Greek pole-vaulter Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou won the bronze medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing’s National Stadium, clearing 4.80 meters (15.74 feet) on Aug. 26.Cuba’s Yarisley Silva took the gold with a vault of 4.90 meters (16.07 feet) while Fabiana Murer of Brazil won the silver.Kyriakopoulou’s medal was the 21st in Greece’s history at the world athletics championships and the first in eight years. The country’s athletic program has suffered from big budget cuts during an ongoing economic crisis. TweetPinShare0 Shares
TAMPA, Fla. — Brett Gardner went 0-for-2 in his first spring training game of the year, Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer and made a nifty defensive play and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 March 16.Gardner played five innings in left field. He hit a grounder and struck out in his first game since bruising his left wrist in last year’s AL wild-card loss to Houston. “The results weren’t great, but I felt good,” Gardner said.Castro hit an opposite-field drive to right off Drew Hutchison and made a running grab in shallow right on Kevin Pillar’s pop fly.Acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December, Castro moved from shortstop to second base last season and played 38 games at the position.“I think he’s doing pretty good,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve been pleased with him so far at second base. I think he’s done a really good job, worked extremely hard. The transition for him I don’t think is going to be a problem.”Hutchison, bidding for the fifth starter spot, allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2-3 innings.“I think I’ve been throwing the ball well,” Hutchison said. “I’ve been accomplishing the things I wanted to accomplish.”Nathan Eovaldi struck out two and walked two over two hitless innings in his second spring training appearance for the Yankees since his season was cut short after a Sept. 5 start due to right elbow inflammation.“My arm felt great,” Eovaldi said. “I thought my pitches were good. Worked a lot on the counts.”(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Young pace sensation Shaheen Afridi and opening batsman Shan Masood have earned their maiden ODI call-up as Pakistan named a 16-man squad for the upcoming Asia Cup, starting in September 15 at UAE.Experienced cricketers Mohammad Hafeez and Yasir Shah were surprisingly left our of the squad for the six-nation tournament.The 18-year-old fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has been included in the squad while opening batsman Shan Masood has also received a call-up for the six-nation tournament.Afridi, 18, impressed in the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier in the year and followed it up with a brilliant Pakistan Super League for the Lahore Qalandars. He earned his maiden T20 call-up following that and made his debut against the West Indies on April 3, 2018. He went wicketless but left an impression with his 0/27 from four overs.Since then, he has played two more matches and picked up four wickets with a best of 3/37 against Australia at Harare in July.Masood on the other hand, has represented Pakistan before in 12 Test matches. He made his debut against Australia at Abu Dhabi in 2013 and played his last Test against Sri Lanka at Dubai in October last year.He has scored 565 runs at an average of 23.54 with a career-best of 125 in red-ball cricket for Pakistan.On the other hand, Hafeez’s exclusion will come as a big blow to him personally, especially, after being dropped to ‘Grade B’ in Pakistan’s central contracts.Hafeez was extremely disappointed with the snub and even went onto say that he will be considering retirement.advertisementHafeez, 37, has been one of PCB’s top category contract earners for quite a while but PCB but was replaced by Babar Azam in the top category.The decision came after Hafeez refused to play the fifth ODI of the series against Zimbabwe after he was not included in the team for the first four matches of the series.Pakistan begin their Asia Cup campaign with a league game against the winner of the ongoing Asia Cup Qualifier on September 16.Full squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (C & WK), Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Imam ul Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari and Shaheen Afridi
1) New ZealandNormal service has been resumed. After the surreal scenes of the All Blacks not being No 1 (Wales were, then Ireland!) they enter the quarter‑finals back at the top of the rankings, rated by the bookies as twice as likely to win the tournament as the second favourites. Don’t be so sure. It goes without saying they remain the best when on form, but that cancelled game might well be more of a hindrance to them than anyone, given that their last meaningful fixture will have been four weeks before their quarter‑final against Ireland. At least Italy would have been semi-meaningful. These All Blacks are not invincible at the best of times. Current world ranking: 12) EnglandThe same concerns apply to England. Nobody should be under any illusion that the cancelled game will help them. Their draw had been perfect, a series of Tests neatly escalating in difficulty. But when the fourth rung was