England Reaches World Cup Semifinals, Beats Sweden 2-0

first_imgSAMARA, Russia (AP) — England achieved something David Beckham’s generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup.Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England a match against either Croatia or host nation Russia for a place in the final.England has advanced further than was widely expected. Not even the England side containing stars like Beckham, Steven Gerrard and a young Wayne Rooney ever got this far at a major tournament.England, the 1966 World Cup champion, last reached the semifinals in 1990. In 2014, the team didn’t even make it out of the group stage. But the performances of Gareth Southgate’s young lineup in Russia are being celebrated wildly back home.The surprising run is being fuelled by goals from set pieces, and there was another against Sweden when Maguire headed in a corner in the 30th minute.Alli added the second goal by meeting a far-post cross from Jesse Lingard with a powerful header in the 59th, becoming — at 22 — the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup.“We knew set plays would be key,” Maguire said. “And also that little ball that Jesse sent in for Dele, that was great. We worked on that in practice.”It proved to be a match too far for the Swedes, who got further at a World Cup then they ever did with Zlatan Ibrahimovic — the team’s star for more than a decade — by being compact and hard to break down. That helped them win a two-leg playoff against Italy to get to the World Cup, top a group containing Germany, and then beat Switzerland in the round of 16.They began solidly against England in a slow and sloppy start to the game that resembled a pre-season friendly at times, only to be outdone by England’s eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russia.The standard of England’s crossing has particularly stood out this tournament, and another brilliant delivery led to the second goal.A chant of “On our way, on our way, to Moscow, on our way” came from England fans in one corner of the Samara Arena.Although Sweden rallied in the final 30 minutes, forcing two good saves from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, England comfortably held on for its first shutout of the tournament.STERLING’S STRUGGLESEngland forward Raheem Sterling has yet to score at the World Cup from his unusual position as the support striker to Harry Kane, and his finishing let him down against Sweden.Set clear by Jordan Henderson’s long pass over the defense late in the first half, Sterling tried to get around Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen but was stopped. Sterling got hold of the loose ball but his shot was deflected over.Sterling’s movement was very good, though, causing Sweden’s slow defense problems throughout.SWEDISH TACTICSVirtually from the kickoff, Sweden sent a long pass forward to tall striker Ola Toivonen and looked for a flick-on. It was a sign of what was to come — direct balls, long throws, pressing — but it didn’t trouble England.The Sweden team got in a huddle after the game and coach Janne Andersson spoke to the players who, like England’s, had gotten further than expected.Sweden last reached the World Cup semifinals in 1994, and ended up finishing third.By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

FIFA President Infantino gifts PM Narendra Modi custom-made G20 football jersey

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino had missed meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the opening ceremony of the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in India last year.But this time, Infantino made sure to meet Modi as they crossed paths during the 2018 G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.And Infantino even made sure to get a gift for Modi, who had spoken about football and Argentina while addressing the ‘Yoga for Peace’ event on November 27.Infantino gifted the Indian Prime Minister a custom-made G20 football jersey, Modi thanked him by posting a picture on Twitter and wrote a special message as well.”Impossible to come to Argentina and not think about football. Argentinian players are tremendously popular in India.”Today, received this jersey from @FIFAcom President Gianni Infantino. I thank him for the kind gesture,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.Impossible to come to Argentina and not think about football. Argentinian players are tremendously popular in India.Today, received this jersey from @FIFAcom President Gianni Infantino. I thank him for the kind gesture. pic.twitter.com/6IszG7fyFCNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 1, 2018Modi had spoken about football and how it has impacted India during his speech at the Yoga for Peace event.”If Argentina is interested in India’s philosophy, art, music and dance, there are millions of fans of the Argentine football stars in India. Maradona’s name is used as a proverb in India,” he had said.Infantino on Saturday became the first FIFA President who got to address the leaders of the world’s major economies at the G20 summit. Infantino’s speech was mainly focused on the game as a force for good that unites the world.advertisement”There are at least five areas where football can convey a message of hope and be used as a powerful tool: economic growth, which includes infrastructural development, education, health, gender equality and integration, particularly for immigrants and refugees,” Infantino said.For the first time, a FIFA President addressed the leaders of the world’s major economies in the G20 forum. Infantino’s speech in Buenos Aires today focused on the game as a force for good that unites the world. More on https://t.co/sool5M7508 https://t.co/u39iPANVhl pic.twitter.com/llPYzQopcFFIFA Media (@fifamedia) December 1, 2018India meanwhile, will host the G20 summit in 2022, a year when the country will also complete 75 years of independence.Speaking at the ongoing summit, PM Modi on Saturday said that he had requested Italy if it can host the summit in 2021 and allow India to host the G20 countries for their annual summit in 2022.”It’s India’s 75th Independence Day in 2022 and we had requested Italy if we can get 2022 instead of 2021 (for hosting G-20 summit). They accepted our request, others accepted it too,” Modi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.The PM said he is grateful to the G-20 members. “I invite leadership from across the world to come to India in 2022,” he said.Also Read | Cameroon stripped of 2019 African Nations Cup hosting rightsAlso Read | Players in breakaway European Super League risk World Cup ban, says FIFA presidentAlso Read | India will host G20 summit in 2022, says PM Narendra Modilast_img read more

