June 25, 2021
  • 5:29 am Rugby book Review – Once We Were Lions
  • 5:28 am Crusaders missing All Blacks trio
  • 5:27 am Rugby Rant: Abusive tweets have no place in rugby
  • 5:25 am Who should be in and out of the England squad for the Autumn Tests?
  • 7:30 am Committee reaffirms mandatory denominational health plan

first_img“The tests show the presence of stones in the left ureter and their removal is scheduled during the current hospital stay, but still without a defined date,” the hospital said in a statement.“The patient is in a stable condition and good general state from a clinical point of view.”Pele, who is widely considered to be the greatest footballer in history, was discharged late Monday from the private American hospital in the Paris suburbs where he had been taken after falling ill following an appearance at a promotional event with France striker Kylian Mbappe.In a statement on Monday on the Globoesporte.com site, Pele said he had required “medical assistance and surgery” for a “severe urinary infection.”Pele, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and perhaps most memorably in Mexico in 1970 when his swashbuckling team re-defined modern football, has had several health scares in recent years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pele will undergo urinary tract surgey in Brazil after picking up an infection during his recent trip to Paris © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDASao Paulo, Brazil, Apr 10 – Pele will have an operation to remove a ‘ureteral stone,’ his doctors said Wednesday, a day after the football great returned to Brazil following treatment in a Paris hospital for an infection.The 78-year-old was admitted to the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo for more tests after arriving in Brazil early Tuesday.last_img read more

