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Phoenix holds on as Ginebra comeback fizzles

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wilson, Matthew Wright, and Jeff Chan each had 19 points to lead the Fuel Masters while Jason Perkins added 12 points.Scottie Thompson led all scorers with 22 points for theGin Kings to go along 13 rebounds. Read Next Chung limps out of Aussie Open but has eyes fixed on future “It’s a good thing we were able to build a big enough lead,” said Phoenix head coach Louie Alas in Filipino. “I think we were almost too cautious of the lead and that’s the difficult part in a team where you’re still trying to build that winning habit.”Ginebra outscored Phoenix, 29-12, in the payoff period but the Fuel Masters’ lead, which was at 75-53 at the end of third quarter,  proved insurmountable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Fuel Masters snapped a two-game slide for a 3-3 card while sending the Gin Kings reeling to their third straight setback a t2-3 .After slipping to a 26-25 midway through the second quarter, the Fuel Masters pushed the nitrous button and went wild on a 24-3 dash with Willie Wilson scoring six straight to cap it off and give Phoenix a 49-29 lead at halftime. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ginebra Gin Kings vs Phoenix Fuel Masters. PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra’s comeback effort fell short as Phoenix held on to the 87-82 victory Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings went on a blazing 18-6 run in the final 6:33 after falling behind 81-64, but it just wasn’t enough as the Phoenix had a big enough cushion to subdue the “never say die” spirit.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

Lahiri best among Asians

first_imgAnirban Lahiri acquitted himself well on the final day as he compiled a three-over 73 that saw him finish as the best Asian player at tied 31st place in the Open Championships.Lahiri finished at three-over-par 283, ahead of the likes of former Open champions Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie, and Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, ranked second and third in the world respectively.”I won’t be intimidated anymore. If I can come here and hold my ground, I can hold it in any event and any field,” said Lahiri, a two-time Asian Tour winner.Lahiri opened the day with a bogey but then played very steady with seven pars in a row. He picked up a birdie on the ninth. On the back nine, Lahiri made bogeys on 10th, 12th and 15th.Jeev Milkha Singh finished tamely with a three-over 73 that ended with a double bogey on the 18th. His 73 saw him end at 10-over 280 and in tied 69th place.last_img

Premier League: Pep Guardiola promises improvement after first English season

first_imgManchester City are already working on how they can improve next season after sealing a spot in the Champions League, manager Pep Guardiola said as he mulled over potential targets in the summer transfer window.City secured a top-four finish for the sixth consecutive season with a 5-0 win over Watford on Sunday but Guardiola failed to win a trophy for the first time since 2009, after enjoying widespread success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.”We are satisfied because we are in the Champions League, and tomorrow we will think about what we need to do next season, when the pressure will be the same,” Guardiola told reporters after City sealed third place with the victory.”Next season we will be better, and as a coach I am better than the year before, but it is not simple.”Guardiola said that the top Spanish sides were better placed to lure who they wanted in the transfer window as they had the money and stature to attract top talent from other clubs.”Real Madrid have just bought one player, 16-year-old (Vinicius Junior) for 46 million euros, so you can imagine the market,” Guardiola said.”To compete with Barca and Real we need time, we need decades to be there. Money is not enough – when Real and Barca want a player, other teams cannot compete.”The Spaniard noted City’s progress in the past few years but said that there was still work to do before they were comparable with Europe’s elite.”Before, we were never in the Champions League, and now we have been there six or seven times in a row. But, to achieve the next step, although the gap is shorter, it is more difficult.” Guardiola added.advertisement”To close the gap you need time, and in our world time doesn’t exist, it’s not allowed.”last_img read more

Serena Beats Sharapova For Aussie Open

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win on Jan. 31.After celebrating prematurely on her third match point, letting her racket go after serving what she thought was an ace but learning that it was a let, top-ranked Williams took a deep breath and fired another ace — her 15th of the set and 18th of the match — to seal it.This time, the celebration was real. She jumped around like a little child, bouncing up and down, before shaking hands with Sharapova at the net.“Growing up I wasn’t the richest but I had a rich family in spirit and support and you know standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen,” Williams said. “I went on the courts with just a ball, and a racket and a hope, that’s all I had.“I’m so honored to be here tonight and to hold this 19th trophy @ my favorite stadium.”Williams, coughing frequently and still affected by a recent cold, controlled the first set around a rain delay in the sixth game, when the match was stopped for 13 minutes for the roof to be closed. Williams came back on court momentarily near the end of the break, but returned to the locker room with a hacking cough. She later said she had vomited before returning to Rod Laver Arena to continue.It didn’t show. She came back from the break and fired an ace to start a run of six straight points. She was broken while serving for the set but broke Sharapova for a third time to clinch it.The 33-year-old Williams, the oldest winner of the Australian women’s title in the Open era, won the first six points of the second set and seemed on course for another lopsided victory before Sharapova hit back to set up a dramatic second set.Sharapova saved two match points, including one in the 10th game when she bravely hit a forehand winner down the line — applauded by Williams. She twice held serve to stay in the match.The No. 2-ranked Sharapova forced a tiebreaker and then took the first point off Williams when she leaped into a service return down the line.But Williams rallied again and relied on her serve to keep the points short, missing a second set point when Sharapova hit a winning service return.Williams didn’t relent, though, and secured the title that lifted her above Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who had 18 Grand Slam singles titles.Williams has now won 16 in a row and is 17-2 in career matches against five-time major winner Sharapova, who hasn’t won a head-to-head meeting since 2004.Two of Williams’ six Australian titles have come with straights-set wins in the final against Sharapova, the first in 2007. For 2008 champion Sharapova, it was a third loss in a final at Melbourne Park.“I haven’t beaten her in a long time but I love every time I step on the court with her,” said Sharapova, who had to save two match points in the second round. “I’ve had some of the best memories of my career on this court and also some of my toughest losses, but that’s the life of a tennis player.”(JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Agnelli Hints Juventus Might Not Risk Ronaldo Against Ajax

