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PBA keeping close watch over referees

first_imgNow that the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup is in the semifinal phase, expect all games to be even more intense.And when the competition is at its highest level, the referees step up on their officiating and are always on their toes at any given play.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Lady Tams book last semis trip Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Maybe not all PBA fans know that there are two cameras strategically positioned in every playing venue that monitor only the referees’ actions.Yes, these cameras never blink. They record every move the referees make on the court—missed calls, noncalls and wrong calls during the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said the cameras are a big help to the technical committee in determining calls during situations which require video consultations.He said the cameras also help the referees evaluate and improve their performances, while also providing real-time feedback for game officials. Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “One time during an Alaska-San Miguel game, the play happened right in front of Alaska’s bench. There was a supposed noncall on Marcio Lassiter. Alaska representative Dickie Bachmann complained at once because he was right there. When the play was reviewed, it was clear that the referee’s view was blocked and so he failed to see if there was a foul or not,” Marcial related.Marcial said this system considerably improved the performance of the referees and somehow made all the teams appreciate calls or non calls—an integral part of commissioner Chito Narvasa’s mission to make officiating understandable to fans as they are to game officials and coaches.Narvasa likewise expressed satisfaction for the above-par performance of the PBA’s pool of 16 referees in the ongoing Governors’ CupHe said none of them have been suspended or fined so far and he’s looking to cut the pool to retain the higher-grade referees during the semifinals of the season-ending third conference. “The cameras are really a huge factor during games,” said Marcial. “Technical officials can monitor the entire game well and make accurate judgments.”The technical committee reviews a referee’s performance after every game. This serves as basis in determining the referee’s rating or grade level.“When a referee performs badly in consecutive games, he or she can be suspended or meted out stiff penalties,” added Marcial.But a referee can’t always be suspended or fined because of wrong calls.The technical committee looks at a referee’s position when a missed or wrong call takes place before making any decision.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

No. 3 UNC tops No. 4 Duke to earn share of ACC title

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BIG PICTUREDuke: There’s no doubt the Blue Devils are a different team without Williamson, a national player of the year candidate and possible No. 1 overall NBA draft pick if he goes pro. The question is how soon he might be back, with Krzyzewski expressing optimism that he could be back for next week’s ACC Tournament in Charlotte. Without him, Barrett and Reddish (23 points) had to carry the load offensively and had trouble keeping up with UNC once the Tar Heels got rolling.UNC: The Tar Heels shot just 41 percent and 7 of 13 from the foul line, so things were hardly perfect. Yet that 11-0 burst that finally jarred the Tar Heels loose in a tight game was a display of why they have lost just twice in league play: fast-paced, explosive and at times withering for opponents to chase down. And they figured out a way to hang on when Duke threatened to climb back in it late.UP NEXTDuke: The Blue Devils have a bye as the No. 3 seed into Thursday’s quarterfinals at the ACC Tournament.UNC: The Tar Heels have a bye as the No. 2 seed into Thursday’s quarterfinals at the ACC Tournament. Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 4 PLAY LIST 02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 400:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting North Carolina’s Luke Maye, left, and Duke’s Tre Jones battle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, March 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Third-ranked North Carolina took down its biggest rival again, this time to earn a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship.Freshman Coby White scored 21 points and UNC hung on late to beat fourth-ranked Duke 79-70 on Saturday, securing their first regular-season sweep of the Blue Devils in a decade.ADVERTISEMENT Senior Kenny Williams scored a season-high 18 points for the Tar Heels (26-5, 16-2), who led by 15 with about 6½ minutes left but had to hold off a rally by the Blue Devils, who played yet again without injured freshman star Zion Williamson. Duke lost starting big man Marques Bolden early in this one, too.The Tar Heels bumbled their way to the finish after building their big lead, letting the Blue Devils (26-5, 14-4) get as close as 75-70 on RJ Barrett’s 3-pointer with 2:19 left. Ultimately UNC held on to finish tied alongside second-ranked Virginia atop the final league standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesVirginia secured the No. 1 seed for the league tournament by beating Louisville earlier Saturday. The Cavaliers owned the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Tar Heels by winning in Chapel Hill last month — which is UNC’s only loss since mid-January.UNC had last swept the two-game set with Duke on Tyler Hansbrough’s Senior Day in 2009 for a team that went on to win the NCAA title.center_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Duke’s RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson contend for Wooden Award 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Barrett scored 26 points to lead the Blue Devils, who shot just 23 percent after halftime.Duke came in shorthanded with Williamson out for the fifth straight game since suffering a sprained right knee early in last month’s first meeting with the Tar Heels. On Friday, Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski had said Williamson had gotten in his “first really good workout” on Thursday as he continued his recovery. The next step, he said, was working on Williamson’s conditioning and getting him used to contact again.Then things got tougher when the Blue Devils lost Bolden roughly 2½ minutes when he fell into the basket support and injured his left knee while picking up a foul on a block attempt at the rim. He had to be helped off the court and straight to the tunnel, and didn’t return.Cam Reddish was terrific in the first half with 17 points to help Barrett, the ACC’s leading scorer who has been left as the no-doubt lead weapon for Duke’s offense with Williamson out.Barrett got into foul trouble by picking up his third foul late in the first half and finished with four fouls, three coming on charges drawn by Williams in the senior’s final home game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Cong may approach courts on Aadhar bill issue

