3 teams seek breakthrough win

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winless teams F2 Logistics, Cherrylume and Sta. Lucia Realty gun for a breakthrough win Thursday as the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference stages its “Spike on Tour” at Strike Gym in Molino, Bacoor.The Cargo Movers and the Lady Realtors will go at each other in the tough Pool A at 7 p.m., while the Iron Ladies will tackle the Generika Ayala Lifesavers in Pool B action at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Gonzaga dedicates national team stint to fellow soldiers in field “We’re still adjusting,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, who has the nucleus of powerhouse UAAP team La Salle and some of the league’s top players like Aby Maraño and Cha Cruz. —MARC REYESFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Nokia X71 aka Nokia 8.1 Plus with triple camera, Snapdragon 660 leaked ahead of April 2 launch

first_imgHMD Global is expected to announce a brand new Nokia phone in Taiwan on Tuesday, April 2. The company sent out invites for a launch event where it is rumoured to announce the Nokia X71. Now, there seems to be some confusion whether the Nokia X71 will be named Nokia 8.1 Plus or Nokia 6.2, but for the sake of staying in line with most recent reports, we will be going with Nokia 8.1 Plus. The upcoming handset is expected to come with a punch-hole display, triple cameras and a Snapdragon 660 chipset based on new reports.The Nokia X71 aka Nokia 8.1 Plus was spotted on Geekbench last week, revealing that the mid-range smartphone will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset. Additionally, the benchmark listing mentions 6GB of RAM and Android Pie software running inside what is expected to be an Android One smartphone.The upcoming Nokia phone is widely expected to be HMD’s first phone with a punch-hole display of around 6.22 inches. Past renders have suggested a hole in the display on the top left side to house a selfie camera. Interestingly, while past renders have suggested dual rear camera, newer reports now claim triple cameras for the Nokia X71 or Nokia 8.1 Plus. Nokia X71 sketch courtesy NokiaPowerUserNokiaPowerUser reported based on a “dependable” source that the Nokia X71 will come with triple rear cameras. As per the latest leak, the triple camera setup will include a 48MP primary camera, a 2MP secondary camera and a third camera with a 5MP sensor. The leak doesn’t specify the types of lenses being used, but we expect an ultra wide-angle lens to be part of the configuration. Notably, the leakster told NPU that the Nokia X71 will not be called Nokia 6.2, which once again leads us to believe it will be called Nokia 8.1 Plus.advertisementThe report by NPU backs the Geekbench listing when it comes to the Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM. However, the latest report claims the Nokia X71 will sport a 6.4-inch display rather than a 6.22-inch screen. This will come with a FHD+ resolution, which isn’t surprising. The handset is also said to house a 3,500mAh battery.If HMD Global indeed announces the Nokia X71 on April 2, we won’t have to wait too long to find out the official specs and design. We might have to wait a bit longer to know whether it will be called the Nokia 6.2 or Nokia 8.1 Plus.ALSO READ | Nokia X71 aka Nokia 8.1 Plus with 48MP camera to launch on April 2last_img read more

Lindy’s thinks Oklahoma State’s logo is the Oregon State beaver

first_imgScreen shot 2013-05-23 at 7.18.05 AMOh, Lindy’s. But at least they have us ranked high!Although it’s hard for me to complain given that the Oklahoma State bookstore used to (still does?) sell Oregon State baseball hats.I actually asked somebody who worked at the bookstore one time if they knew they were selling Oregon State hats. Their response: “yes, we do…Cowboy fans were buying them anyway so we thought we should keep the money in-house.”Oh.Well then.h/t @Mengus22 and @youngyoungyodaIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Guardiola: Man City are nowhere near perfection

first_imgPremier League Perfect? Man City are nowhere near, says Guardiola Russell Greaves 23:02 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Getty Images Premier League Manchester City Guardiola League Cup Cardiff City v Manchester City Cardiff City FA Cup The Catalan boss has been buoyed by a trio of players signing extensions, but urged caution regarding squad complacency Pep Guardiola warned against the pursuit of perfection and insisted Manchester City will always have work to do to maintain squad harmony.Key trio Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi all committed to new deals at the Etihad Stadium this month, with City flying high at the Premier League summit. A quadruple is still on the cards for Guardiola following the club’s midweek progression to the EFL Cup final, but the City boss refuted the notion he was closing in on having the perfect squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Otamendi, Fernandinho and De Bruyne have all extended their contracts and we are so, so happy that they are with us for the future. It is the best news of the past weeks,” he said.”[But] you are never near [perfection]. If you believe you are okay for the next three years it is a mistake.”The players who aren’t playing regularly accept their positions, but in future maybe next season they won’t accept and they want to leave.”You always have to solve the situation year by year.”Guardiola takes his side to Cardiff City in the FA Cup on Sunday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea midfielder Kovacic: Sarri management as you would expect

