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Trump watches sumo, but it’s not just a sport in Japan

first_imgView comments President Donald Trump attends the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Tokyo. First lady Melania Trump is at top right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)TOKYO — President Donald Trump watched sumo wrestling with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, becoming the first American leader to do so. Trump, who is on a four-day state visit to Japan, presented a special U.S.-made trophy to the winner.Some key facts about sumo, which is deeply tied to Japan’s ancient religion of Shinto:ADVERTISEMENT ___ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next THE RINGBased on Shinto belief, the elevated dirt ring, or “dohyo,” is considered sacred. Before every tournament, Shinto priests perform rituals to pacify the gods by pouring rice, sake and other offerings into a little hole in the center of the ring. Wrestlers also rinse their mouth with water before entering the ring, while only senior wrestlers are allowed to use salt to purify themselves and repel evil spirits. They use up to 700 kilograms (1,543 pounds) of salt during every 15-day tournament, according to the Japan Sumo Association.___MEN ONLYOnly men can become professional sumo wrestlers, because under sumo’s Shinto tradition, women are considered unclean, and are not allowed to enter the ring. Last year, a sumo referee blocked women who went up to the ring to provide first aid for a mayor who collapsed in the ring while making a speech at a sumo event in Kyoto, triggering criticism that sumo officials were prioritizing their gender-biased tradition over someone’s life.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ___RIGID CUSTOMUnlike other athletes, sumo wrestlers are considered living performers of cultural tradition and are expected to be role models. This is especially true of the yokozuna — those considered to have dignity and grace in addition to outstanding sumo skills. Wrestlers come from across Japan and are divided into 46 “stables,” each run by “oyakata,” or masters — retired wrestlers who had reached the sport’s highest ranks. By tradition, they live and train together at each stable, where young apprentices are assigned to cleaning, cooking and other chores for their seniors. The hierarchy-based apprenticeship has sometimes caused bullying and hazing. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ___SHINTO RITUALFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe origins of sumo can be traced back to the Shinto ritual for a good harvest at imperial courts in the 8th century. It later was used as martial arts training for samurais before becoming entertainment for the people during the Edo period, with the introduction of stylized rules including the art of entering the ring, the use of loin cloths, topknots and kimonos, as well as fighting regulations. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Matchups for the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors ___WINNER AND PRIZESA wrestler who pushes his opponent out of the ring, or makes him touch the ground first, is declared the winner. The number of wins during a 15-day tournament determines their ranks, which go as high as the most prestigious yokozuna, or grand champion. There are six tournaments per year. A tournament winner is awarded two main trophies — the Emperor’s Cup and the Prime Minister’s Cup — as well as dozens of international and prefectural prizes such as a huge macaroon cookie from the French Embassy, a year’s supply of strawberries donated by Fukuoka prefecture and a trophy filled with dried mushrooms from Oita prefecture.___SPECTATOR CUSTOMSFans in the ringside “masu seki” box seats typically sit on zabuton mattresses on tatami mats. The seats include servings of yakitori and tea served in ceramic pots and cups, while the spectators can also purchase beer and other drinks. The masu seki tickets also come with other treats, including sweet bean desserts, towels and memorabilia. Fans customarily throw their cushions toward the ring to cheer a wrestler who beat a senior opponent in an upset match.last_img read more

Jamie Vardy fit to play in Leicester City’s clash against Sheffield United, says manager Craig Shakespeare

first_imgLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy has recovered from a foot injury and is fit to travel with the team to Sheffield United for their second round League Cup match on Tuesday, manager Craig Shakespeare has said.Vardy was substituted in the closing stages of last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League. Shakespeare said the 30-year-old trained on Monday and will feature against the Championship side.”Jamie trained this morning okay,” Shakespeare told the club’s website on Monday. “He was a bit sore yesterday, but he was okay to train today.”He is okay and will be involved tomorrow. At what length, we will have to wait and see. I plan to make changes.”Shakespeare also said midfielder Nampalys Mendy, who sustained an ankle injury in March, could play at Bramall Lane.Defenders Robert Huth (ankle) and Wes Morgan (back), midfielders Danny Drinkwater (thigh)and Vicente Iborra (groin) and forward Kelechi Iheanacho (toe) have been ruled out of Tuesday’s match as they recover from their respective injuries.Leicester travel to Manchester United in their next league match on Saturday.last_img read more

