Touch Football Victoria Announces New Director of Referees

first_imgSally brings with her a wealth of knowledge and the ability to work with referees, players and administrators at all levels within the sport. Sally’s appointment is the first in TFV’s plans to redevelop a number of its Technical Panels over the next six months. Sally replaces Leigh Bryant who has been the TFV Director of Referees for the past two years. TFV would like to take this opportunity to thank Leigh and his previous panel members for their dedicated work over this period. Leigh will still remain involved in the sport to referee and help develop new referees at the grassroots level within our competitions.Over the next month, Sally will be working with the State Executive Council (SEC), the TFV office and participants within the sport to develop a Referees Panel for the next two years. This panel will be developed in line with the National Framework, with five key areas to develop the sport. Sally will be working with the National Referees Panel under the guidance of Greg West to improve the quality of our referees and help deliver referee retention and recruitment programs in Victoria.After forming the TFV Referees Panel, Sally will be spending time within the Touch community to canvas information that will help take the sport to the next level within the State. The advisement provided by Sally and the newly formed TFV Referees Panel will be instrumental to the growth and support of Touch in Victoria.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: We want to retain our Club World Cup title

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: We want to retain our Club World Cup titleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says they’re in the Club World Cup to win it.Real’s squad are already in Abu Dhabi for the tournament.The Argentine said, “For the club it’s great to be here, it means that Real Madrid are Champions League champions again and it’s the trophy that we like the most.”To be in the Club World Cup again is fantastic and we hope to retain the title this year, which these great players already won last year.”It’s always important to go in to this tournament off the back of a win. The Club World Cup has already begun, we have been following it on television and now we’re happy to have arrived and turn our focus to Wednesday’s game. Until now we were thinking about Rayo, who were our previous opponent, and the only thing that has happened after has been a flight. Now we’ll concentrate and begin to prepare for the first match against Kashima Antlers.” last_img read more

10 months agoAtlanta attacker Almiron risks pricing himself out of Newcastle move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Atlanta attacker Almiron risks pricing himself out of Newcastle moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtlanta United attacker Miguel Almiron could price himself out of a move to Newcastle United.The Mirror says Almiron could be offered as much as £70,000 a week to make a January move to Newcastle. The 25-year-old is believed to want more than £90,000 a week, however.Almiron, of Paraguay, plays for Atlanta United in the MLS and scored 13 goals in 37 appearances this term.Toob boss Rafa Benitez wants to add in January as he’s wary that both Ki Sung-yueng and Yoshinori Muto have been called up by their respective nations in the Asian Cup. last_img read more

The World Chess Championship Comes To New York City

6Levon Aronian2786 PLAYERELO RATING 1Magnus Carlsen2853 Source: 2700chess.com 3Vladimir Kramnik2811 7Viswanathan Anand2779 5Wesley So2794 10Pentala Harikrishna2770 4Maxime Vachier-Lagrave2807 One chess grandmaster represents the most democratic country in the world. The other supports, and is supported by, Vladimir Putin. Last night, inside the Plaza Hotel in midtown Manhattan — that urban palace and President-elect Donald Trump’s captured rook — the two prepared to do battle.The World Chess Championship has come to New York City. The tournament captured this city’s imagination once before, in 1972, when its favorite Brooklyn son, Bobby Fischer, clashed with the Soviets in Reykjavik. But this year New Yorkers can only watch, as the Norwegian defending champion Magnus Carlsen and his Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin vie for the game’s highest title. They’re both kids: Carlsen is 25 and Karjakin is 26, yet they’ve lived half their lives as grandmasters. The match is being billed as the youngest championship ever.Here in New York, the faces of chess are diverse, from the outdoor hustlers lining park tables in Washington Square or Union Square to the excellent middle school chess program of I.S. 318 in Brooklyn. But last night, at the pre-tournament Black & White Gala at The Plaza, the guests were nearly all white. Under potted palm trees and crystal chandeliers, the steak was carved and the champagne and martinis flowed, and the scene recalled a VIP cocktail hour in a Vegas penthouse suite before a heavyweight prizefight. (At least the ones I’ve seen in the movies.) 2Fabiano Caruana2823 9Sergey Karjakin2772 8Hikaru Nakamura2779 As both baby-faced competitors faced the camera flashes and microphones, Carlsen looked calm. He has reached the championship before, after all. Karjakin looked a bit lost — nervous, maybe — his voice barely audible above the reporters’ din. And indeed, despite Karjakin’s slightly earlier prodigious bloom, the consensus heavy favorite is Carlsen. He’s rated No. 1 in the world, while Karjakin is No. 9.The best-of-12 match could stretch past Thanksgiving. Game 1 begins Friday afternoon, in downtown Manhattan. My own Elo-based simulations1I simulated 10,000 matches using the players’ current Elo ratings, and assumed that they draw half of their games, which is historically what grandmasters tend to do. The methodology is similar to what I used to simulate the 2014 world chess championships. give Carlsen an 88 percent chance of defending his title. Bookmakers put his chances somewhere between 80 and 85 percent. I’ll be reporting from the match, here and on Twitter. read more

