World T20: Consult ICC over hosting semifinal at Kotla; High Court tells DDCA

first_imgThe Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to talk to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and get the clearance to host the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20, scheduled to be held on March 30.A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vibhu Bakhru also clarified to the DDCA that requisite clearances for hosting the match would be subject to the compliances and DDCA should talk to ICC about it.”We cannot control what the ICC is saying. You (DDCA) have to take it up with the ICC. You tell this to ICC. It has nothing to do with this court,” the bench told the counsel appearing for DDCA. The petition by the DDCA seeking a direction to South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to issue the certificate for the R P Mehra block had come up for hearing before Justice A K Pathak, who referred the plea to a division bench observing that DDCA’s issues are pending before it.Th DDCA had on Monday failed to get any relief from the Delhi High Court. The lack of a completion certificate for the RP Mehra block appeared to be the main hurdle for the Feroz Shah Kotla. The block has a seating capacity of 1,800.Justice Mukul Mudgal, who has been appointed by the High Court to oversee the functioning of DDCA, had asked the DDCA not to sell tickets for the R P Mehra Block. He had directed that it be used only for the broadcasters and the media.advertisementThe ICC, yesterday, had objected to shifting the semi-final clash out of the Kotla. After ticket sales were banned for what was the old clubhouse, the ICC and BCCI had got involved in discussions for an alternate venue.However, after some deliberation, the ICC was completely against changing venues at the eleventh hour. Top ICC sources told India Today that it would be unfair for some teams if the semi-final was taken out of Delhi at this point. South Africa play their final league match against Sri Lanka at the Kotla next Monday (March 28). If the semi-final is relocated, the Proteas would have to travel on the 29th and play again on the 30th.last_img read more

Centre mulls setting up standards for alcoholic beverages

first_imgNew Delhi, May 3 (PTI) The Centre is planning to fix quality standards for alcoholic beverages, including beer and whisky, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.”The draft on the standards for alcoholic beverages was approved by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India in its meeting held on September 9 last year and has been notified to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Technical Barriers to trade and WTO Sanitary and Photo Sanitation members countries,” Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda in a written reply said.”This will be finalised after examination of the comments and suggestions received from the stakeholders,” Nadda said. PTI HC DBS SK DBSlast_img

Neymar accuser testifies to Sao Paulo police

first_imgThe 26-year-old woman who has accused Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar of rape testified to Sao Paulo police on Friday for six hours.Najila Trindade was escorted to the police station by officers at midday, with a black jacket covering her head, through a scrum of media to deliver her testimony.After her testimony, she was carried out of the police station by her lawyer and did not speak to reporters. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Though police have confirmed a complaint has been made against Neymar, they have maintained silence over the case and no details of Ms. Trindade’s testimony were released.Ms. Trindade previously grave an interview to SBT Brasil, a Brazilian television channel, detailing her version of the events which allegedly took place on May 15 at a hotel in Paris, calling them: “an assault together with rape”.She claimed that while her intention was to have sex with the Brazil star, she requested he wear a condom and alleges he refused and became aggressive.Neymar has denied the accusations and has not been charged with any crime. He has yet to testify to authorities over the allegation.The Brazil star has spoken with Rio de Janeiro police over his publication of videos and messages allegedly of his accuser to his Instagram account without her approval. The messages and images were originally posted on Sunday morning to defend himself against the charges and were later removed.Neymar’s father claimed he preferred “an internet crime to rape” and said the images were censored and the name of the woman not revealed. After testifying for that investigation at the Virtual Crimes precinct on Thursday, Neymar thanked fans for their support while his lawyer, Maira Fernandes, claims to be confident her client will be found innocent. On the field, Neymar is out of the Copa America after he sustained an ankle injury in a friendly against Qatar which saw him exit the contest after 21 minutes.PSG released a statement on Thursday saying they would evaluate his injury to determine his recovery time.Neymar has since been replaced by Chelsea star Willian on Brazil’s Copa America roster for the tournament, which kicks off with the hosting Selecao facing Bolivia on June 14.last_img read more

