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India cricket stars head to exotic locales post ODI series loss vs England

first_imgSpending time with family is the best way to unwind after a hectic cricket tour and that is exactly what Team India players are doing after returning home from England.The Indian team suffered a 2-1 loss in the three-match ODI series against England after winning the T20I series 2-1.Members of the limited-overs team returned home while the Test team players stayed back but have got some time off cricket before the five-match series which starts on August 1.Watch: Ziva Dhoni cheering for Mumbai Indians has Rohit Sharma in splitsWhile MS Dhoni was seen attending former Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel’s daughter Poorna Patel’s sangeet ceremony with wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva in Mumbai, some of the other players chose to travel abroad with their wives.Watch: Ziva Dhoni rocks the stage with her dancing skillsSuresh Raina on the other hand, is chilling with his wife Priyanka and daughter Gracia in Amsterdam.Wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik chose to travel to Copenhagen with his wife and squash star Deepika Pallikal.Karthik will join the Indian Test team and is expected to be included in the playing XI ahead of uncapped reserve keeper Rishabh Pant.Fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who is also a part of the Test team, chose to travel to London with his wife Tanya Wadhwa, who hails from New Delhi and is a fashion designer.Umesh posted a couple of pictures with his wife at Hyde Park in London.Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh meanwhile, are holidaying in Prague, Czech Republic.Rohit was in terrific form in the T20Is against Ireland and England while he also scored a lot of runs in the ODI series.Rohit was the top-scorer in the two-match T20I series against Ireland with 97 runs and in the three-T20Is against England with 137 runs. He also smashed a century in the first match against England in Bristol.In the following ODI series he slammed yet another hundred in the first match at Nottingham but couldn’t get going in the remaining two matches and amassed a total of 154 runs. The opener however, couldn’t find a place in the Test team.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh politicians talk about need for youth in politics

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Tue, 15 Oct, 2019 A firecracker factory on outskirts of Ahmedabad in photos 9 images Fri, 11 Oct, 2019 Modi-Xi’s informal day out in photosOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: Mind Rocks 2019, IndorePhotoIndiaGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Rajwant Rawat/IndiaTodayCaption: Sachin Yadav, Minister for Agriculture, Madhya PradeshThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Rajwant Rawat/IndiaTodayCaption: Jitendra Patwari, Minister for Higher Education, Sports and Youth Affairs, Madhya PradeshThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Rajwant Rawat/IndiaTodayCaption: Tulsi Silawat, Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, Madhya PradeshThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Source type: photogalleryShort description: One of the most important segments of the summit was the one based on the youth and the politics. The session which was moderated by Sayeed Ansari, had three ministers and two MLAs on the panel. Madhya Pradesh Health Minister Tulsi Silawat was joined by the state’s Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Jitu Patwar, Agriculture Minister Sachin Yadav, Sirmour MLA Divyaraj Singh and Khandwa MLA Ram Dangore.Preview_unique_id: preview_5d17543899e401561809976_1558630_editCommentContent Publish date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 – 17:00Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NzgiLCIxODA5MjIyIiwiMTIwODUyMSJdLCJjYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NzgifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Madhya Pradesh politicians talk about need for youth in politicsApp headline: Madhya Pradesh politicians talk about need for youth in politics1200x675:last_img read more

Euroseas Poseidon Eye Merger of Container Fleets

first_imgzoom Greek shipowner Euroseas has signed a non-binding letter of intent with Poseidon Container Holdings Group, an owner and operator container carriers, to consider a possible combination of their respective containership fleets.Poseidon owns and operates a fleet of sixteen container carriers including four feeder containerships, two Panamax, and four Post-Panamax containerships as well as six Post-Panamaxes.As disclosed, the possible combination may include a spinoff of Euroseas’ container assets into a standalone company or take the form of a different structure.Euronav expects that any combination with Poseidon would be done on a net asset value (NAV) to NAV basis. NAV is typically calculated as the difference between the market value of a company’s assets net of the market value of its liabilities.“Euroseas’ strategy is to use its operating expertise and public company status to provide a platform of consolidation for similar assets in the drybulk and containership sectors. This strategy may be implemented by separating Euroseas’ drybulk and containership fleets into two public companies if the Board of Directors determines that such a split would benefit Euroseas’ shareholders, particularly if it may also facilitate Euroseas’ consolidation strategy,” the company said.Euroseas stressed that the discussions are “at an early stage, that the letter of intent is non-binding, and that there can be no assurance that an agreement will be reached with Poseidon or any other party.”Separately, Euroseas said that it took delivery of M/V EM Athens, a feeder containership of 2,506 TEU built in 2000 that it acquired last month from Euromar, its wholly-owned subsidiary. M/V EM Athens was acquired along with EM Oinousses, a feeder-size containership also of 2,506 TEU built in 2000.Furthermore, the shipowner has exercised its option to purchase from Euromar two additional containerships, the M/V EM Corfu, of 2,556 TEU built in 2001, and the M/V Akinada Bridge, a Post-Panamax size containership of 5,600 TEU built in 2001.Euroseas said the latest acquisitions would be financed via a combination of debt and equity. The M/V EM Oinousses, M/V EM Corfu and M/V Akinada Bridge are expected to be delivered to the company within 2017.Euroseas has a fleet of 21 vessels in the water. With the addition of the Kamsarmax newbuilding yet to be delivered, it will have seven drybulk carriers with a total cargo capacity of 499,753 dwt, and fifteen containerships with a total cargo capacity of 34,044 TEU.last_img read more

