Sonia under BJP fire over CWG

first_imgIt’s not just the PMO, but Congress president Sonia Gandhi who is now being dragged into the CWG mess. It’s Suresh Kalmadi’s claim that Sonia endorsed the decision to appoint him as the CWG Organising Committee’s chairman that is being used by the BJP to target the UPA government. In the Rajya Sabha, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday that Kalmadi, in a letter to the principal secretary to the PM in 2007, had complained that the Sports Ministry was interfering in his jurisdiction.  Kalmadi went on to say that he was appointed the chairman after a series of meetings with Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Group of Ministers.  Jaitley’s statement led to disruptions in the Rajya Sabha with BJP members raising slogans against Sonia and blaming her for appointing Kalmadi.last_img read more

Football: “Man City scout” paedophile arrested and jailed

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe convict, William Toner, Photo Credits: BBC.comA paedophile posing to be a youth scout for Manchester City FC has been jailed for abusing a 12-year-old boy.William Toner told the boy’s parents their son had “potential” after seeing him play parks football in the 1990s.Toner, 74, of Market Street, Whitworth, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault and was jailed for three years and two months.Manchester City stated that they had no record of Toner ever having been employed or paid to scout for the club.Bolton Crown Court heard the defendant, who has previous convictions for child abuse, had coaching qualifications from the Football Association.The father-of-three is still a danger to children, the court heard, with “distorted thinking” that “sexual abuse victims enjoy it”.Charlotte Crangle, prosecuting, said that when his victim played for a local youth team aged 12, he and his father were approached by Toner, who offered “one-to-one coaching”.“They were under the impression he was either a scout for Manchester City or had some links to them,” she said.He began to take the boy for weekly training sessions and afterwards would suggest a “rub down” for his muscles in the boy’s bedroom, she said.Toner would then indecently assault his victim, with the abuse continuing for three years until the youngster turned 15 and refused further massages.But the boy felt unable to tell his parents and turned to drinking and taking drugs, the court heard.In a statement, he said: “The abuse has made me lack confidence and be extremely ashamed. I feel as though I have lived in a prison I have made in my own mind.”Manchester City said the club encouraged the witness to call the FA’s established NSPCC helpline and report all allegations to the police as well as being offered support by the club.However, the club said while their inquiries are still continuing they have not yet come across any evidence to suggest Toner was an employee.last_img read more

Now or never for Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant can wait: Gautam Gambhir

first_imgGautam Gambhir has urged the Indian team management to play Dinesh Karthik at the Trent Bridge Test against England starting on Saturday.Dinesh Karthik was included in India’s Test squad for the series against England as a replacement for the injured Wriddhiman Saha, but it was his batting potential that helped him edge past Parthiv Patel and allowed him to play the first two Tests ahead of Rishabh Pant.Karthik, who made his India debut in 2004 and has only played 26 Tests in a 14-year long career, brought himself back into reckoning with a match-winning last-ball six against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy final.Dinesh Karthik has often been criticised for lacking composure but the Nidahas Trophy heroics helped Karthik shed the tag of perennial bridesmaid to an extent.But with a poor return of 21 runs including two ducks from four innings, the Indian team management could look to give Pant an opportunity in the third Test at Trent Bridge.READ – Time for Rishabh Pant to make Test debut after Dinesh Karthik’s failures?”There will always be a temptation [to play Pant]. I still feel that Dinesh Karthik is at that stage of his career, it’s now or never. So you got to always give someone an extra Test match than one lesser. People would be expecting for him to deliver with the amount of comebacks he’s made but those conditions are tough,” Gambhir told Times of India.Pant has only played 23 first-class matches and his international experience is limited to four T20Is. However, he can take comfort in his impressive outing in England with the Indian A team in July this year.advertisementAlso read – Virat Kohli fires Team India up before 3rd Test: Only option is to win Rishabh Pant earned his Test call-up after a successful India A tour in England. (Reuters Photo)In two first-class matches, Pant scored 189 runs at an average of 67 and scored two fifties in two innings in the match against England A. The other match was played against West Indies A. Pant also has a first-class average of 54.50 from 23 matches. Besides, he has scored four hundreds including a sublime triple hundred.”If you don’t give him [Karthik] an opportunity in the next Test match or one more after that, we might never see him again. Rishabh can wait. He has a lot of years ahead of him. Because six innings, to be honest, can give you a better idea where the batter is.”last_img read more

