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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Pulse banked on its defensive might to rout Alaska, 94-80, and book a playoff berth in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Calvin Abueva tormented his former team, posting 21 points and 16 rebounds even as Matthew Wright chimed in with 20 points and three assists to help the Fuel Masters grab a share of the tournament lead with their seventh win in eight games.ADVERTISEMENT “This is only formalizes our entry [to the quarterfinals]. We are now aiming for the top two spots to prepare us for the semifinals,” he said.Phoenix is now bracing for its final stretch of elimination round, where it will face the champions of all three tournaments last season—San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia.The Fuel Masters will kick off that killer stretch with a showdown against the Governors’ Cup champion Hotshots on Wednesday.Meanwhile, Blackwater leaned on brilliant offensive performances from Allein Maliksi and Mac Belo to breathe life into their playoff bid and trip Columbian, 106-100, earlier in the day.“We were able to execute the game plan we’ve been practicing for weeks,” Ramos said. “My players really wanted to win.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end LATEST STORIES MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Big break because we faced a depleted team,” said coach Louie Alas. “But still, I give credit to my guys. They were exhausted from the last game and yet they pressured. We were able to expand our lead in the third because of that.”Phoenix’s leech-like defense helped their lead swell to as many as 26 in the final frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAlaska, which was missing several key players—including star big man Vic Manuel, relied on Jeron Teng and Carl Bryan Cruz, who accounted for 23 and 10 points, respectively.RJ Jazul and Justine Chua combined for 29 to push the Fuel Masters alongside Rain or Shine on top—but Alas knows the road will only get rockier from hereon. ‘He has earned that’last_img read more

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New fitness levels have helped my batting, fielding: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia Test captain Virat Kohli said his focus on fitness and training after the Indian Premier League in 2012, has helped him scale new peaks. The 27-year-old has had a sensational run this year, starting with the limited-overs tour of Australia, where he excelled in both the ODI and T20 series.Rested for the T20I series against Sri Lanka, Kohli came all guns blazing in the Asia Cup, World T20 and the Indian Premier League, where he became the first man to slam four hundreds  in a single season. Experts were stunned with his unparalleled consistency  but Kohli attributed it to his fitness levels.Kohli is arguably the fittest Indian cricketer and as captain, he expects his teammates to cut no corners on their physical well-being. (Also read: Virat Kohli bromances with star footballer over Twitter) ‘STARTED LISTENING TO MY BODY’ At an event here on Tuesday, Kohli recalled how he started paying more attention to his fitness.”It was after the IPL in 2012. Till then I did not focus much on the physical aspect. I never got into the minute details of fitness, things like what I need to eat from morning to night, how much I need to work out, how much I need to train. After that IPL, I started listening to my body,” said Kohli, whose next challenge is the tour of the West Indies starting next month. (Also read: Virat Kohli flaunts new hairstyle ahead of West Indies Tests)  ‘WANTED TO BE THE BEST’ The batting star said with his supreme fitness levels, he feels he can do anything on the field. “I made a lifestyle choice (back in 2012). I wanted to explore a new side of my body to take me to the next level because I never wanted to be average. I wanted to be the best in the world. So I always had that mindset but never had the physical ability (before 2012),” he said. (Also read: Virat Kohli retains second spot in ICC ODI rankings)advertisementThe level Kohli has taken his fitness to was summed up aptly by India’s fitness trainer Shankar Basu. “Virat wants to be the best athlete in the world,” he had said recently.KOHLI’S LIFESTYLE CHOICE Kohli insists that his improved fitness has immensely helped his fielding and not just his exploits with the bat.”When you become fit, you feel you can do anything. I will give you one example. I was never a quick fielder. I was never willing to field in every position. But after becoming fitter, lighter and stronger, I overcame all those doubts I had (about fielding). Now it (staying fit, eating right) has become second nature to me,” he added.His world has changed ever since be became a “fitness freak” and Kohli now wants the younger generation of India to pay more attention to health and fitness.”If you look at some of the statistics (rising health problems in India), it causes fear in your mind. So I want to create awareness on fitness, the importance of staying fit and healthy. You would be able to do what you want to do only when you are feel fit from inside.”I have never been as fit as I am today. It has worked beautifully for me. It has become a lifestyle choice for me. Even in off time, I watch what I eat. In fact, I get more excited about fitness, feeling good, being healthy than anything else. That is probably because my body realises that fitness is what I would need after my professional career is done,” Kohli added.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar, David Warner, Virender Sehwag wish their fans on Diwali

