WTA Finals: Proud Caroline Wozniacki delighted at fighting week in Singapore

first_imgCaroline Wozniacki feels nothing but pride as she heads into the off-season on the back of the biggest win of her career after the Dane staved off a furious Venus Williams comeback to claim the WTA Finals title for a first time on Sunday.Facing an opponent who enjoyed a 7-0 winning record against her, Wozniacki continued to display the form and variation she had all week in Singapore to emerge with a 6-4 6-4 victory in her fifth appearance at the elite, eight-woman event.”It feels great. Going into the tournament, you know that it’s going to be a tough one, regardless. You may leave it being 0-3 at the end of the year but you hope for the best and you hope that you can play your best tennis,” she told reporters.Congrats, @CaroWozniacki!Lift that #WTAFinals trophy! ??? pic.twitter.com/nsU6nODiYZ- WTA (@WTA) October 29, 2017″I’m really proud of how I have played all week and how I have fought and how I really produced some great fighting out there,” added the 27-year-old, who reached the final of the event in 2010 to go with two U.S. Open final defeats.”To be here with the trophy means a lot and it’s a great way to finish off the year.”Wozniacki had appeared to be cruising to victory at 6-4 5-0 after barely an hour on court but needed to stay calm in the face of a fierce onslaught from her 37-year-old opponent, who simply refused to give up on her own shot at glory.advertisement”I’m still shaking” -@CaroWozniacki pic.twitter.com/j1fpDrVmf6- WTA (@WTA) October 29, 2017″I honestly think I served and I returned pretty well,” Wozniacki added when reviewing her performance.”I think I got a lot of her serves back, and obviously she has a big first serve, but at the same time I tried to keep pressure on her and tried to take a little bit of time away and stay a little bit closer to the baseline.”She does great angles. When you play against her, she manages to put the ball very close to the line and with an angle you don’t really get from any other player, so it catches you a bit off guard and then she opens up the other side of the court.”It got really tight at the end. I was just hoping for the best” – #WTAFinals champion @CaroWozniacki pic.twitter.com/kzpYKylede- WTA (@WTA) October 29, 2017″It was important for me to try and cut the angles and try and take the ball on the rise and I think I did that pretty well.”Wozniacki will rise three places to number three in the world rankings following her triumph but the Dane was just looking forward to a nice, long break before the new season starts.”I’m very happy the season is finished right now. I will finish on a high. Just go on vacation, enjoy myself and rest. It’s been a long year. It’s been a great year,” she added.”Eventually we have to draw a line in the sand and, you know, say it’s been a great one. You know, in a month’s time, I will start preparing for the next season, but for now I will not be touching a racket for the next four weeks.”last_img read more

Former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart Calls Out Kyle Flood’s Decision To Switch Quarterbacks At Halftime

first_imgRutgers is in control of its season opener today, leading FCS Norfolk State 42-13 in the third quarter in Piscataway. It’s been a rough week for the Scarlet Knights, with five players arrested and later dismissed, and four more players suspended for the first half of today’s game. One of the players punished for the first half was quarterback Chris Laviano, who spent the entire off-season in a battle for the starting job with LSU transfer Hayden Rettig. Laviano’s suspension, for breaking curfew and using a fake ID, made Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s decision easy, as Rettig started this afternoon and played well in the first half. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score. Somewhat surprisingly, Flood elected to begin the second half with Laviano under center. It’s a choice that seems to indicate Laviano originally won the competition and Rettig only started because of circumstance. Or maybe Flood just wanted give both guys a shot. Whatever the reasoning, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart was not happy with the move.  hart tweetsTwitter/ @RyanHart13Hart played for the Scarlet Knights from 2002-05. During his senior season, Flood was an assistant under Greg Schiano. He subsequently tweeted that he still supported the embattled coach despite the decision, but he clearly did not approve of it.For what it’s worth, Laviano has connected with wide receiver Leonte Carroo for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Looks like there could be a QB controversy in New Jersey.last_img read more

