Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo That triggered the fiery Guiao to give Alas an earful during a timeout.But Alas was never discouraged and if anything, he was more determined to bounce back right away and he did in the ensuing play when he fearlessly drove and sank a layup over Beau Belga to drag the game into double OT where the Road Warriors escaped, 122-114.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Coach Yeng called me out on the foul. I knew he was going to let me know about it and my mindset was to atone for it,” said Alas, who was named Player of the Week on Monday.“I had to make a good pass, I got the ball back and I saw the opportunity to score,” he recalled. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments The 25-year-old Alas has been a major key in NLEX’s franchise-best 3-0 start, averaging 19.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the stretch.Alas, who is emerging as the Road Warriors’ leader, had his best game yet this conference after putting up 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He scored half of his output in the fourth quarter and overtime periods.“Kevin Alas has been playing consistently. I called him out for committing that stupid foul on the jump ball, but he made up for it on the next play,” Guiao told reporters.“So he’s a young player with maturity and consistency so far. I hope I don’t jinx it.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Kevin Alas vs Jerrick Ahanmisi. PBA IMAGESKevin Alas got a tongue-lashing from head coach Yeng Guiao, but it didn’t take long for the NLEX point guard to redeem himself after what could’ve been a costly play.Alas fouled Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu during a jump ball that led to two free throws that gave the Elasto Painters a 110-108 edge in the waning seconds of the first overtime.ADVERTISEMENT Marinerong Pilipino sails to D-League quarters, drubs AMA LATEST STORIES
November 22, 2019
Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend PLAY LIST 01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Brady completed 20 of 36 passes, hitting Julian Edelman on eight of them for 78 yards and both TDs.New England capitalized on three first-quarter turnovers by Cleveland to take a 17-0 lead. Running back Nick Chubb had back-to-back fumbles and quarterback Baker Mayfield had an interception.The Patriots have now forced a league-high 25 turnovers this season.Safety and captain Devin McCourty said they now come into games expecting to force two or three turnovers.“It’s an awareness to hunt the football,” he said. “As a defense we all know that.”ADVERTISEMENT New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick was 39 years old when he coached the Cleveland Browns to a win over the New England Patriots in 1991 — his first as an NFL coach.As Belichick trotted toward the center of the field Sunday, his trademark cutoff hooded sweatshirt soaked in rain following the Patriots’ 27-13 win over the Browns, he did so as a member of a small, but elite group of coaches.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Browns did trim New England’s lead to 17-10 early in the third quarter. But the Patriots struck right back on their next possession, using a 59-yard completion from Brady to James White to help set up a 14-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Edelman.Chubb ran for 131 yards, and Mayfield finished 20 of 31 for 194 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots have now won 21 straight games against first- or second-year signal callers, the longest such streak in NFL history.Cleveland’s first-quarter turnovers came on three consecutive plays.After the Patriots took a 3-0 lead, Chubb took a handoff from Mayfield but had the ball inadvertently kicked out of his hands by left guard Joel Bitonio . It was scooped up by Dont’a Hightower and returned 26 yards for a touchdown.On the first play of the ensuing series after the Patriots’ kickoff landed out of bounds, Chubb got the ball again, this time getting around the edge and scampering 44 yards down the sideline.He appeared headed for a touchdown, but New England cornerback Jonathan Jones gave pursuit and hammered the ball from Chubb’s hands on the Patriots 4. It was recovered McCourty.Following a Patriots’ punt, the Browns’ next series ended when Lawrence Guy broke into the backfield and stepped in front of Mayfield’s shovel pass attempt to Jarvis Landry on the Cleveland 16 for his first-career interception.New England needed just two plays after the changeover for Brady to connect with Edelman for an 8-yard touchdown.