Boxing: Indian Boxers put on dominant performance in Chemistry Cup

first_imgAdvertisementIndian Boxers put on a dominant performance in recently concluded Chemistry Cup in Germany. The Indian contingent picked up two gold, a silver and three bronze medals in all.Gaurav Solanki and Mohammed Hussamuddin won gold in their respective categories as Indian boxers ended up with a rich haul of medals at the Chemistry Cup in Germany.Solanki, gold-medallist at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, pulled off a massive victory by edging past feared Cuban Jorge Alejandro Merencio in a grueling contest.CWG bronze-winner Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg), meanwhile, defeated former national champion Madan Lal in a rare all-Indian final at an away international tournament. Both Solanki and Husammuddin are employed with the Indian Army.The bronze medals were claimed by Commonwealth Games silver-winner Amit Panghal (49kg), another Army man, Dheeraj Rangi (64kg), and Narender (+91kg).Amit had lost 0-5 to Cuba’s Damian Arce Duarte, while Dheeraj had gone down 2-3 in a high-intensity contest against Jordan’s Obada Alkasbeh. Advertisementlast_img read more

WWE: Samoa Joe sends strong message to Brock Lesnar ahead of Great balls of Fire

first_imgSamoa Joe’s impressive show on Monday Night RAW continued as he floored the WWE Universal Champions Brock Lesnar with a vicious coquina clutch ahead of their match at Great Balls of Fire.Joe, who had a brawl with Lesnar a week back, attacked Lesnar from behind when he was making his entrance during Paul Heyman’s promo.The Samoan ‘submission machine’ came from behind and held Lesnar’s neck with his signature sleeper hold. Lesnar tried his best to break it by pushing Joe against the display monitors twice but Joe hit back and held onto the champion stronly before other superstars came to seperate them.This is the third week in a row that he got physical with Lesnar. First week, he attacked Heyman, which prompted the manager to call out his client. Last week the two men had a brawl and this week Joe made a clear statement that he is indeed not afraid of going to ‘Suplex City’.The 38-year-old became the No. 1 contender for the championship after getting the better of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt in the first-ever fatal five-way Extreme Rules match in RAW.The two will go head-tohead in two weeks time at RAW’s exclusive pay-per-view at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.last_img read more

Pacquiao Hurt Shoulder Costly

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao could face disciplinary action from Nevada boxing officials for failing to disclose a shoulder injury before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Nevada Athletic Commission chairman the said that the State Attorney General’s office will look at why Pacquiao checked “no” a day before the fight on a commission questionnaire asking if he had a shoulder injury.“We will gather all the facts and follow the circumstances,” Aguilar said. “At some point we will have some discussion. As a licensee of the commission you want to make sure fighters are giving you up-to-date information.”Pacquiao could face a possible fine or suspension for not answering the question accurately on a form he filled out just before the May 1 weigh-in. He would go on to lose a unanimous decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever.Meanwhile, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache told that Pacquiao will undergo surgery later this week to repair a “significant tear” in his rotator cuff. ElAttrache examined Pacquiao on May 4 at his Kerlan Jobe Orthopedics office in Los Angeles.Pacquiao’s promoter put out a statement on behalf of the fighter late May 4 saying that the injury was disclosed to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which approved the use of an anti-inflammatory shot for the fight.But USADA was only a third party to the fight, charged only with testing the fighters for banned substances in training and the night of the bout.“We had no medical information, no MRIs, no documents,” said Travis Tygart, who heads the USADA. “It was not an anti-doping issue. The real question is why his camp checked ‘no’ on the disclosure. Either they made a terrible mistake to not follow the rules or they were trying not to give information to the other side. I’m not sure there’s a middle ground.”Tygart said his agency, which was hired by promoters to oversee drug testing for the bout, was contacted April 7 asking about the use of various substances and whether they were allowed under anti-doping rules.He said there was another call 10 days later asking about using a different substance, again for what the USADA was told was an unspecified shoulder problem.A little more than two hours before the fight, Pacquiao’s corner asked Nevada regulators if he could be given a shot of Toradol, an anti-inflammatory. Aguilar denied it, saying the commission had no previous indication there was an injury and could not allow a shot in fairness to the Mayweather camp.“Our job is to protect the health and safety of fighters and the integrity of the sport,” Aguilar said. “We expect our fighters to be forthright.”Pacquiao said after the fight that his shoulder had improved and he was hopeful of fighting with the shot. He said it didn’t bother him until the fourth round, when he hit Mayweather with a big left hand and went after him with a series of punches.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said the shoulder was getting better by the day in training camp.“We thought at one time we’d postpone the fight, but as the weeks went on it was getting better and I was happy with his performance,” Roach said. “I thought the progress was good enough.”Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett said Pacquiao filled out the form himself and understood the questions. A copy of the form was posted earlier on the True.Ink website, signed by both Pacquiao and his manager, Michael Koncz.“It’s not just the fact he didn’t fill out the question completely, it was that he wasn’t honest and they didn’t tell us a month ago when he had the shoulder injury,” Bennett said. “They’re not obligated to, but two hours before the fight they wanted a shot that’s a pain killer in essence. That put us in a very precarious position.”In the statement released by Pacquiao’s camp, they said Pacquiao decided to proceed with the fight even without the shot.“As Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses,” the statement read. “Manny gave it his best.”(TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Five techniques to lower energy consumption