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) Congress today did not rule out approaching courts against a move to turn the Aadhar bill as a money bill to bypass the Rajya Sabha where the government lacks majority.”We reserve the right to take recourse to all available alternatives including a court challenge,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters asserting that “by no stretch of imagination, the Aadhar bill is money bill”.He steered clear of questions whether Congress would bring a motion of breach of privilege against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is Leader of the Rajya Sabha, for “misleading” the House on the issue.Insisting that the practice of getting a “certificate” from the Lok Sabha Speaker cannot become “methodology” of bypassing the Upper House, he said it was an insult of the Rajya Sabha.”Congress opposes bypassing of the Rajya Sabha by government by …colorable exercise of power. It is a blatant attempt to bypass the upper half of Parliamentary democracy,” Singhvi said.Replying to questions, he said the Speakers ruling may operate inside Parliament, but it is “not higher than the Constitution” and “not binding on court”.In the Rajya Sabha, party leader Jairam Ramesh attacked the Finance Minister saying he had in his attempt to justify the move “misled” the House by claiming that the past two bills, one on Juvenile Justice and another on African Development Bank, had been brought as money bills. PTI SPG ZMNlast_img read more

Four Indian basketball players invited to Melbourne by NBL

first_imgBengaluru, Apr 15 (PTI) Four senior members of the Indian basketball team have been invited by the National Basketball League (NBL), the professional basketball league of Australia, to participate in the NBL Draft combine. Amjyot Singh Gill, Amritpal Singh, Yadwinder Singh, and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi are the players who will take part in the combine on 17th and 18th of April at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. A total of 80 players are expected to participate in the combine. These will include returning US college players, South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) players, Australian state league players, and members of Australias national U18 and U20s teams. It is an opportunity for coaches and scouts of different NBL teams to gauge the talent at hand and sign the players they believe could help their team. As standard practice, players participating in the NBL Draft Combine must pay an entry fee of AUD $250. However, this fee has been waived off for all the invited Indian players. Under the new rules of the NBL, the players belonging to the countries of the FIBA Asia zone would be given a separate spot that would not take up any of the three spots reserved for the foreign players. This move has been made to attract the top Asian talents and ensure that they consider the NBL as a serious destination to ply their trade. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Questions around VAR again, stops working during Ligue 1 match

first_imgNothing has divided the world of football – like the video assistant referee system has, ever since being used at the World Cup earlier this year. Some have praised for spotting fouls, while other have criticised it for slowing down matches.On Sunday, VAR attracted attention for another reason altogether – it stopped working during the 1-1 draw between Rennes and Toulouse.”The fourth official came to see me 10 minutes from the end of halftime to tell me it wasn’t working,” Toulouse coach Alain Casanova said. “There was a problem, quite simply.”Casanova said he and his Rennes counterpart, Sabri Lamouchi, as well as the two team captains, were all informed before the second half started.Les yeux sont désormais tournés vers vendredi, et la réception de l’ @ogcnice , où il faudra confirmer cette belle mentalité. #SRFCTFC pic.twitter.com/SO7HqZadmbToulouse FC (@ToulouseFC) September 30, 2018Toulouse may have cause for regret because VAR was not used to review images when a penalty was given to Rennes midway through the second half. It was awarded after striker M’Baye Niang fell under a challenge from Jean-Clair Todibo, who was shown a yellow card for protesting the decision.Niang converted in the 70th minute, but Todibo headed in the equaiser two minutes from time for Toulouse.Toulouse played with 10 men for the entire second half after forward Aaron Leya Iseka was sent off in the 43rd for a second yellow card.The draw leaves Rennes struggling in 16th place – two spots above the relegation zone – while Toulouse is seventh.advertisementSLICK LILLELille showed it means business as a contender for Champions League qualification, beating Marseille 3-0 to move into second place behind Paris Saint-Germain.Striker Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the second half and then earned another penalty. He let strike partner Jonathan Bamba take it, making it 2-0 in the 86th.Moments later, Bamba added his second of the night from close range.Lille struggled so much last season it was almost relegated.Back to work after this one.#LOSCOM | pic.twitter.com/4sIJDEzSY7Olympique Marseille (@OM_English) September 30, 2018What a turnaround it has been since coach Christophe Galtier took charge. Not only did he save Lille from humiliating relegation following a significant transfer outlay, he has transformed the side this season.Meanwhile, Marseille’s defense continues to leak goals and coach Rudi Garcia’s team is down in sixth spot.IMPRESSIVE MONTPELLIERThird-place Montpellier continued their fine start by beating local rival Nimes 3-0.Defender Ambroise Oyongo put Montpellier ahead and striker Andy Delort made it 2-0 after nine minutes of first-half injury time. A metal gate gave way after Montpellier fans celebrated Oyongo’s goal, sending a few of them spilling onto the pitch and causing the match to be delayed.Le Derby est à nous ! #MHSCNO 3-0Le compte-rendu https://t.co/9024klwWLz pic.twitter.com/4SFMXPFbHUMHSC (@MontpellierHSC) September 30, 2018Reports said two fans sustained light injuries.The outstanding Florent Mollet set up striker Gaetan Laborde for a diving header in the 79th, after which a crowd disturbance caused the match to be stopped for about 30 minutes.Some 70-80 riot police came onto the pitch to block a section of agitated Montpellier fans from confronting their Nimes counterparts.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