Former Big 12 President Proposes ‘Alliance’ With Another Conference

first_imgGeneral view of Wagner Field.30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /AllsportNon-conference games between Power 5 teams can provide some of the more interesting matchups of a college football season. That’s what makes the hypothetical “alliance” between the Big 12 and Pac-12, reported on by The Mercury News‘ Jon Wilner, so intriguing.According to Wilner, a recent proposal from former Kansas State president Jon Wefald would call for the two conferences to exclusively play non-conference games against each other in the future. It came about after West Virginia president Gordon Gee solicited input from Wefald on how to “strengthen” the Big 12.The details of Wefald’s proposed “alliance” can be found below, courtesy of Wilner. For several reasons, this won’t happen, but it is fun to dream about.Via The Mercury News:Wefald’s proposal calls for all 30 of the Big 12’s non-conference games and for 30 of the Pac-12’s 36 out-of-league games to be played against each other.The matchups would be spread evenly across the season (10 per month) with the winners of each conference meeting at the end of the regular season for a championship game, which would rotate between the Rose Bowl and AT&T Stadium.As Wilner explains, the situation Wefald envisioned isn’t feasible, because schools from both leagues aren’t going to lock in all of their non-league games against Power 5 opponents, nor will they want to give up future series against quality teams not in the other conference (i.e. Texas playing Notre Dame, Oregon playing Ohio State, etc.).However, you could come up with some tremendous Big 12/Pac-12 scheduling scenarios, and a limited partnership or alliance might be something the two leagues would want to pursue.It is worth reading Wilner’s article in full here to get the full details on the proposal and the realistic options both teams have.last_img read more

Trinidadians Seeking Business Opportunities in Jamaica

first_imgStory Highlights A business delegation from Trinidad and Tobago is in the island for a four-day trade mission from February 5 to 8.The team, being hosted by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, represents 10 companies involved in various sectors. These are construction, architectural services, food and beverage, agro-chemical, consumer and household products, software development, marketing and advertising.They will be meeting with members of public- and private-sector entities, as well as potential business partners, over the course of the visit.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who addressed the opening session of the trade mission at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (February 6), noted the commitment of the Governments of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to increase opportunities for trade within the region.She noted that the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), set up to facilitate the free movement of skills and capital, has the capacity to “stimulate greater production, greater competitiveness, high levels of domestic and foreign investments as well as increase employment and growth of intra- and inter-regional trade”.“Sadly, the facilitation of production integration and efficiency and, by extention, the competitiveness of member states have not fully been realised yet,” she noted.Senator Johnson Smith said the CSME must be fully understood and used optimally “if it is to achieve the economic gains for national development”.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, listens to a comment from Immediate Past President, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Larry Watson, at a ceremony on Wednesday (February 6) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, to launch the visit of a trade mission from Trinidad and Tobago. They will be meeting with members of public- and private-sector entities, as well as potential business partners, over the course of the visit. A business delegation from Trinidad and Tobago is in the island for a four-day trade mission from February 5 to 8.center_img The team, being hosted by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, represents 10 companies involved in various sectors. These are construction, architectural services, food and beverage, agro-chemical, consumer and household products, software development, marketing and advertising. “The CSME is largely about you. It is largely about putting private sector at the front, at the centre and heart of regional integration,” she added.She noted that CARICOM Heads of Government, at a special meeting in December 2018, had underscored the importance of strengthening engagement with the private sector.She said, further, that the Caribbean Business Council, aimed at promoting private-sector interest, will become an integral mechanism to ensure that the voice of the business community is heard.“It is important. Business is what will make this work. It is not a philosophical consideration or the bureaucratic mechanisms which will, at the end of the day, get us to where we want to go. It is businesses employing people, investing, trading and moving forward together that will make the difference ultimately,” she emphasised.Chief Executive Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Gabriel Faria, told JIS News that the visit to Jamaica came at the request of members of the Chamber, who were keen on visiting Jamaica.“We wanted to come and meet with the different parties – JAMPRO, the Jamaica Stock Exchange and the Chamber here, so we could look at opportunities to further develop business relationships between the two countries,” he said.Mr. Faria said that the members are looking to network and expand their businesses overseas.“They are looking for opportunities to network and to create new partnerships. So some are smaller companies and by coming with the Chamber, we are able to help them to settle meetings. We are able to help them to network in an environment like this,” he added.last_img read more

