Australia’s pace attack could decide Ashes, says Brett Lee

first_imgAustralia’s pace attack, emboldened by the return of “once in a generation” bowler Pat Cummins, could prove the difference between the sides in this year’s Ashes series against England, feels former paceman Brett Lee.Steve Smith’s side already boast tearaway paceman Mitchell Starc along with the precision of Josh Hazlewood.Cummins returned to Test cricket in India after more than five years in the wilderness, replacing injured spearhead Starc and taking eight wickets from the final two matches in Ranchi and Dharamsala.His successful comeback has only bolstered Australia’s already formidable pace resources.”What Pat Cummins can bring is pace, aggression, control and anything between that. He is a once in a generation bowler and you have got to harness that amazing talent,” Lee said in an interview at a Mumbai hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea.The 23-year-old right-armer showed good control and generated enough pace even on the docile surfaces in India to trouble the hosts’ batsmen.James Pattinson has also been in stellar form in domestic cricket since returning from a 12-month injury layoff in February and the 26-year-old could complete a dream pace quartet for the five-match Ashes series starting in November.Lee, an ambassador for Bowling Master, said he would struggle to summon the courage to face such a pace battery.”I would be (scared), absolutely,” Lee said after launching the cricket training kit which will be sold on Amazon’s India portal.”It’s a pretty serious pace barrage that you’ve got. Australian bowling stocks now are pretty healthy.advertisement”Hazlewood is more of hitting the good length, day in and day out. With Starc you will be full, short, good length, yorkers, the whole thing.”Two completely different bowlers but complementing each other because they are building pressure from each end. Then you throw in someone like a Pat Cummins. It’s a pretty handy attack.”Less than six months ago, Australia were still reeling from their 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka when they were beaten in the home series by South Africa with a match to spare.The axe fell on some players and a revamped side gained a consolation win at Adelaide Oval before going on to blank Pakistan 3-0 in the following series.They impressed one and all in India, going down 2-1 after a closely-fought four-match series against the world’s top ranked test side.Lee said Smith now had the players to build a team around for the long-term.”After (former captain) Michael Clarke, you got Steve Smith taking over, and I think he’s building his own team, which is a terrific team,” said the 40-year-old.”It’s a team that are very close and a team that’s going to be around for a long time now. You have got some young guys coming. (Matt) Renshaw is just 21 years old. (Peter) Handscomb has come on and just taken to test cricket like a duck to water.”You throw in Pat Cummins, he’s back in the mix after five and half years in absence of not playing test cricket. You got some people that are injecting in some youth, some experience. Australia is in a very good spot.”Lee was also looking forward to seeing how Joe Root, who replaced long-serving Alastair Cook as test captain, would lead England Down Under.”He’s a class act … His stats back it up and proved that he is such an amazing talent,” Lee said.”He’s ranked among the top four-five batsmen in the world. And you throw in the captaincy with that. I am actually looking forward to seeing how he goes on the Australian wickets.”last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar’s philosophical reply to Shah Rukh Khan’s sentimental tweet

first_imgIn his own inimitable way, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Wednesday wished Sachin Tendulkar for his upcoming film and elicited a philosophical response from the cricket legend.A film on Tendulkar – Sachin A Billion Dreams – will release worldwide on May 26 and celebrities across various walks of life have been wishing the cricket legend on social media. Shah Rukh’s good luck post though stood out.Tendulkar, who rarely shows his emotions, gave a glimpse of his philosophical side while responding to the gesture of extremely popular actor.”I believed, when u did well I would 2 & when u didn’t,I will fail. Like a billion others I miss my guiding lite. ATB for the film,” Shah Rukh tweeted.@sachin_rt I believed,when u did well I would 2 & when u didnt,I will a billion others I miss my guiding lite.ATB for the film- Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 19, 2017In reply, Tendulkar tagged Shah Rukh’s post and replied:”Zindagi me haar na hoti to koi kabhi jeet ta nahi aur kuch seekhta bhi nahi. Touched by your words like a billion others, love u @iamsrk :-)”.Zindagi me haar na hoti to koi kabhi jeet ta nahi aur kuch seekhta bhi nahi. Touched by your words like a billion others, love u @iamsrk 🙂 sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 19, 2017Among the other notable personalities to have wished Tendulkar include Rajnikanth, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Shreya Ghosal.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Rashid Khan is a terrific find for Sunrisers Hyderabad, says coach Tom Moody

