PLDT, Cignal shoot for semis spots

first_imgLATEST STORIES PLDT and Cignal seek to join Petron in the semifinals when they collide with separate foes Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.Armed with a twice-to-beat privileges, the Power Hitters aim to book a return to the semis when they clash with dangerous Generika-Ayala at 4 p.m., while the HD Spikers face United VC in the 6 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Why the snub on PH Open golf? Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Petron, which swept the classifications to emerge as top seed in the quarterfinals, made short work of Sta. Lucia to become the first team in the best-of-three semifinal series.The Blaze Spikers’ main rival, F2 Logistics, however, was dragged into a KO match after suffering a five-set loss to Foton in the other quarterfinal battle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat makes this explosive double-header interesting after both Generika-Ayala and United VC expressed confidence that they can forge a rubber match. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

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Axar Patel gutted after Kings XI Punjab’s last-over defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imgKings XI Punjab left-arm spinner Axar Patel said the dressing room environment was not good after their team’s last-over loss to Kolkata Knight Riders yesterday. (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table) KKR, who were playing their first home game after five away matches, rode on Andre Russell’s spell of 4/20 to seal a last-over thriller. Axar feels they were on course for a win till things went horribly wrong in the last over when they lost three wickets to concede defeat.After Glenn Maxwell’s 42-ball 68, Axar brightened KXIP’s hopes in a 165-run chase with his 21-run cameo off seven balls, but Russell’s tight last over meant that they fell short by seven runs as KKR reclaimed the top spot.”Russell did well in the fielding and ran me out, we lost three wickets in the last over and the match got of our hands,” Axar told reporters at the post-match press conference.”We were satisfied with our bowling, the target was within our reach. We also did well in the death overs. We were keeping in mind a target of about 170-175. But it was difficult to recover from being three down (in 3.1 overs) and the run rate slowed down. If you don’t have wickets in hand, you feel the pressure in the end.””We got off to a wrong start. It brought our downfall. But when we started building a partnership, they fielded well and the match got out of our hands.”Asked about the mood in the camp, he said: “Obviously, team morale goes down when you start losing. It was a close finish but we were on a high after beating Gujarat Lions in the previous match. There’s not much of a change but you don’t enjoy the dressing room environment. Everyone tries to stay relax as it’s a long tournament.advertisementIt’s not that you’re out of contention after a few losses. We try to relax so that we can concentrate on our next match and give 100 per cent.”He further stressed the IPL was a great opportunity for Indian youngsters.”IPL gives a very good opportunity to the youngsters and the Indian players. I also got picked for the Indian team for the first time after playing in the IPL. It’s crucial for every youngster as nobody is seen properly in Ranji matches.But here your performances are noticed widely and you get an opportunity.””I don’t think too far ahead and try to concentrate on my strengths as a bowler and batsman. I’m just taking one game at a time to boost my confidence. I try to focus on my strengths, try to focus on slow ball and bowl in the right areas.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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CRPF to appoint Sindhu as Commandant and brand ambassador

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Countrys largest paramilitary force CRPF has decided to appoint Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu as its brand ambassador and bestow the honorary rank of Commandant on the ace badminton player. Official sources said the force has moved a formal proposal in this regard to the Union Home Ministry and after getting required sanctions, Sindhu will be honoured and presented the rank badges and camouflage combat fatigues of the CRPF at a ceremonial event. It is understood that Sindhu has been informed and her consent taken by the CRPF in this regard. A Commandant rank in the CRPF is equivalent to the position of a Superintendent of Police (SP) and such an officer commands a battalion of about 1,000 personnel, when posted in field operations. They said that about 3-lakh personnel strong force, mainstay for anti-Naxal operations and various internal security duty tasks in the country, chose Sindhu for the honour as her appointment will not only motivate the personnel to do better but will also send the message of women empowerment and that they are second to none. Being the brand ambassador of the force, they said, Sindhu would be asked to hold motivational sessions with troops when she is not playing or practising and her messages would be sent to all the personnel deployed across the country. The Central Reserve Police Force also has the credit of raising the first all-women battalion in a central paramilitary or a police force way back in 1987 and at present has four such contingents, with three in active duties. Few years back, border guarding force BSF had appointed cricketer Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador. Sindhu won a historic silver in the womens singles badminton at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games and was today conferred Indias highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — along with other Olympic stars wrestler Sakshi Malik (bronze medallist), gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai by President Pranab Mukherjee. PTI NES CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Panathinaikos BC Founds Special Basketball School for Children with Autism

