Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon as Cilic bid ends in tears

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Chot asks fans to give Kobe time: ‘He’s just 19’ MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim However, the Swiss superstar’s 11th Wimbledon final, and 29th at the majors, will also be remembered for the moving sight of the popular Cilic breaking down in tears after slipping 3-0 behind in the second set.The seventh seeded Croatian, the 2014 US Open champion, sobbed inconsolably and buried his head in his towel as his title dream slipped away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHe had his left foot taped at the end of the second set but it was in vain as Federer became the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win Wimbledon without dropping a set in the entire tournament.“He’s a hero,” Federer said of his opponent. Federer won his 18th Slam in Australia in January on his return to the tour before adding the Indian Wells and Miami Masters back-to-back and a ninth Halle grasscourt title.He also skipped the entire claycourt season.“I’ve got to take more time off,” joked Federer, playing in just his seventh event of the year.“I’ll be gone again for the next six months! I don’t know if it will work as well again.”Cilic, who had spent four and a half hours more than Federer getting to the final, said retiring with his injury was never an option.“I never give up in a match. I gave it my best — it’s all I can do,” said Cilic who was still emotional at the trophy presentation.“I had an amazing journey here. I played the best tennis of my life. I really want to thank my team — they gave so much strength to me.”Beneath a star-studded Royal Box where Prince William and wife Kate rubbed shoulders with actors Hugh Grant and Bradley Cooper, Cilic had his first break point in the fourth game.It was saved by Federer and it was to be Cilic’s only glimmer of hope.Nasty fall FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Switzerland’s Roger Federer kisses the trophy after defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic to win the Men’s Singles final match on day thirteen at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Sunday, July 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament’s oldest champion Sunday with a straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic who dramatically broke down in tears midway through the final.Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 and at 35 is Wimbledon’s oldest men’s winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976.ADVERTISEMENT View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Federer broke in the next game when his opponent suffered a nasty fall on the worn surface which was to ultimately undermine his challenge.Federer then served up two love service games before claiming the opener 6-3 off a Cilic double fault, the Croatian’s second of the final.The Swiss superstar swept into a 3-0 lead in the second set and at the changeover, Cilic slumped in his courtside chair in tears and in obvious pain.The trainer and doctor were summoned before Cilic hid his head in his towel in a desperate attempt to compose himself.The 28-year-old held serve on the resumption but the lethal barrage continued, Federer stretching his lead over his friend to 4-1.Cilic dropped the set 6-1 and called a medical timeout to have his left foot bandaged and take a painkiller.His discomfort was reflected in his statistics.By the end of the second set, he had served just two aces compared to the 130 he had fired past bamboozled opponents in his previous six rounds.Federer pounced again with a break for 4-3 and wrapped up the one-sided final with a second serve ace to complete his coronation after just 41 minutes.Fittingly, he too wept at the end./rga Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Twelve months ago, Federer was defeated in five sets in the semi-finals by Milos Raonic and promptly shut down his season to rest a knee injury.“It’s disbelief I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure I would ever be here in another final after last year,” said Federer, who turns 36 in three weeks’ time and who has now broken the tie for seven Wimbledon titles he shared with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.“I had some tough ones in the finals, losing two against Novak (Djokovic).“But I always believed. I kept on believing and dreaming I could get back.“Here am I today with the eighth. It’s fantastic, if you keep believing you can go far in your life.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

