French connection baffles O’Connell

first_img Press Association Schmidt has transformed Ireland’s fortunes since taking the helm however, claiming the RBS 6 Nations crown in his first campaign and edging the side to third place in the world rankings. “I think it was a toughest day (under Schmidt), yeah,” said O’Connell when reviewing last year’s Australia defeat. “There was a lot of excitement when Joe took over the job. “He’d been so successful with Leinster, and I think we had a lot of really good things in place going into the game. “But ultimately there’s a few things in rugby as well, that no matter who’s coaching or who you’re playing or where you’re playing that are really important. “The physical confrontation, being built up for that and ready for that, is massive. “And I think in that game last year were weren’t in the right place, and were just so far ahead of us in that regard. “In so many aspects of the game they took us apart, and that was the big disappointment in that game. “That’s where we realised you have to be able to marry the two, you have to be able to marry the detail, the knowledge of your role, with the big, physical confrontation you need to be able to manage as well.” O’Connell warned his team-mates Australia will not suffer for fluency despite last month’s coach switch from Ewen McKenzie to former Leinster boss Michael Cheika. “They seem to have adapted really well,” O’Connell said. “Their French game last week just looked so physical, the line speed of both teams; the way both teams tackled, the way both teams competed at the ruck. “They don’t seem to be struggling with the changeover. “They are a bit further down the track than us, they’ve had their summer series, their Rugby Championship, they have had three games in a row to gel and work together. “So they’re in a very good place in terms of how they’ve gelled in terms of combinations.” Paul O’Connell has claimed “there’s been nothing done on my behalf” in the wake of rumours linking him with a move to France after next year’s World Cup. Ireland were overwhelmed 32-15 by the Wallabies at the Aviva Stadium in November 2013, with lock O’Connell admitting “they took us apart”. The 35-year-old will lead Schmidt’s men in a bid for a first autumn clean sweep since 2006 in Dublin this weekend, conceding last year’s loss to Australia remains fresh in the memory. “I don’t know anything about it. I don’t know where it came from,” said O’Connell when quizzed on links to Pau. “I suppose it’s the fact that James Coughlan and Simon Mannix are there and I knew them at Munster, but there’s been nothing done on my behalf, and nothing done on Pau’s behalf anyway. “I’m contracted until the summer of 2016, so I just don’t know where it came from.” Ireland have still lost just twice under Schmidt since the Kiwi took the helm for last year’s autumn series. O’Connell lambasted Ireland’s lack of mental tenacity in that Australia defeat on November 16 last year, where wing Nick Cummins claimed a brace of tries. Schmidt had his players whipped into technical shape that night, but O’Connell believes Ireland lacked a mental and physical edge. The Ireland captain dismissed suggestions he would cut short his Munster and Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) contract, which runs until 2016, to join Pau. O’Connell said he has had no contact with the French Pro D2 club, before switching to more immediate thoughts of how to atone for Ireland’s “toughest day” under Joe Schmidt when facing Australia on Saturday. last_img read more

T&T government warns against the use of digital currency

first_imgThe Trinidad and Tobago government says it has not endorsed the use of “BarterCoin Exchange nor an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) here and warned the public to be extremely careful.In a statement, the Ministry of Finance said it has noted the recent international trend “of what is termed ‘digital currency’ and locally, the proposed launch of a BarterCoin Exchange and an Initial Coin Offering in Trinidad and Tobago.Gov’t hasn’t endorsed BarterCoin“The Ministry of Finance advises the public that, it is not associated with, nor has it endorsed a BarterCoin Exchange nor an Initial Coin Offering (ICO).”It said that the regulatory body for investments in Trinidad and Tobago, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), recently stated it has “not as of this date” approved any ICO.“The ongoing offerings are unregulated and speculative investments, with considerable risk to the investor,” the Ministry of Finance said, quoting the SEC as indicating that further risks include heightened potential for fraud and “the fact that the products and those selling them may in some cases not be subject to regulation, [may] expose the investors to fraud.”Related: Montserrat to use digital Eastern Caribbean dollars with blockchain startupBeware cross-border distribution risksThe Sec has also warned of cross-border distribution risks, “where the issuer may be operating the ICO from outside of the investor’s jurisdiction, therefore, following the money in the event of a collapse of the ICO as well as recovering invested funds, may prove extremely difficult [for the investor.”The Ministry of Finance said that it should also be noted that the proposed BarterCoin Exchange, has not received the approval of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.“Based on the foregoing, the Ministry of Finance advises members of the public to exercise caution when engaging in any form of investment and when in doubt, seek the advice of the Regulatory Bodies – The Securities and Exchange Commission and/or the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago,” the statement added.last_img read more