AKPS Elects New Executive Chairman

first_imgakerphiladelphia, March 19, 2014 zoom Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA tody announced that Kristian Rokke, AKPS’s President and CEO, has been nominated to be Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of AKPS.This nomination is expected to be approved at the company’s Annual General Meeting on April 9, 2014. Steinar Nerbovik, who is currently Senior Vice President of Operations of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc., AKPS’s wholly-owned subsidiary (APSI), will assume the position of Managing Director of both AKPS and APSI.As Executive Chairman, Mr. Rokke will continue to have an active role in AKPS’s activities and plans to remain full-time in Philadelphia, PA until the end of 2014. At the end of this transition period, Mr. Rokke will become Chairman of the Board of Directors of AKPS with customary responsibilities and assume another position within the Aker group.Mr. Rokke remarked, “Serving as CEO has been an honor and I look forward to contributing to the growth of AKPS in a new role. The company is embarking on a new era and Steinar, with his international shipbuilding experience and intimate knowledge of APSI, is uniquely qualified to guide the shipyard through its record backlog.”He continued, “The market continues to be strong and I will focus primarily on maximizing the opportunities surrounding our available slots and shipping assets, while Steinar will manage the day-to-day operations as he has for the past year.”The other individuals joining Mr. Rokke on the Board of Directors are expected to be Audun Stensvold, Amy Humphreys and Elin Karfjell. Mr. Stensvold and Ms. Humphreys have been recommended by the Nomination Committee of AKPS for re-election at the next Annual General Meeting.last_img read more

Ontario will move ahead with council cut despite court challenge

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario government is standing by its controversial decision to cut the size of Toronto’s council despite a looming legal challenge from the city, saying it will be implementing the reduction in time for the fall municipal election.A day after Toronto councillors voted to take the province to court over the issue, the Progressive Conservatives maintained that their decision will “streamline” governance in Canada’s most populous city.“For too long the dysfunction and political gridlock at city hall has held Toronto back on issues like transit, infrastructure and housing,” a spokesman for Premier Doug Ford said in a statement Tuesday.“The Better Local Government Act will help streamline Toronto City Council and make sure they can more effectively deliver on the priorities that matter to the people of Toronto, while saving taxpayers at least $25 million.”The provincial legislation — which passed last week — will cut the number of Toronto council seats from 47 to 25, aligning Toronto’s ward map with federal ridings ahead of the Oct. 22 municipal election. It also cancels planned elections for the head of council position in the regional municipalities of Muskoka, Peel, York and Niagara, turning them into appointed roles.Toronto will take part in a Superior Court hearing challenging the legislation on Aug. 31, as well as any other legal proceedings related to the provincial legislation, the city said.Mayor John Tory said Tuesday that he believes the legal action will be heard quickly, noting that local politicians should soon know if the upcoming election will involve 47 or 25 seats.“I think what you’ll find is the case will be heard with a degree of dispatch,” he said, noting that the city is fighting against how the province decided to act on its council-cutting plan.“I understand the fact that the law was passed,” he said. “That is the very thing that we’re challenging in court, mostly on the basis of a totally unacceptable process that did not involve any consultation and I think sets a very bad precedent.”One observer said Toronto councillors who were against the province’s move had limited ways in which they could oppose the government’s plan.“What council did is a political act,” said Ryerson University politics and public administration professor Wayne Petrozzi, noting that there’s little chance a court will find the province exceeded its constitutional authority.“For the city of Toronto politicians to have meekly taken a pass on this and just allowed it to go ahead I think might have encouraged Mr. Ford to indulge in this kind of behaviour some future time as well.”The city’s planned court challenge is just the latest legal proceeding the newly-minted Ford government is dealing with since it took office in late June.The Tories are facing a planned human rights complaint over the repeal and replacement of the province’s sex education curriculum and legal action launched by Tesla over the cancellation of electric car subsidies.When asked if the government’s aggressive approach to its legislative agenda could have led to the proceedings, Ford’s spokesman Simon Jefferies said the government is simply keeping its promises.“Premier Doug Ford and the government for the people are going to continue implementing our plan for the people, and delivering real relief to families,” he said.last_img read more

