(AP) — After a half-century of disappointment, even Mother Nature didn’t dare spoil the celebration of St. Louis’ first-ever Stanley Cup championship.A morning downpour fizzled to a light rain by the time the parade began Saturday, and the sun popped out just as a rally was starting before a massive crowd on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.The Blues ended one of sports’ longest championship droughts on Wednesday by beating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, the first title for a franchise that joined the NHL 52 years ago. Fans poured into the city for the celebration. There were no immediate crowd estimates, but local leaders’ expectations of at least a half-million people appeared to be spot on.The long-awaited championship stirred strong emotions in St. Louis, a city still smarting from the departure of the NFL’s Rams in 2016. The loss of the football team seemed to strengthen the fans’ bonds to the Blues and their beloved baseball team, the Cardinals.“I’m so happy for the city and the fans here,” coach Craig Berube said at the rally. “They deserve it. But more than anything I’m so happy for our players, because of how hard they’ve played, the character and leadership coming through, winning that cup.”Ryan Korte, a 56-year-old letter carrier from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, said he wasn’t sure he’d ever get to see the Blues win the cup.“I was starting to wonder,” Korte said as he waved a towel while standing on a ledge, straining to see the parade. “A lot of disappointments. They’ve had some good teams and they always let us down.”Not this time.“This is bigger than the World Series,” Korte said.That may sound strange in St. Louis, which has long been considered a baseball haven thanks to the Cardinals’ 11 World Series titles. It sure looked like a hockey town on Saturday, though, as fans shouted “Let’s Go Blues!” and danced to “Gloria,” the 1982 Laura Branigan hit that became the Blues’ unofficial victory song.Forward Ryan O’Reilly, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of this year’s playoffs, carried the Stanley Cup to fans lining Market Street to let them touch it.“The Blues have an amazing fan base,” said Michael DeHeer, 52, of St. Louis. “This place is ready to explode.”It has been quite a journey since the Blues joined the NHL in 1967 as one of six expansion teams that year that doubled the size of the league. The original six teams were kept in one division, the six new teams in another, ensuring that an expansion team would play for the Stanley Cup.The Blues loaded their roster with aging veterans and it paid off: They played for the Stanley Cup in each of their first three seasons. They didn’t win a game, though, going a combined 0-12 in those three series.What followed was a 49-year stretch in which the Blues didn’t make the finals — a drought made even more remarkable because the team only missed the playoffs nine times during that span.This year’s season didn’t start out promising, as a sluggish start got coach Mike Yeo fired in November.Berube took over as interim coach — a title he still holds, though the interim tag is expected to be lifted soon. Improvement didn’t come immediately — the Blues were dead last in the standings on Jan. 3, the middle of the season. Days later, an unheralded rookie goaltender named Jordan Binnington was called up. He won his first game in a shutout.Soon, with Binnington taking over as the lead goalie, the Blues went on a franchise-record 11-game winning streak and stayed hot through their playoff run.Binnington, known for his calm demeanor, finally let loose Saturday.“You want to see some (expletive) emotion?” he asked the rally crowd. “We’re Stanley Cup champions, baby!”The Blues joined a list of other sports franchises to recently end long championship droughts. The Chicago Cubs’ win in the 2016 World Series ended a 108-year run of futility. The Philadelphia Eagles won the 2018 Super Bowl, their first championship in 58 years. Last year’s Stanley Cup winners, the Washington Capitals, won for the first time since joining the NHL in 1974.
