Lazzari: ‘Lazio should’ve killed Celtic off’

first_imgManuel Lazzari said Lazio are “downhearted, because it hurts to lose a game like this. We had the chances to kill Celtic off.” The former SPAL winger had opened the scoring with a spectacular strike from a tight angle in at the near post, but once again the Aquile conceded late on to lose 2-1 in the Europa League. “I am very happy with my first goal for Lazio, first goal in Europe, but it hurts so much to lose this game. We had so many chances, hit the woodwork, had three big opportunities. “We knew Celtic were very physical, real beasts, and they just kept going at the end,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “It was an open and even game in the first half. After the break, we created two or three important chances, Correa hit the post, and we really should’ve killed off the game. Unfortunately, it happens a lot that we create opportunities and don’t finish them. “The performance was there, we are well aware of it. We’re downhearted because it hurts to lose a game like this.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

After one for the ages, Australian Open now a fitness test

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, who hasn’t won a major and last appeared in a Grand Slam final in 2014, is on the bottom half of the draw with Williams and has French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and last year’s Australian semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe in her quarter.While there were four different Grand Slam singles winners on the women’s side, with Ostapenko (French) and Sloane Stephens (U.S. Open) claiming their first titles, the men’s side rolled back the years with Federer and Nadal each winning two apiece.Djokovic, a surprise second-round loser here last year, is hoping he can get fit enough to change that in 2018.“I’m still not 100 percent — hopefully in three or four days I will be there,” Djokovic said after beating Thiem in an exhibition match at Kooyong this week. “I played better than I thought might happen, and most importantly I played without pain.”The 12-time major winner said he was doing everything possible to be ready in time for the Australian.“I’ll be over the moon if I can play,” he said. “Everything at the moment is going in the right direction.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He beat Nadal in a five-set final for his 18th Grand Slam title — and his first since 2012 — and later won Wimbledon.“I just thought that the game and the wins weren’t going to come … because I would just run into a red-hot Djokovic or Murray or Nadal or somebody and my game wasn’t going to be good enough,” Federer recalled. “I had all these great five-setters and, at the end, the epic match against Rafa. After six, seven matches, you start feeling like a different player, that you can’t miss anymore. The fifth set (of the final) was maybe the best set I ever played.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“What a comeback it was and it was definitely the highlight of the year.”Second-seeded Federer and No. 14-seeded Djokovic have almost traded places. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Defending men’s singles champion Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses for a photo with his trophy during a ceremony for the official draw at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)MELBOURNE, Australia — With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among the walking wounded and Serena Williams already deciding not to defend her title, injuries and absentees have been the focus of attention ahead of the Australian Open.That’s not bothering Roger Federer, who is returning as defending champion just 12 months after entering the season-opening Grand Slam tournament seeded 17th and uncertain of his prospects after six months off the tour with an injured left knee.ADVERTISEMENT Help on its way after Hidilyn Diaz puts spotlight on sorry state of training facilities SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte And so if the 2017 Australian Open was one for the ages — the revival of the Federer- Nadal rivalry and another Williams sisters final — the 2018 edition is shaping as a survival of the fittest.Serena Williams, who was pregnant when she beat Venus here last year to claim her 23rd major title, gave birth to her first child — Alexis Olympia — in September. She said it didn’t leave her enough time to feel confident of winning a major.The No. 1-ranking changed seven times in 2017, with five different women assuming top spot — three for the first time.Venus Williams says Serena is “here in spirit” supporting her in Australia, where she’s hopeful of ending an almost decade-long Grand Slam title drought. At 37, Venus is seeded No. 5, coming off a loss to former No. 1 Anglique Kerber in Sydney and has a tougher opener against Belinda Bencic, who combined with Federer last week to win the Hopman Cup.“I feel my biggest expectation is from myself,” Venus Williams said, dismissing any notion that age or expectations will weigh heavily on her. “No one ever wants to let themselves down.”She led the WTA Tour in prize money last year ahead of Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep, who ended the year at No. 1.Entering as the No. 1 seed for the first time at a major and at a tournament where she’s had back-to-back first-round exits, two-time French Open finalist Halep opens against teenage wild-card entry Destanee Aiava. She could face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round and Karolina Pliskova in the quarters.Muguruza, who withdrew from the Sydney International before the quarterfinals with a sore right thigh after retiring during her first match at the Brisbane International because of cramping, is in the same quarter as U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys, Australian Open 2016 champion Kerber and five-time major winner Maria Sharapova, returning to Melbourne two years after a failed doping test here led to a 15-month suspension.Muguruza is expecting the constant changes at the top of the women’s game to continue in 2018.“I don’t feel there’s somebody that different from the rest,” Muguruza said. “This is going to be a very interesting year. A lot of changing, I feel.” Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives This time, Federer breezily walked into the Australian Open drawcarrying the trophy just a few days after helping Switzerland win the Hopman Cup mixed team even. His 2017 comeback could be inspiration for the likes of Djokovic, who has won the Australian title a record six times but has been sidelined since Wimbledon with a right elbow injury.They’re in the same half of the draw — along with No. 4 Alexander Zverev, No. 5 Dominc Thiem, No. 7 David Goffin and No. 9 Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open winner who is also returning from injury.Nadal skipped the year-end championship last November and delayed the start of his 2018 season, so he’s also had only exhibition matches to see how his right knee has recovered.“If I’m not feeling good, probably I will not be here,” Nadal said after his error-filled loss to Richard Gasquet in an exhibition this week. “So that’s the good news.”Five-time finalist Andy Murray withdrew more than a week ahead of time, deciding to have surgery on a right hip problem that had kept him off the tour since Wimbledon. Kei Nishikori also withdrew.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri part of ICC working group to decide on T20 league cap for players

