Rohde & Schwarz: EMC test and measurement solutions at EMV 2018

first_img Continue Reading Previous Vector: simplified measurement and calibration of ECUs and ADAS sensors with CANape 16.0Next Axiomtek: Pico-ITX SBC with multiple I/O options and slim design Rohde & Schwarz will demonstrate its comprehensive range of EMC test and measurement solutions – from single devices to customer-specific, turnkey systems. The EMC expert will also present customized measurement software for precompliance and certification measurements as well as accessories such as broadband amplifiers, RF switching units and measurement antennas.For the new radio equipment directive (RED), the now mandatory certification guideline for radio equipment in Europe, the R&S TS8997 test system offers certification testing in line with ETSI EN 301 893 and EN 300 328 for wireless devices in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band as well as testing in line with FCC §15.247 and §15.407, including DFS tests. The R&S TS8997 test system supports DUTs with 8×8 MIMO. It meets or even succeeds the demanding measurement requirements of these test standards. Other test solutions on display include solutions for broadcast receivers in line with RED, for digital TV broadcast receivers in line with ETSI EN 303 340, for radio receivers in line with ETSI EN 303 345 and for indoor satellite broadcast receivers in line with ETSI EN 303 372-2.Thanks to their high measurement speed and comprehensive diagnostic tools, the R&S ESR and R&S ESW EMC test receivers are ideal for EMC certification in line with CISPR, EN, FCC and MIL as well as for automotive applications. External mixers were added to extend the frequency range of the R&S ESW for measurements in line with FCC and ETSI. The receiver now measures, for example, the harmonics of transmission equipment up to a receive frequency of 500 GHz.For developers who want to check EMC performance during development, Rohde & Schwarz has introduced the clear and easy-to-use R&S ELEKTRA test software. R&S ELEKTRA replaces the proven R&S ES-SCAN software and supports all of the company’s current EMC test receivers and spectrum analyzers. Rohde & Schwarz will also present an attractive solution for EMC debugging during development: the entry-level R&S FPC1000 spectrum analyzer, the R&S HM6050-2 line impedance stabilization network and the R&S HZ-17 near-field probe set together with R&S ELEKTRA.Different test scenarios are often required to validate a design or product. The broadband amplifiers in the new R&S BBA130 family from Rohde & Schwarz offer a one-box solution.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

World Cup 2019 Final: Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s father

first_imgWorld Cup 2019 Final: Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherNew Zealand fan and resident Gerard Stokes who is the father of England all-rounder Ben had his loyalties stretched to the fullest as the latter brought England their maiden men’s World Cup 2019 trophy in a thriller at Lord’s.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ChristchurchJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 23:34 IST Ben Stokes was adjudged the Man of the Match after England’s thrilling World Cup 2019 victory (AP)HIGHLIGHTSEngland beat New Zealand to win the World Cup 2019 on SundayBen Stokes was adjudged the Man of the Match in the pulsating finalStokes’s parents who are based in New Zealand, had their sporting loyalties stretched during the finalBen Stokes might have won England the World Cup but his Kiwi-origin father Gerard Stokes has admitted that he will remain a New Zealand fan despite being happy for his son’s feat. Gerard, who is long-time Black Caps fan also said that even though New Zealand couldn’t win the trophy, he doesn’t necessarily mind the cup not being shared between the two finalists after the match ended in a tie.”I really am disappointed for the Black Caps; it’s such a shame someone had to walk away without the trophy. Hand on heart, I am overjoyed for Ben and the team, but I am still a New Zealand supporter,” Gerard told 1Newsnow.Ben Stokes was named the Man of the Match for his fighting 84* in the final that brought England close to their target of 242. However, with the scores tied at the end of the 50 overs, the game went into a Super Over which ended up being tied as well. Therefore, England were declared winners as they had hit more boundaries than New Zealand. Gerard doesn’t mind the last part as ‘there’s always got to be a winner in a World Cup'”[A draw] would’ve been nice but there’s always got to be a winner in a World Cup,” he told Newstalk ZB.”The way that Ben batted was a tribute to both teams in the way that they tried so hard to win that cup. He was over the moon being a part of that match and also have an influence on the result as well … the way he played epitomized both teams I think.”advertisementRegarding his stretched loyalties whenever the two teams face each other on the field, Gerard admitted that it’s difficult to maintain the right balance.”I’ve got a lot of friends in England and a lot of friends in the England set-up as well, it’s just a matter of supporting both. It’s quite a difficult balance and doesn’t work most of the time but I give it a go,” said Gerard.Deb Stokes, Ben’s mother also experienced the thrill sitting back home in Christchurch as she ‘cried her eyes out’.”At the end of the game I cried my eyes out,” she said. “I was really disappointed for the Black Caps because they had given so much as well, it would have been great if it could have been a draw.”The Stokes family moved to England when Ben was aged 12 with Gerard earning a rugby league coaching contract in Cumbria. But Gerard and Deb moved back to Christchurch in 2013. Their son, meanwhile, was on his way to attaining cult status in English cricket history.Also Read | Sharing World Cup should be considered if finalists can’t be separated: New Zealand coachAlso Read | England and New Zealand should have been given the World Cup trophy: Cheteshwar PujaraFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Ben StokesFollow World Cup finallast_img read more

