Froome looking to make up for 2012 ‘frustration’ at Tour de France

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Westbrook, Biles win athlete of year honors at The ESPYS IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Britain’s Chris Froome puts on the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the podium after the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 203.5 kilometers (126.5 miles) with start in Eymet and finish in Pau, France, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Chris Froome will return to the scene of one of his most frustrating moments at the Tour de France on Thursday.But the three-time champion said after Wednesday’s 11th stage he has no regrets about the day he was denied the chance of going for a stage victory in Peyragudes as he had to wait for team leader and eventual champion Bradley Wiggins.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade While the last two flat stages since Monday’s rest day were relatively simple and tranquil for the overall contenders, some still managed to get themselves in bother.‘Nervy’Romain Bardet, third overall at 51sec, came off his bike twice, as did two-time former winner Alberto Contador.“I’m ok, I’m happy to have finished with that stage, it was nervy,” said Bardet.“I was caught up in crashes twice so I’m happy to have come out unscathed and to have finished with these flat stages.“It’s never nice to crash twice — these are the type of days on the Tour where you have to know how to accept your pain with patience, kowtow a bit and wait for better days.”Contador might have been thinking about attacking in the Pyrenees but his two crashes, added to two more last Sunday, have left him looking just to survive until the Alps.“This complicates things a lot for me in the Pyrenees but there’s no way I’m letting my head go down,” insisted the 34-year-old, who is already five minutes down and 12th overall.“When things go against you, instead of thinking of other things or other objectives, you need to be stronger, more determined, and that’s what I’m going to do.“This certainly doesn’t help. I’ll have to wait for the Alps (to attack).” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES “I have mixed feelings. On that day there was frustration for not being able to go for the stage win, but at the same time I had great feelings and great legs.“I would be very happy if they felt the same tomorrow.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 17th stage in 2012 was won by Spaniard Alejandro Valverde by just 19 seconds as he held off the charging Froome and Wiggins.But several times Froome had been able to accelerate away from his team leader, only to be called back to wait for Wiggins, the yellow jersey holder at that time. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Colombian Nairo Quintana vowed to attack if he has the strength, although he’s been complaining of a lack of that the last few days.He cracked on the final climb last Sunday and has drifted out to eighth overall at 2min 13sec from Froome. But he too is staying positive.“We’re not far and we’ve not lost hope. We’ll see how tomorrow goes and how the legs are.“For the moment they feel good and we hope they’ll get better still.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “I’ve no regrets, that’s not who I am. I will continue to look forward and in the moment I made the right decisions,” said Froome.Thursday’s 214.5km stage will be crucial to the overall standings, according to Froome, and he’s expecting his rivals to try something audacious.“It’s interesting, it’s going to be certainly one of the stages that shapes this year’s Tour de France being one of the only uphill finishes left now — there are two of them,” said the Sky team leader.“From our point of view, we don’t want to see guys who’ve lost time already getting back into the game, so we aren’t going to let any GC contenders get up the road to get that time back.“But my focus is on Fabio Aru who’s only 18 seconds behind.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Teacher douses husband, sets home on fire as son sleeps

