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In a first, full-time foreign coach to be hired for junior playersIn a first, full-time foreign coach to be hired for junior players

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI) Indian table tennis will soon have the services of a full-time foreign coach each for senior and junior teams, an unprecedented move aiming to build on the historic gains made this year. MP Singh, secretary general at the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), told PTI that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) gave a go ahead to having a separate head coach for senior and junior teams after a dream campaign at the Asian Games where the country won a couple of bronze medals. The junior head coach will be appointed by next month while senior coach Massimo Costantini’s replacement will be named by December. The stellar performance at the Asian Games, where India won its first table tennis medal in 60 years, came after the high of Commonwealth Games where the nation topped the tally with eight medals including three gold. “We have to have two separate foreign coaches for seniors and juniors. With senior likes of Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das not getting any younger, we have to ensure the feeder lines keeps producing world-class players,” said the TTFI secretary. Sharath, who has been India’s finest for the last 15 years, is 36 and women’s veteran Das is 34. For now, there are enough men’s players to choose from but trailblazer Manika Batra is not getting the support she needs to challenge big teams. “2018 has been the best ever year for Indian table tennis. Results have been coming and to continue this upward trend, we have to strengthen our junior programme,” said Dhanraj Choudhary, long-time table tennis administrator who is now a advisor of TTFI.advertisement Till now, senior head coach was travelling with the juniors for important events like the Youth Olympics, putting additional burden on him. Foreign coaches were called for junior paddlers but only for camps. “Now, the junior head coach will be based out of India for the term of his contract. We have already recommended six to seven names to SAI. The appointment will be made soon,” said Choudhary. For Costantini’s replacement, TTFI is awaiting recommendations from world body ITTF. The Italian, himself, could propose a few names considering he will be working as ITTF high performance director. “Though 2019 is a lean year, the focus has already shifted to the 2020 Olympics. And for the CWG and Asian Games in 2022, we need to start now. That is why we felt the need of a full-time junior coach,” added secretary Singh. PTI BS KHSKHSlast_img read more

Virat Kohli is disrespectful and Perth Test made him look silly: Mitchell JohnsonVirat Kohli is disrespectful and Perth Test made him look silly: Mitchell Johnson

first_imgFormer Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is not impressed with how Virat Kohli shook hands and barely made any eye-contact with Tim Paine at the conclusion of the second Test between India and Australia in Perth on Tuesday.Australia beat India by 146 runs on the final day to level the four-match series 1-1 at the Optus stadium.At the end of the match, Kohli and Paine were seen shaking hands but the Indian captain looked visibly disappointed at his team’s loss.Johnson was extremely critical of Kohli’s behaviour during the Test.”At the end of the match, you should be able to look each other in the eyes, shake hands and say ‘great contest’,” Johnson wrote in a column for Fox Sports.”Virat Kohli could not do that with Tim Paine, shaking the Australian captain’s hand but barely making eye contact with him. To me, that is disrespectful.1-1 going into the Boxing Day Test. It doesn’t get much bigger!Be there: #AUSvIND (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018″Kohli gets away with more than most cricketers simply because he is Virat Kohli and he gets placed on a pedestal but this Test left the Indian captain looking silly,” he added.The two captains were consistently involved in banter during the match but both insisted that no line was crossed.”I think he brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of people”The two skippers have their say on the Perth verbals #AUSvIND (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018But reports in Australian media claimed that the world’s No.1 Test and ODI batsman boasted about being the best in the business during the showdowns.The BCCI however, came out in support of Kohli, saying the statement attributed to Kohli was just hearsay and he never bragged about himself.Johnson said that Kohli didn’t his keep words after making pre-series claims that he won’t initiate any confrontations.”Kohli has contradicted the things he said at the start of the series. He said he was a changed person – that he was coming in with a different attitude to last time and wasn’t going to initiate anything. What we saw this Test says otherwise,” he wrote.”From my experiences with him and what I am seeing as an observer now, not much has changed. It was disappointing and that is not the only area where he let himself down.”Johnson was also offended with Kohli for not acknowledging the standing ovation at Perth stadium after his dismissal.”To me the catch was given out so you accept it and move on and as a player who has scored a hundred you acknowledge the standing ovation,” he said.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Virat Kohli surpasses Brian Lara with sixth hundred in a losing cause as captainAlso Read | Virat Kohli was confident of chasing down 287. Numbers don’t back him upAlso Read | Virat Kohli best batsman but world’s worst-behaved player: Naseeruddin ShahAlso Read | Team India no saints, they started sledging war in Australia: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Google Pixel 4 spotted in public againGoogle Pixel 4 spotted in public again