England vs South Africa World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer power England to opening night win

first_imgBen Stokes top-scored with 89 while Jofra Archer picked 3 wickets as England stormed to a 104-run win over South Africa at The Oval in the opening match of World Cup 2019 on Thursday.It was a clinical performance by the hosts who are one of the favourites to win this World Cup. There was a lot at stake for both teams in the first game of the tournament. Neither England nor South Africa has won the World Cup and both teams were keen to make a strong impression from the onset.And South Africa stunned the cricketing world when Imran Tahir became the first ever spinner to bowl the first over of a World Cup. To make things more exciting, Tahir struck with his 2nd ball to remove the dangerous Jonny Bairstow for zero. And as you would expect, Tahir took off for his trademark celebration. If you were a South African fan at that stage, it was a sight to behold.England boast of arguably the most dangerous batting line-up in the world.With Jonny Bairstow back in the pavillion, there was still a lot of firepower which could have hurt South Africa. But their bowlers responded well. Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada were difficult to put away which meant Jason Roy, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan could never accelerate the way this England team is expected to.The pitch was not what England would have hoped for and it took a special innings from Ben Stokes to propel the hosts beyond 300. Roy, Root and Morgan made enterprising half-centuries and fought hard against a quality bowling attack even without Dale Steyn.advertisementBen Stokes stars for England Ben Stokes played a match-winning knock for England in their World Cup 2019 opener (Reuters Photo)Ben Stokes was the best of the English batsmen on display at The Oval. He paced his innings brilliantly after skipper Eoin Morgan became Imran Tahir’s second victim. Stokes did not hit a single six in his innings but still finished with a strike rate of 112.65.For a while it looked like Stokes would become the first centurion of the 2019 World Cup but his decision to play a reverse pull against Lungi Ngidi turned out to be a mistake and he fell 11 runs short.South Africa’s chase never really gathered any momentum and that was thanks in no small measure to the pace and fire of Jofra Archer. In his 2nd over, Archer hit Hashim Amla on the helmet and the legendary South African opener had to retire hurt. Immediately after, Archer removed Aiden Markram and Faf du Plessis to leave the Proteas reeling.Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen gave South Africa a glimmer of hope with their 3rd wicket partnership of 85. But when de Kock fell to Liam Plunkett for 68 in the 23rd over and JP Duminy was sent back by Moeen Ali in the 26th, it was all but over for South Africa.Archer returned to the attack and accounted for der Dussen for 50 and South Africa were staring at defeat.The day belonged to Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. Stokes capped off the game with a brilliant catch and then dismissed Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir to wrap up a huge win for England.Also See:last_img read more

Solo accuses Blatter of sexual assault

first_imgHope Solo World Cup winner Hope Solo accuses Sepp Blatter of sexual assault Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:46 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Hope Solo Sepp Blatter United States Women’s World Cup World Cup The former U.S. women’s team starting goalkeeper alleges the former FIFA president touched her inappropriately during the 2013 Ballon d’Or ceremony Former U.S. international goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexual assault, according to quotes published by  Expresso and The Guardian .In an interview with the Portuguese outlet published on Saturday, Solo claimed Blatter “grabbed my ass” at FIFA’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in January 2013, where Solo presented the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award on stage alongside Blatter.Solo told The Guardian that she had to compose herself to make a speech before she handed the award to her U.S. teammate Abby Wambach.  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 “I was in shock and completely thrown off,” Solo said, according to the British publication. “I had to quickly pull myself together to present my teammate with the biggest award of her career and celebrate with her in that moment, so I completely shifted my focus to Abby.”According to The Guardian, Blatter has denied the incident taking place, saying: “This allegation is ridiculous.”Over the past month, celebrities have been speaking out about sexual harassment by people in power. Expresso interviewed Solo about the topic and she admitted that “I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass.””Can I talk about that?” she continued. “It was at the Ballon d’Or one year, right before I went on stage … It’s been normalized.”Solo has taken to social media to praise those who have spoken out against sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo. “For the past few days, I have been thinking about all the uncomfortable situations myself and/or my team-mates have experienced throughout the years with trainers, doctors, coaches, executives and even team-mates,” she wrote on Instagram. “From inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and grabs of the ass to coaches and [general managers] and even press officers speaking about players’ ‘tits’ and physical appearance, sexual harassment is rampant in the sports world. I always felt I’d ‘handled it’ and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators. That needs to change. Silence will not change the world!”This isn’t the first time a negative light has been on Blatter regarding female players. In January 2004, Blatter suggested women should where “tighter shorts” because “female players are pretty.””They could, for example, have tighter shorts,” Blatter said. “Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men – such as playing with a lighter ball. That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?”Blatter, 81, was elected FIFA’s president five times between 1998 and 2015, but he lost his position due to ethics breaches.Solo joined the U.S. women’s national team in 2000 but has not played for the nation since the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The 36-year-old was suspended for six months by U.S. Soccer for calling Swedish players a “bunch of cowards” and has not returned to the team since. Solo has won two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 World Cup.last_img read more