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody heaped praise on Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan and said the legbreak bowler has been a “terrific find” for the defending champions in the ongoing IPL.Moody said the 18-year-old’s exploits in the ongoing IPL is also a great news for the game in the war-ravaged Afghanistan.”He is a terrific find for us and he is great for the tournament for a number of reasons. It’s nice to have a young leg-spinner doing what he is doing,” Moody said ahead of his team’s IPL match against Kings XI Punjab.”Rashid’s success is also great for Afghanistan and for cricket as a whole,” the Australian said.Moody backed Rashid to continue the good work in the remainder of the tournament.”He took 1-17 in the last game (against Rising Pune Supergiant). For any spinner to take 1-17 in a high scoring game, I don’t think the opposition has worked him out. I still think he is a major threat and he will continue to do well,” Moody said about Rashid, who hails from Nangrhar province in Afghanistan.Talking about Sunrisers team in the ongoing IPL, Moody said: “I think this season we’ve probably got a well balanced squad. So I am comfortable as a coach to have a number of different combinations.”I think we need to have an open mind and be flexible while selecting the combinations.”Moody said they cannot afford to take Kings XI lightly even though the hosts did not have good run so far in the tournament.advertisement”Kings XI have changed their eleven more than a few times. So, its a fresh start for us, its not going to be the same eleven so that is also going to have an influence on our selection. At this point of the tournament, you would be foolish to take any team lightly,” Moody said.”Kings XI are at a point where they are desperate to secure a couple of wins and we are equally as desperate to secure wins because we want to hold our position on the top portion of the points table.”Moody was pleased with Yuvraj Singh performances so far but refused to divulge whether the local lad will be available for selection tomorrow.”Look I have been really pleased with Yuvraj. He has certainly been striking the ball well,” he said.”Unfortunately, he has been suffering from a flu. Hence, he missed a couple of games. Apart from that he looks in good shape, hitting the ball as well he has done for sometime.”last_img read more

From Bunkers and Behind Trees, Memorable Shots from 2018

first_imgTiger Woods hit a shot he thought would lead to his 15th major. Keegan Bradley made a putt he thought would be worth a trip to the Tour Championship.Just about every player has one shot that stands out above the rest in 2018.“For how I viewed it at the time — this is in the moment — the shot I hit down 10 at The Open Championship out of that bunker,” Woods said.He was talking about the final round at Carnoustie, his ball in a fairway bunker with a burn between him and the green. Woods considered his pitching wedge one of those all-or-nothing moments. If it hits the lip of the bunker, he loses. If he pulls it off, he’s going to win.He pulled it off — and tied for sixth.No matter.“There are moments in a tournament where you know this is the shot that’s going to win or lose the event,” he said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t win it, but at the time to know it and pull it off, that gave me a lot of confidence going forward, to be honest with you.”Justin Thomas considered a pair of wedges before settling on a lob wedge on the 72nd hole at the Honda Classic that he hit to a foot for birdie that got him into a playoff. He holed a gap wedge for eagle on the 72nd hole in Mexico City that ultimately got him into a playoff, but Thomas wasn’t in the last group. And he wound up losing in the playoff, anyway, so the nod goes to the Honda Classic.Tony Finau says his was a 5-iron on the 17th hole in the final round at the Masters for his sixth consecutive birdie. This wasn’t an ordinary birdie.“I missed it in the right trees and it kicked back about 40 yards,” he said. “I had a 190-yard shot and I had like a 60- to 70-yard slice, and I hit it to about 3 feet. I missed about a 12-footer on 18 to make seven birdies in a row (the Masters record). To be able to finish that way at Augusta was really cool, and that shot is the one that stuck out of all the birdies that I made.”As for Bradley?He made a 7-foot par putt on the final hole Saturday in the BMW Championship, and that meant everything. With so much rain in the forecast, it looked as though the tournament could be cut short to 54 holes. The par putt meant Bradley was alone in sixth place, and with no more golf, that would give him enough points to finish in the top 30 in the FedEx Cup and get to East Lake. Miss it, and he would fall into a five-way tie for sixth.“I knew in my head this was the last putt, and I had to make it to get into the Tour Championship,” he said. “That was a good feeling when it went in.”Alas, the fourth round was played Monday. Bradley wound up winning for the first time in six years. He’ll be in Maui next week for the Tournament of Champions.SABBO THE SLOVAKIANDon’t be surprised to hear these words at the Sony Open: “Now on the tee, from Slovakia, Rory Sabbatini.”The South African-born Sabbatini last week became an official citizen of Slovakia, according to Slovak newspapers SME and Novy Cas. Sabbatini’s wife, Martina Stofanikova, is from Slovakia.The Slovak Golf Association says it is sending proof of citizenship to the International Golf Federation, which would allow the 42-year-old Sabbatini to play under the Slovak flag. It also would make him eligible to play for the Eastern European country in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Sabbatini is No. 203 in the world ranking. The Olympics takes no more than two players from each country — four if they are among the top 15 — until the field size is at 60 players. Currently, the No. 60 player in the Olympic ranking is Daan Huizing, who is No. 340 in the world ranking.“I believe that I will be successful for Slovak golf and will be a source of inspiration for Slovak youth,” Sabbatini said Wednesday at the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in New York.Rastislav Antal, vice president of the Slovak Golf Association, said he was proud that Slovakia will have its first PGA Tour player. Sabbatini is fully exempt from finishing 97th in the FedEx Cup last year.“We believe that Rory will be able to achieve successful results for Slovak golf and can raise the interest of our public and our children to become actively interested in golfing,” Antal said.THE GAP WIDENSThe European Tour was at its strongest in the weeks leading to the only major championship not on American soil. Otherwise, the gap widened again in world ranking points distributed to the winners on the PGA Tour and European Tour.PGA Tour events in 2018 offered an average of just under 57 points to the winner, compared with 41.3 points to European Tour events. That’s an average difference of 15.7 points, up from 15.1 points a year ago.Throw out the four majors and the four World Golf Championships that are part of both tours’ official schedule, and the gap gets wider.The PGA Tour offered an average of 50.4 world ranking points for its regular events (not including opposite-field tournaments). That’s more than all but three European Tour events — Abu Dhabi, the BMW PGA Championship and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. It’s worth noting that the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth is a flagship event and automatically gets 64 points, though it had a weaker field than Colonial the same week, and was more on line with the Sony Open or Canadian Open.The European Tour average, minus the majors and WGCs, was 31.73 points for the winner. The PGA Tour had only three tournaments that offered fewer than 32 points to the winner — the John Deere Classic, Safeway Open and RSM Classic at Sea Island.Europe had seven tournaments that offered more world ranking points that week than the PGA Tour, three of them in the summer between the U.S. Open and the British Open — the French Open, Irish Open and Scottish Open.One big setback for the European Tour was when two PGA Tour fall events, Las Vegas and Mayakoba, had stronger fields than the Turkish Airlines Open and Nedbank Challenge, part of the Rolex Series that leads to the Race to Dubai conclusion.Meanwhile, the eight Rolex Series events offered an average of 45 world ranking points to the winner, down from an average of 48 points a year ago.DIVOTS“PGA Tour Live” will be available next year for Amazon customers in the U.S. through Prime Video. … Of the top 10 players in the world at the end of the year, Tony Finau played the most tournaments at 29, not including the Ryder Cup. … Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els are among five players who are using a one-time exemption from being in the top 50 on the career PGA Tour money list. Els used his exemption from top 25 last year. Steve Stricker is using his one-time exemption from top 25 in career money. …STAT OF THE WEEKEddie Pepperell at No. 35 is the highest-ranked player who is not a PGA Tour member.FINAL WORD“I’ve never been a negative person. My family has done a good job of always trying to look at the glass half full and never getting down.” — Rickie Fowler.By DOUG FERGUSON , AP Golf WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Voit Homers, Tanaka Strong, Yanks Beat O’s 7-2 in Opener (Pics,Vid)