ICC working on consistent framework for T20 leagues around the world

first_imgICC Chief Executive David Richardson on Monday said they do not want to interfere in the running of the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying the prime objective is to ensure other T20 leagues across the globe operate within a consistent framework.”We are fortunate to have some outstanding T20 leagues, including the IPL, which set the gold standard for operations globally and this working group [of ICC] has taken into account those standards when developing the draft set of regulations. Our primary objective is to ensure that other leagues around the world put in place the same minimum criteria and operate within a consistent framework,” Richardson said in a statement.He said reports in the Indian media that the ICC was somehow seeking to interfere in or dictate to the IPL were wide of the mark. “That is not the case. As the chief executives’ committee and the ICC board were advised over the past few days, the development of the regulations has been led by the working group, on behalf of its members, to ensure the long-term health and reputation of the sport internationally and domestically,” he said.The ICC setup a working group in June 2018 to consider sanctioning of events and player release.”The primary purpose of the group was to address members’ concerns regarding the proliferation of T20s and other short-form leagues around the world. These have created challenges to and conflicts with the international playing calendar and often rely on a disproportionate number of international players,” Richardson said.advertisementRemarking that the poorly resourced and structured leagues would not be sustainable in the long-term and might not support or invest in the growth and development of the game, he said, “They may also present challenges around corruption, failed leagues and non-payment of players, all of which can damage cricket’s global reputation.”A set of draft regulations have been developed over the past few months, which are designed to introduce minimum standards for short-form domestic leagues to safeguard cricket’s reputation and protect the long-term health of members.”They [draft regulations] also recognise and encourage the important role that these leagues, when staged by or in partnership with members, can play in the promotion of the sport, in raising operational standards, protecting the health, safety and welfare of its participants and enabling professional cricketers to reap the rewards of their talents by mandating minimum contractual protections for players,” the ICC chief executive said.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals camp gets underway in MumbaiAlso Read | BCCI’s primary concern ahead of the World Cup is players’ security: Amitabh ChoudharyAlso Read | ICC in constant touch with BCCI: Amitabh Chaudharylast_img read more

IAAF World Championships: Jabir Pillyalil finishes 3rd in 400m hurdles heats, Ayyasamy misses out on semis berth

first_img India Today Web Desk DohaSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 00:33 IST Norway’s Karsten Warholm, India’s Jabir Madari Pillyalil and Amere Lattin of U.S. in action (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJabir Madari Pillyalil finished third with a timing of 49.62 seconds in Heat 1 of men’s 400m Hurdles of IAAF World ChampionshipsDharun Ayyasamy finished 6th in Heat 5 of Men’s 400m Hurdles clocking 50.55 seconds and missed out on semis berthM Sreeshankar failed to reach the final after finishing 22nd in the qualification roundIndia’s Jabir Madari Pillyalil finished third with a timing of 49.62 seconds in Heat 1 of men’s 400m Hurdles of IAAF World Championships and qualified for semifinals. Karsten Warholm of Norway finished the race in 49.27s to come first whereas Ireland’s Thomas Warr crossed the finish line in 49.41s to rank second.Another 400m hurdler Dharun Ayyasamy, the national record holder, tumbled after the last hurdle in his heat to fail to qualify for the semifinals. Ayyasamy could only clock 50.55 as he lost precious time after hitting the final hurdle. He finished sixth in heat number five and 27th overall to miss out of the semifinals.Earlier, India began its World Athletics Championships campaign on a disappointing note with long jumper M Sreeshankar failing to reach the final after finishing 22nd in the qualification round with a below-par effort.The 20-year-old Sreeshankar could only produce a best jump of 7.62m from his three attempts in the qualification B. His effort was well below his season’s best of 8.00m, which he had produced only last month in Patiala.A total of 1,972 athletes from 208 countries and territories are competing in the championships, which are seen as an important staging post as Qatar prepares for the challenge of hosting football’s World Cup in 2022.With the bulk of the competition taking place at the fully air-conditioned Khalifa Stadium, most athletes will be shielded from the sizzling heat in Doha, where temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).Also Read | IAAF World Championships: Coleman off to hot start as marathoners set to sizzleAlso see:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow IAAF World ChampionshipsFollow 400m hurdles IAAF World Championships: Jabir Pillyalil finishes 3rd in 400m hurdles heats, Ayyasamy misses out on semis berthJabir Madari Pillyali finished 3rd in his heat with a time of 49.62 sec and qualified for the semi-final of IAAF World Championships whereas Dharun Ayyasamy finished 6th in Heat 5 of Men’s 400m Hurdles clocking 50.55 seconds and missed out on semis berthadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Jamaica to be Positioned as Major Player in Caribbean Gaming

