Kuznetsova saves four match points, wins Washington WTA title

first_imgWashington, Aug 6 (AFP) Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova saved four match points and rallied to defeat Croatia’s Donna Vekic and win her 18th career WTA title at the Washington Open. The 33-year-old Russian, ranked 128th in the world, defeated 44th-ranked Vekic 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 for her first WTA title since 2016 in Moscow.It was also Kuznetsova’s first title since left wrist surgery that had sidelined her earlier this year. “I know I’ve been a little bit lucky today,” Kuznetsova said. Kuznetsova, winner of the 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open, claimed a second Washington title to go with the one she won in 2014, her only other appearance. “There’s something going on with Washington,” Kuznetsova said. “I never lose here. I played two times and I won both.” Vekic, 22, won her only WTA titles in 2014 at Kuala Lumpur and last year at Nottingham. Missing out on another after coming so near left her wiping away tears on the court as she accepted a runner-up trophy following only her second final in three seasons. “Sorry for what happened today,” she told coach Torben Beltz. “Hopefully we can have some more finals together. “Tennis is not an easy game. It’s not easy when you lose with match points up. But I love this sport. Hopefully I can be in some more finals and win some more titles.” A sympathetic Kuznetsova offered condolences, praising her effort and saying, “I’m sure your victories will come.” “Tennis is a little bit difficult sport. When you lose it’s really bad and when you win you have everything.”advertisement Vekic had two match points in the 10th game of the second set but Kuznetsova denied her to reach a tie-breaker. Kuznetsova gave the Croatian two more match-point chances in the tie-breaker but saved each with a forehand winner before forcing a third set. Kuznetsova rolled through Vekic in the final set, leading 5-0 and breaking her in the final game to claim the crown after two hours and 31 minutes, jumping for joy in celebration. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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‘Russia will host best World Cup’

first_imgWorld Cup Pavlyuchenko: Russia 2018 will be best World Cup Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 09:45 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Roman Pavlyuchenko Russia Getty Images World Cup The former Russia and Tottenham striker believes his nation will host a spectacular event next summer Russia 2018 will be the best World Cup in history, according to the nation’s former striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.The showpiece tournament is just over eight months away, with 15 nations having already qualified for the 32-team event.But there remain fears the World Cup, which begins on June 14, could be marred by racism, hooliganism and homophobia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. However, Pavlyuchenko — the former Tottenham striker who represented Russia 51 times — believes his homeland will deliver an outstanding tournament.Spurs 8/5 to be top London club in PL”I’m absolutely sure that fans will like it and I’m sure that it will be the best World Cup in the history of the World Cup. All the fans will come here and enjoy it, I’m absolutely sure,” he told the Mirror .”There is a misconception that going to Russia will see lots of people getting hurt, punched and attacked. Anyone who comes here can see that it’s not like that. I’m sure everything will be fine in that respect.”There are security worries wherever you go in the world but I am sure that the organisation here will be excellent and will make it very safe for the fans.”He added: “I think people who come here for the World Cup will stay here because they will never want to leave. It will be a World Cup to remember.”The 15 teams to have qualified for the World Cup so far are Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Poland and Egypt.last_img read more

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County cricket talking points: Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott roll back the years