Lux Inds arm acquires rights for Virat Kohlis brand One8

first_imgKolkata, Nov 13 (PTI) A wholly owned subsidiary of Lux Industries acquired the manufacturing and marketing rights of premium innerwear category of Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohlis brand One8.”We have just acquired the rights for brand One8 socks, innerwear and sleepwear but products will be introduced around March next year. In February, we will able to give some projections but we are very optimistic about it,” Lux Industries, senior vice president Saket Todi told PTI.Artimas fashion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lux Industries is collaborating with Cornerstone Sport, the license owner of One8, to establish the brand as the most successful trendy innerwear brand for youth in the premium category.Asked whether exclusive stores could come up for One8, Todi said, “Initially, the products would be sold in multi-brand stores but in near future the possibility of exclusive stores is also not ruled out. But, nothing is firm in this regard.” “With One8 we intend to make a substantial inroad in men?s premium innerwear segment and I am glad to partner with Lux Industries as they have the right expertise to augment growth. One8 as a brand and now feel confident about establishing the brand and reaching out to the right audience in India and abroad,” Kohli commented, said a press release.Lux Industries was scouting for opportunities in production and marketing licensing for global brands for inorganic growth. The company is OEM vendor for UKs Byford and Polo of South Africa.Lux has established integrated manufacturing modern plant at a capex of Rs 105 crore which allows the company to harness its manufacturing strength.advertisementSpeaking about Kohlis brand, Todi said “Lux Industries coupled with the youth appeal of Virat Kohli will make One8 the most preferred brand in the premium category for the youth of India in a couple of years.”Lux will manufacture and market a unique collection of one8 branded socks, innerwear and sleepwear. PTI BSM RGlast_img read more

Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018: Clinical Ireland beat India to reach last 8

first_imgIndia lost to Ireland 1-0 in their second Pool B encounter of the Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, England on Thursday. Irish win put India’s World Cup hopes in jeopardy but India only have themselves to blame for this loss.India’s 1-1 draw against the higher-ranked England was mighty and they put up a solid show there but against 16th ranked Ireland, India (ranked 10th in the world) just failed to hit the mark.They had their chances, enough penalty corners but they failed to make it count. On the other hand, Ireland were organised, sharp and made precise inroads to trouble India. They had scored off a penalty corner in their previous game against USA and they did the same against India.Off their first penalty corner, Ireland got a brilliant goal in just the 12th minute of the match. Anna O’Flanagan got her stick to a fabulous pass from Dule and it went straight into top right corner, completely out of India keeper Savita’s reach.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSWith the win, Ireland became the first nation to book their quarter-final spot in the World Cup this year and they still have a game against England in hand.FT: Ireland beat India 1-0 and book their place in the World Cup Quarter Final!!!!! #hwc2018 Hockey (@irishhockey) July 26, 2018This is Ireland’s first World Cup in 16 years and they looked like they wanted to make this one special.advertisementWith the loss for India, India remained third in their pool with one point from two game and there are now two scenarios in which they can qualify. The conditions are as follows:India will have to beat USA and hope that England either draw or lose to Ireland in the final group match and then they can qualify.If India beat USA by a huge margin and if England cannot do the same to Ireland, they will qualify for the quarters.FT| The Indian Eves suffer a set-back in their second game of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 as Ireland’s early goal makes all the difference in this clash. Here’s the result of this encounter played on 26th July.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #INDvIRE India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 26, 2018India were on the attacking front form the word go and they got their first penalty corner of the match and the tournament in the fourth minute. However, they failed to convert it into the goal and Irish players began to make beautiful movement thereon.In the sixth minute of the match, India had another wonderful chance when a beautiful pass was laid at the face of the goal but there is no one to connect with it and the Irish keeper footed it away.Exactly six minutes later, Ireland got their first penalty corner and scored off it.Thereafter, the story of the match was such that India kept earning a number of penalty corners and not one troubled Ireland to the T. Irish players kept their shape and denied India any massive chance.During the half time break, Irish goalscorer Anna O’Flanagan said, “We knew coming into this game that we have to be rock solid and we have been so far. We need to keep doing the same in the second half and keep pushing through.”They did exactly that in the second half, pushed through, remained rock solid and did not let India get through them.Towards the end of the match, both Ireland and India got two glorious chances and both failed to find the back of the net. While it did not make a difference for Ireland, it did cost India the match.In the 54th minute, Ireland’s Evans received a brilliant pass in front of an empty goal but she just failed to make the desired connection and India survived.Four minutes from the end of the game, India had a glorious chance through Rani Rampal. Ireland made the error and India got the ball in the Irish half. There were hardly any defenders and all Rani had to do was beat the keeper but she shot it straight at the keeper.Irish fans counted out the last five seconds of the match loudly and as soon as the whistle for full time blew, there started the Irish party.last_img read more

Champions League: Barcelona told me to knock out Real Madrid, says Ajax midfielder De Jong

first_imgDutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong has revealed his future club Barcelona have urged him and his Ajax Amsterdam teammates to knock the Catalans’ historic rivals Real Madrid out of the Champions League ahead of Tuesday’s last-16 second leg.The Netherlands international, 21, has agreed to join La Liga champions Barcelona next season, completing a transfer in January for an initial fee of 75 million euros ($84.9 million).But for now he is focusing on Tuesday’s trip to the Santiago Bernabeu and attempting to overhaul a 2-1 deficit from the first leg against Real, who have monopolised the trophy since 2016.”I spoke to them when I signed the contract and they told me to try to knock out Real Madrid, as that would be great for Barca too,” De Jong told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.Ajax’s daunting task of turning the tie around has been given a slight boost by the suspension of Real captain Sergio Ramos, who picked up a yellow card late in the game in Amsterdam.De Jong urged his side to be courageous and believes they can still cause a shock by eliminating Madrid, who have lost their last three games at the Bernabeu and were beaten 1-0 and 3-0 by Barcelona in their previous games.”We have to play on the attack, put them under pressure and play great football,” he added.”If everyone contributes, we have enough quality to cause a surprise.”Also Watch:last_img read more

