Nets Jack The Clippers, 102-100

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Between a seven-game losing streak at home and a 39-point humiliation in Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Nets had their choice of lows in a lousy January.They’ve come to fight in February.Jarrett Jack made a tiebreaking jumper with 1.3 seconds left, and the Nets used a late rally to beat the Clippers 102-100 on Feb. 2.“It’s gratifying, I think, to go through the bumps and the bruises and then to kind of get off the schneid in the fashion that we did against a really special team,” Jack said.The Nets erased a nine-point deficit in the final 1:35, getting two 3-pointers from Alan Anderson — one a four-point play — one from Joe Johnson and another from Deron Williams in his return from an 11-game absence.But they went to Jack for their final possession after Chris Paul’s layup tied it at 100 with 8.6 seconds to go. Jack dribbled right and lofted a jumper over 6-foot-11 center DeAndre Jordan, who had switched onto him.Brook Lopez scored 24 points and Johnson had 22 for the Nets, who snapped an overall four-game skid that finished a 3-12 January. They won at home for the first time since beating Sacramento on Dec. 29.“We just lost it,” Paul said. “I mean, not trying to take any credit away from what they did and the shots they made, but we gave the game away.”Jordan finished with 22 points, 20 rebounds and two made free throws in 12 attempts for the Clippers. Paul had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.The Clippers finished 8 of 25 (32 percent) from the free throw line and dropped their seventh straight road game against the Nets, a losing streak covering seven-plus years and two states. Jamal Crawford scored 18 points but was 7 for 22 from the field.The Clippers beat Brooklyn 123-84 in Los Angeles last month and it appeared they had finally done enough to win this one when a basket by Matt Barnes made it 96-87 with 1:46 remaining.But they failed to grab the rebound when Johnson missed two free throws, and when the ball was tapped back out to him, he nailed a 3 that cut it to 98-96 before Anderson made a 3 from the corner while being fouled, putting the Nets in front 100-98.“We knew we had to make it a fight because we didn’t want them to think that that was us in L.A. So we made it a fight and we came out with the win,” swingman Anderson said.Two nights after an impressive victory in San Antonio, the Clippers fell to 2-2 on their eight-game trip. They have dropped seven visits in a row to the Nets since a Dec. 11, 2007, victory in East Rutherford, New Jersey.“We just didn’t close the game out,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We let them step into three 3s where that just can’t happen.”Williams got a nice hand when he checked in during the first quarter, his first action since fracturing cartilage in his rib on Jan. 7. He scored 15 points.“Happy to be out there but more happy to get a win,” Williams said. “We didn’t get a win all of January at home, so this one felt really good.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

Germany’s Schweinsteiger retires from international football

first_imgGermany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from international football on Friday, bringing to an end a glittering career that ended in disappointment with a semi-final exit at Euro 2016 in France.“It wasn’t to be and I have to accept it,” the 31-year-old said in a statement on his verified Twitter account (@BSchweinsteiger).“The historic and emotional high was winning the World Cup in 2014,” the Manchester United player added.Schweinsteiger was vice-captain of the national team when Germany edged Argentina in extra-time to claim a fourth World Cup title and took over as captain when his then Bayern Munich team mate Philipp Lahm stood down after the 2014 tournament.His seventh major tournament saw him lead Germany to the last four of the European Championships earlier this month but the 2-0 defeat to hosts France proved to be his 120th and last appearance.His first call-up came as a 19-year-old in June 2004 and a year later, he scored the first of 24 international goals.“I was able to turn out 120 times for my country and experience moments which were indescribably beautiful and successful,” he tweeted.“It is only right and sensible to finish now and wish the team all the best in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.”After playing for two junior clubs the player known universally as ‘Schweini’ joined Bayern in 1998 as a teenager.He played 500 matches for the most successful club in Germany, winning eight Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League before joining Manchester United two years later.His first season at Old Trafford was beset by poor form and regular injuries, and retiring from international duty may have been one way of attempting to persuade new United manager Jose Mourinho of his determination to seal a regular place.The announcement came on the day that British media reported Schweinsteiger would be sold if Mourinho succeeded in signing French midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus. Source: Reuters – cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kareena Kapoor switches on beast mode in sports bra and pants on London gym day

