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Mbappe, Not Messi, Stars as France Beats Argentina 4-3

first_imgKAZAN, Russia (AP) — What Lionel Messi has never done, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe did twice.The quick-footed French teenager scored two goals in a five-minute span of the second half to help his team rally for a 4-3 victory over Argentina. Saturday’s victory gave France a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.Messi, who turned 31 during his fourth and possibly final World Cup, set up a pair of goals but again failed to score in a knockout match at the biggest event in soccer.Mbappe got his two in his first attempt.“Of course, as I’ve already and always said, in the World Cup you have all the top level players so it is an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are,” said Mbappe, who now has three goals in Russia. “There is no better place than a World Cup.”Mbappe was a constant threat to Argentina’s creaking defense with his speed and skill and was at the heart of France’s often-breathtaking display, particularly in the middle of the second half.He became the second teenager to score multiple goals in a knockout match at the World Cup. Pele was the other, doing it twice at 17 at the 1958 tournament in Sweden.France’s Kylian Mbappe, left, celebrates with team mate Lucas Hernandez after scoring his side’s third goal during the round of 16 match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)“It is flattering to be the second one after Pele but let’s put things in context. Pele is another category,” Mbappe said. “But it’s good to be among the players to score in knockout matches.”With the score 2-2, Mbappe got his first goal with a cool finish from a tight angle in the 64th minute, his low shot going under Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani. Four minutes later, he slotted past Armani again after he was put through on goal by a deft pass from Oliver Giroud.Mbappe also helped France to its first goal. Following a sustained period of early pressure, he won a penalty after a 40-meter burst of speed that ended with him being brought down by Marcos Rojo. Antoine Griezmann then scored from the spot in the 13th minute, sending Armani the wrong way.“Our team is much younger, but we are there. We answered the call,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “It was not easy because we were leading and then there was an equalizer. Then they led 2-1, but we kept fighting. There is an excellent mentality in this group and we did everything to go further. We couldn’t miss it and we did win it.”Mbappe was born a few months after France won the 1998 World Cup at home, its only title at the tournament. Deschamps was the captain of that team and Zinedine Zidane scored two goals in the final.“People remember more the World Cup victory than the year I was born,” Mbappe said. “It is normal (because) it was the time we were World Cup winners, so that is obviously what they remember.”France will next face Uruguay in the quarterfinals on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod. Blaise Matuidi will miss the match after receiving a second yellow card of the tournament.France’s Kylian Mbappe, left, is fouled by Argentina’s Marcos Rojo, drawing a penalty, during the round of 16 match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Argentina briefly took the lead in the 48th minute at Kazan Arena, but France defender Benjamin Pavard equalized nine minutes later with a superb strike from outside the area.“It is too soon to analyze concrete mistakes we might have made,” Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said. “I am sure there might have been mistakes.”Argentina got its goals from Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Mercado and late substitute Sergio Aguero. Messi set up the latter two, first sending a shot on goal that Mercado deflected into the net in the 48th.With time winding down, Messi gave Argentina a bit of hope with a cross to the left that Aguero headed into goal in stoppage time.Di Maria’s goal was one of the best of the tournament. Following a throw-in, he hit a hard shot from 30 yards that curled into the top right corner, beyond the dive of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.“We played against a team that was very, very fast in transitions,” Sampaoli said. “We were able to turn around the match but after a very short time during a very strange play, we lost our advantage.”For Argentina, it was the first time the team has scored three goals in a competitive match and lost.For Messi, it means he still has never won a major international title with Argentina.—By PAN PYLAS , Associated PressFrance’s Paul Pogba, top, celebrates wit team mates after France’s Kylian Mbappe scored his side’s third goal during the round of 16 match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts as France players celebrate taking the lead with their side’s third goal by France’s Kylian Mbappe, during the round of 16 match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the round of 16 match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)France’s Kylian Mbappe, left, is fouled by Argentina’s Marcos Rojo, drawing a penalty, during the round of 16 match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

