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Proxy dumps office key cards for a simpler way

first_imgProxy, a San Francisco-based startup, wants to kill the key card and replace it with a mobile app that can access all sorts of devices.To start off, Proxy has launched a pilot for offices. A technician installs a maximum of two Bluetooth sensors (for the pilot), and from there an account manager can set up accounts for employees and rules.See Also: Who are the startups upgrading the auto industry?When walking towards the door, the Bluetooth sensor will automatically recognize an employee and unlock the door. An account manager can also set up guest accounts for interns or temporary staff.Most employees bring their phone to work, so it shouldn’t be hard for businesses to deploy Proxy’s sensors in the office. In the next tier stages (coming soon), Proxy will add additional security measures to the app, like two-factor authentication and private cloud services.In the future, Proxy could be used for more than office doors. Users could connect any IoT device to the sensor, removing the need to sign-in to a specific IoT device to make changes.Some IoT devices already use Bluetooth to recognize a specific person inside the house. Nest’s smart thermostat recognizes when a member of the house enters or leaves, and adjusts the temperature accordingly.Co-founders Denis Mars and Simon Ratner have been working on Proxy for over a year and have already seen a lot of interest in the Bay Area. Twenty companies have reportedly signed up, according to TechCrunch.The first also recently raised $1.6 million from Y Combinator and Blackbird Ventures. It was part of the most recent Y Combinator accelerator, which provides funding and support to tech startups. Tags:#Bluetooth#Internet of Things#IoT#key cards#mobile#Proxy David Curry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Follow the Pucklast_img read more

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Tiny sea creatures are making clouds over the Southern Ocean

first_img Diagram of the proposed linkage between clouds and biological activity in the Southern Ocean, including potential sources of cloud condensation nuclei (dimethyl sulfide, sea spray, sea salt). The dimethyl sulfide transforms into sulfate in the atmosphere; sulfate aerosols can also be produced by both volcanoes and human activities. Daniel McCoy The Southern Ocean is the cloudiest region on Earth, almost completely blanketed yearround. But the cause might be surprising: tiny marine organisms called phytoplankton, which live in the ocean’s stormy waters. A new study has measured how particles and gases emitted by these creatures enter the atmosphere and become the seeds of clouds. The study represents the first large-scale correlation between biological activity in the Southern Ocean and cloud formation. Establishing that link is an important first step toward understanding a longstanding question in climate modeling: the role of clouds and tiny air particles called aerosols in global climate change. Clouds and aerosols are two of the great wild cards in climate models, and divining their impact on climate is even more complex when it comes to how they interact with each other. Soot is one type of aerosol produced by human activities, but there are also natural aerosols—sea spray, sulfate, or ammonium salts—in the atmosphere. These particles all form the “seeds” around which water vapor condenses and forms tiny droplets that turn into clouds.center_img Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Clouds can play a key role in climate—but a complicated one. Low-lying clouds tend to cool the planet by acting as reflectors that bounce solar radiation back into space, whereas higher clouds can actually trap heat and enhance warming. In the Southern Ocean, climate models have been particularly poor at capturing clouds’ influence, by tending to estimate less reflected radiation than actually exists. To improve these models, scientists will need to understand more about cloud-forming aerosols and how they have altered climate over the past 200 years. But that’s difficult to track without knowing how many “natural” aerosols were in the atmosphere prior to industrialization.That matters because climate sensitivity to greenhouse gas inputs depends, in part, on aerosol concentrations, says Susannah Burrows, an atmospheric scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, and a co-author of the new study. “If you had a higher preindustrial concentration of aerosols, then human perturbations to aerosols would have a smaller impact.”That’s where the Southern Ocean comes in. In addition to being the cloudiest place on Earth, it’s also one of the cleanest, relatively untouched by human activity. That makes it “a fantastic laboratory for looking at aerosol-cloud interactions,” says Greg McFarquhar, a cloud physicist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who was not involved in the new study.Scientists have postulated that marine organisms are a significant natural source of atmospheric aerosols for decades, but few studies have tried to quantify this. So atmospheric scientist Daniel McCoy of the University of Washington in Seattle, along with Burrows and other colleagues, turned to satellite data. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite has data on cloud droplets in the atmosphere over a broad swath of the northern Southern Ocean from 35° south to 55° south. The researchers compared these data with the region’s concentrations of chlorophyll a, a type of chlorophyll that often serves as a proxy for biological activity within the oceans.What they found was an unambiguous link between patches of ocean with high biological activity and cloudiness. On average, the  ocean life boosts the number of cloud droplets by about 60% annually, the team reports online today in Science Advances. In summer, the effect is strongest—cloud formation is likely doubled as the phytoplankton kick into high gear. The potential to reflect energy back into space is also strongest in summer, as more bright reflective clouds form right when the incoming radiation is also strongest, McCoy says. That ultimately translates into additional reflected solar radiation of about 10 watts per square meter—comparable to the amount of reflected energy in the northern hemisphere due to heavy pollution.The team also sought to understand more about the underlying mechanisms by which phytoplankton helps form clouds. “There are at least two ways in which phytoplankton can affect aerosols in the atmosphere,” Burrows says. One is through the emission of dimethyl sulfide gas by phytoplankton. In the atmosphere, that gas is chemically transformed to sulfate, a highly efficient cloud condensation nucleus. The second way is through sea spray: Organic matter in the ocean collects on the skins of tiny bubbles in surface waves; when the waters churn sea spray into the atmosphere, they also send up these loaded bubbles, which also serve as cloud condensation nuclei. The researchers found that from 35° south to 45° south, water droplets formed mainly due to sulfate aerosols, whereas further south, in the 45° to 55° swath of ocean, organic matter in the sea spray was the primary source of cloud seeds.These findings are an important first step, McFarquhar says: “This paper has done a great job in documenting the seasonal and spatial correlations” and in demonstrating that both sulfate aerosols and organic matter are important to cloud formation in the Southern Ocean. But, he adds, we now need to understand why. To do a better job and improve the climate models, scientists simply need more direct observations of the aerosols’ physical and chemical properties as well as those of the clouds themselves, he says.An effort is afoot to collect such data in the Southern Ocean—an international project called SOCRATES (Southern Ocean Clouds, Radiation, Aerosol Transport Experimental Study), on which McFarquhar is a member of the planning team. The project is currently seeking funding from the National Science Foundation. Data such as these will be essential, he says, to get a more detailed picture of the mechanisms of cloud formation. “Ultimately, that’s the only way to represent aerosol-cloud interactions in models.”last_img read more

