Copa America: Argentina go down to Uruguay

first_imgUruguay beat Argentina 5-4 on penalties to book Copa America semi-final berth with Peru after Carlos Tevez’s spot kick was saved by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera in the decider on Saturday.The game ended 1-1 after regulation time and there was no addition to that score line in extra time. The final tally in the shootout was 5-4 to Uruguay.Diego Perez gave Uruguay a surprise 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, but Gonzalo Higuain equalised in the 18th.Argentina had a man advantage from the 39th minute when Perez received his second yellow. But Muslera and Uruguay’s rugged defence stopped Argentina, which had a dozen chances in regulation and extra time. The teams returned to even strength when Argentina captain Javier Mascherano was sent off in the 87th.Uruguay will face Peru in the semi-finals on Tuesday. Peru shocked Colombia 2-0. Brazil face Paraguay and Chile play Venezuela in the remaining quarterfinals.When Uruguay went down a man, it became more defence- minded and Argentina struggled to break down its opponent. When the Gauchos did manage to put some play together, Muslera came up with a dozen key saves.Messi and Gonzalo Higuain almost won it several times in the second half. Messi forced Muslera into a diving save in the 63rd minute. In the 78th, Higuain took a pass from Messi in the area, and turned and fired with Muslera sprawling to stop his shot.In the final minute of regulation time, Messi’s free kick from 30 meters was headed for the goal until Muslera kicked out his left leg for a miraculous save. Uruguay striker Diego Forlan almost snatched the game with the last shot of regulation time. In extra time, Messi, Pastore and Higuain all had chances further chances to net the winner. The best came in the 111th when Higuain shot into the outside of the netting from close range.advertisementThe shootout was level at 2-2 when Tevez went for power rather than placement, and Muslera guessed right, diving to his right to block the shot. All the other spotkicks were converted. It’s a bitter loss for Argentina, which was aiming to win its first major trophy in 18 years; and with Lionel Messi, the world’s best player.Messi showed flashes, but was unable to deliver for his home nation where he has been often criticised for not performing as well as he does at Barcelona. Argentina and Uruguay have each won this event 14 times, and Brazil has won eight. But Brazil has won four of the past five.”We’ve managed to reach our first objective, which was to match our results in the last Copa America,” Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. Argentina coach Sergio Batista is now likely to come under enormous pressure.Batista replaced Diego Maradona following the World Cup, and immediately after the match was asked if he planned to resign.”I’m not thinking about that,” he said. “It has never crossed by mind. I have to continue on the job. My job started five or six months ago, and I have to continue with my plans. The important thing is the (2014) World Cup.” ” I can’t be happy,” he added. ” One does not like to be eliminated. But I am content with my players.” Batista denied that a quarterfinal exit could be considered a failure.”It is not a failure because we did all we could to win, and it didn’t happen,” Batista said. “Failure is a strong word. We worked to win but couldn’t do it.” Batista acknowledged his team’s play fell off in the second half.And that included Messi, who has now failed to score in his past 16 official games – not counting friendlies – for the national team.- With inputs from Agencieslast_img read more

Catches win matches, Virat Kohli reminds fielders ahead of Vizag Test

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has demanded better catching from his fielders after they let England off the hook on the opening morning of the drawn series opener in Rajkot.Alastair Cook was dropped twice in the first two overs after the England captain had won the toss and opted to bat while 19-year-old debutant opener Haseeb Hameed also got a reprieve, all three chances going down in the first hour. (Rajkot Test: Where India went wrong)Cook and Hameed added 47 for their opening stand to blunt India’s new ball attack as England went on to post 537 in the first innings.Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha then dropped Ben Stokes twice on the second day and the left-handed batsman went on to punish India by scoring 128.”‘Catch the ball’ — that’s all I can say to sum it up,” Kohli told reporters ahead of the second Test starting on Thursday. “We have caught really well in the last 12-14 months.”In Test cricket if you don’t take your chances then the game is very difficult to pull back. I think that was the main difference rather than skill or pitch or toss.”If you take your chances, you have a team five down for a 100 compared to three down for 250. It’s a different ball game altogether.” (Kohli India’s best in fourth innings battles)RAHUL BACK, GAMBHIR TO SIT OUTIndia will welcome fit-again opener Lokesh Rahul in the second Test with Gautam Gambhir, who made 29 and zero in Rajkot, set to sit out.advertisement”We had it pretty clear in our heads that KL is our number one choice along with (Murali) Vijay,” Kohli said of the 24-year-old Rahul, who joined the squad having recovered from a hamstring injury.”When he is fit at any stage, he comes back into the team and we are going to start with him. That was the whole idea behind it. We were waiting for him to recover as soon as possible.”In the meantime, Gautam got the chances that he got. He played really well in different situations.” (Exclusive: Why’s Virat Kohli such a class act? Sourav Ganguly explains)KOHLI EXPECTS VIZAG PITCH TO HELP SPINNERSAfter the draw in Rajkot where India’s spinners made little impact, Kohli expressed his displeasure with the pitch which he thought had too much grass.”Generally in Vizag the pitch has always been something that helps the spinners. I expect the wicket to do the same,” the 28-year-old said. (Vizag curator promises spin-friendly wicket)”We played a one-dayer here, the spinners got a few wickets here but at the same time the quick bowlers had a bit of assistance early on.”It’s a wicket where obviously the spinners will find it nice to bowl on.” (Need to move on an play well in Vizag: Kohli)last_img read more

