first_imgStill searing from the formation of the solar system, the core of Earth is a nuclear reactor generating heat from the breakdown of radioactive elements like uranium, thorium, and potassium. Scientists have been harnessing that heat for decades by drilling deep wells to power turbines. But now researchers have been able to tap into even greater energy by drilling into volcanoes and exploiting the heat of molten rock. If current geothermal wells are replaced with the new technology, it could provide 30% more power than current renewable energy sources.The idea of tapping the energy of magma came from a pair of accidents. In 1985, workers drilling for a geothermal well in Iceland ran into a sudden and uncontrollable blast of high-pressure steam. Scientists think the steam originated from a reservoir of water that’s under such pressure that as it begins to boil, the water cannot expand enough to become vapor and remains in a liquidlike state. Water in such a “supercritical state” contains enormous amounts of energy. Water reaches this state once it reaches 222 bars of pressure and 374°C or above, and flashes into steam when the pressure drops as the water rises to the surface.For the next 2 decades, researchers dreamed of capturing superhot steam from supercritical fluids and turning it into electricity. 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The Icelandic Deep Drilling Project (IDDP), a consortium of energy companies and scientists, including Elders, had begun drilling for the theorized supercritical fluid wells when they hit a pocket of magma. The molten rock ruined their equipment, but the team realized that the intense heat could actually boost the production capability of the well. The higher the temperature, the easier it becomes for water to enter a supercritical state, and the magma pouring into their well was hotter than 900°C. “There is an enormous energy potential, orders of magnitude greater than can be produced from conventional geothermal systems at 200 to 300°C,” Elders says.To use the magma for energy, workers wouldn’t drill directly into it. Instead, they could either tap into superhot water in nearby magma-heated rock and use its steam to turn turbines, or make artificial steam by injecting water from the surface. In 2011, the researchers finished the well just above the magma, where the temperature didn’t quite reach 900°C. Even so, the well generated superheated steam and 35 MW of electricity at 500°C, Elders and his colleagues report in the current issue of Geothermics. For the first time, researchers proved it was possible to create supercritical geothermal wells enhanced by magma.It isn’t so simple though. IDDP’s 2011 well suffered from mechanical failure after only 2 years of use, and tools are still being developed to withstand such extreme conditions. Location is a problem, too: Magma-heated systems require active volcanoes, and even there it’s exceedingly hard to find magma to drill into. It’s “a bit like finding a needle in a haystack,” says Bruce Marsh, a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, who wasn’t involved in the work. These types of wells won’t be easily replicable, but Marsh is hopeful. “Maybe after we find a few of these things, we’ll know how to look for them,” he says.Power aside, Marsh says he is excited about the wells’ scientific value. Magma is hard to study, he notes. Researchers usually analyze it as solid rock that has come to the surface or as solid drill cores. But now scientists might be able to study it from where it is inside the crust and begin understanding what drives systems in Earth’s interior. “We’ve got a tiger by the tail,” Marsh says. “It’s the difference between studying something in the zoo and studying it in the wild.”IDDP, meanwhile, is moving forward with other supercritical geothermal wells in Iceland soon, and similar projects are under way in New Zealand and Japan. “There’s enormous potential out there,” Marsh says.last_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. IndiaIndian WrestlingPooja Gehlotuww First Published: November 1, 2019, 8:32 AM IST Budapest: Indian women grappler Pooja Gehlot (53kg) entered the finals after beating Turkey’s Zeynep Yetgil in the semifinals of the UWW Under-23 World Championships here on Thursday.Pooja scripted a superb come back as she fought her way from a 2-4 deficit to win 8-4 against Yetgil, a gold medallist at the Junior European Wrestling Championships in 2018. In the summit clash on Friday, Pooja will be up against Haruno Okuno of Japan.No Indian has ever won a gold in the last three editions of the UWW Under-23 World Championships.Ravinder had settled for a silver medal on Wednesday after going down to Kyrgyzstan’s Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov in the 61kg final.It was a fantastic display from the youngster who started from the qualifying stages, where she demolished Ekaterina Verbina of Russia 8-3.In the quarter-finals, Gehlot blazed through her bout, notching up a commanding 8-0 win to set up a semi-final showdown against Zeynep Yetgil, gold medallist at the Junior European Wrestling Championships in 2018.Gehlot is the second Indian woman wrestler to remain in contention for a medal after Jyoti (50kg) made it to the bronze medal contest, which is also scheduled to take place tonight.In 57kg, Pinki Rani advanced to the quarters from the qualifiers after registering a one-sided 5-0 victory over Arian Geralin Carpio of the USA.Her run came to an end in the last-eight at the hands of Hannah Fay Taylor, who edged her 2-1 in a gritty contest.None of the other Indians in action could win a round.While Ukraine’s Ilona Prokopevniuk was declared a 2-0 winner by fall over Reshma Mane in 62kg, Nisha exited with a 3-11 loss to Maya Gabriella Nelson of the USA in 65kg.In 72kg, Naina suffered the same fate when she was shown the door by Cuba’s Milaimys de la Caridad Marin Potrille after a 13-3 victory. last_img read more

