Falcons strengthen grip of 3rd spot, rout Bulldogs

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort After trailing 72-48 heading into the fourth, the Bulldogs managed to cut the deficit to nine, 79-70, with J-Jay Alejandro capping off a 22-7 run with a three-pointer 2:57 left in the game.The Falcons, though, kept its composure and answered back to take a 13-point lead, 85-72, after Jerrick Ahanmisi drilled a long two-pointer with 1:52 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren, though, wasn’t happy with the way his team handled the lead late into the game.“We’re not that good of a team to relax, we got that lead because we played the way we we’re supposed to do,” said Pumaren. Read Next FILE – Adamson guard Jerrick Ahanmisi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University tightened its hold of the third spot after scoring a commanding 90-77 win over National University in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Soaring Falcons picked up their second straight win and improved to 8-4 while the Bulldogs are at solo sixth with a 4-7 record after missing a chance to tie Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines for the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:43Pagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’02:28UAAP Season 80 Preview: NU Bulldogs01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NU eyes share of UAAP Cheerdance history; UP back View comments “When we let our egos get involved, that [blown lead] could happen, we’re just lucky we were up 20-plus points at the start of the fourth.”Ahanmisi and Jonathan Espeleta led Adamson with 16 points apiece while Papi Sarr had a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double. Alejandro led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Rev Diputado added 14 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Showing faith in MS Dhoni, selectors have played it safe

first_imgSpeculations were rife over MS Dhoni’s limited over captaincy. Rumour mills were churning out stories in which Virat Kohli was leading the Twenty20 and the one-day international sides.But the selectors have quashed all the ambiguity. They have once again entrusted Dhoni with the task of leading the men in blue.  “We have not discussed anything about captaincy of ODIs. We are very happy in the manner Dhoni has led the side and we have total backing for Dhoni during the upcoming series,” chief national selector Sandeep Patil has said.So, India’s most successful captain will be back in action after a three-month long break from international cricket.  Also read: Gurkeerat, Aravind new faces; Jadeja dropped for SA series His first assignment will be leading his men in the three-match T20 series against South Africa, starting October 2. The selectors haven’t experimented much. They have gone ahead with men who were part of the recent scheme of things.The batting lineup looks settled and has men who have played quite a lot under Dhoni.But the doubts over the allrounder slot and the bowling lineup can be potential weaknesses for the opposition to cash in.Dhoni’s go-to-man Ravindra Jadeja has been axed once again from India’s limited over format.Also read: Fearless Team India ready for formidable South Africa – Ashwin Jadeja’s showing this year has been poor. His form with both the bat and the ball has dipped. His failure to bat with the lower-middle order in Bangladesh earlier this year did not help his cause.advertisementWith 10 wickets in 11 games and 113 runs with the bat in 2015, Jadeja never made the selectors believe that he was ‘the allrounder’ that team India needed.But his exclusion from the squad ahead of the World T20 seems to be a bit too harsh on the youngster. With six more T20Is to go before the showdown in March, Jadeja deserved one last chance. If the selectors were to discard him at this juncture, then there was no point in the investment made.The other two allrounders, Stuart Binny and Axar Patel, who are part of the T20 squad haven’t produced commanding performances.Binny hasn’t been able to repeat his IPL heroics in the international arena. He has scored 34 runs in the two T20Is he played and has managed to send one batsman walking back in the four overs he has bowled so far.  Axar Patel’s case is no different. His performance with the bat in limited over cricket is far from being passable. His ODI batting average after playing 18 matches stands at 7.71, and he has scored 18 runs in the two T20Is he has played.But his recent good outings in Zimbabwe and with the India A team should give him confidence. Dhoni will be pinning his hopes on the Kings XI player to help him fill the allrounder void.On the other hand, Karnataka pacer Sreenath Aravind inclusion is a bold move from the selectors. Aravind, who faded away from the radar since his national call-up for 2011 England tour, got back into limelight with a commanding performance in the domestic circuit. 42 wickets at an average of 17.42 were enough for the selectors to give him one more chance. His next to best economy rate in this year’s IPL did no harm to his reputation of a bankable T20 bowler.But, Aravind will be under enormous pressure when he steps into the field wearing Indian colours. The 31-year-old Karnataka pacer is expected to face a binary equation – perform or perish.He will be competing for a place in the squad with young quicks, who have been overlooked by the selectors.Umesh Yadav  and Varun Aaron have time with them. A fully-fit Mohammed Shami can’t be ignored. Yadav’s recent showing in the Sri Lanka series should give him confidence. On the other hand, Aaron has to work on his line and length and stop leaking runs.Adding hope to India’s plans is Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who will be expected to take responsibility and lead the attack. His ability to bowl yorkers at the death overs will come in handy. If Kumar clicks, then India will be well served in home conditions.Also read: Kohli and I share words, but nothing is taken to heart – Ashwin Mohit Sharma has been doing just that much to keep his place in the squad. He hasn’t made a huge impact in the T20 version so far. His ability to bowl wicket to wicket on slower pitches has earned him a call.advertisementIshant Sharma, who has been in the form of his life, hasn’t got the nod from the decision makers. Is he being looked as Test-specialist? Are the selectors right in doing so?The spin department, though, looks complete. With a veteran off spinner, an in-form young one and a leg spinner in the lineup, the South African batsmen have tough times ahead.  Not willing to experiment much, the selectors have chosen an attack that is best suited to slow, subcontinent tracks.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Hashim Amla to replace injured Shaun Marsh at KXIP

