Xbox One Eighty: Microsoft Finds It Still Needs Gamers To Sell Gaming Consoles

first_imgtaylor hatmaker 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Apparently, Microsoft has just remembered that it needs gamers to sell a gaming console. In a complete and humbling reversal, Microsoft’s next-gen console just dropped some of the contentious bits that had formerly loyal gamers shouldering pitchforks and heading to Redmond. And thank goodness — now we’ve got a fairer fight on our hands.See also: 5 Games That Make The Sony-Microsoft Console War MeaninglessSo what’s out? Microsoft brought the axe down on its requirement that the Xbox One would need to connect to the Internet once every 24 hours, and also rolled back its most user unfriendly copy-protection (i.e., DRM) limitations. In an official Microsoft blog post, Interactive Entertainment President Don Mattrick invites gamers to “[t]rade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today.” The company also dropped regional restrictions for games in the Xbox One’s stable.And unlike last week, the Xbox One leads the PlayStation 4 in launch day pre-orders today.Features On The Chopping BlockUnfortunately, hushing the public backlash against the Xbox One comes at the cost of a few previously-announced features, at least at launch. The Xbox One will not allow users to share games with up to 10 “family” members — one of the system’s cooler new perks.And some old annoyances are back, too. For instance, users can download games from disk to the Xbox One’s hard drive in order to improve performance — but they’ll still need to put the physical disk in the console to play them.Was The Xbox 360 The Gamer’s Console All Along?Why did Microsoft change its tune? As much as the company paraded the next-generation Xbox One as an all-in-one living room entertainment system, it’s still a gaming console at heart.According to a surprising 2013 Nielsen report, the Xbox is where the gamers were all along. In 2012 PlayStation 3 users lead the charge on non-gaming entertainment, spending almost a quarter of their time streaming movies or TV shows — not playing games — on the console. Xbox 360 users spent around 13% of their usage time for video-on-demand and other forms of streaming media.See also: Ouya Is A Tiny Box Full Of Game PossibilitiesPlayStation 3 owners only spent 46% of their time playing online or offline games, allocating the rest to the broader entertainment features that are supposedly the domain of Microsoft, while Xbox 360 users spent 66% of their time playing games on the console. Sure, Sony’s inclusion of Blu-Ray on its last-gen console counts for something, but video on demand and streaming media accounted for the lion’s share of the difference — and that’s something both consoles have equal access to.Can Microsoft’s Backtrack Bring Gamers Back?Last week, Sony jumped at the opportunity to spin the PlayStation 4 as a console built for gamers, not just for whatever family members happen to be ambling around the living room. And for once, the gaming community at large seemed agree on something — namely that it wouldn’t stand for the Xbox One’s restrictive policies and it was happy to pre-order the PlayStation 4 instead. Pre-orders for Sony’s PS4 poured in.Now that Microsoft has been humbled by the core gamer demographic it threw to the wolves just last week, the big question is whether it’s done enough to repair the damage. We’ll have to track console pre-orders and social media to see how it all plays out, at least until the consoles hit the market this fall. By that time, the rules of the game may have shifted yet again.Xbox 180 image via imgur, provenance unknown 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#Microsoft#Microsoft Xbox#Xbox#xbox one center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Thread: Finally, a mesh protocol that works!

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Google#IoT#protocols#Rigado#Thread#Weave Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces ReadWrite Sponsorscenter_img Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Thread is a secure wireless mesh network architected for the home and its connected products. Everyone is excited about Thread because it’s a wireless protocol that’s designed by Google Nest (with Weave), is open(ish), is extremely resilient, scalable, and meshes. The best part about reading this article is that you can learn how to get your hands on one of the few Thread RF modules available now that you can play with.To date, mesh protocols have been notoriously high in promises and low in delivery. That’s okay, as mesh is a very, very, hard technology to get working correctly and Thread has built on the shoulders of the giants it stands on. But first, a quick briefing on Thread for those of you who are not familiar with it.Thread is primarily a mesh networking protocol. Each “node” (or product) in the network can act as a router, leader or end device. These then connect to a border router to get the data onto the network from and to the internet. Each network can only have one leader and each node must be capable of being a router or an end device. The node must independently make the decision to be a router or an end node depending on what the needs of the network are. Take a moment and re-read that. It’s dense but worth taking the time to understand completely.Now let’s get down and dirty and technical for the engineers amongst you now:Thread is a self-forming and self-healing network by design. There can be no single point of failure. Thread is carried on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard at 2.4ghz. The protocol is fully IPv6 compliant meaning that every node on the network has a full IP address by the use of a 6LoWPAN header. Since every node has a full IP address there is no need for NAT (Network Address Translation). Thread has embraced low-power techniques to enable what they call “sleepy nodes” – nodes that will go into deep sleep mode when not in active use. When they wake up or are pinged there is no need for the node to rejoin the network, as on wake the parent sees the device and recognizes it. The network is designed to continue operating locally when there is no general IP connection to the greater internet. Security is by object authentication on the network by key exchange. It uses a variant of the Diffie Hellman key exchange that leverages a NIST elliptic curve to make it more power efficient.For the product managers/owners amongst you, Thread is important because you don’t want your product to be a second class citizen in the new IoT order. You want it to be a first class participant and fully compliant with the protocol.The organization pushing Thread is committed to making it work and committed to stopping it from fragmenting. The working group reads like a who’s who of consumer, commercial and industrial vendors. So while we may have the “Betamax” problem occur again, the prospects look good for Thread and many powerful companies are eager to ensure that their products have Thread lest they are left out of the “Internet of Things Club.”Surj Patel, VP of Business Development, RigadoConsumer home products will be the first use caseThe first use cases will be consumer products in the smart home, but the commercial controls and industrial automation pioneers are eager to put Thread through its paces to see if it can replace the aging and fragile Zigbee protocol or the single vendor controlled Z-Wave.Now that’s all dandy, but what does it mean for you?The low energy experts at Rigado in Portland, OR have partnered with chip giant NXP to produce one of the first certified Thread modules to reach market – the R41Z. In addition, it also has Bluetooth low energy providing a double punch of connectivity for your projects. Rigado is now making a number of their post verification run modules available for ReadWrite readers who are working on actual products. You will get an eval board and a ton of support, BUT you must give back some feedback on how the experience can be improved. To sign-up for this beta program click here and fill out the brief form.This article was produced in partnership with Rigado.last_img read more