Indian Colts ready to don official kits by Nike

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Report: Southampton 1 Man City 3

first_imgManchester City returned to winning ways ahead of their blockbuster showdown against Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-1 win at Southampton.The defending champions ceded ground to Jurgen Klopp’s side with back-to-back defeats versus Crystal Palace and Leicester City, and they once again let an early lead slip as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – later sent off for a reckless lunge on Fernandinho – cancelled out David Silva’s 10th-minute opener.A James Ward-Prowse own-goal on the stroke of half-time, moments after the Southampton midfielder had penalty claims rejected, and Sergio Aguero’s injury-time header steadied City nerves before the break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Pep Guardiola’s men replace Tottenham in second and trim the deficit to the summit to seven points, while Burnley’s win over West Ham means only goal difference is keeping Southampton out of the bottom three.Charlie Austin stole in behind the City defence, only for heavy touch to let him down, before Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva had no such problems down the Southampton left as they deftly set up David Silva for an assured finish.Mahrez and Sergio Aguero both went close to doubling City’s advantage but, after Ederson brilliantly kept out an Austin header, makeshift left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko carelessly gave away possession in the 37th minute and Hojbjerg clattered home emphatically.Zinchenko was then fortunate to see a clumsy challenge in the box on Ward-Prowse go unpunished – the Southampton man’s disappointment compounded as he lucklessly put Raheem Sterling’s cross through his own net.An eventful half for the Ukraine international concluded with a pinpoint cross that Aguero headed beyond Alex McCarthy’s lacklustre attempts to save.The whole squad (minus @edersonmoraes93) come together to celebrate @aguerosergiokun’s goal… Brothers! pic.twitter.com/xsnDfgvFkC— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 30, 2018The Southampton goalkeeper partially redeemed himself by standing up to Sterling when a slick one-two with Bernardo Silva in the 55th minute picked apart his defence.City were again close to a fourth when Aguero turned to lash against the top of the crossbar left-footed.Mahrez was substituted after he missed an 80th-minute one-on-one, while Hojbjerg was dismissed for his ugly challenge late on.What does it mean? All eyes on the Etihad on ThursdayThe closely fought title battle many have anticipated this season has threatened to go up in smoke over recent weeks, with City buckling under the strain of Liverpool’s relentless pace. Guardiola’s men again showed vulnerabilities before half-time that will not have gone unnoticed on Merseyside, but victory over their rivals would trim the deficit to four points and set up a 2019 to remember in the Premier League.Danilo adds sharpness to CityBenjamin Mendy’s knee injury and Fabian Delph’s red card at Leicester necessitated Zinchenko’s latest free-form interpretation of the left-back role, but right-back has also been a problem for City of late, with Kyle Walker turning in a succession of tired performances. Danilo’s return from an injury-ravaged spell has taken the England defender out of the firing line. The Brazilian snapped into early challenges and passed sharply to get the visitors up and running at St Mary’s. A move over to left-back to reintroduce Walker and spare Zinchenko from Mohamed Salah et al might be in the offing this week.McCarthy comes up shortGoalkeepers are a notoriously self-critical breed and McCarthy will not look back on this performance with any particular fondness. It feels harsh to be too critical over the Ward-Prowse own-goal, although the Saints keeper did get a decent enough touch on the deflected ball. Aguero did well to direct his header down but, if Southampton are to succeed on such tough assignments, those are saves McCarthy has to be making – as he belatedly did from Sterling and Mahrez after half-time.Key Opta Facts:- Manchester City have won five consecutive Premier League games against Southampton for the first time.- Man City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 competitive matches – their longest streak since a run of 10 ending in February 2015.- Bernardo Silva has been directly involved in 10 goals in 19 Premier League games this season (five goals, five assists), equalling his total in 2017-18 in 35 games (six goals, four assists).- Sergio Aguero has scored 50 Premier League goals under Pep Guardiola, 16 more than any other player has for the club under the Spaniard.What’s next?A season-defining outing awaits City, while a similarly tricky task is on the agenda for Southampton when they travel to Chelsea on Wednesday. read morelast_img read more

Pacific Shaving Company Caffeinated Shaving Cream and Aftershave

first_img How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard How to Shave With a Straight Razor Editors’ Recommendations Give Your Dad the Gift of a Good Shave with These Razor and Shave Kits How to Grow and Maintain Stubble For those of you who are shaving off your whiskers in the name of Movember to grow a mustache for the sake of men’s health issues (prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity), we have have an excellent grooming line for you: Pacific Shaving Company Caffeinated Shaving Cream and Aftershave! Now, you must be wondering, how does caffeine benefit the skin? According to the folks behind it, “Caffeine is an effective vasoconstrictor and antioxidant that can help reduce the appearance of redness and keeps your skin looking and feeling healthy.”Here are other reasons why you should try Pacific Shaving Company Caffeinated Shaving Cream and Aftershave:Benefits of a Caffeinated Shave:It is high in antioxidants: Helps keep skin looking and feeling healthy.It is a vasoconstrictor: Helps reduce the appearance of redness and soothe skin.It can penetrate skin and absorb into your blood: Start your morning with a kick!Fortified with:Antioxidant-rich, naturally-derived caffeineSafe and natural ingredientsAloe and spearmintOther smart things about this product:No synthetic fragrances, no animal testingVegan, paraben-freeLong-lasting, concentrated formulaTSA-travel friendly Made in the USA“Caffeine is a versatile ingredient with many health benefits,” said Stan Ades, founder of Pacific Shaving Company. “When topically applied, the benefits of caffeine can take effect quickly. With 50 milligrams of naturally-derived caffeine (an espresso contains approximately 60 milligrams), Pacific Shaving Company’s new products may not replace your morning coffee routine, but they will help get you going in the morning — while providing an exceptional shaving experience.”They’re the perfect products to get your mustache in shape for Movember!For more information, visit pacificshaving.com.last_img read more

