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Mets Arise, Pound Marlins, 9-1

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Mets told Wilmer Flores the starting shortstop job is open next year, and the young infielder might just win the job with his bat.Flores homered twice and drove in six runs for the second time this year, Ruben Tejada capped a four-run fourth inning with a two-run double, and the Mets routed the Miami Marlins 9-1 on Sept. 16 night to end a three-game skid.“I think what he’s done offensively has helped him defensively,” Manager Terry Collins said of Flores, who has been knocked for his play in the field.Just hours after Commissioner Bud Selig said he was impressed with the manner in which the Mets were rebuilding, the 23-year-old Flores hit a three-run shot in the fifth and a two-run drive in the seventh — both off reliever Brad Penny.He also had an RBI double in the fourth as the Mets scored their most runs at home since they tallied 11 against the Phillies on July 30. After slowly developing the power stroke the organization thinks he is capable of providing, Flores is 8-for-15 with three homers and 10 RBIs in his last four games. He has six long balls overall.“Maybe it takes a little more time for some people,” Flores said about finding his swing against big leaguers. “I’m seeing the ball well right now.”Bartolo Colon (14-12) bounced back from his shortest outing of the year to pitch 7 2-3 innings for New York, allowing one run and a season-high 12 hits. The only extra-base hit was a double to Reed Johnson, who had three hits. He struck out seven without a walk.“I was able to execute at the right moment to get out of the big inning,” the always smiling Colon said through a translator.The Mets and Marlins each have 73 wins in the competition for third place in the NL East. New York has two more losses with 10 games to play. Miami, which outhit the Mets 13-12, has 12 games remaining.The Mets must go 8-2 to avoid their sixth straight losing season.Curtis Granderson had an RBI single among his three hits, and the Mets handed Nathan Eovaldi (6-12) his sixth straight losing decision over seven starts, dating to Aug. 13. Eovaldi yielded six runs and six hits over 4 1-3 innings.Flores connected off Penny two batters after Eovaldi was pulled in the fifth. Flores also had six RBIs on June 2 at Philadelphia.“He’s in a career record for innings, so maybe he could be running out of gas. I don’t know. The ball seems to still be coming out of his hands. He’s just making mistakes,” Marlins Manager Mike Redmond said of Eovaldi. “He’s making mistakes and they’re making him pay.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The 11 Best Quotes From the Oklahoma State-Iowa State Game

first_imgMike Gundy on being clutch“I don’t know if I’ve ever been around a team, I’m sure I haven’t, that’s been as effective that this one has been on third downs.” (Oklahoman)Jordan Sterns on his favorite play (the game-sealing pick)“It’s probably my favorite play of mine so far, personally. Just because it’s been about 20 games and I’ve come close to a bunch of interceptions and I dropped them. I finally came up with one tonight … I was smiling. I felt like I was back in little league when I scored my first touchdown.” (Oklahoman)Gundy on TV“I’m sure TV loves us. It’s a good win by the team. As we all know, coming up here and playing is never really easy.” (AP)J.W. Walsh on being relentless“You don’t win without having some maturity and a relentless football team and we’ve been able to attain those things very well. There was not a doubt in anyone’s mind. You could see it in everybody’s eyes.” (AP)Gundy with some truth“Those [losses] never go away as a coach. Down 10 in the fourth quarter, [2011] crossed my mind.” (ESPN)Walsh on Rudolph (this is awesome)“I walked up to Mason [before the fourth quarter] on the sideline and told him, ‘You do you.’ He’s shown that when it’s crunch time, he makes plays — every time.” (ESPN)David Glidden on the year“This is — I don’t want to say a dream season yet. Hopefully we can look back at the end and say that it was.” (ESPN)Mike Gundy on that first half“I said this all week long. I said it again last night, I said it again today, I said it in the locker room, [and] I said it before we left the hotel, you’re challenge this week is to come out with as much fire in your stomach as you did last week, and we didn’t. And that’s all we talked about. I just don’t understand why. We were just kinda flat.” (Go Pokes)Gundy on the false start“I thought, ‘That’s the best break we’ve got all day.’ We finally got a break. Somebody was kind of looking over us, and then, to convert.” (Tulsa World)Walsh summing it up for all of us“That’s crazy. Our team is unbelievable. It’s not just the leaders who say, ‘Hey, we’ve got a chance. We’re in this thing.’ It’s everybody. The whole team believes.” (Tulsa World)Paul Rhoads with some truth“Plenty of fight in our kids, and they showed it against a team ranked fifth in the country, (that) now sits 10-0 and has an opportunity to finish up to play in the playoffs and play for a national championship.” (Tulsa World)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!last_img read more