first_imgtrevor lawrence celebrates a touchdown against louisvilleCLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Louisville Cardinals during their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season has only been over for a week and already the predictions for 2019 are flowing in.On Thursday, ESPN Staff Writer David Hale revealed his early picks for the 2019 All-America team and included a projection for the best quarterback in the nation.There are several elite options, from Tua Tagovailoa to Jalen Hurts to Justin Fields to Trevor Lawrence.ESPN’s choice?The Clemson quarterback.Sure, Lawrence didn’t even open 2018 as Clemson’s starter, and yes, (Tua) Tagovailoa, the Heisman runner-up, is back for Alabama in 2019. But here’s our firm rule on “way too early” All-Americans: If you, as a true freshman, throw for 347 yards and three touchdowns in a dominant national championship performance against your top competition for this honor, you get the nod. Sorry, Tua. Better luck next season.Lawrence is a sensible choice.In 2018, as a true freshman, Lawrence unseated incumbent starter Kelly Bryant early in the season and threw for 30 touchdowns – 10th in the FBS.His final stats for 2018 were 3,280 passing yards, a 65.1-percent completion rate, 157.2 passer rating, and only four interceptions in 15 games.Of course, the cherry on top for Lawrence was a 347-yard, four-touchdown performance in a 44-16 win over Alabama in the National Championship Game.Lawrence wasn’t the only member of the 2018 national champions to make Hale’s list.Also on the list were running back Travis Etienne, guard John Simpson, and defensive end Xavier Thomas.You can view ESPN’s full preseason All-American team here.last_img read more

first_imgSaif Ali Khan sports lean mean look for Sacred Games 2Saif Ali Khan opens up on how he prepared for Sacred Games 2.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 15:43 IST Saif Ali Khan opens up on how he prepared for Sacred Games 2.Actor Saif Ali Khan went through a physical transformation for the second season of Sacred Games to showcase the change in his story graph.With the second season, Saif will be back as police officer Sartaj Singh, who is trapped in a race against time to save Mumbai from an attack.”Even though in the book, Sartaj Singh is a fit, well-dressed guy, when the series starts, he is in a bad place and is someone who doesn’t really care about what he looks like. So it was fine for him to be a bit overweight,” Saif said. “But now that the action is picking up, I thought we should bring him up to what he actually is like — he is eating less and taking more drugs, which would naturally lead to a bit of weight loss and why he’s looking leaner,” he added.Asked what he did to get in shape, the actor said: “The physical preparation involved going to the gym and eating right for the role. Playing a Sardar cop, you have to look the part.”The second season of Sacred Games will open on August 15. It also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin, Luke Kenny, Ranvir Shorey, and Shobita Dhulipala among others.Also read | Saif Ali Khan reveals Sacred Games might not have a third season. Details insideAlso read | Sacred Games 2: Is Pankaj Tripathi’s character Guruji inspired by this popular religious leader?Also read | Sacred Games 2 to Typewriter: 9 Netflix thrillers to binge watch this monsoonadvertisementGet 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 Tags :Follow Saif Ali KhanFollow NetflixFollow Sacred Games 2 Nextlast_img read more