Watch a special paper tool that can determine your blood type in seconds Knowing a patient’s blood type is critical before a transfusion, but current techniques are time consuming and require expensive equipment. Now, researchers have proposed a new paper-based method for quickly and inexpensively determining blood type, published today in Science Translational Medicine. The method relies on a special dye that shows up brown when mixed with whole blood, but turns teal when mixed with plasma that has been separated from red blood cells. To make that separation happen, scientists employed antibodies that force red blood cells to clump. Blood cells are dotted with markers that can be recognized by antibodies produced by the immune system—type A blood has A markers, type B has B markers, type AB has both, and type O has neither. To test the blood, researchers place a droplet in the center of a paper-based chip that holds anti-A antibodies to the left, and anti-B antibodies to the right. As blood absorbs and moves through the paper membrane toward the ends of the chip, it hits the regions of antibodies, clumping or not, depending on what markers it carries. If the red blood cells clump, only the plasma will make it through, causing the dye to turn teal and indicating that the corresponding marker (A on the left and B on the right) is present. If the marker isn’t there, the blood won’t clump and the dye will be brown. The process takes about 30 seconds and can be modified for rare blood types. The researchers hope the tests will be useful in regions with limited resources and during emergencies. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Lindzi WesselMar. 15, 2017 , 2:00 PM
Former captain Steve Waugh has said Australia’s lack of energy in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff and England’s upbeat nature made it look “almost like we’d swapped our caps” from the 2013-14 series.Australia dominated the 2013-14 Ashes to the point that they secured just the third five-nil whitewash in the storied history of the rivalry. However, the tables were emphatically turned in last week’s series opening match of the five-Test series as England emerged convincing 169-run winners.”England played very well, I was impressed. They seemed really together, working for each other, they played aggressively. I liked the look of some of their players, I like all-rounder Ben Stokes, I think he gives England some real energy and impetus,” Waugh was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday.The second Test begins at Lord’s cricket ground on Thursday.”From Australia’s point of view, we’ll play much better, there’s no doubt about that, I think we’ll come back at Lord’s. We weren’t at our best. We just seemed to lack a bit of energy for whatever reason in that first Test, which was unlike us.””In fact, when I was watching, it was almost like we’d swapped our caps for that Test match. It looked like, not in a bad way, but (in comparison to) in the recent series in Australia, the way England played in Australia, it looked like that, but we’ll turn it round for sure,” the 50-year-old said.Australian head into the second Test with injury and form concerns as they look to avoid slipping to a third straight Ashes defeat at Lord’s.advertisement
As the clamour for ban on jallikattu to be lifted increases, Karnataka too has joined the protest bandwagon demanding ban on kambala be revoked.Supporters of kambala which is a traditional sport played by people from coastal Karnataka have said that they are ready to go to jail to lift the ban on kambala.Many of the animal rights groups have compared kambala to jallikattu and that led to the Supreme Court banning both the bull-taming sports earlier.Also Read: After jallikattu, Mangaluru braces to protest against ban on buffalo racing event Kambala On January 28, a procession is expected to be held at 9:00 am, which will start from the Swaraj Maidan, Moodbidri and culminate at the Kadalakere Nisargadhama. More than 200 pairs of buffaloes are expected to be taken in a procession.”Kambala is our tulunadu culture, if GOI can give opportunity to jallikattu, this is a question of our tulunadu and we are very particular about kambala. It is my duty to support kambala. For the sake of public I am ready to go to jail,” said Abhaya Chandra Jain, MLA from Moodbidri.Film stars, politicians from all parties, locals and students will take part in the protest which is to seek a lift on the ban without going against the law.
New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) India will be hosting the Combined World Cup for shooting in 2019, a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will further boost the countrys profile as a global shooting destination. The National Rifle Association of Indias (NRAI) bid was approved by the International Shooting Sport Federations Executive Board in its meeting held in New Delhi. Combined World Cup comprises all the three categories — shotgun, rifle and pistol –, and at stake in the 2019 edition will be a number of quota places for the Tokyo Games. The tournament will be one of the last few events heading into the quadrennial extravaganza in the Japanese capital. “Yes, India has been awarded the hosting rights of the 2019 Combined World Cup by the ISSF Executive Board. The decision to allot India the top tournament was unanimous,” a well-placed NRAI source said. ISSF delegates are in the city for the seasons first World Cup, to be held at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range from February 22 to March 4, and are holding its executive committee and administrative council meetings. NRAI President Raninder Singh had yesterday said they were looking at the upcoming World Cup as a stepping stone to prepare a strong bid for hosting a qualifying event for the Games. With the decision coming through smoothly, it can be assumed that the ISSF brass is impressed with the existing infrastructure at the range. In the upcoming tournament, a total of 50 countries will be represented by 452 athletes and among them will be reigning and former Olympic champions, world champions and continental champions lining up against Indias top guns. PTI AH PM PMadvertisement
