Key players’ absence, Tenorio’s struggles too much for Ginebra to hurdle

first_imgMOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Alaska undefeated run in 2018 could be attributed to its relentless approach on both ends of the floor.That was the case again on Sunday in the Aces’ 97-83 win over Barangay Ginebra where they came alive in the second half after a lackluster first two quarters.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Aces lean on strong third quarter to whip Gin Kings Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events PLAY LIST 01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Alaska coach Alex Compton, though, isn’t discounting the fact that his team was also fortunate enough to face the Gin Kings, who are shorthanded.Ginebra played without its giant Greg Slaughter, who is averaging 20.7 points and 10.3 rebounds, due to a strained hamstring. Joe Devance was also sidelined with a foot injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Honestly, they’re missing two of their number one picks. So it was a tough situation for them. They’re missing a 6-foot-7 vet who knows how to win, and a guy who I think is gonna win an MVP soon,” said Compton.Sonny Thoss echoed Compton’s sentiments, noting that Slaughter’s absence gave him more room to work and be the fulcrum of the Aces’ offense. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It definitely helped. He’s a big guy, a big presence inside so it took one big guy off our shoulder,” the veteran center said.But Thoss added that Alaska would have played the game the same way even if Ginebra had Slaughter and Devance in tow.Already minus their two key players, the Gin Kings also failed to draw usual numbers from their lead playmaker LA Tenorio, who shot 1-of-13 from the field and wound up with measly five points, three assists, and two rebounds in the loss.“It was a big bonus for us because LA didn’t play well. We were lucky,” Alaska big man Vic Manuel said.With Tenorio firing blanks and the team getting frustrated in the second half, Ginebra suffered its second consecutive setback to fall to an even 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Chris Gayle voices support for day-night Tests

first_imgExplosive West Indian opener Chris Gayle has backed day-night Tests and believes they could make the longest form of the game more popular.Australia and New Zealand played the first floodlit Test at the Adelaide Oval in November, attracting more than 123,000 fans through the gates. Pakistan and West Indies are also likely to play a day-night Test later this year.”It’s going to be different for the fans (but) I don’t see any reason why the concept can’t take off and be as successful as the shorter forms of the game,” Gayle told reporters in Bengaluru where he represents the Royal Challengers Indian Premier League team.The tall left-hander, who scored 7,214 runs in 103 Tests, played his last Test against Bangladesh in 2014.According to media reports, India want to host a day-night Test against Australia next year.India and Pakistan are scheduled to play day-night Tests in 2016 while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are considering following suit.last_img read more

UTT format too long, needs change: Top players

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) Indias first-ever professional TT league, Ultimate Table Tennis, will have to address some teething issues for better impact next year, feel top players and administrators involved with the just-concluded inaugural season. For starters, there is unanimity over the need to change the format, which comprised nine three-game matches in a race to 14 points. On an average, a tie ended up lasting four hours. Arguably Indias finest player, Sharath Kamal, feels the format was bit of a drag. “It is something I have already conveyed to the organisers (11EVEN Sports). Nine matches were a bit too much. It took about four hours for the entire tie to get over, therefore making it tougher for fan engagement,” Sharath told PTI. “I think keeping the tie duration under three hours can be the way forward. Having said that, there are bound to be some issues in the first year. The event overall was world class and made the Indian table tennis players feel special in their own country like never before,” said the world number 43 further. Harmeet Desai, one of the three Indians in the world top-100 alongside Sharath and Soumyajit Ghosh, said playing a pro league in India was a dream come true, adding that the length of the league could have been longer. The league took place from July 13 to 30. “Three weeks was a bit on the shorter side I felt. The leagues in Europe take place for a longer period. However, the overall feedback has been very positive. UTT is a much-needed boost to Indian table tennis and the players. Even the foreign players went back a happy lot. “I am confident more foreigners will turn up for the second season,” Desai said. The league was aired on a leading Indian sports channel which played a major role in deciding the timings of the live broadcast. The tie started at 7.30 IST and went on beyond 11 more often than not. Former player Kamlesh Mehta, who is now a director at 11EVEN Sports, welcomed the feedback from all quarters. “The league finished on Sunday and we have already started working on season two. We have received a general feedback on the formant and we are very much open to changes. In consultation with the broadcaster, we will work out a way to ensure the format is more engaging for the fans,” said Mehta. While many table tennis lovers enjoyed the high quality broadcast on television, spectator interest at the venue left a lot to be desired with not even 1000 turning up to watch the action in New Delhi. The attendance, however, was better in Mumbai and Chennai. “You cant expect everything to go right in the first season. Other than the format, the organisers will have to work towards bringing in more people at the venue,” said a TTFI official, who requested anonymity. PTI BS AH BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Why Did Oklahoma State Keep Switching Quarterbacks at Texas?

