any escalation,” the official said, with Israel and Lebanon emphasizing “their continued commitment to maintain the cessation of hostilities and ensure that the exchange of fire that happened on 3 August remains and isolated incident.”On Monday, the Security Council extended UNIFIL’s mandate for another year, saying that its presence in Lebanon, as well as that of the LAF, is helping to promote stability in the south of the Middle Eastern country.In a unanimous resolution, the Council said it had determined that “the situation in Lebanon continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security” and had therefore decided to extend UNIFIL’s mandate until 31 August 2011.The Council strongly urged all parties concerned to respect the cessation of hostilities, to prevent any violation of the Blue Line, and to cooperate fully with the UN and UNIFIL.It also urged the Israeli Government to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar, a village that straddles the Blue Line, without further delay in coordination with UNIFIL, which, the Council said, has actively engaged Israel and Lebanon to facilitate the withdrawal.The Council also reaffirmed its call for the establishment, between the Blue Line and the Litani River, of an area free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons except those of the Lebanese Government and UNIFIL.It strongly deplored the recent incidents involving UN peacekeepers, emphasized the importance of not impairing the ability of the mission to fulfil its mandate, and called on all parties to abide by their obligation to respect the safety of UNIFIL and other UN personnel. 2 September 2010The investigation by the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon was the focus of today’s talks with Israeli and Lebanese senior military officials today. read more

US factory orders drop 24 per cent in July reflecting fall in

US factory orders drop 2.4 per cent in July, reflecting fall in aircraft and machinery by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 5, 2013 10:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories fell in July by the sharpest amount in four months, held back by weaker demand for commercial aircraft and heavy machinery. A key category that reflects business investment plans also fell.Factory orders dropped 2.4 per cent in July compared with June, when orders rose 1.6 per cent, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.Orders for core capital goods, a category viewed as a proxy for business investment spending, fell 4 per cent in July.Core capital goods are considered a good measure of businesses’ confidence in the economy. They include items that point to expansion — such as machinery, computers and heavy trucks — while excluding volatile orders for aircraft and defence. The July setback was expected to be temporary.Orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, declined 7.4 per cent, a slightly bigger drop than the 7.3 per cent fall estimated in a preliminary report last week. It was the biggest decline since a 12.9 per cent fall in August 2012. Orders for nondurable goods, items such as chemicals, food and paper, rose 2.4 per cent in July after a 0.5 per cent decline in June.Excluding the volatile transportation category, factory goods orders were up 1.2 per cent.The big drop in core capital goods orders suggests the third quarter is off to a weaker start than some had hoped. While economists cautioned that it’s just one month of data, a few lowered their growth estimates for the July-September quarter after seeing the durable goods report. Some believe that growth may only come in around 1.9 per cent for the current quarter, a drop from previous estimates of 2.5 per cent growth.Overall manufacturing has slumped this year, hurt by weakness overseas that has dragged on U.S. exports. But there have been signs that factory activity could pick up in the second half of the year.But the Institute for Supply Management reported Tuesday that its closely watched gauge of manufacturing activity rose in August to a reading of 55.7, up from 55.4 in July. That was the highest level since June 2011 and offered encouragement that manufacturing may be starting to pull out of its slowdown.The economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.5 per cent in the April-June quarter. read more

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Australian mining technology conference to feature more than 25 papers