first_imgzoom IHC Merwede has committed to standardize its entire global product development and product data management processes on Siemens’ integrated suite of product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions.The multi-million dollar contract is part of the company’s ambitious “One IHC” initiative launched in 2012 to harmonize all its major business processes and optimize the value it produces for its customers.The strategy within the Siemens PLM Software business unit to focus on delivering industry-specific solutions was instrumental in earning IHC Merwede’s confidence and business.IHC Merwede is the global market leader for efficient dredging and mining vessels and equipment and a reliable supplier of innovative ships and supplies for the offshore industry.“Our business strategy is based on four pillars – growth, internationalization, innovation and cooperation,” said Dave Vander Heyde, CFO, IHC Merwede. “Our commitment to standardize all product development on Siemens’ PLM software solutions is an important and integral component of this initiative. Having instant access to all product data from any location will increase efficiency, reduce costs, enhance quality and help us make smart product development decisions more quickly.”The contract with IHC Merwede includes licenses of several different Siemens PLM Software solutions. The company will use NX™ software as its flagship solution for integrated 3D computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE), as well as the compatible Solid Edge® software solution for selected design and engineering projects.This will lower costs and improve processes by significantly reducing the number of CAD systems in use at IHC and producing 3D product models that integrate seamlessly with the company’s product data management (PDM) and ERP systems.Siemens’ Teamcenter® portfolio will serve as the exclusive PDM system, establishing a single source for the massive amounts of product information associated with IHC Merwede’s complex and sophisticated ship configurations.Teamcenter provides a fast and easy method for accessing this information for rapid evaluation, decision making and re-use. Teamcenter, NX and Solid Edge are designed to operate as a seamlessly integrated PLM system, and through the use of software from Siemens’ recently acquired TESIS PLMware, IHC Merwede will have an industry proven solution for PLM/ERP integration as well.“IHC Merwede’s decision to standardize on our software is an excellent example of what we had in mind when we redefined our company vision and strategy to focus on delivering industry-specific PLM solutions,” said Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO, Siemens PLM Software. “As the leader in its industry, IHC Merwede has clearly demonstrated its ability to create value for its customers, and the company demands the same value from the systems it deploys internally. That is why we are delighted to be IHC Merwede’s PLM partner, with an integrated software solution tailored to the needs of the shipbuilding industry.” siemens, April 8, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoom Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä has signed a contract with LaNaval shipyard in Sestao, Spain for the design and supply of the LNG power and propulsion installation for a new RoRo passenger ferry. Wärtsilä will also provide inclusive project support services to the yard, including integration engineering and on-site consulting, as well as commissioning of the combined systems.The ship is being built for Spanish owner Baleària, an operator serving the Balearic Islands, and the contract signed with the shipbuilder includes an option for a second vessel.Upon entering regular service in 2019, this eco-efficient ‘smartship’ will be the first gas-propelled RoRo passenger ferry operating in the Mediterranean Sea, and among the largest ferries in Europe, according to Wärtsilä.Featuring a length of 232 metres, the vessel will have a capacity for 331 vehicles and 1700 passengers.The full Wärtsilä scope of supply for this contract includes four 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel main engines, four 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage and management system, two twin/single out gearboxes, two Wärtsilä Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) with the Wärtsilä ProTouch bridge control system, two Wärtsilä transverse thrusters, plus comprehensive engineering, project management, and on-site yard support services.The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard in mid-2017.last_img read more

