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Sachin Tendulkar ‘s vulnerability against full-length deliveries in the New Zealand series may have raised a few eyebrows, but Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Test batsman and Tendulkar ‘s teammate, feels the days of batting maestro at the highest level are not yet over.”To me, the way Tendulkar got out in his three innings against New Zealand does not suggest by any stretch of the imagination that he is finished as an international batsman,” he said.”I will stand by what I’ve said all along about Tendulkar – that his run-making at the international level will stop only when he stops playing. Until then, he may not dominate as he used to but he will still be a good enough batsman to get runs at the highest level, and to add value to the Indian team, especially in Test cricket,” he told cricinfo.Sanjay Manjrekar felt that Sachin was aware of the difficulties an ageing batsman has to face and he will soon find an answer to it.Tendulkar, 39, was clean bowled three times out of three in the just-concluded two Test-series between India and New Zealand, triggering a spate of negative comments. Even Manjrekar and Sunil Gavaskar, who were doing television commentary when Tendulkar was bowled in the first innings of the second Test, questioned his lack of foot movement.Now, Manjrekar says Tendulkar still adds value to the batting line-up and must be part of the team in the four-Test series against England at home.Also a Mumbaikar like Tendukar, Manjrekar argued that the maestro was not first one to have struggled with full-length deliveries.”I have seen with great players as they age that it’s the full delivery that seems to bother them more than short ones. Short balls land on the pitch well before full-length ones do, so their mystery is revealed to the batsman earlier,” he pointed out.”Watching a ball from the point of release to almost right under your eyes is not easy to do. Great batsmen do it as a matter of habit, but with age they have to remind themselves to keep doing it right through their innings.”Manjrekar felt that Tendulkar was aware of the difficulties an ageing batsman has to face and he will soon find an answer to it.advertisement
Puducherry Nov 25 (PTI) Puducherry government has submitted detailed projects to Union Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry for promotion of sports and infrastructure facilities in all the four regions of Puducherry Karaikal Mahe and Yanam and sought financial assistance to get infrastructures ready. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and Health and Sports Minister of Puducherry Malladi Krishna Rao who were on a visit to Delhitoday metthe Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent charge) Vijay Goel, a release said here today. Narayanasamy and Raorequested Goel to concede the plea of Puducherry for grants for creation of infrastructures in promoting sports here. Rao presented a memorandum to Goel during the meeting seeking as much as Rs 33.45 croresfor modernisation of the existing facilities in the Indira Gandhi Sports complex, for raising a multi purpose indoor stadium and laying of synthetic athletic track in the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Research Institute here and for construction of one multipurpose indoor stadium each in Villianoor, Koodapakkam and Bahoor villages here. He had sought a total assistance of Rs 5.88 crores for laying play grounds in Yanam region and also urged the Central minister to sanction Rs 5 crores for laying a football turf and basketball court in Mahe region. PTI Cor RC
Xiaomi launched the Redmi 6 series of phones which include the Redmi 6, the Redmi 6A and the Redmi Note 6 in China recently. The Chinese OEM is now gearing up to bring two of the three Redmi phones to India very soon. A new report suggests that Xiaomi will be launching the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A in India in September. However, it is important to note that Xiaomi India is yet to confirm the launch timeline of the phones.According to a report from 91Mobiles, some industry sources have confirmed that the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A will be launching in India in the next two months. There is, however, no word whether Xiaomi will launch the Redmi Note 6 in India alongside the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A in September. Xiaomi usually launches the Note device in a separate event, the scenario may be the same with the Redmi Note 6. Meaning, the Note 6 may launch in India later in the year.Alongside confirming the launch month of the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A, the new report also reveals that the both these devices will come with MediaTek processors. Now, that’s a disappointing news to hear. Considering, the Redmi 5 runs on Snapdragon 450 and Redmi 5A on Snapdragon 425, seeing the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A running on MediaTek processors is disappointing. Other specifications of the two phones are expected to be the same as the China models.In China, the Redmi 6, which is the successor to the Redmi 5, comes in two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage and the second one with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable via a microSD card. The Redmi 6 sports a 5.45-inch display with HD+ with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and aspect ratio of 18:9. The smartphone comes with AI-powered dual camera setup on the back consisting of 12-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front, the Redmi 6 sports a 5-megapixel sensor.advertisementThe Redmi 6 is powered by a 12nm-based MediaTek Helio P22 processor clocked at 2GHz. Redmi 6 comes in two variants — one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the second one comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. As for the pricing, the Redmi 6 comes with a starting price tag of 799 Yuan (roughly Rs 8,500) for the 3GB RAM model. The price of the high-end variant with 4GB RAM is launched for a price of 999 Yuan (roughly Rs 10,500).The Redmi 6A, on the other hand, is an ultra-affordable phone. The Redmi 6A has been launched in China for 599 yuan (roughly around Rs 6,000) which is interestingly same as the Redmi 5A India price. The Redmi 6A comes with a 5.45-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone comes with a 12-megapixel camera on the back, while on the front, the phone includes a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. The Redmi 6A runs the latest MIUI 10-based on Android Oreo. On the hardware front, the Redmi 6A is powered by a 12nm-based MediaTek Helio A22 processor and is backed by a 3000mAh battery.
