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Exclusive Q&A: World Cup Kickoff Looms for Demo of Brain-Controlled Machine

first_imgQ: Getting down to the last few weeks before the kick, how is the project progressing?A: The scientific, the clinical, and the technological milestones have been concluded, so we’re pretty happy. Our eight patients have all experienced walking in the exo[skeleton]. They all had sensations that made them report that they felt like they were walking by themselves.Q: What’s your primary goal with this demonstration?A: My primary goal is to disseminate the passion for science around the world. I want people to know that in a country like Brazil that is well known for football, you can also do high-level science, and that high-level science can be produced by a global collaboration, in a nonprofit consortium.Q: Are you hoping to demonstrate anything to the scientific community?A: Not in the stadium. We are going to demonstrate a very beautiful thing, but the demonstration for the scientific community will come in the papers that will come afterward. … But we are not preparing this for peer review. This is a show for the world.Q: How does a person move the exoskeleton, and what can they control?A: The person has to imagine movements, and these movements are translated into commands that enact the movements in the exo. It’s a concept that we published way back in 2002 called shared control. Part of the higher order decision is done by the brain, and the low-level movement is enacted by the robot. [High-order decisions include] “start walking,” “stop walking,” “accelerate,” “slow down,” “turn left,” “turn right,” “kick the ball.”Q: How is this system different from other exoskeletons out there?A: There are several differences. I don’t know any other exoskeleton that is taking commands from the patient’s brain to be activated, move and stop, kick a ball, turn.Number two is this thing that we call artificial skin. … When the foot touches the ground, there is a wave of signals that are generated, and they are delivered to the arms of the subject through a shirt that contains small mechanical vibration devices. The patients’ brains, after a few sessions of training, associate these vibrations in the arms with either movements of the leg or touching the ground. So we documented plasticity in the brain of the patient.That feedback creates a higher order control loop that allows them to perform much better than if they didn’t have the feedback. Besides the improvements in motor performance, they have a much more vivid sensation that instead of being carried by a machine, they are literally doing it themselves.Q: What if the brain signals the person gives on the field, under pressure, are different from the signals in previous tests?A: We created a virtual reality room in our lab here in São Paulo where a soccer stadium is simulated while they’re doing the task. So we put the noise of football fans celebrating, we put flashes of lights. … If you can do this EEG task while listening to Turkish football fans, like they did, which are the loudest fans in the world, this crowd in Brazil will look like an elementary school class in comparison. Even if they’re screaming with the full strength of their Brazilian lungs, it doesn’t get close to the Turkish guys, I can tell you. We measured.Q: You originally intended to use implanted electrodes. Why the shift to EEG?A: When I saw the results of other groups that published invasive technologies in humans, they were really mediocre and not worth the risks of implants. So I decided that it was good, in the case of locomotion, to start with the known phase of technology. We saw that we had a new algorithm for EEG that could do more than I thought we could do before.Q: You have been critical of using EEG in neuroprosthetics.A: Yes, I was—and I am—for upper limb control, if you want to reproduce every detail of the kinematics. That is a bogus debate, because I’m doing locomotion, which is a completely different movement.For the upper limbs, everybody knows that if you’re inside the brain, you get much better results in terms of predicting the entire trajectory. I published tons of papers on this. I pioneered the field, so I know what this is about. Unfortunately, in the U.S. there is such a belligerent, competitive environment. Some neuroscientists cannot take the fact that we are doing something different.Q: Some have expressed concern that a very high-profile demonstration might give the public an unrealistic expectations.A: Francis Collins, the director of NIH [the National Institutes of Health], was visiting our lab 2 weeks ago. He was in Brazil and he made a point to come over here just to see that. And he loved it. He said it was a really great idea to profile science in a big sports event, to give something different to the public, for the entire world to see how well science can do and what great things we can expect in the future. So you can ask him directly. He was here, he gave a press conference to the entire Brazilian press lauding the effort and emphasizing that after 20-some years that NIH funded me in the United States, he was very proud and happy to see that a clinical application had come out of this.We need to make kids love science, and we need to give back to society a feeling that we are doing something with the taxpayer’s’ money. So I think the complaints you get are from people that could not make it to this stage, because they didn’t have quite a good enough idea to make it. There’s a name for it, in English, too. You can find it in the dictionary. We have it in Portuguese here. It’s called sour grapes.I wouldn’t have been able, perhaps, to do this in the United States today, because its hypercompetitive climate is basically killing basic science and the possibility of doing daring demonstrations like this. I’m trying to showcase the importance of science for society and what it can do for mankind.Q: Are you concerned that people watching won’t understand how much control the person has over the movement of the exoskeleton?A: No, because I have been very vocal and very open here in Brazil and all over, showing what is real, what is a possibility right now. This is just to raise awareness for the fact that we have 20 to 25 million people paralyzed around the world, and that science, if properly funded and supported, can do something about it. If we start now—this is just a symbolic first kick—we may be able to do something in the next few years.Q: When the last game of the World Cup is played, what’s next for your team?A: After we sleep for 2 weeks once we get this done, we’re going to go back to work. … We have mountains of data that nobody has ever seen. So we’ll be writing a lot of papers and then we’ll be working with the patients to perfect other details of the exoskeleton and to get more clinical data from them.Q: Brazil will host the Olympics in 2016. Do you have any plans for a demonstration there?A: Oh, sure. We have plans. Our good friends would love to know them, but we’ll tell them in due time. … I’ll let the critics have one more month of good sleep.An abridged version of this interview appears in the 6 June issue of Science. During the World Cup next week, there may be 1 minute during the opening ceremony when the boisterous stadium crowd in São Paulo falls silent: when a paraplegic young person wearing a brain-controlled, robotic exoskeleton attempts to rise from a wheelchair, walk several steps, and kick a soccer ball. The neuroscientist behind the planned event, Miguel Nicolelis, is familiar with the spotlight. His lab at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, pioneered brain-computer interfaces, using surgically implanted electrodes to read neural signals that can control robotic arms.Symbolically, the project is a homecoming for Nicolelis. He has portrayed it as a testament to the scientific progress and potential of his native Brazil, where he founded and directs the International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal. The press has showered him with attention, and the Brazilian government chipped in nearly $15 million in support.But scientifically, the project is a departure. Nicolelis first intended the exoskeleton to read signals from implanted electrodes, but decided instead to use a noninvasive, EEG sensor cap. That drew skepticism from Nicolelis’s critics—and he has a few—that the system wouldn’t really be a scientific advance. Others have developed crude EEG-based exoskeletons, they note, and it will be impossible to tell from the demo how this system compares. 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Game changer: Tim Tebow enters Mets camp ‘all in’ on baseball

