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SAD trying to politicise murder: Punjab Minister

first_imgPunjab Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Friday dismissed allegations levelled by Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia against him in connection with the killing of an Akali leader in Gurdaspur.The Minister, in a statement said, “Bikram Majithia is trying to politicise a murder”. He added that the law will take its own course and investigations will reveal the motive and the culprits behind the murder of Dalbir Singh.last_img

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India beat Pakistan 4-2, win Asian Champions Trophy hockey

first_imgGoalkeeper S Sreejesh stole the limelight with two crucial saves as India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 4-2 via penalty shootout in a nerve-wrecking final to clinch the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Sunday.The high-voltage summit clash was marred by Pakistan coach’s unwarranted action of constantly abusing Indian players from the roof of the stadium. Whenever there was an infringement from the Indian side, he used the ‘F’ word liberally. And whenever the umpires blew against India, he hollered ‘Thank You’.Rajpal Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Yuvraj Walmiki and Sarvanjit Singh scored for India in the penalty shootout while Muhammad Rizwan and Waseem Ahmed sounded the board for Pakistan after both the sides were locked goalless in the normal and extra time.India started the shootout on a wrong note when Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Shah saved the shot from Gurwinder Singh Chandi. Sreejesh then came to the fore with a save off Haseem Abdul Khan. It was then Mujtaba’s turn and he neatly sent the ball past Shah to give India 1-0 lead.Pakistan equalised when Rizwan scored but Indian captain Rajpal slotted the ball home to give his side 2-1 up. Then came the crucial save by Sreejesh as he stopped Shafqat Rasool from scoring, advancing and taking the shot on the pads.Yuvraj made it 3-1 and the Pakistan veteran Waseem cut the scores to 3-2 but Sarvanjit’s conversion past Shah ensured India ran out champions.Earlier in the match, both India and Pakistan had ample opportunities to finish off the match in regulation time. Pakistan earned seven penalty corners to India’s one but they failed to beat the Indian defence and the goalkeeper Sreejesh.advertisementAsian Games champions Pakistan were initially more attacking pushing the Indian defence back. Shakeel Abassi made some fine runs into the Indian striking circle but V Raghunath stood out with his tackling and clearances.The Indian forwards had a couple of counter-attacks which the Pakistan defence managed to clear. It was a tense match with a few skirmishes between the players. SV Sunil was the first to be shown the green card for a rough tackle.Pakistan had their first penalty corner in the 14th minute which Sreejesh charged out and saved. India was losing the ball consistently in the midfield. The players were hasty and failed to keep the ball to ensure the passes went right.In the 29th minute, India had their first penalty corner but Ignace Tirkey failed to trap properly and thus wasting the opportunity.Pakistan had a bunch of penalty corners in the second half and they were to blame themselves for letting the match drift to the shoot-out. They could not score off the 41st, 47th and 48th minute penalty corners.With 14 minutes of regulation time left, India got a golden chance with Mujtaba having only Pakistan goalkeeper in front but could not place the ball in and shot wide. In the 60th and 62nd minutes, Pakistan again wasted three penalty corners.India could have clinched the issue in the 65th minute but Yuvraj shot out from a handshaking distance. After a tense struggle in 15 minutes of extra time, it finally came down to the shootout in which Sreejesh carried his good form and ensured India return champions.Indian coach Michael Nobbs was almost in tears and said, “This is a great win. Both teams played well and had enough chances. But it is fantastic to see a young Indian side win such a prestigious tournament.”last_img read more

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AAP welcomes Sidhus decision to to quit RS, opens its doors

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) Aam Aadmi Party today welcomed BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhus decision to quit from Rajya Sabha and opened its doors to the cricketer-turned-politician to join its ranks, signalling an imminent churning ahead of next years Punjab Assembly polls.Within minutes of Sidhus resignation, AAPs Punjab convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur and AAP state in-charge Sanjay Singh hailed Sidhus “courageous” decision and said the party was “looking forward” to welcome him.AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said Sidhu would be making an “announcement” soon, adding that the party is open to the joining of individuals who believe in honest politics.”Navjot Singh Sidhu is most welcomed to join @AamAadmiParty @sherryontopp @AAPPunjab2017. Appreciate Navjot Sidhu and Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu Move, looking forward for their Welcome to @AAPPunjab2017 @AamAadmiParty @DrDrnavjotsidhu (sic),” Chhotepur tweeted.Asked if Sidhu could be made AAPs chief ministerial candidate in case he decides to take the plunge, AAPs Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann said, “Whoever joins AAP, he is clearly told that it has to be unconditional.”Sidhu, a former Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar, was convicted in a culpable homicide case in Patiala and is out on bail.Singh, a member of AAPs highest decision-making body Political Affairs Committee, tweeted, “Navjot Singh Sidhu has taken a courageous step by resigning as a BJP member from the Rajya Sabha. I welcome his decision.”Sidhus decision came on a day AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is touring Punjab as part of the partys intense push to capture power in the northern state by defeating the incumbent SAD-BJP alliance and Congress in a triangular contest. PTI SBR SMJ ZMN SMJadvertisementlast_img read more

