Ronaldo ban angers Real Madrid coach Zidane

first_imgThe World Player of the Year was controversially shown a second yellow card for diving on Sunday and handed an extra four-game ban for a light push on referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after being shown the 10th red card of his career.“We are very annoyed,” said Zidane.“When you look at everything that happened, to think Cristiano won’t play five games with us… it is infuriating.”Madrid’s appeal against the red card, which could reduce the ban from five games to four, will be held before the game on Wednesday.“The (appeals) committee will meet and I hope they look well upon it,” added Zidane.“Cristiano is annoyed because he wants to play and when he doesn’t play, he isn’t happy.”Ronaldo was on the field for just 24 action-packed minutes on Sunday as he was only introduced as a second-half substitute after a curtailed pre-season due to his participation in the Confederations Cup with Portugal.He made a huge impact with a stunning strike to put Madrid into a 2-1 lead 10 minutes from time, but unwisely picked up his first yellow card for removing his shirt in celebration.And two minutes later he was dismissed as he fell inside the area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti.“Cristiano’s ban is excessive,” added Madrid defender Dani Carvajal.“It is a frustrating feeling for him. Hopefully the committee will reduce it by a few games.”Should Ronaldo’s appeal not be upheld, he will miss Madrid’s first four La Liga games of the season against Deportivo la Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.However, Zidane insisted he is not desperate to add to his forward line before the transfer window closes on August 31, despite selling strikers Alvaro Morata and Mariano Diaz this summer.Real have been linked for months with a move for Monaco’s 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe, but look set to be beaten to the Frenchman’s signature by free-spending Paris Saint-Germain.“Anything can happen between now and August 31, but what I can say is that I am very happy with the players I have,” said Zidane.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo gestures after receiving a red card during the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona on August 13, 2017 © AFP / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, Aug 15 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane expressed his anger on Tuesday at a five-game ban handed to Cristiano Ronaldo for pushing a referee after being sent-off against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.Madrid hold a 3-1 first leg lead going into the second leg against their fierce rivals on Wednesday (2100 GMT), but will have to do without Ronaldo.last_img read more

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Raiders-Cardinals: Does a good fan pick them to win or lose? It’s complicated

first_imgYou’ve edged past the midpoint — only the midpoint! — of this godforsaken season at 1-8. The difficult decision of whether to be rooting for the Raiders at this juncture is real, even if you’re a diehard among diehards.Admit it: You’ve begun sneaking a look at the college football landscape, sizing up those three first-round picks and who might look good in Silver-and-Black — and make an immediate upgrade to these sputtering units. (This mock draft has the Raiders staying at No. 1 to grab … Who does your Raiders-loving heart want to win Sunday?RaidersCardinalsOther:VoteView ResultsTake Our Polllast_img read more

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US govt contract for SA medical isotopes

first_img5 November 2010The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation and its subsidiary, NTP Radioisotopes, have won a US$25-million (about R169.4-million) United States government contract to develop technology for commercial production of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 using “proliferation-resistant” low enriched uranium.Necsa will collaborate on the project with the Australian National Nuclear Research and Development Organisation (Ansto).The awarding of the contract recognised the fact that South Africa had “successfully implemented the world’s first large-scale, all-low enriched uranium production of this critical medical isotope,” Necsa said in a statement this week.Move away from highly enriched uraniumThe award, from the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), comes amid an international shortage of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), as well as US-led drive to minimize the use of highly enriched uranium, which can be used in nuclear weapons.“NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative works with our partners around the world to minimise the use of highly enriched uranium in civilian nuclear applications,” the NNSA’s Ken Baker said in a statement last week.Molybdenum-99 is a radio isotope produced during nuclear fission. Its “daughter radio isotope”, technetium-99m, is used in numerous medical procedures.World’s leading producer of medical radio isotopesBusiness Day writer Tamar Kahn said this week that the deal would give impetus to Necsa’s shift to industrial applications of low-enriched uranium.CEO Rob Adam told Business Day that Necsa was already the world’s leading producer of medical radio isotopes, exporting to 55 countries.Necsa’s Safari reactor is the world’s biggest producer of Mo-99, Adam said, although most of it is still derived from high-enriched uranium, while that derived from low-enriched uranium was currently about 20% more expensive to produce.The contract would enable Necsa, in partnership with Ansto, to improve the technology and lower costs, Adam told Business Day.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Radical iOS 7 Design Is Threat To Some Existing Apps

