NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Chan to Phoenix Screen Grab from Twitter/@cavsComplementing the squad’s revamped logos is Nike’s iconic “Swoosh” emblem on the front left side, while Goodyear’s sponsorship “wing foot” logo is on the right.Screen Grab from Twitter/@cavsEmbodying the team’s emphasis on selflessness and brotherhood, the mantra “All for One. One for All” is stitched both at the bottom of the jersey and under the flaps of the shorts.It’s all about the details.Take a closer look at our new uniforms → https://t.co/TS8i1PaBpz#AllForOne pic.twitter.com/8aQpp4Vtg4— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) August 7, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The Shield.The Swoosh.The Wingfoot.Introducing our new coat of armor → https://t.co/iuYLihcVwT #AllForOne pic.twitter.com/QjqpaYQmxb— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) August 7, 2017ADVERTISEMENT The Cleveland Cavaliers will be seeking redemption in the upcoming 2017-2018 NBA regular season and it’s only fitting they don “a new coat of armor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe reigning Eastern Conference Champions introduced their new line of updated jerseys through a clip released on the team’s official Twitter page.The Cavs kept its primary wine-and-gold colorway, but Nike’s variation featured a minimalist yet more distinguished design. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The “Association” white edition—formerly known as the home uniform—is emblazoned with CAVS” on the chest area, while the Icon Version says (Cleveland).The team’s alternative and special-occasion jerseys are expected to come out in the coming days. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:LOOK: Cavs unveil modernized logos for 2017-2018 NBA seasonNike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next seasonSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 FEU is hoping to make the Finals for the second straight year despite losing key players from last year and prized rookie Lycah Ebon early in the season.“Our morale is high. We have proven that we can beat La Salle, which we have not beaten in a long while. Now there’s no reason why we can’t beat Ateneo,” Pascua added. “We will work hard for it.”The Lady Eagles have also displayed winning attitude throughout the elimination round, which they highlighted by winning 10 straight matches.“But everything changes in the Final Four,” admitted Ateneo leader Kat Tolentino.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines–Far Eastern University only has one shot at making the UAAP Women’s volleyball Finals, but it doesn’t faze coach George Pascua.The Final Four will be the true test of character, something Pascua believes his Lady Tamaraws clearly possess.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “This is all-out war. There are no excuses. The important thing is we focus on the game plan,” he said in Filipino.That plan would need to work as the Lady Tamaraws clash against top-ranked Ateneo, needing to beat the Lady Eagles two straight times to advance to the title series.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, logisticsGame time is at 4 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Pascua is speaking with confidence with his crew coming off a victory over three-time defending champion La Salle that put the Lady Spikers’ “four-peat” drive in dire straits. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Petron, F2 clash for all the marbles LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew
South African Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius was sent back to jail for six years on Wednesday for murdering Reeva Steenkamp, less than half the 15 year minimum term sought by prosecutors.Pistorius, who fatally shot his girlfriend four times through a toilet door, has already served 12 months in prison for her death. But the original manslaughter conviction was increased to murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal in December.Judge Thokozile Masipa, whose sentence at the initial manslaughter trial was criticised by women’s groups as too lenient, said she had accepted the defence argument that a lesser punishment was appropriate.’LONG TERM WON’T SERVE JUSTICE'”Public opinion may be loud and persistent but it can play no role in the decision of this court,” Masipa said. “I am of the view that a long term in prison will not serve justice.”Pistorius, who stood impassively as the sentence was read out, hugged members of his legal team and chatted briefly with his sister Aimee before being led away by police.Women’s rights groups say Pistorius has received preferential treatment by the justice system compared to non-whites and those without his wealth or international celebrity status. His backers say he did not intend to kill Steenkamp.The state and large sections of the South African public had demanded a 15 year jail term, the prescribed minimum term for murder, saying he had shown no remorse for the 2013 killing.It was unclear whether the state, which has two weeks to appeal, would accept Wednesday’s sentence.advertisementPistorius’ defence team said he would not appeal and that their client would be able to apply for parole after serving half to two-thirds of the sentence.The track star, who had the lower part of his legs amputated when he was a baby, was freed from prison last October after almost a year behind bars. He was to serve the remainder of his five-year term under house arrest at his uncle’s house in a wealthy suburb of the capital. Pistorius has been living with his uncle since.STEENKAMP FAMILY REACTIONSteenkamp’s father Barry, who in an emotional statement to the sentencing hearings said Pistorius must pay for his crime, declined to comment on the prospects for an appeal.”We’ll leave that to the state,” he told reporters without showing any emotion.In her ruling on Wednesday, Masipa said that although the Steenkamps had suffered a great loss, Pistorius’ life and career were also in ruins.”The life of the accused shall also never be the same. He is a fallen hero and can never be at peace,” she said.The judge agreed with defence that the Pistorius who shot Steenkamp in the early hours of St Valentine’s Day was not the gold medal winning athlete but a vulnerable 1.5m tall man.She said that there was no indication at all that the deceased was in an abusive relationship with Pistorius. She also said there was no evidence there had been a row between Pistorius and Steenkamp before her death, as suggested by the prosecution.Pistorius says he fired four shots into the toilet door at his luxury Pretoria home in the mistaken belief that an intruder was hiding behind it.His defence argued that his disability and mental stress that occurred in the aftermath of the killing should be considered as mitigating circumstances to reduce his sentence.DIVISIVE CASEOutside the court, a group of supporters held up placards backing the athlete. One read: “Give Oscar his freedom back please”.Legal analysts were divided by the ruling in a country beset by high levels of violent crime against women.”To reduce from 15 to 6 years in the circumstances of the case seems to me to be unduly generous to Oscar,” Paul Hoffman, a lawyer and director of rights group Accountability Now, said.”It’s quite possible that having invested so much effort in the prosecution … that (state prosecutor) Gerrie Nel will saddle up again and ride out in an effort to get a bigger sentence,” he said.Johannesburg-based lawyer Ulrich Roux doubted the state would appeal, saying the judge had delivered a “just sentence, considering that he was convicted with murder with indirect intent.”But the Women’s League of the ruling African National Congress (ANCWL), said the sentence was too soft.”First five years, now six years? She is an embarrassment to the justice system,” ANCWL spokeswoman Jacqueline Mofokeng said of Masipa. “It is an insult to women in this country.”
