Belga laments costly miscommunication as Rain or Shine misses out on semis

first_imgPBA IMAGESThe phrase “breaks of the game” were thrown a lot during Beau Belga’s impromptu press conference after Rain or Shine lost to TNT 118-114 in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.From missed shots to bricked free throws, every thing fell under “breaks of the game,” but there was none bigger than the Elasto Painters’ final offensive set.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary A miscommunication episode between Belga and import J’Nathan Bullock erased Rain or Shine’s hopes of advancing to the semifinals and that’s something the power forward regretted deeply right away.READ: Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berthFEATURED 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 shutout“Coach Caloy [Garcia] said the play was for J’Nathan to attack the defense one-on-one and I will sag off outside for a jumper,” said Belga in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I was surprised when he made a drop pass instead of a kick-out and I was already too far away from the rim.”“My momentum was going to the corner and if the pass was in my direction, well who knows? Maybe we could’ve had a chance.” View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Robinson not losing sleep over Pirates’ 28 turnovers Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Rain or Shine trailed 116-114 in the final 10 seconds of the game after Glen Rice Jr. tipped in Jayson Castro’s missed triple and the Elasto Painters had that much time on the clock to force a tie or go for the win.The Elasto Painters decided to shoot for the tie with Bullock supposedly connecting with Belga but the pass went awry and that mistake ultimately doomed Rain or Shine.What made it more painful for Belga was that he was confident he could have made the game-tying jumper to force overtime.“I felt lucky during the game,” said Belga who finished with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. “Just one chance but the pass was off and I tried to chase the ball but I was already too far away. If the pass was directed to the corner, maybe we could’ve made a surprise shot.”“So yeah, what happened were just breaks of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Queensland and New South Wales Levelled

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS Queensland and New South Wales have claimed two series each in the earlier Game Two matches of the 2012 State of Origin series at Port Macquarie.The Maroons clinched the men’s 50’s and women’s 30’s divisions, and New South Wales have got the Women’s 20’s and Men’s 45’s in the bag.There were tight matches all round in today’s 9.50am time slot of the State of Origin series.The Men’s 50s match went into a drop-off and it was the fourth time in the series Queensland have won in extra-time.After scoring a double in the first half, Phil Evans scored the match-winner for Queensland to give his team a 6-5 victory.There was only one touchdown in it between the two states in the Women’s 30’s competition.After Queensland won game one in a drop-off, they claimed the second game 2-1.Like she did in game one, Maroons’ Lana Curry scored the winning touchdown.Queensland made it a clean sweep in the 30’s age group with their Men’s team winning the second match 9-8.In another heart-stopping encounter, both teams traded touchdowns but it was Queensland who were able to rejoice as they hit the lead in the final two minutes.But New South Wales got some of their own back by winning the Women’s 20s and Men’s 45’s divisions.Up 3-1 at half-time, New South Wales went to sleep in the second half, allowing Queensland to score two touchdowns.However, a touchdown to Simone Smith got the girls in blue the series win.New South Wales went for the jugular in the second half of the Men’s 45’s as they scored six touchdowns to claim a 8-5 win.Craig Nicholls scoring a double in the match. Queensland levelled the series in the Men’s 40’s with a hard-fought 6-4 win. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksState of Orgin game twolast_img read more

Kentucky Basketball: John Calipari Tells Colin Cowherd He Has To “Go To Church, Ask For Forgiveness” For His John Wall Criticism

first_imgJohn Calipari talks to Colin Cowherd about John Wall.John Calipari Colin Cowherd John WallColin Cowherd likes to criticize John Wall. The ESPN personality does it often on his radio show. For an in-depth look at Cowherd’s distaste for the Washington Wizards’ star point guard, you can read this by the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg. This morning, Wall’s college coach, John Calipari, went on Cowherd’s ESPN radio show. During his appearance, Calipari discussed Cowherd’s criticism of his former player. He doesn’t like it. The 56-year-old Wildcats’ coach joked that Cowherd has to “go to church” and “ask for forgiveness” for his Wall hate. Calipari to Colin Cowherd on John Wall hate: “You’ve gotta go to church, ask for forgiveness, let it go.”— Dan Bodner (@DanBodnerKSC) June 5, 2015Here’s video of the interview, courtesy of Sports Grid.This is why Kentucky fans love Calipari so much.last_img read more