Flooding along the lower Missouri River will likely worsen in the days ahead because the amount of water being released into the river is increasing because of the recent rain.But officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say the river will remain below the levels it hit in March when flooding caused significant damage in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.The amount of water being released from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will increase again on Wednesday.The Corps’ John Remus said more increases are likely later this week if the forecast for heavy rains delivers.The National Weather Service says nearly 3 inches of rain already fell on the Omaha area over the past two days, and the forecast calls for more than an inch of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.FILE PHOTO FROM 2011
I’m in on Adkins, by the way. In fact, I feel like Gundy nailed all of his hires this offseason.“He just knows his stuff. He’s a football genius and he knows what he’s talking about,” Jesse Robinson told Go Pokes about Adkins this spring.“He makes it so much fun to get out there and just play for him. You look forward to getting into meetings with him. You don’t know what he’s going to bring every day. He’s just going to shake it up on you. Every drill we do has a purpose. We see it in film. He just makes it so much fun to get out there and play.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Greg Adkins is apparently not down with showing some skin on photo day. After his linemen yelled “bellies out!” for one of their pictures at Boone Pickens Stadium, Adkins exited stage left and said, “oh hell no” as he bailed.Picture day can get a little wild, especially when the O-line says “bellies out!” #cowboystate pic.twitter.com/5JeeIKZZGM— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 8, 2015
Chelsea Eden Hazard: Manchester clubs are stronger but Chelsea still a contender Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:43 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Chelsea Eden Hazard Antonio Conte Premier League UEFA Champions League The Blues forward put in a good performance against Roma and he was positive about his side’s chances this season despite a bad spell of form Eden Hazard thinks that Manchester City and Manchester United have gotten stronger this season but he added that Chelsea haven’t given up on winning the Premier League.Chelsea’s 3-3 draw against Roma in the Champions League made it three matches without a win but Hazard’s brace rescued a point after they lost a 2-0 lead.Hazard 19/20 to score v Watford Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Blues had lost to Manchester City and Crystal Palace ahead of the match on Wednesday night but Hazard thinks that his side can get over their recent blip in form.”I don’t agree with that [that the title is gone].” Hazard said at Stamford Bridge. “I think the difference was that last year, Man City and Man United are stronger than last year. We are ready. We know that the Premier League is long so we will take time to be back [in contention for the title].”Today, I scored, we should win this game because we were winning 2-0 at half time but at least we have the draw, it is not a bad result. We will do better against Roma in Italy next time.”It is just a draw. We are not so happy but we are also happy that we didn’t concede a third defeat in a row so we just want to move on. Forget this game and now we have Watford for the weekend so we will try to win.“I think we have a lot of players. All of them can play. I know for the players, sometimes it is important to rest and be on the bench. For me, as a person. I just want to play, I missed three months of football and I just want to be on the pitch but the manager makes his own decisions so we are happy with that.”Chelsea’s recent dip in form has coincided with a number of injuries as N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater were all out of the match against Roma.Alvaro Morata returned from his hamstring injury but David Luiz and Gary Cahill appeared to pick up minor injuries against the Serie A side. Hazard admits that Chelsea are still adapting again to playing two games a week, after a season away from European competitions last term.“I think it is different this season because we play in the Champions League,” He added. “Last season was more easy because we didn’t play two games every week. We were more fresh. Now it is a bit different.“We need to adapt to the situation, we will give everything but I think we are in the same level as last year. We have just two training sessions to be focused on the games. Last season, we had a whole week to be ready so it is a little bit different but we hope to adapt quickly.”
