Two Canadian engineering giants are headed in starkly different directions

MONTREAL — Quebec’s two largest engineering firms find themselves in very different places in early 2019, as one fights to retain a toehold in a crucial Middle Eastern market while the other grows by leaps and bounds.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. saw its stock tumble more than 27 per cent on Monday after it said that ongoing diplomatic tensions between Canada and Saudi Arabia were hurting its business, on top of problems with a mining project and an arbitration loss in Australia.WSP Global Inc., on the other hand, unveiled a sunny strategic plan Wednesday that forecasts double-digit revenue growth through 2021, when it expects to rake in up to $9 billion. The forecast boosted WSP’s share price six per cent to $68.04 in midday trading.The Montreal-based company has swelled to 48,000 employees from 17,000 in 2014, and aims to exceed SNC with 65,000 workers in the next three years. Beefed up by acquisitions of companies such as New York-based infrastructure firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, WSP’s expansion plans do not mean overextending their leverage levels, RBC Dominion Securities analyst Derek Spronck says.While both companies have seen their reputations tainted by corruption, particularly in Quebec, SNC has a bigger cloud over its head. Its shares fell in October after the company revealed the federal government won’t grant SNC an out-of-court settlement over foreign bribery allegations linked to the regime of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC, TSX:WSP)The Canadian Press read more

Iraqis returning from Syria UN agency confirms

A convoy of buses carrying an estimated 800 Iraqis has left the Syrian capital of Damascus and crossed the border on its way to Baghdad, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which said most are returning because their resources are exhausted.Staff of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at the Al Tanf border point saw at least 15 buses, each carrying 30 to 35 people, pass through Iraq immigration later Tuesday and said they had heard that others had arrived earlier. The agency planned to give the refugees a return package, but has not been assisting in the operation and continues to raise concern about the situation in Iraq.UNHCR protection officers interviewed many of the returnee families boarding buses in Damascus and most said they were going back to Iraq because they had run out of money and could no longer afford to stay in Syria, which is hosting more than 1.4 million Iraqi refugees, the agency said in a news release. Some said they wanted to check out the situation in Iraq amid reports of improved security across the border.The agency said its figures suggest that only 14 per cent of Iraqi refugees are returning because of improved security conditions, while some 70 per cent say they are leaving because of tougher visa regulations and because they are not allowed to work and can no longer afford to stay in Syria.“For the first time some Iraqi refugees are considering returning to Iraq,” said Laurens Jolles, UNHCR representative in Syria, before adding: “UNHCR is not in a position to recommend return at this time but recognizes the Iraq Government’s effort to support people who are returning.”During the past week, the UNHCR estimates that around 600 Iraqis have left Syria each day this week, although not all are refugees. The Iraqi Government, meanwhile, says that 45,000 Iraqis have returned from Syria in October.The agency is continuing to help many of those remaining in Syria. It plans next month to provide around 7,000 families with financial support and distribute food for some 51,000 people others, while providing subsidized health care to Iraq refugees who seek it. 29 November 2007A convoy of buses carrying an estimated 800 Iraqis has left the Syrian capital of Damascus and crossed the border on its way to Baghdad, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which said most are returning because their resources are exhausted. read more

Ljubomir Vranjes message I learned a lot my dreams didnt come true

← Previous Story VIDEO: This is how Ljubomir Vranjes speaks on arrival in Veszprem Next Story → POLL – VRANJES DEPARTURE: Good or bad decision for Veszprem? handball coachLjubomir VranjesTelekom Veszprem Ljubomir Vranjes is no longer coach of Hungarian TOP team Telekom Veszprem. The Swedish coach who came to Veszprem in summer 2017 had big plans with the team from Veszprem Arena who still dreaming about major success in handball – winning the VELUX EHF Champions League.Ljubo did it with SG Flensburg Handewitt in 2014, but era of Vranjes’ didn’t come to an end in 2020 as it was planed.Vranjes wrote message on social pages where he explained his feelings days after… read more

Country of origin seafood labelling support grows

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prominent fish industry contender and owner of the Australian Seafood Fish and Chippery in Coburg, Con Patsiotis is amongst the many Victorian fish and chip shop owners who have recently supported a campaign that will allow consumers to know where their cooked seafood is sourced from. The obligatory labelling of cooked seafood in Australia is a campaign born out of a senate inquiry that found labelling seafood at the restaurant level would be very beneficial; to consumers, local fishermen and the Australian national economy.A phone survey of 17 fish and chip shops indicated most fish and chip shops supported being forced to reveal to consumers where their seafood were sourced from.Along with many Victorian fish and chip shop owners, Patsiotis fully supports the idea that mandatory labelling will benefit Australia on both micro and macro levels, stating that consumers deserve to know “what they are eating and what they are paying for”, and that the mandatory move “will benefit local fishermen as well”.Since the introduction of country of origin seafood labelling to supermarkets and markets in 2006, the Australian trawl fishing industry has increased from $4 million to $30 million, and the sale of Australian snapper has increased by 400 per cent. A further enforced expansion of labelling to cooked seafood could further enhance the fish industry economically.The government is due to respond to the inquiry next month.last_img read more