first_img“I think (Rudolph’s) demeanor was very good,” said Walsh. “He handled it awesome. He screwed up and he knows he did. I think for a minute he wanted to be down on himself, and the maturity took over. He told the defense, ‘My bad, help me out.’ He talked to the receivers and the rest of the offense and told them that we’ve got to keep going. Very proud of the way he handled it.” Rudolph, knowing he was humbled in a monster moment, added what you want to see from QB1.“We’ve done that a little bit up to this point and I’m trying to win and trying to be the best player I can be for Oklahoma State,” Rudolph said. “Whoever that’s going to be, if we’re going to switch out, we’re just happy to get the win.”Let’s just not do it like that again. AdChoices广告I have a lot of questions after OSU’s win over Texas on Saturday. Chief among them is why in the world OSU was switching out its QBs at the end of the game.Mike Gundy didn’t give a great answer.“(We were) trying to manage a little bit of the running game,” Gundy said. “Trying to mix up some of the looks. … We kind of had our hands tied a little bit there trying to find the best matchup. Those calls at that time were on me. That was just a choice, based on how our defense was playing.”OK.What about Mike Yurcich?“The hope was to find ways to run the football. J’s an answer for us. Schematically, he does a great job for us. It’s a supplement. When you’re not moving the ball as you hoped to, changing gears is the way to go.”Except that everybody knows Walsh is going to run it. That’s fine when you’re inside Texas’ 5-yard-line. It’s a bigger issue when you need to move the ball 30-40 yards to score in the fourth quarter on the road in a big game (OSU gained one non-penalized yard on the final two drives).Still, there doesn’t seem to be a controversy. Rudolph is the guy.“He knows he needs to play better,” Yurcich said. “He’s very capable of doing that. Really, it was just a few plays that seemed to us as coaches that are rare for him to make.”“Today was his seventh game, so he’s running out of it being early in his career,” Mike Gundy added. “He needs to pick it up a little bit. But this is the best team he’s played this year. This team has speed. They’ve got size. They’ve got strength. I’m not trying to say that they’re something that maybe the public doesn’t think they are, but they’re still a talented team. It is early in his career, but he needs to play better. Period.”J.W. Walsh and Mason Rudolph actually seemed pretty cool with everything.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mkhitaryan nearing return to Arsenal fold

first_imgArsenal expect Henrikh Mkhitaryan to return to training next week after a month out with a fractured metatarsal.The Armenia international suffered the injury during last month’s Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham, forcing him to come off at half-time.It was announced on Christmas Eve that the midfielder would be out for six weeks, ruling him out until February. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Arsenal said in a statement that they predict the former Manchester United forward will be back training with his team-mates within the week, though he is still unlikely to feature competitively for Arsenal until next month.Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal in January 2018 in a deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move to United.Coming back soon @Arsenal #micki #mkhitaryan pic.twitter.com/muHGDw2Zh6— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) January 11, 2019If Mkhitaryan is to rejoin the Gunners fold next week, then he will do so ahead of a fixture against his former employers.Arsenal have been drawn against United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.Prior to that, they have a crunch derby date with Chelsea to take in this weekend.Unai Emery’s side will welcome the Blues to Emirates Stadium sat six points adrift of their London neighbours.That gap will need to be bridged if a return to Champions League competition for 2019-20 is to be secured.Arsenal are, however, having to look over their shoulder as well as glancing forward.The resurgence of Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – which has delivered six successive victories – has seen the Red Devils draw level with the Gunners on 41 points. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

