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Murray returns to court after hip surgery

first_imgAndy Murray has returned to a tennis court two months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery.Murray, who has not played competitively since his first round exit at the Australian Open in January, said last month he could possibly play at Wimbledon.He said this was because he was now pain-free after the surgery.The 31-year-old posted a short video on Instagram, where he was seen hitting the ball in an outdoor court while rallying with a wall with a caption, “It’s a start.”Murray had said he was not sure he could play in the singles draw at Wimbledon, a tournament he has won twice.But he targeted a possible return in doubles at this year’s tournament as it put less stress on his hip.The three-time Grand Slam champion compared his situation to that of American doubles player Bob Bryan who returned to the court five and a half months after a similar procedure.This year’s Wimbledon begins on July 1.last_img read more

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Surging Vols confident they can end bowl drought

first_imgKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is getting closer to a bowl bid that has eluded the program since the members of its heralded freshman class were still in ninth grade.After pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in school history, Tennessee enters its off week with a bowl invitation well within reach. Tennessee (4-5, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) hosts Kentucky (5-4, 2-4) and Missouri (7-2, 4-1) before closing the regular season at Vanderbilt (3-6, 0-6). The Volunteers can become bowl eligible by winning two of those three games.”That was our goal coming into the season, and it’s definitely right in front of us,” said sophomore quarterback Joshua Dobbs. “We’ve just got to keep plugging, keep working hard and we’ll get there.”After erasing a 14-point deficit in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter to beat South Carolina 45-42 in overtime last week, the Vols have reason to feel confident.”I don’t think people truly understand what this team accomplished Saturday night, with only nine individuals on the 70-person travel squad who had ever (played at) South Carolina before, playing an inordinate amount of freshmen and them stepping up in critical moments in critical situations and making plays,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.The next step in Tennessee’s growth process is to get to the postseason.A bowl bid would be a new experience for a team that’s grown accustomed to staying home for the holidays. Nobody on Tennessee’s roster has played in a bowl game. Tennessee’s last bowl appearance was a 30-27 overtime loss to North Carolina in the 2010 Music City Bowl.”Everybody knows that’s the main goal — getting to a bowl game,” said senior linebacker A.J. Johnson. “But at the same time, you’ve got to take each week at a time. We take each week at a time and get that win, we’re going to get to a bowl game.”We’re going to go to a bowl game. That’s the last thing we’re worried about. We’re going to make it to a bowl game.”A bowl game would serve as more than a reward for a program that has endured plenty of frustration in recent years. The extra practices that come along with a bowl appearance could prove particularly helpful for a team relying heavily on underclassmen.Tennessee has played 23 true freshmen this season, the most of any Football Bowl Subdivision program. Now that quarterback Justin Worley is about to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, Tennessee’s only remaining senior starters are Johnson, punter Matt Darr, offensive tackle Jacob Gilliam, cornerback Justin Coleman and defensive tackle Jordan Williams.”It really adds almost the equivalent of another spring ball for these individuals,” Jones said. “And the other thing is it lets your football team be together, and this is a very, very close-knit football team.”The Vols have looked completely different since the emergence of Dobbs, who made his first start of the season last week in place of an injured Worley.Against South Carolina, Dobbs became the first Tennessee player to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game. He ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass in the last 1:50 of regulation. Never before had Tennessee won a game in which it trailed by at least 14 points with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter.Now the Vols want to close out the season as well as they closed out that game.”Let’s not get too caught up with that win,” said junior receiver Alton “Pig” Howard. “We’ve still got a job we need to do.”last_img read more

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Berekum Arsenals shocked by GFA decision

first_imgThe management of Berekum Arsenals has expressed shock at the decision of the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association to allow for a replay of the aborted match-day-6 game of the Glo Premier League between Berekum Arsenals and Asante Kotoko.The two teams failed to compromise on a clash of jersey colors before the game was called off after forty five minutes.The DC has authorized the Premier League Board to set a new date for the game but team manager of Berekum Arsenals Douglas Effah said they will appeal the decision.He suspected the Disciplinary Committee was manipulated into arriving at the decision.Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more

