UP sweeps La Salle in UAAP elims

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants UP’s win resulted to a massive four-way tie for the second spot in the standings with La Salle, University of Santo Tomas, and Far Eastern University sharing an identical records of 5-3.The Lady Maroons scored four unanswered points to create some leeway, 21-16, late in the third set that featured one crucial error and a gutsy move courtesy of Isa Molde.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLourdes Clemente went to the service line amid a boisterous atmosphere but her serve never even touched the net with the ball going straight below the nylon putting UP at the 24-19 match point.Molde then skied over the block for the booming kill that swept the Lady Maroons’ season series with the Lady Spikers. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director FEU wins but loses Lycha Ebon to knee injury Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—University of the Philippines started off its second round campaign the best way possible as it repeated over defending champion De La Salle, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here.The Lady Maroons are the first team to sweep the Lady Spikers in a season since Ateneo did the feat in Season 77.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Despite the big win, UP head coach Godfrey Okumu said the Lady Maroons have yet to get better.“The peak of UP? No. I feel like there’s more to come and we can still play better and it’s just a matter of time but again it was a good game so it’s our lucky day today,” said Okumu.Diana Carlos led UP’s offense with 13 points while Molde added 11 but it wasn’t much the Lady Maroons’ firepower that doomed La Salle.The Lady Spikers, who had 11 points from captain Desiree Cheng, committed 37 errors and that is the worst mark they’ve had this season.La Salle’s three losses also tied the Lady Spikers’ mark in Season 79 when they finished 11-3 in the season.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Yanks Rout Woeful Red Sox, 13-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Brian McCann, Chris Young and the rest of the New York Yankees are enjoying quite a run these days.McCann and Young hit three-run homers during a nine-run burst in the seventh inning and the Yankees broke loose once again, romping past the Boston Red Sox 13-3 on Aug. 4.Down 2-1 and held to three singles going into the sixth, the Yankees suddenly struck. The AL East leaders wound up scoring in double figures for the fourth time in seven games — they’d gone more than a month without doing it until a 21-5 rout at Texas last week.“Honestly, the blunt way to say it is we have a lot of really good hitters,” Young said. “Everybody’s a threat right now.”Mark Teixeira hit a pair of RBI singles and McCann, Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley added late doubles as the Yankees won for the 11th time in 15 games.The Yankees have totaled 90 runs in the last 10 games. “That’s just crazy,” said Young, who got three hits and scored four times.McCann tweaked his knee late in the game and shifted to play first base. Manager Joe Girardi said the team would know more about McCann’s condition on Wednesday.Last-place Boston lost its eighth straight on the road.Masahiro Tanaka (8-4) left after Pablo Sandoval’s long home run leading off the seventh got the Red Sox within 4-3. Dellin Betances escaped a second-and-third jam to end the inning despite bouncing six of his eight pitches.In an interesting move, Girardi brought in Betances to relieve Justin Wilson with two outs and a 1-2 count on Jackie Bradley Jr. Girardi said it was a “strategy thing” without elaborating.“I don’t think anybody was expecting it,” Betances said. Bradley wound up walking and stealing second, but Betances struck out Brock Holt.“I didn’t make it look easy,” Betances said.Highly touted Henry Owens (0-1) lost in his major league debut. He had retired 12 straight batters going into the sixth, but left after Young opened with a single and Rodriguez doubled to the wall.“Once he came out of the game, they had their way with our bullpen,” Boston Manager John Farrell said. “Tried to find guys that at least stem the tide, shut down an out when needed, but the way they’re swinging the bat, the runs that they’re scoring of late, it was not a good matchup against our bullpen tonight.”Boston relievers Robbie Ross, Jean Machi, Craig Breslow and Alexi Ogando quickly got tagged.The big seventh began when shortstop Xander Bogaerts bounced a throw for an error on Jacoby Ellsbury’s leadoff grounder. After a walk and an RBI single by Rodriguez, the Yankees started teeing off. Ellsbury and Young each scored twice in the inning.“It started with an extra out,” Girardi said. McCann hit his 18th homer and drove in four runs.The Red Sox fell on Farrell’s 53rd birthday and have lost 14-of-19. They began an eight-game trip with the poorest road record in the AL, and matched their worst skid away from Fenway Park since dropping their final eight in the 2012 season.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sania Mirza inspired by Serena Williams ahead of comeback to competitive tennis

