And now for the hard part

first_imgStunned in the opening set by a young National University trying to pull off another statement win, Ateneo needed to dig deep to fetch a 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 triumph Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre and keep its winning streak intact.“The first round was really a tough one for us,” said Almadro. “We really learned a lot from here but I’m telling my players that going into the second round, it will not be any easier.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Lady Bulldogs showed just how much opponents will be clawing at the Lady Eagles. Given little hope against a team that entered the game on a five-game win streak, NU drew inspiration from a gutsy victory over University of the Philippines to carve out an opening set win.“They really showed us that despite being rookies, they can compete against veterans and all of the teams in the UAAP actually,” said skipper Bea de Leon, who finished with 13 points, behind Maddie Madayag’s team-high 17. “That was one of the toughest games we played actually for me.” Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo coach Oliver Almadro and his Lady Eagles needed to battle their way to the top of UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball.And he warned his wards that things would only get tougher.ADVERTISEMENT “It was kind of a wake-up call in the first set seeing how they played and they did a really good job,” said Kat Tolentino, who added 10 points, the same output of Ponggay Gaston.  “I think it’s their mentality that they have nothing to lose. If they win, then it’s a good boost for them. But if they lose they’re rookies so it’s not as much pressure [as it is] for us.”And if Ateneo needs any reminder just how tough the second round will be, La Salle provided it in the second game as the Lady Spikers stayed at the heels of the Lady Eagles with a 25-15, 25-19, 26-24 victory over last year’s Finals foe Far Eastern U.It was the fifth win in seven games for La Salle, which kept Ateneo’s 6-1 record within reach.“We have to put more effort and more sacrifices this second round. Teams will want to beat us, they will play even better. So hopefully the positivity and energy will manifest in the second round,” said Almadro.“I think the second round will definitely be harder because of the adjustments of the teams,” added Tolentino.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Fun and games help Beermen surround newcomer Romeo with family atmosphere SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FEU was in it in the third set, overhauling a six-point deficit to take set point at 24-23. But Tin Tiamzon found her range and La Salle’s vaunted blocking clicked just in time so that by the time Des Cheng shuttled in the winning point, the Lady Spikers deflated the Lady Tamaraws’ fight. —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

AICF to organise Pro Carrom League in Visakhapatnam in August

first_imgVisakhapatnam, Jun 10 (PTI) The All India Carrom Federation (AICF) would organise Pro Carrom League (PCL) in Visakhapatnam in August, 2016 in a bid to promote and popularise Carrom. Unveiling the logo of Pro Carrom League-2016 here today, Andhra Pradesh Human Resources Development Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said he is confident that carrom would regain its glory. Elaborating on the PCL, the minister said, “Six teams (five players each), including five teams from India and one team from USA, would take part in the four-day-long event of first edition of PCL.” “The players would be picked up by the franchisees from five different states in an auction to represent their teams,” he said.The prize money of PCL would be Rs 15 lakh, he said.AICF president Dr Neeraj Sampathy said the only way to popularize carrom is to host more national and international events to produce more champions.”PCL matches would be conducted on new generation green carrom boards. All the matches would be held on a league basis, followed by playoffs between the top four teams, and they would be played between 4-8 PM,” he said.The captains of all the teams would be sponsored by a Telugu news channel (media partner of the PCL) to take part in the US Open Carrom Grand Slam to be held in Dallas, Texas of the USA in September.AICF members requested Rao to include carrom as a demonstration sport in National Games 2019, to be held in Andhra Pradesh. “The PCL-2016 is poised to capture the imagination of young and old alike in India and the rest of world too, as PCL would give much entertainment to viewers all over the globe,” the minister said. PTI COR SDL AH PTPadvertisementlast_img read more

OnePlus 3T: Full specifications, top features, India price & everything you need to know

first_imgOnePlus has launched the OnePlus 3T, an incremental update over the OnePlus 3, in India today. The phone was launched in the US last month.Also read: OnePlus 3T is simply the OnePlus 3 with a faster processor & bigger battery The OnePlus 3T shares the design with its predecessor, however, it packs in slightly better hardware. The company has put in a better processor, bigger battery and better camera on the front. We will know more about the performance of the OnePlus 3T in the coming weeks, for now we offer a quick look at all that makes OnePlus 3T successor of the OnePlus 3.SpecificationsProcessor: The OnePlus 3T comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 processor. The processor’s two cores are clocked at 1.6GHz and two at 2.35GHz. It is coupled with Adreno 530 GPU.RAM: The RAM in the OnePlus 3T quashes those rumours that said it will have a whopping 8GB. But it doesn’t. The OnePlus 3T comes with a 6GB RAM, just like its predecessor.Internal storage: The phone will be available in two internal storage variants: 64GB and 128GB. The storage is not expandable.Screen: The phone has a 5.5-inch fullHD AMOLED display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. OnePlus is, again, using a home-brewed Optic AMOLED display panel here. The phone comes with curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass 4.Rear camera: The OnePlus 3T sports a 16-megapixel camera with Sony IMX 298 sensor with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. The rear camera is capable of recording time-lapse, 4K video and RAW file format. Additionally, the phone comes with EIS for enhanced stabilisation while shooting videos.advertisementFront camera: The company has doubled the megapixels in the OnePlus 3T’s front camera compared to the OnePlus 3. The phone now carries a 16-megapixel camera on the front.Software: The OnePlus 3T runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based OxygenOS out-of-the-box. The OS in the phone is almost stock Android with a few additions like Shelf recent apps, quick contacts aggregator and system-wide Dark Theme.The OnePlus 3T, along with OnePlus 3, will get Android Nougat update by the end of this year.Battery: The OnePlus 3T has a bigger battery than OnePlus 3 at 3,400mAh.Special features– The OnePlus 3T supports the company’s very own Dash Charging feature, which is capable of charging the phone to up to 60 per cent in just 30 minutes.– The phone sports a full-metal unibody design and comes in two colours- Gunmetal and Soft Gold.– The fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the display can unlock the phone in 0.2 seconds.– The OnePlus 3T comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing purposes, a bottom-facing speaker out and dualSIM (nanoSIM) support.How to buy it: The OnePlus 3T will be available for buying in India from December 14 exclusively on Amazon India website.India price: The OnePlus 3T starts at Rs 29,999 for the 64GB version, while the high-end 128GB Gunmetal variant will cost buyers Rs 34,999.Also read: OnePlus 3 review: Flagship killer that will make you want to settlelast_img read more

