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India innings: India innings: Rohit Sharmast Ronchi b Santner5 Shikhar Dhawanlbw b McCullum1Virat Kohlic Ronchi b Sodhi 23 Suresh Rainac Guptill b Santner1 Yuvraj Singhc & b McCullum4 Mahendra Singh Dhonic McCullum b Santner 30 Hardik Pandyalbw b Santner1Ravindra Jadejac & b Sodhi0Ravichandran Ashwinst Ronchi b Sodhi 10Ashish Nehrab Milne0 Jasprit Bumrahnot out0 Extras: (W-3, NB-1)4Total: (all out in 18.1 overs) 79 Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-10, 3-12, 4-26, 5-39, 6-42, 7-43, 8-73, 9-79, 10-79Bowling: McCullum 3-0-15-2, Anderson 3-0-18-0, Santner 4- 0-11-4, Elliott 2-0-9-0, Milne 2.1-0-8-1, Sodhi4-0-18-3. PTI SSC SSC
Gianluigi Buffon may be a decorated great of the game but the veteran goalkeeper insists he is not guaranteed to be Paris Saint-Germain’s first choice.The 40-year-old ended his long affiliation with Juventus this summer by joining PSG on a one-year contract.Buffon is one of three well-credentialed options in a strong group of shot-stoppers that includes Alphonse Areola and Kevin Trapp, who were selected for the World Cup by France and Germany respectively. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! PSG boss Thomas Tuchel looks to have made his experienced new signing the frontrunner by starting him in International Champions Cup clashes with Bayern Munich and Arsenal.But with 3-1 and 5-1 defeats in those matches, and the looming return of last season’s incumbent Areola, Buffon is braced for a battle to be number one.”I haven’t spoken to anybody, but it’s important for me to say one thing: in my 24-year career, nobody has ever told me ‘you will be the main goalkeeper’,” he said at a media conference.”I believe that one has to train and put himself in the best condition to play when called.”And once again I am here to do my best when I am called by the coach, but also to help everybody improve. So I have two functions.”Buffon’s surprise switch to the Ligue 1 champions came in the wake of his decision to end a successful 17-year stay at Juventus.1 – Alphonse Areola became the 1st player in France’s history to be World Champion without playing a single minute with Les Bleus (0 cap). Crazy.#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/sY9hUUgJgY— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 19, 2018The World Cup-winning Italy icon says he has no regrets ahead of his first season outside Serie A.”I feel very well,” he said. “If I have chosen to continue playing and accept such a challenge it’s because I love challenges, I love to do well and I love finishing my job in the best possible way.”That’s the challenge that I liked the most and the only one that could keep me playing. And I want to win this challenge with everybody’s help. I could never do it alone.”
Clothes going soggy resulting in body odour is a common problemfaced during ones regular workout schedule. A group of students from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has a solution to this problem with their newly created breathable body suits. It responds to the sweat and heat from a body and prevents discomfort accordingly.Sweating is something indispensable with exercising and workout but thefoul odour is unwanted altogether. It is quite discomforting for boththe trainer and learner. It is the job of the trainer to guide everyone during exercise, so noescaping from this embarrassing situation. But this specially created workout clothwill do away with all the troubling situations concerning body odour. More about the breathable body suitThe suit responds tothe heat and sweat from a person’s bodyThe fabric is lined with microbial cells. With the change in humidity, theyexpand and contract. They act as tiny sensors which opens with bodyheat and shuts as the body cools offThe microbes are genetically engineered organisms and they can also be ‘programmed’ to carry out a number of other functions. One of them would be created with ‘glow-in-the-dark’ aspects and can be used withdifferently engineered cellsThe microbes are harmless and power a tiny mechanism, known as anactuator, that lifts the flap.The workout bodysuit has vents whose size ranges from a thumbnail to that of a fingerWhile testing the garment, a close observation of the sensor readings, reveals that the flaps effectively removed sweat from the body and lowered skin temperature. It is almost like sporting an air conditioner, which gives our body greatrelief Shoes using the same technique are also being developed. Controlling sweat will be easier henceforthadvertisement”This work is an example of harnessing the power of biology to design newmaterials and devices and achieve new functions,” said Xuanhe Zhao, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering andstudy co-author, according to PTI. Speaking of the microbes, lead author Wen Wang said: “These cells are so strong that they caninduce bending of the substrate they are coated on.””This work is an example of harnessing the power of biology to design newmaterials and devices and achieve new functions,” said Zhao, adding, “We believethis new field of ‘living’ materials and devices will find importantapplications at the interface between engineering and biologicalsystems.”Further, the team are making plans to collaborate with sportswear companies tocommercialise their designs, and is also exploring other uses, including moisture-responsive curtains, lampshades, and bed sheets. We will haveto just wait for these interesting innovations. All these have been possible with the success story of biotechnology. Itcan make use of natural cells and dig out multiple uses of them withgenetic modification. Several tests are being conducted. The success ofthis bio-fabric is a big achievement and there are many more to come. To know more about the mechanism check out the video which describes the mechanism of