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil will promote economic and investment opportunities in Nova Scotia during meetings in Calgary from Wednesday, Oct. 24 to Friday, Oct. 26. The premier’s agenda includes meetings with WestJet, companies in the energy sector and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. “We are pleased to see WestJet’s success with its new direct routes from Halifax to Paris and London,” said Premier McNeil.“Adding air connections opens up opportunities for economic benefits for our province through tourism, business travel, students and immigration.” Premier McNeil will also participate in a celebration marking WestJet’s 15 years of investment in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: The rupee on Monday crashed by 113 paise — the biggest single-day drop in past six years — to close at a five-month low of 70.73 due to heavy capital outflows by investors anxious over the US-China trade tension, a sharp devaluation in yuan and uncertainty over Kashmir issue. This was the third straight session of fall for the rupee, during which it lost a massive 194 paise. The US-China trade-related concerns weighed on the investor community and kept the pressure on the Indian rupee, forex traders said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”India’s rupee tumbled the most since December triggered by depreciating Yuan. Chinese Yuan weakened beyond 7 per dollar for the first time since 2008, signalling a new phase in the trade war between US and China,” said V K Sharma, Head PCG & Capital Markets Strategy, HDFC Securities. Rahul Gupta, Currency Research Head, Emkay Global Financial Services said following the global trade turmoil between US-China and political imbalance in Kashmir led USD/INR the rupee opened on a weak note. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMany forex traders would now likely rush to protect their positions in emerging markets currencies and get out as China seems more than willing to let its currency crumble in an effort to shore up trade volumes and negate the pricing impact from US tariffs, said Rajesh Cheruvu, The Chief Investment Officer, Validus Wealth. “The ramifications for China would, of course, be the capital markets outflows from the country. The INR should also mirror some of the same weakness and FPIs may continue their dumping spree of Indian assets resulting in a bleak near term outlook for the INR,” he projected. In a highly volatile trade, the rupee opened at 70.20 at the interbank forex market and touched a low of 70.74 and a high of 70.18 against the American currency. The currency finally settled at 70.73 against the US dollar — a level not seen since March 1 — down 113 paise or 1.62 per cent over its previous closing price. This is the highest single-day fall for the rupee since August 2013. Traders said the near term focus will be on the RBI’s monetary policy meeting scheduled to announce outcome on August 7th. The market has already priced in 25 bps cut in interest rate amid lower core CPI and persistent economic slowdown. “Meanwhile, this week is the RBI policy. Widely, RBI is expected to cut rates further by 25 bps and continue to hold the accommodative stance which will weigh on rupee,” Gupta said. Forex traders said, besides the US-China trade-related concerns, Home Minister Amit Shah moving a resolution in the Rajya Sabha that all clauses of Article 370 will not be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir kept the pressure on the Indian rupee. The government on Monday moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh. However, easing crude oil prices and weakening of the American currency vis-a-vis other currencies overseas supported the local unit to some extent. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 1.18 per cent to $61.16 per barrel. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.39 per cent to 97.69. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital markets, pulling out Rs 2,016 crore on Monday, as per provisional data.last_img read more

first_imgREGINA – A clinical psychologist says a young man who killed his teenage girlfriend when he was 16 does not meet the criteria for psychopathy.Hannah Leflar was also 16 when she was repeatedly stabbed with a hunting knife in her Regina home in January 2015.The Crown is seeking an adult sentence for her killer, now 19, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.Dr. Terry Nicholaichuk, who met with the youth three times and wrote two reports, appeared for the defence at the stabber’s sentencing hearing.He told court the teen meets some of the criteria for borderline personality disorder and probably has a major depressive disorder.Last week, during the Crown’s presentation, a psychiatrist testified that the teen showed psychopathic tendencies and has anger management issues.It also heard from a girl who became friends with the youth. She tearfully testified that he told her months before the stabbing that he wanted to become a serial killer and do away with his former girlfriend.Online messages also talked about hurting Leflar.Court was told earlier this week that the teen has spent more than two years at the Paul Dojack Youth Centre where he was bullied throughout most of his first year there.The centre’s deputy director testified the youth often talked of self-harm, although there is only one documented instance.He also said the young man has been more engaged in recent months, was awarded a most-improved education certificate and has changed some of his behaviour, although he remains isolated and engages in lone activities such as video games.An agreed statement of facts says the youth stalked Leflar for months after she broke up with him and hatched a plan to attack her and her new boyfriend with bats and knives.That didn’t happen, largely because Leflar broke up with that boy, but when she posted about her latest relationship on Facebook, her old boyfriend murdered her.A second teen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is expected to be sentenced in September.(CTV Regina, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