first_imgSouth Africa’s Hashim Amla is all set to join Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), replacing Shaun Marsh, who was ruled out of IPL 2016 on Monday due to a back injury.According to a report on ESPNCricinfo, KXIP have got the clearance for Amla and he will be joining the side soon. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Amla at a base price of Rs 1 crore remained unsold during February’s auction and also is yet to make his IPL debut. Moreover, in January he stepped down as South Africa’s Test captain. (KXIP’s Shaun Marsh ruled out of IPL ) Marsh had been carrying a niggle since KXIP’s game in April 19 against Kolkata Knight Riders, but continued to play and in Sunday’s match against Gujarat Lions, the niggle flared up. Presently KXIP are languishing at the bottom of points table with two wins from seven matches.KXIP batting will be boosted with Amla joining the squad, who has a decent record in the T20Is. The former South Africa captain has played in 88 T20s scoring 2446 runs at an average of 31.35.last_img read more

New Delhi: ICC delegation meets Rajnath Singh (A)

first_imgNew Delhi: Bihar MPs meet Rajnath Singh (A) Kakinada : Jaganmohan Reddy at dharna (B) INTERNATIONAL Tokyo: N K Singh honoured in Japan (B) Karachi/Multan : Celebrate a release of Ali HiaderGilani (B+A) Los Angeles : 11th Annual Global WomensRights Awards (A) Paris : John Kerry, attends a meeting on theconflict in Syriain in Paris (A) Atlantic City : Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., ata campaign rally (A) London : Britains Queen Elizabeth, speaks withPrime Minister (B) London : WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange witha kitten in Ecuadors embassy in London (B) SPORTS Bengaluru : Rohit Sharma at an event (B+A) Rome : Tennis with Stars charity tournamentinvolving soccer (A) Rome : Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri poseswith the president of Italian National OlympicCommittee (A) PTI PHOTO GCS TLS TLSlast_img read more

Ducati launches Multistrada 1200 Enduro; priced at Rs 17.44 lakh

first_imgItalian superbike maker Ducati 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.Ducati Multistrada 1200 EnduroALSO READ:Ducati Diavel Carbon stays true to its devilish looks and name”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.Ducati Multistrada 1200 EnduroALSO READ:Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak launched in India; priced at Rs 20.06 lakhAmong 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.last_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane vows to continue playing aggressive cricket in the ODIs

first_img“Aggressive intent” was the key behind India’s overwhelming success against New Zealand in the Test series and the hosts aim to continue playing the same brand of cricket in the upcoming five-match ODI series, middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane said here on Friday.India whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 in the just-concluded Test series to claim the number one position in the ICC Test rankings and Rahane credits the success to aggressive intent.”I think discipline will be the key. The kind of cricket we played in the Test series, our intent was aggressive all the time. So here again our intent will be aggressive, play intensive cricket and play to our strength rather than focusing on opponent’s strengths and weaknesses,” Rahane told reporters at the HPCA stadium.He also said that gaining the momentum early on will be key in deciding the fate of the five-match series, which starts with the first ODI here on Sunday. (Also read: India start favourites, New Zealand eye redemption in ODI series)”I am really looking forward to the One-Day series, especially after the Test series. But again it is important to start fresh here. Momentum will be the key. Winning the first match will be very important to be in that momentum,” said the Mumbaikar, who is the vice-captain of the Test side.Asked how difficult it is for a cricketer to make adjustments from one format to the other in a short span of time, Rahane said: “I believe its completely mental adjustment because as a professional cricketer it is important for us to adjust to any format.advertisement”It is important how we adjust mentally. Getting used to the conditions will be a big factor and we are actually experienced in that. So we don’t think too much about the change in formats. It’s all about how you deal with certain situations and factors. Mental adjustment will be key in ODIs,” he said.India have rested three senior cricketers in Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja from the series, keeping in mind the long season ahead.With an aim to broaden the bench strength, the new selection committee, headed by MSK Prasad, have included a few youngsters – Jayant Yadav, Axar Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mandeep Singh and Manish Pandey – in the squad. (Also read: Suresh Raina ruled out of India’s first ODI against New Zealand)Rahane feels it is a welcome move by the selectors to give new guys opportunity at the highest level.”I am really excited about the new guys coming into the team. It’s really energising, everyone is looking in good shape. The guys have done pretty well in India A series and few guys did well in Ranji Trophy matches,” he said.”It’s all about giving the new guys confidence and opportunity at the highest level.”Rahane also refused to think too much ahead and preferred to concentrate on the task at hand.”As of now it is important for us to focus on this series rather than thinking about the Champions Trophy. It’s still a long way to go for the Champions Trophy. We will play one match at a time,” he said.Talking about his new role as vice-captain of the Test side, Rahane said he relishes the responsibility of Virat Kohli’s deputy. (Also read: Are we seeing a matured Virat Kohli mellowing down?)”I don’t believe in seniority or juniority. It’s all about learning at every step and giving inputs. I really learnt a lot as vice-captain.”On the field it is important for you to stay alert all the time because there are plenty of things going on in a captain’s mind. So as a vice-captain it is important to stay alert all the time and whatever inputs you have you pass it on to your captain,” he concluded.last_img read more