first_img “This will give us more than a fighting chance to compete with rival jurisdictions,” Minister Bartlett pointed out. Minister Bartlett noted that the country is being viewed as an “important and interesting new market” in the region, and once all the regulations are in place “the industry will be of fundamental importance to our tourism product”. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government is looking to position Jamaica as a major player in the Caribbean gaming industry. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government is looking to position Jamaica as a major player in the Caribbean gaming industry.He noted that the country is being viewed as an “important and interesting new market” in the region, and once all the regulations are in place “the industry will be of fundamental importance to our tourism product”.“This will give us more than a fighting chance to compete with rival jurisdictions,” he pointed out.He was addressing the opening of the 7th Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on June 14.Minister Bartlett said that gaming has impacted positively on tourism in other countries, and Jamaica should be no exception.  He noted that many Caribbean countries have introduced or are considering gaming.“It goes without saying that not only do we have to be introducing new games, we also have to be competitive,” he noted.“Our legislation will be seeking to advance our gaming to ensure that we are offering what is being offered around the world, and even better, so that we can attract more people, because tourism is our main industry,” he said.The Tourism Minister said the staging of the summit in Jamaica provides an opportunity for players to better understand the island’s potential in gaming, while learning about developments in the Caribbean and where new partnerships can be forged between the region’s operators and global service providers.The event, he noted, also provides the opportunity to look at different proposals and ideas surrounding gaming as well as examine what is going on around the world.“It also comes at a time when confidence among our tourism stakeholders here in Jamaica is at an all-time high and where optimism reigns supreme,” Mr. Bartlett said.“Our just-concluded winter tourism season, from December 15 to April 30, saw the country recording never-before-seen numbers in both arrivals and earnings, and with the rest of the year shaping up to be even better,” he pointed out.last_img read more

Commissioner of JFB Calls on Residents to Protect Fire Hydrants

first_imgCommissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Stewart Beckford, has renewed the call for residents to support firefighters in their quest to lessen the threat posed by fires, by protecting fire hydrants in their communities.Commissioner Beckford made the appeal at a ceremony to officially open the Montego Bay Fireboat Station and hand over two fire units and a fireboat in St. James, on December 28.Mr. Beckford said that nonfunctional fire hydrants greatly impede the effective operations of the Brigade, which can result in devastating losses to persons in the event of a fire.“What we have been experiencing over time, is that our hydrants right around the country are either tampered with or marl, sand and gravel are dumped on them, so they are inaccessible to us, and, as such, we have problems accessing reliable water sources,” Commissioner Beckford pointed out.He urged members of the public to take special care of working hydrants, “because that hydrant may very well make the difference between your house going up in flames and us being able to save it”.“The units we have carry a limited supply of water. If we are pumping at a fire at 10 bars per minute (measurement used in firefighting), a tank of this capacity will be exhausted within 10 to 12 minutes. That’s not a long time to be fighting a fire, and so we rely heavily on our hydrant network. I am making a special appeal that persons desist from tampering with our hydrants,” the Commissioner said.last_img read more

Woman found dead outside in Winnipeg was treated in hospital on Christmas

first_imgWINNIPEG – A woman who was found dead in frigid weather last week outside of a Winnipeg apartment building has been identified by her family as a mother of four children who was admitted to hospital on Christmas Day.Winnipeg police have said they are investigating the non-criminal death of a person whose body was found frozen on Dec. 28, but declined to release a name or gender.Eleanor Sinclair said it was her daughter, Windy Sinclair, 29.Sinclair said her daughter was struggling with a meth addiction, called 911 on Christmas night in distress and was taken to Seven Oaks General Hospital in an ambulance.When she called the hospital the next day to check up on her she said staff told her that Windy Sinclair had been released.Eleanor Sinclair said her daughter’s death could have been prevented and she wants answers.“I want them to tell me why she was left alone to leave on her own,” she said Wednesday. “They should have policies enabling them to hold people that are clearly under the influence.”Eleanor Sinclair said she’s angry and upset that she wasn’t notified that her daughter had left the hospital.The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said it is investigating what happened and has expressed its condolences to the family.“We do know that Ms. Sinclair was brought to Seven Oaks General Hospital in the evening of December 25,” the region said in a statement on behalf of Real Cloutier, the organization’s interim president.“She was seen in the Emergency Department and was in the process of receiving treatment. When staff returned to her treatment area to share results of some testing, Ms. Sinclair had taken her belongings and left the building.“Staff searched the area for her, but were unable to locate her. Calls to the number on Ms. Sinclair’s file were unanswered.”Tina Easter, Windy’s cousin, said her body was found by a vent, likely trying to keep warm.The low temperature in Winnipeg that day was -28 C.Eleanor Sinclair said her daughter’s four children range in age from four to 11. (CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

Temporary release approved by UN tribunal for former Yugoslav army chief

11 July 2008Dragoljub Ojdanic, the former Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army, has been granted temporary provisional release on compassionate grounds by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Mr. Ojdanic, who also served as Defence Minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, is on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) with five co-defendants for an alleged campaign of terror and violence directed against Kosovo Albanians and other non-Serbs living in Kosovo in 1999.The Hague-based court grantedthe 18 July to 12 August release subject to strict conditions, including 24-hour electronic surveillance by the Serbian authorities. read more

