Schlumberger, IHS Markit in GAIA Strategic Collaboration

first_imgSchlumberger has established a strategic collaboration between WesternGeco, the company’s seismic and geophysical data solutions division, and IHS Markit, a provider of critical information, analytics and solutions. The collaboration will bring together data, technology and expertise from two sources of exploration and production (E&P) information and make it available through the GAIA digital subsurface platform.WesternGeco launched the GAIA platform to accelerate data discovery, screening and ranking of its clients’ exploration opportunities by providing access to all relevant and licensed data.Powered by the DELFI cognitive E&P environment, the GAIA platform transforms the explorationist’s experience and productivity.IHS Markit will initially enable direct access to its global E&P datasets, including well, production and asset information from within the GAIA platform.“As we embrace openness, our strategic collaboration with IHS Markit enables our clients to take advantage of a wealth of data, accessible through the GAIA platform, where the latest digital technologies can be used to unlock data value for critical business decisions,” said Maurice Nessim, president, WesternGeco. “Our relationship extends beyond providing access to seamlessly integrated IHS Markit data, WesternGeco multiclient libraries, and public and partner data—all in one place. It also includes collaboration in petrotechnical and data science R&D to rapidly deliver new data solutions on the GAIA platform.”“For years, the industry has talked about the need to break down silos and combine data across organizations to enable our mutual clients to make better decisions faster, and today, two of the biggest providers in E&P content, IHS Markit and Schlumberger are taking a step in that direction,” said David Hicks, senior vice president of Energy Upstream at IHS Markit. “Bringing critical data sources together to help our clients improve efficiencies and extract more value from their assets is the primary goal of this endeavor. Since speed to decision is such a critical issue and data volumes continue to expand rapidly, clients will benefit from the increased use of artificial intelligence and various data science technologies to more quickly interrogate our global E&P database in new ways.”last_img read more

FC Porto forward walks off pitch after racist abuse

first_imgRelatedPosts Casillas bids discreet farewell to Porto Sevilla agrees N3.2b Awaziem deal Europa League: Aribo turns attention to Porto FC Porto striker Moussa Marega left the pitch in protest at being subjected to racist insults during his side’s 2-1 win away to Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal’s Primeira Liga on Sunday. The 28-year-old Mali forward scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 60th minute. He celebrated the goal by pointing to his skin in response to a section of the home fans who had targeted him throughout the match. The player was shown a yellow card for the reaction and after the abuse continued he tried to leave the pitch, pointing his thumbs down to the crowd. But he was restrained by his teammates for a number of minutes. FC Porto coach Sergio Conceicao was eventually forced to substitute Marega in the 72nd minute. “We are completely indignant,” Conceicao told reporters. “They insulted Marega since the warm-up. We are all a family here, regardless of our nationality, skin colour, height or the colour of our hair and we all deserve respect. “What happened here is outrageous. “I know the fans here are very passionate about their club and many fans are not represented by some of the people who were in the crowd today.” Marega later posted a message on Instagram calling the supporters who targeted him as “idiots”. He added: “I’d also like to show my thanks to the referee who did not defend me and who gave me a yellow card for defending the colour of my skin. “I hope I never meet you on a football pitch ever again. You are a disgrace.” Porto’s director of communications Francisco Marques added on his own Twitter account: “Marega was fed up and left the pitch and FC Porto was forced to make a substitution due to racism.” Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported that no FC Porto players spoke to the media after the game in solidarity with Marega. Vitoria coach Ivo Vieira said he did not want to comment on the incident as he was not sure about what had happened. “I prefer not to speak about a situation without being aware of all the facts. But if the player was provoked, then he should not have been,” he said. FC Porto are second in the Portuguese top flight, trailing leaders Benfica by a point after 21 games. Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC PortoMoussa MaregaPrimeira LigaSergio ConceicaoVitoria Guimaraeslast_img read more