“They’re going to take advantage of stuff like that. That’s jut the kind of team they are,” Mayfield said. “This isn’t Nick Chubb’s fault. He’s going to be very hard on himself.”Cleveland finally found some traction in the second quarter on their sixth possession, capping a six-play, 54-yard drive with a 21-yard pass from Mayfield to Demetrius Harris. Air Yordan: Álvarez hits 2-run homer in Astros’ Game 5 win Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Tom Brady threw for 259 yards and two touchdown passes to help Belichick earn his 300th career victory in the Patriots’ win.Belichick sits behind only Don Shula (347) and George Halas (324) on the NFL’s all-time list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Fortunately I didn’t play in any of those games,” Belichick said. “I was a part of those, but honestly, players win games in this league and I’ve been fortunate to coach a lot of great ones.”The Patriots improved to 8-0 for the third time in team history and the first time since 2015, when they started 10-0. The Browns have lost three straight games. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Cleveland’s three turnovers on three consecutive offensive plays marked the first time any team has done so since the Dolphins did it in Week 1 of the 2012 season against the Texans. It is only the seventh time it has been done since 2000.UP NEXTThe Browns visit Denver. The Patriots are at Baltimore. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The Browns made a handful of changes on both sides of the ball in hopes of ending a two-game losing streak to the Patriots.On offense Justin McCray made his first-career start left tackle in place of Greg Robinson. Starting cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams returned to the lineup on defense after missing the past four games with hamstring injuries.The Patriots tested both early on.On New England’s second drive of the game Phillip Dorsett beat Williams along the sideline and caught a 33-yard pass from Brady to get the Patriots into Browns territory.But after the Patriots extended the drive by converting on a fourth-and-7 on the Browns 33, Ward nearly intercepted Brady’s third-and-2 pass into the end zone intended for Dorsett. New England settled for a field goal.Brady said they are already looking to add to Belichick’s win total.“The only thing better than 300 is 301,” he said.STREAK BUSTERMayfield’s TD pass to Harris in the second quarter ended a 71-0 scoring streak by the Patriots. They scored the final 21 points in their win over the Giants on Oct. 10 and then shut out the Jets 33-0 last week.BAD COMPANY LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
November 18, 2019
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Splash Brothers — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — provided the fast start, and the Golden State Warriors made it a quick finish to the second round.They’re four wins from another NBA Finals appearance, and so far nobody can slow them down.Curry scored 30 points, Thompson 21, and the Warriors completed a sweep of the Utah Jazz in their second round NBA playoff series with a 121-95 victory Monday night.“We have a lot of talent,” Curry said. “We never know who is going to have a hot night.“We try to move the ball, use each other to create open shots and when we do that, the ball is hopping and a lot of good things happen.”The defending Western Conference champions have won both their series in four games and now await the winner of the Rockets-Spurs series that is tied at 2-2.The Warriors kept pace with defending champion Cleveland in what has appeared like an inevitable third straight NBA Finals matchup. Both teams are 8-0 thus far.“Steph was Steph and we fed off him,” Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown said.Brown said before the game he hoped his team would get out to a fast start and the Warriors did exactly that. Golden State led 39-17 at the end of the first quarter after an onslaught from Thompson and Curry. They combined to shoot 6 for 8 in the opening period.Thompson finished with 21, Kevin Durant scored 18 and Draymond Green posted his third career postseason triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 25 points and Shelvin Mack chipped in 18.“The most important thing was we imposed our will on the game and we had the game at our pace,” Green said.Curry entered the game averaging 26.7 points in the playoffs, but Thompson had struggled against the Jazz. That ended Monday.Thompson rebounded from a six-point effort in Game 3 with back-to-back jumpers out the gate. Curry then drained consecutive 3s and the rout was on.The Jazz started 3 for 16 from the field as Golden State hit from all areas and finished shooting 57.1 percent in the first quarter.Curry picked up right where he left off after an 11-point fourth quarter in Game 3 with a 14-point first quarter. He, Thompson and Green combined for 29 points in that first 12 minutes.The Jazz tried to put off their vacation. They used a 14-0 run early in the second quarter, sparked by the suddenly active Dante Exum and Derrick Favors, to cut the lead to 10 points. Utah closed the half with a 12-2 run to trail 60-52 at halftime, but every time the Jazz made a significant run the rest of the way, the Warriors answered and pushed the lead back to double digits.The Jazz never led Monday and in three of the four games against the Warriors.Utah ended a four-year playoff drought. Hayward developed into an All-Star and Rudy Gobert became a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. The addition of veterans George Hill, Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw to the young corps of Hayward, Gobert, Favors, Hood and Joe Ingles turned into the team’s first second-round appearance since 2010.