first_imgStar Indian tennis player Sania Mirza says she has achieved everything in her path-breaking career and has “nothing to prove” in her second innings, which is likely to begin by January 2020.In her quest to make a comeback to competitive tennis after more than two years after becoming a mother, the 32-year-old Sania is training vigorously for about four hours a day and has shed 26 kg in the process.Before taking leave from the circuit to start a family, Sania won six doubles Grand Slam titles — including three mixed — achieved the number one rank, won medals at multi-disciplinary events apart from laying hands on a year-end WTA Finale title with Swiss great Martina Hingis.”In my career, I have achieved everything which I could have dreamt of. And whatever happens next will be a bonus for me. I thought I will be able to comeback by August but probably by January, it looks like a possibility,” Sania told PTI in an interview.”Having (son) Izhan is the biggest blessing I could have. If I am able to come back, it will be amazing. He’s (son) my inspiration to get back to being fit. If I do comeback, it will not be to prove anything. The only reason to comeback would be that I love playing and competing.”Byt why the “if”? has she still not made up her mind?”I say so because I still have to see how my body reacts. The picture will be clear in the next two months. I don’t want to compete when I am not ready. There is no point in coming back and getting injured.”advertisement’It’s nice to see people like Serena competing at Grand Slams after having a baby’Not many tennis players have enjoyed success after motherhood. Only Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters have won a singles major after giving birth to their children.In the current generation, only a few figure in top-50 after becoming mothers. But American great Serena Williams remains a fierce competitor at number nine in the world after becoming a mother.Then there is Victoria Azarenka, who figures in top-50 in both singles and doubles, after giving birth to baby boy Leo.German player Tatjana Maria, ranked 100, is also a mother and won a doubles title last year with Britain’s Heather Watson.”There is enough self motivation to come back but it’s nice to see people like Serena competing at Grand Slams after having a baby. It’s obviously very inspiring,” Sania said.Knee issues playing in Sania’s mind ahead of impending returnElaborating on the time she has taken for planning her comeback, Sania said a past knee issue is still bothering her and she needs more time to compete in the physically demanding pro circuit.”I have been able to get back to being as strong as I was before, which is great. But I still have a bit of knee issue. It has not gone away completely. I had this knee injury even when before I got pregnant that’s why I had stopped playing at the end of 2017. It’s not bad but still there, lingering.”However, she did not divulge what exactly is the injury.”I don’t want to get into what problems I have with my knee but I had surgery on the knee before.”Talking about her training and results, Sania said, “I train about three-four hours a day in two sessions with fitness and with tennis it’s more than that. Initially the focus was on losing weight but now it’s back to same rigorous sessions I was having before,” she said.”I did not know how the body was going to react. You can’t actually anticipate after giving birth to a baby. I put on 23 kilos, I lost 26 kilos now. I am trying to become strong and to play at international level, I still need time.”Sania, who worked with her Australian trainer Robert for a few months in Dubai, further said she won’t set any result-oriented goals for herself.”There is no goal. Whatever happens in life hereon, regrading tennis, it will be just a plus. Once I make that comeback, I will see where I stand as an athlete. Right now I just want to make a comeback.””Expectations are high as usual but I have not played tennis in the last two years. If I can make a comeback, Tokyo (Olympics) is something I am looking at.Also Read | Prajnesh Gunneswaran ousted from Los Cabos Open after 2nd-round defeatAlso Read | Davis Cup, India vs Pakistan: Mahesh Bhupathi, players seek assurance on securityAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

Martial wants to leave Man Utd, claims agent

first_imgTransfers Martial wants to leave Manchester United, claims agent Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:45 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Anthony Martial Manchester United 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Anthony Martial Premier League The forward struggled for a spot in Mourinho’s starting line-up last term and is now keen for a fresh start elsewhere Anthony Martial is looking to leave Manchester United after three seasons at Old Trafford, according to the France international’s agent. Martial moved to Old Trafford from Monaco in 2015 and made an instant impact in his debut season under Louis van Gaal with 11 goals in 31 Premier League games. The forward, however, has found a starting spot hard to come by with Jose Mourinho on the bench, with 12 of his 30 league appearances in 2017-18 coming off the bench.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And while Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley assures that United are keen to keep him at the club, he feels the time is right for a change. “After considering all possibilities and options, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United,” Lamboley explained to  RMC Sport . “There are many reasons, for now it is too early to discuss it. Anthony will talk soon to go through that. “Man United want to extend Anthony’s deal and they do not want him to leave, but we have not come to an agreement for several months. I think that when Man United, who are the most powerful club, cannot come to an agreement after eight months it is because they really don’t want to make him a key player. “The decision is related to that. It is a decision that has been thought through thoroughly. However, it is important to remember that he is under contract, Man United have the last word and we will respect the club’s decision.” While the agent was reluctant to discuss the motivation behind Martial’s transfer request, he did hint at frustration at a lack of playing time. “We do not have the same vision of Anthony’s future. Right now Anthony is disappointed because he has shown for three seasons the love he feels for the club and its fans. On top of that, I can tell you that without the fans’ unconditional support Anthony would have already asked for a transfer,” he added. “I think he has done his best over the last three years. It is important to remember that this season he scored 11 goals and gave 10 assists in five months. He was chosen Player of the Month three times by fans. “Where will he play? Right now I don’t think that’s the most important question. Anthony just wants to play, to feel happy and connect with his coach, that is essential.”last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham offer terms to Samir Nasri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham offer terms to Samir Nasriby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are offering terms to Samir Nasri.The Mirror says they have offered Nasri a six-month contract worth £80,000-a-week.The Irons have backed boss Manuel Pellegrini by handing the 31-year-old French midfielder a heavily-incentivised deal until the end of the season.It means the pair are reunited after Nasri lifted the title under Pellegrini at Manchester City four years ago.It also comes with Pellegrini hit by the loss of striker Javier Hernandez and defender Fabian Balbuena.Balbuena suffered a knee injury against Watford on Saturday and striker Hernandez came off with back and hamstring problems.Should Nasri impress, West Ham will have an option to keep him beyond next summer. last_img read more