first_imgMILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo may not be risked for Juventus’ first match of the Champions League quarterfinals against Ajax, club president Andrea Agnelli hinted on Friday.Ronaldo injured a muscle in his right thigh and limped off 30 minutes into Portugal’s 1-1 draw against Serbia on Monday in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship.“When you have muscle injuries you have to be very careful,” Agnelli said. “For one match you risk compromising the next two months.”Juventus has said the injury is “apparently minor,” while Ronaldo told Portuguese media after the match he “should be back in one or two weeks.”Juventus travels to Ajax for the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on April 10, then hosts the Dutch team the following week.“It’s more important to safeguard two and a half months than one match only,” Agnelli said.Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the return leg of the last 16 as Juventus overturned a first-leg deficit.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India vs England: Chahal and Kuldeep in focus as India aim to clinch series

first_imgIndia’s wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shined as India clinched a convincing victory in the first T20I. However, the duo were rendered ineffective in the second match as England bounced back to level the series 1-1.The Indian spin duo now faces its first real challenge in more than a year as India take on England in the series-deciding third T20 in Bristol on Sunday. From Sri Lanka to Australia, to New Zealand, and to South Africa, none of the opponents could easily contend with Chahal-Kuldeep in such quick time.With Kuldeep returning wicket-less in Cardiff after a sensational five-wicket show in the series-opener and Chahal too taken for runs last night, they need to find ways to trouble the opponents.India missed injured Jasprit Bumrah’s services on Friday during the death overs as England hit three sixes. His replacement Umesh Yadav has provided wickets (four in two matches) in the powerplays, but he has also been taken for runs at the same time.England took calculated risks against Kuldeep Yadav, feels Yuzvendra ChahalDespite the disappointment on Friday, the visitors are still in contention for their sixth consecutive T20I series win, which is part of an unbeaten run stretching back to September 2017.The last time India lost a bilateral T20I contest was against West Indies in July 2017, albeit that was a one-off game. In fact, India’s last series loss with more one T20I game also came against the same opposition, at Florida in August 2016.advertisementIn between those two losses to West Indies, India beat England 2-1 in a three-match T20I series at home in January 2017. That contest is notable because India were 1-0 down, and came back to win the series with Chahal taking career-best 6-25 in the series decider at Bengaluru.MS Dhoni 3rd Indian after Tendulkar and Dravid to play 500 internationalsWrist spin continues to be a deciding factor in the current series as well. Kuldeep brought the shock-value to the mix of things at Manchester and duly bamboozled England. The hosts, in turn, prepared well for the second game, despite the short turn-around time, and with a little aid from the pitch, played more selectively against both wrist spinners.A little change in the England batting line-up also worked wonders. Joe Root was sent up at number four, with skipper Eoin Morgan dropping down to allow the former more time at the crease. While it didn’t help Root in particular as he failed to read the googly for a second match running, it did allow Alex Hales to build partnerships and anchor their win.Hales was included in the side in place of injured all-rounder Ben Stokes, but on current form, it will be tough to leave him out. Stokes returns to the England squad for the third match and bolsters their confidence being yet another key member to have played in the IPL. In the current scenario, he could walk into the playing eleven in place of the struggling Root, based alone on the fact that he has played enough against both Chahal and Kuldeep in the last two IPL seasons.Stokes will also provide another seam-bowling option, and thus it remains to be seen if Moeen Ali will return to the eleven. It will depend on pitch conditions. A similar wicket to the one in Cardiff will see the all-rounder sitting out again, for the boundaries at the Gloucestershire County Club will be short once again. That India played spin well in both matches will also be a factor.The conditions concern India as well. Thanks to the last layer of grass remaining on the surface, England used the short ball tactic against the top-order. Both Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul struggled to get going against the short deliveries, while Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina looked ill at ease. Even Virat Kohli was out caught pulling a short one straight to fine leg, albeit in the death overs.Morgan outlined that the short-ball ploy was more to do with conditions than anything else, but it is tough to see the hosts abandoning a plan that worked so well. The shorter boundaries will only re-affirm such a plan once again.Victory on Friday would have allowed India to experiment in the third game, with the likes of Manish Pandey, Siddarth Kaul, Krunal Pandya and Deepak Chahar waiting in the wings. The same is true for England as well, particularly regarding their batting order. With the series pegged at 1-1, it is difficult to envisage either team playing around with combinations as a lot is at stake.advertisementIf Pakistan beat Australia on Sunday, India could climb to number two in the ICC T20I rankings with a series win, relegating England to number seven. Even so, this is about more than just rankings at this juncture. At the start of what promises to be an intensely fought summer of cricket, this is now about bragging rights and carrying winning momentum into the ODI series.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.England: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes.Match starts at 6.30 pm IST.last_img read more