Champions League: Lionel Messi joins 100-goal club in Europe as Barcelona stroll

first_imgLionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition as Barcelona moved close to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages by outclassing Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday despite playing the second half with 10 men.Gerard Pique was sent off two minutes before halftime for two bookings, one for tugging an opponent’s shirt and the other for slapping the ball into the net, but Barca were barely threatened by a hapless Olympiakos side who are badly under-performing in their Greek title defence.The Athens club, who won three league titles and two domestic Cups under current Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, are fifth in the standings in the Greek top flight and have lost all their games in the Champions League.Barca took the lead in the 18th minute at a rainswept and sparsely attended Nou Camp when visiting defender Dimitrios Nikolaou turned Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net.It was the fifth own goal Barca have benefited from this season in all competitions.Messi struck his landmark goal in Europe from a free kick in the 61st minute to double Barca’s lead. It was his 97th goal in the Champions League. His other three came in the UEFA Super Cup.??? Leo Messi ??? pic.twitter.com/FkLWaRVUFQ- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 19, 2017″I hope he can get to 200 by the end of this season,” joked Valverde after the Argentine took his tally to 15 goals in all competitions less than two months into the campaign.”His numbers validate what we see from him every day. He is constantly breaking down barriers.”advertisementBarca president Josep Maria Bartomeu also paid tribute to Messi.”I would give him every prize in the world, he has been the best player of all time for many years now,” he said.”He has made this era sublime. We see him as the leader of our team, he contributes so much and we all never tire of enjoying him.”Messi then carved his way through the hapless visiting defence moments later to tee up France left back Lucas Digne to score his first goal in the Champions League for Barca.???? 9 from 9 in the @ChampionsLeague ?????´?? #ForaBara pic.twitter.com/X36BDnzVcZ- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 18, 2017Greek defender Nikolaou, 19, scored for a second time but first for his side when he headed home from a corner to give Olympiakos a scantly-deserved consolation goal in the 89th minute.The unbeaten Barca top Champions League Group D with nine points. A win at Olympiakos in two weeks will seal their place in the last 16.”We are feeling very good in the league and Champions League and we have to keep going like this,” Barca’s Sergi Roberto told reporters after his side recorded a 10th victory in 11 games.”We are frustrated to have conceded a goal although by then the game was almost over.”last_img read more

Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov qualify for ATP Finals

first_imgWorld number four Marin Cilic and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov have sealed their spots in next month’s ATP Finals, leaving two spots still up for grabs in the season-ending tournament in London.The duo join world number one Rafa Nadal, Swiss ace Roger Federer, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Austrian Dominic Thiem in the elite eight-man field after Sam Querrey lost his first round match at the Vienna Open on Tuesday.Croatian Cilic won the Istanbul Open in May and reached the finals at Wimbledon and Queen’s Club to help earn his spot in the ATP Finals for the third time, having previously competed in the 2014 and 2016 editions.”Third time in four years to make it to London. That was one of my goals at the beginning of the season with my team and I’m glad that we have accomplished it,” Cilic told the ATP website.Dimitrov’s first ATP 1000 title at the Cincinnati Open in August and his Sofia Open and Brisbane International triumphs helped the 26-year-old became the first Bulgarian to qualify for the ATP Finals.With Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka all out injured, Belgian David Goffin and Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta are favourites to grab the remaining spots at the November 12-19 event.last_img read more

