Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to clinch NBA title

first_imgThe Golden State Warriors secured their second NBA championship in three seasons with a 129-120 Game Five win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, capping a near-perfect run through the playoffs.The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them last year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.ADVERTISINGThe win provided redemption for the Warriors, who brought Kevin Durant over from the Oklahoma City Thunder last offseason to bolster their already high-powered offense.Durant, who lost in his only previous Finals appearance in 2012, led the way for the Warriors with 39 points and was relieved after feeling pressure to deliver prior to the game.”I couldn’t sleep for two days,” Durant, who was named the Finals MVP, said during an on-court interview. “I was anxious, I was jittery.”I just wanted to lay it all out there. I put in work, I just had to trust in it. We were really good tonight.”Cavaliers’ forward LeBron James had a game-high 41 points and guard Kyrie Irving hit tough shots all night but defensive breakdowns by Cleveland led to easy baskets late in the game for the Warriors, igniting a deafening crowd.James said he had no reason to feel sorry for himself.”I left everything on the floor every game, all five games,” he said. “I have no reason to put my head down.”Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said the experience of losing last year’s Finals served them well this season.advertisement”We learned from everything we’ve been through,” Curry said during the trophy celebration.”To be back here and bring gold Larry (O’Brien trophy) back home, I’m just excited to be a part of this group and accomplish something special. I’m ready to do it again.”An unprecedented third straight Finals clash between the Warriors and Cavaliers was hyped as the ultimate championship rubber match and expected to be the antidote for a postseason that had little in the way of drama.But that idea fizzled fast when the Warriors opened with a pair of lopsided wins at home, fought back late to steal the next game in Cleveland and then, after dropping their first game of the postseason, closed out the series at home.In the end, the Cavaliers simply did not have enough top-class talent to topple the Warriors, even with four-time league MVP James doing all he could to keep his team in it.For James, already a three-times champion, the loss puts him in rare company as only the fourth player to come up short in five NBA Finals.Cleveland’s inability to give the Warriors much of a fight has already sparked talk that James, who left the team in 2010 for Miami before returning four years later, could consider another move during 2018 free agency.last_img read more

Barcelona angry with Pique’s involvement in Griezmann saga

first_imgTransfers Barcelona angered by Pique’s involvement in Griezmann saga Patric Ridge 01:18 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pique - cropped Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Primera División Ligue 1 The club will probe the involvement of the defender and Samuel Umtiti in the forward’s decision to stay at Atletico Madrid Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre has claimed the La Liga champions will hold internal discussions with Gerard Pique following Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico Madrid.Griezmann had been tipped to complete a switch to Barcelona after the World Cup, but has instead elected to sign a new deal with Atleti, keeping him at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2023.The France star confirmed he would stay in Madrid in a documentary on Movistar Plus, which was produced by Pique’s investment company Kosmos. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Following the broadcast, Pique tweeted his thanks to Griezmann, wishing him well for the future at Atleti, and has since been force to defend himself, claiming he had no involvement in Griezmann’s decision other than to suggest it be filmed.However, speaking before Eric Abidal’s official unveiling as the club’s new sporting director, Barca vice-president Mestre expressed his displeasure with Pique’s actions, as well as those of Griezmann’s international team-mate Samuel Umtiti, who shared the documentary on his social media channels.”We will speak with [Pique] and Umtiti internally after the World Cup about what happened but we won’t make any more public comments,” he said.”We feel bad for the supporters who have felt disappointed with the way it happened. The president spoke with Pique to tell him that his involvement provoked surprise and discomfort at club and among supporters.”We respect Griezmann’s decision to renew with Atletico as we respect any player’s right to choose their future.”We want committed players who have decided they want to be a success here above anything else.”me faltan las palomitas https://t.co/5nLCaZjuJp— Samuel Umtiti (@samumtiti) June 14, 2018Meanwhile, Barca could find themselves on the end of an official complaint from Atleti, who have been outraged by the Catalan giants’ conduct during the saga.Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed in May he had held talks with Griezmann’s representatives, and the documentary affirmed these claims.”We will decide whether or not to file a complaint against Barcelona for having negotiated with Griezmann,” Atleti chief executive office Miguel Angel Gil Marin told Spanish publication Ser Deportivos.”We have proof of contact. Griezmann is the protagonist with us, in Barcelona he would be a soldier in [Lionel] Messi’s service.”last_img read more