Sheryl Crow Donates 21000 To School

first_imgNine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow recently returned to her hometown of Kennett, Missouri, to surprise the teachers at her alma mater, Kennett High School, with a $21,600 donation for classroom supplies.During an all school assembly that was featured on The TODAY Show’s “Show Heart Today” series on Feb. 8, Crow announced that she was “adopting” all of the school’s teachers through Adopt-A-Classroom with a $600 donation each. Farmers Insurance provided the financial backing as part of its Thank America’s Teacher program, which has donated more than $2 million to teachers across the country since 2014.“I know first-hand how much hard work goes into being a teacher, but I also know how big of an impact teachers have on the lives and futures of their students,” said Crow, a former teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. “Thanks to and the financial support of Farmers Insurance, we were able to make a meaningful difference for the amazing teachers at Kennett High School while also showing viewers of The TODAY Show just how easy it can be to do the same for teachers in their own communities.”Representatives from and Farmers Insurance joined Crow and Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent for The TODAY Show and a former teacher, to present each teacher with an gift card for $600, which is equal to the amount that, on average, teachers spend out of their own pockets each year to ensure they have the materials needed to teach their students. is a national nonprofit that offers individual donors the ability to search, select and “adopt” an individual teacher, or donate to a general fund that supports teachers from higher-need schools.“Most people are shocked to hear teachers spend so much of their own money each year to equip their classrooms and students,” said Bob Thacker, executive vice president with “Thanks to the commitment of people like Sheryl, and the generosity of our corporate partners like Farmers Insurance, we adopted every teacher at Kennett High School. Our hope is to help all teachers throughout the country who still lack the resources for their students to learn and succeed.”Farmers Insurance has a long history of supporting education and partners with to facilitate donations to teachers from its Thank America’s Teachers program, which launched in 2014 to rally the country to show its gratitude for America’s educators who make a difference in their classrooms, schools and communities.“We were thrilled to join Sheryl and in recognizing the tremendous work of all the teachers and faculty at Kennett High School,” said Kelly LaMar, managing lead of Thank America’s Teachers for Farmers Insurance. “Any of us can think of a teacher who made a difference in our lives, but today we’re able to make a difference in the lives of 36 special teachers and inspire everyone who watched at home to do the same for teachers across the country.”To make a donation to or find classrooms to adopt in your community, click AdoptAClassroom. Individuals are also invited to visit to share their thank yous and to vote for their favorite teacher proposals throughout the year.last_img read more

Toronto and US stock markets down for the week despite strong jobs

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index and U.S. markets ended down for the week despite strong jobs reports on both sides of the border on mounting concerns that a run of good corporate earnings may end.The fast pace of the rise in U.S. government bond yields is pressuring the most expensive stocks signalling that prices matter once again, says Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“While we are seeing ongoing healthy macroeconomic indicators, there’s pressure on the stocks because of lofty valuations, coupled with potentially weaker than expected margin profiles,” he said in an interview.The jobs reports issued Friday showed good topline numbers. Canada’s job market gained 63,000 positions in September, pushing the unemployment rate lower to 5.9 per cent. And the U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to 3.7 per cent, the lowest since 1969.Yet investors are troubled by rising U.S. wages that could spark inflationary pressure.Average hourly pay in September rose 2.8 per cent from a year earlier. And Amazon this week raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour.That “will put pressure on all retailers to push up their wages to remain competitive. So all of this is inflationary which is driving the higher long-term yields,” Yie added.He expects equity markets could remain volatile if wages continue to rise and the Federal Reserve remains hawkish.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 60.50 points to 15,946.17, after hitting a low of 15,895.50 on 208.2 million shares traded.All but three subindexes traded lower, led by energy, base metals and information technology. Canadian energy stocks haven’t been helped by the run-up in the price of oil because of the ongoing pipeline construction problems that is contributing to a wider-than-usual discount being paid for Western Canadian Select crude compared with New York-benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil.Health care, industrials and utilities closed higher.Canada’s two large railways primarily drove the industrials sector, in part, because they are more insulated to wage pressures, said Yie.“Companies like that are able to pass through a lot of commodity price increases as well as operating cost increases and these are the business that we like, those that are able to pass through so ones that have pricing power.”In New York, the decline was steeper. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 180.43 points to 26,447.05. The S&P 500 index was down 16.04 points to 2,885.57, while the Nasdaq composite was off 91.06 points at 7,788.45.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.30 cents US, down from an average of 77.52 cents US on Thursday but up five cents on the week.The November crude contract was up one cent at US$74.34 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 2.2 cents at US$3.14 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $4 at US$1,205.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.45 cents at US$2.76 a pound.last_img read more

Ottawa racks up 118 billion deficit for the year — thats better

OTTAWA — A preliminary estimate by the Finance Department says the federal government posted a deficit of $11.8 billion for its 2018-19 fiscal year.The shortfall compared with a deficit of $16.7 billion for 2017-18.The Liberals’ spring budget had forecast a deficit of $14.9 billion for the 2018-19 fiscal year which ended on March 31. Canada posts weakest back-to-back quarters of growth since 2015 — but that’s not the whole story Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: Why Canada’s economy is not in as bad shape as it looks Wilkins sets the record straight on Bank of Canada’s thinking on its rate hold The shortfall came as the monthly fiscal monitor report said revenue rose $24.7 billion, or 8.1 per cent, due to increases in tax revenues and other revenues.Program expenses gained $18.5 billion, or 6.2 per cent, as major transfers to persons, major transfers to other levels of government and direct program expenses moved higher.Public debt charges increased $1.4 billion, or 6.3 per cent, due to a higher average effective interest rate on the stock of interest-bearing debt. read more