Hearing his ‘Paine’: Australia’s junior cricketers watch national captain’s media conference

first_imgAdelaide, Dec 5 (PTI) Handling the spotlight and the probing questions from the fourth estate can be difficult for first-time international players and Cricket Australia prefers not to leave anything to chance. The result of it is getting the junior Australian cricketers attend the press conference of their senior team skipper Tim Paine. The basic idea was to give the youngsters a peek into how a senior player handles the media and the tough questions. After the ball-tampering scandal, Cricket Australia conducted a cultural review where the win-at-all-costs theory was largely criticised. There have been Australian captains in the past, who had shared frosty relations with the media. Giving youngsters an opportunity to watch the interaction between a senior player and a journalist will certainly give them an idea of what to expect when they make the grade. KL Rahul’s Stump Vision: Most of the top Test players love a good knocking session before a Test match where they take hundreds of throw-downs and are happy to hear the red leather hit the sweet spot of the bat. But what does a batsman searching for form do? If you are KL Rahul, you pick up the off-stump, chuck your bat and do some knocking. It’s an age-old practice right from Sir Don Bradman’s era where a batsman uses a narrow stump to ensure that he is only middling the ball when margin of error is negligible. Couple in a cordon: For a high-profile sports couple, living out of suitcases comes with a package. Spending quality time at their peak is a luxury but if they happen to pursue the same sport, then an odd training session together is certainly not a bad idea.advertisement As Mitchell Starc found out when wife Alyssa Healey turned up at the men’s team’s training session ahead of the first Test against India starting Thursday. Healey, who is one of the pillars of the Southern Stars line-up, had her husband standing in the first slip as she took a few catches during the simulated session. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

HHI Wins USD 500 Mn ASLNG Construction Deal

first_imgzoom Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has secured a USD 500 million construction contract for a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility dubbed At-Shore LNG (ASLNG).Under the tentative deal, HHI has been entrusted with the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the hull of the ASLNG and its subsequent construction.The concept, developed by Canadian Steelhead LNG, makes use of floating LNG production and storage units moored to marine jetties.The facility, with a length of 340 meters, a width of 60 meters and a weight of 74,000 tons, can store up to 280,000 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas in its hull.Steelhead LNG, a Canadian company based out of Vancouver, plans to use the facility for its Kwispaa LNG project, which is expected to produce 6 million tons of LNG per annum, once it becomes operational in 2024. The produced LNG will then be shipped by gas carriers to buyer countries.Steelhead LNG is expected to launch an international tender for the facility’s topside and on-shore facilities in the second quarter and proceed with their design order in the third quarter of this year, HHI said.The proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility was given the go-ahead after a Huu-ay-aht community referendum resulted in a 70 percent vote in favor in March 2017.The Kwispaa LNG Project would be located on Huu-ay-aht owned land at Sarita Bay,  about 70 kilometres southwest of Port Alberni at the southern end of the Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island.The National Energy Board (NEB) granted Steelhead LNG four export licenses (up to 24 million tonnes per annum) to export liquefied natural gas for 25 years.last_img read more

British Court BP to Pay Bank of Abu Dhabi 68 Million

Rabat – A British court has ordered the oil and gas major British Petroleum to pay the National Bank of Abu Dhabi more than $68 million to resolve an issue related to the sudden closure of SAMIR, Morocco’s sole refinery, in August 2015.BP had reportedly sold a cargo of Russian Ural crude to SAMIR in August 2014, but the shipment’s price has yet to be paid. The bank based in the United Arab Emirates bore responsibility for 95 percent of the cost of the cargo.The London-based court said BP did not have the right to pass off paying the debt payment without the consent of the Moroccan company, according to the contract that dictated the terms of the purchase of the shipment. BP has been ordered to pay the Abu Dhabi bank $68.9 million plus interest to compensate the financial institution for payments dodged by SAMIR due to its ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.SAMIR – a Moroccan company two-thirds owned by Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al-Amoudi’s Corral Holdings – owes foreign companies such as Glencore and Vitol approximately $1 billion for delivered crude shipments.The Moroccan authorities claim the refinery owes approximately $1.3 billion in unpaid taxes.The refiner’s new court-appointed trustees hope to restart the facility’s production by the December 21st court deadline, however SAMIR’s shaky financial standing has caused suppliers to steer away from providing the refinery with needed crude supplies.Resuming refinery activities would allow creditors to get a better return from SAMIR’s asset liquidation, which is set to occur at the beginning of next year. read more

Over Security Concerns Belgian Football Team Refuses to Play Friendly Against

Rabat – It appeared that Morocco’s Royal Football Federation’s (FRMF) ambition to make the Belgian national football team a sparring partner for the Atlas Lions will not pan out. Youssef Hijoub, a Moroccan FIFA agent, has said that the Belgian team declined FRMF’s invitation due to security concerns.The Moroccan national football squad is set to play a set of friendlies in preparation for the upcoming 2018 World Cup matches. On December 5, Moroccan news outlets reported that the Moroccan federation was seeking to arrange a friendly game between the Moroccan and the Belgian team, which is set to be played in March.Speaking in a TV program featured by French news channel France24, Hijoub said that the Belgian authorities refused friendlies against countries of North Africa, including Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria in order to avoid all security threats. The Moroccan team was placed in Group B along with two European countries, including Portugal and Spain. The team will also face Iran. In order to evaluate the team’s weaknesses and strengths, the federation is planning multiple friendlies with European teams as the team will confront two European champions.The two teams met previously at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on March 26, 2008. The game finished with 4-1 in favor of the Moroccan team. Some Moroccan fans invaded the stadium before the end of the match, which was suspended for 10 minutes before the police were able to achieve order.Hijoub told France24 that Portugal will play two friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia before their World Cup clash against the Moroccan team, which is scheduled to take place on June 20.The Moroccan team will also play against Iran on June 15 and against Spain on June 25. read more