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Soviet collapse might explain mysterious trend in global methane emissions

first_imgFrom cow farts to factory emissions, there are a lot of ways to add methane to the atmosphere. Since the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of this potent greenhouse gas has risen rapidly and steadily, climbing from 700 parts per billion (ppb) in 1750 to more than 1800 ppb in 2015. But from 1999 to 2006, that increase temporarily leveled out, mystifying scientists. Now, a new study identifies the likeliest culprit behind the plateau—and singles out what may have kick-started the latest methane jump.Scientists had a lot of suspects to choose from. Natural sources of methane include wetlands and methane hydrates (methane trapped in ice and buried deep under ocean sediments), whereas human sources range from fossil fuel emissions to the burning of crops and trees to the cow and sheep “emissions” that are a byproduct of large-scale livestock farming. And then there are the sinks—the processes that remove methane. The largest methane sink is the atmosphere itself, where a series of chemical reactions converts the gas into carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and water.  But which of the processes was to blame for the plateau?“People were thinking in terms of a temporary suppression of sources,” says Heinrich Schaefer, an atmospheric scientist at New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Wellington, and the lead author of the new study. “They could point to different things that may have contributed, but none was expected to be permanent.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To find out what happened, Schaefer and his New Zealand-based team joined forces with researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Heidelberg University in Germany. To get a global look at methane concentrations before, during, and after the plateau, the team amassed atmospheric methane concentration data from measuring stations from Canada to China to Australia, spanning a period from 1984 through 2015. They also examined previously published methane data from Antarctic ice cores extending back 2000 years to the near present.From there, they began to construct a model, using the yearly concentration changes to calculate changing emissions. The data also include carbon isotope values for the methane concentrations. Carbon isotopes, atoms of carbon that have different masses, are particularly helpful for identifying methane sources: Different sources have different relative amounts of carbon’s two nonradiogenic isotopes, carbon-13 and carbon-12. Processes like photosynthesis or microbial oxidation serve to “fractionate” the isotopes, increasing the proportion of carbon-12, which then gets translated to the emitted gas. As a result, methane emissions have distinct isotopic values: Methane emitted from any microbially driven source such as wetlands or agriculture have values of about -60‰ (signifying a relatively low ratio of carbon-13 to carbon-12); oil, gas, and coal emissions have an average carbon isotopic value of -37‰; and tree and crop burning averages about -22‰.Once they had their data, the scientists looked at what might have been behind the plateau. They found a sharp dip in methane concentrations after 1992; that dip corresponded with a decrease in a source with a carbon isotopic value of about -40‰. “That squarely fits the fossil fuel signature,” Schaefer says. The data don’t themselves prove what led to such a dramatic decrease in emissions, but Schaefer’s team had a guess: the collapse of fossil fuel production in the Soviet Union following its 1991 breakup.So why did methane emissions start to climb again around 2006? Once again, the team ran models to test various inputs and see how they matched global station measurements. This time, the dominant carbon isotopic values in the new inputs were about -60‰, pointing to a microbially driven source rather than fossil fuel inputs. Given the size of the source, the likely culprit was either an increase in wetland emissions or in agricultural production. To figure out which one was ultimately responsible, Schaefer and his team turned to satellite data, which revealed that the largest post-2006 increases in atmospheric methane were occurring in China, India, and Southeast Asia.That helped narrow down the sources, Schaefer says, because different types of wetlands have different isotopic signatures. While permafrost thawing or boreal wetlands in high latitudes have values of about -60‰, tropical wetlands—such as would be found in those regions—have slightly less negative values, about -52‰. But most tropical wetlands are in the southern hemisphere—not the region identified by the satellite images. That strongly implicated agriculture as the driver for the latest methane increases, the team reports online today in Science. Schaefer says that both rice farming and livestock have likely contributed—although ruminants like cows and sheep overall contribute three times the amount of methane to the atmosphere.That agriculture, rather than fossil fuels, is driving methane poses a new set of problems for governments trying to fight climate change, Schaefer says. “They have to weigh mitigation of climate change against food security,” he says, which means exploring technical solutions that can optimize food production and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. One example: Recent research has shown that changing the flooding practices in rice terraces can reduce emissions while keeping harvests steady.This paper “is timely and an important step forward in understanding changes in the global methane budget,” says Isobel Simpson, an atmospheric chemist at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the study. She notes, however, that other recent work on ethane emissions—which can co-occur with methane—suggests a considerable contribution from fossil fuel sources to the recent methane increase. That research suggests fossil fuels are behind at least 28% of that increase—so, she adds, more work is needed to reduce uncertainties and reconcile the ethane-based and isotope-based conclusions.Schaefer agrees that this is an open question, noting that in the United States there has been an increase in methane leakage from gas facilities, which also leak ethane, he says. The magnitude of those emissions is among “the next questions we’ll have to look at.”last_img read more

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Michael Schumacher showing small signs of progress, says spokeswoman Sabine Kehm