Governments, employers and workers meeting at the annual conference of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today adopted a new international standard on HIV and AIDS – the first international human rights instrument to focus specifically on the pandemic as a workplace issue.Among its provisions, the new instrument stresses that measures to address HIV and AIDS in the workplace should be part of national development policies and programmes. It rejects discrimination against workers, job-seekers and applicants on the grounds of real or perceived HIV status, and accords “fundamental priority” to preventing all modes of HIV transmission.The standard states that workers, their families and their dependents should enjoy protection of their privacy, including confidentiality related to HIV and AIDS, and that no workers should be required to undertake an HIV test or disclose their HIV status. The workplace is expected to facilitate the access, by workers, their families and dependants, to prevention, treatment, care and support.Today’s action takes the form of an ILO Recommendation, which, unlike a Convention, does not require ratification. However, it must be communicated to national parliaments for discussion of how it might be implemented through national policies and legislation.“With this new human rights instrument, we can harness the strength of the world of work and optimize workplace interventions to significantly improve access to prevention, treatment, care and support,” said Dr. Sophia Kisting, Director of ILO’s Programme on HIV and AIDS.She added that the standard would provide “a major contribution to making the dream of an AIDS-free generation a reality.”In support of the new standard, the ILO’s annual conference also adopted a resolution inviting the agency’s Governing Body to allocate greater resources to promoting it. It also asked that a global plan of action be established to achieve widespread implementation of the standard, including regular reporting from ILO member States on their actions to that end. “We have no time to waste” in implementing this standard, said Thembi Nene-Shezi of South Africa, who chaired the debates leading to its adoption. “The engagement of those that have given birth to it – the governments, employers and workers – will be crucial to the development of national workplace policies anchored in human rights and directed at overcoming discrimination.” 17 June 2010Governments, employers and workers meeting at the annual conference of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today adopted a new international standard on HIV and AIDS – the first international human rights instrument to focus specifically on the pandemic as a workplace issue.
MONTREAL — Transcontinental has put its newspapers in Quebec and Ontario up for sale, days after selling its holdings in Atlantic Canada.The Montreal-based media and publishing company (TSX:TCL.A) says the sale process is expected to last several months and involves 93 local and regional publications as well as their related websites.Transcontinental says today’s move does not include its specialty business, financial and construction publications, education book publishing and distribution activities.TC Transcontinental Inc. sells 28 Atlantic newspapers and digital assets to Halifax Chronicle Herald ownerThe announcement is the latest sign of Transcontinental’s migration away from the newspaper business.Last week, it announced it was selling 27 newspapers in Atlantic Canada to SaltWire Network and last year, it sold off its media assets in Saskatchewan.If a sale of its Ontario and Quebec newspapers proceeds, Transcontinental says it wants to continue printing and distributing those papers and would remain publisher of any publications that aren’t sold.The Canadian Press
Without a valid visa, the 39 had no legal right to remain in Australia.Since August 13 last year, 1004 Sri Lankans who arrived as irregular maritime arrivals have departed Australia – 795 of them involuntarily. “We will continue to transfer people to Nauru and Papua New Guinea and asylum seekers arriving by boat will have no advantage in the processing of their claims.“There is no advantage to arriving in Australia by boat.”People returned involuntarily do not have access to reintegration assistance. (Colombo Gazette) The group comprised 38 irregular maritime arrivals who arrived at Geraldton last week. Processing of the remaining passengers continues. The Australian Government has returned more than 1000 Sri Lankan irregular maritime arrivals after a group of 39 asylum seekers was returned to Colombo today, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said.Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O’Connor said the group was advised its members were subject to removal from Australia as none had raised issues that engaged Australia’s international obligations. One of the irregular maritime arrivals was from a different vessel. “The Gillard Government is committed to deterring people from taking dangerous journeys by boat and stopping those people smugglers who profit from this evil trade. “Returning this group to Sri Lanka sends the powerful message that people who pay smugglers are throwing their money away and risking their lives in the process,” O’Connor said.“There is no fast track to Australia – irrespective of whether someone arrives at an excised offshore place; if they do not engage Australia’s protection obligations, they will be returned home.“Where it is determined that claims do not engage Australia’s international obligations, the person will be removed from Australia at the earliest opportunity,” O’Connor said.
According to the Police an individual in the van had opened fire resulting in the STF retaliating with gunfire in which the underworld figure was killed.Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) The Police Special Task Force (STF) shot dead a leading underworld figure and suspected drug lord during an exchange of gunfire in Wattala today.The Police said that the underworld figure identified as ‘D. Manju’ was killed when a van was searched by the STF in the Wattala area today.
