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Football’s big clash of nations not only at World Cup in 2018

first_imgFILE – A Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 file photo showing PSG’s Neymar, right, challenging for the ball with Marseille’s Hiroki Sakai, left, and Marseille’s Florian Thauvin, during the League One soccer match between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, at the Velodrome stadium, in Marseille. The biggest statement came from PSG which more than doubled the previous transfer record by splurging 222 million euros on Neymar _ an unexpected windfall for Barcelona but a deal that solidified the power shifts. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)Footballing supremacy between nations will be determined in 2018, just maybe not in the way expected.The World Cup remains the ultimate prize in sport, and a Russia buffeted by doping scandals and geopolitical rifts will open up like never before to welcome thousands of fans.ADVERTISEMENT When the tournament reaches its climax in Moscow on July 14, the biggest global television audience of the year is likely to see the World Cup handed over.Will Germany be the first team to retain the title since Brazil in 1962? Can Neymar inspire Brazil to a record-extending sixth success? Will the players who have shared major individual honors for a decade — Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Lionel Messi (Argentina) — finally become world champions?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBut it became clearer in 2017 that appearing at the World Cup is no longer the only vehicle — or preferred means — for countries to validate their status and strength in the world’s biggest sport.That isn’t much of a reassurance, though, for Italy, the Netherlands and the United States who failed to qualify for Russia. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid The international soccer landscape is being reshaped by the Gulf state-funded clubs, and their clout reached new heights in the last year.Just as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates became ensnared in a diplomatic standoff, the jewels in their soccer crowns slugged it out in the transfer market pursuing the top talent.Around $300 million was spent in the summer transfer window alone by both Manchester City, which is owned by the UAE’s Abu Dhabi, and Paris Saint-Germain, which is funded by 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar.The biggest statement came from PSG which more than doubled the previous transfer record by splurging 222 million euros on Neymar — an unexpected windfall for Barcelona but a deal that solidified the power shifts.Both PSG and City have already obliterated the field in their French and English leagues respectively and are racing toward regaining their domestic titles. The true test of power in this intriguing rivalry between energy-rich Gulf powers should be determined in the Champions League. The competition has been won in three of the last four years by Real Madrid, and the holders now stand in the way of PSG reaching the quarterfinals in March.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Madrid and Barcelona remain in the control of their fans, a structure able to resist foreign ownership, although both teams have accepted injections of cash through UAE or Qatar sponsorships.The future spending capabilities of the nascent forces at PSG and City will be determined in the coming months. However wealthy their ownership, unfettered spending remains subject to curbs in an often forlorn attempt to maintain a competitive balance in competitions and prevent them stockpiling players.The ultimate threat hanging over PSG is exclusion from the Champions League unless it balances the books by cashing in on stars in the January transfer window. PSG’s legal team is already preparing to take the fight to UEFA over its implementation of Financial Fair Play rules, having faced an earlier round of punishments — along with City — in 2014 that led to limits on the squad size and financial penalties.UEFA has also served notice on AC Milan that sanctions could be looming after around $250 million was spent in the summer by new private Chinese investors. Milan is an illustration of why authorities don’t want clubs risking their financial health in the pursuit of success. Despite the investment, Milan is closer to the relegation zone than the top four Champions League qualification places halfway through the Serie A season.City is in a more advantageous position than either PSG or Milan due to its cut from domestic television rights. The Premier League is banking 8.3 billion pounds ($11 billion) from broadcasters under the current three-year deals, far eclipsing European counterparts.One of the early defining moments of 2018 in soccer won’t happen on the field but in the Premier League’s negotiations over the 2019-2022 rights. The winning outlets will provide an indicator of the vitality of traditional networks in an era of fragmented viewing habits where streaming platforms are luring viewers. The value of the deals will also influence the spending power of clubs in the coming years and the destination of the players.The flow of cash from Abu Dhabi since 2008 has already produced the dominant City team imagined by Sheikh Mansour. At the start of the second half of the season, Pep Guardiola’s side enjoys a commanding lead over the previously pre-eminent Manchester United.How rapidly fortunes change in soccer.Guardiola, a serial title winner at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, was facing doubts over his managerial prowess as he opened his City reign with his first trophyless season. He remains on course for a quadruple at the second attempt.Across Manchester, it was Jose Mourinho buoyant in the first half of 2017 after collecting the Europa League and League Cup to offset a sixth-place domestic finish. But Mourinho enters 2018 in sullen mood, seething with envy about the lavish investment from Abu Dhabi that enabled Guardiola to remodel his squad. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Short-handed Pistons shut down Spurs It’s another indicator that with all the cash pumped into soccer by Gulf ruling families, the World Cup can no longer be relied on to determine the true kings of soccer in 2018.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Guardiola says City want 3-4 new players as Mendy concerns grow