Port Owners and Operators Overwhelmingly Optimistic

first_imgPress Release; September 16, 2014 zoom The latest Barometer Report from Trelleborg, which discusses the issues impacting ports and terminals around the globe, has revealed the most optimistic outlook on investment since the annual industry survey began in 2010. 93% of port owners and operators are expecting capital expenditure budgets to increase over the next twelve months and 88% are expecting operational expenditure budgets to grow too.An overwhelming 98% of consultants and contractors also said they expect capital and operational expenditure budgets to increase. So, despite other challenges revealed by the report, the overall picture is optimistic.Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation, said: “Spending these increased budgets strategically is what will really help ports to increase efficiencies. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be happening at the moment. The report revealed that, although optimism is returning, 61% of contractors and consultants feel their clients are concerned by upfront purchase costs, rather than prioritising whole life value. This attitude may have been understandable over the past few years, whilst we were suffering the effects of an economic downturn. However, with budgets expected to get a boost, attitudes towards procurement need to change accordingly, so that facilities don’t just waste more money on low quality solutions. More investment means the industry has the opportunity to get to grips with increasing and varied demand.”The report revealed that ports are under pressure to adapt quickly to increasingly complex demands on infrastructure. Of those surveyed, 40% don’t think current port infrastructure is adequate to keep up with the onward logistics requirements of increased vessel sizes and throughput, whilst 67% are taking a “wait and see” approach to the expected increase in LNG bunkering, following implementation of the 2015 ECA regulations.This suggests that facilities are already lagging behind the demands placed upon them, but they can ensure they don’t fall further behind by acting now to optimise new investment opportunities.Hepworth said: “As the market continues to strengthen, there’s an opportunity arising for those that can get ahead of demand and invest strategically now. Those that don’t will suffer as new, modern terminals multiply and others quickly upgrade. The response to LNG as a marine fuel is a perfect example of a market that is inert and reactionary, rather than bold and deliberate.”last_img read more

Designed for women Nirbheek revolver has sold 2500 pieces

first_imgNew Delhi: After Delhi’s gruesome Nirbhaya gang rape that shook the country seven years ago, the Ordnance Factory in Kanpur came out with a light-weight revolver, especially designed for women. Named Nirbheek, to deter recurrence of such a case, the revolver has so far sold around 2,500 pieces mainly in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. “Nirbheek was launched as a robust and handy self-defence weapon, which could easily be carried by women in their purses,” said a representative of Ordnance Factory Board, while showcasing the revolver at the International Police Expo here. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic “And the revolver has seen good results. Within the first five years of its launch, it has witnessed sales of over 2,500 units. The current batch in the factory is under 2700 series,” said a representative. Weighing about 500 gm against a regular revolver that weighs over 700 gm, the officials credit the light weight and low maintenance of the revolver for its success. The sales number are incredible despite the weapon being a bit expensive. Against a normal revolver that costs Rs 1 lakh, Nirbheek was launched with Rs 1.20 lakh price tag that went up to Rs 1.40 lakh after inclusion of Goods and Services Tax. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Nirbheek can easily aim a target at 10 meters, but the Ordnance Factory claims the revolver comes with an effective range of 15 meters and a 0.32 (7.65mm) bore calibre. Apart from bringing down the weight of the revolver, the Ordnance factory made sure that the women did not have to spend a lot of time on its maintenance. Nirbheek is manufactured with titanium alloy metal, which is rust-proof and easy to maintain. “The sales numbers indicate that women in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana have also decided to put their money on it,” the representative added.last_img read more