first_imgShare on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Reuse this content Yorkshire Cricket Guardian Sport Network Worcestershire Share on LinkedIn Warwickshire Topics Lancashire Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp England to face Ireland in four-day Lord’s Test in 2019 County Championship Division One features Ball six: How to find out that ‘Surrey lost again, Fawlty’?Did you catch any cricket scores on news bulletins last week? Sure, the Test match was reported with a bit of detail and maybe an interview clip, but the county cricket? Maybe if you went looking for it via the BBC online commentary service, invested in a Sky Sports subscription, or knew which websites to visit. But county cricket has largely disappeared from mainstream national media – though local media may still cover it. These are editorial decisions and, I would suggest, unfair if based on traditional criteria of newsworthiness. But cricket cannot build the “Team GB” narrative so beloved of the BBC, nor can it provide heartwarming participation stories as the London Marathon and similar events do – and, of course, it has no “stars”. I don’t deny that county cricket presents challenges for non-specialist media, but if domestic rugby league – both a niche and a regional sport – can carve out its place at national level, surely county cricket can too? Good luck with finding out the qualifiers from the Royal London Cup group stages this week.• This article appeared first on The 99.94 Cricket Blog• Follow Gary Naylor on Twitter Read more Ball one: Bell turns back the clock as Warwickshire chase 300Warwickshire joined Worcestershire at the top of the North Group, the Bears and the Pears enjoying a good competition. After Jeetan Patel’s men had allowed Durham to recover from 54-3 after 15 overs to set a target of 300, thanks to centuries from Michael Richardson and Will Smith, they knew that a decent batting effort away from home was required. Cue a stand of 202 in 35 overs from a couple of blokes you may have heard of – Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell. England’s Ashes hero of 2013 finished on 145 not out and, at 36 years of age, might be looking at an Indian Summer, if not a summer of India, now he has found a bit of form.Ball two: Fletcher’s sharpshooters see off WorcestershireDefending champions Nottinghamshire won twice to tuck into third place in the North Group and keep the prospect of a return trip to Lord’s alive. It was the bowlers again who impressed at Trent Bridge after Moeen Ali had taken four wickets for Worcestershire to bowl out the hosts for 202. But Luke Fletcher (who gets more mentions than most in this column) led the way with four wickets, and all six bowlers chipped in with at least one, the visitors falling well short on 164 all out. It’s batsmen who catch the eye and provide the spectacle in white-ball cricket, but a balanced bowling attack with pace, bounce, dibbly-dobbling and spin delivered right and left arm is probably more useful than a couple of pyrotechnic batters over the course of a season.Ball three: K-C brings some sunshine to Yorkshire /sport/2016/aug/18/sign-up-to-the-spin Lancashire and Yorkshire go into the Roses match knowing they have to win to stand a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals. Both sides have won their last two matches, so have a bit of momentum and, in Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Yorkshire have the form batsman in the competition. His 81 off 63 balls as Derbyshire failed to defend a target of 190 in 24 overs, gave him an average of 89 at a strike rate of nearly 110 in the competition, impressive numbers from the 23-year-old, who could barely get a run for the Seconds in early season red-ball cricket. With Yorkshire’s batting dire in the County Championship, will Kohler-Cadmore Jos Buttler his way into the top six later this month for the day-nighter at the Rose Bowl and, with just one day allocated to wake up and travel 300 miles, the festival match at Scarborough? The cruel schedulers may well be doing Yorkshire’s squad players a favour.Ball four: DI Stevens solves the case of the missing Surrey tailKent scored more than 700 runs in two matches this week to go second behind Hampshire in the South Group. South African Heino Kuhn particularly enjoyed the tight little ground at Beckenham, scoring back-to-back centuries as Surrey (without the injured Virat Kohli, whose planned appearance in South East London might have put the club ground’s infrastructure under some pressure) and Gloucestershire were swept aside. But not every bowler was tonked around the suburbs – surely that’s not 42-year-old Darren Stevens ripping through the Surrey lower order with 6-24 is it? Yes, it is.Ball five: Bits-and-pieces men to sweep up another trophy?Essex slotted into third in the South Group with two comfortable chases delivering four points. After Jamie Porter had returned 4-29 in his 10 overs like it was 1975 (though he would have bowled 12 in the Gillette Cup), Varun Chopra and Adam Wheater got them to within 11 of Glamorgan’s paltry total on their own. Sussex made them fight a little harder, but Wheater found an ally in Tom Westley and they got to half the 282 target in the 23rd over with Wheater the second man out – as it should have been, it was straightforward from there. Essex is largely a team built in the image of its captain, Ryan ten Doeschate, lacking the glamour of true star quality but packed with experience and bits-and-pieces (bits and pieces deluxe perhaps) men who can chip in and get the job done. If they make it out of the group, don’t be surprised to see them find a way to win three in a row and add a Royal London Cup to last season’s Championship pennant. Support The Guardian County Championship Division Twolast_img read more

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Photo: WVU Basketball Flight Crew Got Team A Cake To Celebrate The Big 12 Tournament, Predicts A Championship

first_imgCake shows WVU as Big 12 champs.The Mountaineers didn’t actually win the Big 12 Tournament West Virginia’s odds to win the Big 12 Tournament are the fifth highest at 15/2, according to Bovada. Don’t tell that to the team’s flight crew, though. As the Mountaineers departed for the tournament in Kansas City, the crew brought the team a cake, which seems to predict that the team will return to Morgantown as conference champions.What an awesome suprise for the team from the flight crew on our trip to the Big 12 tournament. #onemission pic.twitter.com/oeKrtkJydR— Bob Huggins (@CoachHuggs) March 10, 2015While Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, and even banged-up Kansas are probably safer bets to win the tournament, behind star guard Juwan Staten, West Virginia is a pretty strong team. The ‘Neers finished the season 23-8, and 11-7 in conference play.last_img read more