The Ridiculousness Of Conference Tournament Locations In 6 Maps

To someone who doesn’t follow men’s college hoops, a cursory glance at the location of the conference tournaments might suggest that New York City is the nexus of the basketball universe. Last week, Madison Square Garden played host to the Big Ten, a conference primarily made up of schools in the Midwest.1Aside from Rutgers, which the conference added almost solely to get a toehold vaguely near New York. The Big East is now playing its tournament on that same floor, as it always does. And across the river, the ACC is simultaneously playing its championship in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.But in reality, of course, NYC is a far cry from a college-basketball hub.2With all due respect to FiveThirtyEight favorite St. John’s. Rather, this is a symptom of conference tournament locations that increasingly range from the dubious to the downright illogical.To judge just how out-of-whack some of these tournament venues have gotten, we first computed the geographical center of each of the six major conferences,3By which we mean, the Power Five and the Big East. based on the locations of the member schools’ campuses. We then compared each conference’s geographical center4Technically speaking, we calculated the centroid of each conference by finding the shape that covered all of its schools, while keeping its area as small as possible, and then determining the center of that shape. with where its tournament is being played. The Big 12, for example, is playing its conference tournament in Kansas City, which is at least in the same state (Missouri) as its geographic center, near Gentryville, MO. The total distance between the two? Just under 200 miles as the crow flies. That’s the closest any of the six tournament sites is to its conference’s geographic center. And it’s a far cry from the nearly 700 miles that separated the tournament site of the Big Ten and the middle of where its teams, you know, actually are.Below are the tournament sites, ranked by the smallest distance between them and their conference’s geographic center. As a bonus, we also computed suggested tournament sites for each conference based on raw distance — essentially, the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either contains an NBA arena or has a population of at least 300,000 people. *Suggested tournament location is the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either hosts an NBA team or has a population of at least 300,000.Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database 4Pac-12WashingtonSeattle, WACherry Creek, NV648.6 ACCReidsville, NCRaleigh, NC73.2 Big EastMelmore, OHNew York, NY476.9 Big 12Gentryville, MOKansas City, MO196.1 mi 2Big 12West VirginiaMorgantown, WVGentryville, MO699.1 14SECTexas A&MCollege Station, TXHatley, MS516.7 Which schools warp their conference’s shape the most?Biggest distances between campus locations and geographic center of schools’ respective conferences for top six men’s college basketball conferences In fairness, the Big Ten’s tournament isn’t always in New York. From 1998 through 2016, it was played in either Chicago — which is actually our suggested site — or Indianapolis, which is a reasonable 108 miles away from the conference’s center. It was only last year, when the tournament was held in Washington, D.C. — a whopping 533 miles away — that the Big Ten began branching out into seriously unnatural locales. After this year’s dalliance with the Big Apple (which meant the tournament took place a week earlier than usual so that MSG could also accommodate the Big East tourney), the Big Ten will be returning to its more familiar digs of Chicago and Indianapolis for the next few years.Some of these aberrant tournament locations are also being driven by the changing shapes of the conferences themselves. Here are the schools in the conferences we’re looking at whose locations tug on the geographic centers the most: ACCReidsville, NCBrooklyn, NY428.3 Big EastMelmore, OHColumbus, OH73.7 SECHatley, MSMemphis, TN123.1 Conf.geo. Centersuggested tourney locationdistance from center 10Big 12TexasAustin, TXGentryville, MO550.9 Big TenKnox, INChicago, IL65.4 Conf.SchoolLocationGeo. CenterDistance Conf.geo. Centeractual tourney locationdistance from center Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVLas Vegas, NV257.8 3Big EastCreightonOmaha, NEMelmore, OH670.3 12Big TenMarylandCollege Park, MDKnox, IN535.6 5Big TenRutgersNew Brunswick, NJKnox, IN637.9 Remind me … where does our conference play again?Distance from the municipalities closest to the geographic centers of the top six men’s college basketball conferences to their 2018 conference tournament locations and to FiveThirtyEight’s suggested* locations Big TenKnox, INNew York, NY659.5 8Big 12Texas TechLubbock, TXGentryville, MO581.7 6ACCBoston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAReidsville, NC613.2 Big 12Gentryville, MOMemphis, TN175.3 mi 11Pac-12Oregon StateCorvallis, ORCherry Creek, NV535.7 9Pac-12ArizonaTucson, AZCherry Creek, NV574.7 SECHatley, MSSt. Louis, MO336.2 Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVSalt Lake City, UT168.6 Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database 13Big TenNebraskaLincoln, NEKnox, IN524.9 7Big EastProvidenceProvidence, RIMelmore, OH608.1 15ACCNotre DameSouth Bend, INReidsville, NC509.9 1ACCMiamiCoral Gables, FLReidsville, NC735.6 mi Surprisingly, the presence of a team from Nebraska (Creighton) in a conference whose name contains the word “East” is somehow not the strangest location for a school relative to its conference’s center. No, that honor belongs to the University of Miami, which is over 735 miles from the ACC’s geographic center in Reidsville, North Carolina. (Miami joined the ACC in 2004.) Almost as strange is West Virginia’s membership in the Big 12, which really stretches the conference’s eastern boundary — and of course, Creighton remains a downright odd choice for the Big East.Because of late-comers like the Bluejays, the current Big East’s geographic center sits almost 500 miles away from its longtime conference-tournament site of Madison Square Garden. But New York used to be a much better fit with the original Big East, whose geographic center lay in Pardeesville, Pennsylvania — about 85 miles northwest of Philadelphia and a mere 105 miles away from New York City. When its teams were compressed into a much smaller region in the Northeast, there was a reason the old Big East tourney was the stuff of legends and why it made sense for MSG to play host to the proceedings.These days, we’re treated instead to odd venues like the ACC tournament being held in Brooklyn (what?) instead of North Carolina and the SEC playing in St. Louis (where the only remotely close SEC team is Missouri). It’s just another reminder that in modern college sports’ conference roulette, money dominates any shreds of tradition, geography or common sense.CORRECTION (March 7, 2018, 5:50 p.m.): A previous version of this article used incorrect coordinates for the location of Boston College. The maps, tables and text have been updated. The corrected coordinates changed the geographic center of the ACC to Reidsville, North Carolina, and the suggested conference tournament location to Raleigh, North Carolina. read more