UN starts integration plan for refugees in Russias North Caucasus republics

The initiative is the work of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Governments of North Ossetia and Ingushetia, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the North Caucasus.Co-funded by UNDP and the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom, it has an initial budget of $1,500,000 for 2005.The programme opened its office in Vladikavkaz, capital of North Ossetia, last month and began executing seven projects to rehabilitate public areas and infrastructure in key communities, including repairs or improvements to roads, drainage, schools, community centres, parks, and play areas.During its first months of operations it will also concentrate on establishing partnerships, carrying out area research assessments, and planning with governments in each republic to develop agreed frameworks for economic recovery and integration. Some 250 temporary jobs have been created.Information and experiences gained through these efforts are expected to result in a three-year recovery programme that will increase communities’ resilience and enhance employment generation through agricultural, small business and micro-lending activities.North Ossetia was the scene of a massacre at a school in the town of Beslan in September, when 338 people were killed and 747 injured, many of them children, in a hostage taking linked to separatists in the nearby republic of Chechnya, where Russia has been fighting a war against separatists for the past several years.In Ingushetia, the UN withdrew international staff in June following deadly fighting between rebels and government forces in which a local UN staffer was killed. The republic hosts some 50,000 internally displaced people from Ingushetia and neighbouring Chechnya living in temporary settlements or private accommodation. read more

Wisconsin Governor Tells NFL Players to Stop Anthem Protests

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker/WikipediaMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks NFL players should stop protesting during the national anthem and instead speak out against domestic violence.The Republican former presidential hopeful sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith saying he believes players are showing disrespect for the flag and veterans. Players should drop the “divisive political sideshow” and speak out against domestic violence instead, the governor wrote.NFL league meetings Tuesday offer an opportunity to strongly condemn domestic violence, Walker added.“My request is simple: stand for the American flag and the national anthem out of respect for those who risk their lives for our freedoms, and then take a stand against domestic violence to keep American families safe,” Walker wrote. “That’s something we can all agree on, and that just might help the NFL reunite with many of its devoted fans.”Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests last season when he refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. With Kaepernick out of the league this year, other players have taken up his cause.President Donald Trump has been pressuring owners to discipline players who don’t stand for the anthem. Asked why Walker decided to inject himself into the debate, the governor’s spokesman, Tom Evenson, said October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the governor was moved by survivors’ stories he heard at the annual Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse awards ceremony last week.The letter comes a day after the Green Bay Packers lost star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone during a game against the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers may be out for the season.Packers coach Mike McCarthy has said backup Brett Hundley will replace Rodgers. Still, questions are swirling about whether the Packers might try to sign Kaepernick, who was born in Milwaukee and lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, until he was four years old.Evenson said the letter wasn’t meant to signal the Packers shouldn’t consider Kaepernick as a replacement for Rodgers. read more

Former Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton signs with AFLs LA KISS

Former quarterback Kenny Guiton throws the ball during Ohio State’s Pro Day March 7 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternAfter serving as a backup quarterback at Ohio State for four seasons, Kenny Guiton has found a new football home.The 6-foot-3, 208-pound passer has been assigned to the LA KISS — named after the iconic rock group of the same title — of the Arena Football League, according to a press release Tuesday evening.The start of an AFL career for Guiton comes after a short stint with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL, who invited Guiton to their rookie mini-camp in Buffalo in May before signing rookie wideout Caleb Holley of East Central University, leaving no room for Guiton on the roster.At OSU, Guiton completed 89 of his 134 career pass attempts for 893 yards and 16 touchdowns. In his final season, Guiton was named a team captain and started in two games for the Buckeyes, leading OSU to a 52-34 win over California in his first ever start and compiling a school-record six touchdown passes against Florida A&M in his second start.Guiton graduated from OSU in December 2013 with a degree in family resource management and family studies.Following the 2014 Orange Bowl, his final game in an OSU uniform, Guiton played in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl, a showcase for college seniors looking to enter the NFL ranks, but threw just four passes in the contest, completing only one of those throws for nine yards.There has been no announcement as to when Guiton is set to don an LA KISS uniform, as the team is currently in the middle of the 2014 AFL season with its next game set for June 9 against the San Jose Sabercats.The KISS currently stand at 2-8 on the season and are riding a seven-game losing streak following a 2-1 start. read more