first_imgThe community of Cummings Park, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was in the wee hours of Tuesday morning swept in an uproar as the house of a seemingly happy family went up in flames.This is after the wife, Bursene Walters, a primary school teacher, allegedly doused her husband, Richard Walters with kerosene and subsequently threw a lit match at the sleeping man while their teenaged son was asleep in an adjoining room.Awaken by the commotion, the father of two rushed to save his 16-year-old son after which the duo escaped the burning building. At that time, his wife was said to have already fled the scene, leaving the two behind to perish.Guyana Times visited the scene of the now entirely gutted one storey home, during which neighbours recapped the horror that struck their village just after 01:00h Tuesday morning.Neighbours recalled hearing the man shouting, “Murder! Murder!” and ran out to see the building engulfed in flames. While rushing to the scene, they (neighbours) alerted the Fire Service but upon the tender’s arrival some 15 minutes later, it was too late.Even though neighbours are unaware of the circumstances which led to the incident, they relayed their understanding of what transpired.“From what I hear is that he went sleeping and he wake up and find she throwing the kero on he and she just scratch the match and throw it pon the bed and run out the house. Then the man go wake up he son and loose the dogs and so and run out, but by then the whole house deh done engulfed,” the neighbour explained.Moreover, Guyana Times understands the couple had been living at their Lot 1419 Cummings Park, Sophia residence for about 15 years and share two sons; the older one being 18 years old.However, according to reports, the teacher had accused her husband of having an affair, which he denied. As such, it is believed that this was the reason behind the woman’s actions.“They don’t come out and associate a lot so if they have domestic problems it would be indoors. Nobody don’t hear like they fight and stuff like that,” a neighbour stated.Nevertheless, this incident comes as a shock to those living within the area as they are not aware of the couple having marital issues. In fact, they indicated that the woman always appeared to be respectable and stable.Richard Walters sustained minor burn injuries about his body and subsequently received treatment at the Sophia Health Centre. After suffering the loss of all of their belongings, man and his two children are now seeking refuge at family members living nearby.Meanwhile, his wife is reportedly still on the run and is said to be hiding at relatives in Berbice. As such, Police are on the search for the woman accused of arson as investigations into the incident continue. (Ashraf Dabie)last_img read more


first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Brutal TKR keep Stars winless in runs festAn outrageous 94 not out off 36 balls from Darren Bravo, ably supported by Brendon McCullum (68 from 42), propelled Trinbago Knight Riders to an extraordinary victory over St Lucia Stars as the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) produced another miracle match in which a world-record 34 sixes sailed into the stands at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground on Thursday night.Man of the Match Darren Bravo took the game away from the Stars with a classy 94 not outThe Knight Riders had been on the receiving end when Andre Russell brought Jamaica Tallawahs back from the dead back in game three, but produced their own resurrection in St Lucia.Kieron Pollard, Rahkeem Cornwall and David Warner all made half-centuries to lift the Stars to 212/2, and they appeared to have the game in the bag when the Knight Riders went into the last five overs of the run-chase needing another 85 runs for victory.But Darren Bravo smashed five sixes from Pollard’s final over, with McCullum taking up the charge in the next over as four more balls went to or over the boundary. Suddenly, 53 of the 85 required had come from just 12 deliveries.Cornwall, who for most of the night looked like being the hero after blasting a 25-ball half-century and then dismissing both Knight Riders openers with the new ball, suddenly had to try and win the match all over again in the 18th over.He couldn’t do it. Two wides to start the over betrayed his nerves, before Bravo thrashed three of the next four deliveries for six. Miraculously, from the Knight Riders needing 85 off 30 balls, the required rate was now below a run a ball. Bravo launched a fourth Hero Maximum of the over and his 10th of the night to leave the Knight Riders needing just five runs from the last 12 deliveries. In just three overs, the Bravo-inspired Knight Riders had plundered 80 runs and turned certain defeat into certain victory.Brendon McCullum and Darren Bravo put on 137 runs for the fourth wicket that swung the game TKR’s wayMcCullum was unable to see the job through, edging behind off Mitchell McClenaghan with Javon Searles falling the same way three balls later, but Darren Bravo was there at the end to see his side cross the unlikeliest of finish lines when Denesh Ramdin smashed the fifth ball of the final over for the 34th and final six of the night.Things had all seemed so very different in the first half of the night. Records were sent tumbling as the Stars became the first Hero CPL side to produce three half-centurions in the same innings and recorded their own highest