first_imgIn my last post, “How Low (Power) Can You Go?”, we examined several different low power modes that are available in microcontrollers and how those low power modes affect energy consumption and wake-up times. Low power modes are one of the main techniques to decrease the energy that a microcontroller uses, but it’s not the only technique available to developers. In this post, we will examine five of my favorite techniques for lowering microcontroller energy consumption.Technique #1 – Utilize the DMA ControllerWithin a microcontroller, the CPU is typically the power-hungry device that uses the most current. Peripherals certainly contribute to the energy consumption especially if there is a USB or Ethernet controller, but one of the first steps to optimizing a device for energy is to keep the CPU in its lowest state as long as possible. Applications will periodically need to wake-up though to move data around such as receiving bytes from a UART and storing them in a buffer. A way to avoid constantly waking the CPU up to handle moving data around is to utilize the direct memory access (DMA) controller.DMA allows a developer to keep their CPU asleep and instead use a lower power peripheral to do what the CPU would have done otherwise, move data around the microcontroller. The DMA controller can be used for several purposes such as:Moving data from a peripheral to memoryMoving data from memory into another memory locationMoving data in memory to a peripheralThe specifics on how to setup DMA will vary from one microcontroller to the next, but the benefit is that the CPU can be kept in a low power state up until it needs to actually wake-up and process the data that has been transferred by DMA.Technique #2 – Use Clock ThrottlingYou might recall from a microcontroller course or from reading online that the energy consumption of a microcontroller is dependent upon the clock frequency. The higher the frequency, the higher the energy consumption. An application doesn’t necessarily always need to be running full tilt. In fact, throttling the clock based on what needs to be done can be an effective technique for minimizing the energy that will be consumed.Take for example Figure 1 below which shows the Run Mode Current versus the Core Frequency in an NXP Kinetis-L microcontroller. From this figure, the reader can see that throttling back the clock frequency will decrease energy consumption. It can also be seen how disabling unused peripherals can make a difference in how much energy the microcontroller consumes as for larger imageFigure 1 – Microcontroller current consumption as a function of core clock frequency. (Source: NXP Kinetis-L Datasheet)Exactly when and how to throttle the clock frequency is completely application dependent. Some applications may still want to run full tilt all the time. In others, it may be okay to cut the frequency in half from the maximum and run the part that way. In still others, it may make sense to dynamically change the clock on the fly based on what the application is doing. Just beware that if you decide to use clock throttling dynamically, you may also need to dynamically change peripheral register settings to compensate for the changes.Technique #3 – Utilize Compiler OptimizationsModern compilers provide embedded with optimization settings that can improve the execution time for a given piece of code. For example, most compilers provide developers with optimization settings to perform loop unrolling and inline functions. While these are just two examples, developers can use these techniques to generate code that executes faster. Code that executes faster, even if it does use more code space, will give the opportunity to spend more time in a low power mode which in turn will decrease the energy consumed by the application.I recommend that you schedule some time soon to review your compilers manual and see what features it has built-in to help you execute your code faster. While it may seem like saving a few dozen clock cycles isn’t a big deal. Those clock cycles can add up very quickly over the course of weeks or even months.Technique #4 – Utilize Low-Power (LP) PeripheralsIf you carefully read a microcontrollers datasheet, you’ll notice that microcontrollers designed for low power operations will often include low-power peripherals that are separate from the “standard” peripherals. For example, the STM32 microcontrollers include a LP timer. This is a timer peripheral that doesn’t include all the extra bells and whistles but is designed to be operated in a low-power environment. When optimizing, or even starting a low-power design, watching for these low-power peripherals and utilizing them can be a great way to decrease the products energy consumption without a lot of extra effort.Technique #5 – Think Outside the BoxSometimes you may find that you need to really think outside the box to optimize for energy. Several years ago, I was working on a medical product that was battery operated and had to last on the battery for 12 – 14 hours between charges. We selected the battery we needed and then moved on with the design. Well, the industrial designers decided that the battery was too big and without telling the electronics or software team, they decided to shrink the battery considerably so that they could create a smaller, sexier device. The first test of the device revealed that the battery was only lasting about 4 – 5 hours!The industrial team had of course gone to production tooling and there was no going back to a larger battery. The only option was to optimize like crazy. Despite using every possible optimization technique in the book, I could only get the device to last for about 8 hours. So, what could be done? It turned out that the product had a USB host on board that had a custom memory device connected as an MSD/CDC device. USB uses a lot of energy and if the USB could be shut down when it wasn’t needed, quite a bit of energy could be saved.We had to think outside the box and after starting the device up, we would disable the USB device, power down the USB host and when the USB device was needed, we bit-banged a message over the USB D+ and D- ports that signals the USB host was going to power back up. It was crazy, ugly, a work-around, but it successfully got the battery life to over 14 hours. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box to get the energy efficiency you need.ConclusionIn this post we have examined a few additional techniques that developers can leverage to minimize the energy consumption of their microcontroller. Using these techniques along with low-power modes can dramatically lower device energy consumption. As you work on optimizing your microcontroller application for energy, don’t forget to select the techniques that will provide the greatest bang for your time. Energy optimization can often become a black hole where the time investment has diminishing returns with each iteration. Jacob Beningo is an embedded software consultant, advisor and educator who currently works with clients in more than a dozen countries to dramatically transform their software, systems and processes. Feel free to contact him at, at his website, and sign-up for his monthly Embedded Bytes Newsletter. 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Tendulkar sells stakes in Kerala Blasters, says will cherish experience forever