Bahrain-Merida cycling team being used to ‘sportswash’, campaigners say

first_imgCampaign groups have written to the UCI, cycling’s governing body, protesting at its licensing of the Bahrain-Merida team, and the team’s participation in the Tour de France, due to concerns for human rights.In the letter, under the umbrella of the Sport and Rights Alliance and led by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (Bird), the signatories claim that the team, led by the 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali, is a vehicle for the Bahrain government to “sportswash” its appalling human rights abuses. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Reuse this content Human rights Sportswashing and the tangled web of Europe’s biggest clubs Read more Since you’re here… Bahrain … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Topics Tour de France 2019 Tour de France Read more Share on WhatsApp Cycling Share on Messenger Share on Facebook The spokesperson did not explain what approach the UCI took to the human rights concerns, or why they were not a barrier to the team’s registration. He added: “For the upcoming season, the independent licence commission will review the applicable criteria, including ethical, based on all available information pertaining to the team. The assessment … concentrates on the team and its members.”Sayed Alwadaei, the director of advocacy at Bird, described that as a “very disappointing” response. “We raised similar concerns in 2016 and despite the severity of our concerns the UCI awarded Bahrain-Merida team the WorldTeam licence,” he said. “We are asking the UCI now to be transparent about their due diligence and to disclose their assessment, as a rational assessment must account for a history of severe rights abuses.” “The Bahraini government has a reputation for using high-profile sporting events to divert international attention from the country’s appalling human rights record,” the letter states, “and we are concerned that Bahrain-Merida’s participation in UCI competitions is consistent with these aims.”Addressed personally to the UCI president, David Lappartient, the letter alleges that the Bahrain-Merida team may be in violation of the UCI’s code of ethics, which requires participants to “show commitment to an ethical attitude”.The signatories, also including Transparency International Germany and the Committee to Protect Journalists, urge the UCI to disclose its review of the team’s ethical compliance conducted as part of the licensing process and to consider the human rights abuses highlighted when reviewing the team’s licence for next season.Bahrain-Merida has strongly denied the allegations, arguing that they are ill-targeted and illogical because the team are completely distinct and separate from the Bahraini government.International concern for human rights has focused on the gulf kingdom of Bahrain since the regime’s brutal crackdown of popular demonstrations during the 2011 Arab spring, in which 28 civilians died, including five people who had been tortured while in government custody.The most recent Amnesty international report, for 2017-18, referred to in the letter, noted deepening repression, including the deaths of five men and one child, and hundreds of people injured, due to excessive force including live ammunition being used against protestors; “scores of people sentenced to long prison terms after unfair trials”, and at least 150 people stripped of their nationality.Citing “a large-scale campaign to clamp down on all forms of dissent”, Amnesty cited media restrictions including the closure of Bahrain’s only independent newspaper, al-Wasat, the targeting of journalists, and the reported torture of human rights defenders and political activists. The signatories draw attention in their letter to the fact that the Bahrain-Merida team was launched in 2017 by a son of the ruling king of Bahrain, Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, who is still described as the team’s leader on its website. The website states that the team project began “with a casual bike ride in the desert of Bahrain between His Highness Sheikh Nasser and Vincenzo Nibali”.A brigadier-general in the Bahrain army and commander of the Royal Guard, Sheikh Nasser is a senior figure in the country’s sports institutions, chairing the Olympic committee until March this year. In 2011 he called publicly, on television, for the punishment of sportspeople who had taken part in demonstrations, saying: “To everyone that demands the fall of the regime, may a wall fall on their heads … whether he is an athlete, an activist or a politician … Today is the judgment day.”More than 150 professional sportspeople were reported to have been arrested, detained, tortured, imprisoned or excluded from their sports during the crackdown, for taking part in pro democracy demonstrations. Representatives of Sheikh Nasser say that he had no personal involvement in identifying any athletes nor in any suspensions or arrests.“Sportswashing” is a term coined by Amnesty to describe repressive regimes sanitising their countries’ reputations by becoming associated with sport’s appeal. The Tour de France and other cycling competitions offer all sponsors weeks of coverage with logos worn by great athletes in some of the world’s most spectacular locations. Representatives of the Bahrain-Merida team and Sheikh Nasser told the Guardian that the team is not associated with the country’s human rights record, is not in breach of the UCI’s ethics code nor engaged in sportswashing because it is completely distinct and separate from the government. They say that the team is funded by private sponsors, including Merida, the cycling manufacturer listed on the Taiwanese stock exchange, although several of the sponsors – which include the Bahrain sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat and the oil company Bapco which itself says that it is wholly owned by the government – are described as “semi-government companies”. A UCI spokesperson told the Guardian that it had been aware of the “allegations of human rights violations by the Bahrain regime … prior to the initial registration of Bahrain-Merida as a UCI WorldTeam late 2016.” Middle East and North Africa Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Health remains key challenge in Indias development Kovind

first_imgWardha: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said health remains a key challenge in India’s development, but the Centre was committed to tackle it through its various programmes.He said lack of access to health services, malnutrition and neglected tropical diseases put severe constraints on the country. Kovind was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”As a country with 18 per cent of world population, we carry 20 per cent of the prevalence of global diseases. We are challenged by the triple burden of communicable, non-communicable and new and emerging diseases,” the President said. “Health remains a key development challenge for India. Lack of access to health services, malnutrition and neglected tropical diseases place severe constraints on us. Our government remains committed to tackle these through the flagship Ayushman Bharat programme and other health missions. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Our problems are complex and intertwined with our larger socio-economic challenges,” he said. Kovind said the institution in the last 50 years has made a stellar contribution to the nation’s progress, earning immense appreciation and respect for its academic excellence and as much for its service to people. An institution inspired by the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi could have only prospered in the manner, he added. On the occasion, he condoled the deaths of people in the devastating floods in various parts of the country, including Maharashtra. “My prayers are with the families who lost their near and dear ones. I hope and wish that those affected are able to get back to normal life soon. I commend the services of the central government and respective state governments for bringing relief in flood-affected areas…,” the President said.last_img read more

