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London Olympics: Dong Dong wins gold in men’s trampoline

first_imgChina’s Dong Dong won the gold in the men’s trampoline at the Olympics on Friday, beating Russia’s Dmitry Ushakov. In a reversal of the results from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China’s reigning champion Lu Chunlong took the bronze, while Dong upgraded to gold from the bronze he won four years ago.Dong set himself the most difficult programme and it paid off, giving him a score of 62.990, more than a point higher than Ushakov.last_img

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Russia

first_imgAlexander Kerzhakov and Roman Shirokov will play a key role for Russia at the World CupAlthough Russia is a team with plenty of veterans, only one of them has seen World Cup action.Alexander Kerzhakov came on as a substitute the last time Russia qualified for the World Cup in 2002, and he’ll be in Brazil this year looking for more.With Kerzhakov up front, Roman Shirokov will likely be the one to control the tempo of the game. And behind them they have Igor Akinfeev, a goalkeeper who has been a mainstay in the team for a decade.Here are five players to watch:IGOR AKINFEEVCSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made his debut for Russia when he was only 18 years old – the youngest newcomer to the national squad. He has been Russia’s top goalkeeper since 2005.Akinfeev’s father brought him to the CSKA football school when he was 4 and he has never switched to another club after making his professional debut in 2003.SERGEI IGNASHEVICHA stalwart of the Russia and CSKA Moscow defense, Sergei Ignashevich made his national team debut in 2002 against Sweden.Ignashevich missed the 2004 European Championship because of injury but played in four of the five matches at Euro 2008, when Russia made the semifinals.He played in all 10 qualifying matches for the World Cup in Brazil.VASILIY BEREZUTSKIYVasiliy Berezutskiy joined CKSA Moscow from Torpedo-ZIL in 2002 and made his debut for Russia in 2003. His twin brother Alexei is also a CSKA Moscow and Russia defender.ROMAN SHIROKOVadvertisementFabio Capello’s key playmaker, Roman Shirokov was called up by former Russia coach Guus Hiddink in 2008 but then dropped during qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.Shirokov was back in the national team under Dick Advocaat and played in all 10 World Cup qualifying match under Capello, scoring three goals.ALEXANDER KERZHAKOVAlexander Kerzhakov is the only player on the current national team who played at the World Cup in 2002, coming on as a late substitute for Valery Karpin.After joining Zenit St. Petersburg in 2001, Kerzhakov signed with Spanish club Sevilla in 2006 and won the Copa del Rey and UEFA Cup. But he was back in Russia in 2008 with Dynamo Moscow and then with Zenit in January 2010.Kerzakov scored six goals in qualifying for Euro 2008, but former coach Guus Hiddink dropped him from the final squad because of poor form.last_img read more

Former S African cricket supremo backs ban by sports minister

first_imgJohannesburg, Apr 26 (PTI) Former CSA supremo Ali Bacher has backed a decision by the countrys sports minister, Fikile Mbalula, to ban Cricket South Africa and national federations for rugby, athletics and netball from hosting international events until they transformed to include 60 percent Black South Africans in their teams. Bacher, who spearheaded the return of the Proteas to the international cricketing fraternity after decades of isolation due to apartheid, said sports federations had long been warned that government would intervene if transformation did not take place. National squad for these sports have fielded few Black players despite the majority population being Black. Black is defined by the South African government as including people of African, Indian, Coloured and Chinese descent who were denied opportunities in the apartheid era. Mbalulas action is largely seen as punitive for sports bodies failing to include more Black players in sides despite repeated government pleas for transformation since the advent of the first democracy led by Nelson Mandela in 1994. On Monday, the minister said the federations controlling these four sports genres in the country had not met the required rate of transformation in their sports, banning them from bidding for or hosting major events until his decision comes under review next year. Cricket South Africa said it would be seeking clarity from Mbalula to determine where they have failed in their quest to transform. CSA has put in place plans which has seen some Black players of note emerge in the Protea ranks. CSA communications manager Altaaf Kazi said they needed to review the contents of the report in order to understand where transformation targets set by the Ministry of Sport were not met before they could comment further. The ban though will have no immediate impact on international tournaments in South Africa, as CSA will not play host to any major tournaments during the current Future Tours Programme (FTP) ending in June 2019. CSA has not indicated intention of bidding for major events. PTI FH AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Former Nebraska Star RB Lawrence Phillips Describes Prison To HS Coach, “It Is Completely Nuts In Here”

first_imgNebraska football players run onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 11.29.03 AM@KETVFormer Nebraska star running back Lawrence Phillips is currently in prison, serving a 31-year sentence following a 2009 assault conviction. How has his time in prison been? Unsurprisingly, not great. Thanks to USA Today Sports, we’ve gotten an inside look at what Phillips’ life at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, Calif., is like. The media group obtained letters that Phillips wrote to some of his high school coaches. Here are some excerpts from his letters: We have been in lock down about 80% of the time. You would be surprised at what these altercations are about! Nonsense! But when your world is this small all one has to care about is nonsense. That is why I do not want any of these idiots in the cell with me.All they they want to do is the drugs, make knives and make alcohol. Then they say when they get out they will not come back. I tell them of course you will. You are doing the same thing that got you locked up. Of course they do not want to hear that. It is like speaking to a brick wall.—-I do not have a cell mate. All of these dudes want to use drugs and (illegible) weapons in the cell. I’m in the process of applying for single-cell status. I will let you know how that goes.—–Well, there is nothing new happening here. We are still locked down. One of the guards was assaulted so it may be awhile. Coach D, this place is a jungle. Trouble everywhere. One must swallow his pride constantly or one will always be in the hole. But we must deal with the situation we put ourselves in.Terrifying. You can read all of the letters obtained by USA Today Sports here.last_img read more