India will defeat Australia 3-1 in Test series, says VVS Laxman

first_imgLegendary batsman VVS Laxman has predicted India to win the four-match Test series in Australia 3-1. The much-awaited Test series starts from December 6 in Adelaide.India have never won a Test series in Australia and Laxman believes Virat Kohli’s team has the potential to create history this time.”I expect the series to close 3-1 in India’s favour. I don’t see any draws in Australian conditions. I don’t think India would have a better opportunity. And I am not saying so because there is no Steve Smith and Dave Warner. I am saying this because they have the potential. I got it totally wrong in England when I thought India will win 4-1. But I think they have the ability,” Laxman told Aajtak in an interview.India have one of the strongest bowling attacks in world cricket and the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner has weakened the Aussie batting line-up. Both Smith and Warner are serving their one-year bans handed to them for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.”There is no doubt about it. I have been playing in Australia since 1999. At home I first played a Test against them in 1996. They were legendary players. Ones who could go out and win matches not just at home but away too. The character of those teams was they would not give up so easily. They believed in their abilities. I can’t see that in this Australian team.”Also Read – Virat Kohli will have another imperious outing in Australia Tests: Adam Gilchristadvertisement”Justin Langer became their coach and he showed through his career that he may not have such talent but he would maximise his potential through hard work. That’s the attitude I would like to see of this Australian team. But I agree this is the weakest Australian team I have seen in my career,” said Laxman, who was a thorn in the flesh for Australian bowlers throughout his playing days.India’s biggest strength stems from their star batsman and captain Virat Kohli, topping the run scoring charts. Laxman has no doubt, Kohli will score runs again.Also Read – Less verbals but more bouncers from Australia: Ian Chappell warns Virat Kohli’s IndiaLaxman also backed the other Team India batsmen to trust their abilities.”Virat makes a big difference. If you look at the past four or five years, he has been batting at another level and creating new records consistently. When you are committed to something and all you are thinking is how to better yourself, results reflect automatically and this is something one notices in Virat Kohli’s career.”And if you look at it this year, he had a wonderful tour of England. This after he had a horrible tour in 2014. The way he prepared himself in areas that troubled him and now to make it his strong point. He now knows all about his off stump and all this through patience and determination.”So look Virat will score. Whether others can score close to or like him in Australia, one will have to wait and see. I think the team has class and potential. I think they need to trust their ability. If they do that this team will do well in Australia,” he said.Also Read – Aaron Finch says Australia are feeling good for Tests after drawn T20I seriesLaxman tipped Team India to not repeat the mistakes it did in South Africa and England earlier this year.”It’s a very important tour not just for Virat the captain but for this side. Because it’s a team that has the ability to go and win away. Batsmen have the experience. Bowlers are fantastic. They even have three quality spinners; so there are options.”In Test cricket overseas, you need to capitalise when you get opportunities. You need to win the big moments something India did not do in South Africa and England.”Another thing they need to do is to post big first innings totals. That’s when you can dictate terms. If you perform below par in the first innings than you will be playing catch up and get into a defensive mindset. If you can deliver above par scores in the first innings, not just at par, your bowlers will compliment you with 20 wickets,” he said.Read – Virat Kohli is still a work in progress as captain: VVS Laxman to India Todaylast_img read more

Lukaku vs Zlatan: How do Utd strikers compare?

