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Asian shares rise after vaccine maker boosts Europe supplies

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first_imgBEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets have gained after coronavirus vaccine maker AstraZeneca agreed to provide more doses to Europe amid rising worries about the disease. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Shanghai declined after two surveys showed Chinese manufacturing weakened in January. On Friday, Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index lost 1.9% after GameStop, a video game vendor, and some other shares that were expected to decline were sent soaring by day traders. Markets were rattled by AstraZeneca’s announcement it would supply the European Union with fewer than half the promised doses. On Sunday, AstraZeneca promised to increase European supplies and start delivery earlier.last_img read more

Slow pace, ice-cold shooting lead to ‘ugly’ game

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first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – During Friday’s game four of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the temperature inside the Conseco Fieldhouse dropped severely.Three-seeded Wisconsin and sixth-seeded Penn State combined for a shooting percentage of .311 in a 36-33 Nittany Lion victory.The Badgers, who are constantly noted for their slow-paced offense, clashed with the Lions who were fresh off a 61-55 win over Indiana little over 24 hours beforehand.Those two qualities – PSU’s fatigue and UW’s slow pace – made for an ugly game of basketball, according to PSU point guard Talor Battle, who finished with nine points on 3-of-18 shooting.“I told Jeff (Brooks) yesterday, ‘we’re getting massages’ and he goes, ‘T, you’re going to have 30 tomorrow and I’m going to have 45.’ I said ‘we’re only going to score 35’ and we had 36,” Battle said. “As the game went on I was like ‘wow I really called it.’ But it was an ugly, physical Big Ten game.”Brooks, who scored six points for the Lions, said the team eventually slowed down to the Badgers’ pace, rather than playing more of an up-tempo game.And as the shots didn’t fall from either side, it became clear the victory would have to be eked out.Penn State finished 13-of-39 from the field (.333) while Wisconsin hit just 15-of-51 shots from the field (2.94).“We didn’t have that energy to start the game and we were stagnant offensively, we weren’t moving and cutting hard,” senior forward Jon Leuer said, who scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.Wisconsin began the game by missing its first eight shots from the field, five of which came from three. Penn State, meanwhile, hit five of their first eight attempts and jumped out to an 18-2 advantage.UW head coach Bo Ryan said he wasn’t surprised that PSU, despite playing the night before, was able to jump out to a quick lead on the Badgers, who had not played since last Sunday.“It doesn’t surprise me when a team’s played the night before – they’re used to the environment, they got into it,” he said. “I can see a couple-possession-lead.”The Badgers failed to score their first points until junior point guard Jordan Taylor hit a jumper seven and a half minutes into the game.But that bucket came after UW head coach Bo Ryan sat all five of his starters on the bench four minutes into the game.Ryan’s message was delivered and Wisconsin whittled the 16-point deficit down to four by half’s end.In the second half, Wisconsin stayed within five points but were unable to gain the lead.Twenty-one of Wisconsin’s 51 attempts came from the perimeter, to which Wisconsin made just two for a .095 clip. But down by five with one minute remaining, senior forward Keaton Nankivil knocked down an open three-pointer from atop the key.On the ensuing drive, Battle drove to the basket but couldn’t get the layup to fall. Wisconsin rebounded, and with 15 seconds remaining, Taylor brought the ball down the court and attempted a three from the left wing but missed.After being fouled, Battle then hit a free throw and on the following possession, Taylor attempted an off-balanced shot from the perimeter with less than five seconds remaining but again came up short.For Taylor – who finished with a game-high 16 points – bad decisions and forced shots plagued the Badgers on Friday.“We forced a lot of shots today. Down two, I took a shot on the wing, a three, and I airballed,” he said. “Just didn’t make very good decisions throughout the game. Not much else to say.”last_img read more

Betfred ready for ‘The Agony…The Ecstasy’ of new EPL season with Zut Media

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first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Submit Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Related Articles Betfred launches its ‘The Agony…The Ecstasy’ multi-media marketing campaign ahead of the start of the new English Premier League season (10 August 2018).The campaign has been developed by Liverpool-based creative marketing agency Zut Media and seeks to capture punters emotions for the start of a new football season.Betfred’s ‘The Agony…The Ecstasy’ has been launched across TV, radio and digital verticals.The Manchester betting group has previously worked with Zut Media, who developed Betfred’s World Cup Russia 2018, social media engagement campaigns, launching the ‘Stuart Pearce – Nostalgia – Series’.At present, Betfred is the only betting client of Zut Media, however, the Liverpool agency has worked on sports-focused creatives for Liverpool FC, Everton, Umbro and O2.Speaking to UK business news source Prolific North (prolificnorth.co.uk), Natalie Bradford, Group Campaign Manager at Betfred commented on launching ‘The Agony…The Ecstasy’“Zut has approached the brief with a clear knowledge of the Betfred brand and a real understanding of our audience. The campaign is about the whole shared experience of being a sports fan and I am confident it will have a strong impact on our target audience,”last_img read more

