Federer Bristles At Idea He Chose US Open Time; Djokovic OK

first_imgNEW YORK— There was no slow start to this U.S. Open outing for Roger Federer, who bristled at the suggestion that he might have played a role in some favorable scheduling.After dropping the opening set in each of his initial two matches for the first time in 19 appearances at Flushing Meadows, the No. 3-seeded Federer was back at his absolute best Friday in a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Dan Evans, accumulating a 48-7 edge in winners as the opening act in the Arthur Ashe Stadium day session that began at noon.Evans acknowledged 20-time major champion Federer’s superiority. How couldn’t he?But the 58th-ranked player from Britain also thought the timing was “a bit disappointing,” because his rain-postponed second-round match was played Thursday, whereas Federer got to play Wednesday under the Ashe roof.Being first up on Friday’s program meant Evans had to be back on court about 18 hours after he’d left the tournament grounds.“It was always going to be a competitive advantage for me. … Luck was on my side,” Federer said, although he did add that his team was asked about whether it had a preference for when to play.“But that doesn’t mean, like, ‘Roger asks, Roger gets.’ Just remember that, because I have heard this (stuff) too often now,” he said, with a more colorful word choice. “I’m sick and tired of it, that apparently I call the shots; the tournament and the TV stations do. We can give our opinion. That’s what we do. But I’m still going to walk out (on court), even if they schedule me at 4 in the morning.”Tournament spokesman Chris Widmaier would not discuss specifics of conversations between tournament officials and representatives of any player.“That was the schedule we put forth, and we’re comfortable with the decision,” Widmaier said.When a reporter asked Evans whether he made any requests about a later start time, he replied: “You think a guy who has my ranking has any say in that?”“There is probably about four people in this tournament who has a say when they play,” Evans said. “Maybe three.”In the last match in Ashe at the end of the night, defending champion and No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic’s left shoulder looked just fine in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Denis Kudla of the United States.During his win Wednesday, Djokovic was visited several times by a trainer for treatment on the shoulder, which he said was hurting quite a bit. But that did not appear to be an issue at all against Kudla.Whether or not he had any input — wink, wink — Djokovic surely must have been pleased to get such a late start.“I managed to play almost pain-free,” Djokovic said. “That’s a big improvement.”Drama of the highest order was going on across the way at Louis Armstrong Stadium, where No. 5 Daniil Medvedev seemed to relish the booing he heard during and after his four-set victory over Feliciano Lopez, negativity from spectators that bubbled up after the Russian snatched a towel from a ball person, chucked his racket and later held his middle finger against his face.When he was jeered after the match ended, Medvedev waved his arms and then cupped an ear as if wanting more, then said into the microphone used for the on-court interview: “I want all of you to know, when you sleep tonight, I won because of you.”Truth be told, Federer-Evans could have been contested at any hour on any day and the outcome might not have changed. Evans has now faced Federer three times, each at a Grand Slam tournament, and lost all nine sets they’ve played.“I guess he has every shot,” Evans said, “so it’s not ideal to have an opponent that has every shot.”Federer, who faces No. 15 David Goffin next, displayed a bunch of them, too.The leaping, over-the-shoulder volley packed with pace. The drop volley winners. The forehand passes. The serve with which he won 21 consecutive points in one stretch. The returns that accumulated 14 break points, converting half.Federer went from making 17 unforced errors in the first set of his previous match to finishing with 19 for the entire match against Evans.“You almost tend to forget what happened,” Federer said, “and you move forward.”That’s exactly what Serena Williams did, too.She lost the opening set of her second-round match against 17-year-old Caty McNally before coming back to win, then was much better in a convincing 6-3, 6-2 victory over Wimbledon quarterfinalist Karolina Muchova.Williams seized control with a seven-game run that began after she trailed 3-2 at the beginning.“I knew what she could do,” Williams said — after not allowing Muchova to do much.She’ll face No. 22 Petra Martic on Sunday for a spot in the quarterfinals.Other women’s winners Friday included No. 2 Ash Barty, No. 3 Karolina Pliskova, No. 5 Elina Svitolina, No. 10 Madison Keys and No. 16 Johanna Konta. Keys, the 2017 runner-up in New York, had her blood pressure and pulse checked during a second-set medical visit but held on to beat No. 20 Sofia Kenin 6-3, 7-5 in an all-American matchup.Men who advanced included 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka; Alex de Minaur, who knocked off 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori; and Dominik Koepfer, a German ranked 118th who defeated No. 17 Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1 to become only the second qualifier in the last decade to reach the men’s fourth round at the U.S. Open.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IPL 2019: Suresh Raina tying Rishabh Pant’s shoelaces is Spirit of Cricket