Guardiola: titles key to City stay

first_imgGuardiola ‘Everybody expects that’ – Guardiola admits he must win titles to survive at City Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 06:35 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guardiola - Cropped Getty Images Guardiola Manchester City Chelsea v Manchester City Premier League The former Barcelona boss concedes he will not be afforded a long stay at City if the club does not begin to win trophies Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola accepts the pressure is on to deliver silverware this season if he is to keep his job at the Premier League heavyweights.City have enjoyed a flying start to the season in their bid to build on the titles won in 2011-12 and 2013-14, top of the table ahead of neighbours Manchester United on goal difference.Man City 9/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But after failing to land a trophy in his first season in England after arriving from German champions Bayern Munich, expectations are high on Guardiola to deliver this time around.And the former Barcelona boss is clear on what it will take to remain in charge.”I cannot deny it is to win titles. Everybody expects that,” Guardiola told BBC’s Gary Lineker on The Premier League Show.”We are going to be judged on how many titles we win. [Without that], we will be a failure. We know that. “I do not know what is going to happen in the future. I am so happy to be here. But it will depend on the success we have.”At big clubs like Manchester City, if you do not win you cannot stay.” A brilliant Guardiola anecdote and record-breaking Gareth Barry make our Things We Love list this week. #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 28, 2017Guardiola’s hopes of leading City to glory are boosted by a lethal attack which has already notched four more goals than any other Premier League side.The Spaniard believes his side’s improved quality in the front third is what separates them from the team that finished third last season.”If you ask me the difference, the feeling is wherever we go we are going to score. That is our feeling right now,” he said.”In the past, last season, we did not have that. We created a lot, but we did not score goals and that is so tough.”last_img read more

India lose Hamilton thriller, New Zealand win T20I series

first_imgIndia lose Hamilton thriller, New Zealand win T20I seriesIndia vs New Zealand: India lost to New Zealand by 4 runs after failing to chase down 212 in Hamilton. India lost the T20I series to the Black Caps 1-2 after winning the ODI series 1-4.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta HamiltonFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 17:48 IST India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Hamilton: India failed to get over the line as New Zealand won the series. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia failed to chase down 213 runs vs New Zealand in the 3rd T20IVijay Shankar was India’s top scorer with 43Daryl Mitchell was New Zealand’s best bowler and returned with figures of 2/27Brief Score – New Zealand (212/4) beat India (208/6) by 4 runs to clinch 3-match series 2-1. Shankar (43), Mitchell (2/27), Santner (2/32). Full ScorecardIndia failed to chase down a 200 plus total for the second time in four days and lost the T20I series to New Zealand 1-2. Set 213 to win the decider in Hamilton, India managed 208 thanks to a spirited bowling effort from New Zealand.India suffered a setback early when Shikhar Dhawan departed for 5. Vijay Shankar was promoted up the order at No.3 once again and he did not disappoint: he outscored Rohit Sharma and raced away to 43 to set up the chase for India. However, his wicket at a crucial juncture of the match allowed the Black Caps to bounce back.Rishabh Pant, who had played a watchful and mature knock under the guidance of MS Dhoni on Friday, came out all guns blazing and rattled New Zealand with a flurry of sixes. But like Vijay, Pant fell at a critical stage in the chase. Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, had been kept in check; India’s stand-in captain was perhaps waiting to explode later and he watched Hardik Pandya get off to a flier.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND LIVE SCORE, 3RD T20I: HIGHLIGHTSBut Hardik’s dismissal brought more pressure on India and it was time for Rohit to start attacking. When the skipper fell for 38, it was almost as good as over for India.However, there was a semblance of hope woth MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik in the middle. Playing his 300th T20 cricket match, Dhoni fell to Daryl Mitchell for 2 after playing an uncharacteristic shot early in his innings.advertisementKrunal Pandya came out to join Dinesh Karthik in the middle with the required run rate climbing steadily. It was too much of an ask against a disciplined New Zealand attack but Karthik wasn’t going to go down without a fight.India, who were mostly lagged behind the necessary run rate, came to the last over needing 16 runs to win. Tim Southee bowled a tight over and though Dinesh Karthik thrashed the last ball for six, India came up just short.Karthik finished 33 not out and Krunal Pandya 26 not out but India lacked the substantial partnerships that might have lifted it to its winning target.India earlier won the one-day international series 4-1 and Rohit said there were positives despite defeat in the T20s.”It would have been nice to fly back with a series win, but yes, lot of positives through the tour, looking forward to heading home and playing Australia,” Rohit said.Earlier, Colin Munro had led a spirited charge with the bat for New Zealand. He and Tim Seifert added 80 for the opening wicket before the latter fell for 43.Munro top scored with 72 and useful contributions from Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme helped New Zealand post their second 200 plus total of the series.Kuldeep Yadav, who replaced Yuzvendra Chahal for the decider, was India’s best bowler on Sunday. He picked up 2 for 27 off his 4 overs but there was no real support from the other bowlers. The Pandya brothers went for 98 runs off 8 overs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar Khaleel Ahmed conceded 37 and 47 runs off their 4 overs, respectively.Despite the defeat in the T20I series, India will be happy with their overseas journey which started in 2018 with the tour of South Africa.Over the last year, India won an ODI and T20I series in South Africa, T20I series in Ireland and England, Test and ODI series in Australia and an ODI series in New Zealand.Also Read | I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20IAlso Read | Lightning quick MS Dhoni stumps Tim Seifert in less than a secondFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow India vs New Zealand 3rd T20IFollow Rohit SharmaFollow MS DhoniFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Colin Munrolast_img read more