the suit in detail: VIDEO COURTESY: MIT Inputs taken from MIT websiteInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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A galaxy of sports stars including current India captain Virat Kohli and the legendary Sunil Gavaskar will help raise funds for the underprivileged children battling cancer, on November 18. The others expected to be a part of the event Bishan Singh Bedi, Ravi Shastri, Sourav Ganguly, Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj, Leander Paes and Krishnamachari Srikkanth.Titled ‘Legends for Hope’, the programme will be hosted by the Calcutta Cricket and Football Club (CC&FC) and the proceeds of which will go for the treatment of the underprivileged children battling cancer at the Tata Medical Center in Kolkata.Also gracing the occasion will be yesteryears’ former cricketers CD Gopinath and Madhav Apte, who played for India in the 1950s as the programme will mark CC & FC’s 225 glorious years of cricket.As part of their support, the cricketers will also share personal stories and anecdotes that changed their lives and encourage the audience to come forward and donate.Talking about this unique celebration at CC&FC, former Indian cricketer Arun Lal, who is also the president of CC & FC said:”It’s a matter of pride for us as we cherish the 225 years of our club’s glorious past.”Being a cancer survivor myself, I cannot thank Tata Medical Center enough for all the efforts they make towards providing care and treatment for cancer patients. At a personal level, it is a privilege for me to be a part of this awareness drive.”‘Legends for Hope’ will also witness a musical extravaganza with performances from the Shillong Choir and Humsufi band. Music maestro Shantanu Moitra, known for his perfect amalgamation of classic and folk music, will present an exclusive musical score for the Tata Medical Center.advertisement
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant has plenty of scoring titles. Now, he finally has an MVP trophy to go with them.The Oklahoma City Thunder star won the NBA’s top individual honor, receiving 119 first-place votes. Miami’s LeBron James, who had won the last two MVP awards and four of the previous five, finished second with six first-place votes, and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was third.“Everything in my life, I had to take it,” Durant said at a ceremony in Edmond. “They’re not going to give it to you out of sympathy. I wouldn’t want it any other way. This was another case, if I wanted to win the MVP, I had to go take it. I felt that this was the year I did that.”Durant won his fourth scoring crown in five years by averaging 32 points. The 6-foot-9 forward helped the Thunder go 59-23, second-best in the league, despite playing much of the season without three-time All-Star Russell Westbrook by his side because of a nagging knee injury.“He’s basically put himself in front of everybody else in the league and shown that he’s the best player in the world,” Westbrook said at the end of the regular season.James agreed, sayingy: “Much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season.” Durant’s run of 41 consecutive games this season with at least 25 points was the third-longest streak in NBA history.“It was a two-man race, and then toward the end, it was kind of a no-brainer,” Griffin said.James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists while shooting nearly 57 percent from the field. Griffin averaged 24.1 points and 10.1 rebounds. “It’s an honor, really,” he said of finishing third. “It’s hard to believe. I’m honored and humbled by that.”Durant scored at least 40 points 14 times. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds and a career-high 5.5 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field.While Westbrook was out after his most recent knee surgery, Durant averaged 35 points and 6.3 assists as the Thunder went 20-7 and remained among the league’s elite.Westbrook’s injury gave Durant an opportunity to use his improving skills as a playmaker. “I’ve always been a player that was excited for my teammates’ success,” Durant said.Teammates and opponents say Durant became a more complete player this season. They praised him for improving his court vision, consistently making the extra pass and moving more efficiently without the ball.“I think we take it for granted,” teammate Nick Collison said. “To be able to stay on for long periods of time — have to cut hard, catch the ball in the right spot and defend on the other end — is tough to do. To be able to show that shows that he has an edge to him. He doesn’t take a night off.”Durant’s slight build could be considered one of his few weaknesses, but he has improved in dealing with opponents who try to push him around.“I don’t really think that matters with him,” Westbrook said. “He just takes on the challenge. When people try to be physical, he takes on the challenge and becomes more aggressive.”Though Durant’s consistency stood out this season, he had several exceptional games. He scored 48 points on Jan. 4 at Minnesota, then scored 48 again two games later at Utah. He scored a career-high 54 points in a home win against Golden State on Jan. 17 and two games later scored 46 at home in a victory against Portland.Two games after that, he had a triple-double — 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists — in a win at Philadelphia, and he followed that with 41 points in a victory over Atlanta. He scored 51 points at Toronto on March 21 in a staggering 53 minutes and hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in double overtime.He capped it off in the season finale by scoring 21 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter against Detroit and winning the game with a dunk with 16.5 seconds left. The Thunder overcame a 10-point deficit in the quarter to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.