first_imgPep Guardiola says Manchester City are looking to strengthen three or four positions in this summer’s transfer window, confirming that a new left-back is a possibility amid concerns over Benjamin Mendy’s fitness.City are also looking for a deep-lying midfielder and Goal understands they are also looking at a new centre-back and striker.Guardiola has previously insisted that City’s transfer business in 2017, when they signed five players, was a one-off given they had to release ageing players at the end of their contracts and bring in younger replacements. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! City only planned to bring in two signings last summer to reinforce the wide positions and the back of midfield, but they are now looking at several areas.Goal understands that Leicester’s Ben Chilwell is an option at left-back, and Goal revealed this week that City are also keeping an eye on Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic. Ajax centre-back Matthijs De Ligt is a long-term target, too, despite plans to offer Vincent Kompany a new contract.City are being investigated by Fifa over the signing of overseas young players, the same potential offence that landed Chelsea with a two-window transfer ban.That may factor in City’s thinking when it comes to multiple signings, although their intention to sign a left-back, centre-back and midfielder is long-standing.Guardiola was asked whether Oleksandr Zinchenko’s improved form of late has changed his mind regarding the left-back position, but he instead revealed that Mendy’s injury history is such that City have to plan in the event he misses much of next season, too.”I don’t know what’s going to happen but we are thinking about the chance to find somebody in that position, but I don’t know,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “There are three or four positions I think we have to try to look for and we have some ideas. I don’t know in the end what is going to happen but it is an option, yeah, to buy a left-back.”Mendy, who missed most of his first season at City, has played less than a half an hour of football since undergoing fresh knee surgery in November. Despite returning to the bench against West Ham on Wednesday night he was not fit enough to play, and is unlikely to feature at Bournemouth on Saturday.Benjamin Mendy Manchester City 2018-19“Today, he’s not fit,” Guardiola said. “It’s not about English football, it’s the fact that he’s not able to play, he injured during two seasons.Asked if he was concerned, the Catalan added: “Yeah, yeah yeah. If it happens in two seasons it can happen three, yeah definitely. Hopefully not, we’ll work with that, he’s working with that, but the truth is we could use him in few games.”That is the reality. At the end the strongest guys, every day are there. That is the truth. That’s why we are looking for, maybe, you know [a left-back] for next season.”Guardiola also said that Kompany’s injury record will not be the overriding factor when it comes to negotiating a new contract.The City captain’s deal expires at the end of the season and while he has missed large swathes of the past four seasons with a number of different muscle injuries, Goal understands he is set to sign a one-year contract extension.“No I don’t think so,” Guardiola said when asked if the Belgian must prove his fitness. “For example the last month he’s fit, but he was six months injured like in the last three or four years, it happened every season the same.”I think that will not be the reason why for Vincent staying one more year or two more years or not. I think that is not the reason why.”last_img read more

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10 months agoDefoe on Rangers move: History and Gerrard convinced me