removed, quite a leap was created to a quarter-final with Australia. Otherwise, England are in good shape. Defence remains a big question-mark, but defence is so 2007. Only Wales seem to bother with it these days. In attack, England are as threatening as anyone. Off-the-cuff counterattacking remains the speciality of the All Blacks, but England have developed a variety of ways to undo defences, including at the start of games when everyone is fresh and there are no excuses. Current world ranking: 33) South AfricaIn these curious times in which New Zealand are not necessarily miles ahead, a lot of people – uncomfortable with the idea of Wales, Ireland or, God forbid, England as likely candidates – have ventured South Africa as their tip. They won the Rugby Championship this year, after all (although no team has ever won that and the World Cup in the same year). They certainly boast as formidable a tight five as any, a pleasing blend of spark and ice at half-back, and Cheslin Kolbe. Oh, Cheslin Kolbe. Defensively, though, the 2007 vintage this is not. Current world ranking: 54) WalesWhich brings us to the defensive masters. We have long been told that defences win these competitions — in which case, hand the gong to Wales now. There is a sense, though, that things have changed. Wales have embarked on quite the campaign of late, gathering a grand slam, a record winning run and the kudos of being No 1 in the world — and they’ve done it with scarcely a whiff of the sort of try to quicken the pulses back home. They’ve done it with scarcely a try full stop, registering 10 of them in that grand-slam campaign – the same as Italy. But they’re still here, they’re still winning. Current world ranking: 2 Share via Email Twitter Sportblog Since you’re here… The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Facebook Twitter 10) FijiFiji too would be worthy quarter‑finalists. They have produced an astonishing array of attacking talents — and that’s not counting all those they’ve supplied to other countries. Wins against Australia or Wales would not have flattered them. Defeat by Uruguay is borderline unfathomable. Current world ranking: 1111) ArgentinaSemi-finalists last time out, and here they are in 11th. This business of fielding the same team at international level as domestic isn’t working. They could have picked some overseas players but with what message to those who stay at home? A dilemma. Current world ranking: 1012) TongaBetter and better with each game – oh, what would a level playing field do for these Island teams? They finally clinched that win against USA, after a whisker away against France. There are 110,000 people in Tonga. That’s the population of Chesterfield. Current world ranking: 1313) GeorgiaEurope’s answer to the Pacific Islanders, but a natural affinity for the muscular gets them only so far without the flair. Still, the same questions apply: what might they become with regular exposure? There’s no sign of any solution to that conundrum. Current world ranking: 1414) UruguayAuthors of the second biggest upset in World Cup history. Uruguay’s overturning of a 30-point handicap with the bookies against Fiji is second only to Japan’s 42-point handicap against South Africa four years ago. Against Wales, they flirted for a while with equalling the latter upset. Incredible. Current world ranking: 1815) ItalyNo scope for them to progress or regress. Isolated in the middle of their pool, way below the top two, way above the bottom, third was all they were ever going to get, even with a bonus two points against the All Blacks. Current world ranking: 12 Rugby World Cup … 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. 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New Zealand rugby union team Reuse this content Pinterest Share on Twitter Sergio Parisse and Jayden Hayward challenge Willie Le Roux in Fukuroi. Photograph: Mark R Cristino/EPA Share on Pinterest Facebook 5) JapanJapan, meanwhile, are doing so much more than win rugby matches. They are dismantling all received wisdom about how this game should be played and by whom. The hateful notion of tiers one, two and three has been exploded. As successive members of the old guard are dispatched, what should really terrify rugby’s establishment is that this team hail from a country of 125 million whose economy is the third largest in the world. If rugby can bite even modestly into Japan’s national consciousness, everything changes. A new centre of gravity could emerge to rival the current black hole that is England and France. America next. Current world ranking: 76) IrelandThe world rankings have received a lot of ridicule of late, never more so than when Ireland attained top spot on the eve of this competition, despite a string of recent indignities to embarrass 2018’s grand slam winners. The truth is, though, the rankings are very tight now with no one having to do much to top them – and that feels about right. Here Ireland are, sixth on our list (fourth on World Rugby’s), but they are genuinely capable of winning this thing, given a realistic upturn in form. Rugby has never had so much competition among its top teams. Current world ranking: 47) AustraliaAnd here we have Australia, World Cup finalists last time and twice champions. They too, it should not be particularly contentious to