first_imgPanathinaikos basketball club has founded a special basketball school for children on the autism spectrum through the programme PAO BC Academy ASD, announcing this initiative on Tuesday, April 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day.The basketball club’s announcement said “Today, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. This day is very important for us in Panathinaikos as the PAO BC Academy is proceeding in the foundation of a special basketball school for children with autism,”The school will provide specially-trained basketball coaches, psychologists and escorts while the training will always take place in the presence of a doctor.Through this programme, the children with autism will have the opportunity to participate in a team sport, to socialise, make friends and play basketball. The training will be held at the Athens Olympic Stadium without any financial cost for the parents due to the support of Dole Hellas and Septona.TweetPinShare1212 Shareslast_img read more

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Densitron: innovations for broadcast

first_imgDensitron continues its strategy of innovation for the broadcast sector by unveiling an industry-leading technology as part of its UReady TFT rackmount display range at this year’s IBC.On the UReady display, Densitron has integrated mechanical buttons with PCT touch technology. Having a mechanical button makes it easier for operators to be sure they have activated it. Currently this isn’t possible with a traditional touchscreen unless an operator is continuously looking at the screen, as it is difficult to ‘feel’ the correct area of the display.The UReady range of 1U and 2U rackmount displays are designed to bring smartphone type optical performance to rack systems, delivering twice the resolution of those of a similar size currently on the market. The addition of the new mechanical touch technology provides users with a more streamlined and cost-effective solution for their studio environments compared with other ‘buttons’ currently available. This is due to the technology utilising the images on the larger display behind it, instead of smaller, individual displays being incorporated within a button.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Battery death by a thousand cutsNext IBASE debuts OFP series full-flat open frame modular panel PClast_img read more

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Mourinho hoping for new Fellaini deal

first_imgTransfers Fellaini part of Mourinho’s plans as Man Utd push for new contract Chris Burton 19:46 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Marouane Fellaini Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Manchester United José Mourinho Premier League The Belgian midfielder has entered the final six months of his current deal, with no fresh agreement allowing him to speak to any interested parties Manchester United remain hopeful that Marouane Fellaini will sign a new contract, with Jose Mourinho eager to keep the versatile Belgian.The 30-year-old midfielder has entered the final six months of his current deal, meaning that he is free to speak with any interested parties outside of England.Galatasaray, Besiktas and Paris Saint-Germain have been mentioned as possible suitors of a man who followed David Moyes to Old Trafford in a £27.5 million transfer back in the summer of 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Fellaini has not always been a fan favourite during his time with the Red Devils, but Mourinho considers him to be an important member of his squad and is still looking for fresh terms to be thrashed out before an experienced performer slips the net and lands in the free agent pool.“It’s a very important player for me and is a great professional that is giving everything he can to help the team and there is a desire from myself, the board and the player to stay together,” said the Portuguese tactician.“That’s our objective. Are we going to reach, to agree?”I don’t know but what I know is that myself, the board and the player we would like to have a happy year.”Pressed further on whether he is feeling more optimistic about Fellaini committing his future to United, Mourinho added: “In relation to Marouane? No, no. I’m happy with his contribution.”I think he’s been a great professional for us and I know that he wants to stay with us and that is very important.“He knows I want him and the club wants him and I think that’s very important for him.”But then there is a paper to sign but you only sign the paper when you are happy with what’s on the paper. So let’s see what will happen.”Fellaini recently missed nine Premier League fixtures with a knee injury, but is back to full fitness now and has returned to Mourinho’s plans.He figured in victories over Stoke and Burnley, as well as an FA Cup win over Derby, and has made 15 appearances across all competitions this season.last_img read more