FPGAs enable development of safety-critical embedded systems

first_imgElectronics are always safety-critical when faults or failures endanger human lives or can cause major environmental and/or material damage. Safety-critical systems must therefore always function reliably. Essential functional safety can be realized with FPGA logic. Figure 1. A board with FPGA implementation is the 6U high-performance SBC with 16 cores and FPGA-based VMEbus interface. It is used in the LHC of the CERN Institute and is not only technically considered a safe board among developers. By Michael Henze, MEN Mikro Elektronik                               Download PDF version of this article The specifications for safety-critical embedded systems are often given for specific industries and are subject to strict standards. There is no scope for errors in hardware or software. Typical applications can be found in trains, buses, ships and aircraft as well as in more complex applications in industrial automation, medical technology or the energy industry. The factor of functional safety must be accorded particular importance in this context. But is it possible to design a system in such a way that it absorbs all known risks through its design? This includes accidental failures caused by component failures, EMC influences or cosmic radiation as well as possible design errors that can be avoided during development by appropriate processes. And is it possible to certify systems according to the safety standards of the different markets if most of the available standard components do not cover these standards by default? A self-generated verification is usually very time-consuming – especially if the components are complex. In addition, it is sometimes only possible in cooperation with the component manufacturer, as this also requires an insight into the production processes. But do they go along with it? Often not, because functional safety is a niche market for most suppliers of standard components used in embedded computers. But how can this dilemma be overcome and yet functionally safe systems developed?A very good alternative to the retrospective testing of standard components, as prescribed by the EASA certification memorandum EASA CM – SWCEH – 001, is the use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays, or FPGAs for short, in which the function is mapped in a new and compliant manner to the respective safety standards. This solution is ideally suited for the exact fulfilment of the safety-critical requirements of the respective industries. It even opens the possibility of efficiently implementing even highly customer-specific designs with small batch sizes and offering them at attractive prices. This makes them the suited basis for ensuring application-specific functional safety. The advantage of FPGAs is that it is not necessary to redevelop everything. Rather, functional IP building blocks can be combined as required, which saves both costs and development time. This is possible not only for the design of a specific FPGA, but also for the design of a board or system with several FPGAs, which receive their highly individual functionality via the respective FPGA adaptations.Figure 2. The standard FPGA on the Rugged-COM Express module CC10C with ARM i.MX6 processor provides flexible, customizable I/Os. However, before a safety-critical design can be qualified and certified, a proof of its behavior in the event of an error must be provided. This is comparatively easy with development tools for FPGAs. In the virtual development environment for FPGAs, even serious or complicated errors can be provoked to test the error behavior of the system or to check whether the system has a defined error behavior. This form of simulation is not common in software, but is part of the basic tool for FPGA design – it is also used for so-called normal developments, which do not have to meet any functional safety requirements. In this respect, FPGAs do not require any additional toolchain effort. The simulation can also be used not only to prove the correct error behavior, but also to prove the correct implementation of a function. It is therefore possible to create complete simulation reports, which can then be submitted to TÜV or other certification service providers, for example.Monitoring of proper conditions is also extremely important in the safety-critical area, as this is the only way to detect failures and initiate appropriate actions. For example, temperatures, the functionality of components or the receiving of data must be monitored and analyzed to achieve a safe state in the event of deviations from setpoint values – such as stopping a machine or stopping a train in a controlled manner. However, finished components for the connection of input and output units – such as serial interfaces or GPIOs – rarely contain such monitoring functions as are required for functional safety, for example in accordance with EN 50129 for railways or in accordance with IEC 61508 for electronic systems with a safety function. Such functions can also be mapped very efficiently in FPGAs if there are no suitable microcontrollers. The integration of such monitoring functions into FPGAs also offers the advantage over microcontrollers that they are freely configurable and can be adapted to the application.The saying never change a running system particularly applies to functionally safe systems. On the one hand, the costs for verifying functional safety in accordance with the standards are high and must be reproduced every time a change is made – which means that they are very cost-intensive. On the other hand, when changes are made, there is always the risk of installing a new error. For this reason, systems have been used for decades without revision, especially in rail transport and aviation. This also necessitates an obsolescence strategy for components, since standard components for industry are rarely available for more than 5 to 10 years. FPGAs offer decisive advantages here. The function is not in a dedicated component, but in the programming itself. As a result, component discontinuations are comparatively easy to handle, since the code can be ported to new FPGAs with identical functionality. Project lifetimes of more than 30 years are no problem, even if the FPGA manufacturer has to be changed. This also provides independence from a certain supplier.With FPGAs, it is also always possible to integrate additional functions at a later date – for example, to upgrade the system. This flexibility naturally also has an effect at the beginning of the product lifecycle: if some of the hardware functions are implemented in FPGAs, this part can be tested parallel to further development. Such a procedure saves time during subsequent commissioning and testing of the entire system.One of the most common requirements, especially in the safety-critical area, is the support of extended temperature ranges – usually from -40 to +85°C. Even here, there are often problems to find appropriately qualified standard components. However, at the latest with an extremely extended temperature range of -55 to +125°C, it becomes considerably more difficult or impossible to get components for the various hardware functions. However, FPGAs offer a sufficiently wide range for these extreme temperatures.The most important strategy for making a system less risk-prone is redundancy – i.e. the functionally identical multiplication of important components in order to be able to compensate failures of individual components without any problems. A component that paralyses the entire system due to its failure is called Single Point of Failure (SPOF). Any important building block can be such an SPOF. In aerospace applications, for example, memory errors caused by cosmic radiation are a problem. These lead to effects such as Single Event Upsets (SEU) or Multi-Bit Upsets (MBU), where one or more bits in memory elements jump from 0 to 1 or vice versa. If critical components such as a CPU in multiple redundancy with voting are present, this increases functional safety and availability. Such redundancies including voting functionality can be built up with FPGAs, which offers the advantage that this logic can be easily copied in every instance by copying and pasting the IP logic. In the FPGA, this redundancy is repeated again in order to be able to complete its calculation, if an FPGA flip/flop fails. As a result, an almost SEU-immune implementation can be realized, when using a flash-based FPGA.In the safety-critical environment, predictable execution times are also required in addition to reliability. The system must react to an external event in a defined time, even in the worst case. However, typical computer architectures use interrupts and DMA topologies that can negatively affect the response times of individual tasks when another task requests the same resources. The required deterministic behavior – i.e. exactly predictable in terms of time – is then difficult to achieve. For this reason, such solutions are not used for hard real-time requirements. FPGAs support real-time capability, however, since they are built in parallel. This means that the different processes do not compete with each other, but take their own predefined path, which is not disturbed by other events. This makes it much easier to ensure deterministic real-time capability with clearly defined behavior over time.In the context of functional safety in times of the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and Mobility 4.0 one sooner or later also comes across security in the sense of protection against manipulation. Here too, FPGAs offer many possibilities to protect the application against manipulation, unauthorized access or duplication of data. For example, a unique key can be programmed in the FPGA. There it is stored in encrypted form in a non-volatile memory. This key can then ensure that data can only be read by applications and people who know this key. The key can also be used to identify the device communication with other devices. Because it is hardware-based, it can no longer be manipulated on the software side, which always uniquely identifies the device. A code, which is implemented in hardware cannot be copied as easily as software. In this way, an FPGA can assume valuable security functions that go much further than, for example, a Trusted Platform Module. They even have a very specific advantage over standard solutions, because if they are programmed individually, they are much less susceptible to hacking.In addition to all these advantages of FPGAs, there are also limits to their use. On the one hand, there are the costs. They are, of course, more expensive than standard components manufactured in large batches. FPGAs can also only be used to a limited extent to implement complex solutions, because from a certain level of functionality it is better to switch to a combination of software and hardware, since microcontrollers and application processors already have a fundamental logic including various I/O interfaces off-the-shelf, which would have to be developed for FPGAs. Nevertheless, you can do a lot with FPGAs of course. For example, x86 logic already exists in FPGAs. But we are still a long way from reproducing the entire software logic that exists for x86 in FPGAs. Advantages and disadvantages must therefore be weighed up depending on the application and existing standard components. In principle, FPGAs offer flexible and safe alternatives for almost all challenges, where on the hardware or software side you would long ago have come up against development limits. Many applications that rely on functional safety cannot do without FPGA logic today.Companies such as MEN Mikro Elektronik specialize in such FPGA-based platforms for safety-critical embedded systems and are also familiar with the requirements of specific industries. In some industries it is common practice, for example, that FPGA development is not considered in the standards, but solution providers today like to rely on the simulation results of FPGA development tools to save documentation effort for certification. In spite of all the effort involved in development, FPGAs can also save considerable time in terms of certification expenses, which sometimes cost more than the development itself. And there are already many MEN function blocks that are used in certified applications. On the one hand, they fulfill core functions of the boards. On the other hand, they represent specific I/O functions. For example, MEN IP building blocks for FPGAs include: graphic and touch display controllers, fieldbus interfaces such as CAN and MVB, different UARTs like RS232 or RS485, Ethernet and HDLC interfaces, SRAM and flash memory controllers, and GPIO, digital I/O, counter, quadrature decoder and PWM functions.All these IP cores can be combined with cores provided by Altera (Avalon Bus) or the Open Cores Community (Wishbone Bus). Bridges developed by MEN from Wishbone-to-Avalon and Avalon-to-Wishbone round off the application-ready FPGA logic range, which is continuously being further developed and can of course also be adapted and or extended to customer-specific requirements.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Simplified multicore debugging in real-time safety-critical applicationsNext Optical bypass technology enhances security in road traffic managementlast_img read more