first_imgRegistration is now open for the 2009 CRCMining Australian Mining Technology Conference, to be held at the University of Queensland’s Business School Downtown on October 27-28, 2009. The conference will feature more than 25 local, national and international papers on a variety of topics, including mining methods, operational decision support, mine planning and scheduling, and automated mining technologies.Papers for the conference include:Graham Lumley – GBI Mining Intelligence, ‘Is Technology Helping Get Mine Plans Right?‘Micah Nehring – University of Queensland, ‘Short and Long Term Production Schedule Optimisation in Underground Mining Using Mathematical Programming‘Simon Law – Ledcap, ‘Life of Mine Trucking Requirements for Savage River‘Samuel Leonard – CRCMining, ‘Development of a Semi-Autonomous Scale Dragline Excavation Research Tool‘Chris Windsor – Western Australian School of Mines (Curtin University), ‘The Earth Rock Stress Tensor Data‘Michael Champion – University of Queensland, ‘Optimal Drill Hole Selection for Multi-Boom Jumbos in Constrained Environments‘Jade Little – AngloCoal Australia, ‘Simultaneous Optimisation of Stope Boundaries and Production Scheduling for Sublevel Stoping Mines.’This is just a sample of the papers to be presented at the conference. For the full list of speakers and papers, and for further details on the event, visit Early bird registration will end September 25, 2009.last_img read more

Moving Dartboard Keeps Players On Target

first_img Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Practice makes perfect. But so does an engineering background and ingenuity.Inventor and science enthusiast Mark Rober, a self-proclaimed dart loser, built a moving dartboard that ensures even the drunkest players hit the bullseye.A former NASA Jet Propulsion Lab employee, Rober spent seven years working on the Mars Curiosity rover.Now he has nearly 1.8 million YouTube subscribers, hosts the Science Channel’s The Quick And The Curious TV show, and makes the occasional appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.Oh, and he essentially reverse engineered Luke Skywalker’s targeting computer.“I fulfilled a three-year-long dream to create a dartboard where you get a bullseye every time, thanks to some engineering,” according to the YouTube video description.Working with a fellow NASA team member, Rober designed the Automatic Bullseye Dartboard to track and predict the trajectory of a dart and reposition itself—within half a second—so you always hit your target.The complicated system consists of six motion capture cameras (which bounce infrared signals off tiny retroreflectors on the dart), a computer (which does the math and sends commands to the engine), half a dozen motors (which use a spool of fishing line to attach to the back of the board), and a mess of microcomputers, wires, converters, and drives.Mark Rober“Oh, and we don’t just make one guess on the final position of the board,” Rober explained. “We update and refine that guess anywhere from 10 to 100 times, which is why you sometimes sort of see the board jitter into the final position.”Sure, throwing winning shots is fun in Rober’s home lab. But the real test of dart-throwing success can only be proven in one place: a bar.Patrons at California’s Barney’s Beanery tried their hand at this newfangled game. Spoiler alert: They really enjoyed it.“In general, we found if you’re really drunk, you get so pumped at your new abilities,” Rober said. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Sixth Mass Extinction is All But Guaranteed Math Says