International Criminal Court signs protocol deal with Central African Republic

Bruno Cathala, the ICC registrar, signed the agreement with the CAR Justice Minister Thierry Maleyombo during a meeting yesterday in the capital, Bangui, according to a press statement released by the Court. Prime Minister Elie Doté was also present.The agreement covers the conditions of operations for ICC teams – including investigators, security officials and witness protection officials – while they are working in the CAR and coincides with the opening of an ICC field office in Bangui.Earlier this year the Government referred the issue of possible war crimes to the ICC, saying the national justice system was not capable of carrying out the complex investigations and proceedings necessary to launch prosecutions.In May ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced his office would investigate, as it believed that “grave crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the Court were committed,” particularly rape, during 2002 and 2003.When the violence peaked in those two years during an armed conflict between the Government and rebel forces, civilians were killed and raped and homes and stores were looted, the ICC said, citing a preliminary analysis. The conflict was characterized by widespread use of rape, and the investigation marks the first time the Prosecutor is examining a situation where allegations of sexual crimes far outnumber alleged killings. Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said he would also monitor the current situation in the CAR to determine whether more recent events warrant further investigation. 19 October 2007The International Criminal Court (ICC) has entered a protocol agreement with the Central African Republic (CAR) setting out the cooperation and protection that the Government will provide to court officials investigating whether war crimes have taken place in the impoverished country since 2002. read more

UN rushes aid for at least 34000 people left homeless by Indonesian

Up to 20,000 people are believed to have lost their homes in the south of Nias island, off Sumatra, where it is estimated that 25 per cent to 30 per cent of structures have been damaged or destroyed, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs told a news briefing in Geneva. Latest reports put the death toll there at 600.On neighbouring Simeulue island about 80 per cent of the buildings have been damaged, some villages had been completely destroyed, and the original estimate of 12,000 people displaced from their homes in the capital city of Sinabang is likely to rise, she said. Another 2,000 homeless have so far been reported from Singkil district on the Sumatran mainland, with the number likely to increase.Ms. Byrs said that in view of the fact that the hospital in Simeulue was 40 per cent damaged and the one on Nias completely destroyed, medicine and medical equipment were of high priority, along with water purification systems and heavy machinery to remove the debris from the buildings that had been damaged.Aid materials are arriving in large quantities but movement of goods to Nias has been delayed by an airplane which slipped off the end of the runway in Sibolga, the logistics hub on Sumatra for the island.A UN World Food Programme (WFP) boat arrived today in Nias with 300 tons of aid, enough to feed 20,000 people for a month, with distribution set to begin this weekend. But challenges still lie ahead in delivering it to people outside the urban areas due to narrow, severely damaged roads.WFP helicopters have also undertaken 156 medical evacuations from Nias to the hospital in Sibolga, and are now able to focus to a greater extent on bringing food to Simeulue. OCHA is deploying a team to Simeulue to assess how best to coordinate efforts following the arrival of 620 tons of non-food items from non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Water purification systems are expected and a ship has already arrived with five bulldozers.For its part, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has sent supplies to help ensure the health and hygiene of displaced people on Nias, particularly pregnant women, including 1,400 personal hygiene kits and 150 clean home delivery kits. A team of doctors has been dispatched to Nias to conduct a rapid needs assessment.The region posing the biggest access problem at the moment is Singkil due to road damage and air and sea links are thus urgently needed. OCHA is exploring the possibility of using helicopters. read more

ADDIS investing in gender equality vital to economic growth sustainable development says

Increased investments in gender equality are vital if the world is to achieve sustained economic growth and development, United Nations Secretary-General said today during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.“It is clear that we have not invested sufficiently in gender equality,” Mr. Ban said at a side event hosted by UN Women and the World Bank on Financing for Gender Equality. “We know that persisting gaps in gender equality and women’s empowerment in the world have been a barrier to the full achievement of each of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” He noted that currently, less than 10 per cent of official development assistance (ODA) targets women, and many gender equality policies and programmes remain unfunded by domestic resources. “This has to change now if we are to achieve sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and development.” Mr. Ban said that gender-responsive budgeting and planning processes, such as those in Tanzania that provide free primary schooling or farm input subsidies, can help ensure that public revenue is raised, prioritized and spent in ways that benefit women and girls.In addition, accounts from Cambodia, Costa Rica and Sri Lanka show how reducing spending on security and the military can effectively redirect financing into social programmes. Enforcing existing tax obligations can also yield significant revenue from the private sector for this purpose, the Secretary-General added, while the business community has a key role to play in creating decent employment, equal pay and supporting women’s leadership.He noted that the expected outcome of the development financing conference – the Addis Ababa Action Agenda – is clear about the need to invest in policy making and legislation to ensure women’s equal rights and their participation and leadership in the economy.“It will take the concerted efforts of all of us to implement the right financing policies and allocations to ensure that women and men, girls and boys will benefit equally from the new global sustainable development framework. This is their right and it must be our legacy.”Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, told the gathering that evidence showed that gender equality is not only a condition for social justice but a powerful driver of economic growth that can help deliver social justice. He noted that despite progress in recent years in areas such as education and maternal mortality, the world has fallen short in bringing women’s assets, earnings and employment in line with those of men. “This should galvanize all of us to arm ourselves with the best possible evidence about what works to close these gaps, leverage new partnerships and funding streams and sharply scale up the smartest, most promising programmes to meet these challenges,” he stated.Stressing the need for a “new financing mindset,” Mr. Kim said that while aid is critical, it is now also time to catalyze and leverage new streams of financing from public, private, domestic and international sources. “Collecting taxes fairly, efficiently and transparently is critically important in ways that don’t penalize women when they bring home a second income, for example, or spend money on food and other goods that sustain their families. “When women earn more, public finances will improve and commercial profits increase because of increased demand and productivity,” he continued. “When we promote true equality, including equal pay for equal work, we all stand to benefit because better educated mothers produce healthier children and women who earn more invest in the next generation. “Creating a level playing field is always good for business, and it’s especially good for women,” he stated, adding that this kind of inclusive growth is vital to ending extreme poverty over the next 15 years. “Only by empowering women and giving them an equal opportunity for jobs and equal pay for equal work can we be the first generation in human history to end extreme poverty in our lifetime. Reaching that goal will be one of humankind’s greatest achievements and I have no doubt that women will lead the way.”Ahead of this week’s conference, UN Women called for transformative financing to end gender inequality by 2030. High ambition, backed by stepped-up action to make the right investments, puts that goal within reach for all women and girls, it pointed out. UN Women added that beyond increasing the amount of financing, including through official development assistance and domestic resources such as taxation, countries need to adopt public policies that address the root causes and consequences of gender inequality and discrimination in all areas of life. In this regard, women must participate fully in decision-making at all levels, and action should be taken to mainstream gender in national planning and budgeting processes. read more