PEP Will Better Enable Teachers to Design Lesson Plans

first_img With the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), teachers will have a more complete assessment of students’ capabilities, better enabling them to design lesson plans to meet their learning needs, says Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alicia Lindsay. She was addressing Brunswick Jamaica’s 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards luncheon held on Monday (July 23) at the Hotel Four Seasons in St. Andrew. With the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), teachers will have a more complete assessment of students’ capabilities, better enabling them to design lesson plans to meet their learning needs, says Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alicia Lindsay.“So teachers can plan more strategically as they look at what the trends are, what the weaknesses are, and then see how best they can put a plan in place, so that (students) can overcome those challenges,” she noted.She was addressing Brunswick Jamaica’s 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards luncheon held on Monday (July 23) at the Hotel Four Seasons in St. Andrew.PEP, which replaces GSAT as the national secondary-school placement test, will assess students’ knowledge, in addition to placing increased emphasis on their demonstration of 21st century skills, for example, critical thinking and communication.Students going into grade six in September will be the first PEP cohort. They will do the examination in 2019.Brunswick awarded scholarships totalling $125,000 to three top-performing students in GSAT – Kayla Harrison, Breanna Phillips, and Brian Henry.Brand Manager at the company, Simone McFarlane, said the students are being recognised for their outstanding performance.“We also want to play our part in encouraging more students to continue striving for excellence,” she said.She urged the students, who will be attending high school in September, to extend kindness to others, be respectful and “be mindful of bad influence and persons who will want to lead you astray”.Immediate Past President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Howard Isaacs, congratulated the students and urged them to continue to make the best of school life.He thanked Brunswick for rewarding the students, and called on the parents to remain diligent in guiding their children.Brunswick is celebrating 125 years this year. Story Highlights “So teachers can plan more strategically as they look at what the trends are, what the weaknesses are, and then see how best they can put a plan in place, so that (students) can overcome those challenges,” she noted.last_img read more

Industry Leaders, Port Commissioners Chart Renaissance …

first_imgportseattle, March 28, 2014 zoom The Port of Seattle Commission has convened leaders of the city’s diverse maritime community today to identify and advance public policies that will create more good jobs in Seattle.The summit, led by port Co-President Stephanie Bowman and Commissioner Tom Albro, drew senior executives from international shipping, the Northwest Pacific fishing fleet, organized labor and other stakeholders driving the industry’s livelihood in the region.“As a community, we must unite around a shared vision for maritime commerce that takes advantage of our strengths and the opportunities before us,” said Bowman. “Maritime is at the heart of our city’s economic and cultural legacy, but more importantly, reflects a core element of our future. It is a key source of middle-class, family-supporting jobs, and brings essential economic vitality and diversity to our community.”The maritime industry bolstered Seattle’s economy through the turbulent years of the global economic downturn and is poised for future growth. The Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County released a maritime economic impact study last year that cataloged the industry’s 148,000 jobs and $30 billion impact in the community. The average annual salary for a Seattle maritime worker is $70,800.“Our region’s maritime sector is multi-faceted, but we share common priorities,” said Adm. John Lockwood (USCG Ret.), President of the Seattle Marine Business Coalition and a Senior Advisor at Vigor Industrial. “All our businesses need to hire skilled workers, depend on common-sense regulatory and tax policies, and rely on investments that support freight mobility. Companies across the maritime sector are innovating and competing, but we need backing from policymakers here at home.” Vigor Industrial is the region’s leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and other industrial services in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Nearly half of Vigor’s 2,000 employees work at the company’s facilities in Seattle and around Puget Sound.Participants also included:Brian Thomas, Kvichak Marine (Shipbuilding)Jan Koslosky, Ocean Beauty Seafoods (Fishing Fleet)Capt. Mike Moore, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (Ocean CargoCharlie Costanzo, American Waterways Operators (Tug and Barge)John Odland, MacMillan-Piper (Cargo Transport)Vince O’Halloran, Sailor’s Union of the PacificDave Gering, Manufacturing Industrial CouncilDoug Dixon, Pacific Fishermen Shipyards and ElectricMaritime leaders shared information and insights about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, with an eye to driving public policies that support the industry’s success.Participants expressed support for land-use decisions and environmental regulations, including a Shoreline Master Program compatible with existing industrial activities and seaport operations. The group urged the city to complete the Seattle Industrial Areas Freight Access Project and Freight Master Plan to improve freight mobility on city streets.The group also advocated support for policies that will attract more international container cargo to Seattle, including greater certainty around costs associated with stormwater regulations, improved strategic regional planning on port and transportation investments, and an overhaul of the federal Harbor Maintenance Tax that encourages the diversion of U.S.-bound cargo to foreign ports.City and state policymakers attended to share their perspectives and gather input from the industry.“Maritime business development, environmental stewardship and livable communities are goals we all share and can achieve together,” said Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark. “Seattle is a port city in a heavily trade-dependent state. Seattle can and should win in the competitive maritime world through smart investments in waterways, terminals, roads, rail and skilling up the workforce.”“Seattle was founded as a maritime city and we’re fully committed to the future of the industry here in the decades ahead,” said Andrea Riniker, Deputy Mayor of Seattle and former Port of Tacoma executive. “Shipping, shipbuilding and fishing are essential to our community’s economic health and sustainability. We are working to advance the land-use policies and public investments that will support thousands of jobs and allow these industries to thrive.”“Governor Inslee’s top priorities include a focus on supporting key sectors of our state’s economy,” said Steve Sewell, appointed Director of Economic Development for Maritime at the Washington State Department of Commerce late last fall. “The maritime sector is healthy, but faces competitive threats, both domestically and globally. Our job is to identify strategic growth and investment opportunities, working closely with public and private partners to ensure alignment with existing economic development programs in a shared direction and roadmap.”last_img read more