Will Manning’s Dream Come True?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — It’s the perfect scenario, a Hollywood-type script: Peyton Manning emulates John Elway and rides off into the sunset with the Super Bowl trophy in his grip.Will it happen?For Manning to take the Denver Broncos to their first NFL title on Sunday since the team’s current general manager, Elway, did in 1999 before retiring, seems the sentimental choice.Like Elway, Manning has had a taste of losing in the big game, going 1-2. He won a championship with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007, lost with the Colts in 2010, and lost again with the Broncos in 2014. Elway dropped his first three Super Bowls, then won his final two.Manning is the only five-time Most Valuable Player in NFL history, one of the faces of the league and, at 39, the oldest starting quarterback to lead a team in the Super Bowl.Slowed by age and injury, he is no longer the record-breaking passer he once was. He’s still as good as anyone at diagnosing defenses and changing things up – or appearing to, anyway – at the line of scrimmage. But Manning is not quite as capable as he was when it comes to putting the football exactly where he wants it, especially on deep routes.He’s had difficult recent seasons, missing 2011 entirely because of neck surgeries, then struggling in last year’s playoffs. This season, the bad far outweighed the good, including 17 interceptions to only nine touchdown passes in the regular season, missing six games with injuries, getting relegated to backup duty in the NFL for the first time, and vehemently denying a report linking his wife to banned human growth hormone.“My role has been different and my contributions are different,” Manning says. “But I’m fortunate and grateful that I have the opportunity to contribute still, in some way. And it’s a great honor to be going back to the Super Bowl.”Receiver Demaryius Thomas can envision the proper ending to this drama for Denver.“It’s amazing to play for Peyton,” Thomas says. “He’s one of the best to have ever done it, a future Hall of Famer, and he has done so much for me. I’m excited about it, and hopefully we can get this win, and if he decides to retire then he can go out with a bang.”Standing in their way, though, is simply the best team in the league.The Carolina Panthers have the most prolific offense, and a big-play defense. That defense doesn’t match the stats of the Broncos, who ranked first overall, but it’s just as impactful.The offense is led by Cam Newton who, as opposed to Manning, is getting his career going, is just 26, and making his debut in the big game. He also is expected to earn league MVP honors for the first time, part of a new breed of dual-threat quarterbacks as good at running as they are at throwing.“I sound like a broken record, but yet for a dream to play out as it has through the ups and downs, it just means the world for us to get what you prepare for,” says Newton, finishing off his fifth and, by far, best pro season.Carolina is a 5 1/2-point favorite to become only the third team to go 18-1 for the season and win the Super Bowl.Both defenses will have their moments. Denver’s is just too good to be dominated for very long, producing a dynamic pass rush led by Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, and with superb coverage backs. Carolina’s Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman, Thomas Davis (ready to play after surgery last week on a broken right arm) and Kawann Short are game-changers.Carolina is far more likely to find balance on its offense; Jonathan Stewart is the best running back on either roster, and Newton’s power and breakaway ability toting the ball are unmatched for the quarterback position.One area the Panthers are superior, perhaps vastly so, is on the offensive line. So the Broncos’ relentless pursuit of the quarterback may not be as fruitful as it was against New England’s Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game.It all adds up to Cam and Company spoiling another Super Bowl for the Broncos, leaving Manning to ponder if he wants to leave the NFL after losing his final game.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

uberAIR Looks to Take “Flightsharing” to the Skies by 2023

first_img Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts UberWith Earth’s population passing seven billion humans, overcrowding is fast becoming a significant problem. While flying cars still seem to be a pipe-dream, some clever entrepreneurs will need to figure out more efficient means to shuttle city dwellers from A to B. Not surprisingly, Uber is taking on that challenge.Say what you want about the company’s ethics, Uber has dominated the ridesharing business. Now, they’re looking to do the same for “flightsharing.” The new uberAIR concept is exactly what it sounds like. It will allow well-to-do urbanites to summon flying cars for short-hop flights across the city. The flying pods will use VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) technology to shuttle passengers from point-to-point, eliminating the inconvenience of “traditional” road-based traffic. Since the pods will only be designed for trips of 50-100 miles, uberAIR is not aiming to replace commercial air travel. It’s instead meant to be a premium alternative to driving and less of a headache than hopping a flight.In the demo video, uberAIR works similar to today’s process of hailing an Uber ride. A smartly dressed woman quickly confirms an uberAIR flight via her mobile phone. She looks skyward at a handful of VTOL aircraft hovering above the office building in front of her before heading inside. After a quick elevator ride to the roof, she breezes through a checkpoint by scanning a QR code on her phone, then walks to the launchpad outside where her flightshare is already waiting. In theory, the process isn’t any different than a standard ride with Uber, except that you would need to find the nearest helipad rather than, say, the nearest street corner.The company says pilotless cars are the ultimate goal. At launch, however, the uberAIR cars will feature human pilots both for safety reasons and to ease passenger concerns over flying in an autonomous vehicle.Uber has announced uberAIR demo flights will launch in 2020 with commercial operations to follow in Dallas and Los Angeles by 2023. They’re also seeking a third, international city to join the trial program. While a five-year timeline seems awfully optimistic, Uber is one of the most ambitious and well-funded tech companies in the world right now. So, we could see the skies crowded with flying car traffic much sooner than expected. Editors’ Recommendations Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lairlast_img read more