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Yuvrajs brand YWC to have its first store in Varanasi

first_imgMumbai, Aug 9 (PTI) YWC, the premium sports lifestyle brand by cricketer Yuvraj Singh, has announced the launch of its first brick and mortar standalone store in Varanasi.YWC will also be available through other multi brand outlets in Varanasi, via a shop-in-shop format, the company said.In the online space, the brand is available on Myntra and Jabong besides its own portal www.ywcfashion.com. Part of the product proceeds go to Yuvraj Singhs foundation for cancer awareness – YouWeCan. ——– Jugnoo launches partnership program for B2B productsJugnoo, a hyperlocal startup supported by auto rickshaw network and its B2B SaaS offerings, commences a new service called Jugnoo Partner Program, it said.The program invites various businesses and entrepreneurs to join as partners.It is designed for partners to have access to resources and knowledge needed to offer Jugnoo services to the final customers, Jugnoo said in a statement here.The aim is to provide top quality customer experience and to explore better business opportunities that would eventually help in generating more sales globally, it added. PTI DSK ARS SDMlast_img read more

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It would have been crazy if Argentina had missed out on the World Cup: Lionel Messi

first_imgArgentina got what they deserved when they qualified for next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 victory over Ecuador, according to football legend Lionel Messi.The Albiceleste entered Tuesday’s final round of South American group qualifiers in sixth place, outside the automatic World Cup places, reports Xinhua news agency.But fired by a Messi hat-trick, the two-time World Cup winners rallied from a goal down to win in Quito and jump to third in the final CONMEBOL standings.”It would have been crazy if Argentina had missed out on the World Cup,” Messi told reporters after the match. “People have questioned the team but tonight we showed that we deserve to be there.””Everybody knows what we went through to be in the World Cup. We have to enjoy this and stay calm because there is still a long way to go until the tournament. We know that we can get better.”Argentina, Colombia & Uruguay qualify ?Messi hat-trick ?Despair for Chile & Paraguay ?S America #WCQ review ?????? https://t.co/FP7gqkDxeE pic.twitter.com/dvSpXyXxF5- #WCQ ????? (@FIFAWorldCup) October 11, 2017Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli revealed that he referred to Messi to help inspire his players before the match.”I told the group that Messi does not owe Argentina a World Cup, but rather football owes the World Cup to him,” Sampaoli told a news conference. “Argentina took a step forward, and in time we can be competitive,” he added.The 2018 World Cup will be played in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15.advertisementQUALIFIED! ??Congratulations, ????Argentina! ???The 2014 finalists have their spot in ????ºRussia! #WCQ pic.twitter.com/10DigB4Dwd- #WCQ ????? (@FIFAWorldCup) October 11, 2017last_img read more

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Iranian Female Soccer Fan Dies After Setting Herself On Fire

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a soccer stadium to watch a match has died after setting herself on fire upon learning she could spend six months in prison, semi-official news outlets reported Tuesday.The self-immolation death of 29-year-old Sahar Khodayari has shocked Iranian officials and the public, becoming an immediate hashtag trend across social media in the Islamic Republic.It also comes as FIFA is working with Iranian authorities to overcome a ban on women entering stadiums for men’s games, a ban in place since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. FIFA wants the issue resolved before Oct. 10 when Iran — the top-ranked team in Asia — hosts its first home World Cup qualifier against Cambodia.FIFA said Tuesday it was “aware of that tragedy and deeply regret it.”“FIFA convey our condolences to the family and friends of Sahar and reiterate our calls on the Iranian authorities to ensure the freedom and safety of any women engaged in this legitimate fight to end the stadium ban for women in Iran,” FIFA said in a statement.FILE – In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Iranian women cheer as they wave their country’s flag after authorities in a rare move allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the “Blue Girl” on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)Khodayari died on Monday at a Tehran hospital after suffering burns across 90% of her body. She had been on a respirator since dousing herself with gasoline in front of Tehran’s Ershad Courthouse on Sept. 2, according to the Iranian news website Rokna, which publishes in Iran with government permission.She had just learned she could be tried by a Revolutionary Court in Iran and be put in prison for six months, her father told the website.Khodayari’s sister told Iran’s pro-reform Shahrvand newspaper that her sister suffered from bipolar disorder. Her father said she had stopped taking medication a year ago.Prominent lawmaker Ali Motahari, who is close to Iran’s relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani, tweeted that Khodayari didn’t deserve prison time and offering her “some advice” would have been enough.In March, Khodayari tried to sneak into Tehran’s Azadi Stadium to watch her favorite team, Esteghlal, take on the United Arab Emirates team Al Ain. As in other matches, she disguised herself as a man by wearing a blue wig and a long overcoat, gaining the nickname the “Blue Girl.” However, police arrested her after an altercation and detained her.She spent three nights in jail before being released pending the court case. She reportedly returned to the court to retrieve her seized mobile phone and heard she could face prison time.News of her death ricocheted across Iran on Tuesday, with tributes hashtagged “BlueGirl.”Former Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi — who played 127 matches for Iran and has been a vocal advocate of ending the ban on women — urged Iranians in a tweet to boycott soccer stadiums to protest Khodayari’s death.Iranian-Armenian soccer player Andranik “Ando” Teymourian, the first Christian to be the captain of Iran’s national squad and also an Esteghlal player, said in a tweet that one of Tehran’s major soccer stadiums should be named after Khodayari “in the future.”Female lawmaker Parvaneh Salahshouri called Khodayari “Iran’s Girl” and tweeted: “We are all responsible.”There was no report on Khodayari’s death from Iranian state media, nor its prominent semi-official news agencies. The conservative Shafaqna news agency acknowledged her death in a brief item Tuesday, noting that the case had drawn international attention and caused “counterrevolutionary media” to cry over the case.FIFA has been trying to push Iran to allow women in for matches. A partial exception came in November when hundreds of Iranian women, who were separated from male supporters, were allowed into the Azadi Stadium in Tehran to watch the Asian Champions League final.However, local matches have continued the restriction. Volleyball, another popular sport, similarly sees officials bar women from attending men’s games in the capital, Tehran, though women were allowed in some matches in other Iranian cities.Hard-liners and traditional Shiite clerics, citing their own interpretation of Islamic law, believe in segregating men and women at public events, as well as keeping women out of men’s sports.However, that has drawn criticism from human rights activists abroad, as well as at home.“The stadium ban is not written into law or regulation but is ruthlessly enforced by the country’s authorities,” wrote Mindy Worden, the director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch.She added that Khodayari’s suicide underscores “the need for Iran to end its ban on women attending sports matches — and the urgency for regulating bodies like FIFA to enforce its own human rights rules.”Amnesty International separately said that as far as it knows, “Iran is the only country in the world that stops and punishes women” seeking to enter soccer stadiums. Saudi Arabia, a longtime holdout, recently started allowing women to attend matches under a push from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.“What happened to Sahar Khodayari is heart-breaking and exposes the impact of the Iranian authorities’ appalling contempt for women’s rights in the country,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director.“Her only ‘crime’ was being a woman in a country where women face discrimination that is entrenched in law and plays out in the most horrific ways imaginable in every area of their lives, even sports,” Luther added.By: Jon Gambrell, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Designing electronic speed controllers for drones

