24 Aug

UAS students discuss media literacy at News Engagement Day event

first_imgJuneau | University of AlaskaUAS students discuss media literacy at News Engagement Day eventOctober 4, 2017 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:Students at UAS listen to discussion with WikiTribune editor Peter Bale via video conference in London as part of News Engagement Day on Oct. 3, 2017. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)The University of Alaska Southeast participated Tuesday in News Engagement Day, part of a national effort to increase civic participation and media literacy. Assistant Professor of Communications Rosemarie Alexander, a former KTOO journalist, said she sees as a concerning trend among young people when it comes to news. “So few young people actually engage in news. And one of the reasons we decided to do it here at UAS is simply, as a former reporter — excuse me, as a reporter who is now teaching also — I can’t believe that students really are not civilly engaged, and so this was an opportunity to help them,” she said. Alexander invited former CNN producer Chuck Thompson, who’s originally from Juneau, to lead a discussion on the future of news media. Thompson connected with Peter Bale, the launch editor of a new news project called WikiTribune led by the founder of Wikipedia. Bale spoke to the lecture hall full of students by video conference from London. WikiTribune aims to fix problems like fake news and distrust of media by allowing users to fact-check news articles along with professional journalists. It is expected to launch later this year. Students grilled him on the wisdom of allowing news articles to be annotated by members of the public and asked him how he would ensure objectivity in reporting. Taylor Hrupek, an exchange student from the University of South Dakota studying communications, said it was exciting to hear about WikiTribune’s plan. “This will probably end up being a pretty big deal on some worldwide spectrum, so it’s cool to see, like, we’re in the town of Juneau, Alaska, and we’re getting a front row seat to what’s going on in the world,” Hrupek said. Alexander said News Engagement Day is just the beginning of a larger effort to increase media literacy at UAS. Share this story:last_img read more

13 Jul

Conservatives should be more worried about Ukip switchers than Labour ahead of election

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars MoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tuesday 9 December 2014 5:26 am Lynsey Barber Ukip could be more damaging to the Conservatives than Labour, taking more than two million votes from the party at next year’s general election according to the latest political research.More Conservative voters could be swayed towards Ukip than Labour or Lib Dem voters, making a Labour government more likely. While one in five of the 10 million Conservative voters could switch, research by leading academics for the  British Election Study predicts a Ukip swing of 500,000 Labour voters and 700,00 Lib Dem voters, the Telegraph reports.The numbers give Labour the edge.Professor George Evans of Oxford University, who conducted the research, told the Telegraph: “BES data shows quite clearly that it’s the Conservative Party who need to worry most about the threat of Ukip – because those people who supported Labour have, in the main, already made the switch.”Overall, the poll of 30,000 voters found that, of those who were planning to vote Ukip, 43.6 per cent were originally Tory supporters, 12.9 per cent were previously Labour and 18 per cent were formerly Lib Dem. center_img Share Conservatives should be more worried about Ukip switchers than Labour ahead of election More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Tags: General Election 2015last_img read more