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Gift ideas worth more than money

first_imgMemory jar/ card deck memories, I love you’s: This can be done in a couple of different ways, with the main goal of just showing your loved one how much you care. The first idea, requires a jar of your choosing which you then fill with little pieces of paper with memories (like a Penseive if you’re a Harry Potter Fan) or reasons you love the person. Another way to do it, is by getting a deck of playing cards and writing on each of the 52 cards reasons you love the person or your favorite memories of the individual etc. Both the cards and jar can be easily portable and can be constant source of comfort for the individual, especially if he or she is about to be deployed or away for a while.Avocado app: This app is used by couples to stay in touch. This private app allows you to share calendars, camera rolls/galleries, chats, etc.https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/avocado-chat-for-couples/id510134530?mt=8 Flash drives with videos and pictures: Fill a flash drive full of videos, pictures, movies or other things that they may enjoy. Flash drives allow you to pack a lot of information into one small mail-able (and reusable) unit.Coupon Books: This idea is an age old classic! Make a coupon book for your loved ones full of chores, favors, etc. This doesn’t cost a thing! Inexpensive:Groovebook: This is a great way to have tangible pictures in book-form straight from your phone! The cost is only $2.99 a month. Check out more details here: http://groovebook.com/. Family puzzle: Puzzling with family members is an awesome way to bond and spend time, without competing or ruining relationships like board games can (looking at you, Monopoly). There are a couple of websites that allow you to make your own puzzles based on either a family picture (shutterfly.com) or based on a GPS location (http://www.monticelloshop.org/070252.html).MySocialBook: Create a bound copy of all the correspondences between your social media websites. This website allows you to create a hardbound copy of your Facebook timelines between you and your significant other, you and your family members or you and five friends. While social media is notorious for archiving every moment that we post, it can be difficult, daunting and vexing to have to sift through everything posted to find a post, picture or message.Matching bracelets: These are a cute idea to keep the whole family connected. Spend time creating matching bracelets out of embroidery thread. There are a bunch of different designs that aren’t hard to make (just scan Pinterest) and you can always let your kids have a say in picking the colors, adding beads or depending on their age, making one of their own.ShadowBox Keys: Shadowboxes are an appealing type of home décor for displaying pictures, tickets and other memorabilia. Display the keys from the many homes that you have shared. Many military families get so accustomed to moving that it becomes just a normal part of life, why not preserve some of the memories and honor the different places you have created into a home together?Flat Daddies and Flat Mommies (flatdaddies.com): Have you heard of FatHeads? They are basically giant life-size stickers that you can decorate your walls with. Well, Flat Daddies and Flat Mommies are the military personalized version of Fatheads. You send in a picture of your mommy or daddy and you get a life-sized sticker of that individual. The FlatDaddies website also does some funding to provide free flat daddies to military families, but that funding may not always be available. By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT and Caitlyn Brownpixabay[Present by ParentRap December 27, 2015, CCO]It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday season and find yourself wishing you could buy the biggest, best, and most extravagant gifts for your loved ones. It’s also easy to convince yourself that material items can enhance relationships and solidify connections. Military families may be especially susceptible to falling into the spending trap because of the long periods of time spent away from each other.  But, what if you can give gifts to others without spending any money at all? Or, more realistically, spending less than you think you should.  Below is a list of gift ideas created specifically with our military families in mind.Free:Snapchat Stories: Snapchat is commonly used amongst the millennials, but they aren’t the only ones. Snapchat is a great way to capture the moments that your deployed member may be missing out on. By creating a snapchat for your deployed member and for yourself, you can send your deployed member snap shots of pictures or up to 10second videos. You can also use snapchat to live chat or video message. All you need for Snapchat is an email address/phone number and a phone with apps. If both of you have Snapchat, you can also post videos/pictures to your story, which will appear for 24 hours. That way, if there is a major time difference, your significant other can view them on his or her own time that day. It also lets you see when and who has viewed the snapchat story (in case you have other friends that you want to see it).Mail a hug: The US Postal Service allows us to mail a whole bunch of things that aren’t just boxed up. Send your deployed service member a hug! You can do this by taking a pillow (that hopefully one that smells like your house) and using felt, cutting out your children’s hands and sewing (or hot gluing) the hands to the pillow. Then you can write a message directly on the pillow using fabric pens. You can then send the pillow, unboxed, by placing the stamps directly onto the pillow with the address. It will look like a little huggable postcard.https://www.craftsmile.com/how-to-mail-a-hug-diy-hug-pillow-i-pnAKMaBjc21pbGU=.htmlhttp://pagingsupermom.com/2012/08/send-hug/center_img This list is not the end all be all of fun gifts, but we hope we provided a bunch of fun and creative ideas for you to explore as a family. We recognize that it is easy to get swept up in buying the newest or most popular item of the year, but these gift ideas carry the potential for an emotional value that far surpasses anything monetary. We welcome any other ideas that have been a success for you and your family or someone else you know. We hope you continue to enjoy this holiday season!This post was written by Bari Sobelson and Caitlyn Brown of the  MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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‘Kill him, kill him,’ screamed ‘Premis’