first_imgKareena Kapoor Khan is currently holidaying in London with husband, Saif Ali Khan, and son, Taimur Ali Khan. The actress is making most of her time before she starts shooting for her upcoming film, Angrezi Medium with Irrfan Khan in the same city.Though the actress is not officially on social media, but still, time and again, she breaks the internet with her images. Recently a fan account of the original it girl of Bollywood shared a video of her hitting it hard at the gym. Even though the actress is holidaying in London, she did not let her workout take a back seat.The gram that is captioned, “#KareenaKapoorKhan… Not giving up even on Holiday,” shows the Bajrangi Bhaijaan actress working out with weights along with squats.In the video, the actress is seen in a black halter neck Adidas sports bra and a pair of ripped yoga pants. To complete her look the actress also wore a pair of black sneakers.For her glam, the actress looked radiant with her workout glow as she tied her hair in a ponytail.The expertise with which Kareena is working out will make you want to hit the gym right now.Kareena Kapoor will be next seen on the big screen in the film, Good News sharing screen space with Akshay Kumar, Diljit Dosanjh, and Kiara Advani.advertisementALSO READ | Kareena Kapoor goes shopping with Saif and Taimur Ali Khan in London. See videoALSO READ | Yoga queen Kareena Kapoor nails stretching exercises at the gym in sports bra and mini shortsALSO WATCH | Saif’s answer when Taimur asks about his Kareena tattoo is adorablelast_img read more

Team news: Alexis starts with Ozil on bench

first_imgArsenal Arsenal team news: Alexis starts as Ozil makes return on bench Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 02:03 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 2017 Getty Images Arsenal A. Sánchez Mesut Özil Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion Premier League The Chile international has not started the Gunners’s past two league games but makes a welcome return to the team against West Brom Alexis Sanchez has been handed his first league start in just under a month as Arsenal take on West Brom at Emirates Stadium.The Gunners star, who makes his 150th appearance for the club and 100th Premier League start, was last selected for a league match in the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last month havingfound himself on the bench for the subsequent two league games.Arsenal -1 at 4/5 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Mesut Ozil has been in full training this week following a minor knee injury with Arsene Wenger naming the German international as a sub alongside Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott.Aaron Ramsey plays in the ‘no.10’ role while Mohamed Elneny partners Granit Xhaka in midfield.Arsenal XIWest Brom boast former Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs in their starting XI just two months after he joined the Baggies in a permanent deal.Tony Pulis’s side are captained by Gareth Barry, who breaks Ryan Giggs’s Premier League appearance record in the process.Arsenal XI: Cech, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Alexis, LacazetteSubs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud.West Brom XI: Foster, Nyom, Gibbs, Robson-Kanu, Evans, Livermore, Barry, Rodriguez, Krychowiak, Dawson, HegaziSubs: Myhill, Yacob, Morrison, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt, McClean.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer already spoken with mentor Ferguson

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer already spoken with mentor Fergusonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he spoke with “mentor” Sir Alex Ferguson before taking over as caretaker manager of Manchester United. The Norwegian, who played for 11 years at Old Trafford under Ferguson, says he will take what he’s learned from the Scot as he manages the club until the end of the season.”He’s influenced me with everything,” Solskjaer said in his first press conference at United, ahead of facing Cardiff on Saturday.”The way he’s dealt with people, the way he was manager of the club, how he kept 25 international players happy and hungry, wanting to improve, and the staff.”He’s been my mentor. I didn’t understand early on he would be my mentor. Ever since my injury in 2003, I was making all the notes what he did in certain situations.”I’ve already been in touch with him – there’s no one better to get advice from.” last_img read more

ESPN Is Reportedly Shuffling Its College Football Announcing Lineup

first_imgAn ESPN sign hanging that's very oldESPN’s college football announcing lineup will look pretty different this fall. With Sean McDonough replacing Mike Tirico on Monday Night Football and Brad Nessler reportedly headed to CBS, change is necessary. The Big Lead’s Kyle Koster is reporting ESPN already knows who will be replacing those two men on their respective broadcasts. Steve Levy Will Call College Football Games for ESPN in the Fall— The Big Lead (@thebiglead) May 11, 2016From The Big Lead:Joe Tessitore, who called Thursday night games last season in addition to hosting SEC Nation and College Football Final on Saturdays, will move to the No. 2 team, sources tell The Big Lead. The No. 3 gig will be given to Steve Levy, two sources tell The Big Lead.Nessler was the play-by-play man for that No. 2 team with Todd Blackledge; McDonough was the play-by-play man for the No. 3 team with Chris Spielman. Levy, 51, is certainly an interesting choice. He’s recently been mostly an in-studio host but has significant work as a play-by-play man for both the MLB and NHL. ESPN’s top broadcast team will remain Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit. Here’s where ESPN’s College GameDay is likely headed for Week 1. The season will be here before you know it. [TBL]last_img read more