first_imgRishabh Pant and Suresh Raina are rivals on the field in the Indian Premier League but they share a special bond. And their great rapport is all too evident even on the field as it was during IPL 2019 Qualifier 2 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals in Vizag on Friday.Rishabh Pant has been a thorn in the flesh for several teams in the 2019 Indian Premier League. On Friday, Chennai Super Kings’ spinners had put Delhi Capitals in all sorts of trouble but that did not stop Suresh Raina from helping out Rishabh Pant with his shoelaces. Opposition fielders often help batsmen with their shoelaces as they are constrained with pads.#SpiritOfCricket at #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/gWIY5NwEGLIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 2019Rishabh Pant was the leading light for Delhi Capitals who were looking for their maiden IPL final berth. Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja had picked crucial wickets to put CSK on top but Pant’s innings helped DC get to some kind of respectability.This is not the first time Suresh Raina and Rishabh Pant showed their strong bond on the cricket field even as rivals. During a league game against Chennai Super Kings this season, Rishabh Pant blocked Suresh Raina from reaching the batting crease. It was all in good humour of course and the two had a good laugh.Rishabh Pant was ignored for the 2019 Cricket World Cup but he has since played a few mind-numbing innings leaving experts and former cricketers in awe. He played a crucial knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 IPL Eliminator and left Michal Vaughan wondering why he was not picked for the World Cup.advertisementIn an interview with Aaj Tak, Rishabh Pant admitted he was disappointed with the World Cup snub but added he had moved on and his focus was on the World Cup.Also Read | MS Dhoni reacts to Dads Army vs Kids Army in IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: Not botheredAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh’s reply to Virat Kohli’s social media post is epiclast_img read more

Iniesta clears up Barca contract confusion

first_imgBarcelona It is not done – Iniesta clears up Barcelona contract confusion Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 07:22 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AndresIniesta - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Barcelona v Espanyol Espanyol Primera División The veteran midfielder said he will “see what happens” with regards his future and insists his relationship with the club’s officials is fine Andres Iniesta explained his “misunderstanding” with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu after the 5-0 win over Espanyol and he is in no rush to sign a new contract.Last week, Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo that Barca had an “agreement in principle” for Spain great Iniesta to extend his career-long association with the club beyond the end of the season.Barca 13/2 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The 33-year-old refuted this when briefly questioned by reporters at Barcelona’s El Prat airport on Wednesday and clarified his position having helped Ernesto Valverde’s team preserve their perfect start to La Liga, with Lionel Messi netting a hat-trick.”When there is a principle of an agreement, it is understood that everything is done. And it is not done,” Iniesta told reporters.”I have been talking for some time. Things are going as they are. My only desire is to perform to the maximum and win titles with the club.Lionel Messi Andres Iniesta Barcelona“I am not clear when I will make the decision. I do not think about it. My head, my heart and my body will decide.”This is my home but the situation is what it is and we will see what happens.”I feel calm. It is normal, when you are in this situation, to value many things. I’m very focused on what is mine. When there is news, people will know by the usual means.”Despite Barcelona’s emphatic win, a section of supporters at Camp Nou chanted calling for Bartomeu to resign, his standing having taken a heavy hit after Neymar’s world-record sale to Paris Saint-Germain.Being at odds with a club icon such as Iniesta is unlikely to have helped matters but the playmaker explained he has cleared the air with Bartomeu to try and avert another off-field saga for Barca.Gran partido! Siempre especial ganar el derbi!!! Seguimos! Força Barça! #Semedo pic.twitter.com/2WiKDQVmfK— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) September 9, 2017″I talked to him because I would never put anything personal ahead of the club,” he added.”What happened was a misunderstanding with the president, but it was not a reaction to contradict anyone.”I love Barca so much that I will never have a conflict. When there is so much noise from outside I think it is not good, but people express themselves as they feel.”last_img read more

Look At What Urban Meyer’s Daughter Was Doing Before Michigan Game

first_imgUrban Meyer and his wife exit the field.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)If you think you’re nervous for this afternoon’s Ohio State-Michigan game, just imagine how you’d be feeling if your parent was the Buckeyes’ head coach.Urban Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki Meyer, not only has parent as a coach, but her husband is one, too.Nicki Meyer is married to Corey Dennis, who’s a quality control coach for Ohio State.Check out what she was doing before kickoff today:“Game day jitters have me going through @CoreyDennis_ sock drawer matching black socks. At 5:45am. #SendHelp,” she tweeted.Game day jitters have me going through @CoreyDennis_ sock drawer matching black socks. At 5:45am. #SendHelp— Nicki Meyer Dennis (@Nicki_07) November 24, 2018That is pretty awesome. There are a lot of Ohio State fans likely doing the same right now.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T.The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Shikhar Dhawan fails to shine again but Delhi win

