first_img“Fake it ’til you make it,” Coco Vandeweghe said after her fourth round upset of world number one Angelique Kerber this week and if the American is indeed hiding her nerves under a patina of confidence, she’s doing a great job of it.The big-hitting 25-year-old world number 35 blasted her way past seventh seed Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-0 at the Australian Open on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time. (Also read: Venus Williams becomes oldest woman to reach Australian Open semi-finals)French Open champion Muguruza was left simply stunned.”I think she played unbelievable. Three times we played in the past, she didn’t show this level,” the Spaniard said.”I have zero regrets about my performance. I think when you play with someone that has the power to disturb like this, to hit these kind of shots, and has a good day, I mean, it’s difficult honestly.”Vandeweghe said the “calming voice” of her experienced coach Craig Kardon had helped ease her nerves before the contest but also posited that perhaps the butterflies in her stomach were necessary.”Maybe I play better nervous and scared,” she said. “I don’t know. I think I don’t shy away from a challenge necessarily. I never have. Growing up, I’ve always just been wanting to prove people wrong in a lot of different regards.”I think it’s more I take it as a challenge. I take it as an enjoyable challenge. It’s what I want to do. It’s where I want to be.advertisement”To face the best players is definitely an accomplishment, to say for myself that I’ve gotten to the point that I’ve beat and face these top players.”That competitive edge may have derived from growing up in a family where sporting excellence was the norm.Her grandfather was former New York Knicks basketball player Ernie Vandeweghe, she is the niece of former NBA player Kiki Vandeweghe and her mother Tauna was a swimmer who represented the United States at the 1976 Olympics.”In my family, if you think you’re too high, you’ll get put down really fast. They’re good about that,” she said.”It’s a very competitive family, whether it’s just playing cards around the table, or if it does end up coming to sports. But, you know, I like to think I’m smart enough not to mess with anyone in their said sport that they like to play.”They’re quick to bring me back down off my pedestal if I get too high.”Next up for Vandeweghe in the semi-finals is fellow American Venus Williams, 11 years her senior and seven-times a grand slam champion.”It’s a dream to play someone you grew up watching,” she said.”But to do it at this stage of a grand slam is kind of crazy. I mean, I can’t really put it into words.”last_img read more

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.No one said it this was going to be easy. You’ve dabbled with it on and off since you were an adolescent, and now it’s scary to think of making it a real goal.If you admit to yourself you’re taking it seriously, you make yourself vulnerable to failure. If you keep it a hobby, something you dabble in from time to time, you’re safe.But something inside you doesn’t want to play it safe.So you begin. You find distractions: you read books, you subscribe to blogs, you seek out dozens of motivational posters to tack on your wall.That’s great, but it’ll never get you there. Eventually, you have to make the choice to show up and start doing it.It’s hard. Excruciating, even. But you keep going. Now that you’ve admitted it’s a goal, you’re committed. To give up would mean failure.Some days, the fear of failure is the only thing driving you to keep trying. It’s probably not the ideal motivation, but at this point, you’ll take what you can get.Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a memberYou make some minor breakthrough. Some quantifiable progress. You feel on top of the word. You can do it. The next day, though, it all comes crashing down.You’ve lost your progress—regressed, even. You’re tempted to give up. You don’t.It’s only months later, when you look back at everything, that you see the overall shape of how far you’ve come.Day to day, you have ups and downs (still), but your long-term trend shows progress.All those days you felt like a failure, wanted to give up forever—they’re just insignificant blips now.In fact, you find you can’t even really remember them that well.This is lonely work. Only you can keep yourself in it. But you know, deep down, that you can do this.Every day is a struggle, but the ones who succeed are the ones who show up. And, eventually, you may find what used to be a struggle isn’t anymore.Sure, it’s still hard sometimes, but you know it’s not hopeless. The struggle gets you somewhere. The struggle is what makes it great.You don’t have to love every second of it. But you do have to show up.Nathaniel Hunt helps businesses tell their stories. He has a background in content marketing for healthcare, lifestyle, and construction, and many other industries. See his website at nathanielhunt.com, or follow him on twitter @nhunt_writer.last_img read more

