Falkirk 1-2 Dundee United: Late drama puts United in final

first_imgThe hosts had taken the lead for the first time in the tie after a crisp move. Right-back Aaron Muirhead played it into John Baird’s feet and the striker laid it off to Craigen, who arrowed a 20-yard drive which went in off the far post.Falkirk were buoyed by the goal and had some good passages of play inside the United half with former Tannadice midfielder Mark Kerr making them tick but United were getting forward too and they created their first clear chance when Dixon’s cross found Thomas Mikkelsen in space. The Dane headed over from 10 yards.Murray twice fluffed chances to shoot from about 18 yards before some balls over the top caught out Falkirk, but Mikkelsen could not find Murray from the first break and curled not far over from 20 yards from another opening.There was controversy in the 50th minute when referee Kevin Clancy blew for a very soft free-kick just as William Edjenguele volleyed in off the bar following a corner. Mikkelsen had placed his hand on Watson before heading the ball on but the defender went down very easily. United kept up the pressure and Andreu stabbed wide following a cutback by Murray, who soon had a header saved by Robbie Thomson.Falkirk responded and Craigen and Luke Leahy twice linked up well to threaten.Thomson got down well to save from Murray but the Bairns were now keeping United at arm’s length and visiting manager Ray McKinnon made a tactical switch midway through the half, taking off striker Mikkelsen and bringing on midfielder Scot Fraser and moving to a 4-2-3-1.The equaliser came from a simple diagonal ball from Fraser from inside his own half. Blair Spittal won it in the air and Murray got the ball amid some hesitant defending from Muirhead before calmly slotting home.Spittal took a yellow card to stop Myles Hippolyte on a dangerous break and the Falkirk substitute could not clear the wall from the free-kick.Extra time looked likely but Dixon soon struck to spark wild celebrations among the visiting fans. Paul Dixon headed a late winner as Dundee United came from behind to beat Falkirk and reach the Ladbrokes Premiership play-off final.Dixon’s goal sealed a 2-1 victory at a sold-out Falkirk Stadium and a 4-3 aggregate triumph to keep alive United’s hopes of returning to the top flight at the first time of asking.James Craigen fired home his second goal of the tie inside 11 minutes and the game remained nicely poised, although Falkirk appeared to have taken control before Simon Murray levelled with 14 minutes left after the hosts failed to deal with a simple ball forward.And United completed the comeback with three minutes left to set up another two-legged affair next week against either Inverness or Hamilton. Substitute Alex Nicholls collected the ball from a throw-in on the right and had space to cross to the back post, where Dixon beat Tom Taiwo to loop a header into the far corner.last_img read more

Airbus BLADE hopes for cut-through on wing efficiency

first_imgOne of the laminar wings in the BLADE projexct. Photo: Airbus The Airbus BLADE project may not have may not have produced the prettiest wing ever designed and it certainly isn’t the work of art gracing the Airbus A350.But if the Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe can achieve its aim of reducing wing friction by 50 per cent and carbon dioxide emissions by 5 per cent, it will provide a handy weapon in the fight to reduce aviation’s ecological footprint.READ: PLane makers face new environmental standards.Two transonic laminar outer-wings have been attached to Airbus’ A340 Flight Lab in what the manufacturer says is world first and the test aircraft took to the air this week.  It will perform around 150 flight hours in the coming months.Laminar Flow might sound like a name for a progressive rock band but it refers to the state in which a fluid or gas travels smoothly or in regular paths.On aircraft, this means a smooth airflow over the wings that makes them more aerodynamic and therefore more efficient.It has been a holy grail of manufacturers but laminar wings have not been used in commercial aviation because the technology up to now was not mature enough and had not been flight tested.The arrival of new flow simulation tools has given the quest a big boost.The extensive modifications to the A340-300 test-bed aircraft, which is packed  with flight-test instrumentation,   were made over the course of  16 months in Tarbes, France, with the support of Airbus industrial partners across Europe.“We began by opening the flight envelope to check that the aircraft was handling correctly,” said Airbus flight-test engineer Philippe Seve.“We achieved our objective to fly at the design Mach number, at a reasonable altitude and check everything was fine. We also checked that the flight-test instrumentation) was working as expected, to identify further fine-tuning for the next flights.”A small team of specially-trained pilots, test engineers and flight test engineers prepared for months prior to the first flight, spending time in a simulator and familiarizing themselves with the flight-test instruments.Teams from Bremen, Germany and Broughton, UK worked on the outer wings with a team from Stade, Germany, installing infra-red cameras.Airbus for the first time is using a testing method involving hundreds of points to measure the waviness of the surface to help engineers ascertain its influence on the “laminarity”.The tests use infrared cameras inside the pod to measure wing temperature, an acoustic generator which measures the influence of acoustics on laminarity and an innovative reflectometry system, which measures overall deformation in real-time during flight.They aim to be able to measure the tolerances and imperfections which can be present and still sustain laminarity.“To this end, Airbus will simulate every type of imperfection in a controlled manner, so that at the end of the campaign the tolerances for building a laminar wing will be fully known,’’ the manufacturer said.last_img read more