Ohio State golfer misses cut at US Womens Open

Then-freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her shot at the Lady Buckeye Invitational April 19 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter starting the day at nine over par, Ohio State golfer Jessica Porvasnik shot a 12-over 82 to miss the cut by 12 strokes at the 2014 United States Women’s Open.She finished the tournament 149th out of the original field of 156.Porvasnik’s Friday round at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., included eight pars and no birdies. She finished the front side with a seven-over 42 before heading to the club house with a 40 on the back nine.The men’s U.S. Open was held at the same course last weekend.The Hinckley, Ohio, native qualified for the open after shooting consecutive rounds of 73 at a qualification tournament at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., May 12.Her first go around at the U.S. Open came after she won two events for the Buckeyes in 2014, which was her freshman season. Along with winning the Big Ten Championship and the Westbrook Spring Invitational, Porvasnik came in the top five at four other tournaments and the top 10 at two other tournaments.Porvasnik is at least the third Buckeye to have taken part in the U.S. Women’s Open. OSU’s coach, Therese Hession, played in the event seven times, and former Buckeye golfer Meg Mallon won the U.S. Open in both 1991 and 2004.Out of the 25 amateurs playing in the tournament, Porvasnik finished third to last ahead of Emily Pentilla and Hannah Pietila. Six amateurs made the cut with Australian Minjee Lee carding the best scores — she is in a tie for third at even par heading into the weekend.Porvasnik is scheduled to begin her sophomore season with the Buckeyes when OSU travels to Lincoln, Neb., for the Chip-N-Club Invitational Sept. 8. read more

Astra advancing clean coal technology

first_imgAstra Energy Technologies (AET), a subsidiary of international diversified resource company Astra Resources, has completed the acquisition of Interecotech’s innovative clean coal conversion technology. The acquisition, which resulted in the formation of Astra Interecotech (AI) to oversee the commercialisation of the technology, follows the successful completion of due diligence into the project.Included in the acquisition is the scientific process required for the manufacture of Activated Coal Water Fuel (ACWF), and Integrated Coal Slurry Gasification Combined Cycle (ICSGCC) technology, with the latter expected by the company to “revolutionise the production of synthetic gas and electricity.” Astra’s CEO, Dr Jaydeep Biswas says that the technology is based on ultrasonic chemistry activating the coal water mixtures so brown coal behaves as a liquid, which provides cleaner and higher efficiency combustion in existing coal-fired power stations.“AI’s ACWF technology has been subject to significant scientific and technical improvements from the current thermal dynamic activation (TDA) technology, a process which has taken approximately 23 years,” Biswas stated. “The technology is a bolt-on device for existing power stations to process low quality coal as an alternative to diesel, fuel oil and black coal, meaning expensive upgrades are not required. This means pulverised coal combustion plants can be converted to ACWF plants, utilising AI’s coal preparation and combustion technology with very low capital costs. Low ranking brown coal is the ideal feedstock for the preparation of ACWF, which is then fed into a specially designed and manufactured combustion unit. Using the milling and homogenisation technologies, ACWF is produced by causing high energy and high pressure cavitation in the coal-water mixture.”The thermal and chemical properties of the ACWF means higher rates of reactivity when fed into combustion reactors. As the input energy required to produce ACWF as a feedstock to other processes is much lower, a reduction in CO2 emissions can be achieved over the processes lifecycle. Additional environmental benefits are gained by the presence of water in ACWF which works to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere and makes the product explosion-proof. AI’s ACWF technology also provides users with significant cost savings, requiring 10 to 15% less coal as feedstock for the same MW output in comparison to a power plant that does not utilise the technology.“As any type of coal can be used as feedstock, developing countries with low quality thermal coal reserves will be able to gain greater energy independence by utilising locally mined reserves rather than importing black coal or diesel for their power generation requirements, which is unsustainable in the long term. By replacing oil or gas with ACWF, and dependent on the geographical area, AI can achieve a 30 to 70% lower price per unit of energy.”While the production of ACWF is a relatively simplistic process, AI’s ICSGCC technology is a more complex process, converting coal into electricity in up to three cycles. Including the preparation of Uniform Activated Coal Water Fuel (UACWF) as a feedstock for the gasifier, gasification of UACWF and combined cycle (gas, steam and organic turbines) to generate electricity this process can successfully produce low cost hydrogen-enriched syngas by implementing either a two or three cycle process.Astra Managing Director Silvana De Cianni says the patented and environmentally friendly technology outlines the scientific process required for utilising all types of coal for the production of low cost hydrogen enriched Syngas, however lignite and brown coal is most suited. “The technology produces high yielding, low emission syngas, the basis of a revolutionary new type of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) process. The resulting product is a long-term, and cheaper, alternative to oil, gas, pulverized coal and coal water slurry, and can be used for direct combustion in converted coal or oil-fired boilers, coal-to-liquid fuel production, electricity generation and can replace natural gas to produce heat.”AI’s method of ICSGCC technology is unique in part due to the new type of feedstock (UACWF) that has been developed, which is prepared by special milling and hydro-shock disintegration methods and equipment. The technology for the preparation of UACWF focuses on the use of any type and grade of coal, including low-grade coal, waste of coal processing plants, slag containing unburned carbon and coal fines.The initial focus for AI’s ACWF technology will be SE Asia, followed by Latin America, with prospective growth markets identified in the Central European region due to the vast resources brown coal and a high demand for low emission production of electricity. AI is currently in the process of manufacturing an ACWF and combustion demonstration unit in Russia for the purpose of demonstrating its efficiency and integrity for prospective clients. The company plans to construct a commercial ACWF and combustion plant within the next 12 months and an ICSGCC demonstration module within the next 36 months. AI has also entered into discussion with interested parties that span the globe concerning prospective commercial arrangements.Astra Resources’ global portfolio includes gold interests in SE Asia, coal mine in Africa, iron ore in India, Norway and the Philippines, carbon efficient and commodity businesses, the production of the high-strength T-Steel technology in Hungary, clean coal technology and the provision of mining services housing in Rockhampton, Queensland.last_img read more

