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Soccer Weekend: What to Watch in Europe’s Main Leagues

first_imgENGLANDIt’s another pivotal few days in the pursuit of the Premier League title.Tottenham travels across London to the Olympic Stadium on Friday. A victory over West Ham would trim Chelsea’s advantage at the top of the standings to one point, with the leaders not in action until Monday against Middlesbrough.But if Mauricio Pochettino’s team can’t achieve a 10th straight league win, Chelsea will be able to wrap up the title next week when it follows up the Middlesbrough game with a trip to West Bromwich Albion on Friday.Middlesbrough will be going to Stamford Bridge clinging to its Premier League status as the northeast side sits six points from safety with three games to go. Swansea, which is four points and a place better off, hosts Everton on Saturday. Hull, which is just above the drop zone, hosts already-relegated Sunderland.In the chase for Champions League qualification, fourth-place Manchester City hosts Crystal Palace and third-place Liverpool plays Southampton the following day. Manchester United and Arsenal are left relying on City and Liverpool to slip up when they meet on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.___SPAINIt couldn’t be much closer with both Barcelona and Real Madrid even on points.Madrid needs 10 of the remaining 12 points in play to dethrone Barcelona as champion and claim its first league title since 2012. If they finish level on points, Barcelona wins on its head-to-head record.Madrid has four matches, while Barcelona has three.Madrid visits already-relegated Granada on Saturday. Then, after the second leg of the Champions League semifinals at Atletico Madrid next week, it faces league matches against Sevilla, at Celta Vigo and at Malaga.The match at Celta was supposed to be played in February, but was postponed after heavy winds caused part of the stadium’s roof to collapse. Now Madrid will have to play two matches in the final week of the season with the title possibly still at stake.Barcelona has the advantage of being able to fully focus on the title before turning to the Copa del Rey final against Alaves on May 27.Barcelona’s biggest challenge will be beating a fifth-place Villarreal side seeking a Europa League berth at Camp Nou on Saturday. It then has games at Las Palmas and back at home versus Eibar in the final round.By Joseph Wilson in Barcelona.___ITALYTreble-chasing Juventus can secure an unprecedented sixth straight Serie A title this weekend if results go its way.A win in the derby at home against Torino on Saturday would see the team move 12 points clear of Roma, which visits AC Milan the following day.Milan is still looking for its first win under its new Chinese owners and anything but a victory for Roma would hand Juventus the trophy because there will be only three rounds remaining. A draw would also be enough for Juventus if Roma loses at Milan.Juventus is currently on a league record run of 33 straight victories at home. If Juventus does not clinch the title this weekend, it could win it the following Sunday — at Roma.Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club has won more than five straight titles. Torino won five consecutive titles from 1943-49 (including a season that was canceled because of World War II), Inter Milan took five straight from 2006-10 and Juventus claimed the same from 1931-35 before its current streak.Third-place Napoli, which is a point behind Roma, will be mathematically out of the title race if Juventus beats Torino, no matter how it does at home against Cagliari.By Daniella Matar in Milan.___FRANCEAlthough Monaco looks to be heading out of Europe after losing to Juventus in the Champions League, it can virtually wrap up the French title if results go its way this weekend.PSG trails Monaco by three points and has an inferior goal difference. While PSG has three games remaining, Monaco has four.If Monaco wins at relegation-threatened Nancy and Paris Saint-Germain surprisingly loses at home against last-place Bastia on Saturday, Monaco would all but seal the title because its goal difference is 20 better than PSG’s. However, that remains an outside possibility given that PSG is unbeaten at home, conceding only six goals in 17 games.PSG needs to prove a point, too, following last Sunday’s demoralizing 3-1 loss at Nice. The criticism has been severe following PSG’s fifth league loss of the campaign — all away from home — and coach Unai Emery is feeling the pressure.Third-place Nice is only three points behind PSG but has a tough trip at improving Marseille on Sunday.By Jerome Pugmire in Monaco.___GERMANYWith the title already wrapped up, Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller wants to “have fun again” for the remaining three games.It starts at home against Darmstadt, the last-place team all but certain to be relegated on Saturday.More important games take place elsewhere, with Borussia Dortmund hosting Hoffenheim on Saturday for a game that potentially decides which will qualify directly for the Champions League and which goes into the playoffs. Europa League qualification is at stake for Werder Bremen at Cologne and Schalke at Freiburg.At the other end of the standings, Hamburger SV hosts Mainz in a relegation battle Sunday. Wolfsburg, level with both, visits Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.By Ciaran Fahey in Berlin.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greece in Tune at End, Beats Cyprus 1-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares In Nicosia, Greece struggled to win, pushing its players recklessly forward.They were punished in the 18th minute by Pieros Sotiriou, whose counterattack went almost unchallenged.Before the Cypriots had much chance to celebrate, Kostas Mitroglou and Alexandros Tziolis responded with two goals in two minutes.Greece hung on in the good-natured game, at which fans from Greece were joined by local Greek Cypriots in singing the Greek national anthem several times over the 90 minutes.Rapant Belgium dents Bosnia WCup hope with 4-3 winUnbeaten Belgium scored late to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-3 on Saturday, hurting the Balkan team’s hopes of a group runner-up finish and staying in contention for World Cup qualification.Already qualified from Europe Group H, Belgium fielded a strong squad and twice came from behind.Seeking its second ever World Cup qualification, Bosnia slipped to third place behind Greece, which had to work hard to win in Cyprus 2-1.Belgium scored quickly through Thomas Meunier in the fourth minute, but trailed at the break, conceding to Haris Medunjanin and Edin Visca.Michy Batshuayi and Jan Vertonghen brought Belgium back.But Bosnia leveled thanks to Dario Dumic in the 82nd, only to have their hearts crushed by Belgium’s Yannick Carrasco two minutes later. With home players caught too far forward, Carrasco calmly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.“We knew they would fight hard to keep second place. It gave them extra energy,” Carrasco said.“But we wanted to win, too. We missed too many chances in the first half, but got it right in the second.”Belgian players said they had difficulty playing on the pitch at Grbavica Stadium, where stewards shoveled sand onto the field before kickoff.last_img read more