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Wison Lays Keel for Exmar FSRU

first_imgzoom Shanghai-based Wison Offshore & Marine laid the keel for the barge-based floating LNG storage and regasification unit for the Exmar FSRU project in Nantong, China, on October 20, the first time for a Chinese company to undertake an FSRU project under an EPCIC contract.    Under the agreement for the regasification unit, Wison Offshore & Marine will provide Exmar the turnkey engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) solution for the project.The Exmar FSRU, a non-propelled barge, will be equipped with two regasification plants of 400MMSCFD and 200MMSCFD regasification capacity, respectively. Two 13,160 m3 SPB Cargo Tanks will be installed in the hull for LNG storage, and an accommodation block suitable for 28 people will be also installed on the barge.An Wenxin, Senior Vice President of Wison Offshore & Marine, said: “We highly appreciate the trust and support extended by Exmar during the project execution. It is with our joint efforts that we can celebrate the keel-laying today, which marks the project execution entering a new stage. We’re confident the project will achieve its final success.”last_img read more

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President tells diplomats emergency likely to be lifted next month

The President said that the country was now 99% secure. He thanked the international community for the cooperation and assistance provided to Sri Lanka at this time of need and urged them to continue to provide economic assistance and lift the travel advisories issued to tourists. President Maithripala Sirisena has told a group of foreign diplomats he was hopeful the emergency regulations will be lifted next month.The emergency regulation were extended till June 21st after first being enforced following the Easter Sunday attacks. President Maithripala Sirisena met with few members of the diplomatic community on their request to discuss about the progress of the operations carried out by the security forces to strengthen security in the country. Addressing Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, United States, Germany, Australia and EU, at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo today, the President said that a large number of the terrorists and suspects had been arrested and a huge quantity of explosives and weapons have been seized.He also thanked the envoys for the intelligence expertise and cooperation provided by those countries. President Sirisena said that he was confident that with the current successful operation and with the assistance of foreign expertise on intelligence, the threat of terrorism could be eliminated. He said that in order to ensure non-recurrence of such terror attacks in the future, new regulations are being enacted and new institutions will be set up by restructuring the security services.President Sirisena also said that it was essential to extend the emergency regulations for another month because of the ongoing operations conducted by the security forces.He expressed confidence that the emergency could be lifted at the end of the one month period. Secretary to the President, Udaya R Seniviratne, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Ariyasinha and Additional Secretary Esala Weerakoon were also present. read more

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Committee at Police HQ to obtain complaints on three Muslim politicians

A committee has been appointed at the Police Headquarters to obtain complaints on three Muslim politicians.The Police media unit said that a three-member committee has been appointed for this purpose. The committee will accept complaints against former Governors M.L.A.M. Hizbullah and Azath Salley and Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen.According to the Police, the committee will be in effect until the 12th of June. (Colombo Gazette)

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97 of Goldcorp shareholders vote in favour of takeover by Newmont Mining

VANCOUVER — Goldcorp Inc. shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the company being taken over by U.S. mining giant Newmont Mining Corp.Vancouver-based Goldcorp says its shareholders voted more than 97 per cent in favour of the deal that will see them receive 0.328 of a Newmont share plus two cents in cash for each Goldcorp share they own.Some Goldcorp shareholders, including the British Columbia Investment Management Corp., had raised concerns that the deal will result in a boosted payout of US$12 million to Goldcorp chairman Ian Telfer that they say isn’t in the interest of shareholders. Newmont wins billionaire John Paulson’s support for Goldcorp takeover with largest dividend in 32 years Newmont says it will issue a special dividend if Goldcorp deal goes through — but it’s not an attempt to pay off investors Paulson’s not alone — more Newmont shareholders balk at Goldcorp takeover Newmont shareholders are set to vote on the proposed deal on April 11, after which it is expected to close later this quarter.Some Newmont shareholders had raised questions about the proposed premium being paid for Goldcorp, prompting Newmont to announce a special pre-merger dividend for its shareholders.Related Stories:Incoming CEO Tom Palmer to Provide Update on Newmont Goldcorp at Denver Gold ForumNewmont Goldcorp’s Borden Mine Achieves Commercial ProductionNewmont Goldcorp, Dignitaries Inaugurate Borden, Ontario’s ‘Mine of the Future’Barrick Gold had also tried to scuttle the deal with a proposed merger with Newmont, but instead the two struck an agreement to combine their extensive operations in Nevada under a joint venture. read more