USA Cycling recalling athletes, coaches and support staff

first_imgAs the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament.___12:40 p.m.The Big 12 is canceling all of its championships through April 15, including upcoming gymnastics and equestrian meets, and will reassess the rest of its spring sports schedule April 15.Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he anticipated a conference-wide policy for spring football, though athletic directors have not yet discussed a plan. 7:10 p.m.Formula One organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix hours ahead of the first official practice sessions because of concern over the spreading coronavirus.The sport’s governing body, FIA, issued a joint statement with F1 and the Australian Grand Prix to confirm the cancellation of the race. It followed McLaren’s decision to withdraw after one of its team members tested positive for the virus.The statement says discussions between F1 and the other nine team principals “concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead.”There had been two practice sessions scheduled Friday, with qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s GP. No fans had been allowed into the Albert Park circuit on Friday morning. ___5:40 p.m.Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):___7:25 p.m. ___5:30 p.m.USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes.___ 3 p.m.The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.”Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25.Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California. ___7 p.m.Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is committing $100,000 toward helping arena workers in Cleveland who were impacted by the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.Love announced his intentions to make the donation through the Kevin Love Fund on Instagram.Love, who has been very open about his struggles with anxiety, said he appreciates how the outbreak can be “extremely overwhelming” to people and that the suspension of the NBA season has caused a “sudden life shift” for workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — home of the Cavs. 3:30 p.m.The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”___ 6:09 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says an official who worked a game during its men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The league says the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference says it has made the institution involved and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.___5:55 p.m. The SEC announced within an hour of canceling the tournament that the league was suspending regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses as well as league championships until March 30.The Pac-12 said it was scrapping all league championship events and all competitions effective immediately and until further notice.___12:20 p.m.All five Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt. NASCAR has put strict regulations in place for this weekend’s race at Atlanta, which will be held without spectators. Photographers will not be permitted at the event beyond a pool photographer, and media will not have access to the garage area or pit road. All driver availability will take place via teleconference, fed into the media center. The NASCAR Cup Series race winning team and second- and third-place finishers will be available via teleconference. In short, there will be no in-person competitor availability this weekend outside of live broadcast partners and NASCAR Productions.___ The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus.The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration.Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China.Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4. March 12, 2020 ___12:15 p.m.The International Tennis Federation has postponed all of its sanctioned tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the men’s professional tour in suspending action.The ITF oversees various junior, wheelchair and lower-tier events.The group says no tournaments on the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis World Tour or ITF Seniors Tour will take place until at least the week of April 20. The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences were all preparing to play games in large arenas across the country, but with few people in the buildings.The NCAA had announced Wednesday that it planned to play its men’s and women’s tournament games that start next week with restricted access for the general public. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games.The ACC announced the cancellation about 10 minutes before the scheduled start of Thursday’s first quarterfinal game featuring No. 4 Florida State and Clemson. With the tournament scrapped, the Seminoles will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular-season title.ACC Commissioner John Swofford presented the Seminoles with the tournament trophy on the court, while the Tigers joined them on the court instead of tipping off their game.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast. The men’s tour announced earlier Thursday it was calling off ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA women’s tour has not made any comment so far related to its schedule.___12:05 p.m.The 12 Hours of Sebring scheduled to run in Florida next weekend has been rescheduled because of the ban on travel from Europe. Many teams that compete in IMSA’s sports car events use European drivers and team members.center_img ___2:30 p.m.Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___ The team announced plans to financially help staff during the interruption.Earlier, arena CEO Len Komorwski said despite the cancellation of the Mid-American Conference tournament that employees will be paid as if the event was held.6:27 p.m.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major sports. Associated Press The race was rescheduled as the IMSA season finale to be held Nov. 11-14 at Sebring International Raceway.IndyCar and NASCAR are still mulling options. IndyCar has been told by the Mayor of St. Petersburg that fans cannot attend Sunday’s season-opening race. NASCAR received the same message for next week’s racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.___11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas. 3:15 p.m.IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators.The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course.The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential.___ Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”___1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35. 4:30 p.m.The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas.That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others.___ USA Cycling is recalling its athletes, coaches and support staff from locations abroad and curtailing all international travel for teams and staff members as the national governing body responds to the coronavirus pandemic.Many of the country’s elite cyclists train in Europe, where the track cycling world championships were recently conducted.The organization also said that the collegiate BMX national championships April 4-5 have been postponed, but that the remainder of its national championship schedule will continue as planned. The biggest events on the upcoming schedule are the road, time trial and criterium national championships scheduled for June 18-21 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and mountain bike nationals July 7-12 in Winter Park, Colorado. Both are crucial races for determining the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics.___ The league anticipates a heavy financial hit from refunded ticket sales to its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and having to adjust the rights fees it receives from its TV partners.Bowlsby also said that nobody from the conference, including staff members, coaches and players, had fallen ill or been tested for coronavirus.___12:35 p.m.The Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences have gone beyond canceling just their men’s basketball tournaments. 5:15 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says it has been informed that a game official who worked at the conference men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The CAA said the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference said it was using an “abundance of caution” to make the involved institutions and tournament personnel “aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.”Hofstra beat Northeastern in the conference championship game on Tuesday in Washington.___ However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.” The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27.___6:17 p.m. USA Cycling recalling athletes, coaches and support staff 1:45 p.m.The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs. Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Raza’s all-round show guides Zimbabwe to famous win in Sri Lanka