first_imgThe Google Pixel is slated to be launched in October this week. Ahead of the official launch of the upcoming Pixel smartphone, a number of reports in the past couple of weeks have tried to give us a glimpse of the Pixel 3 successor. While reports and leaks ahead of smartphone launches are common, Google made an unprecedented move by leaking an image of the Pixel 4 via its official Twitter channel. That should stoppedor at the very leastslowed down the string of reports. But it hasn’t. And now, the Google Pixel 4 has been spotted in the public once again.According to a report by 9To5 Google, the upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone was spotted on London Underground late last week. The phone was presumably covered in a generic grey coloured smartphone case. Normally, the casing would make it difficult to identify the Pixel 4 smartphone. However, the phone’s rear camera setup was a give away.The images show the Pixel 4 smartphone spotting a triple camera setup along with an LED flash and what the publication reports to be a spectral sensor that is place above and below the flash.Notably, this is not the first time that the upcoming Google Pixel 4 smartphone has been spotted in public. Last month, a tipster shared the first live image of the Google Pixel 4 in what seemed to be a Made by Google fabric case. The phone was reportedly spotted in London. While the live image didn’t reveal much, it did confirm that the Pixel 4 would come with a multi-camera setup at the back that would be neatly tucked inside a square shaped module.advertisementSeparately, prior leaks and reports have detailed a number of features and specifications pertaining to the upcoming Pixel 3 successor. Google has already confirmed that Pixel 4 would come with a triple rear camera setup and a leaked code from an unreleased built of Android Q revealed that the device would come with a 16MP telephoto lens. Reports also indicate that the phone could come with a Time-of-Flight sensor at the back.Aside from the camera, the Google Pixel 4 is expected to retain a glass back but ditch the dual tone design. The phone is likely to sport up to 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. While a lot of these details remain unclear at the moment, we know that the Pixel 4 smartphone would have Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor in its core and run on Android Q.ALSO READ: | Pixel 4 leaks in live photos days after Google confirmed the phoneALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 XL renders show off triple rear cameras, thick top bezelALSO READ: | Google confirms Pixel 4 with dual rear cameraslast_img read more

Oklahoma Lands JUCO Offensive Lineman Finley FelixOklahoma Lands JUCO Offensive Lineman Finley Felix

first_imgA view of Oklahoma fans during a Sooners football game.NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 1: Fans of the Oklahoma Sooners cheer in the stands during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on October 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 43-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Oklahoma, in the midst of another solid season, landed another commit on Monday night. JUCO offensive lineman Finley Felix chose the Sooners over a number of other top programs.Felix doesn’t have an official rating on 247 Sports, but he did have offers from the likes of Ole Miss, West Virginia, Iowa State, Memphis, Missouri, Kansas and Louisville.Felix currently plays for Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas. He’s a player for the class of 2019 for Oklahoma.Felix, who is 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, announced the news on Twitter. Check it out:@CoachOatesOL #JUCOPRODUCT #BoomerSooner— Finley Felix ?? (@felix_finley) November 6, 2018Oklahoma, at the moment, has the sixth-best recruiting class in the country for 2019 – and the top class in the Big 12. The Sooners have 19 players committed.Oklahoma will take on rival Oklahoma State this Saturday – it’s a huge game for the Big 12 race.last_img read more

USCG Cutter Confiscates Over a Ton of CocaineUSCG Cutter Confiscates Over a Ton of Cocaine

first_imgzoom The crew of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Active seized an estimated 2,300 pounds (1043kg) of cocaine, worth approximately $37 million, in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean some 140 miles off the coast of Panama late last month.Active, home ported in Port Angeles, Wash., was on routine patrol in the region when it was directed to intercept a suspicious Panamanian fishing vessel sighted earlier by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 aircraft. A Coast Guard boarding team was launched as Active approached the fishing vessel.During an inspection of the vessel, the boarding team discovered more than 40 burlap sacks filled with cocaine. The fishing boat, the contraband, and five suspected smugglers were turned over to Panamanian authorities. “I am extremely proud of this crew. They have continually lived up to the cutter’s nickname, the ‘Li’l Tough Guy’,” said Cmdr. Philip Crigler, Active’s commanding officer. “Through their tenacity we have had great success on this patrol keeping illegal drugs from reaching the shores of the United States.”The Coast Guard deploys assets to both the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea in coordination with other law enforcement agencies and partner nations in the regions to disrupt the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.Overall coordination of surveillance and patrols is done by an interagency task force based in Florida. U.S. maritime law enforcement and the interdiction phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific occurs under the tactical control of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered in Alameda.USCG, April 24, 2014last_img read more