Tuchel won’t say if Cavani will play against Napoli

first_imgThomas Tuchel would not confirm whether Edinson Cavani will feature for Paris Saint-Germain against former club Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday.PSG visit Napoli in a crucial Champions League clash, the two sides having drawn 2-2 at the Parc des Princes last time out. Napoli are a point behind Group C leaders Liverpool – who visit Red Star Belgrade – with PSG a point further back.Were Cavani to feature it would be his first appearance at the San Paolo since moving to the French capital in 2013.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, the Uruguay striker missed PSG’s wins over Marseille and Lille with a thigh injury and is no certainty to be ready for the clash.When asked about Cavani’s chances of playing, Tuchel told a pre-match media conference: “I can’t say, it’s Monday afternoon so I can’t say who will play.”Cavani is with us and he’s trained, we’ll see later.”Tuchel did, however, confirm that goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon would start with the veteran available after serving a three-game Champions League suspension for comments about referee Michael Oliver after his decision to award a decisive penalty to Real Madrid in their quarter-final clash with Juventus last season.Buffon has played a bit-part role in his first season with PSG, splitting time with Alphonse Areola, but was in between the posts for the 2-1 league win over Lille last Friday.Tuchel is hopeful Buffon’s long history in Serie A will be an aid to his team-mates in a hostile environment. “Gigi and Thiago [Silva] will help us, Gigi already knows the stadium and the atmosphere and he’ll be a big help in the dressing room,” Tuchel added.”We have confidence in Areola too, but Gigi is coming back from a ban and he deserves to play in Italy against a team he knows.”I’m proud to have two goalkeepers who respect each other very much, it’s beautiful.”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Feel with 3GB RAM, 4.7-inch AMOLED display launched

first_imgAfter wowing the world with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung has now released a more down to earth budget device in Japan. Dubbed Galaxy Feel, the device comes with average specifications and will go on sale sometime in the middle of June.The Galaxy Feel runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and comes with a 4.7-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display, 32GB of internal storage and IP65 dust and water resistance.The smartphone is powered a 1.6 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. The device comes with quick charging support and the company claims that it can obtain a full charge in just 110 minutes.Also Read: iPhone 8 rumour roundup: All new bezel-less design, OLED display, 3D cameras and moreThe handset comes with a USB Type C port for charging and data transfer and supports 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2. It also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is fast becoming a rarity in today’s times.Design wise, it looks like the smartphone sports a glass back with metal edges. On the imaging front, the device comes with a 16MP camera at the rear alongside a 5MP shooter at the front for selfies. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor which is embedded in the home button up front.The smartphone is available in three different colors, namely White, Black and Pink and is now up for pre-booking in Japan on NTT DoCoMo’s official website. Pricing details are unknown at the moment.advertisementSamsung looks set to launch a rugged version of its critically acclaimed flagship, the Galaxy S8 soon. The Galaxy S8 Active was spotted on the Wireless Power Consortium recently with a model number of SM-G892A.To recap, the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a Snapdragon 835 processor, a 5.8-inch ‘Infinity’ display with a QuadHD+ resolution, a stunning bezel-less design, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery.Also Read: LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: A new era in smartphone designlast_img read more

TECHWAY: Kintex-7 FPGA PCIe platform to boost data rate performance with 12 HSS links

first_img Continue Reading Previous EKF: CompactPCI Serial to CompactPCI Classic bridgeNext Advantech: compact DIN-Rail fanless Embedded Box PC for intelligent manufacturing TECHWAY goes beyond the state-of-the-art FMC+ technology with the new PFP-KX7+ series. PFP-KX7+ are highly-versatile thanks to their perfect technology mix: Kintex-7 FPGA, FMC+ site, DDR3 memories, management system, 12 HSS, programmable clock generator, etc.Based on the Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, PFP-KX7+ is a versatile PCIe Gen2 x4 platform designed to meet the needs of high-speed applications. Its FMC+ connector (VITA 57.4) provides modularity for signal I/O thanks to a wide choice of interface mezzanines (analog and digital I/O). You also have the possibility to interface any custom mezzanines.Fully compliant with VITA 57.4 standard, PFP-KX7+ boards were designed to easily fit into existing system or brand-new architecture. The SDK delivered with the board provides VHDL design examples compliant with the AXI4 and AXI4 Lite standards to facilitate code integration.The PFP boards can be integrated in standard PC environment (drivers available for both Windows and Linux) or in stand-alone mode in your own enclosure. Not only development boards, the PFPs are deployable platforms in use by several OEM with field proven 24/7 operations.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Virat Kohli got everything he wanted but where is the World Cup?