Gambling Study Retendered

first_imgA new Request for Proposals for a study into the social and economic impacts of gambling in Nova Scotia has been issued by the Department of Environment and Labour. The department is re-tendering because the bid received from a public tender in August did not meet requirements. The proposal request is posted on the government procurement website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders . The deadline for bids is Jan. 30, 2007. The study to assess and understand the social and economic impacts of gambling in Nova Scotia is a commitment of the provincial Gaming Strategy and will put Nova Scotia at the forefront of gambling research in Canada. The Department of Environment and Labour is the lead agency of an interdepartmental committee overseeing the study.last_img

First Nation politician voted to council in Timmins hopes to bring fresh

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsWhen Kristin Murray threw her hat in for the Timmins’ municipal election, she didn’t expect that she would win the campaign for a councillor position of ward 5.But last Monday that’s exactly what happened during election night.“As the polls were dropping, cuz you could see them there were thirteen polls total and initially I was always in the top two, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay there, so I was excited but didn’t wanna get my hopes up and then as the eighth poll dropped, I noticed I was in first place and then as the thirteenth one went in I was like ‘oh my gosh, I topped the polls,’” said Murray.Murray, who is originally from Chapleau Cree First Nation, said two separate incidents involving the Timmins police which resulted in the deaths of  Joey Knapaysweet and Agnes Sutherland made it clear that she had to run.She said she’ll remain true to her campaign promises.“I’m hoping to accomplish a more connected community, I think that there’s so much diversity within our city and that hasn’t been something we focus on really, an engaged community so that’s obviously my number one goal.”Cory Robin is a Cree contender in the same ward as Murray, he ran a close race, but fell two votes short.“We watched each poll come in and at first I was losing for a bit and then i was winning by about five votes as half of them came in and then that last poll came in and I was down by two points,” said Robin.Robin has asked for a recount, which will take place in the council chambers tomorrow., “we’re gonna be looking at the rejected ballots just to make sure they were properly rejected.”Murray will take over her new position in December.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img read more

Minister Officially Announces That Morocco Will Host COP22 in Nov 2016

Paris – Morocco’s delegate-minister for environment, Hakima El Haite, officially announced on Wednesday in Paris that the Moroccan city of Marrakech will host in November 2016 to the upcoming UN conference of parties to the Convention on climate changes (COP 22).Marrakech COP 22 will be an edition of innovation in adaptation to and mitigation of climate change effects, said El Haite at a plenary session of COP 21 held in Le Bourget, Paris suburbs, from Nov.30 through Dec.11.She explained that COP22 will be an opportunity to develop operational tools for the Paris-Lima and the Paris-Marrakech plans.“It’s Africa that will be welcoming you in Marrakech”, she told 40,000 delegates, from 195 signatory countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, insisting that Morocco is ambitiously engaged in policies to alleviate and adapt to climate change. She also recalled that King Mohammed VI announced Monday at the opening of COP21 that “the objective of securing 42% of the country’s energy mix from renewable sources by 2020 has recently been increased to 52% by 2030”.With MAP read more

New laws in Belarus threaten basic human rights UN experts say

24 November 2011United Nations human rights experts spoke out today against newly adopted legislative amendments in Belarus, warning that the changes could severely curtail basic rights such as those of freedom of assembly, association and expression. The three independent experts issued a joint statement in Geneva in which they said the amendments recently adopted by the Eastern European country’s National Assembly could worsen the “current climate of fear and intimidation” in Belarus. Under the new laws, organizing public assemblies without the prior and explicit consent of the authorities is a criminal offense, and organizers also face reporting liabilities regarding the financial resources used for any assemblies. Public calls for initiating assemblies and disseminating information – including through social media platforms – about assemblies without permission is also banned. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are prohibited from storing funds in banks on foreign territory, and receiving foreign grants or donations could also be a criminal offense in some circumstances. One of the experts, Maina Kiai, the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, described the amendments as representing “a direct affront to the exercise of fundamental civil and political rights which are at the core of any democratic society.” He noted that the changes to existing laws on public associations, political parties, public gatherings, the criminal code and the election code were done without proper consultation with civil society. Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, voiced particular concern with criminal sanctions for the “staging of seminars” or the distribution of “propaganda materials.” He said the measures “will undermine the ability of all individuals to disseminate information and to express their legitimate grievances and concerns peacefully.” Margaret Sekaggya, the UN expert on the situation of human rights defenders, stressed that defenders must be able to carry out their work without undue obstacles, including restrictions on funding. “When defenders are allowed to associate but cannot effectively seek, receive or utilize funding resources, the right to freedom of association becomes void,” she said. The three experts voiced fears that the amendments may be linked to the situation of Ales Bialiatski, the head of Viasna, a human rights centre. He is currently facing legal proceedings for alleged tax invasion. read more