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Alberta Energy Regulator toughens rules to cut possible effect of gas emissions

Alberta Energy Regulator toughens rules to cut possible effect of gas emissions CALGARY – Alberta’s energy regulator is toughening rules to reduce the potential negative effects of energy industry gas emissions.The new rules will apply to industry practices such as flaring, venting and burning off gas and are to go into effect June 16.Jim Ellis, president of the Alberta Energy Regulator, said the changes will help ensure the safe and environmentally responsible development of energy resources.“Revisions to Directive 060 give the AER tools to require gas conservation, regardless of the economics of an oil and gas operation and addresses off-lease hydrocarbon odours,” Ellis said in a release Tuesday.The changes give the regulator the power to order the mandatory conservation of gases for specific areas and projects.The regulator can also take action against a company if odours from a project are determined to be a problem.The change is partly the result of hearings into odours caused by oilsands processing in northwestern Alberta that prompted some families to move away from the area.Ellis said the regulator has also accepted most of the recommendations in a report released in March by a panel into complaints that Baytex Energy Inc.’s (TSX:BTE) operations are creating powerful gassy smells in the Peace River area.The report said steps must be taken to eliminate gas venting, reduce flaring and conserve all produced gas in the area where feasible because it could cause health problems.“We will take immediate action to address the panel’s recommendations and work to address odour issues in the Peace River area,” Ellis said.The regulator said existing heavy oil and bitumen operations in the region must capture all produced gas by Aug. 15.New operations must have gas controls in place by May 15.Calgary-based Baytex uses an unusual method of heating bitumen in above-ground tanks to extract oil. Four other companies in the area use a similar process.Last month Baytex said the company is moving to install equipment to capture emissions from the tanks.The regulator did not accept two recommendations in the report that pertain directly to health, saying they fall within the provincial government’s jurisdiction.One recommendation calls on the Alberta government to conduct studies to better understand the potential link between effects of oilsands odours and emissions on human health.The other recommends that the government help local physicians consult with environmental health experts to help diagnose symptoms associated with odours and emissions from oilsands operations, and to help physicians provide proper treatment.“The Alberta Energy regulator supports both of these recommendations, however, the AER does not have jurisdiction over health-related matters,” reads the regulator’s response to the report.“The AER will collaborate with Alberta Health on these recommendations to deliver a response.”An Alberta Health official said these two recommendations are under review.— By John Cotter in Edmonton by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 15, 2014 3:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN chief voices concern over premature declarations on outcome of Gabons presidential

“The Secretary-General expressed concern about the issuance of premature declarations on the outcome of the election ahead of the official announcement of the results,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson stated in a readout. The UN chief spoke with the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, and the presidential candidate of the Démocratie Nouvelle party, Jean Ping, in separate telephone calls earlier on Tuesday. According to media reports, the election was closely contested between the two candidates, with the outcome still pending and provisional results scheduled for release today. The Secretary-General’s spokesperson said that in the calls Mr. Ban commended the peaceful holding of the presidential election last Saturday, and welcomed the high voter turnout and the presence of a large number of national and international observers. Mr. Ban also called on the President and Mr. Ping to impress upon their supporters the need to show restraint while waiting for the announcement of the provisional results.“The Secretary-General encouraged President Bongo Ondimba and Mr. Ping to address any dispute that may arise after the announcement of the results through the existing legal means, following a transparent and democratic process,” the spokesperson added, while also flagging that Mr. Ban reiterated the availability of his Special Representative for Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily, to assist in defusing any tensions that may arise. read more

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Sentencing deferred for man accused of hammering mother to death

