Trump Is Not Doing Well With His Election Lawsuits. Here’s a Rundown.

first_imgClaim: The Trump campaign is seeking to block the certification of the Pennsylvania election, alleging fraud in mail-in balloting, insufficient access for poll observers and varying procedures for curing ballots among different counties.The plaintiffs said “Democratic heavy” counties allowed voters to cure their absentee ballots while “Republican heavy” counties did not. They also said ballots were processed in Allegheny County and Philadelphia while poll observers were too far away to see what was happening. Context: On Election Day, Republican lawyers acknowledged in court that the party’s observers were present at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia when votes were being counted. “I’m sorry, then what’s your problem?” Judge Paul S. Diamond of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania asked. He granted a modest accommodation, ordering the city election commission to allow poll observers to move closer to the counting. Claim: Four voters sought to block all votes from Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware and Allegheny Counties from being included in the state total, claiming that the state violated the right to equal protection by allowing differing absentee balloting practices among counties.Before the election, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, advised county election officials that “curing” absentee ballots (the term for fixing mistakes like a missing signature) was permitted but not required. As a result, local practices differed to a degree. This suit claims that it was unconstitutional to allow some but not all Philadelphia voters to cure their ballots. The suit also cites Delaware County for allegedly giving in-person ballots to voters who were recorded as having received mail-in ballots without requiring them to sign the registration book at the polls. In Allegheny County, according to the suit, voters were required to vote provisionally when records showed they had requested an absentee ballot but not cast it.Context: The election system in the United States is highly decentralized and gives considerable authority to state and county officials over how to run elections. As a result, it is common for states to allow some variation in local election practices and to allow voters to cast provisional ballots in a variety of circumstances.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Status: On Thursday night, the law firm representing the Trump campaign, Porter Wright, asked to withdraw. Previously, the plaintiffs asked Judge Matthew Brann of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to consolidate this case with the next one below.Donald J. Trump for President v. BoockvarFiled: Nov. 9- Advertisement – Pirkle v. WolfFiled: Nov. 10- Advertisement –last_img read more

India extends world’s biggest virus lockdown to May 3

first_imgSouth Asian nations have so far been relatively unscathed by the epidemic, with around 10,000 cases and 339 deaths in India, according to official figures.But with some of the most crowded cities on the planet, there are fears that numbers could skyrocket and overwhelm shaky healthcare systems.Some experts have also said that India has not conducted enough tests and that the true number of infections is much higher.Several states including Maharashtra — home to Mumbai and which has the highest number of cases — Tamil Nadu and Odisha have already announced lockdown extensions. India’s poor But at the same time, the lockdown in place since March 25, with strict limits on activity, has been devastating for the economy — and for India’s poor.Millions of daily wage laborers suddenly lost their jobs, forcing hundreds of thousands to travel hundreds of kilometers back to their home villages, often on foot.Some died on the way, while others were shunned by locals when they made it back to their villages. One viral clip showed a group of migrants being hosed down with chemicals.Others have been stranded in cities in cramped, unsanitary conditions where the virus could spread quickly.New Delhi alone is providing hundreds of thousands of free meals. India’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the biggest in the world, will be extended until at least May 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday.The current three-week-old lockdown of the nation of 1.3 billion people had been scheduled to end at midnight Tuesday.”From the economic angle, we have paid a big price,” Modi said in a nationwide address. “But the lives of the people of India are far more valuable.” Topics : Snarl-ups Farmers have complained of a lack of workers to harvest crops while snarl-ups of thousands of trucks not allowed to move because of the lockdown have hampered food transport.Farms, still the bedrock of the Indian economy, are heading into their most important harvest time of the year, earning money to finance many villages for months.Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das has called the coronavirus an “invisible assassin” that could wreak havoc on Asia’s third-biggest economy.The national restaurants association, which said its members employed seven million people, warned Monday there could be “social unrest” if it did not receive financial relief.The commerce ministry has also reportedly urged the government to consider opening more activities “with reasonable safeguards” even if the lockdown is extended.Even before the pandemic, the Indian economy was stuttering with unemployment the highest for decades.Some analysts have predicted growth could slump to 1.5-2.0 percent this year — way below the level needed to provide jobs for the millions coming into the labor market each month.Modi’s announcement came as debate rages in countries around the world on how to lift restrictions while ensuring that there is no renewed spike in new infections.French President Emmanuel Macron extended a tight lockdown in France by another month, but Italy and Austria are reopening some shops and Spain is restarting construction and factory work.World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned against rushing headlong into lifting restrictions, stressing that only a vaccine can fully halt the spread.last_img read more