Football fourstar lineman Matthew Jones commits to Ohio State

Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class now sits at the top. The Buckeyes received the commitment of four-star lineman Matthew Jones on Saturday, giving the Buckeyes the top recruiting class in the nation, according to 247sports composite team rankings.He is the 14th prospect to commit to the Buckeyes from the 2018 class. Jones is the top 2018 recruit from the state of New York, third-best defensive tackle and 53rd-ranked overall national prospect, according to 247sports composite rankings.The 6-foot-4, 315 pound lineman hails from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York — the alma mater for both former Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman safety Jahsen Wint.According to 247sports, he has been recruited primarily as an offensive lineman — either guard or center — though the team is not going to rule out using him on the defensive line. read more

Lavender leads Buckeyes to Big Ten Tournament title

INDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team slogged through confetti and streamers as it cut down the nets after claiming its third consecutive Big Ten Tournament title Sunday. Following a Feb. 6 loss to Northwestern at the Schottenstein Center, the Buckeyes had a 4-6 record in Big Ten conference play, and their future seemed bleak. Fast-forward to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. OSU (22-9), the Big Ten Tournament’s No. 5-seeded team, was tipping off in the championship game against No. 2-seeded Penn State (24-9) at Conseco Fieldhouse. Fast-forward again to about 5:25 p.m. At that moment, the Buckeyes were hoisting the Big Ten Tournament championship trophy above their heads at midcourt as confetti showered over them. The title was the fourth in program history. Senior center Jantel Lavender and junior guard Samantha Prahalis propelled the Buckeyes to the victory, grabbing a game-high 23 points apiece. Lavender, Prahalis and sophomore guard Tayler Hill were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team. Lavender was also named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. The Buckeyes’ heroes of the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds were senior guard Brittany Johnson and Lavender, respectively, and it appeared that Prahalis assumed that role in the first half against Penn State. The Lady Lions led, 12-8, at the first media timeout, thanks to a balanced offensive attack led by junior guard Zhaque Gray. Prahalis had an early answer for Gray, scoring six points in the first half during a 13-4 run that put OSU ahead, 21-12, with just more than 11 minutes until halftime. The teams went on to match each other nearly bucket for bucket, for much of the first half. Prahalis continued to drive the Buckeyes’ offense, accumulating 14 points and three assists. Prahalis said Penn State’s defense allowed her open looks at the basket. “I had a lane,” she said. “Every night is different for me. It’s just what the game brings.” Lavender added nine points of her own as OSU took a 44-39 lead to finish the half. But eight points from Gray and 12 from Penn State sophomore guard Alex Bentley meant the Big Ten title was far from decided. But the Buckeyes were within 20 minutes of accomplishing a goal that seemed unattainable in early February. A determined Lavender opened up a personal 6-0 run to extend the Buckeyes’ lead. Then, a steal and some quick passing led to an easy layup for her, which extended the lead to 59-46 in the second half. OSU supporters cheered, and Lavender signaled to the fans for even more noise as she ran back on defense. Hill drilled a step-back jumper to increase the Buckeyes’ advantage to 63-49 with less than 13 minutes remaining. OSU was on its way. Penn State redshirt sophomore forward Mia Nickson scored 15 points, with 11 coming in the second half. But it wasn’t enough to help the Lady Lions claw back into the contest. Bentley misfired on numerous 3-point attempts as OSU extended its lead. Johnson missed a 15-foot jumper after nearly letting the shot clock expire, and Lavender hauled in the offensive rebound with 2:12 remaining. The Buckeyes retained possession for the remainder of the game, coasting to an 84-70 win. Lavender credited the win, at least in part, to OSU’s experience in prior Big Ten title games. “I definitely think our experience here has helped us win this game,” Lavender said. “I think us having that experience in the last three years (helped us to) just deal with three games in three days.” That’s exactly what the Buckeyes did. OSU had to overcome