Fadnavis orders inquiry into Pune wall collapse incident

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Saturday ordered an in-depth inquiry into the incident of wall collapse in Pune, in which 15 people were killed. “Extremely saddened to know about loss of lives in the Kondhwa, Pune wall collapse incident. My deepest condolences to the families and praying for speedy recovery of the injured. Directed Pune Collector to conduct an in-depth enquiry,” Fadnavis said on Twitter. State Congress chief Ashok Chavan also expressed his grief over the incident and urged the state government to extend all the help to the families of the dead and injured. Chavan said an inquiry should be carried out “so that the guilty can be punished”. At least 15 people, including four children, were killed when a portion of the compound wall of a housing society collapsed on shanties adjacent to it in Kondhwa area in Pune in the early hours of Saturday. The shanties were set up for laborers working in a nearby construction site.last_img read more

Live onair licking of TV reporter sparks outrage

first_imgTORONTO — An incident in which a man nuzzles and licks the ear of an on-air TV journalist reporting on a comedy event was roundly condemned on Wednesday, with some arguing the actions amounted to an assault.In a widely seen clip, CBC’s Chris Glover is talking back to the studio when one man leans into the frame behind him and mugs in front of the camera before leaving while a second man, dressed in a green Saskatchewan Roughriders hoodie, moves in on the reporter.This is so disturbing and I get more uncomfortable every time I watch this creepy guy assault @chrisgloverCBC on live television. Why do people think it’s OK to #harass & #assault reporters while they do their job?! It’s gotta stop! @chrisgloverCBC @CBCToronto #Toronto #reporter pic.twitter.com/rSeTStQI5L— Jeffrey Vallis (@jeffrey_vallis) February 27, 2019The man, identified by multiple viewers as comic actor Boyd Banks who has appeared on CBC shows, proceeds to demonstratively lick Glover’s ear and kisses his neck while the journalist continues speaking, before throwing it back to the studio with the line:“Things are getting a little awkward out here, so I’m going to pass it back to you,” Glover said.“Yeah, that’s a little strange. It’s really unnecessary,” host Dwight Drummond told Glover. “Just move away from that gentleman.”Neither Glover nor Drummond responded to a request for comment. However, a spokesman for CBC denounced the man’s actions and praised the reporter.“Chris Glover showed remarkable composure and professionalism in the face of a very awkward situation,” Chuck Thompson said. “Unfortunately, the trend of harassing reporters continues and is something we take very seriously.”Thompson called the incident “troubling as they are unacceptable.” He did not say what, if anything, the broadcaster planned to do about the situation. Toronto police said they had no record of a complaint.Saskatchewan-born Banks, who has multiple film and TV credits including the CBC’s “Little Mosque on the Prairie,” could not be immediately reached for comment.In recent years, female reporters in particular have been the subject of crude, harassing catcalls which, in some cases, have resulted in charges against the perpetrator. More recently, other journalists have been physically assaulted while doing their jobs in public.The 40-second clip of Glover sparked outrage on social media, with some condemning what happened as an assault, and others saying they would not have remained so calm.“This is disgusting,” CBC reporter Lorenda Reddekopp tweeted. “I also can’t believe none of the bystanders did anything.”“This is so disturbing and I get more uncomfortable every time I watch,” said Toronto-based writer Jeffrey Vallis on Twitter. “Why do people think it’s OK to harass and assault reporters while they do their job?”Thompson said the particular assignment was viewed as “low risk” but noted situations can be unpredictable. Regardless, Thompson called the incident troubling.“This type of harassment is completely unacceptable from any individual,” he said.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Greek bank shares tumble amid fears over bad loans

first_imgATHENS, Greece – Greek banking shares have fallen sharply amid investor fears over lenders’ needs to reduce their large stock of bad loans resulting from the financial crisis.The index of bank stocks closed nearly 9 per cent lower in Athens on Wednesday. Piraeus Bank led the losses, at 20.7 per cent, after reports said it and the National Bank of Greece have pledged to reduce their bad loans more aggressively in coming years.Reducing bad loans can mean writing off assets and booking losses.The Athens Stock Exchange’s general index ended the day’s trading session 2.1 per cent lower.Greek banks have needed to be propped up with money from Greece’s bailout loans since 2010. On Monday, the government lifted restrictions on bank withdrawals that were imposed in 2015.On average, over four out of ten loans issued by Greece’s banks are soured.last_img read more