Canadian firm tied to Facebook data scandal got 100K from feds in

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian company at the heart of the international scandal over the unauthorized use of Facebook information received $100,000 in federal funding last year to develop data-driven tools for political campaigns, The Canadian Press has learned.AggregateIQ Data Services Ltd. received the one-time contribution from the National Research Council for a nine-month project aimed at developing digital tools to predict who would turn out to vote and the likelihood of supporting a specific candidate, and to predict the outcome of a campaign’s communications strategy.The British Columbia company is under investigation by privacy officials in Ottawa, B.C. and the United Kingdom for its role in influencing the outcome of the U.K.’s Brexit referendum. It is also under investigation for allegedly violating limits on spending during that campaign to benefit the “leave” side.AggregateIQ has also been linked to Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm accused of improperly accessing private Facebook data to help political campaigns, including Donald Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential bid and the Brexit campaign.On Friday, Facebook announced that it has suspended AggregateIQ from its platform following reports that the company may be connected to Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL.“In light of recent reports that AggregateIQ may be affiliated with SCL and may, as a result, have improperly received FB user data, we have added them to the list of entities we have suspended from our platform while we investigate,” a Facebook spokesperson said.“Our internal review continues, and we will co-operate fully with any investigations by regulatory authorities.”Facebook estimates the personal information of 622,161 users in Canada — and nearly 87 million worldwide — was improperly accessed by Cambridge Analytica.AggregateIQ has said it has always complied with the law and has denied ever being part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL. It has also said it never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica, nor has it ever had access to Facebook data allegedly obtained improperly by Cambridge Analytica.The privacy controversy has put a spotlight on the use of data by political parties, which depend heavily on access to quality data about voters to target their campaign pitches.In the months following the 2016 Brexit and Trump victories, the National Research Council provided AggregateIQ with $100,000 in funding, under the Industrial Research Assistance Program, to support a $250,000 project by the company.A copy of the funding agreement, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, says the project’s objective was to create tools to help political campaigns accurately predict voter turnout, the likelihood of support for a specific candidate and the effectiveness of a given campaign communications strategy.“At the completion of the project, AggregateIQ will have an agnostic campaign data reporting platform that will enable our staff to provide more efficient consulting in the work we do as well as sell access to the tool for other organizations to use,” reads the agreement.“This will make our consulting business able to handle more clients and open a new line of revenue in sales and support of a much needed tool in the campaign space.”The NRC’s project with AggregateIQ was scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2017, and end Sept. 30, 2017. The agreement also contained a section that outlined “ethical” considerations.“While this project relies heavily on the collection of data to support analytics and decision making, the data that will be collected is either a data derivative or anonymous data,” the document said, stressing that none of data would have information that could be used to identify individuals.“With no personal data and no data that could be matched back to an individual, we believe that the project meets all ethical requirements and does not require further ethical review,” the agreement said.In its pitch to the NRC, the company, which said it employed 10 people at the time, wrote that it would provide $148,620 towards the project.The company also stressed the demand for such a political tool — and referenced the Trump and Brexit campaigns as examples.“As is evidenced by the recent election between Trump and Clinton, or with the U.K. EU referendum, the traditional polling companies are unable to accurately predict outcomes,” the document said.“Political decision makers are turning to internal data analytics to decide where to spend money, allocate resources and ultimately find out if they are going to win.”The Canadian Press sought comment from AggregateIQ’s chief operating officer, Jeff Silvester, who is listed in the agreement as the company’s representative, but received no response. The agreement was signed by AggregateIQ’s CEO, Zackary Massingham.Canadian data expert Christopher Wylie, who blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica’s allegedly improper use of Facebook data, has claimed he helped found AggregateIQ while he worked for parent company SCL. He has said he “absolutely” believes AggregateIQ drew on Cambridge Analytica’s databases for its work on the Brexit campaign.On Thursday, the federal and British Columbia privacy commissioners announced they are joining forces to investigate Facebook and AggregateIQ.The federal privacy watchdog first launched an investigation last month to look into allegations about the unauthorized access of private Facebook data. It broadened its probe to join the B.C. privacy czar’s ongoing probe of the Victoria-based AggregateIQ, which began late last year, to determine whether the company broke privacy laws.A spokesman for the National Research Council said last year’s funding agreement with AggregateIQ was “the first and only collaboration with the company.”“The Industrial Research Assistance Program works with firms under specific and strict terms and conditions, and evaluates each project on an individual basis, following a rigorous process,” said Charles Drouin.— with files from Associated Presslast_img read more