CocaCola Japan Goes The Way of Crystal Pepsi With New Clear Coke

first_imgYou’ve tried Crystal Pepsi, or at the very least recoiled from it in disgust for some reason. Now, Coke is giving the formula a try, but with a very different approach. It’s called Coca-Cola Clear, and it’s a new clear beverage that’s devoid of calories as well as color. As for its taste? Well, that’s a secret at the moment, except for those lucky few who have tried it ahead of its debut.SoraNews24 had the honor of giving the beverage a taste test ahead of its June 11 release, and their report is that it’s very fizzy, and also very, very clear — just like water, until you pour it out into a glass of ice. The results were pretty surprising, especially since it looks just like a bottle of fizzy flavored water you might pick up at the grocery store. With zero calories and a tiny amount of lemon juice, it’s actually like a light, lemony Coke!Image via SoraNews24It’s a good reminder that a lot of what makes Coke the instantly recognizable drink it is in terms of its look and flavor profile owes a lot to its coloring and other attributes, many of which go a long way in fooling our brains to think it’s going to taste one specific way when it actually tastes another.It took about a year to develop this new drink, and it’s a very different formula from others that the company has tried before. It’s definitely something that might have an impact on the global market due to its gimmickry and interesting flavor profile, but Coca-Cola Japan hasn’t yet stated anything about plans to potentially bring the drink westward. With Pepsi’s recent revival of Crystal Pepsi and the fervor surrounding that old cult favorite, it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility, though.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Sen Cleveland Add to required delay in eviction

first_imgSen. Annette Cleveland believes the city of Vancouver could serve as a statewide example of one way to ease the affordable housing crisis.“We are all aware, in this state and around this nation, we’re facing a housing crisis. It’s affecting individuals and families and our children,” Cleveland testified to members of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Tuesday. “Many cities within the state of Washington, including my own of Vancouver, have grappled with positive ways we might improve this dire situation.”Cleveland is championing Senate Bill 5408, which would require landlords to give an extra 10 days’ written notice before eviction, bumping the 20-day period to 30 days. For tenants who have rented for more than two years, that would increase to 60 days. The measure, if passed, would apply statewide. The city of Vancouver increased its current vacate notice period from 20 days to 60 days in 2015.Vancouver City Councilor Alishia Topper testified in Olympia that increasing the time renters have to vacate has proved effective.“It was a compromise and a common-sense approach to prevent homelessness,” Topper said.Vancouver resident Dominique Horn also testified in Olympia in favor of the measure.“Think about how much it takes to move, on top of having your job, on top of feeding your children, on top of keeping up on their activities. Two weeks is not enough,” Horn said. “It’s not enough to find a place, it’s not enough to pack your stuff. … I know if I received a 20-day notice today, I would be homeless in 20 days. I wouldn’t be able to get into housing. My kids’ school would be disrupted.”But Bill Hinkle with the Rental Housing Association of Washington said too many housing policies are based on anecdotal evidence. He noted that other cities, such as Seattle, have passed similar statutes, and the homeless population continues to grow.“This is more of the same kind of policy that doesn’t work,” he said.Hinkle asserted that the problem is with record low vacancy rates and the solution is to build more units and improve the ease in which tenants and landlords can work together.last_img read more

Brush fire reported near Larch prison

first_imgFire District 3 responded to a brush fire near Larch Corrections Center.The fire was reported just after 11 a.m. near the junction of the L-1500 and L-1400 roads about a quarter mile east of the Four Corners intersection in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. Due to high potential for the fire to grow rapidly, crews from East County Fire and Rescue, Fire District 13 and the Department of Natural Resources were called in, as well. Firefighters arrived to find a slow moving fire near the road, not in heavy timber, that was about 30 feet square. The fire was put out in six minutes and the units from the other districts were canceled. “If we’d had any wind up there, it would have been a lot worse,” said Ray Steiger, spokesman for Fire District 3. “Fortunately someone called in and spotted it right away.” The Department of Natural Resources is investigating. After nearly a week of hot weather, Western Washington wildlands are drier and more combustible than usual. The Yacolt Burn State Forest is under a red flag warning, meaning that fire conditions are dangerous or about to be that way.The 11 a.m. temperature was about 78 degrees.last_img read more