SPO Names Its First L-Class Vessel

first_imgzoom Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) celebrated the naming of its first L-Class vessel, Pacific Leader Maizuru Shipyard, Japan last week.Speaking at the ceremony Managing Director of SPO, Mr Neil Glenn said: “The L-Class series of large PSVs is another important step in the growth and development of Swire Pacific Offshore’s fleet. With a fuel efficient modern design and a high quality, high specification build, we are confident these large capacity vessels will offer our customers an exceptionally reliable, economical and flexible solution to their offshore marine support needs and continue to enhance SPO’s capabilities as a leading maritime services provider.”Pacific Leader is the first of a series of eight L-Class vessels that SPO has commissioned. Four vessels will be built by JMU in Japan and four vessels in Brazil. Upon its delivery, Pacific Leader will be going straight into a charter contract.Today, SPO owns and operates a diverse fleet of 85 offshore support vessels, including anchor handling tug supply vessels, platform supply vessels, ice-breaking supply vessels, anchor handling tugs, seismic survey vessels, wind-farm installation vessels, accommodation vessels and multi-purpose offshore vessels. SPO will have a fleet of 100 vessels by the end of 2015.The L-Class vessels (5258 DWT), with the fuel-saving design, consisting of newly developed fuel efficient propulsion pods, a four-engine diesel electric power plant, large cargo carrying capacity and bulk cargo system, makes them well suited for supply duties in deep water environments. The propulsion system features a computerised power management system that is programmable to ensure the optimisation of the diesel engine load and fuel consumption. The Cargomaxx bulk system allows for the carriage of dry and wet bulk cargoes in 5 separate tanks, uses a pressure vacuum system to load and upload the cargo and has a product weighing system to accurately measure a product delivered as an individual parcel or as an aggregated amount over a period of time. These FiFi 1, DP2 vessels are also SPS Compliant and Clean Class. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 SPO, April 3, 2014 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

USA: Port of Hueneme Tests Its Grid-Based Shore Power System

first_img My location zoom The Port conducted its first operational and safety vessel test of the Port of Hueneme’s recently installed Grid-Based Shore Power system. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Port crews were on hand to view this first vessel ‘plug in’ by Hamburg Sud’s M/V Cap Pasley, carrying fresh fruit for Chiquita Brands of Charlotte, North Carolina.The initial test of ‘plugging in’ a vessel is critical to the assessing performance of this new and very high voltage shore power system. It is also vital to ensuring all trained units including ILWU and ship operators become comfortable with operating the gear. The process tests the vessel’s ability to synchronize with and connect to the Port’s grid-based system. Hamburg Sud, Chiquita, Ports America, Southern Edison, project engineers, system developers, contractors, and port technical personnel geared up to make certain all protocols were in place and the inaugural plug-in ran safely and functioned properly.This initial test was a success and a second major milestone for the Port’s Shore Power system. The first milestone was the Port’s successful load bank test in December 2013 that demonstrated the system’s capability to provide a reliable, steady source of shore side power for ships at berth. With the first test, the Port will host a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on April 23, 2014 when the additional newly retrofitted vessels plug in for the first time to the Port’s other two shore side power units. The ceremony will be part of the celebration of Earth Week. Port plans to host this event during Earth Week.“Green is no cliché for the Port of Hueneme. We take action and make environmental sustainability a top priority in our business plan to ensure we improve the quality of life and bring prosperity to the communities we serve. This project represents perhaps the single largest reduction in air emissions by one project in the history of the county,” said Port Commission President Mary Anne Rooney.With the passage of AB 32 by the state assembly, programs were put in place mandating that refrigerated cargo vessels, called “reefer vessels” reduce greenhouse gas emissions of their ships at berth while in California ports. By connecting to the Port’s Grid-Based Shore Power System, the reefer vessels calling the Port will run their auxiliary marine engines on shore power in lieu of diesel fuel and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Speaking on behalf of Hamburg Süd, senior vice president Mike Wilson expressed the pleasure and pride the line felt at being able to deliver such a benefit both to the people of Hueneme and the wider California community. “It’s a major investment by both parties, with returns that will continue visit after visit,” he said. “Hamburg Süd has mounted a major effort to minimise our environmental impact, with fuel efficiency and energy saving measures that are achieving significant emission reductions,” Mr Wilson continued. “Hueneme’s on-shore power connection facility is a big step forward in this regard and we applaud the initiative.”The Port of Hueneme’s project “represents a giant leap forward for the Port and the community” said Port CEO and Director Kristin Decas. “Over the lifetime of this project (30 years), annual emissions from refrigerated cargo vessels also known as “reefer vessels” will be significantly reduced”. Anticipated reductions include a 92% reduction in PM, 98% reduction in NOx, and a 55% reduction in greenhouse gasses.Board Vice President Jess Herrera said, “The success of the project is tied directly to the critical partners that brought significant funds to help build this shore power system. Together we are creating jobs and building a cleaner environment for the citizens of the community and region. We extend our sincere gratitude for their support.”The major financial contributors to make this project happen include the California Air Resources Board with proposition 1b funding, the Ventura County Air Quality Control District providing grants for engineering and Wells Fargo and Commercial Clearing House with a cash infusion from the Port’s New Market Tax Credit transaction. The next phase of the project will be funded in part by the Ventura County Transportation Commission.center_img Print  Close Port of Hueneme, April 9, 2014last_img read more