England line-up dubbed ‘worst ever’ by fans

first_imgEngland ‘Worst XI England have fielded?’ – Fans bemused by experimental Three Lions team Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 23:40 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane Jordan Henderson England 05102017 Getty England Lithuania v England Lithuania WC Qualification Europe WTF Two players receive debuts in a much-changed Three Lions team, but not everyone is happy to see Gareth Southgate field such an experimental side Gareth Southgate has named an experimental England XI to face Lithuania, but his decision to rotate his players after securing World Cup qualification has left fans bemused.England win and BTTS 5/2Harry Winks and Harry Maguire will make their England debuts, while Aaron Creswell is handed his first start for the Three Lions. Despite Southgate testing out fringe players ahead of the 2018 World Cup by giving them competitive experience, supporters were not happy with the selection, with some even questioning whether it’s the worst England XI ever. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson was singled out for criticism, with one fan saying his inclusion gives hope to everyone of lining out for their country.Here’s how the #ThreeLions will line up tonight! pic.twitter.com/KfGJpw8IYK— England (@England) October 8, 2017Could just about be the worst XI England have fielded in a competitive game surely— Clivee (@CL1VE_A) October 8, 2017Possibly the worst ever England line up. Not a chance of me watching the game https://t.co/ieIwpLbJ5f— Matty. Hunter. (@MattyHunter22) October 8, 2017England’s likely midfield today:Trippier Winks Henderson CresswellSure that will get everyone buzzing about the national side again…— Richard Innes (@bigrichinnes) October 8, 2017Mark Noble is currently starting a new game as England manager on football manager as it’s his last hope at getting an England cap.— Becky (@becksthfc) October 8, 2017Maguire, Winks, Cresswell. England’s starting XI looks like a bunch of Football Manager regens have come through after 3-4 years.— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) October 8, 2017Aaron Cresswell isn’t even the best left-back at West Ham yet he’s starting for England todayBring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017Henderson gives hope to everyone they can play for England one day— michael blackman (@MichaelNemo89) October 8, 2017England face Lithuania in their final 2018 World Cup qualifier, with the game kicking off at 17:00 BST.last_img read more

England’s Eddie Jones uses local nous to try to beat World Cup travel sickness

first_imgShare via Email Rugby World Cup 2019 Read more Reuse this content Steve Hansen sings Eddie Jones’s praises while reworking All Black machine Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Between now and next month, when Jones and other staff members will make a further detailed recce, it will be interesting to see how many of England’s rivals make similar requests. At the last World Cup – not that it did them much good – England stayed in Bagshot for all but the last few days of their pool campaign. The All Blacks bounced around a range of locations and swept all before them.In Jones’s eyes, however, anything that simplifies the multi-dimensional challenge in 2019 is to be encouraged. While he suggests England will have “no excuses” after a pool draw that builds neatly towards the key games against Argentina and France, he is certain the first Rugby World Cup in Asia will be a sizeable culture shock. “Japan’s not a rugby country, so everywhere you go, generally speaking, there aren’t rugby facilities,” he said. “You can see every team is clamouring to play over there. Australia are playing two Tests, New Zealand are playing at least one while Scotland and Wales have already decided on their training bases. It’s a bit like an arms race. Everyone is racing to get sufficient knowledge to maximise their opportunities there.”Jones’s plan is for England to arrive just under a fortnight before the Tonga game, already knowing what to expect. Basing his team in Sapporo initially does not greatly appeal – “Sapporo is not a rugby city and it’s in the middle of nowhere” – but he likes the notion of playing the Pumas in Tokyo – “I used to live two train stations away and know it well” – followed by France in Yokohama, the venue for the final on 2 November.“It gives us a chance to experience a ground we will potentially be playing at later in the tournament,” said Jones, a line which may amuse one or two of England’s oldest rivals.If both England and New Zealand top their respective pools, they could conceivably meet in a semi-final in Yokohama but there is plenty of rugby to be played before that is remotely guaranteed. The All Blacks and South Africa are due to face each other on the opening weekend, when Ireland and Scotland will also collide.The most welcome news, though, is the enhanced fixture matrix which hands every tier‑one nation at least one short turnaround, previously the fate of lowly minnows. Scotland will have three days to recover before their key final Pool C game against the host nation (who will have twice as long) but otherwise the spread is much improved.Individually it remains an inexact science with certain players, as Jones points out, able to recover much faster than others. “Some guys love it. Guys like Owen Farrell and George Ford; they just think: ‘How good is this, playing rugby all the time.’ Some will struggle to back up two games but I want our best players playing all the time.”As England’s injury issues this week have demonstrated that is not a situation even Jones can always control. The casualty list in Portugal has slightly eased, with all but Jonny May and Joe Launchbury potentially available to train on Friday, but a number of summer Lions are set to miss one or more of their side’s autumn Tests.“They are badly de-conditioned in a lot of cases,” Jones said. “They’ve come off a tough Lions tour and had a short pre-season so they have missed a whole chunk of preparation time. On Saturday or Sunday the staff will sit down and assess what we do with each player: how many games they play, if they play. It’s all done completely individually.”Another wing may be called up, with Jones declining to rule out Marland Yarde despite his acrimonious departure from Harlequins and Chris Robshaw’s less than complimentary verdict on his former team-mate. “I love players being honest,” Jones said. “What Robbo said about Marland won’t have any effect on his [Yarde’s] selection for England.”Five talking points from the 2019 World Cup draw1) Canada or Uruguay set to weep after tiers shortcutsThere are certainly examples of tier‑two nations having short turnarounds in 2019 but World Rugby has made a concerted effort to avoid any incidences where they come before playing a tier‑one opponent. Tonga have at least five days off throughout whereas Americas 2, either Canada or Uruguay, are already looking like cannon fodder. It at least means that some tier‑one sides have the novel experience of having only three days off between fixtures.2) Japan welcome role reversal with ScotlandIt will not have been lost on Scotland that they play their last pool match against the hosts, Japan – among the strongest tier‑two nations – on the back of three days off. Japan will have had seven days’ rest. In 2015 Japan faced Scotland three days after overcoming South Africa, enduring a defeat that denied them a place in the quarter-finals.3) Plan ahead will be the watchwords for Australia Australia, now in Yokohama preparing to face Japan, have perhaps done the best out of all the realistic contenders for the title. Their shortest turnaround is six days, perhaps benefiting from the fact there is justifiable demand to make the Wallabies prime time for Japanese audiences. The downside for them is a vast amount of travel. Their planning will have to be meticulous to maximise the benefits of their days off.4) Curtain-raiser opponents not known till springAs hosts, Japan were guaranteed to kick off the tournament but their opponents – Europe 1 – leave the curtain-raiser on the anti-climactic side at the moment. As it stands, it will be Romania but we will not know for sure until March – two months after tickets go on sale. It may go some way to explaining why New Zealand and South Africa are scheduled to meet a day later.5) England pool campaign likely to be a slow burner As Scotland’s match with Japan is at the end of their pool stage, it means their opening fixture – against Ireland – takes on added significance. England’s pool, however, is back-loaded. They finish against France, who are likely to pose the biggest threat, which means England’s campaign will likely be a slow burner until then. Tonga are, in one sense, a menacing challenge first up, though – the physios will be earning their corn after that one. Gerard Meagher Support The Guardian Eddie Jones Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here…center_img Rugby union England rugby union team Share on Messenger Topics Share on WhatsApp Japan will not be welcoming the rugby world for another two years but the release of the 2019 match schedule highlights the unfamiliar challenge on the horizon. According to the much-travelled Eddie Jones this World Cup will differ from its predecessors and England’s head coach hopes his extensive local knowledge will assist his squad in the tournament.Having lived and coached in Japan, Jones is well aware of the logistical issues prompted by England having to play their first two pool fixtures inside five days at venues almost 1,000 miles apart. Switching from Sapporo in the northern island of Hokkaido, where England kick off against Tonga on 22 September, to the southerly city of Kobe for the game against the United States, will be awkward preparation-wise and Jones has an alternative plan.The Australian would prefer England to spend most of their time in one location and is seeking permission from the organisers for his squad to transfer to the match venues only a day or two in advance. “We will be asking if we can possibly stay in the same city and fly out from that city to the various grounds,” Jones said. “Japan is going to be fairly unique so I think they have to be quite flexible in the way you set up as a team there.” Share on Twitter news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby World Cuplast_img read more