Steven Spielberg And USC Shoah Foundation Announce Ambassadors For Humanity Gala

first_imgSteven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation Institute – The Institute for Visual History and Education, will present William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, with the Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award at the organization’s annual gala, taking place this year in Detroit on Sept. 10.Ford will be recognized for his leadership and corporate citizenry around education and community. Mickey Shapiro, real estate developer and longstanding member of the Institute’s Board of Councilors, is the event’s co-chairman. The gala vice chairs and benefit committee will comprise leaders from the local community and from around the nation.The September gala will provide the opportunity to highlight the Institute’s global work in making the 53,000 audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides in its Visual History Archive a compelling voice for education and action.USC Shoah Foundation has a long history in Michigan and with Ford Motor Company, which was the sole sponsor of the 1997 NBC broadcast of the Academy Award winning “Schindler’s List,”’ the film that inspired the establishment of the Institute. The Institute collected 335 testimonies with Holocaust survivors and witnesses in the Detroit area, with local videographers and interviewers specially trained for the job.The Visual History Archive is also available on two campuses in Michigan, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and University of Michigan – Flint.The event will also shine a light on the emerging partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Ford Motor Company to expand the Institute’s IWitness educational platform in the Detroit area. IWitness brings the first-person stories of survivors and witnesses of genocide from the Institute’s Visual History Archive to students via multimedia-learning activities that are accessible via Macs, PCs, iPads, and tablet devices connected to the Internet.Currently, 100 educators in Michigan – and over 6,500 globally – use IWitness. In addition, more than 250 educators in Michigan, and over 15,000 nationally, have been trained on Echoes and Reflections, a multimedia Holocaust curriculum developed by the Institute and partners, the Anti-Defamation League and Yad Vashem.A significant portion of the proceeds raised at the gala will remain in the region, where the funds will be utilized for educational programs in secondary schools.Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation and chairman of the Ambassadors gala said, “Working with Bill Ford and Ford Motor Company to further explore ways to share the work of the Institute with the people of Michigan is a wonderful opportunity. Reaching people when they’re young is the key to changing the world with testimony. IWitness and its ability to deliver tolerance education to the Detroit region gives me great hope that together we can affect significant change. The commitment of Bill Ford and Ford Motor Company to support new approaches to learning, to provide scholarships, and to help deserving students attain higher education, makes him a great ambassador, and I am proud to recognize him for his efforts.”“The USC Shoah Foundation stands as an enormous point of pride for USC, and has seen its efforts advanced greatly through the support of individuals and organizations that recognize its value as a truly transformational tool for education. Mr. Ford is a visionary leader who understands the contribution that USC Shoah Foundation makes to the world, and we are honored to recognize him for his corporate citizenry and leadership,” said University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias.“I am so pleased that USC Shoah Foundation will be joining forces with Ford Motor Company and the local Detroit community to explore new ways to utilize IWitness as an educational tool, and endeavor to reach a growing number of educators and students across the Detroit region,” said USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen D. Smith.For more information about the gala call the Event Office at 248-593-9743, the USC Shoah Foundation Benefit at 818-777-7876 or email ambassadorsgala2015@usc.edu. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.last_img read more

CANADAHUB BRINGS FIVE NEW PRODUCTIONS TO THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Canada is storming back to the renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August with five more productions in the hopes of building on last summer’s success stories.In 2017, the first year for CanadaHub at the Scottish festival, the two-women show Mouthpiecefrom Quote Unquote Collective won two major awards, received more than 15 four- and five-star reviews, and secured tours in Europe and the U.S.Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story from 2b theatre garnered a two-month, sold-out run in New York and was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards. And Theatre Conspiracy’s Foreign Radical, another Canadian Fringe offering, will tour for five weeks this fall, partially as part of the Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network. Cliff Cardinal plays all the characters in Huff, a traumatic story of a family living on a contemporary Canadian Aboriginal reserve. (ED MARUYAMA / AKIPARI) Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

BC housing market shows signs of moderation assessment agency

first_imgVANCOUVER — Assessed values of some single family homes in Metro Vancouver’s once red hot housing market dropped between five and 10 per cent in the latest assessments used to determine property taxes in British Columbia.Meanwhile, BC Assessment says some property owners in the rest of the province have seen five to 15 per cent increases in their property values.The agency forecasts condominium values will increase by up to 20 per cent across B.C. this year.Commercial and industrial properties saw an increase of between 10 and 20 per cent across most of the province, with some markets around Metro Vancouver increasing up to 30 per cent. BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data.Its assessments are based on the estimate of a property’s market value on July 1 of each year and its physical condition on Oct. 31.Deputy assessor Keith MacLean-Talbot says increases in property assessments do not automatically translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

EC replaces Kolkata police commissioner 3 other Bengal top cops

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission of India (EC) on Friday night removed Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma and Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in a major shake-up in the police establishment of the state. The announcement comes days after BJP leaders had alleged that free and fair elections would not be possible in the state under these officers. Dr Rajesh Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Pollution Control Board, was made the new Kolkata top cop, while Natarajan Ramesh Babu, ADG and IGP, Operations, was named the Bidhannagar police commissioner, an ECI notification about the decisions said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The poll body also named Avannu Ravindranath, DC (Airport Division) of Bidhannagar, as the new superintendent of police (SP) of Birbhum and appointed Srihari Pandey, DC KAP, 3rd Battalion, as the SP of Diamond Harbour. The EC wrote to West Bengal Chief Secretary Malay Dey, directing an immediate implementation of the directives and seeking a compliance report in respect to the joining of the transferred officers within 24 hours. The commission also directed that the present incumbent officers being shifted should not be involved by the state government in any election-related duty. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Both Sharma and Singh were present with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when she started her dharna to protest a CBI action against the then Kolkata police commissioner in connection with its probe in the Saradha scam. Sharma had replaced Kumar in mid-February. Incidentally, after Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira was allegedly found carrying gold at the Kolkata airport, the BJP had lodged a complaint with the EC against Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh. The party had demanded that Singh be held “responsible” for the alleged police interference, if “prima facie any such incident happened”.last_img read more

Football Ohio State survives a scare from the Wildcats picks up 2420

OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber runs through Northwestern tacklers for one of his two touchdowns on Oct. 29, 2016 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWith question marks surrounding the playoff hopes of the No. 6 Ohio State football team following a loss to Penn State, the Buckeyes were able to earn a 24-20 victory against Northwestern. However, Buckeyes fans might still be feeling uneasy with the performance put out on Saturday.With a relatively easy opponent at home on the schedule following a two-game stretch on the road, OSU was looking to capitalize and bounce back in convincing fashion. But it took the Buckeyes most of the game to put away the Wildcats.Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett enjoyed a much more stout pocket than in weeks past, but still struggled to connect with his wide receivers. Overall, Barrett finished the day 21 for 32 with 223 yards, but connected with wide receivers on less than half of those completions.Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber played an integral part in the win for the Buckeyes, picking up a pair of touchdowns after failing to score against Penn State and Wisconsin. He finished the day with 14 carries for 87 yards.On defense, a potent offensive attack for the Wildcats kept pace with OSU, matching the Buckeyes step for step throughout the contest. Anytime Urban Meyer and company found a way to break open a lead, Northwestern came firing right back.“It’s great to be home and get a W, a hard-fought W against a good team that had a lot of momentum,” Meyer said. “A lot of respect for Coach Fitzgerald.”The biggest proverbial thorn in the side of OSU was the ability of the Wildcats to pick up third downs, namely in long yardage scenarios. Northwestern finished the game eight for 16 on third-down conversions. The Buckeyes scored a touchdown on their first offensive drive of the game for the first time this season. The offense got the ball on its own 6-yard line, and moved the ball with ease down the field, spreading it out to four different players.After that, things reverted back to the way they were against Penn State, as OSU failed to string together plays. Although the pocket held for Barrett throughout the contest, there was little in terms of down-the-field passes and long, gashing runs.After receiving just 10 touches compared to last week, the involvement of junior H-back Curtis Samuel was a hot topic. Meyer said following the team’s loss last Saturday the Buckeyes did not get the ball to their No. 1 playmaker enough, and needed to fix that. Samuel’s workload increased to 14 touches, and he delivered in a big way. He picked up 99 total yards, and even found the end zone on a dive up the middle.“I love the way he runs the ball,” Meyer said.Wildcats’ redshirt sophomore quarterback Clayton Thorson averaged more than 240 yards per game passing coming into the contest. Against an OSU secondary that surrendered multiple chunk plays in the past few weeks, the Illinois native had a field day, hooking up with senior wide receiver Austin Carr eight times for 158 yards.“We had a gameplan going into the game of doing and we didn’t necessarily get it communicated properly on the field,” redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said.The Big Ten’s leading rushing, Northwestern junior running back Justin Jackson, had a relatively slow game. Rushing the ball 17 times for 76 yards, Jackson did not make any game-changing plays that propelled the Wildcats.OSU’s defense enjoyed an effective pass rush, putting pressure on Thorson for most of the game. Redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis picked up a sack, while the rest of the unit flushed the Northwestern quarterback from the pocket on multiple occasions. In a do-or-die kind of scenario, OSU found its back against the wall early in the fourth quarter with the game knotted at 17. The Silver Bullets stood tall, forcing a three-and-out from Northwestern, resulting in punt that gave the Buckeyes good field position.“I feel like this is one of the better teams in the Big Ten,” redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to come out here and just walk a walk. We knew it was going to be a dogfight this whole week.”OSU finally took advantage, moving the ball down the field with ease and scoring on a Samuel touchdown run from in close. The play was set-up by a 34-yard reception for redshirt freshman K.J. Hill.The second-year receiver said even with the scrutiny his unit has received, things remain the same in the wide receivers room while the team stays hard at work.“It (hasn’t) been nothing new,” Hill said. “We’ve just been trying to work hard and get everyone off our back really. That’s all we can do is try and get better each and every day in practice.”Hill’s involvement came after redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell was injured while blocking on a run play. Campbell got rolled up, and appeared to hurt his ankle on the play. He did not return. Northwestern’s final offensive drive pushed the Buckeyes all the way to the south end zone student section. A key holding call against the Wildcats and stout coverage limited the damage, as OSU only surrendered a field goal. From there, OSU chewed the clock before a 35-yard rush and a powerful Weber run effectively sealed the game for the Buckeyes.OSU returns home next Saturday to face No. 7 Nebraska in Ohio Stadium at 8 p.m. read more

Reus honoured to be named Dortmund captain

first_imgGerman forward Marco Reus has revealed he is delighted to be named Borussia Dortmund captain for the 2018-19 season.Reus, 29, has suffered from a succession of injury problems in recent years but recovered on time to nail a place in Joachim Low’s squad for the ill-fated Russia 2018 campaign.The German winger has netted 96 goals in 204 appearances for Dortmund and is now reunited with head coach Lucien Favre, who he played under at Borussia Monchengladbach.“The coach announced that I am the new captain,” the 29-year-old said in a statement.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“This is, of course, an honour and makes me proud to represent this club and this team on the pitch and off it.”Reus played a vital role in helping the club secure European football last season despite a turbulent campaign that resulted in the departure of Thomas Tuchel.On the other hand, experienced Dortmund full-back Lukasz Piszczek has announced his retirement from international football after making 65 appearances and scoring three goals for Poland.Lucien Favre’s men kick-off their Bundesliga campaign at home to RB Leipzig on August 26.last_img read more

Gerrard far from impressed with Rangers attack

first_imgSteven Gerrard admitted Rangers were below par in their 1-0 loss at Livingston.A goal from Dolly Menga was all that Livingston needed to seal a win against the Steven Gerrard tutored Rangers to move third in the Premiership.The result leaves them eight points behind leaders Hearts, who they host at Ibrox next weekend.Gerrard told Sky Sports: “We never had enough quality in terms of crosses, in terms of trying to disrupt their back three.“When we got into good areas, we either over-hit the cross, under-hit the cross or they defended it quite well.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“In the final third today, we were nowhere near good enough. We could still be playing for a couple of days, I don’t think we’d have scored.“We’ve had praise and we’ve had a lot of credit. Now we have to take the criticism and when we’re not good enough, I need to tell the players when they’re not good enough.“They’ve done ever so well so far so I can’t go over the top in terms of criticism but we’ll definitely analyse it and if individuals need to be told or they need to be told as a team, that’s my job to do it.“The squad’s getting healthy now, there’s a lot of competition. The one thing you don’t want to do now as a player is play your way out of the team.”last_img read more

Work of Jamaica Womens Political Caucus Lauded

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 8, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has lauded the work of the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus for advancing the cause of women in the political landscape.“I commend the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus for giving Jamaica 25 years of unrivalled service to the cause of encouraging and facilitating the participation of women in representational politics at the highest level,” she said.Ms. Grange was speaking at the 25th anniversary awards luncheon of the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on December 5.“Your non-partisan organisation has become a regional trendsetter and a brand in providing high-quality leadership training for aspiring female politicians.   The work of the Caucus over the years has contributed immensely to building awareness on the significance of having women strategically placed as pivotal to the decision-making process,” she said.The Minister noted, as well, that the Caucus also plays an important role in promoting a culture of participation.“Your work has served to challenge stereotypical norms of behaviour, structural barriers and standards of performance.   Through advocacy and intensive training, the Caucus has challenged and redefined the prerequisites for women’s entry into the field of representational politics,” Miss Grange added.The Minister noted that this has led to more women becoming involved in political leadership.   Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said while the country has “female political heavyweights” in local politics, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) study in 2016 entitled ‘Where are the Women’ shows that only 20 per cent of the island’s Cabinet Ministers and Senators are female.“This is still below the 30 per cent target set in the National Policy for Gender Equality of 2011.   As a Minister and as Member of Parliament, I believe that it is important to reach this target to ensure that women are sitting at the top of political leadership, and so I want to encourage everyone here who has the energy to get involved and strive to get to the top,” she said.The Minister said this is important, as women bring a balanced perspective to developmental issues such as equal pay, domestic violence, other forms of gender-based violence, sexual harassment at the workplace, corruption, campaign financing, maternity laws, inheritance laws and matters impacting women.In the meantime, seven outstanding women were honoured for their role in advancing the cause of women, through their work in the Caucus.   They are Minister Grange; former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; Jeanette Grant Woodham, Evelyn Smart, Hermione McKenzie, Marie Thompson and Merline Daley.Responding, Ms. Grange said she is very happy to have met the criteria to be selected for a special award.“I accept this award with humility as a servant of the people, and I wish the Caucus continued success,” she said. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

COMPASS Youth Center Offers Safe Place For Teens

first_imgThe center is located at Mile 26.5 off the Kenai Spur Highway, in the Nikiski mall right next to M&M Market. It opened its doors in August of 2018.The coffeehouse located at the mission pictured with operators Sullivan and Destiny Jackson Brigham: “Kaladi Brothers donated an espresso machine, a grinder, and a bunch of other various things to help get us going. They are also giving us a really fair deal on coffee to help support the organization.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The COMPASS youth center in Nikiski, provides a safe place for after school drop-in for teenagers. The center offers a variety of programs to help youth develop character, life skills, and direction. Todd Brigham: “The COMPASS is a faith based non-profit. Our mission is to really get our youth, middle and high school, pointed in a good and healthy direction and to help navigate the teenage years.”center_img THE COMPASS partners with various organizations in the community and is entirely run by donations as a 501c3 non-profit organization. The location sat vacant for 18 years and was remodeled with the help of over 800 volunteer hours by individuals in the community.THE PASS is now officially a 501c3 non-profit organizationIn the morning the COMPASS operates a coffeehouse where anyone is welcome to come have a cup of coffee.  100% of all the proceeds from the coffee shop go to support the COMPASS youth center and its various programs. The drop-in center is open weekdays 2:30-6pm, and the coffeehouse is open weekdays 6:30am-1:30pm.last_img read more

Newspaper Publisher Acquires Worcester Magazine

first_img“It’s actually an appropriate title for a traditional newspaper to buy, because it reaches an audience that the traditional papers are losing, namely younger readers, as well as giving them some traction with advertisers they may not otherwise get,” said Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors, an M&A advisory company for the regional market. Looking forward, Charter said the possibility of converting Worcester to a glossy is “undetermined,” indicating that “many ideas are on the table.” One idea is to launch an annual glossy edition, he says. Alternative news weekly Worcester magazine has been acquired by newspaper publisher Holden Landmark Corp. The agreement is set to close before the end of the month.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.“From a market standpoint, connecting with a publication with 30-plus-year track record is a beautiful fit geographically for us,” Holden Landmark publisher Gareth Chater told FOLIO:. The company publishes five weekly newspapers in the greater Worcester, Massachusetts area—including its flagship Holden Landmark—as well as State Parent magazine.A newsprint tabloid distributed free at 500 locations around the city, Worcester magazine has a circulation of 34,000. “We couldn’t offer our advertisers penetration into the city [Worcester], and now we can,” Charter said. “We like the alternative city space. Given the decline of the metro dailies and the emergence of the Web, we think it has great potential.”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Nicole Rosania Named To Deans List At Fairfield University

first_imgFAIRFIELD, CT — Nicole Rosania, of Wilmington, recently received Dean’s List Honors for the Spring 2018 semester at Fairfield University.In order to be placed on the Dean’s List, students must have completed a minimum of 13 credit hours in a semester, have no outstanding or incomplete grades for that semester, and have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Fairfield University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Nicole Rosania Named To Dean’s List At Fairfield UniversityIn “Education”Wilmington’s Rosania Named To Dean’s List At Fairfield UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Tesla Model Y crossover SUV unveiled

first_img34:37 The success or failure of the Model Y could make or break Tesla. If the vehicle appeals to buyers who hadn’t previously been interested in a sedan like the Model 3 and couldn’t afford a Model X, then it’s all gravy. Of course, that also depends on whether Tesla is able to decide officially where to build it and whether it can build the vehicle without the pronounced quality issues it suffered with the Model 3 (and the Model X and S before it). If Tesla isn’t able to deliver on its promises or the vehicle ends up sharing much less in terms of parts with the Model 3 than expected, then it could go very badly. Based on aesthetics alone, though, that doesn’t look to be an issue. It’s worth remembering, however, that when the Model X was announced, it was supposed to share the bulk of its parts with the Model S, but ended up only sharing around 30 percent. In any case, we now live in a world where Elon Musk has lived out his “S3XY” fantasy and made us all his accomplices in it. We’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Model Y just as soon as we can pry one away from the folks at Tesla, but until then, keep an eye on Roadshow for more Model Y news as it happens. Enlarge ImageHere it is, Tesla’s Model Y, and it looks… pretty much like we expected it to. Tesla Tesla’s Model Y has finally been unveiled to the public, and while the Model 3-based crossover SUV is pretty much what we expected, there’s still a lot here to sink our teeth into. The Model Y has a little bit of a Model X feel about it– including an unexpected optional third-row seating option — minus its big brother’s controversial Falcon doors. Mainly, however, there’s a whole lot of Model 3 DNA and visuals in the 2020 Model Y. In fact, the latter is why it’s arguably Tesla’s least-innovative new vehicle ever. However, that probably doesn’t matter much, and it could actually be a good thing: Given that consumer interest in crossover SUVs is at a fever pitch these days, this new offering is likely to become the brand’s best-selling model when it finally hits the streets late next year. As Musk announced via Twitter recently, Model Y pricing starts at around 10 percent over what a comparably equipped Model 3 does while offering a usable range of approximately 300 miles. This works out to a $39,000 standard-range model, which Musk says is due in 2021, and a long-range model, which will cost $47,000 and go on sale in fall 2020.  What you get in trade is a slightly more family- and cargo-friendly shape and the smug satisfaction that you’ve got the newest Tesla on your block. Plus, given that the Model Y is based on the Model 3, this baby crossover will undoubtedly be pretty quick, as previewed in our early ride-along from Thursday’s reveal event seen below. Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Our first ride in the Tesla #ModelY pic.twitter.com/XLCjI4vGDG— Roadshow (@roadshow) March 15, 2019 Comments Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV Elon Musk unveils the Tesla Model Y 9 Photoscenter_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tesla Share your voice More From Roadshow 47 Electric Cars Car Industry SUVs Crossovers Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

KTM RC390 Spied Testing in India Again Launch Imminent

first_imgThe Austrian motorcycle maker KTM’s fully faired sports bike RC 390 emerged on the cyber space once again in fresh spy shots, suggesting the arrival of the RC series to India soon.RC 390, an exciting creation of KTM has been rumoured for India launch quite some time now. Although the exact launch date of the bike is not available yet, the repeated sightings of the bikes on the roads suggest that the launch is imminent. The latest images of the RC 390 come from the folks at Motoroids, which was been spied testing in Pune.The bike, which was first unveiled at the EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition along with RC 200, is expected to make its India debut by mid-2014. KTM RC 390 draws its power from 375cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which can pump a power of 45 PS and a torque of 35Nm and is expected to carry fairing-mounted windshield and split seats. Though the details of the bike are scanty at this point of time, rumours are rife that RC390 would carry a price tag around ₹2.2 lakhs.Beside RC 390, KTM’s RC 200 has also been anticipated to reach Indian shores for a while now. The RC200 features a four-stroke, 200cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which produces 26 hp and is likely to offer at a price point of ₹1, 40,000 – ₹ 1, 55,000. Both the bikes are expected to be produced at the Bajaj’s Chakan plant in Maharashtra and the company is also looking to bring its Husqvarna motorbikes to the sub-continent two years from now.KTM will sell the bikes through its India partner Bajaj Auto, which currently markets KTM Duke 200 and Duke 390 in the country. Earlier in March, KTM slashed its bike prices in India up to ₹5,600. Photo credit: KTM/India(ED:AJ)last_img read more

Heres what India Inc thinks about the retaliatory tariff on 29 US

first_imgThe Narendra Modi government has retaliated with tariffs on 29 American products after the US ended India’s trade concession of about $5.6 billion under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). The market has been heating up with pressure which followed 290 points fall in the Sensex after the announcement.India will be implementing duties as high as 70 per cent on perishable items like almonds and apples as a response to Washington’s denial to exempt Delhi from the taxes on steel and aluminium imports. Around $543 million worth of U.S almonds were bought by India.ReutersLooking at the rising tensions by the US-India trade relations, many analysts commented on the sudden retaliation. Here’s how some analysts reacted:The Reactions:The Director-General and CEO of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), Ajay Sahi, said that there will be negligible impact on the US by the tariff hike of $400-450 million over a bilateral trade of $142 billion.International Monetary Fund (IMF) showed serious concerns stating that the global economy cannot sustain another trade war as the economic growth is already at a standstill because of the US-China issues. ReutersDeepak Jasani of HDFC Securities told IANS, “Local investors will be worried as to how the US could react to this. However, FIIs will wait for any such move by the US before feeling the Indian market.” He also added that the US farmers will be affected by the tariffs on walnut, almond, and apples, which might trigger a negative response for the Indian market.Mayuresh Joshi of Angel Broking stated his concerns about the retaliation leading to an increase in the number of products in the tariff list. He said that the retaliation might hurt investor sentiments and majorly impact the capital markets. He said, “Investors will get into trouble if the additional tariffs are applied.”India is the world’s third-largest economy but is US’s 13th largest export market. At the same time, the US is India’s largest export market.last_img read more

Ethiopias Amhara leader army chief shot dead amid coup attempt

first_imgAbiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister.The regional president of Ethiopia’s Amhara state and his advisor were killed on Saturday during a coup attempt, in which the country’s army chief was also shot dead. The coup was orchestrated by Ethiopia’s top general, according to a report published with The Guardian. Ambachew Mekonnen and his adviser Ezez Wasie were shot on Saturday, said Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ahmara, on national television in the early hours of Sunday. A statement from Abiy’s office did not give details on who was believed responsible for the attack. “The coup attempt in Amhara regional state is against the constitution and is intended to scupper the hard-won peace of the region,” said the statement.Brigadier General Tefera Mamo, the head of Special Forces in Amhara, said on Sunday, “Most of the people who attempted the coup have been arrested, although there are a few still at large.”Gunfire was reported from Addis Asaba, the capital of Amhara, by the US embassy. Violence around Amhara’s main city Bahir Dar was also reported. “The embassy is aware of reports of gunfire in Addis Ababa. The chief of mission personnel are advised to shelter in place,” the embassy said in one of its two alerts.The coup attempt comes a year after a grenade explosion left two people dead at a rally Abiy was addressing. He has been hailed for his efforts to end the iron-fisted rule of his predecessors, since coming to power in April 2018.last_img read more

Hate Crimes In Houston Go Underreported Rarely Prosecuted

first_img 00:00 /04:11 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: During the race for Harris County District Attorney, then-candidate Kim Ogg charged DA Devon Anderson with dropping the ball on prosecuting hate crimes. We decided to dig deeper, as part of News 88.7’s year-long initiative, DiverseCity.In 1998, three white men – John William King, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and Shawn Allen Berry – kidnapped a 49-year-old African-American man named James Byrd Jr., in Jasper, Texas. The three chained Byrd to a pick-up truck and dragged him for three miles, killing him. That crime led to the passage of Texas’s hate crimes law in 2001, as well as the federal hate crimes statute, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, in 2009. Both raise the level of punishment for any crime in which the victim is targeted because of prejudice.“If we have an aggravated assault, which is a second-degree felony, and we can prove it’s a hate crime, it gets bumped up to a first degree, and we get the higher range of punishment,” says Harris County DA Devon Anderson.Physical evidence alone – say, a bloodstain or a stray fiber – can link an attacker to a victim. But proving hatred as the motive for an attack is often much harder.“We have to prove that the reason that the person or the groups of people were targeted was because of their race, or their color, or their gender, or their national origin. That’s an added element we have to prove,” says Ruben Perez, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas.Even when an attacker makes finding such proof easy, victims aren’t always willing to cooperate.Conrad Alvin Barrett was driving through Katy in November 2013. He stopped when he saw an elderly black man named Roy Coleman. The following sound is from a video Barrett took on his cellphone, later released to the media:“The plan is to see, if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”“How’re you doing? Yeah? Yeah? Knockout!”When Coleman went to a senior’s center the next day, workers there saw he was in agony, his face deformed. They notified his daughter.“He was then taken to the hospital,” says Perez. “Turns out his jaw had been broken in two places. He was missing three teeth. He had not even reported it to the police.”Local and federal investigators got involved. When they took Coleman’s statement, they asked why he hadn’t reported the assault.“He said, ‘When I was growing up, if a white man did something to you, you didn’t say anything. Especially if the police were involved, you didn’t say anything, ’cause it could get worse,’” says Perez.Barrett was ultimately convicted under the Shepard-Byrd Act and sentenced to six years in prison.The Coleman case illustrates another point: some hate crimes are never prosecuted because victims are convinced that speaking up will only bring more unwanted attention, even more attacks.“All of us in this business have known for many years that it certainly appeared that hate crimes were being undercounted,” says Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center.Last year, Houston reported 27 hate crimes. That’s far short of what one might expect for a city of Houston’s size. Other large U.S. cities – such as New York, Los Angeles, and Phoenix – reported hundreds.“These crimes are all reported on the basis of individuals reporting to police departments, police departments reporting to the state, and then the state reporting to the FBI. So it’s a completely voluntary reporting system,” Potok says.The Justice Department decided to try to get a more accurate count through statistically representative sampling. Its model revealed that roughly 260,000 hate crimes are committed in the U.S. every year, between 25 to 40 times the number suggested by voluntary reporting. The department is still trying to determine how that breaks down by state and by city.One thing we can tell is how many have resulted in successful prosecutions. Harris County has brought hate crimes charges in six cases under the Texas hate crimes act since 2001. Four have resulted in convictions or plea deals. Two are still pending. Federal prosecutors have won convictions against nine individuals under the Shepard-Byrd Act, not just for Houston but for all of Southern Texas. X Sharelast_img read more