Money laundering offence against nation need Chidambarams custody to unearth conspiracy ED

first_imgNew Delhi: Money laundering is an offence against “society and nation”, the ED told the Supreme Court Thursday and said it needed custodial interrogation of former finance minister P Chidambaram to unearth the larger conspiracy in the INX Media money case under PMLA. The Enforcement Directorate told a bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna that it cannot show the material collected during the probe to Chidambaram at this stage as the evidence related to money trail of layers of money might be erased. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for ED, said there is no requirement of “exposing the materials, sources and evidence to the accused at the stage of pre-arrest bail” and investigation is the exclusive domain of the probe agency. “Money laundering is an offence against the society and the nation and probe agency has a right and duty to unearth the entire conspiracy,” he told the bench, adding that the apex court has consistently held that economic offences are “gravest of grave” irrespective of the sentence prescribed for it. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “I have materials to show that laundering of money continued after 2009 and even today (in the INX Media case),” he said, adding that the ED wants to interrogate Chidambaram in custody and without the “protective umbrella” of anticipatory bail. The arguments in the case would continue during the day. The agency had on Wednesday told the court that the former minister was “playing victim card” and preventing the ED from arresting him, and added that no “witch hunt” was going on against him. Referring to the arguments advanced by Chidambaram’s counsel on Tuesday that ED wanted to humiliate him by arresting him, Mehta had said, “A victim card is sought to be played. They are saying humiliation. It is not. It is prevention, prevention and prevention with capital P. I am serious about this”. “Money laundering is a separate and stand alone offence and person using proceed of crime and using laundered money can equally be held guilty,” Mehta had said. Several countries have raised serious concern over “global phenomenon” of money laundering as it effects the economy of a nation and India has an obligation to fulfil towards other countries, he had added. Referring to provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Mehta had said it provides that material collected during the probe is sent to adjudicating authority in a sealed cover. To this, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Chidambaram, responded saying they never argued that they wanted access to the material collected by the ED but only said that the agency should put it to the accused and question him on it. The apex court is hearing a plea filed by Chidambaram who has challenged the August 20 verdict of the Delhi High Court denying him anticipatory bail in the INX Media corruption and money laundering cases lodged by the CBI and ED. CBI had lodged an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister. Thereafter, ED lodged a money laundering case.last_img read more

Adrian Grenier Asks You To StopSucking On Plastic Straws In New Social

first_imgAmericans alone use approximately 500 million plastic straws everyday, polluting the ocean and harming sea life.Video: Lonely Whale Foundation’s #StopSucking PSATo change the dialogue about the impact of single-use plastics, the Lonely Whale Foundation debuted a new PSA on August 1 encouraging people to #StopSucking on plastic straws.Co-founder of Lonely Whale Foundation and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, Adrian Grenier says it is critical to help all people understand the very real consequences our consumption has on the environment.“By the year 2050, it’s estimated there will be more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish. Our ocean and marine life are suffering and it’s only going to get worse if we don’t take immediate collective action,” explains Grenier. We see straws as a “gateway plastic” in understanding the pollution problem and a simple way to motivate consumers and industry leaders to take greater action against all single-use plastics,” says Grenier.Influencers appearing in the social awareness project include Adrian Grenier, Van Jones, Amy Smart, Kendrick Sampson, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Daniel Franzese among others asking viewers to pledge to “#StopSucking” and “go plastic strawless.”Visit to take the pledge to #StopSucking plastic straws. The website includes a guidebook for establishments to make the switch from plastic to a marine-friendly option like paper, bamboo, stainless steel and reed straws.Foundation Executive Director Dune Ives explains the “campaign isn’t just about plastic straws, it’s about building a connected and motivated global audience focused on the issue of ocean health.”“We depend on the ocean for our sustenance and the oxygen we breath,” says Grenier. “It is in our best interest to ensure the health of the ocean so that we can ensure the health of all marine species and ourselves.”last_img read more

Living under constant threat

first_imgMass shootings seem to have become a sad new normal in societies these days. On Friday morning, two shooting incidents were reported from the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid in Linwood, both in Christchurch, New Zealand, resulting in multiple fatalities. The Bangladesh cricket team members were present at the mosque when the shoot-out happened. Fortunately, they escaped unhurt. The third Test, which was scheduled to start at Hagley Oval on Saturday, has been cancelled. Players took to social media to express shock. Mass shootings are happening too often and at extremely unexpected venues like concerts, places of worship, even cafes and schools. And who are the targets? Anybody, actually. These incidents leave a deep impact on people including post-traumatic stress disorder. Certain debilitating psychiatric conditions may get chronic, like the survivor’s guilt, which can aggravate over time and become more difficult to treat. It is thus important to understand and consider the fears and feelings of not only children but also adults who are involved in such incidents. Very often, they have lifelong influences. Mass shootings definitely contribute to heightened societal anxiety, posing a hindrance towards effective solutions. Firsthand experience of gun violence in what should be a ‘safe place’ for them can be indeed challenging and overbearing. Violence and criminality are pervasive in popular social themes and mass murderers gain notoriety through non-stop deliberations, resulting in a culture where narratives of such shootings spread and gain momentum. Undoubtedly, such episodes evoke raw emotions. For prevention, the world has adopted a number of measures that are also endorsed by researchers and doctors. Some of them include tightening gun laws, identifying potentially dangerous people in a community, learning self-defence mechanisms, restricting depictions of mayhem in video games, social media or on prime-time television, a crackdown on bullying in schools and working towards a peaceful conflict resolution. But hate crimes are rising. And each time, such frightening cases have either close or distant association with white supremacy and far-right extremism. Regrettably, they are motivated by the victim’s ethnicity, religion, race and even gender. It is a very complicated and stubborn phenomenon where the perpetrators feel emboldened enough to disobey the law and carry out their acts of violence. Thus, only prayers are not enough. What we need are stricter laws against such acts of violence, regulations which can set a precedence of its own and be an emblematic example to society, taking us towards an enhanced pervasiveness of investigation and study of each of such acts. Behind every such action, the hate is real. And so is the threat.last_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball holds off Illinois on road 4839