Womens swimming Ohio State set to travel to Indiana for Big Ten

The Ohio State women’s swimming team practice at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in preparation for the Big Ten Championships. Credit: Fallon Perl | Lantern reporterAfter completing its regular season just one meet shy of undefeated, the No. 22 Ohio State women’s swimming team is looking forward to taking its talents to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Big Ten Championships beginning Wednesday.Last year, the Buckeyes finished in fourth place with a total of 859 points, claiming four individual Big Ten titles as well as one relay title for five championships overall. This was the sixth time since 2010 that OSU earned a top-five finish, and the Buckeyes’ four individual titles and one relay title made the year the most successful one since 1991.With four Big Ten teams ranked ahead of it, OSU will need strong performances by all swimmers to make a run. However, the main focus is on the factors that it’s able to control.“When you’re at Ohio State, the expectation is to put together championship teams. So, we want to compete for Big Ten titles and be one of the ten best teams in the country, but the truth is we can’t control that,” OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said. “What we can control is putting the strongest, fittest, most prepared kids in the pool at Big Tens, and who we compete against is irrelevant.”To ensure they do so, the team will be taking 25 swimmers to compete in Indiana, several of whom are returning Big Ten contenders, including senior Taylor Vargo. During last year’s Big Ten Championships, Vargo finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke. She will be competing in both races again this year, as well as the 100-yard individual medley and possibly a relay. This year, her personal goals are to enjoy her senior year, move up a couple of spots from last year and improve her times, Vargo said. However, her focus remains on the team rather than herself.“I’d say we’re focusing more on preparing to go to Purdue and swim as a team, not as an individual,” Vargo said. “We always go through the mantra, ‘The goal is not to win, the goal is to improve.’ Whether it’s your technique, or half a fraction of a second, or moving up two spots — go in and swim your best. Focus on the little things.”Vargo’s teammate, senior Lindsey Clary is another returning Big Ten contender who will be competing in the 400-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle — all for the fourth consecutive year — at the Big Ten Championships.Last year Clary set new OSU records in all three events and took home Big Ten titles in both the 400-yard individual medley and the 1,650-yard freestyle with times of 4:03.64 and 15:49.98 respectively. She will also be competing in the 800-yard freestyle relay.Clary said she is looking forward to improving at the Big Ten Championships this year, and is hoping to inspire her teammates as well. “Each year you want to get better. I was extremely happy with how I swam last year, so I want to repeat that and hopefully swim even faster,” Clary said. “Especially to put points up for my team because I know that if someone has a good swim it inspires everyone else, so I’m hoping to be that person for the team.”In addition to Clary and Vargo, OSU has five other athletes who have posted top-10 times in the Big Ten this season including junior Meg Bailey, freshman Kathrin Demler, freshman Molly Kowal, junior Liz Li and senior Zulal Zeren.“This is a good group. They’ve done the work, they’re well prepared, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do,” Dorenkott said. “We’re looking toward being our best for seven sessions, three and a half days in February. That’s what we want to do.”The Big Ten Championships are set to begin Wednesday evening at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Indiana. The competition runs through Saturday evening with preliminaries beginning Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. Finals begin each night at 6:30 p.m. read more

Cardiff boss Warnock blasts scandalous domestic loan rules

first_imgCardiff manager Neil Warnock has condemned what he believes are  Premier League loan rules which he described as “Scandalous.”Current English Premier league loan rules stipulate that clubs can only have a maximum of two players on loan from other Premier League teams, and only one from any given Premier League club.Cardiff have Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in their squad presently, meaning they can only make one more Premier League loan signing in January’s transfer window.“Heaven knows why we can only have two Premier League loans in,” Warnock told Itv, ahead of the Boxing Day clash against his former club Crystal Palace.“When you are talking about English players needing experience – our younger players for the English team – and we can’t loan more than one more player.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Cardiff manager Neil Warnock celebrates with the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Warnock will coach Cardiff City for one more year Manuel R. Medina – May 15, 2019 The manager will guide the Bluebirds in the English Championship, but he will also help the team find his successor.“I’ve got Harry Arter, so I can’t take a young English striker or a young English midfield player, if I’ve got another one (on loan).“It’s scandalous, really. You can bring 10 from abroad, so who are we trying to help?“Who has invented these rules? It’s a disgrace, really, when I could be giving another good young English lad an opportunity of playing in the Premier League.” Warnock admits that the loan market will be his likely port of call as he looks at squad strengthening.“Hopefully, we can bring in one or two over the next couple of weeks to give us a little bit more choice with selection,” he added.“I would like to think I’ve got one (player) close, but you just never know.”last_img read more