DONEGAL AND KERRY HAVE €5,000 FINES UPHELD

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first_imgThe GAA’s Central Hearings Committee has upheld fines of €5,000 for Donegal and Kerry following their National Football match in Tralee earlier this month.Kerry won the game at Austin Stack Park by five points. Kerry players were involved in a large number of off-the-ball incidents, provoking Donegal players throughout.Kerry’s Alan Fitzgerald and Donegal’s Leo McLoone were both red carded, while there were two black cards and a number of yellow cards dished out by referee Eddie Kinsella after a number of flashpoints. Managers Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Rory Gallagher were summoned to Kinsella’s dressing room at half-time in an effort to reduce tensions and the The Central Hearings Committee (CHC) has upheld fines for both counties.The Central Competitions Controls Committee alleged a breach of rule 7.2 (d) (3), that is to say “Disruptive Conduct at Games by Players (not causing the Premature Termination of a Game).”Both counties sought a hearing after originally being hit with €7,500 fines respectively, but the CHC found that the alleged infraction had been proven and only slightly reduced the fines for the respective county boards, who can challenge the decision by appealing it to the Central Appeals Committee CAC).Donegal defender Neil McGee was banned for a game.  DONEGAL AND KERRY HAVE €5,000 FINES UPHELD was last modified: March 31st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South African rhino film wins award in New York

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first_img10 November 2015She was honoured with the award for Best Conservation Film, said South African filmmaker Reina-Marie Loader, because it meant the message in her documentary was reaching a variety of people.South African-born Loader won the 2015 award at an international film festival in New York City. She is the owner of the Cinema Humain production company in Vienna, Austria.Her documentary, Horn, has received many accolades, including a nomination for the Rhino Conservation Awards 2015 in July in the category Best Awareness, Education and Funding. On 23 October, the film won the award for the Best Conservation Film in the US.Horn, according to film and entertainment industry news agency Screenafrica.com, focuses on a side of rhino poaching that is usually neglected. It highlights the social causes that drive people to poaching and shows that the conservation of rhinos can be a problem-solver for disadvantaged communities living on the borders of game reserves.Loader explained that a connection with three rhinos in the Kruger National Park in 2011 prompted her to make a documentary about rhino poaching. “One morning I saw three rhinos emerging from the bush. They stopped and intensely gazed back at me for what seemed like ages. I’ve seen many rhinos before, but there was something about that morning and the way they were staring at me – it was different. Their magnificent frames were awe-inspiring,” she recalled.“At that point, I had only read a few reports of poaching in South Africa although there were in fact already many rhino killings. Conservationists outside of South Africa also warned us repeatedly that poaching was moving in our direction,” she said. “Largely though, there was not as much news about this silent threat creeping into our country.”Poaching of rhinos at the time was not such a hot topic, she said. “And that scared me a great deal.”South Africa’s fight against rhino poachingThere have been more than 1 600 positively identified poacher activities in the Kruger National Park so far this year, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs. This implies that there are three incursions each day, anywhere along the thousand-kilometre long Kruger border.By 27 August, 749 rhinos had been killed by poachers across the country. Of these, 544 were in the Kruger. This was an increase from the 716 rhinos killed by poachers countrywide by the end of August 2014. Of that number, 459 were poached in the Kruger.Along with many private sector and conservation organisation interventions, the Department of Environmental Affairs is working with the security cluster departments, namely Defence and Military Veterans, Police, and State Security, to curb wildlife poaching.Watch South Africa’s interventions against rhino poaching: The birth of HornLoader said that after seeing the three rhinos, she made up her mind to make the film. “I struggled until 2013 to get a minuscule budget together. I left my job at the University of Exeter and we started principle photography shortly after that in July 2013.“Since that day in 2011, I’ve often wondered if those three rhinos are still alive,” she admitted.An emotional topicFilmmaker Reina-Marie Loader, whose film Horn has won accolades for its conservation message.(Image: Cinema Humain)It made sense that her first conservation film would be about rhinos, Loader said. “I have always been interested in conservation – ever since I was a little girl. My love for animals (specifically elephants, rhinos, wild dogs and leopards) developed because of the exposure I had to wildlife as a child. My father was a conservationist and worked as an honorary ranger in several national parks.”It was a huge honour to be recognised internationally for the work done by her and her team. “(Winning the award in New York) means a great deal to us because it (conservation) was an emotional and important topic to us, also, because such a platform allows the film’s message to reach a wide variety of people.“Despite the fact that the film is about a dark situation we are facing in our country, it nevertheless insists that our country can deal with it.”It was South Africans’ duty to do as much as possible to save rhinos from exploitation and extinction, Loader said.The message of the filmThe rhino poaching crisis was one of the problems in South Africa at the moment, Loader said, pointing out that curbing poaching went hand-in-hand with finding solutions for social problems such as crime, unemployment and lack of education.“I often say it is very hard to stay optimistic in the face of all the problems that seem to confront South Africa at the moment. It feels like a tsunami of problems engulfing us, with rhino poaching being just one of them.“The film’s ultimate message is therefore one of hope, claiming that it is only logical to tackle rhino poaching as part of the overarching problem. And by tackling it, you start to address the other issues as well.“If we succeed in saving our rhinos without compromising our morality, the benefits will radiate outwards and affect all the other problems in a positive way. So protecting the rhinos can have a massive positive impact on the entire country.”South Africans should stand strong and communicate to the world that our rhinos belong here. We should send a message that we are taking responsibility for their lives in a way that reflects the dignity we believe all living things should have. “This would include conservation programmes focused on the needs of underprivileged communities, a no-compromise attitude towards prosecution of poaching criminals, and – crucially – a national antitrade stance.”Watch read more