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a month agoNapoli goalscorer Llorente: I really wanted to face Liverpool

first_imgNapoli goalscorer Llorente: I really wanted to face Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli striker Fernando Llorente was delighted to score in victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Llorente was part of the Tottenham team beaten by the Reds in last season’s final.The veteran said: “I wanted to play against the Reds, I’m happy because we showed we could live with the big names. These three points are very important, but it’s just the first game: we still need a lot. “We have to think about game after game, it will be hard. “Scoring at the San Paolo is something incredible, I didn’t imagine starting this adventure like this.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo/Videos: Struggling Oklahoma State Blows Out No. 3 Kansas, Fans Rush Court

first_imgOklahoma State fans rush the court after win.Twitter/@ESPNCBBAt this point, it feels like we have a huge upset and a court rush every night in college basketball. No. 3 Kansas was the victim tonight, falling to an Oklahoma State team that was just 9-8, and 1-4 in the Big 12 in Stillwater, 86-67. After the game, fans of the Pokes rushed the court in a big way.Down goes Kansas! What a week. pic.twitter.com/46vr4hqHo0— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 20, 2016They stormed the court anyway. Regardless, great win for the Pokes. They came to play. 86-67 victory. #OkState pic.twitter.com/KIyNCQsuK8— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) January 20, 2016Storm that court, Pokes! #okstate pic.twitter.com/hFFVoutUEc— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) January 20, 2016Last night, Iowa State fans stormed the floor. Tonight, it was Oklahoma State. On the road in the Big 12, nobody’s safe.last_img read more

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Jerry Rice’s Son Appears To Hint At Potential Michigan Commitment

first_imgView of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)Jerry Rice is likely the best wide receiver in football history. His son is set to play the position at the college level in a few years.Brenden Rice is a three-star prospect out of Arizona. 247Sports has him ranked No. 397 in the 2020 class.He’s the No. 68 receiver and No. 12 player in the state of Arizona for the class.In early June, Rice announced a top 11 schools list. Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Washington State made the cut. He visited Michigan a few weeks ago, for a huge Wolverines recruiting weekend that saw double-digit recruits make the trip to Ann Arbor. His Twitter profile picture is now of him in a Wolverines uniform.On Tuesday, Brenden Rice appeared to hint at a potential commitment to Michigan.He doesn’t outright say it, but it is hard to interpret this #GoBlue tweet as anything else.#Goblue y’all in for sum special tmrw 😁‼️— Brenden (@BrendenRice) July 2, 2019Of course, we won’t have to wait too long to find out. Rice said the “something special” is coming today. A commitment seems like the most likely thing, but even if he doesn’t take things that far, Michigan is obviously in a great spot with the NFL legend’s son.All six of the predictions in 247Sports crystal ball for Rice have him choosing the Wolverines.Michigan currently has the No. 6 class in the country. That includes a pair of four-star wide receivers: A.J. Henning and Roman Wilson.last_img read more

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Teekay Tankers in Share Buyback Move

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based shipping company Teekay Tankers has announced a share repurchase program for the buyback of up to USD 45 million of the company’s shares. “During this period of weaker tanker rates, one of our key priorities remains strengthening our balance sheet by further reducing financial leverage and increasing liquidity,” Kevin Mackay, Teekay Tankers’ President and CEO, explained.“This program is being put in place as another lever to create shareholder value, allowing us to opportunistically take advantage of dislocations in the capital markets when we have excess capital,” Mackay added.As explained, shares may be repurchased in the open market at times and prices considered appropriate by the company. The timing of any purchases and the exact number of shares to be purchased under the program will be dependent on market conditions and other factors.What is more, Teekay Tankers has entered into a voting and support agreement with the company’s second largest shareholder after Teekay Corporation, Huber Capital Management. Under the deal, Huber Capital will vote its shares in favor of increasing the authorized number of Teekay Tankers’ Class A common shares at an upcoming special meeting of shareholders. This will permit the issuance of Class A common shares as consideration to complete the company’s proposed merger with Tanker Investments Ltd.Teekay Tankers currently owns a fleet of 39 double-hull tankers, including 20 Suezmax tankers, 12 Aframax tankers, and seven Long Range 2 (LR2) product tankers, and has three contracted time charter-in vessels. The company also owns a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) through a 50 percent-owned joint venture.In addition, Teekay Tankers owns a ship-to-ship transfer business and a minority interest of over 11 percent in Tanker Investments, which currently owns a fleet of 18 modern tankers and in which Teekay Tankers has agreed to acquire the remaining ownership interest.last_img read more