More Highway Cameras Online

first_imgNova Scotia’s highway cameras are growing in number and inpopularity. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’website receives about 150,000 weekly visits to the highwaycameras page. With the addition of another camera this week on Highway 101 nearMeteghan, there are now 32 cameras online, from Yarmouth to NorthSydney. Ten new cameras have been added since December 2004.Another one will be online by the end of March, and will belocated on Highway 103 at Exit 6, Hubbards. “The highway cameras are a tool that motorists can use to checkroad conditions before heading out in their vehicles,” said RonRussell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “They areone feature of our road weather information systems, which helpour road clearing crews decide when to salt and sand.” The province’s road weather information systems, called RWIS, areautomated weather reporting stations with special sensorsembedded in the road and on nearby towers. These systems collectdetailed data on weather conditions at and near the road surface.The stations are mounted with web cameras that provide staff andtravellers with real-time images of highways. With the use of theRWIS sites, department staff can track storms throughout theprovince and call in plow operators when needed. To view the highway camera locations and images, visit theTransportation and Public Works website . The site shows images ofNova Scotia’s highways during daylight hours. The images are notmeant to replace official weather and highway report information,but are provided as an additional source of information to thetravelling public. Funding for Nova Scotia’s existing cameras are cost-shared by thefederal and provincial governments. The cameras are located onhighways 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 125 and trunks 4 and 12.last_img read more

U2s The Edge Brings Mission Of Health Equity To Vatican Via Foods

first_imgDr. William Li and musician and activist The Edge of U2, both board members of the non-profit Angiogenesis Foundation, delivered a speech and a performance respectively to more than 200 world leading medical scientists, philanthropists, and religious leaders at the Vatican during a conference called Cellular Horizons held in Vatican City on April 28-30, 2016.The Edge of U2 and Dr. William Li at the VaticanThe two delivered the Foundation’s message that today’s global health crises can no longer be solved by the traditional model of disease treatments, and require a solution aimed at prevention that is affordable, accessible, and equitable for everyone regardless of socioeconomic circumstance. Noting the unsustainable costs of many modern drug therapies, The Edge remarked, “Something has to change, and disease prevention has become a crucial new strategy to explore. It is also becoming achievable for the first time in history.”Video: The Edge – Eat To Beat Cancer And The Importance of Cancer Prevention“The Angiogenesis Foundation has identified that food is an untapped and equitable solution for the future health of society,” said Dr. Li, Foundation CEO, “because cellular science is revealing new dimensions about what we eat and drink. More than 80 percent of deaths from chronic diseases are preventable through dietary and lifestyle interventions.”Dr. Li presented research data showing that consuming olive oil, fish, red wine, cacao, and the Mediterranean diet can increase the number of circulating adult stem cells in the body, which can aid in healing organs, slow the ravages of aging, and regenerate tissues. Other foods, according to Li, can combat cancer by starving tumors of their blood supply, including oregano, tomatoes, and broccoli. “We have even found dietary factors in common foods that can turn off cancer-causing oncogenes, and turn on tumor suppressor genes,” said Li. Many foods cited during his presentation have been shown in public health studies to be associated with a dramatic reduction in risk of cancer, heart attack, and stroke.Citing the urgency to reduce human suffering from disease, Dr. Li called on the audience to 1) pool intellectual and financial resources in the pursuit of research focusing on ways to maintain health with the same commitment as the effort to cure disease, especially cancer; 2) mobilize communities to become aware of scientific evidence on foods that can reduce disease risk and employ this in their daily lives; and 3) help shape a policy landscape across nations to broaden healthcare from ‘Pharma to Farm’, thereby extending the tools by which society addresses non-communicable diseases.“I hope to have your blessing and support to accelerate our work that embraces the natural virtues of food, with the promise of bringing about a new scientific renaissance for global health,” said Li to the Vatican audience.Following the close of presentations, the conference participants moved to the Sistine Chapel for a special performance by The Edge who, accompanied by a choir of young people from Music Generation, an Irish music education programme supported by U2, made history by becoming the first contemporary musician to play in the chapel. In an address before playing, The Edge said, “Based on my work with the Angiogenesis Foundation and confirmed by what I have seen at this conference, it’s obvious that there is a sea change happening within the health care industry that will impact billions of people alive today. Things are getting better in this world and the reason I mostly cite is medical science.”To support the Foundation’s mission, donations can be made at inquire about Foundation food and health, contact: foodforhealth@angio.orglast_img read more

