French Open: In-form Simona Halep survives Daria Kasatkina scare

first_imgSimona Halep survived a third-round scare against young pretender Daria Kasatkina in a Roland Garros rollercoaster on Saturday, winning 6-0 7-5 after initially threatening to brush past the 20-year-old Russian with ease.Kasatkina began tentatively against the Romanian third seed in what looked like a case of big-match nerves.Hitting powerfully on both wings from the back of the court, Halep romped through the first set in 30 minutes and led 3-1 in the second.The 20-year-old Russian then sparked into life, winning the next four games and holding three set points in the 10th game before Halep edged through, closing out the match with a net chord that Kasatkina failed to return.”I played really well at the beginning,” Halep, who won the Madrid title and reached the Rome final in the run up to Roland Garros, said courtside.”She was coming back really strongly and I think my energy went a bit down… She’s a really tough opponent.”last_img read more

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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES 2ND READING OF BUILDING FEE INCREASES

first_imgTHE SIOUX CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED SECOND READING OF A PROPOSAL TO INCREASE BUILDING PERMIT FEES FOR BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL STRUCTURES.CITY INSPECTIONS MANAGER DARREL BULLOCK SAYS THE CITY HAS NOT INCREASED RESIDENTIAL FEES IN OVER 20 YEARS, AND COMMERCIAL FEES SINCE 2012:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FEES1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………500% BEHIND. :20THE PROPOSED CHANGES INCLUDE INCREASING A SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING BASE PERMIT FEE FROM $635 TO $700 AND TWO FAMILY RESIDENCE FROM $1270 TO $1400.JEFF REINDERS, PRESIDENT OF THE SIOUX CITY CONSTRUCTION LEAGUE, TOLD THE COUNCIL HIS MEMBERS DECIDED TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSED INCREASES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FEES2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….COST OF PROVIDING SERVICES. :24LOCAL REALTOR DICK SALEM OBJECTED TO THE INCREASES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FEES3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………..SKYROCKET. :14THE COUNCIL VOTED 3-0 TO APPROVE SECOND READING.MAYOR BOB SCOTT AND ALEX WATTERS WERE ABSENT FROM MONDAY’S MEETING.THE 3RD FINAL VOTE IS SET FOR NEXT MONDAY.last_img read more

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9 months agoSTUNNER! Man Utd make Barcelona approach for Coutinho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say STUNNER! Man Utd make Barcelona approach for Coutinhoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have approached Barcelona about Philippe Coutinho’s situation.Mundo Deportivo says United have made it clear that they would be ‘very interested’ in signing the Brazilian, who has struggled to hit the heights he scaled at Liverpool since moving to the Nou Camp 12 months ago.Coutinho hasn’t started a La Liga game since December 2 and that is said to have angered the Blaugrana’s record signing, who has seen Ousmane Dembele move past him in the pecking order in recent times.It is claimed that Coutinho has no intention of leaving Barcelona yet, especially with his family happy living in Catalonia, but that could change if the 26-year-old’s situation doesn’t improve between now and the end of the season.A move to United would give Coutinho a chance to win his first trophy in English football. last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Announces Tidal Energy Facility Partners

first_imgNova Scotia is one step closer to building North America’s first in-stream tidal technology centre to host some of the world’s leading devices to harness energy from the world’s highest tides. Three candidates, representing technologies from Canada, U.S.A. and Ireland, have cleared the first hurdle in their bid to demonstrate tidal devices in the Bay of Fundy and the province has given Minas Basin Pulp and Power conditional approval to build the host facility. “These companies know what we know — the Bay of Fundy is one of the world’s best sites for tidal development,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “And today we are a step closer to proving it. This facility can become a landmark centre of excellence in our efforts to provide cleaner sources of energy. “The more we move away from coal-based electricity, the more we protect our environment — a key priority for this government.” The facility will be funded by a $4.7-million grant from the province’s Ecotrust for Clean Air and Climate Change program, a $3-million zero-interest loan from EnCana Corporation’s Environmental Innovation Fund, and significant contributions from each of the successful developers. The province will also make $300,000 available for environmental and permitting work. “We are grateful for the shared desire today to help create a brand new industry,” said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. “And we are pleased to welcome some of the world’s most promising technology to our province. If we combine that technology with Nova Scotia’s offshore expertise, research capacity and enormous tidal resource, this can become a truly outstanding centre of excellence.” Gerry Protti, president of EnCana Corporation’s offshore and international division added,”EnCana is pleased to support the development of a promising and untapped energy resource here in Nova Scotia. Unlocking the unconventional power of the tides requires innovative thinking and the kind of creative partnerships that will be generated at this centre.” The three candidates in negotiations for first occupancy in the proposed facility are: Clean Current (using a Clean Current Mark III Turbine) Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co. Ltd. (UEK Hydrokinetic Turbine) Nova Scotia Power Inc. (OpenHydro Turbine) Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company proposes to construct the facility infrastructure, which would connect all tidal devices from the Bay of Fundy to the Nova Scotia electric grid. “As a Nova Scotia company, we’re extremely pleased to play a role in moving tidal technology forward,” said John Woods, vice-president of energy at Minas Basin Pulp and Power. “The fact that we’ll be working together with devices from both North America and Europe shows the potential global reach of this technology.” Glen Darou, Clean Current’s president and CEO added, “Nova Scotia is demonstrating strong leadership in sponsoring this world-class demonstration site. The Clean Current team is delighted to be part of this history-making event. The Clean Current Mark III turbine that we will install here is simple, efficient and environmentally friendly.” Ralph Tedesco, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power said “Nova Scotia Power and OpenHydro are proud to be helping harness this silent, invisible, predictable energy — renewable liquid gold from the Bay of Fundy.” “Tidal energy has the potential to help Nova Scotia meet its 2020 deadline to cut greenhouse gas to 10 per cent below 1990 levels,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “But please remember — a number of conditions must be met before anything goes in the water.” These conditions include the completion of: a strategic environmental assessment (expected spring 2008) site-specific environmental assessment(s) provincial and federal permits and approvals a contribution agreement between province and developer(s) a land lease agreement between province and developer(s) Research identifies the Bay of Fundy as potentially the best site for tidal power generation in North America, with a world-class resource in close proximity to an existing grid and potential consumers. Nova Scotia’s regulations demand nearly 20 per cent of the province’s electricity supply come from renewable sources by 2013. In-stream tidal energy has the potential to help meet that target. Tidal technology also holds potential future opportunities for Nova Scotia suppliers and manufacturers, many of whom already have experience in Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum industry. The Nova Scotia departments of Energy, Environment and Labour, and Natural Resources have worked together to develop the project, in support of one of the province’s five priorities — protecting the environment.last_img read more