first_imgHaryana braces for Monday, the day of sentence Ram Rahim Singh enjoyed BJP’s patronage On Friday afternoon, it was a near-death experience for two journalists from a private news channel.Rakesh Kumar, 44, a principal correspondent with PTC News, and his cameraman, Shapinder Singh, 23, were surrounded by a mob of around 40 Dera followers armed with sticks, iron rods, and other sharp-edged weapons. While Mr. Kumar escaped with a fractured arm, Mr. Singh lost his camera. They consider themselves lucky to have survived to tell the tale.It all happened around an hour after the CBI court in Panchkula delivered its verdict, holding Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of rape. Fearing a backlash, nearly all journalists, who had camped in the media wing of the Dera headquarters, sneaked away minutes before the judgement was announced.Also Read  People to the rescueHelped by a kind-hearted man in the mob, the cameraman also managed to escape. “We both ran in different directions. A few villagers came to my rescue. One of them took me to a bus stand on his cycle, where I spotted a senior police officer. He then took me to a hospital,” Mr. Kumar said.Mr. Singh, while seeking directions to the bus stand, ran into a proverbial Good Samaritan who offered him refuge in his house. “I tried to contact Rakesh after I recharged my phone but he was continuously out of reach.It was only later that I realised that he had forgotten his phone in the car, and it was burnt, along with our clothes, cash, and the camera. Around midnight, I got a call from Rakesh, and we could finally reconnect,” Mr. Singh said. Despite the harrowing experience on his very first assignment, he was determined to pursue a career in journalism, he added.A three-member team of another Hindi news channel was also stranded inside the Dera following the verdict and rescued on Saturday morning. The trio hid for several hours in a room at one of the hotels inside the Dera. They eventually managed to come out after establishing contact with the local administration.  For exclusive footageMr. Kumar and Mr. Singh, however, stayed behind in the hope of getting some exclusive footage. Little did they realise that the decision would nearly cost them their lives. When they finally started for the city around 4 p.m. (the Dera is around 14 km from Sirsa city), a mob surrounded their car outside ‘Purana Dera,’ the smaller and older Dera about 3 km from the main one. Some men in the mob wanted to search the car to establish their identity.“Even before I could react, one of them yelled that he had seen me reporting from outside the Dera. Once they realised we were journalists, they began to attack us. They pulled me and my cameraman out of the car. They smashed the windows and the windscreen, badly damaged the vehicle, and set it on fire,” Mr. Kumar said.The mob then turned on Mr. Kumar, blaming the media for the situation, and started raining blows on him. While some in the mob shouted, “Kill him, kill him,” an elderly man thrashed him with a lathi, fracturing his right arm. In the commotion, Mr. Kumar somehow managed to extricate himself and fled towards the houses in the nearby Shahpur Begu village.Also Readlast_img read more

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NBA: Manu Ginobili expected to return next season

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) ORG XMIT: OTKAdvertisementMike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News reported Saturday that veteran guard Manu Ginobili is expected to announce his return for the 2018-19 season, possibly within the next few days.Manu Ginobili has yet to say whether he’ll return for his 17th season with the Spurs or end his storied career as one of basketball’s preeminent goodwill ambassadors.But there is rising speculation that Ginobili will be back with the only NBA franchise he’s played for since he joined the Silver and Black as a 25-year-old rookie in 2002.The 41-year-old Ginobili, who is under contract for $2.5 million next season, proved that he was still able to produce in 2017-18. He appeared in 65 games and averaged 8.9 points and 2.5 assists in a mere 20.0 minutes a night.DeRozan is currently participating in a three-day minicamp with USA Basketball in preparations for the 2020 Olympics. DeRozan spoke to the media on Thursday and made it clear that he’s a huge fan of Manu Ginobili and hopes that Ginobili returns to the team for another season.Advertisementlast_img read more

