STOKE, England (AP): Arsenal and Manchester United were embarrassed while Chelsea drew in an erratic Premier League that was as unpredictable as ever yesterday. And despite losing at Liverpool, Leicester’s surprise lead was maintained. Man United manager Louis van Gaal might not stick around in England to see if Leicester can win the league for the first time. A 2-0 loss at Stoke condemned United to a fourth consecutive loss in all competitions for the first time since 1961, and pushed the team down to sixth place. Van Gaal lamented his players’ inability to handle the pressure, and partly blamed the windy conditions at Stoke. The manager then conceded he might be at fault and suggested he could resign. “I do my utmost best to find solutions to cope with the pressure,” van Gaal said. “But in the end, my players have to do that by themselves.” It was a hapless first-half performance, and van Gaal questioned why his players “don’t dare to play football”. Memphis Depay’s diving backward header allowed Bojan Krkic to put Stoke in front, and Marko Arnautovic powered in a second goal from outside the penalty area. Wayne Rooney was forced to start a league game on the bench for the first time in two years, and United provided a greater threat only with its captain on the field in the second half. But a combination of poor finishing and Jack Butland’s saves prevented United from leaving Stoke with anything. Van Gaal’s comments and demeanour suggest his stay at Old Trafford is reaching an endgame after barely 18 months in charge. “I can also quit by myself,” van Gaal said when asked about receiving assurances about his job security, before adding: “It is not always … the club has to fire or sack me.” Asked if he would be in charge at Old Trafford on Monday when United plays Chelsea, van Gaal said: “You will have to wait and see, but I think so.” There was a bigger humbling for Arsenal, who missed the chance to go top after being thrashed 4-0 by Southampton. Cuco Martina’s half-volley put Southampton in front, and Shane Long scored twice either side of Jose Fonte’s header as the hosts rose to 12th place. Arsenal stayed two points behind Leicester, who lost 1-0 at Liverpool after conceding from Christian Benteke. Manchester City quickly recovered from losing at Arsenal on Monday to thump struggling Sunderland 4-1 to stay third. There were four different City scorers: Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony, and Kevin De Bruyne. A change of manager at Chelsea produced no quick fix. Guus Hiddink’s first match in charge ended in a 2-2 draw at home to high-flying Watford after Oscar missed a second-half penalty that could have secured back-to-back wins. Watford came from behind after conceding from Diego Costa’s volley to take the lead at Stamford Bridge. Troy Deeney levelled from the spot and Odion Ighalo put the visitors in front before Costa equalised with his second. While Chelsea remains two points above the relegation zone – and 13 points from fourth place – Watford is behind United only on goal difference in seventh place. Other results: Tottenham 3 Norwich 0; Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0; Aston Villa 1 West Ham 1; Newcastle 0 Everton 1; Swansea 1 West Brom 0.
Samardzija … After an injury-plagued 2018 season, everything finally feels back to normal for Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija.Well, almost everything.“I’ve got to start (warming up) earlier,” Samardzija chuckled Monday. “Instead of the 20-minute warmup, it’s an hour and 20 minutes. That’s just swallowing your pride a little bit and doing what you have to do.”It’s a symptom of age that Samardzija, 34, is happy to live with – if it means he can keep pitching the way he did Monday. read more
Photo: What’s the PointBy Anne Taylor22 August 2013Photo: What’s the PointCathy Withers and Terry Hardwick have a deep passion for Cape Point National Park – and hope to encourage others to stop and smell the fynbos instead of “whizzing by as fast as they can, to get to ‘the Point’ and have their photos taken at the top … before speeding out again and on their way to the next photo op”.That, says Cathy, seems to be no experience at all.Cathy and Terry enjoy exploring the Cape Point reserve on foot.One of five Cape Mountain zebras in the park. Photo: What’s the Point“I have lost count of the times that we have been watching the zebra, or a group of eland, while cars are speeding past nearby, their occupants oblivious to what is only yards from them,” writes Cathy.They share their experiences on their blog What’s the Point? as well as on Facebook and Twitter at @capepointtrails.The Cape of Good Hope is part of the Table Mountain National Park. See the SANParks website for more info: www.sanparks.org Read more on SA.info: Where the two oceans really meet read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the prevented plant crop reporting deadline for Ohio producers affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture.Producers without crop insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage in certain counties now have until July 15, 2019, to report acres they intended to plant this spring but could not due to weather conditions. Counties include: Adams, Allen, Ashland, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Champaign, Clark, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Darke, Defiance, Delaware, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Gallia, Greene, Guernsey, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Huron, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Meigs, Mercer, Miami, Monroe, Morrow, Noble, Ottawa, Paulding, Perry, Pickaway, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Scioto/Pike, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Vinton, Washington, Wayne, Williams, Wood and Wyandot counties. The new deadline coincides with the July 15, 2019, FSA crop acreage reporting deadline that is already in place.“Producers need to report prevented plant acres to retain eligibility for FSA program benefits,” Leonard Hubert, State Executive Director said. “In many areas of the state, excessive moisture has made it challenging for producers to get into their fields to plant and this deadline extension provides reporting flexibility.”Normally, the prevented plant reporting deadline is 15 calendar days after the final planting date for a crop as established by FSA and the Risk Management Agency (RMA). The prevented plant reporting deadline extension to July 15 only applies to FSA and does not change any RMA crop insurance reporting deadline requirements.However, the extension does not apply to crops covered by FSA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). Producers should check with their local FSA office regarding prevented plant provisions for NAP-covered crops.Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office as soon as possible to make an appointment to report prevented plant acres and submit their spring crop acreage report. read more