first_imgNew York Mets’ Tim Tebow signs autographs at spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Fitzpatrick)PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — By now, Tim Tebow has shown he belongs in professional baseball. He’s fully committed to the game and much more comfortable on the field.Sometimes, though, he still sounds like a football player.ADVERTISEMENT “This will be like, sort of the biggest spring training for me,” the 31-year-old Tebow said. “This journey isn’t defined by just getting there. I think, shoot, I’ve already enjoyed it enough to say it’s worth it. The whole process. Would that be awesome? Of course it would. It would be such an amazing thing and it would be so enjoyable, but at the same time, regardless of what happens, I know that I’ll enjoy it every day and I think that’s the biggest thing for me.”In his second full season of minor league baseball, Tebow batted a respectable .273 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 36 RBIs in 84 games for Double-A Binghamton last year. The left fielder socked a three-run homer on the first pitch he saw, then hit .301 in June and .340 in 15 games during July. He even doubled in the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 11.Eight days later, however, he broke the hamate bone in his right hand while taking a swing. Season-ending surgery squashed any hope of a fast promotion to the majors.“He did a tremendous job last year,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “You have to give him credit for the strides he made.”They were evident Saturday during batting practice in a group that included top prospect Peter Alonso, a brawny slugger and fellow Florida Gators product.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss On his first day at spring training with the New York Mets, the former NFL quarterback was reflecting on last year, when he injured his ankle stepping on a sprinkler head at the beginning of camp.“I didn’t run or I didn’t play one snap of outfield,” Tebow said Saturday, eliciting big laughs while catching his own slip-up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNevertheless, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner is no fish out of shoulder pads anymore. He’s not on the 40-man major league roster, but he’s in big league camp for the second consecutive year and ticketed for Triple-A Syracuse in April.One step away. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Claudio Pizarro nets late to become Bundesliga’s oldest goal-scorer LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes And while some players bemoan the monotony of spring training, Tebow enjoys the workouts under the sun and inside the cage, always trying to improve.“I love the grind of it. I love the challenge,” he said. “Even like for football with training camp, I loved it. I think I was kind of weird that way, but I embraced it. I kind of think I’m the same way with baseball.”So even with revered ex-Florida coach Steve Spurrier pitching him a spot in the new Alliance of American Football, Tebow wasn’t interested.“It wasn’t very hard — and they’ve called a lot. And Coach Spurrier keeps calling — and I love Coach Spurrier,” Tebow said. “I’m all in on baseball. No way could I stop and not give this the chance after everything that I’ve worked for.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Means he’s pretty awesome,” said a smiling Tebow, who won two national football championships in college.Tebow’s thick arms and muscular frame helped him launch several balls over the fence on a back field. He’s been working with personal hitting coach Jay Gibbons, an ex-major leaguer who traveled with Tebow throughout the offseason while he worked his other job as a college football television analyst.Tebow said he took batting practice on countless college ballfields all over the country.“It’s hard contact. I think I need to have a talk with him about his conditioning. He’s probably not strong enough,” Callaway cracked. “So yeah, it’s raw power, it’s real, and the bat moves through the zone pretty swiftly.”“This kid has confidence, because he works. And I definitely see a baseball player out of Tim Tebow. Not just because he’s in a uniform, but because he wants it so bad,” the manager added.At the souvenir stand between Tom Seaver Curve and Willie Mays Drive, No. 15 Tebow T-shirts were on sale for $32 along with those of several other players. Tebow’s shirt was gray, while the big leaguers were in blue.“We’re just going to get him out there as much as possible,” Callaway said. “We want to get him out there and see major league pitching. And I know he’s going to continue to improve because that’s who he is.”Regardless of whether he ever makes it to the majors, Tebow has come a long way in a short time on the diamond after spending 2010-12 in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Remember, it was just a few years ago that he picked up baseball again for the first time since high school.A national celebrity also popular for his charity work and outspoken faith, Tebow was laughed at and criticized when he embarked on his new career. Last spring, limited to at-bats as the designated hitter because of an ankle he said was broken, Tebow went 1 for 18 (.056) in seven games with the Mets before returning to minor league camp. He said the pain caused bad mechanics.“It’s kind of hard to put into words how much more comfortable I feel, to be honest with you. Just in the little things. Shoot, in knowing what I’m going to grab to bring out there with me for practice, you know?” Tebow said. “Just playing catch, going through the motions, balls off the bat, off the wall, all of those things.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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FIFA Confederations Cup: Alexis Sanchez breaks Chile scoring record in Germany draw