Britains motor industry alive and kicking says auto expert

The recent spate of job losses announced across the UK motor industry are masking Britain’s success as a vehicle manufacturer and its thriving role as a leading developer of automotive-based systems and technology. That’s the view expressed by Dr Nick Barter, Director of SMMT Foresight Vehicle, the UK’s prime knowledge transfer body for the auto industry. Far from heralding the end of a once proud industry, Dr Barter, a former engineering director of Jaguar Cars, says the current job losses, while extremely regrettable, cloud the true picture of Britain as a dynamic part of the global motor industry . “We may have fewer people actually building cars, but people don’t realise that output last year equalled the peak of the early ’70s and we now have many more involved in the successful research and development of technologies, critical to our medium and longer term future,” he explained. “The face of motor manufacturing in Britain may be changing, but the country’s involvement in developing new manufacturing techniques and materials, creating advanced telematics and devising new propulsion systems has never been more intense.” Much of this new research is being undertaken through the Government-backed SMMT Foresight Vehicle initiative with leading companies and academic institutions joining forces in more than 100 cutting-edge automotive research programmes. Yet Dr Barter believes this pioneering work and Britain’s automotive industry as a whole is being widely undervalued. “It’s often forgotten that directly and indirectly the UK automotive industry employs around 800,000 people, turns over £47 billion – almost 10 per cent of the UK’s manufacturing total – and exports £20 billion worth of products every year,” added Dr Barter. “And we have Europe’s most productive car plant – Nissan at Sunderland. ” In his role as Director of SMMT Foresight Vehicle, Dr Barter and his colleagues oversee a wide variety of research projects aimed at maintaining Britain’s position as a leading player in the global motor industry. SMMT Foresight Vehicle, for example, was recently confirmed as part of a vital new Knowledge Transfer Network, headed by Cenex, engaging all those involved in work on low carbon and fuel cell technologies. “We’ve always been good at inventing and problem-solving in Britain and current work is helping to develop components and technologies which meet many of the industry’s most pressing requirements in fields such as emissions, alternative energy sources and telematics,” said Dr Barter. “The British motor industry has certainly changed radically over the past 30 years, but it’s still alive and kicking.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Girl 18 died at Mutiny Festival after taking two pills as second

A grieving mother has revealed that her 18-year-old daughter died at the Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth after taking two pills.Janine Milburn, a healthcare assistant, said Georgia Jones “was 18 and full of life” and that she hopes “this stops at least some of you ending up the same”.The popular dance festival was cancelled as a “safety precaution” after the death of  Ms Jones and Tommy Cowan, a 20-year-old man.Mr Cowan, also known as Tommy Bakeer, was described on Sunday evening as a caring young father.According to Portsmouth local paper The News, his father, Damian Cowan, 43, said: “He was funny. He loved life and he loved his little boy.”He was everything. He was a good lad – unfortunately he made a bad choice.”The two who died and another who is in critical condition were among 15 people to attend hospital during one night of the Mutiny Festival.The deaths are being treated as separate incidents and are not being treated as suspicious. However, Hampshire Constabulary said inquiries were being made to determine the circumstances. “The safety of our amazing customers has always been paramount to us and so to keep everyone safe and in respect to those who have passed, we have taken the decision not to open today. As you can imagine, this decision was not taken lightly and was taken with the support of the local statutory authorities who we continue to work with.”Enquiries are being made into the circumstances of what has happened, but we must reiterate our advice to all our customers to responsibly dispose of any substances. “He is such a caring guy who would do anything for any one. He loved going out with his mates but most importantly loved spending time with his girlfriend and son,” said Mr Ford, who lives near Portsmouth.”It was a big shock to lose such a great guy like him.”Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward and contact police on 101. Harm prevention alert Festival family – we are aware of a dangerous high strength or bad batch substance on site. We strongly urge you to not take any substances whatsoever and to report any symptoms of… https://t.co/8r2Merf66g— Mutiny Festivals (@MutinyFestivals) May 26, 2018 Organisers said on Saturday night they were aware of “dangerous high strength or bad batch” of drugs on site.The festival said in a statement: “Following the terrible news from earlier today, the team behind Mutiny Festival are incredibly sad to announce that the Sunday of the festival has been cancelled as a safety precaution. In response to the post, Hampshire Police told Sky News: “We are aware of the alert issued by the festival and are looking into its content.”A woman has posted on social media paying tribute to her ‘little girl’ who ‘died after taking two pills’ to warn others about the dangers of drugs.Janine Milburn, from Havant, said this morning Georgia Jones suffered a 45-minute fit after taking the pills.Mrs Milburn said “my little girl was 18 and full of life” and “I just hope this stops at least some of you ending up the same”.The post read: “As I have now spoken to family members I can now say Georgia died yesterday due to complications after taking two pills at Mutiny.”If nothing else I hope what has happened to her will deter you from taking anything ever.”She continued: “The pills had caused her temperature to rise so high it made her fit for 45 mins.”My little girl was 18 and full of life, I just hope this stops at least some of you from ending up the same.”Mr Cowan was a “brilliant” friend, according to 19-year-old Jack Ford, who said they met at college studying uniformed services. “Please stay alert and look out for each other.” https://t.co/V4bQDH4o0s pic.twitter.com/MgV014fNxL— Mutiny Festivals (@MutinyFestivals) May 27, 2018 Mutiny festival “More information will follow when available, we appreciate your understanding at this difficult time.”Dizzee Rascal, Craig David and Sean Paul topped the bill at the two-day event that was due to end on Sunday.Police were first alerted to the woman falling ill at the site on Saturday evening and the man was found collapsed around 20 minutes later.Earlier on Saturday evening, Mutiny Festival tweeted a post entitled “Harm prevention alert”, which said: “Festival family – we are aware of a dangerous high strength or bad batch substance on site.”We strongly urge you to not take any substances whatsoever and to report any symptoms of illness / discomfort immediately to medical, welfare, security or the safeguarding team. An 18-year-old female and 20-year-old male were found unconscious at the festival siteCredit:UKNIP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