Brock prof wins provincial teaching award

After being nationally recognized for his teaching excellence earlier this year, David Hutchison is again being honoured for his efforts in the classroom.A professor in Brock’s Department of Educational Studies and Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities, Hutchison has been awarded a 2017-18 Teaching Award by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). OCUFA represents 17,000 faculty and academic librarians in 29 Ontario faculty associations. Since 1973, the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards have recognized exceptional professors and librarians for their contributions to higher education in Ontario. Hutchison is one of five Teaching Award recipients from across Ontario this year.   “As a cross-appointed professor at Brock, it has been my privilege to observe so many diverse examples of teaching excellence amongst colleagues, working with students in groups — large and small — in-person and online,” Hutchison said.  “I really see this recognition as a tribute to how well Brock nurtures and values teaching excellence, especially teaching approaches which support experiential cross-program collaborations, which has been one of my goals.” Hutchison’s teaching efforts were widely recognized earlier this year. In February, he was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for teaching excellence.  “David is an innovative instructor and through his teaching and mentoring of students contributes significantly to our students’ positive experiences and, more broadly, to Brock and the community,” said Michael Owen, Dean of the Faculty of Education. “As his colleagues, we celebrate this well-deserved recognition of his dedication and talent.” Hutchison and his fellow award recipients will be honoured at OCUFA’s 45th annual awards ceremony in Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 20. The ceremony will be hosted by the CBC’s Nana aba Duncan.  “David Hutchison challenges his students to test those perceptions of the world they might take for granted by comparing them against the diverse experiences of others,” said Professor Judy Bornais, Chair of OCUFA’s Award Committee.  “Through his teaching and the experiential learning opportunities he incorporates into his courses, he empowers students to feel like their work matters and that they can affect change.” read more

This NWSL Season Has Been Nuts Heres How We Forecast The Finish

W. New York120.3138.197.811.95.52.699%65%37% RATINGAVG. SIM. SEASONPLAYOFF CHANCES Seattle109.9101.6120.26.96.36.81785 Orlando90.882.1101.88.39.91.82773 Washington115.0123.5104.311.54.44.1965829 Boston63.175.647.51.915.82.4<1<1<1 Houston93.683.6106.36.210.63.2521 Chicago99.689.3112.58.66.64.846167 Portland106.9110.9102.09.73.96.5863515 Although our preseason forecast didn’t think it was impossible for both Seattle and Kansas City to miss the playoffs (it assigned roughly a 6 percent chance to that possibility), their drastic decline may indicate that we should re-evaluate some components of the model for next year’s NWSL season. As in many of our sports forecasts, each NWSL team’s rating is reverted toward the league average between seasons to account for factors such as changes in personnel and retirements. For the NWSL, two-thirds of a team’s rating from the previous season carries over into the new season; that amount is based on the first three seasons and is in line with other soccer leagues around the world (both men’s and women’s). This year’s results, however, may indicate that NWSL teams should be reverted further toward the league average each season. Or maybe this is just a crazy season. Only time (and more data) will tell. If at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season you thought two-time defending champions FC Kansas City would be in third-to-last place just over halfway through the season or that two-time regular-season champions Seattle Reign FC would have almost as many losses as they did in their previous two seasons combined, you’re either psychic or your predictive abilities are far greater than ours.Before this year’s matches got underway, we built a model to forecast the league using the best information we had available: data from the three previous NWSL seasons. But because two of those years were dominated by Seattle and Kansas City, correctly predicting this year’s chaos in the league would have been very difficult. So with the table in tumult and the end of the regular season not far off, we thought this would be good time to update our initial predictions, see what’s changed and look ahead to which four teams are most likely to reach the playoffs this fall. Below is a table showing each team’s overall rating — made up of offensive and defensive components (higher is better for both) — as well as its projected win-loss-tie record and its chances of making the playoffs. Sky Blue97.299.494.57.36.95.82073 Kansas City103.696.1113.26.08.35.7521 TEAMOVERALLOFF.DEF.WLTPLAYOFFSFINALSWIN This year’s surprise standout, the Western New York Flash, has skyrocketed to the top of our table and now has the greatest chance of winning the NWSL championship — 37 percent — up from just a 5 percent chance before the season started. With the league’s top two goal scorers, Lynn Williams and Jessica McDonald (seven and six goals, respectively), the Flash are almost certain to earn a playoff spot. The Washington Spirit will likely grab another — our model gives them a 96 percent chance of making the playoffs.There’s a little less certainty for the third and fourth playoff spots. The Portland Thorns are currently in first place in the league, with 26 points, and have an 86 percent chance of making the postseason. But the team has lost their past two games, in part because several national team players have been absent as they prepare for the Olympics. So Portland may continue to fall in our rankings over the next month. The Chicago Red Stars’ chances of making the playoffs have remained about the same from our initial forecast — dropping to 46 percent from 47 percent — but a strong start to the season has given way to three losses in the past four games.The biggest shock this season, however, has undoubtedly been the rapid descent of the league’s top two teams, Seattle and Kansas City. Both teams were heavily favored in our initial predictions — with a 78 percent and 72 percent chance of making the playoffs, respectively — but at this point, it’s extremely unlikely that either team will earn a playoff berth. There are still six weeks of matches left, but both teams’ chances of winning the championship have plummeted more than 20 percentage points since the season started. read more