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Defoe on Rangers move: History and Gerrard convinced meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJermain Defoe wants to make history at Rangers after completing his 18 month loan move from Bournemouth.The 36-year-old striker revealed that the rich past and scale of the Ibrox club were key attractions in his decision to join, in addition to the chance to work for ex-England team-mate Steven Gerrard.”I wanted to come here for obvious reasons; I’ve always known it’s a massive football club,” said Defoe, who underwent his first training session in Tenerife on Tuesday.”The history of the club… as players those are the sorts of clubs you want to play for and do well at. You want to be part of the history if you can.”It was an easy decision to be honest. If you love your football like me and you get an opportunity like this it’s hard to turn it down.”I’ve been in the Premier League for so long and it’s always nice to have a different challenge.”Sometimes you can – not get comfortable – but you are in your comfort zone there and sometimes it’s nice to get away from that and just try and find that fire again, set targets and have a different challenge.”Winning trophies was another draw, especially how well the lads have done since Stevie has been in.”Being a part of the history and doing something special here, that would be amazing to be involved in.” last_img read more

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Willie Taggart Has Named Florida State’s Starting Quarterback

first_imgA view of the back of a Florida State player's football helmet.DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 14: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Florida State Seminoles during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Florida State’s 2018 football team has its starting quarterback. Head coach Willie Taggart announced his QB1 for the Week 1 game against Virginia Tech this morning.Deondre Francois, the Seminoles’ 2017 starter before getting hurt, will be the team’s starting quarterback against the Hokies.Willie Taggart announces that Deondre Francois will start against Virginia Tech.— Tim Linafelt / FSU (@Tim_Linafelt) August 27, 2018Taggart reportedly told his players the news on Sunday, per tallahassee.com:Florida State coach Willie Taggart announced Monday morning that redshirt junior Deondre Francois its starting quarterback for the 2018 season.On Sunday, Taggart informed the team that Francois would be the starter against No. 17 Virginia Tech on Labor Day Sept. 3 at 8 p.m.Francois has thrown for 3,560 yards and 21 touchdowns over the course of his career. He played in just one game last year, suffering a season-ending injury in the Week 1 game against Alabama.Florida State and Virginia Tech are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Monday. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

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Death toll in Myanmar landslide climbs to 59

first_imgYangon: The death toll in a landslide that buried more than a dozen village houses in southeastern Myanmar has climbed to 59, an official said Monday. The landslide hit a village in Paung township on Friday. Zaw Zaw Htoo, a member of parliament from Paung who arrived at the scene over the weekend, said three more bodies were recovered on Monday morning, bringing the death toll to 59. The top official in Mon state, Aye Zan, had visited the site and villagers who were evacuated to a relief camp to escape floods following torrential rains. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that monsoon flooding had displaced more than 7,000 people last week in Mon state. Apart from the landslide in Paung, houses and a school in other townships were washed away, roads were blocked and villages were submerged. Nearly 12,000 people have been displaced in Myanmar last week alone, bringing the total number of those in evacuation centers to more than 38,000, the UN said.last_img read more

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WHY THIS CANADIAN FILMMAKER MADE A TV SERIES ABOUT THE 2012 DELHI

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Mehta, who is from Mississauga, Ont., wrote and directed Delhi Crime, which looks at the obstacles facing the under-resourced police officers who worked on the case, particularly Vartika Chaturvedi, the deputy commissioner who led the investigation.As It Happens guest host Susan Bonner spoke to Mehta about the series and why he was hesitant to pursue the story until he met with some of the law enforcement officers involved in the case.Here is part of their conversation.What was it about this crime that made you decide to write this show?I was in Delhi when it happened in 2012. We all know what the crime is now, and it’s as incomprehensible hearing it today as it was at the time.The only difference was you weren’t sure what you were hearing. It was unfolding in a manner which seemed nonsensical because it’s — how can one human being do this to another person?And then the rumours start to become fact and you realize this is true. This has happened. And so all those complex emotions are inside you. That doesn’t mean you make a film out of it. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Richie Mehta directed the new Netflix series Delhi Crime. (Galit Rodan/Canadian Press) Advertisement A drama series made by Indo-Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta and based on a fatal 2012 gang rape case in Delhi launched on Netflix Friday.Delhi Crime is a fictionalized depiction of real events surrounding the case of medical student Jyoti Singh.The 23-year-old was raped and beaten by six men for hours on a moving bus in India’s capital city. She died two weeks later as a result of injuries sustained in the attack.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral urges Asian media to help bridge digital divide