first_imgIndia’s U-16 team scored three goals in the second half as they blanked Palestine 3-0 in the AFC U-16 Championship 2018 qualifiers at the Halchowk Stadium in Kathmandu on Wednesday.Givson Singh Moirangthem opened the scoreline from an impeccable free-kick in the 51st minute. It was followed by a strike from Bekey Oram in the 72nd minute. The final nail in the coffin was pierced by skipper Vikram Pratap in the 79th minute.India came very close to draw the first blood in the eighth minute but Bekey’s shot whizzed past the crossbar.In the 25th minute, Givson, who was operating as a free-player at the middle, cut into from the middle but his cutting-edge could have dealt better by Ricky.Perhaps the biggest moment of the first-half for India came in the 28th minute when Harpreet Singh’s volley ricocheted off the crossbar to leave the India dugout aghast.Gurkirat Singh also tried his luck from 30-yards out but the Palestine goalkeeper collected it without any trouble.Changing over, Givson stunned the Palestine goalkeeper in the 51st minute when his right-footed free-kick found the target leaving him stranded at the other end.Bekey converted the meticulous cross from Ricky to double the lead in the 72nd minute.Indians took the match by the scruff of the neck in the 79th minute when the skipper Vikram blasted the ball into the net to make it 3-0.India will next play against Nepal at the same venue on September 22.India U-16 team: Lalbiakhlua Jongte (GK), Harpreet Singh, Shabas Ahammed Moothedath, Gurkirat Singh, Samir Kerketta, Lalchhanhima Sailo, Ricky John Shabong, Givson Singh Moirangthem (51′), Bekey Oram (72′) (Harpreet 82′), Ravi Bahadur Rana.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAs India’s search for a reliable No. 4 in batting order gets real tricky before the start of the World Cup, former skipper Gautam Gambhir feels a lot of crucial time has already been lost.”If you want a settled batting order in the World Cup, then the No. 4 has to be decided beforehand and he should be backed completely,” Gambhir opined as the Indian players get ready for an action-packed season of Indian Premier League, followed by the World Cup in England immediately after.The Indian team management has tried and tested many players at No. 4 in recent times but failed to lock the crucial batting slot.Gambhir feels that skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri should have backed Ambati Rayudu instead of dropping him after three consecutive failures against Australia in the recent ODI series at home. Rayudu scored 13, 18 and 2 in the first three ODIs against Australia at Hyderabad, Nagpur and Ranchi, respectively.”You have backed others too. You backed MS Dhoni too last year and even Shikhar Dhawan. Ambati Rayudu averages nearly 50 in ODIs, he hasn’t done anything wrong. Failures are part and parcel of the game. You didn’t drop any other player after two or three failures,” said the former India opener.The left-hander who scored a World Cup-winning 97 against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in the final of the 2011 edition believes tinkering too much with the batting positions of players can unsettle the team in the quadrennial tournament.”No. 4 should have been a settled position by now. Virat Kohli played the 2011 World Cup at No. 4. Whoever the team management decides to back should be backed to the hilt and they should stay patient with him. It is a very important slot and you can’t have a floater at No 4 because the No. 3 and No. 4 makes the core of your middle order,” Gambhir said.advertisementAlso Read | Nothing wrong with forfeiting World Cup match against Pakistan: Gautam GambhirAlso Read | Virat Kohli defends experimentation after India lose 1st ODI series since 2015 at homeAlso Read | India vs Australia series review: India have Plan A in place but what about Plan B?last_img read more

first_imgDevon Hunter in a graphic with a chain around his neck.Twitter/@devonhunter11Devon Hunter, a four-star safety out of Virginia, will announce his commitment on Christmas Eve.Some families like to open one Christmas gift on Christmas Eve, to kick off the holiday early. One of five college football programs will be getting a new safety on December 24, as Devon Hunter has chosen to make that his commitment date.I will be announcing my commitment on Christmas Eve ??‼️— Devon Hunter (@devonhunter11) November 23, 2016Hunter is choosing between Alabama, Auburn, Florida, North Carolina, and his home state Virginia Tech Hokies.Final Five ?thanks to @Hayesfawcett3 for the edit ? pic.twitter.com/NDkqLZJmiy— Devon Hunter (@devonhunter11) October 31, 2016He cut down his list to that five back in October. He was also considering Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Tennessee earlier in his recruitment.247Sports’ composite rankings have Hunter at No. 43 overall in the nation. He’s the No. 4 safety in the class of 2017, and the No. 2 player in the state of Virginia. The 247Sports crystal ball prognosticators have Virginia Tech as a heavy favorite to win out for Hunter next month, but with programs like Alabama and Florida in the mix, it will be pretty competitive recruitment.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – A bus mechanic married to an African Nova Scotian woman was subjected to a poisonous work environment riddled with unchecked racial discrimination and harassment, according to a provincial Human Rights Commission board of inquiry.A decision released Tuesday said management at the Halifax Transit maintenance yard allowed a bully who made racist statements to run rampant in the workplace.The allegations included a message scrawled on the men’s bathroom wall, which said “all minorities not welcome; show you care, burn a cross.” It was signed by “a member of the Baby Hitler.”In another instance, the bus mechanic and his wife arrived at a social event where the bully allegedly said in a loud voice “we don’t want those kind of people here.”The bully is also quoted as saying “Racism, racism should be a law that you can shoot somebody and get away with it.”Said independent board chairwoman Lynn Connors: “HRM was liable for the actions of its employees and did not do enough to curb their inappropriate behaviour.”Halifax put forward a defence based on freedom of expression, arguing that the comments and dialogues of co-workers fell within the scope of constitutionally protected expression.Connors dismissed the defence, saying “the case before me does not have anything to do with freedom of speech.”The complaint was lodged in 2006 by the bus mechanic, who is apparently white but is not identified in the 78-page ruling.He claimed he was discriminated against because of his marriage to an African Nova Scotian woman with Aboriginal band status and his support for Indigenous and African-Canadian co-workers.Connors found “ample evidence” that both the complainant and his Indigenous and African-Canadian co-workers were persecuted by a racist bully and his entourage.The complainant also testified that the bully later tried to run him down with a bus, threw wet paper towels over a bathroom cubicle at him, and tossed a lug nut at him.The behaviour went largely “unchecked and unchallenged,” giving the group free rein in the workplace, Connors said.Although the ringleader of the racial discrimination was fired, he was reinstated after filing a grievance.The decision also detailed derogatory and rude comments directed towards an Inuit mechanic and a African Nova Scotian mechanic.The lead perpetrator of the harassment would refer to the black mechanic as “boy,” for example.“I find that he was discriminated against and harassed in the workplace by a number of individuals, most particularly, Arthur Maddox, who by his own admission … told him to ‘suck me boy,’” Connors said in her decision.“Arthur Maddox was able to act in a disrespectful, aggressive and racist way,” she said. “There are many examples of instances where actions were taken of a discriminatory nature, which provide direct evidence of a poisoned work environment.”Jacques Dube, chief administrative officer for the municipality, issued an apology Tuesday to the complainant and his family.“While our organization has taken concrete steps to build a culture of diversity and inclusion, we have more to do,” he said.Dube said he is committed to a harassment-free workplace where all people are treated with dignity and respect.A hearing is set for Monday to discuss the awarding of damages or assignment of mandated training.last_img read more