first_imgManchester United Lukaku vs Ibrahimovic: How does Man Utd’s £75m frontman compare to free agent? Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 11/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Romelu Lukaku Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League Romelu Lukaku Zlatan Ibrahimović The Red Devils have acquired proven frontmen in each of the last two summers, but how do the respective records of two talismanic No. 9s stack up? In the summer of 2016, Manchester United found themselves in the market for a new leading man, with a suitable successor required to fill the boots once donned by Denis Law, Mark Hughes, Eric Cantona, Andy Cole and Ruud van Nistelrooy.Zlatan Ibrahimovic was duly snapped up as a free agent, with the enigmatic Swede considered to boast both the ability and personality to thrive in the pressure cooker of Old Trafford.Japan 11/2 to beat Belgium Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Twelve months on and the Red Devils found themselves back in an all too familiar position.This time, £75 million was spent luring Romelu Lukaku away from Everton, with his record as a proven performer in the Premier League edging him to the top of Jose Mourinho’s wish list.Both recruits made positive starts to life in Manchester, but who offered the most to the collective cause while donning the famous No. 9 jersey?GOALS Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Premier League stats 091117Goals are the most important aspect for any striker, with United having relied heavily on their No. 9 to lead from the front and provide attacking inspiration in the final third.Lukaku burst out of the blocks, netting seven times in as many Premier League appearances and on 11 occasions in all competitions, but that tally has now gone seven outings without being improved upon and the Belgian also has one missed penalty to his name.Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, went through his first 11 games in the English top-flight netting six times, including one header, a successful spot-kick and two efforts from outside the box, while finding the target eight times across all competitions.The Swede’s worst run in a United shirt saw him go six matches without troubling the scorers.CONVERSION Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United Premier League 11 gamesLukaku was acquired for his finishing ability, and he has not let United down.Chances may have dried up of late, but he cannot shoulder all of the blame for that and his conversion rate of 24.14 per cent and shooting accuracy of 62.07 suggests that his barren run will quickly be ended if the Red Devils can carve him out some openings.Ibrahimovic’s conversion figures through the same period sat down at 13.95, while his shooting accuracy was only 51.16 and his big chance conversion percentage some way down on Lukaku’s mark of 58.33 at just 20%.ASSISTS Romelu Lukaku Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United assistsProving that he is more than just a goalscorer, Lukaku has offered more to the collective cause than Ibrahimovic managed through the first three months of the 2016-17 campaign, with the Belgian having showcased his mobility and willingness to work across the front line.He has managed three assists so far, while his predecessor in the No. 9 shirt did not manage a single one.Ibrahimovic did, however, create 15 chances for others, compared to Lukaku’s haul of 14, so maybe the veteran frontman could argue that he was let down by those around him, with his numbers dipping due to the inability of team-mates to finish rather than his failure to create.INVOLVEMENT Romelu Lukaku Zlatan Ibrahimovic passing statsWhether it is down to having played as more of a target man or United operating more direct last season, Ibrahimovic saw considerably more of the ball during his early days at Old Trafford than Lukaku has done.The 36-year-old frontman took in 607 Premier League touches through 11 outings, compared to just 365 for his soon-to-be team-mate.Ibrahimovic’s passing accuracy (78.08) is also markedly better than Lukaku’s (67.86), and he tops the Belgian in terms of duels won (53 to 47), which suggests that he will have an important role to play once back to full fitness as he fares better in holding the ball up and bringing others into play – which should allow the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Co. to flourish around him.WHAT THEY SAY Jose Mourinho Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United returnLukaku on Ibrahimovic to ESPN: “He was the main guy at Manchester United, and he’s a guy I really look up to and who I learn from a lot because we share the same agent. Here and there he sends a bit of advice to me, and it helps me improve. But I’m Romelu Lukaku – I’m not Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I will fill up the striker position in my way, but I know I have to work really hard and deliver more than I’ve done before.”Ibrahimovic on Lukaku to ESPN: “I’m happy he came. The team is much stronger than last season. We lost [Wayne] Rooney, who is a legend at the club, but we bought three new players. With these three new players the team is stronger. Signing Lukaku makes us even stronger because he has different qualities from me as a striker and from Rashford as a striker. He’s a powerful guy and he will bring some extra quality in the game.”Mourinho on pairing Lukaku and Ibrahimovic: “I see Zlatan as important for the team. I just say that my squad is better for sure, he is one more option, he is one more striker, he is one more experienced player, he is one more player that can play nine or 10, that can play double strikers or no, there are lots of matches to play.”THE NUMBERS THROUGH 11 PL GAMES Premier League figures Lukaku Ibrahimovic Goals 7 6 Goals headed 1 1 Goals outside box 0 2 Goals inside box 7 4 Penalties taken 1 1 Penalties scored 0 1 Hit woodwork 1 1 Shot accuracy 62.07 51.16 Conversion rate 24.14 13.95 Big chance conversion 58.33 20 Assists 3 0 Chances created 14 15 Duels won 47 53 Touches 365 607 Passing accuracy 67.86 78.08 Minutes played 990 990 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Belgium and Portugal draw in World Cup tune-up

first_imgBelgium 0 Portugal 0: Kompany hurt in dull pre-World Cup draw Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:41 6/3/18 Vincent Kompany Getty Images An injury scare for Belgium defender Vincent Kompany was one of the few incidents of note in Saturday’s goalless draw against Portugal. Vincent Kompany was replaced with an apparent injury as Belgium and Portugal continued their World Cup preparations with a low-key 0-0 draw in Brussels.Jan Vertonghen, already Belgium’s most-capped player, made his 100th appearance for the national team, the Tottenham centre-back lining up in Roberto Martinez’s back line, but the coach will be concerned about Kompany after he was substituted early in the second half.It was defences on top for the majority of Saturday’s clash of the European heavyweights at the King Baudouin Stadium, goalkeepers Beto and Thibaut Courtois untested during a flat first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Vertonghen’s strike produced a fine save from Beto in the 55th minute, while Martinez avoided further selection headaches after opposite number Courtois shook off an apparent wrist injury after being caught by Ricardo Quaresma.Despite Belgium boasting talent including Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku in their XI the hosts failed to find top gear against a stodgy Portugal side that toiled creatively without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who is on holiday following the Champions League final.Euro 2016 winners Portugal will welcome the Real Madrid superstar back before Russia 2018, but Belgium coach Martinez will face more questions about his tactics after a flat display from his hotly-tipped side.The mother of @JanVertonghen ha(d/t) a surprise !   #Jan100 #BELPOR #WorldCup #REDTOGETHER    pic.twitter.com/ogF7heLT9g — Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 2, 2018 Goncalo Guedes and De Bruyne sent early efforts off target as both sides took time to settle into any rhythm in Brussels.Courtois made the game’s first save in the 23rd minute, but the long-range strike from Joao Moutinho was likely sailing wide of the Chelsea goalkeeper’s right-hand post.Yannick Carrasco rippled the side-netting with a drive after beating a series of defenders with a dangerous dribble, before Courtois was called into more routine action at the other end, saving comfortably from Raphael Guerreiro.Portugal were the more threatening side before the interval and when Gelson Martins teased an inswinging cross into the box in the 40th minute, Guedes should have hit the target.Vertonghen almost marked his 100th appearance with a lovely strike, but when he collected a lay-off from Marouane Fellaini and fired at goal, Beto made a fine flying save high to his right.100 – Jan Vertonghen has become the first player to reach 100 caps for Belgium. Centurion. pic.twitter.com/wNRzwU73Su — OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 2, 2018 Martinez had to replace Kompany with Dedryck Boyata in the 55th minute after the Manchester City captain appeared to pull a muscle in the process of making a tackle, potentially putting his World Cup place in doubt.And there was an injury scare for Courtois mid-way through the second half, substitute Quaresma accidentally treading on the goalkeeper’s wrist as he raced through on goal.Thomas Meunier forced another decent Beto stop in the 64th minute as Belgium had the better of the second half, but they were unable to break the deadlock as the scoreline from the last meeting between these sides on Belgian soil in 2000 was repeated.With the World Cup less than two weeks away, Fernando Santos will hope for a positive prognosis on Beto after the Portugal goalkeeper appeared to hurt his thigh late in the game.Belgium have two more warm-up games scheduled, the first of which is against Egypt on Wednesday, while Portugal will head to Russia after their final fixture against Algeria on Thursday, but Martinez will be hoping for positive news on Kompany before naming his final 23-man squad. read morelast_img read more