Lauderhill Mall entrepreneurs cautious of Irma

first_imgJerk Machine RestaurantMost of the businesses in the area (commonly referred to as Jamaica Hill) are operated by Jamaicans, including Dane “Desi” Malcolm of Jerk Machine restaurant.His family have run the popular eatery since 1989. They have experienced other powerhouse hurricanes like Andrew in 1992 and Wilma 12 years ago.“We’re boarded up, everything is taken care of regarding gas. We’ve made sure everything is locked down tight to make sure the storm doesn’t take us out,” he said.Malcolm told Caribbean National Weekly that he and his team will make a decision “on Saturday or Sunday” when to close. By Howard CampbellIt was business as usual at the expansive Lauderhill Mall, in Lauderhill. Broward County, on Thursday, September 7. Sunny conditions belied the ominous advance of Hurricane Irma.Many proprietors tended to customers while keeping an eye in the latest forecasts about the Category 5 monster. Tropi-Taste RestaurantAt neighboring Tropi-Taste, Suzette Gordon was also in wait-and-see mode. The establishment has been around since 1989 and caters to vegetarians.“Right now, we’re just playing it by ear before we make any decision when to close,” she said.center_img Joy’s Roti DelightOver at Joy’s Roti Delight, another Lauderhill landmark, matriarch of the Trinidad-owned family business, Shirley Sawh, was planning to uphold a tradition started by her husband Joy who died in 2014.“If things go really bad and people are without food we’ll help. Every year when there’s a hurricane we try and help out,” she told CNW. Like Malcolm and Gordon, Sahw and her sons Pradeep and Dave tune in to the regular forecasts. Their current location opened in late 2016 but Joy’s has been a fixture the mall since 1992.Dane Malcolm witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Andrew. Wilma, he said, was not as destructive. However, he’s not prepared to tangle with Irma which caused extensive damage to Barbuda and parts of the US Virgin Islands. “We have to take this seriously, very seriously.”last_img read more

March Madness 2019: West Region stats, upsets, sleepers that will decide the NCAA bracket

