Yuki said it has always been a case of getting the shape Yuki said it has always been a case of getting the shape back for him but now he can look forward to build and make a transition to ATP level. “Earlier, I was taking two steps forward but going four back. Now that I have remained injury free, I can really build on, get stronger in off-season rather than just recovery. I definitely feel I belong there.” Donskoy was completely out of sorts today. With two double faults he dropped serve in the very first game. He was missing down the line shots and his backhand let him down the most. Two of those errors handed Yuki his two break points in the fifth game. Donskoy followed that with a forehand error to give Yuki his second service break and a 4-1 cushion. In 24 minutes, Yuki had taken the first set from the Russian, who had beaten world number 39 Borna Coric in Kremlin Cup before coming to this tournament. Donskoy did step up a bit in the second set but Yuki remained strong despite losing his serve in the sixth game. It was the first game of the match when Yuki lost three points on his serve to be down 15-40. Donskoy smashed a forehand winner on first to make it a contest. Yuki though broke back in the ninth and again was helped by Donskoys error-strewn game. The Russian made three consecutive errors to surrender that game at love. It came down to tie-break and two more backhand errors by Donskoy to put Yuki 4-1 ahead. Donskoy saved two match points but sent another backhand soaring over the baseline to give Yuki the match. Yuki will next play in USD 125,000 Hua Hin Open in Thailand, where he is seeded third and will open his campaign against Japanese Yuichi Sugita. PTI AT SSC SSCadvertisement
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Olivier Giroud’s backheel helps Chelsea see out first-leg win in Malmö Share on Twitter Read more Substitutes Facebook Twitter Valencia Show The Scottish champions entered this fixture in fine fettle. A wounding defeat at Ibrox to close 2018 had been followed by seven victories; no team had scored against Celtic this year. Key to that run was Oliver Burke, the forward seeking to revive his career in Glasgow while on a loan deal from West Brom. Burke was deployed as the focal point of the Celtic attack here, in preference to the club’s record signing Odsonne Édouard. Remarkably for a player who has moved for combined transfer fees of almost £30m at the age of 21, this marked Burke’s debut in European competition.Valencia’s propensity to draw games has been the key aspect of their La Liga season. Their cagey opening at Celtic Park suggested the same outcome would suit them before Scott Bain produced acrobatics to bat away a Daniel Wass header that seemed destined for the top corner. Celtic had been the better team until then without troubling Neto, save for long-range efforts from Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor. 42 McGregor 10 Parejo Celtic 0-2 Valencia: Europa League last 32, first leg – as it happened 29 Bain Share on LinkedIn 20 Torres “Valencia are a team that wait on your mistakes,” said Rodgers. “Unfortunately for us, we made too many mistakes. You can get away with it domestically sometimes but at this level if you bring pressure on to yourself, it is difficult for you. We made basic mistakes. If you take them away, there wasn’t a lot in the game.”Progression to the knockout phase from a section which included RB Leipzig and Salzburg represented an excellent achievement by Celtic. There is a legitimate train of thought which suggests this competition, away from the harsh realities of the Champions League, represents the more logical scene for Rodgers’ team. The gulf in quality between domestic opponents in Scotland and those in Europe’s premier competition has proven problematic for Celtic to handle in the recent past. Corners Europa League Parejo, who had been an injury doubt before kick-off, was removed at half-time. The former Arsenal man Francis Coquelin was his replacement. The captain’s exit, however, did not blunt the Valencia threat.Scott Brown, who endured his latest torrid night against serious opposition, conceded possession and the ball was swiftly shifted towards Cheryshev on the left flank. A terrific cross followed, with Sobrino on hand to volley the ball past the stranded Bain. For Marcelino’s side, this was proving so blissfully simple against a Celtic team complicit in its own downfall. Rodgers later and rightly bemoaned a lack of “concentration and care”.Édouard and Timothy Weah appeared in place of Sinclair and Christie as Celtic attempted to stem the tide. Édouard’s first act was to tumble to the turf in pursuit of a penalty, which rather summed up Celtic’s level of desperation with half an hour of the game remaining. Unsurprisingly, no salvation was forthcoming for Rodgers.“It maybe seemed easy but it was difficult,” insisted Marcelino. The analysis raised eyebrows. 15 Hayes Quick guide Europa League last 32 first leg results 12 Diakhaby 15 Toni Lato 20 Boyata Lineups 23 Lustig Hide (s 78′) 1 Gordon 11 4 21 Piccini Thank you for your feedback. 11 Sinclair 2 Toljan 23 Sobrino VAL40CEL60% 3 Izaguirre 17 Christie Share on WhatsApp 8 Brown VAL CEL The Celtic players look for someone to blame after Rubén Sobrino was left unmarked in the middle to volley in Valencia’s second goal. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images 25 Burke Was this helpful? Possession Pinterest 22 Edouard Celtic Valencia had deployed the modern day rarity of two strikers, with the aim of capitalising on loose Celtic possession in defence an obvious one. In Daniel Parejo, the visitors had the standout player of the opening half. Burke was a peripheral figure for 36 minutes, at which point he narrowly failed to connect with a through ball from Scott Sinclair. Neto was duly able to boot clear.Celtic screamed in vain for offside as Valencia claimed the opening goal they just about deserved. Parejo lofted a wonderful pass to Rubén Sobrino, who unselfishly cut the ball back for Denis Cheryshev to tap in. Read more Valencia’s passage to the last 16 of the Europa League already seems secure. On a bruising night for Brendan Rodgers and Celtic, the Spanish side cantered towards a victory which should render next week at the Mestalla a formality.That Valencia have superior resource to Celtic is hardly breaking news. Nonetheless, a team normally so ebullient at home were curiously flat and error-ridden. Long before full time it had become a question of how many Valencia were of a mind to score. They settled for two, which barring an unforeseen collapse will prove sufficient. 49 Forrest 73 Johnston 2 Celtic Off target 1 Valencia 3 Celtic On target 4 Valencia 32 Centelles 5 Simunovic Goal attempts (s 46′) 13 Neto Fouls 2 7 6 Kondogbia Substitutes 35 Ajer Topics 7 Goncalo Guedes 17 Coquelin 40 60 (s 63′) Bate Borisov 1-0 Arsenal, Galatasaray 1-2 Benfica, Krasnodar 0-0 Leverkusen, Lazio 0-1 Sevilla, Olympiacos 2-2 Dynamo Kyiv, Rapid Vienna 0-1 Inter, Rennes 3-3 Real Betis , Slavia Prague 0-0 Genk, Celtic 0-2 Valencia, Club Brugge 2-1 Red Bull Salzburg, Malmo 1-2 Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting 0-1 Villarreal, Viktoria Plzen 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb, Zurich 1-3 Napoli 11 Cheryshev 30 Weah 16 Lee Match stats 1 Jaume (s 58′) 24 Garay 9 Gameiro 18 Wass Valencia match reports Share on Facebook 8 Carlos Soler (s 59′) Share via Email Share on Pinterest Celtic Share on Messenger Reuse this content
WATCH: Arsenal winger Pepe combines with Zaha for classy Ivory Coast goalby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal winger Nicolas Pepe got on the scoresheet in Ivory Coast’s 3-1 win over Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday.Pepe, who has struggled in his early games for the Gunners, finished off some fine work from Wilfried Zaha with a cheeky backheel finish to make it 2-0.Crystal Palace winger Zaha then got one of his one deep into stoppage time.Nicolas Pepe scoring Ivory Coast’s second goal againts DR Congo this evening. #afcpic.twitter.com/5ZLtpxiKYK— DailyAFC™ (@DailyAFC) October 13, 2019 About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights The Government will be launching, through the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), a three-week internship programme designed to serve as a ‘catch-all’ for secondary school leavers from challenged environments.It aims to give them a fair chance of making themselves marketable in a competitive job market.This was disclosed by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.He said this outreach will cover tuition, room and board, transportation and an individual stipend of $45,000 per student.“In all, 750 young people between the ages of 18 and 35 will be trained in three batches of 250 at the University of Technology (UTech). This Government believes in inclusivity, and I invite each member of this House to nominate 10 of their constituents for this programme,” Dr. Wheatley said.He informed that participants will be placed in the university environment to build their confidence, proving to themselves, their families and communities that they are of worth.Over the three-week period, participants will be trained in the areas of engineering, business, hospitality and tourism management, renewable energy, entrepreneurism, and robotics and information technology.Participants will also receive appropriate certification for the competencies developed at the end of the programme. Top students will gain immediate entry into suitable full academic programmes at UTech during the 2018/19 academic year.“Our vision and plan is for participants to ultimately transition to their communities to apply their newly acquired practical skills in gainful employment,” Dr. Wheatley said.Meanwhile, the PCJ continues to support research with its $4-million renewable energy Master of Science scholarship at UTech, in addition to its $1-million funding per annum for research and development in solar energy, biomass and biofuels at the institution’s School of Engineering.At the same time, Dr. Wheatley said Wigton Renewable Energy Laboratory continues to train members of the public in photovoltaics, and solar, thermal, wind and hydro energy, for which it is developing relevant accreditation. The Government will be launching, through the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), a three-week internship programme designed to serve as a ‘catch-all’ for secondary school leavers from challenged environments. “In all, 750 young people between the ages of 18 and 35 will be trained in three batches of 250 at the University of Technology (UTech). This Government believes in inclusivity, and I invite each member of this House to nominate 10 of their constituents for this programme,” Dr. Wheatley said. This was disclosed by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.