Winning in Collaboration at EC19

Wow! Reflections on Enterprise Connect 2019 Marty Parker March 26, 2019 10 takeaways from an action-packed, information-filled week in Orlando, Fla., at EC19. EC19: Know Before You Go Michelle Burbick March 16, 2019 Enterprise Connect starts Monday! Here are some things you won’t want to miss. 6 Trends Recapping Enterprise Connect 2019 Zeus Kerravala March 25, 2019 EC19 has come to an end, and oh what a week it was. The Countdown to Enterprise Connect 2020 Is On! Beth Schultz August 28, 2019 Join us March 30 to April 2 in Orlando, Fla., for our annual enterprise communications & collaboration conference and exhibition. As Enterprise Connect co-chair Beth Schultz mentioned yesterday in her EC19 day-one newsletter post, communications continue to evolve — the technologies themselves as well as the end user behaviors and enterprise strategies built around them. With all this change in the air, it can be challenging to navigate your way to success, whether you’re the vendor working to create the collaboration-enabling tech solutions, or an end user enterprise working to develop your collaboration strategy and adopt solutions that work best for you.But success on these fronts sure is in the air at Enterprise Connect — it’s all around us! Day two kicked off with the Best of Enterprise Connect Award presentations, which recognizes exhibitors with innovative products and services that advance the enterprise communications and collaboration industry. This year we expanded the program to include four new breakout category awards in addition to the Overall Best of EC award.Microsoft (booth 507) took top honors, earning the Best of Enterprise Connect Overall Award for its Microsoft Teams for firstline workers and new workspaces solution. In our Best Application of Artificial Intelligence Category Award, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Optanix tied for the win, and in our Best Innovation for Collaboration Category Award, Mio took home the prize. For the Best Upgrade to an Existing Product Category Award, AWS and Microsoft tied for the win, and for the Best Communications/Collaboration Device Category Award, Poly (previously Plantronics-Polycom) won.Like I said, winning is in the air! After our award presentation ceremony, we heard from enterprise IT decision makers on how they are finding success in keeping up with that ever-evolving communications/collaboration environment. In our annual Enterprise Summit, panelists from Conde Nast, Continental AG, Hertz, Northwestern Mutual, Paychex, and Waste Management shared their strategies to deliver enabling technologies to their end users while remaining agile enough to be able to respond to that continuous change.We also heard from our first set of three keynoters — Microsoft, Walmart, and AWS (Cisco and Google are up tomorrow!). Microsoft and AWS each announced several new offerings. On No Jitter, one of the independent judges for our Best of EC Award program, Melissa Swartz, shared her observations from the evaluation process and gives some great insight into how Microsoft’s latest announcements are truly innovative. Separately, UC analyst and No Jitter contributor Zeus Kerravala gives a nice overview of how AWS’s latest announcements — centered on AI packages for the company’s contact center solution, Amazon Connect, as well as new voice features for Chime — show the company’s commitment to growth in the enterprise communications space.So far, Enterprise Connect is full of winners — and there’s much more to come! But if you’re not winning in collaboration quite yet, hopefully a week of learning in breakout sessions, hearing from peers, and getting briefings with exhibitors on the Expo floor can help get you on track. We hope you walk away from the event with fresh ideas and authoritative perspectives on here the industry and its technologies, services, and vendors are going and how you can navigate your way through it all to reach success.Here’s to another great day at Enterprise Connect!Tags:News & ViewsBest of Enterprise ConnectMicrosoftAmazon Web ServicesWalmartEnterprise ConnectAI & AutomationCloud CommunicationsDigital TransformationMeetingsTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesUnified Communications & CollaborationVendor News Articles You Might Like EC19-crowdpic_774.png See All in Enterprise Connect » Microsoft Wins Best of Enterprise Connect Overall Award Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 And AWS, Microsoft, Mio, Optanix, and Plantronics-Polycom win in four new breakout categories. Log in or register to post comments read more