Lest We Forget The Women

first_imgNOTE: Following is a feature in honour of Remembrance Day prepared by the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. There wasn’t much to keep a young woman with a twinkle in her eye and a sense of adventure in a small Cape Breton village in the late 1930s. So when war broke out, Margaret Gillis of Iona wrote to the Department of National Defence in Ottawa and asked if they planned to call women into service. “There was no work in Iona, especially for a woman,” says Margaret, who now lives in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ annex at Harbour view Hospital in North Sydney. She asked that they call her into service. That call came, and Margaret boarded the train for Halifax alone to enlist in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CAC). She didn’t hesitate. “Not for one second,” she said recently. In Halifax she was billeted at the YWCA on Barrington Street along with eight other women who had come from other parts of the province to sign up. Following three weeks of basic training, Margaret was posted to number six district depot at the airport in the west end of Halifax, where the Westmount subdivision and the Halifax Shopping Centre now stand. She worked as a typist and a payroll clerk and, in September 1942, after one month in Halifax, she was called up to go overseas. After overseas training in Ottawa she returned to Halifax to join 8,000 other recruits on the liner Queen Elizabeth. The Queen Elizabeth travelled alone across the North Atlantic, not as part of a convoy. “We were too young to be afraid,” said Margaret. “It was a great adventure.” In London, Margaret began as a payroll clerk at Canadian headquarters. She plays down the dangers they faced, but there were harrowing times. During a bombing campaign, she and her fellow soldiers spent 90 nights in a row sleeping on the concrete floor with nothing but their clothes, a blanket, a helmet and a gas mask. She also tells of the time she came home from work to find the ceiling of her room had fallen on her bed when a bomb exploded nearby. Bombs were no excuse for being late for work though. “Even if you were up on the roof all night looking for planes, you still had to be at work at 8 a.m. sharp,” she said. Margaret has no regrets about her time in the military. She said she’d go back tomorrow if she could work again with her former colleagues. In 1983, Margaret attended a CAC reunion in London, Ont. Eighteen of her colleagues attended. After the opening dinner, the group ignored the rest of the program, choosing to reminisce, to laugh, cry and catch up with each other’s lives. Following the war, Margaret worked for the Unemployment Insurance Commission in Moncton and New Glasgow. She maintains strong ties with her hometown. In September, she took part in a celebration of veterans at the Royal Canadian Legion in Iona. When Canadians think of veterans, we most often imagine the men in the trenches. But women have played an essential role in all the armed conflicts in which Canada has taken part, serving as nurses, stenographers, camp cooks, drivers, mechanics and pilots. Women also served at home, keeping farms, families, businesses, and factories running. This is the Year of the Veteran in Canada, commemorating the end of the Second World War and acknowledging the contribution and sacrifices of the thousands of people who defended democracy 60 years ago. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women honours and thanks women for their contributions in times of war and of peace. -30-last_img read more

Halifax 2014 Reaches Oneyear Milestone

first_imgOne year ago Friday, Dec. 15, Halifax was unanimously selected by Commonwealth Games Canada to represent Canada as the candidate city in the international competition for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. To mark the milestone, Halifax 2014 is recognizing the efforts of the domestic bid volunteers, partners and supporters who contributed to Halifax’s success. “We’ve come a very long way in one year,” said Fred MacGillivray, president and chair of Halifax 2014. “As we look toward decision day in November 2007, it’s important to recognize the supporters of the domestic bid who had the vision and drive to put Halifax in the running for the 2014 Commonwealth Games — without them, we wouldn’t be in the position we are in today.” Through the commitment of a volunteer bid committee of more than 100 people and the strong support of corporate partners, Halifax was successful in the comprehensive domestic review process which led to the city’s selection. “We were very fortunate to have such a strong and talented group of people involved in the domestic bid phase,” said Mr. MacGillivray. “Not only did they demonstrate their belief in Halifax’s capabilities as a host city, but they also laid a solid foundation for a successful international bid.” The Commonwealth Games are an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland, and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 bid committee is now focused on developing and winning the international bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9, 2007, in Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Eliminating Waitlist for Opioid Treatment

first_imgEvery Nova Scotian currently waiting for treatment for opioid use disorder will be able to enter a publicly funded program within the next six months. Government will invest $800,000 this year to create 470 new spots in the program. This will not only eliminate the current waitlist but also add 250 more spaces in communities across the province. “Opioid use is a growing concern across the country – one that affects families and communities throughout our province,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Every Nova Scotian deserves a chance to thrive in our province. By making treatment available to more people in more communities, we are not just preventing overdoses, but also giving people the support they need to live well.” Currently, Nova Scotians can access publicly funded treatment at these 12 sites across the province: Berwick, Dartmouth, Glace Bay, Halifax (Direction 180; includes mobile services at other metro sites), Kentville, Lunenburg, Middleton, New Waterford, North Sydney, Sydney, Truro and Yarmouth. To meet growing demand, NSHA (Nova Scotia Health Authority) will expand capacity at existing locations and open new locations in Antigonish and New Glasgow and on the South Shore during the next six months. “This will be welcome news to the people and families we work with every day,” said Cindy MacIsaac, director, Direction 180. “With more dangerous and potent opioids now available, it’s even more important to move people into treatment programs quickly. Eliminating the waitlist for treatment will save lives.” All programs offer evidence-based opioid therapies, methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), along with counselling and other supports. “Demand for treatment continues to grow, and we have an important role to play in the response by making treatment options more broadly available,” said Dr. Sam Hickcox, family physician and addictions specialist for NSHA. “This will allow us to help more people and families who are experiencing harm due to opioid use.” Government is also investing $70,000 this year to build a support network of addictions medicine specialists to provide telephone-based consultation to primary care providers throughout the province. The specialists will be available to physicians, nurse practitioners and other providers to consult on opioid use disorder treatment and prescribing. This will allow more Nova Scotians in rural and remote areas to access treatment in their communities. Government is investing about $10,000 this year to support NSHA as it begins development of specialized training for emergency department staff. This will help staff recognize the signs of opioid use disorder and to initiate care where appropriate. The investments are part of government’s Opioid Use and Overdose Framework, released this summer. To access treatment through NSHA Mental Health and Addictions, visit http://www.nshealth.ca/mental-health-and-addictions-intake-phone-numbers. Direction 180 organizes its own intake for people in the Halifax area and can be reached at 902-420-0566. For more information about the province’s work to address opioid use and overdose, visit https://novascotia.ca/opioid. FOR BROADCAST USE Every Nova Scotian currently waiting for treatment for opioid use disorder will be able to enter a publicly funded program within the next six months. Government will invest 800-thousand-dollars this year to create 470 new spots in the program. This will eliminate the current waitlist and add 250 more spaces in communities across the province, including three new sites in Antigonish, New Glasgow and on the South Shore. Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey says that making treatment available to more people in more communities will give more Nova Scotians the support they need to live well. -30-last_img read more

