Congress doesn’t want President’s rule in Maharashtra, says Ashok Chavan

first_imgThe Congress in Maharashtra on Sunday said it didn’t want President’s Rule in the State which is in the midst of a political crisis in view of the BJP’s announcement that it would not form government. Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said newly-elected MLAs of the party will seek advice from the party high-command over its future political stand in the State. “We are in Jaipur. We will discuss the issue here and will seek advice for the future political stand. The party doesn’t want president’s rule in the state,” he told reporters. Mr. Chavan said he was in favour of forming a stable government in Maharashtra.last_img read more

Nike Football launches The Last Game: The stars or the clones?

first_imgIt has already got more than 4 million page views in slightly under 24 hours on YouTubeIt’s not even been one day since it was posted on YouTube and it has already got more than 4 million page views in slightly under 24 hours.Nike, known for its quirky football focussed adverts, has come out with another brilliant advert titled Nike Football: The Last Game.The five-minute advert has the star players of the football world Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar Junior, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, David Luiz, Franck Ribery, Tim Howard and Ronaldo Fenomeno are battling it out with the ‘perfect’ clones.A story about risky football versus safe football, the advert shows how scientists and clones want to prove that riskless football is more effective while Ronaldo Fenomeno and the original players disagree, and are willing to risk everything to prove the scientist wrong.The advert shows you how risking everything is the only way to make this sport so awesome.There is only one way to know who is right: the Last Game.So who wins? The star players or the clones?last_img read more

Hillary gave Bill Clinton a black eye in White House: book

first_imgWashington, Jun 7 (PTI) Hillary Clinton has a “volcanic” temper and a loud fight she had with Bill Clinton in 1995 left the then US President with a black eye, an ex-Secret Service officer has claimed in a tell-all book.The forthcoming book – Crisis of Character by former Secret Service officer Gary J Byrne who was assigned to the White House during Bill Clintons presidency – alleges that 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary “lacks the integrity and temperament to serve in the office.”The book is due to be released June 28 – a month before Hillary is likely to take the stage to accept the Democratic presidential nomination in Philadelphia.The 285-page book describes Hillary Clintons “appalling leadership style” as being “volcanic, impulsive, enabled by sycophants and disdainful of the rules set for everyone else”, Fox News reported citing excerpts from the book.While most of the books contents have remained under wraps so far, a preview on Amazon features large sections from the introduction, first two chapters and afterward. It also shows the title page, featuring a Chapter 11 titled Wild Bill.In the introduction, Byrne says he “personally observed” President Clintons infidelities and was complicit in covering them up.”I even secretly disposed of sordid physical evidence that might later have been used to convict the president,” Byrne writes.Byrne recalls an alleged fight between the first couple during the summer of 1995 in Chapter 1, The Vase. Byrne is quoted as saying that a vase was smashed during the loud argument and the next morning President Clinton sported “a shiner, a real, put-a-steak-on-it black eye”.advertisementClintons personal scheduler Nancy Hernreich allegedly told Byrne the eye condition was a result of Clintons allergy to coffee.The book, however, is not solely about the Clintons.”While books about the Clintons written by supposed insiders are plentiful, Byrnes credibility is bolstered by reporting at the time of the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton sex scandal,” the media report said.A New York Times article from April 1998 reported that Byrne, “a uniformed member of the Secret Service assigned to the White House”, told the deputy chief of staff in 1996 about concerns he had regarding Lewinskys visits to the West Wing of the White House.Byrne says in the introduction to “Crisis” that what he saw in the 1990s “sickened me”.”We were supposed to lay our lives – not our consciences – on the line,” he writes. PTI ASK AKJ MRJlast_img read more

Indian batsmen will always struggle against the swinging ball: Ricky Ponting

first_imgFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting said that Indian batsmen will struggle to deal with the moving ball during their tour of Australia later in the year.Indian batsmen struggled to deal with the swing under overcast conditions in England and failed to chase down small totals on two occasions at Edgbaston and the Rose Bowl. Barring, Virat Kohli, none of the Indian batsmen could score over 300 runs in the five-match Test series, that India lost 1-4.And Ponting feels that the moment the ball starts swinging in the air, the Indian batsmen will meet the same fate as they did in England.”If the ball does swing around a lot or seam around a lot then I think India will find it difficult in Australia. I think any time we saw India struggle through the England series was when the ball moved. As soon as the ball started to move in the air, or seam, the Indian batsmen will always struggle,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.India have not won a Test series in Australia till now and lost their last two series Down Under 0-2 and 0-4 in 2014-15 and 2011-12 respectively.Ponting however, said that most of the teams struggle away from home and Australia is no different.”It’s no different to when Australia go to the subcontinent and the ball spins from day one. We always struggle with that as well,” Ponting said.”It’s a 22-yard strip and you’ve got to find a way to get the job done. Most teams find it difficult (to win in Australia) and that’s the way Test cricket has been for a long time. I think South Africa are the team over the last 10 or 15 years that have been able to do it more than anyone else,” he added.advertisementIndia will next tour Australia for three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs towards the end of this year and early next year.Kohli’s men will start the tour with a T20I on November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane. India’s last match will be a ODI at the MCG on January 18.last_img read more