India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I in Centurion: India will play South Africa and Sony Ten Network have the rights.You can watch Live Streaming of the 2nd T20I between India and South Africa in Centurion on SonyLIV from 9:30 PM IST today.As for TV the match will shown live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, in both English and Hindi.Match Preview: After a comprehensive victory in the first Twenty20 International, India will aim to seal the three-match series when they take on South Africa in the second match here at the SuperSport Park on Wednesday.In the first game, a brilliant all-round show helped visitors beat hosts South Africa by 28 runs at the New Wanderers Stadium. Put in to bat, Shikhar Dhawan (72) hammered the South African bowlers all around the park and helped India post a massive 203/5 before pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/24) wreaked havoc in the South African batting line-up to take a crucial 1-0 lead.The Virat Kohli-led India will hope to repeat the performance but with middle-order batsmen also playing their part this time. In the last match, Manish Pandey, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya failed to provide the expected final flourish. Pandey struggled to score big, scoring 29 not out in 27 deliveries. It will be interesting to see whether the Karnataka right-hander gets another chance.Bolstered by terrific spell by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, India will hope to create havoc once again to seal the issue.advertisementIn the batting department, alongside skipper Kohli, batsmen Rohit Sharma, Dhawan, Dhoni and Pandya will look to make the most of their capabilities this time also.Batsman Suresh Raina, who made a comeback in the T20Is will act as an vital cog in the middle-order and will look to prove his mettle after his seven balls 15 runs in the first match.The bowling department, which looked lethal with wrist-spinning duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, will try to make a mark in the shortest format.Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will only add depth to the formidable Indian bowling line-up.However, the Proteas, led by Jean-Pau Duminy, in the absence of Faf du Plessis, will look to hit back at India in the second game, especially after a 1-5 thrashing in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs).Reeza Hendricks was the only one who defied the Indian bowling in the first innings. But middle-order batsman David Miller and Chris Morris, who failed to click in the first match, have to pull up their socks this time to support the lower order which failed drastically. Expectations will be high on Heinrich Klaasen and Farhaan Behardien.The bowling department, featuring Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Morris along with chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi will have to come up with something special in order to get rid of the flamboyant Indian batsmen.Squads:India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur.South Africa: Jean-Paul Duminy (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, AB de Villiers, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.(With IANS inputs)
Steve Smith has stood down as Australia’s captain for the remainder of the third Test between South Africa and Australia, but will play the match.David Warner has also stood down from his position as vice-captain. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will be leading the team.Cricket Australia made the announcement just five minutes before the start of the fourth day’s play at Newlands.WATCHAustralia ball-tampering scandal: How Steve Smith & Co. planned the coup”Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively for the remainder of this Test match,” CA boss James Sutherland confirmed.Australian government wants Steve Smith to be sacked after ball-tampering row”This Test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands.Integrity of Australian cricket is laughing stock of world sport: Adam Gilchrist”As I said earlier today, Cricket Australia and Australian cricket fans expect certain standards of conduct from cricketers representing our country, and on this occasion these standards have not been met,” Sutherland added.Michael Clarke not ruling out return as Australia captain after ball-tampering scandalCricket Australia Chairman, David Peever said: “The Board of Cricket Australia has endorsed Tim Paine to step in as Acting Captain for the remainder of this Test. Both Steve and David will take to the field today under Tim’s captaincy.”The Board fully supports the process