Fun in the Sun

first_imgWhat better way to celebrate the #AustraliaDay weekend than the Yass Valley Touch Football Knockout way!The 29th Yass Valley Touch Football Knockout, the largest of its kind in Australasia, was held last weekend 28–29 January. A final 112 teams were confirmed to compete for the $15,000 prizemoney: 44 mixed, 40 men’s and 28 women’s teams with several teams on standby due to capacity, such is the huge demand year-on-year!Walker Park Yass transformed into a camping fun park with players from across the world and the country camping out under the Southern Cross and stars and enjoying the social and fun side of our great sport. The BBQs, music and Aussie flags were in full swing with the odd mini pool and ice tubs to take the edge off the warm conditions.View the 29th Yass Touch Knockout Review and Image Gallery – bigger and better each year with the big 3-0 next year!Congratulations to all the winners and participants on a great tournament. Please see the results below. Related Files2017_yass_ko_flowcharts-pdfRelated LinksYass Knockoutlast_img read more

Nushrat Bharucha: After Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety people call me by my name, not Punchnama Girl

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 09:11 IST Nushrat Bharucha in Sonu Ke Titu Ki SweetyWhile it is tough to leave a mark in the minds of the audience when one is part of an ensemble cast, Bollywood actress Nushrat Bharucha managed to do so in the multistarrer film, Pyaar Ka Panchnama. Although she had done a few roles before that, her performance in that film became her calling card, so much so that people started recognising her by her character in that film rather than her real name.As the actress gears up for her new film Dream Girl opposite Ayushmann Khurrana, she hopes people know her name, so that she can get rid of the tag of “Punchnama Girl” for good.”Initially I was taking the tag of “Punchnama Girl” sportingly but then I realised that people called me by that name more than my real name! Thankfully after the success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, things have changed,” Nushrat told IANS.While she had no problem with the tag, she said, “I wondered why would people only call me the “Punchnama Girl” where as there were two more girls in the film! Did they only remember me and Kartik and not the rest? However, I am happy the way things have panned out now.”In Dream Girl, Nushrat plays the love interest of the protagonist played by Ayushmann.Directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, the film features Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz and Rajesh Sharma, and is scheduled to release on September 13.Watch the official trailer of Dream Girl:ALSO READ | Dream Girl new poster out: Ayushmann Khurrana and Nushrat Bharucha promise a fun-filled rideALSO READ | Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2: Watch Kartik Tiwari and Nushrat Bharucha in this romantic number HeeriyeALSO READ | Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor Nushrat Bharucha: There is some spice in my character every timeALSO READ | Is Nushrat Bharucha dating her Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety director Luv Ranjan?ALSO WATCH | Up, close and personal with Ayushmann KhurranaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Nushrat BharuchaFollow Dream GirlFollow Pyar Ka Punchnama Nushrat Bharucha: After Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety people call me by my name, not Punchnama GirlNushrat Bharucha, who is gearing up for the release of Dream Girl, said that after the success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, people have started calling her by her real name.advertisementlast_img read more

AI robots could assist soldiers in future Study

first_imgWashington: Scientists in the US are developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems that could help robots assist soldiers in the battlefield in future. For the research, published in the journal Science Advances, team looked at soldier brain activity during specific tasks for ways to incorporate AI teaming to dynamically complete tasks. According to Jean Vettel, a senior neuroscientist at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in the US, technologies that can predict states and behaviours of the individual soldier may help create a more optimised team. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe work between ARL and the University at Buffalo is looking at ways the dynamics and architecture of the human brain may be coordinated to predict such behaviors and consequently optimize team performance. “In military operations, soldiers perform multiple tasks at once. They’re analysing information from multiple sources, navigating environments while simultaneously assessing threats, sharing situational awareness, and communicating with a distributed team,” said Vettel. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”This requires soldiers to constantly switch among these tasks, which means that the brain is also rapidly shifting among the different brain regions needed for these different tasks,” he said. “If we can use brain data in the moment to indicate what task they’re doing, AI could dynamically respond and adapt to assist the Soldier in completing the task,” he added. To achieve this future capability, the researchers first sought to understand how the brain coordinates its different regions while executing a particular task. They used a computational approach to understand how this may be characterised to inform the behavioral prediction. To complete the study, researchers mapped how different regions of the brain were connected to one another in 30 different people via tracts of tissue called white matter. Scientists converted these maps into computational models of each subject’s brain, and used computers to simulate what would happen when a single region of a person’s brain was stimulated. They then used a mathematical framework, which they developed, to measure how brain activity became synchronised across various cognitive systems in the simulations. “While the work has been deployed on individual brains of a finite brain structure, it would be very interesting to see if coordination of Soldiers and autonomous systems may also be described with this method, too,” said Javier Garcia, an ARL neuroscientist. “Much how the brain coordinates regions that carry out specific functions, you can think of how this method may describe coordinated teams of individuals and autonomous systems of varied skills work together to complete a mission,” Garcia said.last_img read more