Frontline Agrees Loans to Partially Finance Four Ship Deals

first_imgzoom Tanker owner and operator Frontline signed two senior secured term loan facilities of USD 110.5 million each to partially finance four recent vessel deals.Under the deals, up to USD 110.5 million would be provided by ING Bank and the other USD 110.5 million would be provided by Credit Suisse, for the financing of the company’s recent very large crude carrier (VLCC) resales and newbuilding contracts.Signed in June 2017, both facilities mature in 2023, carry an interest rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 190 basis points and have an amortization profile of 18 years.Frontline has committed bank financing in place to partially finance all of its 10 resales and newbuilding contracts.“The financing of our current newbuilding program is complete, following the signing of our senior secured loan facilities with ING and Credit Suisse. The terms of the financing support Frontline’s low cash break-even levels,” Inger M. Klemp, Chief Financial Officer of Frontline Management AS, said.The agreements were unveiled as part of Frontline’s second quarter and first half of 2017 financial report in which the company said that it ended the three-month period in the red, mainly due to a weak tanker market witnessed during the quarter.The company’s net loss for the period reached USD 19.4 million, compared with net income of USD 27 million seen in the first quarter of the year. The loss was primarily due to USD 7.8 million in dry docking expenses during the quarter and a USD 12.2 million loss on termination of two charters.The two long-term charters which were ended were for the 1998-built Suezmax tanker Front Brabant and the 2000-built VLCC Front Scilla, ahead of the vessels’ scheduled drydockings.“The market has been decidedly weak since the start of the second quarter of 2017, which is primarily the result of the increase in the size of the global crude oil tanker fleet. While the weak market naturally affects our earnings in the short term, the company’s strategy is not altered,” Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, said.For the six month period ended June 30, Frontline delivered a net income of USD 7.6 million, compared with a net income of USD 93.2 million seen in the first six months of 2016.As of August 2017, the company estimates that the average daily cash breakeven rates for the remainder of 2017 will be approximately USD 21,600, USD 17,500 and USD 15,700 for its owned and leased VLCCs, Suezmax tankers and LR2 tankers, respectively.last_img read more

Former Ohio State football players one step closer to NFL after draft

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) walks of the field during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorLives have changed  forever for 256 players as they were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.Six of those players are former Ohio State Buckeyes.The first former Buckeye taken off the board was linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was selected 15th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round Thursday night. He became the ninth former OSU linebacker and 68th Buckeye ever taken in the first round.Shazier, who was a first-team Associated Press All-American in his final season at OSU, totaled a Big Ten conference-high with 143 tackles to go along with six sacks.Cornerback Bradley Roby, who joined Shazier as one of 30 prospects invited to New York for the draft, was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 31st overall pick in the first round.Roby became the first OSU defensive back taken in the first round of the draft since Malcolm Jenkins was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 14th overall pick in 2009.The Broncos, who dropped Super Bowl XLVIII 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, have since bolstered their secondary by not only drafting Roby, but also signing former New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million contract in March.Just as they did in the first round, the Buckeyes produced two picks in the second round, as running back Carlos Hyde and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort came off the board.Hyde was selected 57th overall by the San Francisco 49ers, who are coached by former University of Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh.The former Buckeye running back became the first 1,000-yard rusher under OSU coach Urban Meyer and was named the Big Ten Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year in 2013. Hyde finished his senior campaign with 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.Mewhort was selected just two picks later with the 59th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts.The selection of Mewhort marked the third straight year that an OSU tackle has been selected in the draft, following in the footsteps of Reid Fragel – drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013 – and Mike Adams, who the Pittsburgh Steelers selected in 2012.Mewhort was a three-year starter in his time as a Buckeye and was named a first-team All-American by ESPN.com during his senior season in 2013.Another Buckeye was not taken until the fifth round when center Corey Linsley was selected 161st overall by the Green Bay Packers.Linsley anchored an offensive line that ranked fifth nationally in 2013 in rushing, averaging 308.6 yards per game and breaking school records for points in a single season with 637, as well as touchdowns scored with 87.Linsley graduated from OSU with a degree in economics in December.Rounding out the former Buckeyes selected in the 2014 draft was safety Christian Bryant, who was selected 241st overall in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.Bryant, who was named a team captain prior to the 2013 season, suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the fifth game of the year against Wisconsin Sept. 28., a game won by OSU 31-24. At the time of the injury, Bryant ranked third on the team in tackles with 22.Bryant, who was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, finished his OSU career with 171 total tackles to go along with two interceptions, 23 pass breakups and three forced fumbles.The Buckeye safety petitioned the NCAA for a medical redshirt in January, but was turned down and entered the draft.Although six Buckeyes were drafted to NFL rosters, several draft-eligible players were not selected during the draft.According to multiple reports, many of the former Buckeyes not drafted have found homes in free agency.Some of the players signing in free agency took to Twitter to announce their new teams, one of them being wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown who announced his signing with the Carolina Panthers saying, “Here I come Carolina,” via his personal account @phillybrown10. Reportedly joining him in Carolina will be offensive lineman Andrew Norwell.Offensive lineman Marcus Hall confirmed with  The Lantern Sunday in an email that he has signed with the Indianapolis Colts, which reunites him with Mewhort.  Safety C.J. Barnett’s signing with the New York Giants was confirmed via Twitter by his signing agency IFA.Kicker Drew Basil also took to Twitter late Saturday night announcing he has signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver Chris Fields also used social media to announce an agreement with the Washington Redskins.Running back Jordan Hall has earned a tryout with the Steelers according to multiple reports and quarterback Kenny Guiton remains unsigned as of Sunday morning. read more

