India’s Geeta on Thursday won the country its first gold medal in women’s freestyle wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Geeta won the gold in the 55 kg category, beating Australia’s Emily Benstead. She took the first round 3-0 and the second 7-0. Geeta came close to pinning down her opponent several times as the Aussie found it tough to get a firm grip on the Indian. Geeta’s gold medal was India’s 14th at the Games.
Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos took the gold in the women’s road race on Sunday after leading a three-rider breakaway that took all the medals at the London Olympics on Sunday. Lizzie Armitstead was second for Britain with Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya took the bronze after the trio broke away from the peloton in the last hour of the race.Vos now has two Olympic gold medals after winning the points race in the velodrome in Beijing four years ago.For Britain, Armitstead’s silver is a consolation after the highly-rated men’s team led by Mark Cavendish failed to come close to the medals on Saturday.The result meant that both the men’s and women’s road races were decided by breakaways rather than a bunch sprint.Breakaways are more likely to be successful at the Olympics, where riders are not allowed the radios they use at other major events, making it harder for the peloton to judge the necessary pace to reel in escapees.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) celebrates with Patrick Beverley during the second half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — Lou Williams led the Los Angeles Clippers to the largest postseason comeback in NBA history.Landry Shamet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, Stephen Curry couldn’t answer on the other end, and the Clippers somehow rallied from 31 points down on the road to stun the Golden State Warriors 135-131 on Monday night and even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ The comeback topped a 29-point rally by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1989 Western Conference semifinals over Seattle.Curry scored 29 points and put the Warriors up 131-128 with 58 seconds left before Shamet’s dagger on a night the two-time defending NBA champions lost DeMarcus Cousins to a leg injury in the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We changed a couple things offensively and defensively in the third on the fly. It worked out for us. But I thought it was our spirit more than anything,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Just every single guy. I loved the end of the game.”Williams tied the game on a jumper with 1:10 to play then Curry immediately answered. Williams scored again at 46 seconds and finished with 36 points and made 8 of 10 free throws in as the teams combined for 64 fouls and 76 free throws attempted. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue His status for Game 3 on Thursday at Staples Center is in serious doubt.Cousins hobbled to the locker room at the 8:09 mark of the first quarter. At the 8 1/2-minute mark Cousins stole the ball from Patrick Beverley in the back court and tried to retrieve the loose ball when went down in front of the Golden State bench and grabbed at his left quad.LeBron James tweeted prayers for Cousins, who fouled out of Saturday’s 121-104 Game 1 win with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.Kevon Looney picked up the bulk of the extra minutes in Cousins’ absence and scored a career-high 19 points making all six of his shots but the Warriors had their seven-game postseason winning streak snapped that dated to last year’s run to a repeat championship. Durant had 21 points, five rebounds and five assists, Klay Thompson scored 17 points and Draymond Green 14 with nine assists.Curry followed up a 38-point performance in Game 1 to give him the most 3s in postseason history with another nice showing but Golden State hurt itself with too many miscues.The Warriors committed 21 turnovers in Game 1, then 22 more Monday — nine by Durant.