CMU Receives PM Medal of Appreciation

first_img Speaking to JIS News following the presentation ceremony, President, CMU, Professor Fritz Pinnock, described the institution as an “agile university” that responds to the needs of the nation and the region. Regarded as the premier institution for tertiary maritime and logistics education in the region, the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is focused on changing the higher-education landscape, while certifying students who are ready for the 21st century workforce. The CMU, which acquired university status under a year ago, was among 65 institutions and persons honoured with the Prime Minister Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for contribution to nation building, recently. Story Highlights Regarded as the premier institution for tertiary maritime and logistics education in the region, the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is focused on changing the higher-education landscape, while certifying students who are ready for the 21st century workforce.The CMU, which acquired university status under a year ago, was among 65 institutions and persons honoured with the Prime Minister Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for contribution to nation building, recently.Speaking to JIS News following the presentation ceremony, President, CMU, Professor Fritz Pinnock, described the institution as an “agile university” that responds to the needs of the nation and the region.“It’s about reversing the whole thing where you know the solution cannot come from academia; it has to start with the industry, so we spin around from the classroom to the industry and work back to the classroom. I think this is something that we have been doing – looking at relevant careers, new careers and emerging careers. We now realise that the skills of the future lie in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), so we have made a shift,” he told JIS News.“We have to think and act differently, as the solution of the past is now a problem of the future; so we have to do things differently,” he added.Professor Pinnock said the institution now has the largest capacity in engineering across Jamaica. “We have surpassed all the other tertiary institutions,” he said, adding that approximately 500 international students are enrolled at the university.“We signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and we are in discussions with two other countries, one of which is Bermuda, and we are looking at creating another collaboration,” he told JIS News.Expressing appreciation for the recognition, Professor Pinnock thanked the Government and people of Jamaica for the confidence reposed in the university.“I have a fantastic team, and in the seven months that we have been a university, we have received several international and local recognitions. We are doing our own little thing without any recognition in mind, and just to see this, it’s really an encouragement for the team, because as a university, we are really changing the landscape of higher education,” he said.Some of the awards include ‘Best Newcomer’ in the World University Debating Competition; seven gold medals in the World Cheerleading Tournament; and the hockey team copping the first prize in the Intercollegiate Hockey competition.“It has really been a great time for the University, and I must say I am really proud when I see youngsters making a difference,” he said.The institution is the first specialised public university and the only International Maritime Organization (IMO)-recognised maritime education and training provider in the English-speaking Caribbean.All programmes offered by the university are structured around the maritime industry, with the aim of developing the industry.Eighty-five per cent of graduates are placed in jobs within six months after graduation, compared to the other local universities where less than 50 per cent of their students are placed in the workforce.Additionally, 80 per cent of the teaching/support personnel is drawn from the industry, while over 50 per cent of the Members of the Board of Directors are from organisations within the shipping industry.last_img read more

Global Watchdogs to Keep Closer Eye on Shipping Alliances

first_imgzoom Monitoring of the ever growing shipping alliances warrants a closer contact and better communication between competition and regulatory authorities, the maritime regulatory authorities of the European Union, the People’s Republic of China and the United States said during a summit in Brussels yesterday.The regulatory authorities met in Brussels to discuss antitrust and regulatory issues in maritime transport, with a special focus on the liner shipping market. The delegates confirmed their renewed intention to cooperate on these matters.The discussions focused on the global trend towards increased cooperation in the liner shipping market, as well as on regulatory and policy issues related to ports.Delegates also discussed their respective enforcement activities and highlighted each authority’s priority issues such as port congestion.The summit concluded with the following joint statement by the European Commission, the Federal Maritime Commission and the Chinese Ministry of Transport: “Today’s exchanges have been a valuable opportunity to foster cooperation between our three authorities. We have identified areas of common importance and we look forward to continuing our constructive dialogue.”Hosted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, this was the second official meeting between the three authorities, following the first maritime regulatory summit that took place in Washington in December 2013.last_img read more

Jaishankar files nomination papers for Rajya Sabha poll

first_imgGandhinagar: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Tuesday filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha poll from Gujarat, scheduled on July 5. Jaishankar reached Ahmedabad Monday evening, hours after he officially joined the BJP in the presence of BJPs working president J P Nadda in Delhi. Jaishankar, 64, had served as the Foreign Secretary in the previous Modi-led government. He was inducted into the Union cabinet in Modi’s second term. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Gujarat BJP OBC cell president Jugalji Thakor also filed his papers for the second Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat. The two seats were vacated after BJP leaders Amit Shah and Smriti Irani were elected to the Lok Sabha last month. As per norms, a minister who is not a member of Parliament has to be elected to either House within six months of his or her swearing in. Thakor is from Mehsana district and belongs to the dominant Thakor community in the state. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani were present as Jaishankar and Thakor submitted their nomination forms to the returning officer C B Pandya. The last date of submitting nomination papers is June 25, while scrutiny of papers would be conducted on June 26, and the last date of withdrawal is June 28. Given its strength in the Assembly, the BJP is set to win both the seats, especially as the election will be held separately as per the Election Commissions notification. Upset over the Election Commissions notification, the Congress had moved the Supreme Court seeking its direction to the poll body to hold the elections to the two seats together, as this gives a chance to the opposition party to win at least one seat. The apex court refused to entertain the plea. The Congress has fielded Gaurav Pandya and Chandrika Chudasama for the two Rajya Sabha seats.last_img read more