Karan Oberoi rape case: Victim attacked in Mumbai

first_imgThe 34-year-old woman who accused actor Karan Oberoi of rape and extortion was allegedly attacked and threatened on Saturday, while she was going for a morning walk.A case has been registered against two unidentified people under section 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and other relevant sections.According to the complaint, the pillion rider on the sports bike slashed the victim’s hand with a sharp object. He also threatened her of an acid attack, following which he threw a sheet of paper on the road and asked the victim to read it.After the victim shouted for help, two women came to her rescue. The accused had fled the spot by then. The women then took the victim to the police for help.”Oberoi was arrested in the rape case filed by this victim and continues to be in judicial custody. If rape victims are threatened in daylight who will come forward to complain. Oshiwara police has assured action, said social activist Shadab Patel.Speaking to ANI, Senior police officer Oshiwara police station Shailesh Pasalwar said, “The victim has filed a complaint at Oshiwara police station that she was attacked by two unknown bikers this morning at 6.30 am at Lokhandwala back road while she was going for morning walk””Oshiwara police station has taken note of FIR and the investigation is underway,” he added.Meanwhile, the woman’s advocate said the former was attacked with a sharp object by the two men at around 6:30 am this morning and sustained injuries as a result of the same.advertisementOberoi, who was arrested on May 6, was sent to 14 days of judicial custody by an Andheri court in connection with the case. An FIR was registered against him under sections 376 (rape) and 384 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code.According to the FIR, the actor allegedly raped the woman on the pretext of marrying her.The FIR also stated that Oberoi not only raped the woman and filmed the act but also demanded money from the victim and threatened to release the video if she did not pay the requisite sum.(With inputs from ANI)ALSO READ: Rape accused Karan Oberoi’s bail application rejectedlast_img read more

Valverde open to January deals at Barcelona

first_imgErnesto Valverde is open to the idea of Barcelona dipping back into the winter transfer market, but is not expecting much January movement at Camp Nou.This time last year, the Blaugrana were preparing to open their cheque book in order to complete two big-money deals.Yerry Mina, who has since been moved on to Everton, was acquired for €11.8 million (£11m/$13m) while Philippe Coutinho was lured away from Liverpool in a €160m (£143m/$182m) agreement. 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? Barcelona added again over the summer of 2018, and find themselves back at the top of the Liga standings, but further recruits are possible over the coming weeks.Quizzed on his plans for the January window, Valverde told reporters: “We are always open to improving but we will have to see if any players come in.“But, in principle, we are happy with what we have and I am focused on the players we have here.”Barca are hoping that their ranks will soon be bolstered by the return from injury of World Cup-winning defender Samuel Umtiti.“We think that in a couple of weeks he might be able to start training again with the team, we’ll see how things are going,” Valverde said of the France international.“I always try to be optimistic and I would like that to happen. I think he has positive feelings. We’ll see.”Samuel Umtiti Barcelona 2018-19For now, Umtiti’s absence has been covered by the loan signing of Colombian centre-half Jeison Murillo from Valencia.Valverde said of a man pushing to make his debut: “Our idea was that Jeison would be available as soon as possible and he knows the league.“He’s going to have to play and we hope to see the best of him.”Barcelona will return to La Liga action on Sunday against Getafe.They will be hoping to preserve a three-point lead at the summit in that contest, with Valverde aware that challenges for the crown are likely to come from several rivals.Atletico Madrid are their closest challengers are present, with Sevilla and Alaves also flying high while Clasico foes Real Madrid are only seven points off the pace despite sitting fifth.Valverde added on the Blancos: “We still consider Madrid a candidate for the title.“Sometimes the gaps seem great but they are not so much, just two and a half games, and we see them as one of our rivals.“This year La Liga is tighter, everything is more compressed. But always it is better if we are first.”last_img read more