first_imgGonzaga will have to shake off a loss to Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game and quickly turn its attention to the West Region where the Bulldogs claimed the No. 1 seed.It’s the team’s third time as the top team — second in three years — and it’s their fourth top seed in five seasons. The WCC loss didn’t cost the Bulldogs the top seed but it did expose their faults heading into the tournament. The Bulldogs have had trouble on defense and rebounding but with the likely return of Killian Tillie, who has missed a bulk of the season with a partially torn ligament in his right foot, and some extra time to prepare, Gonzaga should punch a ticket to Minneapolis.  MARCH MADNESS: Interactive and printable bracketsNCAA bracket: West regionNo. 1 seed Gonzaga’s earliest threatFlorida State: The Seminoles will have to first beat No. 13 Vermont and advance through the second round and if they can, they could give the Bulldogs some trouble. Gonzaga should catch steam, but the 30-3 team doesn’t have much experience bouncing back after a tough loss. The tournament is about who can string together a handful of good games and Florida State has been hot as of late, winning 14 of its last 16 games with the only losses coming to UNC and Duke. They are deeper and more talented than people realize.The most eye-popping stat 1: Gonzaga will bring the best scoring offense in the NCAA. The Bulldogs are averaging 88.8 points this season, led by bigs Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke — who combine for an average of 36.6 points. Hachimura, the junior sensation, has been one of the stars on the team this year. He’s shooting 60.9 percent from the field and 46.9 percent from 3-point range. MORE REGION PREVIEWS: East | Midwest | SouthThe most overrated seed No. 5 Marquette: The West is chock full of talent but one team hasn’t been good as of late. The No. 5 seeded Golden Eagles enter the NCAA tournament with a 24-9 record after two long runs in the middle of the season.​ But, Marquette has lost five of its last six games, including the last four regular-season games.The most dangerous sleeper Nevada: This team earned the seventh seed for the third time in program history. The only time the Wolf Pack was seeded higher was in 2005 when it was awarded the fifth seed. This season, Nevada will enter the tournament with a 29-4 record, which ties the team’s record for most wins in a season. The Wolf Pack will first face No. 10 Florida and with a win play either No. 2 Michigan or No. 15 Montana.​SN’S MARCH MADNESS HQ:Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsThe first-round upset alert Murray State: The Racers earned the 12th seed in the West and will face Marquette in the first round. Murray State has only made it past the opening round twice in the last decade. However, this year could be a chance for the Racers to do it again, especially with the momentum of 11 consecutive games.The Final Four pickGonzaga: This isn’t a No. 1 team we are picking against. The Bulldogs are hoping for just their second Final Four appearance and have the talent to get there if the Bulldogs can put all of their pieces together. March Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven :  Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.A barrier-breaking title : The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout : In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City : Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx : They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. More than a timeout : The 1993 NCAA Tournament is more than Chris Webber’s ill-fated timeout in the national championship game against UNC. Danny and the Miracles : Recalling Kansas’ improbable 1988 title run.Chalmers’ shot still resonates : Mario Chalmers never gets tired talking about his 3-pointer against Memphis in 2008.DeCourcy’s best of 30 years : Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. The thrill of victory… : Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament.  …And the agony of defeat : Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history :  It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw:Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history :  The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.”last_img read more