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel In the history of complex life on earth — more than half a billion years — there have been five mass extinctions. Each of them is clearly evident in the fossil record, and leaves dramatic chemical markers in the soil and rock layers below. All of them also represent significant jolts to the fundamental mechanisms that keep life on this plant going.Plants, for example, are constantly hard at work cranking out the oxygen that the rest of us need to breathe. If something happens to that supply — like most plants on earth suddenly dying off — then we’d be screwed.Up to now, there’s been strong evidence that, because of human activity, we are sprinting towards the sixth great mass extinction. New data suggest that we’re closer to the brink than we might think, and humanity is dangerously close to crossing critical thresholds.Mass Extinctions, be they caused by a meteor, or an ancient supervolcano, or anything else, are invariably preceded by massive jolts to the carbon cycle — a network of natural systems that moves carbon molecules around the planet. In a new paper in Science Advances, professor of geophysics at MIT, Daniel Rothman, asserts that there are two types of carbon disruptions that cause mass die-offs.The first says that if the carbon cycle changes over long periods — thousands or millions of years– extinctions occur when ecosystems cannot adapt. For faster shifts, the magnitude, not the rate of change, determines how likely an extinction event will be.Using models, Rothman asserts that humans will have crossed that marker by 2100. Carbon, he says, will build up in the ocean. After we dump about 310 gigatons of extra carbon into the seas, we will have hit a point that would not only be disastrous climatologically, but systemically. Over the next few thousand years, we could expect the vast majority of species on earth to die off. While life would surely adapt, such an event would amount to permanent, irreparable damage to Earth’s biodiversity. And, it means that human industry would be about as destructive as the largest of space rocks.“This is not saying that disaster occurs the next day,” Rothman told “It’s saying that, if left unchecked, the carbon cycle would move into a realm which would be no longer stable, and would behave in a way that would be difficult to predict. In the geologic past, this type of behavior is associated with mass extinction.”We could be facing trouble much earlier, though, and Rothman worries that the world may already be in dire straits by 2100.Rothman’s paper focused exclusively on the carbon cycle. It’s a system that balances the chemical output of photosynthesis — plants’ primary means of making energy — and respiration — the mechanism that animals and other complex life uses. Over time, carbon falls to the bottom of the ocean — either due to currents or the steady sifting of dead material and detritus from the waters above. That locks it away for millions of years, and works a planet-wide storage system.Over the past few hundred years, humans have been dredging up a lot of that excess carbon in the form of fossil fuels, and pumping it back out into the atmosphere. That’s more than overwhelmed Earth’s ability to sequester the element.Rothman used data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that predicted how much carbon will hit the oceans in the coming decades. The IPCC looked at four possible outcomes for human carbon emissions, estimating the impact of each. The worst case scenario would dump over 500 gigatons of carbon into the oceans by 2100 — well over the critical threshold. The best case scenario wasn’t that much better though, adding a whopping 300 gigatons. If these data prove accurate, we’re in big trouble. Not that we already weren’t, but… yeah.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Jury finds Oklahoma cop not guilty in shooting of black man

first_imgTULSA, Okla. — A white Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year was found not guilty Wednesday of first-degree manslaughter.Jurors acquitted Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby in the Sept. 16 shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. Shelby said she fired her weapon out of fear because she said he didn’t obey her commands to lie on the ground and appeared to reach inside his SUV for what she thought was a gun. Crutcher was unarmed.Prosecutors told jurors that Shelby overreacted. They noted Crutcher had his hands in their air and wasn’t combative — part of which was confirmed by police video taken from a dashboard camera and helicopter that showed Crutcher walking away from Shelby, hands held above his head.Shelby’s attorneys argued that in the two minutes before cameras began recording the encounter, Shelby repeatedly ordered Crutcher to stop walking away from her and get on the ground.Shelby also said she feared Crutcher was under the influence of PCP, a powerful hallucinogenic known as Angel Dust that makes users erratic, unpredictable and combative.last_img read more

Vancouver eyes selling old fire station sites

first_imgNow that Vancouver’s two new fire stations are up and running, the city has to decide what to do with the old buildings.The new and improved fire stations 1 and 2 opened Jan. 23. The existing Fire Station 1, previously at 900 W. Evergreen Blvd., is now at 2607 Main St. Fire Station 2 has been moved from 400 E. 37th St. to 2106 Norris Road.The two new stations cost the city $16 million. The sale of the old stations could help recoup some of that cost. Chris Malone, Vancouver’s finance and asset management manager, said that’s been the plan all along.The old stations were declared surplus property back in March 2015, opening the door for the city council to move forward with selling the two sites.Sale price estimates put Station 1 at $1.44 million and Station 2 at $430,000. The buildings would be sold “as is,” and the city would handle the sale internally via a bid and review process.last_img read more

Collision prompts partial closure of Lakeshore Avenue

first_imgOne person was transported to an area hospital with traumatic injuries after a head-on crash in the 9400 block of Northwest Lakeshore Avenue, according to a Clark County Fire District 6 spokeswoman.The collision spurred the closing of a stretch of Lakeshore Avenue, said Dawn Johnson.One lane of traffic has since reopened, according to the department’s Twitter feed. According to preliminary reports, a truck and “a smaller vehicle” collided, Johnson said. The wreck occurred at about 1:30 p.m.last_img