first_imgAlexis Sanchez became Chile’s all-time leading scorer with an early goal in their 1-1 draw against Germany in a clash between the top two in Group B at the Confederations Cup on Thursday.Lars Stindl equalised for the world champions just before halftime although the game petered out in the second half as the high-octane Chileans appeared to run out of gas.The result left both teams level on four points each from their opening two games, although Chile have the better goal difference. Australia and Cameroon have a point apiece after their 1-1 draw earlier on Thursday.Sanchez’s goal was his 38th for Chile in 113 appearances as he overtook the previous scoring record held by Marcelo Salas.Chile again showed they will be a hugely entertaining side at the World Cup next year – provided they qualify.”I’m very proud of the intensity we played with,” said Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi.”Of course, as the game wore on, we felt the wear and tear but that is natural. It was a very high quality match and we showed we can compete at this level, and at times impose our style.”The top two teams go through to the semi-finals and there is one round of matches remaining in the group on Sunday, with Germany facing Cameroon and Chile playing Australia.SANCHEZ STRIKESGermany, now unbeaten in 12 games since their Euro 2016 semi-final exit, gifted Chile a sixth-minute lead when Shkodran Mustafi attempted to play the ball out of defence.advertisementHe sent his pass straight to Sanchez who played a one-two with Vidal and toe-poked the ball in off the post.The referee dampened Chile’s goal celebrations by appearing to call for a video reply, possibly to look at a scything tackle by Mustafi on Vidal, although the goal was quickly confirmed.Germany initially struggled to cope with the South American side’s high pressing and quick passing game and Chile came close to a second goal when Eduardo Vargas rattled the underside of the bar with a long-range drive.But Germany equalised against the run of play four minutes before halftime when Stindl turned the ball home from close range after Emre Can’s diagonal pass had sent Jonas Hector free on the left to fire a low cross into the middle.Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen then had to make a one-handed save at his near post to block a low drive from 28-year-old Arsenal forward Sanchez just before the break.The second half was much quieter with Stindl producing Germany’s best effort, a low shot saved by Johnny Herrera.”It was a very tactical, intense game and it was very, very demanding in that sense,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew, who has taken a young squad to the tournament.”We made a mistake but we immediately recovered and after that were very well organised.”last_img read more

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Liverpool F.C. to test Arsene Wenger’s faith in three-man defence

first_imgArsene Wenger’s faith in his three-man Arsenal F.C. defence will be sorely tested in the build-up to his side’s visit to a goal-hungry Liverpool F.C. on Sunday where any soft centre will likely be cruelly punished.The Frenchman’s decision to start the season with a system he introduced at the tail end of the previous campaign has so far looked questionable in a pulsating 4-3 home victory over Leicester City F.C. and defeat at Stoke City F.C.Wenger dropped Rob Holding for the visit to Stoke F.C., preferring Shkodran Mustafi alongside Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac at the back.It hardly looked any more secure and although the return of Laurent Koscielny from suspension should bolster his rearguard at Anfield, it would be no great surprise if Wenger reverted to a back four — his tried and trusted system.Whatever he decides, a perceived lack of steel in the Arsenal F.C. spine will have a Liverpool F.C. attack featuring the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino licking its lips at the prospect of facing the Gunners.Klopp on facing Arsenal: “They are an outstanding strong side. We need the help of the crowd. Let’s make it really difficult for them.” pic.twitter.com/BHtp1jRZSJ- Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 25, 2017??? Crowd performance??? Facing Arsenal??? Wenger respectJrgen Klopp on a ‘special game’ against the Gunners: https://t.co/eRrXMZa3kE pic.twitter.com/UwvKJiJfmD- Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 25, 2017″Liverpool always concede but, going forward, they will have miles too much for this current Arsenal side,” former Gunners midfielder Paul Merson said this week.advertisementIn the last three clashes between the sides Liverpool have racked up 10 goals and have not suffered defeat at home against Arsenal F.C. for five years.The likely return of Alexis Sanchez to the Arsenal F.C. starting line-up alongside big summer signing Alexandre Lacazette after a delayed start to the campaign gives Arsenal cause for optimism in a game that promises to be another high-scoring affair.Especially as Liverpool F.C. have hardly looked watertight at the back so far this season — beginning the campaign with a 3-3 draw against Watford in which their defending was shambolic.Continued uncertainty about Philippe Coutinho’s future has been largely disguised by the electrifying form of Mane, but there is no getting away from Liverpool’s defensive fraility.Despite being swept aside by Liverpool F.C. in the UEFA Champions League playoff in midweek, German club Hoffenheim scored twice at Anfield, underlining the problems manager Juergen Klopp must try to address before the transfer window closes. Reuters PhotoBuoyed by their UEFA Champions League qualification, Liverpool F.C. will start as favourites though as Klopp aims to continue his impressive record against the so-called big clubs.Last season Liverpool took 20 points from their matches against Chelsea F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Manchester City F.C., Manchester United F.C.and Arsenal F.C. — more than any other club.Arsenal F.C. managed nine, which is why all eyes will be on Wenger’s side as they attempt to shed the image of the lightweights amongst the title contenders.All eyes too will be on Sanchez whose future at the club remains uncertain — a cause of worry for the fans but not apparently for Wenger who says the Chilean will still be an Arsenal F.C. player after the transfer window closes.”He has always been focused on his job, he loves to play football and I don’t think he is too disturbed by all the (external) noises that happen,” Wenger said.last_img read more

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ODDS AND ENDS FROM THE NTL

first_imgThere are some new additions to the TFA Tournament staff this year. Welcome to Abby, Kasey, Ryan and Ebony and thank you for your help throughout what we hope will be an enjoyable tournament for you. Scorpions versus Rustlers at 12.20pm today, has also been decided as the Best Game of the tournament so far with Scorpions eventual winners, 8-5. Womens 20’sJessica Absolum (Suns)11 Womens OpenAngela Doyle (Rustlers)5 Gemma Etheridge (Rustlers)5 We have also had freelance cameraman, Kyle Hands out and about today, allowing teams to purchase DVD’s so they can view themselves in action. We’ve seen some brilliant touchdowns scored so far, and with finals around the corner and the cameras rolling during the finals on Monday, we’re sure to see many more. The top touchdown scorers at this stage are- With the NTL up and running we though we would put together a few statistics you needed to know and a few you didn’t! With the boys from the fishbowl keeping watch over the action and our roving reporters on the loose, nothing goes un-noticed! Every year the standard of Touch on display at the National Touch League just seems to get better.It’s only the end of day two, and already so far this tournament we’ve seen some thrilling games, some upsets and some truly courageous battles.Here are some best bits from the 2006 NTL so far: A tower has been put up in front of Field one, ready to start filming the Mens, Womens and Mixed Open finals on Monday to appear on Fox Sports in the coming weeks. The many spectators that come to Coffs to watch some Touch will easily be able to find out the scores on the main fields, with a new scoreboard set up for the finals. center_img The Best Touchdown we’ve seen so far occurred in Round 4 of the Mens Open division today where Scorpions scored a length of the field touchdown against Rustlers. We’ve spotted a Hot Stepper…Gian Guerra from Cyclones Mens 20’s left scorch marks all over field one this afternoon. Mixed OpenMichael Janco (Mets)7 Bianca Keehn (Scorpions)7 Mens 20’sAshley Shepherd (Sharks)8 Mens OpenMatt Prowse (Mets)13 Can you guess which TFA tournament staff member sleeps with her ‘Lamby’ and sucks her thumb at night? Kane and Adam from The Fishbowl, have voted that Sydney Mets has the nicest uniform this year.last_img read more