Höegh Seoul First to Call Indira Gandhi Container Terminal

first_imgzoom The Indira Gandhi Container Terminal (ICT) in Mumbai officially opened up for Ro/Ro operations on July 18, receiving its first vessel – the car carrier Höegh Seoul, operated by Norway-based Höegh Autoliners – two days later. Höegh Autoliners says the company worked for nearly two years to receive an approval to use the ICT for Ro/Ro operations.In late November last year, Höegh Delhi made a first trial shipment at the terminal and now the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has allowed ICT to start the Ro/Ro operations for one year, with an option for extension.“The terminal offers state of the art facilities, matching other international Ro/Ro terminals and we can expect minimum berthing delays and faster turnaround times than otherwise offered in India,” said Karolath Gopinath, Höegh’s Head of Indian Sub-Continent Area.Höegh has also announced a new US West Coast-East Asia service, offering direct sailings from Port Hueneme, California to major destinations in Japan, South Korea and China, starting from August.In addition, transshipment options will be available for discharge ports in South East Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe. The first vessel to load outbound cargo in Port Hueneme is Höegh Sydney scheduled to call on August 20.last_img read more

Canadian banks look to inhouse hackers to improve and test cybersecurity

first_imgTORONTO — Hackers are targeting Toronto-Dominion Bank’s internal systems at all hours using cutting-edge techniques, but the bank’s head of cybersecurity isn’t losing sleep over them — they work for him, after all.The bank established late last year an in-house “red team” of ethical hackers — cybersecurity professionals who attempt to hack a computer network to test or evaluate its security on the owners’ behalf — who conduct live attacks against its own networks continuously, said Alex Lovinger, TD Bank’s vice-president of cyber threat management.“We’re doing it exactly how our adversaries would do it… So if we find a weakness or something like that, we can close it or address it before a real attacker,” he said.Canada’s biggest banks are fortifying their defences by hiring their own ethical hackers to test their systems as the frequency and sophistication of cyberthreats increases.A Senate report last month entitled “cyber.assault: It should keep you up at night” sounded the alarm about the potential consequences of major cyberattacks in Canada.“While some progress has been made federally in the past year, there is much more that the federal government and Canadians must do to protect ourselves,” said the report of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. “We must take the appropriate steps now, or soon we will all be victims.”Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has also raised concerns about a cyberattack.In 2017, 21 per cent of Canadian businesses reported that they were impacted by a cyber security incident which affected their operations, according to Statistics Canada. Banking institutions, not including investment banks, reported the highest level of incidents at 47 per cent, followed by universities and the pipeline transportation subsector, according to the agency.New regulations that require Canadian businesses to alert their customers about privacy breaches or face hefty fines took effect at the beginning of this month.In May, the Bank of Montreal and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s Simplii Financial digital banking brand said thousands of their customers may have had their personal and financial data compromised.BMO said hackers contacted the bank claiming to be in possession of the personal data of fewer than 50,000 customers, and that the attack originated outside of Canada. At the same time, Simplii also warned that “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and account information for about 40,000 clients.BMO’s chief executive Darryl White said he could not comment on the details of the privacy breach, as an ongoing investigation is underway, but noted there was a “very immaterial impact from a fraud perspective” and no material financial fallout.“We are a lot smarter as every event goes on. And there are events every day, there are events every hour of every day… It’s a continual improvement exercise,” White told reporters after the bank’s recent investor day.Meanwhile, BMO is also turning to in-house ethical hackers to test their systems. According to a recent job posting, BMO is seeking a senior manager with a certification in ethical hacking and whose responsibilities include managing a team of “network penetration testing” specialists.CIBC did not respond to questions about whether it utilizes ethical hackers.“We leverage internal and external expertise, and work closely with industry and government to enhance cyber security resilience, threat intelligence and best practices,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.Alberta-based bank ATB Financial in a recent job post said it was recruiting a “Senior Penetration Tester” with ethical hacking experience. An ATB spokeswoman said the posting is to fill a recently vacated role.The Bank of Nova Scotia also established its own in-house “red team” of hackers to test its defences, said its chief information security officer Steve Hawkins.“Scotiabank has used and continues to use third-parties to handle this penetration testing. However, because the volume of global cyber threats has significantly risen, the Bank wanted to have its own capabilities in-house and created its own red team this year,” he said.With the string of data breaches in recent years, what does worry TD’s Lovinger is the cumulative amount of data that has been exposed.“Hackers now sit on a wealth of information… That they can now leverage to do more targeted attacks,” he said.Royal Bank of Canada has had in-house ethical hacking capabilities for a few years now, as part of its cybersecurity program, said Adam Evans, the bank’s vice-president of cyber operations and chief information officer.“We want to make sure that we are testing our defences to make sure they stay relevant,” he said.RBC has been upping its cybersecurity budget and adding to its team annually. It now has roughly 400 cybersecurity professionals, up 50 per cent from three years ago, but a talent gap looms, Evans said.Demand for talent in Canada is climbing by seven per cent annually and there will be more than 5,000 roles to fill between 2018 and 2021, according to Deloitte. By 2022, the cybersecurity workforce gap is expected to reach 1.8 million, it said.As of October, there were 1,024 cybersecurity vacancies for every million Canadian job postings, up five per cent over the past year, according to Indeed Canada. That’s up 73 per cent since the beginning of 2015, said Brendon Bernard, an economist for the job search platform.Meanwhile, several Canadian banks have made recent investments in research or capabilities abroad or in universities at home to tap cybersecurity talent. For example, TD opened a cybersecurity-focused office in Tel Aviv, Scotiabank announced a partnership with an Israeli cybersecurity company and RBC made an investment in research at Ben-Gurion University.“With the talent gap in cyber, it’s something that organizations are going to have to address,” said Evans. “Because there is just not enough qualified people out there.” Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:TD, TSX:CM, TSX:BNS, TSX:BMO)Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