“I put in so much work and so many people helped me,” he said. “I feel like we all won it. Our equipment guy gave me a hug today and said, ‘This is my first MVP,’ and I thought about that. And I said, ‘Yeah, this is our first MVP.’ I couldn’t have done it without the teammates, without the trainer. Everybody. We all just did this together.”(CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — The Miami Marlins lost star pitcher Jose Fernandez to a serious elbow injury five weeks into the season and star slugger Giancarlo Stanton with 2 1/2 weeks to go.Yet by beating the New York Mets 4-3 on Sept. 17, they improved to 74-77 with 11 games remaining and have given themselves chance to avoid a sixth straight losing season.“This team is obviously headed in the right direction under our baseball department and Mike Redmond,” team President David Samson said. “That’s all any team can hope for, is to be getting better. And this was clearly a step up this year.”Henderson Alvarez (11-6) ended a three-start winless streak, allowing two runs and eight hits in six innings. Steve Cishek pitched his second perfect ninth of the series for his 37th save in 41 chances.“That would be huge for us, no doubt, to get to .500,” said Redmond, the Marlins’ second-year manager.Miami completed a trying 5-5 trip. Before the game, the team said Stanton’s season was over. The NL home run leader was hit in the face by a fastball from Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers on Sept. 11 and sustained facial fractures, concussion symptoms, dental damage, cuts that required stitches and two black eyes.“An emotional trip for us, losing G and all that we went through,” Redmond said. “Guys are beat up. They’re banged up. They’re emotionally on tilt.”But the Marlins took two of three from the Mets with small ball: 30 of their 35 hits in the series were singles.“We need to finish the season strong,” second baseman Donovan Solano said. “The last two seasons were not good for us. We know now how we need to win games. So I think that we’ve done a good job.”Wearing their bright orange alternate jerseys, the Marlins built a 3-0 lead in the first two innings against Dillon Gee (7-8) and held on to open a two-game lead over the Mets for third place in the NL East.Gee gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. He entered with a scoreless streak of 16 1-3 innings against the Marlins but threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the first and allowed Garrett Jones’ run-scoring hit on a squib that went 30 feet toward third base. Solano’s RBI single made it 3-0 in the second.Gee stroked a single into center in the fifth, prompting teammates to wave towels and stand and applaud in the dugout. He had been 0 for 35 this year and was hitless in 41 at-bats since singling off Miami’s Tom Koehler on Sept. 15 last year,Lucas Duda hit a two-run single, just the sixth hit for the Mets in 63 at-bats this year with the bases loaded and two outs. Wilmer Flores followed with a fly that Marcell Ozuna caught with a leap against the wall in left-center.Christian Yelich restored a two-run lead with an RBI double off Josh Edgin in the seventh, and Curtis Granderson hit a run-scoring grounder against Chris Hatcher in the eighth.New York (73-80) dropped nine games back for the NL’s second wild card with nine games left, on the brink of elimination. The Mets must go 8-1 to avoid a sixth straight losing season, one shy of the franchise record.A more achievable goal would be overtaking the Marlins or perhaps Atlanta (76-76), where the Mets open a three-game series Sept. 19.“It would be a tremendous accomplishment,” Manager Terry Collins said, “especially where we’re sitting right now with guys going down right and left around here.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell turned a rough start into a fantastic finish.Mitchell dominated in the fourth quarter, rallying the Utah Jazz to a 107-91 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference series on Monday night.Mitchell scored 19 of his 31 points in the final quarter to help the Jazz pull away for their first win in the series.Utah staved off elimination and forced a Game 5 on Wednesday.Mitchell’s late-game performance helped the second-year guard make up for struggles earlier. He turned the ball over twice in the first two minutes and shot just 36 percent from the field in the first three quarters before going 6 of 12 in the fourth.Mitchell never lost confidence that he could turn it around.Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, fouls Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he drives to the basket in the first half during Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 22, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)“My teammates have had my back with every mistake, everything I’ve done well,” Mitchell said. “When you have that support system in the locker room every day, it makes it easier when you start the game with two straight turnovers.”Jae Crowder scored 23 points. Ricky Rubio chipped in 18 points and 11 assists and Derrick Favors finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.James Harden scored 30 points to lead Houston. Chris Paul added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Eric Gordon chipped in 16 points.Utah’s offense got a major boost from Crowder and Rubio in the first quarter. The duo combined for 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the period to help the Jazz carve out a double-digit lead.Then the Jazz opened the fourth quarter with a 15-1 run and outscored the Rockets 31-12 during the period.