Cranes have to climb Egyptian wall to stay in contention

first_img01 Mar 1974Egypt v UgandaL2-1Africa Cup of Nations Wasswa in action in the game against Ghana.Uganda vs Egypt – 10pmMali vs Ghana – 7pmStarting line-up: D Onyango (GK), D.Iguma, G.Walusimbi, H. Wasswa, M. Juuko, K. Aucho, G. Kizito , T, Mawejje, F Miya, G.Massa (Capt), J. Ochaya.Cranes can look back at their second half performance against Ghana as an indication they can match the very best at the African Cup of Nations.They will need that level of performance, and more, when they face record seven-time champions Egypt today. Uganda’s record against the Pharaohs shows only one previous win – in a friendly.“We need to be mentally strong, physically fit and tactically competitive in that game and see what football gives us,” admitted coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.Uganda played well for much of their opening match against Ghana but Micho was left to lament a mistake by defender Isaac Isinde that gave the Black Stars the decisive penalty.The Cranes are now looking for their first win at the Cup of Nations after 39 years away from the tournament and they can welcome back defender Murushid Juuko and midfielder Khalid Aucho after both served bans against Ghana.“It is very unfortunate that one moment, one silly mistake cost us the penalty,” Uganda coach “Micho” told AFP.“It is very unfortunate that despite all the domination we had in the second half, we could not score.“But we have picked up the pieces, we have learnt the lesson and we are moving forward to the next game.Defeat today will mean certain group-stage elimination in their first appearance at the tournament in 39 years.Tony Mawejje was one of the bright spots when Uganda took on Ghana. 18 Jan 1962Egypt v UgandaL2-1Africa Cup of Nations 08 Jan 2005Egypt v UgandaL3-0International Friendly 20 Aug 2002Egypt v UgandaL2-0International Friendly Africa Cup of Nations Egypt goalkeeping crisisEgypt disappointed in their first appearance at the Cup of Nations after a seven-year absence, with star man Mohamed Salah being substituted in the second half following a poor display.Egypt enter the game with goalkeeping worries following injury to their first choice in the draw with Mali.Injury has also affected the other team in the group Ghana, with coach Avram Grant has called for Africa Cup of Nations organisers to allow teams to replace players who have suffered injuries because of the state of the pitches in Gabon.The Black Stars have lost left-back Abdul Rahman Baba to a serious knee injury suffered in the first half of Ghana’s 1-0 win against Uganda on Tuesday.Egypt also lost goalkeeper Ahmed El Shennawy to injury, and with Sherif Ekramy also in the treatment room suddenly coach Hector Cuper has a bit of a crisis.Essam El Hadary, who came off the bench against Mali to become the oldest player ever at the tournament at the age of 44, will now start against Uganda in Saturday’s second game.“Our responsibility has not changed too much. We still know that we need to win our next game to stay in the competition,” admitted Cuper.Ghana’s forward Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Ghana and Uganda in Port-Gentil on January 17, 2017.Ghana target last-eight berth, Egypt chase first winGhana can secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a group game to spare if they beat Mali in Group D in Port-Gentil on Saturday.Avram Grant’s side, beaten on penalties by the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final, set themselves up nicely in this year’s tournament by edging out Uganda 1-0 courtesy of an Andre Ayew spot-kick in their opening match on Tuesday.It was not a vintage performance from the Black Stars but, on a terrible playing surface, Grant is only interested in winning matches for now, regardless of the manner in which they do it.“In this tournament at the start it’s important to take the points and then you have to come to your best at the right time,” said the Israeli former Chelsea coach.“In the last tournament we played very good against Senegal in the first game and we lost, even if at the end of the day we got to the final, so we just wanted to take the three points.“Of course we can play better but this is a tournament and every game will be different.”Five facts for the Group D match between Egypt and Uganda in Port-Gentil Saturday :— Tradition suggests Egypt will win 2-1 because that was the scoreline in their favour on the three previous occasions they met Uganda in the competition.— The Pharaohs overcame the Cranes in a 1962 semi-final and during the group phase of the 1974 and 1976 tournaments.— While Egypt have won the Cup of Nations a record seven times, Uganda came closest to glory in 1978 when finishing runners-up to hosts Ghana.— Both countries have been notable absentees from the tournament with Egypt missing the last three editions while Uganda are appearing following a 39-year break.— Striker Mohamed Salah is the best known Egyptian while Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango won the 2016 Africa-based Footballer of the Year award. 21 Jan 1995Uganda v EgyptD0-0Africa Cup of Nations 04 Apr 1965Uganda v EgyptW5-1International Friendly 29 Mar 2012Egypt v UgandaL2-1International Friendly 03 Mar 1976Egypt v UgandaL2-1Africa Cup of Nations Today, the speaker of parliament, @RebeccaKadaga has visited the @UgandaCranes at Hotel Du Parc in Gabon. She wished the team the very best pic.twitter.com/P4tJcHfEJ7— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) January 21, 2017 21 Jan 2017Egypt v Ugandacenter_img 28 Jul 1995Egypt v UgandaL6-0Africa Cup of Nations 29 Dec 2002Egypt v UgandaD0-0African Games 08 Jan 2011Egypt v UgandaL1-0International Friendly 17 Jan 2011Egypt v UgandaL3-1International Friendly 18 Nov 1977Egypt v UgandaL1-0International Friendly 14 Aug 2013Egypt v UgandaL3-0International Friendly 04 Jun 1967Uganda v EgyptL0-1Africa Cup of Nations DateMatchResultScoreCompetition 03 Dec 1972Egypt v UgandaD2-2International Friendly 27 Dec 2005Egypt v UgandaL2-0LG Cup Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Firefighters Burn Prairie Sites in the Heat of the Summer