For a team which has always looked to play with more batsmen than bowlers in the shorter formats, it was heartening to see the Indian team fielding five regular bowlers and a fast-bowling all-rounder in the first T20 International against New Zealand on Wednesday.Captain Virat Kohli is a staunch supporter of the five-bowler theory in Test cricket but rarely have Indian teams played as many bowlers in limited-overs formats. In effect, Kohli had six bowling options on Wednesday.The T20 format is a nightmare for the bowlers anyway due to the rules and regulations which heavily favour the batsmen. But any help from the pitch gives the bowlers a lot to play with and the same theory helped India crush New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla.Ashish Nehra and Yuzvendra Chahal opened the attack for India after the hosts posted a mammoth 202/3 batting first. While Nehra was extremely economical in his first spell, Chahal managed to pick up the big wicket of Martin Guptill in his very first over, thanks in no small measure to a sensational catch by Hardik Pandya.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya and Axar Patel then came into the attack and kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to dent New Zealand’s progress in the run chase.Spinners Chahal and Patel ended up with two wickets while Bhuvi, Bumrah and Pandya struck once each as India registered their first win over New Zealand in the shortest format.Pandya’s all-round abilities have made matters easier for Kohli as he is equally gifted with both bat and ball. Patel is also a handy batsman down the order while Bhuvi can hold his own with the bat as well.advertisementThe Indian team now boasts of deep batting line-ups in all three formats of the game which is why the captain and coach can go with five regular bowlers.Bumrah and Chahal have been the best bowlers for India in the limited-overs formats in the recent past while the ever-reliable Bhuvneshwar is the leader of the pack. Nehra played his final match which might see India opting for either Kuldeep Yadav or the uncapped Mohammed Siraj in the next game in Rajkot.Even though the five-bowler theory might not be possible to execute in every game, the combination is working wonders for India at the moment. Kohli might just stick with this formula in the remaining two games of the series.
I accepted product from both men but wore neither during matches as I had always believed that sunglasses reduce visual acuity. I mean, if batsmen don’t wear them for batting – and most don’t – why wear them in the field? I was something of an evangelist about it and remember having a go at Smith after he had taken possession of Bolle’s swankiest model just before our group match against South Africa. “If you haven’t practised fielding in them, you shouldn’t wear them,” I chided. “You’d better not drop a catch off my bowling with them on or there will be hell to pay.” I think Smith left them in his bag and opted for a pair he had worn before.The other “issue” I recall was that the ICC, who were bankrolling the tournament, had instructed teams that they must do their own laundry. Although we were staying in decent hotels, the ICC would not pick up the Extras bill, of which laundry, at least in rooms not occupied by Beefy, was always the biggest part.I don’t recall us being on the verge of striking but the injustice and meanness of it rankled with Goochie, who called a team meeting where he informed our team manager, Bob Bennett, that “Joe Montana wouldn’t have to do his own laundry, so nor will we.” After a few days wrangling, and with smelly clothes piling up fast, the Test and County Cricket Board agreed to pay for the hotel for it.If allowed to, little things like that can niggle away at team harmony, but we remained steadfast in our clean clothes. Obviously it helps if everyone rubs along well together but it is not essential. Providing each player knows his role and fulfils it consistently well, the team project usually trundles along nicely. And most did. Pakistan cricket team Facebook Pinterest Imran Khan celebrates the moment of Pakistan’s victory. Photograph: Getty Images Topics The Nightwatchman Imran Khan lifts the World Cup. Photograph: Adrian Murrell/Getty Images Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter Ian Botham … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Read more Read more At one stage that approach looked very wise. Pakistan, who had won the toss and batted first, seemed as if they would struggle to reach 200, so slow was the recovery performed by Imran and Javed as they put on 139 for the third wicket. But a flurry of runs by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram left us needing 250 to win, a total that suddenly looked impossibly distant once Wasim knocked over Lamb and Chris Lewis in successive balls with 109 runs still needed.To say that we were complacent is too simplistic. We probably assumed Pakistan would implode with the early pressure exerted by our bowling but they did not. Once they had regrouped and posted a good score, we needed to bat really well against an attack that could ask different questions of different batsmen – few of which, on the day, were answered.Shamefully, given the amount of money lavished on England teams of all stripes, we’ve not been to another final until now. World Cups were never previously kind to the home side but that has changed with the last two being won by the tournament hosts. A third, now, would be dandy and demote England’s other near misses to the minor footnotes they deserve to be.• This is an article from The Nightwatchman, Wisden’s cricket quarterly• Follow The Nightwatchman and Derek Pringle on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Imran Khan Cricket World Cup 2019 Cricket England had a good mix of attitudes for that World Cup, especially in their approach to risk. At one end of the scale you had Beefy Botham and his sanguine, blood-and-thunder approach, a bit like the “play without fear” philosophy trotted out by Morgan and his team now. For all that, Beefy had only one game where he really fired, against the old foe Australia, where he got runs and wickets in an easy win at the SCG.Beefy’s boisterous view was tempered by the more thoughtful, nuanced approach of Gooch. Although he’d opt mostly for the aggressive option, Goochie would also counsel caution over gung-ho optimism. Confidence in one’s ability was fine, blind optimism wasn’t.At the other end of the scale, were the spinners Richard Illingworth and Phil Tufnell who, typical of their ilk, would always expect the worst. In a playing squad of 14, eight born outside the UK, the remaining outlooks fell somewhere between that of the spinners and Beefy.Although keen on a plan, Goochie acknowledged that players had to be prepared to reassess and improvise on their feet, something England sides have rarely been good at. And so it proved at that tournament. When teams allowed us to implement Plan A without reappraisal, we would beat them. But as soon as a side forced us to consider Plan B, such as New Zealand in Wellington and Pakistan in the final, we would dither and it would cost us.That aside, most onlookers felt us to be the best side at the 1992 tournament. Yet many thought we were probably fortunate to win the semi-final against South Africa by dint of a bizarre rain rule that punished excellence with the ball.I was injured for that game at the SCG, so didn’t play. But what I saw – and the apologists for South Africa never mention – was their cynical slowing down of the over rate, which saw them bowl just 45 of the 50 scheduled. Had they been forced to