Quebec social workers decry working conditions following death of Granby girl

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s order of social workers says its members need more time and less pressure to properly do their jobs.Order president Guylaine Ouimette held a press conference Friday in reaction to the death of a seven-year-old girl who had a long history with the province’s youth protection system.Local police found the girl shortly before noon Monday at a home in Granby, Que., about 80 kilometres east of Montreal. She died a day later in hospital.Two adults — identified by people close to the family as the girl’s father, 30, and his partner, 35 — were arrested in connection with the death.Ouimette did not want to comment directly on the girl’s case because it involved members of the order.But she says social workers are often in conflict between fulfilling their job descriptions and properly caring for young people and families.She says her members work in an industrial-like atmosphere where sometimes half their time is spent on bureaucratic tasks.News of the girl’s death prompted swift reaction from the public and Quebec’s political class, who immediately demanded to know how the girl was seemingly failed by a system designed to protect her.Ouimette is calling for a public commission that will look into systemic problems in the social services system.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Multivehicle crash sends driver to hospital

A four-vehicle crash on the QEW in Grimsby overnight is suspected to be alcohol-related.Just before midnight, one car went through the fence separating the QEW from the North Service Road between Casablanca and Fifty Road.Three other vehicles were hit.   Paramedics assessed seven people – but only the driver of the car that went through the fence went to hospital.The Toronto-bound lanes of the highway were closed for about an hour and a half.

Côte dIvoire Annan hails plans for first Government meeting since March

“This is a Government that has not functioned since March. They are now going to come together and have their first Cabinet meeting, hopefully Monday next week,” he told journalists after briefing the Security Council on the two-day summit last week in Accra, Ghana, at which the deal was struck.”They have also agreed on the delegation of authority from the Prime Minister to the President, to allow him to implement the Linas-Marcoussis agreement,” he explained.The January 2003 Linas-Marcoussis Agreement which ended bitter fighting between factions in the north and the south calls for President Laurent Gbagbo and Prime Minister Seydou Diarra to re-distribute powers and for a new nationality code that would expand the field of political candidates.The Security Council authorized a committee to investigate the human rights violations that have dogged the West African country’s political life since a coup attempt failed in September 2002.In Accra, “they agreed to work actively with the UN team on the ground on human rights and cooperate in the investigation,” Mr. Annan said.They also agreed that all the laws required by Linas-Marcoussis should be passed at an extraordinary session of Parliament in August to allow the peace process to move forward, he said.”This is an opportunity for the Ivorian leaders to come together and work for the sake of their nation and their people,” Mr. Annan said. “If they really go home and implement what they agreed to in Accra they have a chance of breaking the impasse, not just for a brief period, but really move on in a sustained manner to implement the agreement.” read more

Less than great day for Ohio State football

“We’ll help them with the excuses,” said Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer after the team’s Tuesday practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. It was the team’s third practice of the spring and its first in full pads, but according to Meyer, it was “not a great day.” “First day back from spring break, full pads for the first day. It didn’t feel like a top-5 practice so we just need to get back and have one Thursday,” Meyer said. A number of developments will be facing the Buckeyes when they take to the field for their next practice. New injury for Jordan Hall Rising redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall sat out Tuesday’s practice with what Meyer called a “slight tug on the hamstring.” Meyer said Hall could have practiced but sat out for precautionary reasons. “He could probably practice at 80 percent,” Meyer said. “I held him out today because I want to get him someplace higher.” After sitting out the majority of last season with a torn PCL, Hall was granted a medical redshirt that will allow him to play this fall. The running back said he is excited to have another opportunity to play in the spread system and feels he can help the offense. “We have a lot of playmakers on offense and I just think I can be another one,” Hall said. “I just want to be another person the defense has to prepare for and I’m looking forward to that.” Hall, who is expected to be a versatile, hybrid-type player, might give the Buckeyes an advantage out on the edge. He said he is not sure what he will be doing in the position, but likened it to what he played in high school. “I played a little bit of slot in high school, so it’s kind of coming back,” Hall said. “It’s just different going against a college defense instead of a high school defense.” Offense operated at “60 percent” in 2012 Running backs coach Stan Drayton coached with Meyer at Florida and said he has seen a spread offense operating at its full potential. Drayton said, though, that OSU’s 2012 offense operated at “about 60 percent” of its potential, but he expects improvement in the 2013 season with the addition of Hall. “When you sit there and study our film, you see safeties sitting there at eight yards because (rising senior running back) Carlos Hyde and (rising junior quarterback) Braxton Miller are in the backfield,” Drayton said. “The moment we are able to pose a pass threat and get that balance in our offense we are hoping it to be very explosive.” Hyde taking OSU team motto to heart The Buckeyes’ 2013 season motto is “The Chase,” intended to reflect their pursuit, in part, of a conference and national championship. Hyde said the idea of “The Chase” is something he takes to heart. “‘The Chase’ means a lot. It’s not just one thing,” Hyde said. “I want to be the first running back under coach Meyer with 1,000 yards, I want to hold that crystal ball. I want it all.” Drayton said Hyde became more of a team player as last season went on. “Carlos matured, and it became more than just about him,” Drayton said. “That was the difference in his burst onto the football field last year. It is definitely the direct reason he had the success that he had.” Running back depth pushing Hyde On National Signing Day, Drayton told his running backs that his goal was to find players better than them. He said he made the comment with the intention of making the running backs work harder than they did last year. “I want to see them compete,” Drayton said. “I’m trying to create the best competitive environment in one single group in the country and I think we are getting close to that, I really do.” Drayton added that Hyde will not be receiving special treatment, despite being the starting running back last year. “Carlos Hyde needs to know that nothing is going to be given to him, and he knows that,” Drayton said. “That’s why he is out here practicing his butt off, because he knows everyone is coming after him. He can’t relax.” The Buckeyes are set to hold their fourth spring practice Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