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A man and woman have been charged with a number of drug-related offences after Mounties in Grande Prairie pulled a vehicle over and found drugs inside.On Wednesday April 18, at approximately 6:30 a.m., officers were patrolling westbound on 100 Avenue in the Swan City and located a vehicle with a suspended driver. After pulling the vehicle over, police seized weapons along with a large amount of money and drugs including methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine, and magic mushroomsThe driver, 37-year-old Grande Prairie resident Travin Norwegian, has been charged with 14 Criminal Code offences including: four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of possession of a dangerous weapon, and driving while prohibited. 20-year-old passenger Jessica Zatko, also from Grande Prairie, has also been charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of possession of a dangerous weapon. The RCMP say that no further information will be provided as the matter is now before the courts.last_img read more

9 July 2007The Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) met today with senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to discuss recent violence in the region. The Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) met today with senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to discuss recent violence in the region.The talks, held by Major-General Claudio Graziano at the UN Position at the border crossing at Ras Al Naqoura, focused on carrying out Security Council resolution 1701, which ended last year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, and the recent incidents in the Force’s area of operations.In particular, participants discussed “the launch of rockets from Lebanese territory into Israel on 17 July and the terrorist attack on a UNIFIL convoy on 24 July,” the mission said in a news release.The representatives of the IDF and LAF conveyed their condolences on the tragic loss of six UNIFIL peacekeepers who died during the 24 July attack on a patrol near the town of Khiyam in what initial investigations indicate was caused by a remotely-detonated car bomb.They also expressed their full support and readiness to work together with UNIFIL to prevent a recurrence, the Force said. Maj.-Gen. Graziano thanked the representatives, and added that UNIFIL’s peacekeepers were not deterred by the terrorist attack.“I assured the parties that UNIFIL peacekeepers remain committed more than ever to implementing the tasks mandated by resolution 1701. This was not only an attack against UNIFIL. It was also an attack against peace and security in the area, and against the interests of the Lebanese people,” he said. Those attending the meeting also discussed the marking of the Blue Line and the temporary security arrangements for the northern part of the village of Ghajar.“This meeting was constructive and we made progress on these issues,” Maj.-Gen. Graziano said. “We hope to reach an understanding soon concerning the temporary security arrangements in northern Ghajar which would facilitate the withdrawal of the IDF from the Lebanese territory.” read more

PARIS — A computer breakdown briefly disrupted all air traffic in France, but flights are now gradually resuming.A spokesman for the civil aviation authority DGAC said the automatic flight plan system broke down Sunday morning and the reason is being investigated.He said the problem had “no impact on flight security” and was fixed before midday. The spokesman wasn’t authorized to be publicly named according to the authority’s rules.However it temporarily halted all air traffic throughout French territory, and airports are still seeing residual delays.That includes Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, among Europe’s busiest, where dozens of flights are running late.The Associated Press read more

Official: firm at centre of cyberattack knew of problems KIEV, Ukraine – The small Ukrainian tax software company that is accused of being the patient zero of a damaging global cyberepidemic is under investigation and will face charges, the head of Ukraine’s CyberPolice suggested Monday.Col. Serhiy Demydiuk, the head of Ukraine’s national Cyberpolice unit, said in an interview with The Associated Press that Kyiv-based M.E. Doc’s employees had blown off repeated warnings about the security of their information technology infrastructure.“They knew about it,” he told the AP at his office. “They were told many times by various anti-virus firms. … For this neglect, the people in this case will face criminal responsibility.”Demydiuk and other officials say last week’s unusually disruptive cyberattack was mainly spread through a malicious update to M.E. Doc’s eponymous tax software program, which is widely used by accountants and businesses across Ukraine.The malicious update, likely planted on M.E. Doc’s update server by a hacker, was then disseminated across the country before exploding into an epidemic of data-scrambling software that Ukrainian and several other multinational firms are still recovering from.M.E. Doc has given various explanations for its role in the outbreak. It initially acknowledged having been hacked, but then deleted the statement . It then called allegations it had seeded the outbreak “clearly erroneous” but later said it was co-operating with authorities. The company has not returned messages from AP seeking comment.Meanwhile, several companies hit by last week’s cyberattack say they are edging toward normalcy.Law firm DLA Piper said late Sunday that it has restored its email service and was working to bring its other networks back online. Danish shipper A.P. Moller-Maersk said Monday it was that “getting closer to full speed” and that all but one cargo terminal was back in action. Russian companies were reportedly affected as well; Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft said Monday it had taken the company six days to fully repair its computer systems after they were badly hit in the cyberattack.Ukrainian authorities have blamed Russia for masterminding the outbreak, although several independent experts say it’s too early, based on what’s publicly known, to come to any firm conclusions. Ukraine has repeatedly come under fire from high-powered cyberattacks tied to Moscow.The extent of the damage and disruption in Ukraine was still unclear Monday. Authorities have yet to release an accounting of the number of victims or guess at the cost inflicted by the malware. Demydiuk said his service was still collating figures and declined to even provide estimates.It’s clear, though, that the economic disruption has not been negligible. Some bank employees have not been to work in days. At Kyiv’s Boryspil Airport, senior airport official Yevhenii Dykhne told the AP that about a third of computers, mainly those devoted to back-office work such as procurement, were still offline.Hanna Rybalka, who works at the state-owned Oschadbank’s headquarters in Kyiv, said that business had taken nearly a week to recover.“Today is the first day of full-time work,” she said in a Facebook message Monday.___Howard Amos in Moscow contributed to this report. by Raphael Satter, The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2017 3:25 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The NCAA Isnt Going Broke No Matter How Much You Hear It