assert, are capable of winning this with a run of form. There is something by-the-seat-of-the-pants about this lot, but they will be relishing a crack at England, who seem so highly regarded after their humiliation by this side four years ago. Barely a few weeks ago Australia put nearly 50 on none other than the All Blacks. They are a long way from favourites, but an Australian triumph cannot be ruled out either. Current world ranking: 68) FranceDare we say the same of France? No, we dare not say anything about the French. This vintage is no different from any other – mutiny in the air, players sent home under suspicious circumstances, captains dropped, games won and nearly lost, chaos all round. And yet our eighth-ranked team are thrice finalists. Some of the rugby they have played has been devastating – and not just to themselves. They will look on Wales in the quarter-finals and shrug. Win there, and neither Japan nor South Africa would quite daunt them. They will not win the tournament, surely … but, well, you get the drift. They could. Current world ranking: 89) ScotlandA sobering few days, but let’s be clear: no team in the top 10 would have reacted any differently to the prospect of elimination without playing. They would sit comfortably in this top eight, but that no-show against Ireland will, and should, haunt them. Current world ranking: 9 Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Pinterest Rugby World Cup 2019 19) NamibiaAt one point their very participation was in doubt, World Rugby concerned about the integrity of Namibia’s governing body. No doubting that of Phil Davies and his happy band. They troubled teams rated far higher. A great shame their final game against Canada was cancelled. Current world ranking: 2320) CanadaThe decline of Canada is one of World Rugby’s more perplexing dilemmas. The former quarter-finalists should not have fallen so low. Much hope is invested in America’s new domestic league and this will hopefully help revive them, but too soon for this World Cup. Current world ranking: 22 Japan rugby union team Twitter 16) USADisappointing. Partly because expectations were high. USA had been rising steadily through the teens in those rankings, but they were flat in their opener against England and never quite discovered themselves. A Japan-USA final in 2043, anyone? Current world ranking: 1717) SamoaThey will always, along with Fiji and Tonga, hold the moral high ground, such are the gifts they have bestowed on a rugby world that gives so little in return. Alas, here they gave their fair share of gifts to the opposition too. Current world ranking: 1518) RussiaThey snuck in through the back door and found themselves opening the tournament against the hosts in Tokyo. Won a lot of friends with a feisty display in defeat, including the tournament’s opening try, but that was it for them and tries. Current world ranking: 20 Topics South Africa rugby team Wales’ centre Owen Watkin dodges a tackle by Uruguay prop Mateo Sanguinetti. 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YouTube/WatchNDIt’s FlightAware season, college football fans. Time to speculate which flights around the country could be carrying head football coaches to their new jobs.Wednesday’s action? There is a flight currently scheduled from South Bend, Indiana to Eugene, Oregon at 4:40 p.m. ET tonight. Considering some fans think Brian Kelly could be a candidate for the now-vacant Oregon job, screenshots of the flight pattern on FlightAware.com are making the rounds.BREAKING: Private Jet flying from South Bend, IN going to Eugene, OR later today. Could be a coincidence, but Oregon also fired their coach pic.twitter.com/c6zNqINjta— Chief (@BarstoolChief) November 30, 2016Well well well. Private plane flying from South Bend to Eugene, Oregon. ? pic.twitter.com/UIN4ALxdRz— Kevin Burke (@kevinjburke423) November 30, 2016Flight from South Bend to Eugene could simply be a recruiting trip. As I said, could just be a coincidence. https://t.co/sXsjzgExVY— Chief (@BarstoolChief) November 30, 2016@Matt_Fortuna Private jet going from south bend to Eugene, OR today, coincidence? Doubtful pic.twitter.com/1hrZz062gE— Geno Freeman (@PapaGeno773) November 30, 2016For anyone curious, you can see the South Bend-Eugene private flight for yourself right here: https://t.co/0o8bUVSnS1#GoDucks— Mike Konowitz (@MikeKonowitz) November 30, 2016Keep in mind, this means nothing – other than the obvious fact that college football fans love to speculate. Right?
DALLAS – OCTOBER 7: Flagbearers wave the Burnt Orange and White flags of the Texas Longhorns in the Texas endzone before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl on October 7, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The Longhorns won 28-10. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)After a wild and crazy Week 5, we can now look ahead to Week 6 of the college football season. There are a number of pivotal games on the horizon.None loom larger than the Red River Showdown between Oklahoma and Texas in Dallas, and Notre Dame’s trip to Virginia Tech Saturday night. We can’t wait for those two contests, but there are a number of other intriguing matchups on the docket as well.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 6.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.