first_imgI didn’t written that letter: Choudhary on BCCI missive to ICC SHARE SHARE EMAIL March 04, 2019 COMMENT × COMMENTS Richardson on his part tried to clarify that rather than interfering in IPL, the ICC would ideally like to see the other leagues lift themselves up to the standard of the richest league.center_img BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has been included in the six-member working group, set up by the ICC, to consider the sanctioning of players’ release for the franchise-based Twenty20 leagues across the world.It has been learnt that Johri, along with with four other CEOs — Cricket Australia’s Kevin Roberts, Cricket South Africa’s Thabang Moroe, West Indies’ Johnny Graves, FICA’s Tony Irish and Cricket Scotland chairman Tony Brian will decide on the policy on number of leagues T20 freelancers can play. “The group, comprising Kevin Roberts, Rahul Johri, Thabang Moroe, Johnny Grave, Tony Brian and Tony Irish has been supported by ICC management and external lawyers. I don’t think ICC ever wanted to have a say in IPL matters contrary to what is being perceived in some quarters. Or else why would Johri be a part of such an exercise,” an ICC board member told PTI on condition of anonymity.The member further said that Johri’s name was finalised eight months ago and ICC senior officials Aarti Dabas and Iain Higgins’ names, as reported by a section of media, were never discussed.“I have attended earlier meetings also and Rahul’s name was there for past eight months. He knew what was the plan and I don’t think he ever had any objection. Had there been interference in IPL, he wouldn’t have agreed in first place,” the member, who is also a senior official of one of the cricket boards, added.ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, in a press statement, insisted that the idea of the group is to address the issues of players’ burn-out rather than interfere in the workings of any private league, including IPL.“The primary purpose of the group was to address Members’ concerns regarding the proliferation of domestic T20 and other short-form leagues around the world. These have created challenges to and conflicts with the international playing calendar and often rely on a disproportionate number of international players from foreign countries,” Richardson said.ICC in a recent survey found out that 95 percent of its professional players play only one T20 league and therefore it’s about the remaining five percent, who ply their trade across leagues. It comprises mainly of the West Indies players, who have picked T20 leagues over playing for the Caribbean team.There is a possibility that there could be a cap of two to three leagues per player but it has not been finalised yet.“A set of draft regulations have been developed over the past few months, which are designed to introduce minimum standards for short-form domestic leagues to safeguard cricket’s reputation and protect the long term health of the Members,” Richardson said.Richardson on his part tried to clarify that rather than interfering in IPL, the ICC would ideally like to see the other leagues lift themselves up to the standard of the richest league.“We are fortunate to have some outstanding T20 leagues, including the IPL, which set the gold standard for operations globally and this Working Group has taken into account those standards when developing the draft set of regulations.“Our primary objective is to ensure other leagues around the world put in place the same minimum criteria and operate within a consistent framework,” Richardson said. SHARE RELATED Published on Poor umpiring in Pandya-Rahul caselast_img read more

At AITAs coaching course: a dentist, engineer & banker

first_img(Eds: Adds background, minor editing throughout) By Amanpreet Singh (PTI9_11_2017_000053B) New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Its difficult to find something common between a dental surgeon, an IT professional, a mechanical engineer and a banker, but then sports is known to unite in more ways than one. This year, out of 35 candidates who have applied for an AITA course to become tennis coach, 16 are from diverse backgrounds ranging from engineering to journalism. Some of them have already left plum jobs to pursue the sporting career. Chennai-based Ganesh Srinivasan, who has been in the IT industry for close to three decades, has already given up a decent annual package of Rs 24 lakh to become a tennis coach – a job which might not give him more than 20,000 per month initially. “I have seen a lot of professionals, who are struggling with physical fitness. I want to help them. Playing sport creates happy hormones. I think tennis coaching is a fantastic alternate profession,” the 52-year-old, who till recently worked with Ernst and Young, told PTI. Then theres Ravi Shankar, a dental surgeon based in Tutikori, Tamil Nadu, who wants his twins to become tennis players. “I played tennis at district level but could not become a professional. I have a boy and a girl, they are twins. My wife Parvada Varthini is also a dental surgeon, MDS. She is now pushing me to become a tennis coach,” Shankar said after a training session. “I had forgotten myself but again after picking up racquet, I am getting myself back. Tennis is like meditation for me.” However, it is not a surprise to see that well-educated people are now aspiring to join the tennis coaching profession since the country has seen boom in tennis long before badminton took over as most sought after sport after cricket. A trend has been witnessed in modern cities such as Chandigarh where hundred of tennis academies have mushroomed and Markers have gradually taken over as coaches, earning close to 50,000 a month. So, people who hardly earned Rs 300 to 400 as daily wages found that tennis coaching is a profitable. Without doubt, the tennis coaching has become lucrative. Bikram Barua left his job at the Royal Bank of Scotland and now wants to establish his academy in Guwahati. He already has some experience of coaching and had no hesitation in quitting his job. Then there is Vignesh Balaji, a computer scientist, who wants to coach kids in the rural areas of Tutikori. Kanwaljit Singh, who conducted the seven-day (Level III) Foundation Coaches Course at Delhi Lawn Tennis Association, said they used to get one or two odd cases of non-sport candidates but this year the number is phenomenal. “Its really motivating. It shows that tennis coaching is now very respectable,? said Kanwaljit, who is one of only seven ITF Level III coaches in India. “People are quitting good jobs to be tennis coaches. I have never seen so many people from different backgrounds in a single group,” said Kanwaljit, who conducts the course along with Nar Singh, a DLTA coach. Tennis has always been an expensive sport and also seen as a preserve of the elites. But the sport also opened the doors of prestigious clubs for the players, making it an aspirational game. Renuka Singh, who successfully pursued a Company Secretary (CS) course and worked with Mazaars, is also headed for a coaching career after getting married in a family of tennis professionals — she is the wife of former national champion Ashutosh Singh. Shainky Pathak became a gold medal-winning mechanical engineer in Bhopal. But he now wants to help tennis enthusiasts in the rural areas of Madhya Pradesh, a dream which brought him to DLTA for this course. Nar Singh, the DLTA coach, was delighted to note that more and more people are willing to join the profession. “It shows that people are now more aware about tennis becoming a career option. More people want to play the sport so its good that we have people from good educational background to join the profession,” Singh said. All it costs to be a tennis coach after clearing the exam is Rs 22,000, which includes Rs 15000 as course fee. Young Karan Chouhan has an interesting story to tell. “My mothers grandfather used to coach the king of Varanasi. I learnt the game from my maternal uncle but could never become a player since my father did not like me going to tennis courts. My father passed away recently and it was on his insistence that I did MCA. I think I have fulfilled my fathers wish and can now chase my own dream.” PTI AT PM ATadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Dick, Kerr Ladies decorate Deepdale with the resplendent tribute they deserve