Facebook Lets You Write In Whatever Gender You Want

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Thursday, Facebook announced the addition of a free-form field to the Gender options area in Facebook profiles. The new “custom” option space allows users to write in any description they want—whether “dog-loving master of bro-associated domains” or “cheese-eating king.” Facebook explains the change in a post on the Facebook Diversity Page, noting that if you don’t identify with available gender identities offered, you can add your own. People “can add up to ten gender terms and also have the ability to control the audience with whom you would like to share you custom gender,” the company wrote. See also: Facebook Provides 56 New Gender Identity OptionsThe post suggests the custom field joins the drop-down list of 56 different gender options Facebook introduced last year. But when we checked it out, that drop-down no longer appears, indicating it replaced the hefty list. Perhaps it’s all for the best. Who would go with a canned description when you could be a “couch-surfing artist sloth”? The move may finally please critics, particularly folks who have been clamoring for the right to describe themselves however they want. Saving FaceFacebook made its first big change to the Gender section of users’ About page after Olu George posted a complaint in the company’s help center last year: “As someone who doesn’t identify with female or male pronouns, I feel like FB is excluding people. FB needs to create another option for people who identify as genderqueer/two spirit/transgender etc.” George suggested that FB change its gender options to Male, Female and Other: Genderqueer/Two Spirit/Trans. Facebook responded with more than just an “other” option. The company crammed in dozens of possibilities, including genderqueer, intersex, pangender, trans, transsexual and two-spirit. Now, with the latest ability for write-in designations, gender identification on Facebook opens up more flexibility and maybe even a playful fluidity. Mine now reads as “I am gender: ‘pink cat baby owl blue flowers dog bowl furball’ but prefer pronoun ‘She’.” To change your gender description, log into your Facebook profile, hit the “update info” button, go to “contact and basic info” and scroll down to the gender section. Under “Male” and “Female,” there’s a new “Custom” option.You can change your gender description or preferred pronoun whenever they want—Facebook does not lock people into what they’ve chosen on any given day. Facing RealityAs great a tool as it could be for self-expression, the custom gender field could also come with some down sides. Facebook seemingly acknowledges the fluidity in the way some people identify their genders. Instead of forcing fixed labels, people can fill in whatever they want. (Though the company contradicts itself by only offering three pronouns: He, She, and They.) But the move could open up fluidity of another kind as well. On the other hand, fill-in-the-blank genders could also turn into an Internet joke or, at its worst, even a tool for prejudice. Imagine coming across a profile and seeing someone identify as a homo-bashing super-hater. The Internet is rife with trolls, some of whom will use anything they can to spread their vitriol. See also: Your Twitter Gender Is Probably Male, Even If You’re FemaleBut a bigger question remains: Can we trust Facebook to handle those issues, some of which will almost certainly crop up. And if the complexities prove too challenging to deal with, will it back-pedal once again and remove the field? Facebook has not shown the deftest of hands in dealing with complex matters. The company’s ill-advised “crackdown” on pseudonyms used by drag queens kicked up quite a fuss in the LGBTQ community, which was incensed by the so-called “real name” policy. Facebook reversed its decision, but it’s unclear if the network will know how to provide a safe place for people to express non-normative self-identifiers. [Update: I contacted Facebook to seek clarity around the real names policy. A spokesperson responded: “The policy has not been changed, but for the last six months Facebook has been working to enhance the way the policy is enforced.” Facebook now provides a third option for people who want to verify the names they use on Facebook, which includes showing two forms of ID from Option 2 (non-government ID name verification) and a government ID that includes a date of birth or photo that matches information on the profile. With this option, Facebook will not add the name or other information from the government ID to the account.]Lead photo by evan courtney; Facebook photo and screencaps by Alicia Eler for ReadWrite The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#Gender#social networking alicia elerlast_img read more