first_imgVirat Kohli likes to play ruthless cricket and he wants his men to show intent all the time. And to be fair to India and Virat Kohli, they were ruthless in the shorter formats despite obvious problems.The gaping hole in the middle-order meant there the onus was always on Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The top-3 delivered with mind-numbing consistency – in 2018, India won their first ever ODI series in South Africa before registering historic series victories in Australia and New Zealand.Not surprisingly, India were touted as favourites for the 2019 World Cup. All the build-up after the Champions Trophy final defeat to Pakistan was aimed at excelling in the World Cup. A frantic search began to fill up the crucial Nos 4 and 5.Experienced players were tried and disacarded. Ajinkya Rahane did little wrong before he was caste aside. India’s No.4 became a national debate. Who would bat in the middle-order? Just who? No one had the answers as the World Cup inched closer?What if the top-3 failed on a crucial day? Who would stand up? Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out with a fractured thumb and the onus fell on KL Rahul, who was shifted from the middle-order to walk in and open the innings. A wicketkeeper batsman, talented as he is, was flown in to bat at No.4.For 2 years, India continued to ignore their other problem. Their batsmen were clueless in overcast condtions. Dharamsala. Hamilton. Lord’s. ODIs or Tests. Indian batsmen were all at sea. High-profile series wins papered over those weaknesses and the team management seemed happy to move on.advertisementIn the World Cup, India were challenged twice. They were in trouble against South Africa chasing a modest total – had it not been for Rohit Shamra, India would have been in deep trouble.In the semi-final against New Zealand, India were once again undone by New Zealand’s pacers. At 5 for 3, it was all but over before Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni took India close but it was not enough.Virat Kohli had two opportunities to win major ICC tournaments in the early years of his captaincy. In the Champions Trophy final, he fell cheaply to Mohammad Amir and India lost. In the World Cup semi-final 2 years later, Kohli fell cheaply to Trent Boult. And India lost.As captain and India’s best batsman, Virat Kohli failed when it mattered most. But Kohli must take more blame. Under his watch, India were unable to solve the middle-order puzzle. While his captaincy was impressive in the 2019 World Cup, some of his calls over the years have been a little difficult to understand.Ravi Shastri, after he took over as coach, said Virat Kohli was the boss.Clearly, the captain had instilled certain ethics in the team. Fitness. Yo-yo tests. And yes, India won several series. But what’s the use if all those efforts do not translate into success in a World Cup.Virat Kohli was given everything he wanted. After Anil Kumble stepped down following a rift with the skipper, Kohli wanted Ravi Shastri. And he got it. Wives on tour. Kohli was granted his wish. Give the captain what he wants.In fact last year, the BCCI gave India’s cricket stars a major pay hike after negotiations with Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri had demanded better pay and their wish was granted.Here is how much the players make now:A+ Grade – Rs 7 Crore a YearVirat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit BumrahA Grade – Rs 5 Crore a YearRavichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh PantB Grade – Rs 3 Crore a YearKL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya.Players were tried and dropped and sometimes no one knew why. Everthing was overlooked.Virat Kohli even struggled in the Indian Premier League. While Rohit Sharma has 4 titles for Mumbai Indians, Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore regularly finish at the bottom. In the IPL, Kohli looks clueless in the face of opposition assault.For India, Virat Kohli is yet to win a major trophy in limited-overs cricket. While Kohli rested, Rohit led India to triumph in the Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup.Look around those bilateral series wins in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and you realise Virat Kohli’s return on investment as captain has been rather low. Well, he had the chance to win the Champions Trophy. That did not happen. And afer that, Kohli did not pay heed to the warning bells and India were once again left with broken hearts at the end of the World Cup.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressureAlso Read | Rohit Sharma still ahead of David Warner in list of most runs in World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, you are an absolute legend, says Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | India were never ahead of New Zealand in the run chase, says Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more

Clemson vs. Texas A&M Game Time, Spread, Channel, Announcers

first_img Game Time: 3:30 PM ETChannel: ABCSpread: Clemson -16.5Over/Under: 63.5Announcers: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly RoweBoth Clemson and Texas A&M opened their season with wins – albeit against weak opponents. The Tigers struggled in the early going against Georgia Tech in the season-opener. However, Trevor Lawrence and the offense found its rhythm, piling up 52 points.Meanwhile, the Texas A&M defense came out strong against Texas State – giving up just 219 yards of total offense and seven points. Stopping Lawrence and star running back Travis Etienne will be an entirely different challenge, though.Can the Aggies down the Tigers? Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in Week 1.CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season officially kicked off last weekend with a handful of intriguing match-ups. Week 2 promises to deliver more of the same with two massive games between top-12 programs.Last weekend’s battle between Auburn and Oregon served as a great appetizer for the two major games this weekend. No. 6 LSU faces off against No. 9 Texas, while No. 1 Clemson hosts No. 12 Texas A&M.Despite facing the No. 12 team in the nation, the Tigers are still heavy favorites playing at home. Dabo Swinney and company have built arguably the best program in the country and it shows on the betting spread.Here are the details for this clash:last_img read more