“It’s been a unique arc for us,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “The adversity that kind of continued to rear its head and the way these guys dealt with it. It was apropos tonight.“What happened, happened. We got blitzed.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr remains out after having a spinal cord leak procedure at Duke University on Friday. There is no timetable for his return. Kerr had back surgery about two years ago and has been dealing with complications. Brown took over as acting coach for Game 3 of the first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
November 18, 2019
THESSALONIKI – ARIS, playing high quality basketball throughout the game, beat PAOK 70-63 in the Greek cup quarterfinals and qualified for the semifinals.ARIS showed excellent character for the duration of the Wednesday’s game, leading by 19 points early on. Despite a slight slow-down toward the end, Panagiotis Giannakis’ players managed to win and qualify for the semifinal phase of the Greek basketball Cup.Panathinaikos, Olympiakos and AEK also qualified for the semifinals.Greek cup: ARIS – PAOK 70-63, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Photo: MOTION TEAMGreek cup: ARIS – PAOK 70-63, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Photo: MOTION TEAMGreek cup: ARIS – PAOK 70-63, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Photo: MOTION TEAMTweetPinShare0 Shares
November 18, 2019
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo got turned away early but made the clutch plays late.One of the NBA’s most dynamic dunkers shook off a rare rejection and helped the Milwaukee Bucks turn away Brooklyn’s attempt to rally from a 23-point deficit in a 129-115 win over the undermanned Nets on Saturday.Antetokounmpo had his third triple-double of the season with 31 points , 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Khris Middleton scored 29 points, despite a quad injury. The Bucks, who have won three straight and seven of eight, extended their NBA-best record to 25-10.They nearly squandered their big lead after the Nets went on a 14-0 run in the fourth, and Shabazz Napier’s 7-footer with 4:51 left trimmed the deficit to seven.“I think there was a pretty major lapse, the start of the fourth quarter,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.Middleton and Antetokounmpo, the Bucks’ two best players, reasserted control.After a bucket by Middleton, Antetokounmpo scored six straight and also drew a charge on former teammate Jared Dudley in a 57-second span of the fourth that ended with the Bucks rebuilding a 15-point lead with 3:10 left. The Bucks were back on their way to their third straight win and seventh in eight games.“He was phenomenal in the last five minutes,” Budenholzer said.But a 6-foot-11 forward known for making highlight reels drew social media buzz after a dunk attempt in the first quarter was blocked by Nets center Jarrett Allen.Leave it to Antetokounmpo to finish strong.“That’s what a superstar does. When it’s crunch time, when it’s time to close a game out — he did it,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.Napier tied his career high with 32 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 10 of 12 from the foul line. Kenneth Faried had 21 points and 10 rebounds.Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez added 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the 3-point arc. Lopez provided balance from the perimeter, especially after hitting 5 of 9 from the arc in the first half to help open up a 19-point halftime lead.The 7-foot center has become quite a long-range threat since he started shooting 3s with more frequency while with the Nets two seasons ago under Atkinson’s tutelage.Atkinson was forced to come up with a plan on Saturday to slow down the league’s highest-scoring team despite missing six players going into the contest because of injuries or rest. Brooklyn then lost forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with a right groin injury in the first quarter.TIP INSNets: Brooklyn missed out on its last chance for a 10th win in December, which would have given the team its winningest December since going 10-4 in 2005. … The bench celebrated after Allen rejected Antetokounmpo in the first, with one reserve wagging an index finger in the air side to side. Antetokounmpo got some revenge after two dunks in transition later in the quarter.Bucks: Leading 71-52 at the half, the Bucks fell a point short of their highest-scoring first half of the season. … The team entered the day at 14 games over .500, Milwaukee’s best record since finishing the 2000-01 season 52-30. … Middleton played 35 minutes after being listed as questionable with the right quad injury sustained late in the Thursday’s win over the New York Knicks.OVERCOMING INJURIESThe Nets’ comeback was impressive given the roster limitations. Their three highest scorers all came off the bench: Napier, Faried and DeMarre Carroll, who had 18 points.