first_imgVijay Hazare Trophy: Shikhar Dhawan fails to shine again but Delhi winDelhi star player Shikhar Dhawan (26 off 42) fell cheaply for the fourth time in five innings but Delhi still recorded an emphatic seven-wicket win over Haryana in a Group B match of Vijay Hazare Trophy. Press Trust of India VadodaraOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 23:54 IST Shikhar Dhawan cored just 26 off 42 balls as Delhi defeated Haryana in their Vijay Hazare Trophy match. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi defeated Haryana by 7 wickets in Group B match of the Vijay Hazare TrophySpinners Manan Sharma (3/39) and Nitish Rana (2/19) restricted Haryana for 172 in 45.3 oversAnuj Rawat then scored an unbeatn 56 to guide Delhi homeSpinners and an unbeaten 56 from Anuj Rawat helped Delhi complete an emphatic seven-wicket win over Haryana in a Group B match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Wednesday.Spinners Manan Sharma (3/39) and Nitish Rana (2/19) took the bulk of the wickets as Delhi dismissed Haryana for 172 in 45.3 overs after opting to bowl.Though star player Shikhar Dhawan (26 off 42) fell cheaply for the fourth time in five innings, Delhi raced to the target in 30.3 overs with Rawat and Rana (27 not out off 21) taking the team home.Rawat smashed four boundaries and as many sixes in his entertaining knock.Opener Kunwar Bidhuri struck 43 off 34 balls to make the modest chase even more comfortable and shared a 61-run stand with Dhawan.It was Delhi’s fourth win in seven games with one not producing a result. Out of the 19 teams competing in Group A and B, only five qualify for the quarterfinals. The Group B fixtures were affected badly by rain earlier this month.Delhi play their final league fixture against Himachal Pradesh on Thursday.In other Group B games, Punjab beat Maharashtra by six wickets and Uttar Pradesh defeated Odisha by five wickets.Also Read | Can u play the last Test in Ranchi: Harbhajan Singh asks Jonty Rhodes to bat for South AfricaAlso Read | Feel angry at times but I control my emotions better than some others: MS DhoniFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

$2 Billion Allocated to Purchase New Buses

first_imgEfforts are being made to significantly improve the public passenger transportation system this financial year, through a $2.2 billion allocation to purchase new buses. Details of the project are outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by the Standing Finance Committee of the House. The programme, being implemented by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, will see some $2.19 billion being allocated to the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). Approximately $2.14 billion of this sum will be used to purchase buses to service routes across the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR). This is expected to be supported by the JUTC’s ongoing bus maintenance programme, for which another $50 million has been earmarked. Just over $18 million has been allocated to offset the operational expenses for the delivery of public transportation services in the Montego Bay Metro Region, while the remaining $15 million will finance a rural bus study. Implementation of the study will entail the engagement of a consultant to undertake an assessment of the transportation system serving students in rural areas. This exercise will, among other things, identify and analyze challenges associated with the existing system; ensure equity in the service provided by the government for students; and prepare a rural bus strategy and implementation plan. By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Meet a Farmer At the Mall

first_imgNova Scotians will be able to meet a farmer at Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth on today, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20. The fifth annual Meet Your Farmer at the Mall event will feature information booths in the Bay Court hosted by Nova Scotia farm organizations, and cooking demonstrations with local foods and a local chef. A farm animal display will be set up outside the Old Navy entrance. 4H members will be on hand at the display to answer questions and a professional sheep shearer will demonstrate shearing. “With this event we’re raising awareness with consumers about the important contributions made by agriculture and the benefits of buying locally grown products,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “That is one more way we help keep agriculture a vibrant contributor to our economy and support the sustainability of our food supply.” The event is supported by the federal and provincial governments through Growing Forward 2, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and affiliated commodity groups. The aim is to raise awareness about local agriculture and the benefits of buying local food. “Meet Your Farmer at the Mall is a unique way of bringing the farm to the city,” said federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay. “This event offers Nova Scotians an opportunity to meet with our hard-working farmers who continue to feed families and contribute to the growth of Canada’s economy.” With about 23,000 people visiting Mic Mac Mall every day, the event is a good opportunity for farmers and consumers to meet and talk about local food and the agriculture industry. “This is a welcomed opportunity for farmers to share their stories and answer any questions that consumers have about farming and agriculture,” said Chris van den Heuvel, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.Meet Your Farmer at the Mall is a prelude to Open Farm Day on Sept. 18, when farms across the province welcome visitors for activities and demonstrations. For more information on both events, go to www.meetyourfarmer.ca .last_img read more