Benon Sevan, the Executive Director of the UN Iraq Programme, met today with Vice President Taha Yasin Ramadan, according to a UN spokesman.“During his visit to Iraq, Mr. Sevan met with Iraqi officials as well as representatives of the United Nations agencies and programmes to review the implementation of the humanitarian programme in Iraq and review ways to further improve its effectiveness,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.Mr. Sevan, who is expected back in New York later this week, is scheduled to brief the Security Council on 26 February.
One of her friends, 27-year-old Daniel Hughes, said she had been due to meet with a “charismatic” vet for a coffee on March 3.She was reported missing after failing to turn up for work at public relations company Golin.Originally from Aix-en-Provence, France, the 34-year-old had worked with Dame Joan Collins on the 2018 short film Gerry, with the actress saying she was “shocked by the horrifying news” of her death. A film-maker whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in her garden had been strangled, a post-mortem examination has found.The body of 34-year-old Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found buried in Richmond upon Thames, south-west London, after she was reported missing from work.Scotland Yard said that a post-mortem examination performed on Saturday gave a cause of death as “consistent with compression of the neck”, while toxicology tests are pending.Police urged anyone who saw or communicated with the French national between March 2 and Wednesday, when her body was unearthed, to get in touch.Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, who leads the murder squad, said: “This may have been via phone calls, texts messages, WhatsApp or via any other social media platform.”Laureline was known to local people as she walked her two dogs each day.”Detectives are pursuing a number of leads and a crime scene remains in place. Producer and actress friend Hester Ruoff described Ms Garcia-Bertaux as “an amazing individual” and said they had been due to start filming on a new movie next month.Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A forensic officer talks to a policeman outside a forensics tent at a property where the body of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found in Kew, LondonCredit:Simon Dawson/Reuters
By Marc Davis, www.BNWnews.ca As the gold market continues its lustrous trend, the corporate elbowing and shoving to get at the richest buried treasures is getting increasingly cutthroat. A prime example involves northern Chile’s clutch of mostly prolifically sized gold/copper deposits. Located in the Maricunga Gold Belt, five deposits are in various advanced stages of development while a trio of mines is already making money. All of them represent rich veins of opportunity for supply-hungry gold and copper producers.Not surprisingly, much of the +100 Moz of gold concentrated within this rugged mountain range is firmly in the grip of one of the world’s most important gold miners, Barrick Gold. But the high flyer’s latest effort to consolidate its hold on this golden corridor has suffered a surprising setback. Barrick was trumped by the world’s fifth largest gold mining powerhouse, Goldcorp, last month in a deal to buy the El Morro deposit. This is where 6.7 Moz of gold and 5,700 Mlb pounds of copper reserves have been outlined. The deposit is expected to be commercialised by 2015.Worth over half a billion dollars, the transaction entails Goldcorp purchasing a 70% interest in the deposit from its previous majority owner, Xstrata. Goldcorp will now team-up with the project’s other original partner, New Gold, which retains its 30% stake and will be exempt from any further development costs. New Gold also got a $50 million pat on the back from Goldcorp for supporting its bid.Still smarting from being outmaneouvred by a smaller rival, Barrick refuses to capitulate and has mounted a legal challenge to the deal. The gold industry’s top dog is in an indignant mood after its own offer – which was comparable in dollar terms to Goldcorp’s successful bid – had initially been accepted by Xtrata. Now the snubbed gold miner is contending that New Gold unlawfully transferred to Goldcorp its right of first refusal to commercialise the El Morro deposit.The fact that the price of copper has more than doubled to over $3/lb since the depths of its pronounced slump in early 2009 has also sweetened the appeal of El Morro – as well as several of the other deposits in the region that are also copper-rich.In spite of the strenuous tug of war over El Morro, it is by no means the jewel in the crown of the Maricunga Gold Belt. That distinction to date belongs to the huge Cerro Casale deposit, which is jointly owned by Barrick and Kinross Gold. Cerro Casale is a huge prospective mine in-the-making that boasts a 23-Moz gold resource, along with 6,000 Mlb of copper.Its only rival in terms of size in the region is the nearby Caspiche gold/copper porphyry deposit, which weighs-in at 19.6 Moz gold ounces, 4,840 Mlb of copper and 40 Moz silver. And