Bulgaria and Hungary volunteer for E.U. scrutiny of their research systems

first_imgBRUSSELS—Bulgaria and Hungary are the first E.U. member states to enlist the European Commission’s help to reform their research policies. The two Eastern European countries will receive advice from external reviewers as part of the commission’s new Policy Support Facility (PSF), announced here yesterday.Endowed with a budget of up to €20 million until 2020, the PSF provides “a sort of technical aid,” E.U. research commissioner Carlos Moedas told reporters. Moedas praised the countries for signing up for the scheme. “Having a [science] minister [who] says: ‘we are committed to doing the reforms, please come with independent experts and tell me if I’m doing the right thing’; I think it takes a lot of courage,” said Moedas, who presented the plan with Bulgaria’s science minister Todor Tanev.Bulgaria has requested “peer-review” and advice in three policy areas: public funding of research, science careers, and knowledge transfer from academia to business. The commission has assembled a group of five external reviewers and five “peers”—senior government officials involved in research policy in their own country. 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But Soete says PSF could carry more weight if its recommendations are linked to the European Semester, the commission’s yearly assessment of economic reforms in member states. Currently, the commission’s prescriptions focus largely on budget discipline, but armed with PSF’s reviews, it could make stronger recommendations about research and innovation reforms. (All member states have signed up to align their policies under the European Semester, but its recommendations remain nonbinding.)The commission has agreed to prepare the ground for a similar exercise in Hungary later in the year. Other countries, including Italy and Poland, have expressed an interest in putting their research policies under the microscope as well. Although any E.U. member state or associated country can apply, the expectation is that PSF will be most in demand in Eastern and Southern Europe, where science is often struggling. “The countries that feel the strongest pressure as being underperforming [will] be the first to knock on the door,” while other countries “wait and see,” Soete says. Still, “I wouldn’t be surprised if many countries took advantage of this” eventually, he adds.Governments who use PSF will also be able to get practical help from the commission officials to roll out reforms.last_img read more

Bradley Beal’s late surge lifts Wizards past Kings

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Wizards coach Scott Brooks said it’s still not clear if and when center Dwight Howard (back surgery) will return this season. Howard remains limited to non-contact work in practice. The eight-time All-Star has played only nine games since signing for the Wizards last July.“Obviously the season is winding down — there’s four weeks left,” Brooks said. “He’s going to keep rehabbing and see how he feels the next couple weeks.”UP NEXTKings: Continue their road trip Thursday in Boston.Wizards: Host Orlando on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Globe and Mineski launch professional esports team ‘Liyab’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Corey Brewer (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON  — Throughout a turbulent season for the injury-plagued Wizards, All-Star guard Bradley Beal keeps evolving.Beal shook off a poor first half Monday night to score 21 of his 27 points in the second half of Washington’s 121-115 victory over the Sacramento Kings.ADVERTISEMENT “I had six points at half,” said Beal, who complained of heavy legs Monday after playing 45 minutes on Saturday. “Last year or any year before this one, feeling the way I did today, I probably wouldn’t have had a good second half. I think that’s my growth, doing whatever it takes to win.”Beal added nine rebounds and nine assists for the 11th-place Wizards, who moved within 3 1/2 games of the eighth Eastern Conference playoff spot currently held by idle Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWashington remains in contention largely because of Beal, who averages nearly double the points of any of his healthy teammates. The Wizards lost All-Star guard John Wall for the season in December, traded Otto Porter Jr. to Chicago at the deadline and have played mostly without injured center Dwight Howard.“You don’t think of Brad as a developing player, but Brad has really developed this year,” coach Scott Brooks said before the game. “His leadership. His ball-handling. His playmaking. Just his court awareness. The guy, I don’t think he can improve this much, but he keeps getting better.” Buddy Hield’s transition layup gave Sacramento its first lead after halftime with 3:41 to play, capping a 6-0 spurt and making it 112-111.Jeff Green and Beal each hit a pair of free throws to answer before Beal followed with a tough contested layup to stretch it to 118-112 with 51 seconds left.The Kings hit just one of their last seven shots after Hield’s layup.“Playing from behind, you do expend a lot of energy,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “That just ran us down at the end there. We fought so hard to get back in the game.”TIP-INSKings: Erased a double-digit deficit by halftime for a second straight game. …. F Marvin Bagley III (left knee sprain) missed his fifth straight game and has yet to return to practice, Joerger said.Wizards: Portis posted his 10th double-double of the season and sixth since arriving in Washington in the Porter trade. . Backup point guard Chasson Randle scored 12 points, his third-highest total this season.DOING IT ALLIt was Beal’s second consecutive game finishing near a triple-double after coming within one assist in an overtime loss Saturday at Minnesota. He also picked up four steals Monday, turning two into crucial fourth-quarter baskets, the first a thunderous dunk over Fox and the latter a baseline 3 that made it 111-106.DWIGHT SIGHTING SOON? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Jabari Parker added 18 points off the bench and Bobby Portis had 17 points and 13 rebounds as Washington began a five-game homestand that also includes games against ninth-place Orlando and 10th-place Charlotte.“We need those two,” Beal said.De’Aaron Fox scored 23 points for the Kings, who started the day four games back of three teams tied for the last three Western Conference playoff spots.Reserve Nemanja Bjelica added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento, which lost its sixth straight in Washington despite erasing a 14-point, first-quarter deficit and a 12-point edge the Wizards built in the third.“We shot ourselves in the foot in the first quarter,” Fox said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ashwin breaks Lillee’s record of fastest 300 Test wickets