Researchers examining what luxury means to modern society

Depending where you are in the world, luxury can mean many things to many people.Critical luxury is an emerging field of study in Europe that examines the relations between historical and contemporary ideas of luxury. Now, two Brock University professors are helping to bring it to Canada.History Professor Jessica Clark and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Professor Nigel Lezama are co-organizers of the Nouveau Reach: Past, Present and Future of Luxury conference being held this week at Ryerson University.The conference has brought together more than 30 scholars and industry professionals from around the world to examine the idea of what we consider luxury and why. They’re discussing the rapidly evolving global luxury market and how it impacts Canada.“I think that we all live with an idea of what luxury is,” says Lezama. “It ranges from a bit of fancy chocolate to an expensive indulgence to time spent with close friends.”“Critical luxury studies gives us a large box of tools to analyse the things and experiences that we consider luxuries. It allows us to determine where value lies, whether it’s in the thing or experience itself, or whether it’s imposed by systems like capitalism, or an internal system like psychology.”The critical luxury field crosses a range of disciplines.“Whether you look at language and signifiers, as Nigel does, or history, as I do, by relating our research back to the theme of ‘luxury,’ we can have dynamic conversations across disciplines,” Clark says.Participants in the conference include anthropologists, historians, philosophers, media studies experts, fashion scholars, designers, businesspeople and others.The field of critical luxury studies is a new one. In the past two years, a book by authors Joanne Roberts and John Armitage on the subject, “Critical Luxury Studies: Art, Design, and Media” was published and the Victorian and Albert Museum mounted an exhibit curated by Jana Scholze called “What is Luxury?”Last May, the two Brock professors represented the University at a conference in New York, which connected them with other groups of scholars in this emerging field.Much of the research in the critical luxury field is based in the United Kingdom, but the conference in Toronto this week is a way to bring the conversation to Canada and involve scholars from this country.“Seeing the international interest in luxury as a field of study first-hand made us wonder what luxury looks like in Canada,” says Lezama. “We realized Canadian scholars and makers had a lot to say on this issue, and we wanted to bring them together, along with the international community of critical luxury scholars.”The discussion won’t end when the conference is over, says Lezama, as they will be creating the Canadian Luxury Consortium, a group of scholars and industry players invested in continuing the conversation.The four-day Nouveau Reach conference is organized by Clark and Lezama along with Alison Matthews David, Robert Ott and Dylan Kwacz from Ryerson University. Scholze, Roberts and Armitage will also be in attendance. read more

Gardaí hunt for two men who fled the scene of Tallaght killing

first_imgUpdated at 7.45pmGARDAÍ ARE HUNTING for two men seen escaping the scene of a suspected gangland-related killing near Tallaght, south Dublin last night.A critically injured man in his early 40s was discovered off the Foxhill Road, Bohernabreena at aound 10.45pm last night after detectives from Tallaght Garda Station came upon the scene while on routine patrol.The officers had initially stopped to investigate a car parked suspiciously on the road, but as they arrived alongside it, two men jumped into the vehicle and sped away, Garda spokesman Superintendent Dave Taylor told reporters this afternoon.“It was a narrow road and wasn’t possible for detectives to follow,” Taylor said. “They did carry out an extensive search of the area but the car has not been located to date”.Upon returning to the original scene, the detectives came upon a man with “obvious wounds to the upper body”. He died from his injuries a short time later.The area was immediately sealed off pending forensic tests, and Deputy State Pathologist Dr Micheal Curtis carried out a preliminary examination of the scene this afternoon.The man’s body has since been removed to Tallaght Hospital, where a post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place tomorrow.Taylor said that gardaí weren’t released the man’s name as yet, but that a liaison officer had been appointed to his family.He issued an appeal to anyone who may have seen the car in question in the Bohernabreena area or further afield last night or earlier today, and said the vehicle was “silver in colour, a hatchback possibly”.“If anyone has seen this car, possibly parked up or abandoned suspiciously, we’re asking you to come forward and contact Tallaght Garda Station.” Taylor said.“We’re also appealing to anyone who might have seen individuals acting suspiciously in the Foxhill Road area.” A number of people have already contacted investigating officers to give information, Taylor said. The incident room in Tallaght can be reached at 01 666 6000.First posted at 7.44amRead: Mother of Edinburgh toddler charged over deathRead: Co Derry resident among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attacklast_img read more

Sprint preorder for HTC 7 Pro begins Dec 8th with a catch

first_imgMS_Nerd is known for leaking information around Microsoft products and services through tweets. This latest one has to be taken with a grain of salt, though:Exclusive (?) #WP7 #tip : Sprint HTC 7 Pro preorders start December 8, 2010. You may now commence guessing at the launch date. Verizon ???AdChoices广告WPCentral reported on the tweet and backed it up by saying they had heard rumors the phone was coming soon. They also believe the rumor makes sense because the date occurs 30 days after AT&T and T-Mobile begin selling their stock. BGR went a bit further and confirmed the rumor with Sprint. There is a bit of a catch, though. You have to be a Microsoft employee to participate in the pre-order.As it pertains to a Verizon Wireless HTC 7 Pro, BGR went on to report that HTC has already stated that a CDMA version of the phone won’t be available before 2011. So, if you want to take a guess at a launch date for the Verizon version of the phone it sounds like you’d be a bit closer if your guess is sometime next year.Read more at MS_nerd’s Twitter page, WPCentral and BGRlast_img read more