24 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on delegates to an Asian media conference to bridge the digital divide that can separate rich and poor depending on their access to modern telecommunications. “Let us work together to bridge the digital divide, so that all people can benefit,” he said in a video message to 600 delegates to the 8th Asia Media Summit meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam.“Let us promote multiple languages in new media,” he said. “And let us ensure free access to the internet and social media tools everywhere.”“Freedom of expression, information and association are not abstract principles; they are bedrock rights that states have an obligation to fulfil. All of this is essential to make the most of the power of digital media to transform lives and societies for good.”The annual meeting, organized by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, provides a forum for media agencies in the region to share their experiences and ideas on radio and television broadcasting and technology. Mr. Ban’s remarks echoed comments made earlier this month on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, when he urged policy-makers to do more to ensure rural communities are able to take advantage of the latest technologies and not fall victim to the digital divide. “As we bridge the digital divide, we narrow the chasm that separates those with and without access to information and knowledge, thereby broadening opportunities for a better life,” he said. read more

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Missing python found at University of Guelph

The small ball python snake that went missing inside the University of Guelph last week has been found.The snake was spotted by students in a second-floor office at the University Centre around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.The students contacted Campus Community Police who found the snake under a desk and put it in a box.The python was taken to the Ontario Veterinary College for a health check.The snake had initially been reported missing on Thursday after a student brought it to campus in his backpack.The university is reminding people that pets are not allowed in campus buildings; service dogs are permitted. read more

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Buckeyes heading to Big Easy to play in Sugar Bowl against Arkansas

The No. 6-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will head to New Orleans on Jan. 4 to take on the No. 8-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in OSU’s first Sugar Bowl appearance since 1999. The Buckeyes finished their 11-1 season Nov. 29 with a 37-7 victory over rival Michigan and were rewarded for their sixth straight Big Ten title when they received their sixth consecutive BCS bowl bid Sunday night. “The Buckeyes are excited to be going to the Sugar Bowl,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said Sunday night at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “We’re awfully proud of our seniors who have once again led us to a championship in the Big Ten and a chance to play in a BCS game the magnitude of the Sugar Bowl.” OSU will square off against a 10-2 Arkansas team coming off a win over No. 10 LSU. The Razorbacks feature a high-octane offense led by one of the nation’s most prolific passers in former Michigan Wolverine Ryan Mallett. “What was my reaction when (Mallett) left? I am not going to lie, I was happy,” Tressel said. “I thought I was through with Ryan Mallett, but he is a special player.” The Big Ten-SEC matchup will pit an offensive-minded Arkansas team that is 16th in the country in points per game, averaging 37.3, and a hard-nosed Silver Bullet defense that ranks third in the country, allowing just more than 13 points per game. OSU and Arkansas have never played. “Going to a BCS game is a tremendous accomplishment for our football team,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said during a teleconference Sunday. “It was something that when we came here as a staff three years ago, that was one of our goals, and we worked extremely hard. Our players have put a lot of hard work and effort into it. Our coaches have put a lot of hard work and effort into it, and we’re very, very happy to be representing the University of Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.” The Buckeyes and Razorbacks will meet at the Louisiana Superdome for the 77th Sugar Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Jan. 4, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. “I think you go into the year with the ultimate goal in mind that you’d like to play in a championship game,” Tressel said. “Then we always say if we didn’t earn that then obviously we would like to be the automatic recipient of your conference alignment. In our case, it’s the Rose Bowl, but of course you would like to be in a BCS game. There is something about being one of the top 10 teams in the country … if you can earn your way into the top 10, that’s a heck of a thing.” The BCS Championship game will feature No. 1 Auburn against No. 2 Oregon. No. 3 TCU will square off against No. 5 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl pits Big East champion Connecticut against Big 12 champion Oklahoma. No. 4 Stanford will face No. 13 Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. read more

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Gallery Urban Meyer investigation press conference