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Sears confirms chairmans hedge fund wins bid in auction

first_imgNEW YORK — Sears is confirming reports its chairman and largest shareholder Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund has won a bid to buy roughly 400 stores and other assets for $5.2 billion.The move, announced Thursday, preserves 45,000 jobs and is subject to court approval on Feb. 1. Creditors will have the opportunity to object before then.The deal will then close Feb. 8.The agreement follows marathon negotiations that started early Monday as Lampert was fending off demands from creditors who were pushing for liquidation.Lampert’s ESL Investments was the only one to put forth a proposal to rescue the floundering company in its entirety. He had sweetened his bid multiple times.Still, many experts believe a smaller version of the retailer will not be viable as it faces increasing competition.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Tilray to acquire hemp food company Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million

NANAIMO, B.C. — Tilray Inc. has signed a deal to acquire Hemp Hearts-maker Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million in cash and stock as the two companies aim to launch CBD-infused food and wellness products for North America.The companies say the acquisition adds natural food products to Tilray’s portfolio and Manitoba Harvest will be able to tap the Nanaimo, B.C.-based company’s expertise in working with cannabinoids.Upon completion of the transaction, which is subject to approval, Tilray will pay $150 million in cash and $127.5 million in stock.Six months after close Tilray will pay another $50 million in cash and $42.5 million in stock, and depending the achievement of certain milestones, the cannabis producer will issue another $49 million in company stock.Manitoba Harvest, whose portfolio of products include Hemp Hearts, Hemp Oil and granola in stores such as Costco and Wal-Mart in Canada and the U.S., plans to launch a line of CBD-infused products south of the border this summer.Tilray’s chief executive says Manitoba Harvest’s distribution network will help the cannabis grower accelerate its push to sell CBD products in the U.S. and Canada, where permissible. The Canadian Press read more

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What to look for in your first car