first_imgOn the auspicious day of Diwali cricketers and sports persons made the day even more special by taking to Twitter to wish their legion of fans.Even David Warner, Steve Smith wished their Indian fans a happy Diwali.Virender Sehwag wished his fans by saying, “May this Diwali dispel all the darkness from your life & you be blessed with love & happiness. May your path always be lit.Jai Shri Ram”Indian boxer Mary Kom also wished everyone to have a safe Diwali saying, “Happy #Diwali.Stay safe and #greendiwali. keep our cities pollution free. #HappyDiwali  #GoGreen #nocrackers”WWE superstars, John Cena, Triple H along with Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers also joined in to wish their fans on Diwali.Saina Nehwal who defeated Carolina Marin, Suresh Raina also tweeted their Diwali wishes.This is how others wished their fans on social media:?Wish you all a happy, prosperous and peaceful Diwali! ?#Diwali #Peace #Happiness pic.twitter.com/DdAMxbkfk7- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) October 19, 2017Wish you a very Happy & safe Diwali?º?º???? #HappyDiwali pic.twitter.com/Ndab1ZXf2D- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 19, 2017This Diwali, let’s change things up. ?????? #HappyDiwali #FestivalOfLights #StayWrogn pic.twitter.com/8YoYsXY4rF- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 18, 2017Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali. pic.twitter.com/ilLOV7Xp8r- Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) October 18, 2017 Aap sabhi ko Diwali ki ??????????! May you all have a good festival. Stay safe and blessed?? #HappyDiwali pic.twitter.com/0eOyiSulvu- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 18, 2017Wishing everyone a Very Happy and prosperous Diwali!! Dont harm the environment and be safe.- ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) October 18, 2017May this Diwali dispel all the darkness from your life & you be blessed with love & happiness. May your path always be lit.?Jai Shri Ram ????- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 18, 2017May Maa Lakshmi bless you with happiness and prosperity. Jai Lakshmi Mata ! #HappyDiwali pic.twitter.com/MURU1jVTjW- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 19, 2017Jai Maa Kali ! Happy Diwali ! #KaliChaudas pic.twitter.com/8DcVxmicmS- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 18, 2017Here’s wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous Diwali #HappyDeepavali pic.twitter.com/WrPkqfnSfy- BCCI (@BCCI) October 19, 2017Sending you wishes for a year filled with prosperity, health and lots of fun…Hope you have a Happy and Safe Diwali! #HappyDiwali- Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 19, 2017?? ??? ?????? wishes ??? ????? ?? ?? ?? ??? ??? ???? ??? ???, ??????? ?? ?? ????? ??? PR ?? ?? ?? ??? Pyaar ???? ??? ????Happy Diwali,??? ??- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 19, 2017Salute to the #jawans who are working even on the festival day. We exchanged sweets at the Baroda airport on the occassion of Diwali. #HappyDiwali pic.twitter.com/mtkdsEfNpA- Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) October 18, 2017Wish u all a very Happy Diwali ???????? pic.twitter.com/lATZxiXlKH- Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 19, 2017Wish you a happy and healthy #Diwali!Stay safe and #green this Diwali and keep our cities pollution free! #HappyDiwali #GoGreen #nocrackers- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) October 18, 2017Buy Diyas from such hardworking people on the streets, let’s not bargain and make their Diwali worth celebrating.#HappyDiwali pic.twitter.com/6BKm67Rarj- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 18, 2017Happy Diwali to everyone . Have a very safe Diwali ??????- DK (@DineshKarthik) October 18, 2017Wishing the entire WWE Universe in India a #HappyDiwali! pic.twitter.com/gXGNgmEaaM- WWE (@WWEIndia) October 19, 2017Happy Diwali everyone. pic.twitter.com/lUuZaMp1g4- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 19, 2017 Hope everyones soaking in the joy that Diwali brings with it and celebrating responsibly. Diyas say so much more than crackers!- Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) October 19, 2017Happy diwali ???#HappyDiwali #HeroILeague pic.twitter.com/MtrWjaLeS2- Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) October 19, 2017 .@JohnCena, @TripleH, @JinderMahal, #TheNewDay and more wish @WWEUniverse in #India a #HappyDiwali! pic.twitter.com/CclwoklHMH- WWE (@WWEIndia) October 19, 2017#Knights wishing all the #KnightRiders a #HappyDiwali. May the festival of lights bring peace & prosperity to all.#AmiKKR pic.twitter.com/GJrmwag4ih- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 19, 2017A happy Diwali to all from #ATK! #AamarBukeyATK pic.twitter.com/uvAugkYTMz- ATK (@WorldATK) October 19, 2017last_img read more

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Best FIFA XI of all-time

first_imgeSports Best FIFA XI of all-time Last updated 2 years ago 18:04 10/16/17 Comments(78) 1/14 Best FIFA XI of all-time Collage Gianluigi Buffon Juventus Sassuolo Serie A 11032016 Getty Images Full screen 1 of 14 Share Close Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest rated player in FIFA 18, but which players have been given the best overall ratings in the history of the game? FacebookTwitterRedditcopy eSports Gallerylast_img

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No thanks, Lewy! MLS no longer a retirement league