Myanmar UN envoy meets with prodemocracy leader

2 February 2009The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar continued his visit to the South-East Asian nation today, meeting with Government officials and opposition and other political parties, including with detained pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Yangon over the weekend for a four-day visit, his fifth in the past year and a half, as part of the good offices mandate entrusted to the Secretary-General by the General Assembly.He held talks for more than an hour today jointly with Ms. Suu Kyi, who is the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), and the Central Executive Committee of that party. He met separately with representatives of the Shan National League for Democracy (SNLD).Ms. Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for over four years, and has spent more than 11 years in detention since the NLD and its allies won the 1990 election with over 80 per cent of the parliamentary seats.Mr. Gambari also conferred with the Tripartite Core Group – comprising Myanmar, the UN and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – on humanitarian, recovery and reconstruction efforts in the wake of last May’s devastating Cyclone Nargis, which claimed nearly 140,000 lives.On this visit, he has met with the so-called Government Spokesperson Authoritative Team composed of the Ministers of Information, Foreign Affairs, and Culture, as well as with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Planning, Health and Agriculture. He also met with the Minister for Liaison with Ms. Suu Kyi.Last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his growing frustration that the UN’s long-standing efforts to promote national reconciliation and democratization in Myanmar have yet to achieve the desired results and urged the Government to release all political prisoners immediately and initiate “genuine dialogue” with the opposition. read more

Preparedness vital as confirmed cases of influenza AH1N1 increase – UN

2 May 2009The United Nations health agency today stressed the importance of preparedness for a possible global pandemic, as the number of laboratory confirmed cases of the influenza A(H1N1) infection topped 600 worldwide. “This is the time for us to prepare and be ready,” Dr. Michael Ryan, Director of Global Alert and Response for the World Health Organization (WHO), told a news conference in Geneva. Dr. Ryan noted that the agency”s pandemic alert remains at Phase 5 – on a six-level warning scale. This means that sustained human to human transmission had been confirmed, with widespread community outbreaks in at least two countries in one WHO region. “Pandemics are serious but it is important to note that Phase 6 describes geographic spread of the disease and not its severity,” he stated. “We do not know how severe or mild this pandemic might be.”According to the latest WHO update, 15 countries have reported 615 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, with 17 deaths. Mexico has reported a total of 397 confirmed cases, including 16 deaths. This includes 241 new laboratory confirmed cases and 7 new deaths since yesterday. “The increased figures from Mexico reflect primarily ongoing testing of previously collected samples and not a surge in people falling sick,” noted Dr. Ryan. He said that while WHO has seen case reports from Hong Kong and the Republic of Korea, indicating the geographic spread of the disease, there is “no evidence of sustained community spread outside North America.”The United States has reported 141 laboratory confirmed cases, including one death.In addition, laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths have been reported by Austria (1), Canada (34), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Denmark (1), France (1), Germany (4), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (4), Republic of Korea (1), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (13). Dr. Ryan said WHO continues to monitor the spread of the virus and expand its understanding of its behaviour and severity. At the same time, the agency is moving to a more operational stance to support countries in their readiness and response. It has begun to dispatch 2.4 million doses of antivirals to 72 countries, including Mexico, from stocks donated from Roche pharmaceutical company in 2005 and 2006. It will also supplement its regional stockpiles in the six WHO regions as a contingency for further supplies to countries. In addition, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan is continuing discussions with Roche and others on how to best meet future needs of developing countries for antivirals, noted Dr. Ryan. “Obviously the biggest thing we face now is the possibility of a pandemic,” said Dr. Ryan. “Good preparedness will help us mitigate its effects should we work together in a coordinated and collective fashion.”WHO has reiterated that there is no risk of infection from the virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products. The agency also advised individuals to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and to seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influenza-like illness. read more

Illegal abortion clinic raided

The police have raided an illegal abortion clinic in Welawa in north western Sri Lanka, the police media unit said today.According to the police the abortion clinic was being conducted in a house in the Panagamuwa area in Welawa. The police also arrested two other woman who were about to undergo an abortion. A suspect was taken into custody for operating the illegal abortion clinic, the police media unit said.Following the raid by the police, a woman who had undergone an abortion at the clinic at the time of the police raid was arrested.