Ombudsman to investigate how hospitals handle complaints

first_imgThe investigation will include site visits and inspections of selected hospitals, interviews with front line and senior staff, focus groups with members of the public, consultation with interested groups, and examination of complaints dealt with by the HSE and the Ombudsman.As a first step the Ombudsman is asking members of the public to let his office know of their experiences, both positive and negative, of making a complaint about a public hospital.If people didn’t make a formal complaint despite being unhappy with the service they received, the Ombudsman would also like to know why.Submissions can be made here.Originally published 13:49.Read: Galway University Hospital uses collection agency to collect €150,000 in patient debt I want to ensure that people have access to an efficient and effective complaint handling service and to be confident that where poor practice is found, the health service is learning from its mistakes and preventing recurrence. THE OMBUDSMAN PETER Tyndall has announced that he will investigate how public hospitals handle complaints – and wants public health to do so.The wide-ranging investigation will look at how public hospitals across the State manage and investigate complaints from patients and their families.Speaking today, Tyndall said that we are just not a nation of complainers. Officially, anyway.“Despite the high number of interactions with our hospitals, relatively few people complain when they are unhappy with the service they receive. Compared with other jurisdictions, complaints to the HSE and to my Office are very low. I want to find out why this is.last_img read more

Worldfirst trial shows single injection could help patients recover after heart attacks

first_imgWorld-first trial shows single injection could help patients recover after heart attacks The breakthrough could lead to improved quality of life and life expectancy for patients. 33,953 Views John Nolan, who took part in the trial Source: Clare KeoghA PROFESSOR AT University College Cork (UCC) has shown that a single injection could help repair damaged hearts.Professor Noel Caplice, the chair of Cardiovascular Sciences at UCC, and his colleagues at Cork University Hospital have shown that low dose insulin-like growth factor can help repair damage to the heart.Some 47 patients, who had all experienced large heart attacks, took part in the trial – the first of its kind in the world.Around 20% of people who suffer heart attacks have severe ongoing difficulties because of lasting damage to heart muscle even after the best current therapies, often resulting in patients developing long-term heart failure, associated with increased morbidity and mortality.As part of the trial, patients received two different low dose preparations of insulin-like growth factor or placebo. People who received the higher dose showing improved remodelling of their heart muscle in the two-month follow-up after their heart attack, which correlated with other measures of improved heart performance. Professor Noel Caplice with John and Margaret Source: Clare KeoghSpeaking about the development, Caplice said: “We are delighted that an important human study like this could be funded in Ireland and performed in Cork.“This pilot trial is the first of its kind worldwide showing that single injection of low dose IGF1 is safe and can improve cardiac repair after a large heart attack.We hope that these findings can be replicated in potentially larger trials of many hundred subjects in the future. A significant minority of our patients currently remain unwell after a large heart attack despite best clinical practice and we are excited by the possibility that cardiac repair therapy may help these patients.The trial was funded by a €1 million grant under a joint research programme run by the Health Research Board (HRB) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).If future bigger trials are successful, the growth factor could be applied more widely to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of patients who have suffered a large heart attack, and be financially beneficial to the health service by reducing ongoing care costs.‘I felt very vulnerable’John Nolan from New Ross in Wexford was one of the patients involved in the trial. He suffered a heart attack in December 2014. “I feel I was blessed to be asked to be involved. I had confidence that good would come from it, in terms of how they explained it to me,” he said.His wife Margaret added: “Even as a nurse, I felt very vulnerable at the thought that my husband could’ve died. I speak on behalf of myself and my children, I’m really grateful for the aftercare and attention John received as a result of being on his trial.” John and Margaret Source: Clare KeoghDr Mairéad O’Driscoll, interim chief executive at the HRB, said results like these are “a perfect illustration of why the HRB has invested so much in building Ireland’s capacity to conduct clinical trials”.Professor Mark Ferguson, SFI director general and Chief Scientific Adviser to the government, also welcomed the news, noting that collaborative research groups “can produce life-changing advances in health research, with the potential to positively impact on patient wellbeing globally”.The research has been recognised and peer-reviewed by the European Society of Cardiology and the trial will be presented for the first time at the organisation’s Heart Failure 2017 conference in Paris today.Read: ‘He ended up in an induced coma’: Matt Dawson on his son’s meningitis battleRead: Drug dealing happens in mental health facilities across the country, doctor says 17 Comments By Órla Ryan Share Tweet Email11 http://jrnl.ie/3359555 Short URL Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 6:30 AM Apr 29th 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hanrahans longrange penalty gets Munster out of jail against Benetton