QB CJ Lewis Announces Decommitment From Tennessee

first_imgC.J. Lewis throwing the ball as a recruit.YouTube/Rivals.comCJ Lewis, a three-star quarterback from Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, will no longer be heading to Tennessee.The dual-threat quarterback recruit announced via Twitter that he has decommitted from the Volunteers.pic.twitter.com/mJ7qR8jn2Y— Drip Lewis ✞ (@SavageLew_14) November 23, 2016Lewis is ranked the No. 28 dual-threat QB in the class of 2017, and the No. 8 player in the state of Connecticut.With Lewis out of the fold, Tennessee currently has 26 players in the 2017 recruiting class. He was the only quarterback pledged to join the program in this class.Tennessee loses star quarterback Josh Dobbs after this season. Sophomore Quinten Dormady, redshirt freshman Sheriron Jones, and freshman Jarrett Guarantano will battle it out to replace Dobbs next season. All were blue-chip high school recruits.Lewis committed to Tennessee back on July 23. He also holds offers from Boston College, Buffalo, and UConn, according to his 247Sports profile. There’s a chance that a number of other schools jump back into this recruitment, however, now that he is available once again.last_img read more

CargoFlexX Bags Order for Multipurpose Cargo Handling

first_imgzoom Dutch engineering company CargoFlexX has won an order to provide a new generation of multipurpose cargo handling systems for an anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel.  The 66-meter shallow draft AHTS was designed by the Netherlands-based consulting company Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) and it is being built at an undisclosed Turkish shipyard. Its construction commenced in January this year.The system is capable of carrying dry as well as liquid cargoes in the same storage tanks. What is more, the changeover between the two cargo types can be done without entering the storage tank, according to the company.In addition, it is possible to minimize the workload as well to optimize the system, CargoFlexX explains.“The biggest challenge during the design of this particular system was the limited available space. As a result of the shallow draft design, the challenge was to create a system that needs to fit into a space of only 70% of the space normally available. Secondly, the system needed to be designed in such a way that entry of the storage tanks is not needed when switching from dry to liquid cargoes,” Sander Castel, CargoFlexX commercial director says.As stressed by Castel, these somewhat harsh times with low oil prices and global political instabilities “create a market that needs innovative high standards and high quality solutions. “last_img read more

PO Cruise Ship Spills Waste Water in Great Barrier Reef

first_imgThe cruise vessel Pacific Explorer, operated by UK-based P&O Cruises, has spilled waste water in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) spokesperson confirmed.After reviewing the report, AMSA detained the ship on its return to Australia in Sydney on September 8 to gather evidence of the reported discharge.“Discharge of pollutants in the GBRMP is a serious offence under the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act and AMSA required that Carnival provide an AUD 2.1 million undertaking, equal to the maximum fine available, before the vessel was released from detention,” AMSA spokesperson said, adding that the authority is currently investigating the incident.P&O Cruises self-reported to AMSA that it was suspected there had been an unintentional discharge of a limited amount of pulped and sieved food waste while Pacific Explorer was off the coast of Queensland on August 26, a P&O Cruises Australia spokesperson informed.“Any unintentional discharge of food waste would have been in the order of seven cubic metres. We are currently responding to a formal process initiated by AMSA in relation to this isolated matter. We are cooperating fully with AMSA in the administration of this process,” the cruise company added.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