The story was much the same about 30 years later, in 2006, when the NCAA convened a task force to study levels of spending. The conclusion, as expressed by task force chairman Peter Likins? “There seems to be an unsustainable trend in financing athletics.”We can find even more examples of the NCAA sustaining “unsustainable” spending. In July 1929, at the end of a boom decade, the Carnegie Foundation put out a detailed report documenting what it saw as many evils in the college sports scene of the day.2 The study found that: “Since 1906 [college sports’] intensity has not abated, intercollegiate rivalry has not grown appreciably kinder, and specialization has much increased; costs have mounted amazingly.”More than two decades earlier, in 1902, the New York Daily Tribune ran a study of the elite of college sports,3 what we now know as the Ivy League, and found that other than Harvard and Princeton, athletics were finding it “difficult to make ends meet.” The biggest culprit? The cost of providing food for athletes was overwhelming some schools. The only answer, at least for Yale, was to balance the yearly deficit for athletics by dipping into “undergraduate subscriptions” (i.e., student fees) among the student body as a whole.So the modern NCAA’s tale of woe — expenses outpacing revenues, students forced to pick up the tab for athletes receiving perks — is older than the NCAA itself, which was founded four years after the Daily Tribune exposé. For more than a century the crisis has persisted, ever looming, never arriving. So what’s going on here?As far back as Howard Bowen’s revenue theory of cost, economists have known that within the context of a nonprofit organization, if a department on campus gets a budget, it spends it. Revenues grow, budgets grow, spending grows. The NCAA itself commissioned a series of reports (in 2003, 2005 and 2009) by several economists, which basically said each new dollar of college sports expense goes hand in hand with a new dollar of revenue. And NCAA President Myles Brand even bragged about this dynamic in a 2006 speech:Universities attempt to maximize their revenues and redistribute those resources according to their educational mission. Universities are nonprofit corporations, and as such, they do not generate profits for private owners or shareholders. But they do have an obligation to generate significant amounts of revenue to pursue their mission.The definitive word goes to University of Michigan professor Rod Fort, author of a 2010 paper on the topic in the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. Fort shows what all of these anecdotes and the economic theory predict, which is that college sports expenses have grown at the exact rate as revenues for as long as the data exists. Even writing in the midst of the Great Recession of 2007-09, Fort found that “little seems to threaten the sustainability of FBS athletic departments,” and he used (and showed) data (the NCAA’s own revenues and expenses reports) to support his claim.What Fort found was that from 1960 until 2006, “In real terms, the annual growth rate in the average report of both revenues and expenses is 4.9%, nearly twice the typical growth rate in the economy at large.”Graphically (and extended out to 2010, with thanks to Fort for his data), here’s the trend: Year after year expenses zoom ever upward, but so do revenues. Revenue and expenses are basically locked together like you’d expect of a department that spends its budget and a budget that’s set based on expected revenue.And indeed, almost on cue, despite all of the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments over the unsustainability of college sports revenues, news arrived Tuesday that the Big Ten has negotiated a new deal that blows its old deal out of the water, estimated to be worth $40 million for each of the 14 schools in the innumerately named conference.So how has this perpetual crisis rhetoric survived so long in the face of year-over-year revenue growth? The best explanation comes from a working paper by two economics professors at Western Kentucky University, Brian Goff and Dennis Wilson, which explains how useful it is to look poor whenever someone comes looking for money:Keeping awareness of the rent flow4 low, permits either certain athletic or other university officials discretion over use of the flows. As a result, the most common practice over many decades has been to minimize or diminish apparent surpluses. In fact, the supposed losses have been a means for university presidents to pursue “cost containment.”In other words, we’re always in a crisis because the people in power have a vested interest in seeming poor. This means many of those who’ve been predicting a looming college sports apocalypse have something very much in common with your run-of-the-mill apocalypse cult: They have something to sell. It’s worked for a century, so why not keep selling it until people stop buying? Once or twice a year, as predictably as the launch of college football season or March Madness, we’re treated to the “everyone’s broke” meme in college sports. Sometimes it’s pegged to the football season. Sometimes we hear about it in the context of a new TV deal worth billions. And sometimes it’s tied to the release of new numbers, as was the case last week when USA Today released its trove of college sports accounting data as a resource for researchers everywhere. Along with the data they compiled, Erik Brady, Steve Berkowitz and Jodi Upton put out a companion piece addressing the familiar claim that college sports are reaching a crisis point where they will begin to crumble under their own cost. As economics professor Andrew Zimbalist says in the article, “It’s an unstable situation.”The USA Today article then pivots from its ominous opening, quoting industry participants such as school presidents and former TV executives who have their doubts about the situation — the theme being that claims of financial doom are nothing new for college athletics, and they’ve not come true yet. But in a story built around financial reports showing that 90 percent of the industry is losing money, the clear theme seems to be “this time it’s real.” It’s unsustainable!A sober reading of the history of these claims of unsustainable spending leads to a very different conclusion — specifically: NCAA expenses track with revenue and have done so for decades. But rather than hand-wringers learning from the past and ferreting out Occam’s ledger — the accounting isn’t telling the whole story — decade after decade we see similar fretting over schools losing money on college sports yet spending more and more, surely building to a “bubble” that has to burst. “This time it’s real” has been part of this sky-is-falling rhetoric for over a century.For example, in 1975, the NCAA was worried about costs. As many economists and historians before me have noted,1 this worry over costs coincided with a period of economic stagnation and inflation in which much of America was worried about costs. NCAA members gathered in what was called a “special” convention with the goal of taking collective action to control costs. The president of the NCAA opened the conference with a dire warning that likened the crisis to an urgently needed amputation:Due to the intense competitive nature of the intercollegiate athletics, it seems the only way to successfully curtail costs is at the national level. … The NCAA, to be an effective instrument, must adopt measures to curtail costs which may well guarantee the continuation of intercollegiate athletics. … We urge you to put aside, or at least put in second place, your special interests and put as primary the goal of curtailing costs so intercollegiate athletics may survive. It is probably better to cut off the hand than to die.The members made it clear that the crisis was dire and the solution was NOT to raise more revenue, because that wasn’t realistic. The only answer was to lower the cost of scholarships. A representative from Bowling Green explained:We know that the generation of new income is unlikely, if not impossible. It is only the number of grants, the source of funds and the revised basis for grants that any real economies can be made. For most of us, a good many of the other proposals here are nickel and dime stuff, when we are talking about real dollars, we are talking about grants-in-aid.The result in 1975 was that the elements of cost of attendance that had been allowed previously (course supplies and a monthly stipend known colloquially as “laundry money”) were banned by common agreement. Of course, revenue did go up, and not surprisingly, expenses managed to keep rising at the same rate — the money saved by lowering the cost of scholarships simply moved into other forms of spending.Here’s what that revenue growth has looked like since 1992, shown against the growth in the list cost of tuition. read more