first_imgChelsea midfielder Kovacic: Sarri management as you would expectby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic says he appreciates the management of Maurizio Sarri.The Croatia international is on-loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid this season.He said of Sarri: “He likes us to have possession of the ball to play and that is what we are trying to do. I think we play good football, we are playing forward and that is the most important, we are scoring goals, we do not concede so much so we are a good team but the coach is six months here so we have a lot to improve and I am sure this team can do great things.”He [Sarri] is like he should be. When he needs to be relaxed he is relaxed and when he needs to be tough and sometimes also angry, he is. He knows what to do and he knows his job and it is really great to have him with us. We train good, we are playing good football but it always can be better and I am sure it will be.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Drew Brees Praises Texas QB Sam Ehlinger

first_imgSam Ehlinger of Texas attempts to throw a passDALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Sam Ehlinger was already earning praise from Texas fans during the Longhorns’ regular season, but his production in the Sugar Bowl helped him get noticed by one of the most prolific passers of all-time in Drew Brees.The Sugar Bowl took place in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which gave Brees the opportunity to watch Texas battle Georgia. Although the Longhorns played outstanding in all three phases, the future Hall of Fame quarterback couldn’t help but talk about Ehlinger and his toughness.The Longhorns’ quarterback finished with 169 passing yards, 64 rushing yards and three total touchdowns against the Bulldogs.Despite the fact that Ehlinger isn’t a traditional quarterback like Brees, the Saints legend left the game very impressed with his ability to play well in huge moments.“He’s a stud; he’s a tough guy,” Brees said.”Man, he played big, his team played great. His future is very bright.”Brees also revealed that he’s known Ehlinger since the young gunslinger was in middle school.Check out his full comments in this clip:Big praise for @sehlinger3 from @drewbrees.#ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/8TIVKdcoLA— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) January 19, 2019Ehlinger and Brees attended Westlake High School in Austin, which is the reason behind the Texas quarterback’s pregame jersey.It’ll be interesting to see how Ehlinger improves entering his junior season. With expectations rising in Austin, he’ll have to be even better in 2019.last_img read more

Skoda Octavia fourth-generation design sketches out

first_img Next Varun Singh New DelhiOctober 18, 2019UPDATED: October 18, 2019 12:15 IST The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia will come with several changes to the exterior.HIGHLIGHTSThe fourth-generation Skoda Octavia will come with several changes to the exterior.The split headlamp setup will make way for a more conventional but neat-looking unit with clearly defined edges.The wheels of the 2020 Octavia will be larger and the taillights will have crystalline elements.Skoda Auto has given us the maiden glimpse of the fourth-generation Octavia by releasing two design sketches of the premium sedan. The 2020 Skoda Octavia will sport an overall elongated and flowing silhouette along with a roofline resembling that of a coupe.The Czech carmaker claims that the next-generation Octavia will have a much more emotive look while combining compact dimensions with a very generous amount of interior space. The taillights of the next-generation Skoda Octavia will have crystalline elements.The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia will come with several changes to the exterior. The split headlamp setup will make way for a more conventional but neat-looking unit with clearly defined edges. The grille will have a minor change as well. The wheels will be larger and the taillights will have crystalline elements. The Skoda badging will be located in the centre of the taillights, just over the number plate.In its third generation at present, Skoda Octavia is one of the best selling vehicles of the Czech carmaker. More than 6.5 million units of the premium sedan have been sold worldwide since its launch nearly six decades ago.In India, Skoda Octavia is priced in the range of Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It competes against the likes of Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla Altis and the recently-launched Hyundai Elantra facelift.Skoda Octavia is available in three engine options in India — 1.4-litre TSI petrol (150 hp), 1.8-litre TSI petrol (179 hp) and 2.0-litre TDI diesel (143 hp). The 1.4-litre TSI petrol mill is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.8-litre TSI petrol motor comes with a 7-speed automatic DSG. The 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine has two transmission options — 6-speed manual fully synchronised and 6-speed automatic DSG.advertisementALSO READ | Bajaj Chetak electric scooter: Expected price, features, specifications, range, other detailsALSO READ | Ola Drive launched, self-drive car-sharing service to have 20,000 cars by 2020ALSO READ | Volvo XC40 Recharge electric vehicle unveiled, to have 400 km rangeGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow 2020 Skoda OctaviaFollow Fourth-generation OctaviaFollow Skoda Octavia Skoda Octavia fourth-generation design sketches outThe 2020 Skoda Octavia will have a much more emotive look while combining compact dimensions with a very generous amount of interior space, the Czech carmaker has claimed.advertisementlast_img read more