zoom Digitalization seems to be ushering in a new era in all segments of the shipping industry, including payment in cryptocurrency.Namely, a Ukrainian shipping company Varamar, is reportedly negotiating its first bitcoin deal with a client, Bloomberg writes citing Alexander Varvarenko, founder of the Odessa-based shipper.According to Varvarenko, bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency, the value of which stands at around USD 10,000, will facilitate how the company does business.This, in particular, relates to the countries affected by trading restrictions such as Pakistan, Russia and Qatar as well as clients with restricted access to bank financing. Furthermore, the cryptocurrency allows for faster transactions as it requires less paperwork when compared to doing business with commercial banks.Even though the deal is still in its initial stage, the move points to the ever greater popularity of bitcoin across the board.Varamar was not available for comment to World Maritime News at the moment of publication of this article.The company was created in 2009 to offer semi-liner and tramp services for transportation of cargo by sea. Among the cargo carried are heavy and oversized units, project cargo and general cargo, ro-ro equipment and containers, steel and bulk. Its semi-liner services connect Europe to South America, Central America, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Far East and Australia.World Maritime News Staff
A merger of three provincial bodies will create a new Crown agency that will provide enhanced and better co-ordinated services to the agri-foods industry, the province announced today, May 25. Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. will combine the resources of AgraPoint, the Atlantic Bioventure Centre and AgriTECH Park and will be accountable to the Minister of Agriculture. Perennia will be headquartered at AgriTECH Park in Bible Hill with an office at the Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre in Kentville. “Perennia is the perfect vehicle to work with department staff and industry to help producers and processors become more competitive, adopt new and innovative agricultural practices and create higher-margin products,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “It is important to ensure producers succeed for rural communities since farmers spend more than 60 per cent of their income within 30 miles of their farms and 90 per cent within Nova Scotia.” The merger follows the recent announcement that the Department of Agriculture is relocating its headquarters from Halifax to Truro-Bible Hill to consolidate operations for better service to farmers and industry while bringing good jobs to the rural economy. The Perennia merger, including 40 employees, is expected to be completed by the end of June. “This is a very exciting development for the agri-food sector,” said Jo Ann Fewer, Perennia CEO. “We will offer industry a single point of contact to address their primary production, food safety, product development and incubation needs, as well as link them to researchers and other government resources that can offer additional services.” Perennia is a fully integrated agri-food and bio-resource company with integrated teams in extension and advisory services, quality and food safety, bioventures, and facilities. Specialists work with producers and processors to address production issues on farms, create internationally recognized quality and food safety programs, provide leased incubation space for new product development, and conduct research to transform underutilized land- and marine-based resources into high-value products.
Chandigarh: A central team will soon visit Punjab to assess the damage in the flood-ravaged state, where rains lashed some parts on Sunday as Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed all ministers and deputy commissioners overseeing relief operations to step up vigil. The chief minister, who was joined by his Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar and state Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, presided over a high-level meeting to review the flood situation in Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Rupnagar districts. “Responding to the chief minister’s request, the Union Home Ministry has decided to send a central team to assess the damage and loss due to floods in Punjab too. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has informed the state government that a central team to assess damage on account of floods would also be sent to Punjab, along with 11 other flood ravaged states,” a Punjab government statement said here. Earlier in the day, the chief minister had tweeted, “In view of resumption of rainfall, have directed all ministers in charge and DCs to step up vigil ” He has deputed four ministers — Charanjit Singh Channi, Sunder Sham Arora, Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Bharat Bhushan Ashu — to oversee relief operations in worst-affected Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Rupnagar districts.
22 March 2007Top United Nations officials have expressed shock at yesterday’s killings in Nepal of at least 25 people during clashes between political parties in the central part of the country, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and for all sides to resolve their differences through dialogue. Describing the Himalayan country as being at a “tragic and difficult moment” in its path to peace, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Ian Martin, the head of the UN Political Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), called for an end to all violence to allow the nation to create a “democratic framework for debating and determining its future.”“This confrontation could and should have been avoided. I hope the perpetrators will be identified and brought to justice. I also hope that these terrible events will cause leaders of all groups to cease putting the lives of their followers at risk,” he said.Reports indicate that the killings, along with many injuries, occurred during clashes between the Madheshi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in the Terai area of the central region of the country, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said in a statement, as she also called for an end to the violence.“I am deeply shocked by the news… Our teams confirmed, first hand, the killing of 25 individuals, most of whom died of severe head wounds apparently caused by beatings from bamboo sticks.”“I urge the authorities to take all necessary steps to initiate a full and impartial investigation into the killings and other violent incidents and to hold accountable anyone found to be responsible. Such incidents must not be allowed to jeopardize the peace process.”The Security Council established UNMIN in January to assist with the follow-up to last year’s historic peace deal signed between the Government and the Maoists and also to support this year’s planned elections in the impoverished country where 10 years of civil war killed around 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others.In his press statement, Mr. Martin said the next step in the management of arms and armies in Nepal, as specified in the peace agreement, is for the Nepal Army to submit for storage an equivalent number of weapons. The UN has already completed the first phase of the registration of Maoist arms and fighters.“A credible election requires not only the management of arms and armies, and the right laws and technical preparations: it requires a climate in which all political parties can campaign freely in all places, and all voters can vote free of any intimidation or fear of reprisal. It requires the cooperation of political parties, local government and the police throughout the districts and villages to create respect for political pluralism and public security,” he said.Mr. Martin has expressed increasing concern over the past few months over reported violations of the rights of political opponents, and he reiterated that political freedom in Nepal “must extend to all groups.”