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TransCanada says no material change expected from US pipeline tax change

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says a recent U.S. tax ruling that eliminated a tax break for owners of certain interstate pipelines will have no material impact on its operations.Shares in TransCanada had come under pressure following the decision.The statement by the company follows a similar comment by Enbridge Inc. last week that said it did not expect a material change due to the ruling.The decision by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to no longer allow master limited partnerships to recover an income tax allowance from cost of service tariffs came in response to a 2016 court ruling that found its long-standing tax policy could result in double recovery of costs.TransCanada says about half of its U.S. natural gas pipelines 2018 revenues come from negotiated or discounted tariffs and therefore would not be materially impacted by the regulator’s actions.It says that percentage is expected to increase to about 65 per cent in 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP, TSX:ENB)last_img read more

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New Brock position among first of its kind in Canada

Brock International has created a new role that aims to help students bridge their cultural differences.Earlier this month, the University welcomed Trecia McLennon as its new intercultural communications co-ordinator — a position responsible for implementing intercultural competency and awareness programming at Brock.“I help people deal across differences,” McLennon said. “That can mean differences in race, language and cultures, the whole spectrum of diversity.”In the new role, she will work with students to develop and enhance their intercultural skills and knowledge, helping to bridge differences and foster a culture of inclusion and respect.“It’s about supporting the person, helping them to see things differently,” she said, adding her aim to to help students “be more global in their perspective.”Among the first of its kind at a Canadian university, the new full-time position stems from the University’s commitment to provide transformative student experiences inside and outside of the classroom while also focusing on creating globally competent graduates.The position is also integral for maintaining Brock’s strength as a destination for international students, as it creates an environment of belonging, where students feel welcomed and valued for their cultural background.“Intercultural competency equips students with the tools and skills to succeed in a rapidly changing, highly diverse and competitive education structure and global economy,” said Leigh-Ellen Keating, Director of Brock International. “It increases students’ ability to work together effectively, learn from their diversity and take advantage of the plethora of experience around them.”Brock sees the world inside its classrooms every day and is actively taking steps to celebrate and take every advantage of the globalized environment the University has created.As Janet Bennett of the Intercultural Communication Institute and renowned expert, intercultural consultant and co-creator of the developmental model of intercultural sensitivity states, “a more culturally aware community fosters innovation from diversity and will support academic excellence and research.”Jamie Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International added that “with the ability to effectively work with culturally different others being consistently rated as a top skill for employees for 2020 and beyond, this enhanced intercultural competency will help students succeed in their professional lives as well.”McLennon previously worked as an assistant professor in the school of International Studies at the University of Ulsan in South Korea, as well as an instructor of Global Management Studies at Ryerson University.Brock stakeholders wanting to learn more about how they can improve their capacity to work across differences are encouraged to reach to out to McLennon at tmclennon@brocku.ca or x6211. read more

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Ohio State baseball sweeps Siena in weekend series

Sophomore infielder Craig Nennig (7) hits the ball during a game against Siena March 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 8-5.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerA winless team was exactly what the Buckeyes needed.Returning from a road trip to Oregon after losing three of four games — two losses to Oregon and one to Oregon State — the Buckeyes played host to the Siena Saints (0-17, 0-0) in their home opener.After giving up four runs on two errors in its Friday win, the Ohio State’s baseball team (11-6, 0-0) shored up their defense and had strong outings from the bullpen to win two more games Saturday against Siena to complete the sweep.Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer started on the bump in the second game for the Buckeyes and did enough to claim the victory going 5.1 innings and gave up just one run on seven hits. The Buckeye offense gave him confidence early by putting four runs on in the second.After a leadoff double by sophomore first baseman Zach Ratcliff, redshirt-sophomore infielder Ryan Leffel drove him in with a single. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, junior catcher Aaron Gretz scored on a passed ball by Saints sophomore pitcher Bryan Goossens. With men on second and third and one out, sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn drove both of them in with a shot to center, but was thrown out trying to round it into a triple.With the score 4-1 in the top of the sixth, the Saints were threatening with the bases loaded and only one out. The Buckeyes turned to freshman pitcher Travis Lakins and he responded in a big way turning a 3-6-1 double play to get out of the inning with no damage.The bullpen didn’t allow a hit for the rest of the game and the offense added three more runs in the eighth to seal the 7-1 victory for the Buckeyes.“I’m always looking for a real good pitch to hit,” Kuhn said. “But really I have the same swing every time … it was a pretty good weekend.”Senior pitcher Greg Greve was given the ball to start the first game and found himself in some early trouble giving up a two-out RBI double to Saints senior outfielder Andres Ortiz.The Buckeye bats had Greve’s back, though, plating two on a single by redshirt-junior first baseman Josh Dezse in the bottom half of the frame.The Saints tied things up in the fourth on an RBI single from freshman catcher Patrick Ortland and then both teams traded runs in the fifth to keep the tie going into the sixth inning.Unfortunately for the Saints, Buckeye freshman relief pitcher Tanner Tully came in and dealt smoke for the final four innings. Tully pitched perfectly retiring all 12 batters he faced.“I was just throwing strikes, trying to get batters out,” Tully said after the last game Saturday. “I keep letting them hit it, but they kept hitting it to our guys.”Meanwhile, the Buckeye offense finally woke up in the eighth, taking the lead for good. They scored four runs capitalized by a two RBI triple from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson to give Tully and the Buckeyes a 7-3 win.After the impressive outings from Lakins and Tully, coach Greg Beals said he began to think about bumping them up to the starting rotation.“Our relief pitchers did a great job today, no question about that … Tully and Lakins have been really good,” Beals said. “Two freshmen that are getting good experience, those guys are fun to watch develop. We have to figure out whether our relievers are going to be starters.”Tully and Lakins looked like starters Saturday. Tully threw 51 pitches during his four innings of work, while Lakins showed poise getting out of a bases-loaded jam.Tully said his time as a starter will come later, but for now he is just trying to help the team.“I don’t really feel like a freshman anymore. Just trying to go out there and throw,” Tully said. “Maybe as I get older (I’ll start).”Beyond pitching, Beals is still looking for improvement on the offensive side of the ball. While putting up big numbers in a single inning is nice, he said he wants to see his batters put up a fight every at-bat, no matter what the situation is.“We need to find that fire starter every inning and get ourselves going. This has been very indicative of how we’ve been all spring … big inning then a bunch of zeros,” Beals said after the games Saturday. “We give our opponents’ pitching too easy of innings … we have to chase those guys.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to action Tuesday against Akron at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. read more