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first_imgmarkhachman A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#web center_img Analysts at IDC said Friday that the launch of Windows 8 in October will be directly responsible for boosting the flat U.S. PC market into a period of moderate growth next year. And they were surprisingly specific about how big a bump Microsoft’s new operation system will deliver.David Daoud, research director of personal computing at IDC, said the firm is attributing 5 percentage points of U.S. PC market unit growth to Windows 8.From Flat To Up“In other words, for 2013, the market otherwise would have been flat,” Daoud told ReadWriteWeb. “But for Windows 8, we boost it by about 5%, so that gives it 5% growth. That’s essentially the premium given to Windows 8.”On Thursday, IDC reported that PC growth was slowing in advance of Windows 8’s launch in late October. Just 367 million PCs will ship into the market this year, up less than 1% from 2011 and marking the second consecutive year of growth below 2%, IDC said.Despite the advent of Windows 8, IDC also reduced its worldwide PC forecast for the next few years. IDC now estimates that that worldwide PC shipment growth will average 7.1% from 2013-2016, down from the 8.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) previously forecast for 2012-2016. IDC did not formally break out numbers for individual regions.Next year, however, worldwide PC sales in units should jump from 0.9% this year to 6.5%, with growth accelerating to 7.0% and 7.5% in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Much of that demand will come from emerging markets, whose residents are still buying their first PCs, as well as purchasing Windows 8 replacements for those they already own.Part of IDC’s adjusted forecast can be explained by its definition of a PC: IDC still defines a PC as a box with an associated keyboard, whether it be a notebook or desktop computer. As more consumers choose tablets, which typically lack those discrete keyboards, the number of “PCs” sold decreases. Daoud also said that IDC factored in macroeconomic conditions; although U.S. GDP growth is expected to be about 2.0% next year, Europe is struggling and the Asia-Pacific region is “cooling off,” he said.Windows 8 Driving PC DifferentiationOne way that PC makers plan to cope is by using Windows 8 to drive new kinds of PCs. The Windows 8 PC designs Daoud has seen show that PC makers plan to differentiate their products. “So we do think there is the opportunity for growth,” he said.Still, Daoud wasn’t prepared to cast Windows 8 as an unmitigated success, citing increased uncertainty “Windows 8 will have positive repercussions, without any doubt,” Daoud said. “That’s why we’re witnessing consumers waiting for that operating system to hit the market.“But there’s a lot of unanswered questions: the price point, the design, how consumers will receive the product,” Daoud added. “So it’s also a wild card… We’re certainly moving to a crossroads in the industry: we’re moving to a new OS, new user interface, user behavior, new usage model, new software delivered through the app store, which is a new delivery mechanism. So we’re seeing a totally new type of environment, meaning that consumers will need to be educated about this.”PC Makers Getting HammeredGiven the anticipation and uncertainty surrounding Windows 8, the slowdown in PC shipments before the launch of the new operating system should have come as no surprise. But PC makers were apparently caught unprepared.In a conference call with analysts this week, Hewlett Packard chief executive Meg Whitman acknowledged that the number of PCs sold through the channel “softened” or slowed during the second half of July, driving the amount of stock in retailers’ hands “higher than our acceptable ranges,” Whitman said. All told, the company’s commercial revenue slipped 9% and consumer revenue declined 12% year-over-year, HP said.Dell’s results were even worse: consumer revenue slipped 22%, and a combination of weak consumer environment and macroeconomic concerns prompted Dell to cut its revenue forecast by 2% to 5%.“In the quarter, we saw the channel drawing down inventory in anticipation of the Windows 8 launch,” Brian Gladden, Dell’s chief financial officer, reported. Dell’s strategy of maximising profits at all levels of the business failed to pay off, as the only growth the company saw was in the low-value segments, Gladden reported; high-end customers, who undoubtedly knew Windows 8 was coming, held off purchasing PCs.Arrow image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Pelicans bringing back forward Cunningham MOST READ The U.S. defeated the Ferns 3-1 in the first game last Friday night in Commerce City, Colorado. Julie Ertz led the way with two goals.Lindsey Horan got the Americans off to a nice start in the rematch, scoring on a header in the 36th minute after coming in for Rose Lavelle. Mallory Pugh made it 2-0 in the 44th minute. Pugh also finished with two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLavelle, who is from Cincinnati, played the shortened shift for the hometown crowd as she continues to come back from injury.Morgan scored her first goal within the first minute of the second half. Lynne Williams added her third career national team goal before Morgan struck again in the 69th minute. It was her 77th international goal. Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  FILE PHOTO – United States’ Morgan Brian, second right, celebrates with her teammates after Alex Morgan scores her side’s 2nd goal against New Zealand during a women’s Olympic football tournament match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. United States won 2-0. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)CINCINNATI — Alex Morgan scored twice and the U.S. women’s national team concluded a two-game series against New Zealand with a 5-0 victory at Nippert Stadium on Tuesday night.The Americans improved to 9-3-0 this year. There are four more games left on the team’s 2017 schedule.ADVERTISEMENT The U.S. also got midfielder Tobin Heath back from a back injury. She came in as a late sub for her first action with the national team since March. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal midfielder Miguel Azeez signs first pro contractby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Miguel Azeez has signed his first professional contract.The 17-year-old joined at the age of five and has progressed through the academy ranks. His impressive work ethic has helped him to secure a professional contract.Azeez made eight appearances during the under-18s’ title-winning 2018/19 season, scoring twice and assisting twice. He already has one goal in five Under-18 Premier League appearances this season and made his debut for the under-23s against Derby in the Premier League 2 in August.An England international, Azeez has proven himself at under-17 level, scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances for his country. last_img read more

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first_imgAfter a phenomenal season for the Egyptian in Liverpool, Klopp recently claimed the fact that Salah won the PFA Player of the Year award is a nice boost for his career.Despite winning POTY, Klopp claimed Salah is well aware of the fact that the season is far from over yet as the first leg of their semi-final clash with Roma is on Tuesday.Salah has definitely put in effort, which eventually resulted in this award, as he has been able to score 41 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions this season.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’m really happy for him,” Klopp said at a news conference. “He can be really proud of that. It’s a fantastic achievement. I think if all the other players vote for you, [then] that means the most to all players,” Klopp claimed, according to ESPN.“I didn’t speak to him after because he was obviously in London yesterday, but he will be back today and I can tell him what I want to tell him face to face.”“It’s great but he knows the season is not finished so far. [There are] a lot of things to come. I’m sure it’s a nice boost for him. I really have to say in a season like this when Kevin De Bruyne plays a season like he played, it makes it even more special,” Klopp went on to add.last_img read more