Origins of social media fiasco surrounding Ohio State football team unknown

Members of the Ohio State football team began their first day under new coach Urban Meyer Tuesday in a cloud of social media confusion, and it still hasn’t been sorted out. After a 7 a.m. Tuesday meeting with Meyer, several OSU football players tweeted that they were told they were banned from Twitter, a social media platform. Players backtracked and said there was no ban just hours later, but the origin of the supposed ban remains unclear. Junior tight end Reid Fragel tweeted from his account, @FRAGEL88, around noon Tuesday, saying: “New staff new rules. No more twitter, not a big deal and probably for the better. Love our fans, love this place. Go Bucks #2012.” By about 4:45 p.m., Fragel issued the following tweet: “Just now finding out the whole twitter thing wasn’t exactly true. #hearsay.” OSU athletics representative Jerry Emig, who was present at the football team’s Tuesday meeting, told The Lantern that Meyer never informed him of a Twitter ban for the players. “All I know was I was not made aware of a ban,” Emig told The Lantern in a Wednesday email. “I have no idea where this all originated or how it originated.” David A. Goldberger, professor emeritus of law at OSU’s Moritz College of Law, said Tuesday that a complete ban of Twitter, or another social media platform, would be unlawful. “I have my doubt about this, but there may be topics that the coach can put out of bounds, but to say that you can’t use a social media is far too broad,” Goldberger said. “It’s like saying you can’t talk.” From his Twitter account, @king_hyde34, OSU sophomore running back Carlos Hyde said Tuesday: “Well guess its been real twitter ima miss all my followers.” Later that day, Hyde tweeted: “Coach didn’t tell us this morning that twitter is banned guess the media likes to make up things. #GoBucks!” In an Oct. 26 email to The Lantern, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg said not every OSU team institutes formal policies on social media use. “Each (OSU) team, if it has a policy, handles on its own,” Wallenberg said. Wallenberg also confirmed that the OSU men’s basketball team, currently the No. 6-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, does not have a formal policy. Players, including junior tight end Jake Stoneburner, wasted little time returning to their accounts. From his account, @STONEYeleven, Stoneburner said Wednesday at around 3 p.m.: “Can’t wait to get going in this new offense!” read more

Disabled widow banned from luncheon club because she uses mobility scooter

first_imgJean Sleath, of Heckington, pictured on her mobility scooterCredit:SWNS.com 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. “This is difficult to understand as there are three or four exits from the hall, one of which leads to the ramp which is used by scooters and could not by any stretch of the imagination be used by pedestrians, especially semi-disabled ones and stick users who comprise most of the luncheon club.”I attend the church in the village every Sunday and they have no problem with my scooter and they have fewer exits.”I really don’t know why the village hall is any different. I feel like I am being discriminated against because of my scooter.”It is not a large scooter, it is no bigger than a wheelchair and I can move it quite simply if necessary.”This has upset me because the luncheon club was the only time I really got to leave my bungalow and meet people in the village.”Last Thursday Mrs Sleath, who has four grown-up children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, was shocked to find a notice has been posted beside the ramp saying it is only for electric or push along wheelchairs.Village hall caretaker Stephen Linford, who deals with the granting of licences for fire and health and safety, defended the ban.He said: “We do not allow scooters in the building because physically it is very difficult to get them in. It is very difficult for scooters to make the turn at the entrance.”It is not a big village hall and from a fire risk point of view the escape door for the ramp is right opposite the kitchen, which is probably the main possibility of fire.”A mobility scooter trying to turn could block the ramp and there were no other suitable exits for scooters as it is an old building.”There is no room to park scooters inside, whereas wheelchairs take up less space and can be more manoeuvrable.”He added: “It appears this one lady (Mrs Sleath) who is incapable of getting out of her scooter has caused a fuss.”She does feel like we are ganging up on her because of her disability but it is not the case. But it is not a daycare centre, it is a luncheon club run by volunteers.”It is my job as caretaker and day manager to make sure people are able to get out. We are certainly not anti-disabled people.” It is my job as caretaker and day manager to make sure people are able to get out. We are certainly not anti-disabled peopleCaretaker Stephen Linford A disabled 89-year-old widow has been banned from attending a village luncheon club because her mobility scooter poses a health and safety hazard.Jean Sleath suffers from chronic arthritis and heart problems which means she needs a wheelchair or scooter to get around.She has attended a weekly luncheon club at the village hall in Heckington, near Sleaford, Lincs., for several months but last week she was told she was no longer welcome.She has been told she can only come into the village hall if she is either in a wheelchair or uses a walking frame or walking stick. The village hall, run by a charitable trust, says Mrs Sleath’s scooter poses a health risk because it could block the exits in the event of a fire.Retired university lecturer Mrs Sleath, who has lived in the village for five years, said: “The luncheon club is very helpful and the only time I go out because it is just up the road and I know it will be warm (inside the building).”I used to be able to park my mobility scooter and walk into the building and someone would help me. Now I stay sat in the scooter as getting up and down is a problem for me.”I have now been told that my scooter is not welcome because it could cause problems with evacuating the hall in the event of a fire by blocking the exit ramp. Jean Sleath, of Heckington, pictured on her mobility scooterlast_img read more