Varsity sports cut at Newark campus

The OSU-Newark branch campus. Credit: Courtesy of OSUFor Chelsea Dobson, a fourth-year in art at Ohio State’s Newark campus, basketball games are a time for the campus to get together and share in one experience of fandom.“The main sport that I feel like gets the most attention is the basketball team. Usually, those are the best crowds,” said Dobson, who works as a student athletic assistant at OSU-Newark. “They will cheer, they yell crazy things when we have the ball and things like that.”But students at OSU-Newark will not get the chance to cheer on their team next year after it was announced on April 10 that varsity sports will no longer be offered beginning in the fall, because of budget reduction initiatives by the school.The school announced the decision as part of an email sent out to faculty and staff that said, as part of the budget planning for fiscal year 2016, the varsity athletic teams will be discontinued, effective June 30.OSU-Newark offers six varsity sports: women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, softball, men’s basketball, baseball and golf. The sports teams compete in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference, which is an “independent sports organization that serves the regional campuses of Ohio,” according to the email.The school’s recreational and intramural sports will continue on campus, the email said.William MacDonald, dean and director of OSU-Newark, said he understands the impact this decision will have on both student-athletes and the general student population.“It certainly will have an impact on them and I have talked to several of them,” he said. “I had a meeting with our student government and students they invited. Several athletes attended and they made a very well-reasoned argument as to how athletics can benefit students.”During the 2014-15 academic year, OSU-Newark had 70 student-athletes involved in the school’s athletic teams, said Holly Mason, director of student life at OSU-Newark.“Depending on the year and student interest, we typically have 70 – 100 student-athletes competing in varsity athletics in the course of an academic year,” Mason said in an email.MacDonald said the decision to cut varsity sports is part of one set of cuts that have been proposed to balance the budgets for both OSU-Newark and the Central Ohio Technical College, which shares the campus.The budget reduction plans are a necessity because of several economic factors related to the cost of tuition, MacDonald added.“Part of the budget that we built this year (was) based on the assumption that we would have a 2 percent tuition increase, but of course, we didn’t increase tuition by 2 percent,” he said. “The university plugged that hole for all units. And so that helped us this year, so looking to next year, that was one-time money that is going to go away, so we have to cover that gap.”In addition to this expense, which MacDonald said is approximately $290,000, another cost the school has to plan for is caused by the fact that fewer students are enrolling at COTC and that enrollment at OSU-Newark is predicted to remain relatively stagnant.“(COTC’s) enrollment has declined a little bit, our share of expenses will increase because our proportion of the student body is going to increase,” he said. “And then we have all of the uncertainty of the subsidies and tuition. We are not expecting growth in enrollment, at least not in the next couple of years. And so we won’t be seeing new revenue there.”MacDonald said the school has taken precautionary measures by reducing the budget so that these impending costs will be covered in the upcoming years. In total, he said, the school is looking to offset approximately $915,000 in possible expenses with cuts.“It’s conservative, but we have to balance the budget, so that is why we are setting that target,” he said.Although he said it is hard to decide what to cut, MacDonald added that he thinks the cuts the school is making are the ones necessary to preserve the services students need the most.“I would argue that right now, there are other things that we have wanted to do, but haven’t been able to do and probably won’t be able to do until we are able to get through this period of budget pressure,” he said. “If we were, let’s say three or four years from now, we had some sort of boost to our revenue, we know there are things that we want to do that we think will improve student success. Things like expanding our first-generation student learning community (or) providing more scholarships.“Those kind of things would all take priority over varsity athletics.”But it is not just athletics that are on the expenditure chopping block for next year. Other budget cuts announced in the Friday email include the restructuring of the Office of Student Life and the Office of Financial Aid, changes in the hours of operation of the Warner Library, the elimination of at least eight univeristy positions and the discontinuation of large-scale food events such as the fall welcome lunch, spring picnic and holiday reception.Dobson said students were surprised and disappointed upon hearing of these expected cuts, especially the elimination of varsity sports.“General student reaction has just been complete shock, especially with the student-athletes,” she said. “We had no idea that it was even up in the air. It was extremely shocking, just because there was no prior knowledge. It makes it even harder and it is really sad, especially because we felt like this coming year was going to be our year for sports.”Mason said discussions and planning are “currently taking place,” and the school is looking into ways to increase options for recreational and intramural sports, as well as other student organizations“Budget cuts are extremely difficult to endure,” she said. “My heart goes out to our student-athletes, our staff – both administrative and coaching and all that have participated in or been an influence to our program.”MacDonald said even though he understands why students are upset, he hopes they will continue to find ways to be involved in the campus community.“I am hoping that they will realize the value of an Ohio State degree and stick with it, even though they won’t have that opportunity to play varsity sports,” he said. “In the scheme of things, of course, we are looking at preserving the things that are most vital to student success. And in the scheme of things, varsity sports are just not that closely connected to the core of our mission.” read more