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://the42.ie/4619901 By Ryan Bailey Hanrahan’s long-range penalty gets Munster out of jail against Benetton The replacement out-half landed the winning score, as Johann van Graan’s side survived a major scare at Thomond Park. May 4th 2019, 5:09 PM 171 Comments 30,546 Views Saturday 4 May 2019, 5:09 PM Munster 15Benetton 13 Ryan Bailey reports from Thomond Park IF — AND THAT’S a big if — Munster go on to end their eight-year wait for silverware in Glasgow this month, nobody will remember just how poor they were here, but the result — a narrow, and lucky, two-point win — cannot conceal their underlying shortcomings.At the end of a tight and tense tussle, Johann van Graan’s side survived an almighty scare to book their place in the Guinness Pro14 semi-finals, where they will face Leinster, but this was about as disappointing an attacking display you’re likely to see from the hosts.  Hanrahan celebrates his winning kick. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThat they escaped was down to a superbly-struck long-range penalty from replacement out-half JJ Hanrahan and some never-say-die defensive resilience at the death, with history-making Benetton pushing them every inch of the way.The Italians, who had qualified for the end-of-season play-offs for the first time, led for much of the game and had two attempts at the end to advance to the last four, but Antonio Rizzi and then Jayden Hayward were both off the mark with their drop-goal efforts.  You had to feel for Kieran Crowley’s side, who played with confidence and conviction, and ought to have become the first Italian side to win here, but it is Munster who keep their season alive and progress through to a fourth Pro14 semi-final in five years.With a trip to RDS on 18 May coming up, the southern province will need to raise their game considerably if they are to stand any chance in Dublin, with their blunt attack completely malfunctioning here again. Despite dominating the first half, Munster went in behind at the break and their frustrations continued through the second half, with van Graan’s side playing with little shape or pattern, while appearing completely devoid of ingenuity. They were guilty of rashly kicking the ball away rather than remaining patient through the phases and their approach was far too one-dimensional, slow and pedestrian, which played into Benetton’s hands. Van Graan this week suggested he is looking to bring in a new attack coach for next season and, on this evidence, getting a new and experienced voice into the set-up is an absolute must if they are to become truly competitive again. Still, they showed heart and fight to grind out a win and maintain their unbeaten record at home this season, with Hanrahan proving the hero as he came off the bench to kick nine second-half points.  CJ Stander is held up. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOMunster dominated the possession and territory stakes from the off, pitching tent inside the Benetton 22, but again lacked a real cutting edge in the red zone as the visitors held firm through siege-after-siege.After Rory Scannell’s kick gained good yards for the hosts, Munster looked to strike off their lineout maul, flashing it out right through the hands before CJ Stander was held up just short, although Toa Halafihi was penalised in the process.Peter O’Mahony, cognisant of his side’s failure to turn their dominance into early points, asked Tyler Bleyendaal to have a shot at the posts, but then changed his mind when Nigel Owens, on advice from his TMO, moved the penalty attempt to the right position, closer to this near touchline.The frustration continued as the maul option malfunctioned. Jean Kleyn soared to take Niall Scannell’s throw, the forwards worked their way infield, but when Conor Murray took control at the back, Abraham Steyn wrapped the scrum-half up and ripped possession off him.As much as Benetton were stoic and unrelenting in their defensive duties, Munster weren’t helping themselves. Off another set-piece strike move, Murray and Bleyendaal created space out wide but, again, having fixed the last defender, Mike Haley’s pass forced Darren Sweetnam to check his run and the green shirts scrambled back to hold Chris Farrell up. Then, after Stander put the head down for the line, Tadhg Beirne spurned a gilt-edged opportunity from a couple of yards out as he failed to cleanly take Murray’s pop pass and ride the last tackle for the opening score.Bleyendaal eventually knocked over a penalty to get Munster on the board, but for all their huffing and puffing, they went into the break behind. Brilliant Benetton showed them how it’s done at the other end. Tommaso Allan got the Italians up and running with an instant response off the tee after O’Mahony was pinged by Owens at the breakdown, and then Crowley’s men struck on the stroke of half-time to stun Thomond.  Share8 Tweet Email Subscribe Short URL Tavuyara finishes brilliantly. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOA loose Haley kick return allowed Italian international Allan time and space to pick his spot in the far corner with a beautifully-judged kick, and while Munster initially cleared their lines through Bleyendaal, Monty Ioane’s quick lineout set the Benetton wheels in motion.What followed was special. Jayden Hayward picked the gap to expose the red shirts and with Munster caught narrow, Allan pulled it back for the Benetton fullback to create the overlap and once fed by Marco Zanon, Fijian winger Ratuva Tavuyara did the rest in stunning fashion for a TMO-confirmed try in the far corner. Allan’s touchline conversion was sweet, sending Benetton into the sheds with their tails up and a seven-point advantage on the scoreboard, and although Bleyendaal’s second penalty on the restart cut the deficit, there was little in the way of improvement from a Munster perspective. Van Graan introduced Hanrahan for Bleyendaal and Billy Holland for Beirne in a bid to spark Munster into action, and while the former brought renewed energy and enterprise to proceedings, it was the visitors who were doing all the running.Another quick lineout caught Munster dozing and Tito Tebaldi, on as a blood sub for Dwaldt Duvenage, weaved and ducked his way through the first line of defence, before offloading brilliantly off the ground for Luca Bigi.With Ioane on his shoulder, the hooker released the Pro14′s most prolific offloader and Munster were in real trouble, only for the final pass — from Hayward to Steyn — to go to ground, while moments later, Halafihi was unable to finish after Tavuyara had burst through the tackles of Kleyn, Scannell and Stander.Munster were living on the edge and would have been thankful to cough up just three points after a period of Benetton territory, with Allan nailing another penalty to extend his side’s lead out to 13-6 with 20 minutes left on the clock.From there, the momentum swung back Munster’s way, largely thanks to the impact of their bench, with Hanrahan bringing it back to a one-point game through back-to-back penalties.Dean Budd’s dangerous hit on John Ryan cancelled out Allan’s three-pointer, and then Arno Botha’s charge and a big Stander hand-off yielded a second penalty in front of the sticks for Hanrahan. 12-13.  Monty Ioane was a livewire for Benetton. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOBenetton weren’t deterred, though. Crowley’s men came flooding forward again, pulling and stretching Munster on both sides, before Ryan and then Stander came up trumps with season-saving turnovers close to their own line, providing the platform for Hanrahan to make the headlines. Again it was Stander who clamped himself over the ball, proving immovable to win the turnover penalty, and when Duvenage stupidly kicked the ball away, Owens marched it forward 10 yards to the halfway line. That proved all the difference.With the wind at his back and the clock on 76 minutes, Hanrahan struck it sweet and true, the ball sailing between the uprights to send Munster through to the last four and a semi-final date at the RDS. They played their get out of jail card. Munster scorers:Tries:Conversions:Penalties: Tyler Bleyendaal [2 from 2], JJ Hanrahan [3 from 3].Benetton scorers:Tries: Ratuva Tavuyara. Conversions: Tommaso Allan [1 from 1].Penalties: Tommaso Allan [2 from 2].MUNSTER: 15. Mike Haley, 14. Andrew Conway, 13. Chris Farrell, 12. Rory Scannell (Dan Goggin 70′), 11. Darren Sweetnam, 10. Tyler Bleyendaal (JJ Hanrahan 48′), 9. Conor Murray (Alby Mathewson 66′); 1. Dave Kilcoyne (Liam O’Connor 73′), 2. Niall Scannell (Kevin O’Byrne 73′), 3. Stephen Archer (John Ryan 50′), 4. Jean Kleyn, 5. Tadhg Beirne (Billy Holland 48′), 6. Peter O’Mahony (captain), 7. Chris Cloete (Arno Both 63′), 8. CJ Stander. BENETTON: 15. Jayden Hayward, 14. Ratuva Tavuyara, 13. Marco Zanon (Alberto Sgarbi 66′), 12. Luca Morisi, 11. Monty Ioane, 10. Tommaso Allan (captain)(Antonio Rizzi 78′), 9. Dewaldt Duvenage (Tito Tebaldi 77′); 1. Nicola Quaglio (Derrick Appiah 48′), 2. Luca Bigi (Hame Faiva 48′), 3. Marco Riccioni (Tiziano Pasquali 63′), 4. Marco Lazzaroni (Irne Herbst 50′), 5. Federico Ruzza, 6. Sebastian Negri (Dean Budd 50′), 7. Abraham Steyn, 8. Toa Halafihi.Referee: Nigel Owens [WRU]Attendance: 10,042. Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