19 Jun

South Korea’s Response in the Spotlight

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News By Kim So Yeol – 2010.11.24 12:09pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarKim So Yeol News Attention is gathering on what measures the South Korean government will take in response to North Korea’s indiscriminate artillery assault on Yeonpyeong Island yesterday afternoon.The attack targeted both homes and a military base on the island with blithe disregard for human life, representing the most serious military provocation since the end of the Korean War: two South Korean marines killed; 12 soldiers and three civilians wounded.South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff immediately labeled the North Korean attack an act of “brutality” in violation of the UN Charter, Korean War Armistice Agreement and North-South Joint Agreement on Reconciliation, Nonaggression, and Cooperation and Exchange. President Lee Myung Bak ordered that North Korea be punished “several times over” for any further provocations.Therefore, South Korea is primed for significant countermeasures.In an announcement at 6 P.M., three hours and 30 minutes after the initiation of the North Korean attack, the Blue House stated, “The North Korean authorities must take due responsibility for this situation.”While “due responsibility” went unclarified, anticipation is that the level of the countermeasures will be higher than those for the Cheonan incident, since it is the kind of additional provocation that South Korea warned against at that time.If North Korea produces any additional provocations in the short term, there is a chance of some kind of limited conflict. According to Kim Tae Young, South Korea’s Minister of National Defense, “We will urge an immediate halt to provocations, and if additional provocations occur, we will take strong countermeasures.”However, in the medium term war is less likely, and attention is likely to turn to the May 24th Measures, countermeasures to the Cheonan incident, which included; ▲ resumption of psychological warfare against North Korea (which was not completely implemented) ▲ complete ban on North Korean shipping passing through South Korean waters ▲ South Korea-U.S. Joint Anti-submarine Training ▲ submission of the incident to the U.N. Security Council ▲ halt to trade between the two Koreas ▲ ban on visits by South Koreans to North Korea (with the exception of Kaesong) ▲ ban on new investments in North Korea ▲ limit on North Korean aid programs to the weak and vulnerable.Some of yesterday’s immediate measures can also be seen as South Korean government countermeasures to the attack. The Ministry of Unification cancelled Thursday’s planned Red Cross talks almost immediately, stating, “We judge that convening the Red Cross talks in a situation where the North Korean military has fired on Yeonpyeong Island would not be correct,” and added, “Also, visits to the Kaesong Industrial Complex on November 24th will be difficult in terms of personal safety. Businesspeople scheduled to visit North Korea will be informed.”Although the possibility of South Korean citizens residing in North Korea being repatriated permanently cannot be excluded, if the Kaesong Industrial Area were to be evacuated, the South Korean government would face considerable opposition from businesses, making it less likely.However, the resumption of psychological warfare against North Korea, including hitherto delayed loudspeaker broadcasts across the DMZ and leaflet distribution, are probable responses. Indeed, since South Korea originally announced the May 24th Measures as being for immediate implementation but then postponed some of them until after U.N. Security Council measures and then weakened to implementing the remainder in case of additional provocation, it would appear inevitable that full implementation will now be achieved.Loudspeakers have been installed in 11 areas of the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) and the Psychological Warfare Corps is preparing 1.23 million copies of eleven different flyers at 6 bases around South Korea.In addition, South Korean government is considering submitting yesterday’s provocation to the U.N. Security Council as a violation of the armistice agreement to get a condemnatory U.N. statement. However, if the Chinese government does not play ball, there is little chance of anything useful coming out of it. Facebook Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China South Korea’s Response in the Spotlight News News last_img read more

18 Jun

Economy’s strong growth to continue in 2017: RBC Economics

first_img Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Canada’s economy continues to generate exceptional growth, but looks set to slow closer to its long-term potential in 2018, as consumer spending pulls back, says RBC Economics in a forecast published on Friday According to the latest RBC Economic Outlook, real gross domestic product (GDP) growth will come in at 3.1% for 2017, powered by a combination of strong consumer and government spending, coupled with robust business investment. This represents an increase of 0.5 percentage points from RBC’s June outlook. Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Related news James Langton OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this yearcenter_img Keywords Economic forecasts Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “Canada’s economy continues to hit it out of the park. For the fourth consecutive quarter, we’ve seen above-potential growth, and despite the cooling of the housing market and uncertainly around NAFTA, we expect the momentum to carry through to the end of the year,” says Craig Wright, senior vice president and chief economist at RBC. Looking ahead to 2018, consumer spending will likely ease, according to RBC’s forecast, with growth slowing to 2.2% for 2018. In terms of monetary policy, in the wake of a surprise rate hike from the Bank of Canada this week, RBC says that it sees rates continuing to head higher in the months ahead — and it forecasts that the overnight rate will reach 2% by the end of 2018, up from 1% currently. And, amid higher rates, RBC now expects the Canadian dollar will average close to US80¢ through the coming year. For the global economy, RBC continues to expect GDP growth of 3.5% in 2017 and 3.6% in 2018. In the United States, RBC forecasts 2.2% growth in 2017, rising to 2.4% in 2018. “We remain optimistic about the U.S. economy even though the level of political uncertainty remains elevated,” the outlook says. Against this backdrop, RBC expects the U.S. Federal Reserve will wait until December to raise rates to 1.5%, before resuming tightening on a quarterly basis in 2018. It forecasts that the U.S. rate will end 2018 at 2.5%. Within Canada, RBC has also revised several forecasts, including a large upside revision for Alberta, which it now sees generating 4.2% growth this year, up from its previous forecast of 2.9%. RBC now sees the province slowing to 2.9% in 2018. RBC has also upgraded its forecast for Quebec, which it sees generating 2.8% growth in 2017; just behind Ontario’s 2.9%. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