Report: Madrid 0 Real Sociedad 2

first_imgReal Madrid dropped points for the second LaLiga match in succession as they slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat at home to struggling Real Sociedad on Sunday, seeing Lucas Vazquez sent off in the process.Santiago Solari’s men were looking to make the most of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla drawing earlier in the day but could now end the weekend 10 points adrift of Barcelona.Madrid were behind early on as Willian Jose converted a third-minute penalty and the home side were unable to pull level before half-time. Article continues below 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? Despite Vazquez’s red card for two bookings, Madrid remained well on top after the interval and should have had a penalty when goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli seemed to trip Vinicius Jr, but La Real escaped on that occasion and struck again through Ruben Pardo late on to end a run of four consecutive league defeats.Madrid found themselves with an uphill task as Willian Jose emphatically dispatched his spot-kick following Casemiro’s clumsily foul on Mikel Merino.The hosts created several chances in response – Karim Benzema just missing the bottom-right corner from close range in the 11th minute, shortly before Rulli denied Vinicius from a tight angle.Luka Modric then forced Rulli into a smart stop down to his right from distance but they came closest just prior to the break – Vazquez’s chipped cross-cum-shot coming back off the post.Madrid turned things up a notch after the break, only for Vazquez to collect a second yellow card for a cynical foul on Merino.Soon afterwards, Vinicius was unlucky to not be given a penalty when he appeared to be fouled by the sprawling Rulli.La Real took full advantage, hitting Madrid on the break six minutes from the end and Pardo – a second-half introduction – nodded in Willian Jose’s cross to leave Madrid beaten. 21 – No other La Liga team has hit the woodwork more times than Real Madrid this season in all competitions (level with Barcelona). Misfortune. pic.twitter.com/q5Gpuqy98b— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 6, 2019What does it mean? Questions marks remain over VAR in LaLigaThere is little doubt that, when used properly, VAR is a good thing for football. But this match proved it is not beyond criticism, as Vinicius was not given a penalty for what appeared to be a clear foul in the second half. It is unclear whether it was reviewed at all, but the fact nothing was given suggests it was not. Rulli decisive for La RealMadrid certainly had enough opportunities to win it, but Rulli produced one his best displays for a long time, making several big saves. He has had a difficult time in the last couple of years, but this was a performance that showed his true potential.Casemiro fails to make amendsIt was a day to forget for Casemiro. His early error resulted in the penalty and he never recovered from that as Madrid were poor in midfield. He was unsurprisingly withdrawn for Isco, who produced an improvement.Key Opta facts- Real Sociedad have won a LaLiga game against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu for the first time since May 2004, when they triumphed 4-1.- William Jose’s early strike is the fastest penalty goal scored for any team at Santiago Bernabeu in LaLiga in the 21st century (144 seconds).- Imanol Alguacil is the fourth Real Sociedad manager to win a LaLiga game at Santiago Bernabeu after Raynald Denoueix in 2004, John Toshack in 1994 and Javier Exposito in 1991.- Vazquez has been sent off for the first time for Real Madrid after 160 games in all competitions.- No other La Liga team have hit post and bar more times than Real Madrid this season in all competitions (21, level with Barcelona).11 – @vini11Oficial attempted 12 dribbles against Real Sociedad (six dribbles completed), more than any other @realmadriden player in a @LaLigaEN game this season. Brave. pic.twitter.com/mVWw5w0x3H— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 6, 2019 What’s next?After hosting Leganes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday, Solari’s men face a potentially tricky trip to Real Betis in LaLiga next Sunday. La Real will be Betis’ opponents in the cup before returning to league action at home to Espanyol a week on Monday. read more – Vinicius Jr attempted 12 dribbles against Sociedad (six successfully), more than any other Real Madrid player in a La Liga game this season.- Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has conceded 21 goals in 16 games in La Liga this season, only three fewer than in his last campaign for Atletico (24 in 37).last_img read more

Repairs on Junction Main Road 95 Per Cent Complete

first_img The Junction main road was damaged during Tropical Storm Sandy Several members of the community benefitted from employment Story Highlightscenter_img State Minister for Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, says that work to repair a section of the Junction main road in St. Mary, which was damaged during Tropical Storm Sandy last year, is now 95 per cent complete.Mr. Azan, who was on a tour of the site on July 15, said the work, which began in March this year, is being undertaken at a cost of approximately $30 million, through funding under the Capital A budget, which had special provision for Hurricane Sandy repairs.Explaining the scope of the damage, the State Minister informed that a part of the “diamond”, which helps to protect the embankment from the raging waters of the Wag Water River was damaged as a result of Sandy, thereby undermining the entire structure and causing a section of the road to collapse.  “We were able to start the work this year to replace the diamond,” he said.The State Minister noted that some amount of river training was done to “change the river course from the side of the diamond to bring it back to the other section of the land.”“I can say that we have done a good job here. The engineers are satisfied with the job,” he said.Mr. Azan also informed that several members of the community benefitted from employment on the project on a rotational basis.During April, a section of the road was temporarily closed by the National Works Agency (NWA) to facilitate the repairs.A detour was established just beyond the Castleton Police Station travelling in the direction of Devon Pen. With most of the work now complete, motorists could be seen using the original roadway once again.last_img read more