first_imgShare on Facebook The forgotten story of … the Dick, Kerr’s Ladies football team Pinterest features Share on LinkedIn Dick Kerr Ladies’ take on the French Ladies International team at Herne Hill, London. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Topics Anita Asante, left, will re-sign for Chelsea in January. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Sportblog It is apt that a year when the profile of women’s football has taken a leap forward marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Dick, Kerr Ladies.Commemorating the team’s first game at Deepdale, a memorial to the pioneering side was unveiled at the home of Preston North End last Friday. And what a memorial. A staggering 3.5 tonnes of granite has been used for the tribute. This is no small plaque tucked away in a corner; at six metres high by four metres wide it’s a towering presence in the corner of the ground, sitting proudly behind the fountain-statue tribute to Preston’s favourite son, Sir Tom Finney.The story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies football team may be increasingly told, but that women’s football even existed in the early part of the 20th century is still very much a secret. With the war over, and unemployment, poverty and inflation rising, the working class was restless and demanding a standard of living befitting heroes returning from war. Industrial struggle was on the up and as women’s football switched from raising money for soldiers to the striking miners of their communities and the like, the upper echelons of football were tense.So in 1921, months after the stunning Goodison Park crowd for the Dick, Kerr Ladies, the Football Association banned women’s football under the auspices of the sport being “unsuitable” for women. The governing body publicly discredited the game and forced women’s football from FA-affiliated stadiums and into public parks.At a time when attitudes towards women’s sport were being transformed for the better, when women’s football was being covered favourably in the press and the women were raising huge sums of money, the FA did more than scythe off the growth – they ripped up the roots and actively pushed attitudes backwards.In spite of the ban Dick, Kerr Ladies played until 1965 to dwindling crowds, winning 759 of 833 games and raising the equivalent of over £10m for charity.Today, in any article or discussion about the future of women’s football, the game’s appeal, profitability and quality of play are always questioned. Yet the story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies, and the early successes of women’s football, go a long way to answering those questions and explaining what has been overcome to take women’s football to the level it is at today.The memorial, sponsored by the FA, BAE Systems, University of Central Lancashire, Preston North End, FWP Architects, Uefa and the Professional Footballers’ Association, was unveiled by the former England captain and Preston Ladies player Sheila Parker, the former England and Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis and Gail Newsham, who has worked for 25 years to raise the profile of this incredible team.Newsham is extremely happy with the positioning of the tribute. “One of the players, Joan Whalley, who played after the second world war, played football with Tom Finney when they were kids,” she said. “She’s etched on to the bottom plinth. They both played on the right wing. He was always her hero and when she was inducted into the hall of fame it was Tom that presented the award to her niece.”She went on: “There’s been lots of tears over the years, lots of highs and lows with it. But this has been the end result. For me it’s always been about those women, getting recognition for them – that’s been my driving force.“I think because when I played football nobody was interested, then I discovered this story and it was unjust. And I’m a champion against injustice so this is what it’s all culminated in today. I’m absolutely thrilled.”Talking points • The Sky Blue FC forward Leah Galton has left the NWSL side to join Bayern Munich. Galton has signed an 18-month contract and becomes the first English woman to play for the club. Having started her career at Leeds Ladies, the 23-year-old was drafted by Sky Blue in 2016, when she was also called up to the senior England squad.• The fixtures for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup have been announced. England face Germany, France and the USA in the invitational round-robin competition, won by France this year. The Lionesses travel to Columbus, Ohio, where they will play France on 1 March. They will then face Germany in New Jersey three days later before playing the hosts and World Cup holders USA at Orlando City Stadium on 8 March.• Chelsea Ladies have agreed to re-sign the defensive midfielder Anita Asante when the transfer window opens on Friday. The 32-year-old revealed in November that she would be leaving the Swedish club Rosengard after four years. She joined Chelsea from Arsenal – having been part of the Gunners’ quadruple-winning side – in 2008, then played for five clubs in the US before moving to Sweden. Facebook Twitter center_img Pinterest Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Twitter Facebook Read more Women’s football The year 1917 is known as one of revolution and war but it was also period where women were being released from the shackles of the kitchen and the home, went out to work and claimed their first taste of independence on a mass scale – as they replaced the men, who were at war, in the factories.Like the men on the shopfloors before them, women – taking their new liberation beyond work – laced up heavy leather boots and formed factory football teams.The Dick, Kerr and Co locomotive factory, converted to a munitions manufacturer during the first world war, was one of the many firms to boost workers’ morale with competitive sport. That is how, on Christmas Day in 1917, the newly formed Dick, Kerr Ladies took on Arundel Coulthards Foundry in front of 10,000 spectators at Deepdale. The charity match raised £600 (almost £50,000 today) for injured soldiers convalescing at the Moor Park military hospital.The team’s profile and stock rapidly grew, and defying attitudes of the time huge crowds would show up to watch the side. In 1920 they walked out for the first ladies’ international, against a Parisian team in front of 25,000 fans – a record for a crowd at the ground. On Boxing Day 1920 they hit a phenomenal peak with 53,000 filing into Goodison Park and a further 14,000 outside, unable to get in.The winger Lily Parr became a household name. She scored 43 goals in her first season, 1,000 goals throughout her career and had such a powerful shot that she broke the arm of a man who was convinced she couldn’t score a penalty against him. A revolutionary on and off the pitch, Parr was gay and lived with her partner and she wasn’t alone. In 1921, at the end of a series of four unofficial internationals between France and England (which Dick, Kerr Ladies had unofficially become) the captains, Alice Kelly and Madeleine Bracquemond, unintimidated by those watching, kissed in greeting.A handful of women in the game are out today and there are no openly gay professional men’s players. Yet in the 1920s a layer of women footballers were comfortable expressing their sexuality publicly. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

There is a secret to saving a World Cup penalty. Here it is

first_imgThe referee blows his whistle, the penalty taker begins to limber up, and fans tense up. The goalkeeper has a high-stakes decision to make. Where will he jump – to his right or left, or will he stay in the middle? No matter how experienced, the keeper is likely to make a common mistake: jumping into action when doing nothing would be a better idea.An analysis of 286 penalty shootouts found most keepers prefer to leap left (49.3%) or right (44.4%) instead of staying put in the centre (6.3%). However, staying in the centre would have been a better idea. The study shows 39.2% of kicks head for the middle, 32.1% go to the left, 28.7% to the right. So why do keepers leap when it would be better to stay put? According to Michael Bar-Eli and his colleagues, the answer is action bias. This is our tendency to take action even when doing nothing is better. Jordan Pickford has one question to ask himself – how good does he want to be? Support The Guardian Examples of action bias are all around us. Owners of football clubs faced with a bad run of form fire their manager even though it would be better to keep them on. People trading shares prefer to make unprofitable trades than to do nothing at all. Employees go out of their way to look busy even when doing less would have exactly the same outcome. Doctors frequently perform caesarean sections when a natural birth would have been better.One reason we are so keen to act is to avoid regret. Goalkeepers who are under pressure because their teams is losing often jump. They know if they didn’t do anything and missed the ball, then they would feel worse than if they tried and got it wrong.A team of Dutch psychologists found something similar in their lab. They noticed that if people were faced with a string of negative results after performing a task, then they were more likely to choose to do something rather than nothing. When they were asked about why they had decided to take action, they found the people they were studying wanted to avoid feeling regretful for not trying.Another reason we often leap into action is that we are rewarded for it. Fans think it is simply bad luck if a goalkeeper leaps to the left of the goal while the ball flies to the right. But if the keeper stayed put in the centre, and the ball sailed into the top left of the goal, it’s likely fans would be outraged by their laziness. So, we reward keepers with our approval if they do something (even if it is wrong), but punish them with jeers if they do nothing. The same is true for chief executives of companies. If a boss decides to implement the latest management fad in their company, they will be rewarded with increased bonuses, even if the fad has no impact on company performance whatsoever.We treat our governments the same way. If the government does something when facing a crisis (no matter how disastrous the consequences), citizens viewed it more positively than if the government did nothing. We even make judgments about healthcare this way. Generally, we tend to prefer doctors who offer us treatments over doctors who don’t. This is despite the fact that often having a treatment can make our health worse. Share on Facebook Psychology Making good decisions means keeping our bias towards action in check. Often the secret to success is doing nothing, at least for a while. For instance, the best tennis players are able to hold off responding to a shot for an opponent as long as possible. This gives them time to analyse the incoming ball and respond in the right way. The same is true for investors. Female investors tend to perform better than their male counterparts because they trade less. Holding back from action has also proved effective in the murky world of politics. One factor that helped Cosimo de’ Medici to dominate Renaissance Florence was his ability to do nothing while forcing his foes to act, and show their hand. This gave Medici a distinct advantage: he knew what his enemies’ interests were, while they had no idea about his. In addition, they had to invest precious resources into taking action, while Medici could sit back, watch, and wait until the time was ripe.When goalkeepers face a penalty kick in the remaining games of the World Cup, they might remember that sometimes the best course of action is inaction. As the penalty taker approaches the spot, maybe they are better off being a little more like a scheming Medici than an anxious action hero who is ready to spring into action at the first sign of danger.• André Spicer is professor of organisational behaviour at the Cass Business School at City, University of London. He is the author of the book Business Bullshit Since you’re here… Read more World Cup Football Topics Read more Insults and lower leagues prepared Jordan Pickford for World Cup Opinion comment Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018 Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp … 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. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