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OILSEEDS-PRICES(BCM19)

first_imgMumbai, Feb 17 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs)Mumbai, Feb 17 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 4600 Groundnut Bold 60/70 6300 Javas 60/70: 7750 Javas 70/80: 7550 Javas 80/90: 7350 Kardi 2975 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 5700 Sesame 95/5/1: 5550 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 4850 Sunflowerseed 4025 Nigerseed 7500 and Castorseed Bombay 3125.Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 930 Kardi Expeller 875 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 690 Refined 760 Cottonseeds Refined 602 Palmolein Refined 525 Soybean Refined 625 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 800 Rapeseed Expeller 770 Copra White 820 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 850 Castoroil Comm 655 FSG 665 Kandla 627 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 625.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 28,000 Kardi Extraction 12,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 22,000 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 24,500 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48%3 34,640 and Castor Extraction 5000.Oilcakes: Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): 30,500/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD PTI KNM ADI MR PTPlast_img read more

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World T20: De Villiers, Morris help SA beat spirited Afghanistan

first_imgAB de Villiers announced himself at the World Twenty20 with a swashbuckling 64 and made Afghanistan pay heavily for dropping him twice as South Africa revived their campaign with a 37-run victory at the Wankhede Stadium today. (WT20: Full coverage ) Unable to defend a target of 230 runs against England two days ago at the same ground, South Africa chose to bat first after winning the toss and racked up a total of 209 for five in their 20 overs.The plucky Afghans came out all guns blazing in their assault on the target with the diminutive Mohammad Shahzad leading the charge with 44 off 19 balls. Shahzad, who hit five sixes and three fours, tore into paceman Kyle Abbott in the second over and took 22 runs off him as Afghanistan made a strong start.The right-hander took Afghanistan to 47-0 in three overs, reminding South Africa of the onslaught by the English batsmen on Friday, before paceman Chris Morris uprooted his stumps. Afghanistan, who made the Super 10 stage after coming through the qualifiers, were ahead of South Africa’s score at the halfway stage on 103 for two but lost too many wickets to keep up with the required run rate.The lanky Morris showed good control to finish with four wickets, earning him the player of the match award, while leg-spinner Imran Tahir and fast bowlers Abbott and Kagiso Rabada all picked up two wickets each. South Africa dropped Dale Steyn from the side that lost against England and drafted in seamer David Wiese, who also had a forgettable outing, conceding 47 off his four overs.advertisementEarlier, opener Quinton de Kock (45) continued his impressive show with the bat and added 65 for the second wicket with captain Faf du Plessis after South Africa lost Hashim Amla early in their innings. The Proteas, among the favourites to lift the trophy at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on April 3, lost De Kock and Du Plessis (41) in quick succession, which set the stage for De Villiers to explode.The right-hander was first dropped by Samiullah Shenwari on 26 off his own bowling and then again on 35 by the same fielder at midwicket off leg-spinner Rashid Khan. Rashid was the unfortunate bowler who suffered most from De Villiers’s onslaught as the batsman plundered 29 runs in the 17th over with four sixes and a boundary to race past his fifty in 24 deliveries.De Villiers added 76 for the fourth wicket with left-hander JP Duminy (29 not out), who guided South Africa past the 200-run mark with David Miller (19). Afghanistan, who also lost their opening match against defending champions Sri Lanka, have little chance to advance past the Super 10 stage after their second loss.last_img read more

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World Twenty20 main draw set to expand to ‘Super 12’

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) is most likely to add two more teams to the main draw of the reinstated World Twenty20 in 2018.Discussions at the associates meeting of the ongoing ICC annual conference in Edinburgh also indicated that representatives of the associate nations on the ICC board may get full voting rights as well.”What I have heard described is that two teams will go through from each first group to create a Super 12,” Tim Cutler, the Hong Kong Cricket Association chief executive, was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.”That seems to be the agreed format at the moment. Hopefully that means with two more going through, potentially two more could come into the qualifiers to make 18 but the sound of it at the moment is it’s going to be 16 into 12. It’s a move in the right direction.”In better news for the associates, there is a motion to give their three representatives on the ICC full voting privileges and therefore a voice when it comes to decision making. ICC chairman Shashank Manohar made the announcement and it could be ratified later in the week.”Everything we’re hearing from the ICC chairman really does point towards a new era in ICC governance and the structures behind that,” Cutler said.”We talk about one man, one vote, are we going to have a 105-member federation with votes? Highly unlikely in the short term but if we do get to a point where the three Associate directors have a vote each, that really does shift the paradigm that was the ICC board and really moving things in the right direction where emerging nations really do have a true voice at the top table.”advertisementThere has also been a change in associate representation on the ICC board with Cricket Ireland’s Ross McCollum winning a vote to replace Bermuda’s Neil Speight. The other two incumbents – Singapore’s Imran Khawaja and Namibia’s Francois Erasmus – maintain their places on the board.last_img read more