Airtel Africa to raise 750 mn via IPO eyes London listing

first_imgNew Delhi: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel Tuesday said its subsidiary Airtel Africa expects to raise at least $750 million (approx Rs 5,189 crore) through a public offer and plans a subsequent listing on the London Stock Exchange. “The offer is targeted to raise $750 million (plus primary greenshoe option of up to 15 per cent) and will be used to reduce net debt,” Bharti Airtel said in a regulatory filing. It added that Airtel Africa intends to proceed with an initial public offering for admission and listing of its shares on the main market of London Stock Exchange (premium segment). Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsAdditionally, Airtel Africa is also considering listing its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. A regulatory filing by Airtel Africa said that the company intends to have a free float of at least 25 per cent of its issued share capital, and certain pre-IPO investors are expected to contribute towards the minimum 25 per cent free float. “The indicative price range in respect of the offer as well as the number of shares to be sold in the offer, will be determined in due course and contained in the prospectus expected to be published by Airtel Africa in the coming weeks,” it said. Airtel Africa, last year, raised $1.25 billion from six investors including Temasek Holdings Pte, SoftBank Group Corp and Warburg Pincus, giving it an equity value of about $4.4 billion. The current valuation is hovering around over $5.5 billion, sources say. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefAirtel Africa — which offers telecom services in 14 countries in Africa — has about 98.9 million subscribers and 14.2 million mobile money customers, with Nigeria accounting for the largest single country subscriber base. As on December 31, 2018, Airtel Africa was the second largest mobile operator in Africa by number of active subscribers. Airtel Africa recently reported its first full-year profit at $412 million for 2018-19, helped by higher data consumption and Airtel Money penetration. Its revenue increased 5.73 per cent to $3,077 million in 2018-19 from $2,910 million a year ago.last_img read more

Careys knock took the game away from us Williamson

first_imgLondon: A 86-run defeat against Australia has put uncertainty over New Zealand’s place in the knock-out stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the Black Caps have 11 points from eight games. The Kane Williamson-led side will not only have to win it’s last league game but will also have to expect that host England and Pakistan lose their remaining games. In their contest against the defending champions on Saturday, the Kiwis restricted the Aussies at 243 but failed to overhaul the target as their entire team was bundled out for 157 runs, courtesy Mitchell Starc’s 5/26. The defending champions were once reeling at 92/5 but it was Usman Khwaja’s 88 and a valiant 71-run knock by wicket-keeper Alex Carey which took Australia to a fighting total. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together As Aussie skipper Aaron Finch praised Carey for making the difference, Williamson also felt that the stumper’s innings on a slow wicket was something which took the game away from them. Speaking at the post-match presentation, the Kiwi skipper said: “We weren’t able to break that partnership (Khwaja and Carey) and Carey came and took the game away — a brilliant innings on that surface. I think Australia adapted better than we did.” Williamson meanwhile, also felt the pitch at Lord’s was difficult to bat on and said: “It was a challenging surface if you could hit the wicket hard. The nature of the slope here always brings about movement and some uneven bounce. We were in a position of strength in the first half of the first innings at 92/5. Credit to the way they rebuilt and got themselves to a competitive total.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The Kiwis will face host England in their next and last league group game of the showpiece event and another loss will make their chances of entering the knock-outs tough. Facing such a crunch situation, Williamson said he and the team management will need to read the wicket perfectly beside making the right moves. “It’s important that we move on quickly from this game. We need to do better on the next surface. We need to have a look at the surface when we get there and make the right decisions accordingly. The wickets haven’t been what most people expected, and they’re getting tired towards the end of the tournament,” he concluded. The Black Caps, who have 11 points from eight games and their semi-final berth is still uncertain, will be up against the hosts on July 3, while defending champions Australia, who have 14 points in their kitty, will take on South Africa in their last league affair at the Old Trafford, Manchester on July 6.last_img read more