first_imgSachin Tendulkar sold off his stakes in Kerala Blasters ahead of the new Indian Super League season, starting September 29, but said “a piece of my heart will always beat for the club”.Tendulkar was associated with Kerala Blasters since its inception in 2014 and often made his presence felt from the stands in their home and away games.He bought the stakes back in April 2014 along with entrepreneur Prasad V Potluri. However, a year later Potluri sold off his stakes making Tendulkar a 40 per cent stakeholder in the franchise.In 2016, Prasad joined the franchise again and this time along with the heavyweights of Southern film industry. It was learnt that while they bought the 60 per cent stakes, an additional 20 percent was bought by Tendulkar also.Also read – Indian Super League season 5 to begin on September 29 in Kolkata”In its fifth year, it is important that the club puts the building blocks for the next five years and beyond. It is also a time for me to reflect on the role that I should play. After reflecting and much discussion with my team, I have decided to exit my association with Kerala Blasters as a co-promoter,” Tendulkar said in a statement.”I strongly believe that Kerala Blasters is in very good shape and on its path to attain many more successes with the backing of its fans offering unconditional support. I am very proud of Kerala Blasters and a piece of my heart will always beat for the club.”Also read – #SaveKochiTurf: BCCI shifts India-West Indies ODI after plea from Tendulkar, Chhetriadvertisement”Over the last four years, Kerala Blasters Football Club has been an integral part of my life. I have undergone all the emotions that millions of Kerala Blasters fans have undergone during this period.”My association with Kerala Blasters was driven with the intent to reignite the passion for the game and give the many fans and the abundant talent in Kerala, a national platform to express themselves.Also read – ‘Sachin Tendulkar brings calmness to Kerala Blasters in trying times'”It has been a thrilling experience to chase this pursuit and something which I will always cherish,” Tendulkar further said in his statement.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

2015 a Slow Year for Stolt-Nielsen, Tankers Save the Day

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed shipowner Stolt-Nielsen Limited reported net profit in the fourth quarter of 2015 at USD 21.4 million, with revenue of USD 494.6 million, a decrease compared with the numbers recorded in the third quarter of 2015.Namely, the company’s third quarter of 2015 net profit was at USD 30.1 million, with revenue at 500.7 million.A slight decline was reported in the fourth quarter of 2015 operating profit, which was at USD 35.4 million, compared with USD 37.5 million in the previous quarter, reflecting accelerated depreciation on ships scheduled for recycling and the continuing positive impact of lower bunker costs.Stolthaven Terminals had an operating profit of USD 2.6 million, down from USD 6.4 million, due to write-offs of certain assets, accelerated depreciation and settlements of customer claims.Stolt Tank Containers reported an operating profit of USD 13.1 million, down from USD 15.6 million, reflecting lower utilisation from a reduction in shipments and costs related to the early recycling of a certain series of tank containers.Aside to hurdles in other sectors, tanker sector drove the company’s profit as Stolt Tankers reported an operating revenue of USD 282.2 million. While the number of operating days decreased, overall volume carried was flat, resulting in improved fleet utilisation.Stolt Tankers had a fourth-quarter operating profit of USD 35.4 million, compared with USD 37.5 million in the third quarter. A net positive impact of USD 6.5 million from lower bunker fuel costs, along with lower time-charter hire, was partially offset by USD 4.1 million of accelerated depreciation on ships coming due for recycling in 2016, as prices for steel have declined.“Stolt Tankers’ improved performance continued in the fourth quarter, driven mainly by lower bunker costs. Poor results at Stolthaven Terminals were attributable to accelerated depreciation of certain assets and continued actions to enhance efficiency and improve profitability at Stolthaven Houston, though the underlying dynamics of the storage market remain solid. Stolt Tank Containers’ performance softened in the fourth quarter, reflecting fewer shipments and costs associated with the recycling of a series of tank containers,” Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, said.On the year-on-year basis, Stolt-Nielsen said that its operating profit was on a rise compared to the previous year, as it was at USD 246.2 million, representing an increase of more than USD 60 million from 2014.The company’s net profit also jumped to USD 133.1 million in 2015, an increase of some USD 55 million from the year before.“Looking ahead in 2016, Stolt Tankers is likely to continue to perform well near-term, but unless global trade flows pick up, the additional newbuilding tonnage scheduled to come into the market this year and in 2017 may negatively impact our results. The outlook for the global economy and trade provides limited comfort. Considering the uncertain outlook we will continue to manage our businesses conservatively in order to be well positioned to capitalise on opportunities that may arise in a weak market,” he said.last_img read more