first_img(REUTERS) – Sikandar Raza’s stellar all-round display guided Zimbabwe to their first one-day international series win over hosts Sri Lanka with a nervous three-wicket victory in the fifth and final match at Hambantota yesterday.Zimbabwe’s first major one-day series win overseas since 2001 also jeopardised Sri Lanka’s chances of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup.The touring side, ranked 11th in the International Cricket Council’s ODI rankings, restricted the hosts to 203-8 after winning the toss.Off-spinner Raza opened the bowling for Zimbabwe and finished with his best bowling figures of 3-21.Zimbabwe appeared to be cruising towards a famous victory after an opening partnership of 92 between Hamilton Masakadza (73) and Solomon Mire (43).But they collapsed and lost six wickets for 38 runs to be reduced to 175-7 with Sri Lanka off-spinner Akila Dananjaya doing most of the damage with 4-47.Raza, who made a run-a-ball 27, and captain Graeme Cremer (11 not out) then combined for an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 29 to take the African side home.“Happy that Sikandar came to the party. It turned around very quickly but happy we pulled it off in the end,” Cremer said.“This win is very special; Fans must be jumping around back home. We knew we’re playing good enough cricket to put them under pressure.”Zimbabwe had never beaten Sri Lanka in an ODI in Sri Lanka and came to the island country having lost to Scotland last month and a series to Afghanistan.Sri Lanka, the 1996 50-over world champions, compounded their problems with the series loss, leaving the door open for West Indies to pip them in the race for automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.The top eight-ranked sides, including hosts England, will qualify directly with the rest having to go through a qualification tournament to make up the 10-team event.Sri Lanka are ranked eighth and will host India for a five-match series while West Indies, ranked a place below, play the same number of matches against England before the cutoff date of September 30.last_img read more