first_imgLG Fantasy : un smartphone Windows Phone pour 2012 ?Des photos d’un smartphone LG ont été mises en ligne sur la Toile. Il pourrait s’agir d’un futur modèle de Windows Phone baptisé LG Fantasy.La photo n’est pour une fois certes pas floue mais l’information reste une rumeur. Cette image a été mise en ligne par un habitant de Roumanie et montre un mystérieux smartphone LG que son propriétaire se serait procuré en l’achetant à un développeur-testeur. D’après les bruits qui circulent sur le net, il pourrait s’agir du futur Windows Phone du fabricant baptisé LG Fantasy. À lire aussiSystème d’exploitation : Android toujours roi du smartphoneComme l’explique le site ubergizmo, le téléphone aurait un APN 8 mégapixels, un APN 1.3 mégapixels sur la façade avant, 8Go de stockage interne et un processeur 1GHz 2ème génération. Ajouté à cela, il serait également plus rapide qu’un HTC Radar. En fait, le propriétaire se serait tourné vers un forum XDA-developerspour trouver de l’aide et parvenir à enlever certaines des applis pré-installées. “Le Lg Fantasy comprend WP 7.5 Mango, un très bel écran 4 pouces, IPS …superbe…mais ces apps dev m’ennuient…svp, aidez-moi ! Merci par avance !”, a t-il ainsi écrit.Pour l’heure, rien n’est évidemment venu confirmer ou non ces rumeurs. Mais d’après le site Generation-nt, il n’est pas exclu que ce nouveau modèle soit présenté au CES qui aura lieu en janvier prochain.Le 28 décembre 2011 à 17:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgWhen the Washington Legislature was in session, most of the nine members of Clark County’s delegation (Democrats and Republicans) would meet every week at one of their residences over a crock pot of chili, pizza or other dish and talk about how they could work together to direct funds to the region and help each other pass bills.Before the Legislature adjourned its third special session Thursday night, local lawmakers said this approach had paid off with big rewards for the area.But one hurdle remains after the Legislature debated Thursday on the $4 billon capital budget that contains what’s widely considered to be a significant funding package for Clark County. The two parties reached an impasse over how to resolve a court decision on rural water use.“In my view, this has been one of our most positive and successful years,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver.“We’ve been working very collaboratively in creating respectful relationships,” said Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver.While lawmakers tout their accomplishments, the session exposed some key differences among lawmakers, as well as more work to be done.Transportation, capitalThe state’s $8.6 billion transportation budget directs $717 million in funding for local projects in Clark County that will fund improvement to state Highway 14, the interchange at I-205 and Mill Plain Boulevard and others.Rep. Vicki Kraft, R- Vancouver, said that residents are used to hearing that Seattle gets most of the money, but she and others pointed to this year’s capital budget — though not approved — as a positive step for the area.last_img read more