Tsipras demands debt relief

first_imgAny agreement between Greece and its lenders will have to include several elements, including debt relief, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday as he aimed more criticism at the country’s creditors.Speaking in Parliament at a meeting of SYRIZA’s parliamentary group, Tsipras said that there have to be three conditions for his government to sign up to an agreement: Pensioners and workers must not be burdened further, any discussion about Grexit must be put to bed, and binding terms must be adopted for tackling Greece’s funding problem.The prime minister focused on the issue of debt relief, accusing the country’s European lenders of adopting the International Monetary Fund’s recommendations for fiscal measures but ignoring its call for Greece to have its debt reduced.“Right now, what dominates is the IMF’s harsh views on tough measures, and Europe’s insistence on denying any discussion over debt sustainability,” Tsipras told his MPs.He also claimed that the IMF bore “criminal responsibility” for the impact of the austerity measures implemented in Greece over the last few years.Earlier, Tsipras met with PASOK’s new leader Fofi Gennimata and Potami chief Stavros Theodorakis. Both publicly encouraged him to reach an agreement with lenders and avoid the pitfalls that would accompany a bankruptcy. Tsipras is reported to have told the two opposition leaders the government would not pay the IMF the 1.6 billion euros it owes unless a deal is reached with lenders. The government denied that the prime minister said this during the meetings.Tsipras’s strong words were matched by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. “I don’t care about the Greek government, I do care about the Greek people,” he said. “The debate in Greece and outside Greece would be easier if the Greek government would tell exactly what the Commission… is really proposing,” added the Commission chief, who denied that Brussels was in favour of raising value-added tax on medicines and electricity.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Opening Of Popeyes Represents Confidence In Economy – Robinson

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 16 (JIS): State Minister in the Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Ministry, Hon. Julian Robinson, says the opening of the latest branch in the Popeyes restaurant franchise represents confidence in the growing economy. “Any new business in this economic environment is important. Popeyes employs about 20 persons and that is 20 new jobs in an economy, which is critical to (its) overall growth and development,” the State Minister said. Mr. Robinson was speaking at the restaurant’s official opening at the Cross Roads Shopping Centre, in Kingston, on February 16. The State Minister, who is also Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Eastern, the area in which the restaurant is located, hailed the effort of its staff in incorporating locally sourced ingredients in meals. This, he said, is critical as it further enables growth and development of the local economy. Mr. Robinson wished the business continued success and longevity. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Restaurant Associates Limited, Richard Lake, said three more Popeyes are scheduled to be opened across the island by the end of the year. Restaurant Associates are the owners of both Burger King and Popeyes. Mr. Lake also told those in attendance that the business was opened on time and within budget. Following the opening, the State Minister, the CEO and other stakeholders toured the facility. Related Items:Hon. Julian Robinson, popeye restaURANT, Richard Lake Recommended for you Government Continues To Create Environment For Technology And Innovationlast_img read more

Two Vancouver men charged in MexicotoWashington drug ring

first_imgTwo Vancouver men were among 13 defendants indicted today on charges related to a drug-trafficking ring that sought to move large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico to Washington state.Hector M. Hernandez-Hernandez, 36, and Alberto Bernal-Rodriguez, 43, were arrested early Thursday at their homes in Vancouver and transported to Seattle to appear in U.S. District Court. They both were charged with a count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, said Doug James, assistant special agent in charge at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Their trial, along with those of 11 other defendants, is set for May 20, said Thomas Bates, a spokesman at the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.If convicted, the defendants face between 10 years and life in prison, due the volume of the drugs, Bates said.The drug ring had tentacles throughout the state, from Everett to Vancouver and between the coastline and Eastern Washington, according to a news release.During a yearlong investigation led by the DEA, law enforcement from multiple agencies seized more than 56 pounds of heroin and more than eight pounds of crystalline methamphetamine.last_img read more