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC launched in India, price starts at Rs 10.73 lakh

first_imgTriumph Scrambler 1200 XC launched in India, price starts at Rs 10.73 lakhNew Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC gets a liquid cooled 1200 cc, Bonneville twin engine with dedicated ‘Scrambler’ tune. The motor makes 90 PS at 7,400 rpm and 110 Nm of peak torque at 3,950 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 19:08 IST Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC gets five riding modes — Road, Rain, Sport, Off-Road and Rider-Configurable.HIGHLIGHTS2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC comes with a new dedicated scrambler frame.The bike gets Brembo twin 320 mm floating discs with Monobloc M50 front calipers at the front.The new Scrambler 1200 XC comes with ABS and switchable traction control.Triumph Motorcycles India today launched the new Scrambler 1200 XC in the country at an ex-showroom price of Rs 10.73 lakh. The company claims that the new bike has been developed to deliver both classic and adventure capabilities. It gets two colour schemes — Jet Black with Matt Black and Khaki Green with Brooklands Green.The new Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC gets a liquid cooled 1200 cc, Bonneville twin engine with dedicated ‘Scrambler’ tune. The motor makes 90 PS at 7,400 rpm and 110 Nm of peak torque at 3,950 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. There is a torque-assist clutch as well. This mill in Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC produces 12.5 per cent more power than Triumph Bonneville T120 and 38 per cent more than 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler. The torque figure in the new launch is also 37.5 per cent more than what we get in the 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler. Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC gets Ohlins adjustable long travel rear suspension with 200 mm travel.Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC comes with a new dedicated scrambler frame. There is an adjustable handlebar and folding foot controls. Performing the suspension duties are Showa adjustable long travel USD cartridge forks with 200 mm travel at the front and Ohlins adjustable long travel rear suspension with 200 mm travel. The bike gets high specification side-laced wheels with duel-purpose Metzler Tourance tubeless tyres. There are Brembo twin 320 mm floating discs with Monobloc M50 front calipers and Brembo 2-piston 255 mm disc with the rear brake caliper. You also get ABS and switchable traction control.In April, the company had launched 2019 Triumph Speed Twin in India at an introductory price of Rs 9.46 lakh (ex-showroom). Also, the bike maker had introduced Triumph Tiger 800 XCA in the country at an introductory price of Rs 15.16 lakh (ex-showroom) in March.advertisementThe 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC gets 2nd-generation TFT instruments. There are five riding modes — Road, Rain, Sport, Off-Road and Rider-Configurable. The bike comes with all-LED lighting with DRL headlight and illuminated backlit switches. There are features like keyless ignition, single-button cruise control, USB charging and immobiliser. As accessory fits, the bike gets TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) and Bluetooth connectivity module that enables integrated GoPro control system, ‘turn-by-turn’ navigation, plus phone and music operation. The new Scrambler 1200 XC will get its first major service done at 16,000 kms.”Modern classic continues to be Triumph’s largest selling motorcycles in India with a contribution of around 55 per cent in the total volume. The all-new Scrambler 1200 fills in the gap of a more capable, more stylish and the first in its class scrambler which further strengthens and completes the modern classic portfolio of Triumph in India. The new Scrambler 1200 XC is a benchmark-setting motorcycle that represents a first for dual-purpose capability and modern custom style. This is a genuine ‘cross-over’ adventure capable modern classic. Modern classics segment are a stronghold of Triumph in India with clear leadership and we expect this product to further strengthen that position,” Triumph Motorcycles India General Manager Shoeb Farooq said.ALSO READ | Top 5 bikes in India under Rs 50,000: Hero Splendor PRO, TVS Sport, Bajaj Platina 100 and moreALSO READ | Tata Altroz spotted without any disguise ahead of launch later this yearALSO READ | Elon Musk dismisses media report on Tesla not ordering toilet paper as complete nonsenseGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow TriumphFollow Triumph Motorcycles IndiaFollow Scrambler 1200 XCFollow Triumph Scrambler 1200 XCFollow Scrambler 1200 XC priceFollow Scrambler 1200 XC launch Nextlast_img read more

Driver who killed ridehailing passenger gets death in China

BEIJING — A driver for the biggest ride-hailing service in China had been sentenced to death for raping and killing a young passenger.The Wenzhou City Intermediate Court sentenced Zhong Yuan on Friday after he was convicted in a case that drew attention due to the proliferation of such driving services.The court said the 28-year-old Zhong started working for Didi Chuxing after racking up gambling debts. The company fired two executives and suspended one of its carpooling services following the killing last summer.Didi says it books 30 million rides daily nationwide.Police said the 19-year-old victim, identified only by her surname, Zhao, had used the carpooling service on the afternoon of Aug. 24 and had messaged friends for help while being driven to a remote mountainous area outside Wenzhou.The Associated Press read more

Shareholder lawsuit challenges plan to take computer maker Dell Inc private

DOVER, Del. – A lawsuit challenging plans to take troubled personal computer maker Dell Inc. private is being filed in Delaware.The lawsuit filed Wednesday claims that company founder Michael Dell and a group led by investment firm Silver Lake are trying to buy the Round Rock, Texas-based computer maker on the cheap for $24.4 billion, or $13.65 per share.The lawsuit was filed one day after the management-led leveraged buyout was announced.It accuses Michael Dell and company directors of breaching their fiduciary duties by failing to maximize shareholder value and selling the company at an inadequate price at the expense of minority shareholders.Anticipating resistance to the deal from stockholders, Dell’s board has said other potential buyers will have 45 days for to submit higher bids. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Randall Chase, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2013 7:02 pm MDT Shareholder lawsuit challenges plan to take computer maker Dell Inc. private read more