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Boring women including barbed wire collector and brown sign fan allowed in

first_imgIt is arguably the world’s dullest calendar, its glossy pages celebrating traffic cone collectors and roundabout enthusiasts instead of rippling muscles and celebrity status.But avid buyers of the Dull Men’s Club calendar might notice something a little different this year as, for the first time ever, “boring” women will also be gracing its pages. We are pleased to have these ladies who are passionate about every day, unglamorous things in the calendarLeland Carlson The couple have also made a 60ft-long underground station with curved walls so Mr Searle can display all of his signs.”I have always found Stuart’s signs and merchandise fascinating and the way he sets everything out in their correct settings,” Mrs Searle said.”We have people come to visit the collection and I like seeing the look on people’s faces when they see the station in our garden. I’ve helped Stuart to paint the station and it looks wonderful, we’re really pleased with it.”Meanwhile, Ms Gottfried admits mini golf is an “addiction” as she revealed she has visited 716 courses in the last nine years with her husband Richard, 36.“We’ve sometimes played on 50 courses in one week. We’re both quite competitive and we always try to see who can get the most holes in one,” she said.It was a 2001 trip to Texas that inspired Jacky Smith’s barbed wire passion. A visit to the Devil’s Rope Barbed Wire museum led to her wanting to find out more about the fencing and she new buys new varieties from dealers and attends barbed wire conventions. Mini golf fanatic Emily Gottfried, 34, who is obsessed with the game Mini golf fanatic Emily Gottfried, 34, who is obsessed with the gameCredit:Leland Carlson/Geoff Robinson Photography Dawn Searle, 59, who has embraced her husband Stuart 's (left) passion for collecting advert and railway signs, and helped him to build a life-size railway station in their back garden Admitting that her family find her hobby “rather strange”, Ms Smith claims she could “talk about barbed wire all day”.The women are joined in this year’s calendar by a number of “dull” men, including village pump spotter Dick Williams, 68, from Cheltenham; Wilfred Maw, 60, from Cumbria, who makes cutlery sculptures and Dave Shaw, 61, from Stockport, Cheshire, who repairs vintage radios.Mark Dabbs, 41, from Walsall, West Midlands, is also pictured. He has spent £50,000 and 25 years travelling to 45 countries visiting tombstones.The other men in the calendar include Ian and Stuart Paton who grow award-winning giant pumpkins near Lymington and Mark Leigh, from Surrey, who photographs lost gloves.The Dull Men’s Club was started in New York in the 1980s before branching out to the UK and elsewhere in the world.The Dull Men’s Club Calendar Great Britain 2017 is now available to buy from Stanfords bookshops in London and Bristol and on their website. Speaking after the launch of the £9.99 calendar, the women all revealed how they came to love their mundane hobbies.Ms Hone, a restaurant and pub manager who is married and has a young son, said she first started taking an interest in brown signs at university.“Soon after leaving university I quit my job, saved up some money and spent a year travelling around Britain following brown signs,” she said. She now also runs a website where she has compiled a list of all the brown signs in the UK.Ms Walker, 49, found her love for pencils – a “humble tool” – while working at the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick, Cumbria, five years ago. “People are unaware of all that goes into the manufacture of the pencil and it is remarkable,” she said.Prefabs caught Ms Blanchet’s eye after she moved from France to London in 2002. She regards her hobby as “like recording a British national treasure”, while Mrs Searle embraced her husband Stuart’s passion for collecting advert and railway signs and helped him build the 62ft-long station in their garden. 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. British buyers will be able to peruse pictures of Miss March, also known as pencil enthusiast Dawn Walker, and Miss August, a 72-year-old barbed wire collector from Dorset.Amanda Hone, 36, who has an obsession with brown tourist signs, Elisabeth Blanchet, who loves prefabricated houses, Dawn Searle, 59, who has built a life-size railway station in her back garden, and mini golf fanatic Emily Gottfried will also be featured.They were all discovered after Leland Carlson, the assistant vice-president of the club, spent a year travelling around Britain to find the women with the dullest hobbies.“We are pleased to have these ladies who are passionate about every day, unglamorous things in the calendar,” he said. “They are truly celebrating the ordinary.” Dawn Searle, 59, who has embraced her husband Stuart ‘s (left) passion for collecting advert and railway signs, and helped him to build a life-size railway station in their back gardenCredit: Leland Carlson/Geoff Robinson Photography last_img read more