Mario Balotelli banned from driving after taking his Ferrari for 109mph spin

first_imgLiverpool striker has also been fined 800 pounds alongside a 28-day driving ban for the offenceLiverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been fined 800 pounds and banned from driving for 28 days after he admitted speeding at 109 mph in his Ferrari.Balotelli was stopped in his Ferrari for driving at 109 mph early on December 3, 2014 on the M62 at Tarbock Island, Merseyside. The 24-year-old had been driving his 240,000 pounds left-hand drive Ferrari, reports espnfc.com.The incident escalated after Balotelli failed to appear in court last week, though his solictor Mike Hogan on Friday said the Italian star never received a summons and was not intentionally ignoring the court.Balotelli was also ordered to pay an 80 pound surcharge and 100 pounds in court costs. Hogan apologised on Balotelli’s behalf but said the footballer has a clean driving record.last_img read more

Horgan still blocking Trans Mountain after meeting with PM Notley

first_imgKinder Morgan, meanwhile, has given Trudeau until the end of May to find a solution that would provide their investors a measure of confidence that the project would be allowed to proceed.The meeting, convened at the last minute Thursday as Trudeau was departing for the Summit of the Americas in Peru, marked the first time the three leaders have all been in the same room together to hash out the dispute.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) OTTAWA, O.N. – B.C. Premier John Horgan says his meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley did nothing to end his ongoing efforts to block plans to expand an existing diluted bitumen line between the two provinces.Horgan, Alberta counterpart Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met today on Parliament Hill in hopes of finding a solution to the impasse between the two provinces, which is threatening to kill the expansion project.Horgan says Trudeau laid out “legislative and financial measures” to push the project forward, but he did not elaborate. Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr also took part in the meeting.Horgan’s opposition to Trans Mountain, rooted in part in the fact his tenuous NDP government depends on the support of the Green party, which staunchly opposes the project, is the main reason Kinder Morgan put the brakes on non-essential spending on theproject a week ago.Trudeau insists the Kinder Morgan pipeline is within federal jurisdiction and that Horgan’s government has no authority to block it, a claim Horgan wants the courts to evaluate, and one he says he plans to press ahead with.Trudeau’s cabinet approved the pipeline in 2016, following an interim environmental review process that included assessing things such as the emissions that will be created from producing additional fossil fuels that will flow through it. The cabinet decided the project, which will build a new pipeline that runs parallel to an existing one but can carry twice as much, was in the national interest.Trudeau has argued repeatedly his government has put in place the environmental protections and policies needed to reduce the risks of an oil spill, and that building the pipeline to get Canadian resources to market is necessary for the Canadian economy.Notley says Alberta will buy an equity stake in the pipeline or even buy the whole thing if necessary.last_img read more

Three Jaish terrorists arrested in JK

first_imgSrinagar: Three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists were arrested by security forces from the outskirts of the city, police said. They were nabbed on Sunday. “Three car-borne terrorists affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM were arrested by police and security forces at Lawaypora (on Srinagar-Baramulla road) based on a credible input,” a police spokesperson said. The spokesperson said ammunition, including live rounds, was seized from the terrorists identified as Rayees Hurrah, Shahid Bhat and Ishaq Lone.last_img

Opinion polls should be banned ExCEC

first_imgNEW DELHI: Taking a critical stand on opinion polls, former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Thursday suggested that opinion polls should be banned. The former CEC was speaking at a panel discussion, organised as part of the voter awareness campaign by District Magistrate (East) and District Magistrate (South) at India International Centre.Quraishi explained to the audience that the poll expenditure by the political parties and candidates and anonymity of the handling of campaigning are the main issue are to be taken note of. He also informed that on the advertisement on the release of the frame on biopic of Modi was taken note of EC and high level committee under chairmanship of Deputy Election Commissioner is constituted to enquire into the fact and take final decision to decide whether it is a violation of MCC or not. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe discussion was chaired by Prananjoy Guha Thakurta, noted journalist & TV personality and the key note address was given by the Dr. Ranbir Singh, IAS, Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi. The other members of the panel were Kamal K. Jaswal, IAS (Retd), Former Secretary, IT, GOI; Apar Gupta, Advocate & Executive Director, Internet Freedom Foundation; Dr. S. Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India; Nidhi Srivastava, IAS, District Election Officer (South); K. Mahesh, IAS, District Election Officer (East); and Prabir Purkayastha, journalist. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe programme started with the welcome address of K. Mahesh, IAS, District Election Officer (East) in which he flagged the issue of misuse of social media, print media and electronic media by the political parties in the form of concealed campaign for the election.He also flagged that there was a need after the 2014 election to formulate a policy on the use of social media during the election campaign. He stressed that under RP Act, 1951 the paid news must be made a cognizable offence. The existence of voluntary code of ethics is also the need of the hour, which is being developed by the Internet and Mobile Association of India. He also stressed that before the period of 48 hours of start of poll any offensive content or violation of MCC should be removed within three hours period. The cyber space does not conform to the geographic or political boundaries, so the artificial intelligence based engines of the social media players needs to use the robust technology to flag such contents.The CEO, Delhi Dr. Ranbir Singh, IAS in his key note address also stressed on monitoring of the paid news and campaigning through social media, electronic media and print media. He also informed that the Media Certification and Media Monitoring Committee of CEO, Delhi level and Returning Officer/District level are trying to monitor the use of those media by political parties.During the discussion K. Mahesh, IAS had intimated that the district MCMC had issued show cause notice to two leading Hindi News daily who also published e-newspaper for violation of MCC.last_img read more

