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first_imgAustralia The Covert Agent: Kevin Muscat likely to be long-term Socceroos coach after European interim The Covert Agent Last updated 1 year ago 08:27 11/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin Muscat Australia Melbourne Victory World Cup A-League EXCLUSIVE: Goal’s resident spy reveals the Victory boss is favourite to take over the role, but not until after Russia The FFA are keen for Melbourne Victory’s Kevin Muscat to be the long-term coach of the Socceroos, but not until he has done an apprenticeship under a European mentor at the World Cup.The Covert Agent can reveal governing body head honchos Steven Lowy and David Gallop want to appoint a European manager to replace the departed Ange Postecoglou for Russia, with Muscat serving as an assistant coachOnce Australia’s World Cup journey concludes, Muscat would take over as coach to prepare the team for the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It’s believed the arrangement would allow Muscat to coach out the season with Victory and not be forced to leave the A-League club mid-season.The FFA are yet to decide on a shortlist of European managers but want to make a decision on the interim appointment within the next two months.last_img read more

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first_imgAFL Adelaide jumped the Cats, kicking nine of the first 10 goals, to set up a a premiership decider against the winner of Saturday night’s prelim between Richmond and Greater Western Sydney.Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield was felled in a second-term collision with Adelaide’s Rory Sloane which will attract match review panel scrutiny. The good friends crashed front-on and Sloane’s upper arm hit Dangerfield in the head in what appeared accidental contact.Dangerfield lay prone on his back for about 15 seconds before being helped from the field, but came back on to play out the match.The incident came as Adelaide steamrolled the flat Cats – seven minutes into the second quarter, the Crows led by 48 points. The closest Geelong came was 27 points before Adelaide accelerated into their third grand final – they won the others, in 1997-98.Fleet-footed Cameron’s five goals were a career-best return, complemented by a soaring pack mark in the third quarter. Cameron’s attacking colleague Josh Jenkins slotted four goals, and Eddie Betts, Taylor Walker, Paul Seedsman and Tom Lynch bagged two each.Betts sparked the early onslaught – within the first three minutes, he had a hand in one goal and kicked another. The masterly forward later curled a 40m boundary-line set shot to give the Crows a 6.3 to 1.2 quarter-time lead. Only once this season have the Cats scored less in a first term – 0.4 in their qualifying-final loss a fortnight ago to Richmond. Since you’re here… Reuse this content Support The Guardian news Share on Messenger Adelaide livewire Charlie Cameron kicked five goals in a 61-point belting of Geelong in Friday night’s AFL preliminary final. The Crows secured a spot in their first grand final since 1998 with a 21.10 (136) to 10.15 (75) triumph at Adelaide Oval. Adelaide’s vaunted forward line were fed a feast of chances from the Crouch brothers in midfield – Matt had 31 disposals, Brad 29. Roaming forward Lynch collected 20 touches, team-mate Sam Jacobs won the rucks and defender Rory Laird was outstanding with 32 possessions.Geelong’s linchpin Dangerfield started in attack – and the Crows kicked four goals in 15 minutes before he was shifted into the midfield. The Brownlow medallist triggered a mini-revival in the second quarter when the visitors pulled within 27 points – he finished with two goals and 24 disposals.But the Crows, despite the game efforts of Cat onballers Mitch Duncan (25 possessions) and Joel Selwood (34), were never troubled before 53,817 raucous spectators – a record AFL crowd at Adelaide Oval. Read more Topics Geelong Share on WhatsApp Adelaide Crows beat Geelong Cats in AFL first preliminary final – as it happened Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Adelaide Share on Twitter Read more Australian rules football Share on Facebook Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Share via Email Share on Pinterest Australia sportlast_img read more