The Ohio State Board of Trustees and President Michael Drake met in the Longaberger Alumni House on campus on Aug. 22, 2018 to deliberate the fate of head football coach Urban Meyer. The Board released its findings later that night at a press conference after 12 hours of deliberation. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor

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Battle of Britain Hurricanes Spitfires and Lancaster bomber grounded over engine safety

first_imgAn air display to mark the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s 60th anniversary in JulyCredit:Aaron Chown/PA air display to mark the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's 60th anniversary during his visit to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire Based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, the BBMF keeps six Spitfires, two Hurricane Mk 2Cs, a Lancaster and a C47 Dakota preserved in airworthy condition.They are some of the last Second World War planes to still fly today.The BBMF’s three remaining Spitfires use different engines, but are reportedly also out of action due to other reasons. Historic aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) have almost entirely been taken out of action over engine-related safety fears.The planes – reportedly a Lancaster bomber, two Hurricanes and three Spitfires – have been grounded after the discovery of a technical defect.Operated by the Royal Air Force, some of the famous aircraft were due to take part in a public display on Wednesday that was cancelled as a result. A Lancaster bomber, a Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial FlightCredit:Peter Byrne/PA In post on Facebook organisers said: “The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have informed us that they have identified a technical defect with one of the aircraft which has lead them to ground all three aircraft.center_img A spokesman for the BBMF told the BBC the problem is “related to the Merlin engine”, which powers aircraft including the Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane, but “affects all current and serviceable display aircraft”.Some of the planes were due to perform a display at the Weymouth Carnival on Wednesday. “The safety of the teams and public during displays is of paramount importance, hence why this call has been made by the display teams.”Duke of Cambridge met WW2 veterans who flew Battle of Britain planes  Lancaster bomber, a Spitfire and a Hurricane 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.last_img read more

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Bundesliga Round 7 GWD Minden beats Lubbecke at home

← Previous Story Lino Cervar: “We have to win against Gorenje; SEHA’s schedule unfair to us” Next Story → VELUX EHF CL: Fuchse demolished in “Blaugrana” – Atletico win in Celje! bilbijaschmidtschoengarthsvitlica Lubbecke were the favorites in the match against Minden at Kreissporthalle, but the home team’s increasing form had its reflection in the match, and the hosts were able to come back from even 4 goals negative and in the end to win with a last-second goal by Nenad Bilbija (8) – 32:31. This has now put them on the high 8th place with a 7:7 score. Three players led Minden, Bilbija had eight goals, while Svitlica and Schmidt scored seven goals each. Jens Schoengarth scored 7 goals for the visitors. read more

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EHF CUP F4 German final in Berlin

ehf cup final 4Fuchse BerlinHSV Handball ← Previous Story FTC Rail-Cargo are the new queens of Hungary Next Story → Fuchse Berlin win EHF Cup trophy! Fuchse Berlin and HSV Handball will fight for the trophy at the EHF Cup F4 tournament in Berlin’s Max Schmelling Arena today from 17.30 hrs. The last year finalist and host of the tournament, Fuchse Berlin, showed the winning ambition against Slovenian RK Gorenje Velenje 27:24.Gorenje Velenje: B. Burić, Ferlin, Božović, Cehte 3, Medved 2, S. Burić 3, Szyba 1, Skube 2 (1), Golčar, Šoštarič 3, Kleč 1, Dobelšek 3, Gams, Nosan 1, Dujmovič 5 (2), Bećiri.Füchse Berlin: Heinevetter, Grunz, Stochl, Wiedle 1, Struck, Nenadić 3, Pevnov 1, Romero 3 (1), Weyhrausch, Zachrisson 4, Skroblien, Schade, Horak 1, Igropulo 6 (3), Petersen 7 (4), Drux 1.HSV beat Skjern 27:23 in the first semi-final battle…Skjern Handbold: Pedersen (9 saves., 14.-60.); Laursen (, 1.-14.) Mikkelsen 5/3, Rasmussen 5, Möllgard 4, Christensen 3/1, Svensson 3, Klitgaard 2, Markussen 1, Christensen, Börm, Jörgensen n.e., Söndergaard n.e., Hansen n.e., Bergholt n.e., Gliese n.e.HSV Handball: Bitter (19 saves, 1.-60.); Herrmann, Mahé 6, Schmidt 5/3, Herbst 5, Toft Hansen 4, Pfahl 4, Simicu 2, Hens 1, Flohr, Petersson, Hanisch, Brauer, Dominikovic, Jansen n.e., Djordjic n.e.PHOTO: HSV Handball read more