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first_imgMauricio Pochettino has revealed that Barcelona great Lionel Messi almost joined him at Espanyol in 2005 ahead of their Champions League tie on Wednesday.Pochettino is preparing his side to face Barcelona in an intriguing Champions League showdown at Wembley on Wednesday.The North Londoners lost their first Champions League group game to Inter Milan, and they are bidding to return to winning ways against the Spanish Champions.Pochettino revealed to Sky Sports: “I started to hear about him when I was a player at Espanyol.“A small guy, playing in the academy in Barcelona.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Then I heard he was so close to signing for Espanyol – very close – in the season Barcelona played against Juventus in the Joan Gamper (an annual pre-season tournament).“I remember that summer.“But, because he was so fantastic in the Joan Gamper, they changed their minds. They kept Messi at Barcelona.“So, if you look back in history, maybe if he did not play in the Joan Gamper in that summer, maybe today he could have been the biggest star in Espanyol.“Maybe I would still be at Espanyol managing him!”last_img read more

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first_imgInter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti claims his team must be at their best if they’re to overcome Lazio in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia.The Nerazzurri host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday looking to secure a place in the semis, and Spalletti insists they have no margin for error if they’re to defeat Simone Inzaghi’s men.“Tomorrow’s match is an important and difficult one: winning it would mean progressing to the semi-finals of the competition, so we know what it’s all about,” he said, according to the club’s official website.“It is going to be a game where we’ll be faced with difficult situations, but we know what the solution is: being Inter. If we play like Inter we’ll have a good chance of getting into the next round. There is no need to evaluate whether what we put into the previous game was enough. We have to put everything we’ve got into matches.”Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“In recent games, we haven’t been able to do this. We have to remember who we are every time we take to the pitch and put everything we’ve got into it.”The Nerazzurri produced one of their best performances of the campaign when they faced Lazio in October, and Spalletti said: “We managed the game well that evening, having more possession than them despite Lazio being a technical side. Defensively we were compact when they looked to counter, while we also managed to score goals.”“A bit of everything is needed. There is a need to fully demonstrate all of these qualities in matches every time we play. If we can get all these ingredients back then there are more possibilities.”last_img read more