When you have MS Dhoni at the other hand, you just have to listen to him: Kedar Jadhav

first_imgWhen you have MS Dhoni at the other hand, you just have to listen to him: Kedar JadhavBrief scores: India (240/4) beat Australia (236/7) by 6 wickets to take 1-0 lead in 5-match series. Jadhav (81*), Dhoni (59*), Kohli (44), Coulter-Nile (2/46). Kedar Jadhav attributed his and MS Dhoni’s match-winning stand against Australia in the first ODI on Saturday to the latter’s guidance and mind-reading abilities.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri HyderabadMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 23:27 IST India vs Australia 1st ODI: Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni took India to victory over Australia. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia beat Australia by 6 wickets in the first ODI vs AustraliaKedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni stitched a 141-run stand to take India homeJadhav said Dhoni’s presence on the other end helped himBrief scores: India (240/4) beat Australia (236/7) by 6 wickets to take 1-0 lead in 5-match series. Jadhav (81*), Dhoni (59*), Kohli (44), Coulter-Nile (2/46) Full Scorecard | Highlights | Match ReportKedar Jadhav said that batting with Mahendra Singh Dhoni is extremely easy as he just guides you how to go about a chase after their 141-run partnership helped India register a 6-wicket win over Australia in the first one-day international at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.Jadhav and Dhoni took ownership when India were 99 for 4 and batted till the end to take India home. Jadhav spoke candidly about how Dhoni influenced his batting and had he not had the former captain on the other side, he might have gone for his shots earlier in the innings.”I would have tried to play more shots early had Dhoni bhai not been there. That’s what he does, he tells you exactly. He reads your mind.”Plenty of times when you feel this ball can be hit for boundaries, he’ll tell you ‘I can see that but the team needs more solidity and you have to bat till the end’. Every time you think of the team, most of the times, you’ll cross the line and end up on the winning side,” Jadhav said at the post-match presentation ceremony after receiving the man-of-the-match award.Earlier this year in Australia, Jadhav and Dhoni had won India the third ODI in Melbourne by stitching a 121-run stand. Jadhav said that run chase was on his mind and he knew he just had to listen to Dhoni in order to take the match.advertisement”Recently in Australia, we pulled off a similar kind of a chase. I had that in the back of my mind. When you have Mahi bhai at the other end, you just have to listen to him. I just did that again today. I tried to learn a lot from him (MS).”MS and Cheeku are the best chasers in the game, I feel. The intensity has to be there all the time. That’s what we learn from the captain and that’s what we tried to do,” Jadhav further said.According to statistics, if Kedar Jadhav bowls a minimum of four overs, India go on to win 85.71 per cent of those matches. On Saturday, Jadhav picked just one wicket but that was an important one as he broke the dangerous partnership of Marcus Stoinis and Usman Khawaja.”My bowling is all about reading batsmen’s mind. I have two or three options with the angle. I tried to bowl stump-to-stump. Best part about my bowling is, I don’t think like I’m a bowler, there’s no extra responsibility. I enjoy my bowling.”With the win in Hyderabad, India take a 1-0 lead in the five-ODI series against Australia. India will play the second ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday.Also Read | Virat Kohli praises Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni and bowlers after India win Hyderabad ODIAlso Read | Why Kedar Jadhav is India’s lucky charm. A look at key statsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 5th ODIFollow Kedar JadhavFollow MS Dhonilast_img read more

Porto Sudeste Ships First Iron Cargo to China

first_imgzoom Brazil’s Porto Sudeste has been officially commissioned having sent off its first iron ore shipment to China.The announcement comes following several delays, including the one in January this year, as the port operators were waiting for a navy permit.As informed, the Porto Sudeste began to receive iron ore to be used on the first shipment for the terminal at the end of August. In total, 80 thousand tons of iron ore were brought by seven rail cars from Minas Gerais.The bulk carrier AM Ghent docked at Port Sudeste on 26 August, where it remained until the afternoon of September 2nd, when it departed loaded with the cargo to China.“Porto Sudeste is one of the main logistics initiatives developed in Brazil. The terminal is integrated with MRS Logistica railway line, allowing the iron ore to be transported to Rio de Janeiro coast and from there head to international markets. Consequently, the project strengthens the logistics of Brazil and enables the flow of the domestic iron ore production“, said Eugenio Mamede, Porto Sudeste’s COO.The port said that this commissioning served as a major test of all structures and port facilities working together.Porto Sudeste has current capacity to receive, handle and carry 25 million metric tons of iron ore per year, which will increase to a nominal capacity of 50 million metric tons by the end of the year.Porto Sudeste, a private port terminal in Ilha da Madeira, Itaguaí, Brazil., is jointly owned by global terminal operator Impala and Mubadala Development Company who together hold 65 percent, and MMX Mineração e Metalicos SA which retains a 35 percent share.last_img read more