NPSC Ramps up Social-Intervention Machinery

first_img Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission, an agency of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kaysia Kerr, says its mandate is to offer proactive and reactive parenting education and support. Equipping parents with effective parenting skills is believed to be a powerful strategy to help keep children on the right path, and the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), has been making strides in accomplishing that goal. Proactive education speaks to the reception of knowledge prior to the consideration of conceiving a child, whilst reactive education delves into the determinants of effective parenting by offering psychosocial support and education. Story Highlights Equipping parents with effective parenting skills is believed to be a powerful strategy to help keep children on the right path, and the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), has been making strides in accomplishing that goal.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission, an agency of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kaysia Kerr, says its mandate is to offer proactive and reactive parenting education and support.Proactive education speaks to the reception of knowledge prior to the consideration of conceiving a child, whilst reactive education delves into the determinants of effective parenting by offering psychosocial support and education.To achieve this, the NPSC’s machinery has been mobilised in eastern parishes, working in homes, schools, communities and with other government agencies to promote good parenting practices, and crafting intervention measures for parents who have been struggling with child-rearing.Ms. Kerr tells JIS News that the Commission’s policies and programmes have reached over 10,000 parents, with efforts being made to expand its reach.As such, the NPSC has now turned its attention to western Jamaica, with aggressive work already being done in Mount Salem, St. James (Zone of Special Operations), through parent mentorship and the establishment of a Parent Place at Emmanuel Chapel.The Parent Place thrust forms part of the USAID/Ministry of Education’s partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools, which is intended to reduce antisocial behaviour among youth and reduce the ability of criminal elements gaining access to school premises.“We have been working primarily in the Zone of Special Operations in St James, and this was deliberate, because the Social Development Commission’s findings said that it was poor parenting that was responsible for one of the drivers of crime, and so that is something that we can’t take lightly,” she says.Parent mentors who have been trained under the NPSC’s Parent Mentorship Programme have been working with parents in Mount Salem who need parenting advice and have been reaping some amount of success.Mark Rodney from Trench Town (Kingston) is one such parent mentor who has been working in Mount Salem.For Mr. Rodney, volunteering to work in the community stems from the need for more men to become involved in the lives of their children and the wider society.A father of four, he says several parents, in particular single mothers, have sought the support of mentors at the Parent Place, and that intervention strategies are offered based on the needs of each parent.“They are at ease in trying to get remedies for their problems, because we actually do the necessary groundwork, we take their information, we scrutinise them and we see what we can do,” he explains.“So we really scrutinise the problems and we see what the best avenue is – if it is for referral or we can do what we do best,” Mr. Rodney adds.Shelby Spaulding is also among the group of parent mentors who traverse the Mount Salem community on foot, extending invitation to parents to utilise the services of the Parent Place.She tells JIS News that parents have been receptive of their efforts, with some expressing an interest in becoming mentors themselves.“I walk the community and try to get persons to visit the Parent Place, which they say is a wonderful thing and they want us to come down more, because they see the need for it. Some of them want to become mentors,” she notes.Ms. Kerr echoes similar sentiments of the need for St James-based mentors, noting that two additional Parent Places will be opened in the parish at the end of September, with 30 persons currently being trained to work in those facilities.“We are training parents in Montego Bay to be mentors, so that they can give the same kind of support at home and at school and to their communities. What we have been doing is deploying our parent mentors who have been trained in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas and St. Catherine to Montego Bay, and that is not something we can sustain,” she says.Ms. Kerr tells JIS News that a Parent Place will also be established in Hanover, with the training of some 45 parent mentors to begin in September.“We have to do this because if we don’t strengthen the capacity of parents, then the home-school relationship is threatened,” she argues.last_img read more

Stena Bulk Still Waiting for Approval to Access Stena Impero

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stena Bulk The owner of the seized tanker Stena Impero, Stena Bulk, said that the continued detainment of the vessel and its crew by the Iranian authorities “remains unacceptable and unjustifiable.”“We are maintaining limited communication with the crew onboard and although they remain in good health considering the circumstances, we continue to be concerned about their welfare given the amount of time they have been in confinement,” Erik Hanell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk said.Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management informed that they continue to work with all appropriate authorities, including UK and other national governments, to secure the release of the crew.This has included face to face meetings with senior government representation.“We are confident this matter is being given the high priority level it warrants, and we will do everything possible to ensure the Stena Impero remains at the forefront of their agendas,” Hanell added.“On behalf of Latvian authorities, a Finnish consulate visit to the Latvian crewmember onboard the vessel took place on Saturday 3rd August. The Finnish representative advised that the crew were in good health, however the duration of their confinement remains of considerable concern to the crew.”Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management have yet to receive an official answer from the Iranian authorities regarding their request to attend the vessel.The 46,575 cbm Stena Impero was seized by Iranian forces in what is perceived as a retaliatory measure after the UK detained a 300,000 dwt tanker on suspicion it was carrying a shipment of Iranian crude oil to Syria.Following the Stena Impero seizure, the UK urged British-flagged ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz.,Following the Stena Impero seizure, the UK urged British-flagged ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz.last_img read more

