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Quectel Wireless Solutions has set up a research and development (R&D) center in Belgrade to reinforce its global R&D structure and to get closer to customers in Europe. The new R&D center will start full-fledged operations in the first quarter of 2020, with a professional team of embedded developers working in collaboration with core R&D teams in China. With this operation, Quectel is confirming the plan to expand its presence on a global scale.With the objective of building a strong technical foundation in Europe, the Belgrade office will focus on customer-driven activities, software customization, application layer development, and supporting key customers on IoT integration and design. As the first European technology development site, it will boost its capability to support the Quectel product roadmap and enable the company to provide faster support to customers in the region.The company is strengthening its local R&D capacities in Europe so that its engineering team can work more efficiently to turn great ideas into the latest IoT modules for customers and to get their products in the market more quickly.Headquartered in Shanghai, Quectel has over 1,500 employees worldwide and is now operating globally with the international business led by industry-known managers. The company has now built up a global customer support network spanning more than 50 countries and regions and is offering partners close services backed by a Quectel team that interlinks the capabilities of overseas and Chinese branches.
PERUGIA, Italy (AP) — Italy was held to a 1-1 draw by Luxembourg on Wednesday in its final World Cup warm-up match before leaving for Brazil, with forward Mario Balotelli looking in impressive form.Claudio Marchisio headed Italy in front in the ninth minute after a splendid assist from Balotelli but Maxime Chanot levelled five minutes from time.It was Italy’s seventh successive match without a win, although the six draws and a defeat to Spain have all happened after securing qualification for the World Cup.WORLD CUP: Rooney ends scoring drought in friendly ahead of Brazil“This test is absolutely not a failure, we tried to do things we had practiced in training,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. “But it’s clear we have to improve. But we had to try certain things as we have very few matches.“We know that we weren’t brilliant, but we leave with the knowledge that we can have a great World Cup.”Prandelli had said Balotelli would amaze with his improved form and the AC Milan forward was involved in most of the Azzurri’s best moves.He went close to scoring on several occasions and hit the crossbar as Italy dominated.COMEBACK?: Beckham hints at possible return to soccer in new documentaryItaly departs on Thursday and will play Brazilian club Fluminense in a final friendly match on June 8, six days before kicking off its World Cup campaign against England in Manaus.Prandelli’s side also faces Costa Rica and Uruguay in Group D.Italy started brightly and took an early lead when Marchisio picked out Balotelli from near the halfway line. The forward controlled the ball perfectly before crossing for the onrushing Marchisio to head home from close range.Balotelli almost doubled Italy’s advantage shortly afterward but a last-ditch tackle saw his effort deflected over the bar.The tempo slowed down somewhat but Italy should have extended its lead two minutes before halftime, when free-kick specialist Andrea Pirlo saw his effort parried with a diving save by Anthony Moris and Balotelli fired just wide of the left upright as the moved continued.MEXICO: World Cup helps Chicharito forget disappointing seasonMoments earlier, Antonio Candreva had also fired narrowly wide.Balotelli had another chance just after the interval when he sent a snapshot past the far post.Antonio Cassano came off the bench for only his second appearance since the European Championship final in 2012 and he almost made an immediate impact with a through ball to Balotelli, who bamboozled two players before evading a tackle from a third as he unleashed a shot which crashed off the crossbar.Candreva also hit the crossbar moments later.Luxembourg had barely troubled Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon but leveled in the final minutes when Chanot headed home Mario Mutsch’s corner.Ignazio Abate almost immediately restored Italy’s advantage but was denied by Moris.
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Rory Bond and Daniel Stewart combined for 38 points to lead the host Wildcats to a 61-58 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers in West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball action Wednesday at the Mount Sentinel Gymnasium.Trailing 36-28 at recess, the Cats outscored the Bombers 38-32 in the second half to steal the victory. Bond finished the game as the top scorer with 21 points while Stewart added 17.For LVR Jiro Mangapot and Josh Jolicoeur each had 13 points.
Wreckage of the MAC Convair 340 Chilling video has emerged from inside the Convair 340 that crashed in Pretoria last week showing the aircraft struggling to turn back to the airport after engine problems.The video, taken on an iPhone, shows smoke streaming and flames from one of the engines, and somebody saying “It’s getting bad, it’s getting very, very bad”.In the background, somebody shouts: “Make sure you’re strapped in, strap in” just before the planes crashes.The video continues after the plane crashes into a factory.Qantas pilot Douglas Haywood and retired Qantas captain Ross Kelly are believed to have been flying the plane and Mr Kelly’s wife was also on board.All three were seriously injured but the prognosis was said to be optimistic in a Facebook post this week by the owner of the aircraft, Rovos Rail.The pilots had a combined 37,000 hours flying experience and the news shocked the Qantas pilot community in Australia.The Australians are among 19 passengers and crew injured when the vintage aircraft, registered ZS-BRV, has crashed during a test flight out of Wonderboom Airport, near the city of Pretoria in South Africa. One crew member, South African Chris Barnard, was killed in the crash and a worker from a factory hit by the aircraft has since died.According to Aviation-Safety.net the aircraft, which has 20 aboard, had been donated by the owner, Rovos Air, to the Dutch aviation theme park Aviodrome.READ: World’s safest airlinesAccording to the website “during takeoff from Wonderboom Airport, the aircraft was seen trailing brown smoke from the no.1 engine.”“Eyewitnesses also reported observing flames. The pilot flew a circuit for an emergency landing back ton runway 29. It went down about 6 km to the east of the airport. The aircraft impacted a shed and broke up. One of the crew members sustained fatal injuries.”