Sloppy Badgers improve to 2-0

first_imgFreshman running back James White fumbled in an attempt to reach the ball across the goaline and score his 1st career touchdown.[/media-credit]Despite two turnovers and a scary head injury to receiver David Gilreath, the Wisconsin football team improved to 2-0 after defeating the San Jose State Spartans 27-14 Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium.For the game, UW racked up 403 yards, 212 of which came on the ground, compared to 303 total yards for SJSU. However, after turning the ball over twice in their season-opener last weekend at UNLV, the Badgers were hoping for a cleaner effort today against another major underdog.Quarterback Scott Tolzien fumbled three times and threw one interception, while running back James White fumbled on the goal line as he tried to extend the ball into the end zone midway through the first quarter. Tolzien recovered all three fumbles, but one led to a turnover on downs and another forced an unwanted field goal.“We didn’t improve in that facet,” Tolzien said of UW’s turnovers. “That’s not going to get us where we want to go. It’s getting to the point where it’s, we can’t keep talking about it, we got to do it, myself included.”Wisconsin began the game in typical fashion, receiving the ball first and driving downfield on a 10-play, 77-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back John Clay. On the day, the Heisman hopeful ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 23 attempts.“You can’t be satisfied with this win,” Clay said. “We got to build upon this, watch film, study and make sure that we know what we’re doing in the next game.”After forcing a three-out on SJSU’s first drive, the Badgers drove down the field once again, picking up 50 yards on six plays. However, White’s fumble into the end zone resulted in a touchback for the Spartans.“James White wants that touchdown as bad as anybody, but here at Wisconsin we run the ball in the end zone, we don’t reach it in,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “It’s something that he’ll take forward and I know be good, hopefully, in the future.”After the White fumble, both teams traded three-and-outs, and then UW linebacker Blake Sorenson intercepted SJSU’s Matt Faulkner and returned the ball 16 yards to SJSU’s 38-yard line. Five plays later, Tolzien completed a 14-yard pass to tight end Lance Kendricks for a touchdown and Wisconsin’s first passing score of the season, bringing the score to 14-0 at the 14:16 mark in the second quarter.After trading punts for three series, the Badgers found themselves inside the red zone once again, but failed to score after Tolzien fumbled at the 4-yard line on fourth and one. For the game, three of the Badgers’ four fumbles came in the red zone.The Spartans looked to be taking advantage of the miscue, but after a seven-play, 70-yard drive, UW defensive end J.J. Watt blocked a 43-yard field goal with 1:28 left in the half. Wisconsin managed only a field goal, though, as kicker Phillip Welch hit from 45 yards out as time expired.“I told the team afterwards, if I didn’t come in that locker room and they weren’t disappointed, I was going to be disappointed in them,” Bielema said.The Spartans picked up one first down after halftime, but were ultimately forced to punt at the 11:36 mark. Gilreath fielded the punt near the Badgers’ 25-yard line, but was hit instantly by Peyton Thompson. As he was falling back, SJSU’s Dominique Hunsucker came from behind and incidentally rammed his helmet into Gilreath’s. Gilreath was down for approximately 15 minutes, and was loaded via stretcher into an ambulance.Another Welch field goal from 37 yards raised the score to 20-0 with 8:11 left in the third quarter. Five minutes later, UW cornerback Antonio Fenelus recorded his second career interception off of Jordan La Secla. The senior led the Spartans with 228 passing yards on 20 for 26 passing with two touchdowns and an interception.“There was a little adversity out there,” UW cornerback Niles Brinkley said. “We pretty much came over all that adversity that was out there. San Jose [State] has some pretty good receivers, that’s what we thought [their] strength was on the team coming into the week and watching film…I feel like we did a pretty good job, but we also got to get better and make strides.”SJSU eventually got on the board with 1:27 remaining in the third quarter after La Secla connected with receiver Chandler Jones on a 37 catch and run that saw four different Badgers fail to make a tackle.In the fourth quarter, Clay added to his touchdown total with a 1-yard score at 11:16 that put the Badgers ahead 27-7. Six minutes later, La Secla threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Noel Grigsby to narrow the margin to 27-14. However, it was too little too late for the Spartans, as the Badgers were able to hold onto the ball and run out the clock for the remaining 5:42.last_img read more

TASA aims to support sexual assault survivors

first_imgIn 2013, Jenna Szabo, a senior majoring in human biology, reported that she was sexually assaulted to the Title IX Office and Department of Public Safety at USC. She said the assault was a painful and traumatizing experience, and she struggled to find support on campus. Szabo added that some members of her sorority shamed her for reporting the assault, which only furthered the emotional damage she said she experienced. (From left to right) Trojans Against Sexual Assault members Anushka Das, Jenna Szabo, Sharad Sundaresan and Tara Ruff table for their organization at the Involvement Fair. Photo courtesy of Tara Ruff.“I just felt like I had nowhere to go,” Szabo said. “It was just so hard going on campus every day and just … feeling so alone.”When she was able to connect with other students who had been victims of sexual assault, she was inspired to form an organization to prevent others from experiencing the traumatic isolation that she had felt after her assault. That organization became Trojans Against Sexual Assault, which Szabo co-founded in 2015 with now-alumnae Diana McAndrews and Cassie Collins.In the past year, TASA has hosted multiple events, called Healing Nights, to allow survivors and students who support survivors to interact in a safe, open space. They also hosted a presentation from USC’s Title IX Office to talk to students about how the Title IX process works on campus and how it explicitly defines sexual assault. TASA has advocated for affirmative consent movements such as #YesMeansYes. Tara Ruff, a senior studying journalism and political science, is TASA’s current president. She said the #MeToo movement has helped the club gain traction on campus. “With #MeToo you’ve seen women and men alike who have been sexually assaulted taking their power back and standing in solidarity with each other,” Ruff said. “Providing a safe space for people to talk about that at a school is really important.”Ruff said TASA is not just a club for sexual assault survivors. “This is literally Trojans Against Sexual Assault,” Ruff said. “If you believe in that mission, if you believe in that name, you’re so more than welcome to come to us. We’re here to empower each other and it’s welcome to literally anybody who wants to do that.”Szabo said that along with limited resources for support, reporting cases of sexual assault is an issue across campuses. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in 16 men will experience sexual assault while in college, but more than 90 percent of sexual assault survivors on college campuses do not report their experiences.Chandra Ingram, a sophomore studying journalism and international relations and the global economy, is a member of TASA’s executive board. She believes an important function of the organization is educating students about the issue of sexual assault on campus. “A lot of guys get really defensive and feel attacked, [but] men are also sexually assaulted,” she said.Ingram noted that the student body has to lead the way on issues if there is to be any change in the University. “It starts with the student body,” Ingram said. “What the students rally around and care about is what the University is also going to follow.”last_img read more