TAYLOR SWIFT SENDS 638647 TO ONTARIO UNIVERSITY STUDENT TO HELP WITH TUITION

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Ayesha Khurram is all smiles after U.S. pop star Taylor Swift sent her $6,386.47 to help cover the costs of her university tuition. (Ryan Jones/CBC) Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img For Ayesha Khurram, an Ontario university student and huge fan of Taylor Swift, life has just gotten a whole lot easier.Swift sent $6,386.47 to Khurram through PayPal on Monday after the Mississauga, Ont. resident posted on Tumblr on the weekend about her struggles to pay tuition this semester.Khurram, 20, who met Swift last year after the singer performed in Toronto, is a University of Waterloo accounting and financial management student going into second year. She says she didn’t know how she and her parents were going to afford her schooling this year and asked online for help.. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Football Ryan Day secures head coaching job until Sept 16

Ohio State said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named the acting head coach for the duration of the investigation. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOne question was on everyone’s mind heading into Ohio State’s Sept. 1 season opener: Who will be the head coach running out of the tunnel alongside the Buckeyes against Oregon State?After a Board of Trustees meeting scheduled to share the findings of the investigation of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer neared its 12th hour of deliberation, the answer arrived at Ryan Day — until Sept. 16. In the statement released announcing Meyer’s absence from the team on Aug. 1, Ohio State said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named the acting head coach for the duration of the investigation.As a former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at both the college and the pro level, this is Day’s first opportunity as the head coach of any football program. However, he becomes the acting head coach of a coaching staff with two former head coaches as coordinators, associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.  Both coordinators bring more experience to the coaching staff than Day has, as they each ran Division I programs for several seasons. However, both coordinators have faced controversy in recent years. In November 2017, Schiano initially was set to become the next head coach at the University of Tennessee after helping the Ohio State defense allow an average of 19 points per game. However, with a history of being a graduate assistant and a secondary coach at Penn State from 1990 to 1995, allegations resurfaced about Schiano and fellow assistant coach Jerry Sandusky regarding the latter’s sexual abuse. The Volunteers rescinded their offer, breaking a memorandum of understanding signed by both the university and Schiano. After recording a 26-47 record in six seasons, Wilson was fired as the head coach at Indiana with reports of alleged mistreatment, especially involving injured players. With the stories attached to both Schiano and Wilson, despite the head coaching experience, Day seemed the safer option for a university that was wrapped up in national scrutiny. However, Day’s level of responsibility, even without the change in title, was already increased heading into the 2018 season. After his promotion to the offensive coordinator position in January, Day will lead an offense in the midst of an identity shift: a changing of the guard at quarterback, with redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins taking over for quarterback J.T. Barrett and leading an offense with an established running game and veteran receiving corps. Instead of just the offense, Day has been in charge of Ohio State since the start of fall camp at the beginning of August. Despite the loss of Meyer heading into the season opener against Oregon State, the roster remains the same, with players like Associated Press preseason All-American junior defensive end Nick Bosa and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins. For the short term, the team is the same, with the same expectations for the upcoming season: a Big Ten Championship with a significant chance at a College Football Playoff berth. Now, knowing what Meyer’s status is going into the regular season, Day and the rest of the Ohio State football program will now focus on the short term. read more

Kumba reports a good 2017 at Sishen and Kolomela after a focus

first_imgAnglo American-owned Kumba Iron Ore has reported positive 2017 full year results. Themba Mkhwanazi, Chief Executive of Kumba, said, “I am pleased to report that Kumba has delivered on our key objectives for 2017. Most importantly, our safety initiatives resulted in a fatality-free year with material improvement across our key indicators. At Sishen, our focus on all aspects of the value chain resulted in productivity gains by the fleet whilst we also delivered improved plant efficiencies and higher yields. These factors contributed to production above guidance with an overall increase of 8% to 45 Mt. Higher production, together with ongoing cost discipline, contained unit costs below guidance.”The new mine plan at Sishen and ongoing implementation of the Operating Model delivered further productivity gains, including significant fleet productivity improvements, and were the main drivers of Sishen’s strong performance. The mine implemented increased operator training, changed shift patterns and introduced more accountability at supervisory levels. Through these measures and higher attendance rates from a committed workforce, the mine has been able to increase direct operating hours (DOH), adding extra production hours per day. In the pit, wider benches, changed blast sizes and improved shovel productivity contributed to an increase in mining volumes.Total tonnes mined at Sishen increased by 12% to 199.5 Mt (2016: 178.3 Mt) with 39% fewer trucks. Consistent with the mine plan, the stripping ratio increased to 4.3 compared to 3.3 in 2016. Consequently, the amount of waste mined also increased, as planned, to 162 Mt (2016: 137 Mt).Sishen’s production increased by 10% to 31.1 Mt (2016: 28.4 Mt) due to increased plant throughput and higher plant yields.At the Kolomela mine, total tonnes mined increased by 12% to 71.8 Mt (2016: 64 Mt). Waste mined was 55.6 Mt (2016: 50.2 Mt), an increase of 11%, supporting higher production levels. Kolomela’s production was 9% higher at 13.9 Mt (2016: 12.7 Mt), reflecting productivity improvements. Productivity and efficiencies of the Kolomela drill fleet increased by 20% with the introduction of automated drilling technology. The Kolomela modular plant delivered 0.5 Mt, although performance was affected by delays in the ramp-up of the crushing plant.last_img read more