As Nance Faubert shops around for her first car, she is realizing how frustrating it can be to find one that fits both the needs and the budget of a recent college grad.“I’ve been pricing and looking around for used vehicles, because I can’t afford to buy new,” says Faubert, 21, who has already been to a dozen dealerships.“I live and work in North Bay (Ontario) so I just need something to get around since the city is widespread.”Faubert doesn’t want to get pressured into buying a car that isn’t going to last.A little leg work and due diligence will alleviate the stress of shopping for your first set of wheels, and ensure you’ve covered all the bases before signing on the dotted line.[np-related]What to look for:Scott Seguin, a sales consultant at Hyundai, says that assessing need over desire is an important factor in determining the vehicle that’s right for you.Questions to ask yourself while shopping should include: Do you plan to drive in the city only or will you be driving long distances? Are you carrying passengers regularly or plan to drive mostly solo?Online sites such as carcostcanada.com, carcompass.ca and carbuyingtips.com can offer insight when doing your initial research along with a variety of tips, advice and cost comparisons.And with rising gas prices, look for vehicles that are economical in fuel consumption.Buying used over new costs less, but you need to be comfortable with buying a car someone’s previously driven, which could potentially have skeletons in the trunk.There’s nothing wrong with getting a car “as-is”, since you can find parts and repair it yourself — or have someone you know do the job. However, if you ask a dealer to fix it up in order to pass inspection, you’ll have to be prepared for a mark-up.Faubert found a 2001 Saturn she liked as-is, and the dealer asked $700 for it, then offered to do the work necessary for certification at a cost of $3,500. All it required was a flex pipe ($100-200) e-brake cables ($50-150) and a wiper arm ($30-60), she said.Those parts would cost less than $500, plus a mechanic’s labour fees — which aren’t cheap — if you can’t do it yourself.Do your research:You can verify the condition and history of a used car by getting a vehicle history report online with the vehicle identification number (VIN), which is listed on the car’s ownership papers.That will give you information such as previous owners, average mileage, servicing records, past accidents, whether airbags were ever deployed, if it has suffered frame damage, and if it was ever a rental or fleet vehicle.It will also tell you if an insurance company would deem the car a “total loss,” which would indicate that repairs to the car are worth more than the market value of the vehicle.Be sure to keep insurance in mind when you’re shopping for your vehicle. There are many details that insurance companies take into consideration when deciding your rate.For instance, a sports car will be more expensive to insure than a four-door sedan. The number of kilometres on the engine, year of the model, and city you live in since it all comes into play when getting the car insured.Take the time to compare quotes by calling at least three insurance companies, or use online comparison sites to get the best price.How to finance:Whether you choose to buy new or used, how you’re going to finance the purchase is crucial.Getting approved for bank financing or a dealership loan is contingent on steady employment, credit history, and your amount of existing debt, says Scotiabank’s vice-president of automotive finance, Lilliane Dubois.“If you are a first-time buyer especially, we need to verify employment and income to determine your capacity to repay the loan,” said Dubois.“The amount and term of the loan and borrower’s credit risk profile will determine the interest rate.”There are two options when using credit to pay for the vehicle. You can either get financing through the dealership, or go directly to your bank and apply for an auto loan. A bank loan carries an average interest rate between three to nine per cent based on your credit profile.“It’s the customer’s choice in the end where they want to get the loan, but manufacturers will offer interesting loans at low percentages based on new car promotions,” said Dubois.If you do have good credit, buying new can present a variety of benefits, including zero per cent financing promotions for a determined number of months, as well as a manufacturer’s warranty.But remember the rule of thumb when buying new — its value drops the moment you drive it off the lot, from the retail price to the wholesale value. And you can expect a car to lose 15 to 20 per cent of its value a year.If financed through credit at a dealership, used cars aren’t eligible for promotional rates, and loans are typically between six to nine per cent interest — higher than what a bank may be able to offer.There’s also the option of buying certified-preowned, which comes with the same security benefits as buying new, such as dealership guarantee and extended warranties, along with a lower interest rate, notes Seguin.“Typically new car interest rates are lower than used, but in the end the vehicle is more expensive overall.”Lower monthly payments through leasing might look attractive, but experts caution it can be the highest cost of borrowing in the market place.That’s because monthly payments are comprised of two components — interest on the principal or cost of the vehicle, and paying down the principal.On a loan, the paying down the principal portion can be quite steep because the buyer is paying off the entire cost of the vehicle during the financing term. On a lease, depending on the end residual value, the consumer may be only paying down half the cost of the vehicle.That’s why monthly payments are usually lower, but at the end of the lease, the consumer doesn’t own the vehicle and will have paid more in interest than on a loan. read more

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Sporting greats donate mementos to auction to benefit UN agencies

Track and field fans around the world will have a unique chance next week to buy their own piece of sporting history when the personal mementos of some of athletics’ most famous moments go on Internet auction, with the proceeds to go to three United Nations humanitarian agencies.Fans will be bidding for one of the largest ever collections of sporting memorabilia, including one of the record-breaking 100-metre spikes worn by the world’s fastest man Asafa Powell of Jamaica and the Sydney Olympic Games tracksuit of 200 and 400-metre legend Michael Johnson.Fans will be bidding for one of the largest ever collections of sporting memorabilia, including one of the record-breaking 100-metre spikes worn by the world’s fastest man Asafa Powell of Jamaica and the Sydney Olympic Games tracksuit of 200 and 400-metre legend Michael Johnson. In all, over 50 athletes, including 23 world record breakers, have donated running vests, bib numbers, statues and signed photos associated with their most celebrated victories to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) “Athletics for a Better World” humanitarian project.The money raised by the 16 January auction will go to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).United States’ sprinter Justin Gatlin has handed over the body suit he wore when winning the World Championships 100-metre final in Helsinki last August.Among the larger items on offer is a javelin from the collection of three-time Olympic and World champion Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic.Mozambique’s middle distance runner Maria Mutola has donated her Sydney Olympic Games gold medal winning kit, while WFP Ambassador and marathon world record holder Paul Tergat has given the running vest in which he narrowly won this year’s New York marathon. Donors include several track and field stars of the past, such as “Athlete of the Century” Carl Lewis and legendary long jumper Bob Beamon, both of the United States.Lewis, one of only two athletes to win nine Olympic gold medals, has donated his competition vest from the 1986 Goodwill Games and a tracksuit. Beamon has donated a limited edition charcoal print depicting his ground-breaking 8.90-metre jump at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, which broke the previous world record by 55 centimetres and still stands as an Olympic record, 37 years later. read more

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Football Kickoffs have hurt Ohio State all season long It was no