first_imgTags:#Apple#iOS 7#iPhone The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces I was not expecting the many changes to Camera nor the additional Photos sharing and reviewing functions.With Camera, controls are simpler, and a new set of filters and editing tools have been added. Photos now (semi-automatically) organizes pictures into various “collections”—by place and time. It’s hard to predict how these changes will impact competing photo services.But for all these changes, existing services will weather the additions well. Instagram, for example, is built upon a massive user base, so nothing in iOS 7 should threaten that. Flickr is a popular photo sharing and archiving service. With iOS 7, it’s now even easier to share photos with Flickr, Facebook and other services. I expect these social platforms to witness a boom in photo/video uploads.Developers of camera apps are threatened, however. Filters and a panoramic feature are embedded in the new iOS camera,  with attractive controls and a camera function that can even be accessed via the Control Center. iOS 7 will make it harder to justify paying money for any but the very best camera apps.Mail: Return To SenderApple’s default Mail app is slightly improved. The minimal design and new iconography offer a larger work space. A simple swipe makes it easy to trash or archive an email. It may be the best of Apple’s standard default apps. That said, there’s no great improvement here. For those that have found a better alternative under iOS 6, they will likely retain their allegiance.Siri Ready To Fight Google Voice Search Apple has never allowed users to delete their abysmal default Weather app. This has always been egregiously anti-user. But with iOS 7, users now have little need to seek out alternatives.The redesigned weather app is so clear, intuitive and attractive that it should suffice for most users. While not as functional as many of the paid alternatives, presentation and ease of use likely mean that far fewer users will seek out a non-Apple solution.Legit Google Now AlternativeApple’s new Notification Center is likely to impact the reach of Google Now, Google’s well-designed and popular “virtual assistant.” Now delivers timely, personalized information such as today’s weather and traffic in “cards” to users of the Google app. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Once mastered, however, it soon becomes obvious which apps will be made irrelevant thanks to iOS 7.  For example, the new “Control Center,” which is available with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen, includes a flashlight. There is no longer any need for that long-kept Flashlight app of yours. Similarly, managing Wi-Fi connections via the Control Center is a breeze. Those few of you with Wi-Fi location apps can now delete them. I am unaware of anyone who actually uses Bump. No matter, iOS 7 negates the need for the app, as a new “AirDrop” feature wirelessly sends files to nearby iOS 7 users. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … iTunes Radio should choke off all but the very best, most-entrenched streaming music competitors. If you already have Pandora or a similar service with which you are pleased, Apple has given you no reason to switch to their ad-supported offering. With Pandora, for example, it’s slightly easier to create new radio stations, far easier to share with the world what tracks you are listening to and its enhanced features, such as liner notes, are missing in iTunes Radio. But, Apple’s newest offering is more than good enough to take on other streaming services, especially for undecided or uninitiated users.The Browser Wars Are OverApple’s mobile Safari has always been the default browser in iOS devices. This meant there was little opportunity for competing browsers on the platform, even top-notch ones like Google Chrome. Now, however, there’s even less reason to seek out alternatives. The minimal design of iOS 7 makes for a fuller, more pleasing browsing experience, with more of the webpage visible.The new design makes it very easy to bookmark a site, to share a post or designate it for later reading. Search is built into the nav-bar and the new cover flow-like tabbed browsing makes switching across sites easier than ever. It’s hard to expect the vast majority of users will opt for something different.Weather Is Lovely It’s intriguing to consider what might come from iPhone to iPhone AirDrop use, everything from instantly sharing music and videos, for example, to a clever new take on the “hot potato” game. Such opportunities notwithstanding, Control Center and its wireless sharing features, including AirDrop and AirPlay, will likely draw first blood against several minor app stalwarts.  iTunes Radio Will Be BigWith iTunes Radio, it will now be much easier to buy and download a song you like the moment you hear it. You may not view this as a win, but make no mistake, iTunes Radio will be a winner. For those tens of millions of iOS users not currently using a music streaming service, iTunes Radio is the perfect entry point: it’s available through the “Music” app, is simple to operate and costs nothing. Related Posts brian s hall iOS 7 is a truly audacious redesign of Apple’s chief operating system. I have been using the beta version since last week and it’s abundantly clear that Apple is determinedly focused on ensuring that iOS—the software underpinnings of the iPhone and iPad—remains the simplest, purest OS on the planet. It’s also obvious that the new iOS 7 design and enhanced functionality will kill off many non-Apple apps, including some good ones.See also How Apple’s iOS 7 Changes Everything For App DesignersA Jarring ExperienceFor long-time iPhone users, the new design is jarring. Everything about the light, sparing iOS 7 looks different from its predecessors—fonts, colors and iconography, especially. There is also an updated browser, a slate of redesigned default apps, new swiping functions and more robust notifications. This all takes some getting used to. To be fair, the obvious failings of the default apps are likely due from the pitfalls that arise from a tightly constructed user interface. Like the Now service, Google’s voice search is superior to Apple’s Siri offering. For many iOS users, however, Apple’s pre-loaded Siri has been good enough. Also, Siri is available at the touch of a button, from anywhere within the iOS experience. Not so the Google app and its handy voice search function.And Siri has improved. Information is more pleasantly displayed and Apple has reportedly integrated Bing and Wikipedia to ensure better results. In my tests, Siri was slower to respond than in iOS 6 but I am going to assume this is because iOS 7 is still in beta.Long Live the App Many apps and some popular services will be killed off or marginalized by Apple’s latest moves. However, I expect in total the app ecosystem will witness significant growth and innovation based on iOS 7’s many design, hardware and presentation changes.The app will not die, but thrive, under iOS 7. But that doesn’t mean some existing apps won’t suffer through Apple’s iOS changes. iOS 7 does not offer a better alternative to Google Now. But, it will offer a decent solution that is built-in. Apple’s notification center delivers similar information to Now’s—such as stocks, weather, reminders and appointments—directly onto the lock screen. It is somewhat ugly and ungainly, though useful, and I suspect few users—of the several hundred million who use iOS today—will bother with Google’s non-native app, even if it is a superior offering.Default Apps Are Barely AcceptableThis same issue runs through many of Apple’s default apps—they’re just good enough, and that’s more than enough. It’s one of the unspoken benefits of controlling your hardware and ecosystem.Most of Apple’s redesigned apps, such as Reminders and Calendar, are so poorly constructed or so plainly ugly—such as Notes—that on any level playing field, popular alternatives for these would be under no threat whatsoever. This is not a level playing field, however.  Where the new iOS design fails is when a great deal of information must be presented within a single space, such as the seemingly simple reminder app. Date, place, time, alerts and notes must all be brought to the fore to create a single reminder. The pale, minimalistic new design template has a hard time supporting this.Where iOS 7’s design template soars is when the interactive layer falls away, such as when watching a video. Controls disappear when you want and when you do need them, they are obvious but unobtrusive.Instagram is Safe, Flickr is Better Off, Camera Apps Bewarelast_img read more