Any place to call home

first_imgThe mentally ill and, increasingly, families with very young children are also a part of homeless population, she said. While housing for the mentally ill has been a problem for decades, more and more families with young children are falling through the cracks as the cost of living soars and wages stagnate, she said. Experts on the homeless said families try to stay off the streets by living in cars or renting hotel rooms, but other people live in makeshift cities that exist outside the mainstream and out of sight. Standing in the riverbed under the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, deputies John Rose and Paul Archambault of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Community Oriented Policing unit said the bridges were a major dwelling before last Monday. “This was probably one of the main spots,” Archambault said. “They had structures and little houses built. It was kind of cozy.” Despite the fact that most of the trash, debris, tents, and a wide variety of personal items have been cleared out from under the adjacent bridges at the 605 and Cloverleaf Drive since last Monday, remnants of human life were still apparent. Intricate drawings were visible on walls. Rocks that had been intended for erosion control were moved to make room for living areas. The dirt near the underside of the overpass had been leveled for makeshift beds. On Monday, COPS deputies had organized a social service operation to offer the people living under the bridge medical and psychiatric evaluation, and then refer them for further services. All of the 40 homeless who they aided were placed in housing, deputies said. They hope the operation will serve as a model for the rest of the department and other law enforcement agencies, Sgt. Al Cobos said. “They live bridge to bridge,” Archambault said. “They develop little societies, and they all know each other.” Rose said these homeless communities often become entrenched and cultures develop. “They establish tenancy,” he said. “Certain people live under certain bridges, and each bridge has its own demographic.” Homeless use the riverbed as a thoroughfare and communicate up and down the banks, he said. The deputies estimated 200 people lived along the San Gabriel River from the 605 overpass in Baldwin Park to Lakewood. As of now, the only shelter available in the San Gabriel Valley is seasonal – a winter shelter provided by the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless and a co-op of seven Valley churches. The shelter is open from Dec. 1 to March 15. “That’s all there is in the San Gabriel Valley,” said Colleen Castellano, the Coalition’s director. And after March 15, “it’s still cold.” But the winter shelter can’t house families. Castellano said when they arrive for shelter, they are bused to one of the few churches that can accommodate them. “There is very little low-cost housing,” Abrams said. “And even low-cost housing is not really low-cost in today’s market.” A lack of jobs and child-care can render single women unemployable, said Clay Hollopeter, director of the San Gabriel Valley Boys and Girls Club. The group provides meals and other necessities to the Valley’s homeless. “If you’ve got a child you can’t take to work with you, you can’t work,” he said, adding that the current economic climate is a contributing factor. “Minimum wage is not enough to live on,” he said. And a lot of people are paid less than minimum wage under the table, he added. Castellano said that while the homeless situation in the Valley persists, efforts to open a permanent shelter have not been successful. “We’ve been fighting for one for several years now,” she said. “But we feel like we’re spinning our wheels.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Homeless removed from 605 Fwy • Video: Homeless removed from 605 FwyBruce Harp has a bed, a television set, stove and running water. Instead of filling an apartment or house though, the basic necessities are parked in an outdoor nursery in the unincorporated community of Bassett. He cooks on a butane stove, runs his appliances off a car battery and has tall potted plants in place of a door. He said he became homeless more than six years ago, after his father died in his arms. “It took a lot out of me,” said the 48-year-old former tile setter. “I couldn’t focus, couldn’t keep myself together, couldn’t concentrate.” He has been in various shelters, but prefers to keep to himself. “I have my freedom out here,” he said. “I’m not bothering anybody.” Harp is one of nearly 10,000 people who are homeless on any given night, according to a count done in 2005 by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. “There are some who just can’t fit into the norm, they want to be free to move around,” said Shirley Abrams, education coordinator for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. “There’s always been a group like that.” last_img read more