Private schools should adopt a Ucasstyle application system leading headmaster says

first_imgHe explained how parents who thought they had a guaranteed place for their child, can suddenly have it taken away from them, “So naturally, they are furious – who wouldn’t be?” Mr Lehec said.Last month an independent girls’ school was criticised by parents for its ‘first come first serve’ offer system. The 17,000-a-year City of London School for Girls (CLGS) sent letters offering more youngsters places than it actually had.Those who failed to accept their place swiftly were surprised to learn that the place no longer existed despite it saying the deadline was March 6.“We can all understand why schools over offer – because they have no idea who actually wants to accept that offer and attend their school, but we equally have to understand why they may be tempted to renege on that offer,” Mr Lehec said. He said that an independent, centralised admission system for all independent schools would “stamp out the worst abuses” by schools, and offer more certainty for parents.It would also benefit children, as they would not have to go through the stress of sitting a dozen different exams.  “It can’t be good for a child’s wellbeing to have to sit eight or ten entry tests and dragged around eight or ten schools,” he said. “It would be a lot less stressful for them if applications were limited to four or five schools.”Out of over 1,300 private schools in the UK, 190 use the Common Entrance exam either at age 11 or age 13, but the vast majority of schools set their own bespoke tests. Mr Lehec admitted that the idea of a centralised application system for private schools may not be popular with some of his colleagues as it may be seen as running counter to the ethos of independence.“Yes, it will cost schools money to set up,” Mr Lehec said, “but they will save money on marketing, save an awful lot of time on guesswork and remove a significant amount of stress for the parents and more importantly for the children involved.”A spokesperson for CLSG said: “The school operates a transparent admissions process which is clearly explained in our documentation. We are fortunate to be a very oversubscribed school operating from a relatively small site.” Private schools should adopt a Ucas-style application system to stop children being left with nowhere to go in September, a leading headmaster has said.  Under the current set-up, eleven-year-old pupils are forced by pushy parents to sit endless entrance exams, according to Stephen Lehec, head of the £18,000-a-year Kingston Grammar School.  If independent schools adopted a similar approach to the university application system, he argued, this would mean children can sit just one exam for all schools, and allow parents to prioritise their choices.  He said that at the moment, the whole rigmarole of getting a school place at a highly competitive school is a “gamble”,  as schools can make more offers than they have places for, only to withdraw some at a later date, leaving parents and children disappointed.  “As schools cannot forecast with any degree of certainty how many children will start in September, because parents can make any number of applications and even accept multiple offers, they always make more offers than there are places,” Mr Lehec told The Telegraph.“If, as the admissions deadline approaches, schools realise they do not have the capacity to make good on those offers they may start to withdraw them. In effect, that means schools may be forced to operate on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis even before the admissions deadline is reached.”   Having a centralised exam system would benefit children, as they would not have to go through the stress of sitting a dozen different exams Having a centralised exam system would benefit children, as they would not have to go through the stress of sitting a dozen different exams Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Remote dozer operation enhances operator safety

first_imgWhere bulldozers work on ore stockpiles, operators can be exposed to major safety challenges. Poor visibility, unstable ground and material falling from conveyors have led to numerous injuries and fatalities among dozer operators. At BHP Billiton’s Escondida mine in Chile this safety challenge has been addressed by implementing technology to allow dozers to be operated remotely. This protects personnel from the dangers involved in operating dozers within stockpiles, while continuing to provide the benefits to mine operation of using such machinery. Remote Control Technologies (RCT) supplied and fitted five full remote control systems to Cat D11R & D10R dozers and trained the operators.A remote controlled bulldozer at Escondida mine in Chile.Located in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile, Minera Escondida produces copper from two open-pit mines, one at Escondida and the other 5 km away at Escondida Norte. BHP Billiton holds a 57.5% interest in Minera Escondida. Annually, the mine moves some 400 Mt of material to ensure a continuous flow of ore to its concentrators at Laguna Seca and Los Colorados, oxide and sulphide leaching facilities. Three stockpiles support ore feed to the plants with dozers used to move material within these stockpiles to ensure a continuous supply of feedstock to the plants. Using dozers within stockpiles has strong positive impacts on plant performance by eliminating prolonged interruption to feedstock supply and so maximising the volume of ore processed and economic benefits from that processing.During 2006, the global mining industry experienced several fatal accidents involving dozers operating on stockpiles. Between 2001 and 2006, there were several incidents involving dozers on the Escondida stockpiles. In an incident in March 2006, where the operator eventually escaped with minor injuries, one of its dozers was buried for five hours.Escondida’s challenge was to develop an approach that allowed it to continue to gain the economic benefits of operating dozers within stockpiles while reducing risk to the safety of the operators. Analysis showed that the only sure way of addressing such risk was to remove the dozer operators from their cabs. They needed to be able to operate their machines from a safe, remote, location. The steps to achieving remote operation included:Evaluating past accidentsWorking with companies that supply remote operation technologyUndertaking pilot testsTraining the operators to use remote control equipmentImplementing the new operating methodThe project involved adapting state-of-the-art technology used in other mining processes and applying it to bulldozers operating within ore stockpiles. Challenges included sourcing the best equipment for the task, ensuring it was appropriate to Escondida’s conditions and operation and that it could be adapted effectively, and then training the operators in a new way of working.Escondida undertook the first site test and completed equipment installation in early 2007 and, after operator training, began full operation in mid 2007. The remote control dozers have performed well, assisting in maintaining operational continuity and improving safety.Implementing remote operation for dozers within ore stockpiles at Escondida shows there is potential to apply this technology in other operations where operating a dozer involves a safety risk to the operator. Potential situations where the technology could be used include operations on unstable or soggy ground, or on drilling platforms with limited access.last_img read more