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first_imgMohammad Amir included in Pakistan World Cup squad despite thrashing in EnglandMohammad Amir is currently suffering from chicken pox and is to have a medical examination done in London but was named in Pakistan’s World Cup squad.advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 20:43 IST Mohammad Amir was called up to the Pakistan World cup squad (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammad Amir was included in Pakistan’s 2019 ICC World Cup squadAmir was recalled given the bowlers’ recent form against EnglandAmir is suffering from chicken pox and is to have a medical examinationExperienced left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir was Thursday included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad after their bowlers were taken to the cleaners by England recently.The thrashing by English batsmen in a T20 International and two ODIs has alarmed the selectors, who were initially not keen on picking Amir for the showpiece owing to lack of form.Though Amir is suspected to be suffering from chicken pox and is to have a medical examination done in London, a reliable source told PTI that the team management, including captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and head coach Mickey Arthur, expressed confidence in the bowler and allowed him time to recover.”The chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is also in agreement with the team management but he wants to first be sure Amir can be fit by the time the World Cup starts from May 30,” the source said.He said the team management and chief selector are now awaiting the medical report of Amir who was sent to London to stay with his in-laws after it first emerged he might have contracted chicken pox.”If the cricket board confirms that Amir can make a recovery in two weeks time, the management and chief selector will want him in the World Cup squad,” the source said.The lacklustre performance of the bowlers in the matches against England forced the team management to go back to Amir, who was not part of the 15-man squad named initially.”They are also keeping a close look at Asif Ali who has scored two successive half-centuries in the ODIs and if he continues his form he might well be included in the World Cup squad but at whose cost this has to be decided,” he added.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup controversies: Javed Miandad’s antics against India, Prasad teaches Sohail a lessonFor 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 Mohammad AmirFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow Pakistan squadFollow Pakistanlast_img read more

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first_imgzoom Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä has received an order for three of its Hybrid Scrubber Systems to be installed on 2,500 TEU container vessels currently under construction at the Jinhai Heavy Industry Co., Ltd in China.Wärtsilä says the installation was ordered by ”a major European owner and operator,” possibly by the French container line CMA CGM, which placed an order for three 2,500 TEU boxships at Jinhai in August last year.The contract was signed in March 2015 and the systems are scheduled for delivery in December 2015.The scrubber system, which comprises two scrubber units, will be installed to clean the exhaust from both the main and auxiliary engines. In all, 28 MW of total power output will be handled by the Wärtsilä system. The system is designed to clean the sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulates from the exhaust gas.The design incorporates a cleaning system for the scrubbing wash water. This ensures that the eventual discharge water is within the regulatory limits.”The ships will be operating at times in harsh climatic conditions and Wärtsilä has considerable experience in developing scrubber systems technology for use in challenging marine environments. The system is optimised to give the necessary flexibility in relation to the ships’ operations, with special emphasis given to minimising the operational costs,” said Sigurd Jenssen, Director, Exhaust Gas Cleaning, Wärtsilä Ship Power.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Four more families of the El Faro crew members have reached a settlement with the operator of the ill-fated vessel which sank on October 1, 2015, local media informed citing the U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Florida.The families settled with TOTE Maritime for USD 500,000 each in pre-death pain and suffering damages, as well as an undisclosed amount for economic and other losses.The families in question were of Jackie Robert Jones Jr., Dylan O. Meklin, Danielle Laura Rudolph, and Michael Lee Holland.In January, TOTE reached a settlement with ten families of the El Faro victims under the same terms. The remaining 19 families still have claims pending in court.The US Coast Guard recently concluded the first phase of hearings which focused on the possible reasons that led to the incident. The second round of hearings is expected to be launched after the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducts another expedition in April, to see if crucial evidence would be recovered from the wreck. The search will focus on locating the vessel’s Voyage Data Recorder (VDR).El Faro was found in a water depth of 15,000 feet after it sailed into the Hurricane Joaquin and sank taking 33 crew members with it.The vessel’s crew, who consisted of 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals, are presumed dead.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: OSC One year into operation, Oman Shipping Company’s (OSC) VLCC commercial chartering desk has secured over 100 fixtures with world oil majors, the company announced.SC General Manager Commercial, Tankers & Gas, Debasish Mohapatra said that the spot chartering desk has concluded more than 110 fixtures with a total of 24 charterers and involving more than 15 brokerage companies since its launching in May 2017.The charterer list includes Reliance, Essar, BP, GS Caltex, S-Oil, Indian Oil, Hyundai Glovis and Kuwait Petroleum, and traders such as Trafigura, ST Shipping, OTI and Socar.Mohapatra said OSC’s decision to set up the chartering desk followed a move to withdraw its entire VLCC fleet from the VL8 pool based in Singapore, back in December 2016.“In March 2017 we took full commercial control of our VLCC fleet which was previously outsourced in a joint venture. As part of our new strategy we signed a Contract of Affreightment with Shell International Eastern Trading Company, a Shell subsidiary, for a period of three years. This gave us a substantial cargo base for the entire fleet to kickstart the operation,” he added.“However, we have continued to drive momentum and experienced substantial growth in the last 12 months. We now cater to a broad portfolio of oil majors and crude traders in the world. Around 65pc of our VLCC fleet is dedicated to delivering on the Shell account with the remaining 35pc is employed by other major crude players.”OSC has 15 vessels managed commercially through its subsidiary Oman Charter Company (OCC). Its fleet of 50-strong ships also includes product tankers, gas carriers, bulkers, containerships and general cargo vessels.last_img read more