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POLAND Szczecin sensation against Kielce

The best Polish team Vive Tauron Kielce dissapointed their fans at the start of the domestic Championship. Talant Dujshebaev and his boys couldn’t find a rhytm in the away match in Szczecin, where home team Pogon were more than inspired to make sensation. At the end was 27:27.Pogoń Szczecin – Vive Tauron Kielce 27:27 (13:15)Pogoń: Kryński, Tatar – Bruna 1/1, Walczak 2, Gierak 5/1, Krupa 3, Krysiak 2, Biernacki, Jedziniak 4, Zaremba 6, Kniaziew 4.Vive Tauron: Sego – Vuković, Jurecki 4, Kus, Aguinagalde 3, Bielecki 8/2, Jachlewski, Strlek 4, Lijewski 3, Buntic 1, Cupic 4/2.PHOTO: http://handball.szczecin.pl/ Gaz-System Pogoń SzczecinVive Tauron Kielce ← Previous Story Average Kiel for fans head-ache before trip to Flensburg! Next Story → ABC Braga win Portuguese Super Cup read more

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Blue Waters supercomputer comes online using 48 Cray XE6 cabinets

first_imgThe Blue Waters supercomputer started being built at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) back in January. When completed, it will be the most powerful supercomputer in the world and able to achieve sustained performance above 1 petaflop.Getting to that point requires a lot of hardware be installed, though. The good news for those wanting to take advantage of all that performance is that Blue Waters doesn’t need to be fully installed before it goes online. In fact, Cray has managed to bring the supercomputer online at just 15 percent of its computational power.That first 15 percent is made up of 48 Cray XE6 cabinets and is called the Blue Waters Early Science System. Even at this early stage the 48 cabinets offer up the most computational power the National Science Foundation has to offer.The ability to use Blue Waters comes down to whether your project has been awarded Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC). So far, 24+ projects have received PRACs, but only 6 of those are allowed to start using Blue Waters in its current state.Those 6 projects use Blue Waters for the following purposes:Modeling high-temperature plasmas to help understand what impact solar flares and solar wind has on our atmosphere.Simulating the formation of very early galaxies that appeared soon after the Big Bang and classed as the Milky Way’s ancestors. The volume of the simulation is greater than 200 megaparsecs, where as previous projects only managed 1 megaparsec.Simulating the protein capsid of a HIV-1 genome using 12.5 million atoms to better understand how infection occurs.A lattice quantum chromodynamics study into exchange particles called gluons and the charmonium spectrum.High resolution adaptive mesh refinement simulation of a Type Ia supernova.High resolution time slice simulation of the end of the 20th and 21st centuries to better understand extreme environmental events such as tropical cyclones.As you can see, even at just 15% of its potential, the Blue Waters system is offering the opportunity to run simulations at a scale and resolution not possible before.Read more at the NCSAlast_img read more

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Décollage réussi pour Discovery