Report: Egypt 0 Uruguay 1

first_imgEgypt 0 Uruguay 1: Gimenez winner spares Suarez’s blushes Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 21:59 6/15/18 josegimenez - cropped Getty Images Luis Suarez missed several chances for Uruguay in their World Cup opener, but Jose Gimenez’s header defeated Egypt. Jose Gimenez spared the blushes of Uruguay’s all-star forwards with a 90th-minute winner to see off Egypt 1-0 in their World Cup opener.Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani each passed up opportunities to clinch the points against a Pharaohs side who kept Mohamed Salah on the bench, but it was centre-back Gimenez who proved the hero.After the excitement of Group A rivals Russia’s goal frenzy a day earlier, there was a serious lack of invention on show in Ekaterinburg. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Suarez missed two golden chances as goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy excelled, before Cavani struck the post with a late free-kick, seemingly sealing a point for Egypt on their return to the finals.But Gimenez rose highest to meet a set-piece and bury a header past El-Shenawy, celebrating a fine end to a week in which he signed a new contract at Atletico Madrid.Egypt offered little in Salah’s absence and are now under pressure heading into a clash with Russia, while Uruguay – and particularly Suarez – can breathe a sigh of relief.#EGYURU | Final del partido en el Arena Ekaterimburgo.@Pharaohs 0-1 @UruguayGol: 89´ José María Giménez (URU)#ElEquipoQueNosUne pic.twitter.com/8elbzOk2Pn— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018With Salah – who has been battling a shoulder injury – watching on from the sidelines, Egypt’s approach was largely compact and somewhat rugged and the first chance came as Cavani worked El-Shenawy from 20 yards.Suarez should have fired Uruguay in front at the midway point of the first half, but, when the ball dropped his way from a corner, he screwed a close-range effort into the side-netting.Uruguay continued to labour in the attacking third before the break, while a healthy Egyptian contingent had only Salah’s appearance on the stadium’s big screen to cheer.Suarez and his team-mates were quickly back on the front foot following the restart, though, and Cavani fed his strike partner for a low drive that El-Shenawy blocked bravely.The Barcelona forward squandered another opportunity late on, forcing his way through the Egypt backline but failing in his attempt to round the goalkeeper.And El-Shenawy again looked to have preserved a point with a sublime save from Cavani’s thunderous volley, before the Uruguay attacker curled a free-kick against the post.But Gimenez came to the rescue as he planted a header into the bottom-right corner, earning a hard-fought victory.2 – Uruguay defender José Giménez has now scored in consecutive appearances for the national team (also against Uzbekistan). Breakthrough. #EGYURU #URU #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 Key Opta stats: – Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel.- Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3).- Jose Gimenez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd-minute winner against South Korea in June 1990.- This was Oscar Tabarez’s 16th World Cup match in charge of Uruguay – only one manager has managed more matches for a South American country at the World Cup (Mario Zagallo for Brazil, 20 games). read morelast_img read more