TCI Flag motorcades country wide starting at noon today

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Oct 2015 – Today a TCI flag day motorcade will take place simultaneously in all of the islands at noon; it is supposed to be a display of national pride for not only the indigenous islanders but those who have made the TCI their home. In Providenciales, the starting points are Blue Hills at the Amanyara junction, in Five Cays at Bugaloo’s and in The Bight from Kingstown. Organizers are encouraging residents to be at their choice starting point by 11:30am as all of the groups will make their way in fanfare to the down town ball park. This is the second year for National Heritage Day, which by act of Parliament now replaces Discovery Day. Related Items:nationa heritage day, tci flag day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Residents disappointed in TCI Flag motorcade supportlast_img read more

Fords CityOne Challenge wants to help Austin improve its mobility

first_img More From Roadshow Digit is a robot that wants to put parcels on your porch 0 Ford 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More about 2020 Ford Explorer ST Now playing: Watch this: Review • 2020 Ford Explorer ST review: A midsize SUV with a focus on fast Car Culture Car Industry 2020 Ford Explorer ST shows us the power of the EcoBoostcenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer Tags Ford 5:41 Post a comment Share your voice Enlarge ImageFord’s GoRide Health, which provides on-demand transportation to help the elderly and disabled get to their medical appointments, would be a pretty good example of the solutions you might see from the City:One project. Ford Improving a city’s mobility landscape is about more than just throwing hundreds of scooters onto the sidewalks. It’s about coming up with clever ways to improve transportation for everyone, and for Ford’s latest venture in Austin, it wants everyone in the city to chime in with their ideas and maybe get the money to flesh it out a bit.Ford announced on Monday that it has launched the Austin City:One Challenge in Texas, with the help of the Austin Transportation Department’s Smart Mobility arm. It’s a crowdsourcing program of sorts, allowing Regular Joes and Janes to pitch mobility ideas and, if it has legs, people could receive up to $100,000 to test the ideas in pilot-project form.Here’s how it works. Austinites can head to the City:One Challenge’s website to share their experiences with mobility in the city, and there are community workshop sessions that people can join, as well, to help come up with ideas and potential solutions. Ford, as well as its collaborators including Dell, AT&T and Microsoft, will help the ideas take shape and actual ideas can start being pitched in the last week of August. In October, a committee will pick 12 finalists who will then create a final proposal, and the top ideas will receive up to $100,000 in funding to see if those ideas really can help.Again, the focus isn’t on throwing more wheeled vehicles at the populace. The Austin City:One Challenge is more about improving access to the necessities like grocery stores and doctors’ offices. It will place a priority on creating solutions for underserved communities and those who actually need better mobility options, not bros who are too lazy to walk six blocks to the next bar.Austin is now the fourth city in which Ford has operated a City:One program this year, following Indianapolis, Detroit and Mexico City. Last year, Ford kicked off the initiative in Pittsburgh, Miami-Dade County and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Some of the winning ideas in 2018 included reducing student pick-up lines at schools and devising safer transportation methods for people who work night shifts. 10 Photoslast_img read more

Budget 2017 Health care costs may rise if so far untaxable services

first_imgMedical care costs would go up and India’s national goal to provide universal healthcare coverage to all will be hit if Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley decides to bring health care services and facilities under the purview of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a research paper by Assocham-TechSci cautioned.Budget 2017: Four factors likely to create uncertainty, says Motilal Oswal SecuritiesCurrently, certain health care services fall within the ambit of tax, while other services are non-taxable.Service tax is NOT applicable when:1. The service provider is not a hospital, nursing home or multi-specialty clinic 2. The service is provided by an independent doctor or a resident doctor of a hospital 3. Preventive care offered to the insured person 4. Payment made by the individual for services obtained by the individualHowever, service tax IS applicable on services provided by any hospital, multi-specialty clinic or nursing home for:1. Health check-ups 2. Corporate health check-ups 3. Health insurance plans by insurance companies”A large number of items like food and other essentials for a common household are being kept outside the purview of the GST. The health care is equally important and essential, important only next to food. So, there is a strong case for the sector to be spared the GST,” Assocham secretary general DS Rawat said. While presenting his fourth Budget on February 1, Jaitley is expected to announce the government’s road map to implement the GST. The trade body said those health care services exempted from service tax currently should be continued even after the implementation of the GST regime for at least 10 years. The paper also advocated that Jaitley should significantly raise tax exemption on preventive health check-ups under section 80-D of the Income Tax Act and announce a health care infrastructure medical innovation fund in the forthcoming Budget.Additionally, it said the GST exemption should cover the health insurance premium, as the same is exempted from the service tax at present and demanded to increase the depreciation rate on medical devices, equipment from 15 percent to 30 percent.Also, corporate income tax incentives, which are currently given on capital expenditure for hospitals having 100 beds and above, need to be extended to greenfield hospitals with 50 beds to encourage better health care facilities in tier 2, 3 and 4 cities.last_img read more