Junior center Amir Williams (23) reaches up for a shot. OSU beat Illinois, 48-39, Feb. 15 at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. Courtesy of Brenton Tse / The Daily IlliniAs March approaches and college basketball teams look to build their résumés, perhaps the most important thing any team can have is a short memory.Just four days after having a three-game winning streak snapped at home by archrival No.15 Michigan, 70-60, the Ohio State Buckeyes got back to their winning ways against Illinois, beating the Fighting Illini, 48-39.Despite a tough first half where the Buckeyes trailed by as many as six points — including a three-point margin at halftime — No. 22 OSU (20-6, 7-6, fifth in the Big Ten) would manage to fight its way back in the second half.Five points from junior forward LaQuinton Ross — who finished the game with nine points — followed by a 3-pointer from senior guard Aaron Craft was enough for OSU to take a 28-25 lead with 15:14 remaining. The Buckeyes would never trail again.Although the Fighting Illini (14-12, 3-10) would cut the lead to one at 30-29 with 12:19 left, OSU would score the next 12 points and secure its 20th win of the season. It is the ninth consecutive season OSU has won at least 20 games.Despite not playing in the final 10:13 of the first half, Craft finished the game with a game-high 14 points.Freshman forward Marc Loving and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle would contribute for OSU off the bench, scoring eight and five points respectively.Illinois junior center Nnanna Egwu continued to hurt OSU on the glass, recording a career-high 13 rebounds on the night to go with six points.OSU’s 48 points were its lowest total of the season, but managed to hold Illinois to just 16 points in the second half. The 39 points by Illinois were the second fewest allowed by the Buckeyes this season, with only the 35 scored by Marquette Nov. 16 being less.Next up, OSU is scheduled to return to the Schottenstein Center for a matchup against Northwestern (12-13, 5-7, seventh in the Big Ten) Wednesday at 7 p.m. read more

Mens soccer Ohio State seeks revenge against Michigan State in Big Ten

Senior defender Hunter Robertson (6) passes the ball upfield during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 6 seed Ohio State men’s soccer team hits the road and looks for revenge against the No. 3 seeded Spartans in the first round of the Big Ten tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.The Buckeyes (7-9-1, 3-5-0 Big Ten) enter the matchup riding an eight-game losing streak, which started against the Spartans, as Ohio State lost 5-1 on Oct. 1. In their last game of the season, the Buckeyes fell 2-0 to Wisconsin.Head coach John Bluem thought the cause of the loss came from self-inflicted mistakes by the team.“I think what we learned most from that game is that our own mistakes is what really killed us,” Bluem said. “Immediately after tying the game up, before halftime we allowed another goal which kind of killed us. In the second half, I don’t think we had the attitude and the mental capacity to come back from that mistake.”The Spartans (11-2-3, 5-0-3 Big Ten) are coming off of a 1-1 tie against Indiana and are undefeated at home this season (5-0-2). The five in-conference wins were the most in program history.Senior forward Nate Kohl believes the loss earlier in the season to the Spartans was not an accurate representation of Ohio State.“We’re going to Michigan State and it’s not an easy place to play, but I believe that if we play at our very best I think we can beat them,” Kohl said. “I mean the game we played earlier in East Lansing this year, I don’t think it was the character of our team. A 5-1 loss wasn’t Ohio State soccer, we’re going to come out and we’re going to be ready to play.”The Buckeyes are led offensively by junior midfielder Abdi Mohamed, who has 11 points (three goals, five assists), and freshman forward Joshua Jackson-Ketchup, who has seven points (three goals, one assist). But scoring will not be easy against junior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague, who was the first-ever Spartan to win Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year.Ohio State will take on a tough Spartan defense, which ranks second in the nation in shutout percentage (.643) and 11th in team goals against average (.667).The Spartans are led offensively by junior forward Ryan Sierakowski, who has 17 points (seven goals, three assists), and junior forward Dejuan Jones, who has 16 points (six goals, four assists). The Buckeyes hope to return starting sophomore goalie Parker Siegfried, who is 7-5-1 on the season.The Buckeye defense is holding opponents to 1.24 goals per game, but Siegfried allows just .90 goals per game and has picked up seven shutouts.Senior defender Hunter Robertson is embracing the Buckeyes’ underdog role and thinks it can play to their advantage. “Every year I’ve played in the Big Ten tournament there has always been some upsets,” Robertson said. “They thrashed us the first time, but I think this time if we can bring more intensity into the gameplay, be more physical, and if we can get one or two on them we can win the game.”Even though it’s single-game elimination, Robertson has confidence in his team to push through the adversity presented to them.“One game at a time, if you lose you’re out that’s the mindset right now,” Robertson said. “If we lose this game it’s my last game playing at Ohio State and I really don’t want that to happen, so I’ll do whatever I can to prevent it.”Robertson is one of three Ohio State players in the past 10 years to start in over 80 matches. He wants his senior year to continue and to have the chance to set the school record for most starts in program history, which would only be possible if the Buckeyes make it to the National Championship game.“If you would have told me that I was going to have that many starts when I first came in, I probably would’ve laughed and told you that you were crazy,” Robertson said. “I feel very humble and appreciative of every opportunity the coaches have given me and this has been, by far, the best experience of my life and I hope I can drag it out for as long as possible.” read more