Football Chase Young finds himself against Penn State

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and sophomore defensive end Chase Young (2) shake hands following the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorChase Young wants the play to go to him. He prays for it. With Penn State facing a 4th-and-5 at the Ohio State 43-yard line down one point with 82 seconds left in the game, the sophomore defensive end was lined up, ready to jump off the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped. As Nittany Lions redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley stepped off, changing the play call, Young touched his chest and pointed to the sky, something he said he does often, though it’s not caught on film. “I think everything is in God’s plan,” Young said. “I prayed and said ‘God, if this play’s coming to me, help me make it.’ I sent one up and it came to me and I made it.”As McSorley snapped the ball, Young moved around Ohio State redshirt junior defensive lineman Jashon Cornell, who held off the right tackle, immediately plugging the hole Penn State junior running back Miles Sanders attempted to run through for the first down, securing the victory for the Buckeyes. This tackle capped off a career day for Young, who recorded three tackles for loss, including two sacks, two quarterback hits and two pass breakups in Ohio State’s 27-26 win over Penn State. Young was recognized as Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week, given to the defensive end with the best performance in college football that week. Young was the second Ohio State defensive lineman to receive the award this year, with junior defensive end Nick Bosa receiving the award after his performance in the season opener against Oregon State. After Bosa suffered an injury during the TCU game, and with no clear timetable for return, Ohio State’s defensive line has had to lean on Young to become a dominant pass-rusher — something he has embraced against both Tulane and Penn State. “Coach [Urban] Meyer, he tries to tell us not to wait, so I think every chance I got to get on the field, I tried to put my best out there,” Young said. “I guess the Penn State game, I just had a real good game. I thank God I had a real good game. It was a national stage, ABC, and I just thank God that the Penn State game was that I had a good one.”Even with all the success, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he still sees a young player when he looks at the sophomore defensive end. With the high expectations Young had going into his career at Ohio State, a five-star recruit out of Hyattsville, Maryland, Johnson said there is still a lot more for him to learn. Things like using his hands at the line of scrimmage, something Young said Johnson called out as he watched tape from the Penn State win. However, he is looking to correct the mistakes made against Penn State for the Indiana game on Saturday. Young, according to Johnson, strives for greatness. “He’s a great learner, he wants to learn everything,” Johnson said. “He picks Nick’s brain every day on how to rush the passer, things he can learn. And I think that’s what you want out of a player who’s a highly competitive guy and wants to be a great player.” Without Bosa, Young played more snaps than he ever had in a collegiate game against Penn State. And Johnson said as he continues to play, offensive lines will have to begin to notice. But with other weapons on the defensive line, like redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones, Johnson said it will be hard for opposing lines to treat Young like they might Bosa. That’s the kind of attention Young wants from opponents, the attention the injured All-American has. “He wants the role,” Johnson said. “I think Chase, he’s a competitor, so he wants to do well.”So far this season, Young has shown potential. He leads the team with four sacks and is tied for the team lead with six tackles for loss. However, Young still thinks he has a ways to go to meet the expectation he has for himself. “Not close at all,” Young said. “I made a few mistakes and I got to get the corrected. Obviously, you never want to play a perfect game, but you want to play, you want to try and play a perfect game. That’s what I am trying to do.” For sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, the defensive line sets the bar for the rest of the defense in terms of what each unit strives to be. “Once everyone hits [the level of the] defensive line group, we are just all going to elevate together,” Okudah said.Even with Bosa out, that mentality for the rest of the defense has not changed. Instead, the rest of the defense strives to be like Young. read more