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first_img To be considered for the award, acts of bravery must have occurred on, or after, Jan. 1, 2007. Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, offices of members of the legislative assembly and online. Completed nomination forms should be sent to: Provincial Secretary, Medal of Bravery, Department of Justice, 4th floor, 5151 Terminal Rd., Halifax, N.S., B3J 2L6. For more information, contact Nadia Gardin at 902-424-5941, e-mail medalofbravery@gov.ns.ca or visit www.novascotia.ca/bravery . CEO of the Emergency Management Office deputy minister of Justice Nova Scotia Fire Marshal president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association commander of Land Force Atlantic Area Ann MacLean, former mayor, Town of New Glasgow Paul Pettipas, CEO, Nova Scotia Home Builders Association There is still time to recognize people who have put their lives at risk to protect others. Nominations are open until May 1 for Nova Scotia’s seventh annual Medal of Bravery awards. “I encourage people to nominate those who have displayed great courage,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I know there are Nova Scotians who have gone above and beyond, risking their own safety to help others in need. We want to recognize those acts of bravery and, hopefully, inspire other Nova Scotians to do the same should the situation arise.” An advisory panel, chaired by retired vice-admiral Duncan Miller, selects the recipients. Other committee members are:last_img read more

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The boat had left the Hikkaduwa fishing harbour and capsized off Ambalangoda.The rescued fishermen were brought ashore and handed over to their relatives. The Navy rescued 10 fishermen after their boat capsized in the Southern seas.The Navy said that a crew of an Inshore Patrol Craft attached to the Southern Naval Command rescued the 10 fishermen after they issued a distress call while at sea off Ambalangoda.

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The proposed Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador will have major effects downstream including potential health problems from mercury contamination that will infringe Inuit rights, says the Nunatsiavut government.It cites preliminary results from samples taken by independent researchers indicating mercury from the Churchill River is already flowing into Lake Melville, a key food source for about 2,000 Inuit.Thousands more non-native residents in the region also eat salmon, trout and seal that could be affected.The provincial government and its Crown corporation Nalcor Energy have so far ignored such concerns, Nunatsiavut President Sarah Leo told a news conference Wednesday.“The risks for Labrador Inuit are high. That’s why it’s extremely important that Nalcor and indeed the government of Newfoundland and Labrador — as per recommendations from the independent environmental assessment panel — enter into discussions with us to ensure steps are taken to mitigate adverse effects of this project.“The biggest reason why we’re here today is we understand, we know through experts, through some of our own research, that Labrador Inuit will be impacted by this project. We need that acknowledged by the province and by Nalcor.”Mercury results from flooding of lands from hydro dams such as the one built in the 1960s for the Upper Churchill project in Labrador.As it mixes with bacteria, it becomes the more toxic and persistent methylmercury which is linked to heart issues and intellectual problems in children.Nalcor has said that any mercury contamination will be diluted to “no measurable effects” by the time it reaches Lake Melville.But Tom Sheldon, Nunatsiavut’s director of environment, said Nalcor’s assumptions are based on flawed science and inadequate sampling.Nunatsiavut launched its own effort last summer to collect baseline mercury readings and assess dozens of samples with help from an international network of independent researchers. They include Elsie Sunderland of the Harvard School of Public Health, a leading expert on mercury and its effects.In its presentation Wednesday, Nunatsiavut said Sunderland has concluded that Nalcor’s “modelling and data supporting the Lower Churchill hydroelectric development are insufficient to demonstrate methylmercury concentrations in Lake Melville will not increase.”Sheldon said the goal is to publish an analysis of its Lake Melville samples in a peer-reviewed scientific journal next spring.Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy said in the legislature that mercury is an unfortunate result of hydro flooding. But he said Nalcor has repeatedly consulted with Nunatsiavut and has committed to do a human health risk assessment and monitor effects on fish.Kennedy stressed that the Muskrat Falls dam and power station are outside territory covered by the Labrador Inuit land claim agreement.And he said the project is expected to flood about 120 square kilometres compared to 5,000 square kilometres inundated by the Upper Churchill dam.Leo said that while mercury levels in Lake Melville can be traced with certainty back to the Churchill River, it’s less clear what, if any, health risks may result.What is clear, she said, is that Labrador Inuit have recognized aboriginal rights and title downstream from Muskrat Falls.The project, if it proceeds, will negatively affect communities in central Labrador, Rigolet “as well as the entire Lake Melville ecosystem,” she said.Gilbert Bennett, vice-president of Nalcor responsible for hydro development on the lower Churchill River, said the corporation recognizes the importance of tracking mercury levels.“We’ve captured samples throughout this year and we’ll continue to do that each year throughout construction,” if Muskrat Falls is approved by the province later this year, as expected.Those baseline samples will extend past Muskrat Falls east to Goose Bay and Lake Melville, Bennett said.In response to Sunderland, Bennett said Nalcor used qualified professionals to create the methylmercury modelling presented to the federal-provincial environmental panel on Muskrat Falls.Monitoring after the dam and powerhouse are built “will be as extensive as necessary in order to demonstrate the effects of the project,” he said.The joint review panel in its August 2011 report recommended that Ottawa require Nalcor, if Muskrat Falls is approved and before the river is dammed, to complete “a comprehensive assessment of downstream effects.” This would include “identifying all possible pathways for mercury throughout the food web” along with lessons learned from the Upper Churchill project and baseline mercury levels in water, sediments, plants and wildlife.The panel said that assessment should be reviewed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and by an independent expert, then discussed at a forum that would include input from affected aboriginal groups.Nunatsiavut says that recommendation has not been fulfilled. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2012 5:27 pm MDT Inuit raise concerns about possible mercury contamination from Muskrat Falls read more