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Luke Voit heard the “Luuuuuke!” chants during pre-game introductions, and that got the exuberant, oversized slugger going.“Man, it fires me up every time,” he said.Beats the start of last season, when Voit was stashed away in Triple-A.A fast-rising fan favorite in the Bronx, Voit kicked off the season with a first-inning homer, backing a strong opening day effort by Masahiro Tanaka in New York’s 7-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws during the second inning of an opening day baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Voit launched a three-run drive off Andrew Cashner (0-1), and Greg Bird added a solo homer in the eighth, the first big flies for New York a year after the Yankees hit a record 267 en route to 100 wins. Of course, that wasn’t enough to catch the rival Boston Red Sox, who won 108 games and a World Series championship.Voit was playing for the Cardinals’ Memphis Redbirds last opening day, a then-27-year-old with limited major league experience. He was traded to New York in July, hit 14 homers in 39 games down the stretch and charmed fans with his big biceps and boisterous home run trots.“It’s crazy how they took me in,” Voit said. “I hope they don’t boo me away too quick. I know it’s New York, but I bring the energy, have fun with the guys, and I think the fans feed off of it.”Tanaka became the first Japanese pitcher to start four openers, breaking a tie with Hideo Nomo. Tanaka allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out five without a walk. Tanaka had been 0-2 with a 9.49 ERA on opening days.“I always feel good about giving the ball to Masa,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.Brandon Hyde lost in his managerial debut with Baltimore. Hired to replace Buck Showalter, Hyde had just eight players at his disposal who played in last year’s Orioles opener. Baltimore had won its previous three opening games with walk-off hits, but the rally never came against Tanaka and New York’s vaunted bullpen.“I think the dugout seemed a little quieter than normal,” Hyde said, adding “I thought the dugout was good. I just felt like it was quieter than normal because of some jitters from some younger players.”New York Yankees’ Luke Voit (45) is greeted by Aaron Judge, right, and Giancarlo Stanton after hitting a home run during the first inning of an opening day baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Fans wore ski caps and jackets with the first-pitch temperature at 48 degrees, but also needed sunglasses for the majors’ earliest ever opening day in the U.S. A giant American flag was unfurled in center field, a few Orioles fans revealed themselves by shouting “O!” during the national anthem, and the sellout crowd roared after Mariano Rivera delivered the ceremonial first pitch. The longtime Yankees closer became baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Fame selection in January.“Today is a celebration of our sport,” Boone said before the game.Just like the second half of last season, Voit was the life of the party. He added a fourth RBI in the fifth when he was plunked with the bases loaded and also walked twice.“Who would’ve thought I’d be here for opening day?” Voit said. “I always thought I would do it in a Cardinal uniform. It was super frustrating, getting hurt last year and missed opportunities to get called up with St. Louis. To have that first opening day and hit a home run opening day is pretty special.”Aaron Judge had two hits, free agent addition Troy Tulowitzki doubled for his first hit with the Yankees and every starter reached base at least once.BALTIMORE BLUESThe rebuilding Orioles, coming off a 115-loss season, didn’t exactly put their best foot forward. Baltimore’s first inning at-bat ended when baserunner Jonathan Villar ran right into Trey Mancini’s would-be base hit, resulting in an automatic out.In the fifth inning, Cashner and Mike Wright combined to walk three straight batters before Wright plunked Voit. Baltimore walked eight batters overall, four of them by Cashner in four-plus innings.“From our whole pitching staff today, just too many walks, too many base runners allowed,” Hyde said. “It’s tough to win that way.”Catcher Jesus Sucre dropped a popup in the seventh, although Baltimore got away with that one when umpires invoked the infield fly rule and Yankees runners tried to advance, anyway. Voit was tagged out in a rundown for a 2-5-4-6-4 double play.Chris Davis struck out in each of his three plate appearances, a rough day after a historically unproductive 2018. His .539 OPS was the worst by a qualified hitter since Matt Walbeck (.530) in 1994. Hyde pinch hit for Davis in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman.It wasn’t all bad. Mancini had three hits, and right fielder Joey Rickard robbed Gary Sanchez with a diving catch in the fifth.By: Jake Seiner, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