the size of the known deposit is still growing, according to its owner, a small Vancouver-based mining junior named Exeter Resource Corp.Exeter’s management concedes that its resource estimate is still in the Inferred category, so more drilling is required. Yet, the well-financed and increasingly confident company is hoping to do even better. It is drilling well outside of the known deposit, hoping to significantly expand its gold and copper resources. If this transpires, it would obviously give Caspiche bragging rights over Cerro Casale – at least in terms of size.That said, Exeter is already looking ripe for a potentially lucrative deal with a big league gold miner (which helps to explain the company’s recent proposal to spin off its other gold assets into a new publicly traded company). Notably, the announcement last September of a more than doubling of Caspiche’s asset base over previous estimates didn’t go unnoticed by the world’s major mining companies. Exeter says a number of them are already assessing its mineral database for Caspiche.So the power plays in the richly mineralised Maricunga Gold Belt seem to be far from over, especially against a backdrop of declining global gold output. Indeed, the scarcity of worldclass gold discoveries in recent years is already taking a toll on the mining industry’s bottom line. Production has been dwindling by nearly 5% per annum since it peaked in 2001, even though bullion’s spot price has more than tripled since then.Hence, major gold mining companies are continually struggling to replace mined-out reserves. Especially their high-grade ore, much of which was severely depleted when gold was fetching much lower prices. This means that at least one new multi-million ounce deposit needs to come on-stream every year just to replace the major mining companies’ annual output. But this has not been happening.This problem has been compounded by the fact that only one headline-grabbing worldclass gold discovery – the 13.7-Moz Fruita del Norte deposit in Ecuador – has been made during gold’s secular bull market over the past seven years. This is in spite of the fact that billions of exploration dollars have been spent by mining juniors, alone, on a worldwide basis during this time frame.The Maricunga Gold Belt is also very attractive to major gold producers from a geopolitical perspective. Specifically, Chile is a politically stable democracy that has long been mining-friendly, especially since mining is essentially the backbone of its economy. Hence, Chile is very supportive of foreign investment and offers compelling business incentives to mining companies.In stark contrast, several other Latin American nations, including Ecuador, have taken increasingly protectionist positions towards their gold assets – to the detriment of foreign mining companies that are active there. Furthermore, the advent of strict environmental laws in most global mineral hunting grounds promises to put any number of world-class gold prospects off-limits.
“No one cracks it at the first three or four games as captain,” he added. “You constantly get better the more you do it, and I have absolutely no concerns about him.”Inevitably after a game of such tight margins — on the scoreboard at least — much of the post-mortem focused on Ireland’s penalties and on the performance of debutant out-half Paddy Jackson. More than once in the first half, Ireland went to the corner in search of a try, eschewing the old maxim that three in the hand is worth five in the bush. Wayward line-outs failed them and when Jackson was eventually afforded the opportunity to kick at goal, he made just one of his four attempts.There’s no second-guessing calls made in the heat of the moment, O’Driscoll explained.“The difference with decisions on field is, you have to have an understanding of what it feels like on the pitch. We have a different feeling from what everyone else sees, about how the momentum is going or whether you feel as though you have the opposition on the rack or whether there’s an opportunity for a seven-pointer. On the decision to get Jackson to kick to the corners, he added: “It’s instinct. You can’t pre-plan things. A test match doesn’t work out exactly as you want it. Sure, the perfect scenario would be for a debutant to get a goal kick 10 metres out in front of the posts, slot the first one over, but it’s rarely that happens.“We felt as though we had concerted pressure on them and the option was taken to go to the corner. It didn’t work out for whatever reason but you don’t second guess what’s happened because we all buy into it. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t.”No matter how many times and how vociferously he comes out in support of the new regime, there will always be those who believe that O’Driscoll should be captain until that dark day comes and he finally hangs up his boots. Does the fact that he’s still in the team and in the set-up make the transition more difficult for Heaslip?“I don’t know, you’d have to ask Jamie that. I’m not going to answer for him because I don’t know how he sees it.