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Sports Wrap: PV Sindhu conquers China, wedding bells to ring again for Imran Khan and more

first_imgFive takeaways from PV Sindhu’s China Open victoryIndian badminton queen PV Sindhu tamed the dragon in its own den as she won the China Open Super Series title. Here are five reasons why the win is significant for her and Indian badminton.Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real Madrid to derby victory over AtleticoReal Madrid’s gap to Atletico Madrid increased to nine points, putting the rival’s title chances in jeopardy after only 12 matches.Jordan Spieth wins Australian Open in playoffJordan Spieth drained a 12-foot birdie putt to win the Australian Open for the second time after a three-way sudden death playoff.Australia wield the axe for third South Africa TestJoe Burns, Adam Voges and Callum Ferguson, as well as wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, paid the price for a string of batting collapses, while seamer Joe Mennie was also axed after the innings defeat in the second Test in Hobart.Imran Khan hints at third marriageFormer Pakistan captain Imran Khan said he does not have a very good track record when it comes to marriage.last_img read more

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Video: Refs Absolutely Botch Late Call In Syracuse vs. Gonzaga

first_imgA close up of Trevor Cooney not out of bounds.trevor cooney out of boundsSyracuse survived Gonzaga Friday night, but it wasn’t without controversy. The Orange, which rallied to overcome a five-point deficit late, almost lost in heartbreaking fashion. A phantom out-of-bounds call was at the center of the storm.Gonzaga, trailing 61-60, had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds to play, but an errant pass from Josh Perkins wound up in the hands of SU’s Trevor Cooney. Cooney, upon collecting the ball, did all he could to keep his feet inbounds.Cooney, however, was whistled out of bounds. As you’ll see below, it was a bad call.Channeling Cooney’s Balance @bballbreakdown #MarchMadness @AdamZagoria, @espn, @GregAnthony50 https://t.co/7LvScmvE9P— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) March 26, 2016Yep, he’s in, what a play by Cooney. #Syracuse pic.twitter.com/wG4pfaReio— XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) March 26, 2016Let’s review how much time is left.OK, now let’s make the wrong call.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2016#cooney was #inbounds #Sweet16 #Syracuse wooooooo pic.twitter.com/tZhkMHjAnw— Grove Street (@Grove_Street2x) March 26, 2016Tyler Lydon blocked the Bulldogs’ shot on the ensuing possession, and after two Lydon free throws, the Orange emerged victorious anyway. They’ll next get UVA in an all-ACC Midwest region showdown.last_img read more

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Another CFB Game Has Been Moved Due To Hurricane Florence

first_imgFootball's with South Carolina's logo on them.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Hurricane Florence is set to hit the Carolinas in the coming days. The Category 4 storm looks like it could have a devastating impact.College football is a minor concern compared to the safety of those in the path of the storm. There have already been a number of games cancelled or rescheduled because of the impending hurricane.Another game time has just been changed. Old Dominion and Charlotte will play tomorrow instead of Saturday as previously scheduled.The game is set for 4 p.m. ET tomorrow at Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte.The @Charlotte49ers football game with Old Dominion has been moved to Thursday at 4 p.m.https://t.co/szv4nwAfHf pic.twitter.com/VE9wHPylE2— Charlotte Football (@CharlotteFTBL) September 12, 2018ODU arrived in Charlotte on Tuesday, and as the two schools monitored the track of the storm, a decision was made to move the game up.“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked closely with Old Dominion Athletics Director Wood Selig and the conference office to make this decision,” said 49ers Director of Athletics Mike Hill. “Our primary goal in playing this game is to ensure the safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans, and do so without creating an undue burden on our community and its emergency services. I also want to acknowledge the incredible cooperation of Coach Bobby Wilder, Coach Brad Lambert, emergency management officials and our campus partners in this difficult process.”Expect some more games to either be cancelled or postponed in the coming days.We will keep you posted on any changes.last_img read more

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After Rohits blistering ton bowlers Pak a deadly punch

first_imgManchester: Chasing India’s mammoth 336, Pakistan were staring down the barrel at 166/6 after 35 overs when the heavens opened up. They were 86 runs behind under the Duckworth Lewis system at the time of the stoppage. Earlier being put in to bat, Rohit Sharma pulverised a pedestrian Pakistan attack with a stylish hundred to lead India to a challenging 336 for five in a marquee World Cup encounter here Sunday. Despite heavy rains and overcast conditions during the past few days, the pitch had very little moisture and turned out to be a batting beauty which Rohit and the other Indian batsmen exploited to the fullest. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe Indian vice-captain scored his 24th ODI hundred – 140 off 113 balls while KL Rahul (57) played the perfect second fiddle in an opening partnership of 137 runs. Skipper Virat Kohli switched gears effortlessly during his 77 off 65 balls and also became the quickest to 11,000 ODI runs, eclipsing a 17-year record held by iconic Sachin Tendulkar. Mohammed Amir (3/47) pitched the ball up and maintained discipline despite a couple of official ‘warnings’ for running onto the pitch while Wahab Riaz (1/71) and Hasan Ali (1/84) bowled short consistently. Courtesy Amir, Pakistan did manage to pull things back in the final few overs as India managed only 38 runs in the final five overs. Vijay Shankar (15 off 15 balls) struggled with his timing, failing to read Amir’s cutters.last_img read more