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EPA memo claims ‘lashing out from passengers’ prompted Pruitt’s first-class flights

first_imgAlex Edelman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Newly-released documents show that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first-class flights were prompted by what his security chief called life-endangering “lashing out” from other passengers when he flew coach, but the agency has not completed investigations into any of those incidents.Lawmakers have questioned the security concerns cited as justification for increased spending on Pruitt’s security detail and first-class travel. EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox has previously said that Pruitt had a “blanket waiver” to fly first-class but later said that because of the security concerns Pruitt received a waiver to fly an upgraded class for every trip.A memo to the agency’s travel coordinator requesting that Pruitt be seated in first or business class, obtained by the Washington Post and other news organizations through the Freedom of Information Act, shows that Pruitt’s security detail wanted him to be seated in an upgrade class due to “lashing out from passengers” on full flights where his security wasn’t easily accessible to him.“We believe that the continued use of coach seats for the Administrator would endanger his life and respectfully ask that he be placed in either business or first class accommodations,” then-acting security chief Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta wrote in the memo.The memo does not detail any specific incident in which Pruitt was said to be in danger or what exactly is meant by “lashing out.”A former EPA enforcement official Mike Hubbard said it is “disingenuous and patently absurd” to suggest that someone’s life is in danger because of other passengers’ comments and that the memo does not provide any rationale for the additional expense of flying first class.Perrotta said in an interview with a conservative news outlet this week that various incidents with social media and other examples of threats, including what he called “very graphic” messages on Pruitt family’s phones, were enough to show that threats against Pruitt were an issue. He did not specifically address security incidents related to Pruitt’s travel.“Those particular examples you don’t need many of them to realize that there are people out there that want to cause harm,” he said in the interview. “And what’s important for everyone to know is that security is not there to prevent from an incident to occur, security is there to plan ahead hoping that they can defuse, deflate, or address potential issues.”Perrotta retired from the agency this month and recently met with congressional investigators.Federal regulations say that officials should use the least expensive option when they travel, but there is an exception allowing first-class for security reasons.None of the investigative reports released by the agency in response to a separate FOIA request shows that these cases were referred and investigated further to determine if the “lashing out” was a serious threat, according to documents released to ABC News and other news organizations from the agency’s internal investigative office.The EPA has not responded to questions about whether any of the incidents involving Pruitt’s travel were investigated.Pruitt said in March that because of concerns about the cost of his first class travel he has asked his staff to book him on more flights in coach. He previously said in interviews that there were some incidents between him and other travelers that were “not the best.”Reports from the investigative branch of the EPA inspector general show that the agency recorded 16 threats against Scott Pruitt as of August 2017, more than four times the number of threats against former administrator Gina McCarthy in the previous fiscal year.Most of the investigations determined there was “no overt threat” against Pruitt or took no further action. At least two investigations are still pending but the inspector general’s office said it does not comment on pending investigations and so could not confirm if any were related to Pruitt’s travel. An email dated January 2018 said that there were six investigations into threats against Pruitt in the 2018 fiscal year.Some of the threats reported to the office contained vulgar language, calling Pruitt “evil” or in one case a phone caller saying they hoped a family member would die. In several of the cases investigators contacted the source of that language and determined that there was no immediate threat to Pruitt. Other complaints were closed and no action was taken, though the specific findings were redacted.In multiple cases, the investigators presented information to the Justice Department but U.S. attorneys declined to prosecute.The office also looked into a complaint about a printout of the cover of Newsweek magazine where someone had drawn a mustache on Pruitt’s face. Investigators determined the printout was not a threat.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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YWCA walk-run to raise funds for AIDS hospice

