14 days agoMan City striker Aguero: How I improved under Guardiola

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City striker Aguero: How I improved under Guardiolaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has spoken of how his football has improved under manager Pep Guardiola.Many thought Guardiola’s appointment at the Etihad would see Aguero’s role in the team diminish. But, in the latest serialisation of the new book ‘Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam’, it has been revealed that Guardiola planned a dinner to help Aguero learn his tactical style.In an extract published by The Sun, Aguero said: “Pep asked me to try a new way of playing and I had to adapt. It wasn’t easy but I had no choice.”My game is totally different now from what I was doing five years ago at City. A total transformation. At that meal, we talked about loads of things.”We kept postponing it and then when we finally met up, we talked about work for 20 minutes or so. The rest of the meal we spent chatting about other stuff, family, life in general.”He added: “When Pep arrived I was a bit taken aback by his intensity, it wasn’t always easy to understand what he wanted.”With Pep, it can feel like he’s putting a lot of pressure on you. You start thinking, “I’ve got to play well” and only end up putting even more pressure on yourself.”But I understood pretty quickly that’s just how he is. Pep is super intense. He won’t leave you alone for a second. There are no off days.” last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s humility off the field is a sign of greatness: Glenn McGrath

first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 9, 2019 13:05 IST Glenn McGrath thanked Virat Kohli for his gesture of wearing pink when he walked out to bat (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia defeated Australia 2-1 to retain the Border Gavakar TrophyVirat Kohli became the 1st Asian captain to win a Test series in AustraliaGlenn McGrath praised Kohli for being humble off the cricket fieldFormer Australia pacer Glenn McGrath praised Team India captain Virat Kohli for being humble off the cricket field and thanked him for his gesture of wearing pink when he walked out to bat in the fourth and last Test against Australia in Sydney.”The fact that Virat came out the other day, with pink on his gloves, the pads, the bat, the grip, was a very special and an incredible gesture,” McGrath told The Hindu.”I love the way Virat plays the game, he is aggressive. When he walks off the field, he is a good human being, a really good person,” McGrath added.”Virat’s humility, the fact that he is a humble person off the field, is a sign of greatness. It’s not just on the field but how you carry yourself off the field too that is so important. I have a lot of respect for him,” McGrath said.India defeated Australia 2-1 to retain the Border Gavakar Trophy as Kohli became the first Asian captain and India’s only captain to come away with a series win from Australia in 71 years.Virat Kohli @imVkohli showing his passionate support for the McGrath Foundation with his pink bat and glovesWhat. A. Legend!#pinktest #IndianCricketTeam #AUSvsIND #itsyourpinktest pic.twitter.com/Vpqeui7MGwMcGrath Foundation (@McGrathFdn) January 3, 2019McGrath lauded Kohli as a leader, sating, “He’s been very friendly, very respectful. A confident man on and off the field. He has led the team passionately and motivated his men so well in this series.”advertisement”To me he is the best batsman in the world. He shows his quality when he in the middle. Great technique, great temperament. When he gets a loose delivery, he puts it away. Never misses out. That’s the sign of a great batsman,” McGrath said.Kohli was booed by the Australian crowd on the first day of the fourth Test in Sydney, something that McGrath feels is a sign of respect.”Sometimes if the opposition crowd gives you a hard time, it is a sign of respect. I think he has a lot of respect here in Australia,” McGrath said.”If Australians give you a hard time, then they respect you,” McGrath added.Weighing in on the Kohli’s comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar, McGrath said, “Sachin was one of the greats of all time, played 200 Tests, scored so many runs. Whether Virat is up with Sachin at this stage? Probably not.””But whether Virat will eventually get there, there is a good chance. He already has got his hundreds in quicker time than Sachin. He is well on his way,” McGrath added.McGrath said that the two champion batsmen were completely different personalities.”Sachin was more quiet and soft spoken on the field. Virat is a little more confident, more aggressive on the field,” McGrath said.When asked if there is something that Kohli can learn from Tendulkar, McGrath said, “There is no deficiency in Virat’s technique. Occasionally he might chase a full wide one. Sometimes, you can set him up. But he has so many hundreds already in his career and has such an ability to dominate.”McGrath said there were areas where Virat could learn from Tendulkar.”Sachin could change his game. I remember a Test innings here in Sydney where he did not deliberately play a single cover drive and made 200 plus. That’s part of a special batsman.”Also Read | Virat Kohli’s special gesture for Pink Test wins Glenn McGrath’s heartAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s pink bat in Sydney for cancer awarenessAlso Read | India outsmarted Australia tactically thanks to Virat Kohli: Ravi ShastriFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Glenn McGrathFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Sachin Tendulkar Virat Kohli’s humility off the field is a sign of greatness: Glenn McGrathGlenn McGrath said that he has a lot of respect for Virat Kohli for the way he carries himself off the field and is a humble person.advertisementlast_img read more