first_imgMLS No thanks, Lewandowski! Major League Soccer is no longer a retirement league Ronan Murphy 22:58 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(20) GFX Robert Lewandowski MLS Getty/Goal MLS Robert Lewandowski Toronto v Seattle Sounders Toronto Seattle Sounders Dallas Bayern München Opinion Transfers The Bayern Munich striker has been linked with an eventual move to LA, but he will need to make the transfer in his prime if he wants to succeed David Villa. Remember him? He’s the former Valencia and Barcelona striker who left Atletico Madrid to retire in the United States with MLS side New York City FC. Except, that is not what he did. Sure, he moved to Major League Soccer in the latter years of his career, but he has done anything but retire in the U.S.Spain’s all-time top goalscorer has been immense in MLS, scoring 65 goals in 98 games, which earned him a recall to the international team after a three-year absence. La Roja manager Julen Lopetegui is just another top football personality coming to realise that MLS has a lot to offer and has moved on from the days when aging European players could sleepwalk through games and pick up a good salary while living in the sunshine.The weekend after Thanksgiving, the wife of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski revealed the couple’s desire to move to Los Angeles, where the Poland international could end his career while Anna would expand her food business. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We dream of Los Angeles. That’s where we want to develop our brands,” Anna Lewandowska told Business Insider Poland. “We hope Robert will end his career at a club in Los Angeles and we can say it would be our dream.”Robbie Keane David Beckham LA Galaxy 29112011But MLS in 2017 and 2018 is a lot different from the league’s early days, when the likes of Jorge Campos and Carlos Valderrama were as much marketing tools as football players. David Beckham’s move to MLS 10 years ago was just the beginning, with the England international joining the LA Galaxy on the back of a La Liga title win with Real Madrid, with the Spanish giants keen to keep hold of the former Manchester United star rather than let him move to America.”The success Beckham brought to MLS, nobody can deny that,” FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo told Goal. “He changed the game in the United States as a player and what he represents as a gentleman on and off the field. He gave us a push like nobody ever did before, and we will always be grateful for what he did.”But right now, the direction is different. The league is recognised worldwide. In the next couple of years, it can become one of the best five leagues in the world.”Clavijo is at the forefront of Dallas’ vision of developing the club’s own talent and bringing in young international players rather than signing aged former stars. Under his guidance, the Texas franchise has become one of the league’s strongest teams, and boasted the most homegrown players in any MLS squad this season. Dallas’s two designated players (DPs) are occupied by 22-year-old Ecuador international Carlos Gruezo and 23-year-old Paraguayan forward Cristian Colman — a stark contrast to previous years when these spots would have been saved for veterans on inflated wages.Dallas’ approach brought the club U.S. Open Cup success in 2016, and saw FCD reach the semifinal of the CONCACAF Champions League earlier this year. Success of teams that have moved away from the traditional marquee signing model has also begun to shape some of the more marketing-driven teams, with the Galaxy signing younger DPs in Mexico’s Dos Santos brothers and 28-year-old former Marseille winger Romain Alessandrini. After Beckham and Robbie Keane flourished in Los Angeles, the Galaxy learned that big-name signings sold jerseys but did not always produce results. “Steven Gerrard, when he came into the league a few years ago, said it himself: If anyone comes here to retire, they need to think again,” Clavijo said. “You need to come here to work. The league is difficult. It’s not better, it’s not worse, it’s just different in many ways: altitude, turf, distances, playing in different countries like Canada, it is difficult.”If someone wants to come to my team with the intention of retiring, with the greatest of respect to their career, we only want players who come to play. The future of MLS is in younger players. Even Beckham came to play. Villa, [Sebastian] Giovinco, they’re unbelievable, they came here to play. The guys who came in like Robbie Keane came to win. That is the type of player we welcome. Having someone like Villa who comes to play, as a younger player is amazing — you learn so much from playing with these types of professionals.”GFX Clavijo Lewandowski QuoteAfter scoring 17 goals for Toronto this season, Italian forward Giovinco went one better than last season by winning the MLS Cup. Toronto finished as runners-up to the Seattle Sounders last year, but recorded a 2-0 win to lift the trophy on Saturday. Giovinco came up against Nicolas Lodeiro, who recently helped Uruguay qualify for the World Cup. There, he could easily face Spain and Villa in the round of 16.Neither side in the biggest game of the MLS season contains a player who is just in America to retire. That’s no longer what the league is about: “Some of those players like Lewandowski are amazing players with great careers. But when you’re talking about retiring, pick another league,” Clavijo insisted. “This league is not for retiring. This is to prove yourself. If you are a professional who has had a great career, this is not somewhere to retire. You have to come here to compete. The competition is stiff, the competition is hard. Some teams may accept it [signing potential retirees], but the majority will not. This will keep adding so soon nobody will come here to retire.”last_img read more

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3 best bottles: Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky

first_img Hillrock Estate Distillery Is Making Some of the Best Whiskey in America Scotch drinkers fall into two categories: Those who love Islay whiskies, and those who detest them. And no other distillery embodies the intense peat-smoke Islay flavor like Laphroaig. Located along the southern coast of Islay, an island off Scotland’s mainland in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Laphroaig distillery has operated since the 1815, pumping out a dram so pungent, peaty, and distinct, that even an amateur could identify a glass of the fiery amber liquid from smell alone. Laphroaig, in other words, is an acquired taste – but once you have it, few other Scotches can compete.So if you’re just learning about Scotch now, or want to get adventurous with your next buy, here are the three best bottles Laphroaig makes.Quarter CaskFirst introduced in 2004, Laphroaig Quarter Cask differs from its brethren bottles due to a unique aging process. The whisky spends its first five years maturing in the same large barrels as most any other Scotch. But for its final seven months of maturation, the spirit is aged in smaller barrels known as quarter casks. Doing so allows the whisky to “age” much faster, as it greatly increases the liquid’s contact with the barrel.The result is an extremely smooth and complex dram on par with much older whiskies that maintains Laphraoig’s signature peat smoke, seaweed, and iodine flavors. Combine top-shelf flavor with a middle-shelf price tag (about $50), and you have one of the Laphroaig’s most popular bottles.Original Cask StrengthNot to be confused with Laphraoig’s standard 10-year-old bottle (which is also good), Cask Strength is bottled at natural distillery strength – meaning it hasn’t been watered down in the slightest. That means your staring down the glass at around 55 to 60 percent ABV (110 to 120 proof). Add in a supreme blast of peat smoke, salty sea air, and iodine, and you’re looking at one of the most intense drams you can buy. And damn, it’s good – as in, it’s won dozens of awards since 2001, including Best Scottish Single Malt in 2005 from Whisky Magazine.Pro tip: To open up the complexities of this knotty dram, add in a teaspoon of room-temperature water. But no ice!18 Year OldRich in flavor but more balanced than the younger Laphroaigs, the 18-year-old may be the best bottle from this distillery to convince a skeptical taster – that is, if you can get your hands on a bottle, which are limited each year. The peat flavor is still there, but it’s subtler than what you’ll find in the Quarter Cask and (especially) the Cask Strength. And you’ll find a wealth of undertones in this dram that range from orange and spice notes to anise, dark chocolate, and licorice. If all that sounds like your cup of, well, whisky, be prepared to lay out around $125 for a bottle.Be sure to check back with The Manual next month for the best three whiskies from Bushmills. Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries last_img read more

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UN urges authorities in Gaza to reconsider dissolution of youth group