first_imgAnd last month, Schumacher’s family said they were confident that the racing legend who defied death more than once on the track would pull through.Michael Schumacher is “showing small signs of progress”, his spokeswoman has said, with the Formula One legend slowly recovering from devastating brain injuries suffered in a ski accident.”There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress,” Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm told German broadcaster ARD on Sunday.”There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious, which make us happy and give us great courage.”Of course I am not a doctor, but medically, there is a distinction between being awake and being conscious, the latter meaning there is an ability to interact with his surroundings.”I don’t want to disclose details out of respect for the family, but we have no doubt at all in the abilities of the doctors treating Michael, they are experts in their field.”Kehm stressed that any interaction with Schumacher is “on a very limited basis” and added that “a medical prognosis is not possible” due to the nature of his brain injury.Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma in Grenoble, France, since being badly injured in a ski accident on December 29 in the French resort of Meribel with his son and friends.Kehm said Schumacher’s family have been touched by a deluge of tributes and support from fans of the racing driver, but constant media speculation, particularly in German newspapers, has caused the family some anguish.advertisement”What upsets the family most is media quoting doctors who are not treating Michael and untruths are constructed from these,” said Kehm, who has been in Grenoble nearly every day since the accident.”It has been a problem when outsiders comment and it means we have to set the record straight, even when we don’t want to.”The 45-year-old Schumacher underwent two operations in the days after the accident to remove life-threatening blood clots before being placed into a coma.The family announced at the end of January that drugs used to keep him in his deep sleep were being reduced with a view to bringing him back to consciousness.In February, his friend and former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa was quoted as saying that Schumacher seemed to respond to him during a visit.”He is sleeping, he looks normal and he showed a few responses with his mouth,” Massa told German tabloid Bild.And last month, Schumacher’s family said they were confident that the racing legend who defied death more than once on the track would pull through.Schumacher survived a motorbike accident in Spain in 2009, during which he suffered head and neck injuries but was released from hospital after just five hours.Kehm once again asked that the privacy of Schumacher’s wife Corinna and their two children be respected, while thanking well-wishers for their support.last_img read more

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Tuchel thrilled with Mbappe & Di Maria partnership

first_imgParis Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel is pleased with the partnership developing between Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria. The Ligue 1 giants have managed to maintain their form despite being without injured duo Neymar and Edinson Cavani. PSG has won five straight games in all competitions, scoring 12 goals and conceding just one ahead of hosting Nimes on Saturday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Both players were on target in the club’s 5-1 win over Montpellier on Wednesday, Di Maria scoring a stunning free kick and Mbappe using a piece of good fortune to net his 20th league goal of the season having played just 19 matches.  Tuchel is satisfied with how his side is functioning without their two star forwards, particularly Mbappe’s combination with Di Maria. “[Di Maria] is playing as a second striker with Kylian, which is great because he has the qualities alongside Kylian to be the finisher. I really like that,” he told a news conference.”Those are the best players to score goals. Not for the build-up but for the finish.”Angel and Kylian have the qualities for it, they have composure and are hungry for goals. They have the technical abilities under pressure. That’s great.”.@KMbappe’s season so far  30 Games  25 Goals  14 Assists Check out what he did last night: https://t.co/CjMavnuS0L pic.twitter.com/klNjbVtbeE— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 21, 2019PSG is 14 points clear atop Ligue 1 and have played two fewer games than second-placed Lille.The club are also in good shape in the Champions League, where they hold a 2-0 advantage over Manchester United after the first leg of their last-16 tie.last_img read more

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This is Huawei P20 Lite, tipped to launch on March 27 alongside P20, P20 Plus

first_imgHuawei is gearing up to launch the P20 line smartphones, which includes — the P20, P20 Plus and P20 Lite at an event that the company will be hosting on March 27. Huawei, a couple of days sent out media invites for the launch event to take place in Paris on the stated date. Ahead of the official announcement, we have come across several rumours and renders of all the three smartphones, giving us a clear picture of what we can expect from at least one of the three P20 smartphones. A live image of the Huawei P20 Lite has now been leaked online, which shows the complete handset from both front and back side.From what rumours suggest, all the three smartphones under the P20 lineup, which also include the P20 Lite, will follow the latest trend and come with 18:9, nearly bezel-less display. The same is confirmed by the newly leaked image. According to a new report coming from a popular tipster Evan Blass, Huawei P20 will sport a 5.6-inch full-screen display paired with a resolution of 1080 x 2250 pixels. As also suggested by the previously leaked reports, Huawei P20 Lite will see an iPhone X-like notch cut out on the top and sport minimal bezels on the front. The same is seen in the newly leaked image as well. The iPhone X-like top notch on the Huawei P20 Lite also includes the front camera set up and sensors.Out of the three P20 series phones, two, as tipped by the previous reports and also by the company, are expected to sport triple cameras on the back panel. The two Huawei phones to sport three rear cameras are most likely to be the P20 and P20 Plus. While the P20 Lite is expected to sport only two cameras on the rear. The same is also suggested by the newly leaked images as well. The image reveals a Leica co-developed dual cameras for the Huawei P20 Lite.advertisementALSO READ: Huawei P20 Lite live images suggest iPhone X-like notch, vertical dual rear camerasAlongside the image, Blass also reveals almost all the key specifications that the upcoming Huawei P20 Lite may come packed with. On the imagining front, the smartphone is expected to pack a combination of 16-megapixel sensors on the back panel which are further expected to be coupled with some hybrid zoom capabilities.The Huawei P20 Lite is expected to run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with the company’s very own EMUI 8.0 on top. The report also reveals that the device will be powered by an octa core Kirin 659 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a 3520mAh battery.last_img read more

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Bayern Munich’s record vs Scottish opposition