How cutting-edge technology helps basketball players shoot

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As a freshman last season at Michigan, Isaiah Livers shot 36 per cent from 3-point range. Decent, but not great.In the off-season, he went to work.“I was shooting at like 37 to 40 on the angle, and that’s not good,” Livers said. “Now I’m at probably 45 to 48.”Livers was referring to the arc on his shots, an area he’s tried to improve using an innovative system from the data-service provider Noah Basketball. The high-tech setup at Michigan’s practice facility can give immediate verbal responses, so a player can hear how much arc was on the most recent shot. This season, Livers is shooting 45 per cent from 3-point range, the top mark in the Big Ten.As teams compete in the NCAA Tournament over the next few weeks, games will be won and lost from the 3-point line and the foul line. The Noah system is an attempt to blend old-fashioned repetition with analytics and technology as players strive to improve their shooting.John Carter, CEO of Noah Basketball, says there are 45 NBA and college customers that have the new version of the system. The Noah system, so named because of the company’s focus on the arc of shots, can actually measure a lot more than that .Teams can access seemingly endless amounts of data, tracking not only the arc, but where a shot was taken from and where it ended up in relation to the basket. The system can measure if a shot is too far to the left or right — or if it’s too short or long.The best shots, according to the folks at Noah, enter the basket at a 45-degree angle, 11 inches beyond the front of the rim.“Now that our database has grown to over 180 million shots, what we’ve found is the number one indicator of a great shooter is left-right consistency,” Carter said. “But a close second is arc consistency.”The 11-inch figure may seem surprising, since it puts the shot closer to the back of the hoop than the front.“Most people still think that the ideal depth in the hoop is 9 inches, because the hoop’s an 18-inch hoop. It’s not. It’s 11,” said Alan Marty, Noah’s founder and chairman. “If you hit the front of the rim, a lot of them miss, but if you hit the back of the rim and it goes down, they all score.”All this information might seem overwhelming to a college basketball player. Who has time to calculate the exact depth of a shot when lining up a crucial 3-pointer? But a player using the Noah system can take shot after shot — and use the system’s instant verbal feedback to make corrections and build muscle memory.Virginia is another school that uses the system. The Cavaliers are one of the nation’s top teams in 3-point accuracy. Associate head coach Jason Williford says aside from all the precise measurements, the system can be useful just for counting shots for each player.“We monitor how many shots they’re taking a day or a week,” Williford said. “Are they in there getting up extra ones on their own? It’s been good for that.”Williford said sensory overload hasn’t been too much of a problem.“Some guys don’t like to hear the feedback,” he said. “Like, it’ll say ’45’ or whatever the arc was on a shot, and some guys don’t like to hear that feedback, but they like it because it’s keeping total shots.”One player who is more lukewarm on the system is former Virginia star Malcolm Brogdon, who now plays for the Milwaukee Bucks.“I used it for a little bit and then fell off it,” he said. “The more I watch the game, the more I watch old film, everybody shoots differently. Everybody has different arcs. You’ve got to find what works for you. I’m a firm believer in that and I don’t believe in the perfect shot. You’ve got to learn how to play the game your way, your style. If you perfect what you do, it’ll work.”In that sense, shooting a basketball can be like hitting a golf ball. It’s certainly possible for a highly skilled player to succeed using unorthodox methods. Each team can make its own decisions about what information from the Noah system is most useful.That information will continue to flow. Last week, Noah Basketball and the Pac-12 announced a partnership for the league to use the system at its conference tournaments this year, collecting data that could be useful for teams or broadcasters.It probably went unnoticed to fans in the arena, but that was another significant step — using the system to track shots for an entire tournament, instead of on a practice court.“We have a couple real small sensors that’s attached to the top of the shot clock. The sensor’s literally about the size of my thumb,” Carter said. “And from that, we can track all the information.”It’s all part of the ongoing effort to help teams learn more about the game’s most basic objective — shooting the ball into the basket.___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds and AP Sports Writer Hank Kurz Jr. contributed to this report.___More AP college basketball: and Trister, The Associated Press read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,256.35, down 1.62 points):IC Potash Corp. (TSX:ICP). Agriculture. Unchanged at three cents on 14.7 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 22 cents, or 1.79 per cent, to $12.52 on 5.2 million shares.BetaPro Crude Oil. (TSX:HOU). Oil and gas. Down 10 cents, or 1.62 per cent, to $6.08 on 4.3 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up four cents, or 3.17 per cent, to $1.30 on 4.2 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up five cents, or 0.19 per cent, to $25.93 on 3.6 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 64 cents, or 4.77 per cent, to $14.06 on 3.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Great Canadian Gaming Corp. (TSX:GC). Travel and leisure. Up $4.57, or 17.97 per cent, to $4.57 on 625,126 shares. Brookfield Business Partners LP (TSX:BBU.UN). Real estate. Up $2.74, or 7.76 per cent, to $38.05 on 329,341 shares. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. has selected these two companies to run its casinos in the Greater Toronto Area. Under the deal, Great Canadian and Brookfield would acquire OLG Slots at Woodbine, OLG Slots at Ajax Downs and the Great Blue Heron Casino located in the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. read more