Near record commercial vehicle market in June

Heavy vans and light trucks up 40.8 per cent. Total market up 1.2 per cent. 7.5 tonne trucks down 13.8 per cent. 15 tonne, two axle rigids down 10.1 per cent. Buses and coaches down 17.8 per cent. Artics down 11.7 per cent. 15 tonne, two axle rigids down 10.1 per cent. Heavy two axle rigid registrations dropped 10.1 per cent to 668 units in June, but the sector is still up 3.5 per cent on year to date registrations. Four-axle rigids rose 56.7 per cent or 115 units for June. Artics down 11.7 per cent. Artic registrations dropped in June with the total down by 11.7 per cent. The figures show that registrations of all artic types are down on last year, but still above the long-term average. Buses and coaches down 17.8 per cent. Easing decline in the bus and coach market saw registrations fall 17.8 per cent in June. But this compares with particularly strong growth in registrations of 21.6 per cent in June 2000. Structural changes in the bus market should see sales improve toward the year-end. Comment ‘June CV registrations are above last year’ figures and at near record levels. We’ve only seen registrations this high three times in the last 13 years, said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘The trend of the past twelve months is still above the annual registration forecast and very encouraging.’ DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) CV registrations grew 1.2 per cent in June to give the third highest June in the last 13 years. Year to date registrations are up by 2.2 per cent over the same time last year. The market is doing better than expected and volumes should match last year’s strong performance, driven by the performance of medium vans, heavy vans and light trucks. Light vans, under 1.8 tonnes, down 6.7 per cent. Medium vans up 12.4 per cent. Light vans down 6.7 per cent. Registrations for vans under 1.8 tonnes fell by 6.7 per cent. This sector had shown solid growth so far this year but June’s drop brings the June year to date total to 41,092 units or 1.5 per cent up on the same six months last year. Medium vans, 2.6 to 3.5 tonnes, up 12.4 per cent. Registrations for 2.6 to 3.5 tonne vans were very good, up 12.4 per cent for June. Year to date registrations are also strong with 15.7 per cent growth compared to the same six months last year. 4×4 registrations grew 339 units or 60.6 per cent for the month, but year to date registrations are still 13 per cent lower than last year. Heavy vans and light trucks, 3.5 to 7.4 tonnes, up 40.8 per cent. Demand for 3.5 – 7.4 tonne trucks was good with registrations up by 40.8 per cent or 122 units. This sector is expected to grow steadily in the long term as the results of driver licence changes take gradual effect. 7.5 tonne trucks down 13.8 per cent. The biggest single sector in the UK truck market, 7.5 tonne trucks saw a 13.8 per cent drop in registrations in June to 1,232 units. This sector is also expected to very slowly decline following changes to truck driving licences in 1997. Near record commercial vehicle market in June read more

Dutch youngstar Angela Malestein I want to reach everything

–  Now we go for the gold. Last year we won bronze, third place. This year we have a second place and next year we want to go for the gold in Netherlands.What is the biggest success of your career?– The silver medal on the European Championship U19 this year…… You were the best right wing in that Championship.– Yes, that is also special. But I think it is more important thing to win gold or silver medal, to play like a team and that is the first thing that you have in your mind.In the end, what would be a “dream come true” for you in handball?– I have many dreams. I want to play in the Olympic Games. I want to win a World Championship. I want to play in Champions League. Also to play for a foreign clubs later. I want to reach everything.ALEKSANDRA DENICphoto: handballworld.nl ← Previous Story SEHA derby: RK Zagreb with a point from Skopje Next Story → VELUX EHF FINAL4 stays in Cologne until 2014 Women’s Handball in Netherlands growing fast. At the last EHF EURO 2010, Dutch team finished in TOP 8, U 19 Team won silver medal at the ECh last summer and one of the biggest star of these generation is right wing, Angela Malestein (19), the member of “All Stars Team”. She talks for Balkan-Handball.com in Zajecar, where her MizuWaAi Dalfsen played  two games in the Cup Winners Cup – Round 3 (two defeats 22:30 – 24:27).Why did you start playing handball?– Because my friends are playing handball. First I trained gymnastics and I play very high and club was weak, so I quit with that. Then I go for handball. No one from my family ever played handball. Only my sister played, but she doesn’t play anymore.Do you have any player as a role model?– Not especially for technical things or something. I look at teams training, how they train, few players, but no one especially.Is there any especial club you would like to play for?– Of course, you have a tough clubs in the leagues of Europe, but first you have to play good in Holland and then to see what comes, and what is the best team for you. We will see.Once again you’re playing against Zajecar, but now with MizuWaAi Dalfsen. What is your comment about the first game of CWC?– We played very good in the first half, we played with our mind and had very good defense. In the second half we still had a good defense and we have a good goalkeeper, but we didn’t play with our mind, we didn’t play good and that was a problem. And in the second half refeeres were not too good.You’re for the 2nd time in this city. Did you have time to see the city?– No, no. We are a little bit far from the city (laugh). Hotel is in the mountain, so no, we didn’t have time.Currently, MizuWaAi is on the 1st position in the Eredivisie league. What do you expect from home league in this season? – In our league we have three teams to play in the playoffs: SEW, VOC and us. We have to be a champions in the league, but you never know. We have to play good in every match. And we have to learn from this matches in the Europe league and we will see. I think we have to be a champions with this team.You’re a part of the senior national team. What are expectations from World Championship in Brasil? – We have good and young group and I expect that we will be in the last eight. Than maybe we can qualificate for the Olympic Games. I hope and that is our main goal.You also play for the junior national team. And at the European Championship you won a silver medal… read more