GPs receiving payments for 36 million ghost patients

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Up to 3.6 million patients who do not exist are registered with GPs’ surgeries, it was revealed last night.The number of so-called ‘ghost patient’ are rising by almost 6,000 a week, according to the Mail on Sunday, despite a three-year government crackdown on the issue.Doctors in England receive an average of £151 a year for each patient on their books, whether they attending appointment or now.But, millions of patients still registered at practices across the country have either died or moved away but medical record have not been updated accordingly.Corporate consultancy Capita was contracted by the NHS in 2015 to get a handle on the issue, as part of a £330m project to run ‘back-office’ services. Despite this the number of ‘ghost patients’ has continued to grow. Meg Hillier, the Labour MP for Hackney South and chairman of the Commons’ Public Accounts Committee, told the Mail on Sunday: ‘We are talking about a tremendous amount of money – as much as £550million – that is being wrongly allocated to GPs with ghost patients on their books.”At a time of severe strain on NHS budgets, this could be diverted elsewhere on patients who need it. “The fact that the number of ghost patients keeps going up underlines the chaotic nature of back office functions within the NHS.” Joyce Robbins, head of the campaign group Patient Concern, said: “Almost four million ghost patients is the size of a small country. ‘GPs are not doing enough to sort this out. It needs to be fixed.”A spokesman for NHS England, said: “We agree that this situation is not good enough and more could be done to speed up the process of removing ghost patients.” read more

17 YES IN BUNDESLIGA No license for HSV Handball

HSV Handball Only one team didn’t get the license for the next season in DKB Bundesliga! The financially most powerfull in the last couple of years, HSV Handball struggling to stay at the proffesional handball! Current EHF CL Champions and Bundesliga best team in 2011 didn’t get the license for the upcoming season, after the boss Andreas Rudolph decided to get out of the club a week ago.Other 17 teams got the green light from the League’s officials, but destiny of handball in Hamburg isn’t yellow…HSV Handball need 2.500.000 EURO to stay healthy and get chance to play next season. Final decision will be taken on June 15. ← Previous Story BATTLE FOR SLOVENIA: Stas Skube to miss crucial match of the season! Next Story → EHF CUP F4: Berlin and Montpellier are the favorites! read more

VIDEO Fill er up Plane visits petrol station then takes off

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Msb448pb07cYouTube/BLOKNOTROSTOVOH, THIS? JUST filling up my microlight. Gonna take off in a minute.Once I can find a gap in traffic, that is.Nothing to see here. Just Russia.VIDEO: I’m just waiting for a mate, officer>Classic movies recreated in 60 seconds…. with clay puppets>last_img

VIDEO Man reacts to being slapped awake by his wife

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjnbB_gPPAcYouTube/zachcurdMUSICIAN ZACH CURD asked his wife to slap him awake every day for 15 days, and film his reaction.These are the results.She starts getting creative around day 10.VIDEO: Boy tries to pick up ladies with pop lyrics. Fails miserably>6 reasons why David Brent is every boss you’ve ever had>last_img