“I’d say it would have been more difficult for me to captain the team with Keith [Wood] in it, yeah,” he reflects, remembering his first test as captain a decade ago.I’ve been very open about saying yes, I was disappointed initially, but I’ve parked that and now I’m 100% able to be a senior player and be a helping hand to him in channeling everything towards trying to achieve success and trying to achieve a performance.It’s not about the satisfaction or the disappointment that you get from being captain or not being captain. Now it’s about trying to look at the bigger picture of the team. 100% the team comes first and I’m just trying to weigh in behind Jamie and give him as much of a helping hand as I can. You’ve got to go with your gut and that’s what Jamie did with a little bit of advice from a couple of people that he took on board. It didn’t work out at the weekend but on another day we would have scored a driven maul and everyone would have been slapping him on the back.That’s the way it goes some times but I’m certainly not going to sit here and say that he’s not doing a good job because he absolutely is and he has everyone’s full backing. One thing that’s not up for discussion is the manager’s future, with O’Driscoll refusing to be drawn on whether Kidney will stay, go or be pushed when his contract runs down this summer.“We know that Declan is certainly contracted until the summer tour and all the management that are there are going to be involved for the next two games at the very least, so let’s go about trying to win both of them.“Beyond that it’s not in my control. It’s not in any of the players’ control. It’s about now trying to stop this two-game rot and get back to consistency of performance. It’s as simple as that. I don’t have to answer that because I don’t have a say in it. It doesn’t matter what my opinion is one way or another.”If Heaslip has felt the pressure intensify since Sunday, so too has Kidney, but as you might expect from a man who has built his career on his leadership, O’Driscoll is the first to put his hand up and take his share of the blame.“I would say that the game at the weekend is 95%, no 100%, player responsibility. We can’t have our hands held through games.“There’s only so much coaches can do. They can put you in a position, they can educate you as to where they feel opportunities are going to arise and then train you for that and put you out on the pitch. Beyond that, beyond what they say at half-time or the couple of messages that they pass on, the ball is in our court and we are responsible for what happens.Clearly in that first half, with the amount of line breaks we made and the things we did, the information we got was pretty good. We just didn’t implement it very well.Can we point fingers back at our coaching staff? Absolutely not. That’s not us. Not yet, Ireland: O’Shea wants to extend ‘Quins stay beyond 2014 “I KNOW WHEN when to read the papers and when not to,” Brian O’Driscoll begins before mulling over how Ireland conspired to lose to Scotland and, in the process, make a mockery of everything we thought statistics could teach us.Knowing when to listen and when to shut out the noise is a lesson learned quickly by those at the top, one which O’Driscoll’s successor as captain will surely appreciate after the 12-8 defeat in Murrayfield.As the team’s new point man, Jamie Heaslip has been hauled over the coals with no shortage of critics lining up to take aim. Sunday’s loss was only Heaslip’s sixth game since taking up the role but for some, we are already nearing the watershed moment in which the bosses must decide whether they will stick or twist.Yesterday rugby legend Tony Ward went so far as to call on Declan Kidney to perform a quick about face and return to the captaincy to O’Driscoll, provided he would have it; failing that, Ward wrote, Rob Kearney may be the man for the job.Ward is right in one respect: the character which allowed O’Driscoll to flourish as Ireland’s longest-serving captain in test history never leaves you. When it came to the crunch on Sunday, with Ireland four points down and the clock ticking away, the man with the number 13 on his back was front and centre in making sure the penalty was kicked to the corner.To some his decisiveness may have come across as a little too much backseat driver, still smarting from Kidney’s decision to look to Heaslip and the future, but few can understand the challenges facing the new man quite like O’Driscoll can.“I think some of the criticism by the sounds of things is pretty harsh,” he said yesterday, coming to the defence of his Leinster team-mate. “I think Jamie is doing a good job. I was in a very lucky situation that I had some strong leaders around me, guys who had been in leadership roles themselves, when I came in. The likes of Paulie was invaluable to me, ROG likewise.I found that when I had to say less and other people were doing the talking for me, we were in a great place. That’s what I’m trying to do with Jamie now: be as vocal and be another voice for people to try and listen to, to make points and try to take a little bit of pressure off him.