Hero CPL total for good measure. That was due in no small part to a blistering unbeaten 65 from 23 balls by Kieron Pollard; the Stars’ skipper reached his half-century in a Hero CPL record-equalling 18 balls, with seven balls sent over the ropes.Pollard himself was merely continuing the good work of Cornwall, whose promotion to number three in the order at the fall of Andre Fletcher’s wicket for 17 proved an inspired decision from the Stars brains trust as the big all-rounder helped himself to a half-century.There was also a welcome return to form for David Warner, who batted through the innings for his 72 not out from 55 balls.Warner and Fletcher took 50 from the PowerPlay before Cornwall arrived to really get things going. After a couple of sighters he smoked Fawad Ahmed’s leg-spin over the ropes. The next over from Shannon Gabriel brought two more Hero Maximums and a one-bounce four over midwicket.In all Cornwall smashed five sixes in his 29-ball 50, dominating a 79-run partnership with Warner before edging Searles to Ramdin.There was no respite for the Knight Riders, though, as Cornwall’s demise only brought Pollard to the crease. His 18-ball 50 matched Sohail Tanvir’s Hero CPL record for St Lucia against Barbados Tridents back in 2014.Pollard dominated the strike in the latter stages, facing 17 of the last 18 balls as Warner frequently scampered second runs to get his captain back on strike. Those last three overs added 61 runs to the total – a scarcely believable amount at the time, but one put firmly in the shade just a couple of hours later.Having had such success promoting Cornwall up the batting order, the Stars repeated the trick with the ball. Handed the responsibility of bowling the second over of the innings, Cornwall promptly had the dangerous Sunil Narine caught – by Pollard, naturally – for nine. In his next over he won an lbw verdict against Chris Lynn as wickets continued to fall.McCullum and Colin Munro kept things moving, but when Munro was smartly held by debutant Chandrapaul Hemraj at deep square-leg off Pollard the required rate had ballooned to 14 an over and the game appeared to be over.Darren Bravo walked to the middle with other ideas. Initially he kept the ball along the carpet, with three fours off Hemraj in over 11 an early indicator that he wasn’t giving up, and two more fours to follow off Pollard in the 12th. In truth, he was only warming up.The first of Bravo’s 10 sixes didn’t come until the penultimate ball of the 15th over, and even then it seemed like little more than an exercise in damage limitation. It was the 16th over that would really change everything. The first four balls were all struck clean and pure over the ropes as Pollard found himself unable to serve up anything but length and full-tosses. Thoughts of six sixes in the over were shelved when a miscue off ball five brought only two runs, but it was a temporary reprieve before normal service was resumed with another huge six to finish the over.The Knight Riders suddenly had belief. The Stars, who must wonder just what they have to do to end what is now a 15-match run without victory, suddenly had none.last_img read more

South African trio in Wisden’s top five

first_img11 April 2013After a very successful tour of England in 2012, three of South Africa’s star performers were among the five players named Cricketers of the Year in the 150th edition of the “Cricketer’s Bible”, Wisden, on Wednesday.Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis were joined on the list by South African-born England batsman Nick Compton, who attended Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal, and the West Indies’ Marlon Samuels.According to the guidelines set down by Wisden, no player may be selected more than once for the award, which dates back to 1889, making it the oldest individual award in cricket. Excellence in the previous English summer is the major criterion for inclusion as a Cricketer of the Year.Triple-centuryAmla was hugely influential in South Africa’s 2-0 series victory over England in the battle for the number one ranking in test cricket. He shared the Player of the Series award with England’s Matt Prior (another South African-born player) and became the first South African to score a triple-century in a test match.His unbeaten 311 at The Oval, which included an unbeaten partnership of 377 with Jacques Kallis and a 259-run stand with Graeme Smith, helped the Proteas to victory by an innings and 12 runs.He added a crucial century in the series-clinching win by 51 runs at Lords in the thrid and final test.Amla has since gone on to number one in the test batting rankings, having surpassed the elite 900-point mark, and he currently shares the number one ranking in one-day international batting with AB de Villiers.PartnershipKallis, already a legend of the game even though his career is far from over, contributed 182 not out, his highest score against England, to the 377-run stand, which was the third highest partnership in Proteas’ history.Together, Amla and Kallis have shared six 200-run stands. That is a world record, which they share with the outstanding former Australian opening pair of Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer.Kallis has been involved in 20 200-run partnership during his career, a feat that is unmatched in the history of test cricket.