Alphaliner Battle Lines on EastWest Routes Being Drawn

first_imgzoom Although the new carrier alliances will only start operating from April 2017, battle lines on the main east-west routes are already being drawn, after the OCEAN Alliance and THE Alliance unveiled the respective service networks, according to Alphaliner.The OCEAN Alliance will start with an initial deployment of 331 ships with an aggregate capacity of 3.3 million TEUs.This figure is based on Alphaliner’s analysis of the 41 weekly services unveiled in early November by the four alliance members, comprising French shipping company CMA CGM (including APL), China’s COSCO Container Lines, Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and Taiwanese Evergreen Line.Alphaliner said that “the carrier group is set to become the largest alliance in container shipping history,” with an initial plan to offer 20 weekly sailings from Asia to North America and 11 weekly sailings from Asia to Europe. OCEAN will also jointly operate three transatlantic strings and seven Far East – Middle East/Red Sea loops.The second new carrier group, THE Alliance, also released information of its new network plan under which it would offer 31 weekly services.An estimated total of 244 ships with an aggregate capacity of 2.25 million TEUs will be deployed by the six THE Alliance members, made up of Hapag-Lloyd (with UASC), K Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming.They will jointly provide a total of 16 transpacific loops and eight Asia-Europe services, together with six transatlantic loops and one Far East-Middle East string.The services were scaled down from an original plan that included the participation of Hanjin Shipping, which could have pushed overall capacity deployed by THE Alliance up by some 500,000 TEUs.last_img read more

Montreal therapists citizens raise awareness of compulsive hoarding

first_imgMONTREAL – Mitsou Lefebvre-Lafrance never realized that the piles of books, papers, clothes, collectibles and craft supplies that covered every surface in her Montreal apartment were a problem until she needed to move to a smaller space.But as the move approached, she suddenly realized she just couldn’t, or didn’t know how to, let anything go.“For me, (hoarding), it was a kind of protection, a void, an identity, too,” said Lefebvre-Lafrance, 43.“Objects that were given to me represented people, and it felt I was rejecting the person when I threw out the object.”On Thursday, citizens like Lefebvre-Lafrance joined doctors, social workers, city workers and emergency services in Montreal for a symposium on compulsive hoarding disorder, with the goal of creating awareness of the little-understood condition.The disorder, which is believed to affect between two and six per cent of the population, occurs when a person forms such a strong attachment to the objects around them that they can’t discard them, even as their spaces become unlivable, doctors say.The most common objects are clothes, books, cards, documents and household decor, but can include almost anything, even animals or food.Pierre Rondeau, a mental health physician who spoke at the symposium, characterizes it as a “hidden disorder” that most sufferers are reluctant to discuss with their family or doctors.“People are ashamed of their situation,” he said.“They could be functional in their life, but living in a non-functional house. But they don’t talk about it, or bring people over.”But for Lefebvre-Lafrance, ending the isolation brought on by the disorder was key to breaking its hold.Like many compulsive hoarders, she also struggled with other forms of mental illness, including anxiety, depression and social phobia.As she sought treatment, she met others like her, which helped her to begin addressing her attachment toward her possessions and creating a functional living space, although she admits she still likes having things around her.After seeking help in 2006, Lefebvre-Lafrance helped to form a peer support group that is run out of a local health clinic in Montreal’s Verdun borough.Since then, their initiative has expanded to include a 30-person committee that includes community workers, therapists, fire services, building inspectors and compulsive hoarders.The goal is to lobby for improved services and support for people with the disorder, as well as encouraging them to reach out for help before things get out of hand.Natalia Koszegi, a clinical psychologist who studies the disorder, says that too often, interventions only occur at “crisis level,” when a person is facing eviction or extreme pressure from landlords, family or building inspectors.But while people may feel clearing the home is an emergency, she says what’s needed is patience and the co-operation of various actors, including city workers and firefighters enforcing city bylaws.“It takes authority, so the hoarder knows that’s it’s serious and they have to (get rid of the) clutter, but it also takes help to support the person, to work with them,” she said.“It’s a job for a lot of people.”While hoarding runs in families, it’s unclear whether that is due to genetic or environmental factors.Koszegi would like to see more studies on long-term treatment options, although she stresses that people can generally manage the disorder with a combination of self-awareness, therapy, and support from family, friends and peer support groups.Encouragement, she says, is better than criticism.“A person who succeeds in taking out one bag of stuff is a victory, and family and friends need to realize that and encourage it, even if there are 50 bags left to do.”last_img read more

Annie Lennox To Take Part In Google Hangout For World AIDS Day

first_imgIn the lead up to World AIDS Day 2012, three passionate advocates for an HIV-free generation will come together in UNAIDS’ first Google+ Hangout to talk about how the world is moving towards zero new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive.On 27 November at 2:30 pm GMT (London), 9:30 am ET (New York), Annie Lennox, UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador, Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director, and Florence Ngobeni, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Ambassador, will share their insight on the global effort to end new HIV infections among children in the next 1000 days.The Hangout will be broadcast live on UNAIDS’ Google+ page.Viewers can submit questions to the three panellists via Twitter, using the hashtag #ZeroHIV and by posting on UNAIDS’ Facebook and Google+ pages.last_img read more