Former Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney breaks his silence

first_imgh/t Kfmradio Kildare (Fan Page)The urinals in this Mayo bar have an interesting new re-design>Dublin’s Kevin McManamon and 10 other great sporting super subs> In order to draw a line under the last few weeks I feel it is in the best interests of Kildare football to release a statement so everybody can move on and get things in place for next year.I would like to thank everybody who has helped me over the last few years.A special thanks to all the people who have worked tirelessly in the back ground especially Julie Davis, Hugh Campbell, Tom Murphy, Danno Keely and Morgan O’Callaghan. To those that stood on the sideline with me, Jason, Damien, Niall, John, Aidan and Paul, I have learned so much from all your input as have the players with whom you worked. To the medical staff , Danny, Noel and David who have worked so hard to keep the players on the pitch and in a healthy frame of mind I thank you for all your hard work. Thank you to all.A special mention for all the people in Club Kildare, especially Pat, Dermot and June, who put in so many hours behind the scenes .They raised valuable funds in such a difficult economic time. Your help will never be forgotten by the players or the management.To the supporters it has been an absolute pleasure to be part of this journey over the last six years. Thank you for all your support both in the good days and the bad, your passion for football has been matched only by your generosity and kindness towards the whole Kildare county set up. To the clubs I would like to say thanks for all your support and your work in developing the young (and not so young )players so that they were in a position to line out for their county and proudly represent their clubs.Finally, I want to emphasise to all the players that it has been an honour to stand beside you and to work with you. Although we never got the silver ware we hoped for I know that it was not for the lack of effort or desire. There has been a lot of changes over the last twelve months and I really believe with the emergence of new talent alongside the experience and ability that exists in the squad means its only a matter of time before Kildare achieve what they have been working towards.Ní neart go cur le chéileKieran Mc Geeney FORMER KILDARE BOSS Kieran McGeeney has broken his silence, thanking fans for their support in a statement released tonight.McGeeney had been expected to appear on RTE’s Second Captains show this evening, only to pull out at the last minute.And the coach, who was recently ousted from his post as manager of the county in controversial circumstances, said:last_img read more

New plastic light bulbs are cheap efficient long lasting

first_imgAside from the spiraling energy-saver bulbs (CFLs) and then LEDs, you might be under the false impression that light bulbs haven’t changed too drastically over the years. However, with the advent of  a new bulb made from layers of plastic, the venerable technology might be getting yet another overhaul.The bulbs emit light using technology known as field-induced polymer electroluminescent technology, or FIPEL. FIPEL isn’t entirely new technology — it involves sending electricity through a conductive polymer to create light. However, it doesn’t create enough to make for an efficient bulb. Inventor of the new bulb, Dr. David Carroll of Wake Forest University, states the new material can be made into any shape. He also notes that the new bulb produces a higher quality of light, making it easier for people’s eyes to adjust to, matching the light of the Sun in terms of quality.Carroll also states that the new FIPEL bulbs work more efficiently than LEDs or OLEDs, noting that OLEDs don’t last long enough, and will melt when too much electric current passes through them in order to get a brighter light, whereas the FIPEL bulb won’t. The trick is that the team has figured out how to create light without heat, not using caustic chemicals or mercury to produce the light, and since they’re made of plastic, they’re much more durable than glass bulbs. The duration of the FIPEL bulb is longer as well, with one in his lab lasting over a decade.He says that the team has a “corporate partner” looking into manufacturing the new bulb, and that they might being rolling off the production line as early as 2013.BBC, via ExtremeTechlast_img read more

Chrome for Android Beta gets data compression boost

first_imgThe Google Chrome for Android Beta has just received experimental support for Opera Turbo-like data compression. If you’re lucky enough to own a device that’s supported by the Chrome Beta, you can install the new version from Google Play and flip the switch to see what kind of data savings you can expect.For Google OS blogger Alex Chitu, turning on data compression in Chrome saved more than 40%. The savings is achieved in the cloud, where Google’s SPDY proxy servers handle the bulk of the content delivery process — starting with DNS lookups. Images are re-compressed using Google’s own WebP standard, HTML code is analyzed and unnecessary characters and whitespace are removed, and the whole bundle is then squashed using gzip compression. After the squeezing is complete, content is finally pushed from Google’s proxy servers to your device.All content transmitted using Chrome data compression has to pass through Google’s Safe Browsing filter, which makes sense. Google doesn’t want its own servers handling pages that could be riddled with malware. It’s also worth noting that Chrome won’t transmit HTTPS requests to the proxy servers. On any sites where HTTPS is now the protocol of choice (like Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter), compression won’t be able to reduce your bandwidth usage.There’s also an interesting side effect from turning on data compression in the Chrome for Android Beta. The process renders ad-blocking tools useless, and it’s hard to believe that’s completely accidental. Google makes its living by serving up ads, and that can be tricky to do when Android users have ready access to low-level ad blockers.But hey, if your primary reason for blocking ads on your mobile device is that they suck up too much bandwidth, maybe Google’s hoping that a 40% overall savings will help bring you back into the ad-viewing fold.last_img read more