“The only surprise about the selection of Jacques Kallis was that he hadn’t been chosen earlier,” commented Wisden Editor Lawrence Booth.Number oneDale Steyn has been at the top of the test cricket bowling rankings for so long one could be forgiven for thinking he has taken residence in that position. He, like Amla, boasts a rating of over 900 points.In England, he put the knife into the home team in the Proteas’ massive victory at The Oval. While England’s much-vaunted bowlers looked toothless as South Africa compiled 637 for 2 declared, Steyn was excellent in their second innings, capturing 5 for 56 as England were bowled out for 240, to secure the win for the tourists.He finished the series as the leading wicket taker on either side, with four more victims than his new ball partner Vernon Philander.‘Most frightening’Booth described him “the world’s most frightening fast bowler”. That description, though, is not about all-out pace. Steyn can turn on the heat if he chooses to do so, but his bowling is about so much more than speed; it’s about swing, seam, change of pace, about thinking a batsman out and right now there is no one to match him.South Africa previously produced three of the five cricketers of the year: in 1966 after a winning tour of England in 1965, when Graeme and Peter Pollock and Colin Bland were honoured, and in 2009, when, after a 2-1 series win in 2008, Mark Boucher and Neil McKenzie were honoured along with Dale Benkenstein, who led Durham to their first ever county championship title.Cricket South Africa Acting CEO Naasei Appiah commented: “What a wonderful way for a South African celebration of the 150th edition of this famous publication, known affectionately as the ‘Cricketer’s Bible’.‘Richly deserved’“This recognition is richly deserved as has been clearly outlined by Editor Lawrence Booth in his comments. This is a proudly South African moment that all South Africans can enjoy.“It has truly been a phenomenal year for our Proteas and they have been and will continue to be an inspiration to the nation.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Google Voice on the iPhone: Is HTML5 Good Enough?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Google launched a new web-based version of its telephony service Google Voice on the iPhone today at, built on HTML5 like Google’s other iPhone apps are. This after a long and heated battle with Apple over allowing Google Voice on the iPhone. Once it’s a website, though, there’s nothing Apple can do about it.HTML5 makes for a relatively nice experience, with its local caching for speed and its responsive interface, but there are some things about the Google Voice web app that just don’t feel quite right. It’s hard to know which of its problems are just oversights to be fixed and which of them are rooted in the fact that it’s a web app. What do you think, is an HTML5 telephony app good enough? Or does your phone need to, you know, be on your phone? The new Google Voice mobile web app doesn’t offer a clear way to add contacts through the mobile interface, its call history function falls short and there are other things that are funky about it. It’s fast, but it’s still just not as fast and responsive as a native mobile app. Perhaps that will change with time. It does feel nice, though, and has a very attractive interface.It was less than a year ago that Gmail was first available in HTML5 on the iPhone. Now there’s a heated debate about whether the future for mobile apps is in the browser like this or whether native apps will still reign supreme.What do you think? Is the new Google Voice in HTML5 good enough for you to use and like? Let us know in our poll below. RSS readers can click through to respond and view responses. marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Three U.S. Projects Are Passivhaus Award Finalists