20 July 2011A senior United Nations official today encouraged the de facto authorities in Gaza to reconsider the decision to dissolve the non-governmental organization (NGO) Sharek Youth Forum. Maxwell Gaylard, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, said the youth group was dissolved last week “while judicial proceedings were ongoing and in the absence of any conviction of the NGO or individual staff members for malfeasance.” “I am concerned that the principles of rule of law and due process may not have been followed”, Mr. Gaylard said in a statement.“NGOs are a mirror of the strength of civil society and rally people behind important ideas in the realms of justice, freedom, and human rights. NGOs are agents of social change but can only play this role with organizational independence. Arbitrary actions and attempts at controlling their activities threaten the very nature of NGOs and their considerable contribution to civil society,” he said.On its website Sharek Youth Forum describes itself as an independent Palestinian organization that seeks to contribute to the process of youth development by giving a voice to young people and being a platform to advocate and support youth issues.According to local media, Gazan authorities closed the NGO, alleging “it did not obtain the necessary licenses from the Ministry of Interior in Gaza and, according to the investigations conducted by the Office of the Attorney General, the Forum violates order and public morals.”“In Gaza as elsewhere in the world, the United Nations relies on NGOs as important partners to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of humanitarian and development activities,” Mr. Gaylard said, adding that the Sharek Youth Forum has been an important partner of the UN on behalf of children and youth. read more

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Investigations into LTTE murder of Rajiv still not complete

As India on Monday paid tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary, the investigation in the assassination of the former Prime Minister is still on, 27 years after his ghastly killing, The Millennium Post reported.The status of ongoing investigation by the CBI-led Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA), probing the larger conspiracy aspect behind the assassination, was shared with the Indian Supreme Court which had in March asked the Centre to place before it the steps which were required to be taken to brought it to an end as “expeditiously as possible”. The MDMA had informed a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the probe into the case was “still open” and Letters Rogatory have been issued to different countries, including Sri Lanka, where some persons required to be investigated were currently residing. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at a poll rally. Fourteen others, including Dhanu herself, were also killed in the explosion. Gandhi’s assassination was perhaps the first case of suicide bombing globally, which had claimed the life of a high-profile leader.The MDMA, set up in 1998 on the recommendations of Justice M C Jain Commission of Inquiry which had probed the conspiracy aspect of Gandhi’s assassination, is headed by a CBI official and comprises officers from IB, RAW and Revenue Intelligence and other agencies. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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More than 1 million Afghans return home top UN refugee official says

“We’ve passed the 1 million mark and now expect that up to 2 million Afghans could return home this year,” High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said, in a statement issued by UNHCR. However, the High Commissioner warned that the returnees were not yet receiving the international support they needed. “Fresh contributions of funds and food aid are urgently needed. The new Government of President Karzai urgently needs international support. The Afghan people require a smooth and rapid transition from relief to development to ensure they have jobs and don’t find themselves in deeper poverty,” Mr. Lubbers explained. And Filippo Grandi, the Kabul-based head of UNHCR’s Afghan operations, told reporters at the Pul-i-Charkhi returnee centre on Sunday that if larger reconstruction programmes did not begin quickly in Afghanistan, the returns could be in jeopardy.The largest number of returnees – some 920,000 – have come from neighbouring Pakistan. Over 75,000 Afghan people have repatriated from Iran, as part of an operation that started in April, and another 9,000 have returned from Central Asian States.Initially, Afghan authorities and UNHCR expected some 800,000 Afghans would return home from outside the country, with an additional 400,000 people displaced inside Afghanistan also heading home to their villages.UNHCR says the current pace of return has exceeded the expectations of relief agencies. More than $86 million is still needed for the agency’s aid operation in Afghanistan and neighbouring States. read more

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Annan holds separate talks with leaders of Chad Sudan Zimbabwe and Côte

In talks with Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, the Secretary-General said they agreed on the need to immediately strengthen the AU mission in Darfur (AMIS) and to consolidate the peace accord in that region, which has seen scores of thousands of people killed and over 2 million displaced.For the 5 May agreement to work, “those parties who have not yet signed must come on board,” Mr. Annan said, adding that he personally “continued to press for the eventual deployment of a UN force in Darfur.”While the Government has opposed such a deployment, Mr. Annan said, “On this point, we agreed that the dialogue had to continue.”Mr. Annan also met with Chad’s President, Idriss Deby. Responding to press questions, he voiced concern about security in camps for internally displaced persons. “We do not want to those camps to become resting places for fighters, we don’t want them to become recruitment place for fighters, we don’t want fighters to intimidate civilians and take away their food for the men in arms and, so, we are also looking at how we can secure the camps and protect the refugees in those camps as well,” he said.Meeting with President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe – where the Government’s massive demolition of homes has provoked international concern – the Secretary-General said the long-serving leader “advised me that the former Tanzanian President, Ben Mkapa, had been appointed as a mediator” and added: “We both agreed that he should be given the time and space to do his work.”On Côte d’Ivoire, a country divided between a rebel-held north and government-controlled south, the Secretary-General held talks with the President, Laurent Gbagbo, and a number of concerned regional leaders. Those meetings are slated to continue later this week in Abidjan. Asked about elections scheduled for October, Mr. Annan said ideally, Côte d’Ivoire should adhere to that timetable. “But, for technical reasons, if there has to be any delay, I hope it will be a very, very brief one and there must be elections, in any event, by the end of the year,” he stressed. The Secretary-General’s official trip will continue to a number of countries in the region, starting with Sierra Leone. read more

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UN rights experts urge action to curb invisible threat of toxic air

“Air pollution is a major threat to human rights worldwide and toxic air pollutants are associated with an increased risk of disease from stroke, heart disease, cancer and respiratory diseases, including asthma,” the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, said in a news release issued today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Three million deaths each year are linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution, according to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO). There is also growing research evidence indicating that air pollution has become the leading environmental cause of death in the world. Joining Mr. Tuncak in the appeal are Dainius Puras, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, and John H. Knox, the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.Silent pandemic“Children and people in vulnerable situations, including women of reproductive age, the elderly, those in poor health and those living in less wealthy communities remain the most vulnerable,” the experts warned. According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 300 million children – almost one in seven of the world’s total, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution, a situation paediatricians describe as a ‘silent pandemic.’ A threat like this can no longer be ignored“A threat like this can no longer be ignored,” they said. “States have a duty to prevent and control exposure to toxic air pollution and to protect against its adverse effects on human rights.” The experts said that impunity for those responsible for air pollution is rampant today, with recent reports of environmental ministers even denying its effects, in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.They stressed the need for cross-border cooperation to promote the adoption of preventive and control measures in the energy, industrial and transportation sectors, as well as the need for investment in infrastructures and long-term incentives. “Improving the regulation of toxic emissions from industrial sources and vehicles, strengthening waste management and recycling practices, and promoting renewable energies are crucial steps to effectively address air quality issues and public health,” the experts concluded.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Urban Meyer adds 3 key recruits to Ohio States 2016 class