Clinton Foundation Expands Climate Change Work in Ethiopia and Kenya

first_imgThe Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), part of the Clinton Foundation, has announced an expansion of its climate change mitigation efforts with a new program mapping priority areas for reforestation in Kenya and Ethiopia.This program builds on existing data collection efforts in Kenya that provide communities with advanced information on rainfall, drought, and monitoring of natural resources; these efforts will help communities better manage their forest, farms, woodlots, and water resources. This new program will be carried out together with the World Resources Institute and the Green Belt Movement. It will be CCI’s first work in Ethiopia, although the Foundation has been working in the health sector in Ethiopia since 2005.

These efforts are designed to mitigate the negative effects of climate change in Africa. Forests are being degraded and lost at an alarming rate in Africa, and the negative effects include reductions and changes in soils and watersheds, impacts on food security, and damages to biodiversity. The new program – known as Restoring Ecosystems in African Landscapes (REAL)– is designed to help communities identify areas where land can be reclaimed and reforested and demonstrate restoration efforts with select communities.

“The expansion of our work in Kenya and Ethiopia will help individuals, employers, and governments in the region to make smarter decisions and mitigate the negative environmental effects of climate change that are happening today,” said President Clinton. “As the effects of climate change are increasingly being felt globally, our efforts to prevent the degradation of the forests that are critical to the region’s ecosystem are more important than ever.”

Kenya and Ethiopia have significant potential for forest ecosystem rehabilitation, as well as a strong commitment to forest restoration. Early forest restoration mapping found that that there are more than 100 million hectares of land that could be restored in East Africa. The REAL program in Ethiopia and Kenya has several goals: • Map priority areas for restoration at national and local scales; • Initiate demonstration projects for land reclamation, that can provide critical benefits like biodiversity conservation, fuel wood, fodder, shade, water regulation; • Investigate innovative investment models of long-term financing to ensure sustainability and enable replication.This project will link with ongoing work that CCI is currently carrying out with the Government of Kenya to quantify and report its greenhouse gas emissions. This work will allow the government to promote sustainable development and inform policy decisions on planning for forest restoration, protection of forest resources, improved soils and agricultural productivity, and enhanced water availability.

Building on President Clinton’s longstanding commitment to the environment, CCI implements programs that create and advance solutions to the root causes of climate change – while also helping to reduce our reliance on oil, saving money for individuals and governments, creating jobs, and growing economies. CCI has worked with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) to help large cities reduce their carbon emissions, and currently works to increase energy efficiency through building retrofits; increase access to clean energy technology and deploy it at the government, corporate, and homeowner levels; and reverse deforestation and restore landscapes with data-driven natural resource management.last_img read more

European Union Film Festival continues

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement European Union Film Festival: What with the abundance of free screenings at the European Union Film Festival at the Royal in the next two weeks, moviegoers are bound to find something that suits their tastes. Nevertheless, it can be a challenge to determine where to start amid the many sensitively wrought dramas from the Balkans, intergenerational family stories from Scandinavia and crowd-pleasers that hit big with local audiences but remain woefully obscure in other lands. Here are three Canadian premieres in this week’s slate worth taking a chance on.Irreplaceable (France): This rural-set drama pairs the promising young director Thomas Lilti with one of France’s biggest stars, Francois Cluzet — the Intouchables actor plays a country doctor coping with his own ailing health. It plays Nov. 12.The First, The Last (Belgium): Belgian actor and director Bouli Lanners stars opposite Albert Dupontel in an offbeat crime story as shaggy, sad sack bounty hunters who get in a heap of trouble while searching for a rich guy’s stolen cellphone — the winner of two big prizes at the Berlin festival last year, it plays Nov. 13. Twitter Remainder (UK): This year’s most intriguing offering at the EUFF — at least for viewers who’ve read the film’s brilliant source novel by Tom McCarthy — is this enigmatic British effort about a strange young man with memory problems who obsessively recreates a fragment of his past. Video artist Omer Fast’s debut feature plays Nov. 17.The EUFF continues to Nov. 24. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Pomegranate and Hungarian film fests: The roster of international film events continues with two more this week. Established in 2006 as a showcase of Armenian film and culture, the Pomegranate Film Festival opens Nov. 16 at the SilverCity Fairview Mall with Earthquake, a drama about the country’s devastating quake in 1988, and Remember, followed by a Q&A with director Atom Egoyan. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Groundwater system still exists on Mars