Mike Myers on his new book Canada and his relationship with his

first_imgAt his home in New York, Canadian comedy star Mike Myers has a map of North America on the wall so his three young children can learn about his roots.“Each state is its own colour and Canada is just this pink blob,” he says. “I’ve taken to, as best I can, draw the provinces on with a magic marker and go, ‘This is where dad is from.’”Despite having lived outside of Canada for 33 years, the 53-year-old Toronto native says he thinks about the country “every day,” has referenced it in his work, and often travels here to visit his mother and brothers. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement So when Penguin Random House asked if he’d like to write a book on his relationship with his home and native land to commemorate its 150th birthday, he thought: “I guess in a weird way, I’ve sort of been writing a book for 53 years, collecting thoughts and whatnot.”“Canada,” on shelves now, is a treasure trove of all things Canuck as Myers documents his life and offers humorous and thoughtful reflections on the country — from its history to its pop culture and unique brands.Growing up in the Toronto suburbs of North York and Scarborough, as the youngest of three boys with English parents, Myers writes that he loved soccer, the Toronto Maple Leafs, heavy metal and punk music.Myers went on to act in commercials and a couple of Canadian TV series, including “The Littlest Hobo,” before getting his start in standup and improv comedy.It was while at Second City Toronto that he got a call from fellow Canadian Lorne Michaels to be a featured performer and writer on “Saturday Night Live.” There, he introduced viewers to his “Wayne’s World” character Wayne Campbell, a rock lover with a distinctly Canadian accent that Myers couldn’t shake.“Kevin Nealon used to make fun of me all the time,” says Myers. “Every sentence started with ‘In Canada?’ and always ended with ‘Sorry.’ He had an impression of me for two years. I didn’t know he had it and I busted him on it. I was like, ‘God, have I been reduced to, ‘In Canada? Sorry.’“People accuse me of, ‘You really enjoy being Canadian?’ I said, ‘Why not? Why shouldn’t I enjoy being Canadian? What’s not to enjoy?’”Myers has gone on to inject Canadian-isms into several of his projects over the years, including the “Wayne’s World” movies as well as his “Austin Powers” characters.“I did on ‘Saturday Night Live’ as well,” he says. “It was just something that you can’t help.“Canada has shaped me and, as I say in the book, I’d be nowhere without it.”Living outside of Canada, Myers says he’s come to realize the country has a sense of morbidity that’s reflected in films like the bus-crash drama “The Sweet Hereafter” and in names of organizations like the War Amps, the Grey Cup and the Hospital for Sick Children.“I was like, ‘Yeah, War Amps,’” he says, recalling a conversation with an American, “and it was like, ‘You mean amputees?’ ‘Oh wow, yeah, I never really thought about it.’”Myers also writes how Canada has struggled with its identity and self-image over the years.“I think Canadians really know who they are. They may not know why we are,” he says.But he’s hopeful that will change under the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“This election to me was very heartening that I think we may have found why we are, which is we’re a collection of progressive ideals,” says Myers, who can next be seen in the film “Terminal.”“That’s why I’m so hopeful with Prime Minister Trudeau, the junior, as I was a fan of Pierre Trudeau during that period of time from ’67 to ’76.”Myers met Trudeau in March at the White House state dinner and says he feels he can “continue the eloquence, continue to elevate the conversation” in the tradition of his father.“We are poised to be the future,” says Myers, “a high literacy rate, low crime rate, just a collective understanding of inclusion.“Hopefully he’ll continue to level the playing field so that the strivers in Canada, the people that need to make and innovate — should you be a working person or whatever, your situation is made less relevant and your acumen, talent, innovation more relevant.”Myers says he would “love” to do a documentary based on the book. And he’d “happily” move back to Canada some day, but not while his children are still young and in school.For now, he has his map — and his accent — to inform little Spike, Sunday and Paulina about his Canadian heritage.“Spike will make fun of my accent, which is hilarious because he has a little bit of a New York accent,” says Myers. “He’ll talk about, ‘Yeah, I love the Mutant Ninja Turtles, they live in the soo-wah.’”“It is funny, though, because all the kids shows, like ‘PAW Patrol,’ were all voiced in Canada. So it’s like, ‘We got to get to the lookout,’” adds Myers, putting on a thick Canadian accent.“I said, ‘That’s how dada talks.’”WRITTEN BY Victoria Ahearn Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

CWC SLPP form alliance to govern 11 LG bodies in Nuwara Eliya

The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) have formed an alliance to govern 11 Local Government (LG) bodies in the Nuwara Eliya district.CWC leader Arumugam Thondaman and SLPP Parliamentarian C. B. Rathnayake paraded the streets in Nuwara Eliya today following the announcement that they will be working together. (Colombo Gazette)

UN and EC kick off 681 million humanitarian plan for conflictridden DRC

At a ministerial conference convened by the UN and EC and hosted by the Government of Belgium, Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said, “We must end this tyranny of silence. We can, we must, do more to alleviate such extreme suffering. Now is the time to act.”Through a video message, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said every penny of the $681 million 2006 Democratic Republic of the Congo Humanitarian Action Plan is “desperately needed.”“We are talking about a country where 1,200 people die in silence every day from the lingering effects of war,” said Mr. Annan, who was meeting with U.S. President Bush in Washington D.C. “During six years of armed conflict, almost four million people perished. That makes it the deadliest conflict since World War Two.”Adding that the years of conflict have affected nearly all of the country’s 60 million citizens, Mr. Annan said the Action Plan is an ambitious strategy to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of the Congolese people. If successful, it also can help usher in stability after the elections scheduled for this summer.In December, about 25 million Congolese registered to vote and endorsed a Constitution that paved the way for the country’s first free elections in more than four decades. The referendum was the giant African nation’s first democratic ballot since 1965.“These people have demonstrated their faith in the future,” Mr. Annan said. “But their faith must be backed by tangible support. The Action Plan before you today offers that support.”The product of intensive work by all humanitarian players in the DRC, the 2006 Action Plan wraps together more than 330 projects with a price tag of $681 million (€571 million). It envelopes a strategy to satisfy people’s urgent life-saving needs as well as targeted programmes that go past 12 months and aim to speed recovery and reduce poverty after the elections.It addresses a wide range of the Congolese people’s needs: food security, health, reintegration, protection, HIV/AIDS, coordination, education, water and sanitation, shelter, mine action and gender.As a result of sustained conflict, more than 1.6 million people remain displaced and just under 1.7 million recently returned persons are starting to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. In the troubled eastern provinces, however, killings, abductions and sexual assaults go on and access to some areas remains daunting for relief workers.Louis Michel, European Union Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, said there are few places on the planet where the gap between humanitarian needs and available resources is so large. “But there are also few places in the world where peace and stability can so dramatically reverse this situation,” Mr. Michel added. read more

Bernanke says US economy still needs help from Feds low interest rate

Bernanke says US economy still needs help from Fed’s low interest rate policies WASHINGTON – Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that the U.S. economy still needs help from the Federal Reserve’s low interest rate policies.Bernanke told the National Bureau of Economic Research that because unemployment remains high and inflation is below the Fed’s target, the policies are still necessary. He also said the economy is being held back by higher taxes and federal spending cuts.“If you put all of that together, you can only conclude that highly accommodative monetary policy for the foreseeable future is what is needed for the U.S. economy,” Bernanke said.Stock index futures rose as Bernanke spoke. The Standard & Poor’s index futures were up eight points, or 0.5 per cent, at 1,656 as of 5:40 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time — shortly after Bernanke wrapped up his remarks.Bernanke’s comments were his latest effort to stress that the Fed will continue to stimulate the economy, even after it begins to slow $85-billion-a-month in bond purchases that have kept long-term interest rates down.The Fed plans to keep its investment holdings constant to avoid causing long-term rates to rise too quickly. It also plans to keep short-term rates at record lows at least until unemployment slides to 6.5 per cent.And Bernanke has said 6.5 per cent unemployment is a threshold, not a trigger: The Fed might decide to keep its benchmark short-term rate near zero even after unemployment falls that low.Unemployment is currently 7.6 per cent.On Wednesday, Bernanke didn’t signal any changes in the bond-buying program. But Bernanke defended recent comments he made after the Fed’s June meeting.At his June 19 news conference, Bernanke said the Fed would likely slow its bond purchases later this year and end them around mid-2014 if the economy continued to strengthen. Stocks and bonds plunged in the days after his remarks. Some critics said the Fed bungled its communications strategy.Bernanke asked his audience to consider what might have happened if the Fed had given no signals on when the bond buying might be curtailed. He said that might have led to an increase in risk-taking on the part of investors “reflecting an expectation for an infinite” program of bond purchases.“Explaining what we are doing may have avoided a much more difficult situation at another time,” he said.Bernanke also did not provide any clues on his own future. Many expect he will leave when his current term ends in January.When asked about his legacy, he said others would certainly judge his handling of the 2008 financial crisis. He also said the Fed, under his leadership, has made significant strides in providing the public with more information on how the central bank operates.___Associated Press writer Tracee Herbaugh contributed to this report from Cambridge, Mass. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2013 4:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State sweeps Maryland in the first Big Ten game

Members of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate after scoring against LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 2, 2016. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (8-4, 1-0 Big Ten) swept the Maryland Terrapins, 3-0, securing its first Big Ten victory this season on Wednesday. The Buckeyes won 25-20, 25-16 and 25-16, respectively.With a total of 44 kills, five blocks and a .364 hitting percentage, the Buckeyes played well enough to ensure the Terrapins would not take away the home win from them.Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston was proud of how his team played and how they used their strengths to start off strong in the conference.“Maryland is a very good team and we were the aggressors on every facet of (the match),” Carlston said. “Defensively we were great and we passed the ball really well.”The Buckeyes and the Terrapins were both determined to take the first set as they started off the game with nine lead changes and 12 tied scores. Although Maryland delivered four solid blocks, it was not enough to top the Buckeyes’ 16 kills, 11 assists and 11 digs in the first set en route to Ohio State’s 25-20 victory.The Buckeyes did not slow down in the second set as they started with a 5-1 score. The Terrapins upped their game with six blocks from their defensive line, but the Buckeyes fought back with 28 kills, nine of them coming from outside hitter Luisa Schirmer. Ohio State played no different in the third set as the team quickly racked up points. With a 16-10 lead, the Buckeyes called a timeout and seemed to gain more momentum coming out of the break. Maryland’s 19 errors further helped the Buckeyes win the match, claiming their first Big Ten win.Outside hitter Ashley Wenz contributed 10 kills total to the match. Despite playing well, Wenz praised setter Taylor Hughes for how she played the game.“I think [Hughes] played a really smart game,” Wenz said. “She was putting up really nice balls, making smart decisions, getting us split blocks.”Carlston has seen improvement in the team since the start of the season, but believes there is always a way to get better. “I think our leadership is really starting to step up,” Carlston said. “[With a win] you get consistency, build confidence, and we just got to roll up our sleeves and keep getting dirty with what we’re doing and working hard.”The Buckeyes will be heading to West Lafayette, Indiana, on Saturday to play No. 13 Purdue for their second conference match of the season.Wenz said the past few wins has helped build the confidence the Buckeyes need to go up against Purdue this weekend.“Being able to provide our own energy will be the biggest part of it for us,” Wenz said.Carlston has faith that his team will play well on Saturday after its performance against Maryland.“Every match is going to be a battle, but I think this team will be good on the road, so I’m excited to get out there and play,” Carlston said. read more

I dont understand why Labour is taking all the hits in government

first_imgPAT RABBITTE has admitted his frustration that Labour is attracting a disproportionate amount of the blame from the public about the performance of the government.In an interview with TheJournal.ie, Rabbitte said he was “concerned” that voters seemed prepared to punish Labour to vent their anger at the country’s direction, while Fine Gael’s share of the vote continue to hold up.“I understand that people are suffering from austerity fatigue. I understand that perfectly well,” he said.“I don’t understand quite so well why the Labour Party should take all the hits. I don’t understand that.”Opinion polls last weekend suggested Labour would command 11 per cent of the vote if a general election was to be held, down from the 19 per cent it won in 2011 – while Fine Gael, which holds twice as many Dáil and cabinet seats, would still manage 26 per cent, down from 36 per cent at the last election.Rabbitte recalled remarks from his predecessor as Labour leader, Dick Spring, who was the last Labour leader before Eamon Gilmore to lead the party in government during the ‘Rainbow Coalition’ in 1994-1997.Spring had said his party “had 9 per cent of the vote, and 90 per cent of the blame,” Rabbitte said.The communications minister said, however, that Labour’s own parliamentary representatives were satisfied with their performance in power – saying they had recorded “a number of important achievements in this government”.“The Labour parliamentary party has demonstrated considerable maturity in affirming the stance that we are going to perform for five years in government, in the hope and in the conviction that there will be an economic upturn and we will have rescued the country from the perilous condition in which it was when we came in,” he said.Asked if he believed any more Labour TDs might resign the party whip over some of the policies they were asked to support, Rabbitte quipped:Predictions are very difficult, especially if they’re about the future. So you can never say never.However, the Dublin South-West TD paid tribute to his first-time colleagues who he said had recognised that people had voted for Labour in big numbers, in some areas which had not historically been Labour strongholds.“There was never a vote in the 100-year history of the Labour Party such as in 2011, and the deputies interpreted that as being a vote for government and to do things in government. They’re staying the course,” he said.Rabbitte also remarked that it was “very odd” that Colm Keaveney had been so keen to remain on as chairman of the Labour Party while being outside its parliamentary ranks, but said the fact he was permitted to stay on was “a defect in our constitution rather than a defect in Colm Keaveney”.Brendan Howlin: Labour will quit coalition if its influence is not strong enoughlast_img read more

SPOILERS 328 WWE Superstars taping from Brooklyn

first_img Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Google+ Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Facebook Could Sebastian Vettel Retire? Pinterest The following was taped on Monday night in Brooklyn, New York.Wrestleview.com’s Mike Tedesco passed along this live report.3/28 WWE Superstars tapings:* Jack Swagger def. Tyler Breeze.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCould Sebastian Vettel Retire?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 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 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver Twitter U.S. Open champ picks Jennifer Lawrence to play her Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Godzilla puppets are invading YouTube

first_img 50 Photos 1 More Godzilla New weekly YouTube webseries called Gojiban shows the cute side of Godzilla and other Japanese movie monsters. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET This year’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie reminded us all about the destructive nature of Godzilla and his fellow monsters, but a new puppet series gives fans the softer side of the famous kaiju creatures.A new weekly webseries called Gojiban debuted on Toho’s official Godzilla YouTube channel on Aug. 9.The adorable series features puppet versions of Godzilla and his offspring Godzilla Junior and Minilla, performed by the puppet theater group Atelier Koganemushi. 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Other Godzilla monsters make cameos including the character Hedorah teaching a young Hedorah baby the ways of the world.Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. movie characters Mothra and Mothra’s offspring Hanako and Taro are featured in the series’ art, which might mean they will show up in an upcoming episode.webseries3The YouTube webseries Gojiban also features other Godzilla movie monsters like Mothra and Hedorah. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET There is also a short dance segment at the end with two human twin girls who could represent the famous Mothra’s twin fairies — known as the Shobijin — from the Godzilla movies.Here’s hoping more monsters like Mechagodzilla, Rodan, Gigan, and King Ghidorah also make an appearance in puppet form in future episodes.New episodes of Gojiban will air on the official Godzilla YouTube channel every Friday. TV and Movies Target YouTube The first episode features Godzilla teaching Godzilla Junior and Minilla monster skills like roaring and aiming their atomic fire breath at targets. While Junior’s is a star student, Minilla needs a bit of help.They also really like to snack on fruit after a long day of training. Who knew Godzilla loves grapes? ‘Shin Godzilla’ is the ‘Dunkirk’ of Godzilla movies ‘Godzilla’ in 8-bit: A beast of a retro good time Giant straw Godzilla statue stands guard over Japanese town Share your voice Comment Tagslast_img read more

Shun Khaledaminus formula BNP tells govt

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP on Thursday urged the government to stop a ‘plot’ to eliminate its chairperson Khaleda Zia from politics though a ‘minus-formula’ in the name of parole, reports UNB.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said their chairperson wants to walk out of jail on bail as the cases in which she was convicted are bailable.”A widespread propaganda is on over parole. The current regime is hatching a far-reaching plot to make a political gain after putting our leader’s (Khaleda’s) life at stake,” he said.Rizvi said there is no point of hatching a conspiracy to remove Khaleda from politics.”Let the law take its own course without creating any obstacle to granting her (Khaleda) bail. Our leader will be freed on bail through a normal legal process if the illegal interference in court proceedings is stopped,” he said pointing at the prime minister.Rizvi alleged that some pro-government newspapers are carrying out false campaign over Khaleda’s release on parole.”Speculations are there that the intelligence agencies are involved with the media propaganda. The ruling party has resorted to cunning politics to make its mission on parole a success,” the BNP leader said. He alleged that some media have been running news without any source about Khaleda Zia’s release on parole to go abroad. “Even, they’re mentioning the specific date of her departure. But, BNP has no knowledge about it. Our leader wants to be freed on bail through a normal legal process.”Rizvi claimed that their chairperson is seriously ill as she cannot move her hands and legs. “She has not been given proper treatment. Doctors said her diabetes is still not under control.”He bemoaned that media outlets are playing a silent role over Khaleda’s illness.The BNP leader said their chairperson wants to receive treatment at a specialised hospital of her choice.last_img read more

Research At A Local Cemetery Can Help It Become A Texas Landmark

first_imgAl OrtizThe Mueschke Cemetery is located in Spring and its oldest grave dates back to 1875.Close to the intersection of the always busy FM 1960 and Humble-Westfield Road, about 25 miles north of Houston, lies the Mueschke Cemetery.The oldest graves found here date back to the late 1870s.A few years ago the association that manages the cemetery asked Lone Star College for help to preserve it and that sparked a research project to find unmarked graves.In April, the researchers hit a milestone by confirming the location of two unmarked burial sites.Lone Star Honors College former student president Janet Flores was the main researcher of the team working at Mueschke.“Not only are we finding unmarked graves, but we’re also showing how important it is not only to the association, but to community members to future people who might want to come look for their ancestors,” Flores notes.Azie Aziz was another member of the team. At the time of the research she was working on a PhD at the University of Houston’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Her role was to use what is known as a Ground Penetrating Radar to help find the graves.Aziz and the rest of the team were excited when they located the burial site of James Culven Poland, a 12 year old boy who died in 1926. The other burial site the research team located was that of James West. His grave dates back to 1875 and it is the oldest at the cemetery.“It’s very emotional when they ask me to place the marker at James Culven Poland. So, I think it has an emotional feeling to me and it’s also important to me because that ends my studies, my PhD studies,” Aziz says.The Mueschke Cemetery Association hopes the research will help them obtain a designation as a Historic Texas Cemetery.Rebecca Stone, the association’s secretary, says the designation would be important because Mueschke is one of the few remaining landmarks of Westfield, a railroad town that thrived in the 19th century and was later absorbed by Houston’s expansion.“The cemetery is the history of Westfield and there isn’t a Westfield, Texas, anymore,” Stone adds, “There is a Westfield branch of the Post Office, but there isn’t a city or a community of Westfield anymore.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen 00:00 /02:20 Sharelast_img read more