Mbappe on winning the Ballon dOr I couldnt care less

first_imgUnlike Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the young rising star in Kylian Mbappe “couldn’t care less” about the Ballon d’Or award following a brilliant World Cup campaignThe 19-year-old is being tipped as a dark horse to put an end to Ronaldo and Messi’s dominance of the highly-coveted award this year and may well in with a shot, depending on the final outcome of France’s World Cup campaign.Mbappe’s meteoric rise in the football world has been undeniable following his standout performances at Russia, which even left a five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Messi in the shadows after the Paris Saint-Germain inspired France to a 4-3 over Argentina in the last-16.While many had expected his illustrious PSG teammate Neymar to be the one to end Ronaldo and Messi’s decade-long dominance of the Ballon d’Or, it appears that it could be Mbappe instead.But it winning the historic award, that has been awarded to greats like Michel Platini and Marco van Basten since it was introduced in 1958, is something that doesn’t seem so appealing to the young man.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I couldn’t care less about that,” he told TF1, via Express.“I want the World Cup. I want to sleep with it.“I wasn’t born in 1998, so I have never seen people on the Champs-Elysees celebrating.Mbappe has been linked with a move to Real Madrid to replace Ronaldo after his exit to Juventus on Tuesday.last_img read more

Busquets – Barca agree on new contract

first_imgBarcelona’s Sergio Busquets has reached an agreement with the club over a new deal, according to Marca.The club’s vice-captain is closing in on signing a new contract that would see him increase his salary at the club. Busquets signed an extension recently in 2016 and didn’t demand for a new pay rise but the club hierarchy felt the midfielder has earned the right to earn more money at the Camp Nou.The new contract isn’t really an extension for the Spaniard but an improvement in terms of his wages with the length of the contract remaining the same.The 2019/2020 betting odds for La Liga Stuart Heath – August 12, 2019 Going into La Liga kick-off, we take a look at what the bookmakers think.La Liga season is less than a week away and we’re…It runs until June 2021, although Barcelona retain a club option to extend that to the summer of 2023. Busquets’ buy-out clause stands at €200million, a figure that is rather low when you consider the money spent by the Blaugrana on inferior midfielders as recently as the January transfer window.Sergi Roberto’s own contract renewal was finalised in January and this had an embedded buy-out clause of 500 million euros.Simply, the Catalan giants don’t believe Busquets will ever truly push to leave, and this aforementioned bump in pay puts the holding midfielder into the second tier of Barcelona’s squad just below Lionel Messi.last_img read more

Gattuso defends Higuain He feels a lot of pressure

first_imgAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso hopes Gonzalo Higuain will remain calm following his sending off against Juventus on SundayThe 30-year-old striker has enjoyed a good start to life on loan at Milan from Juventus with seven goals in 13 games.However, Higuain was unable to prevent Milan from losing to his parent club at the San Siro and was dismissed after having a penalty saved.The Argentine was handed a second yellow card after shouting in the match official’s face.But Gattuso believes that Higuain’s angry outburst came about due to putting too much pressure on himself.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“At this moment he feels a lot of pressure, my words from yesterday’s press conference were not by chance,” Gattuso told Milan TV on the club website.“Right now, he feels a huge weight on him and it shows. He must remain calm, he should apologise and assume his responsibilities.“He has to put aside his nervousness, he is the most important player we have and he has to make the difference. He has to be clear-headed.”Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo were the goalscorers for Juventus, who remain unbeaten after 12 Serie A games.last_img read more