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley returns opening kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown on Oct. 28 in Ohio State’s 39-38 victory against Penn State. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNinety-seven yards and a cloud of dust.On the opening kickoff of Ohio State’s game against Penn State, running back Saquon Barkley caught the kick on the Ohio State 3-yard line and took it the distance.Kickoffs have been head coach Urban Meyer’s No. 1 complaint after nearly every game. The unit did not improve against Penn State, and it nearly cost the Buckeyes their season. There was nothing inherently wrong with the opening kick. It was to the corner Ohio State is always shooting for, and the coverage converged on the spot. But there was a hole Barkley found on the left side, and he exploded down the sideline and into the end zone with ease, coming close to contact only momentarily after catching the kick.By the time the game was over and the dust from Barkley’s run had settled, Ohio State emerged victorious against Penn State with a 39-38 win. But the special teams nearly cost the team its season on multiple occasions. Meyer was so flustered by his team’s poor play, he did not even want to discuss it with the team.“Our kickoff coverage, I’m not even going to take questions on that,” Meyer said. “We’re just going to have to make serious changes on personnel and everything else. That was a comedy — comical.”From that point on, the Buckeyes avoided Barkley on their kickoffs, but it didn’t seem to matter. On the third kickoff Ohio State sent, the Buckeyes stopped Penn State at the 20-yard line, but an offsides penalty on the call forced them to redo the kick. The result? A 6-foot-1, 237-pound linebacker named Koa Farmer caught the ball and brought it back 59 yards to Ohio State’s 23-yard line. Penn State converted the excellent field position into seven points.Every time the ball was in the air, everyone in the stadium collectively held their breath waiting to see the end result. At one point, the Nittany Lions began their drive at their own 30-yard line, causing a roaring ovation from the fans that the damage was limited.For the most part, Penn State’s offense was kept relatively in check. Barkley was limited on the ground to only 44 yards on 21 carries, and McSorley was only 17-for-29 with 192 passing yards and two touchdowns. The problem for Ohio State was that the Buckeye defense found itself starting in its own territory nearly every time the Nittany Lions received the ball. It got to the point where all Penn State had to do was travel 50 yards or less to score points. The struggles at kickoff have led to a revolving door of players tasked with kicking off the ball. Freshman Blake Haubeil opened the season as the kickoff specialist before alternating with redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger over the past couple games. Against Penn State, it was all Nuernberger.But as has been well documented, the blame is not solely the kicker’s to bear. Often it would appear the kick was placed exactly where the Buckeyes wanted the kick to land, and still the coverage would fail to do its part. Both the touchdown and the return from Farmer were on kicks executed nearly as well as Ohio State could ask for. The rest of the unit missed tackles and allowed the returners to get free and break off big runs.By the end of the game, Ohio State was squib-kicking the ball down the field, exchanging the potential to pin the opponent back and the risk of a big return for the safety of a near guarantee Penn State would not return the kickoff for a touchdown.The last drive of the game for Penn State, with the Nittany Lions down by only a single point, began on a squib kick that was caught before it could get too far and put Penn State at its own 40-yard line with 1:45 to go. All Penn State needed to do was drive 30 yards or less to be put in field goal position and potentially win the game.The defense prevented them from moving forward and sealed Ohio State’s victory.But the kickoff unit for the Buckeyes put them in compromising position after compromising position almost every time it was forced to take the field. Ohio State managed to escape with a win this time, but those problems could become major obstacles in Ohio State’s path to another title.Meyer might not want to talk about the problems in front of the media. But he will need to address them eventually if the team is going to add a ninth championship banner. read more

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Family faces decade of torture if bid to withdraw life support from

first_imgOn Thursday Mr Justice Charles ruled that Mrs Briggs, 40, is eligible for non-means-tested legal aid for the four-day trial starting in Manchester on Monday November 27.She had indicated that without the financial support she might have been forced to represent herself.A spokesman for her solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, said Mr Briggs, who served with Merseyside Police, “Has been in a minimally conscious state in hospital for 17 months”.“Mr Briggs is a veteran of the Gulf War and has been a dedicated policeman who lived an active life,” he said.Mr Briggs, in common with the vast majority of people, did not leave any written instructions detailing what should happen in circumstances such as those he now faces. I never knew that states worse than death existed until this happened to PaulLindsey Briggs The family of a Gulf War veteran left in a coma after a road accident say they face a decade of “torture” if their legal bid to remove his life support fails.Lindsey Briggs is campaigning for doctors to allow her husband Paul to “pass away with dignity”, 17 months after he collided head-on with a car using the wrong lane while riding his motorbike.The 43-year-old police officer has been diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state. Mathieu Culverhouse, a lawyer at the firm, added: “She [Mrs Briggs] firmly believes that the withdrawal of treatment is in Paul’s best interests given his previously expressed wishes, injuries and his current condition and prognosis.”Where a patient lacks the capacity to make a decision about treatment or to communicate it, it is his or her doctors who have the final say.Compassion in Dying, which advises people on how to plan ahead in case of illness, says only four in 100 people leave written advance instructions regarding future treatment.The group described Mr Briggs’s case as “heartbreaking but all too familiar”, and urged people with “strong feelings” about how they might be treated to plan ahead.A spokesman for the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is an extremely complex case and the trust empathises with Mr Briggs’s family.“Mr Briggs’s care has always been out top priority.“It is now a matter for the Court of Protection and we await the outcome.” A medic consulted by the family has said this could continue for another 10 years before the father of one dies, if he remains on life support.Mr Briggs is unable to speak or make informed decisions and has no independent control of his body, however his medical team at Walton Centre in Liverpool are understood to believe that he could become more responsive in the future.A spokesman for his family said he “Would not have wanted to carry on” being kept alive purely on life support.Mrs Briggs, who has secured legal aid funding to challenge the NHS hospital in the Court of Protection, has described witnessing her husband’s unresponsive state as “beyond torture”.The 26-year-old driver who struck Briggs was jailed for a year in July. PC Briggs on a motorbike PC Briggs had been riding on the Birkenhead flyover on July 3 2015, ahead of a night shift, when he was killed Credit:Briggs Family During the sentencing hearing, Mrs Briggs said the impact of her husband’s injuries meant the situation was “much worse than if he had died at the scene”.He was left with bleeding on the brain, five fractures to his spine and bruising to internal organs.“While Paul remains in a horrific state, it is beyond devastating and affects every aspect of all our lives for the worse,” said Mrs Briggs.“We have to endure seeing him like this every day, for many long, difficult months now.”She added: “I never knew that states worse than death existed until this happened to Paul.” 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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That was quick Irelands cold snap passes with mild weather likely for