Ketamine should be kept off worldwide illegal drugs list doctors say

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ketamine is an essential anaesthetic and painkiller, especially in countries with limited options and poor storage facilities in their hospitals.Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen The powerful tranquiliser ketamine should be kept off a worldwide illegal drugs list despite it being abused by clubbers, doctors are arguing.They say it should always be treated as a medicine and not be placed under United Nations illicit drug restrictions The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists is calling for global support for its initiative to protect ketamine’s status as an essential medicine for anaesthesia and pain relief.China and other countries which have a problem with ketamine abuse want the drug included on the UN schedule for controlled drugs.Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, newly-elected WFSA President, spoke out at the group’s World Congress in Hong Kong.She said: “Ketamine is an essential anaesthetic and painkiller, especially in countries with limited options and poor storage facilities in their hospitals.”Ketamine is used as the sole available safe anaesthetic in many parts of the world and is widely used in adults and children alike.Experts say it is also easily transported in situations such as disasters, in which vital lifesaving surgery can take place at the scene of the disaster, even outside the hospital. But China and some other Asian countries, including Thailand, have problems with ketamine abuse. They want access to be restricted in the same way that morphine is a scheduled or controlled substance.The UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has so far not submitted to their demands. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reviewed ketamine use several times since 2004 when the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) first noted illicit use was a problem and encouraged countries to place the drug under controls.On each occasion, WHO has repeatedly warned that placing ketamine under international control would devastate access to safe surgery for billions.Dr Mellin-Olsen, who is based at Baerum Hospital in Norway, added: “Of course there are legitimate concerns about ketamine abuse, and these shouldn’t be discounted.”However, it also needs to be recognised that there is little to no evidence that abuse occurs in countries where it is the most essential anaesthetic.”The international drug control system has caused immense harm to access to medicines, and the system is still, today, out of balance.” WFSA has launched a “Ketamine is Medicine” campaign against the drug being subjected to international controls.Dr Mellin-Olsen added: “We call on the UN’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence not to recommend any further restrictions on ketamine pending the collection of more reliable and complete data on the effects that this might have on the availability of this essential anaesthetic drug, and on patient outcomes around the world.”Associate Professor Philip Peyton, of Austin Hospital and the University of Melbourne in Australia, told the Congress: “Ketamine’s unique safety profile and effectiveness make it irreplaceable in anaesthetic practice.”However, concerns about ketamine’s recreational abuse have prompted international calls for its withdrawal.”This comes at an unfortunate time, as there is increasing interest in ketamine’s other potential therapeutic effects on chronic pain and postoperative delirium, which are now recognised as common and serious postoperative complications, as well as a possible emerging role in management of severe treatment-resistant depression.”Its unique value in the management of severe pain after surgery or trauma is now widely appreciated.” He added:”Much research still needs to be done to properly define the value of ketamine and its importance in clinical practice before any decisions about the future availability are made.”last_img read more

Chambery Savoie and Fahrudin Melic together until 2022

← Previous Story Roland Mikler to play again in Szeged – Appelgren i(wa)s replacement? Next Story → “SUPERCUP WAS A LACK OF TIME? Valcea – CSM Bucharest 2:0 The leaders of the French Championship Chambery Savoie and right wing Fahrudin Melic extended deal until 2022.This is probably the last contract which is signed by 34-years old lefthander who is currently the TOP scorer of the French Lidl Star Ligue with 32 goals in four matches.Melic came to Chambery from Paris Saint Germain handball in 2016.He played at Paris between 2013 and 2016.Melic is former Montenegrian national team member. Chambery SavoieFahrudin Melic read more

La Wii U devrait avoir son App Store

first_imgLa Wii U devrait avoir son App StoreChez Nintendo, l’héritière de la célèbre Wii, nommée Wii U, devrait certainement proposer l’équivalent d’un App Store pour le téléchargement de jeux ou d’applications pour la tablette tactile qui, rappelons-le, servira de manette.Nous connaissions déjà les plateformes Wiiware et DsiWare, sur la Wii et la Nintendo DSi, où l’on pouvait se procurer des jeux dématérialisés. Avec la Wii U (lien non disponible), le géant japonais du jeu vidéo souhaite  approfondir ce concept, à l’instar des services proposés par Apple (l’App Store) ou Google (l’Android Market). En effet, avec sa tablette de 6,2 pouces (15,5 cm de diagonale) disponible avec la console, la Wii U devrait avoir son lots d’applications spécifiques à son matériel, et ce, même si Big N avait précédemment annoncé que la tablette ne serait pas autonome… On attend donc avec impatience la prochaine présentation de la console pour en savoir davantage sur le contenue de ce Wii U Store et sur les possibilités offertes par ces manettes – tablettes. Le 2 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Families welcome at fire station open house

first_imgClark County — Residents in the Hazel Dell, Lakeshore, Felida, Salmon Creek, Mt. Vista, Sherwood and Fairground areas are invited to a Clark County Fire District 6 open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.Open house guests can watch an automobile extraction demonstration, see the Clark County Sheriff’s police dogs, learn about Life Flight helicopters and participate in other family activities.Southwest Washington Medical Center will sell low-cost bicycle helmets.Free hot dogs, chips, salads and other refreshments will be available.The fire station is at 8800 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave. in Vancouver. For information, call Fire District 6, 360-576-1195.last_img read more