Sensex tanks 487 pts as trade jitters take a toll

first_imgMumbai: Markets wilted under selling pressure for the sixth straight day Wednesday as investor sentiment remained grim amid US-China trade tensions and declining foreign fund inflows. The 30-share BSE Sensex plunged 487.50 points, or 1.27 per cent, to end at 37,789.13; while the broader NSE Nifty sank 138.45 points, or 1,20 per cent, to 11,359.45. According to traders, domestic equities tracked weakness in global markets, which have been rattled ever since US President Donald Trump on Sunday threatened to hike tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese goods this week. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra The recent flare-up in tensions between the world’s two top economies has sent investors scurrying to safe-haven assets like bonds, gold and the Japanese yen. A depreciating rupee, mixed corporate earnings and caution ahead of the elections outcome added to the gloom, analysts added. Index heavyweight Reliance Industries was the biggest loser in the Sensex pack, skidding 3.35 per cent, followed by Bajaj Finance, Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, SBI and Vedanta. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days HDFC twins, Sun Pharma, NTPC, Yes Bank and IndusInd Bank were among the other laggards. Only Asian Paints, HCL Tech and TCS ended in the green, rising up to 0.60 per cent. “The domestic markets have been on the decline for the last two days mainly due to the flare up in the US-China trade war. A lack of an agreement between the two economies could hurt global growth in the near term. “Q4FY19 earnings season so far has mainly been lackluster. Also, the ongoing general elections have kept major market participants cautious. FIIs, which have been supporting the market through their inflows, have turned sellers in the past few days. Expect markets to remain volatile until elections results (May 23rd),” said Hemang Jani, Head – Advisory, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas. All sectoral indices on BSE ended in the red, led by energy, realty, utilities, oil and gas, finance, bankex, healthcare, telecom and teck, which tumbled up to 2.51 per cent. The broader BSE smallcap and midcap indices too ended lower by up to 1.21 per cent. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 645.08 crore on Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased equities to the tune of Rs 818.84 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. Other Asian bourses ended significantly lower following weak Chinese trade data. The Shanghai Composite Index declined 1.12 per cent, Hang Seng 1.23 per cent, Nikkei 1.46 per cent and Kospi 0.41 per cent. European stocks were trading on a mixed note in early trade. The Indian rupee depreciated 19 paise to 69.59 against the US dollar intra-day. Global benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.41 per cent lower at USD 69.59 per barrel.last_img read more

Iraqi army launches operation in Ramadi

first_imgBaghdad – The Iraqi army launched a major operation Sunday on the crisis-hit city of Ramadi, swathes of which have for weeks been controlled by anti-government fighters, officials said.Troops were backed by helicopter cover and imposed a ban on movement within the city, military spokesman Mohammed al-Askari told state television.A police lieutenant colonel in Ramadi city, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the operation had begun. “The Iraqi army launched a large operation with helicopter cover against Daash, Al-Qaeda and terrorists in Ramadi,” Askari said, according to Iraqiya TV, referring to terms frequently used by Iraqi security forces to describe militants.The police officer said those taking part in the operation included policemen, tribal fighters, and SWAT forces. He said helicopters were also firing on targets in the sprawling militant-held Malaab neighbourhood in the centre of the city.An AFP journalist confirmed seeing helicopters firing on targets in Malaab.last_img read more