United Airlines Will Now Pay Voluntarily Bumped Passengers Up To 10000

first_imgJulio Cortez/APStung by criticism and a public outcry over the forced removal of one of its passengers, United Airlines is boosting its payments to passengers to give up seats to ease overbooking.United Airlines is making changes after a man was forcibly removed from one of its flights earlier this month, promising to cut down on overbooking and raise the maximum incentive for passengers to skip a flight to $10,000.On the flight that became a public-relations nightmare for the company, compensation for being voluntarily bumped had topped out at $1,000.United will “empower its personnel to make decisions and find solutions that make sense for both customers and employees,” CEO Oscar Munoz said in a letter to senators Wednesday that was sent in response to inquiries about the unusual removal.In all, United announced 10 policy changes in response to the sharp criticism it received over a debacle that unfolded on a United Express Flight on April 9, after passenger David Dao refused to give up his seat on a flight he’d already boarded, so the crew could make room for airline staff. He was eventually dragged out by security officers, suffering injuries in the process.From now on, United says, it won’t “require customers seated on the plane to give up their seat involuntarily unless safety or security is at risk.” The airline also says it will limit its use of law enforcement officers.The increased compensation puts United in line with rival airline Delta, which announced days after the forced removal in Chicago that it was increasing its maximum compensation for passengers giving up seats to nearly $10,000, up from $1,350.United’s other changes include making sure airline crews are booked onto flights at least an hour before the scheduled departure time. United also says it will create an automated system to solicit volunteers to change their travel plans when flights are overcrowded, and give more training to its employees.The April 9 incident on a flight from Chicago to Louisville triggered a firestorm of outrage against United, fueled by videos of the confrontation and what was seen as a tone-deaf response from the airline, whose initial explanations ignored the violence on one of its planes and stated simply that one customer had “refused to leave.” Soon after, United’s CEO Munoz stated, “I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers.”There have been calls for United Airlines officials to testify in Congress about the confrontation, and the Senate Commerce Committee has been in touch with Munoz, seeking more details.Munoz sent the panel a letter Wednesday in response to senators’ questions, in which he said the airline crew had been designated “must-ride” on the oversold Chicago-Louisville flight because they were scheduled to operate a flight out of Louisville the next morning, and their original flight had been delayed.The “must-ride” decision was made, Munoz said, so the crew could get the mandatory amount of rest required by the FAA and to avoid further delays for “many other customers down line.”Replying to the Senate panel’s question about compelling a passenger to get off a plane, Munoz said, “It is rare that a passenger is denied boarding after already having been seated.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Using nanowires to build alloptical logic gates

first_img The graphs, color-coded, correspond with the input above. Credit: Aalto University Structural and optical properties of InP and AlGaAs crossbar NW networks. (A) False-color scanning electron microscopy image of the crossbar InP and AlGaAs NW networks (illustrated with different colors); InP NWs are combed along the vertical direction and an AlGaAs NW along the horizontal direction to form six pairs of crossbar junctions. (B) PL spectra of the NWs measured at a single exemplary measurement spot. The polarization direction of the excitation lasers (at 532 and 730 nm) is labeled. arb. units, arbitrary units. (C) HRSTEM image of InP NWs. The inset shows the diffraction pattern demonstrating the ZB crystal structure and the formation of frequent twin planes along the NW growth axis. (D) EDX measurement results of AlGaAas NWs show the Al and Ga composition along the NW growth direction (that is, [111] crystal direction). The line scan location is shown in the inset. Credit: Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7954 Explore further As the potential for speed increases diminishes for conventional computer technology, scientists look for new possibilities, such as using light to represent information rather than electrons. Unfortunately, despite a lot of time and effort, optical computers still are not a viable option. One of the major sticking points has been the development of workable all-optical logic gates—the parts of computer circuitry that are used for decision processing. The researchers note that all-optical logic gates have been developed, but they have proven to be too difficult to make in quantities needed for commercial computers. That might be changing, however, as they claim to have developed a new way to build them, which they believe could be commercialized.The idea behind the new gates is to use nanowires to transmit photons. To allow them to serve as junctions, which form the basis of logic operations, the group used two different kinds: some made of indium phosphate and some of aluminum gallium arsenide. Junctions are formed by allowing the two types to cross one another—like four-way stops on roads. The group reports that in using such nanowires, they were able to create and run all-optical logic gates that were capable of carrying out traditional computer logic operations such as OR, AND and NAND—doing so allowed them to carry out simple math problems. © 2018 Phys.org A team of researchers at Aalto University in Finland has found a way to use nanowires to build all-optical logic gates—a major step toward building a light-based computer. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their new approach, how well it worked in testing, and what they believe needs to happen next to allow for the use of such gates in an actual computer. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: He Yang et al. Nanowire network–based multifunctional all-optical logic gates, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7954AbstractAll-optical nanoscale logic components are highly desired for various applications because light may enable logic functions to be performed extremely quickly without the generation of heat and cross-talk. All-optical computing at nanoscale is therefore a promising alternative but requires the development of a complete toolbox capable of various logic functionalities. We demonstrate nanoscale all-optical switches by exploiting the polarization-dependent light emission property of crossbar InP and AlGaAs nanowire networks. These networks can perform various logic operations, such as AND, OR, NAND, and NOR binary logic functions. Furthermore, on the basis of these logic operations, our networks successfully enable all-optical arithmetic binary calculations, such as n-bit addition, to be conducted. Our results underscore the promise of assembled semiconductor nanowire networks as a building block of on-chip all-optical logic components for future nanophotonics. Journal information: Science Advances A little light interaction leaves quantum physicists beaming The researchers suggest their logic gates could be used in much the same way that electron-based logic gates are currently used in computers, or in entirely new ways. They note that the process of creating the nanowires was very straightforward—they were simply grown. But they also acknowledge that the quality of the nanowires would have to be improved to provide the type of accuracy needed in a computer. Citation: Using nanowires to build all-optical logic gates (2018, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-nanowires-all-optical-logic-gates.htmllast_img read more