OPPO unveils A5s budget smartphone in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Chinese handset maker OPPO on Monday launched a budget-friendly A5s smartphone in India for Rs 9,990. The OPPO A5s features waterdrop screen and runs on MediaTek Helio P35 chipset. The device is powered by a robust 4230mAh battery and has Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm optimisation to reduce power consumption, the company said in a statement. The A5s comes in 2GB RAM+32GB ROM variant and 4GB RAM+64GB ROM version and the latter would be available in green and gold colour starting next month on both online and offline channels. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “With the launch of OPPO A5s, we aim to push the envelope further by giving our users more power with advanced technology at a budget friendly price point,” said Charles Wong, CEO, OPPO India and President OPPO South Asia. There’s a 6.2-inch LCD waterdrop screen with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The A5s is packed with an 8MP front camera with F/2.0 aperture. At the rear is a 13MP+2MP dual camera system. It is the first smartphone in India which is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 processor. A MediaTek Helio P35 is an octa-core chipset built on TSMC’s advanced “12nm FinFET” node.last_img read more

Number of people affected by cholera reaches 88000 in Zimbabwe says UN

6 March 2009Some 88,000 people have now been affected by cholera in Zimbabwe, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today, noting that the number of new cases reported weekly is dropping. Some 88,000 people have now been affected by cholera in Zimbabwe, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today, noting that the number of new cases reported weekly is dropping.At the start of the year, as many as 8,000 new cases were being reported per week at the national level, but over the past few weeks, that number has been slashed by half.According to a joint update by the WHO and the Government of Zimbabwe, 395 new cases and 18 deaths were reported yesterday.Nearly 4,000 people have died from the disease, which is caused by contaminated food or water, the agency said.But WHO cautioned that the need to remain alert continues since cholera continues to claim lives in the Southern African nation on a daily basis. It also warned that the start of the rainy season could also trigger increased cases of the disease. read more

Visiting Egypt UN envoy urges calm after recent violence on Israeli border

Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, travelled to Cairo yesterday and met the foreign affairs minister Mohamed Amr and General Murad Muwafi, the chief of intelligence, telling them that he remained worried about continuing tensions, in particular the escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel.He said the UN is actively engaged in an endeavour to restore normality and supported Egypt’s important efforts in that regard.Mr. Serry expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the Egyptians who lost their lives, recalling that the UN had condemned Thursday’s terror attacks in southern Israel.He also shared with the Egyptian officials the UN’s growing concern over the current impasse in the Middle East peace process. They discussed the importance of a legitimate and balanced framework supported by the international community that can carry forward efforts for a negotiated two-State solution and the creation of a Palestinian State.Mr. Serry emphasized the UN’s strong opposition to the recent Israeli announcement that more settlements would be built in the occupied Palestinian territory, including in East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.The UN envoy also met with Nabil El-Arabi, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, according to a statement issued by his office. 22 August 2011A senior United Nations envoy has voiced deep concern over the death of Egyptian security personnel during the incident that occurred near the country’s border with Israel last week and stressed the need to restore calm. read more

Embattled Sony reports record annual loss in 4th straight year of red

TOKYO – Sony Corp. racked up a record annual loss of 457 billion yen ($5.7 billion) in its fourth straight year of red ink as the once-glorious maker of the Walkman and PlayStation struggles toward a turnaround under a new president.The electronics and entertainment company, which also makes “Spider-Man” movies, reported Thursday a loss of 255 billion yen ($3.2 billion) for the January-March period — its fifth straight quarterly net loss to round out a fiscal year that was the worst in its 66-year corporate history.The latest red ink was worse than 1995, which followed Sony’s ambitious but disastrous purchase of Hollywood studio Columbia Pictures.Sony’s recent troubles were worsened by factory and supplier damage in northeastern Japan, ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami last year. Sony also suffered production disruptions from the flooding in Thailand.Quarterly sales inched up 1.2 per cent on-year to 1.6 trillion yen ($20 billion). Annual sales plunged nearly 10 per cent to 6.5 trillion yen ($81 billion), as unit sales slipped in flat-panel TVs, video and digital cameras, game machines and personal computers.Sony has bled money for eight straight years in its core TV business, bashed by competition from Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea and other Asian rivals.And consumers are flocking to products from Apple Inc. like the iPhone and iPad instead of Sony gadgets.A soaring yen that erodes the overseas earnings of Japanese exporters like Sony has also added to the damage.Sony is aiming for a comeback under Kazuo Hirai, appointed president last month, who has headed the gaming division and built his career in the U.S.Sony forecast a return to profit for the fiscal year through March 2013 at 30 billion yen ($375 million), banking on the growing smartphone and tablet business, as well as a recovery from last year’s disasters.Lasts month, Hirai said the company will cut 10,000 jobs, or about 6 per cent of its global work force, and turn a profit in TVs in the next two years.The job cuts come on top of a couple of rounds under Hirai’s predecessor, Welsh-born Howard Stringer, who remains chairman and was the first foreigner to head Sony.Yasunori Tateishi, author of “Farewell Our Sony,” believes the long sought boon Sony executives promised from exploiting its electronics and entertainment operations has been illusive.He said Sony was in a bind because, even when its electronics segment fared well, its results would be pulled down by entertainment problems — or the other way around.“Synergy is something that might happen, but it’s not something a company should go after,” he said. “It instead turns into an obstacle.”Sony had recorded a 260 billion yen loss the previous fiscal year.The latest results were better than the 520 billion yen ($6.5 billion) annual loss the Tokyo-based company had projected. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had estimated a more optimistic 430 billion yen ($5.3 billion) loss.Sony said sales improved in its film business, lifted by television and video-on-demand for the “Spider-Man” series, but profits fell slightly, despite the popularity of “The Smurfs” and “Bad Teacher,” offsetting the failure of “Arthur Christmas.”Sales and profit both dropped in its music business. Bestsellers included Adele’s “21” and Beyonce’s “4.”Chief Financial Officer Masaru Kato said fixing the electronics business remains critical, as revenue improves in entertainment this year with “The Amazing Spider-Man,” ”Men in Black 3″ and the new James Bond film “Skyfall,” and music downloads start to make up for dropping CD sales.“This year remains crucial for a recovery in our electronics business,” Kato said, adding that the effort to reduce TV business losses was on track. “A fifth straight year of losses should never be tolerated.”Analysts say it remains to be seen whether Hirai can steer Sony’s turnaround.Prices come down so fast that the initial year or so — when an innovative product is taking off — is crucial. Sony fell behind when digital music players and flat TVs became hits.Tateishi, the author, says Sony still has the lead in digital broadcasting, 3-D camcorders and other imagery technology and should pioneer new categories of products, if it hopes to survive.Sony shares, which have lost about half their value over the past year, dipped 1.2 per cent to 1,213 yen in Tokyo. Trading ended shortly before earnings were announced.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at by News Staff Posted May 10, 2012 5:39 am MDT Embattled Sony reports record annual loss in 4th straight year of red ink read more

BUGOJNO 2018 Croatia and Germany book semifinal tickets

The national teams of Croatia and Germany are the first semi-finalists of the sixth “Handball is my future”, international youth tournament for generation 2000 which is taking place every year in the city of Bugojno in Bosnia and Herzegovina thanks to financial support of Qatari Handball Federation.The two teams from Group celebrated two wins and secure semi-final battle.Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina 30:25Germany – Poland 34:29Croatia – Poland 27:23Germany – BiH 34:28STANDINGS:Germany 4Croatia 4Poland 0BiH 0Group BSlovenia – Austria 29:24Qatar – Switzerland 25:32STANDINGS:Switzerland 2Slovenia 2Austria 0Qatar 0 ← Previous Story SG Flensburg now waiting better from Barca-Montpellier clash Next Story → LNH: Aix win in Montpellier read more

Religious ministry defends drug rehab programme

first_imgA RELIGIOUS MINISTRY that offers recovery services to drug addicts has defended itself as RTÉ’s prepares to air an investigation into its work.Victory Outreach, which describes itself as a ‘sustainable transformational ministry’, was founded in 1967 and has over 700 centres and churches worldwide.It has five centres around Ireland. This evening, Prime Time will air an investigation into the work that Victory Outreach does with drug addicts at its recovery homes.RTÉ Investigations Unit said it is examining how “vulnerable addicts are working up to 18 hours a day, for no pay”, to raise money for Victory Outreach.On Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio today, reporter Brian O’Connell spoke about the investigation.There are an estimated 20,000 heroin addicts in Ireland, but just one professionally supervised detox bed for every 400 addicts in Dublin.InvestigationThe investigation examines how at Victory Outreach’s recovery homes, addicts come off drugs and do not go onto substitutes such as methadone.There is generally no waiting list for Victory Outreach’s services, said O’Connell, and it is “a nine- to 12-month programme”.It has a disciplined religious side to it and the recovery centres are not regulated rehabilitation centres.The investigation alleges that residents are sent out fundraising, such as selling raffle tickets. O’Connell claimed that the programme will show addicts fundraising, “some at 18 hours at a time”.Stuart Murphy, a spokesperson from Victory Outreach’s Dublin centre, told this morning that the show is “focusing on people that have left the recovery centre and they have personal things against the place”.Murphy said that he had explained to RTÉ that the fundraisers do not fundraise from 7am, as alleged, and that when they leave early they have breakfast before fundraising; and they finish at 9 or 10pm and have something to eat before returning to the centre.Murphy said he has been in contact with RTÉ during this process and has “offered hundreds of people whose lives have [been] changed” by Victory Outreach to the broadcaster.He said that the organisation helped him in his recovery from drugs and through the loss of his father and brother. “RTÉ are coming from the negative perspective,” he alleged.When asked about regulation, Murphy said that “we have policies that are set in place by Victory Outreach International” and the people working with drug addicts have gone through similar experiences.Of regulation, he added “we are ready to do [it] without breaching our values”. Murphy said RTÉ wrote to Victory Outreach and gave them right of reply. RTÉ gave the organisation five days to compose such a reply. He said he wanted to give his story on his terms and felt Victory Outreach “weren’t given [a] proper way to defend themselves”.Victory Outreach will review the show when it airs tonight and is expected to decide if it will be taking legal action.Read: Man injects himself in the groin on the Luas>last_img read more