17 Jun

Discussions Continue on Programmes to Deal with Hazardous Materials

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health and Environment will, during this fiscal year, continue discussions for the development of national programmes to address the sound environmental management of materials considered as hazardous.Minister Rudyard Spencer, in his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 3), said that talks are in progress for the development of a financially sustainable programme to address the management of Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULAB), which are classified as hazardous wastes.“There have been several cases of lead poisonings in Jamaica, particularly of children below the age of 12 years, due to exposure to lead and lead contaminated soils from the smelting of lead plates derived from used lead acid batteries. The health effects of lead poisoning, particularly in children, are severe, and in some instances, can be long-term and irreversible,” Mr. Spencer told the House.He informed that the ULAB programme is being developed in collaboration with private sector entities involved in the distribution/retailing of lead acid batteries. Elements of the programme will include the promulgation of legislation as well as the institution of economic instruments to facilitate the recovery of ULAB from the domestic market.Discussions are also continuing with the major mobile phone distributors and service providers on the development of a national programme for the environmental management of used and end-of-life mobile phones.Mr. Spencer explained that “several components of the phones, including the batteries, are categorized as hazardous materials and as such, measures need to be instituted at the national and local levels to recover these instruments and the accessories (including their batteries), once they are no longer used.”He said that the Ministry has also begun discussions with public and private sector stakeholders on the development of strategies to manage the most critical categories of electrical and electronic wastes, including end-of-life computers and computer accessories. RelatedDiscussions Continue on Programmes to Deal with Hazardous Materials Discussions Continue on Programmes to Deal with Hazardous Materials UncategorizedJune 5, 2008center_img RelatedDiscussions Continue on Programmes to Deal with Hazardous Materials RelatedDiscussions Continue on Programmes to Deal with Hazardous Materialslast_img read more

14 Jun

Colorado’s Attitude Toward Death Penalty Shows Longstanding Unease, CU Expert Says