Bluenose II Restoration Sets Sail With Contracts AwardedBluenose II Restoration Sets Sail With Contracts Awarded

first_imgNova Scotia’s sailing ambassador Bluenose II is closer to a planned restoration with the announcement today, Dec. 17, that contracts have been signed with a project manager and design consultant. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Percy Paris announced the awarding of the project management contract to MHPM Project Managers Inc. following a request for proposals which closed on Oct. 5. Mr. Paris also announced that Lengkeek Vessel Engineering Inc. would provide design consultation by developing detailed plans and specifications to be used during the construction phase of the refit project. The firm was selected from a number of proponents who bid on a second request for proposals earlier this fall. “The refit of Bluenose II is welcome news because of the jobs it will create during these challenging economic times,” said Mr. Paris. “It also assures Nova Scotians that this national icon will continue to represent our proud spirit and heritage to the world for many years to come.” The Atlantic region office of MHPM Project Managers Inc. has provided leadership to a number of private and public sector projects. The firm has offices across Canada and has also been involved with projects in Africa and the Middle East. “Bluenose II’s legacy is well known across Canada and in many parts of the world,” said Stephen Vaslet of MHPM Project Managers Inc. “We are proud to be leading a project that will ensure its legacy remains secure for the people of Nova Scotia.” Lengkeek Vessel Engineering Inc. has more than 25 years of experience as a naval architectural and marine engineering firm and has designed a wide range of vessels including yachts, pilot boats and offshore and passenger ships. They are based in Dartmouth, and have an office in St. John’s, N.L. “Helping to maintain Bluenose II’s proud role as Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador is truly exciting,” said Marius Lengkeek of Lengkeek Vessel Engineering Inc. “We look forward to contributing to Nova Scotia’s seafaring heritage as part of the project.” The province and the government of Canada committed up to $7.2 million each toward restoring Bluenose II as part of the federal infrastructure stimulus program. Under terms of the federal program, projects must be completed by March 31, 2011, to qualify for matching funding. Bluenose II will be out of the water during the 2010 sailing season for the refit to proceeds. Tendering for the construction phase will begin shortly with a request for expressions of interest to identify qualified bidders.last_img read more

Universes 1st molecule detected in spaceUniverses 1st molecule detected in space

first_imgBerlin: Scientists have detected the most ancient type of molecule in our universe in space for the first time ever. Helium hydride ion (HeH+) was the first molecule that formed when, almost 14 billion years ago, falling temperatures in the young universe allowed recombination of the light elements produced in the Big Bang. At that time, ionised hydrogen and neutral helium atoms reacted to form HeH+, said researchers from The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Germany. Despite its importance in the history of the early Universe, HeH+ has so far escaped detection in astrophysical nebulae — cloud of gas and dust in outer space. Operating the GREAT far-infrared spectrometer onboard the flying observatory SOFIA, an international team reported unambiguous detection of the molecule towards the planetary nebula NGC 7027. During the dawn of chemistry when the temperature in the young universe had fallen below 4000 Kelvin, the ions of the light elements (hydrogen, helium, deuterium and traces of lithium) produced in Big Bang nucleosynthesis recombined in reverse order of their ionisation potential. Helium combined first with free electrons to form the first ever neutral atom, according to the study published in the journal Nature. At that time hydrogen was still ionised or present in form of bare protons. Helium atoms combined with these protons into the helium hydride ion HeH+, the universe’s first molecular bond. As recombination progressed, HeH+ reacted with then neutral hydrogen and created a first path to the formation of molecular hydrogen — marking the beginning of the modern universe. Despite its unquestioned importance in the history of the early Universe, the HeH+ molecule has so far escaped detection in interstellar space, researchers said. Studied in the laboratory as long ago as 1925, dedicated searches during the last decades have been unsuccessful, thereby challenging our understanding of the underlying chemical networks, they said. “The chemistry of the universe began with HeH+. The lack of definitive evidence of its very existence in interstellar space has been a dilemma for astronomy for a long time,” said Rolf Gusten from the MPIfR. In the late 1970s, astro-chemical models suggested the possibility that HeH+ might exist at detectable abundances in local astrophysical nebulae, and would be most easily observed in so-called planetary nebula, ejected by Sun-like stars in the last stage of their lifetime. The hard radiation field produced by the central white dwarf star with a temperature of more than 100,000 degrees drives ionisation fronts into the ejected envelope, where HeH+ is predicted to form.last_img read more