“Of course, we wanted to end it tonight,” Harden said. “We had plenty of opportunities. They made some plays in that fourth quarter and we didn’t.”Mitchell scored 13 points in three minutes to fuel the run after totaling just 12 points in the first three quarters. He capped off the surge with back-to-back 3-pointers, giving the Jazz a 91-80 lead with 9:02 remaining.Mitchell provided his biggest highlight later in the quarter when he threw down an incredible alley-oop dunk after catching an errant pass from Royce O’Neale.“We’ve had our backs against the wall plenty of times the past two years we’ve been together as a team,” Mitchell said. “This is familiar ground with us. Everybody responded the way we expect them to, but the biggest thing for us is take what we did today and multiply it.”Crowder got things going by scoring five of Utah’s first six baskets. Rubio built on the momentum by fueling a 14-1 run with four baskets and a pair of free throws. It helped the Jazz build a 30-16 lead with 3:03 left in the quarter.“Both of them attacked,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “Jae got downhill and attacked the rim. Ricky did the same thing.”Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives against Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) in the first half during Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 22, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Houston had three straight turnovers to open the door for Utah to seize a double-digit lead. The Jazz scored 10 points off six Rockets turnovers in the quarter.“We did things that are uncharacteristic of a team that wants to win,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.An 8-0 run, capped by Austin Rivers’ dunk off a steal by Paul, helped Houston trim the deficit to 30-24 before quarter’s end.The Rockets continued to cut into the lead during the second quarter, but could not overtake Utah until the third. Houston opened the quarter on a 10-2 run, sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Gordon. Harden capped it off with three free throws to give the Rockets a 57-55 lead.Houston led for much of the third quarter after going 8 of 12 from 3-point range in the quarter. The Rockets never built more than a five-point advantage, however, before Mitchell’s fourth quarter performance.“I felt like they’d thrown their haymaker, trying to knock us out,” Crowder said. “We stood tall and took those punches and came out ready to play in the fourth quarter. ”LIMITED STRENGTHClint Capela had a limited impact after battling a virus. Capela finished with just four points on 1-of-6 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and zero blocks.“He didn’t have the force he usually does,” D’Antoni said.It opened the door for the Jazz to dominate around the basket. Utah finished with a 52-35 edge on rebounds and outscored Houston 52-22 in the paint. The Jazz almost doubled up the Rockets on the offensive glass with a 16-9 advantage.“It’s just draining when you play great defense and give up offensive rebounds,” Harden said.FINISHING STRONGUtah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, right, and Ricky Rubio, rear, defend against Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon, left, as he passes the ball in the first half during Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 22, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Snyder inserted Favors in the lineup in place of Rudy Gobert for the final 4 ½ minutes of the fourth quarter. The move paid off.Favors totaled six points and six rebounds in 10 minutes in the quarter. All but one rebound came during the final three minutes to prevent Houston from making a late rally, like in Game 3.Gobert totaled four points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in 24 minutes. He admitted to being surprised by the decision, but took it in stride.When he’s on the floor and I’m on the bench, of course I want to be out there, but if he has a great game and the team is winning — that’s the most important thing,” Gobert said. “That’s all that matters.”TIP INSRockets: Harden and Gordon each shot 50 percent from 3-point range. … Houston committed 16 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Jazz. … The Rockets finished with just five bench points.Jazz: After starting 4-of-6 from 3-point range, Utah missed 13 of its next 14 shots from long distance. … Royce O’Neale grabbed a playoff career high 11 rebounds. O’Neale also finished with 11 points. The Jazz outscored Houston 52-22 in the paint and 17-3 in second chance points.UP NEXTGame 5 is in Houston on Wednesday.___By JOHN COON Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
Heavy rains in parts of the country have wreaked havoc in some States and have brought normal functioning of life to a standstill. Gujarat’s Vadodara also received unprecedented downpour that left the city flooded for weeks.In such an emergency situation, the Army is currently helping to evacuate the stranded. Many individuals and organisations have also stepped forward to help the affected people. Former Indian cricketers Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan, who are the residents of Vadodara, were also seen doing their bit to help out the flood victims.In some visuals that have surfaced, Yusuf Pathan was seen serving food to the victims while Irfan Pathan is said to be helping out the flood affected with accommodation.The noble gesture from the Pathan brothers has won millions of hearts on the Internet.Good work by @iamyusufpathan arranging food for #flood effected peoples in Vadodara,Gujarat. @iamyusufpathan ? #Vadodaraflood @INCGujarat #yusufpathan # pic.twitter.com/cVhnOLu6QPTofiq mirza (@tofiqmirza786) August 3, 2019Barodian Cricketer @iamyusufpathan arranging food for flood Affected area in #Vadodara.