AHEPA Capital Region Inaugural Golf Outing Sells Out

first_imgDELMAR, NY – Troy, NY AHEPA Chapter 306, Schenectady, NY – AHEPA Chapter 125, and Albany, NY AHEPA Chapter 140 jointly held their inaugural Eleftheria Capital Region AHEPA Golf Outing on June 12 at Normanside Country Club in Delmar. More than eight months of planning by the Golf Committee resulted in a rousing success as 130 players on 33 teams competed for the championship trophy on a gorgeous, sun-kissed afternoon. The players enjoyed a fun-filled day of fellowship, great food, wonderful prizes, and challenging golf. The dinner banquet, which featured the raffle drawings of 80 donated gifts, was attended by over 160 people.The sold-out golf outing raised thousands of dollars for the Capital Region AHEPA Chapter scholarship funds and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region. The outing received the overwhelming support of the business community of the Capital Region with dozens of sponsorships and donations. Planning is already underway for the 2nd Annual Capital Region AHEPA Golf Outing in 2020.At the inaugural Eleftheria Capital Region AHEPA Golf Outing, left to right: Arthur Gianakos, Miles Ehrlich, Diana Ostroff, and Larry Treen. Photo: Chris PappisCapital Region AHEPA President Bill Seamon congratulates the first place team at the inaugural Eleftheria Capital Region AHEPA Golf Outing. Left to right: Christopher Huban, Thomas Tyrrell, Jr., Bill Seamon, Nick Lyons, and Thomas Suraci. Photo: Tom SuraciTweetPinShare128128 Shareslast_img read more

Union release USMNT vets Edu & Onyewu

first_imgMLS Philadelphia Union release former USMNT veterans Edu and Onyewu Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 00:26 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Maurice Edu | Philadelphia Union USA Today MLS Philadelphia Union The MLS side announced the two players are among several to have their contracts declined for 2018 Maurice Edu’s time with the Philadelphia Union looks set to come to an end.The former U.S. national team defender-midfielder was among nine players who did not have their contract options with the team picked up for the 2018 season, the club announced Wednesday.That lists includes Edu’s former international teammates Oguchi Onyewu and Charlie Davies, along with Giliano Wijnaldum, brother of Liverpool midfielder Georginio. 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 Also on that list are Aaron Jones, Ken Tribbett, Roland Alberg, Fabian Herbers and Ilsinho as the Union appear set for a roster shake-up following a disappointing 2017 that saw them miss the MLS playoffs.The team also announced Fabinho and Chris Pontius had not come to terms on new contracts, with the latter set for free agency.The 31-year old Edu joined the Union as a designated player in 2014 as part of the small wave of U.S. national team veterans returning from Europe to the domestic league. While Edu would play 31 and 22 games in his first two seasons, respectively, he made no MLS appearances the past two seasons due to a torn groin muscle, a stress fracture in his left leg and a broken left fibula.Onyewu, 35, returned to the field for the first time since the 2014-15 season this year for the Union. He played in 22 MLS games, scoring one goal.Oguchi Onyewu MLS Philadelphia Union 05132017The 31-year old Davies was acquired from the New England Revolution in 2016 after battling back from a cancer diagnosis, but was limited to just three substitute appearances for the Union this season.Wijnaldum was among the Union’s many signings prior to the start of the 2017 campaign as the team sought to improve on its brief 2016 MLS playoff appearance, but the left back only featured in 13 MLS games.Pontius, who won MLS Comeback Player of the Year in 2016, was limited to two goals this season after scoring 12 times in his first year with the Union.One player on the list has already landed elsewhere, as Alberg has agreed to terms with CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria on a two-year deal.last_img read more