first_imgNovember 27, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT R Ashwin in action on day four of the second Test match between India and Sri Lanka at the Vidharbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur on Monday. — Vivek Bendre × RELATED Published on India beat Sri Lanka by innings and 239 runs to win second Test in Nagpur Ashwin is currently the best spinner in the world: Muttiah Muralitharan SHARE cricket India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest bowler to reach the milestone of 300 Test wickets today in his 54th match, breaking Dennis Lillee’s record during India’s win over Sri Lanka in the second Test.Australian fast bowling legend Lillee had reached the milestone in 56 Test matches way back in 1981 and it took 36 years for another bowler to eclipse the record. Ashwin is also ahead of some of the illustrious names, who had completed the milestone in quick time.Among them are Muttiah Muralitharan (58 Tests), Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall and Dale Steyn (61 Tests each).Ashwin is only the fifth Indian bowler to complete a career 300 wickets in Test cricket behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417) and Zaheer Khan (311).The illustrious trio of Bishan Singh Bedi (266), Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (242) and Erapalli Prasanna (189) are way behind Ashwin.“I really hope I can go on to double these 300 wickets, I have only played 50 Tests. It’s not easy bowling spin, it looks like you’re just ambling up. But there’s a lot behind it. We’ve bowled a lot of overs, me and Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja). And the break has helped, I’m a lot more fresher now comparatively,” Ashwin said.“The carom ball was a good ball, I haven’t bowled many of those in the last 24 months,” he said referring to the ball with which he got his milestone.“I have worked on different releases for it and now that we are travelling, I think I needed that extra bit. It has been a longer break than I’ve been used to over the last few years. But I did have a good stint in Worcester and I learnt a lot of things. As you can see, I’ve worked on different loadings, different actions. It’s also helped my patience, wickets haven’t come quickly.”Ashwin had started bowling in the Sri Lankan second innings with 296 wickets to his name and quickly ran through the lower middle-order to reach the milestone.His 300th victim was Lahiru Gamage who was bowled by a doosra. Ashwin has so far maintained a healthy average of 25.15 runs per wicket R Ashwin in action on day four of the second Test match between India and Sri Lanka at the Vidharbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur on Monday. — Vivek Bendre null COMMENTSlast_img read more

Creative Chips becomes ARM Approved Design Partner

first_img Continue Reading Previous IBASE: 8th gen Intel Xeon E/Core based ATX motherboard with M.2 NVMe and CNVi functionsNext ANSI and VITA ratify ANSI/VITA 57.4 FPGA Mezzanine Card Plus (FMC+) Standard Creative Chips Microelectronics has been participating in the ARM Approved Design Partner Program since September 2018 after a successful audit. The combination of powerful ARM IP with the expertise of Creative Chips in mixed-signal ASIC design enables the realization of complex SoCs for automotive and industrial automation applications.The “ARM Approved Design Partner” program is a global network of certified companies that offer services based on globally leading ARM IP. As an audited member, Creative Chips GmbH offers its customers the complete range of services from the development of an ASIC/ASSP to the management of the entire production supply chain. End customers benefit from the cooperation with the Bingen-based semiconductor company, whose processes, technical expertise, quality management and financial stability have been certified by ARM. Complex customer-specific projects based on ARM RISC microcontroller IP can thus be implemented quickly and reliably. Creative Chips GmbH will exhibit with services and products at electronica 2018.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Sergio Ramos handed two-game European ban for getting booked deliberately

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been hit with a two-game European suspension for “clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose”, European soccer body UEFA said in a statement on Thursday.Ramos received a yellow card for a foul on Kasper Dolberg late in his side’s 2-1 win at Ajax Amsterdam in their Champions League last-16, first-leg match.As a result of the booking, the 32-year-old was suspended from next Tuesday’s second leg.This, however, reduced his chances of possibly missing a more important match later in the competition, as all bookings are wiped from the quarter-final stage.In a television interview after the game, Ramos said: “Looking at the result I would be lying if I said it wasn’t intentional.”The defender later issued statements clarifying that he meant to say that he had committed the foul on purpose but had not intended to get booked.UEFA’s ruling means Ramos will be suspended from the second leg against Ajax next week at the Santiago Bernabeu and banned from playing in the first leg of a quarter-final tie should the European champions progress to the last eight.Also Watch:last_img read more

Now that Redmi K20 price is official, Realme X is the phone to buy under Rs 20,000