New Subscription Service Tightens Apple’s Control Over Content

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first_imgTags:#Apple#NYT#web audrey watters Yesterday’s launch of The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s iPad-only newspaper, marked the introduction of Apple’s new subscription model – a way for publishers to offer renewable subscriptions to their app-based content. And while Apple is heralding the move as a way for publishers to get more customers, some are uneasy about the company’s efforts to channel all billing and delivery through its iTunes marketplace.The concern comes, in part, as a response to news on Tuesday that Apple had rejected Sony’s e-reader app as it allowed users to buy as well as read books from the Sony Reader store. That rejection caused immediate speculation (verging on panic) that this would have huge ramifications for other apps that do something similar – namely, the Amazon Kindle app, the Netflix app, the Barnes & Noble Nook app, and so on.Apple responded to the outcry, saying that “nothing had changed” in its Terms of Service. But whether it’s the spirit or the letter of the law, clearly things have, if only with the introduction of this new subscription offering.The Wall Street Journal reports that publishers have been notified that by March 31, “newspaper and magazine apps that don’t take payments through the iTunes store will be rejected.”Apple traditionally takes a 30% cut from developers’ app sales, but it’s not known what the company’s share of subscription revenues would be. For its part, Apple contends that by managing the billing, it will help publishers sell more content. Indeed, many publishers have long lobbied for Apple to add the subscription feature as it will improve delivery over the current system, which until now has forced users to buy a new app for each new “issue.” And as sales of digital magazines have been less than stellar, a better billing and delivery system may not be a bad thing.That is, of course, unless you’re a publisher who’s built your business model on selling digital content through your own website, rather than via the iTunes store. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Rode Announces the VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

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first_imgRode’s incredibly popular on-camera shotgun microphone series adds the impressive new Video Mic Pro Plus.All images via Rode. If you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera, odds are you own a Rode VideoMic. Even if you’ve upgraded your cameras over the years, I bet many of you still have Rode microphones. Not only are they fantastic, they are also incredibly affordable and easy to use.The new Rode VideoMic Pro+ is the newest in the series, and new features like an automatic power function with plug-in power capabilities makes this the best VideoMic yet.This shotgun microphone, like previous models, is compatible with camcorders, mirrorless and DSLR cameras, and portable audio recorders.The power is also an improvement. You can now power with AA batteries, USB cable, or built-in rechargeable battery. The rechargeable battery supposedly lasts over 100 hours of recording on a 2-hour charge time. Further, the AA batteries are easy-to-replace with a new battery door. I personally find the ability to use AA batteries over 9V a nice bonus.What’s most exciting is the plug-in power with Automatic Power Function, which will automatically turn the microphone on and off when the camera powers on or off. This is great because I know I’ve personally either forgotten to turn on (or off) my VideoMic in the past. More than once.The VideoMic Pro+ also features Digital Switching, giving shooters the best audio signal. The system uses a 2-Stage High Pass Filter to reduce low frequencies, 3-Stage Gain Control (with +20dB function) for DSLR or mirrorless cameras, High Frequency Boost for high frequency detail and clarity, and a Safety Channel to prevent clipping.The VideoMic Pro+ suspension still relies on the great Rycote Lyre system, perfect for handling camera movement and maintaining clear, quality audio.The Rode VideoMic Pro+ is available for pre-order at authorized dealers for $299. The microphone is set to ship in mid-August 2017.Rode VideoMic Pro+ Specs:Supercardioid directional pattern20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response3.5mm Mini-Jack Output, Dual Mono OutputAutomatic Power Function with plug-in powerPower via LB-1, 2 x AA Batteries, Micro USBBattery lasts over 100 hours Optimized Windshield ShapeDigital SwitchingRycote Lyre ShockmountRight Channel Can Act as Safety ChannelSelectable HPF and High-Frequency BoostIncludes Micro-USB & TRS Cables10-year extended warrantyYou can dive into all the new features in this in-depth video. Are you excited about the new VideoMic Pro+? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