UN mission in Côte dIvoire funds three quickimpact social projectsUN mission in Côte dIvoire funds three quickimpact social projects

The UN Operations in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) gave the largest amount, $1.12 million, to Drame Sirah, the president of a group of victims of the 25 March Government crackdown on unauthorized demonstrations In Abidjan and Yamoussoukro.Over $11,000 was allocated to Mayor Yapi Lambert of Tiassalé towards the establishment of a radio station for his constituency and more than $10,300 to Msgr. Joseph Niangoran Teky of the Diocese of Man to renovate a centre for former child soldiers.The donations covered 70 per cent of the predicted cost of each project and the rest would be turned over later, UNOCI said.”This modest humanitarian gesture aims above all to assist those who have suffered in the conflict and crisis in Côte d’Ivoire and to show that UNOCI goes beyond military considerations in its interventions,” said the mission’s deputy chief, Alan Doss. read more

Senate passes budget unchanged but reasserts right to amend money billsSenate passes budget unchanged but reasserts right to amend money bills

by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2017 9:04 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Senate passes budget unchanged but reasserts right to amend money bills OTTAWA – The Trudeau government’s budget bill passed the Senate without amendments Thursday, but the broader dispute over which parliamentary chamber has the right to decide budgetary matters was left unresolved as Parliament shut down for the summer.Senators voted 50-33 to drop their insistence on amendments to the budget implementation bill, which would have deleted a provision allowing the government to hike the federal excise tax on wine, beer and alcohol every year by the rate of inflation.But at the same time, they sent a message back to the House of Commons, reminding MPs that the Senate is constitutionally empowered to amend any legislation “whatever its nature or source.”Their message was in response to the government’s rejection of the Senate amendments because they “infringe upon the rights and privileges” of the Commons.That assertion, sent in a message to the Senate on Wednesday after passing unanimously in the Commons, echoed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s contention that only the elected chamber of Parliament has the right to make decisions on budgetary matters and that appointed senators therefore have no business trying to rewrite the budget.Senators countered that the Constitution prohibits the appointed upper house from initiating a money bill, but does not stop it from amending — or even defeating — one.Even the government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, who had been urging senators to defer to the will of the elected chamber, agreed with the need to reaffirm the Senate’s powers to amend, even if it ultimately did not exercise those powers on the budget bill.“We asserted our rights as a Senate, as an institution, with respect to our role and responsibilities on all legislation,” he said, emphasizing the word “all.”“Our message is one that I very much support.”However, government House leader Bardish Chagger declined to say whether she accepts that message or by what authority the government contends the Senate does not have the power to amend budget bills. Instead, she repeatedly made the point that the budget itself was passed by both houses of Parliament and that the budget implementation bill simply gave effect to it.Nevertheless, Chagger listed the “healthy dialogue” with the Senate among the government’s accomplishments in the spring sitting of Parliament.“Already we have shown we can work together in adopting Senate recommendations on bills such as the response to the opioid crisis and to amending our citizenship law,” she said.The Senate’s message was supported by all independent Liberals and independent senators in the chamber, including a number of those who had raised significant concerns about the budget bill and had originally supported the Senate amendments.Conservative senators — the single largest group in the Senate and the only group to remain openly partisan — voted against standing down on the amendments. And they suggested the vote demonstrated that the others are not truly independent.“I think clearly we’ve seen in the last few days Trudeau’s appointments are doing what is expected of senators when they get appointed by a certain prime minister. They support his agenda,” said Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos.“How independent are independents?” questioned fellow Tory Sen. Raynell Andreychuk.But independent Sen. Andre Pratte, who had unsuccessfully attempted to divide the budget bill to separate out provisions creating the new infrastructure bank, said he and other independents believe they must ultimately defer to the Commons “unless it’s an exceptional circumstance … where fundamental rights of Canadians would be at play.”“This is not such a case,” he said, pointing out that an excise tax “is not a matter of life and death.”“We are appointed. Our role is to suggest amendments, to alert Canadian public opinion, but it’s not to defeat … a bill that has the support of the elected House.”Sen. Elaine McCoy, co-ordinator of the independent senators’ group, suggested senators should stand firm only in exceptional cases where Canadians’ charter rights are violated or where they disagree with a declaration of war. read more