first_img Published: April 24, 2009 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail University of Colorado at Boulder sociology Professor Michael Radelet isn’t surprised the Colorado Legislature is considering abolishing the death penalty. It first did away with it in 1897.Since the 1859 hanging of John Stoefel from a cottonwood tree in Cherry Creek in the new settlement of Denver in the Kansas Territory, another 102 legally mandated executions have been carried out through April 2009, said Radelet, one of the nation’s leading experts on the death penalty.However, Colorado abolished the penalty between 1897 and 1901, has executed only one person since 1972 and taken steps to administer it in progressively more humane ways throughout its history. In leading the first comprehensive study of the history of the death penalty in Colorado, Radelet found a longstanding unease with capital punishment and a general trend toward abolition.”We’ve always debated the death penalty in Colorado, and the general thrust of our history is in the direction of abolition,” he said. “It’s a very clear trend.”Radelet worked with about 50 undergraduate students to research the history of capital punishment in Colorado, documenting the types of offenses for which people in Colorado have been executed and the race and ethnic characteristics of the defendants and victims. The study was published in the University of Colorado Law Review in 2003.Compiling an accurate list was challenging, he said, because an official list of executions has never existed. Extensive research was conducted in the Colorado State Archives, Denver Public Library and CU-Boulder’s Norlin Library, in addition to several other libraries throughout the state.During the area’s early history about 175 lynchings occurred. Five of these were found to be legal executions because they included quasi-legal proceedings in so-called “People’s Courts,” Radelet said.Nearly one-quarter of those executed were members of racial or ethnic minorities and the proportion increases to nearly one-third of all executions if eight Italian and Irish immigrants are included.Only about 10 percent of those executed in Colorado were convicted of killing ethnic or racial minorities, the study found. The vast majority, or 89.2 percent, were convicted of killing white people.It is highly probable that at least one innocent person was executed for murder in Colorado, according to Radelet, based on four cases involving questionable evidence.”The death penalty is more of a political phenomena than a criminal justice phenomena,” he said. “It’s always been a punishment used by politicians to show that they are tough on crime, but very rarely used and applied to less than 1 percent of all defendants convicted of murder in Colorado.”Colorado’s distaste for capital punishment also is reflected in the way it has carried out executions, Radelet said. After the public hanging of Andrew Green on July 27, 1886, attracted a crowd in Denver of 15,000 to 20,000 viewers, the state outlawed public hangings in 1889.The state also began using a hanging machine that didn’t require a hangman. The device used the convicted man’s own weight to trigger a system intended to break the man’s neck more quickly and humanely by lifting him upwards rather than dropping him through a trap door on the gallows.This led to the expression that an inmate was being “jerked to Jesus,” Radelet said. Nonetheless, most inmates hanged by the machine still died from strangulation, not from broken necks.In 1933, the state Senate, but not the House, voted to abolish the death penalty and subsequently the state moved executions from hanging to the gas chamber. More moves to abolish the penalty were made in the Legislature in 1955 and 1957, and in 1988, Colorado changed its method of execution from asphyxiation to lethal injection.FACTS ABOUT THE DEATH PENALTY IN COLORADOo Of Colorado’s 103 executions, 102 took place prior to 1972.o All persons executed in Colorado have been men, and all were executed for committing murder.o Nearly one-quarter of those executed were members of racial or ethnic minorities, the proportion increases to nearly one-third of all executions if eight Italian and Irish immigrants are included.o Only about 10 percent of those executed in Colorado were convicted of killing ethnic or racial minorities. The vast majority of those executed, or 89.2 percent, were convicted of killing white people.o At least four mentally impaired inmates were among those executed.o It is highly probable that at least one innocent person was executed for murder in Colorado, based on four cases involving questionable evidence.o Seventy-eight of the 103 men executed were sentenced for killing one victim, including one for the murder of a Catholic priest during Sunday mass. Five were sentenced for killing four victims, three of whom were involved in the same 1928 Lamar bank robbery.o John Gilbert Graham, convicted of blowing up an airplane in 1955 on which his mother was a passenger, killed 44. He was executed in 1957.o On two occasions, the state executed three men on the same day, and on eight occasions the state executed two on the same day, including two brothers.o The state’s most controversial execution may have taken place in the 1930s when a mentally impaired inmate named Joe Arridy was executed for the rape and murder of a young Pueblo girl. He was convicted solely on the basis of his confession, and another man who had the murder weapon in his possession was executed for the same crime.o The busiest decade for executions in Colorado was the 1930s with 25. More than 10 executions also occurred in the 1880s, 1890s and 1940s.o The most executions in a single year was 1930 with 7.o There were only 10 executions in the last half of the 20th century.o The last person executed in Colorado was Gary Davis in 1997.Source: “Capital Punishment in Colorado: 1859-1972,” by CU-Boulder Professor Michael L. Radelet, University of Colorado Law Review, spring 2003.last_img read more