Rimfire away!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Men, women and children of all ages will participate in the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) National Rimfire Sporter Match Saturday, July 9, during the National Matches at Camp Perry. The match, as well as its free corresponding clinic, on July 8, is a great way to prepare first-time shooters for competition-style shooting, while also allowing experienced marksmen to rekindle a nostalgic connection with a .22 rifle.Perfect for a variety of marksmen, many youth shooting organizations and senior clubs make the Rimfire Sporter Match an annual tradition during the Matches. Fired from 50 and 25 yards, the event is simple enough for new shooters to complete and is also uniquely challenging for experienced riflemen. The match is also an ideal opportunity for families or old friends to participate in a fun afternoon of entertaining competition.Rifles used during the competition may be manually operated or semi-automatic and supportedwith sights or a sling. Competitors will complete slow fire prone, rapid fire prone, slow fire sitting or kneeling, rapid fire sitting or kneeling, slow fire standing and rapid fire standing shot sequences.Three different classifications of rifles will be used during the competition: “O Class” for open-sighted rifles, “T Class” for telescope-sighted rifles and the recently-added “Tactical Rimfire”class. Awards are offered to High Juniors, High Seniors, High Women as well as Overallwinners will be named for each class.A free instructional Rimfire Sporter Clinic will be held Friday, July 8 from 4-6 p.m. The course will include demonstrations and presentations by qualified members of the CMP and will cover rules, Course of Fire, safety instructions and competition procedures. Competitors with noprevious Rimfire Sporter Match experience are strongly encouraged to attend.More information about the Rimfire Sporter Match can be found by visiting read more

Online Meeting Scheduler Doodle Offers Ad-free Premium Accounts [Invites]

first_imgsteven walling But to use most of the popular general-purpose tools available to schedule meetings with is a serious pain in the neck. Doodle, as well as competitors such as Tungle, can make this process easier by creating a one stop shop for polling coworkers.In our test of the free version of Doodle, it took less than five minutes to set up a poll for meeting scheduling, and that seems like something worthy of being called simple. More advanced options include polling for a range of dates and exporting results to PDF or Excel. There is no limit on the number of participants, and poll creators get administration rights. The most basic version of Doodle doesn’t even require an account to use, but anyone who wants custom theming or branding for their business needs to log in. The new premium option is normally $28/year, and features custom fields, comprehensive theming and branding opportunities, and is ad-free. If you’d like to try out the premium Doodle free for a year, just use the coupon code: vyhrsa2f (all lowercase) when you sign up. And it looks like all the invites are gone now. Despite the unfortunate name, Doodle is a dead-simple Web app for scheduling a meeting. In our experience, scheduling meetings is a chore, with the most common method to be just emailing around to solicit advice. That’s inefficient, and this single-purpose software as a service is one solution. Recently the service, which has been around since 2006 and is normally ad-supported, started offering premium accounts with greater customization and no advertising. Especially for enterprise customers, we don’t normally recommend many apps that are so single-purpose. Relying on a growing array of SaaS services that each do one thing can be a huge impediment to productivity. Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Education Over Entertainment

first_imgThe decisions you make determine the outcomes you create in your life.Lean BackNon-hustlers choose to spend their time being entertained. They are “lean back” people.They watch a lot of television. They can tell you what’s hot, what’s not, and what you are missing. When they’re not watching television, they spend their time on the small screen of infinite distractions. They browse and browse and browse like there is no tomorrow. They never miss a sporting event, and they are up to speed on players, coaches, stats, and the surrounding drama. Then, there are video games.There is nothing wrong with entertainment. Only too much entertainment is a problem. That time would be better invested somewhere else than spent on empty calories.Lean ForwardHustlers make a different choice. They choose to educate themselves. They are “lean forward” people.They read books. Lots of books. They read widely so they can be fluent in conversational with people of all walks of life. They learn how to think, and they learn how to judge the usefulness of ideas. Hustlers take online courses, they go to live events, and they hire coaches. They build mastermind groups so they can learn from their peers and get a perspective on how they’re doing from people who are going to be honest with them in order to spur their growth and development. Hustlers write, too. They keep journals, and they process their thinking.This is not to say that hustlers don’t spend time on entertainment. They just spend less time leaning back being entertained because they are too busy leaning forward and making things happen. When they play, even the play is usually centered around their personal growth.Lean forward. Educate yourself. You are the only real asset you will ever have for producing the results you want in your life.last_img read more

Book on skincare

first_imgSkin Deep: An Inside Out Approach to Looking Good Naturally! The opening line ‘What we put as food in our mouth is more important than what we put as creams on our skin,’ sets the tone for this book. It talks about how eating right (healthy carbs, good fats, green leafy vegetables and seasonal fruits) can do wonders to the way our skin looks and feels. To make things appealing to an average reader, Santhanam, a well-known dermatologist, has divided the book into four sections. In the first section, Santhanam suggests a simple expect test (X:X factor, P: Pores, E: Evenness, C: Clarity, T:Texture) to identify your skin type and how to make it better. The second section covers the benefits and drawbacks of different food groups such as carbs, proteins and fats. For instance, she explains how incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids can keep the oils flowing to your skin and how the right amount of anti-oxidants(Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene and selenium) can keep wrinkles at bay. The third section on the A-Z of skin foods including flaxseeds, herbs and oats is a delight for anyone looking at sporting beautiful skin, the healthy way. The last section featuring beauty recipes made with common kitchen ingredients is a bonus! In all, a book that does complete justice to its title.last_img read more