for an immediate investigation into what occurred in Cape Town. We regard this as a matter of the utmost seriousness and urgency. We will ensure we have all information available to make the right decisions for Australian Cricket.”advertisementThe decision came in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal which took place on Day 3 of the match on Saturday when Bancroft, the most junior member of the side and the player tasked with carrying out the plan, was caught on camera rubbing a yellow object against the ball.Cricket Australia CEO on ball-tampering controversy: It’s a very sad day for Australian cricketHe was then shown hastily putting the object down the front of his trousers before speaking to on-field umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth, who had been alerted to the suspicious behaviour.Bancroft turned out his pockets and showed the umpires a black piece of cloth before play continued and the hosts tightened their hold on the match.The ICC announced its intention to charge Bancroft at the close of play and he faces a maximum punishment of a 100 percent fine of his match fee and four demerit points, which would trigger an automatic one-match ban.”I’m embarrassed, the boys in the shed are embarrassed and I feel for Cam as well,” Smith told reporters.”It is not what we want to see in the game, it’s not what the Australian cricket team is about. Being the leader of the team I am incredibly sorry for trying to bring the game into disrepute like we did today.”Cricket Australia (CA) will not make a decision about the future of Smith’s captaincy until it completes a probe, CEO James Sutherland said on Sunday. Australian government meanwhile, has asked CA to sack Smith as captain.(With Reuters inputs)
A levy of US$1 has been imposed on each pound of conch exported during the 2012 conch season. The House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 30), approved the Conch (Export Levy) (Rate of Levy) Order Resolution, 2012, to facilitate the move. The Resolution was brought by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke. The law requires that for each conch season, the rate prescribed by the Minister must be subject to affirmative resolution in the House of Representatives. “The Conch (Export Levy) (Rate of Levy) Order, 2012, was gazetted on July 3, 2012 at US$1 or the equivalent in Jamaican currency per pound of conch exported during the 2012 conch season,” Mr. Clarke said. The Conch (Export Levy) Act imposes a duty on the export of conch, to facilitate the sustainable management and development of the fisheries sector. The Act, which was passed in 2009, is used in part to offset the cost of implementing programmes for monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement in relation to Jamaica’s limited conch resources. These programmes are expected to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
The Midnight Mission will hold its annual Golden Heart Awards Gala this week.The Golden Heart Awards Gala jointly honors TMM’s long-standing legacy to the City’s neediest individuals and families as well as those whose contributions embrace the organization’s transformative spirit of giving. The ceremony is TMM’s annual fundraiser.This year’s honorees include: Mike Glick, LA & SF Specialty & Chefs to End Hunger Founder, leads a wholesale produce, dairy and specialty food distributor for local fine dining establishments that has piloted CTEH. The program redistributes excess prepared foods to local food agencies including The Midnight Mission (TMM). Honorable Judge Craig Mitchell, Los Angeles Superior Court, started a running club at TMM in 2012. Under his guidance, an unlikely group of homeless athletes has participated in half marathons and the LA Marathon. Judge Mitchell has even taken top performers on marathons in Africa and Rome. Bob Romeo CEO, The Academy of Country Music, is a top talent buyer and music promoter and an avid TMM supporter.Celebrities expected to attend include Carmen Electra, Carrie Fisher, Mark Mackay, Jake Owen, Greg Townsend and Dick Van Dyke. WHEN: Thursday Oct. 1, at 6 pm PST6 – 7 p.m. Gold Carpet Arrivals (Inside Beverly Wilshire hotel)7 – 9 p.m. Presentation of honoree awards and a musical performance by Jake Owen WHERE: Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly HillsFounded in 1914, TMM offers a path to self sufficiency to men, woman and children who have lost everything. Their emergency services, 12-step philosophy, education and work programs offer a compassionate bridge to productive lives. For more information, visit www.midnightmission.org.
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in early trading Friday on Wall Street, putting the market on track for gains at the end of a shaky week.Banks led the gains after solid quarterly profit reports from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo opened the latest round of highly anticipated company earnings. Banks have been benefiting from higher interest rates, which allows them to book fatter profits from making loans.Energy companies rallied after Chevron said it would pay $33 billion to buy rival Anadarko Petroleum. The sector has been rising as oil prices moved steadily higher throughout the year.Disney surged 12% to an all-time high after it announced plans to offer its own video streaming service. Disney will be going head-to-head with Netflix, which fell 3.7%.Fears over a global economic slowdown were put in check by a surge in China’s exports in March. That marks a turnaround from a severe contraction in February as the U.S. and China continue negotiating a resolution to their costly trade war. Indexes in Europe and Asia rose broadly.Investors continue focusing on company earnings reports due over the next few weeks in hopes of gleaning clues about the trajectory of the U.S. economy. Citigroup, UnitedHealth Group and Johnson & Johnson are among the larger companies releasing results next week.