Jan 13th 2017, 9:38 PM Image: James Crombie/INPHO 28,599 Views Short URL As it happened: Leinster v Montpellier, Champions Cup http://the42.ie/3185967 Follow us: the42.ie Image: James Crombie/INPHO Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOJob done, Sexton withdrawn and time to worry about the margin of victory which may come in to play as to break ties in the chase for a home quarter-final.This was a night when the old Leinster killer instinct was on full display. Having gone into the game hoping for a win of any shape or margin, they ended up easing past the 50 mark, Montpellier wilting as tries were gleefully eaten up by Luke McGrath, Cian Healy and then Garry Ringrose after the completion of Conan’s hat-trick.With a 54-point margin of victory, the equation is now an even simpler one for Leinster: win in Castres, and there will be a Champions Cup quarter-final in the Aviva Stadium come April.ScorersLeinsterTries: I Nacewa, J Conan (3), A Byrne, L McGrath, C Healy, G RingroseConversions: J Sexton (3/3) R Byrne (4/5)Penalties: I Nacewa (1/1)MontpellierPenalty: F Steyn (1/2)Cards: F Steyn (Red, 26 minutes)Leinster:Isa Nacewa (Rob Kearney ’42); Adam Byrne, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw (Dan Leavy ’68), Rory O’Loughlin; Johnny Sexton (Ross Byrne ’55), Luke McGrath (Jamison Gibson-Park ’65):Jack McGrath (Cian Healy ’51), James Tracy (Richardt Strauss ’55), Tadhg Furlong (Michael Bent ’55); Devin Toner, Hayden Triggs (Ross Molony ’63); Jack Conan, Josh van der Flier, Jamie HeaslipMontpellier:Joffrey Michel, Timoci Nagusa, Vincent Martin (Jesse Mogg ’71), Joe Tomane, Nemani Nadolo; François Steyn, Nic White (Tomás O’Leary ’60):Mikheil Nariashvili (Yvan Watremez ’52), Shalva Mamukashvili (Charles Geli ’40), Jannie Du Plessis (Davit Kubriashvili ’52); Paul Willemse, Konstantine Mikautadze (Antoine Battut ’40); Fulgence Ouedraogo (Kelian Galletier ’63), Akapusi Quera (Henry Immelman ’26), Pierre Spies.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 55 Comments Leinster 57Montpellier 3– Sean Farrell reports from the RDSTHIS WASN’T SUPPOSED to be another comfortable home win for Leinster.Long before Frans Steyn aimed a swinging arm at Johnny Sexton’s head to take a 25th minute red card, this was billed as Leinster’s toughest game of the season.They attacked it as though it was too. And a little sprinkling of Isa Nacewa magic had them well on the way to the bonus point victory even before one 10 cemented the other.“The equation is simple,” said head coach Leo Cullen pre-match. Win the game and a quarter-final was secure. But it was far from safe, cup rugby the home side set out to play. From the off, they ran penalties out of their own 22 and the invited high pressure from Montpellier brought about one or two heart-stopping moments when passes didn’t quite stick.It wasn’t long before the hosts set the pulse racing at the other end though.Nacewa first latched on to Garry Ringrose’s offload on a beautiful angle through the defensive line. The breach bred confidence and Rory O’Loughlin was next to have a cut. This time, the scrambling defence was not enough for the visitors and the blue shirts fanned out right to give Sexton a number of targets to fire a long skip pass at.Nacewa was the fitting recipient to carry the first score over the try-line, but his finest moment was yet to come. With 23 minutes on the clock, the Aucklander chipped the ball up the left touchline, leapt to catch the bouncing pill and fired a pass back inside under pressure before his feet came back to earth. Jack Conan was the try-scorer, but the RDS where only shouting one man’s name. “Isa…” Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOSexton was striking difficult conversions cleanly to leave his side with a 14 -3 advantage and thirst for more when all hope was lost for Jake White’s side. The onslaught was all too much for Steyn to handle and the Springbok unleashed a high hit on his opposite number to leave Sexton crumpled on the ground. A guaranteed red card since the rules were underlined on 3 January.Ross Byrne was on the field as Sexton left for a HIA and Nacewa booted the resulting penalty. Leinster were in a swagger. Source: James Crombie/INPHOAdam Byrne broke free down the right, bouncing a pass to Conan who returned an offload to let the wing dot down.Three tries in the space of 14 minutes and Sexton back on the field, but the RDS had to wait until the second half for the bonus point to be guaranteed.When Nacewa departed the fray minutes after the start of the second half with the score still 24 – 3 – hopefully as a precaution against the biting cold January air – Byrne dutifully picked up the game-igniting baton. Despite the Kildare man’s hunger for work, it was Conan’s raw power than brought about Leinster’s fourth. Share Tweet Email Conan power, Isa magic and a red card see Leinster cruise past Montpellier into 1/4 finals 14 mad first-half minutes set Leinster on the way to an eight-try rout and sealed a quarter-final. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Farrell Friday 13 Jan 2017, 9:38 PM