first_imgThe spread of drones is constantly growing, with a variety of applications ranging from the hobby sector, to the commercial and industrial fields, up to the most advanced military applications. Drones have the advantage of being able to be remotely operated, thus flying over areas that would be too difficult, dangerous or inconvenient to reach in person. The applications in the commercial field are manifold: agriculture, monitoring of plants and buildings, shooting areas and even the delivery of packages, medicines or necessity goods. New and further applications of drones will most likely be identified in the coming years, when they will no longer be considered only as toys or gadgets, but as valuable tools to improve the quality of our lives.Electronic speed controlThis article focuses on medium- and high-range drones, normally equipped with brushless DC motors. Motors of this type require careful and continuous regulation of speed and of the relative direction of rotation; in some cases, the possibility of implementing a real dynamic brake is needed as well. The circuit responsible for these functions is the ESC (Electronic Speed Controller), which is typically composed of a power supply stage, a circuit for detecting the current, a microcontroller and a communication interface with the flight controller (Figure 1). The design of an ESC involves a series of important features concerning:the topology used for motor control;compromise between cost and efficiency (hence the time of flight);type of battery installed on the drone;required performance (for example, maximum controllable motor speed);electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and immunity to interference.Figure 1: Block diagram of a droneThere are two types of brushless motors suitable for use on drones: DC brushless motors (BLDC) and AC brushless motors (BLAC), also known as permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM). The choice of which type of motor to use is typically based on the selected control algorithm: trapezoidal or field-oriented control (FOC). More precisely, a trapezoidal motor control algorithm has the following characteristics:motor control based on a six-step commutation sequence;detection of the magnetic angle of the rotor, to perform the commutation at the correct angle (each step corresponds to an angle of 60 degrees);in the absence of sensors, the commutation angle is estimated by measuring the phase-voltage back EMF.Instead, a FOC control algorithm has the following features:control of the motor through sinusoidal phase voltages or currents (FOC);detection of the magnetic field angle of the rotor with a minimum accuracy between 1 and 5 degrees, to always ensure the maximum torque;in the absence of sensors, the rotor magnetic angle is estimated based on the motor’s phase voltages and currents.A sensorless control system, compared to the alternative based on mechanical speed sensors, is often preferred as it keeps the project costs low and helps to improve the robustness of the system.Design considerationsThe PWM signal, used to commutate between the different power stages, varies according to the type of control selected. Figure 2 shows the filtered phase voltages obtained after removing the PWM carrier, referred to the case of trapezoidal and sinusoidal motor control techniques.Figure 2: Comparison of waveforms used for trapezoidal and sinusoidal commutationThe trapezoidal control is affected by an issue (a problem), due to the abrupt variation between each phase, which generates torque ripples and current spikes, reducing the efficiency and producing vibrations. At the electrical level, the DC bus voltage of an ESC is between 7.4V and 22.4V, while the current from the lithium polymer battery (LiPo) is between 10A and 20A. To minimize interference, the PWM frequency used for commutation between phases is between 30kHz and 60kHz. Once the control algorithm has been chosen, it must be decided whether the control shall be performed in open-loop or closed-loop. Figure 3: ESC for a brushless motor with sensorless controlThe closed-loop control is preferable, since, by measuring the current necessary to make the motor perform the desired displacement, a higher efficiency and accuracy are obtained with respect to the open-loop solution. In the case of trapezoidal control, only one shunt current must be measured, while in the case of sinusoidal control it is necessary to measure up to three shunt currents (Figure 3). When using a closed-loop control, it is necessary to perform a tuning of the algorithm so that the motor remains stable at high rotation speeds (that is, over 12kRPM).Solutions for commercial dronesThe design of an ESC for drones requires high-grade components, specifically designed for driving high-speed motors at maximum speed. Texas Instruments has developed an MCU family, named InstaSPIN, which makes designing three-phase motor control applications easier. InstaSPIN-FOC, suited for sensorless systems, features a fast software encoder with torque and velocity control for any three-phase motor. InstaSPIN-MOTION is instead addressed to sensor systems and provides position, velocity and torque control for any three-phase motor. Besides MCU, TI offers other products suitable for ESC design, such as the NexFET series of power MOSFETs and the DRV8305 three-phase gate driver with three integrated current shunt amplifiers.InstaSPIN comes with a high voltage motor control kit, a complete reference design for learning and experimenting with digital control of high voltage motors. Based on the revolutionary InstaSPIN-FOC a nd InstaSPIN-MOTION motor control technologies, the platform includes a TI C2000 InstaSPIN 32-bit microcontroller (figure 4). It allows developers to quickly identify, automatically tune, and control a three-phase motor, thus quickly providing a stable and functional motor control system. The kit is an excellent, all-around motor inverter design tool, showcasing sensorless and encoder-based control of the most common types of high voltage, three phase motors, including AC induction (ACI), brushless DC (BLDC), and permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM & IPM).STMicroelectronics also offers a complete reference design for electronic speed controller (ESC), implementing a sensorless FOC algorithm. The STEVAL-ESC001V1 reference design for electronic speed controllers is suitable for entry-level commercial drone designs and drives any three-phase brushless (or PMSM) motor powered by 6S LiPo battery packs, or any equivalent DC supply, up to 30 A peak current. The STEVAL-ESC001V1 allows designers to quickly develop their application thanks to a complete pre-configured firmware package (STSW-ESC001V1), implementing a sensorless Field Oriented Controlled algorithm with 3-shunt current reading, speed control, and full active braking. The reference design board can accept commands from a flight controller through PWM signals, but other communication interfaces like UART, CAN, and I²C are also available. Figure 4: A simplified circuit for DRV8305The reference includes a battery eliminator circuit working at 5V, an NTC sensor for temperature measurement and circuitry for overcurrent and overvoltage protection (OCP/OVP). The small form factor and current capability make this reference design suitable for electronic speed controllers on small and light unmanned aerial vehicles like professional drones. The STSW-ESC001V1 firmware/software package plus STM32 PMSM FOC software development kit – MC library allows optimizing the electronic speed controller design by acting on the field-oriented control parameters embedded in a STM32 MCU and exploit the ST motor profiler to retrieve the relevant motor parameters rapidly. The ST sensorless FOC algorithm fits any three-phase BLDC or PMSM motor application, ensuring longer flight times and optimal dynamic performance.ConclusionElectronic speed controllers for drones are essential to provide motor speed control in low and medium size commercial drones. One of the most widely used solution is based on a sensorless FOC technique for controlling 3-phase brushless motors. For a sensored solution, which achieves greater accuracy and better speed controller, a sensorless solution has the advantages of lower costs and reduced weight, two key factors in any low or medium size drone.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, Power Electronic News: “Electronic Speed Control for Drones.” Continue Reading Previous Toolkit supports automotive-quality AINext IoT device security: A path to standardization Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Motors last_img read more