first_imgLos Angeles: Mars may still have an active groundwater system deep below the surface, and could be feeding surface streams in some areas on the Red Planet, a study has found. Last year, researchers detected the presence of a deep-water lake on Mars under its south polar ice caps. Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) in the US determined that groundwater likely exists in a broader geographical area than just the poles of Mars. They found that there is an active system, as deep as 750 metres, from which groundwater comes to the surface through cracks in the specific craters they analysed. Researchers studied the characteristics of Mars Recurrent Slope Linea, which are akin to dried, short streams of water that appear on some crater walls on Mars. Scientists previously thought these features were affiliated with surface water flow or close subsurface water flow, said Essam Heggy, member of the Mars Express Sounding radar experiment MARSIS probing Mars subsurface. “We suggest that this may not be true. We propose an alternative hypothesis that they originate from a deep pressurized groundwater source which comes to the surface moving upward along ground cracks,” Heggy said. “The experience we gained from our research in desert hydrology was the cornerstone in reaching this conclusion,” said Abotalib Z Abotalib, a postdoctoral research associate at USC. “We have seen the same mechanisms in the North African Sahara and in the Arabian Peninsula, and it helped us explore the same mechanism on Mars,” Abotalib said. The scientists concluded that fractures within some of Mars’ craters, enabled water springs to rise up to the surface as a result of pressure deep below. These springs leaked onto the surface, generating the sharp and distinct linear features found on the walls of these craters. The scientists also provide an explanation on how these water features fluctuate with seasonality on Mars. The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, suggests that groundwater might be deeper than previously thought in areas where such streams are observed on Mars. The findings suggest that the exposed part of these ground fractures associated with these springs as the primary location candidates to explore Mars’ habitability. Previous research to explore groundwater on Mars relied on interpreting the returned electromagnetic echoes sent from the radar-probing experiments from orbit onboard Mars Express and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. These experiments measured the reflection of the waves from both the surface and the subsurface whenever penetration was possible. However, this earlier method did not yet provide evidence of groundwater occurrence beyond the 2018 South Pole detection.last_img read more

Michelle Obama Sparks Controversy for Not Wearing a Veil in Saudi

Rabat – U.S President Barack Obama went to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay respect to late Saudi King Abdullah in what appeared to be an expression of how important is the U.S.-American relationships. However, Obama’s visit to America’s Middle Eastern ally was not at the center of attention, at least on social media platforms.Instead, it was the attire his wife, Michelle Obama, wore in the conservative kingdom that sparked much of the controversy. Saudi state television showed images of the American first lady not wearing a veil in a country where women are expected to cover their heads and faces and must be accompanied by a male relative.Michelle Obama wore clothing that fully covered her arms, but not her head. Other foreign female guests were also shown in the photographs from the official event not wearing veils or headscarves.Many Saudi social media users took to Twitter and used hashtags that criticized Michelle Obama’s ‘bold’ move. Some Saudi Twitter users pointed out that Michelle Obama had worn a headscarf on recent trip to Indonesia, but not in Saudi Arabia.???????? ???????? #?????_??????_???? ?? ??? ??????? ??? ????????? ??????? ???? ???? ????????? @mshanarm @s_a_aldweesh— ???? ??????? (@Riyadh_K_S_A) 27 Janvier 2015 #?????_??????_???? ??? ?????? ????? ???????? ?????? ?? ?????? ? ??? ?????? ?????? ?? ??????? ??? ?????? ? ??? ?????? ??????? ?? ??? ??????? — ????????? : Beer (@t3ber_) 27 Janvier 2015Otheres, however, applauded the first lady’s move, describing it as a ‘defiance’ to Saudi Arabia’s laws and traditions.I wish Michelle had bare arms and a plunging neckline. #?????_??????_???? — Je Suis Reality (@preach_atheism) 28 Janvier 2015Be your self and don’t sacrifice your values to please others.#?????_??????_???? — #Justice4Serena (@WORLDEMPATH) 28 Janvier 2015Hey Saudi Arabia, you might sell us lots of oil but you won’t force your primitive and hateful ways to treat women. No. #?????_??????_???? — Camila Qariwarmi (@qariwarmi) 28 Janvier 2015Saudis here, take a seat &let the world move forward unlike your static existence that is very similar to pre-islam time #?????_??????_???? — Mohamed Hemish (@MohamedHemish) 28 Janvier 2015#?????_??????_???? #MichelleObama blurred Problem solved?— colonelC (@oO_Qo) 27 Janvier 2015 read more