As Disney swallows Fox a new era dawns for Hollywood

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood.Disney’s deal to purchase most of 21st Century Fox ends the era of the “Big Six” major movie studios, toppling one of the industry’s most famed studios and dramatically redrawing the Hollywood map.Disney’s move — to pay $52.4 billion in stock for Fox assets — has countless reverberations. But by effectively absorbing Fox’s film studio, 20th Century Fox, Disney has rapidly accelerated the industry contraction that many considered inevitable in an era of flat-lining ticket sales and new streaming competitors like Netflix, Amazon and Apple.The Big Six are now the Big Five — and the mightiest of them all has just been supersized.The Disney deal hasn’t just made 20th Century Fox’s 3,200 employees anxious about their future within Disney. It’s sent shockwaves through an industry that has until now bent under the pressures of the new digital landscape, but not broken. Now, Hollywood as an industry is quite literally shrinking.“The strongest will get stronger and the weaker will fall off or merge with other entities,” said Exhibitor Relations analyst Jeff Bock. “The future is right now and it’s pretty obvious what’s going on.”Many analysts consider further consolidation simply a matter of time. Before Rupert Murdoch earlier this fall began shopping Fox, most expected the first studio to fall would be either Viacom’s Paramount Pictures (5 per cent of the market) or Sony Pictures (8.8 per cent), both of which have struggled in recent years and replaced their chief executives. Lionsgate and CBS are also frequent sources of speculation.Fox is bigger, though. Founded in 1935 by the merger of Twentieth Century Pictures and Fox Films, 20th Century Fox is the home of “The Sound of Music,” the original “Star Wars” and the highest grossing film of all-time, “Avatar.” The studio has generally ranked either third or fourth in market share. This year, it’s fourth with 12.3 per cent, following the market-leader Disney, Warner Bros. and Universal.Fox isn’t necessarily disappearing. Disney will lease its fabled Los Angeles lot for the next seven years. But 20th Century Fox will be folded into Walt Disney Studios. Its movie-making operations will be reduced and likely restructured.As a studio, Disney is already based on several distinct silos of brands: Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm. Its strength in intellectual properties — especially “Star Wars” and its library of animation classics — has made the studio dominant. In a conference call with investors Thursday, Disney chief executive Robert Iger suggested Fox may function similarly as a label within Disney.“We have not only respected the culture of those organizations but respected and appreciated the talent that came with those acquisitions,” Iger said.Before it sold a ticket for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Disney already has three of the top six movies of the year: “Beauty and the Beast,” ”Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2″ and “Thor: Ragnarok.” It has used its might to enforce more onerous terms with theatres on films like “The Last Jedi.” Disney is requiring many theatre operators to share a higher percentage — 65 per cent — of ticket sales. The film is expected to come close to grossing $500 million worldwide this weekend.The combination of sensibilities between Disney and Fox, has intrigued others. Though it’s easy to see the planned quartet of “Avatar” movies under a Disney banner (“Avatar” already has a place in Disney theme parks), many of Fox’s franchises, including “X-Men” and “The Kingsman,” are well off-brand for the family-friendly Disney. It hasn’t released an R-rated movie in four years.“Time to uncork that explosive sexual tension between Deadpool and Mickey Mouse,” Ryan Reynolds tweeted after earlier reports of the Disney-Fox deal.Disney, which sold Miramax Pictures in 2005, has lacked other kinds of films, too. Fox’s specialty label, Fox Searchlight, is among the industry’s art-house leaders. Two Searchlight films — “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — along with Fox’s “The Post” have made the studio the leading company of this year’s awards season, at least with the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards.Iger voiced his support for maintaining those businesses. “We like being in the business of making quality movies,” said Iger. “We fully intend to stay in those businesses.”The deal also, perhaps crucially, gives Disney the extensive Fox library for Disney’s planned streaming service, set to debut in 2019. Disney is now better armed to compete against deep-pocketed digital competitors. Netflix has said it will spend up to $8 billion on original content next year.“It’s really a battle about the future of streaming,” said Peter Labuza, a film historian and researcher at the University of Southern California. “Disney needs all this material outside of its own brand which now is its own Disney product, Lucasfilm, Pixar. But this can fill in a lot of the space in a streaming site that can compete with, essentially, Netflix.”That’s a component of the deal that will strike fear in the hearts of exhibitors. Disney has pursued an almost completely event-movie strategy (it’s releasing only eight movies this year), and it’s expected to cut back Fox’s theatrical slate. That’s reason for concern for already struggling theatre owners. Box office revenues were up just 1 per cent last year, and are expected to slide this year.“They can’t be pleased,” said Bock of exhibitors. “Less product just means less revenue in their minds.”But Disney has also, up until now, been a staunch defender of the traditional theatrical window. For that reason, as well as its reputation for quality, the world’s largest theatre chain, AMC, hasn’t sounded any alarms over the purchase. Last week on CNBC, Adam Aron, AMC chief executive, applauded Disney’s track record. “AMC has made a lot of money partnering with Disney studios,” he said.Whichever direction Disney chooses to go, it will have the sway — with approximately 40 per cent market share — to set the course for the entire industry.Hollywood may have shrunk into not the Big Five, but the Big One.___Film Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.last_img read more

Council wont increase the tax rate in 2019

first_imgJoy said, “What is curious is why did BC Assesment increase the property values in the first place and then so quickly revert it back.”Although Commercial buildings were the highest number of rates that changed, Council did not want to punish everyone for a discrepancy that came from B.C. Assessment. Mayor Lori Ackerman said B.C. Assessment may catch on, as Council shared other businesses have the right to file against their property values as well.According to City Staff, in January, each year the BC Assessment Authority provides Local Governments with their projected assessments. Those numbers are used to determine what the annual LEVY will be. The levy is the number of tax dollars the city collects as well as the number used to balance the budget.BC Assessment final numbers are provided to municipalities at the end of the first quarter of the year. Local governments then finalize their budgets — the year. Local governments then finalize their budgets.To watch the Council’s decision, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN – Counc has decided to transfer funds from the City’s tax stabilization reserve rather than increase property taxes.Council agreed unanimously that City staff increase the 2019 Return on Investment Income by $350,000 and transfer $251,514 from the Tax Stabilization Reserve to cover a budget shortfall of $601,514.David Joy, General Manager of corporate services said he received a final report from the B.C. Assessment Office last week.  Assessment appeals doubled from 99 in 2018 to 171 in 2019. The appeals saw the total assessed value of properties drop by $37,249,546 from January.last_img read more