Review Arsenal – Atletico Madrid

first_imgA 77-minute man advantage wasn’t enough for Arsenal to see off Atletico Madrid. Antoine Griezmann punished a moment of reckless defense and Simeone’s men will go home with a priceless away goal.Arsene Wenger couldn’t count on his two winter additions. Mkhitaryan is injured and Aubameyang was ineligible due to having played for Borussia Dortmund. Ospina, Arsenal’s Europa League goalie, was between the posts. Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Welbeck and Lacazette completed The Gunners’ starting lineup. Diego Simeone left out the out-of-form Fernando Torres and gave a rare opportunity to Kevin Gameiro to play alongside Antoine Griezmann. Veteran midfielder Gabi and center back Stefan Savic were on the bench as well. Angel Correa was in the starting eleven, as Simeone opted for speed in attack. Saul Niguez, Koke and Thomas Partey was the midfield trio, Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez and Sime Vrsaljko were the defenders and Jan Oblak was on goal.It was Arsene Wenger’s last European game with his beloved team and the atmosphere at the stadium he helped build was wonderfully unified. It took one minute and 15 seconds for Sime Vrsaljko to receive the first yellow card of the match, as he tripped Welbeck in order to stop a counter attack. Lacazette had a great chance in the 6th minute when Welbeck found him with a magnificent pass. The Frenchman took it first time and missed by a few centimeters. He probably should’ve done better. Seconds later, Oblak made an excellent reflex save on Lacazette’s close-range header.The referee made a gigantic decision to show Vrsaljko a second yellow for a foul on Lacazette in the 13th minute. It was extremely brave from Clement Turpin to do that and even though Simeone was in disbelief over what had happened, replays showed that the Croatian right back did step on Lacazette’s foot. The red card was justified. The volatile Argentinian coach then screamed at the referee for a foul by Bellerin, asking for a yellow card. Instead, he was sent to the stands for his angry gestures and protests. I have to give credit to the young referee. Every decision he made was the right one. He could’ve calmly shown a red card to Atletico’s assistant manager as well.Oblak denied Arsenal again in the 20th minute. He saved Welbeck’s attempt at going between his legs. On the ensuing corner kick, the ball came to Koscielny, who failed to direct it towards goal at the far post. Moments later, Lacazette was calling for a foul inside Atletico’s box, but was fortunate not to receive a booking for diving. Bellerin was getting tons of space on the right flank and was sending crosses at will. In the 37th minute, we almost saw a nightmare scenario develop for Arsenal. Thomas Partey dribbled past three players, the ball bounced off a fourth one onto his foot and he passed the ball to Griezmann, who fired a shot right at Ospina.Alexandre Lacazette, ArsenalArsenal suffer huge blow as Lacazette is ruled out until October Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Arsenal announced that striker Alexandre Lacazette has suffered an ankle injury and will be sidelined until October.Whenever in possession, The Gunners were sending a lot of players forward. However, considering the man advantage, they weren’t doing enough to exploit it. We went into half-time with no goals in either net.Atletico’s defense dropped deeper in the second half, as most of its players were in the 25 to 30-meter area in front of Oblak’s goal. Patience eventually paid off for Arsenal. Wilshere made a cross inside the box in the 61st minute. A great leap at the back post by Alexandre Lacazette and his header gave the home team a 1-0 lead. It was the breakthrough Wenger’s men were so desperate for. The first substitution of the match came in the 65th minute, when Gameiro was replaced by Gabi. Lacazette was really pumped up after the goal. He was everywhere. In the 70th minute he almost flicked the ball in the net with his head again.The Spanish side further strengthened its defense with the next switch, which was Savic in, Correa out. The thought process was ‘Live to fight another day’. Then, in the blank of an eye, Griezmann had the visitors level. An innocent ball forward, two defenders unable to contain one player and Arsenal was punished. A disastrous moment for Gunners fans worldwide and a moment of elation for the opposition fans. Soon after the goal, Griezmann was replaced by Fernando Torres. Oblak made another world-class save in the 86th minute, this time stopping Ramsey’s header.The game pretty much summarized most of the Arsene Wenger’s era at Arsenal, an era of missed opportunities and leaky defense. Despite total domination, Arsenal wasn’t the team going to the second leg with the advantage.last_img read more