14 Jun

Facial structure predicts goals, fouls among World Cup soccer players

first_imgWorld Cup soccer players with higher facial-width-to-height ratios are more likely to commit fouls, score goals and make assists, according to a study by a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder. Photo courtesy of Keith Welker The structure of a soccer player’s face can predict his performance on the field—including his likelihood of scoring goals, making assists and committing fouls—according to a study led by a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.The scientists studied the facial-width-to-height ratio (FHWR) of about 1,000 players from 32 countries who competed in the 2010 World Cup. The results, published in the journal Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, showed that midfielders, who play both offense and defense, and forwards, who lead the offense, with higher FWHRs were more likely to commit fouls. Forwards with higher FWHRs also were more likely to score goals or make assists.“Previous research into facial structure of athletes has been primarily in the United States and Canada,” said Keith Welker, a postdoctoral researcher in CU-Boulder Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and the lead author of the paper. “No one had really looked at how facial-width-to-height ratio is associated with athletic performance by comparing people from across the world.”FWHR is the distance between the cheekbones divided by the distance between the mid-brow and the upper lip. Past studies have shown that a high FWHR is associated with more aggressive behavior, with both positive and negative results. For example, high FWHR correlates with greater antisocial and unethical behavior, but it also correlates with greater success among CEOs and achievement drive among U.S. presidents.However, some previous research has failed to find a correlation between FWHR and aggressive behavior in certain populations. The new study adds weight to the argument that FWHR does correlate with aggression. Welker and his colleagues chose to look at the 2010 World Cup because of the quality and quantity of the data available.“There are a lot of athletic data out there,” Welker said. “We were exploring contexts to look at aggressive behavior and found that the World Cup, which quantifies goals, fouls and assists, provides a multinational way of addressing whether facial structure produces this aggressive behavior and performance.”Scientists have several ideas about how FWHR might be associated with aggression. One possibility is that it’s related to testosterone exposure earlier in life. Testosterone during puberty can affect a variety of physical traits, including bone density, muscle growth and cranial shape, Welker said.Co-authors of the study were Stefan Goetz, Shyneth Galicia and Jordan Liphardt of Wayne State University in Michigan and Justin Carré of Nipissing University in Ontario, Canada. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlines Published: Nov. 11, 2014 last_img read more

4 Jun

Blog: 5G – The race to 2020

first_imgHomeBlog Blog: 5G – The race to 2020 Intelligence Brief: How is 5G faring in South Korea? Blog Related Kavit Majithia Previous ArticleVivendi buys games stakesNext ArticleAsia Briefs: Indonesia’s tighter registration rules to slow SIM uptake, Viettel expands into Tanzania & more Blog: Will 5G drive additional ARPU gains in Korea? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 OCT 2015 center_img The first time I really began to think about 5G becoming a reality followed a visit to “the world’s largest academic 5G innovation centre”, at the University of Surrey in the UK, which opened its doors in September after three years of development.Here, I witnessed what was claimed to be “the world’s first demos” running on 5G technology speeds, catering to both IoT and 4K video services.The centre itself is indeed impressive, and is set to house 24 members, including the UK’s four operators, all focused on developing 5G, with an on-campus trial earmarked for 2018.These developments in Surrey were followed by an announcement from the European Union, which said it would partner with China to “make 5G a reality by 2020”, building on similar handshakes with Japan and South Korea.Announcing the news in his own blog post, EC commissioner Guenther Oettinger said China and the EU are “committed to reaching a global standard for the concept, basic functionalities, key technologies and a time plan for 5G by the end of the year”.Alongside the EU-backed FANTASTIC 5G consortium in July, which pins together 16 members dedicated to standardising the technology, Europe is arguably set. But of course, everyone else wants in. In Asia, alongside agreements with the Europeans, operators are looking to be the first 5G adopters, with the goal to get 5G ready in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.The US also recently made its intentions clear, with Verizon set to lead a project to hold field trials for the technology next year, proclaiming “5G is no longer a dream from the distant future”.A big statement. But with all the announcements and investment going into a 5G world, it’s becoming harder to disagree. So, is the market actually ready?“2020 seems all right to me, it could even be a bit early,” commented Nicolas Demassieux (pictured, below), SVP at Orange Labs research. “There’s always a risk of running a PR race between various regions of the world about who can get there first. I’ve been hearing about it being ready for the Olympics as a major headline maker.”Nicolas Demassieux RSWhen considering 5G timescales, Demassieux cannot help but reflect on a time when a lot of players were hyping up pre-4G technology WiMAX, “when the market invested a lot of energy, made a lot of noise and nothing really came of it”.Then, there was 3G, which he says “was also pushed by some players too fast, and you end up with a standard that is not fully satisfactory”.Indeed, Orange’s man is refreshingly cautious, unlike most in the industry, about overhyping what is coming with 5G, and indeed the apparent rush in getting it deployed.He’s headed up Orange’s 5G development for about three years, with the decision to develop the technology “largely based on trends in the wireless space that dictate there should a new generation of mobile internet every ten years or so”.And while establishing what 5G actually will be has had the industry at odds for some time now, Demassieux claims research for 4G proved even more difficult.He recalls starting the process at a time when smartphones were not so common in the market, meaning the best part of a decade was spent understanding how the boom in smartphones would impact user behaviour, and creating a standard based on that.For 5G, Orange is pinning its work on three key areas; IoT, energy, and the experience of the user. “These three things were also not available when we started 4G. IoT, in particular, is the event of managing multiple devices on one network.”“Issues surrounding energy on the network has plagued mobile communications research for more than 30 years, and it all relates to spectrum efficiency. Researchers tend to first deliver a high speed system then think about how to save energy. We want to change that with 5G.”For Demassieux, speed of deployment of the technology is not really at the forefront of his thinking.“We’ve just got 4G, we really don’t need to go faster with 5G. If you take France as an example, we’ve never deployed a network as fast as we have with 4G.”“It’s all about having a good 5G standard which is scalable. This time, it’s not about who starts.”Mr Oettinger may, however, have other ideas.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Author Intelligence Brief: What does 2021 hold for 5G in the 6GHz band? Tags 5Glast_img read more