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UN urges reboot of drought responses to focus more on preparedness

“People die because they are not prepared to face the impacts of the drought – because their livelihoods are not resilient enough,” Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told an international seminar in Rome, Italy, recalling that more than 250,000 people perished from hunger in the 2011 drought in Somalia.“Saving livelihoods means saving lives – this is what building resilience is all about,” he added, noting that for years, the focus has been responding to droughts when they happen, rushing to provide emergency assistance and to keep people alive.While these emergency responses are important, investing in preparedness and resilience puts countries on a footing to act quickly before it is too late, meaning that farmers and rural communities are better positioned to cope with extreme weather when it does hit.The need for a global drought re-boot is pressing. The many impacts of drought drive not only hunger and instability but cause economic losses up to $8 billion each annually.As the planet’s climate changes, severe dry-spells are becoming more and more frequent. Since the 1970s, the land area in the world affected by situations of drought has doubled. People die because they are not prepared to face the impacts of the droughtFAO Director GeneralThe burden is especially high in developing countries, where agriculture remains an economic mainstay. Over 80 percent of damage and losses caused by drought are born by agriculture in the developing world, FAO studies have shown. And Africa in particular has borne the brunt. Between 2005 and 2016, 84 droughts affected 34 different African nations.At today’s event, FAO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen their cooperation. They will cooperate in improving agro-meteorological data, tools and methods as well as enhancing access by small farmers to products and services to help them anticipate and proactively prepare for droughts. “WMO provides guidance and scientific information to strengthen national services responsible for addressing drought risks to agriculture,” said WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas. “We encourage countries to take early action against drought and to move towards a more proactive approach.” International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) President Gilbert F. Houngbo in his remarks emphasized the need break the cycle of crisis, disaster and relief, calling on the international community to be proactive and to think not just of today’s emergencies, but also of how to prevent tomorrow’s. “This means investing in smallholder farmers to help them address productivity challenges, give them access to markets and finance and most importantly encourage climate-smart agriculture so that when the drought inevitably comes, they have the tools they need to survive and thrive,” said Mr. Houngbo. read more

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Record displacement shows were almost unable to make peace warns UN refugee