Oz court gives Cardinal Pell 6year jail for child sex abuse

first_imgMelbourne: Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be convicted of sex abuse to date, has been sentenced to six years in prison by an Australian court for the “callous” assault of two choirboys in the late 1990s. A former senior adviser to Pope Francis, Pell, 77, was found guilty by a jury in December last year. The County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd, while delivering the sentence, described Pell’s abuse of two choirboys in the sacristy at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne as “a brazen and forcible sexual attack on the victims”. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”There was a clear relationship of trust with the victims and you breached that trust and abused your position to facilitate this offending,” the chief judge said. “The brazenness of your conduct is indicative of your sense of authority and power in relation to the victims,” he said. The chief judge said Pell’s abuse had had a “significant and long-lasting impact” on the wellbeing of one of his victims, whom he referred to as J. The chief judge said he did not have the benefit of a victim impact statement from his other victim, referred to as R, who died of a heroin overdose in 2014 and never reported the abuse. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”However on the basis of J’s account at trial I am able to say your offending must have had an immediate and significant impact on R,” Kidd said. “Whilst it is not possible for me to quantify the harm caused, or articulate precisely how it impacted on R in the long run, I have no doubt that it did in some way.” Pell will serve a minimum of three years and eight months in jail before he will be eligible for parole. “I will impose a shorter non-parole period than I otherwise would have been inclined to impose in recognition in particular of your age, so as to increase the prospect of you living out the last part of your life in the community,” the chief judge said. Outside the court, survivors of Catholic sex abuse who had attended the hearing were divided on the sentence. Some felt it was too light, while others were happy to see justice being done. “I would have been happy with one month, one week,” one said. In a statement after the sentencing, the surviving victim said it was hard for him “to take comfort in this outcome.” “There is no rest for me,” he said through his lawyer, Vivian Waller. “I’m doing my best to hold myself and my family together.” Until last month Pell held the role of Vatican treasurer, considered by many to be the third most senior position within the Roman Catholic church. Pell’s legal team has previously announced it will appeal his conviction on three grounds, including that the jury’s verdict on all five charges was unreasonable, based on the evidence submitted. The Court of Appeal is due to hear submissions in early June. Reporting of the trial and verdict was suppressed by the court to avoid prejudicing a second trial, which crown prosecutors abandoned in February after the judge ruled some prosecution evidence couldn’t be submitted.last_img read more

SC instructs AG to examine statement made by Ranjan

The Deputy Minister had made the statement in Parliament recently. (Colombo Gazette) The Attorney General (AG) has been instructed by the Supreme Court to examine a statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake which was reportedly critical of the court.The Supreme Court wants the AG to see if the statement made by the Deputy Minister is one which can be charged for contempt of court.

UN health agency puts biomedical research on web for developing countries

The initiative, carried out by WHO and the world’s six biggest medical journal publishers, constitutes “perhaps the biggest step ever taken towards reducing the health information gap between rich and poor countries,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. Called “Access to Research,” the effort enables accredited universities, medical schools, research centres and other public institutions in developing countries to gain access to the wealth of scientific information contained in more than 1,000 different biomedical journals produced by the six publishers.Until now, subscriptions to those journals, both electronic and print, have been priced uniformly, irrespective of geographical location. Many key titles cost more than $1,500 per year, while average rates ran to several hundred dollars – well beyond the reach of the poorest countries.Thanks to WHO and the six publishers – Blackwell, Elsevier Science, the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group, Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science, Springer Verlag and John Wiley – the journals are now online at www.healthinternetwork.net. Plans are also under way to expand the initiative in the future, according to the agency. read more

Leaders at UN summit take steps to ensure food security for 9

“I am glad to see action that will increase agricultural productivity, build resilience for farmers and reduce carbon emissions,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he opened the meeting. “These efforts will improve food and nutrition security for billions of people.”Nine billion people are expected to be living on the planet in 25 years and food production will need to spike in order to feed them. Today, at the biggest climate conference in history, more than 20 Governments, and 30 organizations and companies announced they would join the newly launched Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture, which aims to enable 500 million farmers worldwide to practice climate-smart agriculture. The countries joining represent millions of farmers, a quarter of the world cereal production, 43 million undernourished people and 16 per cent of total agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Civil society organizations also committed to take action on the ground that “protect the poorest and most vulnerable farmers from climate change,” according to a joint statement released today. While farmers, fishers, and foresters have already adapted to climate change through indigenous and scientific knowledge, they need investment and policy changes to better manage risk, forecast weather and better use natural resources. The Global Alliance strives to achieve increases in agricultural productivity and farmers’ incomes while simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ensuring people have access to quality food and nutrition is also a priority. On a regional level, the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance- set up by the African Union- brings governments and civil society together to help about 25 million farming households across the continent practice climate-savvy agriculture by 2025. “Africa is leading by example, and the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance will help ensure that the agriculture sector can continue to be an engine of economic growth and social development for all our people, even in the face of climate change,” said Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair of the African Union Commission in a statement.A similar initiative in North-American will be launched in 2015 to help farmers adapt and improve resilience to climate change. Major corporations are committing to the cause as well. Walmart, McDonald’s and the Kellogg Company have committed to increase the amount of food in their supply chains that are produced with climate-smart approaches – an important step to curb carbon emissions. Walmart, the world’s largest grocery store, sells 70 million tonnes of food annually. McDonald’s buys two per cent of the world’s beef, a major source of agricultural greenhouse gas production. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank also announced today that 100 per cent of their agricultural investment portfolios – about $11 billion – would be climate-smart by 2018. And the World Food Programme (WFP) expanded its R4 Rural Resilience Initiative to empower food insecure rural households in Malawi and Zambia.These pledges come on the heels of the Secretary-General’s plea to keep global temperature increases to less than two degrees Celsius by reducing emissions, moving money, pricing pollution, and strengthening resilience. Agriculture is just one of eight action areas identified as critical during the Abu Dhabi Ascent, a two-day meeting held in the United Arab Emirates in May 2014. Others include sustainable urban public transport and investment in renewable energy. read more