Mount St Helens climbing permits go on sale Monday

first_imgAMBOY — Climbing permits for Mount St. Helens go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday online through the Mount St. Helens Institute website.The address is www.mshinstitute.org.The permits cost $22 and are required above 4,800 feet in elevation on Mount St. Helens.Changes in the permit process for 2015 include requiring climbers to print their permits, fill in the climber’s name on each permit and bring them to the trailhead.Climbing registers are at Marble Mountain Sno-Park and Climbers Bivouac trailhead. Climbers are required to sign the register at the trailhead when they begin their climb.Plastic permit holders are available at the register stations so climbers may display each permit while on the mountain.Parking permits will no longer be provided with climbing permits. A national forest day pass for parking will cost $5 and will be available at a self-service station at Climbers Bivouac, at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument facilities or online a www.discovernw.org/store_recreation-passes_1PASS.An annual Northwest Forest Pass or interagency pass will be be accepted for parking.last_img read more

Snapchats Active User Base Continues to Grow

first_img The company itself has said that video views reached over 10 billion per day, growing more than 350 percent in the past year, and that more than two thirds of its users create content daily. It seems obvious that the mobile app company is on track to becoming even more popular. According to TechCrunch, there were no real monetization efforts in the beginning of 2015. In the first quarter of 2015, the company only brought in $4 million in revenue, growing slightly to $5 million in the second quarter. The data reveals a large increase in revenue in quarter three, with the mobile app company bringing in $17 million. Revenue nearly doubled in the last quarter of 2015, to $33 million. However, Snapchat only brought in $59 million in revenue in 2015. A report from Statista, referencing data from TechCrunch, revealed that Snapchat’s daily active users has grown nearly 50 percent in the last year—and nearly doubled since March 2014—to 110 million as of last December. In that same vein, the study also found that Snapchat placed last with regards to where marketers plan to invest—only 11 percent indicated increasing investment on this platform in the next year.  The company has seen a steady increase in the number of daily active users, growing by at least 6 million users per quarter from March 2014 to December 2015. The largest jump in users—11 million—came in the fourth quarter of 2015. While one might question why investors are funneling so much money into Snapchat considering this revenue intake, it is more understandable considering the brand only recently started its monetization efforts last year. The release of this data comes in the wake of a report last week that Snapchat raised $1.81 billion in funding from various investors, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission file. TechCrunch discovered that General Atlantic, Sequoia Capital, T. Rowe Price, Lone Pine, Glade Brook Capital, IVP, Coatue Management, and Fidelity are among the investors. This new round of funds brings the company’s total funding since 2011 to more than $2.6 billion and its current valuation to an estimated $20 billion. Despite this, marketers appear to remain apprehensive about Snapchat as a platform worth investing in. According to a study by socialfresh, “The Future of Social Media,” advertisers rely the least on Snapchat, with only four percent of digital marketers saying they advertise on the network monthly. In comparison, 61 percent said they advertise on Facebook monthly, 32 percent on Twitter, and 30 percent on Instagram. It seems that Snapchat continues to justify the hype surrounding it, as its daily active users continue to increase and speculation abounds that the mobile app may have already surpassed Twitter in this regard. Snapchat has estimated 2016 revenues will range from $250 million to $350 million, increasing to anywhere between $500 million and $1 billion for 2017. You will find more statistics at Statistalast_img read more