first_imgBayern München Bayern Munich’s record vs Scottish opposition Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:21 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jupp Heynckes Borussia Mönchenglabach 05052006 Bongarts Bayern München Celtic Bayern München v Celtic Hibernian Hamburger SV UEFA Champions League League Cup Bundesliga Celtic are tasked with tackling the Bundesliga champions on German soil, so we take a look at how Bayern have previously fared against Scottish clubs Jupp Heynckes and his Bayern Munich side welcome Celtic to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening, as the two look to make ground on Group B leaders Paris Saint-Germain.FCB 16/5 to beat Celtic -4 handicapThe 72-year-old has famously struggled against Scottish clubs in the past, but what is Bayern’s overall record? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. From the 19 fixtures against Scottish opposition, Bayern have won on nine occasions, drawing seven and losing just three. The first time the German outfit met Scottish opponents was in 1967, going up against Rangers in the 1967 Cup Winners’ Cup final in Nuremberg.Bayern, fielding a team with such players as Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller, were taken to extra time in the fixture but eventually won due to a 109th minute extra-time strike from Franz Roth.The two clubs would meet another four times between 1970-1972, with Bayern winning once, drawing twice, and losing the 1972 Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final second leg.Bayern wouldn’t play Rangers again until the 1989 season, but played out two, two-legged ties against Aberdeen and Hearts respectively, winning just one of the four outings.The Bavarians have met Celtic just twice previously, having been drawn together in the group stage of the Champions League in the 2003-04 campaign.Bayern beat the Hoops 2-1 in the first tie in Munich, with Roy Makaay scoring both goals, while the reverse fixture in Glasgow ended 0-0. Bayern progressed into the next round of the Champions League with group winners Lyon, while Celtic dropped into the UEFA Cup. The latest fixtures between Bayern and Scottish opponents came in the 2007-08 UEFA Cup, with Bayern drawing 2-2 at Aberdeen and hammering the Scottish Premiership club 5-1 in the reverse tie.Jupp Heynckes Celtic“If you look at Scotland now it’s always difficult to maintain a high level and to be competitive in the Champions League and make it past the group stage,” Heynckes said ahead of the clash with Celtic.“You see the transfer window and how crazy it has become, and how difficult it is even for well-established clubs to keep up their momentum. Clubs like Celtic and others like Anderlecht can’t keep up. But I would never make the mistake of under-estimating Celtic.“Celtic are a physical, aggressive team. They have a lot of experience and they have won the Scottish Premiership six times in a row. They also have a great coach in Brendan Rodgers and have a great history in Europe but we want to qualify for the next round.”If it were Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern that Celtic were taking on this evening, Rodgers and his team may have been confident of a result. With Heynckes steadying the ship, though, and restoring troubled relationships throughout the club, it will be an incredibly difficult task for the Scottish champions.BAYERN MUNICH’S RECORD VS SCOTTISH CLUBS Date Team Opponent For Against Venue Result Competition 31/05/1967 Bayern Munich Rangers 1 0 N W Cup Winners’ Cup 16/09/1970 Bayern Munich Rangers 1 0 H W Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 30/09/1970 Bayern Munich Rangers 1 1 A D Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 05/04/1972 Bayern Munich Rangers 1 1 H D Cup Winners’ Cup 19/04/1972 Bayern Munich Rangers 0 2 A L Cup Winners’ Cup 02/03/1983 Bayern Munich Aberdeen 0 0 H D Cup Winners’ Cup 16/03/1983 Bayern Munich Aberdeen 2 3 A L Cup Winners’ Cup 28/02/1989 Bayern Munich Heart of Midlothian 0 1 A L UEFA Cup 14/03/1989 Bayern Munich Heart of Midlothian 2 0 H W UEFA Cup 13/09/1989 Bayern Munich Rangers 3 1 A W European Cup 27/09/1989 Bayern Munich Rangers 0 0 H D European Cup 17/10/1995 Bayern Munich Raith Rovers 2 0 A W UEFA Cup 31/10/1995 Bayern Munich Raith Rovers 2 1 H W UEFA Cup 21/09/1999 Bayern Munich Rangers 1 1 A D European Cup – CL 03/11/1999 Bayern Munich Rangers 1 0 H W European Cup – CL 17/09/2003 Bayern Munich Celtic 2 1 H W European Cup – CL 25/11/2003 Bayern Munich Celtic 0 0 A D European Cup – CL 14/02/2008 Bayern Munich Aberdeen 2 2 A D UEFA Cup 21/02/2008 Bayern Munich Aberdeen 5 1 H W UEFA Cup     Total 26 15   W9 D7 L3last_img read more

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

first_img Since you’re here… Twitter Read more Share on Twitter Jack Yeandle, the Exeter Chiefs captain, leads the celebrations after their victory against Montpellier. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images 2) Head injuries take spotlight after Parra blowClermont’s victory against Northampton was chaotic and controversial in equal measure – two ingredients that add great spice to Anglo-French contests, but when head injuries are part of the mix and are not dealt with properly it is concerning to say the least. Television footage appeared to show that Clermont’s Morgan Parra had been knocked unconscious, which means an automatic permanent removal. More significantly, however, the referee, Ben Whitehouse, expressed his opinion that Parra had lost consciousness yet still he was allowed back to the field after a head injury assessment. The HIA protocols dictate that the Champions Cup organisers – European Professional Club Rugby – must operate a review process and it must be conducted rigorously. Elsewhere, it is now 20 matches unbeaten in the competition for Saracens but all credit to the Ospreys who overcame disruptive injury problems to put the European champions under the kind of pressure they are not used to. Still, for all that the Ospreys have finished both of their matches strongly, they are effectively out of contention already.Match reports: Clermont Auvergne 24-7 Northampton; Saracens 36-34 Ospreys3) Cotter’s work only just begun at MontpellierThe pool of death and already two sides appear done for. As demonstrated with Nemani Nadolo’s quite ridiculous finish against Exeter, Montpellier have some hugely talented individuals (and some just plain huge) but their opponents on Sunday offered a reminder of how it will take Vern Cotter time to forge a side capable of challenging for major honours. Leinster, meanwhile, have been perhaps the most impressive performers of the tournament so far. Overcoming Montpellier with a bonus point at home was a good start but to take five points from Glasgow is a statement of intent. Rewind a couple of seasons and after their first two matches Leinster were dead and buried. Their upturn in fortunes, largely brought about by a crop of excellent young players, is a testament to the work of Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster.Match report: Montpellier 24-27 Exeter Pinterest 5) Scarlets sum up Welsh strugglesThere was a naivety to the Scarlets’ defeat by Bath and ultimately it looks likely to mean there will be no Welsh sides in the knockout stages once more. It is unfair to blame the Scarlets entirely for that but two losing bonus points from their first two matches will almost certainly not be enough. Bonus point wins in both matches against Treviso would be a prerequisite but as the Italian side showed in their heart-breaking last-gasp defeat by Toulon, they are no longer the pushovers they were. As we have seen with Exeter before, and Saracens before that, defeats in Europe tend to be character building and so the Scarlets should come again but they were out-thought by a Bath side who had already picked up impressive wins at Leicester and against Saracens this season.Match report: Scarlets 13-18 Bath6) French turn up nose at Challenge CupThe end prize may have been altered – the winners of this season’s Challenge Cup advance straight to the Champions Cup next term – but it appears the attitude of some French teams has not. Newcastle’s Premiership form may have hinted at a strong showing away to Bordeaux but London Irish’s did not for their trip to Stade Français. That is not to belittle the Exiles in any way and clearly stepping away from the Premiership for a couple of weeks has been liberating but for Stade to go down by 37 points at home is a quite awful result for the French side. Cardiff Blues too were excellent at Toulouse but such a defeat would suggest that the four-times European champions do not appear convinced the Challenge Cup is for them. Gerard Meagher 4) May leads Leicester to the topThere was so much more to admire about Leicester’s performance than Jonny May’s finishing but considering the wing started the weekend with seven tries in seven matches, and the Tigers had failed to score a try bonus point in each of them, his contributions are hard to overstate. May has hit the ground running at Leicester – he denied Ben Youngs’s claim last week that he has taken to calling himself Jamie Vardy, such is his hot streak – but after two more tries on Saturday he seems certain to start for England this autumn. “I want to build my game on being in defence and scoring tries and back that up with a solid all-round game,” May said. “That’s where I want to go.” Meanwhile, the thumping victory against Castres puts Leicester top of what is an open pool and it means the two matches against old rivals Munster will be pivotal.Match report: Leicester 54-29 Castres Facebook Read more Champions Cup 1) Hughes’ swinging arm mars fine display Nathan Hughes was voted man of the match for Wasps and rightly so for a fine showing, full of aggressive running. Eddie Jones was in attendance to see his performance and the national No8 jersey is in effect his, considering Billy Vunipola’s long-term injury. Both – along with Joe Marler whose yellow card may well have been red – may have an uncomfortable wait for the citing commissioner’s report however, following a swinging arm to the head of Marcus Smith. It was an ugly moment and one that could mean Hughes faces further repercussions. It would be disruptive considering how Hughes lit the touch paper for an emphatic victory that reignites Wasps’ European campaign, and possibly their season. Sunday evening matches do not make for the greatest of atmospheres but on the back of a five-match losing streak they will not care. Their double-header with La Rochelle is now set up nicely and how refreshing to see newcomers to a competition, that has been won just three teams for the past seven seasons, making such a statement.Match report: Wasps 41-10 Harlequins Share on LinkedIn Share via Email features Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Topics Benjamin Kayser defends Dylan Hartley from further punishment after sin-bin Rob Andrew: ‘I’m not being alarmist … the game is getting worse, not better’ Share on Facebook Rugby union Support The Guardian Rugby Championship … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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Report: SPAL 0 AC Milan 4