Kearns looking for response following Final loss

first_imgThe Premier County made a flying start against Kerry but ultimately lost out by 10 points in the provincial decider.They’ll continue their championship campaign in the qualifiers later this month.The Tipp boss is looking for a positive response to the clash with the Kingdom. It’s been confirmed that the Ulster final between Tyrone and Donegal will take place in Clones on July 17th.There had been suggestions the game could be moved to Croke Park. Meanwhile, we’re awaiting the exact time and venues for next weekend’s round 2 hurling qualifiers.Cork will play Wexford while Clare take on Limerick.last_img

GiG offers Pay n Play to boost UX and compliance

first_img GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Share StumbleUpon SBC Digital Summit: ‘Cashless’ environments to take centre stage when retail returns – Samuel Barrett April 30, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) is now offering an instant registration and payment option for its operators using Trustly’s Pay N Play system. The system allows players to optionally register and pay through their online banking accounts in Sweden and Finland, with Germany soon to be offered. The simple system will allow GiG’s customers to further boost acquisition, build loyalty and stay compliant.The technology is offered to operators on the GiG Core platform, with GiG’s in-house brand Kaboo live from today, alongside external brands Omnia and the newly-launched Dreamz. GiG’s in-house brand Thrills is to become a purely Pay N Play operator in Finland, Sweden and Germany.  The new system enables instant customer sign-ups without the significant registration churn that the igaming sector has historically experienced as a symptom of the more drawn out registration processes currently in place. New customers can register and deposit funds quickly and safely with no cumbersome account registration process necessary. Login is also made simpler, with players having the option to use Bank ID as a quick way to log in.Both deposits and withdrawals will become instant transactions with Pay N Play, giving players more control and simplifying their experience, while retaining the strongest registration and security protocols through KYC requirements which are fulfilled with data direct from a player’s bank. The need to scan any documents for upload as part of the registration process will become a thing of the past.GiG CEO Robin Reed commented: “Pay N Play will revolutionise the registration experience for players and enable higher conversion and retention while reducing churn. “With instant deposits and withdrawals, this new system makes our promise “to provide fair and fun gaming for all” stronger.”last_img read more