“When you hear a lot about refugees, people that are taking advantage, seeking opportunities. Children don’t flee to seek better opportunities; children flee because there is a risk and a danger.”  Officially last year, there were more than 138,000 unaccompanied and separated children globally, according to UNHCR’s report, which notes that this is likely a significant underestimate. Unveiling new data indicating that global displacement numbers are at “the highest level” that the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has seen in its almost 70-year existence, Mr. Grandi noted that these were “conservative” estimates. Tens of millions of people have been forced to flee their homes. This is where they come from. pic.twitter.com/2WNUbYGvd3— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) June 19, 2019 UNHCR/Mahmood Al-FalastinySam is a displaced boy from Hudaydah. When his family fled to Aden he had to get a fishing job to help support them. His father used to be a teacher but after losing his job he stays at home caring for Sam’s mother who has disabilities that prevent her from walking. (8 May 2019)While calling for more funding to help countries deal with the impact of these increased migration flows – particularly in neighbouring crisis-hit States where most displacement victims are hosted – Mr. Grandi underlined the need for better regional and international cooperation in the face of “new conflicts, new situations producing refugees, adding themselves to the old ones”. This remains a challenge, he said, given the lack of unity in the UN Security Council – “the international community’s supreme body for peace and security – “even when it discusses humanitarian matters in Yemen, in Libya”. Citing the example of the 2016 Gambia conflict as the last one that he could remember being resolved – and where 50,000 Gambians returned to the country once it was safe – Mr. Grandi said that it proved “where there is a regional effort, an international effort, a conflict is addressed, people go back”. In addition, Mr. Grandi dismissed numerous preconceptions about migrants and refugees “just taking advantage and seeking opportunities”, given that “half of the refugees…are children. That’s a very high proportion,” he said.    In Venezuela, he added, only half a million of the four million people that had left that country amid an ongoing economic and political crisis have formally applied for asylum and refugee status. Peru restrictions risks creating ‘bottleneck’ upstream Amid reports that regional neighbour Peru had tightened restrictions on Venezuelans trying to cross its border after struggling to cope with the migrant influx, Mr. Grandi noted that the risk was that other countries closer to Venezuela – such as Ecuador and Colombia – might follow suit, creating a “bottleneck”. “These are people who are escaping so it is difficult for them to get documents from their own country,” Mr. Grandi said, adding that such papers were also difficult to obtain in Colombia and Ecuador. It was almost counter-intuitive to ask these Venezuelans who are “refugee or refugee-like” to present passports and visas, he insisted.  “Peru is the second-largest recipient of Venezuelans after Colombia, and they are really overwhelmed by the presence of all these people and they have my full sympathy for that,” Mr. Grandi told journalists.  “But we have been urging them to be just like Colombia and Ecuador and Brazil to keep their borders open, because these people really are in need of safety, or protection,” he said. Venezuela displacement pressures reminiscent of Europe in 2015 Drawing parallels with Europe’s recent, so-called refugee crisis, when hundreds of thousands of people fleeing wars, including the Syrian conflict, risked their lives crossing treacherous Mediterranean waters to reach Greece and Italy, the UNHCR chief insisted that an open-door policy was essential.  “It’s a little bit like what happened in Europe in 2015 when you had one border closing after the other, and it’s the first country, Greece, as it was then – and which in this case would be Colombia, and maybe even now, because they cannot bear the burden any more …so there’s a lot of risks in this and I would like to use this opportunity to appeal to those countries; I know we are asking them a lot, but it is my job to appeal to those countries to keep the borders open.” According to UNHCR’s Global Trends report, displacement levels today are double what they were 20 years ago, confirming a long-term rising trend in the number of people in need of international protection. Some 37,000 people uprooted from homes every day in 2018 Of 41.3 million internally displaced people in 2018 – at a rate of 37,000 a day –some 13.6 million were newly displaced last year.  This included nearly 11 million individuals who were uprooted inside their country and 2.8 million new refugees and asylum-seekers, UNHCR’s data shows, as well as the fact that while richer countries hosted 16 per cent of refugees in 2018, least developed nations sheltered one in three. The report also illustrates how fallout from conflict zones continues to drive displacement, with more than two-thirds of all refugees coming from just five countries: Syria (6.7 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million), South Sudan (2.3 million) Myanmar (1.1 million) and Somalia (900,000).  read more

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Buckeye Brief NFL protests and Big Ten locker rooms from Urban Meyer