first_imgSPAL 0 AC Milan 4: Cutrone double helps Rossoneri extend unbeaten streak Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 23:51 2/10/18 Patrick Cutrone_Milan_cropped Mario Carlini (Iguana Press)/Getty Images Gennaro Gattuso saw AC Milan extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games with an impressive victory over SPAL. Patrick Cutrone scored twice as AC Milan continued their resurgence under Gennaro Gattuso with a 4-0 win away at relegation-threatened SPAL.Starting ahead of Andre Silva with Nikola Kalinic sidelined, Cutrone volleyed home from close range to give the Rossoneri a second-minute lead in a Serie A clash between teams in contrasting form.Milan survived the odd scare in the remainder of the first half but were comfortably the better side after the break, the young striker rewarding their dominance by poaching his second of the game just after the hour mark. Article continues below 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 Lucas Biglia produced a precise finish from outside the area to score his first Milan goal and the three points were wrapped up by substitute Fabio Borini in the last minute, with the victory extending the visitors’ unbeaten league run to seven matches.Gattuso will hope they can extend their impressive streak when they host Sampdoria next week, though they will be without Franck Kessie for that game after the midfielder’s first-half booking on Saturday triggered a one-match ban.1 min 41 sec – Crutone’s goal for #ACMilan after 1 minute 41 seconds is their fastest Serie A goal since 6th October 2013 (Muntari vs Juventus). Speed. #SpalMilan— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) February 10, 2018SPAL, in contrast, remain stuck in the relegation places as their wait for a league win in 2018 goes on.They suffered a disastrous start when falling behind inside two minutes, Cutrone reacting quickly to convert a rebound after goalkeeper Alex Meret had kept out Alessio Romagnoli’s header from Suso’s right-wing cross.Yet the hosts – who had dropped into the bottom three after a run of just one victory in 12 Serie A games – responded impressively to the early setback.Mirco Antenucci narrowly failed to provide the finishing touch to Bartosz Salamon’s flicked header, with Milan’s defence just about coping under an aerial bombardment, both from open play and set-pieces.They also needed help from the woodwork to retain their lead through to the interval, Federico Viviani’s curling free-kick hitting the post and going wide with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma rooted to the spot.The reprieve appeared to kick Milan into life for the second half; Gattuso’s side showed greater composure in possession, drawing SPAL’s sting before crucially grabbing the game’s second goal.Suso was once again the architect, this time cutting in from the right to get away a left-footed low shot Meret could only parry directly into Cutrone’s path. The frontman stuck out a leg to divert the ball into the unguarded net, his scuffed finish putting clear daylight between the teams.Biglia made far cleaner contact in scoring the visitors’ third in the 73rd minute, the midfielder robbing an over-confident Viviani of possession before steering a low drive into the bottom right corner.Borini then completed the scoring, the late replacement greeting Riccardo Montolivo’s inviting pass through the left channel with a first-time finish that had too much power for the poor Meret to keep out.A great win 4 all of us!Il Poker dei Rossoneri a Ferrara!2′, 65′ Cutrone73′ Biglia90′ @borinifabio29 #SpalMilan 0-4#weareateam pic.twitter.com/oxAGaW5Yyl— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 10, 2018Key Opta Stats:- AC Milan are unbeaten in six Serie A matches for the first time since October 2016 (W4, D2).- Milan have won four of their last five league games, as many as they had won in the previous 15.- They won by at least four goals in Serie A for their first time since April 2017 (v Palermo).- Patrick Cutrone scored his first double in Serie A.- Cutrone’s goal for AC Milan after 1 minute 41 seconds is their fastest Serie A goal since October 6, 2013 (Muntari v Juventus).- Fabio Borini scored in a Serie A match for the first time since March 2012 in Palermo v Roma.- Lucas Biglia’s first goal for AC Milan came on appearance number 24 in all competitions. read morelast_img read more