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Wimbledon ditches plastic racket covers in sustainability drive

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share via Email Wimbledon Wimbledon 2019 … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The club also says it has upped the percentage of recycled content in food and drink packaging, with cups for strawberries and cream made from 70% recycled plastic.No waste from last year’s championships went to landfill, with non-recyclable waste used to produce electricity. But the AELTC wants to increase the proportion of waste entering recycling this year and to that end, it will have staff guiding the public to discard waste into appropriate bins, which will be more visible.The AELTC banned plastic straws last year and, in an attempt to reduce its environmental impact, signed up last month to the UN sports for climate action framework, which aims to encourage and assist sporting organisations to implement the Paris climate agreement.Unlike the plastic racket covers, the all-whites will not be disappearing from SW19 but they too are changing with the times, with some of the sport’s biggest names wearing a specially designed environmentally friendly range of clothing this Wimbledon fortnight.Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbiñe Muguruza, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas will all be wearing the Stella McCartney-designed Adidas kit. It is partially made from Parley ocean plastic, a material created from upcycled plastic waste intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before reaching the ocean, which is then converted to yarn.Mike Childs, the head of policy at Friends of the Earth, said: “It’s encouraging to see major sports venues like Wimbledon increasingly taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint – but most still have some way to go.“Sports stadiums must put environmental sustainability at the heart of their operations and do what they can to minimise their impact on the planet. This should include timetabled targets for slashing climate-wrecking emissions and becoming single-use plastic free.“The UK holds numerous world-class sports events every year; the venues that host them should be aiming for excellence off the pitch, court and fairway – as well as on it.” Since you’re here… Topics news Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Read more Plastics Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Tennis It may not quite be a Wimbledon tradition along the lines of the all-white dress code but the sight of players discarding the plastic cover from a freshly strung racket is a familiar one at SW19.However, it will not be seen at this year’s championships, which begin on Monday – or in future Wimbledon tournaments – after a review of the use of plastics, and sustainability in general, by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).The removal of plastic bags from the player racket stringing operation means there will be 4,500 fewer plastic bags used at this year’s championships, according to the club.Awareness of – and concern at – the effects of plastic waste on oceans is growing, and players and racket stringers alike have dismissed the idea the covers have any practical purpose. Kevin Anderson, the losing men’s singles finalist last year, and the vice-president of the Association of Tennis Professionals player council, has voiced his desire to abolish them across the tour.Richard Lewis, the chief executive of the AELTC, said “We believe that Wimbledon, along with other major events, has a vital role to play in helping to protect the environment, today and for the future.”There will be other changes at this year’s tournament, including relating to plastic bottles, which were a talking point last year, with players including Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund among those who expressed concern.While the AELTC is not going as far as Glastonbury, which has banned single-use plastic, or Oval cricket ground, which is looking to follow suit, it says the tournament sponsor Evian will launch its first 100% recycled and 100% recyclable water bottle at this year’s championships.last_img read more