Huawei founder thanks inmates Canadian justice system for treating daughter well

first_imgThe founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei is thanking Canada’s justice system for the kind treatment of his daughter, the company’s chief financial officer arrested last month in Vancouver on a U.S. warrant.In a rare meeting with foreign reporters, Ren Zhengfei said he believes there will be a just conclusion to the case of his daughter, Meng Wanzhou, who is awaiting extradition to New York State.Meng, who was arrested Dec. 1 and remains under house arrest in Vancouver, is facing U.S. charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions on Iran.Her father also expressed thanks to Meng’s fellow jail inmates prior to her release “for treating her kindly.”The 74-year-old, who founded Huawei in 1987, said he believes his daughter will be vindicated once all the evidence is out.Ren also said that he saw no connection between his daughter’s detention and the arrest of two Canadians by Chinese authorities on national security charges.— With files from APThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Russian oil firm asks for probe of contaminated supply

MOSCOW — A Russian oil company has asked state security services to investigate a small private company accused of pushing contaminated oil through an export pipeline to Belarus.In a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Transneft CEO Nikolai Tokarev said that a private firm in the Samara region was responsible for the contaminated deliveries.Tokarev told Putin that the company, which he did not identify, was funneling untreated oil into the pipeline, calling the move “pure fraud.”Putin said it had caused “very serious” damage to Russia’s image as an oil exporter as well as to infrastructure.Belarus, which is the first stop on the pipeline, halted deliveries last week amid concerns the contaminated oil could damage refineries. Other countries followed suit.Oil deliveries resumed Tuesday, Transneft said.The Associated Press read more

As severe winter spreads death and shortages in Mongolia UN appeals for

With weeks of freezing temperatures and heavy snows leaving more than half of Mongolia’s 21 provinces in urgent need of aid, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today appealed for nearly $750,000 to face a crisis that is already seeing youngsters die and threatens scores of thousands more. “The UN is acutely aware of the need to reach increasingly isolated populations with fuel and medicines, to get those in need out to trained medical care and to provide hygiene kits to stem the spread of disease, to ensure safe delivery and newborn care and to prevent the deepening of chronic malnutrition,” UNICEF country representative Rana Flowers said.“This is an unfolding emergency. Of most recent and most urgent concern is evidence that babies and young children are dying because they cannot access the medical treatment from trained personnel that they need,” she added, noting that nine children had died in recent days in just one province according to the Health Ministry. Over 22,000 children in 265 dormitories are in need of urgent aid due to insufficient food and fuel for heating and cooking, and nearly 500 other dormitories with more than 41,000 youngsters will need assistance as severe conditions spread across the vast country of some 3 million people. Some villages only have enough fuel for three or four more days.UNICEF, which is working with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to gear up a significant and coordinated response, faces a “critical need” for an additional $400,000 for medical supplies, equipment, micronutrients and hygiene kits, and $322,000 to reach a growing number of affected communities with life-saving interventions.The winter conditions, known as a dzud with temperatures plunging as low as -50 degrees Celsius and now hovering around -40, are likely to continue beyond April. The Government has already declared disaster status in 12 provinces with a further seven predicted to follow as further heavy snow is expected. While Mongolians are used to cold winters, current conditions have been compounded by a severe summer drought, when little fodder was generated, killing more than 2 million livestock in a country where 35 to 40 per cent of the population rely on herding and agriculture 12 February 2010With weeks of freezing temperatures and heavy snows leaving more than half of Mongolia’s 21 provinces in urgent need of aid, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today appealed for nearly $750,000 to face a crisis that is already seeing youngsters die and threatens scores of thousands more. read more