Ohio State tops Maryland 5224 in Big Ten opener

Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., as seen from the Maryland player entrance, prior to kickoff between OSU and the Terrapins on Oct. 4. The game was the first-ever meeting between the two schools, and the Terrapins’ inaugural Big Ten home game. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCOLLEGE PARK, Md. — In the first-ever football matchup between Ohio State and Maryland, the No. 20 Buckeyes came away with a wire-to-wire victory to open their Big Ten season.OSU’s 52-24 win spoiled Maryland’s first Big Ten home game at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., on Saturday afternoon.After the win, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was “very pleased” with the Buckeyes’ play, but stressed that there is still room for improvement.“I know it wasn’t perfect; and obviously that’s what you strive to be, but we’re not,” Meyer said.With the conference season opening against Maryland, at least one OSU player said the team treats every game like a big one, but added there was some extra joy in a Big Ten victory.“We’re Ohio State,” sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said after the game. “We come in and every game is a big game for us. So first Big Ten game, feels real nice.”After the Buckeyes (4-1, 1-0) jumped out to a 24-3 lead, a Maryland (4-2, 1-1) touchdown and an ensuing OSU punt near the end of the first half had the Terrapins threatening to get back in the game. That punt — a 69-yard boot by sophomore Cameron Johnston — pinned Maryland at its own seven-yard line.Johnston said Meyer told him to put everything he had into the punt before sending him out on the field.“He said ‘go after it,’ so if he gives you permission to go after it and I’m allowed to go after it then I’m kind of happy,” Johnston said after the game. “So it was good.”On the first play of the drive, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee intercepted Maryland redshirt-senior quarterback C.J. Brown, giving OSU the ball at the one. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett hit redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett on the next play for a touchdown, giving the Buckeyes the momentum and a 31-10 halftime lead.Lee said the Buckeyes “needed a big play” at that moment in the game, and added he simply watched the play unfold before making the interception.“Eyes on the quarterback, and (sophomore defensive lineman) Joey Bosa was about to get him if he waited a half second longer,” Lee said after the game. “And then he threw it, (I) got to the ball, caught it.”Redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett (81) heads into the end zone for a touchdown during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFrom there, OSU outscored the Terrapins, 21-14, to seal the victory.Lee said everyone from Meyer to the rest of his teammates was looking forward to the Maryland matchup because none of them had ever taken on the Terrapins.“Coach was eager to play them, it was the first time he’s ever played Maryland, first time we’ve played Maryland,” he said. “We knew we had to jump out on them, they’re an explosive team.”The first half was a tale of two contrasting offenses as the Buckeyes picked up 289 total yards in the opening 30 minutes, compared to just 104 from Maryland.OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said he enjoyed the success his offensive players had against the Terrapins, but said it’s important to keep that kind of play going throughout each game.“It’s really fun to be up there and just kind of call plays and understand that your guys are executing,” Herman said after the game. “We’re in a rhythm and do whatever you can not to break that rhythm and get behind the chains.”OSU got things started with an eight-play, 75-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run from redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith. Barrett hit redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall from nine yards out later in the quarter before Maryland got on the board.Herman said the first set of plays of the day was planned for the Buckeyes, but they still had to adjust to have their early success.“We script our first eight or 10 plays, but understand that we’ve got to adjust based on what the defense is giving,” Herman said.Following the Marshall touchdown, the Terrapins’ junior kicker Brad Craddock set a new Maryland record with a 57-yard field goal to make the score 14-3, but the Buckeyes answered back with a touchdown and a field goal of their own before Lee’s interception and the ensuing Vannett touchdown.OSU’s first drive of the second half ended with a turnover on downs inside the 10-yard line, but redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple gave the ball back to the Buckeyes with an interception in the end zone. Barrett hit senior wide receiver Devin Smith from 30 yards out on the ensuing possession to extend OSU’s lead to 38-10.Maryland’s second touchdown — a two-yard run by redshirt-junior running back Brandon Ross — was followed by a nine-yard scoring run from Barrett, giving the Buckeyes a 45-17 advantage just six seconds into the fourth quarter.Lee went to the sideline with an apparent leg injury on the first play of Maryland’s next drive after nearly making an interception, but later returned to the game.After the game, Lee said he sustained “just a cramp” on the play.After that near-pick, Maryland went on a seven-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Caleb Rowe to junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs.The Buckeyes closed out the scoring when freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan intercepted Rowe and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown on Maryland’s next possession.“It’s one of the best feelings in the world,” McMillan said of his first career score. “My teammate helped me out by tipping the ball and I just took advantage of the moment.”Barrett finished his day 18 of 23 on pass attempts for 267 yards and four touchdowns. He also finished second on the team with 71 rushing yards and another score. Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott led the way with 24 carries and 139 yards rushing while redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas led the team with four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown through the air. Redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith also had four receptions for 44 yards.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) makes a tackle during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24, as Bosa tallied 1 sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn total, Barrett completed passes to nine different receivers, and Meyer praised his ability, as well as the play of the players he throws to.“J.T. Barrett is playing very well and the big thing is we can still get better,” Meyer said. “The guys playing around him are pretty good too.”The Buckeye offense totaled 533 yards on the day, compared to 310 for Maryland.Bosa keyed the OSU defense with one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss while sophomore safety Vonn Bell and junior linebacker Joshua Perry tied for the team lead with six tackles each.After the game, Bosa said the defensive lines production when it comes to getting to the quarterback could have been even better than it was.“We were back there all day,” he said. “I think we could’ve had a lot more (sacks) if we just got there a little faster.”Brown and Rowe combined to throw four interceptions and just one touchdown in the game. The Buckeyes held the Terrapins to just 66 rushing yards on the day.OSU is scheduled to have a week off before returning to Ohio Stadium to face Rutgers on Oct. 18. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