Saskatchewan premier says bill that includes carbon tax took him by surprise

first_imgSaskatchewan is the only province that has refused to sign the federal Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.The federal government has said that means the province won’t receive up to 62 million dollars for emissions-reduction programs.Moe says the Liberal plan to impose a carbon tax on Saskatchewan is “underhanded” because it is buried in a 556-page omnibus bill.“We will be moving with our reference case to the court of appeal here in the province of Saskatchewan in the coming weeks,” Moe said Wednesday.“A carbon tax just simply does not work. Nowhere in the world does a carbon tax actually reduce emissions.”The Trudeau government has said since the carbon tax is a levy, the budget omnibus bill properly addresses it. REGINA, S.K. – Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says his government was taken by surprise by federal legislation that calls for imposing a carbon tax on the province.Moe says the federal Liberals didn’t give Saskatchewan any notice of the bill that was introduced Tuesday in Ottawa.He says he is not aware of the details of the federal legislation but reiterated that his government plans to challenge it in court.last_img read more

Iraqi oil exports slip further under UN oilforfood scheme

In the seven-day period ending 15 February, Iraq exported 10.6 million barrels of oil, continuing a downward trend from 11.5 million the previous week and over 13 million the week before that, the Office of the Iraq Programme reported.With oil selling at an average price of €20.40 (euros) or $17.85 per barrel, Baghdad earned an estimated €217 million or $189 million in revenue during the most recent period.The level of “holds” placed on humanitarian supply contracts reached an all-time high of over $5.3 billion. That figure includes 44 new contracts worth $119.5 million that were put on hold over the past week, the Office said. Contracts are generally put on hold because of the lack adequate information on their end-use in Iraq. read more