Sweden win first match at WHC over Chile

After an impressive opening ceremony and after the “Golden generation” of Swedish old stars had met in an friendly match the current Swedish team started well in their home World Championship. Even as they had problems in the very beginning Sweden beat WCh debutant Chile 28:18 (15:8).Surprising to the more than 12.000 spectators in the Scandinavium in Gothenburg Chile led 4:2, before Sweden turned the page very fast. “We had some problems in attack and we can play much better,” right back Oscar Carlen said, who scored five minutes. His coach Staffan Olsson shared this opinion: “We have to discuss some basic things. But even when the result was close in the beginning, we remained patient. But we need more speed,” the Swedish coach said. ← Previous Story Uroš Zorman in Vive Targi Kielce! Next Story → Jicha and Neagu are the best in 2010! read more

Leo tells health lobby Stop attacking me and weakening me

first_imgWisdom of SolomonOn discretionary medical cards that have been restored to some 15,000 people in recent weeks, he said: “There is no question of them being revoked, no question whatsoever.“I am happy to reassure anyone who is worried about that that the medical cards that were withdrawn and given back will not now be revoked,” he insisted.Varadkar also said that an expert medical panel will have a “very difficult job” and are going to need “remarkable wisdom” to carry out a study of what criteria will apply to granting medical cards based on medical need“No decisions will be made until they make their report and certainly no promises or commitments could possibly be made until they produce their report.”The panel, made up of doctors and patient groups, is to make recommendations in the autumn setting out the conditions and criteria to be used in deciding who should be automatically entitled to a full medical card.This follows a change in government policy in May when the controversial review of discretionary medical cards was stopped and the coalition announced plans to grant cards on the basis of medical need for the first time.Varadkar has indicated such plans could be troublesome, but insisted earlier today that he will consider the proposals of the expert group if they are “fair and affordable”.He said: “You would need to have the wisdom of Solomon to decide which illnesses should entitle you automatically to medical cards and which ones should not but if the Expert Panel can come up with proposals that are fair and affordable I’ll consider them in depth.”Also speaking at the MacGill Summer School today, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said that the government should fully reinstate the discretionary medical card system as it had worked effectively since its inception in the 1970s.Follow @oconnellhugh for updates from the Highlands Hotel. First published 10.41am Read: Parents of sick children angry over Varadkar’s comments about medical cardsFF: Your position on medical cards is incoherent … Taoiseach: No it isn’t Updated 7.05pm HEALTH MINISTER LEO Varadkar has admitted you would need the “wisdom of Solomon” to decide which illnesses should automatically entitle a person to a medical card.Varadkar warned last week that plans to grant medical cards on the grounds of medical condition may be unworkable and result in nearly everyone qualifying for a card.This has drawn a concerned response from groups such as the Jack and Jill Foundation which says it has been inundated with complaints and worries from concerned parents following Vardkar’s comments.But a spokesperson for the minister insisted today that Varadkar’s sole priority is to ensure cards are allocated “in the fairest and most equitable manner possible”.Speaking at the MacGill Summer School this evening, Varadkar appealed to the health lobby groups to stop attacking him as he faces into “very difficult budget negotiations” in the coming months.He said: “I am going into very difficult budget negotiations in the next few months to try and secure the biggest budget possible for health and having health interest groups attack me and weaken me is not good for health or people who need to use our health services.”last_img read more

Rattaupe nu des spermatozoïdes paresseux par manque de concurrents sexuels

first_imgRat-taupe nu : des spermatozoïdes paresseux par manque de concurrents sexuelsDes chercheurs de l’Université du Cap en Afrique du Sud ont découvert pourquoi les spermatozoïdes des rats-taupes sont rachitiques et léthargiques. Selon leur conclusion, ceux-ci seraient le résultat d’un manque de concurrence sexuelle.
Pour les spermatozoïdes du rat-taupe nu, la course à l’ovule ne ressemble non pas à une frénétique épopée mais plus à une paisible ballade. Des tests menés sur le sperme de ces mammifères par des chercheurs de l’Université du Cap en Afrique du Sud révèlent que seulement 7% des gamètes se déplacent à une vitesse d’environ 35 micromètres par seconde. Un record de lenteur ! En outre, les cellules reproductrices observées au microscope présentent un aspect rachitique et ratatiné. À lire aussiL’étrange cri d’accouplement d’un koala mâle”La raison pour laquelle ils sont si moches et nagent très lentement est qu’il n’y a pas de compétition spermatique”, explique au NewScientist Liana Maree, co-auteur de l’étude. Les rats-taupes nus ont en effet la particularité de vivre selon une organisation sociale du même type que les fourmis ou les abeilles. Leurs colonies sont dominées par une unique reine qui assure à elle seule de perpétuer la descendance. Pour ce faire, elle choisit généralement un mâle pour s’accoupler avec et bloque l’instinct de reproduction des autres par un système de phéromones. L’heureux élu ayant les droits exclusifs d’accouplement et aucune concurrence, il peut se permettre de produire des spermatozoïdes léthargiques qui tarderont un peu à arriver jusqu’à l’ovule. “Les auteurs de cette étude ont fait un bon travail en faisant prévaloir que la consanguinité n’est pas la cause de la dégénérescence des spermatozoïdes”, commente Matthew Gage, chercheur à l’Université d’East Anglia au Royaume-Uni. Un modèle pour étudier la reproduction humaine  Selon les auteurs des travaux de recherche, le rat-taupe nu représente un très bon modèle pour rendre compte de ce qui se passe chez l’humain. Ces derniers relativement monogames, n’ont que peu à se soucier de la concurrence. Un fait qui serait à la source de nombreuses anomalies des gamètes. Sur l’ensemble de la population humaine, seuls 60 pour cent des spermatozoïdes sont mobiles, contre 95 pour cent pour des espèces vivant avec plus de promiscuité.Le 11 décembre 2011 à 14:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The New Backbone of Content and Marketing Data