TORONTO – Capital investment in the Canadian auto assembly sector since the financial crisis has been nearly cut in half compared with the period before the downturn, a new report says.DesRosiers Automotive Consultants said Wednesday that capital spending for Canada’s motor vehicle assembly industry has averaged $1.2 billion a year for 2010-17.That’s down from $2.3 billion annually on average from 2000 through 2009.Meanwhile, the average new capital expenditures for the parts and accessories industry dropped to $565.9 million from $887.7 million for the same time periods.“Despite small occasional increases in the period between 2008 and 2017 there has been no sustained indication of a return to the heights recorded in the mid to late 90s and late 2000’s,” DesRosiers said.“Canada’s loss of investment market share to Mexico and the southern U.S. over this period has been well documented.”However, DesRosiers noted that investments by truck body and trailer manufacturers have increased on average from $52.7 million for 2000 to 2009 to $82.7 million since 2010.Securing new investments in Canada was a key goal for Unifor during its negotiations with the big U.S. automakers last year.Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler all pledged to invest hundreds of millions in their Canadian operations as part of their agreements with the union.Meanwhile, Unifor members remain on strike at GM’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., where the union is seeking to have the location designated the lead producer of the Chevrolet Equinox.Job security at the plant is a key issue, with Unifor seeking to prevent work from being moved to Mexico, where GM also produces the popular sport utility vehicle.The plant saw the loss of hundreds of jobs when GM shifted production of its GMC Terrain from Ingersoll to Mexico earlier this year.
India International Centre is coming up with an exhibition of Kanthas from the late 19th century till pre-independence; and contemporary Kantha created in the 1990s initiated by the renowned sculptor, late Meera Mukherjee. Titled ‘The Needle Reverence’ – a story stitched by the thrift of Bengali women, the art show will feature collection of Siddhartha Tagore and Mahesh Naithani as well as Meera Mukherjee’s kanthas from the collection of Dolly Narang. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTo be inaugurated on April 3, at 5:30, by Jasleen Dhamija, veteran historian on Indian textiles, the exhibition is organised to honour Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay. It will be on view from April 4 to 12, 11 am to 7 pm daily at the Art Gallery, IIC Annexe, New Delhi. A creation that started as a way to make life more comfortable has overtime developed into a more detailed and amplified Kantha tradition. Most Kanthas were made by illiterate rural women who would stitch stories into the quilts. Conventionally, these women used a simple running stitch and basic embroidery techniques to create quilts in addition to embroidered cloths for their homes with running stitches along the edges. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor generations of Bengali women, the technique of the age old craft were and still are being passed down from mother to daughter. These women would often personalise their work by either putting their name on it or by illustrating their relationship with the person for whom the gift was intended. As has been stated in the book ‘The Scared Textiles of India’, kanthas are as diverse as there have been women designing and embroidering them. Subsequently, the craft took a backbench, like many Indian handicrafts. In the 18th and 19th century the East India Company ruled a considerable section of the country. Though Kantha continued to be practised amongst rural women, the recognition of the craft faded as by then England was printing its own Indian textiles, with machinery and newly developed synthetic dyes. In the post-independence period, there were many a great attempts to revitalize and restore the dying craft with a new life. And now for decades the embroidery craft has been a source of economic independence for rural women. A revolutionary for Kantha today, Shamlu Dudeja took a great initiative in the early ’80s to empower women. Dudeja has worked to incorporate Kantha in today’s market with home decor, urban furnishing and clothing such as sarees. She points out that “creating new Kantha means lots of experimentations and payment to the artists, especially from the semi urban areas”. Kantha embroidery is a popular force even in the fashion world now. With designers displaying beautiful works with a contemporary flair. Kantha has been around for ages however, there is a growing need to maintain its authenticity. Although, a great boon to the handloom sector, which is now the second largest employer in rural India, some fear that with the profit oriented markets, the age old Indian heritage of hand weaving communities may lose their genuineness. The exhibition at IIC is organised in collaboration with MATI – Management of Art Treasures of India; with the support of Art Konsult; The Village Gallery; and Art and Deal Magazine.