#Vadodaraflood #Vadodararain #yusufpathan #baroda pic.twitter.com/SuXma6qiUNvadodara sanskari nagari (@Aapnu_vadodara) August 3, 2019Good work by Yusuf Pathan arranging food for flood effected peoples in Vadodara, Gujarat. Yusuf Pathan @yusuf_pathan @IrfanPathan pic.twitter.com/5DeU4x6rIWJIGAR JOSHI (@jigarceo) August 3, 2019Good work by Yusuf Pathan arranging food for flood effected peoples in Vadodara, Gujarat. @iamyusufpathan ???? pic.twitter.com/MijA5P1g53Imran Pathan (@ImranPa64578058) August 3, 2019Vadodara and surrounding areas in central Gujarat have been pounded by heavy rains over the past few days. On July 31, the city recorded a historic 554 mm of rain in just 12 hours.advertisementNDRF teams continued rescue operations in the flooded and low-lying areas of the city. Five people died and over 5,700 were evacuated after Vadodara witnessed 500 mm of rain in 24 hours till Thursday morning.With the city already waiting for the flood water to recede, it received another spell of heavy rain on Saturday afternoon, with 2.5 inches of rain (about 64 mm) falling in just a span of two hours.Also Read | Irfan Pathan, other J&K cricketers asked to leave Kashmir with eye on securityAlso Read | R Ashwin named PCA Player of the Month for consistent county performancesAlso See
Photo Attribution: @eknielsenLast week O’Colly sports editor, Anthony Slater and I wrote a little back and forth on the Arizona game.It was fun so we decided to do it again for the Tulsa game and look ahead a little bit to this weekend…Kyle Porter: 1st question – was the Tulsa game the most bizarre sporting event you’ve ever watched?Anthony Slater: Watched, no way. That is, and probably always will be, the Malace in the Palace. You know, when Ron Artest, Steven Jackson and the rest of the Pacers had a brawl with the entire Detroit crowd. Every time I see that video on YouTube, or am reminded about it, I still can’t believe it happened.But out of any event that I have covered, no question that was the most bizarre. In a cramped Tulsa press box, it felt like we were in a state of lockdown. There was constant rumors flying around about start times, postponements and incoming storm cells. Every flash of lightning brought a very audible groan. Then suddenly, when it seemed like a sure thing the game was going to be canceled, they announced it would be played. And your sitting there well after midnight, confused about the whole ordeal, and oh yeah, the game you have to cover is about to kickoff. It was unreal.What about you? What was your experience and what did you think of the decision to play the game?Kyle: I thought it was insane. When we got to 11 PM I thought there was no possible way the thing was being played. You mentioned in your column that Bill Haisten said at one point he thought there was less than a 1% chance of it taking place and I probably would have gone lower than that.As an organization you can’t be letting a team in the national title hunt play games that last until 3 AM. I understand it probably wasn’t a call Gundy or Holder could make but the fact that anybody made it was ludicrous to me. Are you worried about the defense getting shredded for 350+ rushing yards with Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray looming?Slater: Am I sold on this being a championship worthy defense? No. But i don’t suddenly think this a team that can’t stop the run. They stoned Arizona in the second game, giving up only 41 yards on the ground. On Saturday, Tulsa exploded in the second half, ripping off huge chunks of gains on defensive breakdowns.Some of it should worry Bill Young, but a lot of it just looked like a tired team (it was 2:45 a.m.) with a big lead. There is plenty of analysis and speculation surrounding the early performances of this team, but the first true test is Saturday. We are going to find out a lot about them Saturday in College Station.Speaking of that, give me an honest assessment of what you think is going to happen. Kyle: I’ll be shocked if all of us aren’t wetting ourselves in the 4th quarter of this game. It’s going to come down to the last 5 minutes of the game and possibly (or probably) the last possession.If you’re an A&M fan and you legitimately think you’re going to hammer OSU then you’re more delusional than the Big 12 for thinking it could get Arkansas or Notre Dame to come play in its conference.If it IS a blowout either way though, then one of these teams deserves to be ranked inside the top 5.One reason I love our chances in a close game: I think Weeden is ice.One reason I don’t love our chances in a close game: the biggest FG Quinn Sharp has ever kicked was in a 24-point home blowout.Do you prefer the 2:30 kick or did you want a night game?Slater: I don’t think it’s a big deal either way. The teams will be ready, the crowd will be amped up and plenty of eyes will be watching a top 10 matchup, no matter the time. As long as the game isn’t being played in the middle of the night (not that they would do that, right?), I don’t think the time has any effect on the outcome.And personally, I’m going to enjoy getting out of College Station at a reasonable time, instead of driving back to Stillwater through the night.Has Daytawion Lowe has outplayed Markelle Martin early on this season? And what is your general feeling on the defense right now?Kyle: I don’t know if he’s outplayed him per se (they both have 14 tackles) but I do feel like I’ve seen him in on more plays. Now maybe that’s a function of the fact that QBs pick on his side of the field more often, or maybe Dana left him a few cases of Red Bull in his locker, either way he’s been as great as you can ask a backup safety filling in for a multi-year starter to be.As for the defense at large, I think a lot of the lapses have been a result of the fact that none of OSU’s second halves have been close. It’s hard to play with, say, the intensity you would at Kyle Field on Saturday when it’s 2 in the morning and you’re up 40 on a Conference-USA team. Is it excusable? No, but it’s correctable and I have confidence in Bill Young getting work done this week.If 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!