We are not out of the woods yet on drought relief efforts

UN Photo/Ilyas AhmedPeter de Clercq, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia and UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator accompanied by officials from the UN and Puntland administration interacts with residents of drought-hit Salaxley village.At the end of the visit, which included discussions at the ministries of security and planning, together with Puntland’s disaster management agency, Mr. de Clercq said that it was important to get the right resources to the right place and work with the right partners, such as the Puntland authorities, and to consider longer-term factors.“We try to address the underlying causes of the crisis, like food insecurity and livestock depletion, and to think of alternatives for people to make a living and to rebuild their lives,” he said.In 2017, drought-related famine was averted through the efforts of Somalis and their international partners. However, the risk is not yet overcome as there are 5.4 million people in Somalia needing life-saving humanitarian assistance. Work is being done in all regions, including Puntland, to build and sustain resilience in all communities, especially the populations affected the most by the recurring cycle of drought and famine risk, such as pastoralists, displaced persons and fishing communities.There is a resilience and recovery framework in Somalia, to help it transition from humanitarian intervention to sustainable recovery and disaster preparedness. Led by the authorities and supported by the United Nations and the World Bank, it is tightly linked to its development plan. It enables the national and regional governments to take the lead in medium- and long-term developments solutions, going to the root of communities’ vulnerability to droughts, and helping them withstand recurrent shocks. “We took stock, together with [Puntland’s] leadership, of the drought response as it has been so far, looking back to what has been a good year in terms of close cooperation and a very successful drought relief effort,” the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, said in Puntland’s capital, Garowe, on Saturday, in the wake of a series of meeting with officials, including the Federal Member State’s President Abdiwali Mohamed Ali.“At the same time, we talked about the remaining challenges because we are not out of the woods yet by any stretch of the imagination,” he added.Mr. de Clercq – who also serves as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and the UN Resident Coordinator – was visiting Puntland to meet with security, planning and humanitarian officials from the local government, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, to discuss the current drought response and other challenges in the region.Speaking on the collective response so far to the drought that has affected Puntland and the rest of Somalia for over five failed rain cycles, Mr. de Clercq said that, while 2017 was a good year in terms of close cooperation to avoid the worst impact of the drought, further effort would be needed.He added that, in areas like Sool and Sanaag, there are still massive needs and a strong possibility that famine-type conditions would develop. The two areas, located on the north-eastern tip of the Horn of Africa, form part of a disputed region claimed by both Puntland and neighbouring ‘Somaliland.’Mitigating the effects of the drought and helping the people who have been displaced by it was one of the main topics covered in the UN official’s meeting with President Mohamed Ali. “Our discussion was frank and candid, very fruitful,” the President noted afterwards. read more

The Latest Jefferson Johnson lead Nicholls State to win

NICEVILLE, Fla. — The Latest on the Emerald Coast Classic (all times local):5 p.m.Jeremiah Jefferson scored 22 points, Kevin Johnson added 20 and Nicholls State defeated North Carolina Central 77-63 on Friday at the Emerald Coast Classic.Nicholls State will play Western Michigan for the championship of the Visitors Bracket on Saturday while North Carolina Central plays Southern University for third place.Jefferson was 9-of-17 shooting with four 3-pointers and six rebounds while Johnson was 9 of 16 with four assists. Elvis Harvey added 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting. The Colonels shot 51 per cent.The Colonels (3-4) led 37-31 at halftime after Johnson scored 12 points and Jefferson 11 with the team sinking six 3-pointers before the break.Raasean Davis scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Eagles (1-5). Randy Miller Jr. added 11 points, making half of his eight shots.The Colonels built a 16-point lead with 8:55 remaining and Eagles didn’t get closer than nine thereafter.____2 p.m.Seth Dugan scored 28 points, Josh Davis added 24 and Western Michigan took an 85-70 victory over Southern in the opener of the Emerald Coast Classic on Friday.Dugan scored 17 points and Davis 16 in the first half as the Broncos (4-2) took command early, leading 52-34 after shooting 71 per cent before the break.The Jaguars used a 10-2 run to get within 65-60 with 6:45 remaining but WMU responded with a 13-2 run with seven points from Wilkins and six by Davis to lead by 17 with three minutes left.Dugan finished 11 of 15 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds and Davis 9 of 9 with seven boards. The Broncos finished at 57 per cent shooting, making 10 of 22 from the arc.Eddie Reese scored 22 points to lead five Jaguars (0-5) in double figures.Nicholls State, North Carolina Central, George Mason, Cincinnati, Baylor and Mississippi are also in the two-day tournament.The Associated Press read more

Northern Kentucky downs UMBC 7860 behind McDonald

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Drew McDonald scored 21 points with three 3-pointers, Dantez Walton added a career-high 19 points with four assists, and Northern Kentucky pulled away with a 30-2 first-half run to beat UMBC 78-60 on Friday night.Tyler Sharpe scored 14 points with three 3s and Zaynah Robinson had 10 points with six assists for the Norse (8-1), who shot 55 per cent to UMBC’s 34 per cent.Joe Sherburne’s jumper capped UMBC’s opening 19-9 run, but the Retrievers went cold for 4:24 and the Norse pulled ahead 27-21 with a 22-5 run capped by Walton’s layup. Sharpe and McDonald hit consecutive 3s and Northern Kentucky led 39-21 at halftime after outscoring UMBC 30-2 over the final 8:36.Walton and Robinson combined for 12 points in a 12-2 run, McDonald’s 3 put the Norse up 61-34 with 13:15 to play and Northern Kentucky was never threatened.Brandon Horvath scored 19 points, making 12 of 17 free throws, and Sherburne added 18 points for UMBC (4-4).The Associated Press read more