OSU coach Urban Meyer flashes a grin while on the podium celebrating the Buckeyes’ 44-28 victory over Notre in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football program already had one of the nation’s top recruiting classes as Feb. 3, the date of this year’s National Signing Day, inched closer. But a wave of three major verbal commitments crashed upon the shores of the college football world Monday , which now leaves coach Urban Meyer’s 2016 class sitting alone at the top, according to multiple outlets. Scout.com, 247Sports and Rivals all now have the Buckeyes owning the No. 1 spot after the addition of a trio of four-star prospects. The three outlets each had OSU with the third-ranked class prior to the announcements. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins, linebacker Keandre Jones and wide receiver Binjimen Victor all declared on Martin Luther King Jr. Day their plans to play collegiately in Columbus, bringing the number of commitments for Meyer in his 2016 class to 21. Victor’s destination was largely up in the air until around noon on Monday when he posted on Twitter, whereas Haskins and Jones were previously verbally committed to Maryland.The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native Victor had narrowed his choices down to West Virginia, Tennessee and OSU before selecting the Scarlet and Gray. “I would like to thank everyone for being there for me throughout this whole recruiting process,” he wrote in a screenshot on his Twitter. Victor continued, writing that there was only “one school” that he could see himself playing for, and that was OSU. With receivers Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall departing for the NFL draft, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the pass-catchers for OSU next season. Whether Victor will be able to contribute as a true freshman remains to be seen, of course, but even if he doesn’t contribute in 2016, he will likely make an impact somewhere down the line. For Victor, who played in the Army All-American Game in January, to step in and play right away, he will need to add weight to his slender 6-foot-4 frame. Currently, he listed at just 177 pounds. That number will have to increase for him to step on the field this fall, as college football is much more physical than high school and he might not hold up playing at that weight. Fortunately for Victor and his new team, OSU strength coach Mickey Marotti is considered one of the best in the business. Even though OSU returns redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, the addition of Haskins to the recruiting class is an enormous lift. Meyer and the Buckeyes had been targeting Haskins for quite some time, according to Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com, but the Potomac, Maryland, native chose to stay in-state and play for the Terrapins after OSU received a verbal commitment from Tristen Wallace, a four-star athlete from Texas. Wallace changed his mind, though, and chose to play wide receiver at Oregon. Once that happened and Maryland fired Randy Edsall, the door for Meyer to land Haskins swung open, Wasserman reported. Haskins walked through the door, locked it and all but threw away the key Monday. He announced his intent to become a Buckeye in an essay posted to a blog powered by Weebly, to which he tweeted the link. The 6-foot-2, 188-pounder discussed his reasons for decommitting, which largely centered on Edsall’s firing, before telling the world where he would play collegiately. “At the age of 8 years old, I went to numerous Ohio State camps, loved watching their games and idolized the university,” Haskins wrote. “Finally, my dream to attend ​Ohio State will come true.” Barring any unforeseen injuries, which, based off recent history, wouldn’t be unheard of for OSU, Haskins is unlikely to contribute right away. But, 247Sports’ seventh-ranked pro-style quarterback is certainly a guy Meyer would entrust at the helm of his offense, based upon his vigorous recruitment of Haskins. Making the flip-flop from Maryland to OSU along with Haskins was Jones, the four-star linebacker from Olney, Maryland. Pegged by 247Sports as the No. 9 linebacker, Jones’ journey to Columbus was an interesting one. Wasserman reported Jones was a “surprise Ohio State official visitor” over the weekend. By sunset Monday, he had already declared his intentions to switch to OSU. Haskins posted a picture of himself with Jones on his Twitter account, saying they are “like brothers.” Jones, who Rivals.com lists as a five-star prospect, joins a linebacking unit at OSU that lost two starters. Although there is plenty of talent already at linebacker for the Buckeyes, such as juniors Raekwon McMillan and Chris Worley, tossing Jones in the mix is certainly not a bad thing. With all three players, just how much they play in 2016 remains unseen but for a program to maintain success over long periods of time, like OSU always does, these types of commitments are the foundation for prolonged dominance. They, however, might not be the last of splashes that the Buckeyes make from now until National Signing Day on Feb. 3. “Big day for the Buckeyes!” OSU offensive coordinator Ed Warinner tweeted Monday. “More to come!!” read more

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By the numbers Ohio State steamrolls Rutgers 497

OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) and redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall (7) celebrate a touchdown against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium. OSU won, 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThe offensive problems that have plagued Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) all season seem to have finally been resolved, for now. Redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett returned to the starting lineup for the first time this season and he led the Buckeyes to a 49-7 rout in OSU’s first trip in program history to Piscataway, New Jersey, to take on Rutgers.Barrett totaled five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and 324 yards of offense as he helped show the nation the potential of the Buckeye offense that has been off to a rocky start.  Since being phased more and more into the offense after the game at Indiana, Barrett has collected 10 touchdowns and 500-plus yards of offense in his last three games combined. After Saturday night’s performance, it is clear that he has solidified his place once again as coach Urban Meyer’s No. 1 option.The Buckeye offense started slow in the first quarter, but once Barrett was settled in the offensive steamroller began moving, as the Buckeyes tallied 49 unanswered points on an overwhelmed Rutgers team. Junior Ezekiel Elliot ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries as he once again led the Buckeye rushing attack. Barrett also added his second straight 100-plus yard rushing game.On the defensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes were able to easily contain Rutgers all night long, and only gave up a touchdown in the final seconds of the game. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Gareon Conley picked off a pass, while sophomore Raekwon McMillan led the team with seven tackles.OSU has a bye next week before a home matchup against Minnesota, while Rutgers goes to Camp Randall Stadium to face off against Wisconsin on Oct. 31.By the numbers:21 – OSU picked up its 21st straight win last night, the longest current winning streak in the nation.2 – The amount of matchups ever between the Scarlet Knights and the Buckeyes, with the first meeting last year in Columbus. OSU is now 2-0 in the series.3 – The Big Ten currently has three undefeated teams in the top 10 of the AP Poll (Michigan State, OSU and Iowa). The Pac-12, SEC and ACC only have two between the three conferences.0 ­– The Buckeyes played a nearly flawless game on Saturday and didn’t get a single penalty called against them.49 – Tied for the most points put up by the Buckeyes this season (the other game was against Maryland).21-8 –  The Buckeyes enter a tough stretch to end the regular season, as they are scheduled to play four teams with a current combined record of 21-8, and all of whom feature a current winning record (Minnesota, at Illinois, Michigan State, at Michigan). read more

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Superbugs could render even the most routine procedures deadly warns chief medical

Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security 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. Sir Bruce Keogh, a cardiac surgeon who recently stepped down as medical director of the NHS, warned in March that he had seen patients die because of resistance, leaving him with a “deep sense of futility and hopelessness”.“I’ve watched patients deteriorate in front of my eyes because the germs are resistant,” he said. “People think of this as a problem of the future but the reality is it is a problem now and it’s likely to get a lot worse in years to come.” “What is at stake here is nothing less than the basic integrity of modern medicine – and without this, quite simply, we, our children, and our grandchildren have nothing”.The discovery of new antibiotics are seen as vital in the battle to curb the global rise in drug resistant infections, thought to be linked to least 5,000 deaths a year in the UK alone and around 700,000 deaths around the world every year. It brings total UK investment since 2014 to more than £615 million at home and abroad in research, development and surveillance in the area.“The exciting world of robotics, artificial intelligence and genomic medicine that the Prime Minister conveyed this week will be an important part of this story,” said Dame Sally. “But our greatest achievement may yet be the rather more prosaic steps we are taking now to bring countries together to tackle antibiotic resistance at the source.”There is growing concern among senior physicians across the NHS about the impact of resistant superbugs and the impact they are having on day-to-day treatments and operations. Earlier this year, Public Health England revealed that an English traveller had picked up a case of “super gonorrhea” in south east Asia which was resistant to all standard antibiotics. The sexually transmitted infection was only cured after three days of intravenous treatment with the antibiotic of last resort, ertapenem.This bug and others are spreading rapidly across the globe fueled by the overuse of antibiotics in medicine, especially in developing countries like India, and their use as a prophylactic and growth promoter in factory farms across the world.  Although many resistant superbugs may start abroad, the nature of the connected modern world means they quickly infect other health systems and populations. For example, the south east Asian “super gonorrhea” spread to Australia as well as the UK. Because infections are common whenever surgery is conducted or when patients immune systems are supressed due to treatments such as chemotherapy, doctors need to be able to rely on antibiotics to perform these procedures safely. The NHS may soon be unable to safely offer caesareans and hip operations because of soaring levels of antibiotic resistance in British hospitals, the chief medical officer for England is warning.Professor Dame Sally Davies’s comments come as the Department of Health pledged £30m to fund the fight against deadly superbugs through investment in cutting-edge drugs and diagnostics.Contrasting the prime minister’s vision earlier this week of a health service made more effective through the use of artificial intelligence (AI), Dame Sally painted a picture of another possible future – “much harder to confront” – in which antibiotic resistance pushed medical science and the NHS backwards.“It is a future in which common infections and minor injuries kill once again, and where the types of intervention we routinely deliver today, such as caesarean sections, chemotherapy and hip replacements, become extremely dangerous”, she writes in the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday. Without this, quite simply, we, our children, and our grandchildren have nothingProfessor Dame Sally Davies I’ve watched patients deteriorate in front of my eyes because the germs are resistantSir Bruce Keogh, former medical director of the NHS A 2016 report on the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance by former Goldman Sachs boss, Lord O’Neill, warned that, if left unchecked, superbugs could kill 10m people around the world by 2050.The bulk of the new investment from the Department of Health, backed by matching philanthropic donations, will go to Carb-X, a non-profit partnership launched in 2016 by the US government and the Wellcome Trust which is dedicated to combating antibiotic resistance bacteria through the development of new technologies. read more

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Pupils banned from talking while walking between lessons under headteachers silence policy