Server glitch causes registration delay

A server problem early Monday morning caused delays for first-year undergraduate students registering online for fall courses at Brock University.About 10 minutes after registration opened at 6 am, problems developed which triggered a sequence of failures and stalled the University’s system. At that point students would have been prevented from registering online.Registration was paused while ITS staff checked the multiple servers in the registration system, and located the problem. They then had to restart the system.By 8 a.m. registration was restored, and by 8:30 more than 1,500 students had registered online.As is the case for all high-volume registration days, staff from the Registrar’s Office, ITS, Recruitment, and Communications were on campus prior to registration opening in order to oversee the process and respond to student questions. read more

Doctoral research supports holistic approach to treating inflammation in spinal cord patients

Brock University student David Allison believes in taking a holistic approach when it comes to treating different disorders.His research looking at inflammation and its influence on mood following spinal cord injury earned him a third-place award from the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA).Allison, who is graduating with his PhD from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, was recognized for his research during ASIA’s 2016 international scientific program, which brought together spinal cord injury researchers along with medical, rehabilitation and community-based caregivers to explore a broad range of topics.“At the foundation of my research, is the importance of taking a holistic approach to the treatment of different disorders. While traditional pharmaceuticals typically focus on a single target, my work considers the benefits of alternative, perhaps less traditional, systems as potential targets for intervention,” says Allison.Allison’s research examines common health complications following spinal cord injury including depression, cognitive impairment, neuropathic pain and somatic nerve deficits, and how chronic inflammation potentially contributes to them.“Each of these disorders are highly prevalent following spinal cord injury, and are notoriously difficult to treat using traditional pharmaceuticals. The fact that each can be influenced by chronic inflammation may make the immune system a viable target for intervention,” says Allison.Allison looked at the effectiveness of a three-month anti-inflammatory diet for the treatment of such disorders following spinal cord injury. In doing so, he was able to successfully reduce levels of chronic inflammation in this population leading to improvements in both depression and neuropathic pain. This work has helped to establish interventions such as diet as viable treatment options.David’s work in the area of inflammation and how it affects many physiological systems after a spinal cord injury could have a profound effect on how depression and neuropathic pain are treated in this population.Kinesiology professor David Ditor supervised Allison throughout his masters and doctoral work. He encouraged Allison to present their research at the ASIA conference.“David should be extremely proud of himself and the work he’s done. I hope that the award he received at ASIA helps him put his research into context. It’s easy for researchers to underestimate the value of their own work and having it well received by various experts in the field can be very gratifying and encouraging,” says Ditor.What sets Allison’s work apart is, this is the first time anyone has taken an anti-inflammatory approach to depression and neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury, explains Ditor.“David’s work in the area of inflammation and how it affects many physiological systems after a spinal cord injury could have a profound effect on how depression and neuropathic pain are treated in this population. We observed an approximate 40-per-cent reduction in both neuropathic pain and depression by lowering inflammation, and that compares very favourably to pharmacological approaches in this population,” says Ditor.Allison is now shifting his research focus from spinal cord injury to pediatrics in order to examine the inflammatory basis of depression in children.“Over time, chronic inflammation can lead to irreversible changes in the brain that can contribute to symptoms of depression later in life. For this reason, it is critical to explore this relationship in a pediatric population and implement preventative strategies before such complications have time to develop,” says Allison.Ditor intends to keep working in the area of targeting inflammation for the treatment of depression and neuropathic pain and is hopeful this could lead to new dietary guidelines for people with spinal cord injury. read more

Iowa suspends playbyplay broadcaster for hot mic comments

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Learfield Sports has suspended Iowa play-by-play broadcaster Gary Dolphin for two games for negative comments directed at Hawkeyes guard Maishe Dailey that inadvertently made it to the air during a commercial break on Tuesday.Iowa announced on Wednesday that Dolphin, who has broadcast Hawkeyes games for over 20 years, will miss Friday’s game against No. 22 Wisconsin and Monday’s game at No. 9 Michigan State after comments dismissive of Dailey’s play aired during Tuesday’s 69-68 win over Pittsburgh.Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says the suspension is because of those comments “as well as some ongoing tensions that have built up over the past couple of years.”Dolphin apologized for his comments after the win over the Panthers.Dolphin did not swear or use inappropriate language but sounded exasperated as he criticized Dailey for dribbling with his head down into a double team.___More AP college basketball: and Associated Press read more