Michael Beasley Is Instant Offense But Hes Stuck Being An NBA Nomad

DENJ. SmithW. ChandlerN. RobinsonW. BartonT. LylesA. Harrington The Knicks love players like BeasleyTeams that rostered the most “microwave scorers” on their bench, since 2008-09 If a single sequence could sum up the season of Knicks forward Michael Beasley — or perhaps even his career — it might be the one from the first game of the year, in which he hit a corner jumper but then came down on the foot of Russell Westbrook, rolling his ankle and falling to the floor in pain.Beasley laid there for few moments as the action flowed to the other end, only to stand up, hobble back to the corner and then raise his hand to signal he was open and ready to shoot once New York regained possession. The play illustrated that Beasley is always ready to shoot — even if he’s about to leave a game because of injury. He always believes he’s capable of a bucket. (A similar scenario unfolded Friday in Milwaukee, where he sought to rejoin an offensive possession by calling for the ball shortly after getting hurt.1He has something of a history of these incidents: Back in 2012, he launched a fadeaway jumper during a stoppage in play — and made it — immediately after dislocating the index finger on his shooting hand, which you can hear pop out of place at the four-second mark of this YouTube video. He’d then play with five stitches in that shooting hand the following day, and shooting 8-of-15 for 19 points. Both examples can be seen below.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/beasleyvsokc.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/beasleyvsmil.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“Like a sniper’s always ready to take a shot. Always ready to take the shot,” Beasley said in a Q&A with the New York Post. “You gotta kind of have that hitman mentality when it comes to this game.”The highly entertaining Beasley, who refers to himself as “a walking bucket,” might embody the idea of instant offense — reserve players who can get baskets as soon as you plug them in, but don’t really contribute to the defensive end — better than anyone in basketball. Put him in the game, and you know you’re going to get points shortly thereafter. And that likely explains how he ended up with the Knicks, who’ve employed more microwave scoring guards and forwards off the bench2Guards and forwards had to meet four criteria to make this list: They had to average 25 or more points per 100 possessions on offense during a season, log a -0.5 rating or worse in defensive Box Plus/Minus, play off the bench more than half the time, and play a minimum of 41 games. The data came from Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index. than just about any other team the past 10 years. Among the traits Beasley shares with many of his offense-heavy predecessors in New York: His stints with various teams have always been relatively short despite his scoring talent. He’s never stuck with one team for more than two years at a time, setting him apart from the average first-round draft pick, who spends an average of 3.8 years with their original team before moving on to a second club, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.3This average reflects the 10 drafts from 1988 to 1997. Elias analyzed draft data from those years because it’s the most recent 10-year stretch for which no players are still playing for their original team, which means the data won’t change anymore. For instance, Dirk Nowitzki was drafted in 1998 and has only ever played for the Mavericks, so we technically can’t finish calculating how long his initial stint with Dallas will end up being. Likewise, San Antonio’s Tony Parker, drafted in 2001, and Oklahoma City’s Nick Collison, picked in 2003, are still with their original franchises. That raises the question of what, if anything, the 29-year-old Beasley can do to change his well-established reputation as a scorer and not much else.For fans who rely mostly on the eye test, Beasley’s innate scoring ability feels like nothing short of a necessity for a New York roster that has just two true playmakers in Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. By contrast, those more interested in analytics may find the lefty’s game grating due to his shot selection and his defense — the latter, in particular, should be better, given his prototypical size for a combo forward. (He doesn’t provide enough resistance or get into shooters’ bodies as they drive toward the basket.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/beasley.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/beasond.mp400:0000:0000:59Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Regardless of where you stand on the former No. 2 overall pick, though, the reality is this: Beasley finds the bottom of the net more than any other NBA reserve on a per-minute basis. In fact, just six players total — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, and Westbrook — outpace him there.He leans heavily on shots that some would call him foolish for taking. According to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats, Beasley owns the NBA’s eighth-lowest quantified Shot Quality (qSQ),4Among those who’ve taken at least 400 shots from the field this season. which tells you how hard a shot is to make by measuring how likely it is to go in if it’s taken by an average player. “But he’s got great body control,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek told me. “Sometimes you’ll think it’s a wild shot, but he’s so smooth and in control of it. And he makes plenty of them.”To Beasley’s credit, he’s been shrewd about turning down 3s, instead opting for looks closer to the basket. A career-low 10 percent of his shot attempts this season are long, midrange 2s, and a career-high 63 percent of his tries are coming from inside 10 feet. As such, he’s on pace to finish a third consecutive season shooting better than 50 percent from the field. He’s logging 31 points per 100 possessions, and he already has three 30-point games to his credit, including one in which fans at Madison Square Garden repeatedly chanted “MVP” when Beasley went to the line for free throws.All of which makes it even more curious that he has essentially lived a nomadic basketball life.The player himself has been quick to acknowledge that he got into trouble off the court and acted immature early in his career. But he feels that he’s still perceived as undisciplined years later, even as teammates and front offices have been pleasantly surprised by how professional he is.“He works hard, and is always the first one to the gym, and that’s something I didn’t know about him,” said Knicks forward Lance Thomas, the team’s co-captain and longest-tenured player. “He’s always smiling, having a good time. His approach is a lot better than the average person would think based on all the noise that surrounded him.”One obstacle to finding a perfect basketball marriage: Beasley’s position and on-the-court style don’t generally lend themselves to playing alongside many of the stars he’s teamed up with. This season, he’s played fewer than 200 minutes with Porzingis (whom he usually subs in for). Similarly, last season in Milwaukee he didn’t often share the court with Antetokounmpo, who played a hybrid forward role. (He cites lack of minutes as part of the reason he chose to move on and sign with the Knicks.) Beasley wasn’t always the most natural fit to play alongside LeBron in Miami, either, since James’s teams have often sought to use a stable of established 3-point shooters to open up paint for the four-time MVP. By definition, needing to play separately from a team’s franchise player means someone like Beasley wouldn’t play more than 15 minutes or so per game, barring that star teammate getting injured or getting into foul trouble.Any way you slice it, it’s still a bit too soon to know whether Beasley’s never-ending carousel of teams will finally stop for a while in New York, or if he’ll make yet another stop after this season. But even if he does move on, one thing is nearly certain: His buckets will join him in the next city. Players DALJ. TerryV. CarterR. BeauboisC. VillanuevaJ. Barea NYKM. BeasleyJ. SmithN. RobinsonD. WilliamsC. CopelandA. Harrington MILM. BeasleyC. MaggetteL. RidnourE. BoykinsH. Warrick PHOM. BeasleyG. GreenI. ThomasL. BarbosaM. ReddM. Teletovic “Microwave scorers” are defined as guards and forwards with a minimum of 41 games, who averaged 25 points per 100 possessions, logged a -0.5 or lower defensive Box Plus/Minus and came in off the bench in at least half their games. The players needed to do that at least once in order to count toward team’s total.Source: Basketball-Reference.com team123456 read more