Amid rumours of interest in Alvaro Morata, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde admitted there is room in his squad for a new striker.On Friday, the La Liga leaders agreed a €1 million fee with Sevilla for Munir El Haddadi, who was set to depart the club at the end of the season when his contract expired.Instead, Munir will leave in January, opening up a spot in the Barcelona team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With a strong forward line, there wasn’t a lot of gametime available for Munir, who made one start for Barca this season, along with six substitute appearances.However, the publication Sport reported the club had joined the hunt for out-of-favour Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.And while Valverde did not comment on those rumours, he did admit the team will be looking to add to their strike force, if not from outside the club, then from within.“There’s space [for a new striker] with Munir leaving,” Valverde said. “The window’s open and we’ll see if we can bring someone in. If not, we will look to the B team.”Morata has come in for frequent criticism the last two seasons, though he has scored nine goals for Chelsea in all competitions this season.A midweek defeat to Levante in the Copa del Rey round of 16 arguably showed Barca’s need for depth in their forward line.The La Liga champions struggled in a 2-1 defeat away, as Valverde elected to rest several of his starters, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, though they have a second leg at Camp Nou to overturn the deficit.Barca’s only goal came from the penalty spot from Philippe Coutinho, and was won by Denis Suarez, who is expected to join Arsenal during the January window.Valverde is likely to restore his starters as his Barca side host 13th placed Eibar on Sunday.They will be aiming to maintain or extend the five point lead at the top of the table held coming at the start of the weekend.
zoom Swedish provider of specialized products and engineering solutions Alfa Laval signed in June frame agreements with two different shipowners for the supply of its ballast water treatment systems (BWTS).As informed, the systems will be delivered during a three-year period and retrofitted on tankers and bulk carriers.The fleet orders were received from undisclosed parties, a tanker operator in the Middle East and a bulk carrier operator in Europe, which will time the booking of individual BWTS orders with the scheduled dry docking of their vessels. Alfa Laval said it will make the first of its PureBallast system deliveries to the shipowners during the latter part of 2017.“The Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force on September 8 of this year and these frame agreements are a clear sign that the ballast water treatment market is moving forward,” Kristina Effler, Manager Global Business Management, Alfa Laval PureBallast, said. “Shipowners are beginning to look beyond individual installations towards long-term solutions that will ensure compliance for their entire fleet,” Effler added.The framework agreements Alfa Laval has signed for PureBallast cover 45 and eight systems respectively, many of which will handle a significant ballast water flow. The first order includes 22 systems with capacities of 2,000 m3/h or 3,000 m3/h, while the second order comprises four systems of 1500 m3/h and an additional four of 3000 m3/h, according to Alfa Laval.Alfa Laval received BWT certificate from the United States Coast Guard Marine Safety Center in December 2016.
TORONTO – A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for two Toronto police officers accused of eating a marijuana-laced chocolate bar they allegedly took during a raid at a pot shop.Const. Jamie Young and Const. Vittorio Dominelli did not appear in court on Tuesday for the date-setting.Their case is set to return on Aug. 7.The officers face a number of criminal charges, including attempt to obstruct justice and breach of trust.They also face misconduct charges under the Police Services Act, but their disciplinary hearing has been put over until the criminal proceedings are complete.Police tribunal documents allege Young and Dominelli became distressed after eating the pot-infused chocolate and called 911.The documents say criminal charges laid against seven people at the pot shop had to be thrown out because of the officers’ alleged misconduct.
FREDERICTON — Documents filed with the Federal Court show the former Harper government was concerned about the legal and political fallout from how it dealt with a New Brunswick potato farmer jailed for more than a year in Lebanon.Henk Tepper languished in a Beirut jail cell in 2011 and 2012 on allegations he tried to export diseased potatoes to Algeria.In 2013 he launched a lawsuit against the Canadian government, saying the government didn’t do enough to try to secure his freedom, and therefore his right to life, liberty and security of person were violated.The lawsuit, which seeks $16.5 million in damages, also says the RCMP provided private information including the annual sales of Tepper’s farm and value of his home to Algerian authorities in contravention of the Privacy Act.In a 13-page statement of defence, the government said it provided Tepper with diplomatic help and made “numerous and frequent diplomatic interventions” on