bowl those overs, and with our middle order going well at the time, they would have been chasing something around the 300 mark. A total that high back then would have been beyond them, though not as beyond them as the 22 runs off one ball they needed after the rain rule brought the game to a messy conclusion.Even so, there was the slight feeling that we had peaked as a team. The ideas to open the batting with Beefy and the bowling with me, both hatched during our preamble in New Zealand, had freshened our approach. But now, for the final, it was more a question of putting in one good, professional performance against a side that, while vulnerable, had begun to bubble with confidence. Twitter Ten commandments every club cricketer should follow The disappointment of losing to Pakistan, a defeat that was possibly felt more keenly by Gooch and Ian “Beefy” Botham, who had both contested their first World Cup final in 1979, was crushing. There was more than the odd tear shed in the dressing room afterwards.For two great players like them, as well as Allan Lamb, the sense that this last chance for glory had been missed must have cut deep, especially when it was snatched away by a team we had dismissed for a paltry 74 in the group stage only for rain to save them. But for a freakish day’s precipitation in drought-stricken Adelaide, Pakistan would not have reached the knockout stage.Beefy, who knew the trip would be his swansong, warmed to his task slowly that winter. While the rest of the squad prepared for the World Cup by playing a three-match Test series and three one-day internationals against New Zealand, he trod the panto boards in Bournemouth, playing opposite Max Boyce in Jack and the Beanstalk.When he did turn up about two-thirds of the way through that tour, he was rusty and overweight, though that did not prevent him from persuading Gooch to let him open the batting in the final one-day match against New Zealand – a role he had not performed since the 1986-87 Ashes tour. True to his bullish nature, he blasted 79 in 73 balls or, as one tabloid headline had it: “Bish, Bash, Bosh – Beefy.”It’s funny the things that stay with you from nearly 30 years ago, but I remember Beefy arriving with a sack of Oakley sunglasses, at least two pairs each for those who wanted them. That largesse sparked the “sunglasses wars” with Robin Smith, who was sponsored by Bolle, their response being to provide him with a boxful of shades to dispense among the lads. Facebook features It is 27 years since England last contested a Cricket World Cup final. I know; I was there. Melbourne was the city, MCG the stadium and Pakistan the other team. They consigned us – or at least some of the team, such as captain Graham Gooch – to a third runners-up place in World Cups in 13 years.They say it is the injustices that stay with you and to a certain degree they are right. In that final Pakistan made 249 batting first but it might have been a lot fewer had Javed Miandad been given out lbw, not once but twice, before he had reached double figures (he went on to make 58). On both occasions I was the bowler. That World Cup saw a different new, white Kookaburra ball used at each end and not only that: a Kookaburra ball that swung, at least for conventional swingers like me.That final, despite me needing to pass a late fitness test on an injured side, was no different. The hot, still air in the stadium, made denser but not turbulent by 90,000 spectators (most were Aussies and fairly neutral when confronted with whom to support between England and Pakistan), was perfect for my outswingers, which quickly brought me the wickets of Aamer Sohail and Ramiz Raja.Ramiz was given out lbw by umpire Steve Bucknor, though whether this prejudiced the later case against Javed I have no idea. Whatever the reason, he dismissed both my appeals after Javed twice played around balls heading for the stumps, the general consensus being that at least one of them was striking middle about two-thirds of the way up. Certainly Javed felt that one of the shouts was out, something he made plain to me after the match when I went to congratulate him and Imran Khan on Pakistan’s triumph. “Allah smile on me today,” he said, tapping his left leg.Did I feel terribly wronged by Bucknor’s intransigence? No, not really. Was I upset? At the time, yes (I queried Bucknor’s judgment in terms that would have brought me a big fine today). Yet any sense of inequity had passed by the time the trophy was lifted by Imran and we did a lap of honour to thank our loyal supporters for travelling with us the length and breadth of Australia, albeit without the concluding satisfaction of capturing the cup.Let’s face it. Injustices have been perpetrated in sport for centuries if not millennia. There is little you can do about them except to neutralise the grievance, reboot and get on with life. Of course, in this age of history by videotape, you can revisit such moments in times like these, in slow motion if necessary and play to the gallery.It helps that England’s poor showing in World Cups since means there is a compliant audience to sing the 1992 chorus that “we was robbed” whenever we watch Bucknor’s boo-boo. But all that victimhood can be put to bed for good this summer should England win the trophy for the first time. England cricket team Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn When Ian Botham played king at the panto and the 1992 Cricket World Cup Pinterest Share via Email Reuse this content
Georginio Wijnaldum admits it “would be stupid” for Liverpool not to believe that they can capture the Premier League title this season.The Reds have gone 29 years since they last captured the English top-flight crown, but that long wait could be ended in 2019.Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have suffered just one defeat so far, currently hold a four-point lead over defending champions Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? As the side to catch, Wijnaldum concedes that those at Anfield have to feel as though they are capable of crossing the line in first place.The Dutch midfielder told Sky Sports: “I think it would be stupid if I said ‘no’ [I don’t think we will win].”If you ask people from Manchester City ‘will they be champions?’, they’ll say ‘yes’.”It’s a bad sign if you say no, but we’ll see what happens until the end of the season. We will give everything we have, try to win every game and see what happens at the end of the season. There’s still a long way to go.”I’d prefer to speak about games, like now against Crystal Palace, than about the championship. We just want to make the season as good as possible.”We are trying to give everything during the season and hope we will succeed in the season. When we look back at the end of the season we will say, ‘Ok, what we have right now, we gave everything to reach that’.”Wijnaldum has experienced a title chase before during his time at PSV.He emerged victorious in 2015, with the benefit of playing first on a regular basis allowing the Eindhoven-based giants to edge out arch-rivals Ajax.Quizzed on whether a similar situation could aid Liverpool’s cause this season, as they prepare to face Palace on Saturday and City wait until Sunday to take on Huddersfield, Wijnaldum said: “It’s difficult to say.”I had the feeling it felt like an advantage when I was at PSV, we felt like we were putting pressure on them whenever we won a game, but we were not thinking we have to win today to put pressure on Ajax.”We went out, tried to enjoy it and win the game – and we won nearly every game so it worked well. We concentrated on our own game, that’s the only thing you can control.