Rabat – UNESCO and Mohamed VI Polytechnic University will organize the Artificial Intelligence forum on December 12-13 in Benguerir, near Marrakech.The forum aims to “explore the opportunities and challenges of technological innovations relating to artificial intelligence (AI) in Africa,” UNESCO wrote in a statement.According to UNESCO, most African countries are equipped with mobile network coverage, “despite significant disparities between countries.” “The high rate of smartphone penetration has been followed by the development of many applications that facilitate everyday life be it with regard to health, education, culture or the environment.”Read also: Beating Brain Cancer: Moroccan AI Scientist Shows the WayIn 2017, five Moroccan hospitals started integrating Sophia Genetics’ artificial intelligence programs into their clinics to help the identification of diseases causing mutations in patients’ genomic profiles. Sophia Genetics is a global leader in data-driven medicine. In July, the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which specializes in digital transformation, held a conference in Morocco on artificial intelligence algorithms.The conference highlighted the powerful potential digitizing sectors of Morocco’s economy has, including agriculture, banking and tax, and the automotive sector.For UNESCO, initiatives on AI are still limited and “they raise important ethical questions concerning the use of private data, freedom of expression and responsibility.”Read also: Five Moroccan Hospitals Integrate Artificial Intelligence into Healthcare Services‘AI replacing human capital’ issueThe organization emphasized the societal impact of AI which may replace human capital and disrupt the job market. An issue which will be addressed during the conference among others.According to McKinsey & Company General Manager in Morocco Jalil Bensouda, AI “is an incredible opportunity that can generate many jobs. For a job destroyed, more than 100 will be created in return.”AI is expected to create 2.3 million new jobs by 2020, according to Gartner.However, “There is a real global shortage for specialized profiles in AI,” Bensouda said. “Data scientists, data engineers, and data architects are in great demand. Given the employment situation in Morocco, this sector can be an important source of work.”Read also: Artificial Intelligence in Morocco: ‘Not Just for Silicon Valley’With the support of Microsoft, the UNESCO’s two-day forum will discuss “ways in which artificial intelligence can serve as a lever for development, the future of AI in Africa and ethical issues for the continent.”Morocco’s Minister of Education Said Amzazi, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, and the President of the General Conference of UNESCO Zohour Alaoui will attend the conference.The event will gather ministers, experts, researchers, international and regional organizations representatives, NGOs, and civil society actors from around the world.
NEW YORK — The Latest on Levi Strauss & Co.’s initial public offering (all times local):___8:00 a.m.Levi Strauss & Co., which gave America its first pair of blue jeans, is going public for the second time.The 166-year-old company, which owns the Dockers and Denizen brands, previously went public in 1971, but the namesake founder’s descendants took it private again in 1985.The stock is listed under the ticker “LEVI” and is set to start trading Thursday at $17, above an originally expected range of $14 to $16.The Associated Press
by The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2014 8:12 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email General Motors’ US sales up 19 per cent in September on strong truck demand DETROIT – General Motors’ U.S. sales jumped 19 per cent in September on big demand for its pickup trucks.GM’s sales totalled 223,437 cars and trucks. Three of its four brands saw double-digit gains; Cadillac sales were flat compared with last September.Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup rose 54 per cent to 50,176, while the GMC Sierra pickup was up 25 per cent to 16,763.General Motors Co. fueled the sales with good deals. J.D. Power and Associates estimates GM spent just under $5,000 in incentives per pickup, which was 30 per cent, or $1,140, higher than a year ago.GM’s SUV sales were also strong. Cadillac Escalade sales more than doubled, while Chevrolet Traverse sales rose 45 per cent.