first_imgThe Xiaomi – Realme battle is getting more and more fierce by the day and the outcome of this is that consumers get some excellent affordable smartphones that offer great specs at disruptive prices. Realme has tried to match and take on almost every Redmi phone out there right now. Many also believed that the Realme X would compete against the Redmi K20. But with the Redmi K20’s price now official at Rs 21,999, it means the two phones now fall under two different price segments, leaving the sub-Rs 20,000 category for the Realme X.Despite the outrage over the price of the Redmi K20, we feel that the phone offers a great set of features for its starting price of Rs 21,999. In fact, it is the only phone in its segment to offer a Snapdragon 730 processor. Similarly, the Realme X is the only phone under Rs 20,000 to offer a combination of features that includes a notchless Super AMOLED display, 48MP dual camera, pop-up selfie camera, in-display fingerprint sensor and Snapdragon 710 chipset.Realme X is the company’s most premium smartphone yet, and its most disruptive phone as well. With a starting price of Rs 16,999, the Realme X offers a near flagship-level experience that cannot be matched by any other phone in this segment. While we do have some impressive phones like the Samsung Galaxy A50, Redmi Note 7 Pro and Vivo Z1 Pro in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment, the Realme X has a unique position as it brings the best of 2019 trends at an affordable price.advertisementThe Realme X offers a great combination of features at an affordable price of Rs 16,999.The display of the Realme X is easily one of the best features about the smartphone. It offers a large 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display without a notch or punch-hole cutout. During our review of the Realme X, we found the display offered excellent brightness levels along with punchy colours and deep blacks. It is a great screen to watch videos or play games on, but we would have liked to see Widevine L1 support here to support HD playback on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video.The only other phone that can match the display of the Realme X in this segment is probably the Galaxy A50, which also offers a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display as well as Widevine L1 support.The Realme X also offers a snappy in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock. It’s glossy rear panel comes in a couple of attractive colours with the Polar White option being a personal favorite.Realme has used a Snapdragon 710 chipset for the Realme X, which is the same processor powering the Realme 3 Pro as well. It is easy to understand this decision as the Snapdragon 710 is a great mid-range SoC that offers a fast and smooth performance. It also makes the Realme X a terrific gaming phone thanks to the Adreno 616 GPU. The phone handles games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 on high graphics setting with ease.The Realme X is also offered with 128GB of internal storage for both 4GB and 8GB RAM variants which is great because the smartphone unfortunately lacks support for storage expandability, which is one of the only major flaws to the device. The other issue being the company’s claim of 960fps slow motion recording.This brings us to the cameras, which is the other major highlight of the Realme X apart from its display. The smartphone sports a 48MP dual camera setup that includes a Sony IMX586 sensor primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary for depth sensing. The pop-up camera system houses a 16-megapixel sensor. Overall, the Realme X offers some of the best camera in its segment. The primary camera is capable of delivering sharp, high-res images while the selfie camera captures clear and attractive selfies. The camera also manages to hold its own in low-light conditions thanks to the NIghtscape mode. You can also capture saturated and colourful photos using Chroma Boost. However, we weren’t impressed with the 960fps super slo-mo video recording as we found the results to be choppy rather than smooth.Lastly, the Realme X delivers a full day battery life on its 3,765mAh capacity. While this may not sound like much compared to 4,000mAh phones like the Galaxy A50, the Realme X still manages to deliver a long-lasting battery thanks to some neat software optimization and smart battery saving features. But what’s more appealing is that it supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging which can charge the device from zero to 100 per cent in 80 minutes.advertisementThe Realme X offers a great set of features that is available at a price of Rs 16,999. One of the closest competitors to the phone would be the Vivo Z1 Pro, which is a little more affordable but offers a bigger battery, a better selfie camera and a marginally faster Snapdragon 712 chipset. However, the Z1 Pro won’t offer the kind of vivid display that you get from the Realme X’s AMOLED panel nor does it offer a high quality rear camera.The base model of the Reame X is what I feel consumers will be looking at the most as the Rs 19,999 top-end variant puts it in spitting distance of the Redmi K20. For a few thousand rupees more, the Redmi K20 can be found offering a Snapdragon 730 SoC and most of the features that the Realme X offers. Until Xiaomi decides to drop the price of the Redmi K20 by a few notches, we feel the Realme X is the one to go for under Rs 20,000.ALSO READ | Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro India price controversy: Xiaomi VP Manu Jain explains reason for high price in open letterALSO READ | Jio is now second-largest telecom operator in India, leads overall broadband sector by 55 per cent market shareALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi K20 quick review: The price is alright, folkslast_img read more

Novice boxer who died ‘wasn’t given a chance’, inquest told

first_imgReuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Topics Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img Norfolk Share via Email Boxing A novice boxer who died after being knocked out at an unlicensed event did not stand a chance of recovering due to a lack of medical provision, his twin sister has told an inquest.Jakub Moczyk, 22, known to friends and family as Kuba, was rendered unconscious by a punch to the head during the third round of his first public fight, in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He was taken from the Atlantis Tower arena to hospital on 19 November 2016 and died two days later.His sister, Magdalena Moczyk, told an inquest at Norfolk coroner’s court in Great Yarmouth of her concerns about the fight, including that the referee was the opponent’s coach, the opponent had more boxing experience than her brother, and that she felt there was insufficient medical cover.“There were no doctors, no ambulances for over an hour,” she said in a written statement read to the court. “No stretchers, nobody was prepared for this. It was a total nightmare. Nobody seemed to be in charge or responsible. Kuba didn’t recover. He wasn’t given any chance.”She was at the ringside for the fight and felt it should have been stopped in the second round, when his 17-year-old opponent, Irvidas Juskys, appeared to be struggling.“[Kuba] was clearly winning the second round as his opponent was sick, not once but twice,” she said. “He was hanging over the ropes and showing no desire.”The referee, Melvin Payne, allowed the bout to continue. Moczyk said in her statement: “We found out later the referee was the opponent’s coach. I think this is really wrong and [Kuba] had no chance of winning. If the fight stopped in the second round, my brother would still be alive.”The senior coroner for Norfolk, Jacqueline Lake, asked Payne if it concerned him that he was both the referee and a coach at the gym Juskys attended. “None whatsoever,” he said. “Everyone has to be impartial, you know.”Neither fighter was wearing a headguard, and Payne said there was no requirement for them to do so.Asked why he had not started counting out Juskys when he was on the ropes in the second round, Payne said: “He wasn’t hit by a punch. He was gagging on his gum shield. That’s more [a case of] anxiety.” He said the boy had wanted to carry on.Asked by Moczyk’s mother about his qualifications, Payne said he had 40 years of experience. Moczyk, a Polish-born factory worker, lived in Bath Hill, Great Yarmouth. His sister said: “Kuba was my twin brother, my only brother, my everything – the perfect brother and we were very close. He was hard-working, very protective and loving of his family. He was full of life and never stopped smiling.”The inquest continues. news Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here…last_img read more