“We have no time to lose,” he told reporters after his meetings in the West Bank on the 21st day of the offensive Israel launched with the stated aim of halting Hamas rocket attacks against it from Gaza. “A unilateral declaration of a ceasefire would be necessary at this time.” He said he would exert his utmost efforts to realize that goal and underscored his full support for President Abbas’s leadership.“There is increasing hope that flows from the intensive political discussions that are going on, not least by our Secretary-General, which is much appreciated here on the ground,” a top UN official in Gaza reported, speaking to journalists in New York by video link from ground zero from where he has been giving daily briefings on the death and destruction.“Let’s keep the urgency and momentum moving, because if there were a briefing tomorrow I am sorry to say there are people alive including children right now who will be dead, so that is where the imperative lies, we have to get the ceasefire because every hour that passes without a ceasefire is costing the lives of innocent civilians here,” Gaza Director of Operations of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) John Ging said.As of noon New York time the death toll stood at 1,115 dead, including 370 children, with 5,150 wounded, 1,745 of them children, according to Gazan health ministry figures, which UN officials call credible. Mr. Ging said 4,000 more people had fled their homes in the last 24 hours to seek shelter in UN schools, bringing the total to 49,000. Hundreds of thousands of others are estimated to have sought refuge with relatives and friends in less conflict-hit areas of Gaza.After meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem last night, Mr. Ban told reporters the Israeli Government would make an important decision on a ceasefire and he hoped it would be the right one, with Israel showing the world that it is a responsible member of the UN, abiding by Security Council resolutions. Last week the Council called for an immediate ceasefire.Following his stop in Ramallah, Mr. Ban travelled to Ankara to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul, stressing his determination to work with the Turkish Government to help find solutions to the terrible crisis in Gaza. At the weekend he will go to Lebanon and Syria for talks with Government officials in both countries about the violence in Gaza and southern Israel, before attending the Arab Economic Summit in Kuwait on Monday.Mr. Ging said UNRWA, which aids 750,000 Palestinian refugees in Gaza, about half the population, is establishing alternative warehouses and is “up and running again” after Israeli shells destroyed the warehouse in its main compound yesterday, sending hundreds of tons of food and medicine up in flames. The fire continued to burn today. “Massive devastation and destruction” was reported in the area of the compound, he added.The Agency is getting to most of those in need but there are still areas in the north of the Gaza Strip that are cut off. “It is an issue of major concern to us,” he said.Describing the situation on the ground, Mr. Ging stressed that it was “really terrible” that patients in hospitals come under fire, adding that innumerable numbers of people are living in shock. UNRWA is preparing to help traumatized children when they return to school.“People are in mortal danger here in the Gaza Strip, and have been for the last 21 days and nights and the casualty figures bear that out. At the moment there is a glimmer of hope. They are bewildered, shell-shocked and in real fear but they are grasping at this latest round of diplomatic efforts in the hope that this might end,” he said.“I myself would never have predicted what has happened in full view of the whole world over these past 21 days and nights, but it has happened and continues right now, but I am hopeful, not least because of the efforts of our Secretary-General, which is there for all to see, and I wish others would join him in the degree of commitment and pro-activity that he is bringing to bear.”Asked what was the most outrageous scene he had witnessed, Mr. Ging replied: “Of course, it’s always the dead children and it’s very traumatic to see that, and it’s equally traumatic to see children who are still alive but whose lives have been ruined, multiple amputees. The most traumatic sight of this conflict is visible in the morgues and in the hospitals.“And each and every one of those cases is of course for the individuals and their families massively traumatic and life-altering, in most of them because of the horrific nature of the injuries, they’re not just a flesh wound.” UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Max Gaylard said the situation for hospitals, medical workers and the injured was alarming and deteriorating, stressing that hospitals must be protected and remain neutral areas under any circumstances. In a statement, he noted that 13 health workers had been killed and 22 injured, and 16 health facilities and 16 ambulances damaged or destroyed since the start of the Israeli military operation. Meanwhile, the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reported that 69 truckloads of goods were allowed entry into Gaza from Israel today, including 26 trucks for UNRWA with flour, blankets, rice and bread, and one truck of medical supplies for the UN World Health Organization (WHO). At the Rafah crossing with Egypt, nearly 15 truckloads of food and medical and relief supplies passed through and 18 medical cases were evacuated. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that, in addition to its regular caseload of some 250,000 Gazans, it delivered canned meat and high energy biscuits to 13 Gaza hospitals, enough for 6,000 patients and staff for up to one month. WFP is also distributing ready-to-eat food to overcome the scarcity of cooking gas. 16 January 2009On the third day of his intensive diplomatic mission to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conferred today with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah, and called on Israel to unilaterally cease hostilities.