Six years later, Matt Kemp and Mike Trout intersect at the All-Star Game again

first_img Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury “He was a superstar, man,” said fellow All-Star Kenley Jansen, his Dodgers teammate then and now.About six weeks later, though, Kemp crashed into the wall at Colorado’s Coors Field, sustaining injuries that derailedl his career. His numbers declined and, over the next few years, he was traded to the San Diego Padres and then the Atlanta Braves.By the time he got traded back to the Dodgers, he was just a dollar sign, a line item on the club’s ledger in order to help them stay under the luxury tax.Yet, here he is.After losing 40 pounds in the offseason, Kemp defied the experts simply by making the Dodgers opening day roster, and the story has gotten even better as he played well enough to be elected an All-Star starter.“That’s one of the better stories in baseball,” said Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star pitcher Patrick Corbin. “To see him being one of the best players in the game, after being up and down. He’s a hard out. It’s cool to see him come back to be the hitter he’s always been.”Even one of his bitter rivals, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, concedes that it’s good to see. Crawford’s first two seasons in the majors were Kemp’s previous two All-Star years.“I’d say he’s pretty similar,” Crawford said. “He’s hitting the ball like he did early in my career. … You always root for guys to do well, especially when it seems like teams kind of cast him off, and he comes back and has a year like this. It’s definitely fun to watch, even though he’s with the Dodgers.”It’s fun for Trout too, whose connection to Kemp is through Torii Hunter. The former Angels star is still close to Trout, and he helped Kemp get in shape over the winter.The three of them had dinner in spring training.“He’s a great guy,” Trout said of Kemp. “I hear great things about him with Torii. I root for guys like that.”Getting back to the All-Star Game six years later is a validation for Kemp of the work he did in the offseason.To Trout, it’s just a standard part of his year.Trout also has limited memories of that game in Kansas City, but because it all went by so fast.“You are doing this and that and before you know, the two days are over,” he said.Trout said he learned during each successive trip to the All-Star Game how to “relax and try to take every second in.” Now, he finds himself as something of a host to the players are new to the experience.“The more you come, the more you have an idea of what’s going to happen, how things go,” he said. “You feel a little more comfortable. If (new guys) have questions, I’ll definitely answer them. I’m here if they need anything.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching WASHINGTON — Ask Matt Kemp for his recollections of the 2012 All-Star Game, and you won’t get much.“We were in Kansas City,” he said. “I only did the Home Run Derby. I think I was coming back from a hamstring or something like that. I don’t remember. It was a long time ago.”It was so long ago that there was a 20-year-old kid on the American League team who was still probably unknown to many baseball fans when he played in his first All-Star Game.A kid named Mike Trout.center_img Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day This is Trout’s seventh All-Star selection, although he’s only been to the game six times. He missed last year’s game in Miami because he was rehabbing after having surgery on his thumb. Trout was just days away from returning to the Angels lineup, so he didn’t want to interrupt his rehab with a trip across the country.“It was tough,” he said. “You want to be here for the guys, for the fans who vote you in. I was doing everything I can to get here. It didn’t work.”Watching the All-Star Game on television in 2017 certainly reinforced in Trout’s mind something that Kemp knew: a trip to the All-Star Game is nothing to take for granted.As Kemp sat at his table during the media session, in a room filled with the greatest baseball players in the world, he searched for details from 2012 and then concluded: “It’s good to be back.” Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“Most people knew he was pretty special back then,” said Justin Verlander, a member of that 2012 All-Star team. “Now you know, definitely, he’s a special talent. It’s fun seeing him here, to be able to display it in this venue.“That’s what this game is for.”The 2018 All-Star Game, which will be played on Tuesday at Nationals Park, will again mark an intersection for Trout and Kemp, the Angels and Dodgers stars who will start for their respective leagues.The careers have taken disparate paths since that summer day when they were both All-Stars in Kansas City six years ago.In 2012, Kemp was coming off a season in which he was the NL MVP runner-up, and he made his second straight All-Star Game. He was 26 years old — the same age Trout is now — and it must have seemed like he’d be able to mark the All-Star Game on his schedule for years. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Even as Lakers downplay Christmas game, the world will be watching how they match with Warriors