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Racela praises Beermen’s character: Hard to beat a team like them

first_imgEverything falls into place for Cabagnot, Beermen View comments What ‘missteps’? LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “When we needed it the most, that’s when suddenly, they played really, really well. It’s hard to beat a team like San Miguel, you know how strong a team like San Miguel is. It’s actually us who needed to play perfectly. But that’s the character of their team, that’s why they’re the champions. When you need it the most, that’s when they suddenly play well.”The Beermen went bonkers from the get-go, with Charles Rhodes anchoring a 37-point first quarter and the snipers connecting from rainbow country where they went 12-of-29.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut Racela knows that San Miguel didn’t build its empire overnight as the most dominant team in the league today also went through hardships first before it could reap success.“If you look at San Miguel and where they are right now, they never got to this stage overnight. They had to undergo a lot of drama, with the Petronovela and all, and it took them years and lots of conferences before they won their championships,” he noted. “I think more than the xs and os, it was really the character of San Miguel that won them the championship.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela resigned to the fact that in Game 6, San Miguel was indeed the better team.“To tell you honestly, San Miguel played almost a perfect game today,” he said on the heels of the KaTropa’s 115-91 defeat on Sunday to surrender the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup in six games.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIEScenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Despite TNT finishing as runner-up, Racela noted that the Finals experience alone should be valuable going forward for the franchise as it hopes to return to the championship-level it once was in.“We are going through the same process. We just have to remind ourselves to be patient,” he said.“Before the start of the series, a lot of people talked about us being the inexperienced team, having maybe eight or nine players without Finals experience. It won’t be the case next time because that’s something we gained today — the learnings and the experience. Again, basketball is a game of spurts, a game of runs. But when you look at San Miguel, even with us making our runs, they’re not getting rattled. That’s something we need to learn. We have young players, and once you get to that level and you know that you have to play, you have to play on.”And Racela is just thankful for the opportunity as he looks to prepare the KaTropa for another run in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.“Of course, it’s not the way we wanted it to end, but it is what it is. That’s life,” he said. “Sometimes, you plan for things, but God knows better. What’s important for us is as long as we know in our hearts, we gave it our best shot, we should be OK.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Saina enters final of Australian Open