The Atlantic Makes Hires to Establish More Silicon Valley Coverage People on

first_imgThe Atlantic has tapped Ellen Cushing as its senior tech editor, to help lead and establish the new San Francisco bureau. According to a statement from editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg and editor of TheAtlantic.com Adrienne LaFrance, this hire was made in an effort to grow the brand’s reporting team and coverage of technology and Silicon Valley. Cushing is joining The Atlantic from BuzzFeed News where she served as an enterprise and tech editor.Cushing will report to editor of The Atlantic’s Science, Technology and Health sections, Ross Andersen, and will work to develop the brand’s reporting on companies, individuals, and shifting centers of power in Silicon Valley. Taylor Lorenz will also be joining Cushing and Andersen as a staff writer at the end of this month from her post at The Daily Beast.Other recent hires at The Atlantic include Hannah Giorgis as a staff writer on the culture team, Adam Harris as a staff writer covering education, Christi Parsons to lead The Atlantic’s newly formed Talent Lab, Katherine Wells as executive producer of original podcasts, and Lauren N. Williams as a senior editor. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Peter KingAfter nearly three decades with the brand, Peter King has announced his departure from Sports Illustrated and has signed an exclusive deal with NBC Sports to continue his weekly Monday column there, as well as make appearances on their radio and television platforms. While at SI, King made a name for himself as a senior writer and through founding the stand-alone NFL site, The MMQB.“Peter, in my opinion, is one of the five most important figures in SI history,” says SI editor-in-chief, Chris Stone. “One, for the following he’s built covering North America’s most popular sport, and two for his willingness to embrace new approaches to journalism and storytelling.”The New Yorker announced a series of internal promotions:David Rohde was promoted to executive editor. He’ll share that role with Jessica Winter, who joined as executive editor from Slate a year ago. Rhode will focus on news and investigative reporting, while Winter will focus on culture and features.Online features editor Emily Stokes was named a senior editor of the magazine.David Haglund, currently the site’s literary editor, will succeed Stokes as features editor.Senior editor Carla Blumenkranz will once again take on the role of online news director, presumably in the run up to the 2018 midterms.Deputy news editor Eric Lach will take on full-time writing and editing duties of the site’s short-form news vertical The Current.The Cut made two hires this week. Katie Heaney is joining the brand as a senior health writer, covering health, wellness and psychology, and Liane Radel is joining as a senior photo editor,  producing monthly photo shoots and leading advancement with the site’s work with both established and up-and-coming photographers.Heany was most recently a freelance journalist and has contributed to the Cut for several years, writing on a variety of topics including those related to mental health. She also has worked as a writer and editor for BuzzFeed, and is an author of two memoirs and two novels.Radel was previously photography and bookings director for Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan, and was awarded twice with Hearst’s Editorial Excellence Award for Photography. Her work has also won an ASME Cover of the Year Award for Fashion and Beauty.Scott Saperstein was recently appointed to vice president of video sales at Condé Nast. Saperstein comes from Viacom where he most recently led new business development and client strategy. In his new role, he will oversee enterprise digital video sales across the company’s portfolio of brands and will report to Evan Adlman, senior vice president of enterprise sales.Slate’s Amanda McCartney is leaving her post at the publication for the newly created position, director of audio and podcasts, at the New York Times.  The Weekly Standard tapped Adam Rubenstein as its newest full-time assistant opinion editor.Conservative news watchdog Accuracy in Media named Gus Portela as executive director and Carrie Sheffield as national editor.DC Inno’s Samantha Sabin is joining Morning Consult as a brands reporter. Jon Reid will be leaving his post as health reporter at Morning Consult and starting at Bloomberg Law, covering telecom.last_img read more

BlackBerry Mobile TVmaker TCL will join the foldable craze in 2020

first_img Meanwhile, glass maker Corning — who manufactures Gorilla Glass for most midrange and high-end smartphones — is also developing a bendable glass so thin and pliable it could one day be used for foldable devices.LG and Huawei have both announced their intentions to make a foldable phone.With such a massive shift on the horizon, it’s a fair bet that TCL’s future foldable device will be one more among many. The question is if the device will get lost among its competitors, or if holding back will wind up being the smarter play. 0 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 The bendable glass that’s shaping up to cover foldable… Royole FlexPai Tags 21 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 4:06 Foldable gadgets gained an unlikely new champion here at CES 2019: TCL, the company behind BlackBerry Mobile phones and budget Alcatel phones; affordable TVs; and the new, tiny Palm. The device maker told CNET in an interview at the MGM Grand that it will introduce its first foldable product in 2020. We’re just not sure if this device will be a phone, a TV panel or something else entirely.”It’s not just smartphones,” said Stefan Streit, TCL’s general manager of global marketing, said, adding that other consumer products like wearables, home appliances and TVs can also benefit from a the new form. TCL dipping its toes into the foldable device waters underscore a broader interest by the industry to push devices with flexible or foldable screens. The foldable phone is hailed as the next major innovation to hit an industry that’s churned out millions of static rectangular handsets. It’s one that needs a shot in the arm, with flagging sales and a mindset by many consumers that their current phone is good enough. 85 Photos Phones TVs $1,318 “We don’t want to be the first in the market,” Streit said. “We want to make sure there’s a real value proposition behind it.” Whatever “it” may be. Before committing to its first foldable device, TCL wants to suss out what people really want. Will buyers prefer something small that opens into something large — like a smartwatch you can open into a phone — or a larger device that packs up into a tiny package for storage, say a TV? (LG’s “incredible” rollable TV at CES this year certainly makes the idea of a TV with a foldable screen plausible.)This rollable LG TV proves that screens are ready to flex and bend. Sarah Tew/CNET Hanging back until 2020 also gives TCL a chance to let Samsung, FlexPai, Google, Corning and others work out the most common kinks: how the software will work on a foldable screen, what kind of materials work best and how flat these devices will truly be able to fold.While TCL is eager to make a foldable device, it’s also interested in making the screens themselves. TCL owns CSOT (China Star Optoelectronics Technology), a components maker that sells panels other companies. Selling foldable panels to other manufacturers is part of TCL’s broader agenda.A foldable BlackBerry phone? Don’t hold your breathblackberry-key2-3502Will it fold? Doubtful. James Martin/CNET It’d be tempting to think that TCL’s first foray into foldable would be a BlackBerry phone. Unfortunately, that’s just not likely. TCL Group does license the BlackBerry Mobile name, but the brand is slow-growing. “We were probably a little bit bullish about objectives,” said Francois Mahieu, the general manager for BlackBerry Mobile. Mahieu wouldn’t share sales figures, but described his operation as “small”.The brand’s keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Key2 and more midrange Key 2 LE are gaining the most traction as work phones that companies and governments buy for their employees. Enterprise handsets like these are chosen because they’re reliable and secure productivity machines that can get a job done. Flashy, expensive and untested new features like a foldable screen would be more of a liability than a must-have feature.Read: There won’t be a 5G BlackBerry phone in 2019Foldable devices will go mainstream in two-to-five years015-corning-tour-magGorilla Glass-maker Corning is working on ultrathin glass for bendable devices. Sarah Tew/CNET Although Samsung’s foldable phone is rumored to arrive in March, these bendable devices won’t really become important for another two to five years, Streit predicted. But when they do, they’ll prove to be an important way that products stand out against non-folding rivals.While there is one foldable phone you can buy now, the Royole FlexPai, these are indeed early days. We only glimpsed Samsung’s rumored Galaxy X prototype back in November, and many questions about how the phone will look and work are left unanswered.Google has thrown its weight behind foldable, announcing that Android will support a smaller screen that opens into a tablet. There are real tangible benefits that come from having a foldable display, like the ability to fold out to a larger display. It also enables a new array of physical designs that don’t just have to be a slab. Samsung will lead the rush to foldable designs with its rumored Galaxy X phone, likely to be followed by LG and Huawei. TCL says it’s in no hurry to compete with the pack.center_img Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Royole FlexPai is a foldable phone you can actually buy Preview • Royole FlexPai: First foldable phone beats Samsung to the punch Now playing: Watch this: BlackBerry Google Huawei LG Samsung Alcatel OneTouch Now playing: Watch this: 1:56 Post a comment Share your voice CES 2019 See it Mentioned Above Royole FlexPailast_img read more