Local business thriving despite tough economic times

by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Jan 21, 2016 9:05 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 21, 2016 at 9:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Thinkstock There has been a lot of doom and gloom on the Calgary business scene lately.But regardless of the times, there are always some businesses that are doing well – one of those, a high-tech construction company called Dirtt Environmental.“We build all our clients the space that they want, but we do it faster, (and) we give them cost certainty,” said Scott Jenkins, president of the company.“Cost certainty is unheard of in construction, and we’re giving our clients the cost certainty before they even say ‘go’ on the order, and before it even hits our manufacturing floor in Calgary or Savannah, Georgia or Phoenix, Arizona.”His company builds customized interiors, first with proprietary software, then with a proprietary manufacturing process.The end result – the construction version of Lego, with an interior ready to snap together.“Lego still has standardized parts, that you use to build something custom,” Jenkins said. “With Dirtt, everything is custom. But it’s because of using technology where we control all of the design, to the engineering to the specification right down to our manufacturing floor.”He told 660 NEWS, year-to-date revenue is up about 33 per cent, and they’ve been exceeding expectations the last few quarters.This is partially thanks to developing a niche industry, that builds interiors for medical facilities.Dirtt Environmental also trades on the TSX. Local business thriving despite tough economic times read more

On international day UN urges greater focus on scientific development for peace

“Science is our best asset for supporting inclusive and equitable development, and for building global sustainability at a time of uncertainty, and faced with biophysical limits of the planet,” said UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, in a message to mark the Day, the theme for which this year is ‘Science for Global Sustainability Interconnectedness, Collaboration, Transformation.’ “We must also place science at the service of all, while observing the fundamental rights of the individual,” Ms. Bokova added. “Above all, we must open a new chapter in scientific integration.”Established by the UNESCO General Conference in 2001 with the purpose of renewing a global commitment to science as a tool to benefit society, the World Day also seeks to raise public awareness of science’s importance and to bridge the gap between science and societies. In her message, Ms. Bokova noted that an increasingly complex and interconnected global community required more cooperative and better integrated approaches combining the progress made in separate scientific fields. “Innovation and social transformation depend on our capacity to combine disciplines and create synergies among all sciences,” she stated, adding that “sustainability will come through multidisciplinarity.” UNESCO has been playing a leading role in promoting trandisciplinarity as a cornerstone of the world body’s global push on sustainability and, ten years after the first World Science Day for Peace and Development, the UN official emphasized that the agency remained committed to its mission. “It is this spirit that I call today on government, civil society, public and private actors, well beyond scientific circles, to mobilize so as to release the full potential of all sciences for development and peace, which are inseparable and essential for the future that we want,” Ms. Bokova said. read more

Big Ten releases annual defensive awards Joey Bosa captures 3 for Ohio

OSU junior defensive end Joey Bosa (97) runs with the football after intercepting a pass in a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-13. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo EditorThe Big Ten conference announced its annual defensive awards for the 2015 season on Monday night, and multiple members of the Ohio State football team appeared on the list. Headlining the honors was junior defensive end Joey Bosa, who was named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. Bosa, who also won the award in 2014, might not have had the same eye-popping numbers he did last year, but he still put together another disruptive campaign, terrorizing opposing offenses all season long. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native racked up 47 total tackles, 16 of which were for a loss, while tallying five sacks. Bosa also was responsible for 14 quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and an interception, which came on Saturday against Michigan. To go along with his hardware, Bosa was also named to the all-Big Ten first-team defense by both the coaches and media. It is also his second straight season garnering those honors.Joining Bosa on the all-Big Ten first-team defense as voted on by the coaches is senior linebacker Joshua Perry. On the season, Perry has the second-most tackles on the team with 98, 7.5 of which were for a loss. The co-captain, who was named to the conference’s second-team in 2014, also has three pass breakups and four quarterback hurries. Two different Buckeyes join Bosa on the media’s all-Big Ten first-team defense: junior safety Vonn Bell and sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Bell anchors an OSU secondary that is 12th in the nation for passing yards allowed, surrendering just 176 per game. The 5-foot-11 Bell is fourth on the team in total tackles with 63, while also intercepting two passes this season, returning one for a score. The Georgia native also recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown against Hawaii in Week 2. Alongside Bell on the media’s first team is fellow Georgian and team-leader in total tackles with 114, McMillan. The true sophomore has been one of the OSU defense’s most consistent players all season long, evidenced by the fact he has not recorded fewer than five tackles in any game. McMillan also has 1.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries and one recovered fumble. Following the four Buckeyes on the first teams, senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was named to the all-Big Ten second-team by both the coaches and media. A pair of redshirt sophomores, linebacker Darron Lee and cornerback Eli Apple, joined Washington on the coaches’ second team. Capping off the honors from Monday night is junior punter Cameron Johnston, who was named to the conference’s second team by both the coaches and media. The Geelong, Australia, native is second in the conference in punting average with 44.1 yards per kick. A few more Buckeyes are likely to receive all-conference honors on Tuesday night, as the Big Ten is scheduled to announce the winners of the offensive awards at 6 p.m. read more