After 94 years Ohio State wins first wrestling national championship

Members of the OSU wrestling team pose for a photo following the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21 in St. Louis. The Buckeyes claimed the team national title for the 1st time in program history.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern reporterST. LOUIS — The Ohio State wrestling team was busy during spring break, meaning coach Tom Ryan had to spend his time in Missouri instead of the Florida sun.But he probably doesn’t mind.The Buckeyes clinched their first-ever National Championship in St. Louis on Saturday, and also came away with two individual National Champions. Among the individual champions was redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, who picked up his fourth and final national title for the Buckeyes.Ryan couldn’t stop smiling as time ran down before he could officially call his team National Champions, and he said he is relieved that the Buckeyes finished off their title run.“I feel great, proud, for an amazing institution and administration that supports the sport,” Ryan said. “1921 was the first year that Ohio State started wrestling, 94 years later we win our first National Championship.“I’m just so happy for all the coaches, the staff, all the people who are important to this team and Buckeye nation everywhere.”Many people didn’t expect the Buckeyes to have a chance to win it all, as Missouri entered the tournament undefeated and No. 1 in the country, but Ryan said he and his staff put the pieces in place to do so years in advance.“There was no question that we felt we had the right people to win a national championship, we felt that two years ago,” Ryan said.Leading the way for the wrestling Bucks was Stieber. His victory made him just the fourth wrestler to pick up a quartet of national titles.“I can’t thank my teammates, my coaches and my family enough,” Stieber said. “It’s been an unbelievable journey.“I’m extremely proud of my teammates,” Stieber added. “As an individual, to win is amazing. For the team, it’s something I dreamed of ever since I came to Ohio State.”Ryan explained how significant Stieber’s achievement was by saying “more people have been on the moon than have won four national titles.”Joining Stieber on the podium was Nathan Tomasello.The redshirt-freshman said he’s grown throughout his first competitive collegiate season.“It’s just a great learning experience and journey throughout the year,” Tomasello said. “I grew so much and I have great coaches and great throw partners, who love to compete and love the sport of wrestling, every single day. I am just truly thankful everyone that supported me and just truly excited to be here.”The 125-pound Big Ten and National Champion said he is grateful for accomplishing a goal he’s had since before his OSU career began.“It’s been a dream and a goal of mine for many years. Now as a freshman and putting in the time every single day makes it worth it,” Tomasello said. “And just going through the grind of the season and just, this is where you can let yourself fly and see who’s the best. At this tournament, I feel like I peaked at the right time and was wrestling at my best through the Big Ten and then here.”Ryan said Tomasello is a class act and added that he isn’t surprised at the amount of success he’s had.“Nathan represents everything good in the world, Ryan said. “He’s a straight-A student guy. He says what he means and he does what he says and he’s a tremendous worker.”Along with its first national title, the program now has three Big Ten team titles. The Buckeyes finished with five All-Americans this year, which brings the program’s total to 87.Now that the title has been wrapped up, Ryan still has time to enjoy his turn in the Sunshine State. After that trip to Florida with his family, Ryan said he will be right back getting his team ready for next year.“The recruiting and developing young guys is constant,” Ryan said. “I’m going to Florida first and then getting ready for next season starts.” read more

We should not let them go extinct A conservation officer at the

first_img May 12th 2019, 12:00 PM Source: ‘We should not let them go extinct’: A conservation officer at the Botanic Gardens on how we can help save the planet Following a UN report and Ireland’s declaration of a climate emergency, why is biodiversity crucial to the survival of our planet? Share24 Tweet Email 9,388 Views Subscribe for more videos By Andrew Roberts Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 12 May 2019, 12:00 PM Short URL 6 Comments THIS WEEK SAW Ireland become the second country to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency. It followed a week that saw a UN report detailing how over one million animal and plant species are in danger of extinction.We spoke to Dr Noeleen Smyth, Conservation Officer at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin who told us why biodiversity is important to life on the planet.She also recommended some ways we as individuals can reduce our impact on the natural world.The National Botanic Gardens is holding a Sustainable Living Festival till 15 May which will showcase ways to live sustainably and investigate how we can reduce our impact on the environment. last_img read more