Vote for EHF CL ALL STAR TEAM 20132014

← Previous Story ISRAELI PLAY-OFF FINAL: Maccabi beat Hapoel for 1:0 Next Story → BUNDESLIGA RACE WITH THE GOAL-ADVANTAGE: Lions on +23 in Eisenach! Following the huge success in the past season with more than 20,000 handball fans taking part in an online vote for the VELUX EHF Champions League All-star team 2012/13, fans have now the second opportunity to choose their new season all-stars.From a selection of 32 players, four in each position and also the season’s best defensive player, fans are being asked to choose their own All-star team.Players from 17 nations and from 14 clubs in the current season have been selected. Nine countries have a multiple representation with Denmark leading with six players. Both FC Barcelona and Rhein-Neckar Löwen have five players among nominees.The vote will be open until Wednesday 28 May 2014. The fans’ choice for the All-star team will be announced on the eve of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne on Friday 30 May 2014.Players have been nominated on the basis of their comprehensive performance throughout the season so far; not just their goal-getting prowess, but also their performance in defence, the number of blocks, assists and reaction in crucial moments during each match.The players nominated for the 2013/14 season are:Goalkeepers:Niklas Landin (DEN) – Rhein-Neckar LöwenDarko Stanic (SRB) – HC MetalurgMattias Andersson (SWE) – SG Flensburg-HandewittDanijel Saric (BIH) – FC BarcelonaLeft wings:Timur Dibirov (RUS) – HC Vardar SkopjeUwe Gensheimer (GER) – Rhein-Neckar LöwenAnders Eggert (DEN) – SG Flensburg-HandewittGudjon Valur Sigurdsson (ISL) – THW KielLeft backs:Momir Ilic (SRB) – MKB-MVM VeszprémFilip Jicha (CZE) – THW KielMichal Jurecki (POL) – KS Vive Targi KielceNikola Karabatic (FRA) – FC BarcelonaCentre backs:Stas Skube (SLO) – RK Gorenje VelenjeMads Mensah Larsen (DEN) – Aalborg HaandboldPavel Atman (RUS) – HC MetalurgMikkel Hansen (DEN) – PSG HandballLine players:Renato Sulic (CRO) – MKB-MVM VeszprémJesper Noddesbo (DEN) – FC BarcelonaBjarte Myrhol (NOR) – Rhein-Neckar LöwenJulen Aguinagalde (ESP) – KS Vive Targi KielceRight backs:Renato Vugrinec (SLO) – HC MetalurgMarko Vujin (SRB) – THW KielKiril Lazarov (MKD) – FC BarcelonaAlexander Petersson (ISL) – Rhein-Neckar LöwenRight wings:Gasper Marguc (SLO) – RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoValentin Ghionea (ROU) – Orlen Wisla PlockLuc Abalo (FRA) – PSG HandballPatrick Groetzki (GER) – Rhein-Neckar LöwenBest defenders:Viran Morros (ESP) – FC BarcelonaIstván Timuzsin Schuch (HUN) – MKB-MVM VeszprémLars Jorgensen (DEN) – KIF Kolding KobenhavnJakov Gojun (CRO) – PSG HandballProfilesA complete list of player profiles can be found on the ehfCL.com website.Online votingVoting is open immediately and will run until 28 May 2014. Fans can choose their VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/14 team online here. read more

Two men rescued from stricken yacht

first_imgThe request for help early this morning required our volunteer crew to leave their beds which they will always willing and selflessly do to help anyone in need. It is thanks to their dedication and commitment that we can launch the lifeboat at all times.The seven-strong lifeboat crew, who were under coxswain Eamonn O’Rourke, were on the scene at 4.25am. They assessed the situation and established a tow line to the stricken boat.Luckily, the weather at the time was good, with a force two to three wind, so the rescue was not hampered by bad weather. “Thankfully, the crew on the stricken yacht were not in any immediate danger and we were happy to tow the yacht safely back to shore,” said Maloney.The lifeboat then towed the vessel back to Rosslare Harbour RNLI, where it returned at 7.30am.Read: Five rescued in consecutive call-outs on Lough Derg over weekend> TWO MEN WERE rescued after they got into difficulty while in a yacht near Tuskar Rock this morning.The men had been on the way to Dun Laoghaire when they found themselves in difficulty. At 3.40am the RNLI received the request to launch the all-weather boat, which said that the 8m motor yacht was in trouble two miles north of Tuskar Rock.Dave Maloney, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said:last_img read more

Apple Over 15 billion apps downloaded in App Store

first_imgApple’s boasting some pretty big news today. The company has reached over 15 billion downloads from its App Store. In a statement, Apple said there are more than 200 million iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users worldwide that download apps from the 425,000 available in the App Store.The large number of apps is due in part to the introduction of the iPad and its 10,000 native iPad apps. Apple doesn’t go into detail about what categories are the most popular, but according to a recent 30-day study by Nielsen, gaming apps appear to be very popular for all mobile platforms. However, iOS users were found to spend 14.7 hours playing games within the past 30 days. Compare that to the average across all platforms of 7.8 hours. Android users spent about 9.3 hours playing games on their mobile devices.The App Store has been around for just about three years. Apple had reached the 10 billion download mark about six months ago, which means a quarter of its entire download history took place in just half a year. If the numbers continue to grow exponentially, Apple will be seeing some pretty high figures in the coming year.Apple recently tried to trademark the “App Store” name, as Amazon also uses the same name but without a space between the words. Apparently, Amazon’s “Appstore” was too close for comfort for Apple. The company filed a trademark lawsuit against Amazon two months ago. On Thursday, the U.S. District Court struck down Apple’s request, saying that other stores use the phrase “app store” to describe a space where they sell mobile software. The court compared it to the word “grocery store” for a store where you buy groceries. It would be ridiculous to trademark a general name like “grocery store” or “hardware store,” just as it’s ridiculous to trademark the phrase “app store.”via Apple, Engadgetlast_img read more