first_imgDécollage réussi pour DiscoveryLa navette américaine a décollé avec succès du Cap Canaveral en Floride, hier soir, pour sa toute dernière mission, avec à son bord six astronautes.C’est à 22h53 heure de Paris que Discovery a quitté son pas de tir en Floride, soit trois minutes après l’horaire initialement annoncé en raison d’un problème avec un ordinateur, selon Reuters. Mais tout s’est ensuite déroulé sans encombre.La navette a atteint l’orbite terrestre en 8 minutes et 30 secondes à 225 kilomètres d’altitude à une vitesse dépassant les 28.000 km/h, pour entamer sa course-poursuite devant lui permettre un rendez-vous avec l’ISS, précise l’AFP. Discovery doit s’y amarrer samedi à 19H16 GMT.À lire aussiUn rover détecte un étrange gel sur la face cachée de la LuneLa navette doit livrer le module de fret Leonardo, qui sera attaché de façon permanente à la Station et offrira un volume supplémentaire de stockage pressurisé.La navette acheminera également le premier robot humanoïde à voler dans l’espace, Robonaut 2. Il deviendra un occupant permanent de l’ISS où il assistera les astronautes dans leurs tâches.Dirigé par le commandant Steven Lindsey, il s’agit du 39e et dernier décollage pour la navette américaine. Après 30 ans de service, elle prendra sa retraite en raison des coûts élevés de maintenance et d’exploitation. La Nasa prévoit ensuite de lancer Endeavour en avril avec à son bord un détecteur de particules, le spectromètre magnétique Alpha. Si l’agence spatiale américaine réunit suffisamment de financements, une ultime mission de ravitaillement de l’ISS par la navette Atlantis est envisagée pour le mois de juin.A son retour sur Terre Discovery sera placée dans un musée où la rejoindront dans quelques mois les deux autres navettes de la Nasa.Le 25 février 2011 à 09:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Wacom Inkling un stylet pour numériser ses esquisses

first_imgWacom Inkling: un stylet pour numériser ses esquissesLe fabricant japonais Wacom, spécialiste de la tablette graphique a présenté mercredi sa nouvelle invention : l’Inkling, un stylet numérique qui permet de dessiner où que ce soit et de transférer sa création sur ordinateur. “Dessinez sur papier, vos idées deviennent numériques”. C’est le slogan utilisé par le fabricant japonais Wacom pour présenter sa nouvelle invention qui marque le lancement officiel du spécialiste de la tablette sur le marché du stylo électronique. Baptisé Wacom Inkling, ce nouveau produit permet de transférer sur ordinateur des esquisses réalisées à la main et sur n’importe quel type de papier. Une invention qui cible donc un public plutôt créatif.  Comme l’explique dans un communiqué (lien non disponible) Guido Möller, chef de produit chez Wacom Europe : “Inkling est inspiré du désir d’offrir aux personnes dotées de talents artistiques la liberté de dessiner sur papier et de leur fournir un moyen facile de transférer ces dessins vers les médias numériques”.Concrètement, ce produit se compose d’une part d’un stylet, abritant une mine interchangeable sensible à 1024 niveaux de pression, et d’autre part d’un récepteur, à pincer en haut d’une feuille ou d’un cahier, qui transcrit les mouvements de cette mine en dessin vectoriel, au moyen d’ultrasons, et les stocke dans sa mémoire interne, explique Clubic.com. Ce fameux récepteur peut alors être ajustée selon que l’on soit droitier ou gaucher.Vaquer à ses idées et les numériserÀ lire aussiGoogle et Hachette s’entendent sur la numérisation de livres épuisésEn laissant libre cours à son imagination, il est alors possible de créer des calques d’une simple pression sur l’appareil qui se sert des variations enregistrées pour établir l’épaisseur du trait. Une fois le croquis achevé, il suffit ensuite de connecter le récepteur à un ordinateur par l’intermédiaire d’un port USB, afin de transférer les fichiers numériques via le logiciel inclus “Inkling Sketch Manager”. Tout ou presque devient alors possible : éditer, supprimer ou ajouter des calques, mais aussi utiliser les fichiers sur photoshop, illustrator ou encore d’autres logiciels prenant en charge les formats JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG et PDF. Quant aux capacités de l’invention, sa durée d’autonomie est de huit heures et son temps de charge est de trois heures. Le Wacom Inkling sera commercialisé en France dès le mois d’octobre au prix public de 169,90 euros. Découvrez une démonstration de l’étonnant Wacom Inkling en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 1 septembre 2011 à 17:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Everest campuses in state may close