River HomeLink gets a new home

first_imgWhen: 1 and 6:30 p.m., Thursday; and 1 p.m. Aug. 22.Where: Maple Grove campus “Longhouse.” Enter via Gardner Center designated spots (near Battle Ground Cinema).Information: River HomeLink office, 360-334-8200, or River HomeLink.Bounced in June from leased space in a Camas church, Battle Ground Public Schools’ popular alternative River HomeLink program has found a new, long-term home.It’s not at the district’s CASEE administrative hub on Northeast 149th Street in Brush Prairie, as announced earlier.Instead, veteran Principal Mark Clements will oversee 10 full-time equivalent teachers and up to 320 students in a large modular classroom annex on the combined Maple Grove primary-middle school campus.Called the “Longhouse,” the five double-classroom modular units will be lightly remodeled and divided to form nine classrooms, and 13 rooms total.For now, parents may park vehicles in designated spots in the neighboring Gardner commercial center (home of the Battle Ground Cinema and other shops), and enter a new gate to a footpath leading straight to the cluster.Next year, a parking lot to serve River HomeLink will be constructed on the west edge of the Maple Grove campus, off Southwest Ninth Avenue. That’s one long block from the corner of state Highway 503 and Southwest Eaton Boulevard (formerly Northeast 199th Street).“The parents are thrilled with having a permanent home, and having the opportunity of finding some ways to interact with the ‘regular’ school” at Maple Grove, said Diana Gilsinger, associate superintendent.last_img read more

Merediths National Media Group Profit Jumps Nearly 40 Percent in Q2

first_imgBetter Homes and Gardens, the 7.6 million circulation behemoth, generated a 7 percent gain in advertising revenue in the fiscal second quarter, which helped propel operating profit at Meredith Corp.’s national media division to $32 million, up almost 40 percent from $23 million during the same period in 2009. Revenues, meanwhile, were $261 million, compared to $277 million last year.Excluding special charges, the group generated $37 million in operating profit, a 27 percent increase from the same period in 2009.According to Meredith president and CEO Stephen Lacy, the national media group, which publishes the company’s portfolio of magazines, “continued to gain share, execute multi-platform sales programs and develop its non-advertising based businesses. Additionally, I am particularly pleased with the strong consumer connection metrics we continue to deliver, be it magazine readership, online traffic or the performance of our branded products for sale at retail.” Advertising revenue for the fiscal second quarter was $117 million, a decline of about 2 percent compared to the same period last year. The group’s operating expenses during the period declined 10 percent, which included a 15 percent decrease in paper prices.Through the first six months, the group reported an operating profit (including special charges) of $70 million, up from $57 million through the first half of fiscal 2009.Overall, Meredith Corp. reported $18.95 million in net earnings during the fiscal second quarter, up from $12.54 million last year. Through the first six months, the company reported $37.29 in net earnings a gain of roughly 2 percent from last year.Revenues in the second quarter were $336.85 million (down about 6 percent) and $669.27 million through the fiscal first half (down almost 8 percent).Meredith said it generated more than $76 million in cash flow from operations during the first six months of fiscal 2010. As of December 31, it carried a total debt of $350 million, down $30 million from the same time the prior year. Meredith’s debt-to-EBITDA ratio was 1.7 to 1, it said.Last week, Meredith announced plans to scale back production of its special interest publications within its Special Interest Media division by 40 percent, produce 90 SIPs in its fiscal 2011, down from 150 in fiscal 2010. Meredith said it will record a special charge of $5.5 million in its fiscal 2010 second quarter and that approximately 45 positions will be eliminated.last_img read more

Haines School Board renames high school gym

first_imgHaines School (Emily Files/KHNS photo)The Haines Borough School Board renamed the high school gym. The facility, known for decades as the Karl Ward Gymnasium, will now be called the Haines High School Gymnasium.Listen nowThe action comes after allegations of sexual abuse by Ward were made public in the community.“When I heard there were people who walked by the gym or walked by the plaque and felt pain, I just thought that was awful,” School Board President Anne Marie Palmieri said.The High School gym was named after Karl Ward in the early 1990s.A sign bearing his likeness was hung in the hallway outside the gym, but it’s since been removed.Ward worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent at the Haines School from the 1950s through his retirement in the 1970s.Ward died more than 20 years ago.KHNS reported last month about alleged sexual abuse by Ward when he worked at the Haines School.Several former students of the Haines School also have shared memories of Ward’s behavior, including inappropriate touching, with the Chilkat Valley News.Palmieri hopes the school board’s action will help community members heal.“I hope that by changing the name, it provides some closure for people who were affected by this,” Palmieri said.Board member Sara Chapell also supported changing the gym name.“To hear that it hurt people to walk by the gym is really terrible,” Chapell said. “I’m in full support of changing the gym name. I also would support at some point, looking at whether it makes sense for us to have named facilities on our campus at all, and whether we should extend this change to other named places on the campus.”The board voted unanimously in favor of the name change.The Haines Borough Assembly passed a resolution last week to create a policy for naming public facilities within the Haines Borough.The new policy will require a public comment period prior to the adoption of a name for a facility, or whether that name is to be removed.Public facilities can only be named after people five years after their death.last_img read more