NHS bosses tried to gag father of boy whose life was ruined

They failed to notice for 22 minutes, causing haemorrhaging and a series of cardiac arrests which gravely damaged the brain.Also suffering from cystic fibrosis, the boy is now unable to control his limbs, lift his head or talk.He is not expected to live beyond his teens.In a witness statement, the patient’s father wrote: “When we saw him around 10pm [after the procedure] he looked abused, like he had been in a serious road traffic accident.”He added: “Losing a son is the worst fate one can have.“We feel the pain of the tragedy each day”However, when the statement was shared with Leeds Teaching Hospitals ahead of a compensation hearing in the High Court, the trust threatened to apply to have numerous parts redacted.Paul McNeil, a partner at Fieldfisher solicitors who acted for the family, said: “They felt it was too emotional and too critical of the doctors involved in the care.“The parents were obviously very upset by the actions of the hospital.“It’s a bit odd that defendants would try to gag parents in those circumstances.”He added that the father, who came to Britain from Pakistan as a student, had written emotionally about the merits of British justice. “We recognise that any amount of compensation cannot compensate for the impact that this tragic incident has had on the lives of the whole family.“Our staff continue to provide all of the necessary care and support to meet the needs of this patient and his family.” An NHS hospital effectively paralysed a young boy for life and then tried to “gag” his family from speaking out.Bosses at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust threatened legal action unless the child’s father watered down his account of the event on the grounds it was “too emotional and too critical”.This came after a botched operation to deal with intestinal problems left his two-month-old son, who cannot be named, with catastrophic brain injuries, causing quadriplegic cerebral palsy, blindness and double incontinence.Despite admitting negligence, lawyers for the NHS then spent years wrangling over the amount of damages to be paid while trying to protect the trust’s reputation.During this time the family were forced into poverty after the patient’s businessman father had to give up work to help look after his son.Last night medical safety campaigners branded the trust’s behaviour “incredible”.In comes two years after the Health Service Ombudsman warned hospitals were putting PR concerns ahead of complaints, and six years since a review ordered by David Cameron revealed a culture of “delay, deny and defend” in the NHS.The boy, who was diagnosed with a bowel obstruction shortly after birth, was grievously injured in July 2014 when doctors accidentally tore a major vein while trying to insert a catheter At a hearing in June the judge, Sir Robert Francis QC, praised the father’s “moving” statement, as well as the parents’ care for their son.He also criticised the trust for the breakdown in relations with the family, who still rely heavily on Leeds General Infirmary for the boy’s care.He approved a £2,100,000 lump sum in compensation, plus periodical payments of between £170,000 and £275,000 a year.Peter Walsh, chief executive of the patient safety charity Action against Medical Accidents, said: “It is very saddening to see lawyers acting for an NHS trust acting in such an inappropriate way in this day and age.“It is incredible that anyone should try to silence a parent of a child who has been so seriously injured through negligence in this way.“It sounds like a throwback to the days when it was not that uncommon for a gagging clause to be attached to a settlement offer.“It would be good to see the trust showing empathy with the family rather than worrying about its own reputation.”Dr Yvette Oade, Chief Medical Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “This is an extremely sad case for which the trust has admitted liability and we continue to offer our unreserved apologies.  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. read more

Three people charged after gardaí discover €200k worth of cannabis in Sligo

first_img 11,147 Views https://jrnl.ie/4534184 Three people charged after gardaí discover €200k worth of cannabis in Sligo house The drugs were found during the search of a house at Cloonloo at around noon on Saturday. No Comments Mar 11th 2019, 7:33 AM They were detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.Three people are due to appear before Donegal District Court at 10.30am this morning charged in relation to the seizure. Comments are closed as people have been charged. By Hayley Halpin Share24 Tweet Email1 center_img THREE PEOPLE HAVE been charged and are due to appear in court this morning over the seizure of an estimated €200,000 worth of cannabis in Co Sligo over the weekend. The drugs were found during the search of a house at Cloonloo at around noon on Saturday.During the search, gardaí discovered a cannabis cultivation operation, containing around 250 cannabis plants as well as processed cannabis herb.Subject to analysis, the drugs have a street value of €200,000.A man and woman in their 30s, and a man in his late 20s, were arrested at the scene. Image: An Garda Síochána Image: An Garda Síochána Monday 11 Mar 2019, 7:33 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