Doctor People end up in foster care and jail because of drinking

first_img Share Tweet Email4 Doctor: People end up in foster care and jail because of drinking during pregnancy Some 40,000 people are living with foetal alcohol syndrome in Ireland. 16,005 Views Apr 21st 2017, 3:18 PM Friday 21 Apr 2017, 3:18 PM https://jrnl.ie/3350964 48 Comments Short URL By Órla Ryan It’s the social norm to drink in Ireland, including to drink during pregnancy. Image: Shutterstock/EmiliaUngur Image: Shutterstock/EmiliaUngur Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article She noted that research shows one in 67 women who consume alcohol while pregnant give birth to a baby with FAS, saying she believes everyone in Ireland knows someone affected by it.Need for better education In research published in Lancet Global Health in January, Ireland was one of the five countries – alongside South Africa, Croatia, Italy and Belarus – with the highest prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy and consequent cases of FAS.O’Mahony said FAS can manifest itself in many ways, including through attention deficit disorders, difficulties with maths, poor problem solving skills, confused social skills and lower IQ.“We need to support women, clear consistent advice is needed to abstain from alcohol throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. Most people know that drinking alcohol while pregnant can harm the baby, but lots of women still have questions about drinking during pregnancy,” O’Mahany said.A motion calling for the IMO to encourage doctors to educate and empower women to abstain from alcohol throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding was passed at the AGM.Keep up to date with the latest news from the AGM by following @orlaryan on Twitter.Read: Ireland has the worst rates in the world for drinking during pregnancyRead: Should drink drivers get an automatic ban? Doctors will be debating that todayRead: Ex-hospital master to Simon Harris: ‘Ask nuns about their plans for €300m hospital’ DELEGATES AT THE Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) AGM have been told doctors need to “educate and empower” women to abstain from drinking alcohol throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.Speaking at the conference, Dr Mary O’Mahony, a specialist in public health medicine at the HSE, noted that prenatal exposure to alcohol can have “catastrophic consequences”.It is estimated that 600 babies are born with foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in Ireland each year, with some 40,000 people living with the condition in this country.O’Mahony said foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) has a huge societal impact and many children are misdiagnosed, noting: “Children with FASD fill our foster care places, adults with FAS fill our jails and many people are misdiagnosed.“Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a permanent disability called foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FSAD). The consequences are induced brain damage which is permanent and is associated with physical, mental, educational, social and behavioural difficulties.“At one end of the spectrum, FAS may have visible signs of abnormalities and be recognised at birth. FASD is not recognisable until preschool or school age when difficulties manifest,” O’Mahony said.last_img read more

Without any hesitation that was the biggest game of my career by

first_img By Murray Kinsella https://the42.ie/4089933 Share29 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 8:30 AM 30,399 Views ‘Without any hesitation that was the biggest game of my career by miles’ Jack Conan took his opportunity on Saturday in Sydney as Ireland won their series Down Under. 42 Comments Follow us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 26th 2018, 7:36 AM Murray Kinsella reports from SydneyIRELAND’S VICTORY IN their series decider against the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday was often about simple, old-fashioned work rate and aggression in defence.While Jack Conan was off the pitch for the nerve-wracking final 12 minutes, he typified the Irish performance before that. Conan was impressive last weekend. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHe was the busiest tackler across the 80 minutes for both teams, with 16 hits in total. The Ireland number eight wasn’t as prominent with ball in hand as he often is, but managed to fight for a strong average of 2.8 metres per carry across his five surges.Handed a major opportunity by Joe Schmidt in a huge game for Ireland, Conan was understandably happy with how it went.“Defensively, it’s always something I need to be conscious of,” said the former St Gerard’s School, Bray student. “It’s probably the thing I’ve been told to work most on.“So, I was pretty happy with my performance. I made a good few hits but probably didn’t carry as much as I would have liked but I think I learned a lot out there today.“Without any hesitation that was the biggest game of my career by miles. 1-1 in a Test series and I’ve been given an opportunity to go out there and play, so an absolutely massive game for me personally.“I really enjoyed it. I think I learned a lot. I think there’s massive scope for me to get better in how I perform but I don’t think I did myself an injustice and I’m happy enough with how I went in the 60-odd minutes I got to play.”An open and honest character who is well able to be self-critical but has never shied away from pointing out his strengths either, Conan feels he can still be more dominant in his ball-carrying and tackling, as well as winning the race to the breakdown more consistently.That said, his big performance at Allianz Stadium should plant him more firmly in Schmidt’s favour moving forward. Conan and Murphy celebrate Ireland’s Landsowne Cup success. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOFellow back rows and Ireland internationals Sean O’Brien, Josh van der Flier and Rhys Ruddock are all back in pre-season training with Leinster, just a taster of the competition Conan faces.“That’s the story of rugby,” said Conan. “It’s tough to see the likes of Seanie and Josh and Dan [Leavy], who wasn’t available today, all fantastic players who’ve put a marker down in international rugby.“And yes, it’s mad to think that some of us haven‘t even finished our season and some of the lads are already back into pre-season.“But when a coach comes to you and says, ‘We’re going to give you this opportunity’, well, opportunities arise and you’ve got to take them.“You need to grab them with both hands going forward if you want to be trusted by the coaches and by the players, which I think is even more important, to give them more confidence that you’re not out of place, and you fit into the systems and the team.“On these massive days, you have to make the most of these opportunities and play to your utmost. I’m not saying I did that today, but I’m happy with how I performed and I don’t think I let myself down.”Conan believes that Ireland’s historic season is “only the start” for Schmidt’s men.“The strength in depth and the talent and the ability in this squad, we’re really going to go places in the coming years,” said the 25-year-old. Canon appreciated the depth of Ireland’s back row options. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThere is certainly plenty to look forward to for Ireland and Conan, as well as their supporters, but for now the Leinster man can put his feet up with the satisfaction of having pushed his international career forward and made life-long memories.“The atmosphere in Melbourne was one of the best atmospheres of any sporting event I’ve ever been to and the same again in Sydney,” said Conan.“I think it’s great that so many Irish people came out and obviously there’s an abundance of Irish people in Melbourne and in Sydney and all across Australia. They definitely made themselves heard and it definitely felt like a home game for us.“To look around the stadium and see so many green jerseys and scarves was absolutely fantastic and it means a lot to the lads that people turned out the way they did.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL ‘That one-man lift, they’re obviously putting their own player in danger’‘Representing Ireland, representing that badge, it’s pretty special’last_img read more