Fall Features To Watch Before Thanksgiving

first_imgSo there you have it! A few fall specials to get you salivating all over yourself before that deep, rich aroma of turkey cooking in the oven wafts through your home. Maybe even make some of these your playlist throughout Thanksgiving Day! Just don’t upset Uncle Joe by switching the game on him because you want to watch your cartoons. Happy Holidays!    Photo courtesy of ToonZoneOver the Garden Wall (Watch on: Cartoon Network or Hulu)This is quite possibly my favorite from the list. Over the Garden Wall is a gorgeous animated piece from Adventure Time and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack’s Patrick McHale. But don’t expect colorful oddities and flatulence jokes within this mini-series. Over the Garden Wall is a love letter to early 1900 seasonal postcards. I know that doesn’t sound thrilling, but the art depicted on these postcards were full of imagination and wonder. Pumpkins with human bodies singing and dancing with little elf children and woodland creatures. To help bring these images to life, McHale called upon Elijah Wood and Collin Dean to voice our two main characters, Wirt and Greg. The story starts with both boys lost in the woods. We do not know why or how they got there (just like classic fairy tales Snow White and Hansel & Gretel), but it sets the tone for a truly wonderful piece of early Americana. Expect harvest folklore and ghost stories of old. There could be deeper meanings lying deep within the mini-series, but I’ll let you look into that one yourself. Be forewarned, a song about potatoes and molasses is sure to be stuck in your noggin days after watching, and that my friends, is a rock fact. All the skeletons have been taken down, and the Jack o’lanterns have rotted away for the year. After binge-watching Stranger Things, Season 2 and your favorite horror features all fall long, it’s easy to want to jump right into the holiday and winter classics. But I am here to remind you that there a select few films and animated specials that are perfect for this time of year. Best of all, these picks can be watched with the whole family. So sit back, grab your favorite flannel blanket and a warm cup of cocoa as I run down the five best fall features to watch before the holidays! Photo Courtesy of Bloody DisgustingThe Addams Family Values(Watch on: Hulu)This Thanksgiving film is probably the most unique of them all. Never before has a sequel to a film based on a classic television series (still with me?) lived up to its predecessor like Values has. Some folks I feel watch it even more than the first, simply because of the Camp Chippewa story-line. In most film franchises with an already established cast, adding a new child into the mix can spell disaster. Luckily little Pubert Addams is only 30% of this film, while Joan Cusack and the camp scenes fill the rest. It’s off to Camp Chippewa for Pugsley & Wednesday who have been sent away by their new nanny. These two hellions adapting to normal children and camp counselors Gary Granger and Becky-Martin Granger is honestly the gravy on the turkey for this film. What they do to their Thanksgiving play almost tops the bloodbath in the last films auditorium performance. In this final Addams Family film, the true meaning of Thanksgiving is brought to light in the most glorious way. Leave it to Wednesday Addams to deliver pure horror, while at the same time educating these oh so basic flesh bags on what really occurred near Plymouth Rock. This film is pure Halloween on Thanksgiving and I love it… to death!  Photo courtesy of Bob’s Burgers WikiBob’s Burgers: Turkey in a Can (S:04 E:05)(Watch on: Hulu)The Simpson’s may be the classic animated series to go to when it comes to Halloween specials. But it’s Bob’s Burgers that dominates Thanksgiving with its specials year after year. But I think we can all agree that the episode titled “Turkey in a can” beats them all. Bob is over the families (and Gale) zanny traditions that tend to ruin all his past Thanksgiving dinners. He forbids any shenanigans to go on under his roof and pleads with the family to just love the turkey this year. Obviously, Bob does not get what he wants and his Turkeys keep ending up in the toilet. Who is sabotaging Thanksgiving in the Belcher home?! And what’s the deal with the guy at the meat market? Sadly this episode builds up a lackluster credit song between Linda & Gale. I recommend the credit sequence from the first Thanksgiving special “An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal” instead to put a pep in your holiday step!center_img Photo Courtesy of Paramount PicturesPlanes, Trains & Automobiles(Watch on: Starz)The classic that coined the phrase, “Those aren’t pillows!!!” Talk about a film full of laughs that equal out the amount of heartwarming moments. Planes, Trains & Automobiles is a Thanksgiving classic for the ages. For folks who have been living under a rock, the film stars Steve Martin, a marketing executive just looking to get home for the holidays. To “help” him through this process, Martin is teamed up with comedy alum, John Candy. The two trip, fall and smash their way across the sloshy cold roads of America in one of the funniest anti-buddy films of our time. I revisited this one recently and the heartstrings get tugged early on from Candy’s performance. Comedies these days follow a standard formula to build up the sentimental moments. P,T&A reminds you that it’s important to build the emotion early on, that way the adventure and laughs are that much more enjoyable throughout. This classic is up there with Young Frankenstein with constant repeatable laughs.  Photo Courtesy of PlaybuzzA Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Watch on: ABC)This 1973 animated feature airs each year, but I feel it does not get as much love as It’s the Great Pumpkin and A Charlie Brown Christmas. This year you should take another look at this Charles Schulz classic. Charlie Brown has been going from zero to hero since the Xmas special. Peppermint Patty intrudes on Chuck and invites herself and all their friends over to his house for Thanksgiving dinner. Only Charlie Brown is going away for dinner. This is when Linus the wise reminds Charlie Brown that he can serve one dinner early, then attend the other. Can ol’ blockhead pull this off in time to appease his savage friends? This special also includes music by the always wonderful Vince Guaraldi Qunitet. This is the first time we hear Vince sing on a track in any Peanuts holiday special. For that alone, it’s worth a rewatch! 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Guy Kawasaki No Secret Sauce for Tech Success

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Mobile apps. Social media tools. Newfangled gadgets. You name it and someone’s building or engineering it.With an increasingly low barrier to entry and the potential for big money, the idea of starting a company in the technology business can be tempting — or daunting. With so much potential for wild success or utter failure, what’s an aspiring entrepreneur to do?We asked Guy Kawasaki, a co-founder of Alltop, a managing director at VC firm Garage Technology Ventures, author and former chief evangelist at Apple. In an email interview, we discussed what’s helped him succeed in the tech business and how others can find their own success.What follows is an edited version of our exchange: Related: Three Lessons a Serial Tech Entrepreneur Learned from Bill Gates Entrepreneur: Looking back, what was the one thing that helped the most in breaking through in the highly competitive technology business?Kawasaki: Nepotism. My college roommate hired me. There’s a lesson here, though: It doesn’t matter how you get your job. What matters is what you do with the opportunity.Entrepreneur: What’s the secret sauce to being successful in tech today?Kawasaki: There is only hard work and luck, which are really two sides of the same coin. The search for a secret sauce is a futile waste of time. Create something, sell it, make it better, sell it some more and then create something that obsoletes what you used to make.Entrepreneur: Who is your tech hero?Kawasaki: There are people I admire such as Steve Wozniak, but I don’t “worship” anyone. If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.Entrepreneur: When did you know you’d made the leap from small-time to big-time? What changed?Kawasaki: I don’t consider myself “big-time.” I merely consider myself a father, and one role of a father is to provide financial resources for his family. My writing, speaking, advising and investing are all means to this end. Entrepreneur: What helps you stay ahead of the game in tech?Kawasaki: I’m not sure that I am ahead of the game. I do have a peripatetic and active intellectual curiosity. If nothing else, that’s good for finding stuff to post on Google+ and Facebook.Entrepreneur: What’s your best advice for entrepreneurs looking to succeed in tech?Kawasaki: Create a prototype and get it to market as soon as you can. Ignore the naysayers. Revise fast.Related: Mark Cuban’s 12 Rules for Startups min read June 1, 2012 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more