Kinect used to treat phantom limb syndrome

first_imgThe list of uses for Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller seems to be growing daily, as we can now add to the list a therapy for those suffering from phantom limb pain syndrome. Researcher Benjamin Blundell and his team have set out to use the motion sensors in the Kinect to help amputee’s overcome the effects of the syndrome by retraining their brain to think that the limb is still there. Phantom limb syndrome consists of a person feeling sensations from a limb they no longer possess. Many of these sensations are painful in nature, with patients reporting it feels like the missing limb is frozen in a distorted or painful position. Traditionally, along with medication, this is treated through the use of a Ramachandran mirror-box. The patient puts their remaining limb, such as a hand, into one side of the box, then puts the arm that had its hand removed into the other side. When looking into the box, it looks like both hands are still there and it allows the patient to “trick” their minds into thinking they can control the phantom limb. This allows them to open and close their good hand, which relieves the pain since their mind thinks the missing hand is opening and closing.Blundell and his group decided to try to bring a modern twist to the mirror-box idea by applying the same principles to a 3D environment using Kinect. In so doing, they can translate a patient’s movements to achieve the same relief using sensors attached to their good limb. The patient simply dons a 3D visor and external gyros, which are then translated into the “game” world. Just like the Ramachandran mirror-box, the software mirrors their good limb in place of a missing one which achieves the desired therapeutic effect. The system is currently in early testing and just a research project. However, it has been accepted as a paper for GRAPP 2012, the international conference on computer graphics theory and applications. Hopefully it goes down well there and encourages Blundell to turn it into a real application for Kinect owners.via Hackadaylast_img read more

Des jeunes enfants égoïstes Non juste des cerveaux immatures

first_imgDes jeunes enfants “égoïstes” ? Non, juste des cerveaux immaturesVotre enfant de 3 ans vous horripile par ses agissements égoïstes ? Sachez que vous n’y pouvez pas grand-chose : selon une étude allemande, leur égocentrisme qui n’est pas vraiment de l’égoïsme serait lié à l’immaturité de leur cerveau.Si certains comportements de nos petits enfants font clairement penser à des agissements foncièrement égoïstes tels que le refus de prêter ses jouets, sachez qu’il n’en est rien. D’après une étude menée par des chercheurs allemands et publiée dans la revue Neuron, leur cerveau ne serait tout simplement pas apte à ces considérations trop subtiles, car il serait encore immature.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?En pleine situation de jeux et de partage de récompenses, les comportements de 174 enfants âgés de 6 à 13 ans ont été attentivement scrutés. Même en sachant que l’absence de partage entrainerait une sanction, les enfants faisaient preuve d’une forte hostilité à céder leurs objets. “Le comportement stratégique, qui pousse les enfants à prendre en considération les autres, est intimement lié au développement de leur cerveau, particulièrement d’une zone à la maturité tardive”, précise Nikolaus Steinbeis du Max-Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences de Leipzig, en Allemagne cité par l’Agence science-presse.Même si le sentiment d’injustice apparait tôt chez les enfants, ils mettent à contrario plus de temps pour réprimer leurs besoins de garder tout pour eux. Selon les chercheurs, cela s’expliquerait donc plus précisément par une immaturité du cortex frontal, la partie avant du cerveau responsable du contrôle de soi. Comme le montrent certaines recherches, cette zone cérébrale n’atteindrait pas sa maturité avant l’âge de 10 ans. Jusqu’à cet âge, les parents sont donc encouragés à revoir leurs attentes éducatives à la baisse…Le 27 mai 2012 à 10:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