WBBSE bats for more transparency in automatic evaluation

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) is bringing in a change in the automatic evaluation process of answer scripts of candidates, with the objective to rule out disparity of marks scored by him/her.”The WBBSE wants to carry out proper evaluation of answer scripts to ensure that deserving candidates get their due marks in all the subjects. This system is already in place since 2013. The change is just a procedural one,” said Kalyanmoy Ganguly, president of WBBSE. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIn the existing process, if an examinee secures 90 percent or more marks that is an aggregate of 630 or more out of 700 and it is found that there is disparity of marks (low score) in one of the subjects, then the script goes for automatic evaluation. From next year, this aggregate will be 610 out of 700. If it is found that a candidate scores 610 or more and low marks in one of the subjects, then the answer script with low marks will automatically go for another round of checking. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA senior official of WBBSE said that this move will bring in more transparency in evaluation pattern and will also bring down the cases of review application on the part of candidates. “The review results are usually delayed, but with the new process in place, marks disparity will be sorted out before the publication of results,” the official added. The Madhyamik examination in 2020 will start from February 18 and end on February 27.last_img read more

HydroQuebec archeologists dig for traces of 1847 Irish typhus victims

first_imgMONTREAL – The muddy, rectangular trenches carved into the asphalt of a mostly empty Montreal parking lot offer little to suggest they sit on the site of a tragedy.But in 1847, the flat piece of land just west of the St. Lawrence River was a stopping point for tens of thousands of Irish immigrants who contracted typhus on the overcrowded ships they boarded to flee famine in their home country.Some 6,000 of them died in the makeshift hospitals that were erected along the riverbank, with many buried in hastily dug trenches nearby.Hydro-Quebec, which purchased the land in July, has begun an archeological survey to search for remnants of the so-called “fever sheds” as well as traces of human burials.Earlier this month, the company and archeology firm Ethnoscop began digging seven 10-by-three-metre test trenches as part of the first stage of surveying.The work involves boring down through the debris of Montreal’s past, including a football stadium first erected for Expo 67, a former neighbourhood, and equipment left behind from workers who built the nearby Victoria Bridge.“We’ve had to peel off all these layers to see if the old stuff is still there,” explained Hydro-Quebec archeologist Andre Burroughs on a recent tour of the site.To discover where to dig, Burroughs and his team consulted historic maps, comparing them to current images to determine the location of the fever sheds.Part of the challenge was to locate the original shoreline of the St. Lawrence, which has since shifted some 400 to 500 metres due to human activity.A few weeks in, they’ve found only fragments from the era of mass arrivals: nails, dishes, what may be a glass flask, a toy spinning top.They haven’t seen skeletal remains — only traces of lime, which was sprinkled on graves at the time to speed decomposition, according to historical accounts.Burroughs says the findings so far line up with the company’s research, which suggests most of the bodies were buried a few metres further south, under a three-metre-tall engraved boulder that currently sits in a highway median.That stone, known as the Black Rock, was placed there as a memorial in 1859 after workers building the Victoria Bridge accidentally unearthed a number of Irish graves.“We know that there are patches of that (1847) layer that are left, but one of the objectives is to make sure the burial sites didn’t overflow on this plot,” Burroughs said.The archeological survey was initiated partly at the behest of Montreal’s Irish community, which tried unsuccesfully to buy the land to create a memorial park.When the purchase was announced, Hydro-Quebec promised to dig the area and allocate some space for the park when they build their new substation.Despite his disappointment at failing to secure the land, one member of the the Irish-Montreal community says there’s strong interest in learning what Hydro-Quebec finds.“It’s something we’ve always wanted to do, because there’s always been a curiosity: are there any bodies under the parking lot?” said Fergus Keyes, co-founder of the Montreal Irish Memorial Park Foundation.By the end of the summer of 1847, so many people had died they had to be buried dozens at a time in mass trenches, he said.“They were running out of coffins, running out of space, and running out of volunteers to bury them,” said Keyes.He believes there’s a good chance Hydro-Quebec may come across some of those graves, either now or during a later phase of construction.If it does, the utility has indicated it favours the approach of leaving the remains undisturbed if possible.Keyes wonders whether some of the artifacts from the site could be integrated into the future memorial park.He believes the project is important to Montrealers of all backgrounds.The epidemic, he points out, claimed not only Irish lives but also those of priests, French-Canadian nuns, British soldiers and even the city’s mayor, who all contracted the illness after nursing the sick.“They knew that going to help those Irish could be a death sentence, and it didn’t stop them,” he said.“Pretty much every language and cultural group sent representatives to help the Irish.”last_img read more