Ohio State announces Larry Johnson as assistant head coach and defensive lineOhio State announces Larry Johnson as assistant head coach and defensive line

Larry Johnson watches the team practice before the Blue and White scrimmage April 20 at Beaver Stadium.Credit: Courtesy of Daily CollegianLarry Johnson is officially an Ohio State Buckeye.OSU made the announcement Wednesday, naming Johnson the next assistant head coach and defensive line coach for the Buckeyes, according to a press release.“I am very pleased that Larry Johnson is an Ohio State Buckeye,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said in the release. “I have great respect for him as a family man, as a coach and mentor of young men and as a recruiter. He is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff.”Johnson spent the last 18 years of his career at Penn State, including overseeing the entire defensive line for the last 14 years. He also spent 20 years coaching high school football in Maryland and Virginia, according to the release.“In just a few hours I can tell that Ohio State cares about football,” Johnson said in the release. “There is a winning tradition that is important here. They care about academics and they care about players, and I like the way coach Urban Meyer approaches things. He’s a great teacher. He is very organized and this is what I was looking for.”Johnson is set to replace former Buckeye defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who announced via Twitter Jan. 9 he was leaving OSU to take a job with the Houston Texans of the NFL. Vrabel’s jump to the NFL comes after Houston announced the hiring of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien Jan. 3.While coaching at Penn State, six of Johnson’s defensive linemen were first-round NFL Draft selections, most recently Jared Odrick in 2010. Johnson also coached seven first-team All-Americans on the defensive line in his time at State College, Pa., including Courtney Brown, who was picked No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft in 2000.Since 1996, Johnson’s first season with the Nittany Lions, no other Big Ten team has had as many players from one position win Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year than the five defensive ends Johnson coached.“I am really impressed with the Ohio State players. I just met a group of players, walked out of the room and thought, ‘wow,’ these are kinds of players I want to coach,” Johnson said. “They were really impressive.”Johnson, who grew up in Williamston, N.C., coached a defense that led the nation in sacks from 2005-09. He focuses on fundamentals and forming relationships with the players he coaches, according to the release.“I’m a relationship guy and I think in order to get the best out of your players you have to develop relationships,” Johnson said in a released statement. “I’m also a teacher. I like to teach the basic fundamentals of football. I want guys who are fundamentally sound and have the ability to play fast and to play relentless.”Johnson’s salary was not immediately available Wednesday evening, per OSU. The man he is replacing at OSU, Vrabel, earned a base salary of $291,004 last season, according to the USA TODAY coaches database.According to PennLive, Johnson was offered to remain as defensive line coach for the Nittany Lions by their new head coach — James Franklin — but declined.The Buckeyes are set to open their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Prince William returns to work following Christmas and New Year breakPrince William returns to work following Christmas and New Year break

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge may have been accused of being work shy but on Thursday he was seen putting his back into it as he returned to his pilot duties following a short Christmas and New Year break.Prince William, who was recently criticised for attending fewer public engagements than his father at the same age, was seen hard at work as he flew into Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with a patient yesterday afternoon. William at the back of a waiting ambulance Show more The East Anglian Air Ambulance arriving at Addenbrooke's hospital  William was seen laughing and joking with the pilot as they looked at something on his mobile phone.At one point three women walked past the air ambulance helicopter but had no idea Prince William was standing the other side as his head was hidden from view. He was later spotted checking his mobile phone and checking over the helicopter.When the ambulance returned, the Duke was spotted sharing a joke with a female brunette paramedic, then he helped the crew load the stretcher back into the helicopter. William, who looked pleased to have completed the emergency mission, then climbed into the helicopter and returned to the air ambulance base in Cambridge.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were recently slated for being work shy, with statistics showing William attended 188 engagements last year and Kate 140.In 1985 when William was a similar age to George, Prince Charles managed 404 engagements and Diana attended 299.Prince William is based at the nearby Cambridge Airport and flies an EC145 T2 aircraft.The charity regularly completes more than 150 missions each month, responding to emergencies in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, ranging from road accidents to heart attacks.In common with all other East Anglian Air Ambulance pilots, he is formally employed by Bond Air Services and draws a salary which he donates to charity.center_img William at the back of a waiting ambulanceCredit:Geoff Robinson Last year he took an extended three-week festive holiday, but this year he has returned to his duties straight after the New Year bank holiday like most workers.The 34-year-old was seen landing at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, then helping his team to lift the stretcher out of the helicopter and into the back of a waiting ambulance.The Duke, who was hard to recognise as he was dressed down in a black coat, black trousers and glasses, then waited with the pilot for around 45 minutes as the paramedics accompanied the patient into the hospital. The East Anglian Air Ambulance arriving at Addenbrooke’s hospital Credit:Geoff Robinson 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.last_img read more