WINNIPEG – The CEO of Manitoba Hydro is to step down in September.Manitoba Hydro Electric Board says Scott Thomson is leaving to take a job in the private sector.He joined the Crown-owned utility in February 2012 and has been involved in securing approvals for the Keeyask hydroelectric project and the Bipole III transmission project.Manitoba Hydro says it will start the process of looking to hire his successor in the coming days.The Crown corporation supplies electricity and natural gas to hundreds of thousands of Manitobans and exports power to the U.S. and to other provinces. Scott Thomson, Manitoba Hydro CEO, to step down in September, no successor yet by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2015 11:28 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Junior all-around gymnast Jake Martin has claimed multiple accolades during his time as a Buckeye.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsBig Ten athletics are, more often than not, associated with football or men’s basketball.But that’s not what comes to mind for Jake Martin.When Martin thinks of the Big Ten, the first things that come to his mind are: Ohio State, gymnastics at Michigan and gymnastics at Illinois, the OSU all-around gymnast said.“I think gymnastics in general is underrated,” he said.Martin, a junior from Oviedo, Fla., has been a three-time U.S. Junior National Team member, and claimed fifth in the all-around at the 2014 NCAA Championships, along with picking up multiple Gymnast of the Week titles.When Martin was growing up and was asked where he wanted to attend college, he would mention OSU, and typically hear about the quality of its football team, he said. But he’d instead respond with names of top gymnasts that competed for the Buckeyes.“Blaine Wilson went here, Raj Bhavsar went there, the Hamm twins,” Martin said. “I know a lot of these things about the school that a lot of people wouldn’t know.”Wilson is a gymnast who won the Nissen-Emery Award in 1997, which is men’s gymnastics’ equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. He is also a silver medal recipient from the 2004 Athens Olympics. Bhavsar won the bronze medal in the 2008 summer Olympics and twins Paul and Morgan Hamm are American gymnasts who helped the U.S. win multiple medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.Gymnastics was Martin’s biggest factor when it came down to attending college, he said. The freezing cold temperatures of Ohio are certainly not what he’s used to from growing up in central Florida, but it was a reasonable trade-off because of OSU’s impressive gymnastics program.Now with the Buckeyes, Martin has at least one teammate who thinks he’s at the top of the sport.“(Martin) is one of the best gymnasts in the United States in my opinion,” sophomore all-around Sean Melton said.While he might be one of the best by his teammate’s standards, there were some who told Martin to take his talents to a different sport when he was younger.Growing up tall, gymnastics wasn’t the first sport that came to people’s minds for Martin.“A lot of people told me going into high school, ‘You should probably think about doing other sports to get a scholarship,’” he said. “I did get some kind of grief from people.”Martin said people sometimes told him “gymnastics is a girl’s sport”, but he just laughed it off.“I didn’t do gymnastics for anyone,” he said. “I did it for me. So I just thought to myself, ‘If it’s a girl’s sport, I’m just going to enjoy it.’”Along with honing his craft as a gymnast, Martin said he has high aspirations in the classroom as well.As a junior international studies major, he’s preparing to take the LSAT in June and is preparing as much as he can to attend law school. Martin said the athletic department and school itself have been helpful during his times of frantic scheduling.Growing up, Martin appreciated the support he got from his family and friends. Now in college, the two-time All-American has noticed that the atmosphere OSU has sets it apart from the rest.“You have people in the crowd that you don’t know,” Martin said. “But they’re wearing scarlet and gray so you know they’re cheering for you and you know they’ve got your back.”Melton said Martin brings more to the team than anyone could ever ask for.“I think he’s a great leader,” Melton said. “To have him on my team is definitely something we’re happy about and I can’t speak more highly of him.”Martin discovered his interest in gymnastics when he was a child with a growing curiosity. His cousins taught him how to do a back handspring off of an old mattress, which he mimicked off of his couch, resulting in a sprained thumb.Shortly after, he was signed up for gymnastics class and within a year, he was signed up for a pre-team because of his impressive progression.“Once I started gymnastics, that was it … I just decided that this is exactly what I want to do,” he said.Martin considers gymnastics a sport in which one must always work at perfecting their skill.“The main goal (in a lot of other sports) is to score,” Martin said.For gymnastics, however, he said displaying one’s perfectly crafted skills is the main goal.“We’re using our bodies differently,” he said. “When people think of brute strength, they think of weightlifting. But when you look at still rings, you have to hold these positions and it’s the same thing except our toes are pointed.“Gymnastics brings this element of brute strength, but we have to make it look good.”While the 2016 Olympics aren’t for some time, Martin said he uses every practice and competition to hone his skills into becoming a better athlete and an Olympic hopeful.“It’s nerve-wracking and I try not to think about what’s going to happen a little over a year from now,” he said. “But it is coming up and I have been thinking about it.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The family basket of an average Greek household amounted to 2312.26 euros in May 2011 compared to May 2010, when it cost 2238.62 euros. According to a report by the Greek Consumers Centre (Elkeka), the data reveals an increase of 73.64 euros, or 3.3 per cent. According to the report, the biggest increase appeared in housing with 9 per cent, followed by transport with six per cent, foodstuffs and non-alcoholic drinks with 3.5, alcoholic drinks and tobacco 3.3, clothing and footwear three, communications 2.3, hotels, cafes and restaurants 1.1, durable goods, household items and services one, while health shows a decrease of 1 per cent. Source: Athens News