Former College Football Player, Pro Wrestler ‘The Destroyer’ Dick Beyer Passed Away This Week

first_imgLegendary wrestler The Destroyer, in his final match in Japan.Dick Beyer, best known as longtime professional wrestler “The Destroyer,” passed away this week. He was 88 years old.Beyer wrestled in four different decades, starting his career in the 1950s, and not officially retiring until a final match in 1993. Amazingly, that came at the age of 63.While he came up in the United States, Beyer’s career took off in Japan. According to the WWE, one of his most famous matches in 1963 was viewed by over 70 million television viewers.Beyer’s son Kurt announced his father’s passing via Facebook:It is with a very heavy heart to let you know that Dad — aka The Destroyer, aka Doctor X, aka Dick Beyer, aka Coach –…Posted by Kurt Beyer on Thursday, March 7, 2019Before his wrestling career, Dick Beyer wrestled and played football at Syracuse University.Beyer served as a captain under legendary Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder.The 1952 Syracuse team clinched its first bowl appearance, with a trip to the Orange Bowl against No. 9 Alabama.He went on to coach for Schwartzwalder after finishing his football career in 1953. He then went on to his famed wrestling career, which expanded into greater Japanese pop culture, including television programs and even a music album.Beyer is a member of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, inducted in 2005. He received Syracuse University’s Zunic Award in 2014, during the Orange football team’s game against Florida State.He passed away in his sleep in his home town of Akron, New York on Thursday, where he had moved back to teach physical education.last_img read more

The Latest UK envoy says EU shift on backstop could help

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9 a.m.Britain’s envoy to Germany says the European Union might help avert a “no-deal” Brexit if it’s prepared to shift its position on the terms of future border controls with Ireland.Britain’s ambassador in Berlin, Sebastian Wood, says that the current “backstop ” solution is opposed both by U.K. lawmakers who want the country to leave the EU, and those who don’t.In an interview with German public broadcaster ARD, Wood noted that Britain wouldn’t have the right to get out of the backstop unilaterally “and many have noticed this.”He said “this might be the most important question in the coming days and weeks, and the EU can perhaps be a little helpful in that area.”___8:50 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by an historic margin.May is battling to save her job after staking her political reputation on a last-ditch effort to win support for the divorce agreement she negotiated with the European Union. Though defeat was widely expected, the scale of the rout — 432-202 — was devastating for May’s leadership.Immediately after the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence motion, saying it will give Parliament a chance to give its verdict “on the sheer incompetence of this government.”Still, most analysts predict May will survive because her Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party, which supports it, are expected to vote against the motion.___8:15 a.m.European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says the bloc is stepping up preparations for a chaotic no-deal departure of Britain from the bloc after the rejection of the draft withdrawal deal in London left the EU “fearing more than ever that there is a risk” of a cliff-edge departure.Barnier regretted Westminster’s massive rejection of the deal he negotiated with the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May and said that any future deal would still have to include approving the withdrawal agreement.He said Wednesday that “whatever happens, ratification of the withdrawal agreement is necessary. It is a precondition.”He said that a linked political declaration offered “possible options” for further talks.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UNICEF Ambassadors The Wiggles use jingle to encourage kids to wash hands

10 October 2008Popular Australian children’s entertainers and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassadors, The Wiggles, have created a catchy tune to help motivate millions of children worldwide to transform the mundane act of handwashing into an enjoyable habit, thereby improving hygiene and reducing the risk of disease. The Wiggles have donated the song to UNICEF to help the agency mark the first-ever Global Handwashing Day on 15 October. With approximately 5,000 children dying each day as a result of waterborne diseases, the UN agency has suggested handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet to help reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases by almost 50 per cent.Helping to raise awareness and support for related UNICEF water and sanitation projects, The Wiggles have embarked on several fundraising initiatives since being name as Goodwill Ambassadors in February. “UNICEF gives all children, regardless of race or religion, the best start in life. For that reason, we feel deeply honoured to… work with UNICEF to help improve the lives of children around the world,” said ‘Red Wiggle’ Murray Cook. Global Handwashing Day is a public-private initiative spearheaded by UNICEF and other partners, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme, Procter and Gamble, and Unilever. The event aims to bring handwashing to the top of the global hygiene agenda, and support the spirit of the UN International Year of Sanitation (2008). read more