CM begins public meetings at Kaushambi party office

first_imgThe office was flooded with people who had gathered with their complaints and waited eagerly to personally meet the Chief Minister.“I will meet the public on three days in the week for an hour,” said the Chief Minister. “I used to conduct ‘public meetings’ but it was discontinued during the election campaign,” he added. The public meeting was, however, kept low profile and informal without any publicity. Millennium Post was the first to report on February 13 in its report ‘Power, water, primary agenda; no Janata Darbar at Delhi Secretariat’ about changed format of his previous tenure’s ‘Janata Darbar’ as party agreed to learn lessons from its failure. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe Kaushambi headquarters of the party in Ghaziabad had a different scene as hundreds thronged the first Janata Darbar. The authorities, who had witnessed chaos and mismanagement during a similar programme during his 49-day tenure in Delhi last year, made elaborate security arrangements. People from various walks of life gathered since early morning as the public meeting was scheduled between 9 am to 11 am. As the district police is providing Z-plus security despite rejection from the newly elected Chief Minister, the entire area was cordoned off by putting barricades on various roads. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe people who had gathered had various kinds of problems. Few had job-related issues while others had grievances regarding finance. Still others complained of delay in business due to corruption. Water and power related queries also came up in their complaints. “I, along with 50 female home guards were suspended from duty about 18 months back without giving a proper reason. They said that we would be reinstated for the next five years but the promise has not been kept. Shockingly, services of male guards were redressed while the women were barred from rejoining,” said a 29-year-old woman not wishing to be named.More than two dozen contractual workers of the Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital met Kejriwal and told him that they had been expelled from their jobs around three months back and demanded to be reinstated.last_img read more

Indias Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd ZEEL h

first_imgIndia’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) has announced plans to launch a female-focused free-to-air TV channel in Germany by mid-2016 – its first move into the German market.The 24-hour network will air Bollywood films and Indian TV series, will target women aged 19 to 59, and be available on satellite and cable platforms, according to the company.“Our foray into Germany is a major step as part of our international expansion strategy. The objective is to establish a lasting presence and grow in the German television market,” said Amit Goenka, CEO international broadcast business, ZEEL.Neeraj Dhingra, CEO Europe at Zee TV, added: “The launch of the channel will signify ZEEL´s entry into one of the world´s most important television markets, in which the Bollywood genre is still barely represented as yet.“With 210,000 hours of programming and more than 3,500 film titles, our endeavour is to delight the German audiences with Indian content.”last_img read more

ThinkAnalytics has appointed industry veteran Trac

first_imgThinkAnalytics has appointed industry veteran Tracy Geist as chief marketing officer and member of the board of directors.  Tracy GeistGeist brings more than 25 years’ of experience to the role, most recently as head of global product and partner strategy at Cisco’s service provider video software and solutions division.Prior to this she was senior vice-president of product for Sonifi Solutions and senior vice-president of international business development and partnerships at Digitalsmiths, until it was acquired by TiVo.“We are excited to have Tracy join our executive team and board of directors with a focus on expanding our marketing, product management, and partnership efforts and driving new business opportunities globally,” said Gabriel Berger, CEO, ThinkAnalytics.“Tracy brings exceptional experience in digital media convergence, content discovery and monetisation of personalised engagement experiences as well as an extensive global network of relationships having held senior leadership roles with companies including Cisco, Digitalsmiths and OpenTV.”Geist added: “As media creation and distribution rapidly merge, consumers have numerous opportunities to engage with video content from a variety of sources. It is critical that we provide customers with solutions that enable them to merchandise their content offerings effectively and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join this amazing team as we work together to power the new engagement economy.”last_img read more