Geek Pick: Shark Ion Cleaning System S87 Is a Pricey, Powerful Robot VacuumGeek Pick: Geeni Spot Smart Wi-Fi Plug Is a Superb SocketGeek Pick: LaCie Mobile Drive Offers Big Beautiful Storage Stay on target One nifty consequence of the internet of things trend is all of these classic appliances modernizing their designs to keep up with the rest of your slick smart home devices. This fifth-generation Ecobee Smart Thermostat is a stylish little 4.2-inch rounded square that’s one big touch display surrounded by microphones and speakers and sensors.After connecting to your HVAC equipment like air conditioning, heating, vents, and humidifiers, the Ecobee Smart Thermostat gets to work controlling your home climate. Using the room sensors, the 1.5GHz quad-core CPU can calculate how to heat or cool specific areas to maintain consistent temperatures while not wasting power. The range is longer than before and can be extended. The sensors detect whether or not people are also in the house and takes that into consideration.There’s a variety of ways to control the thermostat, too. Connect it to your home network with dual-band Wi-Fi, 2.4 or 5GHz. Use the mobile app to set up and receive notifications on different temperature routines. Integrate those routines with other third-party scheduling apps like IFTTT. And the voice control features, along with Amazon and Apple support, turn temperature control into a another task for Siri or Alexa. It even plays music, if you need a speaker in a pinch.For more on the Ecobee Smart Thermostat check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag. For more on smart home products check out our thoughts on Amazon’s smart Echo Wall Clock and smart Echo Microwave.More on Geek.com: Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls The ravages of climate change are turning the planet into an increasingly boiling hellscape. Meanwhile, the ravages of capitalism are leaving more and more people unable to waste money on inefficient air conditioning energy drain. If you can afford it though you can stay cool with the new $250 Ecobee Smart Thermostat with voice control.
Police have finally recorded a case over the death of minor girl Raifa Khan due to negligence in her treatment. Photo: UNBPolice have finally recorded a case in connection with the death of minor girl Raifa Khan due to negligence in her treatment in Chittagong, reports UNB.Chawkbazar police station officer-in-charge Abul Kalam Azad said they recorded the first information report (FIR) filed on Wednesday against four people, including three physicians of Max Hospital, as a case on Friday.Earlier, victim’s father Rubel Khan, also a staff reporter of vernacular daily the Daily Samakal, lodged the FIR.The accused are physician Bidhan Roy Chowdhury, 50, physician Debashish Sengupta, 32, physician Shuvra Deb, 32, and hospital managing director Liakat Ali, 57.Raifa Khan, 3, died due to wrong treatment at the private hospital in the port city in the early hours of 29 June.Later, two probe panels formed by the government to look into the incident found negligence in the treatment of the minor girl.
Share Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneState Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, chairman of the House Public Education Committee, after his bill overhauling school finance got a preliminary nod, 134-16, on April 19, 2017.State Rep. Dan Huberty succeeded at a difficult task Wednesday: getting the Texas House of Representatives to vote for legislation overhauling the funding system for public education, without a court mandate.After a four-hour discussion of more than 30 proposed amendments, the House voted 134-16 to tentatively accept its top education leader’s plan to inject $1.6 billion into public schools, simplify the complex formulas for allocating that money, and target certain disadvantaged student groups for more funding. The bill must still be approved on a third and final reading in the House.The Texas Supreme Court ruled last year that the school finance system was in need of serious reform, but ultimately constitutional.The lower chamber’s decision to give preliminary approval to the bill is a reversal from the 2015 session, when outgoing House education leader Jimmie Don Aycock withdrew a major bill overhauling the school finance system from the House floor less than an hour into the debate.The tentative victory comes after senators approved a budget that cuts state funding for public schools by $1.8 billion in general revenue, and uses local property tax revenue to make up the difference.Huberty’s bill would increase the base per-student funding the state gives to school districts, in part by increasing funding for students who are bilingual and dyslexic. The Legislative Budget Board estimates about 96 percent of districts and 98 percent of students would see more money under the bill.“This is the first time in over 30 years that we have the opportunity to vote for school finance, to make a holistic change,” Huberty said before Wednesday’s vote.Throughout the evening, Huberty successfully moved to table many of his colleagues’ proposed amendments to the bill, either because they would add to the bill’s price tag or because he deemed them irrelevant to his legislation.