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by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2017 6:56 am MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H) reported a lower second-quarter profit as revenue fell compared with a year ago, reflecting the impact of milder weather and a delay in a rate decision.The owner of Ontario’s largest electricity distribution system says milder weather during the quarter ended June 30 resulted in less demand during peak pricing periods.Revenue fell 11.3 per cent to $1.37 billion while revenue excluding purchased power slipped 2.8 per cent to $722 million.Net income for the Hydro One shareholders dropped to $117 million, or 20 cents per diluted share, compared with $152 million or 25 cents per diluted share a year ago.In addition to the lower revenue, the quarter included higher storm-related costs compared with the same time past year.The Ontario government remains Hydro One’s largest shareholder, but its stake slipped below 50 per cent following the sale of a block of shares during the quarter.Last month, Hydro One signed a friendly deal to acquire U.S. energy company Avista Corp. in an agreement that valued the company at $6.7 billion. Hydro One Q2 revenue, profit fall as milder weather cuts peak-price demand read more

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College basketball games can drag at the end. The last minute of the University of Kentucky’s one-point win over the University of Wisconsin on Saturday took about eight minutes — and that was relatively fast. The University of Connecticut, Kentucky’s opponent in the men’s national title game tonight, needed nearly 20 minutes to finish the last minute of regulation plus the five minutes of overtime of its opening game of the tournament, against St. Joseph’s University.Expect a similarly lengthy finale if Monday’s championship game is close late. Or even if it’s not.Stretching a minute of a close game into 15 with fouls and timeouts can break the rhythm of the game and agonize fans. The boredom can be excruciating if you’re watching on TV, when every timeout means more ads — or shots of huddles around a coach.That sense of frustration is heightened because most of the delays come at the end of the game. Basketball, and the other major U.S. team sports, generally deliver a relatively fixed length of product: Blowouts and nail-biters take roughly the same amount of time until the last couple of minutes of clock. Soccer and rugby, with their real-time clocks, have even more uniform durations, except for the occasional match that must produce a result and therefore adds extra time.For broadcasters and traffic planners, a predictable length of game is a good thing. For fans, it can mean the most competitive spectacles are over nearly as quickly as the dullest ones. And that’s an unavoidable byproduct of the structure of most major sports. Here’s a look at how time plays out in some major spectator sports — including one that’s an exception to the rule.College BasketballThe six overtime games of this year’s NCAA men’s tournament through the Sweet Sixteen took an average of two hours and 28 minutes, according to Deadspin’s stopwatch. The six biggest blowouts? Two hours and one minute. That’s 18 percent shorter. The eight closest regulation games1One game in the group clocked by Deadspin was decided by one point, and seven by eight points. averaged two hours and 18 minutes.Time is so far from a central concept in college basketball that the NCAA doesn’t keep official time stats. That’s why we’re using Deadspin data, plus timestamps on a live blog. “The NCAA is currently exploring adding basketball tracking for next season,” said NCAA spokesman Ketrell Marshall. His colleague, Christopher Radford, said there are “no official plans,” adding, “My understanding is that we are more interested to track the information to see if any trends might be identified. This is not due to any one hypothesis or concern, but more of an evolution of the data we collect and track.”Pro BasketballThe NBA does collect time stats, which corroborate the story told by this year’s NCAA tournament: Most of basketball time is relatively inelastic. Since 1993, about 6 percent of games have gone to overtime, taking an average of two hours and 42 minutes, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The average length of the games at the opposite end of the competitive spectrum — the biggest blowouts2There were 1,592 overtime games in the data. I wanted to compare these to the same number of games at the other end of the spectrum — the biggest blowouts. The trouble is, there were 1,491 games decided by 26 points or more, and 1,742 games decided by 25 points or more. So I collected the times for the 1,491 biggest blowouts, along with time for a randomized group of 101 of the 25-point blowouts, and took the average of those games. I used similar methods when the numbers of games didn’t divide cleanly, for the NFL and MLB. — was two hours and nine minutes, or 20 percent shorter. And those blowouts were just 10 minutes shorter than the closest non-overtime games.3Data through Sunday, March 30 of this season. Time of game was missing for two games. Closest non-overtime games were those with the lowest margin of victory.Pro FootballNFL games, built into their three-hour television programming blocks, show even less connection between duration and competitiveness — partly because the bigger the blowout, the more scores by the winning team stop the