“That’s the spirit of the group,” Atkinson said. “It’s kind of known throughout the league that this team doesn’t quit, keeps competing until the end.”QUOTABLE“Once we started getting going, the ball was really popping a lot and moving around well … We were having fun out there.” — Lopez on the team’s 21 of 51 (41 percent) from the 3-point line.NOTABLEThe Bucks won their NBA-best 17th game by 10 or more points. … Carroll tied a season high by going 4 of 7 from the 3-point line.UP NEXTNets: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.Bucks: Host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.By GENARO C. ARMAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare2020 Shares
October 25, 2019
Sneha Saha New DelhiAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 24, 2019 16:04 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi Mi A3 will go on sale in India today.The sale of the Xiaomi Mi A3 will kick off at 12noon today on Amazon India store, Mi.com and Mi Home stores.Xiaomi Mi A3 comes with triple Gorilla Glass 5 protection.Xiaomi’s third Android One smartphone aka the Mi A3 is all set to go on sale in India today. The sale of the Xiaomi Mi A3 will kick off at 12noon today on Amazon India store, Mi.com and Mi Home stores across the country. As said in the quick review of the phone, at Rs 12,999 the Xiaomi Mi A3 is a good smartphone to consider. The Mi A3 is a massive upgrade over the Mi A2 in almost all aspects. Be it design, hardware, cameras, battery, or any other Xiaomi has revamped the Mi A3 in every way possible compared to the Mi A2. The best bit is, jack is back.Currently, there are several good smartphones priced under Rs 15,000 in India and Mi A3 is now one of them. So, the question now is — should you buy the Mi A3? Well, the answer is — if you want a good Android One phone under Rs 15,000 price segment the Mi A3 should be your choice. Before buying the Xiaomi Mi A3 you must know what the phone offers and what it doesn’t. Let’s take a look.10 things you need to know about Xiaomi Mi A3 before buying–Let’s start with the good bit first. The Xiaomi Mi A3 comes with a gorgeous design. Both the Mi A1 and Mi A2 were basic looking smartphones. But the Mi A3 is different. The Xiaomi Mi A3 looks gorgeous, classy and feels just right in the hands. The Xiaomi Mi A3 sports a polished design and is a very well crafted smartphone.advertisement–The Xiaomi Mi A3 comes with triple Gorilla Glass 5 protection. What does this mean? The Xiaomi Mi A3 includes Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, back and as well as on the camera module. The triple Gorilla Glass 5 protection improves the durability of the smartphone.–For the first-ever time a Mi A series phone comes with Dot drop notch display. The tiny notch includes the selfie camera. The Dot notch increases the screen-to-body ratio.–Yet again, for the first-ever time a Mi A series phone from Xiaomi comes with the triple camera setup. The Xiaomi Mi A3 comes packed with triple camera setup on the back panel. The phone includes primary Sony IMX 48MP image sensor + 8MP ultra-wide lens + 2MP portrait camera on the back. Yes, the main camera of the Mi A3 is the same as the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Redmi K20 Pro. Xiaomi has also improved the selfie camera of the Mi A3 when compared to the Mi A2. The Mi A3 comes with a 32MP camera. To recall, the Mi A2 used 20MP sensor on the front.–On the hardware front the Mi A3 comes with Qualcomm latest Snapdragon 600 series processor aka Snapdragon 665 chip. This is the same chipset that powers the newly launched Realme 5.–In terms of battery as well the Mi A3 is far better than Mi A2. The Xiaomi Mi A3 comes packed with a 4030mAh battery. This is great but what is even better is that the phone includes 18W fast charging support. Additionally, for the first time ever the Xiaomi Mi A3 comes with USB Type C port.–The Xiaomi Mi A3 Android One smartphone runs on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. Xiaomi India has officially confirmed that the Mi A3 will be among the first smartphones in the world to get Android 10 update.–With the Mi A3 Xiaomi brings back the 3.5mm headphone jack.–Another key highlight of the Xiaomi Mi A3 is that the phone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. This is the first Mi A series phone to have the fingerprint sensor beneath the screen. The Xiaomi Mi A3 also includes AI face unlock support.