Few more days Deadline for filing income tax returns extended to August

first_imgRepresentational image of tax calculationPixabayGiving relief to the common people, the Income Tax Department on Monday extended the deadline for filing of I-T returns for the financial year 2016-17 has been extended to August 5. The original deadline was till midnight of July 31.In view of the difficulties faced by taxpayers, date for filing of Income Tax Returns for FY 2016-17 has been extended to 5th August, 2017.— Income Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) July 31, 2017The government portal had been facing glitches for the past three days, even as the introduction of GST since July 1 kept chartered accountants busy, further aggravating the problems faced by tax filers.People took to Twitter to complain that the website was not responding properly for last two days.The Income Tax Department has already received over two crore returns filed electronically. The department had earlier issued advertisements in leading national dailies in the last few days stating that taxpayers should disclose their income “correctly” and file their ITRs on or before July 31, NDTV reported.The linking of Aadhaar number with the PAN (Permanent Account Number) of taxpayers has also been made mandatory for the filing of ITR beginning July 1.The department has also asked taxpayers to declare in their ITRs cash deposits made in bank accounts aggregating Rs 2 lakh or more post-demonetisation — between November 9 and December 30 last year. Every person whose gross total income exceeds the taxable limit must file an income tax return, the Income Tax Department has said.The Income Tax Department also mentioned certain taxpayers who are required to e-file their returns. These included individuals and HUFs (Hindu Undivided Families) having total income exceeding Rs 5 lakh or claiming any refund in the return (excluding individuals of the age of 80 years or more who are furnishing return in Form ITR-I or Form ITR-2) and individuals/HUFs being a resident other than not ordinarily resident having any foreign asset/income or claiming any foreign tax relief.last_img read more

3 college students among 5 killed in Gazipur road crash

first_img-Five people, including three college students, were killed and seven others injured as a human hauler hit a covered van on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Masterbari in Gazipur on Monday, reports UNB.Two of the deceased were identified as Sadia Afrin and Farzana Afrin Shikha, students of Iqbal Siddique College.Quoting witnesses, police said the accident took place around 3:00pm when a human hauler coming from Rajendrapur dashed a covered van from behind, leaving four people dead and eight others injured.The injured were admitted to Shahid Tajuddin Medical College Hospital where Sadia died.last_img read more

Fox News dumps embattled host

first_imgFox-News-Channel-host-Bill-O`Reilly-poses-on-the-set-of-his-show–The-O`Reilly-Factor-in-New-York-March-17,-2015Fox News on Wednesday severed its ties with Bill O’Reilly, sacking its biggest star and America’s most-watched cable news anchor over a flood of sexual harassment allegations and crashing advertising sales.It was a humiliating blow to one of the biggest US media names, a veteran broadcaster at Fox News for two decades who counted President Donald Trump among his personal supporters and whose ratings soared in defiance of his alleged abusive behavior towards women.But the departure of advertisers, wary of being associated with “The O’Reilly Factor,” sealed his fate as the Murdoch family, who owns parent company 21st Century Fox, battles to keep a lid on reports of harassment at the channel and eyes up a powerful merger in Britain.”After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox said in one-sentence statement.Women rights activists declared his dismissal a victory and said they hoped it would encourage victims of sexual harassment to speak out.”To see this seismic shift in corporate culture, for a company to put woman’s rights ahead of the bottom line, this is enormous,” said Wendy Walsh, a former O’Reilly guest who made allegations against him.”Women’s voices are finally being heard and I’m elated,” she told CNN.The announcement came just hours after the combative and right-wing television personality was photographed shaking hands with Pope Francis in St Peters Square on holiday in Rome.”It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims,” hit back the 67-year-old in a statement. “But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”O’Reilly said he was proud of what he termed “one of the most successful news programs in history,” thanked his viewers and wished “only the best” for Fox News, the premier right-wing news outlet.O’Reilly had been in the headlines constantly since a New York Times investigation revealed on April 1 that he and Fox had covered up allegations of sexual harassment against him for at least 15 years, paying five women a total of $13 million in exchange for their silence.- Down to money -Commentators said his dismissal marked a defining point for Fox, struggling to clean up its image nine months after Roger Ailes, the 76-year-old former executive who built up the cable channel, resigned under a haze of similarly damaging sexual harassment accusations.More than 50 companies yanked advertising from his show, the most popular in US cable news watched on average by 3.98 million viewers in early 2017, according to Adweek.Not even the support of Trump — himself caught boasting of groping women and saddled with record-low approval ratings — was enough to right the ship for O’Reilly.”This is what happens when women speak our truth — we can slay dragons,” said attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents three of the women who accused O’Reilly, insisting Fox should have fired him years ago.Fox occupies a unique and powerful, if controversial, position in America — watched by a deep and committed conservative fan base that to a large extent includes many of those who voted Trump into office.Built by Australian-born American media baron Rupert Murdoch two decades ago into the leading cable news channel, it has drawn praise from conservatives and vitriol from liberals.During the Barack Obama administration, this partisanship accelerated as the network openly campaigned for Republican candidates and gave oxygen to the ultra-conservative Tea Party movement.Some commentators pointed to a generational shift between the 86-year-old Murdoch and his adult sons James and Lachlan, who are taking on an increasingly powerful role.Paul Janensch, a former newspaper editor and retired journalism professor at Quinnipiac University, said it came down to money.”It’s a business and if the pushback… was going to hurt Fox’s bottom line then he’s gone,” he told AFP.While the relationship between Trump and Fox has not always been smooth sailing, the Republican White House is having a boom effect on Fox — and indeed other television — ratings.Eyes will now focus on O’Reilly’s replacement. During his vacation, his show was hosted by a rotating cast of substitutes, including Dana Perino, former spokeswoman for Republican president George W. Bush.last_img