The sentencing of a man, who was implicated in killing of his own mother seven years ago was deferred due the court requesting that a medical evaluation be conducted on him.Accused mom killer, Adrian McKenzieAdrian Mc Kenzie’s sentencing was scheduled to be handed down by Justice James Bovell-Drakes at the High Court in Georgetown on Monday, but the judge requested a medical evaluation be done to determine whether he is fit to be sentenced. The evaluation will have to be conducted by a Government psychiatrist.McKenzie, using a hammer, beat 62-year-old Ethel Andrews to death on November 16, 2010 at their Sand Creek, Rupununi home. According to reports, the woman had reprimanded her son after he allegedly assaulted his father and was in the process of carrying out a similar attack on his grandfather.Reports were that after the woman intervened to prevent him from doing so, Mc Kenzie was angered and hammered his mother in the head. It was further reported she died shortly afterwards.Justice Bovell-Drakes adjourned the proceedings to December 5 when a determination will be made on the fitness of the accused to be sentenced, weeks after he pled guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.He is represented by Defence Counsel Maxwell McKay while Prosecutors Mandell Moore and Orinthia Schmidt led the State’s case. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan gets 12 years jail for killing mother with a hammerDecember 5, 2017In “Court”Man gets 12 years for raping 4-year-oldApril 5, 2019In “Court”Sentencing deferred for man who confessed to killing siblingJanuary 17, 2018In “Court” read more

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Pixeet turns your iPhone photos into 360degree panoramas

first_imgWith the iPhone 4 the most popular camera on Flickr, it’s no surprise that companies are creating all kinds of accessories to make the beloved camera even more versatile. Last month we reported on the Photojojo lens mount that basically turns your iPhone 4 into a DSLR camera. It’s definitely a cool concept, but the lens mount is rather bulky. The Pixeet, however, is a new lens, case, and app that will transform your boring photos into exciting 360-degree panorama photos.Pixeet is actually comprised of three parts: a fisheye lens, a case, and an app. The lens connects to an iPhone case with a magnetic ring around the camera that lets you mount the lens. The app guides you thorough the process of making the panorama. You simply take four photos, which are then sewn together in the app, resulting in a 360-degree panorama photo, which you can upload to a number of social networking and photo-sharing sites.Pixeet lets you upload up to 50 panoramas a month for free. You can also shoot video with Pixeet, but it doesn’t stitch together any of the scenes. Instead, it just gives you a wider angle with the fisheye lens, allowing you to capture more of your surroundings in the video.You can take a look at some examples of video and panorama on Pixeet’s website. We have yet to try the app and lens ourselves, but from the examples shown, it seems to work very well. There’s some distortion as you move the photo around, but that’s normal for 360-degree panoramas.The app is free, but the lens and case costs $49. It’s only available for iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 right now, but Pixeet is getting an Android app ready for a September release.via SlashGearlast_img read more

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Irelands fourth offshore patrol vessel the LÉ George Bernard Shaw has been

first_img 77 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4612805 Short URL Apr 30th 2019, 3:08 PM Image: Twitter By Stephen McDermott Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 3:08 PM Share43 Tweet Email2 27,536 Views Image: Twitter THE LÉ GEORGE BERNARD Shaw, Ireland’s fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel, has officially been named and commissioned at a ceremony in Waterford this afternoon.The ship, which was built in Appledore Shipyard by Babcock Marine, was formally commissioned by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today.Its name follows in the tradition of those given in the literary tradition to the three other ships in the Naval Service’s P60 class.The LÉ Samuel Beckett was delivered in April 2014; the LÉ James Joyce was delivered in 2015; and the LÉ William Butler Yeats, which was delivered in 2016.The ceremony took place on Frank Cassin Wharf in Waterford earlier today, and was also attended by Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe.Speaking at the launch today, the Taoiseach said that Shaw would be proud to have the ship named after him, and that the vessel would emark on a “distinguished mission of service” to the State for decades to come.“Our Naval Service faces a wide range of challenges, now more so than ever,” he said.“Our ships assert the sovereignty and integrity of our territorial waters; they protect both the waters of our country and the European Union.“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the personnel of the Naval Service for their work in fishery protection, marine search and rescue, and the many other tasks you perform selflessly.” Source: Óglaigh na hÉireann/TwitterHe highlighted the important humanitarian work carried out by the Naval Service in the Mediterranean, which he said has saved thousands of lives, and expressed gratitude to the service for its work there.The Taoiseach also extended his best wishes to the ship’s new captain, Lieutenant Commander Philip Dicker, and her crew.“I know you are all looking forward to working the ship to its full potential. And I wish you all safe sailing.” The ship, which has been taking part in maritime defence and security operations since last October, will continue to assist the Naval Service in a variety of roles. Ireland’s fourth offshore patrol vessel, the LÉ George Bernard Shaw, has been officially commissioned Its name follows in the tradition of those given to the service’s three other ships. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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He can be the best of womens football