Photo: Jim Harbaugh Had His Ruth’s Chris Dinner, Featuring A Big Steak And Tall Glass Of Milk

first_imgJim Harbaugh enjoys pizza in Rome with players.Ann Arbor Ruth’s Chris hosted Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh for his discounted steak dinner tonight.The restaurant ran a “Score Big” promotion for this weekend’s Michigan-Rutgers game, offering a discount on dinner equal to the amount of points that the Wolverines won by, starting at 20. Michigan won 78-0.Luckily for the restaurant, the deal was capped at 50-percent, but its still a pretty great deal. Head coach Jim Harbaugh made sure to take advantage, as he said he would, tonight. The man loves his steak. It is an essential vitamin, after all.Harbaugh, his wife Sarah, and Buzz Goebel, the general manager of the Ann Arbor Ruth’s Chris, snapped a photo from the meal.Ruth’s Chris & Buzz Goebel!Sarah, me & Ann Arbor thank U for being such good sports! Plus the Steaks are A++, Mercy! pic.twitter.com/7CiB8ZMuXy— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) October 12, 2016Also of note: Harbaugh’s drink of choice. Of course, it had to be milk. Harbaugh is now a milk spokesman, starring in a commercial a few weeks ago.We’re not sure if Ruth’s Chris will try out this promotion any more this year, or if they can afford to. The restaurant certainly got a ton of publicity after Michigan’s 78-0 drubbing of the Scarlet Knights, but the Wolverines are winning by an average of 39.7 points per game this season. That’s a lot of free food.This Saturday, Michigan football is on bye, so Jim Harbaugh’s club will not be costing the Ann Arbor Ruth’s Chris anything next weekend.last_img read more

Switching It Up: Disaronno Introduces First New Product in Almost Half a Millennium

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Gin Hillrock Estate Distillery Is Making Some of the Best Whiskey in America 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic This fall, Disaronno is launching Disaronno Riserva, the company’s first new product since 1525. Before we get into the product itself—which we were lucky enough to get our hands on (because science!), let’s do a little history and put this event into perspective. The last time Disaronno launched a new product:People still believed the earth was the center of the universe (Galileo wouldn’t be born for another few decades).The first permanent American settlement, Jamestown, was still eighty-two years from being founded.George Washington wouldn’t go über-patriotic on England’s ass for another two hundred and fifty years.If those facts weren’t enough, here’s a short list of things that weren’t invented back then: sandwiches, Corvettes, air conditioning, beer bongs, and Tinder.Related: Gin Made With Dead Wood Ants Tastes Way BetterDisaronno Riserva takes the sweet, silky flavor of amaretto that the company is known for and blends it with Scotch whisky that was hand-picked by Augusto Reina, CEO of the ILLVA Saronno Company. From there, the spirits were blended in vintage Marsala wine barrels in Marasla, Sicily, where the spirit was aged for twelve years.(And just for the record, when they say vintage, they mean vintage. Some of the barrels date back to 1938.)This may all sound well and good, but is it worth it? The short answer is yes, it is definitely worth it.If you’re a fan of Disaronno at all, you’ll recognize the nose that the liqueur is known for. The taste is similar, but the scotch and the Marsala aging do wonderful things. There are hints of pepper in Riserva, and a final fruitiness that blends well with the vanilla and almond that’s always been there.If you think Disaronno is too sweet, give this one a try. It clocks it at 40% ABV (compared to Disaronno’s 28%) and the scotch gives it a bit of a backbone that may come as a surprise Disaronno drinkers.Disaronno Riserva retails for $375 per bottle and only 10,000 bottles were made, so if you’re feeling like a hip cat and wanting to relive the glory days of the toasted almond cocktail, track one of these bottles down when it is released this October. The Best American Liqueur The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less last_img read more

Explosives found in Colombo bound bus

Explosives were found hidden in a bus heading to Colombo from Jaffna late last night, the police media unit said this afternoon.Police spokesman S.P Ajith Rohana said that 38 passengers who were in the bus at the time as well as the driver and conductor were taken in for questioning following the detection. The police said that the explosives were hidden under the seat of the bus in a bag and the owner of the bag had not been identified. Among the explosives found were 300 grams of gun powder, three electric detonators, a roll of fuse and bullets. The army discovered the explosives when the bus was searched at Omanthai. Further investigations are underway.

Heres a letter giving state approval of Tuam mother and baby home

first_img Source: Department of Health register/National Archives of Ireland List of maternity homes in 1934. Source: Department of Health register/National Archives of IrelandIt states the approval as a maternity home can be revoked “at any time” if the minister deemed such circumstances justified him taking such action.Tom O’Higgins also served as the Chief Justice of Ireland and was a member of the European Court of Justice until 1991.He also ran for President of Ireland in 1966, where he lost to Eamon DeValera by just over 10,000 votes, and 1976.O’Higgins died in 2003.Under section 25 of the Health Act 1956, mother and baby home’s had to be approved by the Department of Health.It states that a parent of a child and/ or a child is entitled “if he so desires, in lieu of accepting services made available by the health authority, arrange for the like services being made available for him or for the child (as the case may be)—(a) in any hospital approved of by the Minister for the purposes of this section, or(b) in any nursing home or maternity home approved of by the Minister for the purposes of this section,It continues to state: THIS IS THE LETTER from the Minister for Health’s office in 1957 that approved the Bon Secours mother and baby home in Tuam, County Galway.The letter (which can be viewed here) states that the minister of the day, Fine Gael’s Tom O’Higgins, approved a number of maternity homes under the provision of section 25 of the Health Act 1953.Many of these homes were already registered prior to the 1953 provision in the Act, as stated in the letter. … and where a person so arranges, the health authority shall, in accordance with such regulations as may be made by the Minister, make, in respect of the services made available, a payment as provided for in this section.(2) Where institutional services are made available in pursuance of subsection(1) of this section otherwise than in a private or semi-private ward in any institution (not being a health institution) with which the health authority have made an arrangement under section 10 of this Act, the payment to be made by the health authority to the institution in respect of the institutional services shall be equivalent to the payment which would be made to the institution pursuant to the said arrangement, less a sum of six shillings for each day during which the services are availed of.EXCLUSIVE: State files removed from National Archive following mother and baby home revelations>Read: Hundreds attend vigil in remembrance of those who died in mother and baby homes>last_img read more