Swedens ruling party hits election low as far right grows

first_imgSTOCKHOLM – Voters handed Sweden’s ruling party its worst-ever election result Sunday and delivered a parallel lift to a far-right party with white supremacist roots, leaving the ideological outline of the Scandinavian country’s next government uncertain.After a campaign dominated by debates over immigration, the centre-left Social Democratic Party emerged with the greatest share of the vote — 28.4 per cent as the count neared completion — yet looking at holding fewer parliament seats and having its mandate to govern questioned.The potential for an immigration backlash to result in a big boost for the far-right Sweden Democrats inspired fear among many Swedes before the election. It received a little more than one in six votes, or 17.6 per cent. Its showing was not as strong as the one-in-five polls had predicted, but good for a third-place finish that had the party’s leader telling supporters, “We won.”Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said he intended to remain in the job. The leader of the Moderates party that came in second, Ulf Kristersson, already had called on Lofven to resign and claimed the right to form Sweden’s next government.Sounding sombre and firm, Lofven told his supporters the election presented “a situation that all responsible parties must deal with,” adding that “a party with roots in Nazism” would “never ever offer anything responsible, but hatred.”“We have a moral responsibility. We must gather all forces for good. We won’t mourn, we will organize ourselves,” he said.Final election returns were expected later in the week. The preliminary results made it unlikely any party would secure a majority of 175 seats in the 349-seat Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament. It could take weeks or months of coalition talks before the next government is formed.Both the left-leaning bloc led by the Social Democrats and the centre-right bloc in which the Moderates is largest of four parties have said they would refuse to consider the Sweden Democrats as a coalition partner.Sweden — home to the Nobel prizes and militarily neutral for the better part of two centuries — has been known for its comparatively open doors to migrants and refugees. Sunday’s general election was the first since the country of 10 million took in a record 163,000 refugees in 2015 as mass migration to Europe rose dramatically.Lofven eventually said Sweden no longer could cope with the influx and immigration laws were tightened.Like other far-right parties in Europe, the Sweden Democrats worked to soften its neo-Nazi image in the lead-up to the election. The party symbol was switched from a flaming torch to a flower. Members known for making pro-Third Reich statements were pushed out.It made its first mark in politics with municipal council seats in 2006, and since then slowly helped revise long-accepted social norms for what Swedes could say openly about foreigners and integration without being considered racist.At the Swedish Democrat’s election eve rally Saturday, party leader Jimmie Akesson criticized Lofven’s government for “prioritizing” the needs of new immigrants the ones of Swedish citizens.Akesson was jubilant as he addressed supporters a day later, declaring the estimated 14 parliament seats the Social Democrats picked up a victory other parties could not ignore in coalition negotiations.“This party has increased and made the biggest gains. Everything is about us,” Akesson said. “I am ready to talk with others”Turnout in the election was reported at 84.4 per cent, up from 83 per cent in 2014.___Olsen reported from Copenhagen, Denmark. Jeff Schaeffer and Philipp Jenne in Stockholm, Jari Tanner in Helsinki and Vanessa Gera in Warsaw contributed.___This version corrects the description of the Sweden Democrats’ former party symbol.last_img read more

NASA spacecraft explored edges of Martian sea in 1997

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s first rover mission to Mars, the Pathfinder, may have explored the edges of an early Martian sea in 1997, according to scientists who say that images from the probe could yield evidence of habitability on the Red Planet. The landing site is on the spillway of an ancient sea that experienced catastrophic floods released from the planet’s subsurface and its sediments. Nearly half a century ago the Mariner 9 spacecraft returned images of some of the largest channels in the Solar System. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangOrbital observations of the gigantic channels suggested they were formed approximately 3.4 billion years ago by cataclysmic floods, much larger than any known to have occurred on Earth. The prospect that abundant flowing water once sculptured the Martian landscape ignited renewed interest in the possibility that life may have once thrived on the planet. To test the Martian mega-flood hypothesis, NASA deployed its first Martian rover; the Sojourner, on board the 1997 Mars Pathfinder spacecraft that journeyed to the Red Planet. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpNASA spent a total of USD 280 million on the mission, including the launch vehicle and mission operations. The terrain within the rover’s visual range includes potential fluvial features suggestive of regionally extensive flooding. However, those features suggest floods that were at least 10 times shallower than those estimated using images obtained from orbit. Hence, the mission was not able to exclude still disputed alternative views sustaining that debris or lavas flows could have in fact dominated the channels’ formational history without significant water discharges. “Our paper shows a basin, with roughly the surface area of California, that separates most of the gigantic Martian channels from the Pathfinder landing site,” said Alexis Rodriguez, lead author of the study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. “Debris or lava flows would have filled the basin before reaching the Pathfinder landing site. The very existence of the basin requires cataclysmic floods as the channels’ primary formational mechanism,” he said. “The basin is covered by sedimentary deposits with a distribution that precisely matches the inferred extent of inundation from potential catastrophic floods, which would have formed an inland sea,” Rodriguez said. “This sea is approximately 250 kilometres upstream from the Pathfinder landing site, an observation that reframes its paleo-geographic setting as part of a marine spillway, which formed a land barrier separating the inland sea and a northern ocean,” he said. “Our simulation shows that the presence of the sea would have attenuated cataclysmic floods, leading to shallow spillovers that reached the Pathfinder landing site and produced the bedforms detected by the spacecraft,” Rodriguez said. The team’s results indicate that marine spillover deposits contributed to the landscape that the spacecraft detected nearly 22 years ago, and reconcile the mission’s in situ geologic observations and decades of remote-sensing outflow channel investigations. The sea bears an uncanny resemblance to the Aral Sea on Earth in that in both instances they lack distinct shoreline terraces. Its rapid regression over shallow submerged slopes resulted in rates of shoreline front retreat too fast for the terraces to form. The same process could partly account for the long-recognised lack of northern plains shorelines.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral welcomes shutdown of DPR Korea nuclear reactor

At the invitation of the DPRK’s Government, a team from the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the Asian country this weekend to implement agreements to monitor the shutdown and eventual abandonment of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities. “As Secretary-General of the United Nations, and as a former foreign minister of the Republic of Korea, I encourage the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and other parties to continue to implement their commitments to realize the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as soon as possible,” Mr. Ban told reporters at a Headquarters press conference in New York today. Late last month, IAEA inspectors visited Pyongyang and reached agreement with authorities regarding arrangements for the Agency’s monitoring and verification of the shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility and the reactor under construction in Taechon. “This is just one step, but I think that it is a very important and encouraging step,” Mr. said today. Eventually, the DPRK will “have to dismantle and destroy all nuclear weapons and related programmes in return for economic assistance as well as the security assurance and political horizons, diplomatic horizons,” he added. 16 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the verification by experts from the world body’s nuclear watchdog that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has closed its Yongbyon reactor. read more

Guernsey Market golden at dining awards

The Guernsey Market cafeteria wowed the judges at the National Association of College and University Food Services awards, handed out last month in Boston.The accolades for Brock’s Guernsey Market keep piling up like the lettuce in a shaker salad.The University and its unique cafeteria won gold at the recent National Association of College and University Food Services Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. The award was in the retail sales, multiple concept/marketplace category for medium schools.This is the third year in a row that Brock’s dining services wowed judges in the competition, which celebrates exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts.The awards were handed out last month in Boston. Brock was the only Canadian university to win an award, beating out the University of San Diego, Saint Lawrence University and the University of Dayton in its category.Judges awarded the Guernsey Market and average score of 46.2 out of 50, considering facility design and merchandising, marketing, nutrition and wellness, and menus and meals in their decision. read more

How Ubers quest for selfdriving tech led to criminal case

DETROIT — A self-driving vehicle pioneer who used to work for Google has been charged with stealing secrets from the company before he joined Uber’s efforts to build robotic vehicles.Anthony Levandowski was charged with 33 counts of trade secrets theft in an indictment filed Tuesday by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Jose, California. The criminal case arose out of a lawsuit that Google self-driving spinoff Waymo filed against Uber alleging technology theft.Here’s how it wound up in the criminal courts:HOW IT STARTEDFormer Uber CEO and founder Travis Kalanick believed that the company could not survive without being the leader in autonomous vehicles. One of Uber’s biggest expenses is to pay drivers for ferrying passengers, and that cost could be reduced or eliminated with vehicles that drive themselves. Uber feared it would face a cost disadvantage if another company started an autonomous ride-hailing service first.That led Uber to start recruiting Levandowski in 2015. Levandowski soon left Google to help found Otto, a self-driving truck startup. Uber bought Otto for $680 million in 2016 and got both Levandowski and Otto’s technology.Google sued Uber accusing it of stealing autonomous vehicle secrets and alleging that Levandowski downloaded documents before he left the company. The theft allegedly included Google technology for laser sensors that give the cars the ability to see their surroundings.Uber denied knowing about the documents, and Levandowski invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination leading up to a trial. He was eventually fired by Uber.HOW THE CIVIL CASE TURNED CRIMINALAbout a week after the trial began in early 2018, Uber agreed to settle the case and pay $245 million to Google’s self-driving car spinoff, now called Waymo. The Google spinoff also got guarantees to prevent its technology from being used in Uber’s autonomous cars.But before that happened, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, who was overseeing the Waymo-Uber lawsuit, took the unusual step of referring the case to the U.S. attorney’s office based on testimony and evidence unveiled ahead of a trial.DID UBER KEEP DEVELOPING SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES?Yes, but it ran into serious trouble in March 2018 when one of its autonomous test vehicles, a Volvo SUV, killed a pedestrian on a darkened street in Tempe, Arizona. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was pushing a bicycle when the crash occurred. Investigators later determined that Uber’s human backup driver was streaming the television show “The Voice” on her phone and was looking downward before the crash. Investigators concluded the crash could have been avoided had Vasquez not been distracted.The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report saying the autonomous driving system on Uber’s SUV spotted Herzberg before hitting her, but didn’t stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled “to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behaviour.”Uber suspended its autonomous vehicle testing on public roads after the crash, and it was also put on hold by Arizona’s governor. Uber resumed testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh in December 2018 after getting clearance from Pennsylvania officials. The cars run autonomously but have two human safety operators called “mission specialists” in the front seat. Uber also is gathering data with human drivers in control in San Francisco and Toronto.WHAT HAPPENS NOW IN THE CRIMINAL CASE?Charges will proceed against Levandowski, who faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines per criminal count. Prosecutors say the probe is ongoing, but they wouldn’t say whether Uber and Kalanick are targets. Prosecutors say Google and Uber co-operated in the probe.Levandowski’s lawyers maintain his innocence, calling the criminal charges a rehash of civil claims that have been settled.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

Event to introduce Political Science and Labour Studies to high school students

More than 300 students from four local high schools will be on campus Wednesday for the first-ever Political Science and Labour Studies Day.The Social Sciences event will include lectures from Political Science Assistant Professor Stefan Dolgert and Labour Studies Associate Professor Larry Savage, as well as seminars and a presentation from Co-op, Career and Experiential Education.“We’re excited to welcome local high school students to Brock to learn about workplace rights and to take part in interactive exercises designed to increase awareness and understanding about enforcement of those rights,” Savage said.The students, from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Eden High School, St. Francis Catholic Secondary School and Notre Dame College School, are mostly in Grade 10 Civics and Career Studies classes.“We’re excited to talk with local students about the most important political issues of the day, especially the election of Donald Trump and the rise of populism across the globe, since for most Canadians these events are both intriguing as well as slightly mystifying,” Dolgert said. “We’re looking to give students a sense of what these events mean for their lives.” read more

Football Urban Meyer compliments various players in Big Ten Teleconference

Ohio State redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Penn State on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter a 27-26 road win against then-No. 9 Penn State, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was asked about many of his players in Tuesday’s Big Ten Coaches Teleconference.Though redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins didn’t have his greatest game on Saturday, throwing for 270 yards, three touchdowns and an interception against the Nittany Lions, Meyer said he was impressed by how relaxed Haskins has been all season.“Very collected player,” Meyer said Tuesday. “The guys around him have belief in him.”Meyer also complimented redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill, saying he is a “tough, tough guy,” and tough guys survive in situations like Saturday’s victory in Happy Valley.Hill scored the game-winning touchdown on a screen from Haskins against Penn State, and leads the Buckeyes with 27 receptions this season.Though Meyer said redshirt junior defensive tackle Robert Landers struggled at times against Penn State, he said that was due to a lingering injury that he has not fully recovered from.Still, Meyer said Landers is a “spark plug” and “an energy guy that everyone loves to death.”In the secondary, Meyer said sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah is a great player, but can still get better.“He’s a better person than a player and he’s a great player,” Meyer said. “He has made a few mistakes, but he’s been very good.”Preparing for IndianaAfter a big win last weekend, the Buckeyes return home for a matchup against Indiana.Meyer compared Penn State redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley to Indiana’s starting quarterback, redshirt sophomore Peyton Ramsey.McSorley broke the Penn State record with 461 all-purpose yards against Ohio State, and Meyer said Ramsey shows a lot of the same ways to extend plays.“The guy we just played is one of the best we’ve gone against,” Meyer said, and he sees a lot of that in Ramsey.This season, Ramsey has completed 71 percent of his passes, racking up 1,039 yards through the air and 170 yards on the ground across 51 carries. He has scored eight passing touchdowns and two rushing. Ramsey also has five interceptions.Meyer also said the Ohio State defense had a “heck of a time” with the Indiana offense last year, and that they are very well coached on defense. Last year, Ohio State gave up 420 passing yards to Indiana, but held them to just 17 rushing yards in the team’s 49-21 season-opening win against the Hoosiers.No update on Brian SneadMeyer was asked for an update on freshman running back Brian Snead, and he said he has no updates on his availability.Snead has missed the past three games due to undisclosed disciplinary action due to a violation of team rules. read more

Proms criticised for selling standing tickets online in breach of founding principles

first_imgMusic fans queue outside the Albert Hall for tickets for the annual Proms concerts  But other prommers have defended the changes, saying they give music fans who might not have time to queue up because they work during the day the opportunity to buy tickets.One said: “I have known plenty people not able to get in if they have been at work or unable to get to the hall before 6pm. This new system allows those people to do so. If it allows more music lovers access to one of the greatest festivals in the world I am all for it.”BBC Proms said: “Promming (standing) tickets have been available to buy online on the morning of each concert since 2016 in an effort to increase accessibility to the Proms for those who may find it difficult to get to the Royal Albert Hall to queue on the day, including those who live outside London.“As always up to 1,350 Promming tickets are available to purchase for just £6 for each concert and so far this year around 15% of available Promming tickets have been purchased online on the day.” Music fans queue outside the Albert Hall for tickets for the annual Proms concerts Credit:Matthew Chattle /Alamy It is one of those timeworn traditions that defines the British summer: queuing up for tickets for that evening’s Proms.The season at the Royal Albert Hall has its roots in the London promenade concerts during which ‘prommers’ were able to walk around the playing musicians rather than sitting in pre-paid seats.So when the BBC, which runs the Proms, decided to alter the arrangements so that some of the 1,350 cheapest standing tickets could be bought on line, many fans of the event were left disgruntled.To them the thought of some in the crowd now being able to buy in advance tickets which had previously been sold on the night strikes was a discordant note.Some have even suggested it is an irrevocable breach of the Proms’ founding principles.The changes mean a proportion of the £6 standing tickets for the Royal Albert Hall arena and gallery are available on line for a booking fee of £1.12. That still leaves most of the cheapest tickets available on the night.But fans have now struck up a din over the changes, which have also seen the price of the standing tickets go up by £1. The Royal Albert Hall during the Proms seasoncenter_img The Royal Albert Hall during the Proms seasonCredit:BBC Adrian Greenman, a prommer in his sixties from south west London, said: “The whole point of the Proms is to queue up. It was always for ordinary people who happened to be walking, or promenading, past.“Also, the changes discriminate against the many people who don’t use a computer. Essentially it goes against the principle of the Proms.”The row comes ahead of the traditional Last Night of the Proms, on Saturday, September 9.Una Barry, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, said: “It goes against the tradition and spirit of the Proms, and whilst it’s not wrong,there’s something that makes me feel it’s quite right either. “It has put the price of the ticket up through the back door.”Another prommer, writing on an online music discussion site, said: “This new online initiative [ ] rather defeats the point of the “turning up on the day” spirit of the Arena and Gallery tickets.“It discriminates against those travelling from outside London just as much as the previous system, with the additional effect of privileging those who have internet access on the move.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