first_imgWolfsburg coach Stephan Lerch has been selected as one of the candidates for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach awardThe ten-person shortlist for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach award has been released, and in that the spotlights points to Stephan Lerch.And the Wolfsburg boss talked to FIFA.com about how he felt after winning the national league, the cup and reaching the UEFA Women’s Champions League final.“I’ve learned a lot and experienced so much in my first year as head coach,” he said.“It fills me with pride and it’s a great honor to be part of this group.”“Nevertheless, I see myself as a representative of the team, the coaching staff and the team behind the team, who all worked extremely well together last year. Last season was a real career highlight for me. It was very emotional and exciting with plenty of highs and a few lows too,” he said.“Every competition was very special in its own right, from the high of winning the DFB Cup on penalties to the disappointment of defeat in Kiev,” the 34-year-old added.“When it came to the German championship, I can still remember how it felt to know we’d clinched the title. They are moments that I’ll never forget as long as I live.”Tessa Wullaert, Manchester CityWullaert says City are ready for the Women’s Champions League Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 According to Manchester City forward Tessa Wullaert his team can focus now on the UEFA Women’s Champions League after defeating Manchester United on Saturday.“That heart-in-the-mouth final performance against Bayern Munich in Cologne turned out very well for us, and then we won the league. That was a very special moment as it was a testament to all the hard work that went into it over a long period of time,” he explained.✅ League title✅ Cup victory✅ @UWCL finalNot a bad debut season as a coach! ?Meet Stephan Lerch, whose remarkable first campaign with ?Wolfsburg has seen him nominated for #TheBest FIFA Women’s Coach awardRead ? https://t.co/N2WnuDJj7L pic.twitter.com/gpasJOhgWf— FIFA Women’s World Cup ?? (@FIFAWWC) September 1, 2018last_img read more

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Michael Keane It was a very good point

first_imgMichael Keane believes Everton can build on the point recorded at Stamford Bridge for the remainder of the campaign.Keane produced an excellent display, as the Toffees became the first team in 2018/19 to shut out Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Marco Silva’s side has conceded only four goals in their past six games, a period in which they have lost just once and recorded two clean sheets.Everton heads into the international break in ninth spot but only one point adrift of the Premier League’s top six.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It was a very good point, we know what a strong start Chelsea have had and to come away from home and keep a clean sheet was the most pleasing thing from the afternoon,” Keane told the club’s website.“To come to Stamford Bridge and grind it out like that is something we can build on.“It was a physical game and we stayed very organised. It was about keeping our shape, knowing when to press and sit off because they have a lot of runners from midfield.“We battled really well, won a lot of our challenges and 50/50s and stayed on top of the game. And I thought we were fully worthy of a point.”last_img read more

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UPDATE Playboy Names New CEO

first_img“This is a particularly exciting time to assume the role of CEO,” Flanders said in a statement. “The evolution of the media industry and the global recession’s effect on consumer spending intensify the need for a creative and effective business model.”Playboy last month reported a $13.7 million net loss during the first quarter of 2009. Revenues for the period were $61.8 million, down more than 20 percent from $78.5 million during the same period last year.During the earnings call, Kern said the company is considering “radical changes” to its print business model, including price increases, a frequency reduction and lowering its rate base of 2.6 million. The company said it would combine Playboy’s July and August issues into a double issue.Through the first quarter, Playboy saw ad pages fall 22 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. The company said it expects to report a 39 percent decline print ad revenues during the second quarter compared to last year.Until last week, it was rumored that Playboy—which in February said it is open to sale talks—was being courted by Virgin Atlantic CEO Richard Branson.As of 4 p.m., Playboy’s stock was trading at $2.97, down nearly 11 percent from its previous close.Check back to FOLIOmag.com for updates to this story. Playboy Enterprises today appointed Scott Flanders—president and CEO of Irvine, California-based media company Freedom Communications—chief executive and to its board of directors. The company also appointed Olympus Media senior vice president and CFO David I. Chemerow as non-executive chairman of the board.Flanders [pictured] replaces interim CEO Jerome Kern, who took over late last year when Christie Hefner—longtime CEO and daughter of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner—stepped down. Citing unidentified sources, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday morning that Playboy was eying Flanders for the chief executive role. last_img read more