first_imgSubmitted by the Center for Natural Lands Management – South Sound Prairies ProgramIt is the end of the summer and our Western Washington prairies show all the signs of a landscape that has received little rainfall. The native bunch grasses are dried and crispy and the small shrubs are brown and desiccated. The ground is dry and thirsty yet a team of qualified firefighters is turning up the heat even further: they are burning the landscape.A team of firefighters from the South Sound Burn Program reviewing the Burn Plan for Glacial Heritage Preserve at a previous burn. Photo courtesy: South Puget Sound PrairiesThe firefighters belong to the South Sound Burn Program, a joint effort between the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)to use fire as a restoration tool to control invasive weeds, clear the way for the planting of native species and reduce the risk of wildfire. The program allows CNLM and JBLM to pool resources, enabling them to increase their capacity to restore and protect the landscape, while keeping their individual operational costs low.Fire is not new to the prairies. “The native prairies essentially evolved with fire,” said Mason McKinley, the Center for Natural Lands Management’s Fire Program Manager. For thousands of years Native Americans conducted ecological burns on these prairies. The grasslands were burned in the summer and fall to encourage the growth of camas, spring gold, and other prairie-dependent flowers with bulbs or roots, which native people harvested as a major food source. The burning also improved the habitat for overwintering elk and deer, allowing Native Americans to hunt closer to home.Spring at Thurston’s County’s Glacial Heritage Preserve. Photo credit: Adam MartinWhile there is a statewide burn ban put in place by Washington’s Department of Natural Resources to reduce the risk of wildfires, the South Sound Burn Program was granted an exception this past Saturday thanks to their impressive track record of safely conducting more than 50 prescribed fires each year throughout the last 10 years. The program includes a crew of more than 30 trained firefighters plus a fleet of fire engines and ATV vehicles.The program plans to conduct prescribed burns this week at Thurston County’s Glacial Heritage Preserve, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Scatter Creek Wildlife Area, and Rocky Prairie Natural Area Preserve. Facebook51Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Chiefs 38, 49ers 27: Injured Garoppolo tells Beathard ‘lead this team’

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.KANSAS CITY — As Jimmy Garoppolo sat despondent inside Arrowhead Stadium’s training room, with his anterior cruciate ligament most likely torn inside his left knee, the 49ers prized quarterback had a message for his successor.“He told me to lead these guys,” quarterback C.J. Beathard said.This was Garoppolo’s franchise to lead, to handsomely and triumphantly steer them right here and now, to bolt them out of a …last_img read more