Cards Defeat Dartmouth 42

first_img1 –  #27 Charlie Broom (Dartmouth) def. Brandon Lancaster (Louisville), 6-2, 6-32 –  Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (Louisville) def. Dan Martin (Dartmouth), 6-2, 7-63 – David Horneffer (Dartmouth) vs. Fabien Salle (Louisville), 6-3, 6-7, 4-4, DNF4 –  Sergio Hernandez Ramirez (Louisville) def. Peter Conklin (Dartmouth), 7-6, 6-45 – Federico Gomez (Louisville) def. Casey Ross (Dartmouth), 6-3, 6-46 –  Davie Mizrahi (Louisville) def. Sid Chari (Dartmouth), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4Order of finish: 1,5,2,4,6 Print Friendly Version Preview In singles action, Dartmouth added its lead when No. 27-ranked Charlie Broom defeated Lancaster 6-2, 6-3. The Cards countered with Gomez’s 6-3, 6-4 win over Ross at No. 5. Senior Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff beat Martin 6-2, 7-6 at the No. 2 spot to even the score at 2-2. Hernandez Ramirez topped Conklin 7-6, 6-4 at No. 4 to put Louisville on top 3-2. The match was decided on court six where freshman David Mizrahi outlasted Sid Chari 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The Big Green (3-2) took an early lead with doubles wins on courts 2 and 3. Dartmouth gained an early edge at the No. 3 spot where Dan Martin and Pierce Widdecombe defeated Louisville senior Federico Gomez and freshman Sergio Hernandez Ramirez. On court two, Peter Conklin and Casey Ross downed the Cardinals’ senior Brandon Lancaster and freshman Alex Wesbrooks 6-3 to seal the point. Matchup History Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The University of Louisville men’s tennis team defeated host Dartmouth 4-2 Sunday afternoon at Boss Tennis Center. The Cardinals (6-2) will return to action on Feb. 9 when they hit the road to face Oregon.”I am so proud of this team,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “Dartmouth beat us solidly last season and returned all their top players from a team that was ranked as high as No. 14 in the nation. They are also the defending champions of the prestigious Ivy League Conference.” “Chris is improving since being out for nearly six months with an injury,” said Ecarma. “Sergio who joined our team a few weeks ago put us ahead for the first time 3-2 with a gritty win at No. 4 singles. He is thriving in the pressure of the team season. He loves the intensity. With David and Fabien tied at 3-3 in the third sets in their respective courts, the atmosphere was electric. I felt confident because both of those guys are great fighters. But David clinched first 6-4 in the third set. He is from Brooklyn and enjoyed playing in his home region. It was a war today but the ‘Fight Squad’ prevailed.” Next Match: at Oregon 2/9/2019 | 5:00 p.m. Louisville 4 – Dartmouth 2January 3, 2019 | Dartmouth’s Boss Center1 – David Horneffer/Charlie Broom (Dartmouth) vs. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (Louisville), 5-4, DNF2 – Peter Conklin/Casey Ross (Dartmouth) def. Brandon Lancaster/Alex Wesbrooks (Louisville), 6-33 –  Dan Martin/Pierce Widdecombe (Dartmouth) def. Federico Gomez/Sergio Hernandez Ramirez (Louisville), 6-2Order of finish: 3,2 Live Statslast_img read more

Security flaws found in the WebGL standard

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at Context Information Security have issued a warning about the WebGL standard. The warning states that this standard has the potential to undermine the security concepts that are practiced by current operating system versions and provide a new set of opportunities for attacks on a variety of system. More information: Report: www.contextis.com/resources/blog/webgl/ The standard, which is designed to enabled the rendering of 3D animations, executes the shader code directly on the system’s graphics card. While this may make graphics rendering simpler, it does however make a space for the exploitation. If the graphics card has any vulnerability in it the system could be breached. This level of vulnerability is something that the Khronos Group, who are the creators of the WebGL standard, have acknowledged the possibility of in the WebGL specifications. How serious are the potential vulnerabilities? Well, the researchers at Context Information Security say that they have been able to create the blue screen of death by using an exploitation that targets the overloading of a graphics card. While some of the current operating systems do have a fail-safe that rests an overloaded graphics card after a few seconds, the blue screen of death can be reached after a certain number of resets. Explore further The flaw could also, according to the researchers, be used to not just create the blue screen of death, but to inject malicious code onto the system. There is no word yet as to whether or not the standard will be changed, or when any changes to the standard would be implemented. Since the problem is already known and published in the standard it may not change at all. Superior 3D Graphics for the Web a Step Closer Citation: Security flaws found in the WebGL standard (2011, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-flaws-webgl-standard.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Worms from hell identified far below the Earths surface