The SCUF Vantage Is Easily the Best Controller Available for PS4

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target The PlayStation 4 has dominated the Xbox One this entire generation. However, Microsoft’s console does have something Sony’s doesn’t: a premium controller. Though the DualShock 4 is great, it doesn’t have the versatility of the Xbox Elite controller. Now thanks to SCUF, the PS4 finally has a legit premium controller to call its own. The new SCUF Vantage is the perfect answer to the Xbox Elite controller and a must-have peripheral for PS4 players who want to get the most out of their games.The SCUF Vantage is more or less an upgraded version of the Impact controller. Like that device, the Vantage features four back paddle buttons, which users can customize with the functions of the face and shoulder buttons. The controller has rubberized handles which make it easier to grip if one’s hands become sweaty. It has removable vibration modules, thumbsticks, d-pad, and trigger buttons. Users can add concave or domed thumbsticks, a control disk d-pad, and extended triggers. They can also change how quickly the triggers stop when pressed and the amount of tension they have.As far as new features are concerned, the main one is the overall design of the controller. The Vantage is actually similar to an Xbox One controller with its asymmetrical thumbstick placement. Even the shape of the handles is very reminiscent of an Xbox One controller. Some PlayStation purists may scoff at the Xbox-like design, but one can’t deny the results. Because of the design and the rubber grips, the Vantage feels absolutely perfect in one’s hands.In addition to the back paddles, the Vantage has two extra buttons on the left and right-hand sides. Like the paddles, you can assign them to have the functions of any of the shoulder and face buttons. Given their placement, the SAX buttons (as they’re called) are easy to press by simply extending one’s index finger. If you don’t want to use these buttons, you can always remove them. I didn’t have much need for these extra buttons, but I kept them on since I like the way they look on the controller.Another new feature is the slide bar located between the handles. With this, one can control audio when using a headset. Sliding one’s thumb to the left lowers the volume while going to the right raises it. One can mute the mic by pressing the slide bar. The only catch is that the slide bar only works in wired mode. That aside, the slide bar is a neat feature that makes volume control effortless to access.The anti-friction rings around the thumbsticks are another awesome new feature. As the name implies, the rings reduce friction, which makes for smoother motions when using the sticks. The rings come in various colors and it’s (literally) a snap to swap them out. It would be easy to overlook the anti-friction rings since they aren’t as obvious as some of the other features. However, they do a lot to enhance the overall gameplay experience. It’s the little things that have the greatest impact, after all.The removable vibration modules are a big deal. The Impact controller I own doesn’t have them. Because of that, the controller feels very light. This is fine for some, but personally, I prefer my controllers to have some weight. The Vantage controller is slightly heavier than a DualShock 4, which is ideal for me. At the same time, it isn’t heavy to the point where it’ll tire your hands during extended play sessions. The weight is spot on.For this review, I tested the wired and wireless Vantage controllers. They’re both identical in terms of overall features, with the only exception being one is playable wirelessly. The interesting thing about the wireless controller is that one can set it to wired mode for reduced latency. If you’re playing a single player game, this feature isn’t really necessary. It’s most useful when playing online, where you want to eliminate as much lag as possible. The wireless controller comes with a 10-foot long wire, which should be more than enough length for most users. Of the two controllers, I preferred the wireless model, though both are equally great.Customizing the Vantage is relatively straightforward. Removing the magnetic faceplate to swap out the thumbsticks and vibration modules is a breeze. It’s also easy to program and reprogram the back paddles and SAX buttons. You’ll still need to use the SCUF key when adjusting the tension of the triggers. Besides that, all that’s required is one’s bare hands.The SCUF Vantage comes in a relatively large box containing a 10-foot cable, domed thumbsticks, extended triggers, extra anti-friction rings, a control disk d-pad, and a SCUF key. You’ll also find a hardshell case to keep the controller inside of when not in use. I really like how the box opens from the top like a music box. Though the package is somewhat large, I’m hesitant to toss it out. It looks so cool! I definitely want to give SCUF props on designing such an awesome looking box.As far as I’m concerned, the SCUF Vantage is by far the best PlayStation controller available. SCUF truly went all out when designing this bad boy. It feels fantastic to use and the amount of customization options is without equal. At $169.99 for wired and $199.99 wireless, the controllers aren’t exactly cheap. However, they’re worth every single penny. I know I’ll be hard pressed to go back to the regular DualShock 4. If you have the cash, you owe it to yourself to try out the SCUF Vantage. You will not be disappointed.See our review of PowerA’s officially licensed wireless Nintendo Switch Controllers. Find out how 8BitDo’s DIY mod-kits can help you repurpose old controllers. See SCUF’s pretty in pink Valentine’s controller. 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Howe Ive had a chat with Zola over Wilson