Destiny on PS4 has Rise of Iron exclusives for a year private

first_imgIf you pick up Destiny: The Collection on Xbox One you may be getting a ton of Destiny content, including every single DLC pack released so far, but you won’t be getting all of it. Sony has paid good money to keep exclusive Destiny content for their platforms, and they are continuing with it in the upcoming Rise of Iron expansion.The big PS4 exclusive this time is a new quest called Show of Strength, the “story of a Guardian’s impressive feats in a troubled land.” The troubled land is the new world beyond the Cosmodrome, the Plaguelands, where genetically modified creatures called Devil Splicers roam.“While you serve the Vanguard in the Plaguelands, I wonder if you’d be so kind as to help me understand the more brutal aspects of the Devil Splicers’ brand of worship.” – Tyra Karn Completing this quest will reward you with more exclusive content, such as this ship, the Timeless Tereshkova.PS4 Destiny owners will also be able to play in a new exclusive PvP map called Icarus. This is a Golden Age solar farm located in the Languid Sea of Mercury (because really, where else could be a better place for one of those?) that has somehow remained un-touched by the Vex. No one is quite sure why they haven’t invaded, but they want to figure out what has kept it safe. The Vanguard has been denying petitions from weapon foundries to research the place, but they have allowed Lord Shaxx to utilize it as a life-fire training zone. On the PlayStation, at least.Icarus is a mid-sized map that works with any 6v6 game mode. It’s got lots of long sightlines as well as close-combat environments, and it probably gets really hot in those helmets. Check out how it looks in the gallery below! All of this content is exclusive to the PS4 until Fall 2017, so Xbox owners can expect to wait a full year to try it, if they’re not playing Destiny 2 by that point.In more inclusive Destiny news, Bungie has just revealed that Rise of Iron will also come with a long-requested feature- private matches. This will allow you to play almost any variation of Crucible with your friends, allowing the leader of a group to select game type, map, score limit, time limit, light level (enabled or disabled), and time of day. This means that you can run or play private tournaments now, or even just enter a Crucible map for yourself in order to get the lay of the land. Don’t expect Halo levels of game customization and tweaks just yet, but this is a good step in the right direction.Expect this new feature to hit with the Rise of Iron on September 20. <>last_img read more

Adam Shacknai denies involvement in death of Rebecca Zahau

first_img Posted: March 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsShacknai, the younger brother of Zahau’s boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai, said he called 911, lowered the 32-year-old Zahau to the ground, and tried to perform CPR on her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.Dan Webb, the attorney for Adam Shacknai, asked his client if he participated at all in Zahau’s death.“Most certainly not,” Shacknai testified.Zahau’s mother and older sister filed the wrongful death lawsuit against him, alleging he confronted Rebecca Zahau a day after his brother’s 6-year-old son Max fell from a second-story landing at the mansion and was critically injured. The boy died five days later.The attorney for the plaintiffs, Keith Greer, alleged that Adam Shacknai delivered four blows to the head of Zahau, rendering her partially or fully unconscious. Greer also alleged that the defendant sexually assaulted Zahau, tied her hands and feet, put a noose around her neck and threw her body off a second-story balcony.Greer said the plaintiffs should be awarded unspecified monetary damages for loss of companionship and emotional support.Webb told the jury that there was no evidence that Adam Shacknai — who has lived and worked in Memphis for 30 years — had anything to do with Zahau’s death. Adam Shacknai said Zahau encouraged him to come to San Diego to support his brother at his time of need.Webb said the plaintiffs would not be able to prove their case.The attorney said four law enforcement agencies investigated Zahau’s death for two months and determined that she committed suicide.For KUSI’s complete coverage of the Zahau case, click here. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Adam Shacknai, Rebecca Zahau FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:15 PM Sasha Foo March 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man being sued by the family of a woman who authorities said committed suicide by hanging herself at her millionaire boyfriend’s Coronado mansion testified Monday that he had nothing to do with her death.Adam Shacknai, 54, testified that he emerged from a guest house at the mansion about 6:45 a.m. on July 13, 2011, and saw Rebecca Zahau’s naked, lifeless body hanging from a second-story balcony. Sasha Foo, Adam Shacknai denies involvement in death of Rebecca Zahaulast_img read more

ASA DuPont Young Leaders Explore Issues Participate in Leadership Training

first_imgThe 2018 class of DuPont Young Leaders completed their training at Commodity Classic in Anaheim. Photo credit: Joe MurphyThe 34th class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders completed their training, Feb. 25 – March 2, 2018 in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif.“The ASA DuPont Young Leader Program has provided the soybean industry and all of agriculture strong and well-connected leaders,” ASA President John Heisdorffer said. “The program fosters innovation, provides a forward looking training opportunity that fosters collaboration and strengthens the voice of the farmer. We are grateful to DowDuPont for their commitment to this program and for helping secure the future of the soybean industry.”While in Anaheim, the Young Leaders participated in leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and were recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet.The 2018 class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders includes: James Wray (AR); Rick Dickerson (DE); Jonathan Snow (DE); Joshua Plunk (IL); Chris Steele (IN); Chris Gaesser & Shannon Lizakowski (IA); Kevin & Kim Kohls (KS); Jared & Kimy Nash (KS); Clay & Lindsey Wells (KY); Caleb & Jordan Frey (LA); Walter & Kristen Grezaffi (LA); Brian & Michelle Washburn (MI); Scott & Polly Wilson (MI); Adam & Melanie Guetter (MN); James Locke (MS); Tyler Clay (MS); Dane Diehl & Erica Wagenknecht (MO); Kevin & Heather Kucera (NE); Scott Langemeier (NE); Philip & Lindsay Sloop (NC); Logan Ferry (ND); Justin Cowman (OH); Kevin & Brianna Deinert (SD); Jordan & Samantha Scott (SD); Charlie & Bettye Jane Roberts (TN); AJ Teal (TN); Tanner Johnson (WI); Pat & Sheri Mullooly (WI); and Ann & Jeff Vermeersch (Ontario, Canada).“It is critically important that our industry have strong leaders who are well-equipped to advocate for policies that benefit farmers,” said Krysta Harden, Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Sustainability Officer, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. “I am so proud of these young leaders who are stepping forward to ensure the farmer’s voice is heard.”For more information about the ASA DuPont Young Leader Program, click here.last_img read more