Canada’s latest win at the world hockey championship left Mark Stone with a renewed sense of confidence heading into the gold-medal game.Stone scored his tournament-leading eighth goal and Matt Murray made 39 saves as Canada downed the Czech Republic 5-1 in semifinal play on Saturday, setting up a gold-medal finale against Finland for Sunday.The Finns are the only team to have beaten Canada at the tournament – a 3-1 victory in the opener on May 10.“I think we can beat anybody in this tournament,” Stone said after Saturday’s win. “It’s just a matter of whether we play well or not. We’re going to have to bring our best game to beat (Finland), but I’m comfortable with the team that we have.”Darnell Nurse, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turris and Thomas Chabot also scored for Canada in the second semifinal of the day. Finland edged Russia 1-0 in the earlier game.“The score was 5-1 but it felt closer than that,” said Dubois. “The Czechs played a really good game. They did a lot of good things.“I thought we defended well as a unit of five. We didn’t give them a lot. Murray was really good when we made mistakes and that’s what made the difference.”Tomas Zohorna scored the lone Czech goal, with 6:01 left to play in the third period.The gold medal game will serve as a rematch of the 2016 final in Moscow, which Canada won 2-1.Canada has won eight straight games at this year’s tournament after dropping the opener.“It feels great,” Murray said. “I think as a team we’re just thankful for the opportunity. One, to be here and play for our country and now to get this opportunity to play for gold. It’s very exciting and that’s what we’re here for.”Canada opened the scoring in Saturday’s game at the 5:18 mark of the first period when Stone streaked to the net to tip a centring pass from Troy Stecher below the glove of Czech netminder Patrik Bartosak.Nurse doubled the lead just 10 seconds into the middle frame when he picked up the puck behind the net and deposited it behind an unsuspecting Bartosak on a wraparound play.Bartosak’s day came to an end at the 5:06 mark of the second, when Dubois converted a cross-ice feed from Marchessault for Canada’s third goal of the game. Bartosak was replaced by Pavel Francouz, who gave up third-period goals to Turris and Chabot.Canada’s coach, Alain Vigneault, was happy to see balanced scoring from his squad.“We needed that tonight,” he said. “We had a very tough opponent that has really been on top of their game.“We had talked prior to the game about the types of looks that we were looking for, to have success against such a good opponent. We were able to get those looks and we were able to get different guys to put the puck in the net for us. That’s given us a chance to play tomorrow for gold and we’re going to need a full team effort on both parts, offensively and defensively.”The Czechs outshot Canada 12-11 in each of the first two periods, and 41-30 in the game.Canada’s penalty killing played a crucial early role in the win. Ranked 11th out of 16 teams going into the semifinal, the Canadians successfully killed off first-period penalties to Marchessault and Turris and a third-period infraction by Chabot to keep the Czechs’ 10th-ranked power play off the board.Canada was the top team in the tournament with the man advantage heading into the game but did not get many chances Saturday. The disciplined Czechs did not give up their first power play until the late stages of the third period.Canadian forward Anthony Mantha returned to the lineup on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension. Mantha came into the game tied with Stone for the team lead in scoring with 12 points and picked up his sixth assist of the tournament with his feed on Turris’ goal.
Old rivalsWales have some brilliant players in key position, but this has never felt like a dominant team in the way England were so fearsome in the early 2000s or France were in the late 80s. It’s taken a while for Irish fans to accept they’re as good as us, because as impressive as George North and Mike Phillips and Alun Wyn Jones have been, their starting XVs are usually no better than Ireland’s.Gatland is currently the most successful coach in European rugby, but Saint Andre, Stuart Lancaster and Joe Schmidt will all be expected to find a solution to the problems his sides pose. We’ve been told by ex players and current players and coaches and analysts and journalists that there is no great complexity to what Gatland does. He gets players into great condition, makes them believe they’re the fittest side, prioritises certain competitions, ensures players know exactly what’s expected of them, and ultimately produces the hardest working team in the tournament. The things he does off the pitch are more impressive than his gameplan or his backline moves or analysis of the opposition.Stuart Barnes makes the point that when Gatland faces sides who match Wales for intensity and workrate, or who execute complex moves, they struggle. The reason nations so rarely dominate year on year in this competition is the gameplans are so exposed, and eventually they get worked out. The opposition have had enough time to work out this Welsh team, with Stuart Lancaster the one under most pressure to do so.The one most likely to do it though, you sense, is the master of fine detail, Joe Schmidt.Follow Second Captains on Twitter here JOE SCHMIDT SAYS he’s targeting a top-two placement, a level of detail we’re not used to from Irish coaches.It would be a massive improvement on last year, but he’s not being delusional. It may be his first season at international level but personnel-wise, the New Zealander has very few excuses for failure.Paul O’Connell has suggested this side are as good as the one that won the Grand Slam in 2009. He has a point. Rob Kearney, Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy, Paul O’Connell, Jamie Heaslip and Luke Fitzgerald are all still involved. Kearney is as good as he was then. O’Connell is smarter and better at offloading and just as powerful. Heaslip’s best-ever form was in 2009, but this is the second best run of his career, which is to say, still world class.Luke Fitzgerald should start on Sunday. His is perhaps the most interesting story of all. He’s improved his trail runs and his ball control in contact, he’s better under high balls, makes better decisions and has lost no pace. He also knows what failure is now. He could once again be a superstar.Against New Zealand D’arcy had arguably his best ever game for club or country, an 80-minute extravaganza. Joe Schmidt knows how to get the best out of him mentally and physically. O’Driscoll is not as consistently good now as he was then, but is suffering from the same sort of analysis that all ageing players must endure. They go through peaks and troughs in form, the same as younger players, but when they hit the lows its assumed the problem is terminal. O’Driscoll has to play well three more times in his life, against Wales, France and England. Undoubtedly, that’s the sort of target that gets the best out of him.Leinster man Luke Fitzgerald should start on Sunday. Pic: INPHO/Billy SticklandElsewhere, Cian Healy and Conor Murray are improvements on 2009. No matter who starts at openside and blindside they won’t be as good as Ferris and David Wallace but if Donnacha Ryan and Tommy Bowe get fit in a week or two, then Ireland are in really good shape. Rory Best isn’t as consistent or inspiring as Jerry Flannery but there’s nothing between Mike Ross and John Hayes. The most contentious one is O’Gara versus Sexton, but realistically we will have to watch Sexton for a few more years before declaring either a winner. All in all, though, nobody could argue the personnel are appreciably worse or better than in Ireland’s greatest ever year.