No. 4-seeded Iowa, No. 1-seeded Michigan State and No. 2-seeded Penn State before the indoor fireworks could be detonated overhead at Conseco Fieldhouse. Each opponent presented a different challenge, but the Buckeyes were up to the task. By virtue of its 10-6 regular-season record in conference play, OSU earned a bye into the tournament’s quarterfinals and began play Friday against the Hawkeyes (22-8). Lavender and Prahalis, the Buckeyes’ top two scorers, were slow to get involved on the offensive end of the court that night, but Johnson picked up the slack. Johnson scored a season-high 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting, and her 7-of-14 shooting from 3-point range was instrumental in OSU’s 71-61 win. “I was just in the zone, I guess,” Johnson said following the game. “I just wanted to step up and help my teammates out. That’s what I did.” After her team suffered elimination from the tournament, Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said Johnson is a threat on the court. “You’ve got to know where she is all the time,” Bluder said. “She is a really, really good 3-point shooter.” On day three of the tournament, OSU played Michigan State (26-5) with a berth in the championship game on the line. Lykendra Johnson, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, was standing between the Buckeyes and a third consecutive tournament title — literally. But Lavender made quick work of her with a historic performance. Lavender torched the Spartans for 37 points, a Big Ten Tournament single-game scoring record, en route to a 72-57 win. Lavender also tied the tournament’s single-game record with 15 field goals on 15-of-20 shooting to help the Buckeyes get to Sunday’s championship game. With his team on the doorstep of history, OSU coach Jim Foster lauded the Buckeyes’ focus after Saturday’s win. “We’re smart enough, patient enough,” Foster said. “Good teams don’t get real high and don’t get real low. We just go about our business.” Despite her record-breaking performance, Lavender did not emphasize her personal accomplishments, but focused instead on what her team did well in its three wins against the Spartans this year. “The times that we’ve played Michigan State our team has really (understood) who we are as a team,” Lavender said. “It’s not any different situation, except for the number by our team is No. 5, and I think we’re playing like the No. 1 seed right now.” Lavender said after Saturday’s win that she “likes playing at Conseco Fieldhouse.” Sunday’s championship game against the Lady Lions afforded her, along with senior teammates Johnson, guard Alison Jackson and forward Sarah Schulze, a chance to exit the arena as Big Ten champion one last time. Foster said the 2010–11 team is better than the previous two teams he coached to Big Ten titles. “I would say this was the best team of the last three,” Foster said. “I think how we won this is a reflection of that.” With the win, the Buckeyes clinched the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes now await the announcement of their seeding and opponent. With the NCAA Tournament still to come, Prahalis said her team has a good sense of where it is and where it’s been. “We’re very confident,” she said. “We don’t forget where we was a month ago. All we have is each other.” OSU will represent the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive year. read more

Dog with bag of cement tied around neck found in canal

first_img 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. The body of a dog with a bag full of cement tied around its neck has been found in a Liverpool canal.RSPCA staff and members of the public pulled the dark-coloured male Staffordshire bull terrier canal in Bootle on May 6.The rucksack full of cement was tied around the dead canine’s neck with blue rope, the RSPCA added.RSPCA inspector Helen Smith said she could not be certain how the dog died, or whether he was alive when he was thrown into the canal.“The vet who looked at him noted that he had bloodshot eyes and fresh blood in his mouth, which indicates strangulation,” she said.“If he was dead when he was thrown in, it would have taken at least two people to get him in there as the dog was heavy, as was the rucksack.“He could have also been walked down there alive, thrown into the canal and choked by the weight around his neck.“Sadly it does seem suspicious, so we are keen for anyone who has any information to contact us.”Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.last_img read more

Daughter beats stepsister in £300000 inheritance battle hinging on which parent died