Domestic car sales Maruti Suzuki Toyota Kirloskar Motor volumes rise in November

first_imgMaruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) has surpassed analysts’ estimates for November sales that were supposed to take a hit due to demonetisation. The company has reported 14.2 percent increase in domestic car sales, but exports have dropped 9.8 percent. The overall sale figure at 1.35 lakh units represents 12.2 percent growth.  Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has reported 10 percent growth.Maruti SuzukiThe data was released just after stock markets opened for trading on Thursday. The MSIL stock was trading at Rs 5,284.45, up 0.40 percent from its previous close. The BSE Sensex opened on a positive note and was trading 39 points higher at 26,691.MSIL sold 1.26 lakh units in India last month, up 14.2 percent from 1.11 lakh cars sold in November last year, according to a company statement. Exports at 9,225 units marked a drop from 10,225 cars shipped last November.The growth was almost double (98.1 percent) in the UV segment comprising Gypsy, Ertiga, S-Cross, Vitara Brezza at 17,215 units, aided by new launches. The super-compact segment witnessed a fall of 10.3 percent at 3,013 cars, while mini and compact segments grew at about 10 percent.The company sold 105 units of its light commercial vehicle, Super Carry during the month.Toyota Kirloskar MotorThe company sold 11,309 units in November, up 10 percent from 10,278 cars sold last November in the domestic market.”November has been an exciting month for us as we launched one of the most anticipated products of the year —— the all new Fortuner. We are overwhelmed by the response it has received with over 6,200 bookings already,” PTI quoted TKM Director and Senior VP, Sales and Marketing, N Raja, as saying. MahindraCar sales dropped 33 percent to 13,217 units in November 2016 in comparison to 19,662 vehicles sold last November. Pravin Shah, president and chief executive (automotive) said “the sudden announcement of demonetisation has brought in an immediate disruption and uncertainty.”Tractor sales also took a beating, down 24 percent to 15,918 units from 20,819 units sold last November.Tata Motors, Renault India, Nissan, Honda and Hyundai are yet to release their November sales data.last_img read more