first_imgEverest College operates in Vancouver at 120 N.E. 136th Ave., Suite 130. The local branch, with about 300 students, has degree and/or certificate programs in the fields of accounting, administrative assisting, bookkeeping, business administration, medical assisting, medical billing and coding and paralegal. It was started in Vancouver in 1999 as a massage therapy program and continues to offer massage therapy. The school’s tuition ranges from about $15,000 to $40,000 a year with programs between eight months and two years.In the Portland metro area, the college has campuses in downtown and Tigard, Ore.SEATTLE — Federal and state agencies are investigating a California company that runs six for-profit colleges in Western Washington, among others nationwide.Corinthian Colleges Inc., which operates six Everest College campuses in the state, is facing allegations of preying on low-income students and falsifying job-placement rates, among other concerns, The Seattle Times reported Thursday. The publicly traded company, with about 72,000 students nationwide, is expected to close or sell the schools under an agreement being negotiated with the U.S. Department of Education, the Times reported.The company has denied any wrongdoing, and it says no school closures are imminent, the newspaper reported.About 3,000 students were enrolled in six Everest campuses in 2012, including in Seattle, Renton, Tacoma, Everett, Bremerton and Vancouver, according to federal data. The campuses offer classes for medical and dental assistants, massage therapists and pharmacy technicians. Corinthian is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the Washington state Attorney General’s office.last_img read more

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United Way volunteers refurbish Wynwood halfway house for families

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Volunteers with United Way of Miami-Dade worked to bring about a total living transformation for families in Wynwood.Volunteers handed out supplies and helped refurbish the New Life Family Center, a halfway house for families in need. Spending the afternoon giving back with Tocqueville Society members and their families #giveback #makeadifference #StrongerMiami pic.twitter.com/b4IpLVdBnL— United Way Miami (@UnitedWayMiami) November 5, 2017“Today, we put together totes of supplies: diapers, house cleaning materials, toiletries,” said Remi Roberts with the United Way of Miami-Dade’s Tocqueville Society. “We did some artwork in the art room.”Children also participated in the efforts while also having the opportunity to enjoy fun-filled activities.“The kids are working on some art they are going to present,” said Roberts. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Ted Cruz Proposes Amendment With Aim To Salvage Senate Health Care Plan

first_imgAyan MittraSpeaking to reporters after President Donald Trump’s address to Congress on Feb. 28, 2017, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz reiterated his desire to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying that Americans were suffering from high insurance premiums.WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is pushing hard to keep the Senate health care bill’s prospects alive, amid a rollercoaster week at the U.S. Capitol. On Tuesday, Senate Republican leaders postponed taking up a major overhaul of the health care system as several Republicans and all of the chamber’s Democrats maintained opposition.Cruz, a Texas Republican, is now proposing an amendment that would allow any health plan to offer “non-Obamacare compliant” plans in a state if it was already offering at least one plan that does comply with the 2010 health care law in that state, according to a Vox.com report. That measure, combined with reducing the bill’s tax cuts, could be enough to win over a conservative bloc of senators who are withholding support for the bill, while also freeing up funds to boost Medicaid funding, which might bring along some moderate Republicans opposed to the bill, per Vox. A Cruz spokeswoman confirmed the details of the report to the Tribune. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is aiming to pull together new legislation by Friday in hopes that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office can analyze it over the July 4th recess. He had hoped to vote on a bill this week but abruptly pushed those plans back on Tuesday. McConnell and other leaders have suggested that despite this week’s setbacks, the Senate will pick the issue back up in mid-July.Cruz has repeatedly postured himself as a consensus builder in the health care negotiations – but he did withhold support from the initial bill proposed last week. GOP senators are increasingly feeling pressed for time to address promises to overhaul the country’s health care system. Soon, Congress will need to agree to raise the U.S. government’s debt ceiling or face a possible default. Both chamber traditionally leaves town for a five-week recess in August and into the early fall. The month of September is often consumed with budget negotiations.And soon, the 2018 midterm elections will come to the fore, which is expected to make it even tougher for Republicans to move forward on politically volatile issues like health care. Sharelast_img read more

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