Caroline Neron celebrity jewel queen and former Dragon dethroned in Quebec

first_imgMONTREAL — News that celebrity Quebec jewelry-maker Caroline Neron filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday is shining a harsh light on the qualifications of stars chosen for the province’s French-language version of the deal-making show, “Dragon’s Den.”Described by news media as a “thunderclap” in Quebec’s retail industry, Neron’s financial troubles have called into question her aptitude for assessing entrepreneurial talent on Radio-Canada’s “Dans l’oeil du dragon.” The show features prominent businesspeople deciding whether to invest in the pitches of budding entrepreneurs.Francois Lambert, a former panellist on the show, said the French CBC does not ask its prospective stars to reveal their riches or demonstrate they have the time and liquidity to properly invest in start-ups.“They never asked to see my numbers,” Lambert said in an interview. “They can say that they ask to see people’s numbers, but they don’t, because they never did it with me. And this week it exploded in their faces.”Other embarrassing choices to play the role of dragon include Gilbert Rozon, the disgraced founder of Just for Laughs facing sex-crimes charges, and Martin-Luc Archambault, who quit the show in September under a cloud. An investigation by the privacy commissioner of Canada revealed his IT company violated numerous provisions in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.Lambert co-founded Aheeva Technology Inc., a software for call centres available in 75 countries, and says he has investments in 10 companies, including a three-year-old start-up called Boostmi — an on-demand roadside assistance application.The entrepreneur said a little research would have flagged concerns about Rozon and Archambault, and he claimed there are other people with whom he appeared who did not belong on the show. Radio-Canada should seek out candidates who have money, and who have sold a business, he argued.“We make money with a company, in reality, when we sell it,” Lambert said. “I had just sold my business when they asked me to be on the show …. I wasn’t an impostor and I had my place there. You become a dragon when you have finished your company, and you have the time to invest and apply your recipe of success with others.”Marc Pichette, spokesman for Radio-Canada, said the public broadcaster and the show’s producers “conduct a basic review of (the) application based on information given in good faith by the potential dragon.”He added that when Rozon was on the show in 2016 he was an internationally celebrated figure who had also been chosen by the City of Montreal as commissioner for its 375th anniversary, held in 2017.Montreal’s La Presse reported Friday it contacted all eight of the entrepreneurs with whom Neron made deals on the latest season of the show, which ended in June 2018. Not one of them had received any money from the jewelry maker. Neron left the show in December.During an interview with the TVA television network on Thursday, Neron said she is closing 9 of 14 boutiques in the province and letting go 64 of 152 employees.She rose to prominence in Quebec as a singer and actor. Michel Nadeau, head of a think tank on governance of public and private companies, said Neron’s brand was strong in Quebec, and she was one of the few people to make a name in the jewelry market.“It was one of the rare companies, in the jewelry and craft and artisanal industry that succeeded in imposing a brand in the industry — she succeeded,” said Nadeau. “She is very, very present on television and on the radio.” The problem was that she grew the business too quickly, he said, by investing too much in retail and small boutiques in commercial centres with extremely high rents.Lambert, who was not invited back for the upcoming season of “Dans l’oeil du dragon,” said Neron’s story should serve as a lesson to all entrepreneurs “who spread themselves so thin and do anything and everything, instead of managing their own company.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