Want to create a legacy Ravi Shastri reacts after being reappointed Team

first_imgAfter being reappointed as India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri has thanked the  Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee for showing faith in him during the reappointment. He has also said that the main aim of the new management will be to take the consistency of the side to the next level. Ravi Shastri was among the 5 shortlisted candidates interviewed for the role of Team India head coach by the CAC, which consisted of Kapil Dev, Shanta Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad. Shastri was chosen above the likes of Tom Moody and Mike Hesson for reappointment as the head coach after Friday’s interviews at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai.’Thanks for having faith in me’ Ravi ShastriPHILL MAGAKOE/AFP/Getty Images”I first like to thank the CAC — Shantha, Kapil and Anshu — for having the faith in me to let me continue for another 26 months,” Ravi Shastri told bcci.tv in an interview on Saturday.Shastri also said that he came into the Indian side as he believed in the team and believed that as a unit they could leave a legacy and in the upcoming stint, he would continue to do the same.”It’s a privilege and honour to be part of an Indian team setup. The reason why I came in was I had the belief in this team… belief that this team can leave a legacy that very teams have in the past. Not just for the moment they’re playing… you know the kind of legacy… going down the line other teams would try and emulate,” the head coach added. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri together.BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesThis will now be Shastri’s fourth stint with the national team, having served briefly as the Cricket Manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), Team Director (2014-2016) and head coach (2017-2019).  Under Shastri, the Indian team has the best win-loss ratio as the figure of 2.6 is quite impressive. Yes, few selection issues have been contentious, but the team has largely been successful under the combination of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri. However, as per the new BCCI constitution, the selection panel will now shortlist the candidates as the support staff of the Indian coach. However, as per the scenario, the head coach could be consulted before finalising the three assistant coaches – batting, bowling and fielding.last_img read more

No 25ranked Cardinals Set to Host Cardinal Classic

first_img The No. 25-ranked University of Louisville volleyball team will play host to the Cardinal Classic this weekend and will welcome No. 10 Florida, Dayton and Texas A&M to L&N Federal Credit Union Arena this Friday and Saturday.Dayton and Texas A&M will kick off the Classic with a 4:30 match on Sept. 30, followed by the Cardinals taking on the Florida Gators in a match-up of ranked squads that will be the first ever volleyball match aired on the newly launched ACC Network.On Saturday, Florida takes on Dayton at 4:30 with Louisville facing Texas A&M at 7:00 p.m. The Cardinals and the Flyers will meet up on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for the final match of the Classic.    2019 VB Match Notes Cardinal Classic 8 30 To see the complete schedule, click here  Print Friendly Version Single match tickets can be bought here center_img LouisvilleThe Cardinals home slate includes 15 matches against teams that were nationally ranked in 2018, as well as 11 matches against teams that earned an NCAA Tournament berth last season. The Cardinals posted a 22-9 record in the 2018 season and made their 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UofL is led by returning HM All-American Melanie McHenry as well as starters Emily Scott and Piper Roe, a member of the US Collegiate National Team.  The season will highlight one of the best Cardinal recruiting classes in recent memory. The 2019 UofL volleyball recruiting class was ranked No. 16 in the nation, the highest ranked class in the ACC and the highest ranking Cardinal class since 2006. The ranking was announced by PrepVolleyball.com, where a panel of college coaches from across the country and representing all three NCAA women’s volleyball divisions determines the top list of classes. DaytonThe Flyers return four starters plus their libero from a team that finished 23-8 last season with a second place regular season finish and Atlantic-10 tournament champions. The Flyers are the pre-season picks to win the A-10 this season, despite losing three seniors. Dayton picked up right where it left off the previous season, winning 12 of 14 league games in the Atlantic 10. The Flyers advanced to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years in 2018.  The last meeting between these teams, was last season during the NCAA Tournament first round where Louisville defeated Dayton 3-0.FloridaThe Gators return four starters including their libero from a team who finished with a 26-7 record and a Sweet Sixteen finish in the NCAA Tournament. After winning the SEC in 2016 and 2017, the Gators are predicted to finish second in the SEC. Florida is ranked in the pre-season top 10 in the county to start the season following a strong 2018. Advancing in the NCAA Tournament by defeating Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast, before falling to BYU. The last meeting between these teams was in the Bubly Inventional where they defeated Louisville by a final of 3-1 in 2018.Texas A&MThe Aggies return four starters plus their libero from a team who finished with a 17-13 record in 2018.  Improving from a 10-15 finish in 2017, the Aggies are on a positive path after closing out the 2018 season on a four-game winning streak and boasting an undefeated 5-0 record at neutral sites. Texas A&M will look to rally behind first team All-SEC selection Hollann Hans.This is the first meeting between these two teams since 2003, where the Aggies defeated the Cardinals 3-1. This Weekend’s ScheduleCardinal Classic8/30 Dayton vs. TAMU                     4:308/30  CARDS vs FLORIDA              7:008/31 Florida vs. Dayton                    4:308/31 CARDS vs.TEXAS A&M          7:00  9/1  CARDS vs DAYTON                1:00 This Weekend’s PromotionsFloridaRed Out (National College Colors Day)Giveaway: Louisville Volleyball Magnets (First 250 fans.)Family Meal Deal: $5 hotdog, chips and cookieTexas A&MNational Match Maker Day: Single’s Night. Show us your “single” Facebook status at the marketing table for a chance to win Apple AirPods.All single game tickets for this match are $1.Family Meal Deal: $5 hotdog, chips and cookieDayton            Family Meal Deal: $5 hotdog, chips and cookieGiveaway: Louisville Volleyball Clear BagsHike and Spike Match: Show your Notre Dame Football Ticket for a $4 Sideline or $6 Terrace Volleyball Ticket (FB vs. Notre Dame 8:00 p.m. on Sep. 2)Ticket InformationTickets can also be purchased by phone at 502-GO-CARDS, or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Single match tickets will also be available for purchase on match days at the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena ticket windows starting one hour prior to match time. Story Linkslast_img read more