Services Look to Improve Installations Wireless Coverage

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Wireless communications coverage is limited at some installations, including rural bases and some larger ones, according to language in the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill approved last week by the House. At some larger installations, communications infrastructure outside the fence line is unable to provide consistent or optimal service to portions of the base. To monitor the various approaches the services are pursuing to improve wireless communications capabilities on installations, the House Armed Services Committee directs the service secretaries to brief it by Sept. 30 on their departments’ requirements, plans and timelines for improving coverage.The Navy is considering using real estate agreements, such as easements and enhanced use leases, to allow commercial industry to develop communications infrastructure on its installations to improve service and connectivity, according to the report. The Army and the Air Force also want to improve wireless capabilities on their bases but may be considering a different tack than the Navy.“The committee believes that wireless communications coverage on military installations not only provide valuable support for the quality of life for service members and their families, but also can support military requirements related to force protection, logistics, training or operations,” the report states.last_img read more

17 dead as Pak military plane crashes in residential area

first_imgIslamabad: At least 17 are dead after a Pakistani army plane crashed into a residential area in the major city of Rawalpindi early Tuesday morning, the country’s military said in a statement. Locals reported hearing a loud explosion at about 2 a.m. after seeing a plane flying unusually low over the city. “It was very, very low, unlike the planes that usually fly over the area,” said restaurant worker Irfan Zareen. “Suddenly, the plane started doing somersaults in the air and abruptly crashed.” Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us The body of a victim, killed after a Pakistani Army Aviation Corps aircraft crashed into residential buildings, is wheeled on a stretcher at hospital in Rawalpindi on July 30. The plane came down in a suburb of Rawalpindi, between Bahria Town and the Defense Housing Authority, which is populated by working-class villages. Zareen said a number of houses were either damaged or destroyed. Bike shop owner Mehvish Iqlaq said army helicopters and ambulances arrived and sealed off the area within 10 minutes of the crash. The area had been dark, without street lights, when the plane came down, she added.last_img read more

Terror funding case JKLFs Yasin Malik shifted from JK jail to Delhis

first_imgIn a secret move, the chairman of the J&K Liberation Front, Yasin Malik, was shifted out of the Kot Bhalwal prison to a high-security prison complex of Delhi’s Tihar Jail on Tuesday. Top intelligence sources said that only some higher rank jail officers were aware of the move. Malik was arrested after JKLF was banned by the government under the anti-terror law.”This is in accordance with a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism followed by govt,” Union Home Secretary Rajiv Guha said. Malik has been charged with the kidnapping of former Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s daughter, the murder of four Indian Air Force personnel and conspiring migration of Kashmiri Hindus from the valley.The Narendra Modi-led government had said that there are nearly 37 FIRs registered against Yasin Malik’s JKLF. The NIA has also registered a separate case against Malik. The NIA had brought Malik to Delhi on Tuesday evening after NIA court issued a production warrant.Who is Yasin Malik?Yasin Malik is one of the popular separatist leaders from Kashmir who has been a proponent of Azaad (independent) Kashmir since 1987 when militancy broke out in the valley. Malik was one of the few local men who crossed the Line of Control to get arms training from Pakistan occupied Kashmir.He floated JKLF which was the militant organisation that carried out many attacks against security forces in the valley. Malik was also arrested several times. But soon afterwards, he shunned the path of violence and is said to have adopted the Gandhian resistance policy. Key Kashmiri seperatist leaders Yasin Malik (L), Syed Ali Shah Geelani (C) and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq hold hands after addressing a press confrence in Srinagar on November 8, 2016.TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe recent move of the ban on JKLF by the government had evoked condemnation from mainstream politicians like Mehbooba Mufti and others in Kashmir saying that the order was unnecessary since Malik was no longer supporting violence.However, the government reiterated that it has credible evidence of Malik funding stone pelting activities in the valley. It was also said that JKLF was engaged in promoting anti-India feelings among the people of Kashmir, which is detrimental to the country’s territorial integrity.last_img read more