Smart cane could one day help flag gait problems falling risks more

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. Explore further Citation: ‘Smart cane’ could one day help flag gait problems, falling risks more quickly (2018, February 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from A pair of Vanderbilt University engineers have developed an instrumented cane that not only provides added support, but can also analyze your gait to determine your risk of falling. Nilanjan Sarkar, professor of mechanical and computer engineering, says the “IntelliCane” can quantitatively calculate falling risk as accurately as a physical therapist can with their own eyes.If you are a senior citizen, dizziness and balance problems can be a big deal. In the United States, every year one out of three adults over 65 years of age falls and the statistic climbs to one out of two after age 80. Falls can be serious, leading to hip and other bone fractures, brain injury, loss of independence and even death. Falls are also expensive: The cost of treating injuries from falls is estimated at $34 billion annually.The problem is not restricted to the elderly. There are a number of illnesses that cause balance disorders, ranging from ear infections, head injuries and poor blood circulation to Parkinson’s, spinal stenosis and stroke, and these patients could benefit from such a device.”When I realized how big this problem was, we started searching for available solutions,” said Sarkar. “Initially, my thought was to design something to prevent falls, but after more thought and a little experimenting we quickly realized that this was not practical. The next best thing was to determine how to reliably estimate the fall risk so that intervention can be applied when a person’s risk gets so high that they could fall at any time.” Clinical trial examines care strategies for preventing falls at home Credit: Vanderbilt University Currently, physical therapists estimate falling risk by observing the patient walking back and forth between two lines under a variety of conditions—slow and fast, looking right and left, stepping over obstacles, while blindfolded, up and down steps. The therapist then employs a standardized rating scale to evaluate how steady the patient is on each task and combines the ratings into an overall risk estimate.However, this test cannot always capture a patient’s full experience throughout the day, or from day to day, or within their usual environment. Nor can it capture problems the therapist may be unable to see. Sarkar and graduate student Joshua Wade wanted to develop a tool that could help therapists collect much richer data about their patients’ gaits as they went about their everyday lives, enabling therapists to intervene more quickly if needed.Most current research into that area requires patients to place sensors on their body or in their shoes, which the researchers say isn’t ideal. “Body sensors require a significant extra effort on the part of patients. We wanted an approach that was as easy as possible for people to use,” said Wade, who decided to work on the project because of its potential health benefits. “We decided to instrument a cane because it is familiar. Most people with balance problems already use one, and the only thing extra that they have to do is plug it in at night.”The engineers rigged an off-the-shelf offset cane with inertial and force sensors connected to a wireless microcontroller that provides real-time data on how a person uses the cane while walking. The data is fed into an algorithm that analyzes the sensor data and pulls out information about the steadiness of the user’s gait.When they had a design that worked, the engineers tested the system with nine patients. First, they asked the patient to walk around using the IntelliCane. Then they were asked to participate in a standard risk assessment procedure called the Dynamic Gait Index in the presence of a physical therapist, who scored their performance. After analyzing the cane data, the researchers determined that they could predict each patient’s DGI score with a high degree of confidence.”i think it is quite innovative,” said Patricia Fleming, a physical therapist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who participated in the test. “Many people don’t have access to a sophisticated gait lab, so a device such as this could augment what we do in the clinic. Almost everyone who comes to the neurological clinic where we work has a balance problem and many of them use a cane. So, we think it’s exciting to be part of this project.”Now that the initial study has validated the basic approach, Sarkar and Wade are convinced that it could have a number of benefits. If a person with a balance problem uses the cane regularly, for example, it may be able to detect when its user’s sense of balance begins to deteriorate and report this to his or her doctor. They also think it could be applied to other devices such as wheeled walkers and crutches.With more advanced analysis, the IntelliCane might even be capable of providing detailed enough information to enable doctors to diagnose specific diseases that affect a person’s sense of balance. For example, Parkinson’s might alter a person’s gait in a manner that is detectably different from multiple sclerosis, they speculate.Vanderbilt has applied for a patent on the technology, and Sarkar and Wade have formed a company called Adaptive Technology Consulting to commercialize it. 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