first_imgData, for example, is the backbone of programmatic ad buying—the antithesis of native or more custom ad solutions that are becoming so popular lately, but growing rapidly nonetheless.  A recent report by eMarketer notes that 70 percent of marketers are already doing some form of programmatic buying.And while publishers worry that programmatic ad buying will eat into their ability to maintain premium CPM pricing and direct sales relationships, some have jumped feet-first into the game.Hearst, Condé Nast and, more recently, IDG have all launched private ad exchanges that offer RTB (real time bidding) ad models. And in every one of these cases, it should be noted, they’re also providing organized native advertising services on the other end of the spectrum.“That’s where you see media companies moving aggressively toward,” says Michael Friedenberg, president and CEO of IDG Enterprise. “Coupling premium data services with programmatic.”Linking Data ProductsBut in other areas of b-to-b publishing, companies are combining the data they collect from audience demographics, purchasing behavior and engagement with dedicated market research to form powerful connections between audience action and trend data.Summit Business Media, which serves the financial services, legal and insurance markets, has the usual media setup—print, digital, live events—for its various brands, but also has a data products group that conducts a large amount of research on the verticals it tracks.Key to Summit’s strategy is connecting the audience data from its media products with the data that comes out of the research division which, says chief audience officer Peter Westerman, can offer a powerful marketing platform for both Summit’s own product sales as well as lead-gen and marketing services for advertising customers.“We’re somewhat unique in that under one roof we have the data we collect from our media audience members, which we can combine with the data assets we have in our data products group,” he says.The trick has been to connect the audience database with the data products. “We’ve made an assumption in our architecture that our centralized audience database is always going to be bi-directionally communicating with the databases that have been purpose-built as products,” he adds.Going forward, Westerman says the plan is to continue to blend data to provide predictive marketing capabilities as well as integrate Marketo’s platform to enable trigger-based and continuity marketing.Investments on the Rise“Investment has steadily been increasing,” says Westerman. “It’s not just software and technology, but people too—reporting and analytics. We’re at the end now of the big first stage, which is to bring all the data together. The costs there were primarily homogenizing and cleaning it up and building the warehouse. We’re now moving into investments for analytics and predictive marketing.”The second stage will be to use the technology to drive more paid-for product sales and digital spin-offs, says Westerman.For other publishers, a particular data focus has been on marrying the largely unidentified digital audience with the known universe of controlled circ customers.Data to PersonalizeAt CFE Media, which serves the industrial engineering markets, the focus has been on leveraging a registration wall to link website visitors with existing subscribers.The company works with GCN, using its ONECount platform to link and identify audience engagement metrics across platforms. “It allows us to know when a good bunch of people are on the website, but we really want to work on ways to engage our audience and document that,”  says Rick Ellis, CFE’s director of audience management. “We’re in the process of getting more folks to log onto our website so we can correlate the data with what they’re doing.” Using the GCN platform, CFE has put its websites behind a registration wall, which collects basic reader data.Next year, like Summit, Ellis wants to link the data that’s collected from the website registrations to a trigger marketing platform. “It’s a slightly different model than Marketo, which is based on trying to make a sale. I want to feed people more of the content they like,” he says.Accordingly, the revenue focus will be on the reader. Ellis sees opportunities, once his digital customer universe becomes more clear, to introduce more paid content products. But the ability to connect a name to specific areas of engagement opens up many more sponsorship opportunities as well.Ellis foresees an ability to score customer behavior based on the content they engage with, enabling a more robust lead-gen operation. This may sound obvious, but data is now at the heart of just about every action publishers and advertisers make. There appears to be no end to the data sources and the appetite publishers and brands have for it. Data drives every decision, from the content we produce to the viability and subsequent success or failure of a marketing campaign. As a result, publishers are building out systems to house and organize that data, as well as their ability to act on it.Publishers are collecting and organizing data for two primary purposes: For their own customer research and marketing and that of their advertisers and sponsors. Indeed, brands themselves are continuing to expand their own data collection and analysis, which, among other trends, is fueling the whole content marketing boom.“Everything that drives integrated marketing starts with data,” said Bruce Biegel, a senior managing director at media and marketing consulting firm Winterberry Group, during a recent client summit for data information services provider Merit Direct.Biegel’s insight into the brand side of the data trends is revealing in that it highlights what brands value in terms of how they’re targeting their marketing.last_img read more