Updated 11.54amA MISSING 14-YEAR-OLD has been found safe and well.Gardaí had previously appealed for assistance in locating her, but she was located earlier today, more than 24 hours after going missing.No further action is required.Originally published 7.14pmRead: The BMW that rammed Garda car spotted all over Ireland – have you seen it?>Read: Women ‘talent bank’ to improve gender balance on state boards>
In the 30 years or so that I’ve been running businesses, I’ve noticed that consumer sentiment is often created by a cultural environment rather than what is actually happening in folks’ lives. This can work in favour of over-exuberance or it can create gloom. We’re currently in one of the negative phases, but there’s another way to treat the ‘bad’ economic news, and that is to see a free market economy as something that forces the constant reinvention of just about everything. I’ve been watching the financial troubles of the Darrell Lea chocolate and lolly brand, which has been in administration. Letting go 418 people is not a good thing, however the system works well enough for a new owner to step in and buy Darrell Lea and reinvent what that business does. The signs of positives defying the negative are all around us. Yes, Kodak went out of business, but other companies have reinvented personal photography with affordable, high quality cameras that don’t require film. And Australian steel-making may be under pressure, but there was OneSteel, quietly making itself a miner of iron ore, not letting itself be forced into irrelevance. Australian business owners and householders can train themselves to think this way as well. There is a way forward out of adversity: you just haven’t found it yet. It may as simple as rethinking what you sell. The ability to up-skill, find another job, reinvent yourself as a different proposition to an employer, has never been better. Take the uncertainty created by the European crisis and the US slowdown: it has played on our minds and held back our own economy, but one of the benefits has been a cash rate which – at 3.50 per cent – is in the lowest range of the past 20 years. How good is this? Ask any Baby Boomer, who was paying 19 per cent on their first mortgage. There are many people suffering right now, but I urge people to have a look behind some of the negative economic stories: inflation ran at around 1.2 per cent for the year to June, and the wage price index was sitting at 3.6 per cent. So wages are increasing at a greater rate that inflation. That isn’t bad, especially taken with a low unemployment rate of 5.2 per cent in July. Compare it with the United States at 8.3 per cent, or the EU at 10.4 per cent unemployment in July. And in a country where we all need a car, they are more affordable than they’ve been for a long time. A Ford Falcon in 1960 cost a man 60 weeks’ pay while in 2012 it cost 30 weeks’ average male pay. The economy will cause more businesses to close or to contract. But the important part is what happens next? And in your own life, are you keeping your eyes open, preparing yourself for what happens next? A market economy always provides the chance to start again. What’s your reinvention? * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on firstname.lastname@example.org any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Venom Attack Marvel vs Capcom: InfiniteDisney Might Buy Fox Because the Mouse Must Rule All The fighting game genre has experienced a great deal of growth lately. It’s no surprise then to see Capcom releasing a new Marvel vs Capcom game. Given how huge (and profitable) Marvel properties are now, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite’s potential audience is massive. Because of that, Capcom has taken steps to make their latest fighter more accessible. While the game’s learning curve is decidedly low, it still has a great deal of depth. This balance between simplicity and complexity makes Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite a truly universal fighting game.One of the big selling points of Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is its story mode. Previous games in the franchise simply had Marvel and Capcom characters fighting each other for no reason. Here, both universes merge thanks to the machinations of Marvel’s Ultron and Capcom’s Sigma. The story won’t win any awards, but it at least explains why characters like Chun-Li and Gamora are fighting.The story is both cheesy and fun. The earlier portions are rough. You’ll hear corny exchanges like: “Captain America, you made it!” and “Yes, I’m here, Ryu,” as the characters awkwardly introduce one another. Once all that silliness passes, the story plays out like a typical crossover event from a comic book. Every character gets their moment to shine at one point or another. Despite bordering on nonsensical, the story helps introduce newcomers to the game’s central characters.Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite has many of the big names familiar to movie-going audiences. Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Rocket Raccoon, and Doctor Strange. They are joined by well-known Capcom characters like Ryu, Chun-Li, Dante, Mega Man X, and Chris Redfield. Anyone who has even a mild interest in either company will easily recognize more than half of the roster. While deeper cuts (and X-Men) would have been nice, the roster is a “who’s who” of fighters that people will instantly recognize.MvCI’s various training modes adeptly bring novice players up to speed. Training mode allows one to test out various combos, special moves, and super moves. This mode is for seasoned veterans and those learning the ropes. Mission Mode is where the game breaks down its fundamentals in an easy to digest fashion. Each “mission” teaches basics like jumping, blocking, and attacking. More advanced lessons demonstrate basic ground and air combos, as well as the use the Infinity Stones.Mission Mode also shows players how every individual character works. Things start easy, but