first_imgNongprue sub-district has found the hospice a site in Tungkomtan-Man and has been trying to raise 5 million baht for the move since last year.Praichit said other proceeds from the walk-run will also go toward new water filters for schools and 10 other YWCA projects.For more information call 081-868-9366 or 038-716-316, or email [email protected] The YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center will raise funds for an embattled AIDS hospice with a charity walk-run on June 11.YWCA Chairwoman Praichit Jetapai announced May 28 that the event will begin at 4 p.m. in front of Central Festival Pattaya Beach. Three courses will be offered, stretching 1.5, 3 and 6 kilometers with an entry fee of 250 baht.Paichit Jetaphai (2nd left), President of YWCA Bangkok–Pattaya Center outlines her plans for the event during the press meeting held on May 28.The fee includes a t-shirt plus food and drinks after the race.Proceeds from the event will go toward a new home for the Glory Hut Foundation, which been engaged in a battle with residents of the Lang Nern Community who cited everything from the fear of children being infected with AIDS to ghosts in their campaign to evict the charity out of their Pattaya-area neighborhood.last_img read more

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Galway September Meeting Preview – Monday

first_imgGeorge McDonagh looks ahead to the opening day of Galway’s September meeting at Ballybrit. Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/GALWAY+PREVIEW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Our Tip today is SO SENSIBLE Running in the 5.05 at Galway. The Advice is go each way.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

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Galway United 1-2 Shamrock Rovers – FAI Cup 1/4 final reaction

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email There was heartbreak for Galway United last night in their FAI Cup quarter-final at home to Shamrock Rovers when they lost out 2-1 thanks to an injury-time winner from Lee Grace for the visitors. United led at half time 1-0 courtesy of a Maurice Nugent only for Aaron Greene to level just before the hour mark and just when it seemed a replay was on the cards, Grace nodded home the winner. Galway United manager Alan Murphy told Mike Rafferty he couldn’t be prouder of his side’s effort…last_img read more

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10 Security Predictions for 2011 from Imperva

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Trends It’s prediction season on the Internet, and today’s dose of futurism comes from security firm Imperva. The company just released its Security Trends for 2011 paper. Among other things, Imperva predicts consolidation of the cyber-crime industry, convergence in international privacy and data security laws, and more state-sponsored cyber-attacks targeted at private industry.Trend #10: Convergence of Data Security and Privacy Regulation WorldwideImperva cites cooperation between the FTC and the EU on data security laws and the recently announced White House subcommittee on privacy and security ( “with the goal of fostering consensus in legislative, regulatory, and international Internet policy realms”) as evidence of a trend towards standardized international security and privacy laws.Trend # 9: Cyber Security Becomes a Business ProcessThe report claims that “security is no longer a tactical technical activity, but is becoming a strategic business process.” Imperva cites acquisitions of security companies by traditional tech companies like Intel and HP and the increased presence of security practices in companies’ business objects as evidence. The report suggests that security professionals need to become business process experts.Trend #8: Hackers Feeling the HeatImperva predicts smaller criminal operations will either be stamped out by international law enforcement, or acquired by larger organizations. “The current powerful cyber-crime organizations will consolidate their power and grow (after all, antitrust laws don’t apply to them),” the report says. Cisco has previously commented on how similar cybercrime is to traditional business in its Mid-Year Security Report, report.Trend #7: Mobile Devices Compromise Data SecurityThis one’s pretty self-explanatory: Imperva expects to see data breaches caused by mobile devices in one way or another. Lost or stolen devices, trojans that target mobile devices, security breaches at carriers (like the AT&T iPad e-mail leak) and security flaws in mobile apps (like those found in Citi’s app) are all possible causes. Those seeking advice on security in the post-PC era should check out our coverage of a Forrester report on the subject.Trend #6: Data Security Goes to the CloudThat other hot security topic, cloud security, is also addressed in the report. Imperva expects that good technical solutions to cloud application security will emerge in 2011, but that data security (protection for data stores in the cloud) will lag behind. We suggest readers check out our post 5 Resources for Migrating to the Cloud Securely.Trend #5: File Security Takes Center StageImperva predicts a rise in data breaches in he form of compromised files (such as Excel spreadsheets) rather than database records. This will lead to a greater demand for solutions to secure file repositories and file servers.Trend #4: Misanthropes and Anti-socials: Privacy vs. Security in Social NetworksThe report cites recent measures Facebook has taken recently to improve privacy on its site as evidence that social networks will continue to improve security and privacy options. It seems that the Google Buzz class-action lawsuit would further support this prediction.Trend #3: Man in the Browser Attacks Will Man UpImperva suggests that “Man-in-the-Browser” attacks (also known as “proxy trojans”) will increase and become more sophisticated in 2011. According to the report:Most prominent Trojans, such as ZeuS, Gozi, URLZone, Sinowal, Limbo and SpyEye, all have MitB capabilities that allow then to selectively intercept requests and replies and manipulate them based on configuration files delivered from the C&C. Quite commonly, such malware injects additional fields into HTML forms and sends out the information from the to the attacker.Trend #2: The Insider Threat – it’s much much more, than you had imaginedThe report cites a study Imperva conducted that found that insider data breaches are actually more common than external breaches. However, the report says, external breaches are more likely to be reported. Imperva suggests that as privacy regulation will force companies to disclose more breaches and the insider threat will become more apparent.Trend #1: Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Meets IndustrializationImperva expects to see more state-sponsored cyber-attacks in the 2011. As we just reported, the Stuxnet worm was most likely designed specifically to sabotage nuclear facilities. The report says “all fingers are pointing to government agencies as the Stuxnet driver” and notes that this is a departure from profit-driven cybercrime. The report cites the 2009 botnet driven denial-of-service attack that hit the US and South Korea, but it was never proven conclusively that North Korea was behind the attack. Oddly, the report doesn’t mention Operation Aura, another likely case of government backed cyber-espionage.Photo credit: Circo de Invierno. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Senate, House Unified GOP Tax Reform Bill Expected Friday