Race to agree on final cuts puts strain on coalition

first_imgGreece’s three coalition leaders are unlikely to arrive at an agreement on Thursday about the entire package of cuts requested by the troika, as the cohesion of the three-party government appears to be facing the most severe strain since it came to office in June. Greece remained 2-3 billion euros short on Wednesday of the 11.5-billion-euro total that its lenders have demanded. The scramble to find the remaining cuts has put the relationship between New Democracy and its coalition partners, PASOK and Democratic Left, under strain. This was evident in a statement by PASOK spokeswoman Fofi Gennimata, who challenged Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to find the savings from the slashing of some 12 billion euros of waste in the public sector, as he had promised in the conservatives’ pre-election campaign. ND responded to the comment but sought to appear conciliatory. “In these difficult times, everybody has to show responsibility and pay attention to every word,” the party said. In private, though, ND sources expressed anger with PASOK and its leader Evangelos Venizelos, accusing him of trying to disassociate himself from further unpopular cuts and passing the blame onto Samaras. PASOK sources expressed frustration at the course of negotiations between the troika and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, arguing that some of the measures agreed were too onerous. Stournaras told aides he was perplexed by PASOK’s frustration as the Socialists had been kept informed about negotiations and had refused an offer to take part in the talks. A third Democratic Left MP, Paris Moutsinas, expressed opposition to the measures on Wednesday, as party leader Fotis Kouvelis put off a decision to call a meeting of his lawmakers until the package is finalized. The cuts are now expected to be rubber-stamped on Sunday, when the coalition chiefs are due to meet again. One of the sticking points in negotiations between the troika and the government has been civil servant numbers. The bailout requires there to be 150,000 fewer public servants in 2015 compared to 2009. Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis insisted on Wednesday that this target would be met without the coalition having to make any immediate sackings. He said that 40,000 public servants are due to retire by the end of the year and another 35,000 would leave through voluntary retirement. Coupled with a strict hiring policy that would only allow one new bureaucrat to be hired for every five that leave, Manitakis said this would be enough to reduce civil servant numbers by some 200,000 by 2015. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

British Museum asks Athens for sculpture loan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following the British Museum’s loan last month of one of the Parthenon Marbles to the Hermitage Museum in Russia, the UK institution has made a request to borrow a precious Hellenic antiquity from Athens’ Museum of Cycladic Art.Given the furore over the British Museum’s recent actions, the Museum of Cycladic Art is reported to be reluctant to loan the artefact for an exhibition opening in London in March entitled ‘Defining Beauty: the Body in Ancient Greek Art’. A spokesperson for the British Museum told The Art Newspaper that the museum had made the request to borrow a piece, but that the Greek museum “had yet to respond one way or the other”.The British Museum’s loan to Russia of the Ilissos sculpture is the first time one of the Parthenon Marbles has left the United Kingdom since entering the British Museum collection in 1816.Despite a previously cordial curatorial relationship between the privately-owned Museum of Cycladic Art and the British Museum, the denial of a loan from Athens will be seen as a gesture to get back at the institution.The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic art of the third millennium BC. It was founded in 1986 to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Meanwhile, the British Museum is reportedly considering three more overseas loans of the Parthenon Marbles. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Berlin’s Pergamon Museum and the Louvre in Paris are likely contenders to make requests to exhibit parts of the marbles.The British Museum has confirmed that further loans of the marbles are being considered. A spokesman told reporters: “Museums around the world have shown interest in requesting to loan from our set of Parthenon Sculptures, and we always welcome these conversations.” “The trustees will consider any request for any part of the collection to be borrowed and then returned, subject to the usual considerations of condition and fitness to travel and this has always been made clear to the world.”Speaking to Neos Kosmos this week, the founder of the Australia-based international committee for the restitution of the marbles, Mr Emmanuel Cominos, said that museums in Greece should be united in their stance on loans to the British Museum.“All the museums in Greece should stick together with the Greek government’s request for the Parthenon Marbles to go back to where they belong.“I hope the owners of the Cycladic Museum will say ‘we’ll gladly lend you something, provided that you, the British Museum, makes an unconditional commitment to return the Marbles’.”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S3 plusieurs accessoires déjà disponibles

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S3 : plusieurs accessoires déjà disponiblesLe très attendu Samsung Galaxy S3 dispose déjà de moult accessoires qui rendront son utilisation plus agréable.A quelques semaines à peine de la sortie du smartphone Samsung Galaxy S3, le fabricant sud-coréen a dévoilé de nombreux accessoires, d’ores et déjà en vente au Royaume-Uni. On retrouve l’inévitable stylet C-Pen ou bien d’un étui de protection pour l’appareil. Le stylet est à présent plus épais que celui que les utilisateurs du Galaxy Note connaissent.Samsung a confirmé qu’un dock permettant de recharger le smartphone serait bien disponible. Ce dernier devrait bien pouvoir délivrer du WiFi et être compatible HDMI. Ce qui permettra d’envoyer un signal vidéo en Full HD sur un téléviseur compatible. Mais pour l’heure, nous n’en savons pas davantage. Question tarifs, le stylet C-Pen qui permettra d’écrire sur l’écran du smartphone, coûtera 20 euros. L’étui de protection est annoncé à 37 euros et enfin le dock présenté plus haut ne possède pas encore de prix de vente, ce qui laisse présager d’un retard au niveau de sa disponibilité future…Le 14 mai 2012 à 20:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Coconut Creek officer finds adult siblings high in car with child inside