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first_imgStory Links Persistent rain in the Knoxville area on Saturday postponed the University of Louisville’s softball games against Kansas and Bradley in the Tennessee Classic. The tournament will resume on Sunday with the Cardinals (4-5) facing Kansas at 9 a.m. and  Bradley at 4:30 p.m. Louisville is slated to wrap up the tournament Monday at 11:30 a.m. with a rematch against Bradley and will take on host No. 7/8 Tennessee at 4:30 p.m. Tennessee Classic Schedule Sunday, Feb. 249:00 a.m. – Louisville vs. Kansas4:30 p.m. – Louisville vs. BradleyMonday, Feb. 2511:30 a.m. – Louisville vs. Bradley4:30 p.m. – Louisville at Tennessee Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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first_img © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved. (Phys.org) —With the rise of social media, it is possible to organize public demonstrations on larger scales and in less time than ever before. In response, some governments are trying to decide how to regulate and impede the organization of these demonstrations, in order to maintain safety, order, or for other reasons. But very little is known about exactly how repressive legislation affects social media networks and their users. New research now suggests that social networks may be surprisingly resistant to such legislation. “Our work shows that social media are very powerful tools to spread information,” Marcoux told Phys.org. “The reason for this is because of the scale-free and hierarchical structure of social media networks, in which some highly connected individuals act as hubs to transfer information. In such a network, it only takes a few steps for information to travel between two individuals at extreme locations on the network. Also, the overall structure of the network of interactions on Twitter did not change after the passage of the Bill. Thus, information could still travel quickly after the passage of the Bill. It demonstrates nicely the resilience of big scale-free and hierarchical networks to perturbations.”Because the network structure was not significantly affected by the legislation, information about the protests continued to flow through the network like before. Individuals were still able to organize mass protests, despite some changes in user behavior. Overall, the researchers concluded that this natural experiment shows the power of social media to connect and mobilize a large number of individuals, as well as the resilience of social networks to changes in individual behavior. As the researchers note, a better understanding of networks is already helping policymakers in other areas.”Policymakers can use network knowledge to influence social changes,” Marcoux said. “For example, in a vaccination campaign, a better understanding of the social structure of a community might help to identify key individuals (highly connected hubs) that could speed up the spread of positive information about vaccination.”Currently, the researchers are working on other projects, although they explain that more work could be done in this area.”This project was a side to my other research projects, but I would love if someone took over to look at the content of messages that were sent before and after the legislation,” Marcoux. On the other hand, the network structure was relatively the same before and after the legislation. The structure was hierarchical and followed a scale-free distribution, in which a few Twitter users had very high rates of tweet exchanges while most users had low rates of exchanges. The few individuals with high connectivity were positioned between cliques, while users with low connectivity tended to be part of highly connected cliques. The number of tweets per day related to the 2012 Quebec student strike changes before and after the passage of Bill 78. Despite this change in user behavior, however, the scale-free hierarchical network structure remained the same. Credit: Marcoux, et al. ©2013 EPLA Study examines best methods for gaining Twitter followers Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) The largest connected cluster in the network of tweet exchanges related to the 2012 Quebec student strike (a) before and (b) after the passage of Bill 78. Importantly, the network’s structure does not significantly change. Credit: Marcoux, et al. ©2013 EPLA Explore further In a new paper published in EPL, Marianne Marcoux and David Lusseau at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, UK, have analyzed millions of tweets from Twitter users in Quebec, Canada, who were protesting an increase in college tuition in 2012. That winter, 300,000 students—about 75% of all college and university students in Quebec—went on strike for several weeks. The strike and related protests were organized primarily with Twitter.On May 18, after 14 weeks of the strike, the Quebec government passed special emergency legislation called Bill 78 in an attempt to block the organization of the protests. Bill 78 requires that any organizer of a demonstration involving more than 50 people must provide the local police with an itinerary of the demonstration at least 8 hours before the event, and also ensure that the demonstration follows the itinerary. Individuals and organizations that did not follow Bill 78 were severely fined, and the government also considered fining any individual who transferred information about illegal demonstrations.To determine what effect Bill 78 had on Twitter users, the researchers compared the behavior of Twitter users who were involved in the protests, as well as the structure of their interaction network, before and after the passage of the bill. They analyzed nearly 200,000 tweets sent from February 12 to June 4, 2012, that contained relevant hashtags, using Twitter data that was made freely available by O. H. Beauchesne at olihb.com. The researchers’ main result was that the legislation changed the behavior of Twitter users, but not the overall structure of the network in which they interacted. In terms of behavior, although the number of tweets posted per day was higher on average after Bill 78 was implemented than before, the rate of increase dropped. Twitter users also showed an increase in “cliquishness” by limiting the tweets they sent to users within tight clusters to which they belonged. The researchers suspect that this change in behavior may indicate that the students became more cautious regarding who they sent tweets to. More information: Marianne Marcoux and David Lusseau. “The influence of repressive legislation on the structure of a social media network.” EPL, 104 (2013) 58004. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/104/58004 Citation: Anti-protest law changes Twitter users’ behavior, but not network structure, physicists show (2014, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-anti-protest-law-twitter-users-behavior.html 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.last_img read more

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