“We let our guard down. We weren’t the aggressors anymore. We didn’t deserve to win that game,” Thompson said.Los Angeles wanted to do a better job stopping the late bursts each quarter the Warriors had in Game 1, and the Clippers were somehow able to claw their way back.Both coaches challenged their teams to be more poised in Game 2 following the ejections of Beverley and Durant in the opener. Beverley again pushed the limits but the sides avoided a testy encore, and he fouled out with 4:33 to go to roaring cheers from the sellout crowd. Durant left at 1:21.DURANT’S APOLOGY Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “When I say we stopped playing, we stopped playing, like defense, offense, execution-wise we were not as engaged as we needed to be,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We got exactly what we deserved. The Clippers were great. They executed, they were hungry, they stayed connected. They were together.”Cousins injured his left quadriceps muscle in the first quarter and was done for the game, but Golden State’s depth shined and the Warriors built a 23-point halftime lead they pushed to a 31-point advantage failing to hold off Los Angeles late.Williams’ jumper and three-point play with 5:34 left pulled the Clippers within 120-117 then he rebounded his own miss and scored the putback at the 5:05 mark and cut it to 121-119.Kevin Durant drove through the paint past Montrezl Harrell for a one-handed jam and three-point play with 2:48 left, then went at Harrell the next time down and was whistled for the offensive foul. Durant fouled out with three straight offensive fouls.Cousins was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam after the injury in just his second career playoff game following a nine-year wait. The big man returned in January from a nearly year-long absence following surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss At morning shootaround, Durant apologized for being tossed from Game 1.The two-time reigning finals MVP has two technicals, and if he reaches seven during the postseason it brings an automatic one-game suspension.“I don’t want to disappoint my coaches and my fan base and owners who expect me to be out on the floor, so I apologize for being thrown out the game,” Durant said. “Just keep my mouth shut, just play the game. Simple.”DOC APPRECIATES GOOD DEEDDoc Rivers dropped $2,000 cash on the street in San Francisco earlier in the day — and offered a pregame “shoutout” to the man with the integrity to return the money.“Kept walking, didn’t know it. The guy tapped me on the back and said, ‘that’s your money,’” Rivers shared. “I don’t know a lot of places that that would happen, but it happened today, so whoever that was he could have had free tickets if you hadn’t ran away.”TIP-INSClippers: Williams scored 17 points in the third to match Chris Paul’s postseason franchise record done May 5, 2014, against Oklahoma City. … The L.A. backups scored another 83 points after getting 65 in the opener. In fact, in Game 1, Harrell (26) and Williams (25) were the first teammates to come off the bench and score 25 or more points in a postseason game since bench stats began in 1970-71, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Warriors: With his 129th career playoff game, Durant passed Kerr for 73rd place on the NBA’s all-time list. … C Andrew Bogut (419) moved by Clifford Ray (411) for sixth place on the Warriors’ career postseason rebounds list. Crucial cushion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
Yuvraj Singh is back with a bang and he knows it!India hated him the last time he batted against Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. It was the final of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and after a poor start, Virat Kohli was playing another blinder, taking the Sri Lankan attack apart on his own. But Yuvraj, made a mess of it at the other end, barely putting bat to ball.Two years later, Yuvraj was back as part of the most consistent Indian T20 team in history. He was once again in the company of Kohli and once again, India were in a bit of a spot. The stakes in the Asia Cup match last night were not high as that World T20 final but Sri Lanka were just threatening to dictate terms after a modest batting display. Chasing 139, Kohli had dropped anchor after the openers were dismissed cheaply by Nuwan Kulasekara. Suresh Raina’s innings had sent the required rate on an upward surge. And then in walked Yuvi to bludgeon the Sri Lankan attack with an 18-ball 35. The knock was studded with three fours and three sixes and it brought back memories of the old Yuvraj. And what’s more? India made it to the final of the Asia Cup for the first time since 2010. (Asia Cup T20: MS Dhoni thrilled after Yuvraj Singh’s blitz against Sri Lanka) The old Yuvraj could put any attack to the sword and do it without breaking a sweat. Stuart Broad was sent packing for 36 runs in an over in Durban, Brett Lee was treated with disdain and Wasim Akram was not given the respect he merited in tense World Cup clash.advertisementMore than a decade later, with young aspirants watching from the sidelines, Yuvraj gave a demonstration of his genius. He waited for the right moment and the right bowlers. He was in the zone last night and he let the world know about it. (Yuvraj Singh turns the heat on in Mirpur after bowlers shine) “It was one of those days where I felt my flow was