Boks, Habana hit ground running

first_img10 September 2007The Springboks opened their Rugby World Cup challenge with a 59-7 victory over Samoa in a match that contained its fair share of niggle. After struggling to string two passes together in the face of a confrontational approach from the Samoans in the first half, the Boks pulled away to a comfortable victory in the second half.Bryan Habana was the star of the show, dotting down four times, and twice making tries out nothing with some slippery running, huge acceleration off the mark, and speed, speed, speed. Addressing the media afterwards, South Africa’s coach Jake White said Habana is a special player – the type of player that wins World Cups. While rugby is a team game, explained White, it often takes a special moment of individual brilliance – like the many that the flying wing produces – to help a team to World Cup success.‘You can’t coach pace’“You can’t coach pace,” said White, “and Bryan gives us a dimension few teams have. He was always going to be very important to our World Cup challenge and today you could see why.”While Habana provided the glitz with his four tries, equalling the Springbok World Cup record that Chester Williams set against Samoa in 1995, it was the pack that also shone, albeit with less glamour than the winger.The Samoans competed manfully against the Springboks up front, but the set pieces belonged to South Africa. After wearing Samoa down in the early going in the scrums, the Boks had their way with the Pacific islanders, regularly sending them into reverse gear and thus preventing the Samoans from attacking with good ball.The lineouts, too, belonged to the Springboks as the opposition managed to win less than half their own throw-ins.Uphill battleStruggling in the tight phases, it became an uphill battle for the Samoans as they had to weather wave after wave of attacks from the Boks, with the flanks, Schalk Burger and Juan Smith, especially prominent.Facing a pounding from the big South Africans, Samoa couldn’t withstand the onslaught, conceding 38 points in the second half without reply. And that’s despite coach White sending on all his substitutes after the result was beyond doubt.South Africa suffered one casualty with centre Jean de Villiers forced from the field with a torn biceps muscle. De Villiers, who must be one of the unluckiest players in the game, will require surgery and will miss the rest of the tournament.On a positive note, his replacement Francois Steyn performed well when he took over at inside centre. He displayed some silky skills to ignite the Springboks’ backline efforts, setting up Jaque Fourie for a try with only his second touch of the ball.Poor first halfWhile the Boks won by a big margin, their first half performance was poor as they struggled to build any momentum and continuity. Referee Paul Honiss didn’t help much by repeatedly warning Samoan players for foul play, yet not penalising them.The South Africans were no angels themselves, but their discipline was considerably better than that shown by the physical Samoans.By the end of the match, it was one-way traffic and John Smit’s men did enough to convince many that the defending champions England – 28-10 winners over the USA – won’t be able to stop the Boks when the teams meet in the biggest match in Pool A.The authoritative website Planet Rugby stated it plainly, saying “On this evidence, England’s reign as world champions is over.”Early pointsSouth Africa put early points on the board thanks to a second minute penalty from Percy Montgomery, who finished the match with 29 points to take him within three points of 800 in test matches.It was scrappy in the early going but, after seven minutes, the Springboks finally managed to get the ball down the backline. Butch James grubbered through for right wing JP Pietersen, but the ball just beat him into touch near the Samoan tryline.Shortly afterwards, Montgomery had another penalty shot at goal and was again good with his effort to put SA 6-0 in front.Samoa had an opportunity to get on the board when Schalk Burger collided with Junior Polu in the air as the Samoan attempted to field a kick. Gavin Williams took the penalty, but his effort was off target.With a quarter-of-an-hour played, Montgomery lifted South Africa into a nine-point lead with a third penalty from about 45 metres out.ShockedThree minutes later, the Boks were shocked when Samoa scored the opening try of the contest. The ball was moved down the backline from a lineout and outside centre Williams ran an excellent line on the shoulder of his midfield partner Jerry Meafou to take the pop pass and slice through the South African defence to score easily next to the uprights.Williams converted his own try to reduce South Africa’s advantage to only two points at 9-7.That score seemed to stun the Springboks somewhat and there followed a period of play in which the Samoans more than held their own.South Africa needed to find some inspiration and it came from the most predictable source: cue Bryan Habana.Sensational tryReceiving a pass on Samoa’s 10 metre line, he stepped inside a would-be tackler, ducked another player’s attempt and cut infield. Stopping on a dime, he changed direction back to the outside, dummied a pass, and raced over for the Springboks’ first try after 33 minutes of play.It was a superb solo effort and the kind of try that very few players in the game are capable of scoring.Montgomery’s kicking compass was ill-aligned and his conversion attempt left South Africa 14-7 ahead.Four minutes later, the Boks nearly had their second five-pointer. After moving the ball to the right, Burger made a break, fighting off two tackles before passing over his shoulder to the backline once more. The ball was moved to Pietersen on the flank, but he was held up over the line.Scrumming examinationThe Samoans were then subjected to a series of scrums only five metres from their line. Time and again the Springboks drove the islanders back. To counter the powerful Bok scrum, the Samoans tried to twist to the side to force resets. A number of times they conceded penalties by collapsing the scrum, but SA captain John Smit was only too happy to ask for another scrum.After six resets one began to wonder why referee Honiss had not signaled a penalty try. Then, one was left to wonder why the Springboks finally chose to move the ball wide when they had the Samoans’ number in the scrums.The answer to that question came in the form of Percy Montgomery. The Boks created an overlap out wide and the fullback, spotting hesitation in Samoa’s defence, raced between two players to crash over for a try right on the halftime whistle.He converted his five-pointer to leave South Africa 21-7 to the good at the break.Second halfThere was a fright for the Springboks after the restart when Butch James had his kick for touch charged down, but Burger was on hand to clean up and prevent the Samoans from scoring.Just four minutes into the second stanza, Steyn came on for De Villiers and immediately made an impact, breaking from inside the South African 22-metre area and making 40 metres up the field before kicking the ball into touch.Three minutes later, he held back a pass before releasing Fourie through a gap to score the Boks’ third try.Montgomery added the extras to extend South Africa’s lead to 28-7 and suddenly the combative Samoan defences were looking fragile.Montgomery’s second tryJust over five minutes later, the South Africans notched their fourth try. It started with a huge scrum by the pack and after moving the ball through a number of phases, Montgomery went over for his second.He missed the conversion, but SA had moved well clear at 33-7.The momentum was with South Africa and the team was showing greater fluency and cohesion, but the next try once again came from a superb solo effort from Habana. Taking a pass from Montgomery on the halfway line, he saw off the efforts of three tacklers to break through the Samoan defences and score near the posts.Monty converted to lift South Africa into a 40-7 lead.After an hour, Samoa sent on Brian Lima to play in his record fifth World Cup. He lasted only two minutes on the field, however. Attempting a late and dangerous hit on Andre Pretorius, leading with his head and without using his arms, he hit the Springbok in the chest but came off second best.Lima was led from the field looking dazed and confused. Viewed objectively, the veteran should be cited for a terrible tackle, but the fact that he was injured carrying it out might have saved him from being cited.Hat-trickWith 66 minutes gone on the clock, Habana claimed his hat-trick. After the Springboks were awarded a penalty five metres from the Samoan tryline, he took a quick tap and burst towards the white line. Two players tried to stop him, but Habana managed to ground the ball.Montgomery put over the easy conversion, moving South Africa to within sight of 50 points.Ten minutes later, Habana scored his fourth try. The Boks found some space down the left hand flank and once Habana had the ball in his hands, with open ground in front of him, he hit the afterburners to speed over from about 45 metres out.Montgomery was off line with his attempt at a conversion of the try, but South Africa had moved past the 50-point mark at 52-7 to the good.Five? No!With only two minutes to go it seemed Habana had scored his fifth try of the game, but referee Honiss, questionably, ruled the pass to the winger forward.However, a minute later, Pietersen, on the opposite wing, completed the rout by rounding off a backline move that included a sweet catch-and-pass from Fourie, which created the space out wide.Montgomery split the uprights with a conversion from the touchline and the final whistle sounded with South Africa convincing winners by 59 points to seven.Eight tries to oneThus, the match finished with Smit and company running in eight tries to one. All eight five-pointers went to the backline, but the forwards deserved something for the manner in which they systematically dismantled the combative approach of the Samoan forwards and laid the platform for the fast men at the back.Next up for the Springboks is the big one versus England on Friday in Saint-Denis.Based on the performances produced by South Africa and England in their first matches, it would be a shock if the men in green and gold don’t walk away with a victory over the defending champions. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Is Zebra Tech’s Zatar the “Facebook of Things?”