CES 2019 AireSone Junior is a tiny electronic stethoscope for your kids

first_imgCES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 85 Photos All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 0 Post a comment CES Products Mobile Accessories CES 2019 Tags Share your voice The AireSone Junior charges wirelessly and slips into these cutesy covers. AireSone Keeping track of your kid’s health is a lot easier when you have a wearable electronic stethoscope, and the AireSone Junior is exactly that.Shaped like a button, it slots into a cover designed to appeal to kids 3-years-old and above with a cutesy design such as a bear, an owl or a frog. You can then attach the AireSone Junior to the outfit around the chest area. There will also be interactive storylines related to the characters to convince kids to wear the badges willingly when they are awake.It tracks breathing and heart rate, and can detect wheezing and coughs, as well as alerting parents if it registers these symptoms, symptoms which can be a precursor to an asthma attack, especially when kids are sleeping. The AireSone Junior has a battery life of about 13 hours, and charges wirelessly.Singapore-based AEvice, the makers behind AireSone Junior, told me that the device detects what it calls “micro-wheezing”: tiny wheezes you don’t normally hear (note that it’s a word the company came up with to highlight how sensitive its devices are, and not an actual medical term). The company is currently working with doctors in Singapore and Australia to prescribe the device to vulnerable asthmatic children to help keep track of and manage their respiratory illness.It will retail for $199 (about £155 and AU$280), and ships in June this year.last_img read more

Stranger Things 3 hid an obscure Easter egg but someone finally found

first_img2:33 Share your voice What makes this reference so special is that Stranger Things star Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) also starred in the comedic Tim Burton ghost movie Beetlejuice.   There is a bit of a time discrepancy here. Stranger Things season 3 is set in 1985, but Beetlejuice came out in 1988. Does that mean Mr. Clarke is a time traveler? That would be quite a twist. Now playing: Watch this: See all the Stranger Things season 3 photos Tags While the writers didn’t want to give any hints, they at least told us what it wasn’t. That list included Back to the Future, Jaws, Wonder Woman, posters, songs, Nancy Drew, shirts, Radio Shack, Mall Rats, Terminator, Evil Dead and Alien. They did confirm it was a pop culture movie reference.You can continue the search on your own if you think you have what it takes, or you can check out the answer, which was finally delivered by Twitter user Hackyzach. Hackyzach correctly identified the Easter egg as Beetlejuice’s tombstone, which was tucked into the town model created by science teacher Mr. Clarke. “Winner, winner, banana boat for dinner,” the writers declared. As for the prize, Hackyzach tweeted it would involve signed Stranger Things merch. Stranger Things season 3: Everything to know More Strange things TV and Movies Originally published July 8, 11:38 a.m. PT. Update, 12:41 p.m. PT: Adds correct answer and the tweet identifying it.  it’s monday and we want to play a game: there’s a particular easter egg in episode 2 of s3 that you haven’t found, first person to crack it gets a prize. go!— Stranger Writers (@strangerwriters) July 8, 2019 59 Photos 5 Stranger Things returned for its third season in July 2019. Netflix Stranger Things is stuffed full of ’80s pop culture references of everything from Magnum P.I. to Star Wars, but fans overlooked at least one major Easter egg. The writers room for the supernatural Netflix hit has its own Twitter account, and it teased the heck out of us mere days after the show returned for season 3. “It’s Monday and we want to play a game,” the writers said. “There’s a particular Easter egg in episode 2 of S3 that you haven’t found, first person to crack it gets a prize. Go!” The show’s fans got busy playing the guessing game, but struck out over and over. “Y’all can get it without a hint. Come on, don’t let me down,” the writers tweeted, which just made the quest all the more maddening. Comments winner, winner, banana boat for dinner— Stranger Writers (@strangerwriters) July 8, 2019 Stranger Things season 3: Our biggest WTF questions 15 TV shows to watch once you’re done with season 3 Netflixlast_img read more