Opinion The government wont remove the Church from its authority over social

first_img 424 Views Share Tweet Email2 Apr 20th 2017, 6:30 AM Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 6:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/3347071 THE CAVALIER ANNOUNCEMENT by the Department of Health this week that the Sisters of Charity are to be given the new State-funded hospital in south Dublin demonstrates the protected status enjoyed by the Catholic Church in Irish public policy.The consequences of the Church’s role in abusing the Irish people have been well-documented. The failure of the Irish government to protect people from this abuse has also been well-documented. The continued failure of the Irish government to hold the Catholic Church accountable for past abuse of its citizens is well-documented too.The Irish government has not enforced the 128-million euro indemnity claim between against 18 religious organisations following the Ryan Report.Indeed, the Sisters of Charity have contributed only 2 million euro of an additional 5 million euro owed in addition to their share of the overall claim. The Irish government has failed in even securing apologies to Church abuse victims.Organisational independence?Yet the Department of Health feels confident that they can “ensure clinical and operational independence” despite not owning the hospital.This confidence is shockingly misplaced based on their track record to oversee, regulate and ensure transparency and independence in the financial sector, the law and order sector, the planning and housing sector, let alone in Church-owned education and health services.The announcement by the Department of Health right before the Citizens’ Assembly shares its final recommendations on the eighth amendment this weekend shows that the government does not think that the Citizens’ Assembly’s recommendations regarding abortion legalisation is relevant to the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital.This does not bode well for the Coalition to Repeal the Eight Amendment.Normalisation of a religious order owning a social serviceI fear for the campaign to repeal the Eighth because although access to abortion services is integral to gender equality in healthcare, I fear it won’t be enough to address the incestuous entanglement between Ireland’s public policy and State-funded services and the Catholic Church.This week’s announcement in the context of the Citizens’ Assembly, the confirmed mass grave at a Magdalene laundry in Tuam, and the recent Census results shows the continued normalisation of a religious order “owning” a tax-payer funded social service.I believe it will take legal challenges on the grounds of gender discrimination and inequality under Irish law to fully remove the Catholic Church from publicly-funded schools and other services.Discriminating against womenOrganisations funded through public monies cannot legally discriminate against women.The Catholic Church continues to deny female religious the same access to employment as male religious with its refusal to allow the ordination of women. It denies women access to the Vatican decision-making structures, such as the synod on the family in 2015, based purely on gender.As a private organisation, it may have the legal protection (although still immoral position) to continue these practices, but as an organisation receiving Irish State funds this is gender discrimination.Three State-funded agencies recently announced that they will not fund Ireland’s higher education institutions who do not have gender equality accreditation by 2019. This move is the result of the National Review of Gender Equality in Higher Education Institutions which found significant gender inequality in the leadership and career progression at Irish universities.Yet an organisation that openly discriminates against women in its own ranks, is allowed to control 90% of Ireland’s primary and secondary schools.The government’s announcement is a challenge to the Irish public. It is a slap in the face at an attempt at collaborative and participatory decision-making through the Citizens’ Assembly.It makes it very clear that the Irish government has no intentions of removing the Catholic Church from its authority over social services until the Irish voters demand it.Colleen Hennessy studied Irish and American social policy. She alternates her time between policy writing and freelance journalism.  She can be reached on Twitter @colleenhenness4 or at colleenhennessy.com.Zero-hour contracts: ‘Clare has to live with her parents and can’t afford to go to the doctor”>Big Little Lies: ‘No woman just lets domestic violence happen. But maybe we do’> Colleen Hennessy By Colleen Hennessy Short URL Opinion: ‘The government won’t remove the Church from its authority over social services until we demand it’ It will take legal challenges on the grounds of gender discrimination to fully remove the Catholic Church from publicly-funded services, writes Colleen Hennessy. 63 Comments Writer and political scientist Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Dominican poachers arrested and charged

first_img Related Items:arrested, dominian, magistrate court, poachers Recommended for you Poachers found Sunday; slammed with seven charges Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dominican Officials agree to stop sex trafficking, poachers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Four Poachers from the Dominican Republic were charged with several counts of illegal fishing in Turks and Caicos waters last week, the men now face hefty fines and possible jail time. This latest arrest comes just one week after the Governor held talks with The British Ambassador to The Dominican Republic and Haiti, Steven Fisher, on the dispute of the TCI-DR Maritime border.Bijou Anduja, Wilson Perdomo, Carlos Jose and Edisson Castillo were caught off of Whale Breakers, a popular reef near Seal and Bush Cay….with over 40 LBS of lobster, 100 pounds of scale fish, and over 100 LBS of parrotfish. On Tuesday they appeared before a Magistrate Court judge. This is the third arrest of poachers from the Dominican Republic in three months; as many as 34 men from the DR have been detained in relation to the illegal activity. Poachers slammed with seven charges; some escapelast_img read more

Man arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault after I5 crash

first_imgA Vancouver man was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault after crashing into a parked car on Interstate 5 late Wednesday, officials said.The crash happened just before midnight on Interstate 5 north between the City Center and East Mill Plain Boulevard exits, said Trooper Ryan Tanner, a state patrol spokesman.A 2006 Subaru Forester driven by Preston D. Garrison, 41, of Vancouver was heading north on I-5, veered to the right shoulder and hit the rear of a parked 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer, a state patrol bulletin said. It was not known why the Lancer was on the freeway shoulder.Two engines and one truck from the Vancouver Fire Department responded to the crash, said Capt. Dave James, a fire department spokesman.Firefighters found a man trapped in the Lancer with life-threatening injuries, James said. The driver of the other car was out of the car and appeared to have serious injuries, he said.Samuel R. Brackeen, the 27-year-old Vancouver man who was in the parked car, was sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with a head injury, internal injuries and fractured ribs, the state patrol said.Brackeen was listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon, said Ken Cole, hospital spokesman.Garrison was sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with cuts on his forehead and rib injuries.Alcohol was a “big factor” in this collision, Trooper Tanner said.Garrison was arrested after being released from the hospital on suspicion of vehicular assault.The right and center lanes of I-5 were blocked for about three hours while troopers investigated, Tanner said.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Installation Innovation Forum to Feature AllNew Tracks

first_imgADC is introducing five new tracks for this year’s Installation Innovation Forum, which will take place in Miami March 4-6.The newly released agenda includes sessions in the following areas: Innovation Laboratory, Installation Innovation, Installation Resilience, Installation Tech and Great Ideas.The keynote speaker is Robert McMahon, assistant secretary of defense for sustainment.Early registration ends Jan. 31. ADC AUTHORlast_img