APTN National NewsSix Aboriginal youth from across Ontario are being honoured for their creative writing skills.The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award was established in 2008.This year’s winners were all girls ranging in age from 11 to 18.They’ll each take home a cash prize of $2,500.
Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to call a play in the third quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Ohio State’s home opening loss, the team averaged just 5.1 yards per play and scored only 16 points.Since then, the offense has averaged 7.8 yards per play and 53.2 points per game. Whether it be improved play, new personnel, different play-calling or some combination of the three, something would appear to have changed with the team.But to co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, the difference in the production might be more attributed to improved chemistry rather than any other drastic changes to the team.“I felt earlier in the year when we struggled, we didn’t come into the game with momentum,” Wilson said. “I think we’ve came through each week with momentum. Now you’ve still got to execute on Saturdays, but I think we’re coming into the game with some confidence and some momentum during the week of practice.”With each win Ohio State has secured, the team seems to be clicking more as a cohesive group of players and finding more success in nearly everything it has tried. But why wasn’t the 49-21 win against Indiana enough to propel the Buckeyes into their clash against Oklahoma?Quarterback J.T. Barrett believes the key to building momentum does not come as much from practice as much as it does from executing plays in games. At the time of the Oklahoma game, the Buckeyes had played just one game and were still searching for their identity.“I think it’s interesting being that in college, we don’t have a preseason,” Barrett said. “In NFL preseason games, they get time to get going as far as actual game to football. We just try to do the best we can in practice. And everything doesn’t click in the first weeks of college football.”As far as changes to playcalling or improved execution of those plays, the Buckeyes believe they are right where they were at the beginning of the season. The only difference now is that they have had a chance to thoroughly knock some rust off and the individuals are now starting to play more like a team. “We’ve put it all together the way those groups can play,” Wilson said. “What we’re trying to sell right now, the more we play together, the more we play for each other, linemen stepping up, the second and third tight ends, second and third running backs, five, six, seven receivers. The more guys play, the more energy is. It grows, that chemistry.”Could it be that simple? Is the only key to beating a top-five opponent just having more chemistry on the team? Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon said it just might be. The starting wideout believes Ohio State’s improved play is a direct result of the team just connecting better with each other. He felt fine with how the team was preparing earlier in the season, even after it took its loss to Oklahoma. Now it’s just about everyone executing better.“I just feel like you approach every day the same,” Dixon said. “If you don’t approach the date being the best you can, you’re going to lose. Different opponents come, but it’s still the same thing week after week. You’ve still got to be at your best.”The Buckeyes will train to maintain the momentum and chemistry through the off week before its matchup against Penn State.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has confirmed that Real Valladolid will be punished for the repulsive and deplorable state of their pitch in Saturday night’s game against BarcelonaIn the first few minutes of the league encounter, holes began appearing everywhere with the players struggling to keep their footing in key moments.The dreadful state of the Estadio José Zorrilla even caused them to lose control of the ball at times.“The pitch at the Jose Zorrilla did not meet the minimum criteria demanded for a competition like La Liga,” said Tebas in a tweet.“Obviously a disciplinary file will be opened.”Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, who made his 300th La Liga appearance on Saturday night, was also fuming over the pitch.“They want to take players to play in the United States, but the state of the grass here was a disgrace,” said Pique, as stated on Sport.“Players were running the risk of injury. It was lamentable and I hope they investigate the matter.”Barcelona managed to scrape all three points thanks to a 57th-minute strike from Ousmane Dembele.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But the main talking point remained the state of the Estadio José Zorrilla.This is how Valladolid pitch looked like 2 days before facing Barcelona.Image: Real Valladolid pitch two days ago. [via @MHChehade] pic.twitter.com/5pesa3FnJy— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) August 25, 2018And this was what the players had to cope with on Saturday.FC Barcelona overcame a spirited Real Valladolid side last night but the state of the recently laid pitch at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla was nothing short of shambolic. #FCBarcelona pic.twitter.com/KvbBe7frta— Yousef Teclab (@yousef_teclab) August 26, 2018
Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel was given a birthday message on Wednesday that he will never forgetThe German had his 45th birthday yesterday and arrived at PSG’s Ooredoo Training Centre to prepare for the latest practice session.Little did he know that a special message had been carved into the training pitch.It bore the PSG club crest with a happy birthday message in his native German.It read: “Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag Thomas!” ( “Happy Birthday Thomas!”)Tuchel was recruited by PSG in May to replace the departed Unai Emery as the new manager of the Ligue 1 giants.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…In his first competitive game in charge of the club, Tuchel impressively oversaw a 4-0 thrashing of rivals AS Monaco to win the Trophee des Championes.The former Borussia Dortmund coach has also maintained a 100% winning start to the new Ligue 1 season following PSG’s wins over Angers, Guingamp and Caen.PSG will be back in action in Saturday’s away game to Nimes in the Ligue 1.???? In honor of birthday boy @TTuchelofficial… training with a special touch today at the Ooredoo Training Centre! ?? pic.twitter.com/95pTJBTfmW— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 29, 2018