Holographic storage advance burns 500GB at Bluray speeds

first_imgHolographic storage has been taunting us for years, offering the potential to store massive amounts of data on discs the size of a standard CD or DVD. In 2009, advances in micro-holographic media led to significant increases in storage capacity and up to 500GB of data was written successfully to a disc no bigger than your copy of Army of Darkness.GE has been at the forefront of holographic storage research, and it was their high-reflectivity media that enabled the massive capacity gains (discussed in the YouTube video below). The company has now announced another major breakthrough that brings the technology one step closer to commercial viability. By boosting the sensitivity of the micro-holographic material that is being “burned,” GE was able to boost write speed by more than 100x.While a specific figure isn’t given, GE states that it’s about the same amount of time that it takes to burn a Blu-ray disc. On a 12x burner, that takes about 8 minutes — so GE could be telling us that its researchers managed to burn half a terabyte in that amount of time. Even if you err on the side of caution and go with 1x burn speeds, that’s still only 95 minutes. Cloning one 500GB hard drive full of data to another with a program like ghost can easily take that much time.GE’s official blog post also states that data access and transfer speeds are better than what can be achieved with traditional optical disc technologies. That could make these holographic discs perfectly suited to applications like enterprise data archiving — or compiling your entire DVD collection to a single disc before you sell it on Craigslist.More at GElast_img read more