Hasbros Angry Birds Star Wars Telepods takes on Skylanders

first_imgBy this point, you have no doubt heard of Skylanders — the action figures that you can “summon” into an action-adventure video game. You can purchase the figures from just about anywhere nowadays, including the literal entire aisle dedicated to the toys at Best Buy, and then summon them into the game thanks to a “Portal” that can read the figures’ built-in NFC tags. You then use your figure’s in-game avatar as a character, and its stats and equipment are kept on the figure, so you can summon them into anyone’s game so long as you have your little guy handy.Whether or not the same end can be achieved with a simple cloud login that allows you to load your characters from anywhere, thus removing the market for the toys, is up in the air, but the model has proven wildly successful. So successful, in fact, that it’s a wonder another major company hasn’t tried its hand at the same idea. Well, it’s a wonder no more, as Hasbro is officially entering the ring with Telepods, a similar idea starting off with the Angry Birds Star Wars franchise.With the release of Angry Birds Star Wars II, players can purchase packs of Telepods — little action figures of in-game characters — then summon them into the game. Rather than a coaster-like portal found in Skylanders, each figure sticks onto a small podium-like stand, which is then centered over a tablet or smartphone’s front-facing camera. Rather than being equipped with NFC tags, the stand simply employs a magnifying glass, which helps the mobile device read a small QR code located at the base of each figure. It appears as though the stand is of a specific height and magnifies the QR code perfectly.Summoning is as easy as it can be; just press an on-screen icon, and place the Telepod-equipped stand over the camera. Your character will be summoned in a second or two.Once summoned, you can use the on-screen avatar of your Telepods figure in the standard Angry Birds way — fling some Jedi birds at some structures and Sith pigs. You can also summon Sith pigs via their figures and fling it at some structures and Jedi birds. Like Skylanders, the Telepods record all that character’s stats, though there doesn’t seem to be any sort of character equipment to remember. Perhaps unlike Skylanders, though, the Angry Birds Telepods are “easier” to play with outside of the game. Skylanders are essentially little statues that you can’t really use as action figures — they’re not posable like a G.I. Joe. The Angry Birds Telepods are easier to play with, in that you can stick them into any Angry Birds play set and fling them into tangible structures.The figures are small (though not too small), and you can fit a few in your pocket without them getting in the way. They’re highly detailed and look just like their in-game avatars, making them something nice to display on your desk or shelf while they’re not in use. The magnifying stand is just a clear plastic rectangle, and could’ve benefitted from some kind of artwork, but perhaps then the summoning process would not be as smooth. If you have ever played Angry Birds, you know what to expect from the game, except this time each character has their own special Star Wars-themed ability.Also unlike Skylanders, Telepods leverage the portability of mobile devices. You can play just about anywhere, so long as you keep a few figures and the stand in your pocket, and happen to have your phone or tablet handy. Obviously, phones and tablets are expensive, but so are video game consoles and televisions, so the entry price is more or less a wash. The figure packs will range anywhere from $5.99 for a dual-figure mini-pack, to $39.99 for a 10-figure pack that comes with 20 pieces to create the Star Destroyer structure, as well as a figure launcher.The sequel game follows the stories of the prequel trilogy, so don’t expect any hints about the final, Disney-owned trilogy. The Telepods packs will release this August, and the app will release on September 19, priced at $0.99 for the standard version or $2.99 for the HD version. It’ll be interesting to see if Hasbro can utilize both mega franchises of Angry Birds and Star Wars in order to put a dent into the Skylanders market.last_img read more

In Metal Gear Solid V its Master Miller time all the time

first_imgMGSV players know the true Phantom Pain. It’s Kaz on the radio. Kaz, I’m already a demon, could you stop trying to annoy me to further madness every time I Fulton someone?I haven’t beaten Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain yet, but I’m working at it. It’s amazing. It’s mechanically the best Metal Gear Solid game ever, and it’s massive. There’s just a minor problem: Kaz Miller won’t shut up. Every time I Fulton a soldier to expand Mother Base, he asks, “Are you going to extract him?” as if he’s surprised. Even if I’m on a mission where he drops endless hints that I should Fulton the target instead of killing them, he’s surprised. On missions where I’m supposed to Fulton people, he’s surprised when I Fulton people.I won’t stop, of course. In terms of open world collectibles, kidnapping soldiers with a Wile E Coyote balloon is way better than collecting flags or orbs. In fact, MGSV manages to avoid most of the meandering problems open world games have. Yes, you can meander, but it’s built so you don’t feel compelled to.It’s open world, but it’s also a very compartmentalized open world. There are mission areas you need to stay in for full missions, and those missions change how those areas react. It’s instanced, and most of your progress will be through that instancing, with bases and outposts having different levels of security and different things to get. It means you can keep retreading the same area, but you’ll have at least something kind of new to do that’s not just grabbing some random blip on the mini-map.That said, the game could use blips, if only for the cassettes. I want to build up my 80s song library up and jam out to some synth while I’m murdering guys, and I don’t know which mission or base has which song. It’s maddening.last_img read more