Review Roma – Real Madrid

first_imgCengiz Under’s miss at the end of one and Roma’s brutal defensive mistake at the beginning of the other half were the defining moments in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win in Rome.Roma starting lineup: Robin Olsen, Alessandro Florenzi, Kostas Manolas, Federico Fazio, Aleksandar Kolarov, Steven N’Zonzi, Bryan Cristante, Nicolo Zaniolo, Cengiz Under, Stephan El Shaarawy, Patrick Schick Real Madrid starting lineup: Thibaut Courtois, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal, Marcos Llorente, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Karim BenzemaThe first 20 minutes of the match were a tactical battle in which neither team was able to distance itself from the opponent and force it into its own half for a prolonged period of time. In the 22nd minute, Stephan El Shaarawy, who complained of an injury moments earlier, was fouled by Luka Modric. The Italian forward couldn’t continue, so Eusebio Di Francesco was forced to make his first change, which was the young Dutchman Justin Kluivert. The home team did get some pressure after the 30th minute, when a couple of Cengiz Under corner kicks ended in a triple scoring opportunity. Patrick Schick had the best of them, while Aleksandar Kolarov’s long-range effort whiskered by the post.Then, in stoppage time, we witnessed one of the misses of the season. Dani Carvajal played an unnecessary backheel pass near the corner flag and fooled his teammate Raphael Varane. The ball came to Schick, who immediately crossed it to a wide open Cengiz Under. All the Turkish international had to do was tap the ball into the net from two meters out, yet he somehow managed to send it over the bar. Disbelief enveloped the stadium. What a miss! The half-time score remained 0-0.An awful mistake led to Real Madrid’s opening goal at the beginning of the second period. Robin Olsen’s poor kick put Fazio in an uncomfortable position, but that doesn’t justify his gift to Gareth Bale. The Welshman didn’t hesitate, setting himself up and punishing Roma’s defense.⚽️ Gareth Bale’s record in this competition :2⃣0⃣ GOALS5⃣8⃣ GAMES#UCL pic.twitter.com/4psWGRSz3aPlayers who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 27, 2018A lightning quick counter attack by Real Madrid nearly led to a second goal just a couple of minutes later. Gareth Bale sprinted towards goal, but his weak attempt was easily saved by Olsen. In the 59th minute, Los Blancos made it 2-0 through Lucas Vazquez. Karim Benzema’s header was the one that set him up, while Gareth Bale was the one who sent the initial cross.Full time! AS Roma 0-2 Real Madrid. Goals by Bale and Lucas Vazquez! Ending first place in the group. Onto the next round in The Champions League! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/HNb2EIrL54— Rey (@ReyLaMadrid) November 27, 2018The goals definitely shook Roma, who went all-in and left acres of space behind for counter attacks. Di Francesco’s second substitution was Ante Coric for Steven N’Zonzi. A visibly exhausted Nicolo Zanioli departed the pitch in the 69th minute, making way for Rick Karsdorp. Roma wanted to take the game to Real Madrid, but simply couldn’t. The goals deflated the Italians, who struggled to maintain control of the ball. Later on, Solari made his first substitutions, replacing Benzema with Mariano Diaz and Modric with Federico Valverde. The clock was ticking away, as Giallorossi were unable to create scoring opportunities. Eventually, it was all over. It might not have been pretty, it might not have been deserved either, but Real Madrid got the victory and secured first place in Group G, at least for the time being.last_img read more

Chambers To See Governor Forum At Sports Center

first_imgThe candidates will take the stage to answer questions about everything from growth and economic change, healthcare, the management of general funds and everything in between leading up to the general election on November 6. The forum will be broadcasted live on KSRM 920AM- starting at noon, on October 10. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On October 10 the Kenai and Soldotna joint Chamber of Commerce luncheon will host the Alaska Governor candidates forum, from noon-1pm. To RSVP, call Kenai Chamber at 283-1991 or Soldotna Chamber at 262-9814. In attendance will be incumbent Governor Bill Walker, Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich.last_img read more