Rewards For Nova Scotians Who Waste Less

first_img Just Between Families: Families are asked to share their waste reduction strategies for a chance to win a family adventure package at Liscombe Lodge in Guysborough County or a Tupperware prize package. Nova Scotians will be rewarded for being good to the environmentduring Waste Reduction Week, Oct. 18 to 24. Three contests and ahost of other activities are taking place with the theme Too Goodto Waste. “Nova Scotians know that this province is too good to waste andwe’re dedicated to keeping it clean and beautiful,” saidEnvironment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash. “Waste ReductionWeek is a great time to look at our habits, celebrate oursuccesses, and take new steps to waste less and be even better tothe environment.” This year, Waste Reduction Week events include: the Clean Nova Scotia Foundation website at the Resource Recovery Fund Board Nova Scotia website at . Get Rewarded: Sponsored by the Resource Recovery Fund Board, this event will see municipal educators hitting the streets and giving out prizes when they see people doing something good for the environment like recycling or using a travel mug. Educators will also visit businesses offering waste reduction tips and handing out blue boxes for recycling. Enviro Depots: Nova Scotians can fill out ballots for prize packages at any of the province’s 83 Enviro Depots. Prize packages range from blue boxes filled with products made from recycled materials to gift certificates for paint from the Nova Scotia Paint Recycling Company. Green Office: Nova Scotians can download a free screensaver with tips for wasting less in the workplace. It serves as a regular reminder to reuse paper, conserve energy and more.center_img Business: On Wednesday, Oct. 20, Mr. Morash and Ron Colman, executive director of GPI Atlantic, will address business leaders on their role in protecting the environment at the annual Business Breakfast at Casino Nova Scotia Hotel. the Nova Scotia Environment and Labour website at For the screensaver or more information on Waste Reduction Week,visit: Nova Scotia Recycles: Students in grades primary to 12 are invited to participate in this contest. It focuses on waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. Winners will receive more than $28,000 in prizes, cash and scholarships.last_img read more

MoroccanCanadian singer Sarah K to Perform in Morocco in February March

first_imgSidi Ifni, Morocco – Moroccan-Canadian Sarah Karkouch, an international R&B and Pop recording artist, will be performing in Morocco between February 7 and March 7, 2014. During her tour in the kingdom, Karkouch will be filming two music videos from her recently released Album, “All My Life.”Sarah K most recently performed at Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is really looking forward to returning to Morocco. She has many Moroccan fans, so Sarah K is excited to meet them and perform in her homeland. Karkouch began to sing and write music at age 13. She is now recognized as one of Canada’s most talented recording artists and has been featured in a number of Moroccan publications. According to her Canadian fans, Sarah K has become a household name.Karkouch is mostly influenced by Mariah Carey and contemporary R&B artists, including Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, and The Weekend.“She has emerged as a true international rising star,“ Christopher Mark Steffler, a member of Sarah K’s management team, told MWN.Karkouch visited Morocco to see her family in Casablanca and Ouarzazate in the spring of 2006. She has been to Morocco four times, but this time, she will be performing as a rising international recording artist.Given that she has not performed in her homeland yet, Karkouch intends to do her best and sing as much as she can. She has received much encouragement and support from her Moroccan family as well as her fans.Commenting on her Moroccan fans’ uncompromising support, Karkouch told MWN, “Thanks to the encouragement of Moroccans, I have realized many of my dreams.”If you would like to learn more about where Sarah K is performing, or if you would like to invite her to perform in your city, please contact her team at”Follow Sarah K at: By Katrina Bushko© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Guidelines issued to protect human rights defenders

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has issued guideline for state authorities to ensure the protection of Human Rights Defenders (HRD) including ensuring their freedom of association.The Human Rights Commission noted that Human Rights defenders act as the voice of vulnerable person or group or community or society and engage to ensure universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms. Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) as a National Human rights Institution (NHRI) has to perform as a defender of HRDs. HRCSL has serious concern for the Protection of HRDs. For this purpose the HRCSL has developed guideline for state authorities. These guidelines will assist the state authorities to protect the HRDs and ensure the internal dignity of the HRDs.The guidelines call on State authorities to recognize the activities of the HRDs to protect and promote all human and fundamental freedoms which are guaranteed by the Sri Lankan laws including the Constitution of Sri Lanka and International human rights laws, be mindful of the fact that HRDs activities have the true intention to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedom, are transparent, visible and accountable, are not a threat to state sovereignty, national unity and national security and are activate through peaceful means. The guidelines also note that all the human rights defenders or groups or organs of society shall be treated equally according to Article 12(2) of the Constitution which ensures “No citizen shall be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, language, caste, sex, political opinion, and place of birth or any one of such grounds”. Any special or unequal treatment or discrimination will be an express violation of Article 12 of the Constitution.State authorities have also been told to recognize the freedom of association of human rights defenders or group or organs of society for a common purpose or joint action towards protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedom. Unreasonable restriction, suppression, dismissal, prohibition, negatively viewed or any such ways will be a sign of violation of the freedom of association which is guaranteed by Article 14 and 12 of the Constitution and other domestic laws.State authorities should respect, protect and ensure the right of freedom of speech and expression of HRDs related to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedom. Restrict, prohibit, show contempt, deform, criticize, comment negatively or any such ways will be an expression of violation of Article 14 and 12 of the Constitution. “They work very hard, for example; they document violations, reveal the human rights violations and help to redress these violations by peaceful means. HRDs are facing challenges in diverse political and social context at national, regional and international levels. Sometimes their activities are neglected or underestimated or seen as something negative by some of the authorities. Therefore they undergo severe risk when they carry out the activities to promote and protect human rights,” the Human Rights Commission said. It said that the protection of HRDs is a corporate responsibility of the State, Civil societies and international communities. Although, State authorities have primary responsibility to protect the HRDs and ensure a conducive working environment where HRDs can operate free from hindrance and insecurity. All of them respect the rights of HRDs and support the activities of the HRDs to promote the overall enjoyment of human rights. HRCSL also notes that State authorities must ensure the right of movement of human rights defenders or groups or organs of society to meet the vulnerable groups particularly their rights violated or peaceful parade or travelling for peaceful gathering and seek, obtain and receive information for the purpose to facilitate the victim to seek appropriate remedies. If the movement of HRDs is unlawfully or unjustifiably restricted it violates article 14 of the Constitution. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Urban Meyer I dont think these kids care about rankings