Return to Sender Federer Looking Forward to Serenas Serve

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer’s wish is about to be granted — he’s getting the chance to return Serena Williams’ powerful serve.The famously unflappable Swiss acknowledges being excited about the prospect of taking on his fellow tennis great on Tuesday in a Hopman Cup mixed doubles match between Switzerland and the United States.Serena Williams from the U.S. reacts during a match against her sister Venus, on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)“I admire everything she has done both on and off the court,” Federer said. “I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her.”Federer made an impressive start in preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.His playing partner Belinda Bencic also won to seal defending champion Switzerland’s victory over Britain in Group B.Federer and Bencic will next take on Williams and Frances Tiafoe to kick-start the New Year with arguably the most anticipated match in the tournament’s three-decade history.Tickets were sold out soon after being released for the showpiece encounter, which pits Federer and Williams on court for the first time. The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them.“It’s very exciting for us. I hope tennis fans tune in and watch it because it’s going to be one time and probably never again in this type of competition,” Federer said.By most people’s standards, the two stars have an unusual meeting place.“I don’t know her that well. I only know her from some champions’ dinners at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “We have busy lives and a big entourage, so it’s rare to really deep dive. We can relate to each other more so now, being parents.”Federer will head into the clash in form after a masterclass 57-minute thrashing of Norrie. The 20-time Grand Slam champion moved around the court well and hit the ball crisply to overwhelm Norrie.“I was very happy that I was able to come out tonight and put in a good performance,” Federer said. “I was happy with all aspects of my game. footwork, offensive play, serve, return. It was all there.” read more

State Coroner to investigate Katsidis death

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The State Coroner’s Office this week confirmed it would investigate the sudden death of prominent Queensland jockey Stathi Katsidis, according to reports in The Chronicle. Katsidis, 31, was found dead at his home in Hendra, on Brisbane’s northside, on October 19 last year, just two weeks before having his first ride in the Melbourne Cup on Shoot Out. Katsidis’ fiancee Melissa Jackson found him dead on the lounge room floor where he had fallen asleep after returning home from a night out drinking with friends. Preliminary police investigations found there was no suggestion of suicide or foul play. Under the Coroner’s Act, the state coroner can investigate unusual deaths and then decide whether a full inquest is necessary. A spokesperson for the State Coroner’s Office told The Chronicle Katsidis’s death had been the referred to them but no decision had been made on an inquest. A decision was unlikely until later this year. A spokesperson for the Queensland Police Service said toxicology results on samples taken from Katsidis’s body would be included in the report to the coroner. However, the results had not been made public.last_img read more

Samsung lance ses premiers smartphones sous Bada 20

first_imgSamsung lance ses premiers smartphones sous Bada 2.0Samsung vient de dévoiler trois nouveaux smartphones fonctionnant avec le propre système d’exploitation de la firme coréenne, Bada, dont la version 2.0 vient d’être finalisée. Le Samsung Wave 3 est ainsi le successeur du Wave 2, sorti l’année dernière, tandis que les Wave M et Wave Y sont des modèles plus économiques.Après l’annonce de la finalisation de Bada 2.0, puis celle de ChatOne, un service permettant de dialoguer et échanger des contenus compatible avec Android comme Bada, Samsung lève le voile sur trois nouveaux smartphones de la gamme Wave. Trois mobiles qui embarqueront Bada 2.0, et qui prouvent que la firme coréenne n’entend pas s’en tenir au statut de constructeur.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Le premier modèle, le Samsung Wave 3, est le digne successeur du Wave 2. Doté d’un affichage quatre pouces Super AMOLED logé et d’un appareil photo de cinq megapixels, il est équipé d’un processeur de 1 à 1,4 gigahertz, avec une capacité de mémoire interne de 3 gigaoctets, extensible avec une carte micro SDHC. Côté esthétique, le smartphone présente avec sa coque en aluminium brossé une épaisseur de 9,9 millimètres.Présenté comme un smartphone milieu de gamme, le Samsung Wave M offre des performances revues à la baisse. Il est doté d’un affichage 3,65 pouces en résolution 320 x 480 pixels, d’un processeur à 832 mégahertz, et de 2 gigaoctets de mémoire interne. Il est le premier mobile embarquant directement le nouveau service ChatON. Enfin, le Samsung Wave Y se positionne en entrée de gamme. Il devra alors se contenter d’un écran de 3,2 pouces et d’un appareil photo à 2 millions de pixels.Samsung n’a pas encore précisé les prix de ces trois nouveaux smartphones. Nous savons en revanche qu’ils devraient être commercialisés dès le mois d’octobre dans plusieurs pays.Le 30 août 2011 à 18:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La fusée Ariane 5 décollera cette nuit avec deux satellites