31 May

Monday Scramble: Many happy returns

first_imgPhil Mickelson and Michelle Wie finally get their trophies, Justin Thomas somehow continues to improve, Tiger Woods adds to his schedule, the governing bodies talk distance and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble: The drama Sunday was not limited to the Oscars. It was a banner weekend for marquee golfers breaking out of notable winless droughts, as Wie surged to her first victory since 2014 with a 72nd-hole birdie in Singapore. Of course, that turned out to simply be an amuse-bouche for the main course: a sudden-death playoff in Mexico where Mickelson topped Thomas for his first win since 2013. While they’re separated by nearly 20 years, both Wie and Mickelson have traveled a similar path of late. Wie has battled a barrage of injuries as she largely faded from prominence, while Mickelson was almost out of the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time in 25 years last month. Suddenly they’re both smiling and hoisting hardware, a reminder that perseverance will get you a long way in this game. Given enough time, adversity hits every player regardless of ability. It’s the great ones who find a way to stand back up on the other side. 1. Let’s kick things off with Mickelson, who has been saying for weeks that he’s playing some of the best golf in his career and finally has tangible proof of that confidence. The 47-year-old seemed visibly nervous down the stretch, but he was able to keep the butterflies at bay while chasing down Thomas, who had posted the clubhouse lead. It’s win No. 43 of his career, but given the toils of the last five years it likely won’t rank much below his five major wins on the personal power rankings. It’s been amazing to watch Mickelson go toe-to-toe with Father Time in recent years, digging in for a fight that he knows will take every ounce of talent, strength and focus he can muster. But Sunday’s win in Mexico was his fourth straight top-6 finish – the first such run of his career. It seems that Mickelson is not only keeping up with players half his age, but he has found a way to chisel out some of his very best golf at a time when many of his peers might be counting down until their PGA Tour Champions card arrives in the mail. 2. Mickelson’s win is appropriate given the fact that it came during a vintage Lefty week. The Phil highlights included, but were not limited to: Mistaking the 54-hole leader for a member of the media Asking one of his playing partners to clarify the pronunciation of his name Hitting a shot in the final round from deep within a shrub Hitting another shot Sunday through a seemingly non-existent gap in the trees Helping a playing partner understand his options during a rules situation Explaining to Mexican fans en español that he’ll sign autographs after the round Last but certainly not least, offering during an interview that he may have been a bumblebee in a past life 3. Following the round, Mickelson was asked if he’ll get seven more wins to reach 50 for his career before calling it quits. “No, I will,” he said before the question was even fully formed. “I’ll get there.” There’s reason to believe, at the very least, that Mickelson isn’t done with his latest title. Players have gone on mini-tears before – look no further than Thomas last year, and last fall Justin Rose finally got back into the winner’s circle after a year of strong play only to win again the very next week. As the memories of Muirfield became more distant, Mickelson’s next win was always going to be the toughest one to get. Now that he has it, don’t be surprised if he finds No. 44 in short order. 4. Mickelson’s overtime victory transformed Thomas’ jaw-dropping, 121-yard eagle on the 72nd hole into simply an exciting footnote. Fresh off his win at the Honda Classic, Thomas seemed like an also-ran after two rounds of even-par play. But he found a new gear over the weekend, going 62-64 and jarring his final approach in regulation to nearly steal his third win of the young season. Thomas rightly viewed his playoff runner-up as a bonus given his slow start, and last week’s win likely helped soften the blow of defeat. But the weekend rally is another example of incremental improvement for a player who, despite coming off a breakthrough campaign that featured five wins and a major, seems to only be getting better. 5. Thomas’ results in 2018: T-22, T-14, T-17, T-9, Win, P-2. He’s now up to No. 2 in the world rankings, past both Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth. It might only be a matter of time before he supplants Dustin Johnson – either as world No. 1 or as the favorite to win the Masters. 