ERIN HUTCHEONNorth West Regional CollegePBL awards

first_img ERIN HUTCHEONNorth West Regional CollegePBL awards inspire new ‘Olympic Village’ design for Templemore Sports ComplexPeaky Blinders Hair Show “The Templemore site has huge potential for a sports complex masterplan as it is currently a sporting area.“It would be fantastic for this area of the city to have a sports complex that it deserves and the building that I have designed is a new sports hub for Templemore. “If this proposed redevelopment of Templemore goes ahead it will boost the local area massively helping to sustain local sporting groups, people within the city and the local areas around it. “It will also encourage athletes from around the country to visit this sporting area and that can only be a good thing in the long run for the city.”Ryan will now present his plans to representatives from Derry and Strabane District Council in the next few weeks.The PBL Awards which took place at the college’s Strand Road campus were sponsored by Connected Talent, Seagate Technologies, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Enterprise North West and Foyleside Shopping Centre.The judges saw a diverse number of entries ranging from a revolutionary Hydraulic Robotic arm, to a study into whether Eczema creams really work.The Innovation Award, went to William Whiteside, Weronika Sekula and Gillian Goodman for their project – Soil microorganisms the solution to our plastic problems.The Entrepreneurial award went to Tina Downey and Kylie McGavigan for their invention – the Speedy Recovery Bandicator. The pair, who study Applied Science at the college created a wound dressing that changes colour when infection is present. The Communication award went to Fidgety fish story sacks, designed by Maria Bonner, Shauna Doherty, Natalia Wroblewska, Kornelia Krawczyk and Caoimhe McCallion. Journalism students John Doherty, Aoife McManus, Catherine Devlin, Cathy Devlin, Caitlin Jones and Dion Meehan from 3C Radio – North West Regional College’s Cross Campus Radio Station who competed at the PBL awards.This resource was designed to promote the communication skills of children in their early years.The Academic achievement award went to the entire Level 3 year 1 Diploma in Art and Design class for their Make Art Not War Project.Annette Smith, Project Based Learning Mentor and Co-Ordinator, North West Regional College, thanked all of the participants and sponsors for supporting the event.She said: “To be able to work on live projects has been hard work for the students, but it has been a thoroughly enriching experience for all of them. It is fantastic to see their work now completed.“The judges were overwhelmed by the level of innovation and creativity in the projects, and indeed said that many of them have the potential to go on and be further developed.“This event was designed to be more than a competition. “It gave the students the opportunity to further develop their skills in planning, problem-solving, communication and presentation which are key outcomes of the experience.“The college is now looking forward to the Sectoral PBL awards in which finalists from the PBL awards at SERC, SWC, SRC, and Belfast Met will take part. “These awards will be hosted at Strand Road Campus.” Members of the Foyle Sailability group: Natasha Delaney, Cara Curran, Ben Thompson, Clare McCarron, Jane Kennedy and Caitlin Hamilton pictured at North West Regional College’s Project Based Learning Awards.PBL awards inspire new ‘Olympic Village’ design for Templemore Sports Complex was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Project Based Learning at the college enables students to undertake real life skills projects working directly with local industry. This is second year the awards have run at the college, inspiring students to be innovative, creative and take that first step in work directly with local businesses and employers.Ryan, who is the final year of a Foundation Degree in Architectural Technology at NWRC, created what he describes as an ‘Olympic Style Village’ masterplan for the Cityside Leisure Centre, designed to provide the most up to date facilities for the local community, as well as encourage more athletes and sports men and women into the city.He explained: “Derry City & Strabane District Council requested me to look into plans to design a sports leisure centre for the city which can accommodate an extensive range of school and sports activities that can benefit the whole community and the surrounding areas. Oran Houston, Macauley Henry, Ryan Fagin, Saoirse McCloskey and Darragh Boyle – with their entry in NWRC’s PBL awards with their Peaky Blinders Hair Show which was showcased at Foyleside Shopping Centre.A STUDENT studying for a career in Architecture at North West Regional College (NWRC) has won the top prize at the 2019 Project Based Learning (PBL) awards.Ryan McCracken picked up first prize at the awards ceremony for his plans to redesign Templemore Sports Complex, and will now go on to compete at the Northern Ireland Sectoral PBL awards with the four runners-up from NWRC. ShareTweetlast_img read more