The entire row flipped and broke but no one gave a shit

first_imgSchmidt, who also makes his final bow at the Aviva today, has offered words words of support too. The Kiwi is famed for his sharp criticism and being a stickler for detail, but he gave Best a boost by reminding him that he brings more to the table, or indeed the floor, for Ireland than just line-out throwing.“He felt I’d done a couple of clean-outs, a couple of good carries and it gives you a little bit of confidence. I know deep down that I didn’t throw well. We talked about other aspects of the line-out but I know that I didn’t throw well anyway.”When it comes time, when Sean Cronin comes off the bench this afternoon or when Ireland meet their fate in Japan, Best’s miscued throws on a hot August day won’t be near the top of anyone’s memory of the man.The assumption is Best will hang up the boots and take wellies off the shelf and focus his time on the farm, maybe in the spring. There’ll be no need to rush to anything bar a holiday after his 14 years of playing international rugby.Indeed, his connection with the game, with this team, goes back much longer than that. Best echoed a sentiment of Paul O’Connell’s this week in revealing that he has sometimes longed to be on the other side of the bus’s window. To taste a cool pint and lean against a wall while the squad rolls on by, growing more tense by the metre.Soon he can be a fan again, and relish all the trimmings around a big game on Lansdowne Road rather than always being stuck with his head in some dark place within the heart of it.To be honest, at the start, I used to go down mainly because we stopped at The Monasterboice for steak on the way home.“I did enjoy my rugby but I liked to watch it on TV and then go out and play a bit in the garden, come back and watch a bit more, go out and play a bit.“When you went to Lansdowne Road, you didn’t get the option to go out and play, but there is no doubt that the incentive of the steak got me down.“Look, when you are down there with your family, you get hooked. I suppose we have been going down as a family since I was four or five. There has been some wonderful memories there and then we have created some wonderful memories on the pitch, which I never thought I would.“Now with the kids coming onto the pitch, they have obviously had a different experience than I had growing up.“I am lucky enough that I have played long enough that they are old enough that they will actually remember loads about being me involved with Ireland. Best celebrates winning against France this year with his children Ben, Richie and Penny. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“I suppose that’s one of the decisions you make when you have kids a wee bit younger. That’s what you want for them. By hook or by crook, I hung around long enough so that they could remember it.”“When you drive passing all the pubs. When you’re sitting on the bus and you’re so nervous and you’re looking out going, ‘what I wouldn’t give to be sat there with a pint and not worrying about this.’“But when you’re in the game, and you know that everyone there would give their right arm to swap with you. But when you’re sitting there, in that moment of weakness, and there’s the fear.“When you’re in the game, there’s nowhere you’d rather be.”And he’ll be there for a few more yet. By Sean Farrell Short URL Lansdowne Road in November 2006, the night Best made his first start for Ireland. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOFOR ALL THE journeys he has made to Lansdowne Road, today’s will stick out in Rory Best’s memory for a long time to come.The 37-year-old, after upwards of 120 international caps and 221 more for Ulster, will hang up his boots after the Rugby World Cup in Japan next month. With any luck, there will be a lot of rugby still to be played before Ireland’s tournament comes to an end, just not at the Aviva Stadium.He will be back at the home of Irish rugby after today, completing a circle that began when his age was still in single digits, but it will never be the same as these matchdays when he has laced up, strapped up and fronted up in white and in green.He has led Ireland, shed blood and suffered broken bones for Ireland. From day one – or as close to day one as he can remember – his own safety was a long way down his list of priorities at this venue.“I remember sitting in the old West Stand when Gordon Hamilton scored in the corner,” Best says, bringing himself back to the 1991 World Cup quarter-final when he was nine years old.“We had to stand on the old wooden, rickety seats just to see down into the corner. I just remember the entire row just flipped and broke, but no one gave a shit because Gordon Hamilton just scored.”As with that iconic score, there’s no need to dig far to find the highlights of Best’s time on home turf with Ireland. Beating New Zealand, wins over England and the day of his 100th cap was marked by a superb display in a gutsy win over Australia. His first Test start came at the venue too, and the fear induced by a wobbly opening before a convincing win over South Africa has stuck with him.“We’d actually throw line-outs (the morning of a Test) which now seems ridiculous but then was just the norm.“I just remember waking up in the morning and the weather was horrific and I’m there going, ‘why, on my first start, does this have to be so bad?’“Throwing line-outs at Blackrock school or somewhere, the ball went about two metres, and then – woof! – it was blowing all over the place. The first line-out in the game was exactly the same and I remember going ‘oh my God, what am I going to do?’ And then (Springbok hooker) John Smit’s ball did exactly the same. Best helps push Pierre Spies over the line in 2006. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO“It’s funny how little things like that make you relax a little bit. I don’t know if he had 100 (caps) then, but he was very close to it. He was the captain and whenever he did it you go ‘oh right OK’. And it ended up we won most of the rest of them, I settled into the game and felt good about it.”“Those memories stand out, the Croke Park games were phenomenal, especially the England game…  the home games, it’s just a fantastic place to play, whether it was Lansdowne Road, whether it was Croke Park, whether it was the Aviva now or that World Cup game against France at the Millennium which felt like a home game.“Ultimately I think those are the things you’ll miss.“Coming off the pitch there (in Carton House) and someone’s going, ‘I can’t believe you won’t train there again’. There is part of you going ‘thank God for that!’“Coming back here in January, February, March when the weather’s horrific and the pitch is not great underfoot and you’re just there going ‘why?’“But you’ll miss jumping on the bus, leaving the Shelbourne and the atmosphere around that, when you drive past all of the pubs.” Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOOne last bus trip then, beyond O’Donoghue’s, past Foley’s, Doheny and Nesbitt’s and the namesake of his favourite long-term line-out target, Toner’s. Then it will be in under the weight of steel, concrete and glass of the new stadium for one last competitive run out.And that is where the focus lays for the Poyntzpass man. Because at 37, he can’t afford to ease off the pedal now when the defining tournament is so close at hand and Niall Scannell and Sean Cronin continue to stake strong claims for the number 2 jersey.As captain, the hooker drew a disproportionate level of the criticism flung Ireland’s way after the shellacking in Twickenham.His age makes it easy to attach a number to a sub-par performance. His imminent retirement encourages calls for the fast-forward button. However, slow starts are a necessary evil for most long-in-the-tooth athletes. Best has grown accustomed to the double-edged sword that comes with a long career and he has his own numbers to offer answers.“When you turn 30 and certainly get towards 32 or 33 those questions are being asked. I am in the lucky-unlucky position that it has now been three or four years of those questions being asked. Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Share Tweet Email3 ‘The entire row flipped and broke, but no one gave a shit because Gordon Hamilton scored’ The captain’s Lansdowne Road memories go back far beyond his full debut in 2006. https://the42.ie/4798570 center_img Sep 7th 2019, 1:01 AM 35,446 Views Sometimes you have to go right back and ask, ‘where did I finish with my fitness?’ and ‘where did I finish in the conditioning games?’ and mark all the involvements and you can see that, ‘if anything I am actually better than I was 12 months ago’.“You just have to find that confidence. The beauty of it is that my game, right back to my first cap in ’05, revolved around speed. It has never revolved around speed for me but speed of thought.“Did I do enough to make sure that mentally I can be a yard quicker than somebody that is quicker that me? Maybe not. Maybe in the first game it was the heat and everything but you have to trust that you have the ability to do it and physically I think I do. Hitting his markers. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“Mentally, there is no point having all this experience if you just throw it out.”Best won’t and Schmidt won’t. The coming weeks will give the hooker a chance to round off a remarkable list of achievements as an Ireland captain: a Grand Slam-winner, skipper through a 12-game winning streak, the first to lead a win over the All Blacks and the second too.The bubble at their Maynooth base is not as impermeable as some would have you believe, but Ireland are confident that their own high standards will be delivered again. Win or Learn.“When you’re sat there in a team meeting, everyone is aware that we haven’t been near the standard we want. You feel that you’ve let yourself down, let the other people in the room down. Everyone gets cranky.”Some of the special times have been coming back from adversity, from people doubting you. Everyone knows a really talented player who just didn’t make it but maybe that’s because they couldn’t handle that. I think the bad games, you have to look back with pride over how you dealt with them, the lessons you learned.”The most important lesson? Work harder. “I remember a Scotland game at Croke Park, and they were all over us and we couldn’t win it. It was a combination of everything but being a hooker you take a lot of the flak for it. I put that on myself too.“I didn’t have the confidence because, when things went badly, I hadn’t practiced enough that I could go back and trust the throws I’d done. That was a big lesson to me and I really upped the amount of practice I do.“It’s hard in the middle of a game to think like that but when you get away you can go ‘I’ve done X amount of throws in a week’ and you can stand over that.“I’ll do practice today, I’ll do  more tomorrow and, when I’m bricking it on Saturday, when I get a moment, that’s the sort of thing you can reflect on. That it’s through the adversity that you get to there. If I hadn’t had that bad day, I’d just keep doing what I was doing and thinking that everything would be okay.” 29 Comments Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 12:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Utility helps local cities switch to more efficient LED lights