Closing Bell TSX little changed traders look to stimulus hints further slate

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday amid hints about further stimulus measures for Europe and hopes for another strong run of bank earnings in Canada.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,715.69 +7.59 0.05%S&P 500 — Closed for Memorial Day holiday.Dow — Closed for Memorial Day holiday.Nasdaq — Closed for Memorial Day holiday.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 7.59 points to 14,715.69 with volume light because New York markets were closed for the U.S. Memorial Day holiday.There was also major news on the merger and acquisition front as Pfizer said it does not intend to make a takeover offer for British drugmaker AstraZeneca. The announcement Monday came a week after AstraZeneca’s board rejected a proposed US$119-billion buyout offer from Pfizer, the world’s second-biggest drugmaker by revenue. Pfizer had been waiting for AstraZeneca to engage in merger talks by a Monday deadline.The Canadian dollar rose 0.08 of a cent to 92.08 cents US.European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said the bank could engage in large-scale bond purchases to combat the negative spiral of low inflation if need be. Draghi’s remarks held out the prospect for action to stimulate the weak eurozone recovery at the ECB’s next governing council meeting June 5.The meeting will take place against the background of a slow recovery in the 18 countries that share the euro currency and concern that Europe may fall into a crippling downward price spiral.“His tone has certainly shifted over the past few months or so; the comments like the one we saw overnight certainly reinforced that thesis,” said Jean-Francois Dion, portfolio adviser at RBC Wealth Management.“Most economists think we will see some outright quantitative easing next month.”The base metals sector led TSX advancers, up 0.76%. Commodity markets were closed in New York, but July copper gained two cents to US$3.19 a pound in electronic trading.The financials sector was also supportive, up 0.2% as traders look to take in earnings from National Bank (TSX:NA) and Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) on Tuesday, Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) on Wednesday and CIBC (TSX:CM) on Thursday.Hopes are high for another string of solid reports after Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and TD Bank (TSX:TD) posted earnings last week that blew past expectations, with strong contributions from major divisions and lower loan loss provisions.“Overall, good numbers and expectations have certainly shifted higher following the numbers from TD and Royal,” added Dion.“Sentiment towards the banks has certainly improved quite a bit here over the past few months or so. Initially there was quite a bit of concern around the Canadian housing market potential for a hard landing. That seems to have been sort of washed out to some extent . . . and that has certainly helped rerate some of the banking stocks.”The energy sector was flat as July crude moved down 17 cents to US$104.18 a barrel.The gold sector was the major decliner, down 0.25% even as June bullion gained 90 cents to US$1,292.6 an ounce.In other corporate developments, Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) shares jumped $1.76 to $105.20 as the retailer signed a multi-year deal with TSN that will see the sports broadcaster develop and produce content for the retailer’s traditional and digital marketing channels, including traditional and digital flyers, social media and online advertising and in-store advertising.WHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYCANADANo major data scheduled for release.UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Durable Goods Orders (April)9 a.m.S&P/Case-Shiller House Price Index10 a.m.Consumer Confidence Index (May)CORPORATE NEWSCANADABank of Nova Scotia: Analysts expect earnings of $1.31 per shareNational Bank of Canada: Analysts expect earnings of $1.05 per shareUNITED STATESNo major earnings reports of note. read more

Police briefs traffic complaint leads to charge

Traffic complain leads to chargesAn 18-year-old Norfolk County driver is facing charges after Norfolk OPP got a complaint at about 10 p.m. on June 27 about a vehicle on Norfolk County 19, Middleton. The motorist is charged with operating a vehicle while impaired with a blood-alcohol concentration above the legal limit and, as a novice driver, having a blood-alcohol concentration above zero.Pickup truck dumps stolen ATVTwo male suspects tried to steal an ATV on Queen Street West in Charlotteville in the early hours of June 28.The two suspects loaded an ATV into the back of a dark blue pickup truck but were scared off by the yells of a neighbour. The ATV was ejected from the back of the truck when they sped away.Pickup truck stolenNorfolk OPP say  a black 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck with a grey stripe was stolen from a Riverside Road, Simcoe, address on June 8. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122.Laptop and credit card stolenA credit card and laptop were stolen from inside a vehicle on Victoria Street, Simcoe, in the early hours on June 26. The stolen credit card was used for a taxi ride from an address in Norfolk County.Youth’s belongings stolenA youth who went swimming, just off of Thompson Road West, Waterford, had a black and blue Swiss backpack stolen. The backpack contained a pair of Gokey prescription sunglasses, Nike Air Max 270 running shoes, Jordan flip flops, a white Champion hat and cologne. read more