PS Plus service for Vita will launch in November

first_imgSony have been talking about bringing PlayStation Plus to the PS Vita for a while now, and finally at the Tokyo Game Show they’ve detailed what exactly we can expect to get.Everyone who owns a Vita will be pleased to know the service is free if you’re already subscribed to PlayStation Plus on your PS3. Which means that PS Plus subscription is even better value than it already is.The Plus system on Vita is almost identical to it’s PS3 counterpart. There will be a rolling selection of games, much like the instant games collection on the PS3 – essentially you’ll get a new game to download every month. Although we don’t know what games will be part of that deal yet, tand hat probably won’t be announced until much closer to the time of launch. PS Plus on Vita also means they’ll be DLC and full game discounts available, too.Vita will also be getting 1GB of online storage for all your game saves as well as the ability to automatically start up at a set time and download any patches and updates, so when you next come back to your Vita, it’s instantly ready to use. It will even sync all your trophies to the server so you don’t have to.To go alongside the PS Plus for Vita and announcement of the new PS3 console, Sony has said they’re updating the look of the PlayStation Store next month. This re-design may also be to get comics back on the store (remember when you could read comics on your PSP?) and in time for the launch of PlayStation Mobile. The overhaul is to make the store easier to navigate, which is great as sometimes it’s easy to get lost inside that huge database of content.PS Plus for Vita comes out in November and it might just persuade some to pick up a Vita for Christmas, or a PS Plus account at least.via Eurogamer and TheSixthAxislast_img read more

WISE reveals the Xshaped bulge of our galaxy

first_img Starry surprise in the bulge: encounter of a halo passerby More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1603.00026.pdf © 2016 Phys.org 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. WISE is an infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope launched in December 2009 that completed a full sky photometric survey using four bands in the mid-infrared at 3.4, 4.6, 12 and 22 μm wavelength range bands over 10 months. It scanned the entire sky twice, snapping pictures of nearly billion objects, including remote galaxies, stars and asteroids. Data from WISE has been released to the public and include processed, contrast-enhanced pictures grouped in a catalog called “unWISE.” This set offers coadded images using enhancement technology that does not degrade the resolution of the photo.Melissa Ness and Dustin Lang, the paper’s co-authors, claim that the Milky Way bulge is irrefutably morphologically X-shaped. According to the paper, this peculiar shape was revealed by the ‘split in the red clump’ from star counts along the line of sight toward the bulge. When the scientists studied contrast enhanced, zoomed-in versions of the images provided by WISE, they spotted the X-shaped light profile of the bulge and its extent across the photo.”No additional unsharp masking or equivalent techniques have been used to enhance these data. The bulge in the central region shows a clear X-shaped morphology,” the researchers wrote in the paper.By looking at the images from the “unWISE” catalog, they found that the arms of the X-shaped feature are asymmetrical around the minor axis and appear larger at left than at right. The bulge is oriented at about 27 degrees with respect to the line of sight, with the nearest side at positive longitudes.Previous studies have questioned the X-shaped nature of this feature, arguing that the ‘split in the red clump’ may be due to different stellar populations, in an old classical spheroidal bulge. Now, the new findings confirm this peculiar shape, similar to that seen in the unsharp masked images of other barred spiral galaxies.The spatial mapping presented in the research could provide a useful guide for current and future spectroscopic surveys such as APOGEE (APO Galactic Evolution Experiment), slated to map over 100,000 red giant stars across the full range of the Milky Way’s galactic bulge, bar, disk, and halo. It could be also helpful for bulge programs associated with the GALactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH) survey, an ambitious project to observe a million stars in our galaxy.”These data can be used to guide stellar target selection, where examining the spectroscopic ages and metallicities of stars in the arms of the X-shape will be necessary to understand the formation of the bulge and constrain the formation processes relevant in the Milky Way,” the astronomers concluded. Using a set of coadded images taken by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany and the University of Toronto in Canada, have provided new insights on the morphology and structure of the bulge of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. They revealed the X-shaped nature of the bulge, which could have important implications for the understanding of the formation history of our galaxy. The findings are presented in a research paper published online on Feb. 29 on the arXiv server. Citation: WISE reveals the X-shaped bulge of our galaxy (2016, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-wise-reveals-x-shaped-bulge-galaxy.html Explore further The WISE W1 and W2 image fit by a simple exponential disk model, making the X structure more apparent. Top-left: Data. Top-middle: Data, masking out the top and bottom 5 percent of pixels based on W1 − W2 color, as well as pixels with negative flux. The diagonal structure at the top of the image is due to scattered light from the Moon in the unWISE coadds. Top-right: Exponential disk model fit. Bottom-left: Residuals (data minus model). Bottom-middle: Masked residuals. Bottom-right: 50-pixel median filter of masked residuals (median of unmasked pixels). Credit: Melissa Ness/Dustin Lang, 2016.last_img read more