Découverte des premiers éléments de vie dans une comète artificielleAfin d’anticiper les résultats que livrera la sonde Rosetta qui doit atterrir en 2015 sur la comète Tchourioumov-Guerassimenko, des chercheurs ont fabriqué artificiellement une comète dans leur laboratoire. L’étude révèle que les premiers éléments de vie sur Terre auraient bien une origine interstellaire.Une équipe de chercheurs franco-allemands dirigée par Louis Le Sergeant d’Hendecourt s’est chargée de fabriquer une micro-comète à l’Institut d’astrophysique spatiale (CNRS/Université Paris-Sud). Ils ont pour cela reproduit des conditions extrêmes semblables à celles de l’espace (-200°C et sous vide) et ont utilisé des éléments existant dans le milieu interstellaire (fluorure de magnésium solide, eau, ammoniac et méthanol). Le tout a été irradié d’ultraviolets, comme ceux émis par le soleil.Grâce à la micro-comète ainsi recréée (une “glace interstellaire/cométaire simulée”), les scientifiques ont pu anticiper les résultats que livrera en 2015 la sonde Rosetta qui atterrira sur la comète Tchourioumov-Guerassimenko pour en étudier la composition. Ainsi, même de nombreuses études complémentaires restent nécessaires pour s’en assurer, les résultats suggèrent “que les premières structures moléculaires de la vie auraient pu se former dans le milieu interstellaire et cométaire, avant d’atterrir sur la Terre primitive lors de la chute de météorites et de comètes”, écrit le CNRS dans un communiqué.En effet, “au bout de dix jours, ils ont obtenu quelques précieux microgrammes de matière organique artificielle”, indique encore le communiqué. A l’aide d’une technologie de pointe, l’équipe d’Uwe Meierhenrich et de Cornelia Meinert a “pu identifier 26 acides aminés dans cette comète artificielle [ … ] ils ont aussi découvert ce que personne n’avait observé avant eux”, à savoir six acides “diaminés”, dont un composé (la N-(2-Aminoethyl)glycine) qui pourrait être un des ancêtres de l’ADN terrestre, explique le CNRS.En savoir plus sur l’ancêtre de l’ADNÀ lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembrePrimordiaux, ces résultats indiquent que les premières structures moléculaires de la vie auraient pu se former dans le milieu interstellaire et cométaire, avant d’atterrir sur la Terre primitive lors de la chute de météorites et de comètes. L’étape suivante est ainsi de déterminer les conditions de pression, de température, d’acidité, etc. dans lesquelles cet acide diaminé découvert dans la comète artificielle a pu ensuite former de l’APN, acide peptidique nucléique, lui-même transformé en ADN par la suite. “Pour mener à bien ce nouveau projet, les chercheurs ont déjà commencé à constituer une collaboration avec deux grandes équipes, l’une américaine et l’autre anglaise”, a indiqué le CNRS.Le 13 mars 2012 à 13:12 • Maxime Lambert
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In anticipation of thousands of visitors to the Vancouver Waterfront Park’s grand opening Saturday, the city is encouraging attendees to use public transit.Parking will be available in the lots along Columbia Way and Grant Street, as well as regular street parking downtown. Downtown Vancouver also has two parking garages. The Vancouvercenter garage, at West Sixth and Columbia streets, charges $1.25 per hour or $3.50 for the entire weekend day. The Park ‘n Go Columbia Bank Garage, at east Fifth and Broadway, is free on weekends.For those parking further away, the city will operate a shuttle to downtown. Service runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with shuttles leaving every 15 minutes. Shuttles will pick up riders from Hudson’s Bay High School at a temporary bus stop on East Reserve Street at the entrance to the school’s southeast parking lot, and from the Green and Yellow lots at Clark College. Shuttles drop riders off at the roundabout near Esther Short Park.A bicycle corral is also available one block from the waterfront park. Cyclists should enter the lot on Esther Street south of City Hall.Visitors can also take C-Tran’s The Vine to the Seventh Street Turtle Place stop and take a free RYD shuttle to the park.
Washington State University Vancouver is poised to add two more bachelor’s degree programs for liberal arts students, in time for the fall 2010 semester: history and sociology.Approval came this month from the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board.The WSU Board of Regents is expected to give final blessing this summer, school officials said.The two new majors would raise the WSUV total to 18 bachelor’s degrees, 10 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, across 37 fields of study.About 3,000 students attend the Salmon Creek campus, including several hundred freshman and sophomore students on a four-year degree track.Long a popular major for the university, sociology has increased in demand, WSU student data show.The subject ranks among the top four areas of interest for incoming WSU freshman students, and the number of sociology bachelor’s degrees granted at the main Pullman campus has climbed by one-third in the past five years (79 were granted in the college’s 2008-09 fiscal year).Rooted in knowledge of human behavior, communication and statistics, sociology skills are useful in many careers, such as public relations, teaching and jobs in government, social agencies and business.A history degree can appeal to students who are interested in careers in teaching, museums and libraries, and government and law.For more: http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu.