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WBC orders rematch of Yamanaka-Nery bout over drug test The game was billed as a matchup between the defending league MVP Westbrook and the early season front runner for the award Bucks superstar Antetokounmpo.But unlike Greece’s Antetokounmpo, Westbrook got plenty of help from his supporting cast Tuesday as Paul George scored a team-high 20 points and Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJeremi Grant also finished with 17 for the Thunder, who shot 49 percent and improved to 4-3 on the season.“I thought we played a great game on offense in the first half,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. “We really moved the ball well and we generated high-quality shots.” Milwaukee struggled to keep pace without him and fell behind by as many as 24 before going into halftime down 60-42.In Los Angeles, Julius Randle came off the bench to score 17 points and lead seven players in double figures as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the red-hot Detroit Pistons 113-93. Kyle Kuzma added 16 points, Larry Nance tallied 14 and 12 rebounds for the Lakers. Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris scored 18 points each for the Pistons, who dropped to 5-3 on the season. Lakers stop Pistons“I don’t think we are going to play that great every night but it shows that our team is capable of being a very good basketball team when we are playing together,” said Lakers coach Luke Walton.The Pistons were coming off back-to-back wins against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. The Clippers were the last unbeaten team before Detroit rallied from 13 points down in the third quarter to win 95-87.In Indianapolis, the Pacers also used a balanced scoring attack to crush the Sacramento Kings 101-83 as Lithuanian forward Domantas Sabonis delivered his third double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.Bojan Bogdanovic, of Croatia, scored a team-high 17 points while American Thaddeus Young chipped in 15 for Indiana who improved to 4-3 on the season. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 28 points but reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook claimed bragging rights as the Oklahoma City Thunder thumped the Milwaukee Bucks 110-91 on Tuesday night.American Westbrook finished just shy of his fourth triple double of the season, scoring 12 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and collecting nine assists for the Thunder in front of a crowd of 18,700 at the Bradley Center arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The 22-year-old Antetokounmpo led the Bucks but failed to reach the 30-point mark for just the second time this season.Antetokounmpo, who grew up in Athens and is of Nigerian descent, hit nine of 14 shots, including a pair of three-pointers. But Milwaukee shot just 42.1 percent overall as they lost their second game in the last three.“They just played better than us,” Antetokounmpo said. “They were more physical than us. We need to do a better job of being ready, especially against teams like OKC.” Oklahoma City wasted little time setting the tone, using a 16-0 run to jump out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead. Antetokounmpo drew his third foul just a minute into the second quarter and spent the next eight minutes on the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Victor Oladipo, who led the Pacers in scoring each of the first six games, finished with 14 points on four-of-10 shooting. Cory Joseph added 13 points off the Indiana bench.Elsewhere, the Phoenix Suns blew an 18-point lead in the third quarter but made enough timely plays down the stretch to beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-114. 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Ajax beat Milan in the 1995 Champions League final but Juventus stopped them winning it a year later in the 1996 edition – A year after unexpectedly beating a very strong Milan side, Ajax were back in the Champions League final in 1996. Jari Litmanen cancelled out Juve’s Fabrizio Ravanelli’s opener in Rome, but the Italians triumphed 4-2 on penalties Edgar Davids and Sonny Silooy missed their spot kicks. 8 Juventus beat Ajax to win the the 1996 Champions League final but Borussia Dortmund denied them successive victories in 1997 – Having won only their second European Cup/ Champions League a year earlier, Juve were going for glory again in 1997, but were undone by Borussia Dortmund in Munich. The Germans won 3-1 thanks to a double from Karl-Heinz Riedle and one memorable effort from Lars Ricken, though Juve were back again in 1998 for their third straight final appearance. However, Real Madrid spoiled the party this time. 8 8 Man United beat Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League final but were taken apart by Barcelona a year later in the Rome final – United won on penalties in Moscow where John Terry memorably missed his spot kick, but could not handle a rampant Barca team a year later. Many had United down as favourites to become the first side to defend the Champions League trophy, but Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o had other ideas. Edwin van der Sar did well to keep the score at 2-0, while Xavi’s free-kick hit the post. Real Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League final but Juventus knocked them out in the semi-final a year later – Real’s win at Hampden Park in 2002 is memorable for Zinedine Zidane’s wonderful volley as the Spanish side won 2-1, but they were stunned by Juve a year later who won 4-3 on aggregate. Real were protecting a 2-1 first leg lead, but Juve at home triumphed and an early goal from David Trezeguet put them back in the tie. Alessandro Del Piero made it 2-0 and then Gianluigi Buffon saved Luis Figo’s penalty, with Pavel Nedved scoring Juve’s third before Zidane pulled one back for Real. Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final but Juventus knocked them out at the semi-final stages a year later – Madrid finally achieved La Decima as Carlo Ancelottis side eventually overcame city rivals Atletico 4-1 after extra-time. Having lost the first-leg in Turin 2-1, Madrid looked set to return to another European Cup final at the expense of Italian giants Juventus. But Alvaro Morata came back to haunt his former club as the Spanish striker struck close to the hour mark to send the Old Lady into the final on a 3-2 aggregate score. 8 Milan beat Barca 4-0 in 1994 but Ajax beat them in the 1995 Champions League final – Milan lost the 1993 final to Marseille in a match they were expected to win, but thrashed Barcelona in a game their opponents were favourites to win. However, Ajax dented their hopes of a successive crown when substitute Patrick Kluivert popped up to win it for the Dutch club five minutes from time. 8 8 8 8 Barcelona won the Champions League in 2011 but Chelsea stopped them winning again in 2012 – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more clubs who came close to retaining the trophy – Real Madrid are looking to become the first side to retain the Champions League, having won it in 2016 on penalties against Atletico Madrid. Their great rivals Barcelona have come close to achieving the feat in recent years. They beat Man United in style in the 2011 final not for the first time but were halted in the semi-final a year later by a defensive Chelsea side. The Blues led 1-0 from the first leg, despite Alexis Sanchez and Pedro hitting the bar and Barca were again cursing their luck at the Camp Nou in the second leg. They were leading 2-0 at home, John Terry was sent off, Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Chelsea fought back to secure that 2-2 draw. Barcelona win in 2009 but are stopped by Inter in the 2009/10 semis – Eto’o and Messi saw off United in Rome but in the 2009/10 Champions League season they were frustrated by Jose Mourinho’s Inter, who went on to win the competition. They were beaten 3-2 on aggregate but will have felt frustrated after the second leg encounter at the Camp Nou where their 1-0 win was not enough despite Inter playing more than an hour with 10 men following Thiago Motta’s red card. In addition, Bojan had a late goal ruled out and Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar was in great form. Juventus v Real Madrid in the Champions League final is live on talkSPORT on Saturday 3 June, 2017 at 19:45.No team has managed to win back-to-back Champions Leagues since it replaced the straight knockout competition that was the European Cup in the 1992/93 season.Real Madrid are aiming to do that this year having beaten Atletico Madrid to the 2016 crown and appear on course to do it given the football they are playing.They are not the first team to try and win successive European crowns, as talkSPORT.com highlights.In case you were wondering, there are quite a number of teams who have won successive European Cups (when only the champions were permitted and it was a straight knockout competition)Real MadridInterLiverpoolNottingham ForestBenficaAjaxBayernMilanIT MAY BE HARDER TO WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, BUT IT’S A LOT EASIER TO QUALIFY FOR
DONEGAL LADIES SENIOR TEAMULSTER SENIOR LADIES ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP FINALDONEGAL 1-08 MONAGHAN 5-25IN terms of ceding Monaghan entered this Ulster Championship final clash with Donegal at Clones being everybody’s No2 team in the country. After this display today, Monaghan will be fancies to knock Cork off their perch in this year’s All-Ireland.The game was all but over in the first 20 minutes as Monaghan raced into a 3-06 to 0-01 lead.And it got worse for the Donegal ladies as Monaghan won the ball in so many areas of the field.Geraldine McLaughlin pointed a couple of scores but at half-time Monaghan led 5-13 to 0-04 – a 24 point lead. Monaghan began the second half where they left off the first, hitting six straight points without reply to lead 5-19 to 0-04 with 15 minutes gone.And while they added a couple more shortly afterwards, Donegal showed some fighting spirit by hitting a goal and a point to reduce the deficit.But Monaghan upped the pace again to close out the game 5-25 to 1-08.It was a great achievement for Donegal to reach this year’s Ulster final, but you have to admit that Monaghan ladies football is simply too far ahead at this stage.Donegal starting team – Ciara Gallagher, Orlagh Carr, Kelly wilson, Nicole Mc Laughlin, Aoife Watters, Grainne Houston, Therese Mc Cafferty, Aoife Mc Donnell, Karen Guthrie, Kate Keaney, Roisin Friel, Karen Feeney, Roisin Curran, Geraldine Mc Laughlin and Ciara D Shovlin LADIES GAA: MONAGHAN SHOW SHEER CLASS TO SEE OFF DONEGAL FINAL CHALLENGE was last modified: July 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LADIES GAA: MONAGHAN SHOW SHEER CLASS TO SEE OFF DONEGAL FINAL CHALLENGE
The mother of a young man killed in cold blood said she is confident Donegal Gardai will catch his killers.Andy Allen was gunned down at his rented home in Buncrana in February.Although two people were arrested in connection with the brutal murder, nobody has ever been charged with the killing. Andy, 24, died when gunmen sprayed the bedroom of his house at Links View Park with bullets.His girlfriend, who was also in the house at the time, miraculously escaped being injured.The Republican Action Against Drugs group later claimed they carried out the killing saying Mr Allen was a drug-dealer.However his mother Donna Smyth has denied the claims. “He was no angel. But he was not a drug dealer. And I am very angry that they are using that as an excuse.“We know why he was killed. We know it was personal,” she said.Mrs Smyth said she was happy with the investigation being carried out by a team of detectives at Buncrana Garda station.“I am very hopeful that progress will be made,” she said. MOTHER OF MURDERED MAN CONFIDENT THAT DONEGAL GARDAI WILL CATCH HIS KILLER was last modified: December 31st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Andrew AllenbuncranaDonna Smythmurdered
“This is going to be a huge deal” in China, Mosher said. Schwarzenegger aides know not to hype business deals connected to his trade missions. After a 2004 trip to Israel, the governor boasted that he had struck agreements to bring almost 1,000 jobs to California. But officials at those companies later said they made the deals without help from Schwarzenegger or his administration. Earlier Tuesday, the governor promoted energy efficiency at a conference sponsored by former President George H.W. Bush and his public policy school at Texas A&M University. First lady Maria Shriver was keeping her own schedule, including attending a lunch honoring “Remarkable Women of China” today. Tuesday, she toured the Maples Women’s Psychological Counseling Center, which offers aid to victims of domestic abuse in Beijing. The center, which receives no government money, has taken 80,000 calls since its opening in 1988. Shriver, who has promoted women’s issues during her tenure, also met privately with two clients of the center. “I wanted to learn about the struggles of the women in China and the struggle about starting a center like this,” Shriver told reporters after her visit. The visit was considered significant because domestic violence and other social ills in China are largely hidden from public view. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEIJING – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a series of meetings to talk about everything from renewable energy to communications before getting personal in a speech to Chinese students. His Beijing visit was set to end with an elaborate expo of California products before he jetted to Shanghai. He will visit Hong Kong later in the week. This morning, Schwarzenegger was expected to describe for students at Beijing’s Qinghua University his own unusual life story – from bodybuilding to acting to politics. He was expected to make an oblique reference to human-rights issues but refrain from any direct criticism of China’s authoritarian communist government. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While the celebrity governor’s personal history is well-known and well-documented, he was expected to “go deeper,” spokeswoman Margita Thompson said, comparing the speech to his highly publicized address at the 2004 Republican National Convention. That speech, in which Schwarzenegger said President Nixon inspired him to become a Republican, was widely praised in GOP circles but helped trigger his popularity slide in heavily Democratic California. Tuesday featured an announcement of at least one high-profile business deal between a California company and a Chinese media partnership. Mark Mosher of the California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth said an agreement had been struck between Alameda-based UT Starcom and two Chinese media companies to deliver television over the Internet. UT Starcom produces the delivery equipment; a partnership of Shanghai Media and China Telecom will provide content and market the service to Chinese subscribers. Mosher was quick to emphasize that the deal had been in the works long before Schwarzenegger’s trade mission. But he said the publicity surrounding the governor’s visit prompted the companies to announce the agreement here.
The Quirkiness of OSB: a Summer Camp presentationThe graph depicted in Image #2 (below) shows that the permeance of OSB is really low when the mean RH is low and that it doesn’t even reach 10 perms when the mean RH is 100%. That means it’s still a class III vapor retarder at best, whereas plywood, which gets up over 30 perms, becomes quite permeable as the air on one side gets more and more humid. So, plywood dries better than OSB, but how well do we really know OSB?At Building Science Summer Camp this year, Chris Timusk, a building science professor at George Brown College, gave a presentation called The Quirkiness of OSB (pdf). He did his doctoral research on OSB and how well it deals with moisture. I’ve spent the past few days reading as much of his dissertation as I could, and I have to say, it’s a fascinating and well-written document. (Click to download pdf version.) Chapters 2-4 give the general background information on wood, OSB, and moisture and, I believe, are readable even by those without science degrees (although that would certainly help).Timusk saw the existing data on OSB and realized that we really didn’t know much at all about how well it handles moisture. For example, if you look at a graph of OSB permeance like the one above, you need to know what type of OSB it was. OSB comes with a range of densities, resin type and content, and surface treatments.So that was the first thing he wanted to look at. The table in Image #3 below (Table 5.1 in Timusk’s dissertation) shows the sample types that Timusk chose to study.His research project looked at two important moisture properties of OSB: permeability and sorption. The former, as stated above, tells you how much moisture moves through a material under a given set of conditions. The latter tells you how much moisture the material can hold as you vary the relative humidity. In this article, I’m going to discuss only his permeability results and will come back to sorption in a future article.The photo at the top of the page (Image #1) shows one of the samples he studied. The researchers manufactured the OSB themselves just for this experiment but did so in a commercial OSB plant, not in a lab. Then they cut it to various sizes and shapes and sealed the samples to the tops of cups, as shown in Image #4 below. They placed the cups in a chamber where they could control the temperature and humidity on the outside of the cup.In each cup was either water, for the wet cup results, or a dessicant, for the dry cup results. They would periodically weigh the samples and cups to see how much moisture they gained or lost. That allowed them to calculate permeability. Permeance and permeabilityPermeance, as shown in the graph above, is a number that tells you how much water vapor will move through a particular piece of material. Permeability tells you how much water vapor will move through a particular type of material. Permeance depends on thickness; permeability doesn’t. (For the science geeks out there, permeance is an extrinsic property, permeability intrinsic.) Another way to think of them is that permeance is like mass, and permeability is like density.The units of these two quantities aren’t very pretty, but I suppose you want to see them, don’t you? Here they are in imperial, or inch-pound (I-P) units:[permeance] = grain/square-foot·hour·inch of mercury, which we normally shorten to perms[permeability] = grain·inch/square-foot·hour·inch of mercury, which we shorten to perm-inchesDon’t say I didn’t warn you! RELATED ARTICLES How Risky Is Cold OSB Wall Sheathing?Monitoring Moisture Levels in Double-Stud WallsOpen-Cell Spray Foam and Damp Roof Sheathing Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingThe 2012 Code Encourages Risky Wall StrategiesAll About RainscreensDo I Need a Vapor Retarder? As you can see, plywood and OSB have about the same permeance when the mean relative humidity (RH) is low. But as the RH mean grows, so, too, does the difference between plywood and OSB in terms of their ability to move water vapor through from one side to the otherJoe’s recommendation: “The key seems to be an air gap between claddings and sheathings and an ability to redistribute moisture – typically facilitated by – yes, you guessed it – a gap.” Read his article for the full scoop on that; but in short, this is why we need vented rainscreens on homes sheathed with OSB. Relative humidity cycling and permeabilityIn addition to the samples with various densities, resin contents, or surface treatments, Timusk looked at two other variables. One was the result of taking the samples through repeated cycles of soaking in water and then drying. The other was cycling the samples through exposure to high relative humidity (100%) and then low RH (42%).About the latter, Timusk wrote in his dissertation, “The findings from the relative humidity cycled specimen are perhaps the most significant of all the tests conducted.” Why? Because repeated exposures to high relative humidity aren’t that uncommon.Image #6 shows the results for both the liquid and vapor wetting tests.As you can see, in both cases, the permeability of the OSB increased with repeated cycles of wetting. For soaking, it increases by nearly a factor of four. For exposure to humid air, it nearly doubles. Wow! How is OSB different?Oriented strand board is that flaky plywood you see on most residential job sites these days. (That’s a closeup of a piece in the photo above.) I toured an OSB plant several years ago and got to see how it’s made, from beginning to end — logs to 4’x8′ sheets. It’s pretty cool! To get a sheet that’s 1/2″ or 3/4″ thick, they start with a layer of chips (called strands) that’s about 6″ thick.OSB replaces the previously dominant sheathing material, plywood. The properties of these two materials, however, are not the same. Joseph Lstiburek, PhD, PE, wrote about the importance of recognizing the differences in his article, Mind the Gap, Eh? The article included a permeance graph (see Image #2, below). Oriented strand board (OSB) gets blamed for a lot of problems that are really the fault of the designers and builders. Part of the problem, of course, is the perrenial confusion between correlation and causality. OSB hit the market as we really started getting serious about insulation and air sealing. As I described in the story of painters refusing to paint insulated homes, building assemblies that keep the exterior sheathing and cladding colder restrict its ability to dry. Is that the fault of the OSB? Or the insulation? Or the lack of a vapor barrier? Or something else altogether? Permeability resultsHere’s a quick look at the results of all the permeability tests they ran. The graph in Image #5 below (Figure 7.11 in Timusk’s dissertation) shows that there’s quite a lot of variation from the least permeable to the most permeable sample. Here are the main takeaways:Higher density is correlated with lower permeabilityThe OSB core is much more permeable than either the top or bottom surfaces.The more resin in the OSB, the lower the permeability.The more a sample has cycled through wetting and drying, the more permeable it is.There’s a huge difference (~6x) between the most and least permeable samples tested.Now, let’s look at the most interesting part of this research. How should we build with OSB?OK, so the main takeaway here is that we don’t really know how permeable the OSB we’re using is. If you’ve got a type that has higher density or more resin, your OSB may have a lower permeance than the material specifications say. If it has a lower density or has been soaked and dried or repeatedly exposed to high humidity, it probably has higher permeance than stated.What we do know, however, is that it’s still not as permeable as plywood. That means you should assume it needs some help drying out, so always follow the two main rules of moisture management:Don’t let susceptible materials get wet.Allow for materials and assemblies to be able to dry out after they do get wet.Flash the windows properly. Use overhangs. Install your cladding over a gap with a vented rain screen.Remember, there are three things that can cause a building to fail faster than anything else: rain, moisture, and water. Respect the H20 molecule! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.
As caregivers and/or service providers, we run the risk of experiencing “second-hand” trauma through our interactions with those we serve. The best way to minimize the possible effects of such trauma is to take good care of ourselves.Watch the short video below to learn simple and practical ways you can practice self-care!To learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) check out our blog series!This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on August 18, 2017.
In a bizarre incident, an enraged trooper of the Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead three colleagues before shooting self at a border area in north Tripura on Sunday.The incident occurred at a border out post (BOP) manned by 55th battalion of BSF at Maguruli in Kailashahar of Unakoti district.Police officials after visiting the spot informed that, constable Sishu Pal, 28, sprayed bullets from his automatic weapon at his colleagues following a tiff. Head Constable Vijay Kumar, 45, was first to fall prey to bullets. Sishu Pal went into shooting at BOP sentry and others. The sentry was lucky to escape, but Constable Driver Rakesh Kumar Yadav, 22 and Constable Rinku Kumar, 30, sustained grave injuries. The trooper then committed suicide by shooting self. Both injured BSF men succumbed to injuries in hospital.Tripura Frontier Headquarters of BSF in a statement informed that mortal remains of four BSF personnel were being dispatched to their respective native places. Sishu Pal hailed from Jammu. It said senior BSF officials including Inspector General were camping in the spot.In a similar incident on March 3, 2011, a Border Security Force trooper shot dead three colleagues in Raisyabari area of Dhalai district. In another incident occurred on January 29, 2013 a constable of paramilitary Tripura State Rifles (TSR) killed three at a remote security camp in Chawmanu of Dhalai.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said his Ministry was ready to give inputs to the appropriate authorities looking into allegations of corruption relating to the Commonwealth Games.”If we are asked about what went wrong (in the Games) by the appropriate inquiring authorities, certainly Delhi Police and the MHA will provide inputs,” he told reporters in New Delhi.He was replying to a question on whether the Home Ministry will provide any inputs on issues relating to problems in ticketing and accreditation for the Games.Asked what would be scope of the probe, he said, “I don”t know. I have nothing to do with it.”Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Friday appointed a high-level committee headed by a former CAG to go into allegations of corruption relating to the sporting extravaganza.The committee, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V K Shunglu, will submit its report to the Prime Minister within three months.
Sony has its hands full this year considering the number of phones it has already launched and the ones that it plans to unveil this year. It launched the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra in January and now adding to the XA series is the Xperia XA Plus that has been announced by the company in London. Sony has not revealed the phone price of the phone but it is expected to launch in August.The Xperia XA2 Plus is the first Xperia XA series phone to sport an 18:9 display. Talking about the specs of the phone, the Xperia XA2 Plus is larger in size than Xperia XA2. The smartphone sports a 6-inch FHD+ display same as we see in the Xperia XA2 Ultra. The phone bears slightly thinner bezels and includes Sony’s High-Resolution Audio tech and camera support. The display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It has a fingerprint sensor at the back. The phone is based on Android Oreo and runs Snapdragon 630 chipset paired with 4GB/6GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal memory. The internal storage is expandable via microSD card to 400GB.Camera-wise the phone has a 23MP image sensor at the back with 84-degree wide-angle camera and 4K recording abilities and an 8MP 120-degree wide-angle camera on the front. It is backed by a bigger battery size of 3580mAh. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB Type-C and sensors on board are an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyro and proximity sensor.advertisementSeparately, Sony is also working on Xperia XZ3, a phone with four cameras. It is expected to launch at IFA 2018 in a couple of months from now. A new image of the phone has surfaced online which reveals that the phone will have a total of four camera modules- two at the back and two on the front. The phone is expected to come with Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Further, it is rumoured to sport a 5.9-inch QHD+ display and run Android P out-of-the-box. An Xperia XZ3 Premium could also be launched at the IFA 2018 alongside the XZ3. It is expected to run Android P making XZ3 and XZ3 Premium first set of Sony phones to run this OS.