Lundin Mining the subject of our next Great Mines series from December

first_imgIM’s Great Mines series recently looked in-depth at two very different mining groups – the long established and gold-focussed Newmont; and First Quantum, a diversified newcomer with its roots in DRC but growing rapidly through greenfield projects like Sentinel and well timed buy-outs of operations like Ravensthorpe. We have also exmained Freeport-Indonesia in detail, published a series on LKAB and in November report on the great Lucky Friday silver mine. For our next series of Great Mines, we are looking at Lundin Mining, also a relative newcomer, but having built itself into one of the most solid mid-tier base metal mining groups, owning many of the major European assets in this sector including Neves Corvo, Zinkgruvan, Galmoy and Aguablanca. It is also the JV partner with Freeport in Tenke Fungurume in DRC, the largest and richest grade copper and cobalt operation globally. If you have news of equipment or services used at these mines, we would be pleased to hear of it.Our first article will focus on the history of Lundin’s development as a company, from its early years in the 1990s as a junior, its merger with EuroZinc in 2006, purchase of Rio Narcea in 2007 and the development of Tenke and the involvement of BHP, Phelps Dodge and finally Freeport as Lundin’s majority share partner in the project. It will also look at some of the future plans for Lundin with mines like Galmoy winding down; and its place within the Lundin Group of Companies, which includes some impressive industrial minerals assets. The subsequent articles will look at each of Lundin Mining’s operations in depth, beginning with the flagship fully owned operation, Portugal’s Neves Corvo, in our January 2012 issue.last_img read more

AUSTRIAN DERBY Fivers beat Alpla Hard again

After Super Cup triumph, Austrian Fivers beat the biggest domestic rival – champions Alpla Hard 27:26 at the round 2 of Austrian championships. Edelmuller was the TOP scorer in his team with 7 goals, while Kolar scored 6. In the defeated team, Kozina and Zeiner scored 6 goals.Fivers: Edelmüller 7, Kolar 5, Fuger 4, Brandfellner 3, Kirveliaviciuc 3, Eitutis 2, Ziura 2, Jonas 1Hard: Kozina 6, Zeiner 6, Friede 4, Schmid 3, Raschle 3, Tanaskovic 2, Jochum 1, Knauth 1 ← Previous Story THW Kiel and RNL are only on 100% Next Story → IHF president Hassan Moustafa: “Brazil to pay debt with organizing Beach and Junior WCh” alpla hard handballAustria handballAustrian handballfivers handball read more

1700 bankers in state covered banks paid over €100000

first_imgANY GOVERNMENT REVIEW of bankers pay must address the fact that over 1,700 bankers in institutions with explicit state support are currently earning over €100,000, Fianna Fáil’s Finance Spokesperson has said.Michael McGrath TD, who obtained the figures after submitting a parliamentary question to the Minister of Finance Michael Noonan, said that he hoped an expected review would result in more realistic levels of executive pay rather than a pay hike.“Over 180 of these executives are on basic salaries in excess of €200,000. In my view, there is no justification for such a large number of bank employees earning salaries of this order” said McGrath.The government is expected to begin reviewing bankers salaries soon, with Canadian consultant firm Mercer hired to look at pay at all levels in the banks. Despite a government limit of €500,000, some banks have continued to pay their staff more, most notably in the case of Bank of Ireland Chief Executive Richie Boucher. He received a €898,000 pay package in 2011.“I very much hope, rather than resulting in any increases in the remuneration of bankers, that this review results in more realistic levels of executive pay across the banks that continue to owe the State and its citizens for their very existence” he said.Taxpayers are currently paying the €64bn bill required to bail out the Irish banks.861 bankers in AIB, 61 in Permanent TSB, 143 in IBRC and 644 in Bank of Ireland are currently paid over €100,000.On Tuesday, the head of banking supervision at the Central Bank Fiona Muldoon compared bankers to teenagers and said that the “economic milk spilt in poor lending, the losses already incurred, have not even begun to be cleaned up.”Public outcry over banker’s €1 million bonus>last_img read more

GPs warn of chaos in health system after HSE boss raises cuts

first_imgDOCTORS’ REPRESENTATIVE BODY the IMO is raising fresh concerns over planned cuts in the health system, following the publication of a confidential letter on the subject from the head of the HSE to the Health Minister.In the letter, the contents of which were disclosed yesterday in The Irish Times, Tony O’Brien warns that the swingeing cuts being planned in medical card spending are being made “against the advice of the HSE and the Department of Health”.According to the newspaper, the comments were contained in a seven-page letter sent to Minister Reilly along with the HSE service plan for next year. O’Brien, it’s reported, maintains that the plan provides for cuts in spending of €133 million — €20 million more than the €113 figure that had originally been suggested.The 2014 service plan sets out how the executive expects to spend its €13 billion budget next year, and how it proposes to bring in the savings of €666 million set out in the October Budget.Chair of the IMO GP Committee Doctor Ray Walley, has warned of “chaos” in medical card services if there’s an attempt to bring in savings of €133 millionWalley said that the sending of letters on such a sensitive issue represented an “extraordinary” intervention by the HSE.“These letters reflect a growing recognition in the HSE that enormous hardship is going to follow the Government’s decision to target these savings in spending on medical cards.”“We said at the budget that the original target could not be met and that is even more the case with this larger target.”Officials at the Department of Health, the Department of Public Expenditure and the Taoiseach’s Department are currently examining the service plan.Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on health Billy Kelleher has said confidence in the health service is being undermined by further leaks from the document, and has reiterated the party’s call for a public debate on the issue.Read: Can abuse of salary top-ups be avoided? ‘With great difficulty,’ says HowlinAlso: HSE used military ambulances over 800 times ‘to meet additional demand’last_img read more