Man dies after staying up too long to watch the World Cup

first_imgThe issue is not a new one in China, where football fans are often hours ahead of major tournaments.During Euro 2012, one man stayed awake for 11 days to watch games and died.Similar problems were reported for both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments.Read: Yes, in case you’re wondering that is Moy Park chicken advertising at the World Cup A CHINESE MAN was found dead after apparently staying up all night to watch a World Cup match.The 25-year-old had stayed up all night on Friday to watch the Netherlands’ comprehensive victory over Spain.He was found early on Saturday morning, his television set still airing football, the Xinhua News Agency reports.Doctors at Xiangcheng People’s Hospital say that they believe his death could be linked to staying up to watch the game, which aired in the middle of the night in China.Although doctors did not specify what exactly may have caused the death, exhaustion or a heart attack have been given as possible factors.Doctors warned football fans to be cautious about their health.The news agency says that there may be more deaths. At least three Chinese football fans have reportedly died after staying up to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 17, 2014center_img Source: China Xinhua News/Twitterlast_img read more

Orange investit davantage dans les widgets

first_imgOrange investit davantage dans les widgetsFrance – Orange a signé un partenariat avec la start-up Netvibes afin d’accroître son développement dans le secteur des widgets. L’accord pourrait aller au-delà du marché des mobiles.Les widgets sont des applications accessibles depuis l’écran d’accueil d’un mobile ou d’un ordinateur. Netvibes, plutôt spécialisé dans les PC, entre ainsi sur le marché du mobile grâce à un partenariat avec Orange. L’opérateur français choisit pour sa part de renforcer ce secteur après les lancements de son propre service widgets en 2009 et de l’Application Shop début 2010. Ce nouveau service sera disponible partout dans le monde grâce à l’outil Djinngo Mobile. Mais l’accord a pour ambition de dépasser la dimension mobile. Les deux partenaires envisagent en effet de passer sur la télévision IP. Start-up qui vient de fêter ses cinq années d’existence, Netvibes compte 200.000 widgets en réserve.Le 5 mars 2010 à 11:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Alicia Vikander Brings Lara Croft to Life in New Tomb Raider Images