clock. The roughly 6 percent of games to go to overtime since 1993 (yes, the same percentage as in the NBA) averaged three hours and 28 minutes, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The biggest blowouts averaged three hours and one minute, just 13 percent shorter. The same number of non-overtime games that were closest were, on average, a mere eight minutes longer than the blowouts.4Using the same method described for the NBA, I was comparing 339 overtime games with the 339 biggest blowouts and the 339 closest non-overtime games. In practice, for blowouts that meant all games decided by 29 points or more plus some decided by 28 points; for non-overtime games, I included all one-point games and some two-point games.Major League BaseballSome very long extra-inning games make baseball the major U.S. team sport for which duration of a game is most sensitive to how close it is. About 9 percent of games since 1993 have gone to extra innings, and these have averaged three hours and 42 minutes, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The same percentage of games that were the biggest blowouts averaged two hours and 56 minutes, or 21 percent shorter.5I removed one forfeit and 219 called games. The data includes the first 12 games of this season.Baseball games that finish in nine innings flip the duration-competitiveness balance on its head. The average nine-inning game since 1993 in which the home team lost,6I used home team losses to ensure the bottom half of the ninth was played to the end. and that was decided by just one run, took two hours and 57 minutes. The average duration of the same number of games that were the biggest blowouts was two hours and 58 minutes.7There were 23,124 nine-inning home losses in the data. Of these, 4,949 were decided by one run. To compare two like extremes, I chose 4,949 home blowout losses using the same method described above to handle cases where there were many games of the same victory margin near the cutoff. In this case, that meant all home blowout losses by seven runs or more, plus some of six runs. All those runs scored by the winning visitors mean more time for the home team to record 27 outs.Pro HockeyThe NHL doesn’t record time of game as an official stat. “We keep track of this internally, just to make sure that there are no macro changes that reflect anything evolutionary in our game,” said NHL spokesman John Dellapina. “But the fact is, from team to team and from year to year, the average length of our games is remarkably consistent. Bottom line, it never has seemed very relevant, interesting or illustrative to us.”Using the NHL’s internal tracking, Dellapina sent the time for the 11 games last Tuesday night. They ranged from two hours and 24 minutes for the New York Rangers’ win in Vancouver, to two hours and 49 minutes for the New Jersey Devils’ nine-round shootout loss in Buffalo.One Exceptional SportMany fans lament the lengthening of sporting events because of television breaks, officiating reviews and other delays. But what really drag are the bad games: the uncompetitive ones, where the outcome is never in doubt. Short of mercy rules or running the clock on blowouts, the structure of the games doesn’t allow for the bad ones to go by quickly.One major sport, though, has a sensitive internal clock, thanks to its unusual scoring mechanism. In tennis, the winner is the first to win a designated number of sets, almost always two or three. The winner of each set, too, is the first to a designated number of games, and that number depends on the competitiveness of the set.8Usually the winner needs to take six games, winning by two. If the set reaches six games apiece, it’s usually decided by a tiebreaker, whose length itself depends on competitiveness. The final set of most Grand Slam tournaments, plus Davis Cup and Olympic matches, isn’t decided until one player has a lead of two games. And the winner of each game is the first to four points, by two, so each game’s duration also depends on the competitiveness of that game.The result is that blowouts can be over very quickly. On the opening day of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s round of 64, the round of 128 at the Sony Open in Miami was underway. There, Jarkko Nieminen beat Bernard Tomic, 6-0, 6-1, in Tomic’s first match back from an injury, in just 28 minutes — the shortest match on record in men’s ATP World Tour tennis history. That same day, the University of Pittsburgh beat the University of Colorado by 32 points. It took two hours and three minutes.While Nieminen’s win was extreme, short match times are the norm in tennis. The 10 percent of the 503 men’s matches that were most competitive at the last four Grand Slam tournaments9Competitiveness was judged by the ratio of one player’s return-point winning percentage to his opponent’s return-point winning percentage. All matches in which each player won a return point were included, which omitted four walkovers and John Isner’s retirement loss at Wimbledon. lasted an average of three hours and 20 minutes, according to Tennis Abstract. The 10 percent of matches that were least competitive averaged just one hour and 31 minutes — 55 percent shorter.There are downsides to tennis’s time flexibility: It makes scheduling much tougher for tournament organizers, broadcasters and fans. But no one who was in Miami for the 28 minutes of Nieminen and Tomic would have wanted to see an hour and 35 minutes more — least of all, Nieminen and Tomic. read more