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer addresses the Buckeyes prior to the first practice of fall camp on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorComing off its 54-21 victory over UNLV, the No. 11 Ohio State football team (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) will be preparing this week for its matchup against Rutgers, the first Big Ten opponent the team has faced since the season opener against Indiana.Speaking on Tuesday’s weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference, head coach Urban Meyer was asked questions about the protests that were prominent in the NFL this week, and how he would react if one of his own players asked to protest racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.After he avoided providing a direct answer the day prior at a press conference regarding how the team has dealt with the protests, Meyer gave a similar answer in the teleconference, citing a culture of respect to deal with the varying opinions players and coaches might have on the hotly debated topic, while avoiding sharing his own opinion on the matter.“A culture of team, a culture of respect and a culture of focus. And so, I was unaware that anything was going on until yesterday,” Meyer said Tuesday. “I’ll talk to some players and we’ll do what we normally do after a conversation and I’ll let people have their opinions and never cross the ‘r-word’, which is respect.”Meyer later said that in a hypothetical situation in which a player might ask him about joining the protest over racial injustice and take a knee during the national anthem, any conversation on the matter would be kept private and not shared with the public.“That’s between me and the player and to be honest, I don’t know,” Meyer said. “And if I did, I probably wouldn’t share it with you since to me, that’s sanctuary-type meetings you have with your players that you have trust in. So it’s no different than if you said what if my son or daughter came home and asked me what would I do, that’s between me and them.”Here are more updates from Meyer during the Week 5 teleconference.On Big Ten locker rooms: “These players do a lot for us and do a lot for our conference. They should be treated right and that’s very clean environment, obviously the proper heat, proper air conditioner, air conditioning and a sanitary environment. And I would imagine that from this point forward that their people will look at that very closely.”On assessing the team: “Pass defense continues to be the No. 1 on the hit parade as far as we have three pass interference penalties last week. Other than that, we played well, but that’s No. 1 where we need to improve. And then No. 2 is consistency on offense, and especially you know when you start getting into conference play and facing the better defenses, you have to play much better.”On Tracy Sprinkle: “He’s one of our top players as far as leadership, as far as respect amongst our players, so they know how hard he works, what a character guy he is and how much he loves his teammates. He actually talked some today a little bit. He’s getting back to that group he was before he got hurt. So, his last two games have been much better and we anticipate him to continue to improve as he has more confidence on that leg.”On freshmen who impressed against UNLV: “I can see Pete Werner and Baron Browning. They’ve really made strides … plus they’re very talented guys. Jeffrey Okudah is a guy who has taken a giant step and earned some playing time. Trevon Grimes had a couple really good weeks of practice. He’s not in a position to be in the rotation yet, but he’s working towards that.”On Demario McCall: “We’re pressing along and trying to get him ready to go, but when you watched him play, that wasn’t the Demario McCall you’ve seen in the open field. So it is a real injury. It is something that’s getting better and it’s a guy that just needs confidence to become the dynamic player he could be.” read more

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Pollution wipes out the benefits of exercise study suggests

first_imgLikewise the increase in blood flow usually associated with exercise was virtually absent in those walking along the busy shopping street. And while the arteries of those walking in the park became 24 per cent less stiff, they improved by just 4.6 per cent for people on Oxford Street.“These findings are important as for many people, such as the elderly or those with chronic disease, very often the only exercise they can do is to walk,” said senior author Fan Chung, Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Head of Experimental Studies Medicine at National Heart & Lung Institute at Imperial College London.“Our research suggests that we might advise older adults to walk in green spaces, away from built-up areas and pollution from traffic.“For people living in the inner city it may be difficult to find areas where they can go and walk, away from pollution. It shows that we can’t really tolerate the levels of air pollution that we currently find on our busy streets.”Previous research has found that diesel exhaust fumes, particularly fine particulate matter has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death, and can cause a worsening of diseases of the airways, such as asthma.It is estimated that pollution is linked to 40,000 early deaths in Britain each year, and the government has pledged to ban the sale of diesel cars by 2040, which are a major contributor to urban toxins.Responding to the study, Prof Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, at The Open University, said: The research does convince me, though, that poor air quality does play an important role in the short-term benefit one can get from taking a walk.  “But perhaps that’s not all that’s going on, and I look forward to reading about future similar studies in other places.” Pollution wipes out the benefits of walking, a new study suggests. Researchers from Imperial College London found that the toxic air in built-up city centres prevents the positive effects on the lungs and heart which are usually gained from exercise.Although the experiment was carried out in the over 60s, the scientists say the effects could apply to other groups, and have called for stricter air quality limits, and greater access to green spaces.To determine the impact of pollution on exercise, researchers asked 119 people to take a two-hour stroll through London’s Hyde Park and also Oxford Street, a busy shopping area.Levels of black carbon, nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter in Hyde Park are typically well within healthy boundaries but air in Oxford Street regularly breaches dangerous pollution levels, as defined by the World Health Organisation.The researchers found that everyone in the study benefited from a stroll in the park, with their lung capacity improving within just one hour, an effect which lasted for 24 hours for many people.By comparison, a walk along Oxford Street barely registered any improvement at all. However Prof Ian Colbeck, Professor of Environmental Science, at the University of Essex, said people should not be deterred from exercising, even if they live in the city.“This paper highlights the risks to health by walking along polluted roads, for the over sixties with specific pre-existing medical conditions.  “However we know from other research that for the vast majority of the population the benefits of any physical activity far outweigh any harm caused by air pollution except for the most extreme air pollution concentrations.  “It’s important to that people continue to exercise.  In the UK physical inactivity is the fourth largest cause of disease and mortality and contributes to around 37,000 premature deaths in England every year.”The authors say that inner-city stress could account for some of the physiological differences seen between the two settings, with the increased noise and activity of Oxford Street having an effect.The findings were published in The Lancet.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Column I want my son to feel at home in Ireland too

first_imgBECOMING A FATHER has given me a new appreciation of Irish culture.I’ve never been overly patriotic, but I do understand how growing up in Ireland shaped my personality and outlook on the world. I’ve lived away from this country for almost a quarter of a century, but this has not meant that I’ve become any less Irish. Home is home as they say. My son is only half-Irish and he is growing up in Thailand, but it is important to me that he feels some connection with my home.Raising Timmy to feel part of two cultures is harder than I expected it to be. He is being shaped by his environment just like I was shaped by mine. I do try to encourage him to develop an interest in his Irish heritage, but I struggle to find ways to do this.Timmy has visited Dublin three times, but he is still too young to absorb much from these trips (I know that I can remember very little of my life before the age of seven).  I’ve tried reading stories of Cu Chullainn and other Irish fairy tales, but they are a bit above his reading level. He prefers stories about Ben 10. I considered using Gaelic (even though I’m clueless with this language) as a means to encourage his Irishness, but these days it is difficult enough to get him to speak English.The language warsI rarely argue with my wife, but since Timmy was born I do sometimes feel in competition with her (or to be more specific her culture). Now that he has started school my son is immersed in Thai culture. He wants to be accepted by his peers, and this means behaving the same way as they do. I feel upset when his teachers say that he doesn’t like to speak English. This is the language he speaks at home, and I never speak to him in Thai. We moved nearer to Bangkok so that he could attend a reasonably priced bilingual school, but the pressure to conform means that he feels almost ashamed of his ability to speak my language.This unwillingness to speak English outside the home is just one symptom of a problem that is likely going to get worse as Timmy gets older. In Thailand my son is referred to as a ‘luuk krung’ – a half child. There is an unspoken assumption that he is not fully Thai. He is left with the option of embracing his ‘outsider’ status or trying to be more Thai than the Thais. It seems to be fairly standard for ‘luuk krung’ to at least go through a short period of the latter.There is also the risk that he might go to the other extreme. Timmy could grow up with a sense of entitlement, and the idea that he is a cut above everyone else. A common stereotype of the luuk krung is that they are spoilt and lazy, and it is easy to understand how their sense of being special could encourage them to behave this way.Raising a child in a foreign cultureI’ve lived in Thailand for 12 years, but I still feel like an outsider looking in. I speak reasonable Thai, but there are aspects of the culture that are impenetrable to me. I suspect that Thai people who move to Ireland feel the same way. Maybe it is just impossible to fully understand a culture unless you grow up with it. Learning a new language is relatively easy, but understanding the subtle meaning behind the words is much harder. It is this difficulty in fully grasping the shared assumptions in Thailand that ensures my outsider status.It can sometimes feel like Timmy is becoming a member of a club that I can never join. I worry that as he gets older his Thainess will put a barrier between us. Not that he will love me any less, but that there will be parts of his life that he feels unable to share with me. This is something that I want to prevent from happening, but I’m not sure how.My dream for Timmy is that he will grow up feeling like a citizen of the world. I want him to feel proud of his Irish as well as his Thai heritage, but I also want him to understand that deep down all humans are the same. He will probably never feel connected to Ireland in the same way I do, but maybe when he visits he will feel like he belongs there. He has an Irish passport so Timmy might decide that he wants to move there as an adult – that would make me happy.I hope that it will get easier for me to share my culture with my son as he gets older, but I may have to just accept that this is going to be an uphill battle. I don’t really know what the right answer is here.Paul Garrigan is a freelance writer living in Thailand. He has written two books – Dead Drunk and Muay Thai Fighter. Paul posts his random musings on life along with observations about being an expat in Thailand on his website paulgarrigan.com.last_img read more

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Sunrise bank robber caught on camera