A woman has won a £300,000 inheritance battle against her stepsister in the High Court, hinging on whose parent died first, by using a 1925 law to argue that her mother legally outlived her stepfather.John and Ann Scarle, aged 79 and 69, died from hypothermia at their property in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, in October 2016.Their children, who had a “strained relationship”, then became embroiled in a legal row over who would inherit the £280,000 bungalow.The case, described as an “extraordinary all or nothing” dispute,  concluded on Tuesday with one of the stepsisters walking away with the property and the other having to pay at least £150,000 in legal costs.Anna Winter, Mr Scarle’s daughter, argued that her stepmother, Mrs Scarle, was likely to have died first and that meant that her father technically inherited the house, which should therefore be passed on to her.But her stepsister, Deborah Cutler, Mrs Scarle’s daughter, argued that it could not be said for certain who passed away first and so legally her mother, the younger party, should inherit the property.Mrs Cutler relied on a near century-old law to win the case.The “Commorientes Rule” in Section 184 of the Law of Property Act 1925 – meaning “simultaneous deaths” – states that if it cannot be determined who has died first then the younger person should be presumed to have outlived the elder. Home Office pathologist Dr Ashley Fegan-Earl, who has worked on Silent Witness, the BBC drama about forensic pathology, was one of the experts who gave evidence during the case.The court heard that it was not possible to definitively say who died first because levels of decomposition could be affected by the different room temperatures in the bathroom and lounge.The judge concluded that the couple died from hypothermia at some stage between October 4 and 9.Hypothermia is when body temperature drops below 35 degrees Celsius; normal body temperature is around 37 degrees Celsius.Post-mortem examinations on the couple revealed that Mr Scarle had suffered “a period of neglect or poor nutrition prior to death” while Mrs Scarle suffered from a number of conditions which could have caused her to collapse.Mrs Winter argued that her father had attended school reunions in 2015 and 2016, suggesting he had not been neglecting himself in the years before his death. Anna Winter, who lost the legal battle against her stepsister over their parents' inheritance Mr and Mrs Scarle began their relationship in 1983 and bought the property in 1988 using the proceeds of the sale of Mrs Scarle’s former house.Mr Scarle cared full time for his wife in the final years of her life. She suffered a stroke and brain haemorrhage between 1998 and 1999 and had trouble walking, relying on a walking frame and wheelchair to get around. He was last seen on October 3 or 4, 2016 when he told a neighbour he was “getting the car ready for Ann” so they could drive to have lunch together.A card from Mrs Cutler wishing the couple well on their 26th wedding anniversary, which arrived at the house on October 7, was found opened – indicating at least one of them was alive then.The couple were found dead on the evening of October 11 and their home had been “turned upside down” by vandals and burglars, the court heard. Judge Philip Kramer ruled in favour of Mrs Cutler and handed down his judgment at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Tuesday. He said: “The only evidence which could point unequivocally to the sequence of death is the relative differences in decomposition, but does it? “I am left with two not improbable explanations for this effect. The first is that Mrs Scarle pre-deceased her husband, the second that the micro-environment of the toilet area was warmer than the lounge. “The claimant has not satisfied me to the civil standard as to the order of death.”I conclude that there is uncertainty as to the order of death. Section 184 applies and the younger is deemed to have survived the elder.”Mr Weale said following the decision: “The High Court gave judgment today in an extraordinary case which required a judge to determine the order in which the parents of two step-sisters died. Mr and Mrs Scarle's £280,000 bungalow in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where they were found dead They said Mrs Cutler, on the other hand, “could not have done any more to resolve the dispute” and that the case had been “crying out” for an out of court settlement.After losing the legal battle over the property, Mrs Winter was ordered to pay the majority of Mrs Cutler’s legal costs.She must pay £55,000 of the £84,000 total within 28 days and the remainder will be subject to further discussion.Her own legal costs amount to around £95,000, meaning the High Court dispute will cost her at least £150,000.The judge criticised the “vitriolic and hurtful” response of the public to the case following its publication.He said that people should be more “humane”, adding: “There’s no suggestion that Mrs Winter or Mrs Cutler were inattentive to their parents, and what happened was wholly unexpected.”Mrs Cutler said following the judgement: “This matter should never have got to trial.  “I did my best to resolve the dispute by making several reasonable offers to the Claimant including an offer right at the beginning that the parties split the assets belonging to the estate 50/50.”However, none of those offers were accepted and the Claimant refused my offers to mediate. Two windows had been smashed and a rock was found lying on the floor, and the conservatory door was unlocked. Cushions were scattered around the living room and drawers had been ransacked in the bedroom.Mrs Scarle was found lying on the floor in the bathroom wearing just a top, and Mr Scarle was found face down in the lounge wearing pyjamas. Mrs Winter’s barrister, Amrik Wahiwala, said that the decomposition of Mrs Scarle’s body suggested that “on the balance of probabilities” she had been dead longer than her husband.But Mrs Cutler’s barrister, James Weale, argued that there was no direct evidence shedding light on when either had died.He said Mrs Winter would have to prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that Mrs Scarle died first, not on the “balance of probabilities”. “The only counter-offer made by the Claimant was that her father’s my stepfather’s estate would receive the entirety of the assets and that I would have to pay a portion of her legal costs.”I am very pleased that the Judge has accepted my case that the evidence was too uncertain to enable a conclusion to be drawn with the consequence that the statutory presumption applies.”Myself and my family would like to ask for privacy in this sad and difficult case to be respected.” Mrs Cutler’s legal team said Mrs Winter had “refused to make any reasonable attempt to engage in settlement negotiations at any stage” and that his client was “met with stubborn intransigence” at every turn. The High Court in London where the "extraordinary all or nothing" case was heard 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. Mr and Mrs Scarle’s £280,000 bungalow in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where they were found deadCredit:Champion News/Champion News Anna Winter, who lost the legal battle against her stepsister over their parents’ inheritanceCredit:Champion News/Champion News “This was an all or nothing case for the parties who stood to inherit from their parents.”Andrew Wilkinson, partner and will disputes specialist at law firm Shakespeare Martineau, added: “It comes as no surprise that this almost century-old law has not been used since the Blitz.”Given the advances in medical science and forensics, it is almost always possible to ascertain the order of death.” The High Court in London where the “extraordinary all or nothing” case was heardCredit:Julian Elliott Photography/Getty Images Contributor read more