Small number apply for residential school credit

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe deadline for Indian residential school personal credits is Friday.There are over 80,000 survivors who are eligible for the $3,000 credit, but just a fraction of that have applied.APTN’s Annette Francis met with one survivor who tells us the hoops he had to go through to get his credit.last_img

Lake Erie at record high level

Property owners and visitors to the Lake Erie shoreline are warned to expect flooding for the foreseeable future now that the lake is at its highest level ever recorded.National Hydrological Services confirmed May 6 that Lake Erie has reached its highest level since record-keeping began. NHS reports that the lake is three centimetres higher than the previous record of May, 1985.On the basis of this information, the Long Point Region Conservation Authority warns that water over the road and ponding in low-lying communities such as Turkey Point and Long Point will be chronic until further notice.Ben Hodi, the LPRCA’s water resources analyst, said the record water volume has given rise to new effects along the lakeshore.“Typically, flooding along the lakeshore results from strong and sustained south-west winds,” Hodi said Wednesday in a news release.“However, over the past few weeks, winds from the north, north-east, and north-west have caused flooding. The extremely high lake level is greatly increasing the risk of flooding with relatively mild winds from any direction.”LPRCA warns property owners to expect periodic “shoreline flooding, beach submersion, crawl space and septic system inundation, and wave-driven erosion along the shoreline.”The situation at Long Point Provincial Park at the east end of Erie Boulevard in Long Point is a harbinger of things to come. The park was shut down and occupants evacuated Sunday due to flooding of the 375-acre facility.On Monday, Ontario Parks took the unusual step of cancelling camping in Long Point over the Victoria Day holiday weekend. The park’s status will be reviewed next week.Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele raised the matter near the end of Tuesday’s council meeting. He said regular visitors to Long Point will be surprised at how little beach is left after months of raging wave erosion.As well, Masschaele is working with Norfolk staff to get the message out to southern Ontario that Long Point Provincial Park will be indisposed this weekend and that tourists should tailor their plans accordingly.Mayor Kristal Chopp said she understands the need for this but added there are many fine businesses in Long Point that deserve the public’s patronage. Chopp advised all involved to “finesse the language” so that commercial activity in Long Point doesn’t stop entirely.In the LPRCA’s latest “flood watch,” Hodi said Lake Erie — at rest — is now 175 metres above sea level. There is potential for the lake to go even higher if this spring’s steady rain continues into June.During the previous record year of 1985, a fierce winter storm damaged or destroyed dozens of cottages in Long Point. The damage was so severe along Hastings Drive that the former Haldimand-Norfolk Region responded by imposing a hazard land designation.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Canadian dollar rises after steep loss traders look to rate announcement

Canadian dollar rises after steep loss, traders look to rate announcement TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Monday as traders focused on the release Wednesday of the Bank of Canada’s interest rate announcement and its latest monetary policy report.The loonie edged up 0.17 of a cent to 93.33 cents US.The loonie had tumbled three-quarters of a US cent on Friday in the wake of disappointing employment data that saw the loss of 9,500 jobs in June.The central bank is universally expected to leave its key rate at one per cent, where it has been for almost four years. That means traders will particularly focus on the bank’s assessment of how the economy is performing amid rising inflation.“We will also be looking for any comments about the recent strengthening of the Canadian dollar and the risks that it may pose for their assumption of strengthening exports,” said Mark Chandler, head of Canadian FIC strategy at RBC Dominion Securities.The currency has lately been hovering around the 94 cent US level. It had been trading around 90 cents US for much of the year but found buoyancy from rising oil prices, stronger than expected housing data and higher inflation.Investors will also focus on monetary policy testimony from U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen on Tuesday and Wednesday.“While much of the impact of the semi-annual address has waned with the (Fed) now providing quarterly forecast updates, we would expect some questions on the timing of future rate increases,” Chandler said.“Also on Wednesday, the (Fed’s latest regional economic survey) will be released and should, on the basis of recent job figures, be a relatively upbeat compendium of economic conditions.”Commodities were mixed as the price of oil edged higher after its biggest one-day drop since April amid growing expectations of more supplies from Libya. August crude added eight cents to US$100.91 a barrel.Metals declined with September copper down two cents to US$3.25 a pound while August gold bullion dropped $30.70 to US$1,306.70 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2014 7:05 am MDT read more