New $16M Multipurpose Building Opened at St. Augustine Place of Safety

first_img A new multipurpose building, valued approximately $16 million, was officially opened at the St. Augustine Place of Safety, an all-boys institution located in Clarendon, on Tuesday (April 24). A new multipurpose building, valued approximately $16 million, was officially opened at the St. Augustine Place of Safety, an all-boys institution located in Clarendon, on Tuesday (April 24).Construction of the building, which was funded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information through the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to improve service delivery to children in State care.State Minister, Hon. Floyd Green, who participated in the ceremony, said he was elated that the building has been provided, noting that St. Augustine was in dire need of the facility.He told JIS News the building will help with the development of the boys residing at the home, noting that it will be used for skills training and sports, among other activities.“The area gives us the ability to have a number of interventions with the children. We have areas where they can have indoor games (and activities) such as table tennis, group counselling sessions, and staff training,” the State Minister added.Mr. Green said the facility also includes a new administrative block, comprising office space for the manager, assistant manager and social care workers, as well as a new food preparation area, “which we think (are) important (so) that (the staff) are able to operate in a sense of comfort; so (the building is) a great addition to the Clarendon Child Protection and Family Services”.The State Minister, who toured the compound, commended the administrators on the success of the institution’s farm, which is self-sufficient in the production of layer chickens and eggs, and also supplies provisions to neighbouring all-girls home, Summerfield Child Care Facility.Meanwhile, Mr. Green advised of additional development plans for St. Augustine.“Our next step… is to construct a new… modern dorm facility. We expect to start work this year, and that will go over the next two years,” he told JIS News. Construction of the building, which was funded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information through the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to improve service delivery to children in State care. Story Highlights State Minister, Hon. Floyd Green, who participated in the ceremony, said he was elated that the building has been provided, noting that St. Augustine was in dire need of the facility.last_img read more

Besiktas Splashes Another DualFuel Tanker for Desgagnés

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Besiktas Shipyard Turkish Besiktas Shipyard has launched another dual-fuel LNG IMO-II chemical tanker for the Canadian shipping company Desgagnés Group.Featuring 14,000 dwt, the tanker, named M/T Rossi A. Desgagnés, was launched on May 5, 2018.The ice class tanker is the final in a series of four asphalt-bitumen-chemical tankers ordered by Desgagnés.Each of the four vessels can be powered by any of three types of fuel – heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG).With 10,000 gross tons, the newbuilding features a length of 135 meters and a width of 23.5 meters. The unit currently has a market value of around USD 20.9 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The third ship from the batch, Paul A. Desgagnés, was launched at Besiktas Shipyard’s facilities in July 2017. Mia Desgagnés, the second tanker, was launched in December 2016.Damia Desgagnés, the world’s first dual fuel LNG asphalt tanker, was delivered to the company in April 2017.World Maritime News Staff; Video Courtesy: Besiktas Shipyardlast_img read more

New Provincial Budget on May 9

first_imgFinance Minister Michael Baker today, May 5, announced he will introduce the government’s 2006-07 budget in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly on Tuesday, May 9, beginning at 1 p.m. “This will be our fifth consecutive balanced budget,” said Mr. Baker. “We will continue to build a strong, competitive province with a diverse economy, and remain on course with our debt-management plan.” The minister said that due to good fiscal management and an improved economy, the province is now in a position to make strategic investments to make life better for Nova Scotians.last_img

Russell Simmons Is The Happy Vegan

first_imgRussell Simmons has talked to The Humane Society of the United States’ All Animals magazine about the importance of showing compassion to all animals.As the founder of the Def Jam music label, Def Poetry spoken-word series, Phat Farm fashion label and Global Grind website, Simmons has been among those at the forefront of pop culture’s biggest trends. As with his other ventures, Simmons — or Uncle Rush, as he’s affectionately called by industry insiders — hopes his choice to follow a plant-based diet will influence others, and maybe even save lives. In his latest book, The Happy Vegan, the 59-year-old father writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet and how avoiding animal products can help save the planet.“My book talks a lot about health because that’s what people’s first instinct is — they’re concerned about health and the planet,” he says. But he also tucks in a message of compassion for animals—the main reason he’s against factory farming.When and why did you decide to adopt a plant-based diet?I’ve been a vegan pretty close to 20 years. I started because of compassionate reasons. Once I became a vegan and especially when I began practicing yoga, all of the people who are vegan and yogis pointed to all the reasons we shouldn’t consume animals. Fifteen or 20 years ago, I started talking more about it. We want to have a planet to live on, which is second to the compassionate reason. The food we’re eating is poisoning the people. The government is taking $40 billion in subsidies and underwriting the poisoning of the planet and people, causing obesity, heart disease and other illnesses. There’s not one good argument to eat animals … not one. So it became broader than just compassion. My book talks a lot about health because that’s what people’s first instinct is. They talk about health and the planet.What’s your response to those who consume meat and reject the idea of being “complicit in the torture and murder of billions of animals,” as it states in your book?There’s no such thing as humane slaughter. The excuses I’ve heard don’t sit well with me. Unconscious behavior is typical of human beings. We’ve done horrible things. The abuse of billions of animals worldwide, birthed into the worst lifetime of suffering just to poison the population is against any scripture and religion. There is always messaging in religious texts about how we treat other living species and how that’s a reflection of who we are today and how our culture is today.To read more of the interview, click here.Source:HSUSlast_img read more