first_img Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 1:20 PM 23 Comments Short URL 13,758 Views Jan 14th 2017, 1:20 PM http://jrnl.ie/3186614 By Rónán Duffy Share Tweet Email1 Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie That was quick: Ireland’s cold snap passes with mild weather likely for the rest of the week Met Éireann has lifted their snow and ice warnings. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie IT SEEMS LIKE the cold snap that has frozen parts of Ireland for the last few days won’t be lasting too much longer.While snow and ice warnings were in place on Thursday and Friday, no such warnings are now in place.Met Éireann is now saying that while some parts of the country will remain “chilly” today, afternoon temperatures will be between 6 to 9 celsius.Conditions will get colder tonight but will stay above freezing, ranging between 3 to 6 celsius in most places and 1 to 2 degrees in eastern and southern areas. Patchy frost is to be expected in some areas.After tonight, however, things will begin to get considerably warmer with temperatures tomorrow at the considerably milder 9 to 11 degrees. Sunday night will reach lows of between 4 to 7 degrees.In terms of rain, the north and west are most likely to see some patchy spells tonight.Tomorrow will be rather cloudy in most places with rain or drizzle in the morning mainly over the northern half of the country.Monday and the rest of next week are also expected to remain mild with some night frosts and also some fog.Read: In photos: Ireland woke up to some stunning snow this morning >Read: Weather warnings in place as people urged to check status of flights >last_img read more

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The Lions have earned respect in New Zealand but theyre still outsiders