New Delhi, Aug 25 (PTI) Italian superbike maker Ducati today launched its new Multistrada 1200 Enduro model priced at Rs 17.44 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The company already has a significant presence in large sports touring motorcycle category with the Multistrada 1200 and 1200 S models.”We felt this was the right time for us to introduce the Multistrada 1200 Enduro for adventure motorcycling enthusiasts,” Ducati India Managing Director Ravi Avalur said in a statement.Multistrada 1200 Enduro is powered by an Euro 4 compliant engine delivering 160 bhp. It has both off-road and on road riding capability. With a 30-litre fuel tank, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro has a range that can exceed 450 km, Ducati said.Among other features such as cruise control, Hands-Free ignition and back-lit handlebar, Multistrada 1200 Enduro also has LED cornering lights that illuminate the road on corner entry and a vehicle hold control system that holds the braking and assists uphill starts or when the bike is fully loaded. PTI RKL ABK read more
WILMINGTON, MA — Rudolph Technologies, Inc. recently announced that it has received orders for over $15 million of legacy and new process control systems from a memory manufacturer based in Asia. The systems will be used by a top-tier memory chip maker as they rapidly transition high-end DRAM (DDR4, DDR5) and HBM DRAM packaging from wire bonding to advanced packaging architectures. The shift from wire bonding is needed to achieve higher data speeds, superior power distribution and thermal properties using copper pillars, micro-bumps, and through silicon vias (TSVs) for stacked chip-to-chip interconnects.Delivery of systems will be completed by the end of the first quarter, with additional orders expected throughout 2019 as memory manufacturers transition their high-speed DRAM from wire-bonded architecture to advanced packaging.“Rudolph began working with our customers’ R&D teams nearly ten years ago to develop 2D/3D measurements of the emerging copper bump process. That long-term customer engagement has resulted in systems and software that we believe to be the industry standard for advanced packaging metrology,” stated Cleon Chan, vice president of global field operations at Rudolph. “Stacking die using TSVs and micro-bumps for HBM DRAM packages requires precise control of the copper features that will ultimately make the electrical connections between the stacked memory chips and the logic chip in the same package. After significant development in the package and the process control methods, these devices are now beginning high-volume manufacturing, which is being driven by the data speed and capacity demands from big data servers and graphics applications. These new, non-wire bonded memory architectures are creating a very healthy demand for our back-end process control systems. This customer is also using Rudolph systems for post-saw film-frame inspection looking for package defects.”A combination of Rudolph’s 2D/3D inspection systems and metal metrology systems provide a total process control solution to help assure that height, diameter, location and coplanarity of copper micro-bumps, pillar bumps, and TSVs are precisely controlled. After the packages are molded and separated by sawing, additional Rudolph inspection systems provide outgoing quality checks for sidewall delamination and/or hairline cracks, which are considered killer defects for advanced memory packages.About Rudolph TechnologiesRudolph Technologies, Inc. is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of defect inspection, lithography, process control metrology, and process control software used by semiconductor and advanced packaging device manufacturers worldwide. Rudolph delivers comprehensive solutions throughout the fab with its families of proprietary products that provide critical yield-enhancing information, enabling microelectronic device manufacturers to drive down costs and time to market of their devices. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Rudolph supports its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional information can be found on the Company’s website at http://www.rudolphtech.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Rudolph Technologies via BusinessWire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Rudolph Technologies Receives $8M Order From Leading Asian Memory ManufacturerIn “Business”Wilmington’s Rudolph Technologies Unveils New Inspection Suite For Semiconductor ManufacturingIn “Business”Wilmington’s Rudolph Technologies Receives $11 Million OrderIn “Business” read more
Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley chairs the 23nd GST Council meeting in Guwahati< Assam on November 10, 2017.TwitterAs many as three-fourths of the items in the 28 percent slab of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime have been brought down to the 18 percent slab by the GST Council in its 23rd meeting in Guwahati, Assam, on Friday, November 10.According to the initial reports of the meeting, it is learnt that GST on items such as chocolate, chewing gum, aftershave, beauty products, powder, detergent and marble was lowered to 18 percent from the previous 28 percent.After the pruning of the 28 percent GST slab, items in it have been reduced to 52 from 227. This will cost the government an estimated Rs 20,000 crore.Almost 227 items were there in 28% GST slab, now only 50 remain, which are mostly luxury items, rest have been put in 18%: Sushil Kumar Modi, Bihar Dy CM #GSTCouncilMeet pic.twitter.com/bjds4iVEJT— ANI (@ANI) November 10, 2017Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said he sees "...revenue loss of Rs 20,000 crore after the list of goods that remain in the highest tax bracket were pruned to less than one-fourth."The council on Friday unanimously retained air conditioners, washing machines, paints and cement in the 28 percent tax bracket, ANI reported."GST on all items of common consumption has been reduced from 28 percent to 18 percent tax rate. Tax on goods of mass consumption like chewing gum, chocolates, shaving items, shampoo, skin creams, whose revenue implication is not much, has been reduced," Modi told reporters after the GST Council meeting.A team led by Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma suggested the council to make no tax rate distinction between AC and non-AC restaurants not covered under composition scheme, the panel further suggested a uniform tax rate of 12 per cent.Currently, 12 percent GST is levied on non-AC restaurants, while it is 18 percent for air-conditioned ones. The panel also proposed that eating out at hotels that have room tariff of more than Rs. 7,500 should attract a uniform 18 percent rate. read more