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UN monitoring body encourages States cooperation on Iranian sanctions violations

23 June 2011The chair of the United Nations committee monitoring the arms embargo imposed on Iran today encouraged Member States to cooperate with the world body in investigating alleged violations of the sanctions imposed on the country over its nuclear programme. Reporting on the latest regular 90-day report on the activities of the committee, Ambassador Néstor Osorio of Colombia outlined some of the notifications received of alleged violations of the sanctions that have been imposed on Iran since 2006. Over the past five years, the Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions on Iran, including a ban on all items which could contribute to the country’s enrichment of uranium, a necessary step for both peaceful and militaristic uses of nuclear energy, and arms sales and a freeze on assets. Mr. Osorio said the notifications received by the committee over the past three months include three additional cases of alleged violations of paragraph 5 of resolution 1747 (2007), which imposes a ban on the export to and procurement by Iran of arms and related materiel.He said that some of the cases are still being examined by the committee and the panel of experts established last year to monitor and enforce the sanctions against Iran.“The committee commends the readiness of States to report alleged sanctions violations and encourages States to cooperate with the panel of experts in its investigations of incidents of non-compliance,” said Mr. Osorio.Iran’s nuclear programme – which it says is for energy production but which other countries maintain is for making nuclear weapons – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that it had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). read more

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Most important Buckeyes for 2014 – No 6 Jeff Heuerman

Then-junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) is tackled out of bounds during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Lantern file photoAs we rapidly close in on the top five, The Lantern continues its countdown of the top 10 most important Buckeyes for the 2014 Ohio State football season.No. 6: Jeff Heuerman, senior tight endEvery season since Ben Hartsock’s 2003 departure, Buckeye fans across the state have been saying “this is the year” an OSU tight end becomes a key part of the passing game. Over time, after repeated underwhelming displays of production from the position, that statement has become a question.Is this the year?After years of failure, 2013 was a step in the right direction.In 2004 and 2005 it was Ryan Hamby’s chance. He’s best known for a dropped touchdown against Texas in 2005 that could have won the game. From 2006 to 2008 it was Rory Nicol’s chance, but he never managed more than 13 receptions.In 2009 Jake Ballard proved to be a solid player and had a key reception in OSU’s Rose Bowl win against Oregon, but he was not key to the offense.Jake Stoneburner broke through with 21 catches in 2010 and seven touchdowns in 2011, but he was more of an oversized receiver and still didn’t ooze production.After Stoneburner’s departure in 2012, this past season was finally Heuerman’s chance to shine.Heuerman tallied 26 receptions for 466 yards and four touchdowns –– easily the best tight end production OSU has had in a decade –– and proved to be a valuable safety valve for then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller.In 2014, Heuerman’s importance to the team will go well beyond his number of catches or his trips to the end zone. The most important thing will be when those catches occur.Miller is now a senior with another offseason under his belt, but he missed all of spring practice with a shoulder injury. He is expected to be set to go for the season opener, but that injury, and his injury in 2013 that caused then-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton to step in and attempt 109 passes, served as a wake-up call for coach Urban Meyer and his staff.For this team to be successful, Miller must be healthy, and Heuerman can do a lot to ensure he stays that way. Not only is he a strong blocker on the edge, Heuerman’s ability to bail Miller out in tough situations can prevent the signal caller from running as often as normal.Miller is certainly a runner first, but that might have to change of OSU is to be successful, and having the frame of Heuerman on the field gives him a near sure thing to check down to.Heuerman checks in at 6 feet, 5 inches and 255 pounds. He is an imposing presence on the field and the Buckeyes should hope to –– and expect to –– see a jump in his production for 2014.So is this the year? Does it really even matter?Heuerman put up great numbers last year, and as long as he continues his production and elevates his game, even more balls should be headed his way.OSU’s first game of the season is scheduled for Aug. 30 when the Buckeyes face Navy in Baltimore, Md. read more

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Ohio State womens soccers poor play results in three game losing streak