5 apps worth downloading this week

first_imgEACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.This week includes an app to cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink, one to end all your password headaches, and one to satisfy your inner weather nerd.App name: PassibleFor: iOSCost: Free-  It’s a sign of how just how annoying it has gotten to try to remember ALL your passwords that there are now so many apps to help you to manage them.- Passible promises “military level encryption”, storing all your passwords and logging you in with just one tap.- You can browse to any website and your login and password will automatically be filled in for you.- The app itself is simple and elegant, and is about 50% faster than competitors. There’s also a sneak peak feature to let you quickly glance at your ATM pin or email password.- Useful if it always takes you a couple of goes to get your password right, and you’re getting fed up with it.LettrsFor: Android, iOSCost: Free- Love your phone, but miss the good old days of sending and receiving letters? Feel like we’re missing something by communicating so much by phone nowadays?- Lettrs is trying to bring something back by allowing you to write a letter and then converting your words into handwritten text (well, at least it looks handwritten).- You get a slew of handwritten fonts to choose from, and when you’re done writing your letter you can either deliver it by email, social media, or as an actual physical letter.- If you’re willing to overlook the irony of using your smartphone as a method of old fashioned communication, this could be worth a try.SpruceFor: iOSCost: Free- If you’re sick of the muggy feeling from drinking for a couple of nights in a row, this could help.- The app urges you to take three consecutive days off the booze to give your liver a bit of time to recover from alcohol.- You fill in a few of your details, which the British Liver Trust, which set up the app, uses to track anonymous users’ drinking habits. Then you can track your dry days and feel good about your will power.- Useful if you’re looking for a push to keep you off the drink for a couple of days.ClimatologyFor: Android, Windows PhoneCost: Free- Given the Irish obsession with weather – especially in the week that we’ve had warnings about sun, rain, thunder and lightening – this new weather app from Microsoft could be useful.- Climatology makes it easy to check weather conditions anywhere on Earth.- You can see the temperature, humidity, and average rain and sunshine of any particular place at any given time.- Some of the reviews say this app doesn’t go far enough with its metrics; however it could come in handy for planning holidays, comparing regions, or just some escapism on a quiet day.WatchupFor: iOSCost: Free- Like getting all your news in one place? Watchup wants to do that – but with video.- The app puts together a daily newscast for you based on your favourite news stories, and then plays it whenever you want.- You can skip videos you don’t like and choose ones that you do. The app learns what you like as you watch.- The app, which is out now on Android having been out on iOS already, has partnered with some of the biggest names in journalism, including Sky News and the Wall Street Journal. Source: Watchup/YouTubeRead: More of the best apps worth downloading >last_img read more

How to find your local representatives stance on SOPA

first_imgOne bright spot of the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is the creativity that hackers, developers, and internet freedom advocates have responded with. We’ve already seen a Firefox extension that preemptively bypasses SOPA blocks, a Chrome extension that tells you whether a website you visit is a known supporter of the act, and even a hacker satellite that would use core technology to avoid SOPA restrictions. Now there is a new web app, SOPA Track, that attempts to tell you where your local legislators stand on the issue.The web app asks for permission to use your location, and then gives you a list of lawmakers in your area, with any information we know about their stance on SOPA. If you’d rather not share your location (or are just curious about other states), you can manually browse congressmen by state as well. The app is optimized for mobile devices, but looks fine on a computer as well. Most lawmakers haven’t taken a public stance on SOPA, so the app’s creators have used the next best resource we have to predict how they’ll vote: campaign contributions. For each politician, you’ll see how much money he has raised from “big media,” pro-SOPA groups, and anti-SOPA groups (PIPA replaces SOPA for some lawmakers). Legislators are also identified as being SOPA or PIPA co-sponsors where applicable.What do you do with the information? It includes telephone numbers for each politician, as well as links to her Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube account (where applicable). The app advises you to take the information into account during the next election cycle, urging you to “vote them in, vote them out.”The web app will feature many questions marks until votes are cast. Its developer promises to update when that information becomes available. The data that we have now, contributions from SOPA supporters, don’t necessarily dictate how each legislator will vote, but those dollars do talk.As you’ll see from the results, political contributions from media companies and pro-SOPA groups easily outweigh donations from anti-SOPA groups. The opposition, however, has numbers and passion on its side. Apart from copyright holders, those in favor of SOPA probably don’t get too fired up about the issue. The millions of geeks, pirates, and EFF supporters who love the underlying freedom of the internet do get fired up. SOPA Track gives those fervent detractors another tool to more efficiently channel that desire.SOPA Track, via Read Write Weblast_img read more