–Display is the biggest drawback of the Mi A3. For the Mi A3 Xiaomi uses 6.08-inch sMOLED display that offers HD+ screen resolution of 1560 x 720p and aspect ratio of 19.5:9.Xiaomi Mi A3 price in IndiaIn India, the Xiaomi Mi A3 comes in two configurations — the base model of the Mi A3 includes 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. This model of the phone is priced at Rs 12,999. The second model of the Mi A3 comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage and is priced at Rs 15,999. The Xiaomi Mi A3 comes in three vibrant colours – More than White, Not just Blue and Kind of Grey. All three colours will be available today during the sale.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A3 will be one of the first smartphones to get Android QALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A3 quick review: Big upgrade over Mi A2 with great pricingadvertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Mi A3 Mi A3 sale today in India: 10 things you must know before buying Xiaomi’s new Android One phoneAt Rs 12,999 the Xiaomi Mi A3 is a good smartphone to consider. The Mi A3 is a massive upgrade over the Mi A2 in almost all aspects.advertisement Next
October 17, 2019
TORONTO — The U.S. ambassador to Canada said Saturday her country is “deeply concerned” about China’s “unlawful” detention of two Canadians.Ambassador Kelly Craft said in a statement to The Associated Press the arrests of ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor are “unacceptable” and urged China to end the arbitrary detentions. It is her first public comments on the cases.China detained the two Canadians on Dec. 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities.Meng is the chief financial officer of the Chinese tech giant Huawei and the daughter of its founder.The U.S. wants her extradited to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran.Craft said the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal case against Meng is based solely on the evidence and the law.“The United States appreciates Canada’s steadfast commitment to the rule of law,” she said.Craft made no mention of China’s planned execution of a third Canadian. China re-sentenced a convicted Canadian drug smuggler to death after the Meng arrest as part of an apparent campaign of intimidation and retribution against Canada.Some analysts have said the U.S. response to China’s arrests of the two Canadians has been muted. President Donald Trump himself has not commented on the Canadians. But U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has, saying China ought to release them. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders and the State Department have also issued statements of support.“We urge China to end all forms of arbitrary and unlawful detentions and to respect the protections and freedoms of all individuals in accordance with China’s international commitments,” Craft said.Robert Bothwell, a professor at the University of Toronto, called Craft’s statement “tepid.”“It doesn’t bespeak ringing support,” Bothwell said.Beijing threatened grave consequences for America’s neighbour and ally after Meng was arrested at Vancouver’s airport.Canada has embarked on a campaign with allies to win the release of Kovrig and Spavor and many countries have issued statements in support.The two were detained on vague allegations of “engaging in activities that endanger the national security” of China. They remain locked up without access to lawyers.Meng is out on bail in Canada and living in one of her two Vancouver mansions awaiting extradition proceedings.Despite the escalating frictions resulting from the detentions, trade talks between Beijing and the Trump administration remain ongoing.The U.S. has taken pains to emphasize that their trade talks are entirely separate from the U.S. case against Meng. They have been doing so since Trump said in an interview that he might be willing to drop the charges against Meng as part of a trade deal with China.Trump’s comment frustrated Canadian officials who have been adamant Canada is following the rule of law and that Canada has an extradition treaty it must respect. A Canadian judge could deny the extradition request if it the charges are deemed political.“The next time the U.S. asks Canada will be hard of hearing,” Bothwell said. “Trouble with Trump and company is that they are entirely transactional. They don’t think ahead. And in this case Trump’s own words will probably be enough to get the U.S. extradition request denied.”Rob Gillies, The Associated Press
October 8, 2019
Navy Sampath was being investigated over the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth and other crimes and several Navy personnel, including former Navy Spokesman D.K.P. Dassanayake had been arrested earlier in this connection. (Colombo Gazette) A warrant had been issued earlier by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court for the arrest of Navy Sampath. A most wanted criminal identified as ‘Navy Sampath’ has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).Chandana Hettiaracchi, who was better known as ‘Navy Sampath’, was wanted over the abduction of 11 youth in Colombo in 2008. Court approval was obtained today to detain Navy Sampath till tomorrow to be questioned.