Val Masson said the policy had transformed pupils' behaviour “And the third thing is that silence creates a very mutually respectful relationship between students and staff.”It encourages a no raised voices environment. I don’t agree with raising voices to children and usually staff only need to do that if there is a lot of noise.”If it is a quiet environment, you don’t need to raise your voice.” 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. Mrs Masson, 51, said the number of pupils in isolation for poor behaviour has halved since she decided to revive stricter teaching methods.She said: “There are several reasons why we did it.”We wanted a calm and academic atmosphere like a high-end institution.”The second reason is that we believe in equality for all so even your meekest, most under confident child should be given the space to grow. As part of the rules, students from years seven, eight and nine are made to queue silently in the playground three times a day – before school, and after morning and lunch break.Teachers then thank them for participating and for their hard work.Mrs Masson said the scheme was “divisive” when it was first suggested in meetings with other members of staff, but she says staff members have noticed a marked improvement in how calm many pupils are.She added: “We’ve seen far fewer lessons starting late. Regularly lessons are starting way before the late bell.”Before we did this, students were still arriving at lessons then but now they’re beginning on average three minutes earlier.”If you multiply that, it’s 15 minutes extra teaching a day. A headteacher has introduced a silence policy at her secondary school which sees children banned from talking while walking between lessons.Val Masson claims the new rules have transformed pupils’ behaviour at The Albany School in Hornchurch, east London since they were brought in a month ago.Mrs Masson, who was appointed the school’s headteacher in September 2016, said she wanted schoolchildren to benefit from an “academic atmosphere” and to build mutual respect with staff. Under her policy, pupils must walk between lessons in complete silence and queue on the playground three times a day before classes without making noise.From September, Year 10 students, who are studying for their GCSEs, will also stay behind after school ends for four days a week to learn for an extra hour without speaking. The policy has been in place for a month The policy at the school in east London has been in place for a monthCredit:Ben Mole/Triangle News Val Masson said the policy had transformed pupils’ behaviourCredit:Ben Mole/Triangle News “When students don’t settle, we have a relocation system that sees them sent to another classroom to settle down. “That system has almost reduced to zero. We almost get no relocations any more and that’s because a lot of distraction was happening at the beginning of the lessons.”Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, praised the scheme.He said: “Schools use a range of techniques to encourage orderly behaviour and create a climate for learning.”Headteachers work with the school community – including governors and parents – to establish the approaches which work best for their school and build a shared commitment towards the expected standards.”Short periods of silence can encourage reflection and calmness in an age which is often noisy and frenetic.”The school has just under 900 pupils. read more

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The Evening Fix Now with what its actually like to be 22

first_imgAh lads, get a room. Ian Evans and Paul O’Connell get intimate during a Lions training session at Carton House in Maynooth yesterday. (Niall Carson/PA Wire)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#TALKING TAX: Leaders from EU member states have asked the EU itself to examine ways of tackling “aggressive tax planning” by multinational companies – in a seemingly direct response to criticism of how firms like Apple can manipulate tax systems. The European Commission will now formulate new plans by the end of the year. Before the meeting, Enda Kenny again insisted that Ireland does not negotiate tax deals with individual companies.#CROKE PARK 2a: The trade union representing primary school teachers has recommended that members accept the revised public pay deal, which will see teachers’ wages rise by €1,500 a year by 2018 – though while losing a supervision allowance worth more than that amount. The INTO will now ballot its members on whether to accept the proposals, which replace the defeated Croke Park 2 deal.#NUCLEAR POWER: A report into the impact of building eight new nuclear sites in the UK has found that the effect on human health in Ireland would be “very low”. The report from the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland assessed five possible accident scenarios, and found that even in a Fukushima-like catastrophe, the radiation Irish people would be exposed to would be less than the recommended annual limit.#RTÉ: The head of the national broadcaster has admitted that RTÉ’s top on-air figures are paid “too much”. Noel Curran said he was now working to reduce the pay of broadcasters, which had ballooned during the boom.#LONDON: A meeting of the UK’s national emergency response team has been called, after a man – thought to be a soldier – was killed and reportedly decapitated in an attack in London. The incident occurred in Woolwich this afternoon; video has emerged of one of the alleged attacks trying to justify his actions.#COSTA CONCORDIA: The captain of the stricken cruise liner the Costa Concordia is to stand trial for manslaughter. Francesco Schettino is charged with causing the shipwreck and the death of 32 passengers, and could face 20 years in jail if conviced.A gust of wind blows Pope Francis’s mantle during his weekly general audience in St. Peter Square at the Vatican. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)THINGS WE LOVEDThe idea that you could now get a toothbrush that secretes caffeine while you brush your teeth. Why dirty your teeth with coffee, the sweet elixir of life, if you can get your caffeine fix as soon as you go to the toilet?The women in the office assure me that bearded men are better. “They just are,” said a colleague who shall not be named. But in case there’s anyone still on the fence, here are 22 reasons why, courtesy of BuzzFeed.YouTube’s preparing for its giant Comedy Week. Here’s one of its videos – investigating why the Scooby-Doo mystery team is terrible –  like, worryingly terrible – at solving mysteries: (YouTube: teamcoco) (YouTube: Cracked)THINGS WE SHARED Here’s something you don’t see every day: a circle rainbow (or a bit of it, anyway). Reader Michael Brady has sent us this snap of something he saw near Thurles last week: a tiny sliver of rainbow in the middle of the clouds.Well, this is easily the best use of Vine we’ve seen so far…Finally, if you spend any time at all on YouTube you’ll probably have encountered Taylor Swift’s ode to being 22. (She’s 23.) To put her back in her place, here’s Conan O’Brien advising her on HIS memories of being 22. We think his version is better:last_img read more

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Michael Jacksons nephew defends his uncle ahead of documentary on alleged abuse