first_imgToday, co-founders Jennifer Garner, John Foraker, Cassandra Curtis and Ari Raz announce the expansion of Once Upon a Farm, an organic family food company that currently offers a line of cold-pressed organic baby foods and applesauces.John Foraker, Jennifer Garner, Cassandra Curtis and Ari RazThe company has plans to grow into new categories with the goal of providing as many children as possible with the best-tasting, most nutritious and highest quality foods, using sustainable methods.“As a mom of three and Save the Children artist ambassador, I am passionate about childhood nutrition and making sure we are leaving a healthier and happier planet for the next generation,” said Jennifer Garner, co-founder and award-winning actress. “Once Upon a Farm helps parents keep their promise to deliver the best nourishment for their children’s bodies and souls.”Garner, who will serve as Once Upon a Farm’s Chief Brand Officer, joins John Foraker, organic industry pioneer and former longtime President and CEO of Annie’s, to lead the company’s strategy and vision.“I’m thrilled to be able to return to my entrepreneurial roots with co-founders Jennifer, Cassandra and Ari to grow Once Upon a Farm into an industry leader,” said Foraker, CEO. “We’ll not only provide high quality foods that kids love but, perhaps even more importantly, we are committed to driving positive social change and food justice for the benefit of parents, kids and families.”Once Upon a Farm was started by entrepreneurs Cassandra Curtis and Ari Raz, who created the first cold-pressed, organic pouched baby food in 2015. The company currently offers a portfolio of twelve organic, cold-pressed, ready-to-eat baby food pouches, as well as three applesauce varieties. Unlike shelf stable alternatives, Once Upon a Farm pouches are cold-pressed using high-pressure processing (HPP) to maintain a higher nutritional content and fresher, less sugary flavors.The current portfolio is just the beginning of a much bigger vision that responds to the growing nutritional needs of children and families. Products are available online through the company’s website and national grocers, including select Wegmans, Kroger and Whole Foods Market stores. Once Upon a Farm is actively driving retail expansion and looking toward nationwide availability in 2018.Early Once Upon a Farm investors include top tier Venture Capital firms, Cambridge Companies SPG, S2G Ventures, Beechwood Capital and Harbinger Ventures Group. For more information, visit read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsMontreal’s police force is looking into whether officers properly responded to an assault complaint.Jeannie Icebound was Christmas shopping when she was attacked.A bystander called police, but the did little to help.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports.tfennario@aptn.caFollow @tfennariolast_img

MONTREAL — Dare Foods says it will close a cookie-making plant on the south shore of Montreal by mid-2020 in a move that will affect about 275 employees.The Ontario-based company said Thursday that it told employees the production of soft cookies would be moved to other facilities across the country.Spokesman Marc Duchesne says the plant in St-Lambert, Que., can’t be expanded or modernized because it is “landlocked” near residential and commercial areas.He added that retention bonuses, performance payments and severance will exceed the requirements of the collective agreement and the provincial labour law.The plant in Sainte-Martine that makes toasted snack foods and has about 120 employees is unaffected.Dare owns the Whippet, Breton and Grissol brands.The Canadian Press read more

The amount of new measures deployed by countries to protect their industries from dumping also increased between January and the end of June this year, according to a press release issued by the WTO’s Secretariat in Geneva.Some 16 members of WTO initiated 85 new investigations in the first six months of this year, compared to 61 investigations in the corresponding period last year – a 39 per cent jump, the organization noted.The statistics were released at a time of mounting international concern and tension – particularly from senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – about the so-called Doha round of trade liberalization talks, which have stalled.Dumping occurs when a manufacturer in one country exports a product to another at a price either below the price it charges in the home country or below its cost of production.The most investigations were into alleged dumping of products in the base metal sector (21 initiations), followed by textiles (20 initiations) and chemicals (10 initiations).Turkey recorded the highest number of initiations, with 13, followed by the United States, India, Argentina, the European Communities, Brazil, Australia and Colombia.China was the most frequent subject of new investigations, with 37 – or nearly half the entire total – directed at its exports. Thailand was the subject of seven investigations, and the European Communities and Indonesia were each the subject of five. 20 October 2008The number of investigations into the practice of dumping, or exporting a product at an unfairly low price, surged in the first half of this year, the World Trade Organization (WTO) reported today. read more

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has dispatched a former Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, Seydou Diarra, to Cameroon as his Special Envoy for the country’s upcoming elections.According to a UN spokesman, Mr. Diarra “will convey the Secretary-General’s personal and the United Nations’ continued support for Cameroon’s efforts towards democratization and appeal to all political parties to carry out the elections in a smooth and transparent manner.”Mr. Diarra, who will stay in Cameroon until 25 June, will also invite political parties and other national stakeholders to address the country’s complex problems peacefully, spokesman Fred Eckhard added.Last month, Cameroonian President Paul Biya requested that the Secretary-General send UN observers to monitor the legislative and municipal elections scheduled for 23 June. Mr. Annan then proposed dispatching a Special Envoy, in order to avoid a total political absence of the UN during the crucial ballot in a country where he has strongly encouraged peaceful political means to resolve differences, according to the spokesman’s office. read more