WATCH: Klopp asked about cake after City win

first_imgJürgen Klopp VIDEO: Fan gatecrashes press conference to ask Klopp about…cake?! Goal 07:09 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Images Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Liverpool v Manchester City Premier League Videos The Liverpool boss was fresh off a win over previously unbeaten Manchester City, so why not ask what kind of sweet treat he prefers? If you’ve ever wondered which type of cake Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp likes most, you will be pleased to know that he has let the cat out of the bag. After topping Manchester City 4-3 in a thrilling Premier League clash that left Klopp’s side third in the Premier League table and having closed the gap to previously unbeaten City to 16 points, the Reds boss was in a jovial mood. It’s a good thing as well, because the line of questions in his post-match press conference got a little strange, with a fan gatecrashing to get in the long pondered question of just which kind of cake the Liverpool boss truly thinks is best.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player How bizarre!Jurgen Klopp’s post-match press conference was gatecrashed by one man who was really keen to know what the Liverpool manager’s favourite cake is. #LFC pic.twitter.com/I4KsVcMNIv— Goal (@goal) January 14, 2018It was a bizarre moment in an otherwise brilliant day for the German, but it could lead to an abundance of cake being bought for the manager by Liverpool fans after Sunday’s showing. Check out the surreal exchange above!last_img read more

Wisconsin Forward Vitto Brown Had A Funny Interaction Today With A Flight Attendant Who’s A Kentucky Fan

first_imgWisconsin Forward Vitto Brown talks about his interaction with a flight attendant.Wisconsin Forward Vitto BrownWisconsin’s men’s basketball program and its fans likely won’t ever forget the Badgers’ victory against Kentucky in this past season’s Final Four. The same can probably be said about the Wildcats and their fan base about their devastating loss. A flight attendant/Kentucky fan hasn’t forgotten about it, anyway. Today, Wisconsin guard Vitto Brown wore a Badgers’ shirt while flying. A flight attendant on his plane couldn’t stand the sight of it. Walked on the plane with a Badgers shirt.. Flight attendant asked if I played. I said yes. She said she bleeds blue. I said keep bleeding.— Vitto Brown (@SenseiSwat33) June 28, 2015 Lol she was a Kentucky grad, I could see the salt visibly spewing from her face as I sat down with sly grin. She said she don’t like me..— Vitto Brown (@SenseiSwat33) June 28, 2015 Brown and his teammates will be able to brag about that victory for the rest of their lives.last_img read more

Finding Adventure at the GoPro Mountain Games

first_img Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTube Summer mountain getaways are without a doubt our favorite vacations. Add in a crowd of adrenaline junkies, world class athletic competitions, a nightly concert series, and huge gear village, and you’ve got the makings of a trip you’ll tell stories about for years to come. There’s only one place that puts all of these elements of adventure together seamlessly, and that is the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. We were on the ground (and in the air and water) this year to get a taste of the very best experiences Vail has to offer.Related: 5 Best Mountain Town Adventures | Best Mountain Town BarsPrimarily, the Games are a celebration of all our favorite mountain sports; this year featured an enduro mountain biking race, world cup bouldering, rafting, kayaking and SUP events, and more. We were in town to get some instruction on how to better use our GoPro cameras in adventure settings, so we hit the water for a run down Gore Creek.For serious paddlers, the class III rapids featured on the stretch of river around Vail Village are pretty trivial. However, for our novice skills, and the open top kayaks we were riding in they proved more than enough danger and excitement. Our guides fished us out of a couple dips in the river, and we paddled on. After our down river sprint, we took our GoPros off the kayak and helmet mounts to check the footage, and get a crash course in a recent acquisition, the Quik App. With a built in music library and smart editor, even a novice can put together a professional edit of their adventures in just a few minutes. It took us about five minutes to pull a few video segments from the river together and order them to tell a coherent story. Quik did the rest:Of course, the Games is not all about high stakes, adrenaline fueled, extreme sports. After getting dried off and warmed up (Gore Creek was running at a frosty 44-degrees), we headed over to the Dock Dogs competition with famed photographer, Travis Burke, one of GoPro’s premier ambassadors. These high flying canines were the perfect subjects to show off the slow motion capture and burst shot capabilities. Shooting up to thirty photos a second, the Hero 4 Silver ($400) caught every highlight of the action as serious athletic shepherds, labs, and malinois took flight in front of the crowd. The slow motion capture – up to 120-frames-per-second at 720p resolution – helped catch every jump, catch, and splash. We’ll be taking one along for our big Pacific Northwest trip later this summer, so stay tuned for some tips and tricks as we start to perfect our video skills.Whether you’re on the hunt for your next high altitude single track, looking to make your first splash on a SUP or kayak, or just want to take it all in, the Mountain Games are the capital of adventure sports every summer. If you missed it this time around, it’s time to get a jump start on planning your perfect GoPro fueled adventure next summer.Cover photo Courtesy of GoPro/Logan Robertson The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State last_img read more