Confusion and outrage over Trump migrant ban as UK secures exemption

first_img Collective discrimination aids terrorist recruitment by deepening fault-lines exploited by extremist demagogues to swell their ranks. 2/7— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 28, 2017 Monday 30 Jan 2017, 7:45 AM Jan 30th 2017, 7:45 AM Source: Nicola Sturgeon/Twitter 94 Comments Protesters taking part in a rally against Trump’s refugee ban in Seattle yesterday evening Source: AP/Press Association ImagesTHE FALLOUT FROM the Trump administration’s decision to temporarily ban travellers from certain Muslim-dominated countries from entering the country continues this morning, while the UK and Australia have secured exemptions from the order.Shortly after British prime minister Theresa May held talks with Trump at the White House on Friday, the new president signed an executive order to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough new controls on travellers from seven Muslim countries.Trump’s move has prompted a number of online petitions, including one aimed at stopping him making a planned state visit to Britain.By early this morning that petition to the British parliament had attracted almost 900,000 signatures.In Ireland, meanwhile, another petition, this one aimed at halting Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s planned visit to the White House on St Patrick’s Day, has collected nearly 27,000 signatures.British PM May sparked controversy at the weekend after refusing to condemn Trump’s immigration clampdown when pressed by journalists during a trip to Turkey, but later issued a stronger statement as it emerged British citizens had been affected.“Immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States, just the same as immigration policy for this country should be set by our government,” a spokesman from her office said on yesterday.“But we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking,” the spokesman added.Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said it was “divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality.”CondemnationCriticism of Trump from other world leaders is mounting, with several significant exceptions.Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has declared that his country will accept any refugees refused by the US, a sentiment echoed by Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon. Share251 Tweet Email 25,389 Views By Cianan Brennan Source: Javad Zarif/Twittercenter_img Dutch far right politician Geert Wilders, however, expressed his total support for the ban, declaring it the “only way to stay safe and free”. Source: Geert Wilders/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, whose country has also benefited from an exemption to the ban, said that “it is not my job as Prime Minister of Australia, to run a commentary on the domestic policies of other countries” according to to the ban from America’s most senior academics has likewise been less than enthusiastic.Many of them gathered yesterday at the world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in protest at a move that they say will weaken the ability of US institutions to attract exceptional foreign academic talent on scholarships.“It’s certainly ill-judged and likely counterproductive,” Richard Lester, a professor at MIT, told the Boston Globe.Our community is here because they are contributing research and new knowledge creation that benefits this country.President of Harvard Drew Faust produced possibly the most hard-hitting of all the letters emanating from dismayed academics, asking the federal agencies to consider the impact of Trump’s ban on US universities. Excerpt from Harvard president Drew Faust’s letterFaust quoted Seamus Heaney in his 1,500-word missive calling on all those “committed to the strength of American higher education” to act together:“Let us do so – to borrow the words of the poet Seamus Heaney, one of Harvard’s most beloved visitors from other shores – with our gates unbarred.”UK wins exemptionHigh-profile British citizens caught up in the new US rules included double-double Olympic champion Mo Farah, who slammed a policy based on “ignorance and prejudice” that could keep him apart from his US-based family.“On 1 January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27 January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien,” wrote the athlete, who represents Britain but was born in Somalia.Iraqi-born MP Nadhim Zahawi, from May’s Conservative Party, had earlier revealed he would be barred from entering the US under the clampdown.“A sad, sad day to feel like a second class citizen! Sad day for the USA,” he added.But later yesterday Johnson won an exemption for British citizens and dual nationals after he discussed the matter with Washington.The foreign ministry subsequently announced the order would only apply to individuals travelling directly to the US from one of the seven listed countries – Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Sudan.“If you are travelling to the US from anywhere other than one of those countries (for instance, the UK) the executive order does not apply to you and you will experience no extra checks regardless of your nationality or your place of birth,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.The foreign ministry added that dual nationals might have extra checks if they are coming from one of the seven named countries, “for example a UK-Libya dual national coming from Libya to the US”.Following the foreign ministry advice a spokeswoman for Farah said he was “relieved” but nonetheless “fundamentally disagrees” with Trump’s order.Zahawi praised the government for securing assurances for British citizens, adding that he still believed the new US rules amount to a “mistaken policy”.Pressure mounts on MayTrump’s move prompted protests globally and demonstrators are due to gather outside Downing Street today and hold rallies in cities across Britain.Domestic pressure has mounted on May to distance herself from Trump, with opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn urging the government to put off the president’s scheduled state visit until the ban is rescinded.May “would be failing the British people if she does not postpone the state visit and condemn Trump’s actions in the clearest terms,” he wrote on Twitter.The online petition against Trump’s planned state visit later this year will be considered for debate in parliament, but a government spokesman said the invitation “was extended and has been accepted” by Washington.Additional reporting © – AFP, 2017Read: Six people have died after gunmen opened fire at a mosque in CanadaRead: In photos: Trump’s travel ban sparks protests in airports across the US Well done @POTUS it’s the only way to stay safe + free. I would do the same. Hope you’ll add more Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia soon.— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) January 28, 2017 👇#WelcometoScotland too.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) January 28, 2017 Germany’s Angela Merkel has said that the war on terrorism “does not justify putting people of a specific background or faith under general suspicion” according to a Reuters report, while French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has said that “terrorism knows no nationality”.Discrimination is no response.Iraq meanwhile is reportedly considering a reciprocal ban on visas for US workers there, while Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said Trump’s order will be “recorded in history as a great gift to extremists and their supporters”. Confusion and outrage over Trump migrant ban as UK secures exemption The new American president has ruffled feathers globally with his ban on refugees from Muslim-dominated countries entering the US. Short URLlast_img read more

Lecture on Greek Cypriot crisis by former ND spokesman

first_imgDirector of the Institute for Democracy ‘Constantinos Karamanlis’, parliamentarian and former spokesman of the New Democracy Party of Greece, John Mihelakis will deliver a lecture on the topic: The Greek, Cypriot and European Crisis and the Consequences to our National Issues. Greek Ambassador Haralambos Dafaranos will be the MC on the night. The lecture will be presented by the Greek Studies Program of the Notre Dame University Australia in collaboration with the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria and the Australian Institute for Macedonian Studies, continuing their series of lectures inviting prominent personalities and academics from Greece and Europe. Mr Mihelakis is a political personality in Greece and is ranked number four in the list of the selected parliamentarians by his party. He was the managing director of MEGA television station, director of ANTI Television and managing director of newspaper Eleftheros Typos. The lecture will be presented at the Pan-Macedonian House, 470 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill on Sunday 14 April at 6.00 pm. If you would like to attend the lecture, RSVP to Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Ioannides pays tribute to Anzac nurses of Lemnos

first_imgTo help commemorate the anniversary of the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign and Battle of Çanakkale, Women in War opera composer Tassos Ioannides visited the WWI Military Cemetery in Portianou village in Lemnos. He was joined by family members of the iconic Anzac nurse, Matron Grace Wilson of the third Australian General Hospital on Lemnos. In further recognition of the important role that women played during the war, Lemnian nurses participated in the Centenary Commemoration march at Mudros, paying tribute to the determination and fortitude of the nurses who served on the island. With Women in War set to commence its previews during the month of July in Greece, Turkey and Australia, during Ioaninides’ recent visit down under, the Australian cast and crew gathered in Melbourne for an Aussie style BBQ get together. The Australian cast and crew are scheduled to travel to Greece in June, where they will meet up with their Turkish and Greek colleagues for intensive preparation and rehearsal for the opera. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more