first_imgAce Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal stands just a win away from clinching her second title of the year after she stunned world number two and top seed Chinese Shixian Wang in a gruelling three-game semifinal contest of the USD 750,000 Star Australian Super Series in Sydney on Tuesday.Saina NehwalSixth-seeded Saina prevailed 21-19 16-21 21-15 in a marathon match, which lasted an hour and 16 minutes.”Beat world number 2 wang shixian in a tough 3 game match. Through to the final of the Australian Open super series!” tweeted the Indian after recording her fifth overall win against the Chinese nemesis, which took their head-to-head record to 5-3.Saina, who had ended up on the losing side in their previous two encounters — the most recent being the All England Championships, showed tremendous grit to outsmart the top-seeded Wang.As expected, it was evenly-contested battle between the two players, who are pretty familiar with each others tactics.In the opening game, it went neck and neck till 19-19 before Saina broke away to seal the issue in her favour.Not the one to give up easily, Wang roared back in the second game. The two players were even till the 16th point but Wang broke off from that point to draw level with Saina.However, Saina proved in the final battle of attrition and won the deciding third game rather comprehensively to enter the final.Saina had earlier this year won the India Open Grand Prix Gold in Delhi.last_img read more

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US consumer confidence soars to 17year record

Citation: US consumer confidence soars to 17-year record (2018, February 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Explore further US consumer confidence leapt to a 17-year record in February, driven higher by strong expectations that jobs will remain plentiful in the near-term, according to a survey released Tuesday. © 2018 AFP Harvey, Irma weigh on September US consumer confidence Consumers’ outlook about the future was also rosier, with more expecting their incomes to rise in the coming months, according to the Conference Board.The results could point to strong consumer spending in the early months of 2018, helping support continued GDP expansion.The consumer confidence index jumped more than six points to 130.8, its highest level since November of 2000, well beyond analyst expectations, which called for only a 2.2 percentage point gain.”Despite the recent stock market volatility, consumers expressed greater optimism about short-term prospects for business and labor market conditions, as well as their financial prospects,” Lynn Franco, the Conference Board’s head of economic indicators, said in a statement.”Overall, consumers remain quite confident that the economy will continue expanding at a strong pace in the months ahead.”The share of survey respondents saying business conditions were “bad” fell 2.2 percentage points to 10.8 percent, while those saying jobs were “plentiful” jumped 2.2 points to 39.4 percent.Consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months gained 4.3 points to reach 25.8 percent and those expecting higher incomes in the months ahead rose to 23.8 percent, up 3.2 percentage points.With US unemployment at historic lows and expected to fall further, employers are struggling to fill open positions and some are beginning to increase wages.Corporations have also attracted publicity by announcing employee bonuses tied to December’s sweeping corporate tax cuts. Economists however warn this does not mean workers will primarily benefit.Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics said changes in consumer confidence often lagged behind movements on Wall Street, meaning this month’s selloff on stock markets may not yet be reflected in the index.Still, the readings “appear consistent with rocketing consumers’ spending,” he said in a research note.Shepherdson however noted that, with incomes growing only two percent on an annual basis and savings at record lows, “the 4.5 percent growth in spending apparently signaled by the confidence numbers just can’t happen.” Busy restaurants like this one in Washington are a reflection of the positive US consumer confidence index, which has jumped to its highest level since November of 2000 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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