The Warriors have become entitled and unlikeable

first_imgThe Warriors were unhappy with how the Thunder handled Kevin Durant’s first game back. Colin says the idea that the Warriors would be upset about how another team addresses the media regarding a player that just left them is laughable and shows a complete lack of self-awareness.From the ownership down, the Warriors think they’re the smartest guy in the room. Nobody likes that guy.“The ego and the entitlement that Golden State has is remarkable. You’ve been good for an hour.”Whenever Duke loses in the tournament, haters come out to revel in the loss unlike any other team. Colin says the reason people hate Duke is simple, jealousy. Duke isn’t just a basketball team, it’s a tangible embodiment of everything people resent, from wealth to success.Colin warns that even though the haters are dancing in the aisles, a lot more people would be watching the Sweet 16 if Duke was in it. If you get your rocks off by hating Duke it says more about you than it does about Duke.“The greatest thing you can say about Duke is they’re hated.”Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss Adam Silver’s reputation as too player friendly; why the NBA; why he thinks the Lonzo Ball is the top draft prospect; and how Lonzo Ball in Minnesota would create a new Big 3.Jay Glazer – Fox NFL Insider is in-studio to discuss his Tom Brady jersey scoop; when he first got a lead; what other items the thief is suspected of stealing; and the release of the exclusive video of the purported thief.Pat Forde – Yahoo! Sports Columnist joins the show to discuss the behavior of Lynn Marshall; if she crossed a line; if her behavior could be a deterrent to hiring Greg Marshall to a major job; and if Alford is headed for Indiana after the season.Chris Carter – NFL Hall of Famer is in-studio to discuss the stereotype of Duke players as rich kids; why he doesn’t cover his house with his own memorabilia; and if Marshawn Lynch can still produce in the NFL.last_img read more

3 WebsiteBuilding Lessons From the HealthCaregov Debacle

first_img The federal government’s disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov is an embarrassingly perfect example of basically everything you shouldn’t do when going live with a website for the first time.From crashed servers to security snafus, to dozens of bugs and tortoise-like load times, there isn’t much the White House didn’t screw up. Seriously. Only six people managed to sign up for health insurance on the site’s rocky launch day. Not good. Here are three HealthCare.gov fails and how you can avoid making them when launching your company’s website:Related: How to Get Your Startup’s Technology Up and Running Today1. Fail: Not preparing for an initial rush of website traffic. Millions of people flooded HealthCare.gov on its first day and many of them were met with disappointing messages like, “please try again later” and “please wait” instead of “apply now.” A lack of enough server capacity to handle the onslaught of traffic, combined with error-ridden software code, were mainly to blame.Solution: Beef up server bandwidth to handle the load.The more website traffic you anticipate, the more server capacity you should load up on. If you’re hosting your own site, start by calculating some estimates of how many people might drop by your website on Day One. CSG Computer Support Group, Inc. offers a basic Server Bandwidth Requirement Calculator to help small businesses determine the web server bandwidth they’ll need.Also estimate how many people will try to do the same thing on your site at the same time and prepare accordingly, Jyoti Bansal, founder of AppDynamics, recently told the Washington Post. Once your site is up and attracting a steady number of visitors, you might need to scale up with additional web servers. Several popular website cloud hosting services, like Amazon Web Services and Windows Azure automatically scale to meet your website traffic needs. Related: How a Content Audit Can Turn Your Site Into a Publishing Powerhouse2. Fail: Exposing users’ identifying personal and financial information to security risks. On Sept. 27, four days before the federal exchange’s launch, Department of Health and Human Services officials were warned of the site’s “inherent security risks.” Users’ birth dates, Social Security numbers and more were low-hanging fruit for identity thieves.Solution: Complete a thorough security risk assessment. Hire a small business cybersecurity specialist to run a risk assessment within 60 to 90 days of going live. Create and strictly abide by security standards, paying special attention to how you collect, store and perhaps even share your users’ personal and financial data.An easier option is to host your online store through a third-party ecommerce service that uses Secure Socket Layer encryption, like Yahoo Small Business. Such vendors handle most aspects of your site’s security, from online payments to customer information and beyond. 3. Fail: Not testing site navigation and functionality. One of the biggest reasons HealthCare.gov bombed out of the gate is that people couldn’t use it for what it was supposedly designed to help them do: shop and sign up for health insurance plans. Software glitches, sluggish servers and muddled site structure were mainly to blame. As a result, in the federal exchange’s first week, only 1 percent of the 3.7 million people who tried to register were successful, according to the nonpartisan research firm Millward Brown Digital.Solution: Exhaustively test your website before going live. Hire a usability testing company to sniff out your site’s weak spots and then improve each one. This critical pre-launch step helps you weed out bum software code and better understand your audience, particularly whether or not they find it easy to get around and use your site.There are several reliable usability testing services that are relatively inexpensive, including UserTesting.com. Their pricing for small businesses starts at $49 per usability test by a real person. A similar service is Userlytics, which charges $39 to $99 per month, depending on the amount and depth of testing and feedback.Related: 3 Web Design Building Blocks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know 4 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 6, 2013last_img read more