Senior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) and redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith (84) celebrate during OSU’s 52-24 win against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn college football, anything is possible.The phrase “any given Saturday,” while cliché, rang true last week as a handful of ranked teams fell to lower-ranked or unranked opponents.With that being said, the No. 15 Ohio State football team is sitting in an interesting position.If the bricks fall in the right way, the Buckeyes could have a long-shot chance at making it in to the first ever College Football Playoff, something OSU coach Urban Meyer said he addressed with his team.“We do that every year this time of year and I just show the rankings and I show the teams … they are going to hear it and I don’t want them to hear much about it at all after our conversation,” Meyer said Wednesday. “When you look at it, everything is wide open. College football, this is a pretty open year.”OSU junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said no matter where the Buckeyes rank nationally, the mindset remains the same.“I think guys know (where we stand). Stuff got pretty crazy last weekend, but I think our attitude — we just try to go out and get better every week and we can only control what we can control,” Boren said. “We are going to go out, try and win every game, win a Big Ten championship and then after that we will see how things stack up and hopefully it will work out for us.”Meyer added that even though he held a team meeting regarding the issue, he does not want it blown out of proportion.“I don’t want to make it bigger than it is. We talk about it briefly, and we move on. I don’t think these kids care,” Meyer said. “I am hoping that they just want to get better and the thing we are most concerned about is we had momentum and it’s been taken away so we have to keep that momentum somehow.”That momentum the Buckeyes carried was because of back-to-back games in which the offense produced more than 1,200 yards combined — including 710 against Cincinnati, eight yards short of a school record.Boren said Wednesday that the offensive surge is because of the experience that the Buckeyes gain with each week.“I think we have grown a lot the past few weeks. We started off a little bit slow, but we started to get a little bit of momentum and we have definitely grown the past few weeks and we are still nowhere near where we need to be,” he said. “We just have to keep growing.”Meyer said he is concerned about continuing to grow throughout the course of the team’s second bye week in a month.“The first one I think came at the right time. You could see we played pretty well afterwards. This one, I don’t know,” Meyer said. “All I know is it remains to be seen. It is uncomfortable to be honest with you. I am not used to the two (bye weeks) in the first six, seven weeks in the season. I always do research and this has never happened to us before. I don’t want to be paranoid, but I am.”OSU senior defensive lineman Steve Miller didn’t seem as worried as Meyer, as he said Wednesday that while the timing of the bye week has been awkward for him, it provides opportunities for other players.“I say it’s been strange, because it’s real early. And we really aren’t that really banged up yet, so it really isn’t that bad to be taking a break,” Miller said. “It’s been more laid-back for this break. Just trying to get some of the young guys ready.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to return from their bye week Oct. 18 to host Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. read more

Montpelliers joker Jonas Truchanovicius It will be pleasant surprise if we beat

← Previous Story Barcelona Handball Camp has very interesting offer for you Next Story → SG Flensburg now waiting better from Barca-Montpellier clash Jonas TruchanoviciusLithuanian handballMontpellier handball From the “second row” French Montpellier Handball looking to find the way in the “first class” of European handball – once again. After leaders of French LidlStarLigue beat PGE Vive Kielce last year at TOP 16 phase, Patrice Canayer is ready to fight for another surprise – this time against FC Barcelona Lassa next weekend at “Blaugrana”.First clash ended with Montpellier’s home win 28:25. The main r ole in the winning squad had Lithuanian left back Jonas Truchanovicius with eight goals. “The best buy” of the French team in the last few seasons, the 24-years old shooter, was a match winner among much bigger names and stars of handball.He speaks for between two matches with the Spanish champions:Of course, we are happy with the result in the first match, but also understand that this was just the first half of the TOP 16 clash. It was a good and tough match, but that is expected when you play against team like Barca.What is the biggest strentgh of FC Barcelona Lassa?That is the whole team of Barca. They have very good players on every position, which can play and win the biggest matches. They have very balanced roster.If you progress to TOP 8 should journalists still name as surprise based on how you play this season?Maybe, but at the end of the day, I would still say that we were the underdogs of this matchup . They played at EHF CL Final4 last seasons, they are big team, so if it would happen I would call it a pleasant surprise.We know for all German teams that they put trophy in DKB Bundesliga ahead of EHF Champions League. What is more important for Montpellier in the moment – domestic or international?Everything is important for us. We do not give priorities as we are hungry for all.How is working with Patrice Canayer? Tell us something about him, which kind of system he is forcing?Working with Patrice Canayer is really wonderful, I like his professionalism and view of handball. He is really experienced. He has been a coach for many years and you just feel his knowledge about handball.In 5-6 words, how would you describe current roster of Montpellier Handball?Young, enthusiastic, promising, determined and motivated.Will you survive in race with PSG Handball for LNH title?Well, everything is in our hands, so of course we will give our best to maintain the top spot.For the guy who played in Austrian league two years ago, you exploded in Montpellier’s jersey. How do you see your career?Progress of this jump in my career is built on the hard work I was putting before and continuing to do now. There were a lot of ups and downs in my early start of career, but at the end, I got a chance to show myself in Montpellier. I grabbed this opportunity with all my heart.When we gonna see Lithuania on big competitions like EURO or World Championships?Last year we made a good run for the EURO 2018, considering that we had Norway and France in our group. I think we are moving in a good way, so I hope that we will continue – concludes Jonas Truchanovicius who came from Austrian Union Leoben to Montpellier in summer 2016. read more