Three dead three hurt in fatal road mishap

first_imgHyderabad: In a fatal road accident three people died and three sustained grievous injuries near Kattamaisamma temple in Shamirpet on Rajeev Rahadari road on Sunday. According to Shamirpet police station SHO B Naveen Reddy, deceased were identified as Kosuru Kishore Chary (47), his wife Bharathi (42) and their son Sudhansh (20). The incident occurred when the driver of Eco-Sport car Kishore along with his wife and two sons Sudhansh and Thaneesh (18) were proceeding to their home at Nagol in Bandlaguda from Siddipet. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Kishore allegedly was driving his car in a rash and negligent manner and rammed into a divider near Kattamaisamma temple. Due to which the car turned turtle and went onto the other side of the road and crashed into Ertiga car which was coming from the opposite direction. Thaneesh and the driver of another car Raju (30) and his friend Mahesh (35) who were travelling to Siddipet received bleeding injuries, whom the police shifted to a nearby private hospital for treatment. Doctors said the condition of Thaneesh is critical. As the dead bodies were stuck to the damaged car, police with the help of crane took out the dead bodies and shifted them to Gandhi Hospital mortuary for post-mortem.last_img read more

Xbox One June update includes external storage smarter SmartGlass and

first_imgThe update train just keeps on rolling for Xbox One fans, and the June feature list contains more than a few goodies for everyone to enjoy.A big criticism from the launch of the Xbox One was the lack of external storage support for the console. Sure it came with a 500GB hard drive and you could store every launch title on the system and still have plenty of space left over, but what happens in two years when you’ve bought a bunch of games and don’t want to have to negotiate with your hard drive to install a new game?Now we know that the USB 3.0 port on the side of the console can be used to add storage to the console. Microsoft is limiting this to a minimum of 256GB for expansion, and once it is connected the drive has to be formatted and merged into the OS, but the only limit to storage after this update will be your wallet.Microsoft is pushing the Xbox One SmartGlass update that we’ve seen in the beta groups for a little while now, and it’s going to make your OneGuide a lot more useful while making SmartGlass more like a Universal Remote. You can check out our hands on of the beta version of SmartGlass if you’d like a more detailed breakdown of the features. If you’re a fan of watching TV through your Xbox One, this is a going to be a big deal for you.The nickname system in the Xbox One Friends layout is getting a Real Name mode, and with that comes a complicated explanation from Major Nelson himself to make sure you aren’t accidentally giving your real name to that 14 year old whose mother you insulted during a Call of Duty session last night.You can set groups of friends so that they can see your real name, making it easier to recognize you in the list of friends unless you’ve been using the same handle for years and all of your friends online know that. The feature looks plenty easy to activate and control, which will be cool for anyone who has had their Xbox Live handle forever and doesn’t want to be known as RainbowSuperCuddles907 anymore.Like the last update, now that the Xbox One has logical update policies, you can get the update while you’re sleeping or you can try and force the update by checking in the system menu once it becomes available. The update should roll out over a weekend, and will also update the console to move a bunch of the Xbox Live apps from the other side of the paywall.It’s an exciting month of shiny new things for Xbox from Microsoft, and solid evidence of continued momentum for the platform.last_img read more

At least 43 dead 40 injured in Guatemala bus crash

first_imgRelated posts:Guatemala: Adapting to climate change Made in Guatemala: Building a dream home Central America’s first penguins adapt to new home in Guatemala Guatemalans continue speaking out on atrocities during Ríos Montt era GUATEMALA CITY – A bus carrying scores of passengers plunged down a steep cliff in western Guatemala on Monday, killing at least 43 people and injuring 40 others, firefighters said.Cecilio Chacaj, a fire department spokesman, said the bus fell 70 meters (230 feet) to the ground after careening off the road in the municipality of San Martin Jilotepeque, 64 kilometers (40 miles) west of the capital.Local residents who rushed to the scene of the crash volunteered to help rescuers pull victims stuck in the wreckage, Chacaj said.“Forty people were confirmed dead at the site of the accident and three more at the hospital,” Chacaj told reporters.Some victims were taken to hospitals in Guatemala City while others were treated at local hospitals.The bus had left from the western province of Chimaltenango on its way to San Martin Jilotepeque.This is the second mass tragedy to affect Guatemala in the past three days. Over the weekend, a shooting at a liquor store left 11 dead and 15 injured. The motive for the attack remains unknown. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Thatcher even in death divides world opinion