first_img Halicephalobus mesphisto was named after Mesphistopheles which is the literary nickname for the Devil. It was located in a mine some 1.3 km (0.8 miles) below the surface where the temperatures reach 37C (98.6F). This was believed to be a higher temperature than most nematodes could tolerate. H. mephisto measures 0.5mm and eats films of bacteria. It was found in the Beatrix gold mine some 240 kilometers southwest of Johannesburg.The Driefontein mines revealed two more nematode species. Plectus aquatilis and another unkown species from the Monhysterid order were located at 0.9 km (0.55 miles) below the surface at a temperature of 24C (75.2F).The most amazing discovery came from the Tau Tona mine where researchers discovered DNA from another unknown monhysterid. This DNA was recovered from some 3.6 km (2.24 miles) below the surface where temperatures reach 48C (118.4F).In order to rule out contamination and the possibility these nematodes were from closer to the surface, Borgonie tested the water’s chemical composition that the nematode was collected in and found levels of oxygen, sulphur, and other chemicals that were expected to have come from the source location. He used carbon dating and determined that the water had been isolated from the earth’s surface for 3,000 to 12,000 years. (PhysOrg.com) — In a study published this week in Nature, researchers Gaetan Borgonie from Ghent University in Belgium and Tullis Onstott from Princeton University announced the discovery of new nematode species living kilometers below the earth in several South African mines. Nematodes had been previously found much closer to the surface, but this discovery of deep-dwelling nematodes, or roundworms, are the first multicellular organisms to ever be found at these depths. Halicephalobus mephisto worm. Image credit: Gaetan Borgonie/University of Ghent This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Worms from hell identified far below the Earth’s surface (2011, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-worms-hell-earth-surface.html More information: Nematoda from the terrestrial deep subsurface of South Africa, Nature 474, 79–82 (02 June 2011) doi:10.1038/nature09974AbstractSince its discovery over two decades ago, the deep subsurface biosphere has been considered to be the realm of single-cell organisms, extending over three kilometres into the Earth’s crust and comprising a significant fraction of the global biosphere. The constraints of temperature, energy, dioxygen and space seemed to preclude the possibility of more-complex, multicellular organisms from surviving at these depths. Here we report species of the phylum Nematoda that have been detected in or recovered from 0.9–3.6-kilometre-deep fracture water in the deep mines of South Africa but have not been detected in the mining water. These subsurface nematodes, including a new species, Halicephalobus mephisto, tolerate high temperature, reproduce asexually and preferentially feed upon subsurface bacteria. Carbon-14 data indicate that the fracture water in which the nematodes reside is 3,000–12,000-year-old palaeometeoric water. Our data suggest that nematodes should be found in other deep hypoxic settings where temperature permits, and that they may control the microbial population density by grazing on fracture surface biofilm patches. Our results expand the known metazoan biosphere and demonstrate that deep ecosystems are more complex than previously accepted. The discovery of multicellular life in the deep subsurface of the Earth also has important implications for the search for subsurface life on other planets in our Solar System. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Possible new hope for crops battling parasitic infection Explore furtherlast_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The cornerback has heard the talk, and discussed the rumors on Philadelphia radio station WIP, which had quotes transcribed by AZCardinals.com“I’m waiting until it all plays out,” DRC said. “I ain’t getting too antsy yet.” Asked about his desire to play for the Eagles, DRC made clear he still had a fondness for the Cards because they were the team that drafted him and gave him his start. “But if they’re talking about trading me, I can’t do nothing about that, because it’s a business,” he added. This can’t really be easy for Rodgers-Cromartie, though he seems to be handling the speculation well, and was careful not to burn any bridges should a deal involving him not materialize. When Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s name was first brought up in trade rumors the idea seemed silly, at most. After all, why would the Cardinals trade a 25-year-old former Pro-Bowler who was expected to play a key role in the Cards’ revamped defense?But, if the saying is “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” then the smoke from the DRC to Philadelphia for Kevin Kolb rumors are the equivalent of a massive forest fire. Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

The BBC iPlayer Lovefilm and Netflix areamong the

first_imgThe BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm and Netflix areamong the services offered by the Playstation 4 console when it launches on Friday.A total of 18 services will be available from launch, with another following on December 4. An additional 20-plus apps are scheduled to launch on the platform by Spring next year.Launch apps available to Playstation Pluscustomers include the BBC iPlayer in the UK, Amazon-owned Lovefilm in the UK and Germany and Netflix in Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK.Emerging on-demand platform Wuaki.tv will be available in Spain, while MTG’s Scandinavian service Viaplay will be offered across that region.German Playstation Plus subs will be able to access the Watchever and Maxdome platforms, with the latter also available in Austria.Demand5, the Channel 5 on-demand service, is to go out in the UK, along with another pair of BBC apps, BBC Sport and BBCNews.Belgian pubcaster RTBF is offer programming in that territory. Belgium also gets Ximon, along with the Netherlands. Spanish users will be able to access Total Channel.Streaming service Quickflix will be added to users in Australia and New Zealand in December.Other apps available from launch include Video Unlimited, VidZone, IGN, NOS Sports and Music Unlimited.last_img read more