HandsOn With the Samsung Galaxy S8

first_imgStay on target Android Q is Android 10 In Brand UpdateGoogle Pixel Phones Talk to 911 For You At Samsung’s bombastic (and Apple-style hyperbolic) Unpacked live show here in New York City, the company noted its recent hard times. After the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, you can’t blame folks for not being as enthusiastic towards Samsung phones as they used to be. Plus, there are plenty of other cool upcoming Android phones worth looking forward to.But bruises aside, Samsung is still the king of the Android smartphone. Its next flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8, should remind everyone of that. After watching the phone’s full unveiling, and getting some hands-on time with the device, here’s everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8.Date and PriceThe Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ go on sale April 21 starting at $750 and $850, respectively.FeaturesWhat you really want to know is what can the Galaxy S8 do besides call people, download apps, and run a customized Android 7.0 Nougat? A bunch of things. Many Galaxy S8 features were leaked months ago, and it turns out they were mostly right.Let’s start with some specs. The S8 will come in 5.8- and 6.2-inch models and the AMOLED screens will have a narrower aspect ratio. The non-removable (less likely to explode) batteries are 3000mAh and 3500mAh. There are 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and MicroSD card support. The processor is a powerful yet efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.Numbers are cool but what can a layperson expect from this thing? The front camera will be 8-megapixel with new selfie options, the rear camera will be 12-megapixel, and both will be pretty similar to previous models. There is a fingerprint scanner and an iris scanner for added security. The phone continues the trend of water resistance being a standard feature. There’s no physical Home button (the virtual one works just fine) but there is a USB-C port and a headphone jack. Thank Grodd. The phone even comes bundled with $99 Harman AKG headphones.Previous flagship Samsung phones came in standard versions and premium “Edge” versions with curved displays. However, the only version of the S8 will be the curved version with a nearly bezel-free, edge-to-edge screen. This “Infinity Display” (get it? the number 8 also looks like the infinity sign) is the device’s major selling point, and while it may not be the revolution Samsung claims it is, it does feel quite comfortable and rounded to use with one hand. Samsung showcased Iron Fist and Ghost in the Shell, but you can use the increased real estate to watch good entertainment, too.Those are some nice features, but what can the S8 do that’s really exciting? It will be compatible with improved Gear VR and Gear 360 accessories for consuming and creating even more accessible virtual reality content. Samsung showed off a new motion controller and everyone at today’s event walked away with a new 360 camera for broadcasting live VR videos. Taking a cue from some Windows phones, you can also use the S8 as a desktop computer powered by Android thanks to the nifty DeX accessory. Just bring your own monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It’s like a Nintendo Switch for productivity.Finally, the S8 will have a new Samsung voice assistant currently known as “Bixby.” How long until someone makes an Avengers of phone assistants? Along with being the best actor to play the Incredible Hulk, Bixby may be based on Viv Labs artificial intelligence. The company, a recent Samsung acquisition, employs former Siri creators.Bixby’s core feature, Bixby Vision augmented reality, allows to it to access apps, process payments alongside the incredibly versatile Samsung Pay, monitor health, work with security features like fingerprint and facial ID recognition, communicate with the Internet of Things, and make visual searches using cameras and sensors and contextual data on your phone. I had Bixby look at my iPhone and it showed me links for buying iPhone cases. However, Bixby won’t be fully functional when the S8 launches in April.In my opinion, the S8 isn’t a revolutionary piece of technology. It’s still just a phone. But it is a really nice phone. Just a few more weeks until everyone can get their hands on the S8 and can decide for themselves. For more on the Samsung Galaxy S8 check out our sister site PCMag.com.last_img read more

Allegri Ronaldo deserves the Ballon dOr

first_imgJuventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is adamant that Cristiano Ronaldo clearly deserves a record sixth Ballon d’Or this yearItalian news outlet Tuttosport claimed that neither Ronaldo or Lionel Messi are in the final 3-man shortlist for the 2018 award.Instead, the report stated that Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane and Luka Modric are the nominees.However, based on everything Ronaldo’s done, Allegri backed his star man for the award.“I don’t know anything about the Ballon d’Or nominations, but for all Cristiano Ronaldo has done he would deserve it,” Allegri told reporters on Twitter.Meanwhile, Paulo Dybala’s late return from international duty with Argentina means he may be benched for Juventus’ game with SPAL on Saturday.But Allegri remains pleased with the 25-year-old striker’s progress.“Dybala is doing well. He’s in great physical and mental shape and he can keep growing.” said Allegri.“Dybala plays his best when he is playing deeper. He is able to influence the game and finish chances created by his teammates.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Croatian forward Mario Mandžukic will, therefore, likely partner Ronaldo up front this Saturday.“Mario Mandžukic and Cristiano have a good understanding, even when they play as a three with Dybala,” added Allegri.“The team expresses themselves well, there is more attention to detail and Cristiano has brought a lot of competitiveness into training.”French midfielder Blaise Matuidi will likely be unavailable after needing some extra time off to rest.The Serie A game between Juventus and SPAL will begin at 18:00 (CET) on Saturday at the Allianz Stadium.🎙 @OfficialAllegri “I don’t know anything about the Ballon d’Or nominations, but for all @Cristiano has done he would deserve it.”#JuveSPAL pic.twitter.com/y033bfNACJ— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 23, 2018last_img read more

Scripps Health deploys nurses to assist in Camp Fire aftermath

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: November 15, 2018 Scripps Health deploys nurses to assist in Camp Fire aftermath SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Scripps Health Thursday announced that five nurses were sent to Northern California to provide medical care for victims and evacuees of the Camp Fire.The nurses are members of the Scripps Medical Response Team and will work at an evacuation center in Chico during their week-long deployment. The California Emergency Medical Services Authority requested that Scripps send medical responders and will oversee the nurses, swearing them in as state disaster service workers.Scripps Health medical responders have also been deployed to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and Nepal after the 2015 earthquake.“Beyond the humanitarian reasons for responding to disasters in other areas, the experience gained is invaluable training for emergencies closer to home,” Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder said.Van Gorder expects to join the team members in Chico next week. Scripps Health has more medical responders on stand-by who would deploy after Thanksgiving if the state requests them. November 15, 2018last_img read more