The Many Sounds of the Fez World Sacred Music Festival

By Sara GomezFez- With a press pass around my neck, camera in one hand, and note taking materials in the other, I walked down the gold-embroidered red carpet and scoped out my company for the rest of the night.The opening night of the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music brought together people of all different cultures, interests, and styles for an evening of entertainment featuring African performers. The main attractions were music, dancing, and theatrics, but from the point of view of someone on the outside looking in, the audience was a production all in itself. Greetings and expressions of welcoming and joy filled the air like surround sound in all different languages— French, Arabic, Dirija, English, and Spanish were the ones I could identify, but I’d be kidding myself if I said those were the only ones spoken. The aroma of every perfume, Cologne, and body odor imaginable wove it’s way through conversations and interactions like the handmade headscarves and dresses adorning the frames of the festival goers. Even the single black cat that I saw lurking beneath the seats was dressed in its finest attire.Shortly before the show began at around 9 pm, the sun began to set. From behind the stage, the light show was unlike any other sunset I’ve experienced in Morocco so far: first the sky turned almost white with a hint of pale blue, similar to the color of the hat that a new born baby boy is gifted from the hospital, followed by its female counterpart: a pink so pink I would call it cotton candy.From behind the cotton candy clouds rose a golden lining— it’s the Moroccan version of a silver lining— casting a spectacular glow on every face for miles. Nothing in Morocco is complete without gold.While the light show in the sky had ended, the one on stage had just begun. Audiovisuals played a large part in setting the mood for the festival to begin; the projections on the stage were intricate and impressive, superior to any digital projection designs I’ve ever seen before, and the sound effects and background music complemented them to a T.Then, the fun began. Performers such as Moroccan oud player Driss al Maloumi, Tamango the tap dancer from French Guyana, and Malick Sow, the Tijani master from Senegal, put on one of the most interesting and awe-inspiring musical shows I’ve ever witnessed. Although I could not understand most of what was sung, art is not expressed through words alone— in fact, I’d say words are the least of it.The performers’ dance moves, costumes, face paint, expressions, and tonal range said it all. I believe that music is not solely about words, but about the sounds as well. Art is not only about the thing itself, but about the feeling it provokes. The breath being inhaled and exhaled, the vibrations in the performers voices, and their dynamic dance moves, of course, inspired a unique feeling inside of me, like only something truly Moroccan can.One notable act was Ker Simb, who blew the audience away with their spectacular and impressively choreographed performance and charisma. Some of the dancers even took time after the show to pose for pictures with the crowd, while staying completely in character—growling and crawling around the stage of course.Fez: An African Reflection, did just that: represented and showcased the many eccentric and diverse stories that make up the continents rich history, all while providing an enlightening and enjoyable evening not only in front of, but also under a sky full of Moroccan stars.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Fréchette to address Summit on developing countries in Qatar

The South-South summit begins Wednesday, 15 June, and following her address Ms. Fréchette is expected to hold bilateral meetings with several leaders of the developing countries that make up the Group.With 132 member countries, the “G-77” calls itself largest Third World coalition in the UN system. The association provides the means for the developing world to articulate its collective economic interests and enhances its joint negotiating capacity on major international economic issues in the UN system, it says.It also promotes economic and technical cooperation among developing countries (ECDC/TCDC).The G-77 has chapters in Rome, at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), in Vienna for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in Paris for the UN Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and in Nairobi for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). It also has the Group of 24 in Washington, D.C., for advocacy at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. Despite the increase in membership, the G-77, chaired this year in New York by Jamaica, says it has retained its original 1964 name because of its historic significance. read more

DR Congo UN rights chief names international investigators on Kasai abuses

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein named Bacre Ndiaye, a Senegal national, to lead a team of experts that includes Luc Côté, a Canadian who has worked on human rights violations in the DRC, and Mauritania’s Fatimata M’Baye.The team of experts is expected “to collect and preserve information, to determine the facts and circumstances in accordance with international standards and practice, and while ensuring the protection of all persons who will cooperate with the team, in cooperation with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” as stipulated in a mandate by the UN Human Rights Council resolution adopted on 22 June 2017.The cooperation with the Government includes “facilitating visits and access to the country, sites and persons, concerning alleged human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law in the Kasai regions,” according to the Council. The resolution refers to reports of the “recruitment and use of child soldiers, sexual and gender-based violence, destruction of houses, schools, places of worship, and State infrastructure by local militias, as well as of mass graves.” The team’s findings are due to be presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2018. Ahead of the report, the High Commissioner is scheduled to present an oral update on the situation in the Kasais to the Human Rights Council in March of next year. Violence flared up in the DRC’s Kasai regions in August 2016, when a customary chief was killed by Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC), as DRC’s armed forces are known. The Kamuina Nsapu militia (named after the chief) then set about avenging the killing, committing widespread atrocities as well as recruiting children into its ranks. The gravity of the situation was further underscored by the discovery (in April, this year) of forty-two mass graves by OHCHR and the UN mission (known by its French acronym, MONUSCO). More than 1.3 million people have since been displaced within the country as well as thousands forced to flee across its borders. Security Council urges progress on political agreementMeanwhile, the UN Security Council today warned that unless politicians in DRC demonstrate renewed efforts to deliver on an agreement to hold elections by the end of this year, the country and the wider region faces an increased risk of instability.“The Security Council further calls upon all political parties, their supporters, and other political actors to remain calm and refrain from violence of any kind,” according to the statement signed by Ambassador Liu Jieyi, who holds the rotating presidency for the month of July.The presidential statement – which has a tone similar to a Security Council resolution but is not legally binding – expresses concern about “the slow implementation of the 31 December agreement.The agreement – facilitated by Conférence Episcopale Nationale du Congo (CENCO) mediators, and reached in DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, on 31 December 2016 – allowed President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his term. In today’s statement, the Council also welcomed progress made in the voter registration process led by the National Electoral Commission (CENI), and called for continued efforts “to ensure that voters throughout the country, including in the Kasai provinces, are duly registered.” The Council also called on the Government to set aside a budget for the elections and come up with a timetable for preparations.In the same agreement, the Council reiterated its condemnation of the violence in the Kasai region and expressed “serious concern” about cases of sexual violence and recent reports of more alleged mass graves. “The Security Council underscores the primary responsibility of the DRC Government for ensuring security in its territory and protecting its population, with respect for the rule of law, human rights and international humanitarian law,” the statement said, cautioning that some of the reported violations could constitute war crimes under international law. read more