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Associated Press RomeMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 19:02 IST Karolina Pliskova defeated Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday in the Italian Open final (AP Photos)HIGHLIGHTSKarolina Pliskova defeated Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 to win Italian Open titleItalian Open is the biggest clay-court title of Pliskova’s careerWith this win, Pliskova will move up to no. 2 in the WTA rankingsKarolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-clay-court title of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Italian Open final.Adding to a very consistent year from the 2016 U.S. Open runner-up, the victory will move Pliskova up to No. 2 in the rankings and makes her one of the contenders for the French Open, which starts next weekend.”I just hope to take the tennis I was playing here to Paris,” Pliskova said. “For sure there’s going to be a chance for me if I play this way.”Pliskova also reached the Australian Open semifinals and the Miami Open final after opening this season with a title in Brisbane, Australia.The unseeded Konta appeared nervous at the start, double faulting then landing a backhand into the net to hand Pliskova a break in her opening service game.In the second set, Pliskova used a swinging forehand volley putaway to break for a 4-3 lead and never looked back.After converting her third championship point, Pliskova went over and slapped hands with Conchita Martinez, the four-time Rome champion who she recently named her head coach. Pliskova then asked Martinez and the rest of her team to come down onto the court for her victory celebration.Also Read | Italian Open: Roger Federer out of quarters with leg injuryAlso Read | Nick Kyrgios thrown out of Italian Open after on-court outburstAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Karolina PliskovaFollow Italian OpenFollow Australian Open Karolina Pliskova wins biggest clay title of career at Italian Open2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova defeated Johanna Konta to win the Italian Open title. Pliskova will also become world no. 2 after this winadvertisement Next
15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More For really cold rides, sometimes we need a little more insulation than just our shell and jersey. Club Ride’s Blaze vest fills the need for active insulation while you’re pedaling. The front panels feature a synthetic full that traps body heat and blocks wind. The back panel is a stretchy, brushed polyester. It helps regulate body temperature when you’re working hard and has perfectly sized dump pockets for your essential snacks and gear (yes, you can even fit a Chipotle burrito in there, but we recommend saving that for after). As a nice bonus, it’s stylish enough that you won’t look out of place rocking it at the bar after you knock out your ride for the day. Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Editors’ Recommendations Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever Cold temperatures don’t mean you have to relegate yourself to Soul Cycle classes or an indoor training stand for your bike.With the right gear, winter biking can be the best workout you’ll get all year. The fact that trails and back roads are completely empty once a little snow starts to fall doesn’t hurt either. Read on for our favorite gear for riding in cold temperatures.| How To Choose Your First Mountain BikeGiro Sutton Helmet $80From urban rides to your favorite bar, to extended cold weather forays, the Sutton is one of our favorite comfort fit helmets for year round use. It’s equipped with a MIPS liner for added impact protection and the vents are reinforced so you can lock it to your bike when you duck into Starbucks for a mid-ride espresso.POC Outerwear $170+Whether we’re out on our fat bikes in the snow or grinding out road or gravel miles in extreme cold, our favorite bike specific outerwear is made by POC. For early morning training rides we absolutely love the AVIP Thermal Tights ($180). They are wind resistant on the front, and stretchy on the back to help dump excess heat. Remember to size up so that they’ll fit comfortably over your favorite bib shorts, as they don’t have their own chamois. For your upper body, check out the Fondo Splash Jacket ($170). The cut is perfect for long rides, with a drop hem in the back and sleeves cut to accommodate gloves. The four way stretch and water repellent properties round this out as a flawless cycling top layer.Tifosi Optics Podium $80We’ve lost count of how many pairs of quality sunglasses we’ve lost, scratched, crushed, or been destroyed by dogs over the years. We spotted these Tifosi sunglasses on a group ride on the Wasatch Crest trail earlier this summer, and they’ve solved a lot of problems. At $80, they are more replaceable than some of the more expensive brands, but the optics are top notch. Lenses and small parts on the arms are all field replaceable – we’ve scratched a couple pairs on gnarly wrecks and are back in business for the next ride with minimal effort. The frames are incredibly resilient as well – they’ll probably outlast you for a season’s worth of crashes.Club Ride Blaze Vest $90
New Delhi: The Income Tax department has attached assets worth Rs 225 crore of retired Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Net Ram and his associates as part of an alleged tax evasion probe against them, officials said on Wednesday.They said a provisional order under section 132(9B) (power to attach) of the I-T Act has been issued and 20 immovable assets in Delhi, Mumbai, Noida and Kolkata have been attached and three luxury cars — a Mercedes and two Toyota Fortuners — found at the residence of the officer in Lucknow, have been impounded. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’I-T officials had swooped down on about a dozen premises in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata and Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, linked to the 1979-batch Indian Administrative Service officer and his firms, on March 12, acting on “credible inputs” that the former top bureaucrat and his associates have made “accommodation or bogus entries of Rs 98.82 crore from Kolkata-based shell firms” in the past. Rs 2.03 crore in cash and jewellery valued at Rs 17.79 lakh has been seized by the department after the raids even as it recovered Montblanc pens valued at Rs 50 lakh and documents indicating ‘benami’ assets from the premises linked to the retired IAS officer, who served in top positions during BSP supremo Mayawati’s chief ministership. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe department has also sealed 17 bank lockers which will be searched soon and in order to protect the interest of the revenue, immovable properties valued at Rs 225 crore and three luxury cars valued at Rs 1 crore have been provisionally attached under the I-T Act, a senior tax official said. While the retired bureaucrat could not be contacted, the department claimed that the case was an instance of “sophisticated money laundering”. The department alleged that it has “seized a diary in the handwriting of the officer which contained details of about 20 immovable properties like farm houses, bungalows, flats and other commercial properties”. Net Ram was secretary to Mayawati when she was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister during 2002-03, her third stint in power in the state. The officer had served in various capacities in UP, including heading the excise, sugar industries and cane department, stamp and registration, food and civil supplies department.