become more challenging with each lesson. Some combos and moves are tricky to pull off. Thankfully, you can watch demonstration videos to get a feel for what’s required. I found Mission Mode a powerful tool for teaching the basics and beyond. If players manage to finish every challenge in Mission Mode, they can consider themselves Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite masters.Some hardcore fans have already written off Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite because it’s different from previous entries. As a long-time fan myself, I can understand this sentiment. Although not radically altered, it is a different beast. With that said, I think some of the skepticism lobbied at the game is unjustified.While it is more user-friendly, there’s still plenty of complexity for technical players. Thanks to the Infinity Stones, there are a great deal of attacks awaiting discovery. Anyone can now pull off an 8-hit combo with ease, but expert players will still destroy novices. Like any fighting game, one needs to put in work to truly master its intricacies. MvCI is no different in that regard.Unlike the barren-at-launch Street Fighter V, MvCI is feature-rich from day one. If you want to spend all of your time fighting opponents online, you’re free to do so. Conversely, if you only want to only play offline or engage in couch co-op with your buds, there are plenty of modes available to meet your needs. The character roster features 30 fighters, with characters like Monster Hunter, Venom, Winter Soldier, and Black Widow expected in the following months. Story Mode, Arcade mode, unlockable titles and art, and mastering all of Mission Mode only add to the game’s abundant replay value.As I said at the beginning, Capcom has an almost universal title with Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. At its core, the game is still geared toward expert fighting game fans. However, most folks can easily jump in and have a good time. For the naysayers, if you leave all of your preconceived notions behind, I think you’ll find a fun and engaging fighter. After spending a week with it, I am more than pleased by what Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite has to offer. I think you’ll like the results as well.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
On the day that the summer’s king salmon restrictions began, the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group met to hash out the details of this summer fishing plans. Managing a precarious king salmon run along 700 miles of river will be anything but simple.Download AudioAfter months of in depth discussions leading up to the closures, 12 hours in, some working group members were still confused.Kuskowkwim Working Group Members, managers, and the public meet to discuss salmon conservation. (Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK)“What about now, is it wide open it now to any type of gear, or drifting or what? That’s the confusion we have,” said Aloysius..Bob Aloysius is from Kalskag. Part of that confusion come from the different geographic jurisdictions. Federal managers control the waters in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge from the mouth to Aniak. The state manages below the mouth and above Aniak.There are a few key differences in regulations, especially around the middle river. Unlike the federal rules, the state would allow drifting with 4” nets. And they do not plan to allow fishwheels above Tuluksak during times of king salmon conservation, whereas the feds would with certain protections for kings. That comes as bad timing to several Middle River villages which, through the Kuskokwim Native Association, are investing in fish wheels. Lisa Feyereisen is from Chuathbaluk.“It absolutely does not make sense that we could sit out there drifting with 4” mesh and keep incidental kings when we’re more than willing, we’ve purchased the material, we have people monitoring the fish wheel, and we’re releasing every single king, and that’s the goal of it, to release every single king,” said Feyereisen.Chuathlbaluk was hoping to have a fish wheel running for the first time in 25 years. The working group passed a motion in support of allowing fish wheels on state waters. As it stands in the management plan, fishwheels operations are linked with 6” mesh openings, which would only be done when there are very few kings in the river.Federal in Season Manager Brian McCaffery shared details on what’s hoped to be a small social and cultural harvest opportunity of about 1,000 kings total. He says it would be on a per capita basis for 31 of the 32 eligible communities. Each village get a dozen to several dozen fish, but Bethel would not be not proportional to population and may receive around 100 kings.“Our primary goal again this year is conservation. And we want to give people an opportunity, we hope to work with the tribal council here in Bethel to find ways to provide community opportunities,” said McCaffery.But the run has to be strong enough to support that limited harvest. To gauge that and considering this year’s early breakup, the Bethel Test Fishery will be starting a few days early, around the 27th.And just days before the run hits in earnest, managers are worried about two weirs that are hanging in balance. The villages of Tuluksak, Kwethluk, Akiak, and Akiachak signed a letter saying that that if they can’t fish for kings for sometime in June, Tuluksak and Kwethluk would break contracts for operating the Tuluksak and Kwethluk river weirs. Steve Miller is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.“But we’re hoping right now we can resolve that and get a contract in place. We’re required by law to conserve the fish on this river. That takes data, and those two systems are the only two systems on the lower river and our plan is to operate both weirs,” said Miller.The group passed a motion supporting the operation of all the river’s weirs to count escapement. The next working group meeting will be at call of chairs.