first_imgStreetlights that use energy-efficient technology could become a growing part of how Clark County illuminates its roadways, parking lots and neighborhoods.The cities of Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal have either completed or are well into pilot projects to replace several hundred streetlights that use conventional bulbs with light-emitting diode, or LED, streetlights.Officials involved in the work, fueled by federal stimulus dollars, say if the benefits of conservation, and savings in energy and maintenance costs are achieved — as expected — then LED streetlights could become embedded in the county’s land-use codes.“When a developer comes in to develop a neighborhood, we could possibly require LED streetlights to be put in,” said Jim Dunn, interim public works director for the city of Washougal.A ‘promising technology’Rick Dyer, director of finance for Clark Public Utilities, which helped the cities kick off their pilot projects, said the utility supports including standards for energy-efficient streetlights in land-development codes. The work to do that, though, will take some time, he said.“It’s a developing technology,” Dyer said of LEDs.Clark County is one of many metro areas across the United States looking at LED streetlights, among other energy-efficiency measures, as a way to achieve conservation goals and to cut down on energy costs.last_img read more

Publishers Look to Monetize Social Media

first_imgAgreements vary. Creating Facebook pages is free but the MySpace Freshman 15 program includes cross-promotion and in-book placement for MySpace. “This is more complex stuff than we would be able to sign up for as a user of MySpace,” says Johnson. At this point, Hearst hasn’t done much with advertisers across its social sites. “We’re exploring the opportunities but it would have to be under the right circumstances,” says Johnson. “There would have to be a value-exchange in place with the network. They want to sell advertising and we want to sell advertising, so we have to figure out a way to do it together and share in the revenue.”Hearst is experimenting with multiple models, including advertising in widgets. At thedailygreen.com, an ad for HDTV in the environmental news section goes with a widget that a reader can place in their own Facebook page, taking the advertising with them. Another widget is offered with Seventeen’s daily giveaway. The experiments show promise but keep in mind that the cost of building a widget can range from $5,000 to more than $100,000. “Minimally, the cost to get in the game is a few thousand dollars,” says Johnson. And determining if that’s worth it is the biggest challenge for publishers right now. “We can build widgets, we can program Facebook pages, we can be a big presence on MySpace but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to get a lot of traffic out of it,” says Johnson. “The best user experience is in the social network. That places the burden on the publisher to figure out how I participate in the conversation in a valuable way to me. I’ve got a million ideas for new applications and I want to launch more widgets. These are things we can do relatively quickly but how do I ensure that I’ll get something out of it and I’m not just syndicating my content and my experiences into a social network and have all my site editors spend their time on social networks all day? We’re all in the early stages but we need to figure out how to sell advertising around that and drive traffic back to our sites or figure out if we’re able to charge a subscription fee.” [EDITOR’S NOTE: For more on publishers working with social networks, look for the May issue of FOLIO: Magazine.] Just as video was in 2007, social media is the “killer app” for magazine publishers in 2008 and teaming up with an existing network offers a huge audience without much effort (Facebook’s and YouTube’s outreach to magazine publishers earned them a spot on this year’s FOLIO: 40). More than 40 member magazines of the Magazine Publishers of America keep profiles on MySpace and Facebook and many smaller publishers are jumping into the game as well. On the b-to-b side, LinkedIn is the new darling, with publishers ranging from startup DesignWorld to McGraw-Hill giant BusinessWeek creating communities. But are these efforts relegated to branding or is there an opportunity to make money on it? EMarketer predicts advertising on social sites will increase 75 percent to $2.1 billion in 2008. However, publishers would most likely be required to split a hefty share with host networks and there are some doubts about how receptive network members are to advertising in that context (BusinessWeek itself ran an article earlier this year titled, “Generation MySpace is Getting Fed Up,” that quoted the CEO of ad network Specific Media calling social networks “the most overhyped scenario in online advertising”). Hearst has created a social presence on the major social media networks for many of its titles, including Seventeen and CosmoGirl. “They have a lot more users on their site than we have on ours, it doesn’t make sense to rebuild a social network with Cosmo or Seventeen. It makes more sense to take our content to where the users are,” says Chris Johnson, vice president of content and business development at Hearst Digital. Hearst has generated “thousands to tens of thousands of users” across its social media programs, which range from a CosmoGirl page on Facebook to hosting online events at There.com to an ambitious Seventeen video program on MySpace called Freshman 15 that features 15 young women sharing videos of their experiences during their first year in college. last_img read more