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a month ago​City Group announce Official Gaming Partner

first_img​City Group announce Official Gaming Partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCity Football Group and EA Sports announce a new global partnership that sees the gaming giant become the Official Gaming Partner of Manchester City, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukBuilding on the existing Manchester City partnership that saw the City kit worn 246 million times and Sergio Aguero’s avatar scoring 217 million goals in EA SPORTS FIFA 19, the new global partnership will see a deeper and more integrated approach.Each club will develop its own strategy for fan engagement and will continue to have esports players representing the club at big tournaments all over the world. City Football Group’s collection of players include Manchester City’s Shaun ‘Shellzz’ Springette, Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes and NYCFC player, Chris Holly, who made esports history by becoming the first ever eChampions League winner in May 2019. Manchester City’s collaboration will include a monthly lifestyle gaming show, created by CityTV, on the latest trends in football and gaming, focussing on the EA SPORTS FIFA Team of the Week, EA SPORTS Player of the Month and other landmark moments in the football schedule. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Liberty Coach Hugh Freeze Hospitalized, Recovering From Life-Threatening Staph Infection

first_imgA closeup of Hugh Freeze wearing an Ole Miss visor.OXFORD, MS – OCTOBER 01: Head coach Hugh Freeze of the Mississippi Rebels reacts during the second half of a game against the Memphis Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Just weeks before his return to coaching, Liberty’s Hugh Freeze nearly found himself fighting for his life. The former Ole Miss coach was hospitalized with severe back pain, and wound up battling a staph infection.Freeze, who says he’s been plagued by back pain, called an ambulance once it got so bad that he couldn’t walk up stairs. He has a herniated disk, but that was only the beginning of his issues.Doctors discovered that Freeze had a strain of staph infection in his bloodstream, which was about a day from becoming a seriously life-threatening situation. He remains hospitalized, two weeks before the Flames’ season opener.He spoke to ESPN‘s Chris Low about the experience:“The doctors told me if it had been another 24 hours, that strand of bacteria could have gotten to my heart and that I would have been fighting for my life,” Freeze told ESPN. “It’s the way God works because there’s no doubt that bacteria would have killed me if President Falwell wasn’t so quick to make sure we got the right people involved.”Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty’s president, contacted Ben Carson, the former presidential candidate and current U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. Carson, a famous neurosurgeon, contacted Liberty professor Anthony Nobles, and the team elected to move Freeze to UVA Medical Center.Dr. Dilan Ellegala, an esteemed neurosurgeon was flown in from Arizona to conduct the operation, and now Freeze is on the mend. He may have to coach from a cart once he returns to practice, and per the article, will likely coach from the booth when the Flames host No. 22 Syracuse on Saturday, August 31. For now, he remains hospitalized to underdog additional tests.Hugh Freeze enters his first year at Liberty after a two-year hiatus from coaching. He was one of the top coaches in the SEC, with multiple wins over Nick Saban and Alabama while at Ole Miss, but resigned when it was discovered that he had been calling a phone number linked to a Florida escort service while on recruiting trips. Ole Miss was being investigated for separate violations by the NCAA at the time, which resulted in sanctions, probation, and a two season bowl ban in 2017.In separate circumstances, his hiring would have been viewed as a coup for a rising, new FBS program like Liberty. Instead, it brought serious criticism, given Freeze’s background and the controversy surrounding Falwell and the university, as well as athletic director Ian McCaw, who took over the department after being ousted by Baylor over the Bears football program’s sexual assault scandal.[ESPN]last_img read more

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CBS Analyst Makes Predictions For Every SEC Game

first_imgTua Tagovailoa running with the footballATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scrambles with the football against the Georgia Bulldogs during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs 26-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The first game this season involving an SEC team will take place this Saturday when No. 8 Florida takes on Miami. The Gators are just one of several SEC programs ranked highly to start the year.CBS Sports has been unveiling its predictions for each major conference this week. Longtime college football writer Barrett Sallee is offering up his pick for every single game an SEC team will play in 2019.Georgia and Alabama fans will be excited by Sallee’s picks; Ole Miss and Vandy supporters not so much. Texas A&M and Tennessee fans might also be pretty happy, while Florida and LSU backers could be slightly disappointed.Below are Sallee’s full game-by-game predictions for the SEC: My game-by-game predictions for the SEC. pic.twitter.com/MWSkWASKOU— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) August 21, 2019Of course, none of the games have actually been played yet, so none of this means anything. It does make for good fan debate in the days leading up to the start of the season though.When all is said and done, how do you think Sallee’s SEC predictions will stand up over the course of the season?last_img read more

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Hamstring injury might force Rashid Khan to miss T20I tri-series final vs Bangladesh

first_imgHamstring injury might force Rashid Khan to miss T20I tri-series final vs BangladeshRashid Khan is currently the number one bowler in The ICC T20I players rankings and is leading the team in all three formats.advertisement Next Asian News International DhakaSeptember 22, 2019UPDATED: September 22, 2019 11:14 IST Afghanistan Cricket PhotoHIGHLIGHTSRashid sustained the injury while fielding during the 6th T20I on SaturdayAfghanistan lost by four wickets on Saturday but they had already secured a spot in the finalsThe final of the series will be played between Afghanistan and Bangladesh on September 24Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan, who injured his left hamstring during the final league stage match against Bangladesh, is doubtful for the final of the T20I tri-nation series.Team manager Nazim Jar Abdur Rahim Zai said the injury would be monitored over the next couple of days.”I cannot say that he will be available (for the final). He is doing well and let’s see what’s happening. We will have two or three days for recovery,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Zai as saying.”I hope it’s not that serious because he is our captain and main player and we will monitor him tomorrow and the day after [before taking any decision],” Zai said.The 21-year-old spinner sustained an injury while fielding during the eighth over of Bangladesh’s run chase on Saturday. Afghanistan lost the match by four wickets but they had already secured a spot in the finals of the T20I tri-nation series.On the other hand, Zimbabwe had already crashed out of the series as they lost three matches out of four.Rashid is currently the number one bowler in The ICC T20I players rankings and is leading the team in all three formats.The final of the series will be played between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on September 24.Also Read | Tri-series, 6th T20I: All-round Shakib Al Hasan leads Bangladesh to 4-wicket win over AfghanistanAlso Read | Watch: Rashid Khan hits tennis shot for a stunning sixFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rashid KhanFollow Bangladesh vs AfghanistanFollow T20I Tri-serieslast_img read more