“This is the school finance bill,” he reminded Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, who unsuccessfully tried to attach a provision to HB 21 that addressed the testing and accountability system.The House budget allowance for this bill would provide more funding to more school districts for busing, but many legislators expressed concern that the money would be stretched thin because districts that didn’t provide bus service would still receive transportation money. None of the amendments to address transportation funding passed.Rural legislators banded together to add a provision that would help hundreds of small districts with fewer than 1,600 students. The provision, proposed by Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, would remove an existing financial penalty for school districts smaller than 300 square miles, which was originally intended to encourage them to consolidate.Darby proposed putting all districts with fewer than 1,600 students at similar levels of funding, which he said would increase funding for more than 400 districts.“Almost half the school districts in Texas will benefit from these amendments,” he said.Legislators voted 86-59 to approve Darby’s amendment, despite Huberty’s opposition.Many of those districts rely on a state aid program designed to offset a decade-old tax cut. Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction, or ASATR, is set to expire in September, with about 250 or so small, rural school districts depending on it to keep their doors open.Huberty’s bill would let the program expire and create a transitional $200 grant program over the next two years to help school districts that lose money under his bill. That’s half of the more than $400 million that districts currently receive through the expiring program.Darby successfully proposed taking about $40 million from the grant program and directing it toward small districts in 2019.Rep. Harold Dutton, R-Houston, who has been in the Legislature for more than three decades, said he felt confident the bill would pass.“You’ve got a different … climate here now in the House. Aycock really set the thing in motion last session. I think the fact that he did pull the bill sent a huge message to all of us that we needed to do something different this time,” he said. Read related Tribune coverage:The Senate Education Committee discussed a bill that would radically simplify the state’s school finance formula, stripping it of some antiquated provisions. Parents and educators who testified wanted a few new provisions added in. As lawmakers debate possible reforms to the school finance system this week, they might decide whether to continue offering extra money to districts like Texas City ISD, which last year was forced to annex a struggling district next to it. The House Public Education Committee voted 10-1 to approve Chairman Dan Huberty’s school finance bill, which would mean gains for most, but major losses for some.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/19/texas-house-school-finance-bill/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
LaChanze performs Feb. 13 at the Kennedy Center. (Courtesy Photo)LaChanze, a Tony Award winner and Broadway star of “If/Then” and “The Color Purple,” makes her debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, on Feb. 13. For 90-minutes, the singer will entertain audiences with monologues and reflections on her rise to stardom as a part of The Kennedy Center’s Barbara Cook’s Spotlight series. Tickets are $45.For more information, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/TPTS.
Phonon propagating through a square lattice (atom displacements greatly exaggerated). Credit: Wikipedia For many years, physicists have used phonons to assist in describing the way heat moves through crystals. Thermal conductivity occurs via two processes: scattering between phonons due to atomic vibrations and disruptions to the lattice. This method has proven to be quite accurate for predicting the way heat will be conducted through many crystals, but for some, it has not worked well at all. In this new effort, the researchers added a new vibrational mode, relaxons, to improve results for such crystals.Relaxons, they explain, come about from coordinate frame changes that are different than for phonons—they decay to an equilibrium population over a well-defined lifetime. The researchers tested their new model by applying it to two materials: graphene and silicon. In silicon, the researchers found results within 2 percent of those conducted using the standard phonon approach, demonstrating success. With graphene, the researchers found different results—it read 8 times higher than that found using the standard phonon approach, which agreed with calculations performed prior to testing, indicating that it was a better approach. This suggests the new method offers a better means for making predictions of thermal conductivity when creating objects using graphene and perhaps other crystals. Adding relaxons is, in a sense, offering a new way to envision the means by which heat is conducted through certain types of crystals.The addition of relaxons to the field of heat conduction, the team notes, has implications for future theoretical studies—it could be used, perhaps, in work related to the interpretation of hydrodynamic transport, offering a new means for making predictions. The new model is also likely to have an impact on experimental research as well, particularly in mean free path spectroscopy, a new field in which researchers are looking to isolate the impact of carriers with different mean free paths to conductivity. Citation: Researchers introduce relaxons to help describe heat flow through some crystals (2016, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-relaxons-crystals.html Explore further © 2016 Phys.org More information: arxiv.org/abs/1603.02608 A team of researchers with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland has introduced a new vibrational mode called a relaxon to the field of heat conduction theory to describe the way heat flows through some crystals. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review X, the team describes their new model and how well it worked when testing it with two particular crystals. Journal information: Physical Review X Thermoelectric silicon material reaches record-low thermal conductivity This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.