NeverBeforeSeen Street Fighter II Combos Discovered After 26 years

first_img Street Fighter II for Super Nintendo Gets Re-Released for Series’ …This Expert Drummer Plays All The Street Fighter Songs Beautifully Stay on target Street Fighter II is the father of all modern fighting games. If it wasn’t for Street Fighter II, the fighting game genre as we know today wouldn’t exist. You would think a classic game like this has been dissected every way imaginable by the fighting game community. However, someone has discovered combos for SFII that haven’t been seen before.These combos were unearthed by Desk, who is “the world’s greatest fighting game combo technician” (according to EuroGamer). The combos are technically not supposed to be possible. However, thanks to a glitch that has been in SFII since the beginning, they are indeed possible.In the game, once you knock down an opponent with a sweep, you aren’t supposed to be able to follow up with a combo. Other Capcom fighting games let you do this, but not SFII. As you can see in the video below, Desk is doing combos after sweeping. This is because of the glitch, but it isn’t universal to every character in the game.This on the ground (OTG) glitch can only be done on Vega. Desk credits Japanese fighting game player TZW with first performing this glitch “back in the days when combo videos only existed on VHS.” Desk began to play around with the glitch to see what he could do with it. Because we now live in the age of YouTube, he can show the world exactly how the glitch works.Pulling the glitch off is tricky in and of itself. However, Desk had to also contend with the fact that Vega was one of the game’s original bosses — meaning he had to manipulate the CPU-controlled Vega so that he could get him into the right position to perform the “falling into the corner pause” which is crucial for getting the glitch to work.“This meant that I had to slowly learn, as much as is possible, to manipulate the actions of CPU controlled Claw,” says Desk in the video’s description. “As many of these combos require pretty exact screen spacing in order to take advantage of that ‘falling into the corner pause’ at specific points, this AI manipulation was vital.”For a more detailed breakdown of the glitch, make sure to read EuroGamer‘s article on it. It is a fascinating read, especially if you’re an old-school Street Fighter II fan.last_img read more

BT and John Lewis Partnership shortlisted for best financial wellbeing strategy

first_imgBT and John Lewis Partnership are among the organisations that have been shortlisted in the best financial wellbeing strategy category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2017.This award, sponsored by Wealth at Work, celebrates the most effective financial wellbeing strategies that have been implemented within organisations, including the use of financial education tools and workplace savings.The full category shortlist is:AB InBev, Cheers (Entered by Nudge and Capita)BT, Big Plans, Bigger Retirement (Entered by Wealth at Work)DHL International (UK), Financial Wellbeing (Entered by Neyber)John Lewis Partnership, My Financial ChoicesThe winner will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London, on 9 June 2017.See the full shortlist.For more information and to book your place.last_img read more

Shawsheen Tech Announces Summer Swimming Lessons

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Shawsheen Tech is offering Summer Swimming Lessons from July 9, 2018 to August 2, 2018.Lessons are available Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30am to 11am. Lessons run every half hour: 8:30am, 9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am and 11:00am. (Parents are asked to please choose a minimum of 4 lessons.)Each 1/2 hour lesson will cost $10.Walk-in registration will be held on Tuesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 21, from 2:30pm to 4:00pm, outside the pool. Click HERE for the registration form.Follow the pool on Twitter at @Shawsheen_Pool.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Shawsheen Tech.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Announces Summer Swimming LessonsIn “Sports”Shawsheen Tech To Hold Swimming Lessons For Kids On Saturdays This FallIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech To Hold Swimming Lessons For Kids On Saturdays This FallIn “Education”last_img read more