ExNFL Star Trevor Pryce Creator of Kulipari Pacts With Cinedigm to Launch

first_imgUnder the deal between Cinedigm and Outlook Co., Cinedigm will serve as the development and distribution partner for the network. Cinedigm Digital Networks will provide distribution of the channel, including to third-party platforms, a linear channel, home entertainment licensing support and AVOD and SVOD services across all major mobile devices, connected TVs, and set-top boxes. Cinedigm will also build direct-to-consumer apps. Related Comcast Xfinity X1 Adds Cinedigm’s CONtv and Docurama to VOD Lineup ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Cinedigm Sets June Date for Bambu Channel Launch, Partners With Future Today The linear channel’s content will be created by Pryce and Outlook Co.’s Maryland-based studio OVFX. That’s slated to include a morning block with original animated programming for preschool children under the Towns of Lil’ Look banner, followed by afternoon and evening blocks centered on Kulipari. The channel will also include an adult-oriented late-night lineup, We Check ID, focusing on podcasts, music, animation, and pop culture.“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Cinedigm on our new channel, which was nothing more than an idea when we met them,” Pryce said in a statement. “They understood the vision from the very beginning, and have been supportive in all facets of this partnership.”Pryce, after winning two Super Bowls with the Broncos over a 14-year NFL career, wrote young adult novel and comic series “Kulipari: An Army of Frogs,” chronicling the adventures of several frog species in the Australian Outback as they fight for power and survival. The story was adapted into a popular animated series by Netflix in 2016, and a second season, “Kulipari: Dream Walker,” debuted last year on Netflix. Both shows were produced by L.A. animation studio Splash Entertainment.It’s the latest push into the online-video biz for Cinedigm, an independent entertainment distributor that operates a network of OTT services. Last month, Cinedigm announced plans to acquire Future Today for $60 million and incorporate the video-platform company and its 700-plus AVOD channels.Cinedigm said it will use Future Today’s footprint and AVOD assets to expand the reach of Pryce’s forthcoming channel. Cinedigm is majority-owned by Bison Capital, a Hong Kong-based investment firm, which is financing the deal for Future Today.center_img “Cinedigm is proud to partner with Trevor Pryce and Outlook Company, as we spearhead the development, launch, and distribution of this exciting new channel,” said Erick Opeka, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks. Popular on Variety “Kulipari,” the frog-superhero saga created by Trevor Pryce, will be prominently featured on the former Denver Broncos star’s new digital network, which he’s gearing up to launch in partnership with Cinedigm.But the two seasons of the animated series for kids based on Pryce’s “Kulipari” won’t be on the new over-the-top channel — for now, those are both Netflix originals, available exclusively on the streamer’s subscription service.According to Pryce, the digital channel from his Outlook Co. media shingle will feature other content related to “Kulipari” franchise, along with a full slate of programming for all ages, including preschoolers, teens, and adults.The Cinedigm-powered channel from Pryce and Outlook Co. is expected to launch in 2020. It will feature a blend of free, ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) and subscription VOD.last_img read more