by Jay DESHMUKHCAIRO- Egypt awaited Thursday results of a referendum on a new constitution that could launch a presidential bid by the army chief, with initial tallies indicating overwhelming support for the charter.Given a boycott by the Islamist opposition, the result has never been in doubt, but the military-installed government is hoping for a large turnout to bolster its democratic credentials after the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi. State media suggested at least 90 percent of those voting had supported the new charter, which the authorities say provides greater freedom of speech and protection of women’s rights.“The people say ‘Yes,’” said a front-page headline in Al-Akhbar, while Al-Ahram reported that 90 percent of voters had backed the charter.After two days of voting that were marred by sporadic and deadly clashes between Morsi’s Islamist supporters and police, polling ended at 9:00 pm Wednesday.Final results are expected within 72 hours from then.Officials have said army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who toppled the Islamist Morsi in July, will closely monitor turnout as he mulls going for the top job himself in an election promised for later this year.Sisi has said he is prepared to run if there is enough popular support, and the referendum is seen as providing the first concrete test.Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, now designated a terrorist group, had hoped a low turnout would send a message of discontent over Morsi’s overthrow and a brutal crackdown on his supporters.The military’s spokesman thanked the “masses” of voters for taking part in what he called the “heroic battle of the referendum.”On Tuesday, clashes between Morsi supporters and their opponents and police killed at least nine people, but no fatal incidents were reported Wednesday.Additionally, at least 444 people were arrested for protesting and disrupting polling , the interior ministry said.
The Bank of Canada will probably keep its bias to tighten interest rates in the future, even with its growth forecast declining and exports remaining lower than before the recession, as it holds its key policy rate steady.[np_storybar title=”Corporate Canada ready to spend in 2014 on signs of global rebound: CIBC” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/10/21/corporate-canada-ready-to-spend-in-2014-on-signs-of-global-rebound-cibc/”%5DAs the Harper government launches a cross-country blitz to sell Canadians on the newly inked free-trade deal with the European Union, corporate Canada — long-criticized for sitting on piles of cash — at the same time appears ready to begin investing more in new markets, says CIBC. Read more. [/np_storybar]The benchmark rate will remain at 1%, where it’s been for more than three years, in a decision Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Ottawa, according to all 23 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.Removing language about raising interest rates “would be a far more dovish statement then they are probably wanting to make at the moment,” said Nathan Janzen, an economist at Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto. “The risk from the Bank’s side is that markets interpret the removal of a ‘tightening bias’ as a shift to an easing bias, even if that does not really represent the Bank’s thinking.”Governor Stephen Poloz said earlier this month that output has fallen short of the bank’s expectation, while Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem said that second-half growth will be below its earlier forecast, citing an “elusive” rotation to exports and investment from indebted consumers.We will be watching to see how they describe the external backdrop — whether they are becoming more or less confidentThat rotation was supposed to happen in the latter half of this year.It was even hoped to have started earlier, but the U.S. political system got in the way first with the fiscal crisis at the end of 2012, then with sequestering in the spring of 2013. Not content with those self-inflicted wounds, Congress shut down the government for 16 days in October and moved on to frighten international markets with the prospect of a U.S. default.“We will be watching to see how they describe the external backdrop — whether they are becoming more or less confident in that long-awaited recovery in external demand,” Janzen said.Drew Angerer/Getty Images Business optimism over new investments fell to a four-year low in the central bank’s survey published earlier this month. The balance of opinion for investment intentions declined to 7 percentage points from 9 points in the third-quarter survey, extending a slide from a peak of 36 points three years ago.BlackBerry Ltd. of Waterloo, Ontario, the country’s biggest spender on research and development, has announced plans to fire 4,500 workers and is seeking a buyer for the company after sales of its signature smartphones collapsed.Poloz himself has said the economy’s rotation to growth led by business investment and exports is taking longer than anticipated.“It’s fair to say that growth has disappointed us to this stage,” Poloz told reporters Oct. 11 in Washington during meetings of Group of 20 officials. “We are behind where we thought we would be let’s say a year ago, or even for that matter six months ago.” By most estimates, the political shenanigans drained about two percentage points from U.S. growth this year. More critical, they helped crush the momentum in the U.S. economy, which had rebounded smartly to 2.8 growth last year, only to fall off this year to what is expected to be 1.6.Evidence of the impact could be deduced from Tuesday’s employment numbers in the U.S., which showed job creation slowed to a paltry 148,000 in September, say economists.Bank of Montreal economist Michael Gregory says there’s little the Canadian central bank can do about any of the developments south of the border, except become more cautious about its expectations of a turnaround.“I think the Bank of Canada has become a little more worried and I think that will be reflected,” he said.Canada’s trade deficit unexpectedly widened for a second month to $1.31 billion in August, marking the 20th straight monthly shortfall. The country’s inflation rate of 1.1% is close to the bottom of the central bank’s target band and employment growth has slowed this year.They are going to acknowledge growth has been softer but stick to their messages that growth is going to bounce back“They are going to acknowledge growth has been softer but stick to their messages that growth is going to bounce back,” said Krishen Rangasamy, senior economist at National Bank Financial in Montreal.The central bank may move back its projection of when the economy will reach full output from its July estimate of mid-2015, said Rangasamy, who predicts growth next year of 2.2%, below the bank’s 2.7% prediction in July.Macklem said in an Oct. 1 speech that the economy will have to grow at an annual rate of “at least 2.5%” to absorb the “material degree of slack in the economy.” He also said growth in the second half of this year would be “in the 2 to 2.5% range,” compared with the bank’s July prediction for quarterly gains of 3.8% and 2.5%.Galit Rodan/Bloomberg
The Supreme Court issued a stay order this month on a gazette notice by President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving Parliament, till December 7th.The Supreme Court said it will consider all the petitions filed on the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament on December 4th, 5th and 6th before giving a final ruling on December 7th. (Colombo Gazette) A seven-member bench is to hear the case on the petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament.Chief Justice Nalin Perera appointed the seven judge bench which includes Buwaneka Aluwihare, Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena, Prasanna Jayawardena, Vijith Malalgoda and Murudu Fernando.