Funding announced for Centre for the Arts

From left: Debbie Slade, Rick Dykstra, President Jack Lightstone, Steven Pillar (Vice-President, Finance and Administration)The Centre for the Arts will be able to present its 2010-11 and 2011-12 Professional Entertainment Series, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament (St. Catharines), on behalf of the James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced funding for the Centre for the Arts on Wednesday morning.The $120,000 in funding will support the 41st and 42nd editions of the Centre’s Professional Entertainment Series, which runs from September 2010 to March 2012. The series presents more than 70 music, dance, and theatre performances a year. The funding will also support the centre’s outreach activities, including master classes, school concerts, panels, workshops, lectures, and demos.“As Brock’s role as an educator in our community continues to grow, so does its position as a source of quality arts and entertainment,” Rick Dykstra said in a Brock media release. “And I am very pleased that this funding will assist Brock to continue to enrich our community through the Centre for the Arts.”The funding will “go a long way in assisting the centre to enhance the cultural wellbeing of the region,” said Debbie Slade, director of the Centre for the Arts.The funding is through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.Get The Brock News delivered to your email read more

Kaitlyn Leary puts Ohio State womens volleyball before herself

Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) goes down for a dig during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorNo matter how many kills she tallies or awards she wins, Kaitlyn Leary would trade it all for the success of her team.Or maybe for a few pairs of shoes.Leary, a senior outside hitter for the No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team, was named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week Sept. 10 after recording 66 kills to lead her team to the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational title.The Parma, Ohio, native said she was excited to receive the award, but was happier that the team was successful.“I was honored,” Leary said. “But I’m just happy with the way our team has been playing.”Leary was quick to credit the play of teammates, including junior setter Taylor Sherwin.“I think (Sherwin) has been doing an amazing job putting me in great situations, (putting) everyone in great situations,” she said.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo described Leary as “humble.”“You would never know (what she’s accomplished) because she doesn’t really talk about what she’s accomplished,” Mandolfo said. “She’s always about the team.”Even though they may not be the most important things to her, Leary is no stranger to personal accolades.While at Padua Franciscan High School, she was a two-time first team All-Ohio performer in 2008 and 2009, the 2008-2009 district player of the year and a 2008 and 2009 Prep Volleyball All-American.After her senior season in 2009, Leary was selected for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour All-American squad and won the Wendy’s High School Heisman before being named the 2010 ESPN Rise Magazine Female Athlete of the Year.While her high school career was decorated, Leary has not had as much recognition since arriving in Columbus, at least not until this season.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the recognition is overdue.“It’s great for her to get the recognition that she gets this year,” he said. “Last year she was really good and she didn’t get any recognition.”Carlston added that he found Leary’s exclusion from the preseason All-Big Ten team “hilarious.”Leary does things the right way, according to her coach, who said he is proud of the way she’s grown.“She’s a great leader and I’m super excited (about) how far she’s come,” Carlston said.Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said the team leans on Leary whenever things are not going their way.“We all look towards her when there’s a problem going on the court,” Sekinger said. “If we need somebody to get a point for us, it’s always going to go to Leary.”Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said Leary is willing to be the punching bag for her teammates.“She will take the blame for anything,” the sophomore said. “She has the most pressure of anybody on this team and she holds herself with such eloquence.”On the court, Leary leads the Big Ten in kills per set and points. She also has worked on improving her defense this season, according to senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore.“She knew she had to develop more of a defensive role this year and she worked really hard in the offseason,” DiSalvatore said.Leary said she enjoys playing with her teammates, but off the court, they are just as close.“We have a really strong connection,” she said. “I love all of my teammates.”Off the court, Kacsits said Leary is secretly one of the funniest people around.“She’s not super talkative, so when she says something it’s either really funny or really important,” she said.Leary’s humor at times is unexpected, according to Kacsits.“She’s the weirdest jokester ever,” Kacsits said. “Some of the things that come out of her mouth you’re just like ‘did she really just say that?’”Carlston agreed with Kacsits, calling Leary “really hilarious,” but said you have to get to know her in order to find that out.“If you just have one interaction with (Leary), you’re going to get nothing, except that she’s a nice person,” he said.The Buckeye coach said his star attacker is much more outgoing now than when she first came to OSU. He also added how she “loves shoes.”Leary explained that Carlston has asked her to count how many shoes she has, but had not done it yet and could not give an accurate number.“It’s kind of an inside joke with me and (Carlston) because every time I show up, I have a different pair of shoes on and he’s always like ‘new shoes, Leary?’” she said.The senior will have to leave the majority of those shoes behind as her team travels to Buffalo, N.Y., this weekend for the Blue and White Classic.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland Eastern Shore Friday at 4:30 p.m. before playing two matches Saturday against Valparaiso at 11 a.m. and Buffalo at 7 p.m.OSU is scheduled to return to Columbus Sept. 27 for a match against Michigan to open Big Ten season play. read more