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.6 % as of 10 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 218 points, or 0.8% to 26,365, riding on gains from Disney, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. The increase puts the index close to recovering its losses for the week.The Nasdaq composite rose 0.4 %.OIL! Anadarko Petroleum surged 32% as Chevron moved in with a $33 billion buyout that will give it a stronger position in the energy-rich Gulf of Mexico and Permian Basin region in Texas.Oil prices have surged nearly 40% so far this year, sending energy company revenues higher and giving them more funds for investment.Pioneer Natural Resources rose 9.8% and Devon Energy rose 5.7 %. Chevron was one of the few decliners in the sector. It shed 5.4%.MAKING BANK: JPMorgan Chase rose 4% and Wells Fargo rose 2.1% after reporting solid profits in the first quarter. They are the first major banks to release financial results.Both reports show that higher interest rates during the quarter drove increases in revenue. Those higher rates allow banks and financial companies to charge more for loans and credit cards.Bank of America rose 3.9% and Citigroup rose 3.2%.STREAMING MOUSE: Disney surged 9% after it released plans to offer a streaming entertainment service.Disney Plus video is scheduled to roll out on November 12 at $6.99 per month. The service is well below the $13 monthly price tag for rival Netflix, whose stock fell 3.4%.Disney ended a lucrative licensing relationship with Netflix in order to create the streaming service. It faces challenges as it builds a service to compete with the entrenched streaming leaders, which also include HBO Go and Showtime.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press
A phone scammer latched on to a pliable victim in Norfolk last week.Early in the afternoon last Tuesday, the victim received a phone call from someone who said their computer had been infected with a virus.The victim granted remote access to the computer. They caller proceeded to collect details about the victim’s financial accounts and passwords.“The victim was then instructed to purchase approximately $7,000 in Google Play cards from various stores while the caller stayed on the phone with the victim,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“After all the cards were purchased, the victim then provided the male with the serial and identification numbers. Police urge everyone to hang up the phone if you should receive such a call. It is a scam.”Police report the victim was on the phone with the scammer several times over the course of five hours.The public is reminded to never grant remote access to your computer unless you initiate the call to a reputable tech-support service. Never hand our personal, banking or credit card information to anyone unless you know who you are dealing with.
After the stabbing, CCTV showed the gang running away through residential streets where they buried a knife in a planter, while other footage showed one of those involved re-enacting the attack in a McDonald’s restaurant. Another mimicked the attack with a cutting gesture to his neck. Prosecutor John Lloyd-Jones QC told the court: “Liam was 17 at the time when he was murdered. He was unarmed and accordingly he did not deserve to die. He was much loved by his family and friends.”Last month, five men were convicted for their part in the youngster’s death at Northampton Crown Court. They were jailed this week for a total of 36 years. The court heard Allaban-Hamilton stabbed Liam with such force his hand slipped on to the blade.Judge Rupert Mayo said: “This case is about normal, immature boys who think it’s OK to carry a knife. This killing was just short of an execution. The jury was exposed to a culture where kids carry knives like they were mobile phones.” Children are carrying knives “like they are mobile phones”, a judge has warned, after he sentenced a gang for killing a teenager. Liam Hunt, 17, was stabbed four times and left to die in a pool of blood in an alleyway after being attacked on February 14 last year.He was kicked, punched and suffered a 2.7 inch-deep wound from being knifed in the neck opposite a primary school in Northampton, in a killing that the judge described as being “just short of an execution”.The court previously heard that the victim had been in a fight with one of the defendants two days before the fatal attack. Clockwise, from top left: Derice Wright, Kane Allaban-Hamilton, Aaron Joseph, Lee Warren and William Ransford were all sentenced over the killingCredit:SWNS.com Kane Allaban-Hamilton, 18, of Northampton, was found guilty of murder and jailed for life with a minimum of 14 years. The other four men will serve lesser sentences for manslaughter. The jury was exposed to a culture where kids carry knives like they were mobile phonesJudge Rupert Mayo 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.