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Microsoft secures Android patent license deals with Acer and Viewsonic

first_imgMicrosoft is no stranger to making money off patents. Since early 2010, the company’s legal team has been knocking on the doors of Android OEMs. The goal: strike licensing deals for Microsoft patents that are being infringed upon by the Android implementations shipped on millions of smartphones and tablets.Even at seemingly small dollar amounts like $4 per device, the licensing fees pile up in a hurry — and deals with the likes of HTC, Huawei, and ZTE have provided a nice boost to Microsoft’s bottom line. At the end of August, Microsoft decided to go after Google’s Android BFF, Motorola.Such a bold move — coupled with previous successful strikes — sends a clear message to other Android OEMs, and Microsoft has capitalized on its patents again as a result. This time, it’s Acer (who makes the sexy-but-underwhelming Ferrari Liquid E pictured above) and Viewsonic signing on the dotted line.A Microsoft spokesperson said that they’re please the companies are “taking advantage of [Microsoft’s] industry-wide licensing program” to address Android’s IP issues. That’s an interesting statement, since previously most of the talk had been about modifications made by the OEMs causing the infringement issues — not Android itself.It could just be a simple semantic slip-up, and ultimately it doesn’t matter if Android does infringe on Microsoft patents. Since it managed to make more money off HTC than it did off its own Windows Phone 7 licenses in the early going, Microsoft is probably quite content to continue seeking deals with the people actually making and selling Android devices and waiting for the residual money to roll in.More at the Microsoft News Centerlast_img read more

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Temperatures of up to 21 degrees and sunny skies in store for

first_imgTemperatures of up to 21 degrees and sunny skies in store for most of the week It will be pleasant all week – but the weekend is looking a little rainy. Monday 13 May 2019, 7:38 AM May 13th 2019, 7:38 AM Image: Shutterstock/liseykina By Conor McCrave Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4631945 8 Comments 20,644 Views Image: Shutterstock/liseykina WARM WEATHER AND sunny skies are forecast for Ireland this week but showers are set to make a return next weekend.Most of the country experienced clear blue skies with temperatures climbing into the mid-teens at the weekend.Conditions are set to heat up further this week and it looks like the rain will hold off.According to Met Éireann, temperatures will climb to between 15 and 20 degrees today “with moderate to fresh southerly breezes” and those conditions are forecast to last until Friday. “It will be coolest on south and east coasts and warmest in Connacht,” Met Éireann said. Although cooler conditions of 5 to 8 degrees will settle in at night, average daytime temperatures will reach between 16 and 21 degrees tomorrow.This will continue for most of the week and more “dry and good sunny spells” are expected on Wednesday and Thursday.Early indications suggest a break in the sunshine will come on Friday, and it will be between 12 and 17 degrees over the weekend. Showers are forecast to arrive in the east and the south, and will spread westwards on Friday afternoon.“Saturday and Sunday will bring a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers, these will be heaviest on Sunday with longer spells of rain possible,” the forecaster said. Share39 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Geek Deals Save 18 on a SainSmart Robot Car

first_imgWant to jump into the world of robotics? Maybe you want to teach your kids about the basics of electronics. This awesome little Arduino kit from SainStore is a great place to start. • SainSmart Robot Car for $77.99 (List price: $95.99)With your purchase, you’ll get a MEGA 2560 micro controller board, an Arduino Sensor Shield, a 4WD aluminum mobile robot platform, a dual H bridge DC motor driver, and an ultrasonic module HC-SR04 distance sensor. Assemble these parts together, and you’ll have a real robot spinning around the kitchen.If you’re looking for a neat project for the summer, this little robot car is a good jumping off point. Once you tackle this, you’re ready to try out even more exciting electronics and robotics projects with the like of Arduino and Raspberry Pi.Normally, this kit would sell for about 96 clams, but you can save $18 immediately when you order from StackSocial. Order now, and you can expect it by June 12 in the US or internationally.Note: All sales final. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals, head over to TechBargains.com.last_img read more

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Razor wire is most visible result of 210M deployment

first_img Posted: November 21, 2018 Razor wire is most visible result of $210M deployment Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter AP (AP) – The towering metal fence that divides the United States and Mexico at the edge of the Pacific Ocean has an imposing new feature: row upon row of razor wire.The wire that’s typically used in battlefields and on prison barriers is the most visible result of the $210 million military deployment along the U.S.-Mexico border, creating an imposing sight for the crowd of Central American migrants gathering in Tijuana.Soldiers and contractors have been installing different versions of the sharp wire barriers all along the border — on the fence, at ports of entry and on the banks of the Rio Grande in Texas to name a few.“This is what it really looks like – no climbers anymore under our administration,” President Donald Trump tweeted along with a photo of the fortified section in Southern California.Military officials say they have more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) of wire available to string up at strategic locations. Here are some questions and answers about the wire:___WHAT IS THE WIRE?It is called concertina wire, named after the musical instrument and its expanding and contracting bellows. It resembles barbed wire that’s commonly used to corral cattle, but it comes in flat coils that can quickly expand like its namesake, making it easier to store, transport and install.It has been the wire of choice for militaries around the world since World War I.Made in factories today using galvanized steel, concertina wire consists of sharp flat blades. It’s used to secure businesses, prisons and other government installations.Critics have blasted Trump’s military deployment at the border as an expensive political stunt — and question why active duty troops are needed for tasks that contractors could perform.According to figures reported to Congress on Tuesday, the Pentagon estimates the cost of the military’s mission on the U.S.-Mexico border will be about $210 million under current plans. That includes money for active-duty troops and National Guard troops.What’s not clear is how much has been spent on materials like razor wire.A ton of razor wire can go for several hundred dollars while a single roll can be bought online for as little as $30.___WHERE IS IT BEING INSTALLED?An initial 22 miles (35 kilometers) of concertina wire was shipped to the border when the first troops began to deploy to California, Arizona and Texas a month ago. Military officials said at the time they had more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) of wire available.It’s clear it won’t be strung along every mile as it would take 13 times that amount to span the U.S.-Mexico border. The border stretches about 1,950 miles (3,138 kilometers) from the Pacific Ocean to South Texas where the Rio Grande dumps into the Gulf of Mexico.It’s up to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to tell the military where to put the wire. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said the short-term objective has been to get enough wire and other barriers in place as requested by border officials.A Defense Department spokesman, Army Col. Robert Manning, told reporters earlier this week that more than 4 miles (6.8 kilometers) of wire obstacles had been installed by soldiers in Arizona and California.The focus has been in the San Diego area, where it can be seen by migrants waiting on the south side of the border. It also has been put up at the Otay Mesa port of entry in California and at less populated spots near crossings in Nogales and Douglas, Arizona, and in Laredo, Hidalgo and Brownsville, Texas.___HOW IS IT INSTALLED?Combat engineers — whose duties on the battlefield include setting up tactical obstacles to prevent the enemy from moving freely — are using their expertise to string wire on border walls and to erect temporary fencing.Forklifts, tractors and other heavy equipment are used to move the coils to where the wire needs to be installed.Wearing heavy gloves, crews space out the coils as if they were stretching a toy Slinky and the concertina is then affixed to the tops of walls or fences using bits of wire. In some spots, metal stakes are driven into the ground and used to support the wire.___DOES IT WORK?U.S. Customs and Border Protection released video last week showing a man cutting through wire that border agents had placed just hours before on a fence near Yuma, Arizona.Arizona Border Patrol agents for several months have been overwhelmed by the arrival of large numbers of Central American migrants traveling as families. During a 48-hour period last week, agents in the Yuma area apprehended more than 650 people who crossed illegally.Customs and Border Protection officials have argued that additional barriers and the deployment of National Guard and military troops have helped to free up agents. November 21, 2018 AP, last_img read more