Saskatchewan passes motion to support Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2014 4:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – The Saskatchewan legislature has passed a motion supporting construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline, but the vote was not unanimous.The motion says there is an oil transportation bottleneck that is driving down the value of Saskatchewan oil. Premier Brad Wall says the pipeline may not carry Saskatchewan oil, but he claims it will benefit the province by helping to clear up the bottleneck.“If we get Canadian oil to tidewater, like these pipelines will do, we’ll increase the value at which we can sell,” Wall said Wednesday at the legislature.“We can sell at the world price, which is benefiting Saskatchewan people then, in our case up to $300 million a year in additional revenue for our treasury and almost $3 billion in additional revenue for our oil companies to reinvest in the economy.”Wall also says the pipeline would help get oil to port in a safer way than by rail or truck.The 1,200-kilometre Northern Gateway line would transport 525,000 barrels a day from Alberta’s oilsands to a marine terminal on the British Columbia coast for export to Asia.The Opposition New Democrats did not support the motion.“Looking at the facts of Gateway, I don’t think it’s a wise project,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who does back the Keystone XL pipeline to Texas.“There are some big concerns. There’s different geography going over the mountains to the west coast. There are more precarious shipping routes along the west coast. There’s a majority of First Nations who are voicing concerns (about the pipeline) going through the area, which is in treaty land.“You have the B.C. government saying that they’re woefully unprepared for an oil spill on the west coast.”The province of British Columbia opposed the pipeline as it was proposed at hearings before the National Energy Board. B.C. has laid out five conditions it says need to be met on the project.The federal review panel recommended approval of the project last December — with 209 conditions.A final decision by the federal government is expected in June.
by The Associated Press Posted Jul 5, 2017 7:47 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON – The DeVry University chain of for-profit colleges has agreed to a $455,000 settlement over allegations that it misled students in Massachusetts.State Attorney General Maura Healey had accused the Illinois-based chain of using deceptive advertising claims to attract students into online programs between 2011 and 2015.The company has no physical campuses in Massachusetts, but offers online courses.Healey says the company advertised that 90 per cent of its graduates found relevant jobs within six months of graduation, but Healey found rates as low as 52 per cent in some programs.In the settlement, DeVry agreed not to misrepresent employment or earnings data.Healey’s office says more than 100 of the school’s Massachusetts graduates are expected to be eligible for restitution payments from the settlement.DeVry officials say they’re pleased the matter has been resolved. For-profit college settles over alleged deception in ads
“I urge the Gambia to immediately stem this regression in human rights protection, and to impose an official moratorium, effective immediately, on the use of the death penalty,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.“The statement by President Yahya Jammeh that all remaining death sentences would be carried out by mid-September is extremely worrying, and raises serious questions about the motivation behind the sudden rush to execute,” she added. “A further statement by the Ministry of the Interior, which seeks to justify the change of policy, is seriously misguided.” Until now, Gambia was at the forefront in the region’s efforts to abolish the death penalty in law and practice, with a moratorium on the death penalty for 27 years and the abolition of capital punishment for drug offences in April 2011.Prior to the nine executions carried out on 26 August, the last official execution in the West African nation took place in 1985, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“The Gambia has, for almost three decades, been one of the increasing number of States that did not practice capital punishment – until this sudden, grave, unfortunate change of course,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that this represented an unfortunate setback for human rights protection in the country.Ms. Pillay voiced her concern over the fairness of the trials of some of the people sentenced to death, as well as the lack of transparency surrounding the identity of those who were executed.“The confusion and lack of transparency for several days over whether the executions actually took place, and accompanying uncertainty about the identity of those executed, is unacceptable, particularly for the family members of those killed. Secretly executing individuals without informing their families amounts to inhuman treatment,” Ms. Pillay said.The High Commissioner also warned that international law, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Gambia has ratified, requires compliance with rigorous fair trial standards in cases where death sentences are imposed.“I urgently call on the President and relevant authorities in the Gambia to heed all the international, regional and local calls on the Government not to carry out further executions,” she said, adding that “the moratorium that was in place for the past quarter of a century was something the country could be proud of, and was respected for.”Ms. Pillay’s call follows that of the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, who on Wednesday strongly condemned the recent executions and called on the Government to refrain from executing others on death row.