Ohio State’s women’s soccer team posted an 0-2 record against Big Ten foes last weekend and, according to coach Lori Walker, the team’s performance was as poor as she’s ever seen. The weekend started for the Buckeyes with a 1-0 home defeat to Iowa Friday. Then came a 3-2 loss to Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (8-7-1, 3-4-1) have lost three matches in a row, with all of the defeats coming at the hands of conference foes. Coach Lori Walker was noticeably frustrated by the team’s play this weekend. “I think our team is playing about as poorly as I’ve ever seen us play,” Walker said. After being held scoreless Friday, the Buckeyes showed more energy offensively Sunday, outshooting the Cornhuskers 26 shots to 14. Despite scoring two goals, Walker said the team is struggling most on the attack. “I think that our inability to be dangerous in the final 25 yards of the field is absolutely crippling our confidence,” she said. “Although we found a couple of goals today, we are not consistently being dangerous in the last 25 yards. “You can’t outshoot a team 26 to 14 and find a way to lose 3-2 unless your attack is in the crapper right now, and ours is.” Trailing 3-1, senior defender Danielle Scoliere settled a loose ball in the box and finished from six yards out to bring the Buckeyes within a goal in the 81st minute. It was her first goal of the season. The Buckeyes dug themselves into an early second half deficit, allowing a Nebraska goal in the 50th minute. The gap swelled to 3-1 in the 71st minute when OSU gave up a breakaway goal. Junior forward Lauren Granberg tied the game in the 26th minute with her third goal of the season. After a deflected header attempt by senior forward Paige Maxwell, the ball landed in front of Granberg who finished into a wide open net level the score, 1-1. OSU fell behind early when it conceded an own goal to the Huskers in the 11th minute. October has not been kind to the Buckeyes, who are now 1-3-0 during the month. The Buckeyes continue Big Ten play this week with two away matches. OSU will face Michigan Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday at 12 p.m. read more

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Government deal to implement minimum alcohol pricing welcomed

first_imgTHE CABINET AGREEMENT on implementing minimum alcohol pricing – a price below which alcohol cannot be sold – has been welcomed.Alcohol Action Ireland has broadly welcomed the government’s plan to tackle alcohol misuse in Ireland, with the Cabinet yesterday agreeing on proposals including a watershed on advertising drinks and separating displays from other products in retail outlets.“Introducing a minimum price for alcohol in conjunction with Northern Ireland will target the very cheapest alcohol products, which are those favoured by the heaviest and most harmful drinkers among us, as well as our young people,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.However, the proposal to ban alcohol companies’ sponsorship of sports teams and events is to be delayed until alternative sources of funding can be found, with a working group set up to consider the issue over the next year.This issue has been the subject of significant lobbying from the sports industry as well as politicians who have argued that loss of funding from drinks companies could be detrimental to sport in this country.Junior Minister Brian Hayes said last week that the coalition is keeping a “close eye” on minimum pricing being introduced in Scotland, which is currently being considered by the European Commission after five European countries argued that the policy is illegal.However, the government here now appears likely to push ahead with plans for minimum pricing in legislation that could be published as early as this week.Other proposals are likely to include a ban on alcohol ads before the 9pm watershed on television, distinct labelling with information on alcoholic strength and calories, and separating the display of alcoholic drinks from other products in supermarkets and retail outlets.Costello added: “Alcohol is not a grocery and it’s time we stopped treating it like one. Labelling is also a very positive move in this regard as it will, for the first time, include clear warnings on alcohol products sold in Ireland about the dangers which alcohol poses to our health, as well as information regarding the strength and calorie content of the alcohol product.”Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Previously: Cabinet close to agreement on alcohol strategy, but sponsorship ban will be deferredRead: Publicans want ‘lid levy’ to replace losses from alcohol sports sponsorship banlast_img read more

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Psoriatic arthritis It is very much an invisible illness because I look