Angry Birds Rio manages 10 million downloads in 10 days

first_imgIt seems that mobile phone users are still Angry Birds crazy and Rovio may have another hit on its hands. Through the developer’s Twitter account it was tweeted, “10 in 10:-) Angry Birds Rio breaking all records. A massive thanks to all our fans!!!!” That was a bit coded, so after some further investigation it became clear what Rovio meant was the new game has been downloaded over 10 million times in 10 days since its launch on March 22nd.Angry Birds Rio has introduced a number of firsts for its developer including the fact that the game is not traditional for the Angry Birds franchise. It is the first one created as a result of a partnership between Rovio and 20th Century Fox since the game is based on the animated movie RIO. Though you won’t find the Angry Birds characters in the new movie, you will find characters from the movie in the game. Angry Birds Rio breaks from previous games in that the goal is not to smash into pigs. The target for the birds this time is smuggled bird cages in a warehouse. As cages break, the birds within them fly to freedom.Rovio also took quite a bold move with the game when it came to the Android platform. When the developer ported its original Angry Birds game and Angry Birds Seasons to Android it introduced them to users through Google’s Android Marketplace. Rather than offering the game for $0.99 like it did on iTunes, the games were a free download, though players had to deal with ads while playing.When it came to the launch of Angry Birds Rio it seems that the Android Marketplace was not Rovio’s first choice. As a result, Amazon‘s Appstore for Android was the first to offer an ad-free version of the game. It is expected to eventually be offered as a $0.99 download, but for the moment Amazon has decided to offer it for free as part of a limited promotion.Read more at Mobile Entertainmentlast_img read more

Cotton computing goes live at Cornell textiles lab

first_imgConductive cotton ties in to a simple circuit.
 Photo: Cornell University Citation: Cotton computing goes live at Cornell textiles lab (2011, December 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-cotton-cornell-textiles-lab.html 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. Transistors are made from natural cotton fibers Explore further More information: Organic electronics on natural cotton fibres, Organic Electronics, Volume 12, Issue 12, December 2011, Pages 2033-2039.AbstractNanoscale modification of natural cotton fibres with conformal coatings of gold nanoparticles, deposition of thin layers of the conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxithiophene) (PEDOT) and a combination of these two processes were employed to increase conductivity of plain cotton yarns. This innovative approach was especially designed to fabricate two classes of devices: passive devices such as resistors obtained from electrically conductive cotton yarns, and two types of active devices, namely organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) and organic field effect transistors (OFETs). The detailed electrical and mechanical analysis we performed on treated cotton yarns revealed that they can be used as conductors still maintaining a good flexibility. This study opens an avenue for real integration between organic electronics and traditional textile technology and materials. (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers from France, Italy and the United States are weaving cotton with transistors for a new look in computing. Based on news about a lab at Cornell University, wearable computing is getting a new twist. Transistors made from cotton fibers are being explored at the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at Cornell for use as clothing to collect, monitor and relay information. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Envisioned end uses could take form as clothes measuring pollutants, firefighters’ uniforms detecting dangerous chemicals, T-shirts displaying information, medical purposed garments monitoring heart rates and perspiration, as well as carpets in commercial environments measuring allergens or humidity.The group has come up with transistors made from cotton fibers. They use an approach that departs from the practice of attaching sensors or processors to fully formed garments. Instead, they are incorporating their information-retrieving devices directly into the fabric. The Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory focus is on merging textile science with the emerging area of nanoscale science. In their work to make the fibers conductive, the team coated each strand with gold nanoparticles and with an additional thin layer of PEDOT, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), a conductive polymer.The fibers proved to be about one thousand times as conductive as plain cotton, and had slightly stiffer but more elastic qualities than untreated fibers, said reports. The team demonstrated the cotton’s conductivity by making a simple circuit; they knotted one end to a battery and the other to a light emitting diode (LED).Overall, said Annalisa Bonfiglio, a professor in the department of electrical and electronic engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy, whose student Giorgio Mattana worked on the cotton at the Ithaca lab, treating the cotton with these various substances is not very complicated, comparable to dyeing materials.For the immediate future, she added, the most realistic application of their research may be for use as wearable sensors.Juan Hinestroza, director of the Textiles lab at Cornell, said “pretty decent computing power” can be the result if one considers how many fibers in a T-shirt, for example, and how many interconnections there are between the weft and warp of the fabric.His work has not gone unnoticed by those seeing potential in new ways to integrate electronics with traditional textiles. Hinestroza has received funding from federal and state agencies as well as industrial consortiums for his explorations in how to create multifunctional fibers using nanoscale phenomena.While wearable sensors is the most practical near-term application, the more distant future (or perhaps back to the future) might extend elsewhere. Earlier this year, Hinestroza said, “Perhaps one day we can even build computers out of cotton fibers in a similar way as khipus -a recording device based on knots and used by the Inca empire in Peru.”last_img read more