PNP Administration denies more money to Helen Garlick SIPT

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Aug 2015 – Almost unbelievably, the expensive Special Investigation and Prosecution Team, which has not managed to secure any convictions through the court for charges on government and investor corruption had the audacity to ask the government for more money to run its investigation. In a media conference yesterday, Premier Rufus Ewing shared that it was requested and that his administration categorically said ‘no’ to the request for an additional $4.3 million. Premier Ewing said: “We as a government are not satisfied that we receive sufficient information on expenditure in terms of the areas of expenditure in much more detail in what was given and so we cannot give account, a full account of the funds that were appropriated and how they are being used.” A sad admission about a UK-hired team which has faced a barrage of criticisms and which is investigating and aiming to prosecute former government ministers and their relatives for alleged mismanagement of public funds.The Premier explained, “I find it very difficult for them to go and pay for protection for bodyguards for the prosecutors… while we as elected members, see our details downsized…” Finance Minister Washington Misick added that he believes the issue of protection is unduly inflated: “”It is alleged that there is a credible threat against the Prosecution Team that warrants them being protected. I don’t personally believe that there is any credible threat.” Add to this, Minister Washy shared that government has to pay for a second reverse osmosis plant for Grand Turk to the tune of $300,000; he believes a $4.3 million dollar spend on Helen Garlick’s SIPT would be a bad use of public money. We also learned that: SIPT has cost an excess of $36 million dollars, $15 million of which was covered by the UK – the balance by the Turks and Caicos. Four million dollars was allocated to the SIPT this year and there was four million to the defense for legal representation. If granted, the SIPT investigation bill will mount $12 million dollars for 2015-2016 alone. If not granted, it is said, this could lead to a delay in the SIPT trials set for December 1st. Related Items:pnp administration, premier rufus ewing, Special Investigation and prosecution Team, washington misick Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loanlast_img read more

Ice win in overtime again 54

first_imgCRANBROOK, British Columbia — First Matt Fraser knocked down a clearing pass.Then he knocked the Portland Winterhawks to the brink of elimination in the Western Hockey League championship series.Fraser scored the game-winning goal on a Kootenay power play 13:08 into overtime on Wednesday, lifting the Ice to a 5-4 win that takes them to the brink of their third league title.Kootenay leads the best-of-7 series 3-1. Game 5 is on Friday at the Rose Garden in Portland. The Winterhawks must win games Friday, Sunday at Cranbrook, and Monday in Portland to advance to the Memorial Cup tournament.Wednesday’s game was the third in four that has gone to overtime, and the second in as many nights won by the Ice in overtime at the Cranbrook Rec Plex.“It could just as easily be 2-2, or we could even be down,” Fraser said.Jesse Ismond had two goals and two assists for the Ice. Cody Eakin added two goals and one assist.Ryan Johansen scored twice for Portland. Ty Rattie’s goal with 17 seconds left in regulation forced overtime. Defenseman Troy Rutkowski also scored for Portland.Fraser started the winning play be knocking down Tyler Wotherspoon’s clearing attempt at center ice. That started an odd-man rush that ended with Fraser depositing the puck into a wide-open net.last_img read more

Netflix Amazon Face New Parameters and Challenges in Europe

first_imgThe rule does not come into force for at least a year and a half, but both Netflix and Amazon have work to do to meet it. Data compiled by London-based Ampere Analysis and shared with Variety show that, as of July, Netflix was behind Amazon in France and Germany in the race to 30% European titles. The situation is reversed in Italy, and in Spain and the U.K., the two rivals are neck and neck. In real terms, Ampere calculates that Netflix needs, for example, more than 3,000 additional hours of European content in France, while Amazon needs more than 1,800 additional hours in the U.K.Netflix says it’s already headed in the right direction. “It doesn’t significantly alter our strategy in the sense that our goal is to have more shows out of Europe regardless, because that’s what our members want,” Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of international originals, said at a conference in London last week.But Netflix and Amazon executives say privately that planning is tough because it remains unclear how the quota will be enforced and measured – by number of hours, number of episodes or some other metric.Regardless, the big streamers will need to achieve a higher proportion of European fare, either through ordering more originals, acquiring new shows or reducing the amount of non-European content. “The reality is it will be a combination of all three,” says Guy Bisson, Ampere research director. “The upside for producers and distributors is that there is bound to be, to some degree, a commissioning and acquisitions bonanza to bring the catalogs up to the required level.”The flip side is that by going more local, the streamers become yet fiercer competition for established players.Up to now, European broadcasters have eyed the U.S. giants warily and, at the same time, eagerly entered into co-production deals as the streamers try to beef up their locally sourced content and get access to local talent and ideas. It’s useful for the broadcasters to have deep-pocketed partners that can help cover the rapidly rising costs of high-end drama production, while the streamers get shiny new shows they can launch around the world, except in the broadcasters’ home territories. “Increasingly, TV networks need Netflix and Amazon to buy SVOD rights in order for shows to get financed, even if [the networks] don’t like it,” says Pascal Breton, CEO of Federation Entertainment, which produced Netflix’s first French original, “Marseille.”Broadcasters now fear the well is about to run dry. The huge growth in the number of the streamers’ wholly owned originals dwarfs the level of co-production. Barmack said recently that the number of Netflix’s European originals will increase from 141 to 221 next year, with wholly owned titles rising from about 57% of the total to nearly 70%. The company is building a massive European production hub near Madrid.Georgia Brown, Amazon’s European content chief, told the Royal Television Society last summer that Amazon does not want to tread on local players’ toes, but rather offer audiences something they might not be getting elsewhere. “We’re looking at the white space,” she said. “We’re not here to take over.” She assured listeners that Amazon would “continue to invest heavily in the co-production side,” but added: “I can’t comment [about] five years in the future.”Peter Kosminsky, one of Britain’s best-known writers and directors (“Wolf Hall”), says the co-production model has already broken down. “There’s evidence here and in Los Angeles that the period in which the SVODs were prepared to co-produce with British public-service broadcasters was a transitional period,” he said recently at an industry event in London. “Their basic business model requires them to own the entire IP, to win it all – no back-end participation, no co-production.”Kosminsky wants to see the streamers pay into a fund for creating the public-service fare that pubcasters are required to make but commercial platforms are not. “Where is the money? It lies in the very deep pockets of the SVODs who are happily broadcasting into our environment sans regulation,” he says. “I’d like to see some of that money siphoned off to protect the kind of broadcasting that we treasure.” Officials have already moved in France and Germany to impose levies to boost local film and TV funds. Netflix recently agreed to start paying a 2% tax on its annual revenues in France, and just wrote its first check. Its appeal of a new levy in Germany was rejected by a European court.The traditional broadcasters are also teaming up to take the fight against Netflix and Amazon onto the streamers’ own turf. British media regulator Ofcom has urged U.K. broadcasters to band together to launch a unified streaming service. France Televisions, TF1 and M6 have already aligned to create a new one-stop service, Salto. In Germany, ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery are asking broadcasters to join their new platform.The competition for talent is another battlefront. Netflix has inked deals with Spain’s Alex Pina (“Money Heist”) and Germany’s Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar (“Dark”); Amazon has signed up Neil Gaiman. But such relationships aren’t right for everyone, says Fredrik Wikström Nicastro, producer and senior VP of international production at Swedish production company SF Studios. “Unless the writer has a high profile, the upfront fee he or she will negotiate with Netflix will probably not be as lucrative as getting paid by a broadcaster and receiving back-end [payments],” he says.For the streaming giants, the fastest way to help meet the looming 30% quota in Europe will be to go on a buying spree. Drama, comedy and kids’ content will likely top their shopping lists. “Netflix is looking for shows that are for young audiences and lots of genre, as well as romantic series,” says Federation’s Breton. “They’re not chasing big stars. What they want is a lot of shows, not expensive, and skewing to young demos.”But distributors need to tread a fine line between their old and new customers. “Sales agents are walking on eggshells because local broadcasters are their primary clients, so they are being cautious to not alienate them,” one sales veteran says. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Barmack envisions a future in which the global audience for European and other originals is bigger than the population of the country where they originate. Europe’s old guard wants to dominate on their home turf. But as the TV industry globalizes, not everybody can be a winner. Popular on Variety In their quest for global domination, Netflix and Amazon view Europe as a key battleground. Both companies have dramatically ramped up operations on the continent in recent years to woo subscribers, creatives and talent.But tensions over content, costs and consequences for the region’s legacy players have been building, and in some cases have boiled over. Europe’s lawmakers are stepping in to regulate the streaming behemoths’ activities, while traditional players gear up, and even unite, to check the rise of upstart companies that some of them have been only too happy to work with.Looming large over the U.S. streamers is a new requirement that 30% of their content be sourced from within Europe. The quota was approved in October by the European Parliament amid fears over the level of investment in European fare as American players gain ground.last_img read more