Yes We Talked About Chess On A Sports Podcast

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 15, 2016), we chat about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys and ask whether the correct strategy is to always go for 2 points. We then turn to college football’s many upsets from last weekend and ask whether this season is just a ceremonial procession that will eventually lead to Alabama’s being crowned champion. Finally, the World Chess Championship is happening in New York, so we call up FiveThirtyEight’s Oliver Roeder to discuss draws, the history of Elo ratings and whether computers are better than people at chess. Plus, a significant digit on cricket!Links to what we discussed:Chase Stuart says more teams are going for 2-point conversions in the NFL, and that’s as it should be.ESPN’s Kevin Seifert explains how the NFL’s new extra-point rule has changed the game.Neil Paine says last weekend’s college football upsets were some of the wildest in history.You can find FiveThirtyEight’s college football predictions here.Marc Tracy in The New York Times says this season’s Alabama team is phenomenal.Oliver Roeder breaks down the action from the World Chess Championship.Even a chess draw can be gripping, Roeder writes.Significant Digit: 246 for 20. That’s the number of Australian runs scored for the number of wickets lost in the team’s recent defeat to South Africa. It’s Australia’s worst aggregate score in a home test match since cricket’s greatest ever player, Don Bradman, made his debut in 1928. read more

Statkeepers Call the Shots But They Cant Agree on Them

In the third minute of added extra time in Tuesday’s Belgium-U.S. World Cup match, Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne took a pass in the box, dribbled to his right and hooked the ball into the left side of the net. Finally, after 31 shots, the Belgians had broken through. Or … wait. Was it 32 shots?It depends on which Twitter account you follow. ESPN’s Stats & Information Group tweeted that Belgium had scored on its 31st shot of the day. OptaJoe, the U.K. Twitter account of the soccer stats company Opta, said it was the 32nd.At the World Cup, shots are in the eye of the beholder. At least three major soccer stats companies are logging every match, and they have yet to all agree on each team’s number of shots and shots on goal. For every one of the 58 games so far, the companies can’t quite get their stories straight. Sometimes their counts have differed by as much as two or three.Even small discrepancies like these have repercussions beyond mere trivia. Advanced analyses of the sport, such as my colleague Benjamin Morris’s magnum opus on Lionel Messi this week, rely on match loggers for shot counts and characteristics. Some teams base tactics and personnel decisions partly on stats. And the disputes are proxy battles for soccer’s more philosophical debates: If a shot is deflected in a forest of defenders, was it on target?According to World Cup organizer FIFA, it was; but according to Opta and Prozone, two of the companies that employ analysts to log every match of the tournament and provide data for media coverage, it wasn’t. That disagreement is responsible for the bulk of the numbers mismatch. Through the round of 16, FIFA’s official match stats — which are being collected by the Italian company Deltatre — included 68 percent more shots on target than Prozone’s, and 74 percent more than Opta’s.1I used Opta data compiled by TruMedia Networks, which provides stats for ESPN. Prozone emailed me their match reports and other data, which — along with match statistics posted on — allowed me to compile shots and shots on goal for every match so far during the World Cup. Remove blocked shots, though, and the discrepancies drop to 4 percent and 8 percent, respectively.And what about a ball crossed in the box near the goalie — does it count as a shot or a cross? In the 120th minute of the Belgium-U.S. match, DeAndre Yedlin kicked the ball well wide of goal as the U.S. hunted desperately for an equalizer. Was he trying to score, or just to cross the ball? FIFA thinks the latter, but Opta thinks the former. Short of interviewing every player immediately after every subjective touch, the statkeepers are left to guess at the intent, divining purpose in actions that may have been performed instinctively, rather than with premeditation.With 58 of the tournament’s 64 matches in the books through Friday, there have been 116 opportunities to compare the three data providers on a team’s shooting profile in a match. There have been just 14 times, or fewer than one out of eight, that all three organizations counted the same number of shots and shots on goal for a team in a match — and none for both teams in the same match.The counts appear to reflect genuine disagreement over tricky cases — touches that look like passes to some but shots to others, say. Or, a shot that hits the post or crossbar and goes out. Typically these don’t qualify as shots on target, but they can if they are deflected onto the woodwork by the goalkeeper, who then gets credit for a save. If they are blocked onto the woodwork by a player other than the goalkeeper, that’s a block. The stats, then, pivot on an arbitrary criterion: Was the player who deflected the ball a goalkeeper or did he happen to play another position?My analysis showed that, overall, the companies weren’t consistently stingy or generous in their statkeeping. No provider consistently tallied many more shots or shots on goals than another. The major philosophical divide was over (unblocked) shots on goal: Deltatre sees more than Prozone, which sees more than Opta. But that amounted to only about one additional shot on target counted in every three matches.The disputes have touched every team, to similar degrees, but teams with less active offenses tend to have higher differences among statkeepers because one uncounted shot matters more in their overall percentages. These include the U.S., England and Cameroon. Analysts attempting to study whether Cameroon threw its matches, as Der Spiegel has reported, might get subtly different results depending on which set of stats they consult. So might England manager Roy Hodgson and U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann as they assess how to improve their teams.Discrepancies between data providers don’t stop at shot counts. Most soccer events are subjective. Someone must decide, was that a tackle? Was that shot weak? Was that attack a dangerous one? Possession stats also differ by provider, as Slate noted last week.Shooting stats have particular relevance for one form of analysis that tries to divine a team’s true skill by gauging whether or not they’re getting lucky. It’s a technique that’s based on the theory that generating chances is the part that teams can control — converting them is based more on luck (unless you’re named Lionel Messi). Teams that convert and save a high percentage of their chances are due for a regression in their results. Change the underlying data, and any conclusions about which teams are good and which are just lucky could shift.When I spoke with Garth Lagerwey, general manager of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake, in a telephone interview last week, he said data discrepancies are a prevalent problem in soccer stats at all levels, not just a World Cup anomaly. When I contacted the companies, they declined to comment or didn’t respond to a question about why their numbers differ. In other contexts, they tout the training they provide to match analysts; the consistent guidelines they enforce across analysts, competitions and time; and the oversight of experienced checkers. Some shots just might not look like shots to everyone.Other sports’ stats also require subjective judgment: errors in baseball; assists in basketball. But in baseball and basketball, the official scorer’s decision is what goes into the record book and, generally, what fuels advanced statistical analysis. In soccer, with different leagues and competitions worldwide at varying levels of stats sophistication, third parties with standardized methods report alternative numbers to the official ones. Opta and Prozone are scoring every match alongside the official scorers and releasing their numbers in real time to media organizations — hence the potential for conflicting tweets like those about Tuesday’s Belgium-U.S. match.2ESPN Stats & Info typically uses FIFA for shot counts, and Opta stats — via TruMedia — for everything else.“Shots should not be that subjective, let alone shots on goal,” Lagerwey said. On the other hand, “A lot of companies use human beings to code this stuff. It’s easy to understand how you’re going to have an error rate.” read more