back,” Yuvraj told BCCI.TV. “I needed a bit of a flow out there to feel good. I felt being positive out there when I got a few hits off my bat. I felt that my game is back. I just needed some time in the middle. I have been trying to get as much batting time as possible and I believe I have been picking up slowly. I was assessing which bowlers I am going to attack and which bowlers I won’t,” he said. Yuvraj had looked rusty when he batted for the first time in his comeback. India were chasing a stiff target at the SCG to complete a series whitewash against Australia and Yuvraj’s wild swings provoked outrage. However, two meaty blows in the last over sealed the deal. He has been more circumspect this time, ready to spend time in the middle. (Yuvraj Singh needs confidence to perform well again: Shahid Afridi) Against Pakistan last Saturday, Yuvraj was happy to play second fiddle as Kohli took on Mohammad Amir and the rest of Pakistan’s pace attack on a green pitch. The southpaw stayed put and arrested the slide with a patient 14 not out off 32 balls. And the new Yuvi, like the old Yuvi, will deliver whatever the team demands.”Last game, it was a different situation where we needed to take a spell out and get a partnership going. I took my time out there where I could leave a lot of balls and get a partnership going along with Virat Kohli,” Yuvraj said.”It was a small total so I could take a lot of time. This game we needed more than seven runs an over so it was important for me to be positive on Tuesday. I just wanted to go and get my flow back. Once my flow is back, I feel that I belong here. I take a lot of confidence from this innings because I needed a few big hits and when you are striking the ball like I was today, it gives you a lot of confidence going into the next games.”India will play UAE tomorrow in a game that only has academic interest. And then the final on Sunday. If Yuvraj fires in both these games, India will be unstoppable at the World T20 which starts at home later this month.Cricket is that game. Life could turn a full circle for Yuvraj. After his heroics five years ago, the game has given him another chance to do an encore.advertisement
Professional boxers can compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, if they qualify.An overwhelming vote by the sport’s governing body, known as AIBA, on Wednesday allows any boxer to try to qualify next month and earn selection for their national team. But AIBA’s plan has been criticized across the professional ranks as a move toward dangerous mismatches between established boxers and inexperienced amateurs. (Rio Olympics: India to seek wildcard for MC Mary Kom)”At the moment it is difficult to anticipate (how many), but there will be some who want to get qualification,” AIBA President CK Wu said after a special meeting of member federations.Although Manny Pacquiao had been slated to be a superstar attraction in Rio, he decided last week to focus on his political career after being elected a senator in the Philippines.Of 88 federations who came to Lausanne for the single-issue meeting, 84 approved the rule change less than 10 weeks before the first bouts in Rio. The other four members abstained, AIBA said. (Pro boxing not an option for me, says Mary Kom)A total of 26 entry places can be earned at an Olympic qualifying tournament in Venezuela next month, AIBA said.Though few pros are likely to make the Rio lineup at such short notice, the longer term aim is letting paid fighters know they should target the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”These are milestones for Tokyo. This is what is happening now,” Netherlands federation president Boris van der Vorst said.Wu has consistently pushed to extend AIBA’s influence over professional boxing, and already relaxed rules to allow paid fighters to compete at the Olympics.advertisementIn 2013, eligibility for Rio was given to boxers who are signed to AIBA-run professional tournaments.It is unclear how many professional fighters would be attracted by an Olympic tournament – fighting up to five times over two weeks and going unpaid.Some would also likely not meet the demands of already being in a testing regime with their national federation approved by the World Anti-Doing Agency.”We know some of them have been but we can’t tell exactly how many,” said Wu, ruling out awarding wild-card entries to high-profile names.Wu defended AIBA’s doping record, which has been criticized for little or no out-of-competition testing since the 2012 London Olympics.”We have tremendous change, a lot of effort,” Wu said, adding that all boxers in Rio would comply with WADA testing standards ahead of the games. “These people have to be subjected to the full testing.”