SIPTU ballot for strike action at Aer Lingus DAA under way

first_imgAN INDUSTRIAL ACTION ballot of SIPTU members at the Aer Lingus, the DAA and the Shannon Airport Authority is now under way. The vote is the latest development in a long-running dispute over a pension fund, known as the ‘Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme’.The vote follows a staff meeting last week at which union members called on the trustees of the scheme to resign. They claim that employers have failed to engage in meaningful discussions on the €800 million deficit in the fund.The decision comes a month after SIPTU said that Aer Lingus had threatened them with legal action if they went ahead with a ballot.A SIPTU spokesperson confirmed this morning that the balloting process had now commenced, and was expected to continue for several more days.Speaking yesterday, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said that the solution to the problem was “simple” and that union members would eventually have to accept reduced benefits.“The problem with the pension fund is like the problems in so many pension funds — the amount of money being paid in by the company and members over the years doesn’t match the promises that were given or the expectations that currently exist.“So the solution is a simple one — the companies will have to put in more money and the pensioners and members will to have to accept reduced benefits and that solution will be arrived at at some point, so ideally let’s avoid a strike that is unnecessary in the meantime.”SIPTU organiser Dermot O’Loughlin has said there’s “extreme anger” over the situation among workers at the three companies.The union’s ballot is inclusive of strike action, and SIPTU has called on Aer Lingus, the DAA and the Shannon Airport Authority to make discussions on the IASS a priority.“Failure to do so will unfortunately lead to very significant industrial episodes at Ireland’s international airports,” O’Loughlin said last week.Read: Staff at DAA, Shannon Airport and Aer Lingus to hold ballot on industrial action >Read: SIPTU threatened with legal action over Aer Lingus pensions row >last_img read more

Marmion Payne and Henderson start in Irelands 6 Nations finale against England

first_img 111 Comments iTunes IRELAND HEAD COACH Joe Schmidt has made three changes in the starting line-up as he hopes to finish the Six Nations on an upward curve at home to England.Devin Toner, Conor Murray and Rob Kearney all drop out of the starting XV – the latter two out of the matchday squad through injury – to be replaced by Iain Henderson, Kieran Marmion and Jared Payne.Murray sustained a shoulder ‘stinger’ during the loss to Wales last weekend and was replaced by Connacht scrum-half Marmion. The knock-on effect of Murray’s injury brings Leinster’s Luke McGrath in among the replacements. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOJoining him there will be in-form uncapped Munster back Andrew Conway in the number 23 jersey and Peter O’Mahony, who is again behind the back row trio trio of Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien and CJ Stander.Ireland ( v England )15. Jared Payne14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Simon Zebo10. Jonathan Sexton9. Kieran Marmion1. Jack McGrath2. Rory Best (Capt)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Donnacha Ryan5. Iain Henderson6. CJ Stander7. Sean O’Brien8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements16. Niall Scannell17. Cian Healy18. John Ryan19. Devin Toner20. Peter O’Mahony21. Luke McGrath22. Paddy Jackson23. Andrew ConwaySubscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: 27,742 Views Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO Marmion, Payne and Henderson start in Ireland’s 6 Nations finale against England Conor Murray has not recovered from his shoulder injury for the clash with the already-crowned champions. https://the42.ie/3291586 By Sean Farrell Android Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 1:50 PM Share Tweet Email2 Mar 16th 2017, 1:50 PM Short URL Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Explainer What is Mays new Brexit deal and what on earth will