Dalhousie Students Call Gerard Hall Home

first_imgMore than 250 Dalhousie University students will call Gerard Hallhome this year and well into the future. The provincialgovernment has agreed to lease the residence to the universityfor the next 100 years. The Morris Street building is on the site of the former HalifaxInfirmary. It has been used as a student residence on short-termleases since 2001. The university will pay the province $150 forthe entire term of the new lease. “This lease agreement gives the university stability to makelong-term infrastructure plans,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “With low vacancy rates around Dalhousie, it’s good forstudents to be assured that this building will be available as aresidence for many years to come.” Dalhousie expects to invest $2 million in renovations to thebuilding over the next three to four years. Some are alreadyunderway, including construction of an underground firewall, anew electrical room, a new roof and upgrades to the washrooms.Dalhousie will continue to be responsible for maintenance costs. “We’ve gone from a short-term rental agreement to a more stablesituation that will be of great benefit to Dalhousie and ourstudents,” said Bryan Mason, Dalhousie’s vice-president offinance and administration. “As we expect increased enrolment inthe coming years, this development fits well with our enrolmentpolicy.” The 100-year lease of Gerard Hall will begin on Sept. 1, 2003.last_img read more

Snipers compete at NB base The coolest thing in the world basically

first_imgCFB GAGETOWN, N.B. – Some of the world’s best snipers are gathered at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, to compete against their peers in an elite profession that is the stuff of movies and myths.“I thought it was the coolest thing in the world basically. I wanted to shoot people in the face and I got to do it,” said Sgt. Steven Thompson, of the United States Marines reserve.Thompson spent five years in the active forces, including two tours in Afghanistan, and said he was in the 19th annual Canadian International Sniper Concentration at this sprawling base in central New Brunswick to win.It includes teams from Canada, France, Australia, the Netherlands and the United States.Most of the snipers interviewed Friday took a more analytical approach to their task. Capt. John Bourgeois, officer in charge of the Canadian Forces Sniper Cell, said the event is both a competition and a chance to compare notes and improve skills.“The shooting part of being a sniper is the easy part. What we’re doing is challenging the snipers on every other part of being a sniper. They’re going to be required to navigate over 40 kilometres through deep, thick woods. They have timings to meet and plan their missions to get through this exercise. We’re going to push them to their limits,” he said.The event comes just three months after a Canadian Forces sniper set a record in Iraq for the longest confirmed kill at 3.5 kilometres.The shot killed one fighter with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which the military said thwarted an attack on an Iraqi military unit.While that sniper has not been named, Bourgeois said the other snipers are proud of him, rather than jealous.Sgt. Ivan Sanson, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, agrees — but said it doesn’t diminish the competitive nature of snipers.“Everyone in the sniper community is very competitive. I think you have to be. It’s important that they strive to be the best,” he said.While most competitors are military, there are also snipers from the Halifax Regional Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Saint John Police Force.The Canadian Forces are primarily using two rifles, the .338 Timber Wolf and the Tac 50 — a .50 calibre weapon that was used to make the record shot in Iraq.The Saint John force is now also equipped with the .338.Saint John Const. Darren Milburn says his force will use it differently than the military because police tend to work in shorter distances.“We’re going to use ours more as an anti-material weapon — if we have to take an engine block out of a suspect vehicle. The military are using that calibre for extended range,” he said.The competitors used Friday to test their weapons and get them “zeroed in” before the competition starts Saturday.Bourgeois said the skills required to excel includes a lot of math.“They’ve got to know how far away the target is, they’ve got to know how big he is, they then determine the angle, the gravity, the atmospheric pressure, the wind, the temperature of the rifle, the temperature of the air, the angle of the sun, and time of day,” Bourgeois said.“The good guys here will factor those things in four or five seconds and take their shots.”The competition runs until Sept. 14.last_img read more