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Netflix’s groundbreaking “House of Cards” may be the first digital series nominated for a best drama Emmy. But it will start with a Webby.The Webby Awards are honouring “House of Cards” producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti with a Webby special achievement award. The political thriller, for which Netflix released all 13 episodes at once, proved that digital media can produce cable-quality drama. Netflix also won for best streaming media site.The 17th annual Webbys, which celebrate Internet achievement, are to be officially announced Tuesday. Winners range from Justin Bieber (for the social media campaign for his fragrance launch) to The Onion (now with a record 19 total Webbys) to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog for The New York Times.The Webby person of the year is Frank Ocean, the R&B singer, whom the Webbys hailed “for proving the power of the Web as a medium for cultural change when he announced his bisexuality to his Tumblr community.”Singled out for outstanding comedic performance is Jerry Seinfeld, whose 10-episode Web series “Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee” showcased the “Seinfeld” star hanging out with comedian friends.Webby categories are split into a regular award, chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and a “people’s voice” award. The Australian rail safety public service campaign Dumb Ways to Die, which went viral, is an unlikely awards leader with seven Webbys.GIF file inventor Steve Wilhite also will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award. While working at CompuServe in the 1980s, Wilhite created the compressed 8-bit GIF (or Graphics Interchange Format) that remains a popular tool for lo-fi viral sharing.Another special achievement award will go to President Barack Obama’s election campaign for its use of technology in last year’s presidential election. Claire Boucher, the Canadian synth-pop singer who performs under the name Grimes, is the Webby’s artist of the year.Other winners include HBO Go (four awards, including best media streaming service), Lady Gaga (for best celebrity-fan social presence), Conan O’Brien (for best celebrity-fan website) and The New York Times (best news social presence). A complete list of the awards will be posted later Tuesday at: awards will be handed out in a ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt on May 21 in New York, and available to stream the following day. Acceptance speeches are famously limited to five words.___Online: AP Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2013 8:17 am MDT Netflix’s ‘House of Cards,’ Frank Ocean top 17th annual Webby Awards read more

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky expects to return against the Los Angeles Rams after missing the past two games because of a right shoulder injury.Trubisky says he feels “really close to 100 per cent” and he’s “just gotta show” coach Matt Nagy he will be ready for the primetime matchup against Aaron Donald and the NFC West champions at Soldier Field on Sunday.Nagy says he feels “strong that he will play,” though he wouldn’t quite commit to it.Trubisky was hurt sliding late in a win over Minnesota on Nov. 18. He was hit by the Vikings’ Harrison Smith on the left side, resulting in his throwing shoulder getting driven into the ground.Chase Daniel has started the past two games.___More AP NFL: and Seligman, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) attempts a 3-pointer in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State has not been a team that relies on 3-point shooting this season.Its offensive strength has come from the ability of its forwards to find space inside and to outscore opponents by significant margins in the paint. The Buckeyes strayed from that identity Thursday, however, attempting 40 triples in their game against South Dakota State. They tried to live and die by the 3. They nearly died.Despite the fact its inefficient 3-point shooting nearly cost Ohio State the game, the team might have to go back to that strategy and hope for more success when the fifth-seeded Buckeyes return to the court Saturday to face fourth-seeded Gonzaga.The Bulldogs are a team without many clear flaws. Gonzaga is bigger than Ohio State and is one of the best post teams in the nation — both offensively and defensively. It has the sixth-best rebounding margin of any team in the nation and averages the 12th-most points per game and 48th-fewest points allowed. There is one potential weakness Ohio State can exploit: Gonzaga’s struggles defending shots from long range.The Bulldogs have allowed opposing teams to make 34.9 percent of shots from 3 this season, 164th in the nation. In all but one of its four losses, Gonzaga allowed teams to make at least 47 percent of 3-point attempts.Despite Gonzaga’s issues defending triples, teams have not always tried to bludgeon them from beyond the arc. No team has attempted as many as the 40 shots from 3 Ohio State attempted Thursday, and only six times have opponents even attempted at least 25 3s.That strategy was not lost on Ohio State in the first matchup. The Buckeyes attempted 20 shots from 3, but only six landed. At times, Ohio State has been a strong 3-point shooting team. At others, it has not. It has made over 40 percent of 3s in 10 of its 33 games and has four times reached double-digit makes. However, nine times this season Ohio State has made fewer than 30 percent of 3s and three times fewer than 20 percent. This inconsistent shooting trend was perfectly exemplified during its first-round matchup with South Dakota State. Ohio State made just two of its first nine attempts from beyond the arc before knocking down six of its next eight attempts from long range. The Buckeyes made just four of their final 23 3-point shots.The one constant between a majority of the attempts was that South Dakota State tended to ease off the Buckeyes and allow them to attempt the 3s. The Jackrabbits seemed comfortable letting Ohio State rattle off 40 shots — a strategy that seemed to work with Ohio State missing 28 of them. Part of the reason Ohio State might have been shooting so frequently from 3 against South Dakota State is because the Jackrabbits are a group that thrives using that offensive style. They attempted 31 3s with 13 makes in the game, leading to a tie for the most 3-point attempts by two teams in an NCAA Tournament game. This season, their 39.3 3-point make percentage ranks 25th in the nation.When faced off against an opponent that likes to attempt a lot of 3s, Ohio State has often tried to mirror the approach.While it won’t be facing a team that lives and dies by the 3, Ohio State will need to be ready for an opponent that can score from deep if given the chance. Gonzaga has made 37 percent of 3-point shots, but relies more heavily on its post play to pick up points. The team has reached double-digit made-3-pointers in 16 of its 35 games and finds that 32 percent of its total points come from 3s, just slightly more than the average team in the country.Ohio State will not need to be making 3s to keep up with another team that will be shooting them all night. But Gonzaga’s offense is one that will be tough to slow down inside and can burn the team outside as well. The Buckeyes can’t afford to abandon their 3-point shooting. Facing a team like Gonzaga that is so strong inside defensively and can be beat from long range, making 3s will be a critical part of scoring. However, Gonzaga is so efficient offensively that the Buckeyes can’t have another game where they miss 28 3-pointers. Against the 12th-seeded Jackrabbits, the Buckeyes can live missing wide-open 3s.It won’t if that happens again Saturday against Gonzaga. read more