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Inside UBMs New Life Sciences Group

first_imgUBM bought Advanstar for close to a billion dollars late last year, and the company isn’t wasting any time in taking advantage of the 150 events and 30 publications it got in the deal. “These are highly complementary businesses,” says Sally Shankland, CEO of UBM Americas, the parent group of the new Life Sciences division. “We can now reach the full spectrum of medical specialties in the United States and take advantage of synergies between the various pieces and have businesses that are working together in more substantial chunks.” Update: A spokesperson has since clarified that while the businesses don’t overlap, there are a few specific roles that do. As a result, there will indeed be a small number of positions eliminated. Less than five, says the spokesperson. While most of the portfolio comes from Advanstar, the merged group becomes the largest source of medical print advertising in the U.S., has 500,000 print subscribers and generates more than 1.5 million monthly unique visits. Combined revenues are around $120 million. It’s starting with the life science space. Brands from medical, dental, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and veterinary sectors, previously managed separately under Advanstar, UBM Medica and UBM Canon, are being coupled into one Life Sciences group. Tom Ehart will oversee the division as senior managing director. Touting the importance of print stands in sharp contrast to the path UBM Tech, another group under Shankland’s purview, has taken. UBM Tech laid off 60 to 70 employees and killed its print magazines in 2013 as part of a pivot toward a digital- and events-driven strategy. Shankland wasn’t involved in the decision making on that move—she was named CEO of UBM Americas in September—but says the situations aren’t exactly comparable. “The legacy UBM medical businesses are primarily digital in a few select specialties,” she says. “The Advanstar businesses have print and don’t have any brands in [those specialties]. We’re bringing both complementary products and access to market niches that they didn’t have access to.” Synergies often go hand-in-hand with layoffs, but Shankland says she’s not anticipating any changes to staff as a result. She emphasizes that the businesses are complementary, not overlapping. “Audiences are different,” she says. “The tech audience was one of the first to move away from print, for obvious reasons. There are a lot of people in the medical space who still read print, still prefer print. Things like medical images show really well in print, and can be more difficult to look at via other media. Print will continue to play a role in the medical space.”last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For August 8 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, August 8, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.Yardwaste: The Town’s Yardwaste Center, located on Old Main Street, off of Main Street at the Woburn line, is open from 8am to 2pm.  Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the Yardwaste Center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident. For a complete schedule of the Town’s 2018 Yard Waste Program and other information on waste disposal and recycling, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 or refer to the department’s website HERE.In Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Room 9 of Wilmington Town Hall.  An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6pm. Read the agenda HERE. Note that the proposed car wash (220 Main Street) is expected to be discussed.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Tech Help Drop-In at 2pm. R.E.A.D. & Meet The Author: P.S. I Miss You at 3pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Pop Up Library at 10:30am. Special Exercise at 11am. Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 7, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 13, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Scientists Are Making Star Stuff In Labs Here On Earth

first_img Share UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTINThe Z-machine can discharge more power in a fraction of a second than all the power plants in the world combined.Astronomers usually study their subject from afar. They peer at stars and planets through telescopes, or rely on physics and math to hypothesize about the universe. Now, a group of researchers at UT Austin hopes to open up a new way of studying space: by re-creating the stuff stars are made of in labs right here on Earth.Stars are made of plasma, a super-hot gas that can reach 3 million degrees. Known as the “fourth state of matter,” plasma develops unique physical properties. Scientists make it here using the “Z-machine” at Sandia National Labs.The Z-machine is “about two-thirds the size of a football field, and it has 30-plus capacitors that store energy. They’re the size of refrigerators,” said Mike Montgomery, a research scientist in UT’s Department of Astronomy who is helping develop the process.He said all the machine’s energy can be discharged simultaneously, “so all this charge and current is compressed in time and in space down to a small area no more than half a meter across. And since all this is rushing down there, it causes sort of a mini-explosion really and reaches temperature of 2 or 3 million degrees.”And presto, you’ve got your star stuff – for maybe a fraction of a second.Credit Jenna LueckeHow the Z-machine works.That achievement has “changed completely the field of astronomy,” said Don Winget, an astronomy professor at UT, “and I think it will revolutionize it.”With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Winget and Montgomery are now heading up a new UT Center for Astrophysical Plasma Properties that will use the technology to learn what they can about stars.Here’s how Winget said it works: “We estimate the physical conditions that we observe … and we reproduce that in the lab and compare it to what we see in the cosmos.”Winget, who directs the center, said researchers already have re-created matter similar to the material that flows into a black hole and are now looking at re-creating the surface material from a white dwarf star.“They’re hot and they cool off,” he said. “So you can tell their age from their temperature.”Why does that matter? Much of what we theorize about the universe comes from what we know about stars, so a clearer understanding of how stars age and evolve would shed more light on everything else.last_img read more