A humilating 3-1 loss by Thessaloniki’s PAOK to a bankrupt and short-handed OFI team from Crete in Greece’s soccer league has led Manager Angelos Anastasiadis to quit.OFI had only 15 players left on its squad but put together a great performance behind goals from Mayron George, Andreas Lambropoulos and Vassilis Koutsianikoulis while PAOK’s only counter was a score from Dimitris Papadopoulos.The listless performance of his team so infuriated Anastasiadis that he quit almost on the spot, turning in his resignation to the team’s board although they didn’t immediately accept it. Angry PAOK fans also protested outside their team’s stadium back home after the loss in Crete.The result lifted Olympiakos, which beat Atromitos, 2-1, to an eight-point lead in the league before it goes up to Thessaloniki to play the PAOK team that is now in disarray.Olympiakos got goals from Ibrahim Afellay and league top scorer Costas Mitroglou, while Atromitos got one from Marcelinho Leite.The results also mean that Panathinaikos is now second with PAOK but have a tie-breaking lead with a better head-to-head record as soccer doesn’t use playoff games.Asteras Tripolis, in fourth, defeated Platanias Hanion 1-0 on a goal by a new player, Matias Igelsias who appeared to be offside when he scored.In other games, Panetolikos whipped Ergotelis 4-0, PAS Giannina beat Veria 4-1, Xanthi drew 1-1 with Panionios and the Kerkyra-Levadiakos game ended 0-0.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Roger Federer relied on his trusted serve to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) Thursday and give defending champion Switzerland a spot in the Hopman Cup final.The victory assured Switzerland’s advancement, but Greece claimed a consolation 2-1 victory when Maria Sakkari beat Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 in women’s singles.Greece also won the mixed doubles 4-3 (4), 2-4, 4-3 (3) in the Fast4 format.The 37-year-old Federer’s precision went up against Tsitsipas’ power in the first set of the men’s singles match, and not much separated the two. Eight games were held at love.”There was very little unforced errors and it was really good quality tennis,” Federer said. “It could have easily gone three sets. For me it is about maintaining a good level of play and I am happy with my game.”.@rogerfederer sends Switzerland through to the #HopmanCup final @Channel9 @9Gem | Hopman Cup pic.twitter.com/HVnZn6BI7DHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 3, 2019Federer will be going for a record third Hopman Cup title when the Swiss team faces either host Australia or Germany in Saturday’s final.”I will be excited to watch it tomorrow and see who we play in the final,” Federer said. “This format lends itself to some exciting tennis.”Federer lost only seven games in wins over Cameron Norrie and Frances Tiafoe but found it tougher in his first match against Tsitsipas.Federer trailed 4-1 in the first tiebreaker before reeling off consecutive forehand winners to claw back into it. Tsitsipas double-faulted at 5-5 and Federer then won the set with an ace.advertisementThe serve continued to dictate play until Federer had break points in the ninth and 11th games but was unable to convert. The 23-time Grand Slam champion, however, raised his game in the tiebreaker with a perfect drop shot to take a 6-3 lead. He closed it out shortly after.Federer’s appearances at the past two Hopman Cups were followed by Australian Open titles.Earlier, Serena Williams beat Katie Boulter 6-1, 7-6 (2) to complete an unbeaten Hopman Cup campaign in singles. With daughter Alexis Olympia in attendance, Williams was made to work in the second set before prevailing.The winless United States, however, lost to Britain 2-1. Norrie upset Tiafoe 7-6 (4), 6-0 in men’s singles and Britain won the mixed doubles 3-4 (2), 4-3 (4), 4-1.The 37-year-old Williams’ hopes for a record third Hopman Cup title ended when the United States was eliminated after losses to Greece and Switzerland.Williams has slowly built momentum in her first tournament since the U.S. Open in September as she eyes a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne.”It was definitely good to play three singles matches here, and the mixed (doubles),” Williams said on-court after her singles match.The American did not attend a news conference after the match.Also Watch:
Street reconstruction for the Hunt Elementary School project will create some detours on the near northside in the coming week.The first stage of work is on Nebraska Street between 18th and 19th Streets.That work will begin next Monday, June 4th with traffic detoured to Pierce and Jackson Streets.Following that work, construction on 19th Street between Pierce and Jackson will take place later in the summer, along with another 190 feet of Nebraska Street from 19th Street towards 20th.That work includes the construction of the geothermal well field within the expanded Hunt School site.