Emphasising that the Queen, as head of Commonwealth, would be paying attention to the outcome of the meetings, the Countess told an audience: “Today I bring you special greetings from Her Majesty The Queen, who is delighted this meeting is convening once again and, as you would expect, I am honour bound to return with a good account of the full and productive outcomes of this conference, particularly as an important precursor to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda next year.” Sophie, Countess of Wessex, rrives at the RefuSHE Girls Empowerment Program and Artisan Collective in Nairobi While the Countess, Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Sussex have recently spoken of gender inequality in public, the speech is a rare example of a member of the Royal Family using the word “feminist” in a major public address. The women and girls from @WeAreRefuSHE showcased their exquisite handmade products, from scarves to linen lunch bags, during a fashion show and performance.An extra special thank you to The Countess’s dance partner, 15 year old Gizele from the Democratic Republic of the Congo!— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 19, 2019 The Countess of Wessex has urged Commonwealth leaders to listen to women and promote a “feminist peace”, telling them she is “honour bound” to report their progress back to the Queen.The Countess, who delivered a speech to the 12th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting in Kenya, said the Queen was “delighted” that the meeting to further women’s rights was being held and would await news of its “full and productive outcomes”. She called on leaders to “live up to and embody the original values that the Commonwealth was founded on” in bringing about gender equality, saying there was still a “long way to go” before female voices are heard and acted upon. Arguing that an “increased focus” on ending gender discrimination was essential, she urged “greater support” for victims of conflict-related sexual violence and the “children born of rape”. The Countess said: “We must not limit our ambitions – we also want to promote women as negotiators, as ceasefire and peace agreement monitors, as front-line peacekeepers and as political leaders.  Sophie, Countess of Wessex, rrives at the RefuSHE Girls Empowerment Program and Artisan Collective in NairobiCredit:AP “Women throughout the Commonwealth, particularly at the grassroots level, have experiences to share that we can all learn from; their expertise should be recognised and promoted.”She added that doing so would help parts of the Commonwealth move “from conflict and violence to sustainable and feminist peace”.  read more

first_imgGoogle is really driving the point home–Honeycomb is for tablets (yeah, yeah, yeah), not smartphones (no, no, no). We’ll see if this spot gets any play during the Superbowl this weekend.last_img

first_imgA milestone celebration for Gerassimos Metaxas who along with close family and his wife Afrodety (95), rejoiced at his 100th birthday. He was thrilled to receive letters from Queen Elizabeth II, Julia Gillard, Quentin Bryce, and Simon Crean as well as the many best wishes and congratulatory messages from family and friends. Married for 76 years, the couple had two children (both deceased) and have five grand-children and four great grand-children. Gerassimos came to Australia from Ithaca as a young man in 1937 and served as a cook in the Australian army during World War II. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more