As states tighten restrictions on ivory Skagway carvers worry about the future

first_imgBruce Schindler carves a piece of mammoth ivory using a dental tool. (Abbey Collins)Restrictions on the ivory industry are multiplying in the U.S., causing concern for artists in Alaska. Alaska Native carvers do have a degree of protection under federal law. But, non-Native carvers who only work with fossilized ivory are not shielded in the same way. In Skagway, where thousands of cruise visitors stop each summer, there is a small but significant group of ivory carvers and sellers who are worried about the future of their craft.Listen nowBruce Schindler hunches over a work table in his sunny Skagway studio. He uses a dental tool he’s adapted to for carving to work on a small piece of fossilized mammoth ivory. He holds up the piece, revealing a pair of eyes.Schindler came to Skagway in 1993 to drive a tour bus. Soon after, he started working with ivory. The mammoth ivory he restores and carves comes from the Dawson City area, in the Yukon.“I go up and I’ll drive hundreds of miles of dirt roads, going from gold mine to gold mine, searching for miners who are willing to sell some of the tusks they find,” Schindler said.The mammoth tusks are unearthed as a byproduct of mining. Schindler said if they aren’t purchased and restored, they will start to deteriorate.“Once a frozen tusk is brought to the surface by a miner, it will start to degrade. It will start to rot. If you don’t take actions to preserve it, in a few years it will be completely worthless,” Schindler said. “And in a few more years it will just be dust.“Schindler collects thousands of pounds of fossilized tusks and brings them back to his studio, where he restores them or carves them into smaller pieces. He also works with fossilized walrus tusks.Last year, the Obama administration put an almost complete ban the commercial trade of African elephant ivory in the U.S. But that ban didn’t touch the fossil ivories that Schindler and others in Skagway use. Those are still legal.And Alaska Natives are permitted to harvest walrus ivory under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.But some states have gone a step further, implementing tougher restrictions that prohibit the trade of nearly all ivory. Schindler’s concern is that a similar ban could come to Alaska and devastate the industry here.“It’s not just scary,” Schindler said. “It’s kind of apocalyptic in many ways.”Zak Smith is with the Natural Resources Defense Council. It’s one of several groups that have lobbied states to put tougher restrictions on ivory.Smith said they’re not going after anything protected under federal law. That includes the walrus ivory that Alaska Natives are allowed to harvest. But the fossilized ivory is a different story.“NRDC supports the closure of domestic ivory markets focused on elephant ivory,” Smith said. “And including ivory markets that offer a cover for elephant ivory, for the illegal trade in elephant ivory.”Smith said illegal elephant ivory is often presented as a legal product. So prohibiting the trade of other ivories could help cut back on illegal behavior. And some states agree with that logic. For example, California has a ban that extends to fossilized ivory.Those outside laws are already affecting Alaska carvers. Schindler says he’s lost about half of his customers – artists who used to purchase tusks from him for their own work.Wassman’s family sells a variety of ivory products in their store Taiya River Arts. (Abbey Collins)Locally, Schindler said the market is strong. But there is still uncertainty.Kathy Wassman’s family owns a shop called Taiya River Arts. Wassman wears ivory jewelry that she carved herself. She says sometimes customers question the ethics of what they’re purchasing.“I think it’s a teaching moment most of the time,” Wassman said. “It’s an opportunity to let people know that, hey what you’re looking at is unique and it has nothing to do with endangered species.”Schindler said, as carvers, they aren’t against most of what ivory bans in other states entail.“To add Alaskan ivories to this ban is shameful,” Schindler said. “And it’s misguided.”A resolution was introduced in the Alaska Senate in February that aims at protecting legally acquired walrus, mammoth and mastodon ivory from current and future laws. Schindler has also been lobbying for local support. The Skagway Assembly recently voted to endorse the resolution in the senate.Schindler continues to push to protect the legal ivory industry in Alaska. But, he is already starting to diversify his business.“Mammoth ivory is still going to stay the center of what I do,” Schindler said. “But I’m starting to work gold. Because I have access to gold miners, I’m buying gold from them. So I’m starting to work my own gold jewelry. I want a backup.”Schindler said no matter what happens, the Skagway artists will find their way forward.“We will adapt,” Schindler said. “But it will be a shell of what we have done. And the beauty and the joy of restoring something that just had no life beforehand.”They’re worried the momentum against the ivory trade doesn’t consider the unique and important role it plays in local economies like Skagway’s.last_img read more

KEC Interglobe Aviation spurt on BSE Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad faces

first_imgA man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, June 20, 2016.Reuters fileBenchmark indices Sensex and Nifty extended their bull run on Friday, led by bank stocks such as ICICI Bank (up 2.96 percent), State Bank of India, or SBI (up 2.07 percent) and GAIL (up 1.34 percent).The Sensex was trading 137 points higher at 29,469, while the NSE Nifty was up 35 points at 9,122, at around 10.58 am. Meanwhile, private carriers belonging to the Federation of Indian Airlines have said that they have decided to ban Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad from flying on their flights, after denying media reports on the development.Bank stocks were outperforming the Sensex, with the BSE Bankex up 1.14 percent, led by Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank and Punjab National Bank.Stocks that were trading with huge gains outside the benchmark indices included IndiGo Airlines-parent Interglobe Aviation (up 4.93 percent at Rs 1,025), REC (up 4.71 percent at Rs 174), Federal Bank (up 2.38 percent at Rs 90) and Power Finance Corporation (up 3.36 percent at Rs 148).Fortis Healthcare was trading 2.69 percent higher at Rs 181.Carriers blacklist Indian lawmaker who “slapped” Air India staffer 25 times?The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) comprising Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo Airlines and GoAir denied reports that it has banned Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who claimed to have “slapped” a 60-year-old Air India staffer 25 times for not providing business class ticket on a Pune-Delhi flight on Thursday.”We have not banned the MP. We do not have powers to ban anyone. In any case, Air India is not part of the FIA,” Ujjwal Dey, director of the FIA, was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times on Friday. However, a tweet by ANI quoting the four member-airlines of FIA said they have decided to ban him.Gaikwad possessed an open ticket for business class but the flight he chose to travel had only economy class. Unmindful of this, he created a ruckus, apart from assaulting the Air India staffer, sparking nationwide outrage and condemnation. The victim, Sukumar, said MPs ought to behave in a decent manner.A politician with many cases against his name including criminal intimidation (section 506 of the Indian Penal Code), Gaikwad shot into infamy when he force-fed food a Muslim staffer working at the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi three years ago.The staffer was observing a fast during Ramzan. Gaikwad was one of the 11 Shiv Sena MPs who were involved in the incident. They were making a point to express their unhappiness over the poor quality of food being served there.Jet Airways was trading 2.42 percent higher at Rs 493 and SpiceJet was up 2.09 percent at Rs 95.35 after hitting yet another 52-week high of Rs 97.40 on Friday morning.last_img read more