Relief effort in Afghanistan faces increasing obstacles UN officials say

“The operating environment in Afghanistan is getting worse by the day,” spokesman Hasan Ferdous told reporters in Islamabad. “This is a country with 6 million people in need of aid. They are not getting anywhere near the aid they need.”Reporting on several mine-related incidents, Mr. Ferdous said five children living in a camp for internally displaced persons had died recently as a result of landmine explosions. “Apparently the children were looking for firewood as the distribution of fuel for heating and cooking purposes had been stopped in the camp,” he said, adding that the UN-supported Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan estimated that each week between 40 to 100 people were injured by mines.The World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, said it had regained control of its Kabul warehouse seized earlier by the Taliban. “The armed Taliban have left the warehouse,” WFP spokesman Khaled Mansour told the Islamabad briefing. “We urge the Taliban to return the control of the other warehouse in Kandahar to WFP.”In another development, High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers, in remarks to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, said that refugees and asylum-seekers were already the object of considerable mistrust in many countries and that the war on terrorism must not become a war on Afghans nor a war on Islam. read more

Check your fivers Last remaining Jane Austen £5 note worth £50000 could

first_imgAn artist who helped mastermind a Willy Wonka-style treasure hunt for four bank notes, worth an estimated £50,000, admits the only still-hidden fiver could be anywhere in the world.Micro-engraver Graham Short etched Jane Austen’s face into the transparent part of the new plastic Bank of England £5 notes.But true to Roald Dahl’s classic tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while three were quickly discovered, no one has yet publicly laid claim to the fourth.Mr Short’s friend and fellow artist, Tony Huggins-Haig, who launched the project, said around 5,000 people have called up falsely claiming to have found it. The fourth was spent in the Dickinson & Morris Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, whose employees say they are are clueless over its whereabouts.”It would be wondrous if someone finds it who is deserving, who is blown away by it, and who wants to do something worthwhile with it,” said 53-year-old Mr Huggins-Haig.”It’s been an incredible and humbling story thanks to Graham, who goes to incredible lengths to create artwork.”It really is a Willy Wonka story, and one day all four stories will be told, of which the first three are incredible.”All of Mr Short’s work is insured for at least £50,000, but Mr Huggins-Haig believes the notes could actually sell for up to £100,000. Micro-engraver Graham Short from Birmingham. Brits are being urged to check their new fivers after engraved bank notes worth as much as £50,000 were circulated in a Willie Wonka-style ‘Golden Ticket’ giveaway. Credit:SWNS.com/SWNS.com A picture showing the serial numbers of four new plastic Bank of England £5 notes engraved with a 5mm portrait of author Jane Austen on the transparent part of the notes.Credit:FERGUSONMEDIA. / HANDOUT/FERGUSONMEDIA. / HANDOUT A picture showing the serial numbers of four new plastic Bank of England £5 notes engraved with a 5mm portrait of author Jane Austen on the transparent part of the notes.center_img “If I can easily change sterling for Euros at the airport, then it could just as easily be anywhere in the world,” said Mr Huggins-Haig, who owns a self-titled gallery in Kelso, Roxburghshire.Mr Short, from Birmingham, etched on a unique serial number and quote onto each note, and in December, quietly spent them in shops in each of the four home nations. The series number of the remaining note is AM32885554.That same month a woman found the first, and promised to give it to her granddaughter, after Mr Short spent it on a sausage and egg sandwich in a south Wales cafe.A Scottish student found the second in a Christmas card, and the third was found by an “old lady” after he spent it in a pub named “Charlie’s Bar” in Northern Ireland.She has since donated it back to the gallery and the team want it to be auctioned off for Children in Need. Micro-engraver Graham Short from Birmingham. Brits are being urged to check their new fivers after engraved bank notes worth as much as £50,000 were circulated in a Willie Wonka-style 'Golden Ticket' giveaway.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Graphite companies join forces for spherical graphite development