first_imgTags:#Internet of Things#IoT#shipping#Zatar#Zebra Technologies Related Posts Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Donal Powercenter_img How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Zebra Technologies showcased its emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies at the Innovation Labs World conference in Singapore this week.The Lincolnshire, Illinois company presented on its smart tag technology that allows advanced monitoring of shipped goods. As well, it discussed its Zatar platform, which is described as the “Facebook of Things.”Zebra’s smart tags are printed labels on thin plastic that function as a tiny computer equipped with IoT functionality no bigger than a five-cent coin.See also: Yap’s beacon just wants your shopping to be funActing like a mini-computer without the display, the smart tag is equipped with logic capability that allows it to be programmed to work with various sensors that can be attached. These can include sensors that track temperature, humidity, light exposure and motion speed.The tags are also equipped with antennas that transmit data on the product’s status via such modes as wi-fi, 3G or 4G depending on the infrastructure of the shipper.At a cost of 30 to 50 cents each, each smart tag can be affixed to goods that are being shipped in order for companies to track the status of products in transit.Zebra’s APAC Regional Product Manager Chia Lee Kiat gave an example of the smart tag being used to track food being shipped in refrigerated trucks.“If you had the Internet of Things enabled on the goods in the truck it could intelligently alert you when the inside of the truck reaches a certain temperature,” said Chia. “Let’s say the refrigeration breaks down then the smart tag could alert the driver to come back to the shipment hub to change the truck.”He says that a persistent problem with IoT devices is managing the issue of battery life.“If you deploy a lot of Internet of Things devices out there the amount of manpower to maintain them can become unsustainable,” he said. “This is a problem everyone is trying to solve.”Zebra using a small printed batteryBut Zebra’s new technology aims to address this problem by using a very small printed battery in its smart tag that can last up to a year.Besides the smart tags, Zebra also showcased the Zatar platform, which it describes as its IoT operating layer. Chia calls Zatar the “Facebook of Things” because of its ability to bring data together in an easily understood way.Hosted in the cloud by Amazon Web Services, Zatar aggregates data that is transmitted to it from IoT devices. The data is then processed with big data analytics so it can send users notifications.In the earlier example of refrigerated food shipments, Zatar can work in concert with the smart tags to allow shippers to monitor the environment of the goods in transit.“When all the data from the devices is transmitted to Zatar we can write intelligent web applications,” said Chia. “Using Zatar APIs on industry standard platform it can enable data to be reported in whatever format you wish.”last_img read more