Back to the Future – The First Time Machine was a Refrigerator

first_imgAs one of the defining movie franchises of the 1980s, Back To The Future is fondly remembered by a generation. So much so that its iconic time travelling car, the DeLorean DMC-12, featured recently in Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s pop culture-fueled sci-fi spectacular. Together with career-boosting turns from Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as “Doc” Brown, it took the high concept movie to new heights, and spawned throwaway concepts that are talked about to this day.1982 De Lorean DMC12 coupe. Marty McFly’s driver’s licence and sunglasses. Taken at the 2013 New South Wales All American Day, held at Castle Towers Shopping Centre, Castle Hill, Sydney. Photo by sv1ambo CC By 2.0Back To The Future Part II featured the hoverboard and infamous movie tribute Jaws 19, while Part III received a tribute via Seth MacFarlane when he brought Lloyd in for a cameo in A Million Ways To Die In The West.Back to the Future Delorean (Mattel booth). Photo by The Community – Pop Culture Geek CC BY 2.0Yet Marty’s adventures could have taken a very different turn had the original story been stuck to. The first film had been developed over several years, with the tricky subject of time travel leading writers Robert Zemeckis (who also directed) and Bob Gale to consider different options for their young, decade-hopping hero.Robert Zemeckis. Photo by Dick Thomas Johnson CC BY 2.0There’s something so perfect about the DeLorean that it seems unthinkable anything else would have been on the table. However, as The Huffington Post reported in 2015, the initial idea was a little less mobile. In fact it could be described as cool, but not in a good way.The first draft “set the story in 1982… the journey would have taken young Marty McFly to 1952. Originally, the time travel device was a beam of sorts which was powered by plutonium (and Coca-Cola) that effectively ‘zapped’ Marty back in time.”A red vintage coca cola vending machine.Plutonium and Coca-Cola doesn’t sound like the wisest of combinations but clearly the writers thought they were onto something. ‘52 was also a significant year in the calendar of American nuclear activity, as it “happened to have the last above ground atomic bomb detonation in the United States in Atkins, Nevada (something helpfully referenced in Marty’s history class earlier in the film).”Every Day Items Used As Movie PropsNow if the idea of a time jump powered by nuclear physics and a well-known soft drink sounds a little out there, how about the mode of transportation itself? Zemeckis and Gale were thinking less in terms of a vehicle. They applied the concept to… an appliance.Back In The Future Marty Mcfly at Comic Con.Marty McFly’s teeth would have been chattering, because he was due to shut himself inside a refrigerator for the jaunt through history. The atomic test came into play for the return trip. Instead of a clock tower hit by lightning, “the 1952 version of Emmett Brown… rigged up a special lead-lined refrigerator with the device attached to it so that Marty could ride out the atomic detonation inside the refrigerator while the blast would trigger the time travel device.”Emmett Brown from Back to the Future. Universal Studios Florida. Photo by Eliedion CC BY-SA 4.0It didn’t take a man of Emmett Brown’s genius to work out fridges and teenagers were not a good mix. Fearing youngsters might lock themselves in and suffocate, the element was dropped and audiences wound up with the classic image of heartthrob and hot wheels.DeLorean time machine at the Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe, Illinois. Photo by Lautenbach – Flickr CC BY 2.0Many years later the bizarre idea was revived for another big screen American adventurer, this time Indiana Jones. Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment had produced Back To The Future and the chilling plot device had clearly struck a chord with the legendary director.Robert Zemeckis was afraid that kids would imitate the film and get trapped in refrigerators.For Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford’s Indy managed to astonish viewers by hiding in a refrigerator to protect himself from a nuclear blast, rather than travel through time in its wake. Pretty far-fetched stuff, but nothing compared to what Dr. Brown had in mind.Read another story from us: Olivia de Havilland turns 102! What is the ‘Gone With the Wind’ star doing now?It was only fitting that Back To The Future’s legacy came full circle to be part of Ready Player One and its VR Eighties-scape. Though if they’d pressed ahead with the initial storyline, there might well have been a fridge flying around with Donkey Kong and Chucky instead of a DeLorean.last_img read more