first_imgMuch like the video game series, the Tomb Raider movie franchise will soon be rebooted. Director Roar Uthaug has shared the first images of Oscar-winning actress, Alicia Vikander, as Lara Croft. Donning a pick axe along with a bow and quiver, Vikander is the splitting image of the iconic video game heroine.This new Tomb Raider movie will be heavily influenced by the rebooted game. As you can tell from the images, Vikander is playing the younger, less-experienced Lara Croft from 2013’s Tomb Raider. Just like in the game, Lara becomes stranded on a mysterious island near Japan. Instead of traveling for adventure, Lara’s trip was motivated by a need to find her father, who she believes is on this previously uncharted island.“Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown,” reads the movie’s official synopsis. “If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”As for what will make Tomb Raider stand out from other (failed) video game movies, director Uthaug told GQ that his team “drew a lot of inspiration and reference from the game and the entire Tomb Raider canon to develop our world, and I believe fans will recognize that. At the same time, this is a completely different theatrical approach to Lara Croft that will offer something new in the origin and development of the character. It’s a story that not only highlights her incredible physical accomplishments but delves deeper into her humanity.”Speaking to Vanity Fair via e-mail, Vakinder talked about what it means to play Lara Croft. “When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character. I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me, I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits — tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head, and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”As for how closely the movie will follow the 2013 game, Uthaug told GQ that the “game was certainly part of what inspired our film. I think fans will be delighted to discover many touchstones from the game throughout the story. At the same time, this is not the kind of video game adaptation you often see, with a lot of CGI and effects. Our movie takes a more realistic, grounded approach. Lara Croft is a hero and a champion, but she is not a superhero. She is very much human, and we see her deal with that humanity in many ways.”Video game movies don’t exactly have a great track record. Hopefully, this new Tomb Raider movie will finally break the curse. If the film manages to capture the spirit of the latest games, then we could be in for something special.Tomb Raider will be released in movie theaters on March 16, 2018.last_img read more

Facebook Proposes New IsInputHandling API for Faster Input Event Processing

first_imgWith the proposed API, the script only yields execution to the browser when it has a good reason to. A common alternative to running long scripts on the main thread while mitigating the impact on interactivity involves yielding back to the browser at arbitrarily defined intervals. However, yielding execution to the browser when there are no inputs to process implies some inefficiency, in particular for frameworks which need to load large scripts on a page. Facebook explains: Developers may register and share feedback on the origin trial. If we yield too often, the page loads too slowly. If we yield less often, it takes longer for the browser to respond to user events, and people get frustrated. In that context, the new API seeks to provide a cooperative scheduling solution which allows task to complete as fast as possible while letting the browsers process input events in a way that users do not notice a lag between an input and its perceived effects (generally changes to the DOM).The new isInputPending API is included in Chrome 74, as an origin trial. Facebook mentions: In the example of registering behavior for a variety of UI components, we can’t wait for an idle period before continuing to register additional UI components. Another alternative is to use the Background Tasks API, in particular the requestIdleCallback() API, to run scripts when the browser is idle. However, this API is designed for tasks which do not have a high priority. As the proposal explains, this approach is also fraught with difficulties:center_img The origin trial will allow us to get a sense of how important the API is to developers, which is important information for all browser vendors on the web and is will shape our future conversations about this API. The new API has been divulgated through the W3C’s Web Platform Incubator Community Group (WICG), a platform supported by major browser vendors such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Mozilla, to have a dialog about new features. The corresponding WICG proposal details the rationale behind the API together with the constraints it has to meet and the privacy and security issues it creates.If feedback is positive, the new API could become fully available in Chrome and other browsers. Facebook hints that additional APIs could be contributed down the line: Facebook recently announced its first major browser API contribution. The new isInputPending API aims to shorten the time between a user input and its processing by the browser, and to increase the user experience of highly interactive applications.The new navigator.scheduling.isInputPending browser API proposal exposes a function isInputPending which will return true if the browser has an input event scheduled for dispatching. API consumers may specify specific event types (like touch or key events) to be checked by calling the function with the appropriate parameters.In the announcing blog post, Facebook’s Nate Schloss and Andrew Comminos give the following example of usage, where a script includes a logic by which it interrupts its computation to let the browser handle inputs:while (workQueue.length > 0) { if (navigator.scheduling.isInputPending([‘mousedown’, ‘mouseup’, ‘keydown’, ‘keyup’])) { // Stop doing work if we think we’ll start receiving a mouse or key event. break; } let job = workQueue.shift(); job.execute();} isInputPending is now part of a larger effort to build scheduling primitives into the web. Eventually, we hope to see browser tools that allow developers to integrate deeper into the browser’s task queue and even let developers give the browser insight into the priorities of various network requests and tasks.last_img read more