first_imgElcora Advanced Materials Corp, Northern Graphite Corp, Nouveau Monde Mining Enterprises, Metals of Africa Ltd, Coulometrics and a private industry partner are jointly acquiring a micronising and spheronising mill to produce spherical graphite (SPG), a critical step in the production of anode material used in lithium ion batteries (LIBs).The mill will be added to Coulometrics’ battery production and test facility. Considerable work has already been completed by Coulometrics to produce SPG and to evaluate many different suppliers of spheronising equipment.  Northern Graphite has financially supported most of this work and has agreed to share its current knowledge on spheronising with the other participating companies. All of the participating companies will share in any spheronising technologies that are developed going forward. The spheronising equipment will be used to evaluate and optimise the yield of SPG from various graphite mine concentrates and to develop next generation and high-yield spheronisation technology to meet the demanding cost targets for automotive LIB applications.  Ultimately, the goal of all the parties is to achieve full qualification of their materials by LIB manufacturing companies.The development and testing process will be led by Dr Edward Buiel who commented: “The addition of the spheronising equipment will enable us to produce and test Coated Spherical Purified Graphite “C-SPG” from end to end within North America. This will rapidly advance our C-SPG development efforts and we believe it is the first real effort by junior graphite companies to address the needs of the LIB industry. It also demonstrates the commitment of those involved to develop next generation, high performance anode materials for LIBs which will provide a significant cost advantage and a greatly reduced environmental impact. They will also represent a major improvement over methods currently employed in China.”Coulometrics is a leading provider of energy storage consulting services and advanced battery component manufacturing services. Buiel, owner of Coulometrics, has a Ph. D. in Physics and 20 years of experience developing carbon-based materials for lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors.    Coulometrics has a unique combination of expertise that includes graphite processing for lithium ion batteries and full cell electrode coating, calendaring, cell assembly, and testing.Elcora was founded in 2011 and has been structured to become a vertically integrated graphite & graphene company that mines, processes, refines graphite, and produces both the graphene and end graphene applications. As part of the vertical integration strategy, Elcora has secured high-grade graphene precursor graphite from its interest in the operation of the Ragedara mine in Sri Lanka. Elcora has developed a unique low cost effective process to make graphene that is commercially scalable. This combination means that Elcora has the tools and resources for graphene vertical integration.Northern’s Bissett Creek graphite deposit is an advanced, pre-development stage project that has a feasibility study and its major environmental permit. Subject to the completion of operational and species at risk permitting, which are at an advanced stage, Northern is in a position to commence construction in 2016 subject to the availability of financing. The Bissett Creek project is located close to infrastructure in eastern Canada, has the highest reported percentage of large/XL/XXL flake, and a reasonable capital cost.Nouveau Monde owns the Matawinie graphite project on which the company delineated, in February 2016, a graphite resource estimate totalling 48.6 Mt at a grade of 3.97 % Cg in the Indicated Category and 34.7 Mt at a grade of 4.08 % Cg in the Inferred Category. The project is located in the Saint-Michel-des-Saints area, some 130 km north of Montreal, Quebec, Canada with direct access to all needed infrastructure, labour and green and affordable hydroelectricity. Nouveau Monde is developing its project with the highest corporate social responsibility standards and the lowest environmental footprint (targeting a net zero carbon emission operation). An  NI 43-101 PEA will be delivered around the end of Q2 2016.Metals of Africa Ltd (MTA) has successfully delineated, high quality and grade graphite resources in Mozambique. The 100% owned Montepuez Resource boasts 61.6 Mt @ 10.3% TGC and the nearby Balama Central Resource contains 16.3 Mt at 10.4% TGC that was defined in less than one month of drilling – both resources remain open in all directions. The company has uniquely positioned itself amongst its peers, to now quickly transition into development with an extremely low cost operating profile.last_img read more

This Weeks Best YouTube Videos Duty Calls The Star Trek Girl Explaining

first_imgWhen I first saw this clip, I thought it was funny, but as soon as I stopped laughing I had to wonder why it had as many views as it did. It’s up to over 500,000 now and still rising, but still, it’s just an adorable red fox standing outside of someone’s window, licking the condensation off of the window and making chirping sounds while he does it. Does that count as “unusual behavior?” You think he might be rabid? Maybe he’s their pet and he just wants to get back inside?  глупая лиса 1994: “Today”: “What is the Internet, Anyway?” This week a video that was originally recorded back in 1994 from The Today Show where the hosts are absolutely stumped as to exactly what The Internet really is and what the little @ symbol really means rocketed to the top of the YouTube charts. As funny as it is watching a young Bryant Gumbel try to figure out how to speak an e-mail address aloud really is, remember the recording is only 17 years old. Look how far we’ve come since then. Also of note this week is a video of a fox licking a window covered in condensate for some unknown reason, a hilarious lampooning of EA’s smash hit video game Call of Duty, and much more. Hit the jump to see the videos. This minute and a half clip surfaced after a couple of blogs picked up on it and a few celebrities tweeted it, laughing at the state of the Internet today compared to the way it was only 17 years ago when this episode of  The Today Show originally aired. The poor crew has such a hard time understanding what the Internet really is that they have to have an off-camera hand shout over to them exactly what it is and how it works. For me though, it’s all fun and games until you realize that they didn’t even have their own e-mail address, and neither did the network. @nbc.ge.com? Seriously? Oh Improv Everywhere, our lives would be so boring without you. At Bryant Park one night, where the ice rink is usually filled with ice skaters out to enjoy the winter air and get a little exercise, one man had a little bit of trouble clearing the ice when it was time for the Zamboni to come out and smooth everything over. While the crowd looks on, he struggles to get to the gate so the crew can get to work. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it’s more than worth a look from start to finish. The makers of the upcoming first person shooter game Bulletstorm decided to point out exactly how repetitive, formulaic, and all-around silly the first person shooter genre has become thanks to games like EA’s Call of Duty series, and it’s hard to argue: their 5-minute prank demo, called Duty Calls: The Calm Before the Storm, looks as good as Call of Duty, plays pretty much like Call of Duty, and makes fun of the characteristic ranking system, looting system, and story elements that seem to keep popping up in those kinds of games. Granted, Call of Duty fans will horribly disagree with all of those statements, but you have to admit, the mini-game is pretty funny. Now then, how about a PC demo of Bulletstorm, guys? When are we going to see that? Star Trek Girl – Music Video She’s been around for a little while, but Star Trek Girl’s mad skills have garnered her close to a million views on YouTube and downloadable tracks on iTunes. I’m trying desperately to avoid making the immediate connection between an attractive woman in a Starfleet uniform with all of those views, but there might be something there. Come for the pretty lady, stay for the phat beats, perhaps? Regardless, the Star Trek Girl has mad skills and the song is catchy, so it’s well worth a download if you liked it as much as I did.  Duty Calls Worst Ice Skater Ever?last_img read more