Mitchell to keep drilling south at BHPs Olympic Dam coppergolduranium mine

first_imgMitchell Services has been awarded a contract extension at BHP’s Olympic Dam copper-gold-uranium mine in South Australia, which means it will continue with its underground drilling work until April 2020.Under the varied terms of the deal, which comes on the back of a sustained period of strong drilling performance, the company will provide up to eight underground rigs and will continue to play “an integral part in BHP’s plans to expand into the high-grade southern area of the mine as part of a broader growth strategy at Olympic Dam”, it said.Mitchell previously announced a material contract extension and scope increase in relation to its underground drilling contract back on September 5. This highlighted that the company would provide up to seven underground rigs and that the contract would be extended to April 2019.In its latest results, BHP reported that underground operations continue to progress into the Southern Mine Area of Olympic Dam, with record development kilometres achieved and the mine’s third decline becoming fully operational in the December quarter of 2018.last_img read more

Paybyweight bin charge delayed but its not being scrapped Minister

first_imgBin charges treble for customers as companies accused of operating ‘a cartel’>The debacle was the last thing the newly formed government needed, and resulted in the Housing Minister Simon Coveney (who was, at the time, responsible for the waste collection industry) putting a freeze on bin charges for a period of 12 months.Coveney set to freeze bin charges for 12 months>This was to give government and the sector enough time to negotiate a new charging system.From 1 January, householders were due to get dual-invoices, which would outline their bin charge that they regularly pay, but also specify what they would be paying when the new system is introduced.This has now been delayed by Naughten (who took over responsibility for the industry after the price freeze).Speaking to reporters today, he confirmed the dual pricing invoicing system which was due to kick in in the new year is not going ahead.He said the reason for the delay is because discussions between government officials and the waste industry are ongoing.Naughten denied that waste companies were refusing to back down to government on the new pricing regime, stating that “is not the case at all”.“We have had very productive engagement with the industry up to now,” he added.“We haven’t agreed to the new pricing regime so there isn’t much point to introducing an invoicing system that will reflect a pricing regime that hasn’t yet been agreed with the industry,” said Naughten.Once there is agreement, the minister said there will be implementation of the new system.The minister added:Part of problem last year was some of the operators last year were trying to change their pricing regime to increase their own margins as well as introducing pay-by-weight system. THE PAY-BY-weight system is not going to be scrapped, but is being delayed, according to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten.Today the minister said the new system will be introduced by the middle of next year.The pay-by-weight regime hit a stumbling block during the summer when it emerged waste collection companies began to hike up their service charges, with some consumers being hit with 200% increases in their bills. Pay-by-weight bin charge delayed, but it’s not being scrapped – Minister Minister Denis Naughten said a pricing regime is yet to be agreed with the waste sector. Dec 6th 2016, 2:28 PM 42 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland The problem was the pay-by-weight system hadn’t been fully thought through. In fairness to Simon Coveney, when he came in as minister, when he saw that it was going to be impossible to implement it last summer, made the announcement of postponing it for 12 months to allow for that engagement to take place.Naughten said it was his intention to have an agreement in place before Christmas, but stated: “It hasn’t been possible to do that.”However, he said he expects to be bring a memorandum to government early in the new year to outline the new process. A public information campaign will then be launched, in conjunction with the waste industry, he said.Naughten said he was not going to rush the process now just to meet a “political target”.The Green Party today criticised Naughten’s decision to defer pay-by-weight scheme.A statement from Green Party spokesperson on local government, Councillor Malcolm Noonan, said that further delays “are playing into the hands of the incinerator industry by facilitating a dysfunctional market for recyclables, undermining the viability of waste collection and ultimately offering consumers very poor value for money or tangible incentives to reduce waste”.Read: ‘It’s a car park by 4.30pm’: Vital upgrades and a third lane needed on N11, report finds>Read: Eir only became aware of potential security breach after reading about it online> By Christina Finn 10,940 Views Short URL Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 2:28 PM Share37 Tweet Email last_img read more