Samsung Serie 9 deux éditions limitées du PC ultraportable

first_imgSamsung Serie 9 : deux éditions limitées du PC ultra-portableSamsung vient de dévoiler des éditions limitées de sa gamme d’ordinateurs ultra-portables Serie 9 : leMoonlight Blue et le Luxury Rose Gold. Les deux PC, résolument féminins, sont seront exclusivement vendus en Corée dans un premier temps. Seuls 1.000 exemplaires seront produits.Deux nouveaux modèles de PC portables Samsung serie 9 viennent d’être présentés en Corée. Proposés en éditions limitées, tous les exemplaires commercialisés porteront un numéro de série gravé sur l’arrière.À lire aussiArchos 35 Carbon, 50 et 53 Platinum : prix et caractéristiques des premiers smartphones du constructeur français Le premier, le Moonlight Blue, est comme son nom l’indique de couleur bleu nuit, et est parsemé de cristaux. Le second, baptisé Luxury Rose Gold est de couleur rose pâle. Résolument féminins, ces portables ne seront produits qu’en 1.000 exemplaires. Dans un premier temps, Samsung les distribuera exclusivement en Corée du Sud, avant de les commercialiser à l’international.Côté caractéristiques techniques, ces deux éditions limitées, dont les prix n’ont pas encore été communiqués, devraient être similaires aux autres PC de la gamme Serie 9. Dotés d’une écran 13,3 pouces (33,25 cm de diagonale), d’un processeur core i5 de dernière génération et d’un SSD de 128 GB. Le 22 décembre 2011 à 19:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bread Bot That Makes 10 Loaves Per Hour Lets You Load Up

first_imgStay on target It’s enough to make you forget your no-carbs, get-fit New Year’s resolution. Wilkinson Baking Company unveiled a fully automated bread-making machine at CES 2019, and it’s a bread lover’s dream come true.The BreadBot mixes, forms, proofs, bakes and cools 10 loaves of bread per hour – all on its own and is capable of making most varieties of bread that require dry ingredients – including white, wheat, whole wheat, nine grain, sourdough and honey oat.The Washington-based, family-owned Wilkinson Baking Company is hoping its high-tech BreadBot — the result of more than 20 years of research and development and more than 30 cumulative months of in-store market-testing experience — will help lure food shoppers back to the store.AdChoices广告“Bread is a staple of American life. But in most supermarkets today, it has lost its emotional connection with the shopper,” said Randall Wilkinson, CEO of The Wilkinson Baking Company. “In the age of home delivery, The BreadBot attracts consumers back to the store because it delivers fresh, delicious bread that is produced with theater and engagement.”The company is focusing n transparency — as the BreadBot allows customers to know exactly where, when, and how, their bread was made.The BreadBot, a fully automated bread-making machine is displayed at CES 2019. (Photo Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)The BreadBot constantly monitors all measurements, from water temperature and mixer speed, to the proofer humidity and loaf height, according to the company. Once dry mix is added to the hopper the process is fully automated. The BreadBot sends a message to an employee when the hopper is ready to be filled with more mix or bread needs to be emptied from the cooling cabinet.It will also ask for help throughout the day, sending messages such as “Please empty the cabinet of bread”, “I need more mix”, or “I’m finished baking today.” The company says this allows the bakery staff to spend on average only 40 minutes a day pouring mix and slicing bread.More on Geek.com:This Pet Feeder Uses Facial Recognition So the Right Pet Gets the TreatsThis Smart Toilet Adds Alexa to Your Bathroom RoutineJog for the Planet With This Energy-Producing Treadmill 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar last_img read more

Cole blasts Ozils situation at Arsenal as a comedy sketch

first_imgFormer striker Andy Cole is bewildered by Unai Emery’s “strange” decision to not play Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.The German playmaker has only started half of Arsenal’s 26 Premier League matches this season amid struggles to force his way into Emery’s plans.In fact, Ozil has only featured twice for the Gunners in 2019 due to both fitness struggles and Emery’s decision to omit from matchday squads.Despite recovering from an illness this week and returning to training, Ozil was again left out by the Spanish coach for Arsenal’s 1-0 Europa League defeat to BATE Borisov in Belarus on Thursday night.And Cole, who started out his playing career at Arsenal before going on to star for rivals Manchester United, admits he can’t understand why Emery refuses to play someone of Ozil’s calibre.“It’s becoming a bit of a comedy sketch at the moment,” Cole told Sky Sports. “We know how talented he is.“The manager has decided maybe he doesn’t want him in the team, he doesn’t work hard enough or whatever, but sometimes when you have that luxury, I think some of the boys in the team would be prepared to work a little bit harder to get him on the ball to produce that magic.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Arsenal over the previous years, when Wenger was there, did that. You’ve got to play your best players when you need them, and Ozil is one of Arsenal’s best.“If you asked [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang: ‘Do you want Mesut to play?’ they’d say yes all day long, all day long! It’s really, really strange.”On the other hand, former Celtic manager Neil Lennon expects there will be plenty of interest in the “divisive” Ozil should he leave Arsenal this summer.“You have a talent like that, and it might come down to man management,” said Lennon.“He has certainly been a divisive character over the last few years. He’s like Marmite, some love him, some don’t! For me, I love watching him play.“He does get criticised a lot for his work rate, or lack of work rate, but his stats are up there for distance covered with many other players. He will certainly find a place somewhere, because he’s got the game.”LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Cardiff City at Emirates Stadium on January 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)last_img read more