first_imgExplainer: What is May’s new Brexit deal and what on earth will happen next? The UK and EU last night announced a joint instrument providing guarantees on the backstop. https://jrnl.ie/4536165 There will be no further interpretation of the interpretation. No further assurances on the reassurances if the meaningful vote fails [today].What did the UK say? May last night said the backstop could not be a template for a future relationship and that so far that hadn’t been clear enough to MPs.  The EU, under the new proposals, will not be able to trap the UK in the backstop indefinitely, May said. If it makes any move to do so, that can be tackled through arbitration.  British Prime Minister Theresa May Source: Jean-Francois Badias via PA ImagesMPs were clear that legal changes were needed to the backstop. Today we have secured legal changes.“Now is the time to come together, to back this improved Brexit deal, and to deliver on the instruction of the British people,” May said.She said it was the UK’s position that it believed it could withdraw, unilaterally, from the backstop if negotiations on the future relationship broke down. What’s Ireland’s view on this? Well, during his speech last night, Juncker implied that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had signed off on the strengthened guarantees offered to London. “I have spoken to the Taoiseach this evening who would be prepared to accept this solution in the interest of securing an overall deal,” Juncker told reporters.Varadkar had been due to travel to Washington, but remains in Dublin this morning.He is expected to hold a press conference later this morning to outline the Irish government’s position. What will the DUP have to say?Up until now, May’s withdrawal agreement has proven unpalatable for Northern Ireland’s DUP, hardline Conservatives and the opposition parties.The DUP, which campaigned in favour of Brexit and props up May’s minority government, believes the backstop threatens the United Kingdom and could lead to a trade border in the Irish Sea. DUP leader Arlene Foster (centre) with Diana Dodds MEP and Nigel Dodds MP Source: Liam McBurney via PA ImagesSince last night, the DUP has said it will scrutinise the documents that have been agreed.May needs the DUP’s support for the deal to pass through the House of Commons. Finally, what on earth happens now?Later today, the House of Commons will vote on May’s Brexit plan. The vote is expected to take place at 7pm. Another defeat would set the stage for additional votes in parliament this week that could postpone Brexit and possibly reverse it in the months to come.If she loses the vote, May has promised to give MPs a vote tomorrow on whether Britain should simply leave without any deal at all.If MPs would defeat the “no-deal” scenario, it would be followed on Thursday with a vote on requesting a delay from the EU.With reporting by Sean Murray, Daragh Brophy and AFP Mar 12th 2019, 8:34 AM British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg Source: Vincent Kessler via PA ImagesLAST NIGHT, THE UK and the EU announced they had reached an agreement on a joint instrument providing guarantees on the backstop.It followed what was being described as a last-ditch attempt by British Prime Minister May to secure Brexit concessions from the EU ahead of a planned House of Commons vote on the deal later today. For now, however, it remains to be seen whether the new guarantees will be enough to sway Brexiteers within her own party and the DUP to back her Brexit deal.There’s less than three weeks to go until the UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March, so the stakes couldn’t be higher.So, what does this all mean? Let’s break it down. What happened last night? First – a quick look back.Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement was rejected by the House of Commons by 230 votes in January this year – the largest defeat for a modern British government. After this defeat, which MPs said was based on an opposition to the backstop, May pledged that she would return to the European Union and ask for the changes needed to get her deal passed. Among the suggestions requested by the British side was a time limit on the backstop, or the power to withdraw from the backstop without the EU’s approval.The backstop locks the UK, including Northern Ireland, into a customs deal and other regulations in order to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. It’s basically been a bone of contention in the Brexit debate. By Hayley Halpin Our agreement provides meaningful clarifications & legal guarantees to the Withdrawal Agreement & #backstop. The choice is clear: it is this deal, or #Brexit may not happen at all. Let’s bring the UK’s withdrawal to an orderly end. We owe it to history. https://t.co/lfy9eehEZi pic.twitter.com/XCqcLwZV7V— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) March 11, 2019 As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL Source: Jean-Claude Juncker/Twitter 29 Comments 18,477 Views Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 8:34 AM European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Source: Jean-Francois Badias via PA ImagesWhat did the EU say last night? Juncker last night explained that the backstop was an insurance policy and that if it was ever used it would not be used as a trap. The mechanism being announced last night complemented the withdrawal agreement agreed last November without reopening it, he said – noting that this was a “second chance” and that there would be no third chance.“In politics sometimes you get a second chance, it is what we do with this second chance that counts because there will be no third chance,” Juncker said.  Share76 Tweet Email Last night, following last-ditch attempts to secure Brexit concessions from the EU, May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave a press conference in Strasbourg.Both reading from prepared statements, the pair said they had agreed a joint instrument providing guarantees on the backstop – “legally binding changes” to the old agreement aimed at addressing Britain’s needs and getting the deal through parliament.The joint instrument is essentially a three-part package of changes from the EU to the terms of the withdrawal agreement.These new documents have been agreed to run alongside the withdrawal agreement, which governs Britain’s exit terms, and the political declaration on future trade terms.First is a “joint legally binding instrument” on the withdrawal text, which addresses the deal’s controversial backstop plan to keep open the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.A second document would supplement the political declaration, and outline commitments from both sides on moving swiftly to this new relationship.Britain has also put forward a “unilateral declaration” with legal status in international law emphasising the temporary nature of the backstop.This would clarify that Britain believes there is nothing in the Brexit deal to stop it seeking to exit the backstop if the EU fails to live up to its commitments to find a replacement.What does this mean for the backstop? The backstop is a sort of Plan B, insurance policy, or safety net that would kick in if a better deal isn’t agreed in the second stage of Brexit talks, which will focus on trade (a part of the Future Relationship).It would kick in at the end of the transition period – which starts on 29 March and ends on 31 December 2020 – if a final deal is agreed. Put simply, the backstop ensures that Northern Ireland would stay “aligned” to the regulations of the single market and the customs union if there is still no other solution that would avoid infrastructure along the Irish border.However, the new guarantees say that every effort will be made to ensure the Irish backstop never needs to be enacted and measures through which any attempt to make the backstop apply indefinitely can be legally challenged. 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Discovery décollera demain pour son ultime mission

first_imgDiscovery décollera demain pour son ultime missionLa Nasa a confirmé son intention de lancer Discovery vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) le 24 février. La navette réalisera son ultime vol avant sa mise au rebut, avec à son bord six astronautes.Sous réserve de conditions météorologiques favorables, c’est demain, le 24 février, que Discovery sera lancée pour la dernière fois vers l’ISS. Comme le rapporte le site RTLinfo, le décollage est prévu à 21h50 GMT (16h50 locales) depuis le pas de tir du Centre spatial Kennedy, à Cap Canaveral, en Floride.À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?La navette transportera à son bord six astronautes, qui lors de leur mission censée durer onze jours, livreront le premier robot humanoïde qui voyagera dans l’espace, Robonaut 2. Celui-ci restera de façon permanente à bord de l’ISS, où il réalisera diverses tâches. Discovery livrera également le module de fret pressurisé Leonardo, qui, attaché à la Station spatiale, lui offrira un espace de stockage supplémentaire.Cette mission est en attente depuis le 5 novembre dernier. Le lancement de la navette avait alors dû être annulé après la découverte d’une fuite d’hydrogène dans le système de remplissage du réservoir externe, mais aussi de plusieurs fissures au niveau des structures en aluminium de ce réservoir. Après trois mois de travail, les ingénieurs de la Nasa sont parvenus à déterminer l’origine de ces fissures et à effectuer les réparations nécessaires.Après cette mission, Discovery prendra définitivement sa retraite, suivie dans quelques mois par Atlantis et Endeavour.Le 23 février 2011 à 09:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Chelsea and Sarri have agreed on the personal terms