ITV said that its total revenue climbed by 12 yea

first_imgITV said that its total revenue climbed by 12% year-on-year in the first quarter to £754 million, thanks to gains across broadcast and online and at its ITV Studios production arm.In a trading update published ahead of the company’s annual general meeting this morning, ITV said that its broadcast business has made “a very strong start to the year” with net advertising revenues up 12% in Q1 and growth across all the major categories.“Online, pay and interactive continues to grow strongly, helped by growth in online advertising and by our pay channel ITV Encore, which launched last June,” said ITV CEO Adam Crozier.However, he added that share of viewing across ITV’s portfolio of channels was down 3% year-on-year, despite audience growth at its digital channels, with share of viewing remaining “a key focus for the year.”“We are firmly focused on the main channel where we expect to see improvement in the second half of the year when we will have the benefit of the exclusive rights to the Rugby World Cup,” said Crozier.Broadcast and online revenue came to £530 million, up 10% year-on-year, while revenue from ITV Studios was up 17% to £224m.“ITV Studios returned to organic growth [of 8%], which contributed around half of Studios revenue growth, while our acquired businesses remain on track,” said Crozier,“We remain focused on building a global scripted business, with a number of high profile dramas this year including Thunderbirds Are Go, The Good Witch, Texas Rising, Aquarius, Raised by Wolves and Jekyll & Hyde. Looking forward to the rest of the year we have a healthy pipeline of new drama to come.”Looking ahead, ITV said that it expects net advertising revenues to be up by around 5% in in the first half of the year. It said ITV Studios remains on track to increase revenue by around £100 million on a constant currency basis with the benefit of its acquisition of Talpa Media, which closed last month, still to come.last_img read more

Wide colour gamut displays are expected to be pres

first_imgWide colour gamut displays are expected to be present in 17% of the total area size of display shipments in 2018, according to IHS stats.The research firm said that the shipment area of wide colour gamut (WCG) displays is expected to reach 32 million square meters in 2018 – including organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and quantum dot technologies.“As competition in the display market intensifies, display and TV manufacturers are looking for new and emerging technologies to differentiate their offerings from competitors and to provide consumers with higher screen resolution. WCG technologies are therefore becoming more popular,” said Richard Son, senior analyst, IHS Technology.last_img read more

Liberty Global has tapped SeaChange to provide its

first_imgLiberty Global has tapped SeaChange to provide its Adrenalin multi-screen video technology to support the latest version of the cable giant’s Horizon advanced TV service.SeaChange said that Adrenalin would be a ‘key element’ of the Horizon 4 platform.Adrenalin will provide the content information and transaction support for Liberty’s viewers across both broadcast and IP video delivery networks on Liberty’s latest Horizon set-top boxes.The Horizon platform is based on the Comcast-driven RDK standard, which SeaChange is a strong supporter of.“We are pleased to be chosen as a key contributor to Liberty Global’s next-generation video platform. SeaChange’s Adrenalin video solution enables video delivery at the massive scale needed to support customers such as Liberty Global. As video platforms transition to virtualized cloud infrastructure and enable advanced capabilities such as replay TV and network DVR to multiple devices, SeaChange will continue to support customers like Liberty Global to monetize their video assets and modernize their video delivery platforms,” said Ed Terino, SeaChange’s CEO.Olivier Philippe, vice president of entertainment within Liberty Global said: “We have had a long relationship with SeaChange as a key technology provider within our video ecosystem. As the industry continues to evolve its video platforms to support advanced consumer experiences that are truly device agnostic, we need solution providers who can provide a rich set of capabilities and stay relevant in those platform ecosystems. This helps us to continue to innovate and rapidly evolve our video services so that they truly resonate with our customers. Our selection of SeaChange as a key part of our video platform reflects their continued development of leading video delivery technologies and their relentless commitment to operational excellence.”last_img read more

THE best of local artistic talent are getting a un

first_img THE best of local artistic talent are getting a unique platform to exhibit their work as part of the City and District’s biggest ever youth arts festival.The Rewire Festival – an action packed 12 day celebration of youth culture from June 26th to July 7th will feature hundreds of events and include performances, exhibitions and discussion forums.It is the flagship event of Youth 19, Council’s year long programme of events and activities focussed and dedicated to young people aged 12 – 24. “The festival is offering an ideal platform for young people who have never exhibited their art before as well as some of the more up and coming artists who are studying artistic disciplines as part of their education and training.“Art takes a wide range of forms including painting, sculpture, photography and film and can play a key role in helping people develop mentally, socially and emotionally so I would encourage as many young people as possible to visit the venues and explore the what’s on show.”From today, Monday July 1 to Sunday, July 7, the Garden of Reflection in Bishop Street will host the eagerly anticipated ‘Dig The New Breed’ exhibition which explores racism, identity and cultural relativism through the work of up and coming local art students Jack Collins, Liam Bradley, Naomi Ferguson, Jude McCandless and Molly McFadden.Also from July 1st – 7th the Rewire Open Arts Exhibition at the Gasyard Centre in Lecky Road will host a showcase of work by young artists of all disciplines and abilities as part of the Bluebell Arts Project’s second Empowering the Art Exhibition of 2019.The Void Gallery in Patrick Street will has issued an open call to young people aged 18-24 to exhibit in the process room at Void Art Centre from June 26th to July 6th for their ‘This Must Be The Place’ exhibition which will explore how five local young artists work in Derry today. The full Rewire Festival programme will be accessible at www.youth19.com while you can keep up to date with news by following the Youth 19 social media channels on Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.Rewire Festival to showcase the best of young local art talent was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet The celebration will include an eclectic range of activities and events including music gigs, a spoken word/hip-hop festival, film screenings, discussions, fashion masterclasses, street art and digital.The art element of the programme will include exhibitions in the Garden of Reflection in Bishop Street, the Gasyard Centre on Lecky Road and the Void Gallery on Patrick Street.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council said the events will not only offer exposure for up and coming artists but can inspire more young people to get creative and create art of their own in the future.“I am delighted that the Rewire Festival has placed such a strong emphasis on art by hosting exhibitions of exclusively local young people’s work,” she said. Derry and Strabane CouncilMayor Michaela BoyleRewire Festival to showcase the best of young local art talentThe Rewire FestivalYouth 19last_img read more