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Computer simulations suggest aridification of Sahara occurred longer ago than thought

first_img Journal information: Nature Citation: Computer simulations suggest aridification of Sahara occurred longer ago than thought (2014, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-simulations-aridification-sahara-longer-thought.html Explore further Credit: Luca Galuzzi / Wikipedia Computer simulation suggests early Earth bombarded by asteroids and comets (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from China, Norway and France has built a computer simulation that shows that the Sahara desert came about far earlier than conventional thinking suggests. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team explains how they gathered data from several sources to create their simulation and why it shows an older Sahara.center_img Most planetary scientists believe that the Sahara desert came to exist sometime between two and three million years ago (during the most recent glaciation cycling)—geological data has supported this notion. Recently, however, studies of dune deposits have suggested the area became drier farther back in time than that. The problem was, there wasn’t a smoking gun that might explain the relatively sudden changes in rainfall. Intrigued by the seeming conundrum, the researchers with this new effort, sought to build a computer simulation that might shed more light on the history of Northern Africa and the conditions that led to the creation of the largest (non-polar) desert in the world.To create their simulation, the researchers input data that described the geology of the area over the past 30 millions of years, including tectonic plate shifting. They also input atmospheric conditions and changes in the Earth’s orbital position over the same time-span.In running the simulation, the researchers watched as what was once the Tethys Sea—a massive body of water that separated the supercontinents—was largely drained when the African plate collided with the Eurasian plate, giving rise to the Himalayas and Alps and leaving behind the Mediterranean, Caspian and Black Seas and a suddenly exposed Arabian Peninsula. That left less reflective surface area in the region, the simulation showed, which led to less rainfall (approximately half as much) over North Africa. Less rainfall during subsequent times of changes to Earth’s tilt, led eventually to desertification—all approximately 7 million years ago.More research will have to be done of course, but if the simulation is eventually excepted as depicting the actual history of the area, that could have major implications for scientists who study human ancestry—our forbearers are believed to have got their start, after all, just south of the area in question. © 2014 Phys.org More information: Aridification of the Sahara desert caused by Tethys Sea shrinkage during the Late Miocene, Nature 513, 401–404 (18 September 2014) DOI: 10.1038/nature13705AbstractIt is widely believed that the Sahara desert is no more than ~2–3 million years (Myr) old1, with geological evidence showing a remarkable aridification of north Africa at the onset of the Quaternary ice ages2, 3, 4. Before that time, north African aridity was mainly controlled by the African summer monsoon (ASM), which oscillated with Earth’s orbital precession cycles. Afterwards, the Northern Hemisphere glaciation added an ice volume forcing on the ASM, which additionally oscillated with glacial–interglacial cycles2. These findings led to the idea that the Sahara desert came into existence when the Northern Hemisphere glaciated ~2–3 Myr ago. The later discovery, however, of aeolian dune deposits ~7 Myr old suggested a much older age, although this interpretation is hotly challenged1 and there is no clear mechanism for aridification around this time. Here we use climate model simulations to identify the Tortonian stage (~7–11 Myr ago) of the Late Miocene epoch as the pivotal period for triggering north African aridity and creating the Sahara desert. Through a set of experiments with the Norwegian Earth System Model and the Community Atmosphere Model, we demonstrate that the African summer monsoon was drastically weakened by the Tethys Sea shrinkage during the Tortonian, allowing arid, desert conditions to expand across north Africa. Not only did the Tethys shrinkage alter the mean climate of the region, it also enhanced the sensitivity of the African monsoon to orbital forcing, which subsequently became the major driver of Sahara extent fluctuations. These important climatic changes probably caused the shifts in Asian and African flora and fauna observed during the same period, with possible links to the emergence of early hominins in north Africa. 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.last_img read more

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