Lomé Port Orders More Konecranes RTGs

first_imgzoom Konecranes has won a repeat order from Lomé Container Terminal SA in Lomé, Togo, for 10 RTGs. They will be identical to the 12 already delivered during 2014. Delivery is scheduled for end-2015 and 2016. With this delivery, Lomé Container Terminal will operate 22 Konecranes RTGs.‘‘This new order of Konecranes RTGs for our Lomé Container Terminal is in line with our Phase 2 development of this new terminal, which will make it capable of handling 1,650,000 TEU,” said Marc Desmons, Engineering Services Manager of Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), owner of Lomé Container Terminal.Lomé’s Konecranes RTGs are all-electric, 16-wheel cranes powered by a busbar system. They have a lifting capacity of 40 tons stacking 1-over-6 containers high and 7 plus truck lane wide.last_img read more

Crown Share Panel to Take More Time

first_imgThe Crown Share Adjustment Payments Panel has advised the provincial and federal finance departments it needs more time to complete recommendations on the Crown share issue. The panel has been working since January and has received a number of technical briefings and written and oral presentations from federal and provincial representatives. The panel had hoped to report to the both levels of government by March 15. That date has been extended. Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt said he respects the panel’s difficult task. “It’s taken more than 20 years to get to this point,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “It’s important the panel takes the time it needs to reach a decision that is fair to all parties involved in this process.” The panel will advise the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia when it is ready to present recommendations. “Obviously we had been hoping for a decision by March 15,” said Hurlburt. “But we know the panel is dealing with some very complex issues. The members on the panel need to be given all the time necessary to resolve this matter.” No new date has been set for the panel’s report.last_img read more

Lyft posts strong growth big losses in first public quarter

NEW YORK — Ride-hailing company Lyft is reporting strong revenue growth but substantial losses in its first quarterly earnings report since its rocky stock market debut.Lyft posted revenue of $776 million for the first quarter of 2019, nearly double what it made the same time last year.But the San Francisco-based company lost $1.1 billion in the quarter, primarily because it paid out $894 million in stock-based compensation and related payroll taxes during its initial public offering.After adjusting for those one-time costs, losses amounted to $211.5 million in the first quarter, compared to $228.4 million last year.Lyft’s stock has tumbled since its IPO. On Tuesday it hovered around $59, down 18% from its IPO price of $72.Lyft’s larger rival Uber plans to go public on Friday.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more

ICC sets date for confirmation of charges hearing for exIvorian president

5 December 2011The International Criminal Court (ICC) said today that a hearing to determine whether there are sufficient grounds to confirm charges against Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of Côte d’Ivoire, who stands accused of crimes against humanity, will begin on 18 June next year. An ICC pre-trial chamber set the date at Mr. Gbagbo’s initial appearance in the court in The Hague, the Netherlands, where the tribunal is based.The charges against Mr. Gbagbo, 66, are connected to the bloody election-related violence that erupted in Côte d’Ivoire nearly a year ago. He was surrendered to the ICC last week by Ivorian authorities.At today’s hearing, in the presence of representatives from both the prosecution and the defence, the court verified the identity of Mr. Gbagbo and ensured that he was clearly informed of the charges brought against him and of his rights under the treaty that established the ICC.A confirmation of charges hearing is held to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the accused committed each of the crimes charged. If the charges are confirmed, the pre-trial chamber commits the case for trial before a trial chamber.Mr. Gbagbo allegedly bears individual criminal responsibility, as indirect co-perpetrator, for four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution and other inhuman acts, committed in Côte d’Ivoire between 16 December 2010 and 12 April this year.In early October, the ICC authorized prosecutors to probe alleged abuses committed during the bloody unrest in Côte d’Ivoire, which erupted when Mr. Gbagbo refused to step down after he lost the United Nations-certified election to Alassane Ouattara, who was eventually sworn in after Mr. Gbagbo surrendered in April.According to sources quoted by the prosecution in its application, at least 3,000 people were killed, 72 disappeared and 520 others were subject to arbitrary arrest and detentions during the post-election violence.The pre-trial chamber has found that there are reasonable grounds to believe that in the aftermath of the presidential elections, pro-Gbagbo forces attacked civilians in the commercial capital, Abidjan, and in the country’s west, targeting people they believed were supporters of the rival presidential candidate.The attacks were allegedly committed pursuant to an organizational policy and were also widespread and systematic as they were carried out over an extended period, in large geographic areas, and following a similar general pattern. The raids were allegedly often directed at specific ethnic or religious communities.Cote read more