App Store 15 minutes pour valider une application

first_imgApp Store: 15 minutes pour valider une applicationUn ex-employé d’Apple raconte son expérience au sein de la toujours controversée équipe de validation des applications proposées sur l’App Store. Il explique que le flux de logiciels et de mises à jour imposent un rythme soutenu, pas plus de 15 minutes par logiciel.La validation des applications proposées sur l’App Store par Apple a toujours suscité la polémique, au départ à cause de sa rigidité sur certains points pourtant anodins (par exemple une application photo retirée car elle proposait de prendre un cliché avec le bouton de volume), et aujourd’hui, c’est plus le relâchement complet affiché par la marque qui surprend, avec de nombreuses copies de logiciels payants, ou des produits posant des problèmes de sécurité des données personnelles qui sont pourtant mis en ligne par Apple.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un ex-employé de la société s’est confié à Business Week. Cette personne ayant gardé l’anonymat a précisément travaillé pour l’équipe de validation de l’App Store et explique que le flux est tel que chaque application n’a le droit qu’à en moyenne 15 minutes pour obtenir ou non sa certification. Il faut rappeler qu’Apple teste les nouveaux logiciels mais aussi les mises à jour des applications existantes. Si l’application est rejetée, c’est alors une commission qui se réunit pour statuer sur les motifs de cette interdiction à envoyer au développeur.L’ex-employé évoque plusieurs milliers d’applications soumis chaque mois. “Vous avez toujours un facteur humain, et les gens trouveront toujours un moyen de faire les choses que les contrôleurs ne prennent pas en compte pour tourner le système en leur faveur” commente un analyste de Gartner. On ne sait malheureusement pas combien de salariés composent cette équipe de vérification.L’App Store reste encore aujourd’hui la plateforme la plus complète en matière d’applications mobiles, on en recense plus de 600.000 et le succès ne se dément pas puisque Apple a annoncé avoir dépassé les 25 milliards de logiciels téléchargés, le tout en moins de quatre ans.Le 16 mars 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Harlan Ellison AwardWinning Science Fiction Writer Dies at 84

first_imgBeth Gwinn/Getty Images/Via NPRWriter Harlan Ellison, seen here in 1991, died Thursday at 84.Science fiction writer and provocateur Harlan Ellison, who wrote stories including “Jeffty Is Five,” “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” and “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” died in his sleep at home in Los Angeles at age 84. Like many who write short stories and novellas in genres like speculative fiction, the sweep of his career is evident in his collection of awards: Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, Edgar Awards and many others. He wrote episodes of Star Trek (“The City on the Edge of Forever” won him a Writer’s Guild of America Award), as well as The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. He wrote comics and read audiobooks.He also had a reputation for being, as Jason Sheehan called him in a review of his 2015 collection Can and Can’tankerous, “America’s weird uncle.” Words like that one from the title — “cantankerous” — and “irascible” and “difficult” followed him for much of his life. His rants were legendary, including a profanity-filled one about the need to pay writers that has been viewed on YouTube more than a million times. Sheehan also said:He fronts Weariness [a story in the collection] by telling the tale of running a workshop at a convention in Washington. A bunch of art pieces handed around as inspiration. A bunch of writers given one hour to compose a complete story.And then there’s Harlan, at the front of the room, with his portable Olympia typewriter, poking away at 120 words per minute (with two fingers and no typos, he brags), feeling sad and tired and coming up with a story about the heat death of the universe which begins: “Very near the final thaw of the universe, the last of them left behind, the last three of the most perfect beings who had ever existed, stood waiting for the transitional moment. The neap tide of all time.”One draft. No idea where he was going with it. Just start hitting the keys and seeing what happens next. That’s how Ellison rolls. Tired, old, ornery — and yet kind, too. Generous. Giving us stories, and then stories about the stories. The lettuce story? Inspired by a Chinese dinner with Norman Spinrad in 1956, sold to Amazing Stories that same year for $49.50, then remastered for this collection. Weariness is just a few hundred words long but his afterword is a kind of love letter to Ray Bradbury, and runs for five times the story’s length, maybe more. And it is beautiful.Ellison, who won so many awards, wrote a column in Variety in 2013 about the Oscars in which he said, “I do not merely hate all awards shows, I wish to see them beheaded, stakes driven through their black and corrupted widdle hearts, and to see the decapitated remains buried at a crossroads come midnight.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Houston Public Media elevates stories that matter the most to the Lone