ABB announced today the latest version of its well-established Knowledge Manager software, which has helped mining customers around the world improve the performance of their operations and equipment and the safety of their on-site personnel for decades. The latest version, ABB AbilityTM Knowledge Manager 9.0, incorporates leading-edge digital capabilities and technology to provide mining industry customers with the ability to easily view, analyse, and act upon critical process data from any mobile device.Now integrated with the ABB AbilityTM System 800xA process control system and its extensive Minerals Library, the latest version of Knowledge Manager includes an easy-to-use mobile interface so operators can access and act upon process performance information at any time from any location. “It also includes simplified functions to create, view, and share reports, charts, and production trend analysis, and improvements to navigation and information storage. It draws upon ABB’s vast knowledge of industry-specific process challenges and solutions, and facilitates access to and guidance from ABB’s global network of process industry experts.”Since its first release in 1996, many installations have benefited from Knowledge Manager’s industry specific functions, such as: Production Information Management, Production Accounting, SAP Integration, and Laboratory Information Management System. “Knowledge Manager simplifies production management by enabling performance monitoring, downtime management and maintenance support, as well as providing statistical production analysis tools. It provides solutions and advanced tools to facilitate the collection, consolidation and distribution of production, quality and energy information via the plant’s web-based reports, trends, and graphs.”Knowledge Manager 9.0 takes these functions further in a digitally enabled solution that embodies ABB Ability connectivity and expertise to deliver superior performance, efficiency and productivity benefits. “This newest release of ABB AbilityTM Knowledge Manager is part of our ongoing commitment to help our customers take the best advantage of the latest digital technologies to improve their operations. These new versions are backed by a solid foundation of established, proven solutions and deep industry expertise to help them successfully address their production and business challenges,” said Max Luedtke, Mining, Aluminum and Cement Product Group Manager for ABB’s Process Industries business unit.ABB’s leading portfolio of digital solutions, ABB AbilityTM, “combines ABB’s deep domain expertise with network connectivity and the latest digital technologies to help customers develop new processes and advance existing ones by providing insights and optimising planning and controls for real-time operations. ABB Ability addresses the entire mining value chain. From on-demand ventilation management to location-based, real-time decision support, ABB Ability solutions enable mining companies to know more, do more, do better, together.”
Alan Quinlan wrote a good article in The Irish Times this week about the mindset of Irish players in these New Zealand games. It requires a huge leap of imagination for them to believe they can win, and even when Ireland are playing well, the smallest of errors can shatter that confidence.Paul O’Connell’s side start this one with no confidence at all, and the sense is the fans are going along to celebrate Kiwi genius and forget about the result.There are a few reasons to believe we can win, though. Not since the 1990′s have we been so thoroughly written off. Dan Carter and Tony Woodcock are out. Joe Schmidt’s game-plan has had another week to germinate.It’s their last game of an unbeaten season. They sometimes get food poisoning.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Smith, Luatua and Retallick: 3 All Blacks to watch out for John Giles spoke to us before about attempts to beat established nations in the 60′s and 70′s. Ireland often played well enough to win, but a victory was so unexpected that either the Irish would implode or the ref would hand it to the opposition. The refs, fans and players were conditioned to believe the team with the better history would win, and that’s a difficult thing to shake. THEY’RE AWAY FROM home, at the end of their season, without Dan Carter. They squeaked home against France, and faded against England. They’ve played seven tests in nine weeks.In the past few months they have flown back and forth to Australia, Argentina, South Africa and Japan, before facing the best teams in Europe. They must be homesick and tenderised and weary, and yet, on Sunday lots of people will be backing them to beat the 20-point spread. This feels more like the closing ceremony to New Zealand’s unbeaten season than an actual sporting contest.When Irish players are asked if they believe they can beat the world’s best team, they hint that if New Zealand have an off-day and we produce our best performance ever, then we could win. Not quite defeatist, but its not exactly Steve Collins pre the Eubank bout.We say we won’t play the All Black myth, or have the history books in our heads as we walk onto the field, but the problem is the New Zealanders do. They believe it, they know the history, and they play like it.Justin Marshall feels they perform with even more intensity against Ireland and Scotland than they do against France or England. The sheer embarrassment of losing to one of the Celtic nations would be too much to bear, to be the All Black that let that record go would be worse than losing to sides who do occasionally beat them.The Spanish football team, in spite of their recent dominance, have had a few surprising defeats to Switzerland, USA and most recently, to South Africa. New Zealand never lose to the lower ranked nations, because they are never complacent.There is nothing in team sports, over the last 100 years, to compare to the All Blacks. Sergey Bubka, Ed Moses and Schumacher all did it for a time in their respective sports, but at least you knew they’d eventually get old.Ireland will have to face down the All Black’s Haka before kick-off. ©INPHO/Photosport/Andrew Cornaga.Our record against the All Blacks is a scar on the game here, one that all the Heineken Cups in the world won’t erase. When Declan Kidney was in charge he used to say ‘we will beat them one day’. Well, the earth and the sun are getting closer all the time, so there is a time limit on it.We have played better than them a few times, but something always gets in the way of victory. In Christchurch last year we were level with four minutes to go, we had a scrum in their half, our scrum was dominant throughout the 80 minutes, we shunted them back three yards, but Nigel Owens somehow gave a penalty to New Zealand.