A new DielsAlder reaction

first_imgTerminology associated with various cyclizations in the Diels–Alder family of 4π + 2π reactions. a, The classic example of a diene (1,3-butadiene, 1) and a dienophile (ethylene, 2) reacting to give a six-membered cyclic alkene (cyclohexene, 3). b, The absence of four hydrogen atoms gives the tetradehydro (TDDA) variant; the product is in the benzene oxidation state. c, The absence of six hydrogen atoms gives the hexadehydro Diels–Alder (HDDA) variant. d, The unprecedented pentadehydro-Diels–Alder (PDDA) reaction proceeds via an α,3-dehydrotoluene (see 12); importantly, both the HDDA and PDDA reactions result in formation of trappable reactive intermediates. e, α,3-Dehydrotoluenes have previously been generated principally by cyclization of allenyl enynes like 14. Credit: Teng Wang, et al. Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature17429 Explore further Journal information: Nature Researchers provide evidence for a non-enzymatic pathway to produce paracaseolide A © 2016 In the current research Teng Wang, Rajasekhar Reddy Naredla, Severin K. Thompson, and Thomas R. Hoye trap an intermediate formed from the removal of five hydrogens from the typical reactants in a [4+2] Diels-Alder cycloaddition. This intermediate, called α,3-dehydrotoluene, is of interest because its oxidation state is analogous to benzyne, and like benzyne, it can be chemically trapped. This allows for functionalization at unique positions on the molecule. Their work appears in Nature.Removal of hydrogens from the diene of a [4+2] Diels-Alder cycloaddition results in either an allenyne, an unsaturated organic molecule that contains both a double and triple bond, or a diyne, a molecules with two triple bonds. In the case of a tetra-dehydro Diels-Alder reaction, in which four hydrogens are removed, the cycloaddition results in a benzene ring. In the hexa-dehydro Diels Alder reaction (HDDA), a alkyne and a diyne reaction to form a benzyne intermediate, 1, 2-dehydrobenzene. The penta-dehydro Diels Alder reaction (PDDA) involves the reaction of an allenyne an alkyne to produce α,3-dehydrotoluene as an intermediate. The benzyne intermediate from the HDDA reaction and the α,3-dehydrotoluene intermediate from the PDDA reaction are tautomers of each other, and both can be trapped using an appropriate trapping agent. Hoye’s group is the first to trap α,3-dehydrotoluene in a PDDA cyclization reaction. Hoye’s group first suspected that this intermediate occurs from a reaction they did with a particular tetrayne at room temperature in a solution of piperidine. α,3-dehydrotoluene has been observed as a result of Myers-Saito cyclization reaction, but prior to this study, has not been isolated as part of a formal cycloaddition reaction. They found that differences between the intermediates in the HDDA and PDDA reaction has to do with a base-promoted rate-limiting step in the PDDA reaction. Their initial reaction showed that the tetrayne undergoes a piperdine-catalyzed isomerization to produce an allenyne. This then undergoes a PDDA cyclization reaction whose intermediate can be trapped with piperidine, a secondary amine. This mechanism can be generalized to a base-promoted isomerization to produce an allenyne, followed by trapping the intermediate with a protic trapping agent. Hoye’s group looked at other primary and secondary amines as well as oxygen-based nucleophiles such as methanol and water, and found that all of them served as good trapping agents for the α,3-dehydrotoluene intermediate. Hoye’s group also found that the PDDA cyclization reaction worked with a nitrile in place of the alkyne on the allenyne reactant. Furthermore, the PDDA cyclization worked with electron withdrawing groups on the nitrile, and the intermediate can be trapped using the same trapping agents as with the allenyne reaction. Notably, nitriles to do not undergo cyclization in HDDA reactions, therefore, its ability to cyclize in PDDA reactions allows for greater diversity in the types of products that can be made from these reactions.This newly discovered reaction mechanism and isolation of its intermediate allows for the synthesis of several types of organic molecules that would be of interest, including pyridine products. Additionally, it provides insight into the mechanistic differences between the hexa-dehydro Diels Alder reaction and the penta-dehydro Diels Alder reaction, which may be exploited for further studies on cyclization reactions.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Teng Wang et al. The pentadehydro-Diels–Alder reaction, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature17429AbstractIn the classic Diels–Alder [4 + 2] cycloaddition reaction, the overall degree of unsaturation (or oxidation state) of the 4π (diene) and 2π (dienophile) pairs of reactants dictates the oxidation state of the newly formed six-membered carbocycle. For example, in the classic Diels–Alder reaction, butadiene and ethylene combine to produce cyclohexene. More recent developments include variants in which the number of hydrogen atoms in the reactant pair and in the resulting product is reduced by, for example, four in the tetradehydro-Diels–Alder (TDDA) and by six in the hexadehydro-Diels–Alder (HDDA) reactions. Any oxidation state higher than tetradehydro (that is, lacking more than four hydrogens) leads to the production of a reactive intermediate that is more highly oxidized than benzene. This increases the power of the overall process substantially, because trapping of the reactive intermediate can be used to increase the structural complexity of the final product in a controllable and versatile manner. Here we report an unprecedented overall 4π + 2π cycloaddition reaction that generates a different, highly reactive intermediate known as an α,3-dehydrotoluene. This species is in the same oxidation state as a benzyne. Like benzynes, α,3-dehydrotoluenes can be captured by various trapping agents to produce structurally diverse products that are complementary to those arising from the HDDA process. We call this new cycloisomerization process a pentadehydro-Diels–Alder (PDDA) reaction—a nomenclature chosen for chemical taxonomic reasons rather than mechanistic ones. In addition to alkynes, nitriles (RC≡N), although non-participants in aza-HDDA reactions, readily function as the 2π component in PDDA cyclizations to produce, via trapping of the α,3-(5-aza)dehydrotoluene intermediates, pyridine-containing products. (—The Diels-Alder reaction is a mainstay in organic chemistry. The reaction traditionally involves a diene and a dienophile. The diene has four carbons that are sp2 hybridized to form pi bonds. The dienophile has two sp2 hybridized carbons. The diene and dienophile undergo a cycloaddition reaction to form a cyclohexene. This reaction can be tweaked to make six-membered rings with a higher oxidation state by removing hydrogens from the reactants to make sp hybridized carbons. For example, rather than an alkene and a diene reacting, the reactants could be an alkyne and an allenyne. Citation: A new Diels-Alder reaction (2016, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

VP Ansari calls for affirmative action on problems affecting Muslims

first_imgVice-President Hamid Ansari on Monday demanded “affirmative action” to address problems of identity and security confronting Muslims in line with Modi government’s official objective of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’.He stressed that “default by the State or its agents in terms of deprivation, exclusion and discrimination (including failure to provide security) has to be corrected by the State at the earliest and appropriate instruments developed for it”. Also Read – Ponzi scheme company: ED attaches assets worth `261 crSpeaking at the golden jubilee celebration of the All-India Majlis-E-Mushawarat, an apex forum of Muslim organisations, Ansari said the challenge was to develop strategies to address issues confronting Muslims. “The official objective of sabka sath, sabka vikas is commendable. A pre-requisite for this is action to ensure a common starting point and an ability in all to walk at the required pace, he said.last_img read more

Third jaguar of year found dead outside Puerto Morelos

first_imgPuerto Morelos, Q.R. — Wildlife officials are investigating the death of another jaguar found along the Ruta de los Cenotes.The animal was discovered Sunday by members of civil organizations who say the body of the jaguar was mutilated. Photos of the animal were uploaded to social media Monday, causing public outrage.The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection went to the site along with members of the Environmental Monitoring Committee. They found the body at Kilometer 11.5 where they confirmed that the animal was hit by a car July 15. They say the animal was a young female.They reported that after a physical examination, the animal had been mutilated with the head and tail removed.Authorities do not know who is responsible for the death of the cat, which is the third in the state so far this year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fujifilms Synapse VNA Now Serving Over 300 Oncology Sites Worldwide

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more September 22, 2016 — The TeraMedica Division of Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently announced a significant business milestone in serving cancer center customers. The company’s Synapse VNA (vendor neutral archive), an enterprise-wide medical information and image management solution, is now installed at more than 300 oncology facilities worldwide for the management of cancer treatment data.The oncology facilities that use Synapse VNA technology interface with a total of over 800 linear accelerators. Synapse VNA manages all clinical oncology department data, both DICOM and non-DICOM, including radiology diagnostic images, radiation treatment plans and various other clinical data used in the treatment of cancer patients —  using what the company calls the most scalable single storage solution available. Oncology facilities rely on Synapse VNA for the ability to quickly access and share diagnosis and treatment plan information, as well as keep data secure, backed up and readily accessible for audit in a disaster recovery/business continuance environment.Johns Hopkins — one of only 45 cancer centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Cancer Center — implemented Synapse VNA seven years ago. Moffitt Cancer Center — ranked the No. 6 cancer center in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 annual report of top cancer hospitals — is in the process of installation.Fujifilm will showcase Synapse VNA at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2016 Annual Meeting, to be held Sept. 25-28 in Boston.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | September 22, 2016 Fujifilm’s Synapse VNA Now Serving Over 300 Oncology Sites Worldwide Company will showcase latest version of vendor neutral archive technology at ASTRO 2016 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more last_img read more

Culinary tours with Collette include cooking classes homehosted meals

first_img MISSISSAUGA — Collette’s new lineup of foodie tours features authentic regional cuisine and the opportunity for travellers to connect with locals and their culinary traditions.Tours are available from the vineyards of Provence to the ancient teahouses of Beijing to the spice markets of Marrakesh.Guests of Collette’s tour to Portugal and Its Islands include a sampling of the signature dish of the Azores, cozido das furnas, cooked in a hot spring heated by volcanic steam. Travellers on Collette’s tour to Switzerland, meanwhile, will walk the picturesque vineyards (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and stop and sip the delicious Swiss wine.“There are endless reasons why we travel, but the thrill of experiencing a new culture is one many of us share. While landmarks and historic sites offer a glimpse into a destination, food is the universal language that unites us all,” says Collette’s Executive Vice President of Product and Tour Management, Jaclyn Leibl-Cote.Collette’s website,, now includes a culinary-themed landing page under the ‘Collette Gives You More’ link, where clients can learn about Collette tours with cooking classes, truffle hunting, local market tours, home-hosted meals and more. Posted by Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Culinary tours with Collette include cooking classes, home-hosted meals Tags: Collette, Culinary Tourism Travelweek Group last_img read more