his behalf.It states there were about 10 meetings between Tepper and representatives of the Canadian government to monitor his well-being, 40 phone conversations with Tepper’s family members and 50 interactions with his lawyers.The case has yet to make it to trial, although a pre-trial conference is set for Monday in Ottawa.Documents — including government emails — disclosed by the defence and filed with the court last week show that, during his incarceration, officials cautioned each other about saying anything publicly that could help in a Tepper lawsuit.Tepper had already filed a civil suit against the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for negligence concerning inspections and documents for the potato shipment to Algeria in 2007.Someone had doctored one of the inspection reports to say the shipment was all approved, when in fact a portion of the shipment — from Quebec — had tested positive for Bacterial Ring Rot which is a quarantine pest in Algeria.Tepper was unaware that Algeria had been granted an Interpol Red Notice for his arrest, until he was stopped by authorities in Lebanon when he arrived for an agricultural trade mission.Tepper’s detention and possible extradiction to Algeria generated a lot of public and media attention, and according to the documents filed with the court — a lot of discussion among government and consular officials.Notes from one meeting of consular staff read “given Tepper’s role, the commercial world of the Maritimes, there is a lot of interest at the political level. The family is extremely litigious.”Another email, dated April 11, 2011, reads “MSFA (Minister of State Foreign Affairs) has instructed us to meet Thursday with Mr. Tepper’s wife and sister. There will have to be solid preparation for this. Otherwise – add another $100 million to the legal liability fund.”By July 5, 2011, the-then minister of state for foreign affairs, Diane Ablonczy, wrote an email saying “I foresee another Tepper lawsuit against GoC for business/monetary losses relating to our ‘failure’ to have him released. Points up importance of better communication with Canadians about what we can and cannot do, especially with regards to the legal process in other countries.”At the time, one of the people exerting pressure on the government to secure Tepper’s release was Senator Pierrette Ringuette of New Brunswick, and it appears government officials were not happy about it, often complaining in emails that the senator was misrepresenting the facts.During one string of emails, staff of the ministry of state foreign affairs complained about the senator and raised concerns about a planned meeting between her and officials of the RCMP.“The more we cater to this woman the longer the story lives on. There is no good that can come of this meeting,” one person wrote.The response was “Ok. I did want to throat punch her though…,” with a subsequent reply alluding to a profane sexist smear.By November 2011, John Baird, the-then foreign affairs minister, was considering a call to the Lebanese justice minister requesting that Tepper be expelled back to Canada.However in an email to Ablonczy, staff advised “we have no reason to put all our eggs in one basket for this guy and not some of our other cases where there is more humanitarian reasons to do so.”And: “In addition, Mr. Tepper is currently suing the GoC… seems odd why we would do something out of the ordinary for him and not others.”Tepper was held in a basement cell that measured about five metres by 10 metres. It was dark and infested with cockroaches and spiders.He eventually returned to Canada on March 31, 2012, after his lawyers obtained a Lebanese presidential decree.Following his return to Canada, Tepper said he felt let down by his own government.Although Tepper is free and back in New Brunswick, the Interpol Red Notice remains in place, keeping him from travelling outside of the country.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press
Rabat – The province of Essaouira launched its Territorial Innovation Lab on Wednesday, the first open innovation initiative in Morocco.The innovation lab is an open, though non-physical, “third place” for public and private entities, local authorities, university labs, and associations to work on the region’s development issues.“The recent developments of our province and Essaouira city are the result of a joint action. We are happy and proud that this nation-wide first has found its natural space in Essaouira,” said Essaouira-born Andre Azoulay, an advisor to King Mohammed VI on the initiative.Read Also: ShanghaiRanking: Morocco’s Cadi Ayyad University Best in Francophone Africa“Joint problem-solving for the common good could become a more effective model of action in response to increasing societal needs,” said Kholoud Kahime, a researcher at the Capacity Building Centre of the Essaouira Higher School of Technology and spokesperson for the lab. While closed innovation companies innovate using only internal resources, an organization’s boundaries become permeable once it adopts open innovation. This allows the company’s resources to be combined with external cooperators.The founding members of the lab include Cadi Ayyad University, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, IBM, and Dupont OCP Operations Consulting, among others.