Record number of runners at upcoming Cyprus marathon

first_imgClose to three thousand runners will take part in the twentieth Logicom Cyprus Marathon in Paphos this weekend.The popular event, which has seen a huge spurt in popularity over the last couple of years, will host a record number of runners from all over the world, according to race director, Stavros Kakourides.“We have 2,800 runners registered to take part and we would invite members of the public to attend the event to cheer the participants on,” he said.He added that the event can take a maximum of 2,900 runners and not 2,700 as had been previously stated.The marathon will get underway at Aphrodite’s Rock at 7.30am on Sunday March 4th, and on the same day there is a half-marathon at 8.25am, a 5km fun run at 8.30am and a 10km road race. These three races start and finish next to Paphos castle and follow different courses.Following his son’s participation in the New York marathon last year, where he gleaned many ideas, Kakourides has modified them for Cyprus and incorporated them into this year’s event, he said.“Runners from all over the world are sharing their stories on Facebook, it’s a great way for them to connect, we have also printed a comprehensive programme which is included in all of the runners goodie bags,” he said.This includes race instructions, how to put on allocated numbers, where to start and other info, he added.Participants are given a package that includes a marathon technical t-shirt, a supreme medal, energy gels, information on fluid stations every 3 km providing water, electrolytes, energy gels, sponges and bananas, a bus pass for the marathon weekend, chip timing, finish line entertainment, a massage and drinks.On Facebook runners from more than 50 countries are sharing their stories in answer to questions posed, including what they are looking forward to on race day, who or what inspires them to run, what running means to them, meeting up and socialising in Paphos and if running for charity, which one.Plamen from Bulgaria said on the social media forum that he has been running mini marathons for 3 years and will be in Paphos to participate in the 5km run with his girlfriend and friends.“I am coming for a place in top 10 and one of my friends Kalin hopes to win the race,” he wrote.Some are running for fun and in costume, many are raising funds for charities and others want to win, said Kakourides.This year, 1,200 of the participants are from overseas and fifty per cent of them – around 600 – are travelling form the UK, which is currently being hit by bad weather and snow storms.“We are really hoping that the weather in Britain won’t affect us and the runners that are coming. Some people are already here and you can see them training on the roads of Paphos.”A number of the town’s roads will be closed or partially closed on Sunday to accommodate the runners, including Poseidonos Avenue and Spyros Kyprianou Avenue, he said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Archbishop discharged from hospital after op

first_imgArchbishop Chrysostomos was discharged on Monday from a London hospital where he had undergone successful surgery to remove two small tumours.Speaking on state television, Chrysostomos, who appeared to be in good spirits, said he would be returning to Cyprus on October 30.The archbishop said he was fit to travel but was going to wait in London for the results of a biopsy.He urged people with potentially similar problems to act as soon as possible to avoid the worst.“If caught early cancer is treatable,” he said.The archbishop had revealed in an interview that he had been recently diagnosed with liver cancer.News of the archbishop’s cancer diagnosis has been accompanied by what the archbishop referred to as the “petty” behaviour of those already preparing to succeed him.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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