first_imgAFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe revealed he’s talked to Gianfranco Zola over his comments regarding Chelsea’s interest in Callum WilsonEarlier this week, the Blues assistant coach praised Wilson and revealed that a striker of his quality will be of interest to many clubs, aside from Chelsea.But Howe sought out for Zola for talks over his comments after Chelsea’s 1-0 Carabao Cup win against Bournemouth.“I spoke to Gianfranco afterwards and yeah we had a little chat about that situation,” said Howe, according to Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But Gianfranco is an incredible person and a really nice guy. And, you know, Callum from our perspective is a huge part of what we are doing here.”Wilson has managed eight goals and five assists in 16 Premier League games for Bournemouth this term.Bournemouth will face Brighton on Saturday, where they will hope to avoid a fourth straight defeat.last_img read more

More Than 800 Refugees Receive Waivers To Come To US This Week

first_imgCHRISTINA ULSH / KERA NEWS SPECIAL CONTRIBUTORThis group of children came to Dallas as refugees. Here they are on the first day of school in 2014.Federal officials have granted waivers to 872 refugees to enter the U.S. this week. Refugee Services of Texas says Thursday is the last day they will be able to arrive through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. LISTEN: The KERA Radio storyThe refugees are not from the seven countries temporarily banned under President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.The resettlement agency says the refugees were already in transit and had been cleared before the travel ban took effect.Of the 800-plus refugees being admitted, 55 of them are arriving in Texas. They come from the countries Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Rwanda.More than 2,100 refugees had been scheduled to arrive in the U.S this week, but nearly half of them were denied resettlement.Refugee Services of Texas says Thursday is the last day refugees will arrive through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Under Trump’s order, the program will be suspended for 120 days.Copyright 2017 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. Sharelast_img read more

Valve and Capcom team up for Left 4 Dead 2 Resident Evil

first_imgGet ready guys, because it would seem that tangentially related gaming crossovers are becoming more of a prominent strategy in the industry. Fighting games have usually participated in this strategy — most notably Capcom, throwing its Street Fighter characters in with Marvel and Tekken characters. Back in January, Nintendo announced that it would be mixing up Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensai characters in an upcoming RPG. Now, Valve and Capcom have joined forces to combine their respective zombie games, Left 4 Dead 2 and Resident Evil 6.Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you feel about crossovers and either series), the crossover won’t be an entirely new title, like the aforementioned Fire Emblem-Shin Megami Tensai vehicle. Instead, characters from Left 4 Dead 2 will exclusively show up in the Resident Evil 6 PC release, and characters from RE6 will exclusively show up in the PC version of L4D2.RE6 players will be able to play as L4D2 characters Coach, Ellis, Nick, or Rochelle in the RE6 mode exclusive to the PC, The Mercenaries No Mercy. Making all of your L4D2 nightmares come true, the Witch and Mini Tank will also make an appearance and pester your characters just like the good old days. In turn, RE6 enemies will appear in L4D2, which Valve developers made possible with Steam Workshop.Now, while this crossover won’t light the world on fire and begin a new line of R4E6D2 games, Valve partnering up with Capcom is really what is worth noting. Sure, Valve tosses just about anything into Team Fortress 2, a landscape that seems to be a wild west of low entry standards at times, but this tagteam seems odd. Perhaps it’ll lead to a bigger project somewhere down the line and Valve is just testing the waters with this character crossover.Image credit: Left 4 Dead mod Last Escapelast_img read more