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Construction of Amsterdam Sea Locks Needs Speeding Up

first_imgzoom Amsterdam mayor has requested from the City Council to approve EUR 105 million (USD 132 mill) in funding for construction of the new sea lock system at IJmuiden, the Port of Amsterdam informed.The current complex dates back from 1929 and doesn’t meet the technical requirements to accommodate modern age ships as they increase in size and complexity.The initial plan by the national government was to replace the locks no later than 2029, however this date seems to be too far away as the port may reach its maximum capacity of 95 million tons already in 2020.The Port of Amsterdam said that the new lock system would allow the port to increase its capacity to 125 million tons.What is more, the port may lose its existing contracts should the construction plan fail to be accelerated.The total cost of the project is estimated to be EUR 889 million, of which a considerable portion should be assigned by the EU.The City Council is yet to decide on whether to approve the funding.The preparations for the construction of a new large sea lock in IJmuiden at the port are fully underway.The Government of the Netherlands, the Province of North Holland and the City of Amsterdam signed a covenant in late November 2009 in which they decided to undertake a planning study into the new large sea lock with the aim of optimising the accessibility of the North Sea Canal area.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Planet Echo cocreator drops by APTN to talk about the future with

first_imgAPTN National NewsA popular kid’s show on APTN called Planet Echo was created by two Metis brothers, Andy and Charles Clement.Their company, Media Rendevous, is one of Canada’s leading Aboriginal production companies.Andy dropped by APTN in Winnipeg and that’s where Michael Hutchinson caught up with him to talk about what’s coming up with the company.mhutchinson@aptn.calast_img

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Celebrating achievements fostering excellence

first_imgThe mentor group of StratFirst India honoured and celebrated the achievements of Dr Gagandeep Kang – first Indian woman scientist elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, and Dr Virander Singh Chauhan’s Lifetime achievements in science and institutional leadership.StratFirst India is a private initiative to promote excellence in teaching and research, particularly amongst institutions of higher learning in India. Set up by a group of visionary advisors and mentors that include some of the most respected names in education, industry and public policy, StratFirst is working to ensure that at least 50 Indian Universities or deemed Universities are ranked in the top 500 institutions globally. Team StratFirst is committed to adhering to the highest standards of corporate best practices; every client is a partner and solutions are customised and built on the rich experience, out-of-the-box thinking and relies on the extensive global network of associates. Also Read – The Puja carnivalSpeaking on the occasion, Professor Amitabh Mattoo Chair of the Mentor Group of Stratfirst India said, “At Stratfirst we believe in celebrating achievements as well as fostering excellence.” Nancy Jain, CEO Stratfirst India said, “We focus particularly on the triple helix of the complex challenges of education in India: Access, Equity, and Excellence. StratFirst is on a mission of maintaining quality and excellence, and is our top most priority.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraAt the event, Dr V S Chauhan said, “We are the second largest system in India and it is a great time to raise quality of education in the country. Apart from investment, we require capability also. We need to own our responsibilities at the individual departmental and institutional level. We have huge potential as far as education is concerned. The world is looking at us and we have to utilise the huge talent pool.” Discussing the need of the hour, Dr Gagandeep Kang said, “In India, we have to look at peculiar problems and matters related to immunisation and vaccination. Keeping in mind the heterogeneous population of India we need to understand the human system better and the patterns of its immune system and utilise our pool of scientist who is looking at excellence in research regarding the same.” Dr Bijayalaxmi Nanda, Principal Miranda House College, said that it’s an honour which brings together excellence of women scientists and engage with emerging concerns of research in medical science and its significant link with public health. Present on the occasion were Dr Harsha Vardhana Singh, Former Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr DP Singh Chairman UGC, Professor Yogesh Tyagi VC Delhi University, Professor RC Kuhad, Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Haryana , Professor Ashok Aima, VC of Central University Jammu and Kashmir, Professor Mehraj-ud-Din, VC Central University Kashmir, Trustee of Navchetna Naveen Chawla, Former S K Sopory VC JNU, and top civil servants, academician and intellectuals.last_img read more

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Economy grows at 37 in Q1 fuelled by household spending business investment

A construction worker shingles the roof of a new home in a development in Ottawa on Monday, July 6, 2015. The economy picked up steam in the first three months of this year, driven by consumer spending, a turnaround in business investment and the housing market, Statistics Canada said Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Economy grows at 3.7% in Q1, fuelled by household spending, business investment by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted May 31, 2017 6:40 am MDT Last Updated May 31, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada’s economy picked up steam in the first three months of this year, driven by consumer spending, a turnaround in business investment, and the housing market, the national statistics agency said Wednesday.Statistics Canada said real gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 3.7 per cent in the first quarter in a broad-based expansion.Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter called it “a pretty impressive result.”“We’ve now had three quarters in a row of quite solid activity in Canada, so this is not a flash in the pan by any means. It does look like the economy is moving beyond the oil shock,” Porter said.He said he’s now predicting growth for this year will come in at about 2.7 per cent, compared with an earlier prediction of 2.5 per cent.“It’s not a big change, but every turn of the screw helps,” Porter said.Despite the increase in the pace of growth, it was below expectations. Economists had estimated annualized growth of 3.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.And TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto said there are issues lurking beneath the surface, including evidence that housing markets are beginning to cool off.“At the same time, the environment for business investment should remain supportive, but elevated uncertainty is likely to cap the pace of growth,” he said in an analyst note.“Consumers are likely to keep their wallets open, helped by past gains in housing wealth. But, it is again unlikely that the pace of first quarter growth, particularly for durable goods spending, can be maintained, and the credit-fuelled nature of recent spending growth remains concerning.”In a separate report Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund said the Canadian economy has regained momentum, but that the risks to the outlook are significant. It raised concerns about household debt and the possibility of a correction in the housing market.The IMF also said business investment remains weak, non-energy exports have underperformed and housing market imbalances have risen.“Macroprudential policy needs to protect the resilience of the household and banking sector,” the IMF said.It suggested a further tightening of tax-based measures to mitigate speculative investment in the housing sector and called for greater co-ordination between federal and provincial regulators.Canadian economic growth in the first quarter came on multiple fronts.Business investment in residential structures rose 3.7 per cent, boosted by new construction, the strong real estate market in Ontario and a gain in renovation activity.After falling in four of the previous five quarters, investment in machinery and equipment advanced 5.8 per cent. Household final consumption increased 1.1 per cent, led by vehicle purchases.However, Porter noted that exports were an area of key weakness in the GDP report.“That is to me the one serious blemish in this report,” he said. “That is a serious, legitimate concern and it’s something the Bank of Canada is obviously concerned about.”Growth in March was stronger than expected, with GDP growing 0.5 per cent, above estimates of 0.2 per cent. Goods-producing industries climbed 0.9 per cent, while service industries added 0.3 per cent.Overall annualized growth figures for the second half of 2016 were also revised higher Wednesday. The figures for the third and fourth quarters were increased to 4.2 per cent and 2.7 per cent compared to earlier readings of 3.8 per cent and 2.6 per cent, respectively. read more