Milan Calabria extends AC Milan contract through to 2022 Jamie Smith 03:49 12/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Milan Serie A The Italy U21 international right-back has signed fresh terms, extending his stay at the San Siro for another three years on top of his previous deal AC Milan youngster Davide Calabria has committed his future to the club by agreeing a new contract extension.Calabria, who agreed a deal to 2019 in May 2016, has agreed a three-year extension to extend his stay at San Siro until June 2022.The 21-year-old has been given a chance to impress this season due to a serious injury suffered by Andrea Conti, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture to the left knee shortly after joining from Atalanta. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Marco Fassone, alla festa di Natale del Settore Giovanile annuncia: “Davide Calabria ha rinnovato fino al 2022!”@davidecalabria2 has renewed his contract with the Club through to 30th June 2022 pic.twitter.com/FjtqCp53kn— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 14, 2017The defender’s new deal was announced on Thursday by Milan chief executive Marco Fassone and sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli at the Rossoneri youth team Christmas party.Calabria has made six appearances in Serie A so far this campaign and also played the full 90 minutes as Milan beat Verona 3-0 on Wednesday to book a place in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.Victory set up an enticing derby clash in the last eight against Serie A leaders Inter.
Dollarama brand compact fluorescent light bulbs, model LT2A-11W, have been recalled because of a risk of fire or electric shock. The Department of Environment and Labour recommends that consumers stop using them immediately and return them to Dollarama retail stores. The stores have removed the product from their shelves and will give consumers an exchange or refund. The bulbs were sold in a yellow package marked “Energy Saver” at the top. The bulbs bear the inscription “DOLLARAMA, ENERGY SAVING LIGHT BULBS, LT2A-11W, 120V/60Hz, 135mA, 1006-11 China/Chine.” The Underwriters Laboratory inscription on the bulbs is counterfeit. It is not known how many of the bulbs were sold in Nova Scotia, however they were widely distributed. For further information on exchanges or refunds, contact your local Dollarama store or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madrid: Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale played for the first time in four pre-season matches on Sunday to suggest he could yet regain his place under coach Zinedine Zidane. Bale came off the bench as Madrid drew 2-2 against Roma in the Stadio Olimpico, before losing the friendly on penalties. After the game, Zidane was also asked about a possible move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar but he refused to address the issue. It was Madrid’s seventh and final warm-up fixture ahead of the start of La Liga next weekend but Bale has only played three of those, and each time as a substitute. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhJames Rodriguez, who has also been expected to leave Madrid this summer, was not even named on the bench against Roma. “Bale and James are players of Real Madrid,” Zidane said afterwards. “Anything can happen until August 31 but we are counting on all the players.” On a potential move for Neymar, who is reportedly keen to leave PSG and could rejoin Barcelona, Zidane said: “We are here with the squad that we have and we are only thinking about that.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterZidane had made it clear Bale was not part of his plans for a reinvigorated Real Madrid this term and the Welshman was left out completely for their previous three friendlies against RB Salzburg, Fenerbahce and Tottenham. But after a move to China last month fell through and the closure of the Premier League transfer window, Bale was back in the squad against Roma and came on for the last half-an-hour. With the score level, he could have won it for Madrid, firing into the side-netting and then just wide in the 92nd minute after two impressive breaks forward. It remains to be seen if Bale is now included in Zidane’s squad to face Celta Vigo in Madrid’s season opener on Saturday. Their display against Roma was one of their better showings of a patchy pre-season, which has seen them register two wins, two draws and three defeats after normal time. All four goals were scored in the first half as twice Roma came from behind, Diego Perotti and Edin Dzeko cancelling out efforts from Marcelo and Casemiro. Bale scored his penalty but Marcelo missed, his shot hitting the crossbar to confirm Roma’s win. The Italian side begin their own Serie A season at home to Genoa on August 25.