Filip Jicha bomb in Zagreb VIDEOFilip Jicha bomb in Zagreb VIDEO

← Previous Story Waszkiewicz i Wleklak lead Poland until June Next Story → Viktor Szilagyi joins Bergischer HC One of the most attractive goal in the first matches of the EHF Champions League 1/4 Final was master-piece of Filip Jicha. After CO Zagreb’s goalkeeper, Marin Sego saved shoot by Jicha from left wing, World’s best player in 2010 try from 12 meters and booom…[youtube][/youtube] Filip Jichahandball goals

OGaras La Rochelle reign begins in defeat to ClermontOGaras La Rochelle reign begins in defeat to Clermont

first_img 29,414 Views Ronan O’Gara and Kerr Barlow. Image: Luttiau Nicolas/INPHO Sunday 25 Aug 2019, 6:40 PM Image: Luttiau Nicolas/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article O’Gara’s La Rochelle reign begins in defeat to Clermont In a re-run of last season’s European Challenge Cup final, Clermont were again superior to their opponents. Aug 25th 2019, 6:40 PM Short URLcenter_img Ronan O’Gara and Kerr Barlow. Share1 Tweet Email AUSTRALIA INTERNATIONAL PETER Betham had a hand in all of Clermont’s tries on Sunday as last season’s Top 14 runners up began their campaign with a 28-10 victory over La Rochelle.In a re-run of May’s European Challenge Cup final, won by Clermont, Betham scored twice and set-up flanker Judicael Cancoriet in searing conditions in the Auvergne as La Rochelle played the final quarter a man down as Sila Puafisi was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle. The sides took water breaks after 20 minutes and on the hour mark due to the 33 degrees Celsius heat in what was Ronan O’Gara’s first match in charge of La Rochelle’s backs.The former Ireland out-half’s visitors were down to 14 men after less than five minutes with former New Zealand scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow receiving a yellow card for intentionally knocking the ball down. ROG emerges at Stade Marcel-Michelin. Source: Luttiau Nicolas/INPHOClermont made the most of the extra player as they raced to a 10-0 lead by the 10-minute mark as Betham scored and fly-half Jake McIntyre, signed as Rugby World Cup cover for France’s Camille Lopez, added the conversion and a penalty.La Rochelle’s responded after the first water break as centre Pierre Aguillon scored and former Clermont outside-half Brock James slotted the extras after 22 minutes.James, who won a French Top 14 title during his decade at the Stade Marcel-Michelin, bought the sides level just before the break with a penalty.McIntyre reclaimed a three-point advantage with a penalty and Betham scored his second try of the game after 57 minutes.Substitute Puafisi, who last played for Tonga in June 2017, was sent for an early shower after a high tackle on McIntyre which forced the stand-off to be replaced by youngster Marc Palmier. By AFP O’Gara and Jono Gibbes. Source: Luttiau Nicolas/INPHOPalmier extended his side’s lead to 21-10 with a penalty goal with 19 minutes to play before former All Blacks full-back Isaia Toeava was yellow carded.Betham, who has two caps for Australia, set-up Cancoriet for the final try with a delicate off-load after collecting a long clearing kick five metres from the La Rochelle line.The biggest result of the earlier games of the opening weekend was champions Toulouse losing to Bordeaux-Begles on Saturday.- © AFP, 2019 36 Comments last_img read more

Un détecteur dexplosifs créé grâce aux antennes des papillons de nuitUn détecteur dexplosifs créé grâce aux antennes des papillons de nuit