first_imgTwo residential projects in the United States have been named finalists in an international design competition sponsored by the Passivhaus Institut: a three-unit townhouse in North Philadelphia and a renovated brownstone in Brooklyn, N.Y.A third project, an artists’ studio on Long Island, N.Y., is a finalist in the office and special-use buildings category. It was designed by Ryall Porter Sheridan architects.In making the announcement, the Passivhaus Institut said a total of 92 eligible projects were submitted, half from Germany and half from 20 other countries. The winners will be announced on April 25 at the 2014 International Passive House Conference in Aachen, Germany.Details about each of the three projects are available at the Passivhaus Institut’s website. They’ve also been published in an easier-to-understand format in The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design, a book by Julie Torres Moskovitz. She is the prinicipal of Fabrica718, which designed the Brooklyn project. An 1899 brownstone makes the listThe other residence to be named a finalist is Tighthouse, a renovated brownstone originally constructed in 1899 and rebuilt in 2012. It was the first certified Passivhaus house in New York City.The building is insulated with a mix of medium-density spray foam, EPS and foil-faced polyiso. It uses Shüco windows, a Zehnder energy-recovery ventilator, and a Mitsubishi air-source heat pump.The house has a 2.5-kW solar array and a rainwater collection system. Domestic hot water is provided by rooftop solar collectors plus electric tank backup.The rear facade of the brownstone is new, as is a third-floor addition with an angled roof for solar thermal and PV panels, Fabrica 718 said. All lighting is LED or fluorescent. Air-tightness was measured at 0.38 air changers per hour at 50 pascals. North Philadelphia townhousesThe three-unit townhouse project, called Belfield Homes, was completed in 2012, the first certified Passivhaus houses in the city. Plumbob, the architectural arm of the design-build firm Onion Flats, designed the project as a model for low-income urban infill housing. (For more information on Onion Flats, see Passivhaus Townhouses Are Underway in Philadelphia.)Onion Flats later worked on a 27-unit townhouse project elsewhere in the city called The Stables.The Belfield townhouses were assembled from modules constructed offsite and are equipped with 5-kW rooftop photovoltaic arrays for net-zero energy operation (or “net-zero capable,” as the firm says). The townhouses are insulated with a mix of dense-packed cellulose and foil-faced polyiso insulation and are heated and cooled with a heat pump.According to Ted Singer of Plumbob, the townhouses are equipped with monitors that measure energy produced and energy used, among other things. One of the units is close to net-zero operation, he said, while the others are not operating as efficiently, due mainly to occupant behavior. The homes are owned by a non-profit and rented to families who do not pay their own utility bills, Singer said via e-mail, adding, “The lesson here is that occupants need to be financially responsible for their energy use in order to provide the necessary incentive for them to be energy [conscientious].”last_img read more

How Monsanto protects crops with artificial intelligence

first_imgMonsanto, the leading producer of genetically modified crops (GMOs), has announced a partnership with Atomwise. The controversial corporation will use Atomwise’s artificial intelligence expertise to discover molecules that could protect crops quicker.Atomwise uses deep learning algorithms to discover molecules that might have the desired effect, rather than look at every individual molecule. The program has not been active long, but already has partners at Stanford University and UC San Diego.See Also: How artificial intelligence will transform IT operations and devopsIt takes 11 years and $250 million for the typical crop protection to come to market, according to Monsanto. Atomwise could reduce the time and cost, while also improving the chances of finding multiple ways to protect a crop from disease or pests.“Each growing season, farmers around the world are challenged with yield-robbing pests and diseases, yet the average crop protection product takes up to 11 years and more than $250 million to commercialize,” said Jeremy Williams, Monsanto’s agricultural productivity innovations lead. “Discovering new solutions is critical, and this collaboration will help bring much-needed crop protection solutions to farmers faster.”Artificial intelligence is being deployed in all sorts of ways to speed up the discovery process in medicine. Technology companies believe the deployment of deep learning and big data could significantly reduce the time spent looking into cures for diseases, while also potentially preventing another outbreak like ebola or AIDS. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… David Curry Tags:#Agriculture#AI#artificial intelligence#Atomwise#Big Data#crops#Deep Learning#GMOs#Monsanto How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For…center_img 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more