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first_imgSir Roger Gale caused somewhat of a controversy when he referred to the two women who work in his office as ‘girls’ on the Radio 4 Today programme on Thursday.To clarify whether or not critics were correct in labeling this demeaning and sexist, one of the ‘girls’ who works in his office spoke out again in a rather awkward interview on Friday morning’s programme.Debi Hill said it certainly was not sexist to refer to her as a “girl” and that she was shocked people were laying into her employer.She joked that because she’s in her “late 40’s” she likes being referred to as one of the girls. Roger Gale employs “girls” at the taxpayers’ expense. Can he not find any grown ups? #r4today— charliesnow (@CharlieSnow) March 16, 2017 Con MP Roger Gale on @BBCr4today must stop calling women working in his office ‘girls’. He’s either employing underage staff or needs advice— Charlie Lee-Potter (@cleepotter) March 16, 2017 Mrs Hill told the program: “[As I am] in my late 40’s I like to be referred to as one of the girls.”Sir Roger certainly isnt sexist and it shocks me to see how much attention this has received”.Rather than a demeaning term, she said it was a sign they were a happy team.She explained: “I quite enjoy it, it’s nice, we’re just a very happy team.”It’s very familiar and we are just one happy family”. The “girls” get a daily BUN from Sir Roger Gale!!!!— Catherine Rowlands (@cjr1968) March 17, 2017 I can’t believe #r4today has devoted a segment to defending Roger Gale’s “girls in the office” comments from yesterday.— Robert Perry (Pez) (@pez_sez) March 17, 2017 Whoa. On BBC Radio 4, MP Sir Roger Gale refers to the women who work in his constituency office as “the girls.” What is this, the 1960s?— Lisa Fleisher (@lisafleisher) March 16, 2017 #Roger Gale MP Would he call male (presumably more expensive) male employees “boys” ? This interview really made me grimace https://t.co/G72acvTDdr— Louise Ross (@LouiseRoss27) March 17, 2017 Professor and feminist BJ Epstein had a different view, however. She told Mrs Hill: “We know looking in the dictionary that girl means a young woman only up to the age of 11 or 12.”It’s diminishing and demeaning to refer to women who are older than 12 as a child, really.”These are working women who are doing a job and have a career”.However, Mrs Hill didn’t agree, saying she enjoys her job and it’s a good working environment with the perk of regular baked goods from Sir Roger.Mrs Hill: “Ive worked with Roger for nearly 18 years and I really enjoy being there. We are a very happy team.”We feel very valued and appreciated for what we do, and there’s nothing wrong with how we’re treated.”We very often get a bun from Roger and we like that”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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The most popular defensive specialist in German handball, Oliver Roggisch (34) has prolonged his contract with Rhein Neckar Lowen until 2015. Current deal was until the end of the current season in which “Lions” plays very well and that shows second position in domestic DKB Bundesliga and good results in EHF Cup as well.  Experienced German NT player came to Mannheim in 2007… ← Previous Story Ionela Stanca won’t play in Budapest Next Story → EHF and INFRONT: Record year for EHF EURO events Oliver RoggischRhein Neckar Lowen