first_imgThe House and Senate conference committee is expected to finalize its committee report for signatures by Friday morning, December 15. Bipartisan conferees will have the choice to sign the committee report between 10 a.m. and noon, committee conference chair Kevin Brady, R-Tex., told reporters on December 14. The text of the unified GOP tax reform bill is expected to be released after the conference report is signed.GOP SupportThe 29-member bipartisan conference committee requires only a majority of Senate and House signatures to finalize the committee report. Republicans alone have enough signatures to approve the committee report without Democratic support. Thus, floor votes are expected next week in the Senate and House.However, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., may throw an unexpected curve ball toward GOP leadership’s plans. He announced on December 14 that he will not support the tax bill without a larger increase to the child tax credit. Other key votes that remain uncertain include Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Mike Lee, R-Utah. Senate Republicans, holding a slim majority, can only afford to lose two GOP votes.“Tax negotiators didn’t have much trouble finding a way to lower the top tax bracket and to start the corporate tax cut a year early. Adding at least a few hundred dollars in refundable cuts for working families that seem to always be forgotten isn’t hard to do either,” Rubio said in a tweet.White HouseAccording to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Rubio should be pleased with the progress already made on the child tax credit front. “We’re really proud of the work that we’ve done already up until this point with Senator Rubio, already doubling the Child Tax Credit, taking it to $2,000 per child,” Sanders told reporters in a December 14 press briefing. “We’re going to continue working with the senator. But we think we’ve made great strides and, frankly, pretty historic movement in terms of the child tax credit.”HighlightsCertain provisions of the tax bill expected to be unveiled on December 15 looked even more likely on the evening of December 14. However, any of these may be revised until the final conference committee report is signed. The provisions most likely to be in the unified GOP tax bill include:The corporate rate would be cut to 21 percent, beginning in 2018;The top individual tax rate is expected to fall to 37 percent;A 20 percent deduction would be available for passthrough income;A $750,000 cap, lowered from the current $1 million, would be applicable to the mortgage interest deduction;The state and local tax (SALT) deduction would be repealed, except for property taxes, which would be allowed up to $10,000.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_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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