Armed Suspect Robs Anchorage Bank

first_imgPolice are looking for information on an armed suspect who allegedly robbed an Anchorage bank Wednesday morning. First National Bank Alaska on Northern Lights Boulevard was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money after a subject arrived to a teller station, displayed a gun and presented a note demanding money.The suspect attempted to disguise himself with a black shoulder-length wig and facial hair made of dirt or cosmetics, according to an FBI press release.An Anchorage bank was robbed Wednesday morning by an armed suspect. Photos are from First National Bank Alaska security cameras.Anyone with information on the subject pictured above is asked to contact the FBI at (907) 276-4441 or the Anchorage Police Department at (907) 786-8500.last_img read more

Slasher Fans Will Fall for Poser

first_imgStay on target Researchers Use Rats to Find Out Why Coffee Makes Us PoopStarbucks Will Test ‘Greener,’ Recyclable Cups in Stores Soon “Long thought to be an urban legend in the underground music scene of Redondo Beach, POSER is back to carve a gory slash through the heart of the Los Angeles South Bay!”POSER #1(W): Matt Miner (A): Clay McCormack (C): Doug Garbark (L): Taylor Esposito (CA): Clay McCormackIf there’s one thing everyone has to love on this planet (especially as a horror fan), it’s a good slasher flick. From dope movies like Scream, Valentine, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, we all love a good story that involves a little slicing and dicing every so often. From Waxwork Comics, we’re given a story that is a brilliant homage to the classic slashers with a punk twist. Poser #1 is something totally original that will slash your insides. It knocks you off your feet or stab you in the back, and you’ll be down for each other.via Waxwork ComicsMatt Miner writes a suspenseful and brutally energizing punk slasher with all the f*cked up kills you will ever dream of. Poser #1 feels like an 80s slasher of the best kind. Not just because of the fact that it starts in the 80’s. It has that vibe felt even in the present of the narrative. It has such a Jason-esque presence to the book as a whole. Something that Miner carves out within the slasher film genre and puts into this comic that is all his own.Matt Miner creates his version of the slasher’s urban legends. The geek guy that tries his hand at being one of the cool kids. He’s shut down and called a poser. Then, he takes revenge against them by ripping them to shreds and becoming an urban legend? Yes, please, give me some more. The urban legend that Miner writes cement the story. He gives readers that all too important slasher comeback story. (See what I mean by Jason-esque?) He then brings a whodunit, suspense-like vibe when he comes back for more.Another thing that Miner does so brilliantly is lay out the cast of characters for you to wonder what’s inside their heads. He does this while withholding the secret history and problems between them. There are so much tension and so much history that you don’t even mind being left in the dark. It’s honestly far more intriguing if you are with this crew. It keeps you guessing and makes you wonder. We’re left with such small clues about their relationship towards each other. We feel the pulls, the resentment and more. Miner grants us a little look inside the puzzle with these characters. He also gives us a mystery to unfold with who the Poser killer might be. He does an excellent job in building the suspense and the dynamics but immediately attacks them while leaving you wanting more.via Waxwork ComicsClay McCormack’s art is legit to die for. McCormack brings a sinister, yet disturbing and ominous amount of details to Poser #1 that drives you further into the story even when the guts are being spilled on the floor. (I am in my horror pun heaven right now.) McCormack’s pen and ink create so much chaos within his panels and immediately becomes one with Miner’s story. It’s so punk and in your face and that’s what McCormack’s art does so perfectly to match. It thrives off the chaos and becomes cinematic within the panels. Even the kills from Poser have their signature look to them. It’s one that, again, succeeds off chaos while being absolute overkill but McCormick’s art fits so well within that.Another thing that I dig about McCormack’s art is the diversity he gives within the characters. He gives them their own distinct look and persona with Miner to make them sound out. You never see the same person twice in Poser #1. The diversity of these punks set my heart on fire personally and McCormack nails every one of them and how different the scene is within.via Waxwork ComicsDoug Garbark’s color creates such a horrific yet strange neon mood. This works so well to set the tone for McCormack’s art, and Miner’s script creates that magnifies it tenfold. Remember when I said that McCormack’s art is chaotic? Garbark’s colors have a feeling of a Larry Smith film (cinematographer of Bronson, Only God Forgives, Tau), which is often as chaotic. He lays the colors in a way that progresses into that feeling. Garbark brings violet neon purples that give you the nostalgic feel in the beginning. He then melts into a real natural palette. In the end, the chaotic elements of blue, pink, violet and more. The panels there really stand out because it’s the sign that the killer is back, bringing back those neon palettes to the bar that amps more of the 80’s panels that stand out.There’s no mistaking what Taylor Esposito can do with his letters. He has a way of placing that brings everything to your attention, even if you didn’t mean it to. Poser #1 captured everything that you love about Esposito’s lettering in a nutshell. The way his balloon placements set up in every panel that completes them and doesn’t block the art. The way he varies in his setting and placement. Lastly, the way he brings everything together so smoothly, so your eyes travel from panel to panel with Miner’s script.via Waxwork ComicsIf you’re a fan of horror, especially of the slasher variety, you’re going to absolutely fall for Poser #1. Honestly, I’d be so disappointed if at some point this wasn’t made into a movie. It’s got everything that you want in your go-to slasher lovefest. Glorious gore, brilliant characters, and a killer story make Poser #1 a comic that you’ll come back for again and again. Poser #1 is now available at Waxwork Comics (with a badass 7” vinyl) and your local comic shop.Want to support great indie creators, we’ve got 5 Kickstarter campaigns to kick money to. Read our review on FHTAGN & Loathing #1. See what inspired Black Mask’s Devil Within. But as always stay on top of all things graphic novel here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Mamata remembers Tapashi Mallick on her death anniversary