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first_imgAt a pre-CES 2011 event an Engadget reporter spotted, and got to go hands-on with, a new ultraportable notebook from Sony. What makes this one so interesting is that it runs an AMD processor. The specific model is the E-350 (Zacate) Fusion APU, the same used in the $400, 11-inch ThinkPad X120e.In addition to the dual-core 1.6GHz APU this system had 4GB of RAM and 500GB of storage, making for a capable system regardless of the small size. They reported that the build quality felt solid but their admittedly unscientific battery observation had the computer lasting just over 3 hours. It was running a benchmark at the time so we’d recommend disregarding that figure and waiting a few weeks for production units to turn up.We’ll also have to wait and see how this fits into Sony’s line-up. The company has the 11.6-inch VAIO Y and the pricey, but oh-so-amazing 10-inch VAIO X, both over the $1000 mark. Given that this VAIO runs AMD’s affordable processor we should see it selling for less, though it seems doubtful that it will be at the sub-$500 price level like the ThinkPad. You can bet that Sony is gunning for the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, not the business-focused Lenovo.Read more at Engadget.last_img read more

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first_imgOn March 7, 2009 the Kepler space telescope was launched with the mission of discovering Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.Kepler was named after Johannes Kepler, a 17th century astronomer, whose works provided one of the main foundations behind Isaac Newton’s theory of universal gravity. Kepler would be proud of the spacecraft named after him, especially after the telescope’s latest discovery.NASA reported the Kepler spacecraft has discovered six planets orbiting a sun, much like our own, which has been dubbed Kepler-11. That’s about where the similarities end due to the tight orbits the planets maintain around their yellow dwarf sun.In fact, if you were to place the planets of Kepler-11 within our own solar system the five most inner planets would fit between the orbit of Mercury and the Sun, which explains why their orbits are only between 10 and 47 days, while the sixth planet, which isn’t much further away, orbits between where Mercury and Venus are and would have an orbit of only 118 days.Kepler-11 lies 2,000 light years away from us and all of its six known planets are larger than our own Earth. Yet, the five most inner planets, which are made up of gas, rock and possibly water, are among the smallest confirmed exoplanets to date.The Kepler spacecraft will continue to monitor the Kepler-11 system to collect additional data to assist researchers in making more precise estimates about the sizes and masses of the planets contained within the system. Continued study of Kepler-11 may even lead to the discovery of a seventh planet due to its transits or gravitation tug on any of the known planets.Read more at NASAlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat are coming soon, and so are some additional changes to the core Android apps. It looks as though the Android Camera and Gallery apps will be the next to pop up in Google Play for standalone installation and updating.A leaked log file from what appears to be a Googler’s Nexus 5 sheds some light on the software it’s shipping with. That Android 4.4 Kit Kat is included comes as no surprise — and really, neither does the fact that Google is continuing to pull out additional apps from Android’s core.It’s all part of a mission to make Android more nimble. When they’re offered up via Google Play, these cores apps can be updated whenever Google has new code to deliver. There’s no need to wait around for carriers to approve and push out a bulky OS update.Gmail, Calendar, and the vanilla Android keyboard have already gained their independence. With the arrival of the Nexus 5 and Kit Kat, the Camera and Gallery apps — which are now individual apps instead of a single package — will join them. There are hints in the log, too, that Google’s Dialer will break out. Other holdouts like the Messages app may not be far behind either.Between the standalone apps offered via Google Play and the more powerful Google Play Services on board, non-Nexus Android users won’t get left out in the cold when a new version of Android drops. They’ll be receiving new apps and features directly from Google as soon as they’re ready, regardless of how long it takes their carrier to certify.last_img read more