Modern pigs found to have more wild boar genes than thought

first_imgDomestic pig. Credit: Scott Bauer, USDA (—An international team of researchers has found that domesticated pigs in Europe have a lot more wild boar in them than has been thought. In their paper published in Nature Genetics, the team describes their genetic survey of a large number of domesticated pigs and wild boars in both Europe and Asia. © 2015 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Evidence of long-term gene flow and selection during domestication from analyses of Eurasian wild and domestic pig genomes, Nature Genetics (2015) DOI: 10.1038/ng.3394AbstractTraditionally, the process of domestication is assumed to be initiated by humans, involve few individuals and rely on reproductive isolation between wild and domestic forms. We analyzed pig domestication using over 100 genome sequences and tested whether pig domestication followed a traditional linear model or a more complex, reticulate model. We found that the assumptions of traditional models, such as reproductive isolation and strong domestication bottlenecks, are incompatible with the genetic data. In addition, our results show that, despite gene flow, the genomes of domestic pigs have strong signatures of selection at loci that affect behavior and morphology. We argue that recurrent selection for domestic traits likely counteracted the homogenizing effect of gene flow from wild boars and created ‘islands of domestication’ in the genome. Our results have major ramifications for the understanding of animal domestication and suggest that future studies should employ models that do not assume reproductive isolation. Citation: Modern pigs found to have more wild boar genes than thought (2015, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from China genes stopped Euro-pigs from being total boars Journal information: Nature Genetics The modern pig has become an icon of sorts, providing food and entertainment and sometimes fodder for jokes—but its origins appear to differ from what scientists have assumed for most of modern history—namely that pigs were domesticated approximately 9000 years ago and have been kept separate from their wild cousins, leading to the different-looking creature so familiar to us today.In this new study, the researchers started out by collecting samples from 600 pigs and boars from a variety of locations in Europe and Asia, they then focused on a subset of those, eventually testing 103 whole genomes. Next, they combined their results with those from a prior study that had done a less through analysis on an additional 600 wild and domesticated pigs. To trace the lineage of the animals, the team conducted a Bayesian computation analyses, focusing on gene flow—which led to the development of models to describe the history of both pigs and boars.In studying their data and models, the researchers concluded that modern pigs are not the result of isolated breeding, but instead are the result of cross breeding between domesticated pigs and wild boars over the span of many years—and some of those boar genes were not in the dataset at all, which suggest they might have been from a now extinct species. The data also supports the theory that pigs were actually first domesticated in two places, Asia and the Middle East. Pigs in Europe, the analysis indicates, first came from the Middle East, then were mixed with wild boars, and then were mixed again with pigs from Asia, resulting in what the researchers call the mutts of today.As for why modern domesticated pigs do not look much like wild hogs, the researchers suggest it is due to selective breeding by early farmers—they tended to mate pigs with others that had traits they desired, which might have led to what they deem “islands of domestication” which favored many traits in spite of the occasional cross-breeding with wild hogs. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Preliminary results of Breakthrough Listen project released