ESB NETWORKS HAS expressed its concern at the number of recent thefts of overhead wires between poles on its live network.The firm, along with gardaí today, issued a statement to warn perpetrators that it is a “very dangerous activity with potentially fatal consequences”.They urged the criminals to cease their activities immediately.“Interference with the power network creates a risk for the public and causes inconvenience to customers by interrupting their electricity supply,” gardaí said in the statement.Detectives added that the public has an important role to play in helping to put a stop to this type of theft.“It is vital that if you see any suspicious people or vehicles anywhere near power lines that you contact An Garda Síochána/ESB Networks as a matter of urgency,” they concluded.Read: ESB unions in public spat with management over ‘protective notice’
Naughty Dog’s next opus, The Last of Us, is not only surprisingly not an Uncharted sequel, but is also much, much darker in tone. Long before the game released, it was being heralded as one of this generation’s best games. This is not only strange because the game hadn’t released, but also because nothing that good traditionally releases only a few months before the next new console generation. Regardless, TLOU releases today, and you can end this generation on a bang, rather than the traditional whimper of worthwhile releases drying up. Unfortunately, there is reportedly a potentially game-breaking issue with the game’s save system.Reports from users who aren’t stuck at work and are able to play the game have claimed that the game’s autosave feature randomly ceases to function. This means your progress won’t save, and you likely won’t even notice until you try and load.Thankfully, the issue is avoidable, though it is somewhat tedious. If you press start and invoke the menu, you’ll see one of two messages. If you see “less than X minutes ago,” everything is working properly. If you see “autosaving, please wait,” that means the autosave function has stopped working. So if you notice this message, you’ll have to exit the game and reload from your last save. User reports have also claimed that sometimes when you try to exit the game in order to fix this bug, the game will freeze, forcing you to restart the console.You can manually save the game through the menu, so since you’ll be hitting start to periodically check on the health of the autosave function, you might as well create a separate save file or two just in case. Other users have claimed that sometimes the game doesn’t save even if the autosave function seems working. A possible fix for this issue is to load your save file from the “Load Save” option instead of the “Continue” option, and you’ll be able to load the proper save that seemingly wasn’t previously recorded.Naughty Dog hasn’t yet commented on the issue, but if the user reports are true, then the developer will most likely be working very hard to put out a fix as soon as possible. In the meantime, don’t forget to press start and check on the health of the autosave function from time to time.
The Gold Coast Greek Festival returns after two years to Evandale Park on Sunday 14 July for its 11th year of cross-cultural celebration. As one of the Gold Coast’s largest cultural festivals, the Greeks are putting on a show packed with Zorba dances, the best Greek food and traditional music. New on the program this year is the on-site taverna to serve Greek imported beers and wines, alongside even more food stalls to cater to the increased demand. The 2011 GreekFest attracted a record number crowd, so the organising committee has upped the stalls and upped the volunteers to make sure the crowds are catered to quickly and efficiently. Proudly representing the 2500-plus local Greek community who have been a part of Gold Coast’s multicultural community for over 50 years, the festival is a chance for them to get a taste of the homeland, while enjoying it with their Australian counterparts. Gold Coast Greek Festival co-chairperson Sandra Voukelatos says she is excited to once again be staging one of the biggest food and wine festivals on the Coast. “Greek people are best known for their hospitable nature and they enjoy nothing more than to share their food, wine and dance with guests. With the added help of extra volunteers this year, we are certain the upcoming Greek Festival will be a fun day had by all,” says Mrs Voukelatos. The Festival is also flying in a Greek band from Sydney to play throughout the day, and for prime time they’re showcasing Queensland’s best bouzouki players. Mrs Voukelatos said the Gold Coast Greek Festival would also offer something for the entire family – with live entertainment and activities happening throughout the day, from attractions and rides for the children through to food, wine and cultural exhibitions for the adults. “Among our traditional Greek dances, we are also planning a Zorba dance competition in addition to many other competitions, all with fabulous prizes, which will be held throughout the day,” Mrs Voukelatos says. The 2013 Gold Coast Greek Festival kicks off on Sunday July 14 from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. E ntry is just $5 for adults, $3 for aged pensioners and high school students, and for children aged 13 and under entry is free. Evandale Park is located in front of the Gold Coast Council Chambers on Bundall Road, Bundall. For further event information, please contact the Gold Coast Greek community at email@example.