Texas Oil Regulator Says Customs And Border Protection Proposal Would Harm Industry

first_img Share 00:00 /01:15 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Berardo62 via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0The energy industry and ship builders are at odds over a Customs and Border Protection proposal.Could Homeland Security slow down the oil industry?A Texas oil and gas regulator thinks so. He says a proposal from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) could get in the way of offshore drilling.CBP wants to rethink how it interprets part of a law called the “Jones Act.” It basically requires ships conducting business along the coast to be American ships, meaning American-made.For decades, the government has allowed certain ships to be exempt from the law, but a proposal from CBP issued in the last few days of the Obama Administration would crack down on the leniency. More ships in the gulf would have to be U.S. ships.Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton says that would be a big cost for oil companies that use cheaper foreign ships, a cost they couldn’t immediately absorb.“So you’re gonna cut off some of the markets because they can’t afford to transport the product,” he says, adding that there just aren’t enough American ships in the gulf to keep the oil business humming.“And even if you went and ordered them all today, we’re talking years to get them all built and manufactured.”Sitton wants the proposal withdrawn, as does the energy industry. But ship builders love it. They describe it as an America-first policy that would support American jobs.Which puts the Trump Administration in a tricky spot. They have until mid-May to decide whether to prioritize energy development or American manufacturing, big Trump talking points that are seemingly at odds in this situation. Listenlast_img read more

10 Obscure Superman Characters Every Fan Should Know

first_imgStay on target Syfy Axes ‘Krypton’ Superhero Series After 2 SeasonsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History While Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman may not be coming back to the Supergirl TV show anytime soon, there are plenty of characters in the Super-mythos that the show can dip into. Here, we take a look at some of the most obscure characters from Superman’s universe, both friend, and foe, that we would like to see make a resurgence, be it on Supergirl or in the comics.Lucy LaneAs her name implies, Lucy Lane is in fact related to the Lois Lane. The younger of the Lane sisters, Lucy classically served as a romantic interest for Superman’s best pal, Jimmy Olsen. In modern iterations of the character, she has followed in her father’s footsteps and gone into the military. Eventually enlisted by her father into a top secret project that granted her super powers, Lucy became Superwoman, on a mission involved in a conspiracy to kill Superman. All of this was part of the New Krypton crossover going on in the Supergirl series which has been collected into a trade.Atomic SkullWhile the alias of two different characters, Albert Michaels and Joseph Martin, the idea is that some sort of horrific scientific accident causes them to become super strong, emit beams of radiation, and… have a cool looking glowing skull for a head.Kryptonite ManThe Kryptonite Man is less of a proper villain than he is a recurring pain in Superman’s side, regularly showing up in a different form or capacity every time he rears his ugly, poisonous head. Occasionally a being of pure green radiation, mostly a man infused with said radiation’s energy, the Kryptonite Man is a sure fire way to get Superman beat up. The most recent version of the character, Clay Ramsay, appeared in the New 52 Action Comics Annual #1, where his origin is told and available here.Lori LemarisLori Lemaris is one of those novel concepts that never really made her way out of the Silver Age that she was created in, which is a shame. A mermaid from the city Tritonis, a division of Atlantis, Lori first appeared way back in Superman #129 in 1959, as a college girlfriend of Clark Kent’s. Hiding her… mer-legs… mer-fin?… tail in the disguise of a wheelchair, Lori eventually had to return to Atlantis, revealing to Clark that not only was she not human, but that she knew his secret identity due to her telepathy. She has since appeared in a few modern stories, but nothing of note since a 2007 arc of Superman : Confidential.Christopher KentThe long lost, Phantom Zone-baby of General Zod, Christopher Kent came to earth in a rocket and was found by Lois Lane and Clark Kent. Raising the child as their own, they quickly learned of Christopher’s heritage as Zod came to Earth looking for his child. After spending some time in the Phantom Zone, Christopher emerged rapidly aged, now as a young man, and began fighting crime as the Kryptonian version of the hero Nightwing.Mon-ElA Daxamite, which is essentially a Kryptonian that is weak to lead as opposed to kryptonite, Lar-Gand landed on Earth with amnesia and was found by a young Clark Kent. Naming him “Mon-El”, and assuming him to be his own older brother, Clark eventually accidentally exposes him to lead and sends him to the Phantom Zone to save his life. The Legion of Superheroes in the 31st century eventually retrieve and cure him, where he becomes a valued member of the team. A great introduction to the Mon-El, the Legion, and the mythology of all of them is the Final Crisis : Legion of 3 Worlds storyline from 2009, which has since been collected here.Professor HamiltonProfessor Emil Hamilton was a longtime ally of Superman, constantly aiding him in any problem that was super-science involved. Eventually discovering that Superman’s powers were not just utilizing yellow sunlight, but absorbing it, he deemed that Superman was doing more harm than good, and became a supervillain. Going by the code name of Ruin, he began targeting Superman’s friends and family.ConduitKenny Braverman was born on the same night that Clark Kent’s rocket ship landed on earth. As the rocket passed over the car that Kenny was born in, it exposed baby Kenny to radiation. Infused with Kryptonite-like radiation, Kenny was a sickly child, constantly feeling overshadowed by his classmate Clark Kent. Eventually, he realized what he was, and what he could do with his new power, and he became the villain Conduit.AtlasIn the same story line that re-introduced Lucy Lane as Superwoman, it was revealed that General Sam Lane was responsible for many attacks on Superman. One of the most effective was Atlas, an old creation of Jack Kirby, who is a magically powered being with superb strength. Despite Superman’s weakness to magic, Atlas did not defeat him, but not until after one of the most epic fights in comic books. This story has since been made available online for purchase, which you can find here.Kal KentSuperman’s descendant from the 853rd century, Kal Kent is the Superman of his era. First appearing during the DC One Million event in the 1990’s, Kal has gone on to make appearances in many DC stories, even in Morrison’s own All-Star Superman series. His appearance in All-Star hints at a greater role in the history of Superman, and it has since been collected into a trade paperback, available here.last_img read more