first_img Explore further The Breakthrough Listen project was publicly announced in 2015, and has been backed by Stephen Hawking and perhaps more importantly by Yuri Milner, a Russian billionaire who, along with other backers, has put $100 million toward the 10-year project. Over the past two years, the Parkes Telescope in Australia, the Green Bank Telescope in the U.S. and the Automated Planet Finder optical telescope at Lick Observatory also in the U.S. have been dedicated to listening to radio signals emanating from space in the hope that one or more of them might be generated by alien life forms. Several petabytes of data have been collected after pointing the telescopes at 692 stars—each gets three five-minute observations, which are interspersed with observations of other targets. Thus far, the team has designated 1709 stars for study. The team has also broken down the stars to be studied into two categories: those within 16 light years of the sun, and those belonging to a sample spread across a main sequence and some branch stars which are no more than 163 light years away.Project members made headlines last year when they noticed irregular dimming by Tabby’s Star—subsequent study suggested that rather than indicating signs of extraterrestrial life, the dimming was most likely caused by comet fragments interrupting signals.The team reports that to date, project members have identified 11 signals as worthy of a closer look, but at this time, do not believe any of the signals represent alien communications. They also note that the process of sifting the data is rather simple and straightforward—first, distinguish artificial signals from natural signals by looking at irregular behavior such as modulation or pulsing patterns. The next step involves making sure any such irregularities are not generated here on Earth. The software is open source so that anyone who wishes to participate in the search can do so. © 2017 Journal information: Astrophysical Journal Breakthrough Listen to search for intelligent life around weird star This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Preliminary results of Breakthrough Listen project released (2017, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Breakthrough Listen: (—The team of researchers working on the Breakthrough Listen project (based at the University of California, Berkeley SETI Research Center) has released preliminary findings after sifting through several petabytes of data obtained from three telescopes involved in the research project. The findings have been made available on the project’s website as the team awaits publication of a paper in the Astrophysical Journal.last_img read more

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first_img News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Related Content News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 13, 2014 aycan Added to NASA’s SEWP Manufacturer List aycan is now an approved supplier for medical image archiving, viewing and printing solutions News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read morecenter_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more June 13, 2014 — aycan is now listed as a manufacturer on NASA’s Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) list through business partner and contract holder Alvarez & Associates. Addition to the list enables Federal Agencies’ quick and easy procurement of aycan’s medical imaging products and services.NASA’s Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP), is a multi-award Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) vehicle focused on IT products and product-based services. Through SEWP, federal agencies can find an exact fit for their needs at the best overall value offered directly by leading hardware and software manufactures and experienced government integrators, such as aycan. SEWP offers low prices (generally below GSA schedule prices), the lowest surcharge (0.45 percent) and the easiest and fastest ordering procedure using pre-competed contracts.For more information: News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more last_img read more

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Humpback whales head north to Sunshine Coast

first_imgYou can feel the coolness in the air and even the whales are excited – singing as they make their way up Australia’s East Coast – Sunreef Mooloolaba’s Swim with the Whales season starts in just a matter of days on July 4th.“We are so excited,” Sunreef Whale Encounter supervisor Dan Hart said. “The team is already out doing trials and training ready for the start of the season – its such an awesome experience we just can’t wait to start sharing it with people again this year.”Sunreef were the first operators in Australia to offer the Swim with the Whales experience commencing in 2014. The Sunreef Swim with the Whales experience runs from July to October each year, offering half-day trips on one of Sunreef’s boats as well as full day trips on Australia Zoo’s research vessel Croc One.Dan Hart said throughout the remainder of June, the Sunreef team will be out in the water, looking for patterns and currents that the whales maybe following.“The whales are starting to appear regularly now in waters off the Sunshine Coast, but July is when the real action kicks off, with thousands anticipated to swim and play through the Sunshine Coast waters,” Dan said.Participants who take part in a Swim with Humpback Whales experience can expect a four-hour or seven-hour round trip with a maximum of 20 participants on each trip.Dan said a lot of time and planning with Whale researchers has gone into preparing Sunreef to be able to offer customers the Swim with the Whales experience.“We developed the swimming with whales experience with a strict Code of Conduct to protect both the whales and the participants.“Sunreef provide a full briefing on what to expect and safety procedures as well as providing all required equipment,” Dan said.Both trips include wetsuit and snorkelling gear hire. The four-hour trip is aboard one of Sunreef’s comfortable vessels and also includes on-board snacks, while the full-day trip is aboard Australia Zoo’s research vessel Croc One and includes a gourmet lunch and snacks.Sunreef is a 5 Star PADI Training Centre and offers accredited dive courses for all levels of divers as well as local reef dives, snorkelling trips and diving on the ex-HMAS Brisbane. Sunreef also plans and guides international dive trips and travel as well as dive equipment sales and servicing. Sunreef MooloolabaSource = Sunreef Mooloolabalast_img read more

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