China US sign more business deals during Trump visit

first_imgBEIJING, China – China have signed a series of multibillion-dollar business agreements during President Donald Trump’s visit in a tradition aimed at blunting criticism of Beijing’s trade policies.Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said agreements signed Thursday at a ceremony attended by Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, totalled $253.4 billion, though many were memoranda of understanding or other arrangements that were less than firm contracts. Commercial sales announced appeared to total about $65 billion, many involving goods Chinese companies routinely buy.Such contract signings are a fixture of visits to Beijing by foreign leaders and are meant to defuse foreign complaints about China’s trade surpluses and market barriers. They often represent purchases already made by Chinese mobile phone makers, airlines and other customers that are collected for the visit, which means they have little effect on the trade balance.The contracts give Trump the opportunity to claim a rare political win following a first year in office marked by little legislative progress on health care and taxes. Trump has made narrowing the U.S. trade deficit with China — $347 billion last year — a priority. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that was a “central focus” of his talks with Xi.The American Chamber of Commerce in China said ahead of Trump’s visit it welcomed such contracts but expressed concern his focus on trade in goods might mean the president paid pays less attention to equally important issues such as complaints about restrictions on access to finance, health care and other industries in China’s state-dominated economy.Following the signing ceremony, Xi promised a more open business environment for foreign companies after Trump vowed to change unfair trade relations.“China will not close its doors and will open even wider,” said Xi. He promised a “more open, more transparent and more orderly” market.Previous administrations have celebrated similar market-opening promises only to be left disappointed.Both governments appeared to be doing their best to report the biggest total for contract signings for political benefit.The biggest agreements Thursday included a deal to co-operate on a gas project in Alaska valued at $43 billion and a shale gas demonstration project in West Virginia valued at $83.7 billion. There was no indication of how much money, if any, would change hands.Firmer contracts signed Thursday included the Chinese purchase of 300 Boeing Co. jetliners for $37 billion mobile phone chipsets from Qualcomm for $12 billion, General Electric Co. jet engines for $2.5 billion and soybeans for $1.6 billion.Ford Motor Co. committed to have its China joint venture import vehicles and auto parts worth $9.5 billion over three years and General Motors Co. made a similar commitment valued at $2.2 billion.That was on top of agreements signed Wednesday totalling $9 billion. Those included a pledge by China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com, to buy American beef and pork worth $1.2 billion and a separate memorandum of understanding on possible soybean purchases worth up to $3.4 billion.The U.S. Commerce Department said the Alaska gas project would create 12,000 jobs during construction.Other agreements included memoranda of understanding, or a promise to discuss the possibility of firmer deals, on liquefied natural gas sales and industrial development co-operation.China’s trade surplus with the United States in October widened by 12.2 per cent from a year earlier to $26.6 billion. The total surplus with the United States for the first 10 months of the year rose to $223 billion.China is the No. 3 export market for the United States after Canada and Mexico. U.S. exports to China rose 77 per cent from 2007 to 2016 but Washington reported a $347 billion trade deficit with China last year.Trump’s administration also is investigating whether Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.Xi said China is willing to expand imports of LNG, crude oil and other U.S. energy products and would explore “the potential” of more imports of American beef, cotton and other agricultural products.It was also unclear if these pledges extend beyond a U.S.-China trade agreement announced in May that featured LNG and beef exports to China, which trade experts called a modest fulfilment of past assurances made by China.last_img read more

Police looking for robbery suspects

Niagara police are searching for two men after a gun was fired during an early morning break-in.Investigators say two gunmen burst into a home on Grantham Avenue in St. Catharines early in the morning. They say the gunmen broke the front door and roughed up one of the people inside. That person needed treatment for head injures. The gunmen fired two shots into the wall before taking off toward Facer Street. The suspects are both described as black men.The first suspect has a stocky build and a scruffy beard. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with light shirt underneath.The other suspect has a thin build and was wearing a grey shirt. The incident happened before 5:30 Wednesday morning.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Mainstream Model 3 holds promise – and peril – for Tesla