first_imgFuel Barge pumping fuel by Kongiginak. (Photo by Roderick Phillip)Residents from the coastal village of Kongiginak, in Southwest Alaska, rallied against nature to clear the way for a barge, carrying a load of heating fuel and gasoline earlier this week. Freeze-up has already started along the coast.Download AudioForty or so community members broke the river ice by lining five boats they used as a makeshift icebreaker. It took more than 24-hours to break trail so a barge could reach the local gas station with the delivery. Kongiginak resident Roderick Phillip was a part of the effort that had residents working from Sunday evening to Monday afternoon, he says it was…A broken outboard prop with significant damage to tabs on the lower unit. (Photo by Roderick Phillip)“Cold and windy, it was frozen pretty good it had 3 inches of ice. We used Lund boats, the majority of boats were Lunds, and there was like ten 4-wheelers lined up in the river just to light up the river so the boats could see,” said Phillip.Phillip says the broken ice also presented some hazards. The intrepid crew lost a few outboard propellers to the ice; dealing damage to many of the lower units.Jerry Ivon manages the local tribal trading post, the Qemirtalek store. In late September he says they realized they wouldn’t have enough fuel to last through the winter, so they ordered more from a distributor in Anchorage. Weather delays and freeze-up looked as if they would prevent the delivery on Sunday.“There was a north wind for a long time so the barge couldn’t make the delivery, then the river started freezing. Our elders asked for help so our corporation began by providing fuel for the small boats we used to to break the ice,” said Ivon.Kongiginak is situated right along the coast, thirty miles from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River and is no stranger to high waves during the windy fall season.Cold weather came early this year, and Phillip says without the vital fuel delivery, Kongiginak would have effectively shut down.One of the icebreaker crews dozing through the pancake ice. (Photo by Elizabeth Otto)“No gasoline would mean no hunting during springtime or even, I wouldn’t have any gas for the winter and our main source of heat is diesel fuel,” said Phillip.With no nearby source of firewood, residents also use gas to travel to the Kuskokwim fifty miles away, or even to the Yukon for bigger logs, well over a hundred miles away to get wood for their steambaths.The barge was able to leave safely Tuesday night thanks to the community keeping the river ice flowing. For now Kongiginak residents are focusing on getting nutrition from the Bering Sea before the surrounding sea freezes over.last_img read more

first_img Close Huawei caught between US-China conflict IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:57Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:56?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img The U.S. and China trade war has left a lot of companies in both countries worried. The leaders of the world’s largest economies met on the sidelines of G20 summit on Saturday and things are off to a great start. President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have decided to cool things off between the countries’ trade battle.During an 80-minute lunch meeting between Trump and Xi, both world leaders touched upon various topics, including Huawei trade in the United States. Prior to the meeting, the Trump administration was going to impose approximately $300 billion in tariffs. But that decision has been pushed off indefinitely.The meeting brings a relief to a lot of companies in the U.S. and to Huawei, which is now permitted to buy equipment from American companies. Since Huawei is on the so-called entity list, the US companies were not allowed to supply technology to the Chinese telecommunications giant without government approval. The latest decision changes that, as long as it does not involve equipment that threatens national security, Trump said. US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi JingpingIANSTrump’s decision to allow American companies to sell to Huawei and deciding against imposing additional tariffs was inspired by China’s willingness to buy large amounts of US farm goods. According to SCMP, China will be given a list of goods it needs to buy from the US. The truce between the greatest economies in the world is certainly a welcoming change in the tense year-long dispute that triggered instability in the market and hindered global growth.But that really struck is the fact that Trump is holding on to the Huawei issue until the very end of trade talks between US and China. It proves the matter is important to China and the U.S. could leverage a great deal during negotiations.”I like our companies selling things to others … very complex things. These are not things easy to make … our companies were very upset, but we are allowing them. So if it is not a national security issue, we are allowing them to sell. We agree to leave that to the end. Huawei is a complicated situation,” Trump said. Trump eases ban in HuaweiFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty ImagesIf you were expecting to see Huawei off the “entity list,” there’s still time. In fact, solving the Huawei problem would signal the end of the trade war between the two countries and that Huawei appears to be a trump card for the US president during his trade negotiations.”We had a very good meeting with President Xi of China, excellent, I would say excellent, as good as it was going to be. We discussed a lot of things and we’re right back on track and we’ll see what happens,” Trump said, addressing to the reporters following his meeting with Xi.last_img read more

The Smuggling Experience Of An Undocumented Immigrant Into Houston

first_img Share Listen X 00:00 /03:45 Marissa CummingsTo better understand what it’s like to be smuggled into Texas, we were put in touch with Raul.He is an undocumented immigrant now living in Houston, in a nice house, in a quiet southeast Houston neighborhood.He wants us to use only his first name. He’s been smuggled in multiple times but made his last trip from Mexico to Texas a decade ago.He says he’ll never forget the fear he had traveling across the border.“You feel the fear. I think that you feel the fear from the moment you set foot in this country,” Raul says. “There’s nothing for sure. The minute you set foot in this country, you have this fear in front of you that you may be caught.”His journey began by first finding a smuggler, the guys called “coyotes,” which he said was easy.The smuggler picked up Raul and five friends a hotel in Mexico and dropped them off a few miles from the Rio Grande. Raul says the river was too deep and too dangerous to swim across, so they had to be tugged two-by-two in tires while strapped to a coyote swimming against the current.Once across, they were met by a vehicle near Brownsville.The area is under heavy surveillance by border patrol but on this day Raul says they were lucky:“They would close the check point because the fog came down, and vehicles would go through without being checked,” Raul says.They made it to a safe house in McAllen, where he along with dozens of other immigrants would wait to be taken further into Texas. He says he  and about 20 others were crammed into rooms that measured 12 by 12.There was no air conditioning, no access to showers and the temperatures were as hot as they are now in Texas, around 95 degrees. After being in the safe house for three days, Raul and five others got in the bed of a Toyota pick-up truck to be driven to Houston.He says the truck was prepared, filled with gas, and ready to make no stops, so that meant no water, food or restroom breaks.During the six hour drive from McAllen to Houston, he says he laid flat in the bed of the truck covered with a blue tarp.Then the truck bed was sealed with a shell cover.Did he trust the driver?“You don’t know if they really will take you to Houston or another state,” Raul says.Raul says he could only catch glimpses of the outside.He would see immigration agents parked along the highway pulling cars over.When cars packed with illegal immigrants would be stopped people would jump out trying to escape into the countryside.But his truck was not stopped.In Houston, the coyote dropped Raul at the home of a friend. Raul says he paid the coyote $1500 for his trip to America.Fast forward a decade.Raul has been working as an independent contractor.He lives with his wife and 13-year-old son in a middle class neighborhood.It’s why he came, why he took the risk.But he tells me he wouldn’t make that same trip today, he says it’s too dangerous now. Not because of increased border security, but because of drug cartels and crime on the frontier of Mexico.He says the cost to be smuggled to the U.S. today is almost five times what he paid.But he says he understands why people continue to pay the coyotes and take the risk. It’s what he did.“I am 100 percent Mexican,” Raul says. “But time makes you love this country too. You love it too. It changes your life.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

The first Soviet probe sent to Mars moon Phobos failed due to

first_imgRaces were not uncommon during the Cold War. With the Soviet Union and the United States squaring off against one another, worried about an all-out war breaking out, both governments pushed for technological accomplishment. There was a race for nuclear superiority, a race for technological supremacy and most famously, the Space Race. Both sides pushed to be the first to get satellites out and later, to have manned flights to space. The ultimate victory in this race would be when the United States was the first country to have a man walk on the moon.While space travel might seem unnecessary, especially in light of nuclear war, it’s important to know that these expenditures led to tremendous technological development. Rocketry advances would lead to improved land-based missile functions, making the Space Race more than just chest puffing between two nations. Indeed, it was a matter of national security.People atop the Berlin Wall near the Brandenburg Gate on 9 November 1989. Photo by Sue Ream CC BY 3.0By the late 70s, the Space Race had slowed down, with America clearly in the lead. The Soviets, having achieved tremendous early success with Yuri Gagarin being the first man in space, were unable to achieve getting one of their own to the moon and would eventually abandon their attempts. Yet, even without the fierce competition, the Soviet Union still worked to develop their space program.Before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dismantling of the Soviet Union, there was one disastrous attempt to send a satellite into orbit around the moons of Mars: Phobos and Deimos. The year was 1988 and the Phobos Program was implemented so that the Soviets would be able to study Mars, Phobos and Deimos. The plan was to launch their first satellite, Phobos 1, to achieve an elliptical orbit around Mars.Illustration of the Phobos 1 spacecraft.The satellite itself was quite impressive. Designed to operate in three separate phases of its flight, Phobos 1 was extremely heavy. In fact, at the time, it was heavier than any other vehicle that had been launched into space.Little was known about Mars in terms of scientific data. With Phobos 1 launched, there was great hope of being able to extract plenty of information that would increase the Soviet’s knowledge about Mars, but an unfortunate and entirely avoidable accident caused the early demise of Phobos 1’s mission.NASA Apollo moon landings conspiraciesCommands were sent from the ground to the satellite, in order to give it various orders such as adjusting trajectory or releasing its hopper. These commands were required to be proofread in order to ensure that there were no errors in the code.Phobos, moon of Mars and primary object of study for the Phobos 1 spacecraft.The smallest error in the code could cause problems for the satellite and since it was traveling far, far from earth, there would be no way to manually fix the problem. Normally, extra care was employed when it came to checking codes for errors. Yet, in the case of Phobos 1, impatience cost the Soviets the entire mission.On September 2, 1988, a technician finished working on the key-command with a single error on it – a missing hyphen. Normally, the technicians were required to place the commands into a computer which would check for errors, but the computer was down for maintenance. Instead of waiting for the computer to get back up and running, the technician decided that the code was fine and transmitted the key command to Phobos 1.Commemorative postage stamp, Phobos 1.The faulty code caused Phobos 1 to believe that its mission was over. The satellite then shut down all of its systems, leaving the satellite useless and without function. A single mistake in a line of code singlehandedly disrupted the Phobos mission, leading to a crisis back on Earth within the Phobos Program.The relative sizes of Deimos and Phobos as might be seen from the surface of Mars, compared to the relative size in the sky of the Moon as seen from Earth.The Soviets, not known for their human rights record, wanted to investigate the mistake and find the person who was responsible for such an egregious failure. However, the Phobos Program was still running and the Phobos 2 mission was still in operation. There was fear that punishing the failed Phobos 1 team would lead to a decrease in performance and morale in the Phobos 2 team. So, the investigation was delayed until after Phobos 2 was completed. Eventually, the ground control leader was released from his duties, but no further punishments were meted out.Read another story from us: Mad conspiracy theories that turned out to be truePhobos 2 was nominally more successful than Phobos 1, at least reaching its destination before an onboard computer system failed, losing contact with the Soviets. The space race would definitely end with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, when Russia would take over the space program and begin cooperation with the United States, leading to even more progress on the space front.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.last_img read more