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first_imgGardaí appeal for witnesses to collision that killed 50-year-old father A man in his 50s was killed in west Dublin after he was struck by a 4×4 last month. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 10 Feb 2017, 9:52 PM 8 Comments 16,912 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3234080 Feb 10th 2017, 9:52 PM Image: R120 Newcastle/Google Maps Share4 Tweet Email Short URL Image: R120 Newcastle/Google Maps GARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a 4×4 vehicle on a road in west Dublin last month.A man in his 50s was killed and his 17-year-old daughter was injured after he was struck by a 4×4 on the R120 Newcastle Road (an area known as the 12th Lock) at approximately 9pm Tuesday 17 January 2017.The driver of the 4×4 was uninjured.Gardaí in Clondalkin are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Newcastle Road between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, that may have information in relation to this collision.If you do have any information or are able to help, contact Clondalkin Garda Station 01 666 7600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Two men arrested after drugs destined for Galway rag week seizedRead: Investigation launched after woman assaulted in Temple Barlast_img read more

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first_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next Google+ Pinterest Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tyson Fury Now Playing Up Next Trade hopes lift Wall Street WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Lacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW Debut Facebook Felicity Huffman To Be Sentenced In College Admission Scandal Now Playing Up Next WWE posted the following highlights from last night’s NXT. Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipLacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW DebutVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next The Binge: Googleboxer Isabelle shares what TV shows she hates Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Leigh Sales and Lisa Wilkinson deserve gold Logies. WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

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first_imgMicrosoft recently submitted a research paper introducing Static TypeScript (STS), a subset of TypeScript targeting low-resource embedded devices, to the Managed Programming Languages and Runtimes 2019 (MPLR 2019) international conference. STS programs may run on devices with only 16 kB of RAM faster than embedded interpreters would, which would extend battery life of these devices.STS is a syntactic subset of TypeScript, built specifically to target microcontroller units (MCUs), and compiles to machine code that runs efficiently on MCUs in the target RAM range of 16-256kB.STS eliminates the most dynamic features of JavaScript, like with, eval, prototype-based inheritance, the arguments keyword, or the .apply method. The this pointer and the new syntax are not allowed outside classes or on non-class types. STS also does not implement recent additions to the JavaScript language, such as generators, the await and async function expressions, or file-based modules.STS also departs from TypeScript typing conventions. Static TypeScript has nominal typing for classes, while TypeScript uses structural typing. This implies in particular that an interface cannot have the same name as a class, a non-class type cannot be casted to a class, classes cannot inherit from built-in types, this cannot be used outside of a method, and functions cannot be overloaded. STS in particular separates, at the type level, objects which act as key-values map from class instances and other special-purpose JavaScript objects, like functions and arrays.STS language choices allow it to efficiently compile classes with Virtual Call Table techniques. As importantly, the language choices facilitate type inference, resulting in code which looks like standard JavaScript. Daryl Zuniga, software engineer on MakeCode, the primary user of STS, explained on HackerNews: Going forward, Microsoft envisages STS having a significant impact on the Internet of Things (IoT): An HackerNews user expressed his enthusiasm: Zuniga emphasizes the importance of browser-based deployment and simulation for young pupils learning physical computing, an important target audience of MakeCode: STS comes with a simulator that runs in the browser and so programs can be tested there before they run on hardware. For educational purposes, we found diagnosing issues on hardware to be really hard for students, so we try to catch and present errors as early as possible. Compiled programs appear as downloads, which are then transferred manually by the user to the device, which appears as a USB mass storage device, via file copy (or directly through WebUSB, an upcoming standard for connecting websites to physical devices). We see statically typed languages such as STS playing an important role in the future of IoT, allowing embedded devices to run more efficiently—faster and, as a result, with reduced energy requirements—as well as providing programmers who aren’t embedded developers with an easier, higher-level alternative to the lower-level languages generally used to program these devices. Because of the heavy use of type inference, most beginner programs have no type annotations and it looks just like Javascript. The Microsoft research paper reports that the STS compiler produces efficient and compact ARM Thumb machine code. The latter point is illustrated with a platform game written with STS, and which runs at 30 frames per second on a the 120×160 display of a $25, 120MHz, 192kB of RAM AdaFruit device. Alternative JavaScript embedded interpreters, like IoT.js, Espruino, Duktape, or MicroPython, displayed, in the tests presented by the research paper, a significantly higher memory consumption profile, and worse performance.STS programs may be deployed on embedded devices with a web browser or manually, that is, without any app or driver installation. The research paper explains: Extremely interesting idea. Sounds like many of the things they get rid of are some of the more problematic features of JS anyway. The end result is fairly Swift-y; a loosely OOP static language that has closures and really convenient hash-map syntax. Developers may consult online the technical details of the STS language and the current draft of the Microsoft research paper.last_img read more

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