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Missouri couple share in 588 million Powerball prize

first_imgDEARBORN, Mo. — Cindy Hill, a laid-off office manager who lives in a small town in Missouri, called her husband Thursday with urgent news that would change everything: “We won the lottery.””What?” he asked.“We won the lottery,” she repeated. But Mark Hill, a 52-year-old mechanic who works at a meat processing plant, is the kind of person who carefully checks the prices for everything he buys, and he needed proof. This is the “Show-Me State” after all.He drove to his mother’s house, where his wife was waiting with their quick-pick ticket, and confirmed for himself that the numbers matched those drawn for a record $588 million Powerball jackpot that they’ll share with an unknown winner who bought a ticket in Arizona.Missouri lottery officials officially introduced the Hills as winners Friday in front of reporters and townspeople gathered at the high school in Dearborn, which is about 40 miles north of Kansas City. The announcement was not a surprise. The Hills’ name began circulating Thursday, soon after lottery officials said a winning ticket had been sold at a Trex Mart gas station and convenience store on the edge of town.The Hills chose to take their winnings in a lump sum, not annual payments. Lottery officials estimated the cash payment at about $385 million, or about $192.5 million for each ticket.last_img read more

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Firefighters rescue baby ducklings out of storm drain

first_imgFirefighters came to the rescue to a flock of baby ducklings.The baby ducks fell through the grate of a storm drain near 52nd Avenue and Northwest 31st Avenue, Tuesday afternoon.Firefighters used a hose to flush them from one drain to another, where a net was waiting to catch them.The ducklings were then reunited with their mother.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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New poll says Oprah would beat Trump in presidential election

first_img(WSVN) – A new poll says Oprah Winfrey would beat President Trump if the 2020 election were held today.The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 48 percent of likely voters in the U.S. would choose Winfrey, while 38 percent would opt for Trump. The poll said 14 percent were undecided.The poll says 76 percent of Democrats support Winfrey, along with 22 percent of Republicans and 44 percent who say they are unaffiliated with any political party. Meanwhile, 66 percent of Republicans threw their support behind Trump, along with 12 percent of Democrats and 38 percent who were unaffiliated.More women have a favorable opinion of Winfrey than men, with 52 percent of women choosing her in the matchup with Trump, compared to 43 percent of men.Rasmussen says the survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted between January 8 and 9, beginning the morning after Winfrey’s appearance at the Golden Globes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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120 Teens Confirmed At St Thomas St Dorothys Last Weekend

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Congratulations to the 120 teens who received their confirmation from the Parish of the Transfiguration last weekend:Grace Elizabeth ArditoMolly Mary ArditoThomas Eric BaldiJulia Shirley BarryJared Francis BenoitChristopher Anthony BernazaniJason Paul BerubeGrace Elizabeth BrisboisAntonia Elena BrunettoErika Hannibal ByrnesBridget Patricia CallahanHannah Rebekah CallahanPatrick Steven CallahanLeah Dismas CamaraDomenic James CaplesSean Joseph CarlanSamuel Paul CedroneAlison Maryann CelataDavid Anthony ClementeDylan Nicholas ClericoKyle Leonard CollinsGerald Joseph Copson, Jr.Makayla Elizabeth CostaRobert Michael CourtneyThomas John CoxScott Christopher DackoLauren Maria D’ArcoMia Rose DeMarcoOlivia Catherine DennettMatthew Joanne DeSarioPeter Anthony DiAdamoMolly Elizabeth DuganBrian Michael DunfeyRyan Leo DunnAva Catherine ElliottNeal William FerreraJulie Anastasia FiguciaAllison Ann FischerAlex Joseph FitzlerJohn Leonard GaglioneAndrew Michael GallucciBrian Anthony GallucciDerek Robert GallucciColin Russell GatesVictoria Vitus GemellaroKaitlyn Mary GillespieHanna Davina GriffinMadison Joellyn GuyJoseph William HansenJessica Marie HaydukJustin Joseph HealeyMichael Richard HersomHayden James-Paul KaneJason Joseph KanihanJustin Nicholas LaFauciAnne Grace LagunillaDaniel Salvatore LuongoSean Paul LydonAshley Christina MacGilvrayIsabel Teresa ManningSophia Anne MaynardKelly Cathleen McClymerDaniel David McConologueChristopher John McElligottAidan Nicholas McGrathKatherine May McLaughlinCatia Cecilia MeloDevin Michael MilanoMatthew Andrew MillerAllison Millie MoodyTimothy Valentine MorrisEvan Sebastian MunroShannon Sebastian MurphyAbigail Jacqueline MurrayJenna Mary MurraySean Matthew MurrayKiara Veronica NadeauAndrew Thomas O’BrienPatrick Daniel O’Mahony, IIIHannah Magdalana ParrMatthew Enrico PendenzaPaul Louis PelletierConor Francis Xavier PetersonNicolas Calogero PiazzaKristin Maria PicancoEmily Emily PintoAnthony John PreziosoLiam Daniel PrigmoreDanielle Grace PucciaAlessia Fortunata PuccioJordan Veronica QuickAnnika Therese ReddivariSophia Delia RegoDenizio Edward RicuperoSean Paul RileyShane George RobertsCaroline Maureen RooneyJared Frederick RussellEmma Patricia RyanAshley Natalia SalernoAnthony Sebastian SavageColby Michael ScaplenColin Colin ScherrifAlyssa Carol SchuurmanRebecca Genevieve SeeMichael Michael SipseyKayla Sylvia SmithZachary Edward SmithStephen Joseph SmolinskyAlivia Jane SteenElizabeth Bernadette StokesKatelin Peter StoneDwight Nicholas Storer, IVNicholas Nicholas SullivanJenna Sally SweeneyLucas Prince TeaboJordana Maureen TravisNathan Patrick VibberEvan Richard WitaliszPatrick Andrew Xavier(NOTE: Cover photo from Jamie Boudreau of Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related180 Teens Confirmed At St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s This WeekendIn “Community”4 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”130+ Teens To Be Confirmed At St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s This WeekendIn “Community”last_img read more