first_imgChelsea have reportedly reached an agreement with current Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri when it comes to the personal terms.So far, Sarri has been keeping the position of the frontrunner in the race for the rule of Stamford Bridge as Conte is believed to be leaving as soon as possible, mostly due to problems with higher management and inconsistency of results.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.The Italian spent the last two years at Stamford Bridge. Despite leaving, he will be walking with his chin high – he managed to lead the team to win the FA Cup. However, the Blues will most likely have to cover 20 million euro – a compensation if they sack Conte before the contract ends as he intends to stay where he is right now.Sarri, on the other side, has a 9 million euro release clause with Napoli, but it is reported Chelsea do not plan to pay that fee and instead wait for the contract to expire as soon as the month ends, according to WhoScored.last_img read more

Thailand star wont underestimate China

first_imgAccording to J-League Thailandese superstar Chanathip Songkrasin the team hopes to beat the Chinese national team to go to the next round.Thailand and China will meet up tonight in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And for J-League Thailandese superstar Chanathip Songkrasin, the Chinese national team will not be easy to beat.“This is a knockout stage. If we lose, it means we have to go home. But that’s not what we want,” Songkrasin told The Thaiger.“We still hope to continue in the tournament.”Marcello Lippi, China, Tottenham HotspurLippi turned down the Spurs because of his English Manuel R. Medina – September 7, 2019 The China national team manager, Marcello Lippi, had a chance to join Tottenham Hotspur in the past but he feared his English was not good enough.“We won’t underestimate China,” he added.“We have to stick to the game plan and stay really focussed. Chinese players are very strong and have an aggressive game.”“They have improved dramatically,” he commented.“We need to rely on good teamwork as we’ve done so far.”last_img read more

Free HBO but with a weird twist

first_img 0 Media Streamers TV and Movies 50 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice The Cheapskate 0:52 Post a comment HBO’s His Dark Materials teaser offers glimpse at epic… 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. HBO’s Recommended by Humans is your gateway to free streaming content — but it’s one of the weirdest gateways ever. HBO Trying to decide what to watch next? Netflix has algorithms for that, but HBO is trying a different approach: wetware. The channel’s new Recommended by Humans page offers real opinions from real people — and the chance to stream some 50 HBO shows, movies and documentaries for free.It’s super weird. Accessible only in a browser, RBH is a huge scrollable grid of tweets and videos from people gushing about various HBO originals. Once you’ve read or played a recommendation, you can then view the movie — or, if it’s a show, the first episode. But there’s no way to search the listings (good luck trying to find, say, Chernobyl), and if you’re using a mobile device, the videos annoyingly autoplay once you land on one. On desktop, the experience is even worse, because there’s no rhyme or reason to which direction you should click and drag. You feel like you’re in an endless sea of recommendation tiles.What’s the point of all this? HBO would seem to believe that when you read or hear a recommendation from a real person, you’ll give it more weight than you would a computer-generated one. Maybe — but the annoyance factor of bad UI may have the opposite effect.Of course, this first-one’s-free approach is nothing new. HBO hopes you’ll watch the first episode of, say, Barry, Big Little Lies or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, then decide to subscribe so you can watch more.Here’s the full list of what’s available, followed by a viewing tip:A Black Lady Sketch ShowAnimalsBallersBig Little LiesBored to DeathCarnivaleChernobylCrashingCurb Your EnthusiasmDeadwoodDivorceEastbound & DownEnlightenedEuphoriaFlight of the ConchordsGame of ThronesGentleman JackGirlsGoing Clear: Scientology and the Prison of BeliefLast Week Tonight with John OliverLos EspookysMommy Dead and DearestMy Brilliant FriendRandom Acts of FlynessSally4EverSex and the CitySharp ObjectsSilicon ValleySix Feet UnderSuccessionThe ComebackThe DeuceThe Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert DurstThe Larry Sanders ShowThe LeftoversThe Night OfThe Normal HeartThe SopranosThe WireThe Young PopeThere’s Something Wrong with Aunt DianeTrue BloodTrue DetectiveVeepVice PrincipalsWestworldFound something you like? If it’s an older show, like Deadwood, Flight of the Conchords, Girls or Curb Your Enthusiasm, you might be able to watch some or all of the series as part of your Amazon Prime subscription.I’m all for free stuff, and HBO definitely has some of my favorite shows. I just wish the UI for this thing wasn’t so terrible. This might be Recommended by Humans, but it wasn’t designed for them.  HBOlast_img read more