Sierra Leone President lauds rebel leaders contribution to peace UN mission

President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah made his declaration on Monday, as UNAMSIL hosted a visit by him, along with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare, to Sierra Leone’s Koidu district. Addressing some 400 delegates from the local population and chiefdoms gathered at a Roman Catholic Church, and with RUF interim leader General Issay Sesay present, President Kabbah noted that the presence of the heads of State in Koidu marked a “turning point” in the disarmament process. He made special mention of General Sesay’s contribution to the peace process. “The war is over,” declared President Kabbah, saying he based this assessment on discussions the heads of State held with the RUF leadership. President Konare, calling the visit a “great day,” thanked the Government of Sierra Leone, the RUF, the UN and neighbouring countries for bringing the peace process to its present stage. For his part, President Obasanjo called the occasion a “unique day” for the people of Sierra Leone and for all West Africans. He credited General Sesay for his “singular leadership” and for fulfilling all commitments the RUF had undertaken. Appealing for help to rebuild Sierra Leone, President Obasanjo said the solution to the country’s present situation must be found through the sacrifices and contributions of West Africa, along with outside assistance. read more

How Derrick Rose Drills His Ugly Midrange Jumpers

For everything Derrick Rose has accomplished in his decorated NBA career — No. 1 overall draft pick, three-time All-Star, youngest player to ever win league MVP — no one would ever accuse him of being a good 3-point shooter. After shooting 28 percent from deep two years ago and 29 percent last year, Rose is hitting just 22 percent1The league-average mark this season is 36 percent. of his shots from 3-point range this season, the third-worst mark in the league among the 267 players who’ve attempted at least 50 3-pointers so far.But for all his struggles from three, something extraordinary happens when Rose steps just inside the arc: The New York Knicks guard somehow manages to hit midrange jumpers at an above-average clip despite shooting line-drive bullets that barely make it over the rim. Sometimes the ends excuse the means.When an average NBA player shoots from 15 feet or more, his shot arc peaks at 15.1 feet. Rose is not average. His shots from that distance peak at just 14 feet, the lowest average shot arc of any NBA guard or small forward, according to a query run by SportVU data analyst Brittni Donaldson at FiveThirtyEight’s request.This shouldn’t work out for him. Research shows that loftier arcs improve a shot’s chances of finding the bottom of the net. “I’ve always felt you had to be even more accurate than normal to be able to make a shot when you’re using a low arc like that,” says Jeff Hornacek, Rose’s coach with the Knicks, and one of the league’s best shooters during his playing days.Yet Rose, with almost no arc whatsoever, hits better than 45 percent of his 2-pointers from outside 15 feet, according to NBA.com. For context, the rest of the NBA has shot 40.5 percent from that range this year, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/rosemake.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roseagain.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I’ve tried practicing [my shot] with more arc. But this is just more comfortable. I really can’t describe [why],” Rose told me after shooting 6-for-6 on long 2-pointers in a loss to Milwaukee Wednesday night. “I’ve been a midrange player my entire life. [I] have never really been a 3-point shooter.” The emergence of a solid midrange jumper, combined with his lengthy injury history, will make the 28-year-old an intriguing free agent this coming summer.Still, none of this is meant to suggest that Rose — who, for a long time, was talented and athletic enough to get by without being able to shoot jumpers — is on the cusp of morphing into Steph Curry.2Rose himself seems to accept this fact. Threes have accounted for just 7 percent of his shots this season, down from 14 percent last season and almost 33 percent in 2014-15. His shooting form can occasionally go awry as he lunges with his upper half instead of connecting his entire body through one fluid motion. And Rose sometimes doesn’t let go of the ball until he’s on the way back down,3NBA 2K players likely know this problem all too well thanks to the game’s shot meter. limiting the arc he can get on a given shot. “With Derrick, I always emphasize finishing at 11 o’clock instead of 9 o’clock, which means releasing at the peak of his jump instead of doing it on the way down,” says trainer Rob McClanaghan, who has worked with Rose since he was 18.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roselaterelease1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To compensate for his lower delivery, Rose goes for bank shots more often than his peers do. Rose began using bank shots far more often last season, saying they helped him deal with the blurred vision and lack of depth perception he experienced after breaking his orbital bone during training camp. He ranked second in in the league in bank-shot frequency last season,4Among players with at least 30 such attempts. when he took 76 shots off the glass. And while that number is down this season (24 attempts), banked shots still account for almost 6 percent of his jumpers.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roselinedriveshot3.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roselinedrive1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Using the glass allows players to aim a bit lower than they otherwise would for a jumper. And it’s likely not a coincidence that Rose’s shot-arc numbers (14 feet this season and 14.2 last season) are nearly identical to those of ex-Spurs great Tim Duncan (13.9 feet in 2015-16 and 14.2 in 2014-15, per SportVU), who perennially took a greater share of bank shots than any other player during his time in the league, according to NBA Savant, a site tracks and compiles the specific types of shots each player takes.So while Rose may not be a good perimeter shooter in a traditional sense, he’s actually become pretty solid in another regard. We simply don’t notice because his technique doesn’t look like it should work.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Geno Smith Wasnt Better Than His Backup