Baseball Ohio State drops pair of games to Michigan State over weekend

Ohio State redshirt senior outfielder Shea Murray stands in the box against Purdue on April 1, 2017 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterFaced with the challenge of taking on a Michigan State team that ranked in the top two in nearly all statistics this season, the Ohio State baseball team managed to avoid a sweep after dropping the first two games in the series.Despite losing the series to the Spartans, the Buckeyes managed to outscore their opponents 18-16 over the weekend, thanks almost entirely to their 13-8 victory in the final game of the series.Game 1In the lowest scoring game of the Buckeyes’ season, only two runs were scored. Both came early from the Spartans in their 2-0 victory over OSU.The Spartans first came in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs and a runner on first, freshman left fielder Bryce Kelley tripled to right field, scoring the runner from first base and giving MSU the early 1-0 lead.Then, after the Buckeyes went down 1-2-3 in the top half of the fourth inning, the Spartans pounced again with another two-out RBI. This time it was sophomore shortstop Royce Ando who doubled into the left-center field gap to score MSU’s second run of the game from second.Though OSU found little solace in their bats, they were again given a solid outing by the pitching staff. Making only his fifth career start, redshirt junior starting pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos was able to limit a potent Spartan offense to just two runs off five hits and two walks over five innings of work. The bullpen for the Buckeyes followed Pavlopoulos’ footsteps and kept the game close late, providing three scoreless innings with just two hits and no walks allowed.Game 2Michigan State piled on the runs early after OSU’s starting pitcher had to leave the game with an injury in the first inning, and the Buckeyes were unable to complete the ninth-inning comeback in their 6-5 loss to the Spartans.Redshirt senior starting pitcher Jake Post started the game off with back-to-back strikeouts, but a comebacker to the mound that ricocheted off him and down the left field line (later ruled a double) forced him to exit the game, responsible for the runner on second. That runner on second was driven in by the next batter in the inning; sophomore pitcher Ryan Feltner. A single to the next batter left a pair of runners on for junior first baseman Zack McGuire, who cleared the bases with a three-run home run to give MSU the 4-0 lead.The Buckeyes responded the next half inning when junior first baseman Bo Coolen stepped up to bat with a runner on second in the top of the second inning. Coolen drove a double into the right-center field gap, scoring a run and bringing the score to 4-1. Coolen later scored on another double from freshman second baseman Conner Pohl.A groundout in the top of the third inning off the bat of junior left fielder Noah McGowan drew the Buckeyes to within one with still six innings left to play.The Spartans went scoreless for four innings after their four-run first inning, but they began to add to their lead again in the bottom of the sixth inning. With a runner on first base, redshirt sophomore right fielder Dan Chmielewski lifted MSU’s second homer of the day over the left field wall to give his team the 6-3 lead.The next half inning, the Buckeyes found some power from their own right fielder when freshman Dominic Canzone launched his second-collegiate home run into right to bring his team within two.The ninth inning could not have started any better for OSU. Senior co-captain and shortstop Jalen Washington homered on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the inning, and a double by the next batter put the tying run in scoring position. But back-to-back strikeouts shut down a lot of the momentum, and following a walk to Canzone, the Spartans’ closer struck out the final batter of the inning to slam the door shut on OSU’s potential rally and keep the final score at 6-5.Game 3Needing to avoid the sweep, OSU brought their bats out in full-force and staved off a late Michigan State comeback to win the final game of the series, 13-8.Washington homered in his final at-bat of Saturday’s game, and led off Sunday’s game with the very same. Launching a homer over the left-center field wall, he gave OSU the early 1-0 lead, its first lead of the series. Another run would score in the inning to make it 2-0.The Spartans responded quickly, as a two-run home run from senior second baseman Dan Durkin knotted the game up at two apiece in the bottom half of the first.OSU grabbed the lead again in the top of the second inning off a RBI single from Washington, his second RBI of the day to put his team ahead 3-2. The Buckeyes would not lose the lead again.In the top of the fourth inning with two outs, a single followed up by back-to-back doubles pushed OSU’s lead to 5-2. The top of the fifth was when the Buckeyes seized full control of the game. A single from Pohl led off the inning, and redshirt senior right fielder Shea Murray homered for his first collegiate home run to extend the lead to 7-2. Five more singles in the inning led to three more runs going up on the board for the Buckeyes as they stormed ahead to an 11-2 lead.Trialing now by nine runs, Durkin again stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning for the Spartans and crushed his second homer of the day, this time a three-run shot that sparked a potential Spartan comeback.They scored another run in the seventh inning and two more in the eighth, but OSU scored in both the top of the eighth and ninth to seal its 13-8 victory over Michigan State.With two home runs in the series, Washington set a new career-high in home runs with five in his final season of collegiate eligibility. He was the only player on either team with multiple hits in each of the three games played, and overall batted .429 (6-for-14) with three RBI, two runs scored, two home runs and a double in the series.OSU kicks off a nine-game homestand on Wednesday when the team hosts Northern Kentucky, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. read more

Orange Alert Gusts of up to 120km forecast for West and North

first_imgMET ÉIREANN’S ISSUED a ‘status orange’ alert for tomorrow, with winds of up to 80 km per hour, and gusts of up to 120 km, forecast for the West and North West.The affected counties are Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.The wet and windy weather is set to sweep in from the Atlantic tomorrow afternoon, with “some severe gusts” expected near northern and western coasts before nightfall, according to the weather service. The rain will then clear eastwards.Tomorrow will still be pretty mild amid all that rain, but temperatures are set to drop back again by Thursday: temperatures of between 4 and 7 degrees are forecast, and there’s a possibility of some wintry showers on higher ground.By Friday, the weather’s expected to turn mild and rainy once again — then some ground frosts are forecast for the weekend.So, if we had to sum it up in two words: “pretty changeable” might do the trick. Read: Hector confirms that he is leaving 2FM breakfast showRead: Pen-making Donegal schoolboys worth ‘a million’last_img read more

Project Glass What we know so far

first_imgDespite knowing full well that we’re months away from the very expensive developer preview, with another long wait after than for an actual retail product, there’s no shortage of people who would gladly empty their bank accounts to get their hands on Google’s coveted Project Glass.In terms of bleeding edge hardware wrapped in a unique new concept, you can’t get much more interesting than Project Glass. This wearable computer packed into a pair of eyeglasses is being kept pretty tightly under wraps by the Googlers working on it, but several members of the project have been in Hangouts recently with I/O attendees that joined the Glass Explorers program. As a result, we’ve been able to put together a rough idea of what powers these devices and how they work.HardwareAs it stands right now, the hardware inside Project Glass is still changing and we know that everything is being fine-tuned and tested constantly. Currently the hardware inside Project Glass units are pretty close to what you would see in a Samsung Galaxy Nexus without the cellular radio. During one of the Hangouts a project member explained that the current iteration is “basically a wifi Galaxy Nexus”.As things like battery life are being adjusted, the clock speed of the TI OMAP 4460 processor is also being adjusted. Either way, this is hardware that the teams at Google have had plenty of experience with.Project Glass as worn by David CardinalThe camera on these units is an unknown variable, since it is one of the pieces that is being heavily tweaked until it delivers the best possible experience. Following the recent Google+ posts from Project Glass members, the camera has really changed a lot. Shots have been posted with a myriad of resolutions, in some posts discussing new features like a timed shot or rapidly repeating shots. Google’s big focus in their early promotion of Glass has been the ability to share things from your perspective, so it makes sense that the camera is receiving nonstop attention.There’s been very little mention of on-board storage. In fact, during several hangouts now Project Glass members have advised developers to focus on apps that “connect to cloud services and exchange information, but not run locally.” In fact, the system will rely heavily on an internet connection for most of the real functionality and there’s been no mention of an Offline Mode. There’s certainly not going to be any removable storage, either, since the only port on the device is the microUSB port used to charge it.Most members of the Project Glass team, as well as ExtremeTech’s David Cardinal have said that these units weigh about the same as a good pair of sunglasses, and they are constantly improving the battery life so that we will be able to wear them all day by the time they come out.SoftwareProject Glass is not running Android… or ot least, it’s not running Android as we currently know it. None of the Glass team members were willing to discuss the operating system, but the apps that were running on the device already were familiar. After the demonstration at Google I/O this year, and again during the Hangout meetings, it became clear that the devices were capable of running Google + Hangouts from the device. In fact, several of the team members have joined Hangouts from the Glass units and demonstrated that they could see everyone in the Hangout and were completely capable of participating as though they were on the mobile app.The Project Glass platform will likely never be looked at as a branch of Android, but the developer team has mentioned that the Glass Explorer units will be flexible. Developers have been told they will “be able to flash the device to build whatever you want for it, such as client apps”. It seems likely based on that statement that much of the Project Glass software will be Open Source in order for developers to take Project Glass and use it for specific purpose development.NavigationAs pretty as the original “one day” video that Google released was, it intentionally left us with way more questions than answers. One of the biggest was navigation. Will it be voice-controlled, gesture-controlled, or use some other form of navigation? As it turns out, the side of the device is a touch panel, and that is used for most of the navigation. Swipe gestures on the trackpad control basic navigation of both the OS and apps, and a single button on the top of the device serves as the action button for everything else you would do while wearing the glasses.Project Glass is designed to be on your head at all times, but not necessarily meant to be on that whole time. A single gesture — a quick jerk up with your head — turns off the screen and sets the device into a sleep mode. To turn the device back on, you need to press the button on the side. It is unclear if more gestures will be added, or if gesture control is something developers will have access to, but the feature allows you to quickly dismiss whatever it was you were looking at and returns you to reality.Seeing into the futureProject Glass is still so far away even for those who were able to participate in the Glass Explorers program, but it is clear that Google’s X Team is filled with people truly dedicated to making this experience really unique. We’ve seen plenty of companies try to strap gadgets to our face over the years, but Project Glass is the first that seems to understand that the most successful gadget in this category will be the one that you don’t feel the need to take off.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img Short URL May 14th 2019, 7:55 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald 9,767 Views No Comments Tuesday 14 May 2019, 8:55 AM Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Thaninee Chuensomchit The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s everything you need to know as the day gets started. EVERY MORNING brings you the headlines you need to know as you start your day.1. #HOUSING: Dublin city councillors voted yesterday evening to approve a new affordable housing scheme for individuals who fall over the threshold for social housing.2. #HOMICIDE: The government plans to launch an independent study into introducing domestic homicide reviews to Ireland, as well as provisions for supports to families who are victims of familicide. 3. #CO2: Scientists in the US have detected the highest levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere since records began.4. #ALASKA: Five people died and one person was missing yesterday after two float planes collided mid-air in Alaska while carrying passengers from a cruise ship’s sightseeing expedition.5. #GILROY: A case involving the right of European Parliament candidate Ben Gilroy to participate in a debate on RTÉ ahead of this month’s election will be heard in the High Court today. 6. #RENTERS: Renters may be able to find out what the average price is being paid for rent on their street next year. 7. #TARGETED: Spyware crafted by an “advanced cyber actor” infected multiple targeted mobile phones through WhatsApp without any user intervention through in-app voice calls. 8. #HILLSBOROUGH: Relatives of victims of he 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster yesterday said they are shocked after the only person ever convicted over the tragedy was given a fine of just £6,500 (€7,500).9. #TARIFFS: The ongoing trade war between the US and China has ramped up, after China announced it would be imposing painful tariffs on $60 billion worth of US exports by next month.     Image: Shutterstock/Thaninee Chuensomchit Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Heres Everything Coming to Netflix in August 2019