How to Spring Clean Your Website With Content Auditing

first_imgMay 9, 2019 5 min read Hooray! It’s that time of year! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, sunshine is streaming; and hordes of people are taking the opportunity to clear out their cluttered closets and drawers, reorganize their stuff and give their homes a deep clean.Related: How to Make Your Small Business Website Really, Really EffectiveBut, did you know that your website needs a spring cleaning, too?Of course, you can’t physically dust off your website content to make it look shiny and new. But, nonetheless, you do need to give your website content the proverbial spring cleaning it deserves — with a content audit.Conducting a content audit can provide you actionable insights into what type of content is performing the best with your audience, improve your content’s return on investment (ROI) and improve your content-marketing strategy for the future. Plus, cleaning and organizing is good for you. According to a study reported by Psychology Today, people with clean houses are healthier than those with messy one. The same could be said for people with clean websites.So, to give your website a refresh, follow these steps outlining how to “spring clean” your website, using content auditing.Set clear goals.Before diving into your content audit, first set clear goals. Setting goals for your content audit will help you better determine which content is working well, what needs improving and updating and what needs to be retired. By keeping the goals of your content audit in mind, you’ll find it easier to get the big picture on your goals overall. For instance, in terms of your content audit, do you want to:Improve your SEO results?Increase audience engagement?Improve conversion rates?Depending on your goals, you can consider different criteria for each page or post. For instance, to improve SEO results, you’ll look over and optimize internal linking. To increase audience engagement, you’ll determine what topics your audience is most interested in. And, to improve conversion rates, you’ll identify the most efficient content for each stage of the buyer’s journey.Related: How to Create a Site Structure That Will Enhance SEOCreate a content inventory.Next, you’ll want to create an inventory of all your content. So, compile a list of all your URLs and put them in a spreadsheet. If your site is small, you can easily do this manually.But, if you have a ton of content on your website, this task might be more time-consuming, so consider delegating it to another employee in your company, or hire a freelancer to complete the task or use a crawling tool like Screaming Frog, which is free to use for up to 500 URLs. In the spreadsheet you create, list all the URLS in columns along with other details such as:Title of the contentType of content (blog post, landing page, product description)Date of publication or last modificationAuthor (if you have multiple authors on your site)Stage of the buyer’s journey (awareness, consideration, decision)Number of wordsMetadata (title, description)Metrics such as number of page visits, time spent on page, conversion rate, backlinks, shares, ranking for the main keywords, and so on.Then consult your analytics tool to discover all of the key metrics you need to know. As you build this list of your content inventory, you’ll be able to easily identify which content is underperforming.Assess your content and take action.Once you’ve taken inventory of all your content in an organized spreadsheet, it’s time to assess your content and take action. In this step, you’ll identify what content is performing well for you, what you need to change/update, what you can merge and what you can get rid of.Again, go back to the goals you set for your content audit. If your main goal is to improve conversions, you’ll mainly want to focus on metrics such as conversion rate and time spent on the page as well as what stage of the buyer’s journey your content is for.For instance, when filling out your spreadsheet you may notice that you have lots of content for the decision stage of the buyer’s journey and not enough for the consideration or awareness stages. You can then go ahead and start planning more content to guide users through each stage of the buyer’s journey or edit your existing content as needed.To make the process of assessing your content easier, create another column in your inventory spreadsheet to grade your content. You can use A,B,C,D grading or give your content a score from 1 to 5. If the content is performing well across all metrics, you can give it a top score. Other content that’s not performing as well can then be updated and tweaked to meet your goals.Related: 27 Ways to Increase Traffic to Your WebsiteOver to you”Spring cleaning” has never been more enjoyable, right? By cleaning your website using content auditing, you can enjoy increased organic traffic, a rise in audience engagement and a big boost in conversions. Marie Kondo’s got nothing on you and your spring cleaning skills! Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Killer Deal 250 Off Every Google Pixel Slate