In the most surreal bit of sports news to hit Tuesday’s wires, Geno Smith, the incumbent starting quarterback for the New York Jets, is going to miss six to 10 weeks with an injury. And it wasn’t just any kind of injury; it was the kind you get when a teammate punches you and breaks your jaw.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, now-cut linebacker IK Enemkpali slugged Smith because he failed to reimburse Enemkpali for a $600 plane ticket. Jets fans — at least, Jets fans in the FiveThirtyEight office — rejoiced. But coming into the preseason, this Jets team showed at least a vague sense of promise. Are the Jets really better off without Smith? Last year, New York went 4-12 (3-10 under Smith) with one of the NFL’s worst passing offenses, and Smith was pretty bad for the second straight season. In fact, his career has gotten off to one of the worst starts of any QB since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Although Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw kicked off their careers with equally bad passing efficiency numbers, it’s far more likely that Smith is a talent on par with, say, Kyle Boller than that he’s harboring hidden star potential.And while Smith will be 25 this season, an age at which QBs still show a decent amount of improvement, the typical aging curve wouldn’t even carry Smith to league-average status at his peak.Meanwhile, the Jets’ backup quarterback isn’t a bad one. Longtime Buffalo Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick occupied the seat behind Smith and — statistically speaking — he’s probably a better QB than the man slated for the huddle, at least in the short term. Over the past two seasons (when he was with the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans), Fitzpatrick’s Total QBR1ESPN’s play-by-play-based measurement of quarterbacking performance, which grades on a 0-100 scale. of 54.1 was better than Smith’s 41.2 mark during that span, and Fitzpatrick’s cumulative ProFootballFocus grade of +11.3 vastly outpaced Smith’s total of -37.3. By the numbers, the Jets are better off with the glass-jawed Smith out of the game, holding a clipboard on the sidelines.Of course, these kinds of assessments always come with the caveat that individual football statistics are obscured by countless interactions, coaching decisions and other contextual factors. And the Jets did add a good receiver over the offseason, Brandon Marshall, so it’s possible Smith would have improved significantly in 2015 had he not run afoul of Enemkpali’s fist. But Jets fans shouldn’t worry too much about what might have been: The team’s offense will probably be better with Fitzpatrick under center than it would have been with Smith. read more

Ratty begins fightback but water voles are still in desperate need of

first_imgWater voles may have begun the fightback following years of conservation efforts to reverse drastic declines in populations.The little rodents, made famous by Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Ratty’ in The Wind in The Willows have suffered catastrophic losses in recent decades, vanishing from 94 per cent of places where they once thrived.But although conservationists are still very concerned about the creatures, the last five years have seen a upturn in their distribution by seven per cent, helped by reintroduction programmes, such as in the Yorkshire Dales. “Water voles used to live in every part of Britain but development, changes in the way water is managed and the American Mink have all taken their toll.”American mink which were brought to the UK for fur farming but many were released into the wild, where they prey on water voles. They are the only creature capable of chasing voles into their underwater dens, so the creatures cannot escape.The Wildlife Trusts are calling for the creation of a Nature Recovery Network, to protect, link and create areas of habitat which help wildlife move and spread out, benefitting water voles and a range of other wildlife. Water vole distribution has started to increase slowly after decades of catastrophic decline They are also calling for more funding to help landowners create soft edges on their riverbanks to encourage water voles to dig their burrows.Ellie Brodie, Senior Policy Manager for The Wildlife Trusts, says: “Water voles are an essential part of our wild and watery places and it’s terribly sad that we’re continuing to witness huge declines of this much-loved mammal.“The Wildlife Trusts and others are working hard to help bring them back again and care for the places that they need to survive – but much more is needed if we’re going to stop this charismatic creature disappearing altogether.”Members of the public are also being encouraged to contact the Wildlife Trusts if they see water voles. In 2006 the number of water vole populations found in 6.2 square miles (10 square km) areas was 730, but that has dropped 30 per cent since then. However in last five years it has increased by around seven per cent.Darren Tansley, Water for Wildlife Officer at Essex Wildlife Trust, said: “We have seen a slight increase in water voles which is thought to be because of intensive work in some areas.In Essex we are seeing increases in the range of our water voles, but some counties have completely failed to find a single one. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Water voles build burrows in the soft banks of rivers but American mink can chase the creatures underwaterCredit:Margaret Holland Water vole distribution has started to increase slowly after decades of catastrophic decline The Wildlife Trusts are calling for more funding to help bring back the once widespread mammal Water voles build burrows in the soft banks of rivers but American mink can chase the creatures underwater The Wildlife Trusts are calling for more funding to help bring back the once widespread mammalCredit:Terry Whittaker last_img read more

IHF Super Globe 2015 Berlin boys beat FC Barcelona for the final

IHF Super Globe ← Previous Story IHF Super Globe: Sydney beat Al Sadd – Barca and Berlin for the final! Next Story → VIDEO: When Elisson overthrows Barca… Fuchse Berlin made a huge surprise by beating Barcelona Lasso 26:25 (12:15) at the IHF Super Globe semi-final in Doha, Qatar.  The EHF Cup winners beat the EHF CL title holders after 60 minutes of the clash in which Spanish champions were closer to the win. Three minutes before the final whistle, Kiril Lazarov, Barca’s TOP scorer netted for 25:23, but nobody in Duhail Sports hall could imagine that it will be the last goal for the Spaniards on this match. Instead of routine finish, Germans scored three goals in series, the last one in the last second of the match from the  7 meter line by Bjarki Elisson!Petar Nenadic was the TOP scorer for the winners with 9 goals, while Kiril Lazarov used his weapon – 11 times!This means that Barca lost the title in Doha after two trophies in the row, while Fuchse Berlin unexpectedly came in the situation to play for the trophy and award of 400.000 USD.The second finalist will be known after the match of Veszprem and Sydney University.FUCHSE BERLIN – FC BARCELONA 26:25 (12:15)Doha – DuhailSpectators – 1.000FUCHSE BERLIN: Wiede 2, Elisson 4, Vukovic, 3, Nenadic 8, Tonnesen 3, Plaza 1, Weyhrauch 1, Nielsen 2, Petersen 2, Stochl 19 savesFC BARCELONA: Entrerrios 1, Sorhaindo 2, Sarmiento 2, Arnino 2, Jicha 4, Jallouz 2, Lazarov 11RESULT:  4:2 (10.) 5:6 (18.) 10:13 (28.) 16:17 (36.) 18:22 (47.) 21:24 (56.) 25:25 (59.)Man of the Match: Petar Nenadic / Kiril Lazarov60 minutes to forget: Raul Entrerrios read more