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Huawei Nova 4 pushes the new holepunch notch trend further

first_img Apple No escaping the notch: 15 phones with screen notches Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Following CNET en Español’s exclusive report on Dec. 6, Huawei has officially announced the Nova 4 — one of the first in a wave of phones with a circular “notch” that’s expected to debut in 2019.In contrast to the wide “eyebrow” notch originated on the Essential Phone and popularized by Apple’s iPhone X, the Nova 4’s front-facing camera sits in a small, circular cutout in the upper-lefthand corner of the display. The O-shaped hole is nearly invisible when the phone is off or the display is showing a black image.Like the eyebrow notch, this O-shaped design is part of an effort to expand a phone’s usable screen space to the edges while leaving room for the front-facing camera and other important sensors. Slimmer bezels around the phone gives people more screen space for reading news and watching videos, without having to increase the size of the device.screen-shot-2018-12-17-at-9-41-38-am Huawei Huawei is one company that’s experimented with alternatives to the traditional notch. The P20, introduced in March, lets you turn off the notch in the phone’s settings. And the company has another phone with a hole-punch design in the works with the Honor View 20 — which like the Nova 4, has a 48-megapixel camera — scheduled to debut in China on Dec. 26 and globally on Jan. 22.Samsung has its own hole-punch design, called the Infinity-O display. Rumored to appear on the forthcoming Galaxy S10, it’s also in use on the Galaxy A8S. Lenovo may use a similar O-shaped cutout on its rumored Z5S.For now, the Nova 4 is on sale exclusively in Asia, but the company plans to unveil it in the US in January at CES 2019.screen-shot-2018-12-17-at-9-40-36-am Huawei Nova 4 specs:6.4-inch display (2,310 by 1,080-pixel resolution)Screen-body ratio of 91.8 percent48-megapixel rear camera, 25-megapixel front-facing cameraKirin 770 processor8GB RAM128GB storageRear-mounted fingerprint sensor18W fast charging over USB-C3,750-mAh batteryFour colors: red, black, white and bluePrice: 3,339 yuan ($490, £385 or AU$675) Comment Tags Preview • Huawei hopes Nova and Nova Plus will be shining stars of the midrange phone market Phones • Sep 1 • 7 phones with the best battery life: iPhone XR, Note 10 Plus and more 15 Photos Share your voice Huawei Novacenter_img reading • Huawei Nova 4 pushes the new ‘hole-punch’ notch trend further How to hide the notch on the Pixel 3 XL See All Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: 1 1:28 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Huawei Lenovo Samsung Applelast_img read more

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50 electric charging stations to come up in Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is going to set up electric charging stations in 50 places across the city with the help of EESL. EESL Managing Director Sarath Kumar and GHMC chief engineer Suresh Kumar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the presence of Mayor B Rammohan and Commissioner M Dana Kishore at GHMC head office here on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, mayor said that state government introduced electric vehicles in the city to curb the air pollution and he said that EESL would set up the electric charging stations in 50 places across the city.last_img read more

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Two arrested Mukul Roy booked for TMC MLAs murder

first_imgKolkata: BJP leader Mukul Roy was among the four people booked on Sunday in connection with the killing of Trinamool Congress MLA Satyajit Biswas in West Bengal’s Nadia district, a senior police officer said. Of the four people named in the FIR, two have been arrested, an officer of the West Bengal Police told PTI. Biswas (41), who represented Krishnaganj constituency in the state assembly, was shot from point blank range by unidentified assailants Saturday evening inside a Saraswati puja marquee at Phoolbari area in the district bordering Bangladesh. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose He was immediately taken to a local hospital where doctors announced him “brought dead”. “So far, we have arrested two persons in this case and detained another three. A country-made revolver used to shoot the MLA has also been recovered. “As per our primary findings, it seems that the victim was fired from behind and the act was the result of a well-planned plot,” the officer said. Asked about the chances of the assailants fleeing the area, the police officer said the state police have been put on a high alert. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “Nadia shares border with Bangladesh and there could be a possibility of them (assailants) trying to escape to the neighbouring country. Police have been put on high alert to check the movements along the border,” he said. Roy, a former TMC member of Parliament, joined the BJP last year after his relations soured with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Claiming that the attack was a conspiracy by the BJP, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said Saturday that those involved in the killing will be punished after a full- fledged inquiry. He also said the saffron party was trying to create disturbances ahead of the Lok Sabha polls and resorted to “politics of murder” by singling out leaders having mass bases. The allegations were termed “baseless” by Roy and BJP state president Dilip Ghosh.last_img read more

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