For some older adults private Medicare Advantage

first_imgFor some older adults, private Medicare Advantage plans next year will include a host of new benefits, such as transportation to medical appointments, home-delivered meals, wheelchair ramps, bathroom grab bars, or air conditioners for asthma sufferers. But the new benefits will not be widely available, and they won’t be easy to find, during this fall’s enrollment period.Of the 3,700 plans across the country next year, only 273 in 21 states will offer at least one. About 7 percent of Advantage members — 1.5 million people — will have access, Medicare officials estimate. That means even for the savviest shoppers it will be a challenge to figure out which plans offer the new benefits and who qualifies for them. Medicare officials have touted the expansion as historic and an innovative way to keep seniors healthy and independent. Despite that enthusiasm, a full listing of the new services are not available on Medicare’s web-based “plan finder,” the government tool used by beneficiaries, counselors and insurance agents to sort through dozens of plan options. Medicare officials see the added benefits as a key to helping Advantage members prevent costly hospitalizations. Federal approval of new supplemental benefits is “one of the most significant changes made to the Medicare program,” said Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, at an insurers’ meeting last month. She added that she expects plans to expand the number of services in coming years.Medicare Advantage plans, which are an alternative to traditional Medicare, serve 21 million beneficiaries and limit their out-of-pocket expenses. But they also restrict members to a network of doctors, hospitals and other medical providers. They often offer benefits not available in traditional Medicare, such as dental and vision care, hearing aids and gym memberships. The federal government pays the plans to help cover the cost of each member. Enrollment is underway now for choosing a Medicare Advantage plan, as well as for people in traditional Medicare who want to buy a policy for drug coverage. The deadline for both plans is Dec. 7.Among the new benefits that some Medicare Advantage plans said they will offer are:Trips to the pharmacy or fitness centerin addition to doctor’s appointments for plan members, depending on where they live or their health conditions.A monthly or quarterly allowance for over-the-counter pharmacy products such as cold and allergy medications, eye drops, vitamins, supplements and compression stockings. Doctors or other health care providers who make housecalls, under certain conditions.A home health care aide for a limited number of hours to help with dressing, eating and other daily activities, sometimes including household chores and light housekeeping.However, plans offering these services will likely have only some of the options and will have different eligibility criteria and other limitations. Advantage members will need a recommendation or referral from a health care provider in the plan’s network. Then they may need to have a certain chronic health problem, a recent hospitalization or meet other eligibility requirements.Also, the same services likely won’t be available in every county the plan serves. For example, next year Humana Medicare Advantage members in Texas and South Florida in just two of the 43 states Humana serves will be able to get a free in-home personal care aide for up to 42 hours a year if they can’t be left alone at home. And more than half of the members in Cigna-HealthSpring Advantage plans will have access to free transportation services in all but five of the 16 states and the District of Columbia where the company sells coverage. To find these supplemental benefits, seniors can go to the online plan finder. After they enter their Zip code and get a list of plans available locally, they can click on a plan name. That will take them to another page that offers more details about coverage, including a tab for health and drug plan benefits. That page might say whether the new services are offered. But often the website will simply say that some benefits are available and advise consumers to contact the plan for more information.”There is a lot of information on the plan finder, but there is a lot of information missing that requires beneficiaries to do more research,” says Deb McFarland, Medicare services program supervisor at the Southern Maine Agency on Aging.There are also other variables to be considered when choosing an Advantage plan, such as which health care providers and pharmacies participate in a plan’s network, what drugs are covered and costs. Where available, however, several insurers say the services will be free with no increase in monthly premiums. “We certainly believe that all of the ancillary benefits we provide will help keep our members healthy which is good for them and it’s good for us in the long run,” said Steve Warner, head of the Medicare Advantage product team at UnitedHealthcare, which insures about 5 million seniors or one out of every four Medicare Advantage members.Insurers are betting that services will eventually pay for themselves.Dawn Maroney, consumer president at Alignment Healthcare, which serves eight counties in Southern California, says it’s much cheaper to give an air conditioner to someone with congestive heart failure to keep that patient healthy than to pay for expensive medical treatment. But if the new benefits are such a good idea, they should be available to the majority of older adults in traditional Medicare, says David Lipschutz, a senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Medicare Advantage plans have extra money to spend on benefits next year because the federal government increased its payments an average of 3.4 percent, seven times more than the rate of increase in 2018. For free help with Medicare Advantage and drug plan enrollment, contact the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (www.shiptacenter.org) or the Medicare Rights Center (800-333-4114 or www.medicareinteractive.org). Find Medicare’s Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan/questions/home.aspx or call 800-633-4227.Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more