Engine component manufacturer, Schaeffler UK Ltd, has won ‘Best Company’ in the Pathway to Apprenticeship (PtA) Awards 2013, in recognition of the company’s ongoing support and commitment to the programme.Working in partnership with SEMTA and Further Education Colleges, the Welsh Government introduced the PtA programme in 2009. The scheme gives young people a chance to learn skills and gain vital work experience, while giving employers an in-depth look at potential entrants to their industry and access to pre-trained, motivated young people.Neil Walters, Production Support Manager at Schaeffler UK, received the Best Company Award on behalf of the company. He commented, “Pathway to Apprenticeships is a fantastic scheme and we are therefore delighted to have won the Best Company Award this year. As a manufacturer of automotive engine components, Schaeffler UK has always recognised the importance of investing in its people. It is essential that we have a highly skilled workforce, and apprentice programmes play a major part in meeting this need.”The Schaeffler plant in Llanelli manufactures high precision engine components for the automotive market, employing 260 people.Adrian Roberts, Director of Human Resources at Schaeffler UK added, “As a company, we have always recognised that a continuous flow of new engineering apprentices into the business is critical to the ongoing success of our manufacturing plant in Llanelli. Taking on apprentices each year enables us to continually develop the pool of talent and skills that we have here. Developing strong links with our local college, Coleg Sir Gar, has played a significant part in this successful programme, giving selected unemployed youngsters a real taste of manufacturing.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Ritika Shah / Assistant photo editorRedshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton throws a pass during a game against San Diego State Sept. 7, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-7.When a team loses its starting quarterback, particularly when he’s a Heisman trophy candidate, things don’t typically go well.Someone forgot to tell that to the 2-0 Ohio State squad.Buckeye starting quarterback, junior Braxton Miller, left OSU’s 42-7 victory 2:58 into the game after spraining his MCL and did not return.In came redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton, with the hopes of the Buckeye faithful on his shoulders.“I actually wasn’t that nervous today. I know that I prepared all week like a starter. I don’t think I got nervous at all,” Guiton said. “Once I got in, I took my first hit, had my first throw and after that it was just ‘let’s go.’”On the day Guiton finished 19 of 28 passing for 152 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 83 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown.“I think I started off pretty good, we started off and we went up on the scoreboard pretty good. I think we responded well from the interception, too, but I think the second half I could have played a lot better,” Guiton said. “We protected good, the receivers played a good game. I just have to get them the ball quicker and more often.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was impressed by how well his backup signal caller replaced Miller.“The old right hander (Guiton) steps in again and does a nice job. He’s too slow, not a strong enough arm, but all he does is lead manage and distribute and has an incredible knowledge of the game,” Meyer said.Guiton was named a captain for the 2013 season, despite not being a starter, and has been under the spotlight before. Against Purdue in 2012 Guiton replaced the injured Miller and led the Buckeyes to a comeback 29-22 victory in overtime to preserve OSU’s undefeated season.Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said when Guiton comes in for Miller, no one on the team stresses about it.“Kenny’s one of the leaders on our team, he’s one of the captains and everybody respects him,” Brown said. “Everybody knows what he brings the table, a lot of confidence, a lot of swagger. He’s a real vocal quarterback, so when Kenny’s out there, nobody’s worried at all.”Brown was the recipient of both of Guiton’s touchdown passes, and after the game, he complimented Guiton on his ability to place the ball in the right spot.“Kenny threw a perfect throw and we had the perfect play called, the corner was really close up, man pressed all day. It was an easy catch and harder throw,” Brown said.Upon coming into the game, Guiton said he didn’t want to think about the pressure of the situation. He just wanted to score.“I really try not to think about that when I hit the field. I just try to think about first down, first down, explosive play until we’re in the endzone,” Guition said. “That’s one thing I always tell the offense and that’s one thing I just always live by.”Guiton’s first drive culminated in a seven-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Dontre Wilson. Wilson said any drop off when Guiton enters the game for Miller is not noticeable.“Kenny is one of the greatest quarterbacks in college football right now, it’s great to have him as a backup,” Wilson said. “We didn’t really lose a lot, Braxton is a Heisman candidate, but Kenny is a great thrower.”Senior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell said the biggest thing Guiton adds to the game is energy.“He brings the juice, he brings the energy. Everybody respects him in the locker room. He’s just a great dude to be around,” Norwell said. “He leads by example. He doesn’t really play a lot because he’s behind Braxton, he’s the backup. When his number’s called he’s got to be ready, and obviously he was ready today.”Although Miller did not return for the rest of the game, some teammates felt he would have been able to play if he was needed. Guiton said when he saw Miller down on the field, he didn’t know what was wrong but was ready to take the field.“I really wasn’t sure at all. I did see that his helmet was off and the guy hit him in the face. I wasn’t sure how bad it was at first or anything. I just tried to prepare and make sure I was ready,” Guiton said.Brown said he thinks Miller will be healthy for OSU’s road trip to California next weekend.“We’re not too worried. We know Braxton’s going to do a good job of rehabbing this week and he’ll be back for this next game,” Brown said. “But even if he’s not everyone on the team has enough confidence in Kenny (Guiton) that he can get it done.”Meyer said he “(thinks) there’s a chance (Miller will) be ready for next week.”Guiton said confidence was a key factor in his performance.“Just getting extended time in a game like that, I think that built my confidence a lot. It’s one thing to practice all the time and become good but it’s different when you’re actually in there doing it,” Guiton said.OSU is set to hit the road to take on California (1-1) Saturday at 7 p.m.