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Danny Clark, Ohio State 2017 Quarterback Commit, Announces His Decommitment

first_imgOhio State commit Danny Clark flexing.Danny Clark/Twitter.Ohio State has lost a quarterback commit.Danny Clark, a three-star quarterback out of Ohio in the 2017 class, has de-committed from Ohio State, he announced on Twitter. The Massillon, Ohio native was the first player in the 2017 class to commit to the Buckeyes. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound prospect is ranked the No. 18 pro-style QB in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Clark says because he’s a pro-style quarterback, his playing style would be a better fit elsewhere.“I will not be answering any questions on this topic. Ever,” he writes.Out of respect for coaches on OSU staff, I will not be answering any questions on this topic. Ever… pic.twitter.com/KCUR4ZzcaA— 10 Weeks (@DClarkQB) September 27, 2016Though Clark has been committed to Ohio State for a while, this isn’t that much of a surprise.The Buckeyes are loaded at the quarterback position and took a commitment from Tate Martell, the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class, in June.Ohio State’s 2017 class is ranked the No. 1 class in the country by 247Sports. The Buckeyes have 17 commitments.last_img read more

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Jasprit Bumrah to consult 3 doctors in UK for lower back stress fracture injury

first_img Next Jasprit Bumrah to consult 3 doctors in UK for lower back stress fracture injuryIndia’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is set to travel to the UK to consult specialists after he suffered a lower back stress fracture.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 22:43 IST Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out for a minimum period of two months. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBumrah has been ruled out for a minimum period of two months starting from the South Africa Test seriesJasprit Bumrah will be off to the United Kingdom to seek opinion on his lower back stressUmesh Yadav has replaced him in the Indian Test squad for the series against South AfricaInjured India speedster Jasprit Bumrah will be off to the United Kingdom to seek opinion on his lower back stress fracture from multiple specialists.Bumrah has been ruled out for a minimum period of two months starting from the South Africa Test series till the end of Bangladesh series, his first major injury break in his three and half year international career.Umesh Yadav has replaced him in the Indian Test squad for the series against South Africa.”The BCCI is sending Bumrah to London for further treatment on his stress fracture. The NCA head physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik will be accompanying him. The BCCI has fixed appointments with three different specialists to get multiple opinions,” a senior Board functionary told PTI on conditions of anonymity.”Bumrah is expected to leave on October 6th or 7th and would be there in the UK for about a week. As per the opinion of the three doctors, the next course of action will be decided upon. We have taken appointments from the best in the business when it comes to stress fractures,” the official said.Recently, senior speedster Ashish Nehra told PTI that in case of a stress fracture, it is difficult to set a time-frame for comebacks as it “can vary” from player to player.”It might be the case of Jasprit feeling good after just two months and he may not feel good even after six months. It is such an injury where you don’t have any medication save proper rest and then an intense rehabilitation programme. Only a player can say when he is match-ready,” Nehra had said on Sunday.advertisementBumrah’s absence will be a big miss for India in the upcoming World Test Championship matches where they would be gunning for full points against both South Africa and Bangladesh.The 25-year-old has been India’s premier bowler for the past two years, taking 62 wickets in 12 Tests and 103 ODI wickets in the 58 ODIs. He also has 51 T20 International scalps in 42 games.The slinger is expected to play a big part in India’s World T20 campaign in Australia next year and it remains to be seen when he makes a competitive comeback.Also Read | India vs South Africa: Team India eye record 11th successive home Test series winAlso Read | Babar Azam overtakes Virat Kohli, 3rd quickest to 11 ODI hundredsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow BCCIlast_img read more

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Nakilats LongTerm Deals Secure Its Yearly Profit

first_imgzoom Despite the challenging market conditions Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, ended 2016 with a net profit of QAR 955 million (USD 262.2 million) as the company’s long-term contracts continued to underpin its strong financial performance.The result represents a decrease of 2.9 percent compared to a net profit of QAR 984 million (USD 270.2 million) seen in 2015. “Given the downturn in market conditions, the company is pursuing a prudent and balanced strategy of strengthening its balance sheet, capitalizing on profitable business growth, and achieving cost consolidations,” Nakilat said.The company added that the decline in oil and gas prices and overcapacity in the shipping industry has placed a downward pressure on the shipping markets and asset prices.Therefore, the Board of Directors recommended distributing a cash dividend to the shareholders equal to 10% of the nominal value of its capital.Nakilat said that its approach to its dividend disbursement “would enable the company to continue to maintain a strong balance sheet and stable cash flow to support its debt repayment structure and remain resilient in the current volatile market environment.”Earlier in February, the company’s subsidiary Nakilat Shipping Qatar Limited (NSQL) assumed full ship management and operations of a Q-Max LNG carrier Al Dafna from Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.(STASCo), the fifth vessel management transferred as part of the planned and phased transition agreed in October 2016 between NSQL and Shell.Under the deal, the management of a total of 25 LNG vessels, including fourteen Q-Max and eleven Q-Flex LNG carriers, will be transitioned from Shell to NSQL.last_img read more

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Rabada ruled out of remaining IPL matches

first_imgNew Delhi: In a big blow for Delhi Capitals, South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the remaining matches of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a back injury. Rabada will now return to his homeland. It was earlier reported that the final call will be taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) who had asked for the Rabada’s scan reports to be sent to them. The current Purple Cap holder, who was carrying a back niggle over the last couple of days, has been advised to return by CSA, as a precautionary measure ahead of the World Cup beginning May 30. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju23-year-old Rabada, who took 25 wickets in the 12 matches that he played this season, spoke ahead of his departure. “It is indeed very hard for me to leave the Delhi Capitals at this stage of the tournament,” he said. “But with the World Cup just a month away, a collective decision has been made for me in this regard. It’s been a tremendous season for me with the Delhi Capitals, both on and off the field, and I truly believe that our team can win the trophy.” Delhi Capitals’ head coach Ricky Ponting said: “It’s unfortunate that Rabada is having to leave us at this stage of the tournament.”last_img read more

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Morocco Launches TollFree Number for Moroccans Overseas

Rabat- Foreign minister Nasser Bourita said in a meeting with the press on Thursday that the initiative is an “important step forward.”The hotline will allow Moroccans to track the processing of passports and other files. According to Bourita, the toll-free number will make Moroccans living abroad less dependent on visiting Moroccan consulates.Bourita added that the project is the result of four years of preparations. He expects that it will increase transparency and the “adoption of  unified criteria for transactions and administrative documents.” Read Also: Morocco Adds Entry Permit Requirement for African CountriesBourita said that there will be a call center available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. providing services in seven languages. The languages will include “national dialects” and “other languages.”Morocco’s Minister Delegate in charge of Moroccans Residing Abroad (MREs) Abdelkrim Benatiq noted in July that there are 5 million MREs.Benatiq’s ministry is working to implement programs to consolidate ties between MREs and Morocco.These programs, according to the official, are part of the national strategy to preserve the Moroccan identity of MREs. It is also designed to protect their rights and to promote interest in Morocco’s development.According to Benatiq, Moroccan expats “represent a model of coexistence and respect for each other’s beliefs.”In May, Morocco’s exchange regulator said that remittances from Moroccans living abroad hit $1.7 billion in the first quarter of 2018. The number represented an increase of 13.4 percent from the same period in 2017. read more

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Morocco Needs more Economic Investments Head of Bank Al Maghrib Tells

Rabat – On the eve of Throne Day, King Mohammed VI received on Sunday Governor of Bank Al Maghrib Abdellatif Jouahri and Head of Auditors’ Court Driss Jettou, and both presented the monarch with their annual reports.During his meeting with the King, Jouahri discussed Morocco’s financial situation in 2017, emphasizing that the domestic economy grew at a rapid rate last year. The local economy expanded by 4.1 percent, owing to good climatic conditions for agriculture and overall economic recovery.According to the head of Bank Al Maghrib, the improving economy helped establish job opportunities in the North African country. However, job growth was not enough to curb unemployment, thereby increasing the unemployment rate. Jouahri added that the fiscal deficit narrowed to 3.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and the current account deficit eased to 3.4 percent of GDP.The balance helped the country maintain international reserves at a level providing coverage for approximately six months of imports.The inflation rate slowed to 0.7 percent in 2017.Progress below expectationsDespite economic growth throughout 2017, Jouahri said that the progress made by the country did not meet expectations. Non-agricultural activity remains behind.Jouahri also said that private investment is still limited despite the incentives Morocco grants and its public spending.“Our country needs not only to pursue and enlarge the scope of reforms, but also and more particularly to see to their successful implementation within the set deadlines,” he added.Jouahri then gave an example of the education system, emphasizing that its goals have not been achieved yet.Jouahri believes that Morocco’s reform of the subsidy system should be finalized and generalized as part of a comprehensive policy to establish price reality and provide support for the poorest households.The official did not deny that the country has achieved progress in terms of stability, regional positioning, and investment attractiveness, but he called for a real economic takeoff and a massive mobilization of its dynamic forces to enable stronger growth and job creation. Jettou’s reportDriss Jettou, whose revealing 2017 report brought down several officials involved in development projects in Al Hoceima, presented the monarch with the Court of Auditors’ report for the years 2016-2017, in accordance with Article 148 of the Constitution and Article 100 of Law 62.99 forming the financial court’s code.Jettou said that his department conducted 160 audit missions and made 2,668 decisions regarding the accounts, as well as 215 decisions on budgetary and financial discipline.He recommended that support programs ensure sustainable development and balanced growth across various sectors. read more

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World Bank sees moderate pick up for global economy in 2017 despite

Growth in emerging market and developing economies as a whole should pick up to 4.2 per cent this year from 3.4 per cent in the year just ended amid modestly rising commodity prices. Nevertheless, the outlook is clouded by uncertainty about policy direction in major economies. A protracted period of uncertainty could prolong the slow growth in investment that is holding back low, middle, and high income countries.In emerging market and developing economies, which account for one-third of global gross domestic product (GDP) and about three-quarters of the world’s population and the world’s poor, investment growth fell to 3.4 per cent in 2015 from 10 per cent on average in 2010, and likely declined another half percentage point last year.Slowing investment growth is partly a correction from high pre-crisis levels, but also reflects obstacles to growth that emerging and developing economies have faced, including low oil prices for oil exporters, slowing foreign direct investment for commodity importers, and more broadly, private debt burdens and political risk.Commodity-exporting emerging market and developing economies are expected to expand by 2.3 per cent in 2017 after an almost negligible 0.3 per cent in 2016, as commodity prices gradually recover and as Russia and Brazil resume growing after recessions.In contrast, commodity-importing emerging market and developing economies should grow at 5.6 per cent this year, unchanged from 2016. China is projected to continue an orderly growth slowdown to a 6.5 per cent rate. However, overall prospects for emerging market and developing economies are dampened by tepid international trade, subdued investment, and weak productivity growth.Growth is projected to ease to 6.2 per cent in East Asia and the Pacific, pick up to 2.4 per cent in Europe and Central Asia, return to positive growth and expand by 1.2 per cent in Latin America and Caribbean, recover modestly to a 3.1 per cent in Middle East and North Africa, pick up modestly to 7.1 per cent in South Asia, and to 2.9 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa. President of World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim (right), visits family members who are beneficiaries of the solar home systems in Barisal District, Bangladesh. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez “After years of disappointing global growth, we are encouraged to see stronger economic prospects on the horizon,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said in a news release.“Now is the time to take advantage of this momentum and increase investments in infrastructure and people. This is vital to accelerating the sustainable and inclusive economic growth required to end extreme poverty,” he added.The World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects January 2017 said that growth in advanced economies is expected to edge up to 1.8 per cent in 2017. Growth in the United States is expected to pick up to 2.2 per cent, as manufacturing and investment growth gain traction after a weak 2016.Fiscal stimulus in major economies – particularly in the United States – could generate faster domestic and global growth than projected, although rising trade protection could have adverse effects. But because of the “outsize role the United States plays in the world economy, changes in policy direction may have global ripple effects,” added World Bank Development Economics Prospects Director Ayhan Kose. read more

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Toni Stone Replaced Hank Aaron In Negro Leagues Becoming

In 1952, when the legendary Hank Aaron began his historic Major League Baseball career by leaving the Negro Leagues and signing with the Boston Braves, he was replaced by someone who would build a legacy of trailblazing that is far less known than what Aaron did in becoming the original home run king.Toni Stone was not nearly the player Aaron became, but she—yes, she—was good enough to assume his roster position, breaking the gender barrier in pro baseball.It’s a little-known fact pointed out by The Root that Stone, whose birth name was Marenia Stone, had pretended to be 16 when she was really 26 so she could sign on with the American Legion Junior League team, which had previously been open to teenage boys.She then joined the barnstorming San Francisco Sea Lions, where she changed her name to Toni Stone. And from 1949 to ’53, she played on several semipro and Negro League teams. After Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, more and more players fled the Negro Leagues to play in “The Bigs.”Syd Pollack, owner of the Indianapolis Clowns, sought to replace Aaron with someone of talent and who would be a novelty to help draw a crowd. Stone was his answer.But he was not expecting her to be all about the game and not the show. She was a skilled ballplayer who wanted to play ball—not dress in a shorts or a skirt as the all-white women of the professional women’s league did.She said in a 1991 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle that she was routinely ridiculed by fans who did not want a woman playing among men.“They’d tell me to go home and fix my husband some biscuits,” she said.But she pressed on. Although she did not consistently get on the field, she accomplished something that gave her a life joy, she said to The Chronicle: She said she got a hit off of the great Satchel Paige.“The happiest moment of my life” she said of the unexpected hit she got off of Satchel Paige.Whether a myth or true—a historian said Paige was not at the site of the game Stone said she got her hit off of him—she represented something new at a time when chauvinism was rampant and women had their “place,” and it was not with men on the baseball field.Stone played professional baseball for just one more year. At the end of the 1953 season, the Clowns sold her contract to the Kansas City Monarchs, replacing her with two female players, Connie Morgan at second base and Mamie “Peanut” Johnson on the pitcher’s mound. Her time on the Monarchs was unfulfilling, and she left after a season, returning to San Francisco to become a nurse and to care for her husband, who would live to be 103 years old.She lived in relative obscurity until she was rediscovered and inducted into the Women’s Sports Foundation International Sports Hall of Fame in 1985—11 years before she passed away in Alameda, Calif. read more

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Gold slump drops PAI to alltime low

first_imgSNL MEG’s Pipeline Activity Index (PAI) has been struggling through 2013, slumping to the lowest level since the Industry Monitor began compiling the data in 2008. Gold is now at its lowest price since 2010, exacerbating the effects of the difficult financing conditions that have persisted since last year. There have been reductions in grassroots spending which has resulted in lower numbers of drill results and initial resource estimates, while slashing of budgets and weak metals prices are leading to cuts and delays in capital improvement plans at mines and more shelved development projects.The industry’s aggregate market cap declined in May before falling even further in June to finishat $1.24 trillion which is the lowest since June 2009 and has now declined 30% since January. The number of drill results announced in May-June is slightly up of the lackluster March-April period, but is down 30% from May-June 2012. The numbers of reported new finds noticeably declined in the first half of 2013, as the active companies continue to curtail grassroots and generative work in favor of expanding known ore bodies.The September quarter is typically the peak reporting season for drill results, but for 2013 this seems to be unlikely due to weakening metal prices, which was preceded by persistent financing difficulties suggests there are going to be further declines before showing signs of improvement.The 49 significant financings, worth $2 million minimum, completed in May-June is the lowest two-month total since at least the start of 2008, when the Industry Monitor began tracking this data. Junior and intermediate companies raised a total of $585 million in the period, 70% less than March-April and 66% less than the corresponding period in 2012. Weakened metals prices coupled with the financing volatility that has persisted since mid-2012 have left many junior explorers fighting for survival. Some have successfully negotiated JVs or found strategic investors that will hopefully see them through, while others are looking to partner or merge with peers. However, the number of companies able to secure funding based solely on the strength of their assets continues to dwindle.last_img read more