6. You have to think that former PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was beaming with pride over the product last week in Mexico, as the dream of what a WGC event might become was realized. Yes, the tournament was decided in a playoff between two Americans. But before that it put 21-year-old Shubankhar Sharma on the map, and it nearly featured a breakthrough win for England’s Tyrrell Hatton. The leaderboard at Chapultepec became a whirring blur of flags from various nationalities, all leading up to an edge-of-your-seat finish. It made the WGC-Mexico Championship the most captivating Tour event of 2018, and it served as a wonderful showcase for just how global the game has become. 7. In the early morning hours Sunday, Wie laid out a blueprint for a star returning to the peak that Mickelson would follow later in the day. Her one-shot victory at the HSBC Women’s World Championship came in style, as she sunk a 36-foot birdie putt on the final hole that set off a raucous celebration. When Wie won the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, the thought was that it could serve as a career highlight but would also lead to many more wins. The second half of that equation hasn’t exactly panned out, as the former teen prodigy has battled her body for long stretches and her form and confidence both waned as a result. But now she’s back to her winning ways, and while it feels like she’s been around the game for an eternity, Wie is only 28 years old – for perspective, that’s six months younger than Rory McIlroy. There’s still plenty of time for her to write many more chapters. 8. Wie’s victory was also a big win for the LPGA. It came on the heels of a sensational victory from Jessica Korda the week prior, and it came over a star-studded leaderboard that included major champs Brooke Henderson and Danielle Kang as well as Nelly Korda, who was seeking a sisterly back-to-back. It’s often hard for the LPGA to steal the spotlight from the men, especially when up against a WGC event. But Wie’s victory certainly did that for a part of the day, and the most recent Asian fortnight has flashed the potential of the highs the ladies’ tour can reach when some of its best players are both winning and producing captivating storylines. 9. So, Tiger’s back. Again. The fact that Woods committed to next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he has won eight times, came as no surprise. But his decision to sneak in a trip to the Valspar Championship beforehand qualifies as an unexpected treat. Woods hasn’t played Innisbrook since teaming with Kelli Kuehne for a co-ed team event back in 1996. But given a week off after his 12th-place showing at PGA National, he (and more importantly, his body) are ready to hop back inside the ropes. It’s an enticing prospect to have Woods tussle with the tree-lined Copperhead Course, where his shot-making will be put to the test. But it’s a great long-term sign for Woods’ health that he feels ready for another back-to-back, and his mere appearance in Tampa should ratchet up the Masters fervor a few notches. 10. Woods’ appearance is also a great win for Valspar officials, including tournament director Tracey West, who have quietly compiled the strongest field in the history of the event. Woods’ 11th-hour commitment was mirrored by that of 2015 winner Spieth, as the two join a field that already included the likes of Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia. A tournament that was relegated to the fall for a stretch in the early 2000s now has a surplus of big names, including the biggest draw in the game. Helped in part by the Tour’s new 1-in-4 rule that calls for stars to add new events to their schedule, the Travelers Championship saw a dramatic increase in field strength last year and produced one of the season’s best finishes. It seems the Valspar could be getting a similar bump this time around. 