The United States (US) has called for meaningful transitional justice processes in Sri Lanka.Janel Balch speaking on behalf of the US at the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva said that the transitional justice process must have the confidence of the Sri Lankan people. “In Sri Lanka, we urge the government to continue efforts to establish meaningful transitional justice processes that have the confidence of the Sri Lankan people as well as the international community and that will be credible to all the affected communities in Sri Lanka,” she said. (Colombo Gazette)
Nemaska Lithium Inc announced the results of its initial production of spodumene concentrate from the Whabouchi mine, using a mine representative bulk sample. The plant is running continuously at half its capacity, 12 h/d since March 7, 2017. Operation is steadily ramping up and should reach a throughput of around 150 t/d.Recent results from concentrate composite samples, produced on a 6-hour basis, yielded the following results: March 7 (AM) – 2.89% Li = 6.22% Li2O March 8 (AM) – 3.05% Li = 6.56% Li2O March 8 (PM) – 3.09% Li = 6.65% Li2O“Generally speaking, the hard rock lithium industry requires a 6% concentrate or higher to efficiently produce battery grade lithium salts,” said Guy Bourassa, President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium. “We have seen other hard rock producers struggle to achieve this quality concentrate, making it more technically challenging and costly to produce battery grade lithium salts. With this concentrate production we have met another important milestone as we continue to de-risk our project.”It is expected that Nemaska Lithium will process sufficient raw ore minerals in the DMS plant to provide 650 t of spodumene concentrate with a view to producing lithium hydroxide samples in the Phase 1 Plant in Shawinigan, for qualification by potential customers.“The operations team at Whabouchi is working diligently to ramp up the DMS mill to full run rate over the next few weeks per our schedule,” said Francois Godin, Vice President Operations. “We have been working closely with DMS experts from around the world to ensure the plant start-up is smooth and high quality concentrate is produced. We’ve learned a tremendous amount that will be directly applicable to the start-up of the commercial concentrator. I look forward to updating you further as we log more hours on the DMS mill.” Nemaska Lithium intends to become a vertically integrated lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate supplier to the emerging lithium battery market that is largely driven by electric vehicles, cell phones, tablets and other consumer products. It is developing in Quebec one of the most important spodumene lithium hard rock deposits in the world, both in volume and grade. The spodumene concentrate produced at Nemaska Lithium’s Whabouchi mine will be shipped to the corporation’s lithium compounds processing plant to be built in Shawinigan, Quebec. This plant will transform spodumene concentrate into high purity lithium hydroxide and carbonate using the proprietary methods developed by the corporation, and for which it holds four granted patents and several patent applications that are pending in different countries, covering different aspects and improvements of its proprietary technology for preparing high purity lithium hydroxide and carbonate.
READ: An Post wins new contract to keep delivering social welfare paymentsMORE: FÁS is no more… say hello to SOLAS THE DEPARTMENT OF Social Protection has said there will be 43 Intreo centres open and active by the end of next month.The one-stop shops for jobseekers will provide both social welfare payments and employment supports in the one place.“There are a number of new features in the Intreo service which were not a part of the old social welfare local office model,” explained Minister Joan Burton.Services will include client profiling, one-to-one meetings and progress monitoring.According to the department, integrated decision-making processes will lead to quicker turnaround times on applications.Of the 43 centres already open or due to be open by 1 Febuary 2014, ten are in Dublin. The remaining 33 are spread across the country. TODAY: Man arrested after driving car into social welfare office