Fun hip not for everyone Why Virgin Voyages is banking on being

first_imgTags: Feature Story, Virgin Voyages Fun, hip & not for everyone: Why Virgin Voyages is banking on being different Wednesday, August 15, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Cindy Sosroutomo Posted by About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 Share This story originally ran in the August 9th, 2018 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here.TORONTO — Every captain needs a first mate. And at Virgin Voyages, the adults-only cruise line set to debut in 2020, its second-in-command will be none other than travel agents.In an exclusive interview with Travelweek, Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages, says that the company loves the travel trade, “so much so that we renamed our travel agents First Mates.”A number of trade-focused initiatives will be included in the line’s rollout over the next year, like a First Mates website and an expanding sales force that will educate front-line agents starting next month.“We have a very detailed plan in place with the trade in the U.S., Canada and the UK,” he says. “We’re starting a new brand, a whole new company, so we’re not going to be picking and choosing how we’re being sold. We’re going to open up the trade, and we’ve built an organization around that.”Canada, adds McAlpin, is a “great market”, one with a high net worth, with people who like to take vacations and travel to Miami, where the line’s first ship, the Scarlet Lady, will sail out of starting in 2020. While a specific launch date has yet to be confirmed, McAlpin notes that the launch will take longer than a typical cruise ship.“This isn’t just the launch of another ship out of the fleet, this is launching a whole new brand. We’ll be very cautious about rolling this out slowly, and we’ll have soft openings just to make sure we get our product right,” he says.The Scarlet Lady, which shares the name of one of Virgin Atlantic’s earliest aircraft, will sail out of the Port of Miami on Caribbean itineraries, although specific ports and destinations have yet be announced. McAlpin does, however, imply that the company’s presence in the Caribbean will be widespread.Scarlet Lady Side View“We’re looking at a lot of different options, all over the Caribbean, including a longer cruise market and potentially a shorter one,” he says. “We’re getting ready to make these decisions, there’s more to come in the next three months.”What we know for sure is that come launch time, the Scarlet Lady will stand out amid a sea of other cruise ships for its “cool” factor, something that’s already driving the success of Virgin’s hotel, airline and other sister companies. Virgin Voyages, which currently has three ships on order (Scarlet Lady in 2020, and another two in 2021 and 2022, each accommodating 2,700 passengers), is being billed as a boutique-style cruise line for the “young at heart”. And the fact that it’s adults-only is what will give it its “fun and hip quality”, says McAlpin.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“We don’t think of this as just for millennials or just for the older generation. We think of this as for the young at heart who want a premium experience, one that doesn’t involve children,” he adds. “With children, you can’t provide that romantic, cool quality from a food and beverage and entertainment perspective. You can create a much more elevated experience by being adults-only.”However, this wasn’t always the case at Virgin Voyages. When the company was still in its conceptual phase, it originally planned to welcome families. But according to the feedback it received from moms in particular, parents weren’t interested in bringing their kids into an environment that was primarily for adults.“Sometimes in order to differentiate yourself, it’s not about what you’re going to add but rather what you’re going to give up. And for us, this was families,” he adds. “At the end of the day, moms need a vacation too.”Vanessa Lee, President and CEO of Cruise Strategies Ltd., calls it a “logical move” for Virgin, which is already known for its “edgy and disruptive focus”.“They can really make this a sexy brand with eye-catching appeal that’s most suited to an adult audience,” she says. “There are very few adult-only lines and with Virgin’s overall reputation across its many business models, I think it’s probably the logical choice.”As such, Lee suggests that agents pitch the new line as a “mainstream to upscale, contemporary brand” suited for people from their mid-20s to mid-50s and even above, depending on the client.“I feel they will have a pretty broad reach and appeal to those who like great service, slightly edgy décor and a host of dining options. A more modern take on cruising that some brands like Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Norwegian are implementing,” she says.The Manor StageBut Lee also warns agents against pigeonholing the company in its early stages. “We must always be careful not to peg a cruise line to a guest any time, especially before seeing the first ship.”All uncertainties aside, Virgin Voyages will surely benefit from piggy-backing off an already trusted name in the travel industry; among its many entities, the Virgin Group includes Virgin Holidays in the U.K., Virgin Atlantic, which recently signed a joint venture agreement with Air France-KLM, and Virgin Hotels, slated for major expansion in cities like Edinburgh, San Francisco, New York and Las Vegas following the 2015 debut of its first-ever hotel in Chicago.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAnd although every Virgin business is independently owned and treated as such, McAlpin says there’s value in being able to work together.“We will work closely with Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Holidays and Virgin Hotels,” he confirms. “They get value from working with us and vice versa. So clearly, we will drive synergies with these sister companies.”Now with a cruise line under its belt, the Virgin Group is well positioned to become a one-stop shop for all travel-related needs. But does this necessarily guarantee the success of Virgin Voyages in Canada?Lee thinks the brand will be well received by Canadians, particularly the new-to-cruise market and millennials, and gives high marks to the company’s U.S.-based sales team, which she personally knows and thinks highly of. “They’re very agent-friendly and focused, and I am sure they realize the market potential that Canada has and the ease in which we can get to South Florida where their initial cruises will sail from,” she says.Athletic ClubBut even though Canada holds vast selling opportunity for the new line, McAlpin knows that the cruise line won’t appeal to everyone. In fact, it’s actually counting on it.“When you try to appeal to everyone, you don’t really focus on any one particular group. We think this creates an opportunity for a boutique player like us to come in and say, ‘Hey, we’re different’,” he says, adding that everything about Virgin Voyages will be unique, from the size and look of its ships to the entertainment, crew uniforms and the design of its cabins.“Frankly there’ll be some people who don’t like the product, but that’s okay. You’re not going to appeal to everyone by being different, but there’ll also be a lot of people who’ll really love us and that’s what’s important.”last_img read more