‘K-and-K’ tandem with Ravena excites Alas

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first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “I’m happy because we know how Kiefer plays and what he brings to the table,” said Alas of the decorated playmaker.Alas already knows how to play with the former two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player after carrying the Philippines to a gold medal finish in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in the regional meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’ve been teammates with him and I know we had a great blend then. I know that we could recreate that here in NLEX and have a good partnership inside the court,” he said.Alas also believes that Ravena is more than ready for the rigors of the pro game, especially with the perfectionist approach of coach Yeng Guiao in the Road Warriors camp. Kiefer Ravena was picked second by NLEX in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFour years removed from their 2013 Southeast Asian Games run, Kevin Alas is elated to rekindle his partnership with Kiefer Ravena at NLEX.The Road Warriors nabbed Ravena at second overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday, giving coach Yeng Guiao a potent backcourt duo with Alas and Ravena, which he affectionately labeled as “K-and-K” tandem.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Knowing him, he has a high basketball IQ. He has proven that he’s capable of adapting to any system he’s been in and there’s no doubt that he can adjust pretty well in coach Yeng’s system,” he said.“In coach Yeng’s system, it’s the guards which usually thrive, so his addition will be a good sign for our team,” he said. “We compete in practice and with Kiefer now here, we’ll be sure to pull each other up.”center_img LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NBA Finals hangover? Steve Kerr says it can be very real Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20- Yuvraj, Harbhajan among probables for World T20 WC

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first_imgYuvraj Singh, who has started training after recuperating from a rare germ cell cancer, was on Wednesday named in India’s 30-member list of probables for the September-October World Twenty20 Championships in Sri Lanka.Seasoned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, 32, who has been on the sidelines for a quite some time due to poor form, has also been included in the squad.A few promising youngsters such as all-rounder Mandeep Singh and wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha and domestic veterans such as batsman Ambati Rayudu were picked in the list announced by the BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale.Paceman Laxmipathy Balaji, who last played an international match in 2009, is also part of the provisional list which will be pruned to a 15-member squad at a later stage.Yuvraj, who started practicing in Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy after undergoing chemotherapy in the United States earlier this year, was targeting a return to international cricket with the World Twenty20 Championships.In the T20 format, he is best remembered for his astonishing six sixes off one Stuart Broad over at the 2007 edition of the mega-event.The 30-year-old Yuvraj was expected to make the cut at least in the preliminary list given that the selectors were themselves keen on having the flamboyant left-hander back in the squad.”I think a guy who has won the World Cup for us deserves to come back,” chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth had stated.Surprise picks in the squad are long-forgotten Balaji, who has not played any Twenty20 for the national team. In fact, Balaji’s last ODI appearance for the country was back in 2009 against Sri Lanka.advertisementThe rest of the squad features players who have been in and out of the team on a rotational basis.Youngsters in the line-up include batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who would be filling up for Sachin Tendulkar in the upcoming tour of Sri lanka. Shikhar Dhawan, who endured an indifferent tour of the West Indies with the India A squad, has also been included.The IPL effect was there to be seen in the squad with the selectors including 20-year-old all-rounder Mandeep Singh in the squad.The Kings XI Punjab player, who is a former under-19 captain, has been rewarded for his fine performance for Kings XI in the IPL.Rayudu has also got in on the merit of his consistent IPL performances for Mumbai Indians.Regular stars such as Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan have been expectedly included.The Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Naman Ojha, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, L Balaji.last_img read more

23 days agoFlamengo veteran Dani Alves: Guardiola a football gift

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Flamengo veteran Dani Alves: Guardiola a football giftby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFlamengo veteran Dani Alves heaped praise on Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Alves arrived at Barcelona just a day after Guardiola took charge of the club and together they went on to win three La Ligas, two Copa Del Reys, two Club World Cups, two UEFA Supercups, three Spanish Supercups and two Champions Leagues.”I think Pep is a genius,” the right-back told CNN.”A genius that football gave us as a gift, as a coach, as a person. How he got the best out of every player — those that played a lot, those that didn’t play as much — creating a synergy with a lot of respect between those inside the team.”That puts him in a very special position in my life and a very particular position. I think he’s a nonconformist genius, a methodical genius, a perfectionist genius and I think that makes him unique.”Wherever he goes, he can win more or he can win less, but I think a player that works with him will never be the same. Every day is a learning [curve], it’s a class like you were going to college. It’s a discipline because you learn something more.” last_img read more

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