If you are looking to step up from a point-and-shoot without getting a camera that is significantly larger or more expensive than the one you are currently using, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 is an excellent option. It offers better controls than the typical point-and-shoot and a larger sensor, but remains easy to use and reasonably priced, plus there are multiple lens options for the Micro Four Thirds format. The camera is a follow-up to the PEN E-PL1, which ended up being one of the most affordable Micro Four Thirds (MFT) and a good all-around options for people that wanted a better camera without the size, price, and hassle of some DSLRs.The E-PL2 has a number of changes from the E-PL1, which we’ve outlined here (and in our preview). Basically the sensor is unchanged so in many ways this is a minor upgrade, but a number of nice tweaks were made. The newer model did get a recessed power button, a dedicated video button, improved grips, and upgraded accessory port, some new art filters, an updated 14-42mm kit lens, and a larger LCD so the changes are numerous if not dramatic.AdChoices广告The E-PL2 sells for $499 for the body alone, $599 for the 14-42mm kit, and $699 for the double zoom kit (tested), which also includes the 40-150mm f4-5.6 ED lens.For more background on the camera check out the video below:The E-PL2 feels a lot like the E-PL1. That’s to say that it’s a nicely sized, easy to use MFT camera. It feels more consumer-y than higher end models, like the Panasonic GF1 or GH1, but it uses the same lenses and sensor size so in some ways it have an advantage over the competition. The changes aren’t huge from the old consumer PEN to the new one, but the improved grip is nice to see and dedicated video button is convenient. The single biggest usability change is the addition of an adjustment dial to the back of the E-PL2, which immediately makes it feel like a more powerful camera than the E-PL1. The LCD is a nice step up too–it’s not just larger but it’s sharper and brighter.On the software side the E-PL2 has some changes like an improved Live Guide (this is Olympus’ easy mode where the camera helps beginners do use advanced functions) as well as more art filters. These changes are nice to see but ultimately aren’t that significant. There is improved facial recognition too, but at the end of the day the biggest software change for me was the Dramatic Tone filter, which gives shots a fun faux HDR look. See the gallery below for sample shots.I didn’t get to test out any accessories, but E-PL2 still has an optional electronic viewfinder, an adjustable macro light accessory, and the PENpal, which will send images to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This last one is the most interesting but from what I understand it has some serious limitations so I’m not sure it will be a better option than the Eye-Fi (though it is different in some ways).The two lenses included are perfectly capable but unextraordinary kit lenses. The 14-42mm is collapsible and has a nice range so it’s great for day-to-day use, plus now it’s optimized for video which marks a big improvement over the original. The 40-150mm is larger but offers a significant amount of zoom for such a small camera so while I didn’t like it as much it will come in handy. The better complement to the kit would be the 20mm “pancake” lens which really cuts down on the size of the camera. The lenses are rather plastic-y but they are very reasonably priced ($100 each with the kit) and offer good sharpness for what you are paying. They are both variable aperture, which means you often looking for more light if you want the to use the zoom in less than full brightness.As far as the actual shooting goes, I found the E-PL2 to be both intuitive and fun to use. It’s reasonably powerful but the easy to wrap your brain around, making it a nice option for people who are new to photography to as well as some enthusiasts. Noise is minimal below ISO 1600, colors are reproduced nicely and the sharpness is very good given the size of the camera. The smallish sensor won’t blow you away with shots the way a nice full-frame will, but it’s a noticeable step up from the point-and-shoot that most people will be coming from. I’d say it’s more of a step up from point-and-shooters than it is a step down from entry level DSLRs.The new 14-42mm steals the show as it’s a very nice size and it’s both quicker and quieter than the original. And while the improved Live Guide wasn’t something I used much if you know the shot you want it will help you get it.Overall, the PEN E-PL2 is a really nice camera for the money. It’s probably not the best Micro Four Thirds camera out there, but it’s versatile and a pleasure to use, with no major flaws. If anything was lacking it would be that the camera doesn’t mark a huge change from the E-PL1, it’s seems like it’s more about Olympus fixing what they got wrong with the previous camera (not that it was bad at all, aside from the slow auto-focus, which was addressed).So, while the E-PL2 is focused at consumers and beginners it is still a very good MFT camera. It won’t be the top choice for enthusiasts’ (either as a primary or secondary camera) but it lands in a very nice spot in the overall scheme of price vs. performance vs. size.oly_epl2_test-78982oly_epl2_test-78982oly_epl2_test-788542oly_epl2_test-782oly_epl2_test-22oly_epl2_test-2e_pl2_07e_pl2_05e_pl2_04e_pl2_03e_pl2_02e_pl2_01The E-PL2 kit was loaned to us by Olympus.