by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2017 8:38 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 at 10:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mainstream Model 3 holds promise – and peril – for Tesla This undated image provided by Tesla Motors shows the Tesla Model 3 sedan. The electric car company’s newest vehicle, the Model 3, which set to go to its first 30 customers Friday, July 28, 2017, is half the cost of previous models. Its $35,000 starting price and 215-mile range could bring hundreds of thousands of customers into Tesla’s fold, taking it from a niche luxury brand to the mainstream. (Courtesy of Tesla Motors via AP) FREMONT, Calif. – For Tesla, everything is riding on the Model 3.The electric car company’s newest vehicle was delivered to its first 30 customers — all Tesla employees — Friday evening. Its $35,000 starting price — half the cost of Tesla’s previous models — and range of up to 310 miles (498 km) could bring hundreds of thousands of customers into the automaker’s fold, taking it from a niche luxury brand to the mainstream. Around 500,000 people worldwide have already reserved a Model 3.Those higher sales could finally make Tesla profitable and accelerate its plans for future products like SUVs and pickup trucks.Or the Model 3 could dash Tesla’s dreams.Potential customers could lose faith if Tesla doesn’t meet its aggressive production schedule, or if the cars have quality problems that strain Tesla’s small service network. The compact Model 3 may not entice a global market that’s increasingly shifting to SUVs, including all-electric SUVs from Audi and others going on sale soon. And a fully loaded Model 3 with 310 miles of range costs a hefty $59,500; the base model goes 220 miles (322 km) on a charge.Limits on the $7,500 U.S. tax credit for electric cars could also hurt demand. Once an automaker sells 200,000 electric cars in the U.S., the credit phases out. Tesla has already sold more than 126,000 vehicles since 2008, according to estimates by WardsAuto, so not everyone who buys a Model 3 will be eligible.“There are more reasons to think that it won’t be successful than it will,” says Karl Brauer, the executive publisher for Cox Automotive, which owns Autotrader and other car buying sites.The Model 3 has long been part of Palo Alto, California-based Tesla’s plans. In 2006 — three years after the company was founded — CEO Elon Musk said Tesla would eventually build “affordably priced family cars” after establishing itself with high-end vehicles like the Model S, which starts at $69,500. This will be the first time many Tesla workers will be able to afford a Tesla.“It was never our goal to make expensive cars. We wanted to make a car everyone could buy,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Friday. “If you’re trying to make a difference in the world, you also need to make cars people can afford.”Tesla started taking reservations for the Model 3 in March 2016. Musk said more than 500,000 people have put down a $1,000 deposit for the car. People ordering a car now likely won’t get it until late 2018. Cars will go first to employees and customers on the West Coast; overseas deliveries start late next year, and right-hand drive versions come in 2019.Lisa Gingerich, a Milwaukee-based attorney, reserved a Model 3 within minutes of the order bank’s opening. She doesn’t know when she’ll get to choose from the limited number of options, including colour and wheel size, or when her car will arrive. She’s borrowing a friend’s Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid while she waits.Gingerich thought about getting a Model S, but found it too expensive and flashy for the charities she often works with. She could get an all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, which is the same price as the Model 3 and has more range. But she wants access to Tesla’s fast-charging Supercharger stations, which are strategically placed along U.S. highways.She also wants to support Musk’s bold vision. Musk, the billionaire founder of PayPal, also runs rocket maker Space Explorations Technologies Corp. and dabbles in artificial intelligence research and high-speed transportation projects.“It’s kind of like organic food. The more people buy it, the more it becomes accessible for everybody,” Gingerich says.But car-making has proved a challenge to Musk. Both the Model S and the Model X SUV were delayed and then plagued with pesky problems, like doors that don’t work and blank screens in their high-tech dashboards.Tesla’s luxury car owners might overlook those problems because they liked the thrill of being early adopters. But mainstream buyers will be less forgiving.“This will be their primary vehicle, so they will have high expectations of quality and durability and expect everything to work every time,” said Sam Abuelsamid, a senior researcher with Navigant Research.The Model 3 was designed to be much simpler and cheaper to make than Tesla’s previous vehicles. It has one dashboard screen, not two, and no fancy door handles. It’s made primarily of steel, not aluminum. It has no instrument panel; the speed limit and other information normally there can be found on the centre screen. It doesn’t even have a key fob; drivers can open and lock the car with a smartphone or a credit card-like key.Still, Musk said he’s expecting “at least six months of manufacturing hell” as the Model 3 ramps up to full production. Musk wants to be making 20,000 Model 3s per month by December at the carmaker’s Fremont factory.Musk aims to make 500,000 vehicles next year, a number that could help Tesla finally make money. The company has only had two profitable quarters since it went public in 2010. But even at that pace, Tesla will remain a small player. Toyota Motor Corp. made more than 10 million vehicles last year.Abuelsamid said even if it doesn’t meet its ambitious targets, Tesla has done more than anyone to promote electric vehicles.“A decade ago they were a little more than golf carts. Now all of a sudden, EVs are real, practical vehicles that can be used for anything,” he said. read more

Ohio State softball fights for another day defeating Marist in NCAA tournament

OSU sophomore Taylor White (21) and junior Shelby Hursh (19) in a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoJust five hours after its defeat at the hands of the Arizona Wildcats, the Ohio State softball team recouped and avoided elimination in the Knoxville regional at the NCAA tournament, advancing to Sunday.OSU only collected two hits in its first contest in the late morning of Saturday, but the bats came to life in a 6-1 victory over Marist, eliminating the Red Foxes from the NCAA tournament.For much of the game, sophomore outfielder Taylor White led the OSU offense to an early lead. In the first inning, the Buckeyes had a runner on second and third with two outs when White delivered a two-run triple to put OSU ahead 2-0.In her next at-bat, White launched a homerun to left-center field off second-team All-MAAC redshirt junior pitcher Jessica Van Alphen for a 3-0 lead. Van Alphen had a record of 10-3 and an ERA of 1.98 coming into the game.The second-team All-Big Ten honoree, White, gave a lift to a struggling offense who only totaled one run combined in its last two games. White has 32 RBIs this season.Freshman Emily Clark and first-team All-Big Ten junior infielder Alex Bayne hit back-to-back homeruns in the fifth. Bayne’s team-leading 19th homer came off MAAC pitcher of the year Jayne Oberdorf.Handed the loss in the first game, Buckeye junior pitcher Shelby Hursh was back in the circle for coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly’s squad against Marist and displayed confidence the team expects from its ace. Hursh tossed her ninth complete game while surrendering just four hits, one unearned run and striking out seven Red Foxes. She picked up her 16th win in her junior campaign.Hursh likely has been OSU’s best pitcher all season. After pitching two games on Saturday, it’s unclear whether the right-handed Hursh will be ready to go on Sunday.OSU will need stellar performances up and down the lineup on Sunday when the Buckeyes play an elimination game at noon against host, 13th-ranked Tennessee. The winner plays Arizona in the regional finals. read more