first_img Share FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Victoria CordovaHouston Public Media832.842.5866vcordova@houstonpublicmedia.orgVicky CharlestonHouston Public Media713.743.5380vcharleston@houstonpublicmedia.orgView Printable VersionHouston Public Media elevates the stories that matter the most to the Lone Star through regional and national newsroom collaborations.Houston is one of four participating cities in American Public Media’s Marketplace Hub. The new pilot project is a partnership between Marketplace and select public media stations across the country to generate more content from different geographic regions.Houston Public Media’s Energy and Environment Reporter Travis Bubenik will be contributing two national stories a month to Marketplace as part of this collaboration effort, sharing the latest on the tangled intersections of energy and the environment in Houston and across Texas with a national audience. Marketplace is the most widely heard business and economic programming in the nation, broadcasting on more than 800 public radio stations nationwide and heard by 14.6 million listeners every week.For the latest stories and shows on Marketplace from Travis Bubenik, check out https://www.marketplace.org/people/travis-bubenik.# # #About Houston Public Media Houston Public Media is a service of the University of Houston and supported with financial gifts from the community. Houston Public Media combines broadcast and digital assets to serve residents of Southeast Texas with trusted local news and entertainment and national programming from NPR and PBS. With a combined weekly audience of more than 1.5 million, Houston Public Media is committed to delivering content that expands minds and possibilities with trusted information.last_img read more

Baltimore Police Search for Clues after 6 Shot 2 Fatally

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Police are searching for clues after two people were killed and four others were injured when shots rang out in front of a northwest Baltimore store.Police say that a gunman fired on the people about 6 p.m. Wednesday. The suspect has not been found.One man was pronounced dead at the scene and a second was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say a third man was critically wounded, and a fourth man and two women had injuries that were not life-threatening.On Thursday, police identified the dead men as 23-year-old Davon Dozier and 29-year-old Troy Smothers.Police say detectives and an academy class were combing the area Thursday for additional evidence.Police believe the shooting was in retaliation for a homicide several days ago.last_img

Scientists record yoctonewton forces

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com The researchers, from the University of Sydney, in NSW Australia, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Colorado, USA, have used their system to measure forces three orders of magnitude smaller than any previously measured force. The forces were as small as 174 yoctonewtons, or 174 septillionths of a newton (174 x 10-24 newtons).Professor Michael Biercuk of the University of Sydney and colleagues developed their system using a Penning trap, a device in which ions are confined in two dimensions by a strong magnetic field, and in the third dimension by a weak electrostatic field. About 60 beryllium ions are held in the trap and kept very cold to eliminate motion due to thermal effects. The ions are charged and normally line up in the center of the trap. They are affected by any stray electrical or magnetic fields, which cause them to vibrate and become displaced from the center.Any movement produced by an applied force is detected by reflecting a laser off the ions and measuring any Doppler shift in the frequency of the light. (The light’s frequency is slightly higher when the ion is moving towards the detector, and lower when moving away.) The detection system was able to measure the strength forces in the yoctonewtons range.Until the present experiment, the smallest forces ever measured were in the attonewton range (10-18 newtons). These measurements were made coupling micro- or nano-fabricated resonators to systems such as single-electron transistors, or superconducting microwave cavities. The ability to detect tiny forces is important for applications such as tests of fundamental physical phenomena and precision spin-resonance imaging.The researchers hope to eventually be able to measure a single yoctonewton by using a single beryllium ion in the trap, and they believe their experiments will lead to the development of a new class of sensors based on trapped ions. Their results are published online in the pre-publication blog ArXiv. Scientists develop novel ion trap for sensing force and light Explore further Citation: Scientists record yoctonewton forces (2010, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-scientists-yoctonewton.htmlcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in Australia and the US have discovered that trapped ions are “exquisitely sensitive” force detectors, and have used them to record the tiniest forces ever measured. Phase-coherent Doppler velocimetry. (a) Atomic resonance employed for detection of ionmotion, 19 MHz. (b) Schematic of the Doppler-detection system based on photon-arrival-time measurements. (c) Schematic of pulse sequencing/triggering for phase-coherent detection. (d) Histogram of photon arrival times relative to start-pulses generated synchronously with an RF excitation of the COM mode on resonance. Photon arrivals are bunched with periodicity given by the driven COM oscillation period, and su er hardware delays. Solid blue line is an exponential t to the data used to remove a background scattering rate. Figure credit: Michael J. Biercuk et al., ArXiv, http://arxiv.org/abs/1004.0780 (see paper for details) 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.last_img read more