11. After years of a “slow creep,” distance gains have finally caught the attention of the governing bodies. The USGA and R&A released a joint study Monday that found driving distance has increased across seven major tours by more than three yards on average. That comes after the same study last year found that drives had increased a paltry 0.2 yards per year since 2003. It’s the latest move in a calculated game of chess between the governing bodies, the professional tours and the equipment manufacturers regarding the eye-popping distances achieved by some of the game’s elite. More studies and reports are sure to follow, and only one thing remains certain: this topic isn’t going away anytime soon. 12. The study sparked quick responses from both the PGA Tour and PGA of America, with both organizations downplaying the need for sweeping change. Tour commissioner Jay Monahan’s reasoning was especially interesting. In a letter to Tour members, Monahan outlined the “strong correlation” between increased distance and increased club head speed. The latter increase, in turn, was tied to non-equipment factors like player athleticism, improved fitting and increased launch monitor data. Monahan even pointed out that Tour players, on average, are getting both younger and taller. So don’t expect Ponte Vedra Beach to line up behind a possible roll back of the ball anytime soon. Tyrrell Hatton’s bid to win his first WGC event was derailed by a poorly-placed spike mark on the final green, but it nearly came to an end much earlier in the week. Hatton was one of several players to struggle last year with the … digestive challenges an event in Mexico can create, and his tweets after the first couple rounds showed that he was once again dealing with off-course issues: Thankfully for Hatton, his stomach cooperated – and nearly helped him to one of the more unexpected wins in recent memory. This week’s award winners …  Comeback kid: Steve Stricker. Believe it or not, the longest victory drought ended on Sunday belonged to Stricker, who won the Cologuard Classic for his first PGA Tour Champions title and his first win since the 2012 Tournament of Champions. Soaking up the stage: Shubankhar Sharma. While the final round didn’t go as planned, the 21-year-old turned plenty of heads while racing to the top of the leaderboard in Mexico. His earnest zeal was evident, and his potential to serve as a success story for future Indian golfers is clear. Disaster artist: This one goes to the photographer who nearly stepped on Justin Thomas’ ball during the playoff, and would have had it not been for a timely shove from Thomas himself. It can get chaotic inside the ropes down the stretch, but there was no reason for the cameraman to get that close to the ball – and nearly alter the outcome of the tournament with one size-11 stomp. Still seeking reps: Tony Romo, who withdrew from a 36-hole mini-tour event in Texas after 27 holes after a rocky start that included a quintuple-bogey 10 in the opening round. T-minus three weeks until his PGA Tour debut in the Dominican Republic. Nice little offseason: Larry Fitzgerald. After teaming with Kevin Streelman to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the Cardinals wideout paired with Jon Rahm at the Seminole Pro-Member on Monday and then teed it up with Tiger Woods later in the week. Who needs two-a-days? Father of the year: Brandt Snedeker, who soldiered on at his daughter’s school despite a mis-spelled cake that might have been the demise of lesser men: Blown fantasy pick of the week: Rickie Fowler. He gets the nod for the second straight week after a back-nine 41 Sunday led to a closing 75 that dropped him from a solid paycheck all the way into a tie for 37th among the 64-man field. While Mickelson and Thomas lit it up, Fowler made only two birdies over his final 27 holes.last_img read more

2 May

Kiel destroy Metalurg – La Rioja win thriller against Zagreb

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsMacedonian TOP team RK Metalurg Skopje have suffered the biggest defeat in the past few years against THW Kiel 27:42 (15:22). In front of “sold out” Boris Trajkovski hall i Skopje (5.500 fans), the “Zebras” showed how good team they are even without Jicha, Palmarsson, Palicka and Lauge. From the middle of the first half, on the court only one team existed. Domagoj Duvnjak was TOP scorer with 8 goals for Kiel…Much more interesting match has been seen in Logrono, where home team Naturhouse La Rioja beat PPD Zagreb 22:21 (9:12) despite the fact that Croats were in lead most of the time…STANDINGS: Related Items:HSV Handball, RK Metalurg, THW Kiel 1Paris Handball330086:696170 4Croatia Osiguranje420289:914-2-1 SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in German derby Recommended for you Click to comment 3Naturhouse La Rioja4202118:118401 ShareTweetShareShareEmail THW Kiel with +5 from Szeged 6HC Metalurg-Skopje400490:1160-260 2THW Kiel4301126:1106160 5HC Meshkov Brest310283:882-50 Manuel Spath to join HSV Handball Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more