Sing to your bump lullabies to babies in the womb decrease crying

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A study of 160 women found that those who sang lullabies both during pregnancy and after giving birth had babies who spent significantly shorter periods crying.Around 170 pregnant women were split between those who were told to sing lullabies in the months immediately before and after birth and those who were not.The babies in the singing group generally cried 18.5 per cent of the time compared to 28.2 per cent of the time in the group who were not sung to.Meanwhile for those with colic – excessive or frequent crying where there is no ill health – the babies who had enjoyed prenatal lullabies tended to cry for about a quarter of the time.Bonding was also analysed using a scientific measurement called the Mother-to-Infant Bonding Scale while they also recorded hours of baby sleep, crying incidences and bouts of colic.In the weeks after birth, the postnatal bonding measurement was higher among the singers – 1.96 against 1.28 on the scale.The research was undertaken by the University of Milan and published in the journal Women and Birth.The authors said: “Mothers singing lullabies could improve maternal-infant bonding. It could also have positive effects on neonatal behaviour and maternal stress.” Mothers singing lullabies could improve maternal-infant bondingWomen and Birth journalcenter_img Many expectant parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby by redecorating its intended bedroom in a soothing colour and buying lots of rattles and cuddly toys.But new research suggests that the best way of ensuring a happy and contented newborn is by singing to it while it is still in the womb.last_img read more

More than 56000 without power as Storm Doris downs power lines trees

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 80,246 Views UPWARDS OF 56,000 people are without power across the country as Stom Doris downed branches and power lines with gale force winds reaching 140 km/h.In the east, ESB Powercheck is reporting major outages in Lucan and Celbridge leaving over 2,500 homes and businesses without power. Along the coast there are other power outages from Balbriggan to Bray.In the west there are major outages in parts of Mayo with thousands of customers across Ballinrobe, Westport and Charlestown without power.There are 770 separate outages across the country with ESB repair teams having been dispatched to different areas since early this morning. The provider warns that this may even increase as stormy conditions continue.ESB says that it is too early to say when outages will be repaired but that it will likely be this afternoon before the full extent of the damage has been assessed.ESB Networks have mobilised crews who are currently working as well as possible in very difficult conditions to restore power as quickly as possible to affected customers, once it is safe to do so. Crews based in areas of the country less impacted by the storm are en route to assist colleagues in the most affected areas. Updated 8.58 am Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter 86 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3252668 Strong gusty winds across the airfield may impact flight schedule @DublinAirport this morn, check with your airline for latest flight info.— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) February 23, 2017 Source: Met Office/Twitter #StormDoris will arrive from the west on Thursday, bringing damaging winds and heavy rain with heavy snowfall in the north pic.twitter.com/aBAlFeeNHS— Met Office (@metoffice) February 22, 2017 Source: ESB Networks/Twitter We have a lot of damage from #stormdoris this morning please see https://t.co/VMtxFrW7FY for updates on most faults Apologies— ESB Networks (@ESBNetworks) February 23, 2017 Road closed jct Malahide Castle as trees are blocking/cables down. @ESBNetworks on way @aaroadwatch @DCCTraffic #StormDoris #DorisDay pic.twitter.com/L8pk8rSjU2— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) February 23, 2017 Looking ahead, our weather will stay changeable and unsettled for the rest of the week, and into next week too.Temperatures will hit 6 to 9 degrees throughout the day, but the wind chill will mean it’ll feel even colder than that.Luckily, Met Éireann predicts we may get over the worst of the wind by Thursday evening, as our easterly neighbours get hit by Storm Doris.- With reporting by Rónán DuffyGot any pictures from the storm? Send them into us at tips@thejournal.ie.Read: Lock your doors and shut your windows tonight – Storm Doris is comingRead: Storm Doris is on the way – and she’s bringing severe winds with her Downed trees are also causing major commuting problems, especially towards Dublin with AA Roadwatch is reporting problems across Kildare, Meath and Laois.Fire crews in Cavan and Meath are all dealing with problems and a truck has overturned on the M1.Caution is being urged across all routes.The stormy weather across Ireland and the UK has also caused the cancellation of flights and ferry crossing with providers urging customers to check the status of their flights.A total of 12 Aer Lingus flights have been cancelled and others are delayed. Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 7:25 AM Source: Dublin Airport/Twitter Share498 Tweet Email2 More than 56,000 without power as Storm Doris downs power lines, trees and cancels flights Weather warnings come into effect tonight across Ireland. By Sean Murray Feb 23rd 2017, 7:25 AM Short URL Met Éireann’s weather warning for Storm Doris remains in effect.A status yellow warning from Met Éireann kicked in at midnight as heavy rainfall and sharp winds affect the whole of the island well into the afternoon.However, a status orange warning  kicked in between 5am and 9am, with gusts of up to 110 to 120km/h predicted.This orange warning applies for counties in the east of the country, including Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath. Road clean up after a blocked route in Shankill, Co Dublin. Source: John Coveney PhotographyEngland and Wales are also set to get badly hit, with even heavier rainfall and strong winds expected across the Irish sea as Storm Doris gathers momentum.There is also a status orange warning in place for coastal regions as winds will reach strong gale force 9, and persist throughout the day.Winds will be even stronger on the east coast, with storm force 10 gales from Fair Head in Antrim to Carnsore Point in Wexford.last_img read more