first_imgAfter calling back to police headquarters, Conley was given permission to break the window, and once she did, she learned the people in the car weren’t just passed out from drugs, they weren’t alone.When I did so, I saw a little head pop up,” she said. “It was a little girl in the back seat of the car.”Officials said the child’s mother and uncle were both high on drugs at the time and were arrested.The young girl is now safe.“I hope that anybody that’s out there that does abuse drugs and has children will see this story and hopefully get help and not put their children in danger, themselves, or others,” Conley said.Both suspects are charged with child neglect and possession of narcotics.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – A Coconut Creek Police officer found two adult siblings high and passed out in a car before she discovered a young girl in the back seat.Both subjects faced a South Florida judge after they were accused of making a dangerous decision on July 31.Coconut Creek Police Officer Shana Conley said the scene was disturbing.“I was very upset at first when I saw the little girl in the backseat,” Conley said. “Then I became a little angry that a mother would put her daughter in such a terrible position.”According to court documents, 26-year-old James Atkins, the child’s uncle, and the child’s mother, 30-year-old Sarah Atkins, were the subjects who were found passed out.Officials said it was 3 p.m. when Conley, who was off-duty and heading home, spotted the car. It was on the side of the street near the 1000 block of Lyons Road.“Knocked on the windows several times. Nobody responded. Nobody woke up,” Conley said, “and the vehicle was locked.” last_img read more

Brew602 Officially Open

first_imgKrull hopes to create into a local beer and wine bar mixed with a restaurant to open by summer of 2018. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska railcar 602, has been transformed into a new coffee house in Soldotna. “Brew@602” has partnered with Steam Dot Coffee Roasters in Anchorage. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Brew@602-update.mp3VmJennifer-on-Brew@602-update.mp300:00RPd Photos courtesy of: Brew@602 on Instagram Railcar 602 is an out of service Alaska Railroad car that Soldotna resident Mary Krull purchased from a private seller in Homer, the grand opening will take place on December 28. Facebook page: Brew@602 will open daily from 7-5 (Sun 8-5) starting on Thursday, December 28th. Brew@602 sits at the top of the hill on Kleeb Loop Road, in Soldotna. Krull: “It’s a double decker. What we have done is added some fix tables, but we maintained the walk over seats that were common in commuter cars. Most of the seats move, and its a unique feature of this rail car.” The coffee car is just the first business to open on ‘Whistle Hill’. A second car, named Addie Camp, was built in 1913 and was shipped from South Dakota where it was taken out of service in 2008.last_img read more

Mali attack kills 8 UN peacekeepers

first_imgMap of Mali locating attack on UN peacekeepers. Photo: AFPGunmen killed at least eight Chadian UN peacekeepers in an attack Sunday on one of their bases in northern Mali, multiple sources reported.The UN spokesman in Mali condemned what he described as a vile and cowardly attack and called for a “robust” response.”According to a new toll, still provisional, at least eight peacekeepers have been killed,” a source close to the MINUSMA force said.The attack happened early Sunday at the Aguelhok base 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Kidal and towards the border with Algeria, the source added.A diplomat in northern Mali told AFP that several of the attackers had also been killed.Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the UN’s special representative for Mali, condemned the attack in a statement.”Peacekeepers of the MINUSMA force at Aguelhok fought off a sophisticated attack by assailants who arrived on several armed vehicles,” he said.The “cowardly” attack, he added, “illustrates the determination of the terrorists to sow chaos.”It demands a robust, immediate and concerted response from all forces to destroy the peril of terrorism in the Sahel.”An attack at the same base last April killed two peacekeepers and left several others wounded.More than 13,000 peacekeepers are deployed in Mali as part of a UN mission that was established after Islamist militias seized northern Mali in 2012. They were pushed backed by French troops in 2013.A peace agreement signed in 2015 by the Bamako government and armed groups was aimed at restoring stability to Mali following a brief Islamist takeover in the north.But the accord has failed to stop violence by Islamist militants, who have also staged attacks in neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.Earlier this month, both France and the United States criticised the authorities in Mali for their failure to stem the worsening violence.On January 16, France threatened to push for more targeted sanctions to be imposed on Mali after hearing a UN official report on worsening violence in the West African country.And Washington renewed its warning that it would push for changes to the peacekeeping mission in Mali, possibly a major drawdown, if there was no progress.In August, a panel of experts said in a report to the UN Security Council that inter-communal conflicts in the region were exacerbating existing tensions from clashes between jihadists groups and international and Malian forces.On Sunday, France’s Defence Minister Florence Parly told French radio that the G5 Sahel anti-jihadist force in the region was in the process of resuming operations.They were suspended after an attack on their headquarters in mid 2018. The countries working in the G5 force comprise Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad.last_img read more