first_imgStay on target Summer may soon be over, but Netflix is hoping to keep your streaming devices hot and binge-ready. First, the ladies of GLOW are back on August 9 to heat things up in the wrestling ring. And with a Las Vegas setting, expect some Sin City shenanigans — not to mention, a new boss in the form of Geena Davis.And then there’s the much-anticipated The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance from co-creators and writers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, with writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. A prequel series to the classic by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance premieres August 30, taking fans back to the world of Thra in a 10-episode run featuring Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel. The series will also star Mark Hamill, Eddie Izzard, Helena Bonham Carter, Keegan-Michael Key, Simon Pegg, and Andy Samberg.Below is everything coming to Netflix in August 2019. If you’re not a subscriber yet, start your free trial here.August 1Are We Done Yet? Boyka: Undisputed Four Weddings and a Funeral Groundhog Day Horns Jackie Brown Jupiter Ascending Now and Then Panic Room Rocky Rocky II Rocky III Rocky IV Rocky V Sex and the City: The Movie Something’s Gotta Give The Bank Job The House Bunny The Sinner: Julian To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Why Do Fools Fall in LoveAugust 2Ask the StoryBots (Season 3) Netflix FamilyBasketball or Nothing Netflix OriginalDear White People (Volume 3) Netflix OriginalDerry Girls (Season 2) Netflix OriginalOtherhood Netflix FilmShe-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 3) Netflix FamilyAugust 4Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Volume 4) Netflix OriginalAugust 5Enter the Anime Netflix OriginalNo Good Nick (Part 2) Netflix FamilyAugust 6Screwball Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do ThatAugust 8Dollar Netflix OriginalJane The Virgin (Season 5)Judy Moody and the Not Bummer SummerThe Naked Director Netflix OriginalWu Assassins Netflix OriginalAugust 9Cable Girls (Season 4) Netflix OriginalThe Family Netflix OriginalGLOW (Season 3) Netflix OriginalThe InBESTigators Netflix FamilyiZombie (Season 5)Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling Netflix FamilySintonia Netflix OriginalSpirit Riding Free: Pony Tales Netflix FamilyAugust 13Knightfall (Season 2)Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready Netflix OriginalAugust 14The 100 (Season 6)August 15Cannon Busters Netflix AnimeAugust 1645 rpm Netflix OriginalApache: La vida de Carlos Tevez Netflix OriginalBetter Than Us Netflix OriginalDiagnosis Netflix OriginalFrontera verde Netflix OriginalInvader Zim: Enter the Florpus Netflix FamilyThe Little Switzerland Netflix FilmMINDHUNTER (Season 2) Netflix OriginalQB1: Beyond the Lights (Season 3) Netflix OriginalSelflessSextuplets Netflix FilmSuper Monsters Back to School Netflix FamilyVictim Number 8 Netflix OriginalAugust 17The Punisher (2004)August 20Gangs of New York Simon Amstell: Set Free Netflix OriginalAugust 21American Factory  Netflix OriginalHyperdrive Netflix OriginalAugust 22Love Alarm Netflix OriginalAugust 23El Pepe: Una vida suprema Netflix OriginalHERO MASK: Part II Netflix AnimeRust Valley Restorers Netflix OriginalAugust 27Million Pound Menu (Season 2) Netflix OriginalTrolls: The Beat Goes On! (Season 7) Netflix FamilyAugust 29Falling Inn Love Netflix FilmKardec Netflix FilmWorkin’ Moms (Season 3) Netflix OriginalAugust 30The A List Netflix OriginalCAROLE & TUESDAY Netflix AnimeThe Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Netflix OriginalDroppin’ Cash (Season 2) Netflix OriginalLa Grande Classe Netflix FilmMighty Little Bheem (Season 2) Netflix FamilyStyling Hollywood Netflix OriginalTrue and the Rainbow Kingdom: Wild Wild Yetis Netflix FamilyUn bandido honrado Netflix OriginalAugust 31Luo Bao Bei (Season 1)More on’s Everything Coming to Hulu in August 2019Here’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in August 2019What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend These Are the Games You Should Play This MonthBest Skywatching Events in August 2019: ‘Shooting Stars,’ New Moon, More last_img read more