Japon Un accident nucléaire de niveau 5 ou 6

first_imgJapon : “Un accident nucléaire de niveau 5 ou 6″Fusion nucléaire ou fuite radioactive ? Devant l’incertitude de la situation de la centrale de Fukushima au Japon, l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) et l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) se sont exprimés lors d’une conférence de presse cet après-midi à Paris pour répondre à nos interrogations.Aujourd’hui, le Japon n’est pas dans une situation de catastrophe mais “d’accident nucléaire très grave”. C’est ce qu’a déclaré cet après-midi André-Claude Lacoste, président de l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) lors d’une conférence destinée à faire le point sur la situation des centrales nucléaires japonaises. Depuis le séisme de vendredi dernier, les incidents s’y multiplient laissant craindre une menace nucléaire.Les centrales de Fukushima disposent de 11 réacteurs qui se sont automatiquement arrêtés lors du séisme. Malgré cet arrêt, les réacteurs qui étaient en fonctionnement continuent d’émettre de la chaleur. C’est ici qu’interviennent les systèmes de refroidissement censés faire diminuer la température. Dans la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi, ces systèmes sont en panne et c’est de là que viennent les difficultés rencontrées au niveau du réacteur 1, du 3 et aujourd’hui du 2. “C’est à peu près le même processus qui s’est produit dans les différents réacteurs”, a expliqué Thomas Houdré de l’ASN. Le manque d’eau de refroidissement endommage les combustibles qui risquent une fusion. Depuis samedi, les autorités japonaises injectent donc de l’eau de mer dans la cuve et dans l’enceinte pour refroidir le coeur du réacteur, une “véritable mesure d’urgence” qui ne présente cependant pas de risque de contamination radioactive.Parallèlement à cette mesure, elles procèdent aussi à des rejets volontaires de vapeur destinés à décompresser l’intérieur des enceintes des réacteurs. Ce sont ces vapeurs qui sont responsables des pics de radioactivité. Quant aux explosions survenues ces deux derniers jours, celles-ci sont dues à une accumulation d’hydrogène, qui, réagissant avec la vapeur provoque de spectaculaires déflagrations. “La priorité aujourd’hui est de refroidir les réacteurs”, a indiqué Thomas Houdré avant de préciser que l’ASN était incapable d’estimer la durée du processus au vu des données dont elle disposait. Samedi, la situation avait été classée au niveau 4 de l’échelle des événements nucléaires. Aujourd’hui, A-C Lacoste a estimé que la gravité de l’incident avait désormais atteint le niveau 5 voire 6. Pour comparaison, l’accident de Tchernobyl en 1986 correspondait au niveau 7, le plus élevé.Un nouveau Tchernobyl ? À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéJustement, pour l’ASN impossible de comparer la situation actuelle à celle de Tchernobyl. “Les deux accidents correspondent à des mécaniques différentes”, a expliqué A-C Lacoste. En 1986, il s’agissait d’une perte de maîtrise de la réaction nucléaire alors que le Japon fait aujourd’hui face à un problème de refroidissement. Néanmoins, l’ASN a reconnu que dans le pire des cas où les autorités ne parviendraient pas à refroidir les combustibles et à décompresser les réacteurs, la situation s’approcherait dangereusement de celle de Tchernobyl. Ceci conduirait à une combustion provoquant une percée de la cuve et de l’enceinte avec des rejets massifs d’éléments radioactifs. Actuellement, s’il y a eu un début de fusion dans les réacteurs, on est encore loin de ce scénario.Pourtant, l’ASN a indiqué ce matin que les rejets radioactifs dans l’environnement étaient “importants”. Une affirmation confirmée par Agnès Buzyn, présidente de l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) également présente à la conférence : “C’est le prix à payer pour décompresser les réacteurs”. Pour l’instant, l’IRSN s’est refusé à communiquer des chiffres sur la radioactivité. Mais il a estimé que les rejets ne nécessitaient pas d’évacuation supplémentaire au delà de 20 kilomètres autour du site de la centrale. Restant prudent quant aux données japonaises, il a tout de même envoyé un expert sur place pour vérifier les ordres de grandeur. Par ailleurs, Agnès Buzyn a indiqué que dès ce soir l’Institut publiera sur son site Internet les mesures prises par leurs balises sur le territoire japonais.Une situation à l’issue très incertaineSelon A-C Lacoste, le Japon fait face à une crise capable de “durer plusieurs jours voire plusieurs semaines”. En effet, si les autorités parviennent à refroidir les réacteurs, ceci ne constituera qu’un maintien à court terme. “Il faut parvenir à résoudre le problème de la température du coeur et à mettre en place des moyens fiables et pérennes. Aujourd’hui, on est typiquement dans les moyens d’urgence”, a expliqué le président de l’ASN avant d’indiquer qu’ils étaient en contact régulier avec leurs homologues japonais. Mais au vu des données dont ils disposent, l’ASN et l’IRSN ne seraient pas en mesure de se prononcer sur l’avenir de la situation.Le 14 mars 2011 à 19:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fall For the Viral Instagram Hoax So Did Lots of Celebs