first_img Murray Kinsella reports from AucklandAND SO WE’RE back where it all started in Auckland, after a whirlwind three weeks that saw Warren Gatland and the Lions doubted, written off, mocked, acknowledged, begrudgingly accepted and now even respected.While the media coverage of the Lions in New Zealand [well, mainly just from the New Zealand Herald] became something of a farce at one point – everything the tourists did and said was taken apart – the tune has softened slightly in more recent times. Steve Hansen at All Blacks training in Trusts Stadium in Auckland on Wednesday. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHOThere’s an undertone of concern in some quarters and when one speaks to genuine rugby people, there is an agreement that the Lions have the strengths to test the All Blacks in the three-Test series that starts at Eden Park on Saturday.It must be said that those same rugby people – coaches, players, knowledgeable pundits and supporters – have been saying the same all along.They appreciated the difficulty of bringing together a squad of players who didn’t know each other in a short space of time. They understood that jet lag and travel affected the Lions in their earliest fixtures. They knew the Lions would get better with each game.That’s proven to be the case and while there are now some childish mutterings about the Lions’ brand of rugby being dull, it appears that we are going to get the absorbing Test series that so many of us have been craving for months.The Lions have delivered two muscular, strangling Saturday performances in a row – as well as Tuesday’s night’s four-try win over the Chiefs – in the build-up to this first Test and with the All Blacks having warmed up by reminding us of their attacking brilliance against Samoa, the excitement levels in Auckland are set to giddy.The last of the 20,000 or so fun-loving Lions fans arrive into New Zealand in the coming days and the Kiwis are delighted to have them. Relations off the pitch have already been festive and this could be one of the great Test series, on and off the pitch.Still, there is a nagging doubt in the back of the mind – these All Blacks could tear the Lions apart if things bounce their way. Never before has there been as clinical a team and if the Lions aren’t cohesive, error-free and intelligent, they will lose this series 3-0.Fortunately, the signs are that Gatland’s men can be exactly those things on Saturday, having delivered a series of increasingly convincing performances, with their set-piece, physical power, kicking game ad ability to build pressure being particularly impressive. Gatland’s Lions kept their momentum rolling on Tuesday night. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“They’ve got better and better, haven’t they?” said Chiefs boss Dave Rennie after his side’s defeat to the Lions. “They’ve continually stepped up.“Our boys worked hard and tried but we were outmuscled really and got suffocated and they did a good job.”Like Māori All Blacks boss Colin Cooper before him, Rennie seemed just a little bit stumped about what his team could have done to beat the Lions.Every one of the opposition coaches on this tour has said that they knew what was coming from the Lions, and the All Blacks have a perfect picture after six warm-up games, but knowing and stopping it are very different things.Rennie is certain that the All Blacks’ set-piece will deal with the Lions onslaught more adeptly, but Gatland will certainly have some confidence that his grizzled pack of forwards can impose themselves on the Kiwis and attack their possession at source.The tourists’ defence is perhaps the most important piece of this picture. The Lions have held the Chiefs and Crusaders tryless, while the only try conceded against the Māori All Blacks was down to an individual error.Andy Farrell’s defence is ready to go back to the “hurt arena” it occupied in 2013, according to the Englishman, and it will certainly be a completely different challenge for the All Blacks than what they faced against Samoa.Asked which area the All Blacks will most need to nail against the Lions, Rennie indicated that attack coach Ian Foster is an important man.“They [the All Blacks] will have some plans but they’re going to do it under a fair bit of heat,” said Rennie.“They may do it differently to us. We saw most teams playing off nine against them and going around the corner and running into another wall. Kieran Read will be back at number eight for the All Blacks. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHO“We tried playing more off 10, prepared to give up eight or 10 metres of ground to try and get quick ball off that ruck to try and stretch them on the next one.“But they did a good job of slowing our pill down and when we came around the corner there was still a bit of a wall there.”At this point, Rennie turned to the Chiefs captain, Stephen Donald.“It seemed like a really good idea at the time, eh Beaver?” continued Rennie. ”Look, I’m sure the All Blacks will have a plan and as Beaver has said, they’ve got some pretty good cattle.”Indeed, 2011 World Cup winner Donald believes that the quality of the individuals in the All Blacks’ set-up will allow them to stretch the Lions’ defence to breaking point.The Chiefs attempted a number of short chips in behind the onrushing defence, but they were gobbled up most of the time on Tuesday. The All Blacks are likely to attempt similar tactics but they will be doing it with better players.We knew it was coming and the way the game unfolded we couldn’t get anything going that we wanted to, so from our point of view it was obvious that they suffocated us,” said Donald of the Lions’ linespeed.“They saw our little nudges in behind and a couple of our little plays, but to be fair the All Blacks have got some fairly handy individuals and they’ve been planning for this for a long time and I’m pretty sure they’ve got some tricks up their sleeve too.“For us, it was just one of those nights, plenty of effort from the boys but in the end we were beaten by a bloody good Lions team.”And that’s the feeling all around Auckland in this Test week.The All Blacks are deservedly the favourites for the series, with the Lions coming in as outsiders, but all around the country there has been a recognition that the hosts are taking on a bloody good side.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Jun 21st 2017, 12:01 PM 19,253 Views Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 12:01 PM Short URL 28 Comments http://the42.ie/3455213 The Lions have earned respect in New Zealand but they’re still outsiders The tour is back in Auckland after a whirlwind three weeks that have seen Warren Gatland’s side grow. By Murray Kinsella Follow us: the42.ie Gatland given last-minute food for thought in the Lions’ back three‘He’s going to be a great coach for Connacht’ – Chiefs laud departing Keane Share2 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Près de la moitié des hommes ne sont pas capables de reconnaître

first_imgPrès de la moitié des hommes ne sont pas capables de reconnaître l’orgasme fémininUne étude américaine vient en effet de révéler des chiffres inquiétants concernant la perception de la satisfaction sexuelle au sein du couple. Près de trente ans après sa sortie au cinéma, la scène culte de la simulation d’orgasme de Meg Ryan dans le film Quand Harry rencontre Sally  semble malheureusement toujours d’actualité !D’après un sondage, mené par les chercheurs de l’Université Brigham Young dans l’Utah, aux Etats-Unis, près de la moitié des époux n’arrive pas à déterminer avec exactitude si leur conjointe a atteint le Nirvana lors de leurs rapports sexuels. Le grand malentendu du plaisirLes résultats (près de 50 millions !) ne manquent pas lorsque l’on tape le mot « orgasme » dans un moteur de recherches. C’est dire si la quête du plaisir intéresse, intrigue et suscite des questions. C’est certainement l’une des raisons qui a poussé un groupe de scientifiques américains a interrogé  1.683 couples hétérosexuels, âgés de 18 à 36 ans, sur la fréquence de leurs orgasmes lors de leur première année de mariage. Et le constat est là : les hommes ont beaucoup plus de mal que les femmes à déterminer avec exactitude si leur partenaire a atteint le 7e ciel lors de leurs ébats. Ou plutôt ont-ils surestimé leur capacité à procurer du plaisir à Madame. En effet, 43% d’entre eux se sont trompés en pensant que leur épouse avait eu un orgasme alors que ce n’était pas le cas. De plus, le sondage a montré que seules 49 % des épouses atteignaient la jouissance dans 80 à 100% de leurs rapports sexuels alors que 87% des maris affirment la vivre 80 à 100 % du temps.  Le secret de la communicationDans son livre référence Le choc amoureux, le sociologue italien Francesco Alberoni écrivait « Orgasme, un mouvement collectif à deux ». Eh oui, la communication sexuelleest un élément essentiel au succès de ce mouvement en duo. « Il peut y avoir un grand nombre de malentendus dans la vie sexuelle d’un couple », souligne Ammanda Major, directrice de pratique clinique au sein de Relate, un service de conseil matrimonial et relationnel, dans une interview accordée au Daily Mail. À lire aussiPourquoi les hommes ont-ils une érection le matin ?« C’est un problème si les hommes ont du mal à percevoir la fréquence des orgasmes de leur conjointe. Cette mauvaise interprétation peut conduire à des déceptions, de trop grandes attentes et de la frustration et une perte de confiance en soi chez les deux partenaires », analyse-lle avant d’ajouter : « prendre le temps de découvrir ce que chacun attend de l’autre sexuellement, c’est le meilleur moyen de satisfaire tout le monde ». Alors hommes et femmes, si avant d’espérer hurler sa jouissance on se mettait simplement à parler ?  Le 18 juillet 2018 à 17:21 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