BNP calls 813pc GDP growth claim mathematical hype

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the government’s assertion over achieving 8.13 per cent GDP growth in 2018-19 fiscal year is nothing but a trick of mathematics, reports UNB.”The government used to talk about widespread development of the country. Are they (govt) really developing the country? Economists are saying the government’s statistics on the GDP growth rate are not correct,” he said.Speaking at an iftar party, the BNP leader further said, “The government is showing the GDP growth with some inflated mathematical figures.”Bangladesh Labour Party, one of the components of the BNP-led 20-Party Alliance, arranged the iftar event at a city hotel.Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal at a recent programme said Bangladesh’s GDP growth is set to hit 8.13 per cent in the current fiscal year.Fakhrul said the current government usurped power using the guns and muscle power. “They imposed an undemocratic and fascist rule on the country’s people obliterating democracy and the election system.”He said their party chairperson Khaleda Zia has unfairly been kept in jail by ‘influencing the judiciary’ as she did not make any compromise with unfairness and the current ‘despotic’ government.The BNP leader alleged that homebound people are going through immense sufferings due to chaos and mismanagement on roads and highways before the upcoming eid. “There’s an anarchic situation on roads and railways ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.”Fakhrul also alleged that the ruling party men are indulging in plundering in every sector as the government has no accountability to people.last_img read more

Kotobukiyas Supergirl Returns Bishoujo Statue is a Kryptonian Cutie

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Bishoujo is Japanese for “beautiful girl.” You might have already heard that term from your insufferable weeb friends with anime like Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, the full name of the franchise). That’s the sort of thing you learn when you’re peer pressured into subs instead of dubs. It’s just a nice word to describe pretty girls (and if you want to talk about pretty boys, the term is “bishounen”). It’s also a big brand name owned by Japanese collectible manufacturer Kotobukiya.Kotobukiya makes, among many, many other collectibles, Bishoujo Statues. They’re prepainted PVC statues of female characters from popular franchises, sculpted to look just a bit prettier, sexier, or otherwise more appealing to the heterosexual male gaze (or bisexual male or female gaze, or lesbian female gaze, of course). These aren’t wild redesigns intended to look trashy, lewd, or smutty. They’re just given some design tweaks for extra sexiness, at least to the eyes of talented Japanese toy sculptors.DC Comics Bishoujo Statues are one of Kotobukiya’s most popular Bishoujo Statue lines, and one of the most recent ones to come from it is Supergirl Returns, which Kotobukiya sent to us to check out. I’ve seen plenty of Bishoujo Statues at Toy Fair and Comic-Cons and various stores, but this is the first one to make its way into the lab and across my desk. And I’m pretty impressed with the work.First, let’s get the sexiness out of the way. This Supergirl isn’t wearing the classic blue-leotard-with-skirt, or the DCAU white-t-shirt-with-skirt. It’s a blue two-piece outfit with long sleeves and a very short skirt, highlighted with a prominent S-shield on her chest and a gold-yellow belt that appears to be a solid quarter of the width of her skirt. She also has a long red cape with yellow trim, which matches her knee-high, high-heeled boots. She also has her hip cocked at what looks like an uncomfortably askew angle, but I don’t want to doubt Kara’s limberness, so maybe she’s just getting a good lower back stretch on.This really isn’t an obscene design. It’s a bit racier than the usual Supergirl look, but it’s pretty modest for a Bishoujo Statue. Her top has a very modest scoop that doesn’t reach down to show any cleavage or undermine the S-shield. There’s some otherworldly Kryptonian perkiness on display thanks to the very tight material, and I seriously doubt she has a super-bra under there, but it doesn’t show off anything too unseemly.And, to my amazement, Kara’s rocking some properly utilitarian brief-cut panties. That isn’t a thong under her admittedly tiny skirt; it’s a proper set of undies girding her nethers. And I have to say taking this picture in the middle of the lab, which has glass walls and abuts the main corridor of the office, was fun.I really like the facial sculpt. She’s gazing off to the side, glancing dispassionately at something while the wind blows her detailed hair into lazy waves. It’s the look of a woman whose thoughts are on something more important than titillating you, which goes a long way in making the entire look appear like an attractive character redesign and not simply a dumb sexy statue for nerds to put on my shelf. Their shelf. Shelving is involved.This is a PVC statue, not a figure, so there’s no articulation. However, her upper torso was separated from her lower torso with a big rectangular peg,. It fits on well enough, and a dab of glue can help secure it all together. You won’t be doing any posing with her besides how she’s standing right now, though. Her boots are also screwed to the base, which is a positive. The base is a flat plastic Superman S-shield, and the permanent fixture ensures that she won’t fall over easily, which can happen with pegged feet.If you like Supergirl as a character, and appreciate her feminine charms without necessarily wanting to see her entirely in her skivvies on your desk, the Supergirl Returns Bishoujo Statue is a really nice take on the character. It’s sexy while also looking no-nonsense, and doesn’t undermine her strength or personality. You can find this statue online and at anime and comic book stores for around $85. If you like the Bishoujo Statue take on Supergirl, there are plenty of other DC characters, along with Street Fighter characters and even horror movie characters re-imagined as sexy ladies. But those will have to wait for another day.Tomorrow, though, we’ll be flipping the attractive DC statue script around with some tasty anime-influenced meat of the male persuasion, so come back to Geek.com for more!last_img read more

Search continues for man presumed to have drowned

first_imgThe search for a 19-year-old male began on Thursday night in the Ematsheni area. It is reported that the teenager was attempting to cross a river when he was swept away by the fast-flowing water.Ladysmith K9 Search & Rescue officers began the search and were later assisted by police officers from the Pietermaritzburg Search & Rescue Unit.The SAPS Air Wing was also brought in yesterday (December 19) to conduct a six-hour aerial search.The man, who is presumed to have drowned, has not yet been located.The search is continuing.DID YOU KNOW? Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp. For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more