We live in a world of touchscreens. For the most part, those touchscreens are dedicated devices that react to a tactile response. Completely buttonless, these devices are paired with software and exist both as the next wave of technology and as a commentary on the current state of the technical design. How far will the desire for a buttonless world take us exactly? Full touchscreen displays in our cars, our refrigerators, our washers and driers? Sure, that’s all being done in some way, but are we ready to replace the buttons that we use the most? The world renowned industrial designer Dr. Kazuo Kawazaki seems to think we are ready to replace our keyboards with the Cool Leaf Keyboard.DesignThe Cool Leaf Keyboard is, at first glance, a gorgeous slab of reflective wonder. There are no keys, no lines, nothing. When the keyboard is off, all you see is the reflective glass encased in flat black plastic. The keyboard connects to your computer via a miniUSB cable and offers basic elevation extenders for those who prefer their keyboards at a steeper angle. When the cord is plugged in, the “keys” light up, showing you a full keyboard. The keys are all pretty pixelated with a one inch border around the entire board.Were it not for the USB cord coming out of the back of this, you’d have absolutely no idea it was a keyboard by looking at it. The keys fade away when the board is not in use, creating a visually appealing addition to any desk. I have some initial concerns about the fragility of a big glass slab in the middle of my desk, but the design is such that you could spill something on it and not worry that you’ve ruined your keyboard. The Cool Leaf Keyboard comes with a microfiber polishing cloth that allows you to wipe the keyboard down quickly and remove any fingerprints (don’t worry, it will have fingerprints).PracticalityI’ll be blunt here — if you are typing thousands of words or thousands of lines of code a day, Cool Leaf is not for you. There’s no tactile response at all. In lieu of haptic feedback of any kind, the keyboard has a user adjustable beep that goes off when you touch the keyboard. It’s a single tone, unchangeable in any way except for volume. If you use your computer in a room with any significant daylight, you will have trouble seeing the keys more often than not. You will either have issues with reflection, or the backlight will not be strong enough. The keyboard is multitouch, which is a must for multiple key commands, and it does that very well. The Cool Leaf Keyboard threw very few errors that weren’t just the result of a new user adjusting to a new environment. In fact, it doesn’t take long at all for a user to really adjust to it. If you are a casual typist, or if you are not a “home row” or ten-finger typist, the Cool Leaf Keyboard is actually pretty cool.Final ThoughtsI exposed the Cool Leaf Keyboard to as many people in my local social circle as I could. I found that programmers, writers, people who type for a great length of time every day really didn’t have a taste for the keyboard. However, casuals and those who have never really “learned” how to type really enjoyed the experience. In some ways, the Cool Leaf Keyboard is yet another example of the growing divide between the worker class of computer users and the consumer class.At $250, however, the Cool Leaf Keyboard is really just for those of us who see their desktop experience as a work of art, and not a productivity machine. It’s a nice keyboard, and has some nice qualities, but where the keyboard is lacking is significant enough to push away the one significant group of people who would spend this kind of money on a keyboard, people who sit in front of one all day every day.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 31, 2017 – Nassau – The Department of Social Services (DOSS) wishes to remind the public of its established protocols for accessing various forms of assistance from their office.Persons requiring assistance are asked to apply at the Community Support Outreach Centre nearest to their residence in New Providence or the Family Islands. New Providence Centres are located on Horse Shoe Drive, in the V. Munnings Building, Wulff Road, in the NIB Office Building, Fox Hill, in the Davis Building opposite Fox Hill Park and Robinson Road, in the NIB Office Building at Montell Heights.The Food Assistance ProgrammeThe Department of Social Services’ Food Assistance programme is ongoing and over ten thousand (10,000) persons receive this assistance on a monthly basis. Persons who qualify are provided VISA Prepaid Cards which permit them to shop at various supermarkets with a degree of dignity. This could not be done previously with the food coupons because the coupons wererestricted to use at one supermarket on a particular date, and no balances could be left on the coupons for future use.School Uniform and FootwearThe process for clients to apply for assistance with uniform and footwear to students of the various public schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama and the Family Islands commenced in July.All prospective clients and their households must be assessed for eligibility. The applicant must be eighteen (18) years or older, a citizen of The Bahamas and produce identification and supporting financial documents.Assistance to The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI)The Department has provided assistance to underprivileged adults in New Providence and Grand Bahama to obtain certification from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute in various fields of endeavour.The DOSS is processing applications from persons who have applied for assistance with school fees to BTVI for the 2017 Fall Semester.It should be noted that the Department is currently reviewing its protocols of providing ongoing assistance to students of BTVI, to ensure that it remains within its overall budget allocation for 2017-2018.The DOSS wishes to apologize to the RISE clients of the Wulff Rd. Centre for any inconvenience they may have experienced due to RISE cards not being loaded with funds. It is expected that this matter will be rectified shortly, however, in the interim RISE clients are requested to contact their assigned Social Worker or the Centre Manager at the Wulff Road Centre for assistance.The public is encouraged to contact the main office of the Department of Social Services in the Sunshine Plaza on Blue Hill Road at telephone numbers 604-4200 or 604-4201 for further enquiries or clarification on any of its programmes.Press Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Authorities have identified the man who was crushed by his vehicle Tuesday at 2423 Rossiter Lane in Vancouver. Emergency responders found Torrie E. Bliss, 42, of Vancouver dead under the vehicle Tuesday evening after they were dispatched to the home in the Fourth Plain Village neighborhood.The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office said Bliss died of multiple blunt-force injuries and ruled his death an accident.Bliss was visiting his son at the time of the accident.The Vancouver Police Department’s major crimes unit is investigating the incident.
Tobyhanna Army Depot photo by Thomas RobbinsEditor’s Note: On Base will not publish Friday, but will resume publishing on Mon., April 22. While recent news coverage has focused on privatized family housing, many service members and military families live off base.ADC wants to learn more about how communities, regions and states are planning, developing and maintaining quality, affordable housing outside the gate. We are looking for examples of plans, initiatives, organizations or people advancing these issues locally and specific outcomes that have been achieved.Has your community, region or state implemented successful strategies to tackle the issues of affordability or quality? Do you know thought leaders on this topic who might be valuable for ADC to learn from? Please send your ideas or comments to email@example.com. ADC AUTHOR