Daira Centre for Arts and Culture presents a special viewing of paintings and a unique art and appreciation workshop that will flare up your imagination. The focus of the hour-long workshop is to indulge in different art-related activities and take home your own handiwork. The agenda of the painting workshop is Viewing of the displayed artworksInteraction with the artist Palakshi Dass, conductor of the workshop Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Identification and sorting out of different styles by the participants guided by the artistSelection of style and techniques opted by the participants based on their discussions with the artistFinishing the painting with the support and guidance of the artist Palakshi Dass, a Hyderabad-based textile artist and writer, completed her MFA in History of Art along with textile design from the Viswa-Bharati, Santiniketan. She worked with the Weavers Service Centre of Hyderabad under the Ministry of Textiles. What: Art and appreciation workshopWhere: Daira art gallery When: 13 July Time: From 11 am to 12.30 pm
Indian stock markets are expected to decline for a third straight session on Thursday as the rupee plunged to a record closing low against the dollar Wednesday.Markets had declined ten out of last eleven sessions as growth concerns and tumbling rupee continued to weigh on investor sentiment. BSE Sensex had declined more than 9 percent and the 50-share NSE Nifty lost nearly 9 percent in the last ten sessions.The rupee plunged 53 paise to a record closing low of 61.30 against the US dollar on Wednesday. Earlier, rupee had hit an all-time low of 61.80 during intraday trade on Tuesday but later recovered to end on a high note after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) intervened heavily in the forex market to stem the currency fall.”Rajan is definitely a big positive for the RBI and India. But rupee appreciation is dependent on some major macro announcements. We all are living on hope … and the wait is getting a bit longer,” Paresh Nayar, head of fixed income and currencies at First Rand Bank, told Reuters.Meanwhile, Asian markets were mostly advanced on Thursday. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.64 percent and South Korea’s KOSPI rose 0.25 percent, while China’s Shanghai Composite fell 0.11 percent and Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 surged 1.20 percent after tumbling 4 percent in the previous session.US stock markets ended lower for a third consecutive session on Wednesday on concerns that the Federal Reserve may scale back its massive asset purchase program as soon as September.The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.31 percent, the S&P 500 Index was down 0.38 percent and the Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.32 percent.
We keep hearing about advances in artificial intelligence and the coming apocalypse as foreseen in the Terminator movies. But not all AI is created equal, and some will be squarely focused on doing one task really well. In the case of the /laundroid1, terrible name aside, that task is folding your laundry.Everyone hates folding their laundry, but it’s a mandatory task if you don’t want clean clothes that require a hot iron to get the creases out. If there was a machine that could do the folding for you, though? Now that would be a popular edition to a lot of homes.So, Seven Dreamers Laboratories, in collaboration with Panasonic and Daiwa House Industry, have created just such a machine. However, folding laundry correctly turns out to be quite a complicated task, and so an artificial intelligence was required to make it a reliable process.Laundry folding is actually a five stage process, including:GrabbingSpreadingRecognizingFoldingSorting/StoringThe grabbing and spreading seems pretty easy, but then the machine needs to understand what type of clothing it needs to fold. That recognizing stage requires both image recognition and AI. The image recognition classifies the type of clothing, then the AI figures out which processes to use in order to start folding.Here’s the prototype shown off last year, which was only capable of recognizing and folding individual items:The 2016 version of the /laundroid1 is pretty impressive when you think about it. You simply throw your dry clothes into the box at the bottom of the machine and then it goes to work sorting out the clothes and folding them for you. It can even sort them by color and type. It’s not fast, though, with the 5 stages taking about 10 minutes to cycle through.You’re going to have to really hate laundry folding in order to purchase a /laundroid1 when it launches in March 2017. It’s going to cost just under $2,000.
Stay on target Western Digital is Working on 40TB Hard DrivesWestern Digital Just Started Shipping A 12TB Hard Drive “That’s all I want, that’s all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know?” George Carlin said. Sometimes you run out of room for your stuff, and you have to move to a bigger house.Western Digital agrees, and they know that the same rule applies to your data. They’re making it easier to expand with a cavernous new house where you can cram all your files. And probably all your family members’/roommates’ files, too. Their latest MyBook Duo features a whopping 20TB of hard drive space.You can tell from the picture and the name that this isn’t a single external drive. Like other Duos, this one offers room for a pair of hard drives (two 10TB WD Red drives, in this case). It’s the size of a rather large book, weighing in at over 5 pounds and measuring 7 x 4 x 6.3 inches.WD lets you choose how to allocate your drive space. Set the tandem up for JBOD, and you’ve got the full 20TB to play with. You can also play it safe and create a RAID-1 array to mirror your precious files. Add another layer of protection by locking them down with 256-bit AES hardware encryption.When the day comes that you actually accumulate enough digital stuff to fill up your 20TB MyBook Duo, you won’t have to “move to another house,” so to speak. You can just hook up another massive drive to one of the two USB 3.0 ports on the back. You can also use them as regular hub ports to connect things like keyboards, mice, and webcams or even charge your phone.Other capacities are available, too, starting at 4TB and climbing up in 4TB increments (with a 6TB thrown in just to shake things up). Prices start at $279.99 direct from Western Digital and top out at $849.99 for the 20TB model.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.