first_img Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsAdorable Puppy Born With ‘Fur Mustache’ Goes Viral on Instagram Stay on target The con dates back to about 2012, according to fact-checking site Snopes; similar messages spread across social media, falsely claiming that Facebook would rip off users’ content unless they posted a disclaimer saying they did not consent.Watch: Instagram to Start Paying Researchers to Find Apps Abusing Its DataMore on Geek.com:Instagram Guilts Users Into Removing Nasty CommentsFCC: Don’t Be Fooled by ‘One Ring’ Robocall Scam11 Documentaries That Might Not Have Been So True Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet.Specifically: a viral Instagram post claiming the social network can now use images against users in court cases.The widely circulated screenshot alleges that new Instagram rules mean “everything you’ve ever posted” becomes public domain—even deleted content.But that’s simply not true.First of all, a digital image shared online is not legally binding.Especially if it’s a years-old hoax bursting with grammatical errors and inconsistent typography that cites a generic “Channel 13 News” service and suggested laws which have nothing to do with privacy.Still, Instagram users have been uploading the bogus message to their accounts as a “warning” to others, NBC News reported.Among the bamboozled A-listers are actors Taraji P. Henson, Tom Holland, Julianne Moore, Rob Lowe, Debra Messing, and Julia Roberts; musicians Niall Horan, Waka Flocka Flame, and Usher; model Adriana Lima; Beyoncé’s mother; and New York Magazine Design Editor Wendy Goodman. Most have since deleted the message (some replacing it with reposts about fires in the Amazon).They are in good company, at least: Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, the man responsible for maintaining America’s nuclear arsenal, also fell victim to the prank, trying to joke his way out of it by replying to the post with: “I’ll be darned!! First time I’ve seen anything fake on the Internet!!”Instagram officials have publicly stated the message is fake, and that the company will not use personal images in court.“If you’re seeing a meme claiming Instagram is changing its rules … it’s not true,” Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, wrote on Twitter.Brand communications manager Stephanie Otway confirmed to NBC that “there’s no truth to this post.”Some celebs, meanwhile, did their homework before blindly posting a scam to their followers: The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, musician John Mayer, and even CNN poked fun at the situation.last_img read more

The singer who hid a beautiful new song in her YouTube videos

first_imgIt also brings to mind the epic five year wait for the Twitter account based on Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Frank N Furter to complete the word “anticipation”, and, for me that one time that I tweeted the lyrics to Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” for its tenth anniversary. The “hidden message in online social media” viral trend isn’t all that new, but it is always impressive. On August 24, 2018, Twitter user @CostcoRiceBag revealed they had been secretly tweeting the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody using the first word of their tweets over a matter of months. Because Mart had tweeted the words in reverse, users could “sing” Bohemian Rhapsody by scrolling through her feed. These are our favorite YouTube channels (not called CNET) YouTube/doddleoddle YouTuber and musician, Dorothy “Dodie” Clark, just pulled off an almighty, super wholesome YouTube heist that will blow your mind.Dodie, who goes by the moniker “doddleoddle” on YouTube is an English singer and songwriter. Over the last nine months, she uploaded a number of videos that seemed like the standard YouTube fair: vlogs, songs, chatting to her subscribers, fairy lights and general fun shenanigans. But underneath it all, Dodie had hatched a plan.”I’ve uploaded some videos but in each one are several hidden lyrics of a song I’ve written”, she explains at the beginning of her latest video, posted on Jan. 22Dodie explains that in her previous uploaded videos she had been slipping lyrics — sung in the right key, no less — into her vlogs in a clandestine operation to “build a song scrapbook-style”. At the end of her secret nine month stunt, Dodie says she “made a baby of sorts”. The song that she had hidden within was her new single “Arms Unfolding”, which she says was inspired by friends learning to love again, which resonated with how she was feeling about YouTube at the time. It’s all very wholesome and sweet.You can watch — and listen to — Dodie’s video below: 12 Photos Online Tags Share your voice 0 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. IS IT JUST ME, OR DID I JUST PULL OFF THE GREATEST TWITTER SCHEME OF ALL TIME?????Read the first word of my tweets to find out….— Hadie Mart (@CostcoRiceBag) August 23, 2018 Post a comment YouTubelast_img read more