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions That question – what the Lakers have to do – is one that has picked up more urgency in recent weeks, as James prepares to turn 34 before the end of the year. Are the Lakers searching for long-term competitiveness or are they trying to squeeze as much as they can out of the remaining years of James’ prime, however long that is? Is this season in the championship window?The possibility that the Lakers might use their young players in a deal to get compete-now veterans has existed since the summer. Media reports have indicated that so far, the Lakers have been unwilling to trade pieces like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram or Kyle Kuzma, and Walton has been firmly supportive of those players, saying he thinks they’re capable of forming the foundation of a championship-caliber team.Tuesday night will be the clearest glimpse yet into how real those aspirations are, and how far away the Lakers might be from returning to the top of the NBA. It’s just one game, true, but it’s the only marker anyone can get. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersStill, James’ battle-hardened perspective is likely to fall unheard. This is what the NBA has viewed since the offseason as a marquee match-up, arguably the biggest of a slate of big games on Christmas Day. There will be a swath of fans tuning in to see how James, now in what even he has called “the Wild, Wild West,” trying to will his latest squad past the greatest adversary he’s known in his career. It’s just a regular season game — no one knows how to temper the hype over a regular season game like James and the Warriors — but it’s one that invites all kinds of scrutiny and speculation, with experts attempting to forecast how a December match-up will translate to April and May.The question, then, is not will people be judging the Lakers, but who exactly will be judging the Lakers? Just fans, or will it provoke strong reactions from within the organization? And even though it’s early, and even though the Lakers have said they’re being patient about this season, is that still true?The timing of the game is intriguing, given that the Lakers are coming off a week hot with James saying he’d like to play alongside Anthony Davis. With rumors earlier in the month that the Lakers were open to trading for Trevor Ariza and other trade talk rumors continually circling the team, even a regular season game can take on a mountain of seemingly high stakes. It has the feeling of an audition — even if that’s not something the Lakers will admit.For their own part, the Lakers did their best to tamp down the importance of the Warriors’ game. Both Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said it was just another game, and Luke Walton said he thought it was imprudent to start sizing up how the Lakers match up with the Warriors.“I never like to put too much importance on one game as far as it shows you how close or how far you are,” he said. “They’re a team that can hit 30 threes in a night, doesn’t mean they’re that much better than you, or we can go up there and win. Doesn’t mean now they need to close that gap to us. It’ll be a lot of fun.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The only Laker who admitted to looking forward to the game more than others was JaVale McGee, who will be receiving his 2018 championship ring before the game.But no one can deny that the tenor of the Lakers’ match-ups this year with the Warriors have a different feel: The Lakers have lost seven straight to Golden State, a flip on the traditional power dynamic of the franchises. In the past few years, the Lakers have chiefly been a scrappy, young cast trying to simply upset the league’s top dog.This season, with the Lakers just three games behind the Warriors in the loss column, there’s already anticipation that the teams could meet in the playoffs at some juncture. It also means jockeying for seeding and tiebreakers, which hasn’t been a concern of the Lakers for the last several years.“Just know we have a better chance to win,” Brandon Ingram said, “a better chance of competing against those guys in the way we play, the way we run and the way we defend.”How much better will it be?The Lakers drew some interest back in October when they played a pair of preseason games against the Warriors in October, prevailing in both match-ups while LeBron James hit a buzzer-beater in the first. But since the season has started, some actual real data points have emerged.The Warriors are again the league’s top offensive team (113.5 points per 100 possessions), and they also lead the league in shooting percentage (48.4 percent). Despite missing Steph Curry and Draymond Green for a sizable chunk of the season, they’ve managed to be 15-3 at home and have top-five rankings in a number of key categories.The Lakers are still a work in progress. They’ve dropped out of the the top half of the league’s most efficient offenses since starting out hot, and they’re clinging to a spot among the top 10 defenses. While the Lakers have been efficient shooting the ball in a transition-driven offense, their struggles shooting threes (34.5 percent, 20th in the NBA) and propensity for turnovers (15 percent, No. 23) have been evident holes. Both struck in a Sunday night loss to Memphis, in which the Lakers gave up 16 turnovers and were just 10 for 30 on deep shots.Part of downplaying the match-up with the Warriors is an hard truth: The Lakers aren’t ready to contend with them. Maybe for one night in the regular season, but not in a playoff series. James seemed to acknowledge that.“I don’t look at as a special matchup,” he said. “We’re a team that’s trying to get better and better every week, better and better every month. They’re a team trying to figure out how to win another championship. That’s their goal every night. That’s our ultimate goal, but there are some things we have to do in between to get to a point where we can start discussing championships.”Related Articlescenter_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs OAKLAND – Talk about re-gifting; the NBA has given LeBron James the same thing for Christmas four straight years.The gift is for NBA viewers, not for him.As James thought ahead to the Christmas Day game at Oracle Arena, one of the loudest, most daunting atmospheres in the league, against the Golden State Warriors, perhaps the most talented roster ever assembled, he stressed caution. It would be a mistake, he said, to start comparing his Lakers (19-14) to the defending champions (23-11) at this point in the season, despite the obvious temptation.“We can’t measure ourselves versus them,” he said. “That’s a team that’s won three out of four championships the last four years. You can’t measure yourself versus them. We just need to continue to try and get better.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more