Air Kiribati and Solomon Airlines sign new aviation agreement

first_imgAir Kiribati and Solomon Airlines sign new aviation agreementThe agreement holds even more significance for the Kiribati national carrier which recently relaunched as an international airline following a decision by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to provide the carrier with its official two letter designate code – IK.At an official signing taking place in Tarawa, the Kiribati Minister for Transport, Information, Communication, and Tourism Development, the Hon. Willie Tokataake heralded the signing as important both in its capacity to significantly boosts aviation access into Kiribati and also build on both countries’ existing strong links.“There is no doubt this new agreement will boost economic development opportunities and in particular tourism and export opportunities for Kiribati,” the Minister said.Welcoming the agreement, Solomon Airlines CEO, Brett Gerbers described the signing as an  important step for both airlines and would play a key role in forging an even closer relationship with Kiribati.“Our partnership with Air Kiribati is an important one and we very much look forward to working together to see this become a success.“This service is more than just a link between two nations – it is also an avenue for both nations to grow and prosper as we walk forward together.”Echoing Mr Gerber’s words, Air Kiribati CEO, Tarataake Teannaki  aid his airline was excited to be working with an airline partner which understood the travel needs of both the Kiribati people and Air Kiribati.“This service will be a major step up and will give the Kiribati people new options to travel beyond our islands,” Mr Teannaki said.Service start date and the service schedules will be announced in coming weeks with an official launch to be held in Tarawa.The development builds on an agreement signed last November for a new Air Service Agreement (ASA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Solomon Islands and Republic of Kiribati.Aimed at promoting aviation between the two countries as one sector, the MOU is already showing development on a raft of activities intended to contribute to both countries’ social and economic development. Solomon AirlinesBook flights here Source = Mike Parker-Brown, Solomon Airlines PRlast_img read more

Newspapers recently reported that the cost of coco

first_imgNewspapers recently reported that the cost of cocoa had hit an all time high. Skyscanner takes a look at chocolate capitals around the world where chocoholics can still get their cocoa fix, and at a reasonable price! RelatedChocs Away! Five Choctastic FestivalsChocs Away! Five Choctastic FestivalsBest of Brussels: 5 brilliant things to do in Belgium’s capitalBest of Brussels: 5 brilliant things to do in Belgium’s capitalTop 6 things to see and do in BirminghamBanging the drum for Brum: from chocolate to diamonds, we’ve got six ideas for what to see and do in Birmingham. Hershey, Pennsylvania, USAOriginally called Derry Church, this town was renamed Hershey in 1906 and dubbed ‘The sweetest place on earth’.Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World where you can let your darkest chocolate desires loose and create your very own candy bar. Then join a tasting adventure, where a chocolatier guides you through a never ending selection of chocolate confection, chocolate lore, and samples from the chocolate spectrum including everything from creamy milk to robust dark. Find flights to Philadelphia.Villajoyosa, SpainVillajoyosa, near Alicante on the Costa Blanca is known as Spain’s chocolate city. Having started importing cocoa beans in the 18th Century from Ecuador and Venezuela, the city is now home to Valor Chocolate, a brand famed throughout Europe which can be sampled in Valor chocolate houses all over the Costa Blanca. Be sure to try the local choccy specialty; Chocolate with Churros – a type of Spanish doughnut. Find flights to Alicante.Shiroi Koibito Park, Hokkaido, JapanShiroi Koibito, a type of white chocolate biscuit, is one of Japan’s most famous forms of chocolate and a mandatory souvenir for anyone visiting Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. Just outside of Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo, you can tour the Shiroi Koibito chocolate factory, see how the chocolate is made and visit the Chocolate Lounge to sample a range of exclusive choc drinks. Find flights to Sapporo.Oaxaca, MexicoOaxaca in Mexico is the spiritual home of chocolate. As the discoverers of chocolate, it’s here that the world’s first ‘chocolatiers’ were born. Today in Oaxaca, residents have embraced chocolate as a part of their culture and it can be found in an interesting variety of forms including chocolate sauce, chocolate drinks and spiced chocolate. You can even enrol in cooking classes and learn the secret of the Oaxaca chocolate recipes. Find flights to Oaxaca.Fremantle Chocolate Factory, AustraliaIn a country better known for beaches and BBQs, chocolate may not be the first thing on your mind when you visit Australia, but Fremantle Chocolate Factory in Western Australia is 100% Australian owned and famed for its selection of over 300 chocolate products including gourmet chocolate logs, and chocolate coated coffee beans. Those keen on the chocolate making process can watch the confectioners at their art from dedicated viewing galleries before enjoying samples straight from the factory floor! Find flights to Perth.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Cannabis arrest

first_imgA 39-year-old man accused of drug possession has been remanded for eight days by the Limassol district court on Monday.The man was arrested on Sunday when he was searched by police while walking in a village in the Limassol district. He was found to have 21 grammes of cannabis on him.After securing a warrant, police searched the man’s house where two dried cannabis plants and eight growing cannabis plants were found.The 39-year-old was arrested for the illegal possession, use and cultivation of cannabis with the intent to supply.You May LikeThebest1.xyzTop 10 Most Fortified Buildings In The WorldThebest1.xyzUndoPetmooDog Breeds, Cat Breeds & All Pets – PetmooPetmooUndoNewsDDivers Searching Lake Ontario’s Waters Recovered An Aircraft From The DepthsNewsDUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more