first_imgUn détecteur d’explosifs créé grâce aux antennes des papillons de nuitLes antennes d’un papillon de nuit ont inspiré à des chercheurs du CNRS une technologie permettant de détecteur des explosifs. Basée sur la structure nanométrique des organes sensoriels de l’insecte, elle serait aussi efficace que le flair des chiens.Des chercheurs du Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) ont développé un étonnant système de détection des explosifs, basé sur le modèle des antennes d’un papillon de nuit, le Bombyx du Murier. Dans un communiqué ils expliquent en effet s’être inspirés de la structure nanométrique des organes de l’insecte pour créer un “micro-levier en silicium”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Couvert de quelque 500.000 nanotubes de dioxyde de titane, ce dispositif s’avèrerait aussi efficace que le flair d’un chien spécialement entraîné pour repérer la présence d’explosifs. Il serait en mesure de détecter des concentrations de trinitrotoluène (TNT), un explosif notamment utilisé pour obtenir de l’amatol, mille fois plus faibles que ne le peuvent les systèmes aujourd’hui utilisés.Mais le développement de cette technologie ne se limite pas à ce seul intérêt. Le système pourrait en effet être également appliqué à la détection de drogues, d’agents toxiques ou encore de polluants organiques. Pour l’heure, les chercheurs travaillent à l’élaboration d’un dispositif le plus simple à utiliser possible. Ils entendent à terme parvenir à concevoir un système “capable de reconnaître de manière spécifique le type d’explosif absorbé”.”En matière environnementale, ce dispositif bio-inspiré pourrait permettre de mesurer d’infimes traces de polluants tels que les composés organiques volatils, devenus un problème sanitaire majeur”, souligne le CNRS.Le 2 juin 2012 à 16:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ford Adds a Hightech Butt to its Stable of RobotsFord Adds a Hightech Butt to its Stable of Robots

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Over the years, robots have taken on a number of different duties in the automotive industry. They simplify warehouse operations and help out with the assembly process. Some stand in for humans when tests need to be performed.Not just impact testing, either. Ford, for example, has started using a robot to perform a very specialized set of tasks related to a vehicle’s seats. It’s essentially a high-tech butt. The company’s engineers even refer to particular piece of equipment as Robutt.Despite its tongue-in-cheek nickname, Robutt is actually doing important work for Ford. A vehicle has to accommodate humans of all shapes and sizes and that moment where your cheek first hits the seat is critical to establishing how you feel about the whole driving experience.Ford starts off by having actual people sit in a driver’s seat that has been covered with a pressure-sensitive pad. Data from that pad then gets fed into a testing system, which sets the stage for Robutt.Robutt is packed with sensors and mounted on an arm that lets it enter a test vehicle set up in as many different ways as the human testers did. To test a single seat design, Ford will have Robutt sit down and get up around 25,000 times.According to Ford, that’s around ten years’ worth of action… and it all happens in just three short weeks. It would literally be a pain in the butt for humans to perform this kind of testing, but Robutt can handle it without missing a beat.“Previously, we used pneumatic cylinders that simply moved up and down,” durability engineer Svenja Fröhlich. That’s not a terrible precise way of doing things. “With the ‘Robutt’,” she adds, we are now able to replicate very accurately how people really behave.”last_img read more

Changes are coming to comments on ColumbiancomChanges are coming to comments on Columbiancom

first_imgThe Columbian will soon start testing a new commenting system to improve the reader experience on our website and encourage new commenters to join the conversation. In the next few weeks we will start requiring all users to comment on our stories using Facebook. This will promote the use of real names when commenting on our stories and also allow commenters to share their thoughts on local issues with their Facebook friends. Those who wish to remain anonymous will find a place to continue using their existing Columbian login in a separate forum, which we’re setting up.Read our FAQ below for more about Facebook comments and how it will affect you. We welcome your feedback and questions. Leave a comment below, or e-mail Web Editor Libby Tucker ( or Social Media Coordinator Matt Wastradowski ( We hope that you’ll join us in the new community.What does this mean for commenters?Anyone wishing to comment on stories will need a Facebook account. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can sign up for one at Don’t worry – it’s free, quick and easy to do so.Why the switch?The new system holds commenters accountable by linking their comments to their Facebook account and, by extension, real name and face. We’ve found that comments are generally cleaner and more informative on our Facebook page than on the site. This change hopefully will dissuade some troublesome commenters and keep things relatively clean for the rest of us.Do terms of service and community guidelines still apply?Yes. Real names or not, we will continue to ask that all commenters adhere to the community discussion guidelines outlined at read more