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Ukraine UN official cites worsening human rights situation in southern eastern regions

“The human rights situation in the east of the country has worsened. There are more arms being used as well as numerous violations being committed,” Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, told reporters following his briefing to the Security Council on his latest report on the situation in the country as well as his recent visit to Kyiv and strife-torn Donetsk and Odessa.The 36-page report was released on 16 May and is the second to be produced by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission, based in five Ukrainian cities, and covers the period from 2 April to 6 May. It documented an “alarming” deterioration of the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine, including serious problems emerging in Crimea, citing numerous examples of targeted killings, torture and beatings, intimidation and some cases of sexual harassment, committed mostly by anti-Government groups.“As a result of violence in the east and south of the country 127 people have died,” said Mr. Šimonović today, echoing the report’s findings of illegal detentions and abductions, especially affecting journalists as well as members of the electoral commissions, “which make elections in the east more difficult.”Continuing, he said that in the east of the country, aprat from security challenges, the situation has worsened due to common criminality and its rise. In addition, social and economic rights are being affected, although social services do work “but with some disruptions.” Yet, there is a serious danger that such services could break down, and if the overall situation deteriorates further, there is a likelihood that such a breakdown could spark a massive outpouring of people from the region.As for the situation in Odessa, where reportedly clashes at a trade union building in the Black Sea city sparked a fire that killed and wounded dozens of people earlier this month, Mr. Šimonović said that what seems to be “beyond doubt is now the number of victims: 48 victims – six of them – and all of them were among pro-Ukrainians, died from gunshot wounds.” “That happened previously during conflicts between the two groups in the centre of the city,” he said, explaining that the other victims were anti-Government protesters that were either in the Trade Union building that were affected by the fire, or people who were jumping from the building to escape the consequences. “About [the] causes of the fire, it is being examined and it’s very technical, however, it is also beyond doubt that Molotov cocktails have been thrown by both sides, flying from the building and into the building,” he said, telling reporters that there were five investigations under way on the events, including those being carried out by national authorities in Kyiv and by independent bodies. Asked whether the dire conditions he had spoken of were the right atmosphere for the holding of elections, he said “it is certainly not a favourable climate” but the UN human rights team was not involved in the actual polls. “We observe violations related to elections.” In that regard, he said that a “striking example” had been the abduction of members of the electoral commissions and “intimidation of [those officials], which negatively impacts the possibility of organization elections in the east of the country. read more

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British Airways flight makes emergency landing in Valencia after cabin filled with

Joanne Waterman said: “We are stranded at Valencia airport and no one from BA has said a word to us since the plane filled with smoke. No food, no bags, no information. Someone tell us what’s going on.”Lucy Brown, who was on board with her four terrified children, told the Mirror: “We are thankful everyone is safe but, had this happened half an hour earlier, it might be a different story. Passengers on British Airways flight BA422 leave the smoke-filled aircraft 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. Passengers on British Airways flight BA422 leave the smoke-filled aircraftCredit:@lucyaabrown/Twitter The scene after the incident on the flightCredit:@lucyaabrown/Twitter BA said in a statement: “Flight BA422 from Heathrow to Valencia experienced a technical issue on its landing approach into Valencia. All our customers were evacuated safely by our crew and met by the airport’s emergency services.  “There were 175 customers on board the flight, with six cabin crew and two pilots. Three customers were taken to hospital as a precaution and have since been discharged.”The safety of our customers and crew is always our highest priority. In addition to our team on site, other British Airways team members have arrived in Valencia to help our customers and our local airport partners with anything they need.”The pilots union Balpa praised the pilots who they believed had landed the plane “wearing full oxygen masks and goggles” which is “extremely challenging”.Addressing questions on why passenger oxygen masks had not deployed, they added: “Unlike pilot and cabin crew systems they are not designed to be used in smoke events as they mix the oxygen supply with the ambient air. Passenger oxygen masks are for use during decompressions.”We will await the accident report, but this looks to have been a very well-managed emergency situation, and overall a good outcome, and we pay tribute to the pilots and crew for a job very well done.” A British Airways plane had to make an emergency landing in Valencia after smoke engulfed the entire cabin.Passengers could be seen being ushered off the plane via the evacuation slide on the runway at the Spanish airport in a video shared online.Thick grey smoke had filled the cabin.British Airways confirmed an “issue” on flight BA422 which departed London Heathrow at 3.10pm on Monday and landed in Valencia.Zannah Marchand wrote on Twitter: “Just been evacuated off a flight to Valencia after plane filled with smoke. No water, no first aid. People crying. No BA representative. Help.”Miguel Galindo said his daughter Balma had been on the flight and took the video of the smoke filled cabin.”She is OK now but apparently they flew for 10 minutes with cabin full of smoke, no info from crew and oxygen masks failed to release,” he said. The scene after the incident on the flight “There was a horrible smell. People were almost choking.” read more

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