Oxford City Council uses plane with thermal imaging to clamp down on

The government funding has enabled Oxford City Council to visit more than 1,000 suspected beds in sheds since January last yearCredit:Oxford City Council/SWNS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The aircraft spotted illegal structures where often vulnerable people are charged to live in cramped squalor The council funded its operation after securing a £274,942 grant from the government’s Controlling Migration Fund, which aims to prevent the exploitation of migrants.It now plans to inspect a further 400 suspected “beds in sheds” by the end of the year as it urged residents to report any suspicions of people living in illegal accommodation.Linda Smith, from the council, said: “We work proactively to drive up standards in private rented housing and we won’t tolerate rogue landlords exploiting tenants by providing substandard and dangerous housing – whether this is a bed in a shed, a house in multiple occupation or a family home. “Conditions in some of these beds in sheds are appalling and we won’t accept this.”  In 2013, Slough Borough Council estimated that up to 3000 people were illegally living in their town after it used a plane to construct a 3D map of every building. Rogue landlords who housed tenants in garden sheds were snared after a council flew an infrared plane above homes where suspected migrants resided.Oxford City Council deployed an aircraft equipped with thermal imaging technology to identify illegally built structures where people were found living in “appalling” conditions.The aircraft uses a sensor to detect high heat emissions from buildings that have not been “officially mapped” on the Ordnance Survey Mastermap produced by the council.The sheds, which were rented out for profit, were often constructed without planning permission or building approval. Twenty-one sheds have been shut down by the local authority with 31 enforcement notices served on landlords since it began its search in January last year.Two landlords have been prosecuted but the council is unable to provide details as their cases are still “in progress”. Other councils have used aircraft to detect heat signals from “suspicious dwellings” in order to locate illegal immigrants in the past. The aircraft spotted illegal structures where often vulnerable people are charged to live in cramped squalorCredit:Oxford City Council/SWNS The government funding has enabled Oxford City Council to visit more than 1,000 suspected beds in sheds since January last year read more

Researchers take a step in the right direction with new selfcharging battery

first_imgYou may soon have reasons besides health and well being as motivation to get out and walk in the near future. A group of researchers at Georgia Tech have published a paper saying that they have found a way to develop a battery that can charge itself by using piezoelectric materials and simple compression to generate stored power. Simply put, this group of talented scientists have created a lithium ion battery that has the ability to recharge itself when you stomp on it.To accomplish this, the team of researchers started out by changing the way a traditional lithium ion battery works. Currently these batteries have two electrodes that are separated by a polyethylene barrier, which enables a two-step process of conversion and storage of the energy that the cell is charged with. To create their self-charging battery the Georgia Tech team experimented with replacing this barrier with PVDM, a piezoelectric material that is capable of generating a small charge when you apply pressure to it. The results were amazing, as the PVDM enabled the battery to generate and accept a charge in one step, which is said to be a first for science.What’s more interesting is the fact that the team has actually put their research theories into practice by creating and putting a few of the new batteries into field tests. By fitting it into the sole of a sneaker, the team found that a person who took a four-minute walk was able to generate more power in the battery cell than by using a traditional charging method.While this new technology is certainly in its infancy, the possibilities are incredibly exciting. Designed to run small, portable devices, it’s conceivable that you could be charging your cell phone or your watch battery just by walking to lunch instead of driving.via Phys.orglast_img read more

Dragonfly brains could teach us how to make a better missile

first_imgConsider this: it takes a first-year physics major about five minutes to do the calculations that would let them intercept a Frisbee in mid-flight, yet that same student’s golden retriever can do this almost instantly — as can the student themselves. How can the unconscious brain easily take actions that the conscious brain finds so difficult? The answer lies in all sorts of cutting-edge areas of research, from neural pruning to information theory, but the simple answer is this: given as specific enough goal, evolution can shape a brain to mechanically complete some very, very complex tasks.This implies that it is not the mind, but the brain which is completing these calculations on the fly, or some short-hand version of them, which immediately opens the door for investigation. One team from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University is looking into this problem by studying the brains of dragon-flies in flight. These insects have a much harder job than Fido, whose target moves reliably, thrown so as to be easy to catch; their targets are mosquitoes whose evasive techniques are just as developed as their own for hunting. Split-second course corrections and prediction of behavior are necessary — so how did evolution achieve this?This ridiculous, dragonfly-fooling setup was required before the insects would hunt their prey in captivity.To answer this question, the researchers fitted a number of dragonflies with a tiny computer backpack that records and transmits the electrical activity in its brain. Weighing just 40 milligrams, or about 10% of the insect’s overall weight, the pack will hopefully leave the dragonflies relatively unencumbered and ready for all the veering, tumbling avionics their food-source requires.To keep the weight down, the researchers used the antennae on the backpack to harvest energy from radio waves, similar to the way an RFID key card uses radio waves to transmit its security key.Like getting pandas to mate, getting a dragonfly to hunt apparently involves quite a bit of mood-setting. They had to lay turf on the ground, introduce a small pond, and even paint an idyllic meadow scene on the walls before the dragonflies would even glance at the fruit flies provided by the researchers for easy meals.They already know that the neurons that control visual input are physically wired to those that control the movement of the wings — when fully engaged, the visual-input-to-course-correction mechanism appears to be hard wired, which might explain the insect’s incredible accuracy in flight.However, fully understanding this process has implications not just for baseball players and jet pilots, but for all branches of neurology as well. If an organism as simple as a dragonfly can achieve something as Miyagi-like as catching a mosquito, then their findings could have some truly exciting implication, going forward. If we can understand the dragonfly, we could use that knowledge on all manner of flight control mechanisms, from course correction to aircraft design to predictive controls.last_img read more