first_imgLa fusée Ariane 5 décollera cette nuit avec deux satellitesLa société Arianespace vient d’annoncer que la fusée Ariane 5 venait de recevoir le “feu vert” pour décoller ce soir depuis le Centre spatial guyanais de Kourou. Elle emportera avec elles deux satellites, l’un américain et l’autre européen. C’est une nouvelle mission pour Ariane 5. La fusée vient tout juste de recevoir le “feu vert” pour un nouveau lancement qui se fera ce soir même, dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi depuis le centre spatial de Kourou en Guyane. Initialement, ce décollage était prévu pour le 19 juin mais il avait dû être retardé sur la demande de l’un des opérateurs. En effet, la mission d’Ariane 5 est cette fois-ci de placer en orbite de transfert géostationnaire deux satellites, l’un américain et l’autre européen, comme l’a expliqué la société Arianespace.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreIl s’agit du satellite de télécommunications américain Echostar XVII et du satellite européen d’observation météorologiques MSG-3 qui représente une masse totale au décollage de plus de 9,5 tonnes pour Ariane. Or, l’opérateur d’Echostar ne s’était pas estimé assez prêt pour un lancement le 19 juin et avait demandé à réaliser des tests supplémentaires sur son satellite, d’où le report. Mais aujourd’hui, tout semble fin prêt pour le 63e tir d’Ariane 5. D’après les informations communiquées, la fenêtre de lancement est assez réduite et fait moins d’une demi-heure en tout, de 21H36 GMT à 22H05 GMT (soit 23H36 à 00H05 heure de Paris).D’un poids d’environ deux tonnes, le satellite MSG-3 conçu par Eumetsat permettra de garantir la continuité des observations météorologiques depuis l’orbite géostationnaire, à quelque 36.000 kilomètres au-dessus de la Terre. Comme l’indique l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA), ce service est crucial pour permettre la protection des personnes, des biens et des infrastructures, en particulier contre les phénomènes météorologiques dangereux. Actuellement, il est assuré par Meteosat 9 et son aîné Meteosat 8 lancé en août 2002. “Le lancement de MSG-3 (d’une durée de vie prévue de sept ans) a été programmé de manière à assurer dans les meilleures conditions la relève de Meteosat 8, qui a largement dépassé son espérance de vie”, précise ainsi l’ESA citée par l’AFP. Le satellite Echostar XVII, quant à lui, représente une masse de 6,1 tonnes au décollage et doit fournir une liaison internet large bande à l’Amérique du Nord, avec une durée de vie prévue de quinze ans.Le 5 juillet 2012 à 13:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This AppPowered Robot Priest Will Forgive Your Trespasses

first_imgStay on target Take heed, wretched sinners… One day in the not-too-distant future a robot may indeed show you that the path to Robot Heaven lies in the Good Book 3.0!Over in Germany, members of a Protestant church have built a bot they call BlessU-2 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It can deliver blessings in five different languages (English, French, German, Spanish, and Polish) and recite verses from The Bible.Reminds me a bit of Heffer from Rocko’s Modern LifeFor now, BlessU-2 isn’t meant to be a replacement for members of the clergy. Its creator, Stephan Krebs, is careful to note that the bot “could never substitute for pastoral care.” He says the real point in building BlessU-2 was to spark discussion about whether or not robots might have a role to play in religion. Not quite as intense as Luther nailing the 95 theses up maybe, but definitely a good way to get people thinking and talking.When he spoke with The Guardian last month, Krebs said he and his team “wanted people to consider if it is possible to be blessed by a machine, or if a human being is needed.” Not surprisingly, he’s received some very critical feedback about BlessU-2 from churchgoers.Still, we’re living in an era when eyes are often fixed on screens, and robots like this one will be part of our everyday lives soon enough. Maybe BlessU-2 is just the thing to get tech-obsessed people interested in doing a little soul searching. Or at the very least it can keep the rest of the robots from falling in with that nasty Robot Devil.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower last_img read more

Emile Heskey slams David De Gea for theatrics

first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has lambasted David De Gea for faking an injury during England’s UEFA Nations League defeat to Spain at Wembley.The Spanish shot-stopper jumped and caught a loose clearance from Sergio Ramos before landing on Danny Welbeck.Welbeck capitalised on the opportunity to slot home the equaliser before it was ruled out.De Gea laid on the turf for some time and was treated by Spain’s medical staff.England skipper Harry Kane hit out at the Dutch referee and claimed he “bottled it”.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.And Heskey has backed up the striker’s comments suggesting he was disappointed by the former Rojiblancos keeper.“Very disappointed, I don’t think he [Welbeck] did anything wrong,” Heskey told talkSPORT.“He can’t go anywhere can he? It’s not like he pushed him or put his arms up or anything, he stood there.“He [De Gea] came down on top of him and the worst thing for me is feigning an injury afterwards.last_img read more