IMDEXs ioGAS to feature in Micromine 2020 3D modelling and mine design

first_imgMICROMINE and IMDEX have agreed to collaborate on the next release of Micromine 2020, with the latter company’s ioGAS solution being incorporated into the 3D modelling and mine design software.This collaboration, bringing together detailed geoscience analytics with sophisticated 3D modelling and mine design software, will enhance the geological modelling workflow, according to MICROMINE.According to IMDEX, ioGAS is a leading exploratory data analysis software application developed specifically for the resources industry. “Traditional methods to analyse results would take many hours and is prone to human error; ioGAS can generate accurate results in a fraction of the time. Over the past decade, a wide range of visual analytics and advanced quantitative tools have been developed to help you obtain a greater insight into the underlying structure of your data,” the company said.The two companies have been working together for several months to integrate output from IMDEX’s ioGAS solution, according to MICROMINE.“The collaboration means geoscientists will be able to directly import ioGAS (.gas) files into Micromine 2020 software to map and model geological domains,” MICROMINE said.Micromine Product Strategy Manager, Mark Gabbitus, said the ability to import the files and related geological and geochemical interpretative analysis into Micromine 2020 was a boon for both companies and their thousands of global software users.“MICROMINE and IMDEX recognise it’s in everyone’s interests to enable the efficient transfer of data between packages,” he said.“Integrating software with third-party systems like ioGAS not only makes our client’s jobs easier but advances the industry, which MICROMINE values as a thought-leader in the METS sector.”Micromine 2020 might still be in development, but Gabbitus confirmed some of the key features that would integrate with ioGAS included:In-built ioGAS symbol library so that data imported into Micromine looks exactly as it did in ioGAS;Down hole data that can brought from an ioGAS .gas file directly into Micromine as points where attributes (eg material type) can be modelled or displayed alongside geological logging to validate boundaries and contacts; and;Down hole data displays that effectively show how geochemical properties differ between logged geological units.MICROMINE added: “In Micromine 2020, drill hole traces can be easily created from down hole points contained in an ioGAS.gas file. This data is then saved as a drill hole database in Micromine.”With over 10 years of development, IMDEX’s ioGAS software has resulted in optimised workflows and easy to use tools that incorporate industry best practise in interpretive techniques, according to MICROMINE. The exploratory data analysis software offers detection of patterns, anomalies and relationships in geoscience data. With over 350 commercial clients and 20 government organisation users, ioGAS has established itself as a global market leader, MICROMINE said.Dave Lawie, IMDEX Chief Geoscientist, said: “It is exciting to combine the benefits of these market-leading software packages to provide additional value for our clients. This integration offers a seamless integration of ioGAS files and related interpretative analysis directly into MICROMINE 2020.”Last month, MICROMINE said Micromine 2020 will no longer support installation or use on computers with a 32-bit processor.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.1. #MURDER: A 23-year-old man was stabbed to death at Northern Cross in Dublin 17 last night, gardaí said this morning.2. #TERRORISM: Scotland Yard has arrested three more men in relation to the brutal killing of drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich on Tuesday. Two of the men were tasered as they were detained by specialist terrorism and firearms officers.3. #PARIS: In a crime which raises echoes of the gruesome murder of the British soldier, a member of the French army was stabbed in the neck while on patrol in Paris. A manhunt for the culprit has got underway and Private First Class Cedric Cordier is expected to survive.4. #POPULARITY CONTEST: For the first time in five years, Fine Gael is not leading the political popularity race. In the latest Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post, the party’s support is level with that of Fianna Fáil which gained one point.5. #SYRIA: The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group has confirmed for the first time that its fighters are helping Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria. In a televised address, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah pledged that they will turn the tide of the conflict in favour of the embattled President’s.6. #CRASH: It was another bad night on the roads as a 30-year-old man died in a two-vehicle collision at Dunkinelly in Donegal at about 10.45pm. Two others – a 21-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman – were injured in the crash.7. #SAME-SEX: Security is high in Paris today as the French capital braces itself for a massive protest against gay marriage. Up to 200,000 demonstrators are expected, reports France24.8. #TAXING: There is much in today’s newspapers about Ireland’s favourite status with multinationals because of our tax regime. According to the Sunday Times (citing Trinity College research), Ireland has been named the third biggest “tax haven” for US profits. Meanwhile, the Sunday Business Post claims Apple obtained its controversial tax deal in 1990.9. #MONEY: Speaking of Apple and money, an auctioneer in Germany has sold one of the company’s first ever computers – a functioning 1976 model dubbed Apple 1 – for a record €516,000.last_img read more

Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacions shooting death

first_img http://jrnl.ie/4083994 Image: Broward Sheriff’s Office via AP Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 3:03 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Associated Press Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion’s shooting death XXXTentacion was gunned down on Monday as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership in Florida. Jun 21st 2018, 3:03 PM AUTHORITIES IN FLORIDA have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion.22-year-old Dedrick Devonshay Williams of Pompano Beach was arrested shortly before 7pm yesterday evening, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (20) who went by the stage name XXXTentacion was gunned down on Monday as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership near Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he was planning to make a purchase.Authorities said the rapper was ambushed by two suspects.His lawyer, David Bogenschutz, said on Tuesday that investigators told him XXXTentacion had visited a bank shortly before the shooting and possibly withdrew cash to buy a motorcycle at Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach.He was exiting the dealership in his luxury BMW electric car when he was shot. XXXTentacion Source: Miami Herald/TNS/ABACAWilliams is charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, a probation violation and for not having a valid driver’s licence.He was being held without bond in the Broward County jail today.center_img 13,658 Views Suspect Dedrick Devonshay Williams Share1 Tweet Email No Comments Suspect Dedrick Devonshay Williams Image: Broward Sheriff’s Office via AP Short URLlast_img read more