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The government is aiming to push through a first set of prior actions pledged to the troika by the end of this week in a bid to secure a pending tranche of 1 billion euros in rescue loans, sources have told Kathimerini.A new zoning plan, to be voted on in Parliament, introduces changes to existing zoning legislation in an effort to attract investment and spur business activity. The reform paves the way for commercial activity in areas that were until now classified as strictly residential as well as along central thoroughfares. Businesses will also be allowed to operate more freely in public green spaces.Other prior actions on which the government has made progress include plans to abolish a series of third-party charges. As the authorities lack a full list of such levies, an electronic platform has been launched to log them all, with citizens being asked to contribute to it, albeit anonymously.Among the pending items on the list of the first six prior actions Greece must enforce is a new code of conduct for MPs and ministers. A plan to provide free healthcare and medicines to citizens without health insurance is to be finalised by the end of this week, Health Minister Makis Voridis said this week. He must also finalize measures reducing the profit margins of pharmacists.The two coalition parties reached an agreement on the part-privatisation of the Public Power Corporation which had been opposed by some PASOK MPs.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Xbox One exclusive games will land on Xbox Game Pass on the day they are released. This was announced by Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb earlier this morning.“Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release,” said Hryb. “This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.“This plan to bring new games timed with their global release into Xbox Game Pass not only includes announced titles like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3 but future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of our biggest Xbox One exclusive franchises such as Halo, Forza and Gears of War, on the same day they launch.”Right now, Xbox Game Pass is available for a monthly subscription fee of $9.99. Today’s announcement also revealed that six-month subscriptions will be sold for $59.99 at GameStop and other select retailers starting on March 20.“With the addition of more great games, new blockbuster releases and a new subscription offer, we are giving fans more choice and value in how they discover and enjoy games – purchase games for their permanent library or play through Xbox Game Pass for one low price,” added Hryb.This is certainly an interesting decision by Microsoft. One has to wonder if this will impact game sales in any significant way. After all, it would be cheaper for users to pay $120 a year (the cost of buying two 6-month subscriptions) than purchasing individual titles. On the other hand, knowing new Xbox exclusives will be available on day one could incentivize more consumers to opt into the service. This venture certainly has both risks and rewards. I suppose we’ll find out how this venture pay off for Microsoft by the end of the year. Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseYes, Your Xbox Was Spying on You Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
11-Year-Old Gets ‘Scammed’ Into Paying $4K for TikTok InfluencerFacebook Reportedly Considers Hiding ‘Like’ Counts Stay on target You can run but you can’t hide from social media.A new study likens privacy on social networks to second-hand smoke: It’s controlled by the people around you.In a paper published by the journal Nature Human Behavior, researchers from the University of Vermont and University of Adelaide highlight the unsettling fact that when it comes to the Internet, your personal business is anything but.“We show that 95 percent of the potential predictive accuracy for an individual is achievable using their social ties only, without requiring that individual’s data,” the study said.Using more than 30 million public tweets from nearly 14,000 users, researchers found they could accurately predict someone’s future posts based on only eight or nine of their digital friends’ feeds.Perhaps more concerning, though, is the ease with which the team can make the same predictions for folks who have left a social media platform—or never even joined in the first place.As long as your contacts are on a social network—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, etc.—it is possible to use their data to calculate 95 percent “potential predictive accuracy” of how you would behave on the service.While most people signing up for a social network account understand the implicit transfer of personal information, they’re often unaware of the impact on their mates’ data.“Our results have distinct privacy implications,” the study warned. “Information is so strongly embedded in a social network that, in principle, one can profile an individual from their available social ties even when the individual forgoes the platform completely.”In theory, a company, government, or other actor could use this method to accurately profile someone—political ideology, favorite products, religious commitments—from their family, friends, colleagues, or acquaintances.“There’s no place to hide in a social network,” study co-author Lewis Mitchell, a lecturer in applied mathematics at the University of Adelaide in Australia, said in a statement.The good news is there’s a mathematical upper limit on how much predictive information a social network can hold. The bad news: It makes little difference if the person being profiled actually uses that network.“You alone don’t control your privacy on social media platforms,” UVM professor Jim Bagrow said. “Your friends have a say, too.”More on Geek.com:Jack Dorsey: Twitter Mulling Short Window to Edit TweetsFacebook’s New Page Initiatives Aim to Crack Down on Fake NewsACLU Sues Federal Government Over Social Media Surveillance