first_img Image: Yui Mok Share6 Tweet Email Short URL It wasn’t only boys, it was girls, it was cousins, it was everyone… but also my uncle would give them the bed and he’d sleep on the floor. I know what it sounds like, I’m not oblivious to what it sounds like.Meanwhile, protesters gathered outside Channel 4 offices to protest against the documentary being aired and to show their support for the pop icon. 48 Comments Mar 6th 2019, 5:04 PM Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 5:04 PM Michael Jackson fans stage a protest outside the headquarters of Channel 4. Image: Yui Mok Michael Jackson fans stage a protest outside the headquarters of Channel 4. Source: mjc/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/4527191 MICHAEL JACKSON’S NEPHEW has reiterated his support for the pop icon, hours before a controversial Channel 4 documentary is to air outlining allegations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson.Taj Jackson, a spokesperson for the Jackson family, spoke to RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke show about Leaving Neverland, where two men Wade Robson (36) and James Safechuck (41) outline the abuse they allege to have been subjected to.He said that he believes his uncle is innocent, and accused Robson and Safechuck of making false accusations for money.“You know your family, I spent thousands of hours with my uncle Michael… I wouldn’t have flown to the UK to defend him if I thought for one instant that he was guilty.” Source: Sky News/YouTubeOn sleepovers in Jackson’s home, Taj Jackson expanded on the phrase used was “shared a bed”. By Gráinne Ní Aodha About the documentaryThe first part of Leaving Neverland, a four-hour film by British director Dan Reed, will air tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm; the second part will air tomorrow at the same time. US cable network HBO will air it in two parts, starting Sunday.The testimonies by the two men is reported to be quite harrowing and detailed, so much so that counseling was made available at its Sundance Film Festival premiere in January.Both allege that Jackson wooed them: claiming he invited them into his “fairytale existence”, gained their families’ trust and manipulated them into keeping their sexual relations secret.Reed said he tried to include “sexual detail in a very measured way, so it wasn’t done for shock value.”“We tried to make it graphic enough to be eye-opening and for people to be confronted with what it means for a little child to be seduced and raped by an adult pedophile,” Reed told AFP.“Of course it’s shocking. It’s a very serious crime. And it shouldn’t be glossed over.”It’s not the first public airing of abuse claims against Jackson but the release marks the scandal’s first major explosion since his fatal overdose at age 50, almost 10 years ago.With reporting from © AFP 2019. You can listen to the RTÉ interview in full here.  23,487 Views Michael Jackson’s nephew defends his uncle ahead of documentary on alleged abuse The first part of Leaving Neverland airs on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm. Protest outside Channel 4 today about the fact the Leaving Neverland documentary (which accuses Michael Jackson of sexually assaulting children) is airing tonight. pic.twitter.com/6iim2GaTBH— mjc (@MC_squared_) March 6, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Ireland achieve highestever points total in latest World Rugby rankings

first_imgLeinster sign three Ireland U20 players up as part of academy intake for 2018/19What next for Ireland? Schmidt’s men don’t want to be ‘one-hit wonders’ Follow us: the42.ie 65,978 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 25 Jun 2018, 5:09 PM Share397 Tweet Email5 A REMARKABLE SEASON which scaled rarefied heights ends with another notable achievement, as Joe Schmidt’s Ireland achieve a highest-ever points total in the latest World Rugby rankings. Ireland celebrate their series win in Sydney. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOIn winning 10 of their 11 Test matches over the course of last season, Ireland accumulated a Triple Crown, Grand Slam, Six Nations title and, most recently, a landmark series victory in Australia for only the second time, and first since 1979.Schmidt’s side consolidated their position in second place of the rankings with Saturday’s series-clinching victory over the Wallabies in Sydney, while passing the 90-point mark for the first time.Ireland began the campaign in fourth place on 85.39 rating points but memorable wins at the Stade de France and Twickenham en route to Grand Slam glory saw them hit a rankings high of second for the first time since August 2015.New Zealand remain the number one ranked team in the world but Ireland closed the gap at the summit, the All Blacks’ advantage now just 3.87 points after the summer Test series.Steve Hansen’s side defeated France 3-0 but gained no further reward, while England moved up to fourth place in the rankings after avoiding a series whitewash to South Africa with victory at Newlands on Saturday.Despite their overall series win, Rassie Erasmus’ South Africa slip one place to sixth with the Wallabies sandwiched between the Springboks and England in fifth. Wales are in third position.Meanwhile, Scotland made up some of the ground they lost following last week’s shock one-point loss to the USA with a convincing 44-15 win against Argentina in Resistencia.Gregor Townsend’s men remain in sixth position, with France, Fiji and Argentina making up the top 10.Ireland are next in action in November, when they begin their busy Autumn international schedule with a fixture against Conor O’Shea’s Italy in Soldier Field, Chicago.Argentina and USA then visit the Aviva Stadium in-between a much-anticipated renewal with the All Blacks in Dublin on Saturday 17 November. Source: World RugbyFull rankings available here>Originally published at 15.41The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL http://the42.ie/4090713 By Ryan Bailey 50 Comments Ireland achieve highest-ever points total in latest World Rugby rankings Joe Schmidt’s side won 10 of their 11 Tests last season. Jun 25th 2018, 3:32 PM last_img read more

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Control Your Smart Home With Raspberry Pi AddOn Talking Pi

first_img Don’t spend your life savings on a smart home: All you need is a Raspberry Pi and the new Talking Pi speech control assistant.The intelligent open-source extension, from German manufacturer Joy-it, allows users to manage lights, plugs, and devices via voice commands.“Simply control the light, … switch sockets on and off, or activate your coffee machine when you come in the front door,” the Joy-it website said. “There are practically no limits to your imagination here.”Customers can pair it with the Google Home smart speaker, as well as the company’s AIY (do-it-yourself artificial intelligence) Vision and Voice kits. Its six-channel servo PWM, meanwhile, acts as a remote control for robotics projects.On sale from Conrad Business Solutions (€32.99/$41) and Elektor ($42), the Raspberry Pi add-on features integrated motor control and a range of applications for increased functionality.Plus, a stereo microphone and integrated I2S sound output driver make it easy to connect a 3-watt loudspeaker. Joy-it is currently working on another module, expected for release soon, which will allow for stereo sound output.For servomotors, an integrated 5V barrel connector is available.Equipped with a bracket holding a 433MHz radio module, the configurable and customizable gadget is also capable of addressing devices and circuits through the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO interface.Talking Pi, a measly 64-by-10-by-54 mm, is fit for installation “in space-sensitive areas such as enclosures, as well as integrating into existing applications,” according to Elektor.Developed to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries, the cheap Raspberry Pi board has become the ultimate DIY accessory.Use it to power a wearable computer, racing robot, or Nerf Blaster (that can ID its target’s face); turn it into a mini Game Boy, pocketable PC, or nostalgic arcade stick.Last year, scientists developed an advanced wave forecasting system that can run speedy simulations on a Raspberry Pi. Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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