An electroencephalogram, otherwise known as an EEG, is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain by using sensors attached to your head and hooked up by wires to a computer. The computer then records your brain’s electrical activity on a PC screen. Normally, to take EEG measurements the patient would have to visit a lab with a big, expensive scanner set-up. However, researcher Jakob Eg Larsen and his colleagues at the Technical University of Denmark in Kongens Lyngby, have come up with a way to make this system much more portable using an app specially designed for the Nokia N900.Larsen found that by hooking up a standard EEG headset to the phone, you could monitor your neural signals from anywhere. This is incredibly useful because it means patients don’t have to make a special trip to a lab in order to have tests run. “White Coat Syndrome” can effect the test results of patients who are particularly anxious when surrounded by doctors and expensive medical equipment. Instead of having to deal with waiting rooms, doctors, and beeping machines, patients could measure their brain activity in the comfort of their own homes where they feel completely relaxed.The headset Larsen uses would normally connect to a PC wirelessly via a USB receiver. Instead, the patient can view a simplified 3D model on the N900’s screen. The model lights up when brainwaves are detected and can be rotated by simply swiping the screen. To get even more intensive results, the app can connect to a remote server, crunch some numbers, and then send the results back to the phone. The smartphone EEG would also allow researchers to monitor groups of people as they work on a task together. Additionally, the phone could be used to obtain certain brain responses by showing photos or video on the screen.For people with conditions like epilepsy, who have to take time out of their day-to-day lives to go to the lab and sit there for an hour during the EEG, this will definitely make life easier. The goal is to make an EEG a regular thing that you have at home, like a home-based heart monitor.via New Scientist
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Free dévoile sa nouvelle box : la Freebox RevolutionLors d’une conférence de presse à Paris ce matin, l’opérateur a frappé fort en dévoilant la version 6 de sa Freebox. La Freebox Revolution sera fibre optique et ADSL, et dotée d’un lecteur Blu-ray.Le mystère a enfin été levé aujourd’hui, même s’il s’agissait d’un secret de polichinelle. Free a présenté sa future box : la Freebox Revolution, qui se décline en deux éléments distincts, le Freebox Server et le Freebox Player pour la télé. Le nouveau bébé de Free a été designé par Philippe Starck. À lire aussi”Choc Climatique” : les propositions du Sénat pour que la France agisseLe Freebox Server fait déjà des émules sur Internet : doté d’un CPU Intel X86 et d’un disque dur intégré de 250 Go avec fonction NAS (stockage en réseau), il est fibre optique et ADSL. Il sera même possible de télécharger des fichiers automatiquement sur le NAS sans allumer le PC.Cette box pourra également faire réveil, fournir un mini clavier tactile et sera également dotée de haut-parleurs. Le clavier virtuel permettra, par ailleurs, un accès à Internet, par navigateur.L’interface a également été revue : informations Allociné, guide des programmes directement accessible avec effet de transparence pour pouvoir continuer à suivre son film.Du côté du Freebox Player, un lecteur Blu-ray a été intégré au boîtier. Et la Freebox “Revolution” semble bien porter son nom, puisqu’elle possédera son propre “store” afin de pouvoir permettre l’installation des applications sur la TV (gratuites ou payantes). Gameloft doit proposer plusieurs jeux, souvent jouables pour la première fois sur un écran de télé. Deux jeux seront offerts, ainsi qu’un gamepad.A la surprise générale, Free annonce que son tarif est maintenu à 29,99 euros par mois avec en plus appels vers les mobiles illimités pour tous les opérateurs et 24/7. Seule l’option dégroupage total change pour passer à 5,99 euros.Le 14 décembre 2010 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
Employee Benefits poll: Three in 10 (31%) respondents believe that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can support employees’ mental health by training mental health first aiders.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 49 responses, also found that 24% feel that SMEs should improve office environments in order to better support mental wellbeing, while 20% think they should consider providing counselling services.Around 14% of respondents cite access to digital tools and apps as an approach SMEs could use to address employee mental health, while a further 10% believe wellbeing seminars would be effective.Research published in February 2019 by small business platform Xero, which polled 500 SME owners, found that 28% are too busy to think about supporting mental health in the workplace, with 48% agreeing that they could be doing more in this field.More than a third (37%) of respondents to Xero’s survey allow pets in the office in order to support employee wellbeing, while 35% provide support in terms of workload management and 33% give access to digital wellbeing tools and apps.Around one third (34%) are adding plants to their workspaces and 29% are working to ensure there is enough natural light in the office in order to impact employee wellbeing and mental health.Anne Allen, director of people experience at Xero, said: “Running a small business effectively in testing times is about doing the small things well; streamlining administration and tax compliance and using technology to simplify business management.“Our study shows [SMEs] do feel the pressure of changing times, but work environments with the right technical, emotional and personal support can ease the strain.”What do you think are the main barriers when looking to introduce flexible working? Let us know your opinion in our latest poll…