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday remembered Tapashi Mallick, who was raped and then burnt alive by goons allegedly close to CPI(M), during the movement to resist acquisition of farmland in Singur in 2006.On Tapashi’s death anniversary, Banerjee tweeted: “Today is Tapashi Mallick’s death anniversary. She was raped and burnt alive during the farmer movement in 2006. I pay respect to the martyrs who had been killed during the 34 years of Left rule.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe brutal killing of Mallick had accelerated the farmer movement in Singur, which was organised to oppose acquisition of farmland by the former state government to set up an automobile factory. Intellectuals including poets, scholars and writers got united to support the movement led by Mamata Banerjee and the Singur movement became the Waterloo of Left Front rule in Bengal. Later, the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had confessed in an interview on a vernacular television channel that the decision to acquire farmland to set up the factory was wrong. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that a tomb is coming up in Singur, where the names of all those who had laid down their lives during the farmer movement will be engraved. The incident in Singur has been included in the history syllabus in schools. During the Left Front rule, hundreds of youths had been killed. In Netai, Nanur and Nandigram, helpless villagers were brutally killed by the goons appointed by Left Front, who had unleashed a reign of terror throughout Bengal.last_img read more

Control the volume of apps on Android

first_imgControl the volume of apps on Android by Martin Brinkmann on May 08, 2016 in Google Android – 5 commentsApp Volume Control is a free application for Android devices that enables you to control the volume when specific applications are started or exited individually.If you have encountered situations before when using your Android device where the sound was too loud, where notification sounds distracted you from watching a video, or where you did not want to be disturbed by your phone’s ring sound.Your Android device may ship with options to set the volume of media, the ringtone or alarm individually, but the same is usually not true when it comes to applications.If your phone does not even support these basic options, then you may want to check out Persist Volume Control which we reviewed back in 2014.App Volume ControlApp Volume Control is compatible with devices running Android 4.0.3 and up. The application does not require extra permissions — always good — but displays an ad at the bottom of the screen when it is run.First thing you need to do is allow it to function as a function to change the volume of applications automatically. Once that is out of the way, a list of installed and system apps is displayed on the screen.A slider indicates whether custom volumes are configured for apps. A tap opens the configuration screen where you set the desired volume levels.These are divided into on speaker, on headset and on Bluetooth with on speaker settings being used automatically unless you change that there.As far as settings are concerned, you can set the volume for media, ring, alarm, notification or system sounds individually (or keep the defaults).To do so simply toggle the option with a tap and use the volume slider to set the volume between 0% and 100%.App Volume Control let’s you do this separately for app start and app closing, and the reason behind this is that the volume would not change back otherwise if it would not ship with that feature.The on closing section is set to restore the old volume by default, but you can change that as well using the menu.A tap on the save icon saves the changes but you will receive a prompt as well if you leave without saving the changes first.App Volume Control displays a short onscreen message whenever you start an application on the device that you have configured a custom volume for. You may disable that notification in the app settings.The application lacks a search option which means that you will have to scroll the alphabetical list of installed and system apps to manage those you want to modify the volume for. An option to search, or one to filter out the system apps, would be useful to improve that process.Additionally, an option to set volume presets to reuse them might come in handy. Since there is no such feature currently, you need to set the volume for all apps individually even if you want them all to use the same volume settings.Closing WordsIf you want better control over the volume of installed or system applications on your Android device, then you may find App Volume Control useful as it provides you with that functionality.The app could use a couple of options like the aforementioned search or presets that would make it comfortable to use.Everything else is automated from that point onwardSummary12345 Author Rating0 based on 1 votes Software Name App Volume ControlOperating System AndroidSoftware Category AppsLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spycorp.appvolumecontrol&hl=en Advertisementlast_img read more