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San Diego Blood Bank celebrates National Blood Donor Month

first_imgSan Diego Blood Bank celebrates National Blood Donor Month Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:35 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) is celebrating National Blood Donor Month throughout January by asking people in the community to make a resolution to become regular blood donors and to start by making their first appointment this month.National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs, according to SDBB.Coming out of the holiday season, blood banks across the country traditionally see a decrease in donations at this time. High school and college blood drives are on hiatus while schools are out of session for the holidays, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate.“With the holidays behind us, we’re asking our community to help keep our blood supply at a safe level,” says Dr. David Wellis, San Diego Blood Bank CEO. “There is no substitute for blood – donations are needed now.”In celebration of National Blood Donor Month, SDBB will feature stories from blood donors, transfusion recipients and blood bank staff throughout the month of January on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.To be eligible to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in general good health. For more information on National Blood Donor Month or to make an appointment, visit www.sandiegobloodbank.org or call 1-800-4MY-SDBB. Posted: January 2, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom January 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Boyfriend accused of Christmas strangulation

first_imgA Ridgefield man appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of strangling his girlfriend early Christmas morning after allegedly blaming her for overheating his bed.Cody L. Thayer, 26, is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 8 on a charge of second-degree assault domestic violence. Judge Robert Lewis released Thayer on conditions, including having no contact with his 27-year-old girlfriend. The judge appointed Gerry Wear to defend Thayer.The girlfriend said after falling asleep in the bed with Thayer, she awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of her boyfriend’s “yelling at her for making him too hot,” according to a court affidavit by Vancouver police Officer Robin Griffith.She got out of the bed and was sitting on the floor to change her clothes when Thayer pulled her by her hair, hit her on the right side of the face and dragged her head to the floor, Griffith wrote.He then held her down on the ground by her neck, causing pain and hampering her breathing, the affidavit says. The officer wrote that she could see marks on the victim’s neck.last_img read more

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Fortnite brings back NFL outfits ahead of Super Bowl 2019

first_img See All Fortnite May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot • Super Bowl 2019 Epic Games With the Super Bowl fast approaching, Epic Games decided to bring football uniform skins back to Fortnite: Battle Royale so you can represent your team while you play. Starting on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT), you’ll once again be able to purchase your favorite team’s uniform in male and female variants. And fans of Super Bowl competitors the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams can get a little something extra with alternative white versions of their respective uniforms being added for the first time. On Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT), Epic is also adding a football toy (much like the golf ball and basketballs previously seen in Fortnite) letting you get in the spirit of the big game by tossing around a digital pigskin.Fans of either the Patriots or Rams will also have the opportunity to duke it out in a limited-time mode called NFL Rumble LTM. This 20 vs. 20 match pits players in Rams uniforms against a rival team in Patriots garb to fight with unlimited respawns until one team is the victor. All of these football-themed items and game modes should be in play at least through the Super Bowl on Sunday, though Epic hasn’t given us a date for when they’ll go away. Like prior themed updates, they could be removed as soon as the weekly Fortnite patch next Tuesday. Share your voice Super Bowl 2019 Post a comment 0 Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer Tagscenter_img reading • Fortnite brings back NFL outfits ahead of Super Bowl 2019 Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 1:59 Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choicesHow to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar How to get your TV ready to watch the Super Bowl 17 Photos The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Video Games Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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Students briefed on freedom struggle

first_imgVijayawada: Independence Day celebrations were held in a grand manner at APJ Abdul Kalam Municipal Corporation High School in Arundelpet on Thursday. High school head master Abdul Wajid, school teachers Shameem Fatima, Hussain, elementary school head mistress Naseema Parvin Begum, children and parents participated in the event. Abdul Wajid hoisted Tricolour and explained the children on the freedom struggle and sacrifices made by the freedom-fighters for the country. The HM distributed the prizes to the winners of various competitions conducted in the school. Cultural programmes were organised to mark the occasion.last_img read more