Saprissa stadium evacuated after bomb threat

first_imgSaprissa Saprissa stadium evacuated after bomb threat Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 05:44 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Estadio Saprissa Saprissa Primera División Saprissa v Grecia Grecia FIFA Club World Cup The threat, which authorities determined to be a hoax, forced the Costa Rican league game to be suspended with nine minutes remaining Authorities have given the all-clear after Costa Rica’s second-largest stadium was evacuated during a match Sunday afternoon because of a bomb threat.Around 12,000 fans were in the Estadio Saprissa to see host Saprissa take on Grecia, but the match was suspended in the 81st minute after an anonymous caller phoned in and claimed there was an explosive device in the venue.”While the game between Deportivo Saprissa and Municipal Grecia this Sunday in the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium was in progress, the UNAFUT security protocols were activated, in conjunction with Saprissa’s internal protocol, due to a threat against the physical integrity of everyone in attendance at the game,” a statement from the Costa Rican league’s governing body read. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Public safety officials used bomb-sniffing dogs to search the facility and determined the threat was a hoax.Se descarta presencia de artefacto explosivo dentro del Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, gracias al apoyo de Thory Oty #K9 @fuerzapublicaCR pic.twitter.com/dBLqTdWjOf— Juan Jose Andrade M (@j_j_andrade) September 3, 2017″It seems this was a ‘joke’ in horrible taste and should face the full weight of the law,” Saprissa president Juan Carlos Rojas tweeted. “We must de-incentivize these stupid things with a strong punishment.”Gracias a toda la afición que asistió a nuestro estadio y acató de gran forma todas las medidas de seguridad. pic.twitter.com/Lede6la2WV— Deportivo Saprissa (@SaprissaOficial) September 3, 2017The threat also led authorities to lock down the national stadium, where Costa Rica hosts Mexico in a World Cup qualification match Tuesday, as a precaution.Saprissa was winning 6-1 when referee Keylor Herrera was forced to suspend the match. The teams will play the remaining nine minutes at 11 a.m. local time Monday at the same stadium.last_img read more