The European Handball Federation’s flagship national team event for women has been awarded to the joint bid from the Hungarian and Croatian Handball Federations.After the initial applicants for the 2014 Women’s European Championship withdrew their bids before the EHF Congress in Copenhagen in September 2010, the EHF Executive Committee was tasked with allocating the event at its meeting on 9 April 2011 in Vienna, Austria.There was an evaluation process of the three new bids from Turkey, Slovakia and Hungary/Croatia together with site visits to all bid nations. Prior to the EHF Executive meeting all bids were analysed by the EURO Delegation, and as two venues of the Slovakian bid did not fulfil the necessary criteria for the EHF European Championship, the Slovakia Handball Federation was informed that its bid would not be considered.Based on these evaluations a report was presented to the EHF Executive Committee and bid books were provided by both candidates. On the basis of these documents, the EHF Executive Committee made a decision based on the quality of venues, infrastructure, interest in women’s handball and commercial basis in each of the nations.Following this process and detailed discussions, the EHF Executive awarded the 11th Women’s EHF European Handball Championship to Hungary and Croatia.EHF President, Tor Lian, said: “The EHF Executive Committee has carefully analysed all aspects of the bids and is expecting a great championship with the two highly experienced organisers from Hungary and Croata. We expect a very positive impact on the women’s game in two countries with a strong tradition of women’s handball.”After EHF EURO 2010 in Denmark and Norway, the Women’s European Handball Championships will be carried out with two hosting nations for the second time.The joint bid succeeded in becoming the next hosts. Also in contention for the event was the national federation of Turkey.The bid includes the following playing venues:– Győr/HUN: Győr Arena (to be newly constructed)– Debrecen/HUN: Főnix Hall– Varaždin/CRO: City Sport Hall– Zagreb/CRO: Arena Zagreb– Budapest/HUN: Papp László Budapest Sportaréna (final venue)Playing period of the final tournament is 07 to 21 December 2014.TEXT: EHF Women’s EHF EURO 2014 ← Previous Story Richard Mezei new Director of Pick Szeged Next Story → EHF EURO 2012 extended by two days
YouTube credit: ARU TVThe Lions won the Test but lost the series. Revenge came the following year and O’Driscoll, this time, was wearing green. Ronan O’Gara kicked six penalties as Ireland toppled the reigning world champions 18-6 at Lansdowne Road.Nine games have passed since that memorable day in Dublin and O’Driscoll’s record [with Lions and Ireland] reads: three wins, five defeats one draw. The country’s record tryscorer has a winning record of 27% in 11 games against Australia but is held in high regard by their supporters and players.Speaking a month after Ireland had beaten Australia 15-6 at Eden Park in the World Cup, Wallaby back Adam Ashley-Cooper’s tone regarding O’Driscoll was reverential. He said, “I said before we played them that world class players turn up at world class events and that was definitely the case with him. Ireland deserved their win against us, no doubt.”Ashley-Cooper will face off against O’Driscoll, who retires at the end of the season, for the last time on Saturday. Australia are coming off the back of a morale-boosting win over Italy and their coach, Ewen McKenzie, wants to finish his first [half] season on a winning streak.“It’s going to be really tough,” O’Connell conceded, “but I’m delighted to be in the team, especially because of that, and it’s great to have Brian in the team as well.”Two years in the making but the confidence of Irish fans will be steeled on Saturday when they look at the match programme and see the famous surnames in the starting line-up.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >D’Arcy and Murray cut as Schmidt names strong Ireland teamTwo changes for Wallabies ahead of Ireland clash PAUL O’CONNELL SAYS Dr. Brian O’Driscoll is no different today than the regular Brian O’Driscoll before his DCU doctorate was conferred.“No-one contradicts Brian,” O’Connell remarked. “What he says, goes.”Ireland’s backline and forwards talismen will start for their country, against Australia this Saturday, for the first time in more than two years. A lot has changed, admits O’Connell, since the duo lined out against Wales in the quarter final of the World Cup.One of the changes is a huge positive — both men were in the Lions squad that defeated Australia 2-1 in this summer’s gripping Test Series. O’Driscoll [dropped] and O’Connell [injured] watched the decisive third Test victory from the sidelines and will be keen to land their own blows on an Australian team that have often outfoxed them.Australia were the opposition for O’Driscoll on his Ireland debut in 1999. Playing at the Ballmore Stadium in Brisbane, Ireland were torn to shreds in a 46-10 defeat. Cap number two was in Perth a week later and although the tourists, and their young outside centre, played better, Australia triumphed 32-26. The two sides met at the World Cup later that same year with Ireland on the losing side again.O’Driscoll’s next outing against the Aussies would see him earn the nickname of ‘Waltzing O’Driscoll’ Down Under. He ran in a superb try after receiving the ball some 60 metres out and beating four green and gold shirts.
Apple en très grande forme pour le second trimestre 2010États-Unis – Apple vient d’annoncer ses résultats financiers pour le deuxième trimestre 2010. Avec plus de 3 milliards de bénéfices, le géant américain ne connaît pas la crise.Apple bénéficie aujourd’hui de valeurs sures comme l’iPhone, ou montantes à l’image de l’iPad. Le smartphone a pour sa part vu ses ventes exploser avec une augmentation de 131% par rapport à l’année dernière sur la même période. 8,75 millions d’unités ont ainsi été écoulées.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ? Si l’iPod stagne (-1% avec 10,89 millions de ventes), les Mac ont eux-aussi enregistré un très bon résultat : 2,94 millions d’appareils vendus, soit une hausse de 33%. Ces résultats poussent la firme à la pomme vers un nouveau record, en augmentant de 90% le bénéfice net trimestriel (3,074 milliards de dollars). En bourse, l’action s’échange désormais à 264 dollars, un niveau jamais atteint par la firme américaine. “Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer le meilleur trimestre que nous ayons jamais connu en dehors de la période des fêtes” a commenté son PDG, Steve JobsLe 21 avril 2010 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrin