Women’s soccer preps for second-round matchup

first_imgRedshirt senior striker Alex Anthony scored 1 of USC’s 2 goals in the Trojans’ first-round win against Eastern Washington. Photo by Matt Karatsu | Daily TrojanAfter an uneven come-from-behind win Saturday afternoon against Eastern Washington, the No. 9 women’s soccer team (15-3-1) will travel to College Station, Tex., to face No. 23 Baylor (14-5-2) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday afternoon.The Women of Troy struggled against Big Sky champion Eastern Washington last week, taking two overtime periods to down the Eagles thanks to goals from junior forward Erika Okuma and redshirt senior forward Alex Anthony.Despite the win, the Trojans were expected to handle their first-round opponents with ease — USC cruised past Eastern Washington 3-1 in the first round of last season’s NCAA tournament — and the team will have to regroup ahead of its matchup against Baylor and change its mentality at the start of the game.“We got to flesh this one a little bit and go back to what we have been able to do for a large part of the season,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “We definitely have to be a lot more focused to start games, having our shot percentage be a lot better, and that will definitely be our focus [against Baylor].”USC will continue to rely on leading scorer Anthony to come up with the goals. Her score against Eastern Washington raised her tally to 9 this season, and she looks to continue spearheading the Trojan offense. She only scored 1 postseason goal during last year’s championship run, but it was a game-winning effort against Auburn in the quarterfinals.On the other side, Baylor comes off a 3-2 win over Rice in its first-round match. The game went back and forth, with both teams exchanging leads throughout the game. It was Rice that struck first in the 17th minute, but Baylor responded quickly.  2 goals in two minutes from senior defender Precious Akanyirige and senior midfielder Aline de Lima gave Baylor a 2-1 lead heading into halftime. A score by Rice in the 56th minute evened up the game once again, and it took until the 74th minute for Baylor to retake the lead. Sophomore forward Raegan Padgett netted the decisive goal, while junior forward Lauren Piercy provided the assist for all three Baylor goals.This season, the Bears are offensively led by de Lima, who has 7 goals and seven assists this season, and Piercy, who has 4 goals and three assists (all of her contributions have come off the bench). For the year, the team is averaging 19 shots per game — almost seven on target — and has scored 32 goals in 21 games.The Bears’ defense has also been impressive this season, only surrendering 13 goals and 8.8 shots per game. By comparison, USC’s defense has allowed 16 goals and 9.2 shots per game in 19 games this season.Baylor’s road to the NCAA playoff was a long and often unlikely one.  Finishing fifth in the Big 12 regular season standings, the Bears were not expected to go far in the conference tournament.  However, Baylor found its form in the tournament, overcoming No. 18 Texas in the first round, No. 17 Oklahoma State in the second round and TCU in the final to win the Big 12 championship.  Baylor outscored its opponents 7-2 and outshot them 57-32 in the process. The Bears’ most impressive performance came against Oklahoma State — the Big 12 regular-season champions — when they outshot the Cowboys 23-5 and came away with a 3-0 win.The Trojans will look to slow down the streaking Bears on Friday at 1:30 p.m. A win against Baylor would see the Trojans advance to the third round on Sunday, awaiting a matchup against the winner of No. 6 Texas A&M vs. Notre Dame.last_img read more

Financial Times Sees 100000 Users In Week After HTML Launch

first_imgFinancial Times has decided to go another way for their digital subscription offering, creating an app through HTML 5, allowing users to get the app experience through their Web browser.Launched last week, the FT app is currently only optimized for iOS products; the Android market is next for apps.FT.com. In its first week, the app has had 100,000 users. MB Christie, head of product development for the FT, notes that that development for different platforms (Android, etc.) will be quick, as testing the product in different browsing environments is the only step before FT can hit all platforms. There are various reasons why FT decided to go the HTML app route, as the publication already has a strong digital presence. 15 percent of last year’s digital subscription downloads were through a mobile device, and FT wants to offer content that resizes to smartphone screens, and mini and maxi tablets. Christie references that 50 percent of computers purchased in 2011 are predicted to not be PCs (per Deloitte). The digital and print pricing is already in place for the Financial Times with their metered model, and the billing system for the HTML product is the same as the structure for the digital and print subs.FT began to develop the HTML app in 2010, with the big push for completion in 2011. As Christie says, this decision to go through HTML for the FT app was made before Apple introduced its subscription model to publishers.In regards to Apple’s subscription model, Christie says, “By not knowing who are our customers are, we can’t give access to all devices, if you signed up. [Not giving the 30 percent cut of purchases] is a side benefit of not having to go through the Apple cycle. However, it would have been a different conversation if the data was available.”As Christie points out, only 50 percent of consumers who buy through the App Store opt to share their data with the publishers they are purchasing products from. “The metered model doesn’t work when you don’t get the info. Apple also doesn’t support corporate accounts.”However, FT remains in talks with Apple and will continue to consider their terms, according to a FT spokesperson. As far as advertising, staff have been selling packages to advertisers under “tablet advertising”, not “iPad advertising”. Christie reinforces that advertiser interest has grown since the launch of apps.FT.com last week.Due to Apple’s new subscription rules that will be put in effect on June 30, the Apple FT app that requires subscription may be removed from the App Store. Other FT products, such as Little Books of Business Travel, will remain available from Apple.In deciding to launch an HTML app in addition to FT’s digital presence, Christie says, “Besides being able to access it offline, apps have a beginning, middle and end. As opposed to searching the Web, you feel like you’ve actually read today’s paper.”Other publishers, such as Playboy, have also decided to take the HTML route. iPlayboy.com was launched in May, though the publication may have had different reasons to go through the Web instead of an app; Apple is known for its strict handle on acceptable content that can be purchased through iTunes.center_img Through the HTML app, FT will feature video and other enhanced features. The content through the HTML 5 app can also be read offline, as data can be stored offline via HTML 5. Through Web browser access, there are automatic updates to the app, as the product refreshes itself without user download, as apps through the App Store require.last_img read more

February car sales Honda reports 23 fall in domestic sales

first_imgHonda City India Ltd (HCIL) reported a 22.96 percent fall in domestic car sales in Feb.2016, even as most car markers reported either a marginal rise or flat growth.The 21-year-old company said in a statement on Tuesday that it sold 13,020 units in Feb. 2016 as against 16,902 units in Feb.2015.The top-selling model was Honda City at 4,880, followed by Honda Amaze at 4,069.HCIL exported 690 cars during February 2016.The company had sold 17,135 units in Jan. 2016, 6.52 percent lower than 18,331 units it sold in Jan. 2015. It had exported 400 cars in Jan. 2016.The company’s cumulative sales for the 11-month period ended Feb. 2016 stood at 1,74,629 units, 5 percent higher than 1,66,366 units sold during the corresponding period last fiscal. Also read:Renault India reports 158% growth in domestic volumesMaruti Suzuki registers 1% decline, exports plunge 12%Mahindra sees 26% growth; Hyundai records 9% riseRoyal Enfield sales up 63% in February, exports doubleThe company has two manufacturing facilities in India, one at Alwar, Rajasthan and the other at Noida, Uttar Pradesh.HCIL will be launching the Amaze facelift on Mar. 3, 2016. The new Amaze comes with an all new dashboard derived from the BR-V SUV, yet-to-be-launched in India. In the latest avatar, the round AC vent has made way for a rectangular one.The centre of dash will get automatic climate control and 2-DIN music system. The top-spec variants will get a touchscreen entertainment system.The new model will come with a redesigned front grille with thick chrome line.last_img read more

Cameroons Lifaka next CPA chairperson

first_imgEmilia Monjowa LifakaCameroon deputy speaker of national parliament Emilia Monjowa Lifaka has been elected as the next chairperson of the executive committee of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) for the next three years.Lifaka got 107 votes out of 192 in the election held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Tuesday.The other candidates for the CPA chairperson were Niki Raffle, speaker of Cook Islands, Pacific got 70 votes while Shirly M Osborne, MLA of Montserrat, got 17 votes.All three candidates who contested for the chairperson post were female.CPA secretary general Akbar Khan announced the results of the election.last_img read more

Law enforcers use firearms in selfdefence Home minister

first_imgAsaduzzaman Khan KamalAmid the killings of alleged drug traders in reported gunfights across the country, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday reiterated that law enforcers were forced to use firearms in self-defence.”High-profile drug peddlers either fled or engaged in gunfights with law enforcers whenever they went to arrest them on the basis of intelligence information. Under such circumstances, the law enforcers do what they should do,” he said while talking to reporters at the secretariat.The minister said a number of drug traders were killed in the last few days and all of them had modern firearms in their possession.”The killings took place as they tried to use the arms against the law enforcers,” he said.Mentioning that they do not want to resort to gunfight with anyone, he said the law enforcers are taking action against those open fire on them.“Apart from the killings, over 2,000 people were arrested in drives in the last 7-8 days across the country,” the minister said.Replying to a query about MP Abdur Rahman Bodi, he said : “Those involved in the drug trade will be brought to book. We’re trying to collect more information about Bodi and action will be taken against him after receiving proper information.”Responding to another query whether only those who carry drugs are being killed in gunfights, the home minister said they were trying to arrest the real drug peddlers based on intelligence information. “We won’t spare anyone, no matter whether he is an MP, government official, member of security force and journalist,” he said.Asaduzzaman said they were forced to conduct the anti-narcotics drives in the country as neighbouring countries did not take any effective measures to check the drug smuggling across the borders.last_img read more

Make your skin hair summer ready

first_imgHow far would you go to avoid the summer heat? With all the sweat and grime in the air, it seems impossible to pull off healthy hair and skin, that stays for a few hours outdoors. By exfoliating, radiating and going minimal can have some positive results in warm weather.Sangeeta Velaskar, Vice President and Head, Medical Services and R&D, Kaya Limited talks about how to keep your skin looking fresh, while TONI&GUY Global Hair Ambassador, Indira Schauwecker gives you tips and tricks on how to ace the minimalistic trend, debunks some common hair myths and recommends products so you can care for your mane better. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Prepare your skin: The most crucial step to getting any look right, is prepping your skin. You can begin with the quintessential need for hydration, it’s very important to drink lots of water to keep your skin healthy and glowing from the inside. * Exfoliate, circulate and radiate: Exfoliating your skin in the summer not only removes dead skin, but also improves blood circulation to your face. Use a mild exfoliating cleanser once or twice a week based on your skin type. Your mantra this summers should be ‘Exfoliate. Circulate. Radiate.’ to get that natural glow. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Go minimal: It is very important to moisturize your skin even in the summer, so instead of heavy duty creams that often leave your skin looking oily and slick, find a one-stop solution. Using a CC cream that gives you the perfect makeup finish but also provides sun protection and hydration, is the way to go. With a smooth and radiant finish aided by the CC Cream, your face becomes the perfect canvas for a minimalistic look. Light kohl around the eyes and a nude lipstick is all you need to get going. * Myth: Heat styling damages your hair: It is true that curling and flat irons can sometimes damage your hair because of the high temperature, but the real problem is the lack of protection for your hair against heat styling. Go for heat protection mist, before heat styling. Spray the product evenly over towel-dried hair and comb through. Top up in-between blow-drying and using straightening irons by spritzing over dry hair. Whether its super bouncy hair or beachy waves, you can have it all, without damage or breakage. * Myth: 100 strokes a day makes hair shinier: On the contrary, you’ll end up doing more damage to your hair. Instead of an overzealous exercise such as this, you can gently brush your hair with a few strokes a couple of times during the day. This will help stimulate the follicles, and distribute the natural oils across your hair.last_img read more

Top 5 Tech Hot Spots

first_img At least seven is a lucky number. But that’s hardly comforting to any American entrepreneur or executive analyzing the “networked readiness index” survey recently produced by the World Economic Forum. The survey looks at each nation’s ability to exploit information and communication technology–known as ICT–and last year, the U.S. ranked fifth on the list. Now it’s No. 7.Still, there’s no cause for alarm, according to Irene Mia, a senior specialist and senior economist at the World Economic Forum. “The drop in rankings doesn’t by any means imply that the U.S. is losing its innovation and ICT primacy; the U.S. is still No. 1 in terms of market environment, with the largest availability of venture capital, well sophisticated financial markets and high levels of business sophistication among others,” adds Mia, a co-editor of the report.So what happened? Mia indicates that America has dropped two notches “basically due to a deterioration of most variables of the regulatory environment in the country.” More specifically, politics and the judicial system that regulates ICT have gotten in our way. In addition, other countries have simply moved faster in using ICT than the U.S.Who are the top contenders and what are they doing right? Here’s a look.DenmarkWilliam Shakespeare, that prolific playwright who gave us the memorable line about something being rotten in Denmark, would be impressed. Were he able to visit the country today, he would notice that it’s become extremely tech-savvy. After e-mailing his latest screenplay to his Hollywood agent, Shakespeare would be able to keep up with current events and entertainment by watching TV on his mobile phone, a service the country has fervently embraced in the past year. In fact, when Danish cyclist Bjarne Riis admitted in May that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his Tour de France win in 1996, nearly twice as many mobile users as TV viewers tuned in to the news channels for the press conference. But the Danish have more than just cool gadgets. Denmark’s Ris� National Laboratory is known for its advancements in solid-oxide fuel cells, polymers and wind energy. In fact, Denmark now gets 20 percent of its electricity from wind energy. It’s pretty clear that at least on the ICT front, nothing is rotten in Denmark.SwedenSome say that children in Sweden grow up not dreaming of becoming basketball athletes, actors, doctors or lawyers, but engineers. The nation’s entire culture is wrapped around the mantle of science and technology. Indeed, it ranks eighth globally for broadband penetration. And when it comes to quirky cell phone gimmickry, residents can pay for groceries with the devices. After shopping, a scanner at the register gives the customer an ID number; they message the ID to a phone number, and the purchases are charged to the phone bill. If that’s not enough, when numerous countries around the world got together to discuss how speeding up technology might help lower greenhouse gas emissions, everyone met in Riksgraensen, Sweden. Earlier this month, the Chinese President Hu Jintao was in the country to sign a pact for sharing knowledge about “environmental technology solutions.” Why this partnership? China needs the technology; Sweden has it.SingaporeSingapore is in year two of a 10-year plan called ICT Masterplan iN2015, a program that’s been rolled out collectively by the government and industry. So far, 3,400 public hot spots exist across the island nation, with another 1,600 wireless hot spots expected by September of this year. Nearly 430,000 people have subscribed to the free and unlimited Wi-Fi service. But perhaps the best example of how Singapore has become a technology hub is its annual ICT conference, which is now Asia’s largest infocommunications event. Held every June and growing exponentially every year, an estimated 67,000 visitors from 100 countries attended the latest Infocomm Media Business Exchange to see 2,320 exhibiting companies and 30 national or group pavilions, spread out through eight enormous halls at the state-of-the-art Singapore Expo.FinlandFinland has a lot to brag about. Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, is based there. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is always making headlines, whether it’s for using technology to improve parking in a garage to producing bioethanol from wood waste. But probably the best indication of Finland’s status as a tech hot spot is its emphasis on business research and development. Finland has 16.5 researchers per 1,000 employees, the highest in the world, according to a recent Canadian study. Yet another ranking, from an Ernst & Young report, puts Finland at the very top, tying with Japan, when it comes to science proficiency among high school students. (America is ranked 20th.)SwitzerlandSwitzerland rose four spots to No. 5, because of its “first-class business environment and by effective e-leadership shown by the business sector,” according to a press release from the World Economic Forum. The business sector certainly strutted this month when CSEM, a Swiss technology company, made headlines for showing off “smart clothes” it’s working on. The clothing has embedded sensors designed to monitor body fluids, such as blood and sweat. It’s envisioned that the clothes could be used for people like injured athletes and hospital patients, who have chronic illnesses. Also this month, the country debuted its first biomedical imaging center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne; the new center boasts the world’s most powerful magnetic resonance imaging scanner. And a Swiss company, Datamars, just announced that it’s developed a rotating garment dispenser system featuring a robotic arm that places pre-hung garments on a routing hook to make sure the right wardrobe goes to the right customers at dry cleaners. That famed Swiss quality goes far beyond just cheese and watches. Register Now » 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 20, 2007last_img read more