Surpoids le régime Dukan

first_imgSurpoids : le régime DukanFrance – Vous avez forcément entendu parler de ce régime plébiscité mais finalement, Dukan, qu’est-ce que c’est ? Découvrez les étapes du programme. 1 : La phase d’attaqueElle permet de commencer avec une perte de poids rapide et dure de 3 à 10 jours selon l’importance du surpoids. Seule la consommation de protéines est autorisée : poisson, viande, œufs et laitages à 0%.2 : La phase alternativeLes légumes sont réintroduits progressivement, puis on adopte un rythme cyclique : 3 jours de protéines pures, 3 jours de protéines + légumes. Ce rythme est porté à 5 jours de chaque pour une perte de poids souhaitée de plus de 10 kilos. Cette phase dure jusqu’à l’obtention du poids souhaité.3 : La phase de consolidationPour éviter de reprendre du poids, le résultat est consolidé en adoptant un nouveau programme : les protéines et les légumes constituent l’alimentation de base, et les autres aliments sont réintroduits progressivement. Cette phase doit durer 10 jours par kilo perdu.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?4 : La phase de stabilisationOn adopte une alimentation équilibrée normale, en conservant une journée de protéines pures par semaine, le jeudi. On consomme 3 cuillères à soupe de son d’avoine par jour. Cette phase est à respecter à vie pour conserver un poids stable.Si vous souhaitez vous lancer, n’oubliez pas que les protéines pures peuvent être nocives pour la santé : préférez le poisson à la viande, et évitez de consommer le jaune de l’œuf. Enfin, sachez que la grande majorité des médecins nutritionnistes déconseillent les régimes, qui statistiquement font prendre beaucoup plus de poids qu’ils n’en font perdre. Mieux vaut effectuer un rééquilibrage alimentaire avec l’aide d’un médecin, qui permet de mincir sans carence, sans problème de santé et sans reprendre de poids.Le 30 octobre 2010 à 12:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Chris Jericho on latest WWE run new Randy Savage DVD

first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Star Thinks The Rock Could Be The Next President Twitter Kevin Smith Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Jason Mewes Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Chris Jericho Going To NJPW WWE’s Chris Jericho Cast In Kevin Smith’s Horror Movie WhatsAppcenter_img Chris Jericho talks about his recent run ending with WWEPeter Rosenberg of Hot 97 is featuring a new “Cheap Heat” interview with Chris Jericho where he discusses his recent run ending with WWE, taking the good with the bad when it comes to internet feedback about his career and more.Update on new Randy Savage DVD release from WWEWWE’s latest DVD/Blu-ray release about the career of Randy Savage is also set to feature a full documentary. Savage’s last DVD release by WWE only featured matches and interviews. It is scheduled to be released on 11/15.You can view a full DVD listing at this link.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKevin Smith Teases Latest Addition To Cast Of Jay And Silent Bob RebootVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:37/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Chris Jericho Tallahassee Police find Chris Jericho’s stolen AEW Championship on the side of the road Kevin Smith Teases Latest Addition To Cast Of Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Pinterest Videos Articles Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and morelast_img read more

Documents reveal effort to reduce opposition to port oil plan

first_imgClick to enlarge The proposal to build the largest oil terminal in the Pacific Northwest in Vancouver stretches back to January, when Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies presented the Port of Vancouver with a highly lucrative deal and a plan to win political support and deflect critics.Public records obtained by The Columbian show that the companies spelled out their approach to the project, designed to handle as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day, in a Jan. 23 “statement of interest” document: “We will develop (with involvement from Port management) a comprehensive community outreach and government relations plan that would be implemented prior to, and in anticipation of, environmental and land use permitting and the (State Environmental Policy Act)process,” the companies wrote in the 42-page letter to Mike Schiller, the port’s general manager of operations.“Implementation of this plan will occur prior to any public notice or the filing of permit applications in order to encourage early collaborative stakeholder communication, garner support for the Project, and reduce the risk of potential opposition,” it read.The collaborative strategy between the publicly owned port and the two corporations reveals the high stakes for both sides in seizing opportunities created by mid-America’s oil boom. Emails and other records generated by the port and Tesoro and Savage suggest the parties hoped to carefully manage what would be the Northwest’s largest oil-handling plan in a way that would minimize controversy and address potential public concerns early on.On July 6, the process got a horrible jolt.That’s when a fiery oil train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, vaporized a large swath of the downtown, killed 50 people, forced the evacuation of 2,000 and prompted investigations.last_img read more

Full Show School Walkouts And Houstons Barbecue Culture April 20 2018

first_img X On Friday’s Houston Matters: We learn about some local school walkouts to bring attention to gun violence in America. Then, our panel of non-experts weighs in on some of the interesting stories from this week’s news and decides if they are good, bad, or ugly. And we learn how barbecue culture in Houston is changing.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting  This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img 00:00 /33:10 Listenlast_img read more