THE 17TH ANNUAL ACTRA AWARDS IN TORONTO NOMINEES

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female Voice:Emilie-Claire Barlow as Courtney in Total DramaRama, “Sharing is Caring” (Fresh TV)Lilly Bartlam as Gwen in Total DramaRama, “Aquarium for a Dream” (Fresh TV)Julie Lemieux as Grandma Steak in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “Mozoko” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Bryn McAuley as Shirley Squirrley in Top Wing, “Shirley’s Sleepover Adventure” (9 Story Media Group)Ana Sani as Piper Willowbrook in Mysticons, “The Edge of Two Morrows” (Corus Entertainment) Seán Cullen Cory Doran Mark Forward Mark Little Joseph Motiki Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male Voice:Seán Cullen as Mayor Shelbourne in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, “Now You See Him” (DHX Media)Cory Doran as Captain Dilly in Top Wing, “Cap’n Dilly’s Dance Party” (9 Story Media Group)Mark Forward as Hugo in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “Hu’s the Boss” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Mark Little as Dino in Cupcake & Dino: General Services, “My Life in Radio (Stinks!)” (Cupcake and Dinosaur Productions Inc.)Joseph Motiki as Pedro in Hotel Transylvania, “Bandages of Brothers” (Corus Entertainment) Anne with an E Baroness Von Sketch Show Kim’s Convenience Schitt’s Creek Workin’ Moms Advertisement Nominees for the Members’ Choice Series Ensemble award:Anne with an E (Northwood Anne)Baroness Von Sketch Show (Frantic Films)Kim’s Convenience (Thunderbird Entertainment)Schitt’s Creek (Not a Real Company)Workin’ Moms (Workin’ Moms Productions) Rick Parker Sue Parker ACTRA Toronto Stunt Awards will be presented to stunt performers and animal wranglers Rick Parker and Sue Parker.Jayne EastwoodThe sketch troupe Women Fully Clothed will present their fellow member Jayne Eastwood with the 2019 Award of Excellence. Sugith Varughese Sean Jones The show will be written by Sugith Varughese and feature Juno Award-winning soul singer Sean Jones as well as onstage DJ hey! dw.“It is fitting, during this extraordinary time when women’s voices are fighting to be heard, that ACTRA Toronto is splitting the voice award into female and male categories,” says President Theresa Tova. “Voice Co-Chair Linda Ballantyne was a powerful advocate for this change. It’s only fair to give female voice performers more recognition.” Tova further notes, “It is wonderful to see repeat nominees: Emilie-Claire Barlow, Lilly Bartlam, Seán Cullen, Cory Doran, Julie Lemieux, Bryn McAuley and Gord Rand.”ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s 25,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers. Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO – ACTRA Toronto is excited to announce the nominees for the 17th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto. The ACTRA Awards in Toronto will take place at The Carlu on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Tantoo Cardinal Katie Douglas Deborah Kimmett Amybeth McNulty Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:Tantoo Cardinal as Mary Birchbark in Falls Around Her (Baswewe Films)Katie Douglas as Lisa in Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey (Cineflix)Deborah Kimmett as Patty in Keep Coming Back! (The Company You Keep)Amybeth McNulty as Anne in Anne with an E, “The Determining Acts of Her Life” (Northwood Anne)Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah as Millicent in Maternal (Off2Kali Productions) Dalmar Abuzeid Vladimir Cubrt Jeremy Ferdman Stephen McHattie Gord Rand Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male: Dalmar Abuzeid as Sebastian ‘Bash’ Lacroix in Anne with an E, “Struggling Against the Perception of Facts” (Northwood Anne)Vladimir Cubrt as Donnie Marchuk in Luba (Purple Pants Productions)Jeremy Ferdman as Richie in Robbery (Pagemaster Entertainment)Stephen McHattie as Gus Power in Crown and Anchor (Crown and Anchor Films)Gord Rand as Jim in Man Running (Man Running Ltd.) Emilie-Claire Barlow Lilly Bartlam Julie Lemieux Bryn McAuley Ana Sani Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Delhi to vote for full statehood in this election says Atishi

first_imgNEW DELHI: People this time will vote for Delhi’s full statehood as not having the status is directly linked with concrete issues such as unemployment, women’s safety and lack of opportunities in higher education, AAP leader Atishi has said. Atishi is one of the seven candidates fielded by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi. The AAP is contesting the elections with the slogan ‘Poorna Rajya Banao Jhadu ka Button Dabao’, telling people that Delhi will get full statehood if they vote for the party. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Aam Aadmi Party’s Lok Sabha candidate for the East Delhi constituency said the party is “talking of concrete issues of lack of safety and security, cleanliness and employment that is linked to Delhi not having full statehood”. “People in Delhi this election are going to vote on these factors,” Atishi said. Noting that there is “no narrative” this election and people would vote based on local issues affecting them, she said, “Like in 2014, there was ‘Abki Baar Modi Sarkar’, in 2015, there was narrative to make Kejriwal as the chief minister but if you see in this election there is no narrative across the nation either in favour of anyone or against anyone”. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsShe added that a lot of people who voted for the BJP in 2014 were “not natural BJP voters” but the ones hoping for change in favour of development. “When they voted for the BJP (in 2014), they thought it is on the agenda of development. They were also the elections that had mega narratives,” she said. “I think people would say we have seen consequences of voting for Modi, nothing changed in our lives. Our children still don’t have education, they don’t have jobs, women are still not safe. Now they will vote based on seeing the work that we (AAP) have done after coming to power,” the 37-year-old Oxford graduate said. On reforms in government school education in Delhi, Atishi said when the AAP came to power, there were multiple gaps that had to be dealt with. “One was that of the basic infrastructure, whatever infrastructure was there was poorly maintained. There were some schools in east Delhi having over 150 students in one class and with such infrastructure deficiency there is no way you can provide high quality education,” she said. “I think all this shortage of infrastructure gave this message to the children that you are second class citizens and you don’t matter in this world and you are not going to make it anywhere,” Atishi said. The second major challenge was “lack of accountability” which, she claimed, is a “hallmark of a government system”. “I think changing that mindset was the biggest challenge. Everyone in this system used to believe that this system couldn’t work,” she said. “Teachers are same, schools are same, children are same but the fact that you have a government in power that is willing to improve, an intent to improve and that changed things,” she said. But she noted that Delhi’s higher education is still facing a crisis. “You have 2.5 lakh students passing out of class 12 every year in Delhi and that number is increasing. There are only one lakh seats in higher educational institutes for which children from across the country are seeking admission. So there is definitely a crisis,” she said.last_img read more

Defence awards Boeing 143B bomber maintenance contract

OKLAHOMA CITY — Boeing Co. has won a $14.3 billion contract to service and maintain all B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress bombers at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.In a statement last week, the Department of Defence said the contract includes hardware and software development and integration, ground and flight testing, configuration management, studies and analyses and modernization.The Oklahoman reports that the agreement continues a decade-old contract to service aircraft at Tinker, which is a major part of the Air Force’s maintenance, repair and overhaul network.Boeing officials say their first project will be an advanced communications integration study costing a projected $1.2 million.Maintenance of the B-21 Raider, a long-range stealth bomber expected to replace the B-1 and B-52 in the mid-2020s, will also take place at Tinker.___Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.comThe Associated Press read more

Cleveland Browns Looking to Ben Tate for Replacement

The Cleveland Browns has selected a new runningback for Trent Richardson’s replacement.The Browns has set their sights on Ben Tate, whose contract with the Houston Texans expires after this season, to replace Richardson.The Browns traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a very valuable first round draft pick next year. If the Browns ball club is able to come up with the capital, they could acquire both Tate and a first round pick for the price of Richardson.ESPN reported that Browns CEO Joe Banner said that the Richardson trade, which was completed Wednesday, was not reflective of anything negative about the star running back, and that the team simply seized an opportunity to improve with the deal.Despite the Browns interest in Tate, the Texans aren’t simply willing to give Tate up, especially when their backup running back Arian Foster is looking more and more injury prone.  In Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, the 25-year-old Tate rushed for 148 yards on just 18 carries, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. read more

Shigeru Miyamoto dont expect a 3DS hardware refresh

first_imgWhen the 3DS was first launched Nintendo made a point of saying they couldn’t shrink the device any further. The components inside barely fit as it is, and no amount of parts shrinkage is going to change that, apparently.At the time I was skeptical and still expected Nintendo to announce a 3DSi and/or a 3DS XL at some point. Now Nintendo’s leading game director Shigeru Miyamoto has said the company is trying to figure out the next generation of handheld, not how to update the 3DS.The 3DS has been on the market for 15 months now, which is about as long as Nintendo waited to introduce the DS Lite after the original DS. The previous generation handheld went on to enjoy a seven year lifespan as Nintendo’s main portable device thanks to two more redesigns.If Miyamoto is saying there’s no more 3DS hardware updates coming at the 15 month stage, it suggests Nintendo is going to start releasing handheld hardware more regularly. It also makes sense to do that as a reaction to the growing threat of smartphone gaming, which typically sees new hardware released on a 12-18 month lifecycle.Introducing a 3DS XL does make sense due to the introduction of the Circle Pad peripheral. Integrating that into the main system, increasing the size of the 3D display, and improving battery life beyond 5 hours would all add to the 3DS’ appeal. But if that’s not going to happen and we get a brand new machine instead, Nintendo just has to hope consumers are willing to buy into it again so soon.via IGNlast_img read more

Porno charges dropped by Cambodia against 9 tourists one British man faces

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3859887 By AFP Monday 19 Feb 2018, 12:21 PM 40,269 Views Share9 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock A CAMBODIAN COURT has dropped pornography charges against nine of the 10 foreigners arrested last month at a pool party in the tourist town of Siem Reap, an official said today.The group was detained for around two weeks on charges of producing pornographic materials to promote the event at a private villa in the city flanking Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat temple ruins.Police, who broke up the party on 25 January, initially accused the foreigners of “singing and dancing pornographically”.“The court has dropped charges against the nine foreigners released on bail. Only one British national will face trial,” court spokesman Yin Srang told AFP, declining to elaborate.Their lawyer Ouch Sopheaktra said the Briton was held because he was accused of renting the villa and organising the pool party. Source: The Canadian Press/YouTubeAll 10 defendants – five Britons, two Canadians, a Norwegian, a New Zealander and a Dutch national – had denied the allegations, saying that they were wearing “sexy” clothing but had not produced pornography, according to their lawyer.While Cambodia teems with foreign tourists and boasts a rowdy nightlife, the Buddhist country is often strict when protecting local traditions or heritage sites.Authorities banned skimpy clothing inside the Angkor Wat complex in 2016 and have previously arrested and deported foreigners for taking racy photos among the ruins, which are considered sacred.But the location of past violations has been inside the ancient city, not in the adjoining town of Siem Reap, a popular party hub with bars catering to foreign tourists.© – AFP 2018Read: Cambodia deports tourists accused of ‘pornographic’ pool partycenter_img Short URL ‘Porno’ charges dropped by Cambodia against 9 tourists – one British man faces trial The tourists’ lawyer said the Briton was held because he was accused of renting the villa and organising the pool party. 16 Comments Feb 19th 2018, 12:21 PM Image: Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Inslee wants light rail for replacement 15 bridge

first_imgAs the renewed effort to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge has gained momentum, one of the key sticking points that helped sink the previous replacement effort has reemerged.Five years ago, the Columbia River Crossing, a proposed replacement bridge and freeway improvement project, met its demise in the Washington Senate after lawmakers failed to fund the state’s portion of the project. Among the deal breakers was the project’s cost, design, possibility of tolls and inclusion of light rail.Just days after Oregon lawmakers agreed to resume talks on a new crossing, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released details of his $54.4 billion proposed two-year budget that included $17.5 million to reopen a project office for an I-5 bridge replacement.Proponents of replacing the bridge have stated that details of the project are yet to be determined. But Inslee’s budget included language directing project staff to assume the new bridge will include light rail and may be financed with tolls.“Having that language allows the federal government to know we have a real project,” said Inslee in an interview with The Columbian on Friday. “It’s not just wishes and dreams.”last_img read more

Army Surpasses Target Dwell Time for Soldiers

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army has exceeded the target dwell time for active-duty soldiers since the fall of 2014, with service members spending about three years at home for every year of deployment, according to recent data.The goal for the Army’s active component is for at least one half of soldiers deploying a subsequent time to have spent two years at home for every year deployed. The Army has met that goal since January 2012, when major troop withdrawals began in Afghanistan, reported Army Times. The ratio has improved to 1:3 or better since late 2014.Officials emphasize, however, that dwell time varies greatly among career fields, with soldiers in some specialties, such as special operations, having shorter turnaround times than troops in other careers.The dwell time target for the reserve components is 1:4. Since the spring of 2015 the National Guard has maintained an average dwell of 1:4.1; the Army Reserve’s dwell ratio is 1:4.2.last_img read more

Severed cable in Kansas hampers test grading in Sitka

first_imgAlaska’s star-crossed educational testing system suffered another setback Tuesday when a fiber-optic cable near the University of Kansas was severed at about 1:30 Central Daylight Time.Download AudioThe University of Kansas is home to AAI — the Achievement and Assessment Institute —  which provides online standardized testing to school districts across Alaska.The incident left students high-and-dry in grades 3, 7, and 8 in Sitka as they began the first day of the Alaska Measures of Progress — or AMP testing.Co-assistant superintendent Sarah Ferrency is in charge of testing in the Sitka School District. When no one could connect to the online testing service, her first impulse was to get AAI on the phone.“And I got a ‘Sorry we are closed’ message,” Ferrency said. “And I’m like ‘What? Really?’ So then I tried to get onto the computer interface. And that was what had happened to students who were testing, too. They’d try to log on and they couldn’t because the whole system was down.”In fact, most of the University of Kansas campus was down. According to a university news release, the cable had been accidentally severed somewhere just off-campus in the city of Lawrence. Internet, online classes, even email was unavailable to the majority of campus for the rest of the afternoon.Ferrency thinks the 75 students from Sitka — and any others statewide — who were taking the test when the connection was lost should be fine.“The system is designed so that if there is any disconnection for any reason at any time, their answers are saved,” said Ferrency. “So we anticipate that students who were in the test at the time of the outage will be able to log back in and pick up where they left off.”The AMP has been under fire almost constantly since it was introduced, and especially since last January, when the Department of Education decided to replace it with another testing product. But that transition couldn’t happen very quickly, so the AMP remains in use this year.Although it doesn’t look good, Ferrency says this outage is not another reason to dislike the AMP.“It certainly doesn’t help public perception,” Ferrency said. “The State Department (of Education) was very clear when they finally sent an email that said, This has nothing to do with AAI. A construction vehicle clipped a fiber-optic cable outside the campus. It’s incredibly unfortunate, and incredibly bad timing, but it’s no fault of theirs.”As of press time, the State Department of Education had no estimate of how many students across the state may have been affected by the outage. Ferrency says this was the first day of testing. Students in Sitka who were unable to log on will likely get another opportunity to take the test in about three weeks.The University of Kansas has announced that the cable should be repaired by Wednesday morning.And is this the death of online standardized testing in Alaska? Ferrency doesn’t think so.“Every modern assessment service is moving online,” said Ferrency.last_img read more

Watch the Geekcom Gifted and Talented Program Live on Facebook 1215

first_imgIntroAt noon EST we’ll kick things off wearing our Busted Tees and explaining just what the hell this show is. We’ll also start building our TMNT Mega Bloks set and fire up our 3D printer, which we’ll check in on throughout the show.Sign up here for 50% off all $20 Busted Tees shirts with promo code SCHWIFTY.Instrument 1At 12:30 our friends at Artiphon will stop by the show off Instrument 1, a smart musical instrument that helps people of any skill level discover the joy of composition. We’ll try to play some live vaporwave with it.Dollar Shave Club: Furby EditionAt 12:45 we’ll induct a new member into the Dollar Shave Club by shaving a Furby. As we scrape the fur off this latest version of Hasbro’s toy, we’ll also let you know all about the shaving subscription service.Sign up here to get any razor for just $1.Cosplay Gift GuideAt 1 we’re showing off costume pieces that’ll make great holiday gifts for the cosplayers in your life.Game of the Year: Live!At 1:15 we’re doing a special live version of Geek’s world-famous Game of the Year column. We’ll demo some of the year’s best video games on a top-of-the-line gaming PC.MovieBob in the BuildingAt 1:45 we’re talking to Geek’s resident film critic Bob “MovieBob” Chipman about the best movies of 2016. Get ready for nothing but nonstop Batman v. Superman praise.Talking Star TrekAt 2:15 Jordan Hoffman of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, is stopping by to talk all things Tribble.Box ExpertiseAt 2:30 Box Expert Will Greenwald joins us to show all the cool curios you can get shipped to your house every month thanks to our friends at Loot Crate, CrateJoy, Oppo Suites, and maybe more.Crunchyroll RouletteAt 3:00 we’re firing up Crunchyroll and diving straight into the anime dumpster. How much random anime roulette can our poor hosts handle before they become kawaii AF?Sign up here for a 30-day free Crunchyroll trial.Into the Echoside with Cannabis TechAt 3:30 you’re getting two segments for the price of one. Not only are we showing off the Insane Clown Posse tabletop game Into the Echoside, but we’re also talking about the latest in cannabis tech.Retro GamingAt 3:45 we’ll check out some of the coolest retro consoles including the elusive NES Classic. Who needs new, bad video games when you can play good, old video games?Super Mario RunAt 4:15  we’re playing Super Mario Run, the iPhone debut of Nintendo’s mascot. We’ll also be comparing which phone cases give us the best scores in a highly scientific test.Nerf PunisherAt 4:30 we’ll finish things off with a visit from the Nerf Punisher. What other dark surprises are in store?Sign up here for savings on Hasbro products with promo code HOLIDAY16.So yeah, drop whatever you’re doing, cancel all of your other plans, subscribe to the Geek.com newsletter, and strap in for the Geek.com Gifted and Talented Program live on Facebook Thursday, December 15 starting at noon EST. See you there! A lot of entities will try to convince the masses to part with their money this holiday season, but we here at Geek.com at least want you to have a good time while we’re pitching you products. On Thursday December 15, the Geek.com Gifted and Talented Program streams live over on the Geek Facebook page. Hosted by the Geek.com team in New York City, the five-hour show will feature guests, giveaways, skits, and demos entertaining viewers will also showing off some of the hottest products for the holidays.Relive the magic below!last_img read more

Hilarious Doctor Who RPG explains series 5 and 6 in a nutshell

first_imgAs a huge fan of the BBC’s Doctor Who, I know first hand that it is not always easy to explain the show to someone who has never seen it. This counts double when trying to explain it to someone who has only ever experienced American television. Since, in my opinion, American science fiction has been on the decline recently, I have been trying to encourage some of my fellow geeks to get into the show. The clever team at College Humor released a video of a Doctor Who RPG that, in my opinion, does a pretty good job of explaining the core elements of the last two seasons of Doctor Who in the most amusing way possible.The “RPG” is a combination of old school Final Fantasy with a little bit of Pokemon thrown in for the action sequences. The end result is three minutes of 8-bit humor that travels through the Doctor Who storyline since Matt Smith took the stage as the 11th Doctor.Starting from the moment David Tennant regenerated, you are rushed through all of the important plot points. Losing Rory, the Angels, the Pandorica, and absolute craziness that is Professor River Song. The video happens so fast that, while incredibly spoilerific, should you expose someone to the video before they have seen the show you won’t be ruining anything for anyone.Take a look at the video below, and be sure to drop a thank you to the guys at College Humor for giving the Whovians of the world something to laugh at while we wait for Season 7 to start up this fall.As noted above, this probably won’t ruin anything for people who haven’t seen the show yet, but it does contain spoilers!last_img read more