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Microsoft job ad says new Xbox by March 2014

first_imgThe Xbox 360Best Price at Amazon is fast approaching its 7th birthday, which means that Microsoft has to be at least thinking about the console’s successor. There’s been plenty of rumors about the performance of the Xbox 720, that it doesn’t have a disc drive, and was going to be revealed at E3. Now Microsoft has confirmed the new machine will appear within the next 18 months.This “leak,” if you can call it that, comes via a job ad Microsoft posted on its careers website. It’s for a marketing position, and the first line of the ad is what we are most interested in. It clearly states that Microsoft will be releasing new versions of key products over the next 18 months. Included in that list is Xbox.18 months from now will be March 2014. If the job listing is correct, it means we can expect to see an Xbox 720 on store shelves by then. Microsoft released both the Xbox and Xbox 360 in November, so the safe bet is on the new hardware launching in November 2013.The job ad may be wrong, though. A new version of the Xbox could mean a number of things. For example, Microsoft may be planning on launching a smaller version of the Xbox 360, or somehow integrating Kinect further, requiring a new model launch.Saying that though, the time is right for new hardware. Wii U is appearing this year and is expected to at least match the Xbox 360 on performance. Microsoft will also want to beat Sony to market again and get a good head start on the PS4.So, an Xbox 720 launch in November next year. Is that too soon, not soon enough, or perfect timing?Read more at Microsoft Careers, via OXMlast_img read more

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Des abeilles équipées dantennes pour mesurer la nocivité des pesticides

first_imgDes abeilles équipées d’antennes pour mesurer la nocivité des pesticidesAfin de démontrer la nocivité des pesticides sur les abeilles, des chercheurs ont équipé les insectes pollinisateurs de petites antennes radar permettant de suivre de manière très précise leur déplacement. A l’heure où la santé des abeilles est une problématique au cœur des préoccupations, les études se multiplient pour comprendre comment certains facteurs, pesticides ou maladies, compromettent la survie des insectes pollinisateurs. Dans cet intérêt, une équipe de biologistes du laboratoire Rothamsted Research, au Royaume-Uni, et des scientifiques allemands ont entrepris d’équiper les spécimens de petites antennes radar. Les dispositifs légers, de quelques centimètres de long, ont été collés sur le dos des intéressés afin de suivre individuellement et avec précision chaque trajectoire entreprise. 

L’objectif d’une telle opération, est de récolter des preuves scientifiques démontrant l’influence des pesticides appartenant à la famille très controversée des néonicotinoïdes sur le système de navigation des abeilles. Des effets nocifs confirmés Quelques mois plus tôt, l’Union européenne a voté pour interdire l’utilisation de ces substances par crainte qu’elles nuisent aux abeilles. Toutefois, le gouvernement britannique ne soutient pas l’interdiction et exige davantage d’efforts de recherche pour confirmer ou non les inquiétudes des autres états membres.Pour ce faire, les chercheurs ont étudié les déplacements de 400 insectes après leur avoir fait consommé pour la moitié du nectar contaminé par les pesticides et pour l’autre moitié du nectar sain en guise de test. Les résultats, à paraitre cette semaine dans un épisode spécial de l’émission télévisée Horizon sur BBC One, semblent aller dans le sens des accusations clamées depuis quelques années par les organisations environnementales. En effet, les tests montrent clairement que les abeilles ayant consommé un sirop contaminé sont incapables d’utiliser leur mémoire de navigation pour retrouver leur chemin vers la ruche et volent de manière aléatoire plutôt qu’en lignes droites. 

La mémoire des abeilles entravée sous l’effet des pesticidesPour Randolf Menzel, neurobiologiste allemand et directeur des travaux, les abeilles font appel à deux types de mémoire pour retrouver leur chemin. La première est une sorte de navigateur automatique qui permet aux insectes de retrouver la ruche en suivant la direction d’un vecteur donné. Au contraire, l’autre se base sur toutes les caractéristiques sensorielles du paysage et se développe au cours des vols précédents. “Les abeilles traitées, en fonction des doses de la substance, sont généralement plus confuses” indique Randolf Menzel au Telegraph. Il développe : “Elles volent assez bien quand il s’agit de suivre la direction d’un vecteur, mais quand elles ont besoin d’utiliser leur mémoire du paysage, alors elles se perdent”. Les conclusions de l’étude indiquent que les abeilles exposées aux pesticides s’affaiblissent à cause de leur incapacité à s’orienter. Elles deviennent ainsi plus vulnérables aux menaces comme les maladies ou le mauvais temps. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?

En  25 ans, les populations d’abeilles se sont complètement effondrées. Ces insectes pollinisateurs sont pourtant essentiels à la survie des écosystèmes. Actuellement, de nombreuses critiques vont à l’encontre des directives sur les néonicotinoïdes mises en place par l’Union Européenne. Les plus sceptiques s’en prennent également aux chercheurs car les doses de pesticides utilisés dans les tests sont plus élevées que celles auxquelles les insectes sont confrontées dans leur milieu naturel.(Crédit photo : Stéphan Wolf/ Rothamsted Research)Le 29 juillet 2013 à 18:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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SPOILERS 620 WWE Superstars taping results from Phoenix Arizona Suspended WWE star

first_img Videos Articles Twitter Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Pinterest Ric Flair Pays Tribute To Late Friend Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The following was taped on Monday night in Phoenix.6/20 WWE Superstars taping results:* The Golden Truth def. The Ascension.* The Lucha Dragons def. The Dudley Boyz.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Seven Stars Never Nominated For An Emmy Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Google+ SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network Videos Articles Cesaro SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 8/15 Impact TV tapings in Mexico City to air on Pursuit and Twitchlast_img read more