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Who will succeed Vishal Sikka Finding next Infosys chief wont be easy

first_imgBoth SAP and Infosys said that they have mutually resolved all concerns regarding the use of their respective trademarks.REUTERS/Abhishek N. ChinnappaWith Vishal Sikka hangs up his boots as chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director of India’s second largest software company, the big question that arises is who will replace him? No definite answer, but what is sure is finding one won’t be easy.A few names are doing rounds. Speculations are rife. What needs to be understood here are the complications involved in the processes.As relations deteriorated between Sikka and co-founder N R Narayana Murthy, the reverberations reached far beyond the Infosys headquarters in Bangalore, when the founder took his crusade against unsatisfactory corporate governance standards within the company to new levels.Why outsiders are unlikely It is most likely that external candidates may not show the slightest interest in taking up the big job vacancy which has opened  up at Infosys, where meeting founder expectations would appear to be valued more than running the company successfully.”It was extremely hard to find an external candidate last time, and the spat is going to make the job even more difficult now,” Business Standard quoted a source familiar with internal discussions three years ago.Sikka was the first non-founder CEO and took office in 2014. During his tenure, the company’s revenues increased from Rs 14,040 crore ($2.13 billion) in Q1 2015, ending March 31, 2015, to Rs 17,225 crore ($2.65 billion) in Q1 2018.”The company grew its $100 million plus clients from 12 in Q1 of fiscal 2015, to 18 this past Q1, and increased its large deal wins from approximately $1.9 billion in fiscal 2015 to approximately $3.5 billion this past year. This has all been done while improving overall utilisation (excluding trainees), to a 15-year high this past quarter, and an all-time high including trainees, while improving our cash reserves, rewarding Infoscions with a new equity plan, and returning Rs 19,000 crore as dividend (including dividend distribution tax) over the last three years,” the company said in a statement. Surely, the figures prove the company was in the right direction with Sikka at the helm.Infosys Co-chairman R Seshasayee said he had contemplated stepping down thrice in the last 18 months since the spat between the board and the founders, led by co-founder N R Narayana Murthy, became public, the Economic Times reported. ET quoted the veteran, who retires as chairman next May, as saying that “it was unfortunate that Sikka decided to leave despite the support from the board.” Infosys is likely to pick an insider to succeed Sikka, though even that won’t be an easy task for the board.An ET report which quoted people familiar with recruitment matters at the company suggests that interim CEO Pravin Rao, current Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ranganath D Mavinakere, the present president and deputy Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ravi Kumar S and BFSI head Mohit Joshi are the top contenders for the job.The report also suggests that interim CEO Rao is the longest serving Infosys veteran, who joined Infosys in 1986, and held senior leadership roles, including that of chief operating officer and head of infrastructure management services. His strong portfolio and the role he has played in the company might give him an edge over the competition.Will Nandan Nilekani come back to Infosys?A top advisory firm, Institutional Investor Advisory Services (IiAS) suggested that to put the company back on a strong footing, co-founder and former Aadhaar chief Nandan Nilekani needs to be brought back, as non-executive chairperson — he has the stature and gravitas to fix the chaos and bring the pieces together.Nilekani was one of seven founders who set up the IT major about three and half decades ago and served as its CEO from March 2002 to April 2007. After a successful stint at Infosys, he headed the Government of India’s technology committee, and also served as chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).According to IiAS, Nilekani is possibly the very best candidate Infosys can find globally. “He has kept pace with technology advances, has been instrumental in digitising the country, and is well- networked with the bureaucracy and global leaders. Nandan Nilekani will intuitively understand the corporate culture, and as such also have ‘matching of minds’ with some of Infosys founders,” BS reported.last_img read more

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Heres what happened when a Kolkata YouTuber posed as a Pakistani for

first_imgReutersAmid rising tension between India and Pakistan, a YouTuber in Kolkata conducted an eight-hour social experiment in the city, where he held a poster which read, “I AM FROM PAKISTAN…PLEASE HUG/SLAP ME.”Arifuddin Molla, a first-year student at Bhangar Mahavidyalay in Kolkata, conducted this experiment after the Central government scrapped Article 370, to find out how people really feel about Pakistan and its people, he told Times of India.”There seems to be widespread support for the move, and so I wanted to find out whether our perception of Pakistan, too, had changed,” said Molla.He was pleasantly surprised to find out that he did not receive a single slap from people while he stood for eight hours, from 12 Ppm to 8 pm, on Saturday near one of the entrances of the Dhakuria Lake.Molla is one of the founders of YouTube channel ‘The Funky Express’ and will go one to upload snippets of this social experiment on August 14, the eve of Indian Independence Day and the day of Pakistan Independence Day.Explaining the reactions to his experiment, Molla said that people were first hesitant to approach him. “But some came up and hugged me and some of them asked me where I was from. I was from Lahore, was my general reply. But to those who kept on asking more questions and seemed genuine to help me, I explained the purpose behind what I was doing and that I was also a Kolkatan, like all of them,” he said.The Kolkata Youtuber was afraid that there may be people who will have extreme reactions, but he was prepared for anything, including being hit. He was happy that nothing bad took place.”But we are so happy that over the entire period, we received only love, with some persons even coming forward and willing to help me with money or whatever else I needed. There was only one uncle who cross-questioned me for a good 15 minutes, took my photos and then left without even shaking my hand,” said Molla.last_img read more

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