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A crook who walked into a bank in Sunrise and demanded money from the teller was caught in the act by surveillance cameras inside.The cameras were rolling on the bank bandit when he walked into the Wells Fargo branch in Sunrise, Tuesday.According to officials, the man handed the bank teller a note that demanded money. Once he got the cash, he took off.It happened near West Sunrise Boulevard and Northwest 128th Drive.Anyone with information call Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Lower 48 wildfires cause Alaska firefighters to head over and help

first_imgMore Alaska firefighters have gone to the lower 48, as wildfires in western states there intensify.Listen nowState and federal firefighting agencies in Alaska report that five, twenty person crews were flown south Wednesday. They’re joining over 15 hundred people battling the Pioneer Fire in Idaho.The agencies report that 2 dozen Alaska smoke jumpers and four crews, were earlier deployed to the lower 48. Alaska firefighting aircraft have also been going south, including helicopters, water and retardant dropping planes.last_img read more

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Jewellery worth Rs 30 lakh stolen in Krishna district

first_imgVijayawada: Thieves broke out for robbery in a gold jewellery shop at Hanuman junction in Krishna district. The unidentified men entered the shop by making a hole in the wall. In the incident, the gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 30 lakh were stolen. This robbery has shocked the locals as the shop is situated on the national highway, which is very busy with the public all the time and very near to the police night bite center. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us The robbery has happened at Anjaneya Jewellery Works at Eluru road on Wednesday midnight, where the thieves entered the shop by making a hole to the wall which is on the small lain next to the shop. The police have found the iron rod and water buckets on the spot which were used to beak the wall. The entire theft was captured by the CCTV cameras placed inside the shop. In the 15 minutes footage, two persons with masks and without shirts were seen packing the ornaments. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us It is estimated that nearly 250 grams of gold and another 25 kg of silver jewelry was stolen. The Anjaneya Jewellery works owner Balanki Apparao, who opened the shop the next day was shocked to notice that the store was stolen. He immediately informed the police on the incident. Over the information, the Pedapadu police have reached the spot, registered a case and investigating further. The clues team and the dog squad have checked the nearby areas.last_img read more

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Settlement Near In Prison Heat Lawsuit

first_img Listen 00:00 /08:52 Michael HagertyThe Wallace Pack Unit, located about 70 northwest of Houston, near Navasota. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Share X A class action lawsuit over heat in a Texas prison is likely to be settled after a federal court hearing Tuesday.Houston Chronicle reporter Gabrielle Banks tells Houston Matters the terms of the settlement would require temporary air conditioning units installed at the Wallace Pack Unit near Navasota be replaced by permanent units by May 2020, pending legislative approval. The settlement also resolves several wrongful death and wrongful injury lawsuits and awards $4.5 million to an Austin law firm for trying the case.The Chronicle also learned that Bryan Collier, the executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, has proposed creating 26 new definitions of at-risk inmates who are especially susceptible to extreme heat — such as those age 65 or older, or those with diabetes or heart conditions.The original class action lawsuit, filed in 2014, claimed hot conditions at the low-security, 1,400-bed prison of mostly geriatric inmates violated constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.Tuesday’s proceeding is merely a fairness hearing, where any of the parties in the class action who had a complaint could make a statement in court. Since those parties are prison inmates, Banks says it could make for a chaotic day in court as they make statements via phone.Banks learned some other measures the prison system is taking that aren’t part of the settlement, including plans to relocate at-risk prisoners at 75 uncooled units to 29 prisons already equipped with air conditioning. Such a move could possibly be an effort to stave off future lawsuits from other prisoners, she said.The Texas prison system intends to make use of the 32,000 beds it already has in air conditioned cell blocks but might need additional fencing and other equipment to secure violent offenders. Completing such transfers could take years but would be cheaper than installing air conditioning to old prisons.Banks researched how many other states provide air conditioning for their inmates and how that compares to Texas. She found only five states that provide air conditioning to all state prisoners, while 21 others offer it to at least half their prisoners. Texas is among six states in the South that do not provide cooling for the majority of their state inmates.Banks says officials acknowledge 22 prisoners died from extreme indoor heat over 14 years in prisons from South Texas to Dallas. However, some human rights and health experts who visited Texas prisons estimated the actual number is much higher.last_img read more

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