Satisfaction with the government jumps after referendum result

first_img SATISFACTION WITH THE government has jumped by five percentage points since the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, according a new opinion poll.The Behaviour & Attitudes poll published in today’s Sunday Times puts satisfaction with the government at 46%, up five points since the last poll published on 20 May.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has the highest satisfaction rating among the main party leaders at 55%, Mary Lou McDonald is next on 52% followed by Micheál Martin at 49% and Brendan Howlin at 43%.The poll also showed that Fine Gael remains the most popular party among voters with the support level of 31%.The previous poll in this series had put support for Sinn Féin above Fianna Fáil but both parties are now level, according to today’s poll.The levels of support were as follows: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,986 Views Fine Gael 31% (+1)Fianna Fáil 24% (+1)Sinn Féin 24% (=)Labour 4% (=)Others 9% (-1)Green 2% (=)Sol/Pbp 2% (=)Social Democrats 1% (=)Independent Alliance 3% (=)The prospect of a potential summer election receded yesterday after Sinn Féin said it would not be tabling a motion of no confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.Such a motion would put strain on the confidence and supply agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil which is underpinning Varadkar’s minority government. Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 8:34 AM By Rónán Duffy http://jrnl.ie/4075275 Satisfaction with the government jumps after referendum result A new opinion poll shows satisfaction with the government at 46% An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the launch of Feile An Phobail in Belfast. Image: Laura Hutton/PA Images 52 Comments Image: Laura Hutton/PA Images An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the launch of Feile An Phobail in Belfast. Jun 17th 2018, 8:34 AM Short URL Share407 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Singing for Serbia

first_imgUnder the patronage of the Serbian and Greek Consul generals, A night at the Opera – Songs for Serbia event will be held next Thursday in Sydney.The night will feature the magnificent voices of soprano Penny Pavlakis, tenor Rosario La Spina, mezzo soprano Milijana Nikolic and baritone Michael Lewis, who join their formidable talents in aid of their fellow brothers and sisters in Serbia who have recently been hit with devastating floods.Program will include arias, duets, trios and quartets from Tosca, Turandot, Carmen, The Magic Flute, Rigoletto, as well as Italian, Greek and Serbian songs by these world class artists. At the piano will be Opera Australia’s Frances Greep.The event is a charity fund raiser. When: Thursday 17 July at 7.30 pm Where: The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood To purchase tickets call 1300 795 012 or visit www.ticketek.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Honouring the best and brightest

first_imgIt is too often the case that those who work hard go unnoticed, but The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) is endeavouring to change that, with their annual HACCI Excellence Awards Gala Ball.Over the years the Hellenic Australian community has made a significant contribution to the shaping of Australia through its hard work and dedication, and the award ceremony is a chance to acknowledge and reward the best and brightest organisations and individuals in their chosen fields.There are six Awards for Excellence in total: The Spiros Stamoulis Lifetime Achievement Award, The Delphi Bank Business Excellence Award, The Professional Excellence Award, The Chris Saristavros Young Achievers Award, The Community Service Award, and The Sporting Excellence Award.HACCI itself has been recognised for its efforts in creating the awards event, which has been an annual highlight for more than 20 years and is considered to be the premier business and community awards for the Hellenic Australian community.Established in 1964, HACCI was formed to represent the Hellenic Australian business and professional community and to promote bilateral trade between Greece and Australia.The HACCI Excellence Awards Gala Ball will take place on Friday 18 November at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC at 7.00 pm. Tickets are $235 per person. To make a booking, contact the HACCI office on Thursday and Friday on (03) 9602 2977, or email rsvp@hacci.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more