City lights make air pollution worse

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com City turns lights out Saturday to conserve Citation: City lights make air pollution worse (2010, December 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-city-air-pollution-worse.html (PhysOrg.com) — A new study by scientists in Los Angeles, California has found that bright city lights makes air pollution worse because the glare of the lights interferes with chemical reactions that clean the air of pollution during the night. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Pollution from motor traffic and factories pours into the air during the day and is broken down at night by the nitrate radical (NO3++), which is a special form of nitrogen oxide that is destroyed by sunlight.Scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) have now found that the lights of Los Angeles produce enough light to suppress the nitrate radicals, even though their combined light may be 10,000 less bright than sunlight. The study was based on measurements taken from aircraft flying over the city at night.Leader of the research team, Dr. Harald Stark of NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Division, said the preliminary results show the lights of the city slow the night time cleansing of air pollution by up to seven percent, but they also increase the chemicals that produce ozone pollution during the next day by as much as five percent.Dr. Stark said more research is needed to quantify the ozone effect, and this work is important because many cities are close to the recommended limits and even a small effect could be important.The study was carried out in Los Angeles, but the results for other large, brightly lit cities elsewhere would be expected to be similar.The effect could be reduced by using red light, but this is unlikely to be an acceptable solution. A better approach may be to point the lights to the ground, as suggested by campaigns such as the International Dark-Sky Association, which hope to stop the glare of street lights so people can see the stars.The findings of the research were presented on Monday in San Francisco at the Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, which runs from 13 to 17 December. Image credit: ORNL Explore furtherlast_img read more

Baker Mayfield is a Mazda not a Maserati

first_imgBaker Mayfield is a Mazda, not a MaseratiBaker Mayfield made his third preseason appearance last night for the Browns and Colin still isn’t seeing what he wants to see out of a number one pick in Baker. He has said on numerous occasions that Mayfield will won’t be a bust, but he’s not what Colin wants in a #1 pick from a size and physical tool standpoint.Mayfield will be good, but ‘good’ shouldn’t be the standard for a number one pick. He thinks Baker is more of a Mazda than a Maserati. The Maserati is Sam Darnold. Tom Brady deserves NBA star treatmentAfter being banished from the sidelines and team plane a year ago, reports say Tom Brady’s personal training guru Alex Guerrero has full access to the team and facilities in 2018. It appears that Brady used his leverage within the organization again to get what he wants, and many think he also pressured Robert Kraft into trading Jimmy G. Brady having this much leverage in an NFL organization is shocking because it’s so rare, but it’s no more than superstars in the NBA wield. With his track record, he deserves it. Also:Colin’s 5 Most Headscratching Things in SportsGuests:Doug Pederson – Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl winning Head Coach; Tim Couch – Browns Analyst and former #1 overall pick; Lance Zeurlein – NFL Draft Analyst; Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst.last_img read more

AsiaPacific Airports Sweep Best Airports Worldwide Awards in 2011 ACI

first_imgSource = ACI Hong Kong] Asia-Pacific Airports have once again sweep Best Airports Worldwide awards in the 2011 ACI Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards.Seoul Incheon International Airport is the Best Airport Worldwide followed by Singapore Changi Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport.In commenting the results, ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Mrs. Patti Chau says, “I wish to extend my congratulations to all the airports being recognized in the 2011 ACI Airport Service Quality Awards. This marks the seventh year in a row that Seoul Incheon International Airport has been named Best Airport Worldwide. Asia-Pacific airports have continued their success in demonstrating their commitment to customer service excellence and received the passengers’ vote of confidence. The 2011 result is very impressive as over 75% of the recognized airports are from the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region.”ASQ Award is an annual award recognizing airports on their customer service. The awards are based on results of the overall satisfaction of departing passengers. Only airports which have participated in all four quarters of the year and followed the sampling methodology are eligible for an award. The top three airports in each region and size category will receive an award which will be presented on May 24th, 2012 during the gala dinner at the 7th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference and Exhibition to be held in Singapore.ASQ Survey is the world’s leading airport customer satisfaction benchmark program with over 190 airports in more than 50 countries surveying their passengers every month of the year.17 Asia-Pacific airports have joined ASQ in 2011 and a total of 69 Asia-Pacific airports have joined the program since 2006.last_img read more

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