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day British Prime Minister David Cameron lauded his 1980s predecessor as “a great Briton,” but others _ particularly Europe’s socialists who often clashed with her _ were less enamored in their reactions to the death Monday of the conservative icon.Flags at Buckingham Palace, Parliament and across the United Kingdom were lowered to half-staff. Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II would send a private message of sympathy to the Thatcher family. Government officials began preparations for a London funeral with military honors at St. Paul’s Cathedral next week, followed by a private cremation.“As our first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher succeeded against all the odds,” Cameron said in Madrid. He cut short his trip to Spain and canceled a visit to France to return to London for the funeral preparations.“The real thing about Margaret Thatcher is that she didn’t just lead our country. She saved our country,” Cameron said, “and I believe she’ll go down as the greatest British peacetime prime minister.”In Washington, President Barack Obama said many Americans “will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President (Ronald) Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history. We can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will.” And former first lady Nancy Reagan said her husband and Thatcher “enjoyed a very special relationship” driven by a common hatred of Communism. “Ronnie and Margaret were political soul mates,” she said in a statement that lauded Thatcher’s “clear vision and strong determination to stand up for her beliefs at a time when so many were afraid to rock the boat.”In Poland, Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said his country should erect a statue of the British leader. In a tweet he praised Thatcher as “a fearless champion of liberty, stood up for captive nations, helped free world win the Cold War.”Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who ousted the Conservative Party from power seven years after Thatcher’s resignation, conceded that Thatcher had been right to challenge labor union power _ the traditional bedrock for Blair’s own Labour Party.“Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast,” said Blair, who credited Thatcher with being “immensely supportive” despite their opposing views on many issues. Top Stories “She was presented as the Iron Lady, but she was open to change and she did change,” said Noel Dorr, one of Ireland’s senior diplomats in the 1980s who had close personal dealings with Thatcher.Argentina’s government offered no official reaction, but many Argentines blamed Thatcher for the deaths of 649 Argentine troops during the South Atlantic conflict. Some 255 British military personnel and three Falkland Islanders also died.“Thatcher _ it’s more or less a bad word here in Argentina,” said Buenos Aires resident Ruben Chaves. “Nobody here has good feelings towards that name.”Falklands lawmaker Mike Summers said Thatcher was “one of very few political leaders who could have mounted the expedition she mounted in 1982 to restore our freedom, and from a Falkland Islands perspective she will be forever remembered for that.”Pop culture figures past and present sounded off, too.Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and former Republican governor of California, offered a Twitter tribute to Thatcher as “a visionary, a warrior and a once-in-a-lifetime leader who left the world better than she found it.”Others noted her inspirational role to women, even though Thatcher famously eschewed feminism and rarely promoted women herself. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Harsh criticism came from Northern Ireland and Argentina, where Thatcher’s reputation for unbending determination received early tests _ when breaking an Irish Republican Army prison hunger strike in 1981 that left 10 inmates dead, then leading Britain into a 1982 war to reclaim the Falkland Islands from Argentine invaders.Gerry Adams, leader of the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party that gained strength from Thatcher’s confrontation with IRA prison demands, denounced her as a hypocrite who sanctioned secret talks with senior IRA figures yet refused any concessions in public.“Here in Ireland her espousal of old draconian, militaristic policies prolonged the war and caused great suffering. She embraced censorship, collusion and the killing of citizens by covert operations,” said Adams, whose party ultimately gained a share of power in Northern Ireland after the IRA ceased fire and Blair invited Sinn Fein to the negotiating table.Many other Irish politicians countered that Thatcher talked tough, but was more pragmatic in private _ and dramatically demonstrated this by signing the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985 giving the Republic of Ireland a role in Northern Ireland for the first time. She struck the deal, infuriating the north’s Protestant majority, barely a year after the IRA tried to assassinate her in a hotel bombing. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix “Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a green grocer’s daughter who taught me anything is possible,” tweeted a former member of the Spice Girls band, Geri Halliwell.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) (AP) – Combative and determined to get her way, Margaret Thatcher divided opinion down the middle in life _ and in death.Many leaders lauded Thatcher for her steely determination to modernize Britain’s industrial landscape, even at the cost of strikes and riots, and to stand beside the United States as the west triumphed in the Cold War versus the Soviet Union. Others saw a pitiless tyrant who preferred conflict to compromise. Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 “You could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life,” Blair said.Not all Britons agreed. Several hundred people gathered in Glasgow and in London’s Brixton neighborhood for impromptu celebrations, complete with party hats and streamers.The National Union of Miners _ which tussled with Thatcher in a long 1984-85 strike, and lost _ expressed condolences to Thatcher’s family, but said: “The damage caused by her fatally flawed politics sadly lingers on. Good Riddance.”A cooler breeze also blew from across the English Channel, where many of the men who ran European governments in the 1980s expressed admiration for Thatcher’s toughness mixed with femininity _ but not her European Union-bashing politics.European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso of Portugal called Thatcher “a circumspect yet engaged player in the European Union.”Former French President Valerie Giscard d’Estaing called her “a woman unique in history” with “an unwavering strength.”D’Estaing recalled her impressive entrance to one meeting of EU premiers in France, where all the men were in black tie. “She went out of her car and she wore a long dress, a gown for a sort of ball, and everybody was sort of surprised and impressed. All the other members were flattered to speak with her,” he recalled. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Name your Price Buyers Tell Homeowners

first_img Home sellers have had a windfall in 2017 with buyers paying more than the list price on 24.1 percent of home sales during the year according to a report by real estate website Zillow. The report said that approximately one in four U.S. homes sold above the asking price as a combination of factors led to sellers netting an average of additional $7,000 over their initial price over.The report indicated that the share of homes selling above list price has grown considerably since the beginning of the housing recovery in 2012 when slightly more than one in six home sales closed above asking price. This share of homes selling above their asking price has risen every year in the past three years. The typical price increase for homes that sold above the listed price was 3.1 percent in 2017.Low mortgage rates, limited supply and high demand, demographic shifts, and a strong economy were some of the factors that have led to this surge in prices, the report said. Additionally, a shortage of home inventory, especially at the entry level and a growing demographic of young first-time buyers looking to start families have also been responsible for this kind of a market.Cities where the lucrative tech market is booming were more likely than others to see this trend, according to the report. More than half the sellers in San Jose, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Provo sold their homes for more than their asking price.The report indicated that in each of these markets, on an average, sellers made at least an additional of $20,000 over their initial asking price. The largest difference in asking price and what a house sold for was found in  San Jose, where the average home sold above list netted sellers an additional $62,000. Name your Price, Buyers Tell Homeowners Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img January 12, 2018 680 Views asking price Buyers homes HOUSING Listing Price market mortgage Sellers selling price trends 2018-01-12 Staff Writerlast_img read more