As a parent this is your worst nightmare Sister of child at

first_img THE SISTER OF another young girl who spent time at the ‘Grace’ foster home in the south-east has described how her mother told of her concerns about the home before Grace was placed in its care.In an interview with David McCullagh on Prime Time tonight, it was claimed that Sarah (not her real name) was another victim of an attacker in the home.The Grace case concerns a young woman with intellectual disabilities who was in care. Allegations arose that she had suffered years of abuse, but despite the allegations she remained at the home for 20 years.Sarah’s sister described how the young girl was playing with her mother one Sunday afternoon. The mother said an innocent turn of phrase and Sarah began taking her clothes off and got into a sexual position. Her mother was horrified and started demanding answers from all those who had a duty of care to the young girl, who has intellectual disabilities.Sarah’s sister said: “I mean, as a parent, this is your worst nightmare. Sarah was home on a Sunday afternoon with Mom playing in the a sitting room. Short URL Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 11:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: RollingNews.ie 10 Comments Mar 9th 2017, 11:59 PM Image: RollingNews.iecenter_img Mom said a very innocent turn of phrase and to her absolute horror Sarah kind of Sarah got into a position, took down her pants, and kind of got into a sexual position and as you can imagine for any Mum, my mum was shocked and she just was you know immobilised.Sarah’s mother removed her from the home and brought her to a care centre in the North.According to Sarah’s sister, her mother would have been the very first whistleblower in this case. Yet she claims nothing was done after the complaints were made.“Not only was she met with a brick wall, they came down really hard on our mother, there was reports written up, they were quite aggressive towards the family, they just totally bullied us into thinking that it was all just in Mam’s head while on the other hand they were doing all of these checks themselves and reaching a decision. Their lives have been robbed in so many ways.”A commission of investigation into the Grace case is expected to begin in the next six months. Junior Minister Finian McGrath Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieTerms of reference were agreed at Cabinet yesterday – and while the Minister with responsibility for disabilities, Finian McGrath, says that the inquiry will provide answers for everybody concerned, others have criticised the scope of the investigation as not going far enough.The commission of investigation will seek to establish how Grace was placed with her foster family in the first instance, the decisions made that saw her left there, and what monitoring was undertaken. The first module of the investigation will focus on Grace, alone.However, this is something which Sarah’s sister doesn’t agree with.“I just wonder why Finian McGrath in his role as the minister, particularly in his role as minister for disability, has chosen this path. We have looked under the freedom of information for Sarah’s files to know who has had access to her file and yet we still haven’t got that.“In one sense I think we’re very fortunate that we have some really strong individuals who have gone forward as whistleblowers and we know that whistleblowers are not treated very well in this country.But I think without them and without the support of lots of champions in the area, this story would be very easily forgotten about and the absolute horrors that have been inflicted on young vulnerable children would be just laid to rest because again the key seems to be keeping it nice and narrow.Read: HSE ‘regrets but understands’ why Grace’s mother won’t accept their apologyRead: Grace: The four missed opportunities to make her safe Share Tweet Email By Garreth MacNamee ‘As a parent, this is your worst nightmare’: Sister of child at ‘Grace’ home speaks out It is claimed the HSE was told of concerns about the foster home before Grace was placed there. http://jrnl.ie/3279890 15,852 Views last_img read more

Search called off for missing Japanese hiker

first_imgDeputies suspended the search for a missing Japanese man who set off on Mount St. Helens two weeks ago.Searchers combed the area around the mountain and searched by plane for Yosuke Onishi, 26. Hikers reported that they hadn’t seen anyone who appeared to be in distress, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies reviewed video footage from the Lakeshore Store and Deli in Cougar. They would still like to speak with the couple who visited the store on the morning of Nov. 27 and dropped off Onishi at the base of the mountain. The couple had a white dog with them in their gray or light brown car. The male had dark hair and the female appeared to be of Asian descent, according to the sheriff’s office; both appeared to be in their 30s. Onishi’s mother and sister, Tokiko and Ayako Onishi, flew into Portland and drove to Cougar with an interpreter, where they spoke with deputies. Onishi is from Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. He’s listed in the national missing persons database. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 360-577-3092. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206.last_img read more