first_imgCurrently, Amazon has the Google Pixel Slate w/ Core i5 (128GB) on sale for $749. This laptop/tablet hybrid costs $999 direct from Google, so that’s $250 off. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this configuration and one of the best 2-in-1 deals of the year. (Best Buy offers the same price).  Even better, Amazon is taking $250 off all configurations of the Pixel Slate. The Pixel Slate sports an anodized aluminum chassis and Midnight Blue finish. Not only is it strong and durable, it looks great in any classroom or a boardroom. At 1.6 pounds and 0.3 inches thick, the Pixel Slate is lighter than the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (1.7 pounds, 0.3 inches) and the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 (1.8 pounds, 0.3 inches). Compared to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018) (1.4 pounds, 0.2 inches), it’s also heavier and chunkier.  The Google Pixel Slate features a 12.3-inch 3000 x 2000 touch LCD, 1.3GHz Core i5-8200Y dual-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. It can be paired with an optional keyboard and stylus pen (sold separately) to maximize your productivity. Google Pixel Slate w/ Core m3 (64GB): was $799 now $549 @ AmazonGoogle Pixel Slate w/ Core i5 (128GB): was $999 now $749 @ AmazonGoogle Pixel Slate w/ Core i7 (256GB): was $1,599 now $1,349 @ Amazon We watched a remastered version of the 1977 film Suspiria. The Google Pixel Slate’s 12.3-inch screen offers such great color and detail that we noticed excellent reproduction of the shining gold that adorns the dance academy’s facade. We also saw a ton of crisp details in the Slate’s 3000 x 2000-pixel panel.  We’re not sure how long this sale will last, so make sure to get Google’s 2-in-1 while you can.  The Google Pixel Slate lasted 9 hours and 51 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (web browsing at 150 nits), which is above the 8:13 category average. It outlasted the Surface Pro 6 (9:20), but fell short of the iPad Pro (13:14) and the Galaxy Book 2 (10:41).center_img In our Google Pixel Slate review (we reviewed the Core i5 model), we liked its sharp, vibrant screen, great audio and long battery life. Google Pixel Slate ReviewBest Laptop Deals August is peak season for back-to-school deals and if you’re shopping for a hybrid, Amazon is taking a few Benjamins off one of the best 2-in-1 tablets  around. Performance-wise, the Pixel Slate’s hardware configuration offers ample speed for everyday tasks. We experienced no lag while playing a 1080p YouTube video with 12 Chrome tabs open, while Twitter, 1Password, and Discord apps ran in the background.    by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf You Have a Computer, This Strategy Game Is a Must-HaveVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYCeline Dion Discusses Her Recent Weight Loss: ‘Everything’s Fine’TODAYUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

2 Western photographers freed from Syria captivity

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories His account would seem to add weight to reports that foreign Islamic fighters are going into Syria to support the rebel side.The Associated Press could not reach the men, who were expected to return home within days, for more details of their ordeal.Oerlemans told Business News Radio that he and Cantlie entered Syria on July 19, and were captured almost immediately.“You go with a donkey caravan over the border,” he said. “It went left, we went right and walked into a camp of 20 tents and in no time we had a circle of men around us with Kalashnikovs and we were taken captive.”The militants accused the men of working for the CIA and took their equipment and documents, he said.Oerlemans said it soon became clear that their captors planned to seek ransom, so the photographers tried to escape. They were quickly intercepted and Oerlemans was shot in the foot and thigh, he said. His captors bandaged his wounds but kept the two men handcuffed and blindfolded after that, he said.“I was wounded, but the bullets missed all the vital parts, and I’m frisky as a puppy and enormously happy that I’ve survived it all, that it ended well,” he said. On Friday morning they were told they would be moved to another location when a group of Syrian rebels stormed the tent and put the photographers in trucks.Suddenly four soldiers from the Syrian Free Army entered the camp and asked them how long they had been held.“They took us with them like a bunch of gangsters,” Oerlemans was quoted in a separate interview with NRC Handelsblad. “Shooting in the air we rode out of there.”Uri Rosenthal, the Netherlands’ foreign minister, said Dutch diplomats were traveling to Oerlemans to help him get home. The British Foreign Office cited privacy concerns in not commenting.Oerlemans is well-known in the Netherlands, having won two national photography awards.Cantlie’s LinkedIn page describes him as a freelance journalist and photographer with 20 years’ experience in “hostile environment reportage.” It says his clients have included British newspapers such as The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sun; GQ and FHM magazines; and the BBC._____Associated Press reporter Raphael Satter contributed to this story from London.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean The vital role family plays in society New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Associated PressAMSTERDAM (AP) – Two Western photojournalists in Syria were held captive for a week by Islamic militants before being rescued by Syrian rebels, one of the men said Friday.Jeroen Oerlemans, a prominent Dutch photographer, told Business News Radio of the Netherlands that he is not sure which group held him and John Cantlie of Britain, but said he is sure they were not Syrian.“They all claimed they came from countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh and Chechnya, and they said there was some vague `emir’ at the head of the group,” he said in a seven-minute interview from Turkey, where the men were resting after their ordeal. Oerlemans was also recovering from two gunshot wounds suffered during an escape attempt. Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img