Mars Landing NASAs InSight Is Built for Absurd Conditions

first_img11:54 am PTIn the final fifteen seconds, InSight will descend from an altitude of 164 feet, all the while slowing its vertical speed from 17 to 5 miles per hour: its touchdown velocity. That final plop, which should occur around 11:54 am PT, is responsible for compressing InSight’s shock-absorbing legs, thereby activating sensors at the tops of its struts. Triggering those sensors cuts the lander’s retrorockets and send two signals—one to indicate that the robot has landed, and a second, seven minutes later, to communicate that the robot is functional.Then, assuming all has gone well up until this point, comes celebration; InSight won’t begin doing any science until several weeks later. First, NASA engineers will need to use a camera, attached to InSight’s 8-foot-long robotic arm, to survey its surroundings and determine the ideal spot to place its two primary scientific instruments: a self-burrowing heat probe and a suite of quake-sensing seismometers. Once they’ve decided where to put them, they’ll use a five-fingered grapple at the end of the arm to lift the research instruments from InSight’s deck (a shelf, basically, attached to the lander), lift them into the air, and place them onto the planet’s surface—a maneuver one of InSight’s payload systems engineers described to me as similar to the claw game you play at the arcade, except millions of miles away.Fortunately for them, InSight’s operators will be able to practice the claw game at JPL’s In-Situ Instrument Lab in Pasadena—a life-sized mockup of the lander and its landing site that mission planners will use to perfect their control of the robot before beaming instructions into deep space. There may be no way to rehearse landing a robot on Mars, but at least InSight’s engineers will be able to rehearse this. At those speeds, the primary concern for NASA’s engineers is friction. Mars’ atmosphere, which is roughly 100 times thinner than Earth’s, plays a vitally important role in InSight’s arrival: Bleeding the spacecraft of its kinetic energy. Yet the atmosphere poses a significant threat, as well. The resistance it exerts on InSight’s heat shield, a 419-pound enclosure composed primarily of crushed cork, will drive the temperature of the protective barrier to temperatures greater than 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt steel.11:49 am PTThose temperatures will top out some 90 seconds after InSight detects the top of Mars’ atmosphere, at approximately 11:49 am. Around the same time, InSight will experience its peak deceleration forces, with magnitudes approaching 8 times that of gravity here on Earth. For reference, people subjected to as little as 4 gs can lose consciousness in a matter of seconds. InSight may well experience its own version of a blackout: The heat at this point of atmospheric entry will be so intense, NASA engineers anticipate that it could ionize gas around the spacecraft, leading to temporary interference of its radio transmissions to Earth.So begins InSight’s descent toward the Martian surface. In the two minutes that follow, InSight will continue to decelerate until onboard sensors determine it is safe to deploy the spacecraft’s supersonic parachute. 11:51 am PTDepending on local weather conditions (sandstorms are common on Mars this time of year—another eventuality accounted for by InSight’s heat shield), the chute, which measures 39 feet in diameter and is tethered to the spacecraft by 40 suspension lines, should deploy around 11:51 am. Ten seconds later, the spacecraft’s landing radar will begin to come online.What follows is a series of carefully orchestrated steps that are essential to the lander dropping weight as it prepares to touch down. In the first 25 seconds of its parachute descent, InSight will jettison its heat shield and deploy its three shock-absorbing legs in preparation for landing. Ninety seconds later, the spacecraft will begin using its radar—now fully activated—to gauge its proximity to the Martian surface and the speed of its approach.11:53 am PTThe final minute of InSight’s arrival on Mars will be marked by the shedding of still more equipment. Forty-five seconds before touchdown, the spacecraft should be descending at approximately 134 miles per hour. At an altitude of two-thirds of a mile, as determined by its radar, InSight will separate from its parachute and, a second later, begin firing a dozen descent engines. Onboard navigation software will enable those engines to pull quadruple duty by directing their thrust to slow the lander’s descent, guiding it toward its landing zone, and orienting it such that its solar arrays extend east-to-west—all while keeping it well out of the way of its previously discarded, and imminently incoming, shell and chute. There’s really no way to rehearse landing on Mars. You can simulate it, sure, but the most valuable lessons are learned during actual attempts. When things go poorly, those lessons are also the most expensive. The fact is, most missions to Mars don’t make it, though NASA has a better track record than most. The agency has executed seven successful touchdowns on the red planet. On Monday, November 26th, it will attempt its eighth, when it endeavors to land the $830-million InSight spacecraft on Elysium Planitia, a vast plain just north of the Martian equator.If NASA is successful, InSight (short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport) will be the first mission to investigate Mars’ deep interior with thermal probes and seismometry, an approach scientists think will address questions about the red planet’s formation and composition. But first, the spacecraft must land. To do so, it will have to endure an atmospheric entry multiple times the speed of sound, weather violent sandstorms, and avoid being crushed by its own jettisoned equipment. Getting to Mars is hard, but NASA engineers consider entry, descent, and landing—the seven-minute period in which mission planners are helpless to intervene, due to the tremendous distance between Mars and Earth—the riskiest sequence in the entire mission. Here’s how NASA plans to pull it off.Monday, November 26 at 11:47 am PTFor InSight, the action will begin Monday, November 26th at around 11:47 am PT (2:47 pm ET). That’s when the lander is slated to hit the top of Mars’ atmosphere, at an altitude roughly 43 miles above the planet’s surface. On contact, the spacecraft will be blazing along at a not-so-cool 5500 meters per second. That’s 12,300 miles per hour. More Great WIRED StoriesInside the pricey war to influence your Instagram feedHow much screen time should your kids get, really?Cosmology is in crisis over how to measure the universeBest ways to share and store photos in the cloudAirports cracked Uber and Lyft—cities should take noteLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storieslast_img read more

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