Fishing report 1218Fishing report 1218

first_imgIt has turned out to be a pretty amazing year for coho, especially the late stock coho in the Columbia River and tributaries.Here are two facts to support the above statement:Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery has had more than 100,000 adult coho return this year. So, add to that all the Cowlitz-origin coho caught in the ocean, at Buoy 10, in the lower Columbia sport and commercial fisheries and in the river.Coho still are fueling a fishery in the Klickitat River where bank anglers averaged more than three coho per rod last weekend.A research net on Monday a mile up the Cowlitz River was deployed for 24 hours and caught 72 smelt. All smelt fisheries remain closed. Spearfish Lake in Klickitat County has been stocked with 100 large brood stock rainbow trout. Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Mid-Columbia — Klickitat River mouth, 10 boat rods with 12 adult coho kept and one released. (WDFW)John Day River mouth, 14 boats with six steelhead kept and 14 released. (ODFW)Cowlitz — Twenty-four boaters with three steelhead kept and one cutthroat trout released; 69 bank rods with six adult coho and three steelhead kept. (WDFW)Lewis — Four boaters and 11 bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)North Fork Lewis — Thirteen boat rods with four adult chinook and two adult coho kept plus one adult chinook released; 48 bank rods with two adult coho kept and one released. (WDFW)Klickitat — Twenty-nine bank rods with 63 adult coho kept and 26 coho released. (WDFW)last_img read more

Tamsin Webster joins SnatchTamsin Webster joins Snatch

first_imgTamsin Webster has joined augmented reality organisation Snatch as chief people officer.In her new role, Webster is responsible for driving learning and development initiatives, as well as employee growth, across the organisation’s London and San Francisco offices.Previously, Webster worked as head of organisational effectiveness, global at Fidelity International, commercial director at YSC, and as global head of talent and performance at financial services organisations UBS and BlackRock.last_img

Mountain Climbing Magazine with Cult Following Sold for 71K via Live PhoneMountain Climbing Magazine with Cult Following Sold for 71K via Live Phone

first_imgAlpinist, a 9,000-circulation quarterly about alpine-style mountain climbing which ceased publication in October, has been sold. According to a source, the six-year-old, high-gloss, high production-value magazine with a small but passionate community of climbers, was sold via a “live phone auction” for—wait for it—$71,000.The buyer is Height of Land Publications, Vermont-based publisher of Backcountry magazine. The seller, Marc Ewing, had pumped at least $2 million into Alpinist, but failed to bring it to profitability. The magazine launched in 2002.What Height of Land plans to do with Alpinist remains unclear. In 2007, the company bought a competing title, Couloir, and folded it into Backcountry. Publisher Jon Howard said the deal has yet to be finalized and would likely close this week. The Alpinist businesses include the magazine, its Web site (which had about 50,000 unique visitors a month) and the annual Alpinist Film Festival.That a magazine with a passionate fanbase and multiple (albeit not yet profitable) platforms is sold for less than six figures—and does so over the phone—is scary, and says more about the state of print than many publishers would care to admit.Sure, it’s just a quarterly climbing magazine. But, at least these days, to borrow an old skier vs. snowboarder cliché, it’s all the same mountain.last_img read more

Moodys Says Hanley Wood Cant Cover Fixed Costs Restructuring LikelyMoodys Says Hanley Wood Cant Cover Fixed Costs Restructuring Likely

first_imgThe second half of 2011 will be “more or less a carbon copy of the first half, save perhaps for print advertising which could be somewhat weaker in QIII and QIV,” Anton said. Moody’s Investors Service says that revenue for Hanley Wood has fallen “below the level at which the company can cover its fixed costs and it continues to consume cash” and the publisher is very likely to face a restructuring “since the current business cannot support the existing debt load which was set near the peak of the housing bubble.” However, Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton tells FOLIO:, “We strongly believe the company has sufficient liquidity to fund day-to-day operations into the foreseeable future–in short, we disagree with Moody’s assessment–and you might recall Moody’s is the same company that saw fit to rate securitized mortgage debt AAA.”Hanley Wood could violate its loan covenant as of Jan. 1, according to Moody’s, which lowered the publisher’s corporate rating four points to “Ca.” In May, Standard & Poor’s dropped its rating for Hanley Wood from “CCC” to “CCC-,” citing concerns over the b-to-b publisher’s performance and ability to meet covenants in the near future. S&P said it was concerned that Hanley Wood will be “unable to meet financial covenant step-downs in early 2012 without an amendment, a refinancing or repayment of the revolving credit facility, or an equity cure from sponsors.”While he wouldn’t comment on the covenant issue, Anton told FOLIO: last week that revenue was up in the high single digits while earnings grew 20 percent in the first half of 2011. He also said that while the print and data businesses remain challenged, events have bounced back (with all shows outperforming 2010) and the custom marketing business is on track to have its best year ever. last_img read more