Super Bowl 2019 hightech broadcast will razzledazzle your retinas

first_img reading • Super Bowl 2019 high-tech broadcast will razzle-dazzle your retinas See All May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot More Super Bowl This year, six of the network’s cameras will also be outfitted with augmented-reality sensors from ncam that let them track AR graphics.Integrating AR into a broadcast isn’t new. Watch enough NFL games and you’re bound to notice the graphics, animations, lines and other various markers on the field that aren’t really there. But this year, Cohen says, CBS is experimenting with pushing the technology to new levels.Provided everything works out and all the technology cooperates, CBS hopes to create coordinated augmented-reality sequences that require cutting together images from four separate cameras. Now playing: Watch this: Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar Another big first for the broadcast will be the use of multiple 8K cameras. CBS will have three around the stadium to help an enthusiastic minority justify the purchase of some seriously high-resolution home screenage. That’s in addition to 16 cameras with 4K capabilities, including nine that are zoom-capable with slow motion. The end result should be a feast for the eyes, which is sure to be better for your health than gorging on the chicken wings, pizza and other elements that often go into a big Super Bowl production at home. Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices.How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online. Share your voice Tags Now playing: Watch this: 3:17 How to get your TV ready to watch the Super Bowlcenter_img Traditional cameras, the skycam, a Techno-jib and an AVS wireless handheld Steadicam on the field will hopefully all be able to combine to project imagery into the stadium that’s just for the enjoyment of the massive worldwide audience at home. “You’re really going to experience AR in a more theatrical manner,” Cohen said.Pulling it off will require the flawless coordination of the data from the ncam sensors, transmission of wireless signals and video from the field and then running it all through a graphics engine developed by the Future Group to generate what’s seen on screens at home. Look out for the enhanced visual effects during the pregame show, before kickoff and coming out of halftime, as well as during the game, when AR will be used to show statistics and other info in slick new ways. What is AR and how does it differ from virtual reality? • Super Bowl 2019 6 Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be loaded with tech to bring the big game to the world. Mercedes-Benz Stadium/The Blank Family of Businesses The Super Bowl might revolve around a piece of pigskin, but for those of us watching at home, it’s all about the tech. It starts with making sure your big screen and streaming service of choice are ready to go. Then there’re the big ads for gadgets, and even, uh… sex toys that sync to the action on the field. But the most high-tech elements of Super Bowl 53 can actually be found behind the scenes of the broadcast operation that projects the whole spectacle onto the retinas of over 100 million people.As our sister site TechRepublic reports, the brand-new Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta, which is hosting the championship, is embedded with over 4,000 miles of fiber to support a network that includes plenty of internet-of-things sensors throughout the building. The dome also has 90 miles of audio cabling and nearly 2,000 Wi-Fi access points. On top of all that digital infrastructure, CBS Sports, which will broadcast the biggest event in American television, will also be using 2,000 strands of additional fiber and 330 recording channels. It’s required to support the 115 total cameras and five sets around the stadium that’ll be used to catch all the angles of each play, as well as the halftime show featuring Maroon 5, not to mention the pre- and postgame festivities. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)Jason Cohen, vice president of remote technical productions for CBS Sports, told me there’ll even be a plane 2,000 feet above the stadium before kickoff and a tethered drone 3,000 feet due west of the dome, just to provide those nice panoramic shots of the city during breaks in the action.  Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Harrison Ford, The Dude, the Backstreet Boys and more Avengers, Captain Marvel, Twilight Zone: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailers Super Bowl 2019: New Avengers: Endgame trailer shows heroes at their best Super Bowl 2019 commercials: Watch them all here Super Bowl 2019 memes: Game of Thrones, SpongeBob, Adam Levine’s nipples SpongeBob SquarePants barely shows up at Super Bowl 2019 halftime show See all of our Super Bowl coverage Comments 1:59 Super Bowl 2019 TV and Movies Sportslast_img read more

3 students among 4 killed in road crashes

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloAt least four people including three students were killed and four others injured in road accidents in Sirajganj, Khulna, Brahmanbaria and Narsingdi on Thursday, reports UNB.In Sirajganj, Hridoy, 17, a student of Dhukuria Technical College and son of Haidar Ali of Bhadraghat village in Kamarkhand upazila, was killed and two others injured as a covered van hit them in the morning.The accident took place around 7:30am when the chemical-laden covered van hit three pedestrian, leaving Hridoy killed on the spot and two others injured.The injured were taken to Sirajganj Hospital, said Habibul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kamarkhand police station.Soon after the accident, the agitated people put up barricade in the road, disrupting traffic movement for around two hours.They also set the covered van on fire.On information, police went to the spot and brought the situation under control, said the OC.In Khulna, Akhi Moni, 7, a class I student of a local madrasah was killed when a brick-laden tractor knocked down her while she was crossing road at Anandanagar in Rupsha upazila in the morning.Zakir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Rupsha Police Station, said Akhi met the tragic incident while crossing the road.In Narsingdi, Rabbi Mia, a class VIII student of Hossainpur Pilot High School and son of Farid Mia, was killed when a Dhaka-bound covered van hit his bi-cycle while he was going to school at Boroicha in Belabo upazila around 10:00am.Being informed, police recovered the body and sent it to a local hospital morgue for an autopsy, said Hafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Shibpur Itakhola Highway police.In Brahmanbaria, Kadir Mia, 37, son of Syed Mia of Boishar village in Sarail upazila was killed and two others injured when a truck plunged into a roadside ditch after being hit by a lorry on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Bertala in the morning.Mohammad Hossain, officer-in-charge of Khatihata Highway Police, said the accident took place when the truck collided head on with the lorry coming from opposite direction and fell into the ditch.The injured were taken to local hospital, he added.last_img read more