first_img Short URL Apr 16th 2017, 7:30 PM Sandra Quinn Psoriatic arthritis: ‘It is very much an invisible illness because I look and appear fine’ It is unacceptable to only have access to medical experts and services within regular business hours, writes Sandra Quinn. 3,041 Views I SUFFER FROM psoriatic arthritis. It’s a bit of a pain, literally, and often decides to flare up at the most inconvenient times.It is the best form of arthritis to have in fairness, as it is not degenerative. It can be treated effectively with weekly injections, steroids, medication to prevent stomach ulcers, pain killers, anti-inflammatories and a host of other things.My diagnosisI was diagnosed when I was in college at the age of 19. It is a dehabilitating and life-long auto-immune disease, which when flared up causes severe pain, swelling and reduced mobility in my major joints, with my hips, spine, shoulders and knees being the worst affected.The disease is relatively well controlled through a strict cocktail of daily maintenance drugs and weekly injections. Then for the flare-ups, which are unpredictable in nature, severity and duration, there are stronger medications, such as painkillers, anaesthetic topical patches (like plasters), anti-inflammatories, steroids and more.It is very much an invisible illness because I look and appear to be fine and while I may be in a lot of pain, I would often still try to be in good form.People often tell me I seem fine, not realising that they only see me when I’m well enough to be seen. If I am really bad and in a lot of pain, I will be at home in bed hiding away from the world.Managing flare upsSo, when it flares up, I have a list (it’s intimidatingly long to be frank) with a secondary bag of medication to match, which I can refer to and there are stages and steps to follow.I have been going through the motions of the first steps since last week and all was going according to plan-ish, until I woke at 5am on Saturday (never a good sign) and had an upset stomach and bouts of vomiting from the severe waves of pain coming over me.As it was a Saturday and my own GP practice was closed, I rang SouthDoc and got great medical advice and help. But as they were in Mallow and I was in Rockchapel (both in Cork, but a good 40-minute drive away from each other), it was not practical for me to go there, with the possibility of then having to go onto Limerick to the hospital.I rang my own GP and left messages. Then I rang the assigned “24 hour” rheumatology nurse specialist, then the rheumatology secretary and then the hospital itself.No service available until MondayThe upshot of all those calls and chasing people was that there is no rheumatologist on call and the service is not available until Monday.Armed with that knowledge, I assessed what SouthDoc had told me and started a process of self-medication and dosage.The options were to self-medicate in the comfort of my own home or go to hospital, where they would only be able to give me pain relief, but nothing to treat the direct source of the flare up, without consulting a rheumatologist.So, I ask you, is it fair or right that anyone with a severe illness or disability has to schedule their flare ups to tie in with the supposed schedule of Monday to Friday, 9 to 5?It’s unacceptable  I think this story will evolve quite a lot, as it is clearly unacceptable in this day and age to only have access to vital medical experts and services within regular business hours.I appreciate that people need time off and that services have wind down times, but the health system should not be one of those un-manned areas.Sandra Quinn is a journalist and editor. She’s from Cork and lives in Limerick. You’ll find her personal blog over on www.quinnsquandries.blogspot.ie, while her work has been published in daily and weekly local, regional and national publications.‘Do we invest money into private pockets, or into public housing, that we own?’>Column: Debunking the most common ‘alternative facts’ about the Irish language> http://jrnl.ie/3337350 Share Tweet Email14 Journalist and editor living with psoriatic arthritis Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 7:30 PM By Sandra Quinn 31 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Identity and belonging

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Food For Thought Network is celebrating International Women’s day with an evening of sharing and storytelling around the theme of identity and belonging, inspired by the internationally renowned performance Odyssey. Odyssey weaves the story of the Litras family and their migration from Greece to Australia through Homer’s epic poem. It is the story of Angelo, a migrant seeking his fortune in a new land; it is the story of Paraskevi his proxy bride who travels across the world to marry a man she has only seen in a photograph; it is the story of their son Andreas growing up between two cultures and two identities. Odyssey celebrates the extraordinary courage of ordinary people.The play Odyssey will be performed at Open Stage, 757 Swanston Street, Carlton at 5:00 pm on Sunday 18 March. Tickets are $38 call 0419 663 257 to book. The performance will be followed by a discussion afterwards. All proceeds from Food For Thought Network’s 2012 events will go towards supporting the teaching of Greek at Latrobe University and providing a $500 prize for the top student of the Managing Diversity and Culture Unit which is part of the Masters in Business Administration at Swinburne University.last_img read more

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Report Ronaldo and Messi a healthy rivalry

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have a rivalry that pushes the other to make footballing history.As Ronaldo and Messi sat side by side at the UEFA player of the year awards ceremony, they were pictured in cordia conversation.There was Virgil van Dijk sat to Ronaldo’s left, appearing perhaps a little anxious after all it was his first time on the big awards stage.Since the inception of the award back in the 2010/11 season, over half the winners come from either Messi or Ronaldo. There has never been a top-three shortlist that has not contained at least one of the pair.This is two men of football, who between them have dominated the stage of this sport for the last ten years.Last season was the first time in almost 10 years that the pair had not squared off against one another in some shape or form on the football field.El Classico was not only a battle between Barcelona and Real Madrid anymore, it wasa battel of the two greatest footballers on the planet.But Ronaldo had decided to venture on to somewhere new. It was his first year at Juventus. It was the first time in a decade we did not see them go toe to toe on the football field.When Ronaldo is asked had he missed seeing Messi UEFA.com reports he said:“I was curious because we’ve shared the stage here for 15 years.”“It’s not easy but of course we have a good relationship.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We have not yet had dinner but it is nice.”“We push each other and it’s good to be part of the history of football.”You get the feeling there is mutual respect, camaraderie an understanding that without Ronaldo, there is not as much Messi, and without Messi, there is not quite as much Ronaldo.Ronaldo: “We’ve not had dinner together yet, but I hope in the future!” 😃@Cristiano & Messi at the #UCLdraw 🤜🤛 pic.twitter.com/KOFY8680tU— #UCLdraw (@ChampionsLeague) August 29, 2019Ronaldo five times balon D’or winner, a times UEFA player of the year, and a trophy haul of 31 trophies for club and country.Messi, five times Balon D’or winner, 3 times UEFA player of the year, and a trophy haul of 36 trophies for club and country.Trying to split an atom may be easier than trying to split the best footballer of the last ten years between these two.MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid greets Lionel Messi of Barcelona prior to the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 23, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)last_img read more

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