October 6, 2019
In a statement, the Board said it was “very pleased to have secured the assistance of this experienced multi-national team, who are working alongside Iraqi staff at Commission headquarters.”The Board added that it looked forward to “continuing to work fruitfully with the UN” in the run-up to the 30 January landmark poll, which will be Iraq’s first free elections in more than 50 years.Calling the UN presence “essential,” the Board said that without the world body’s support, “it would have been very difficult to work to the tight electoral timetable demanded in law whilst still meeting international standards.”The Board added that the work of the UN team has been carried out with “the highest integrity” and praised UN staffers for having “rigorously espoused and maintained the principles of fairness and transparency in their working practices and in their advice to Iraqi colleagues.”
October 3, 2019
by Amy Taxin, The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2016 11:23 am MDT Last Updated Sep 3, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Aug. 18, 2016 photo shows what remains of an oil-extraction operation in Banning Ranch, on what is believed to be the biggest piece of privately-owned vacant land on Southern California’s coast in Newport Beach. Developers want to build 895 homes and a 75-room resort hotel on the 401-acre swath of land in upscale Newport Beach. Proponents say they would rehabilitate and preserve much of the scenic site, but opponents say the land should be left as open space. Native American groups have also begun to look into whether the site might be sacred ground. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) Debate peaks over vast coastal Southern California oil land NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – The vast, dusty stretch of land in one of Southern California’s wealthiest beachfront communities is littered with rusting pipes from once-thriving oil production.Beneath its drought-stricken exterior, however, environmentalists say the Newport Beach property is teeming with life and provides critical habitat for burrowing owls and endangered San Diego fairy shrimp that could be destroyed if developed into homes.The dramatically differing views are at the crux of a sizzling debate in California over the future of what state coastal officials consider to be the largest remaining privately-owned coastal property that could be developed south of Los Angeles.While many Southern Californians want the oil mess cleaned up, they want to see much more of its 401 acres returned to its natural state.Newport Banning Ranch — a three-way partnership involving an oil producer and investment and real estate companies — wants to build 895 homes, a 75-room hotel and retail outlets on about 70 acres and leave roughly 80 per cent of the land as open space.“There are some who would like to see nothing built out there and they’re entitled to that point of view, but they offer no solution to the property,” said Michael Mohler, senior project manager for Newport Banning Ranch. “We have created an action plan to clean the site up if the project is approved. And if you ask about development? That is what pays for all of this.”Environmentalists argue the oil field should be remediated regardless, and that a much larger area should remain untouched because these kinds of sensitive habitats are protected under California law. The land provides nesting space for the threatened California gnatcatcher, a small, blue-grey songbird, and a rare vernal pool system where fairy shrimp — tiny aquatic crustaceans — are known to thrive.“If you degrade a site, it is your responsibility to clean it up,” said Susan Jordan, executive director of the California Coastal Protection Network. “What they’re trying to do here in my mind is hold the public hostage and say, ‘We’re not going to clean up that site unless you give us this.’”State coastal regulators are set to consider the plan on September 7. Last year, California Coastal Commission staff members opposed a larger version of the development, but board members urged them to work with the builder to downsize the proposal.This time, commission staff are recommending the plan be approved but downsized. They want development confined to 20 acres to protect habitat for the burrowing owl, which lives in holes dug by ground squirrels and is considered a species of special concern in California.Newport Banning Ranch property owners said the commission staff’s recommendation amounts to a “de-facto denial” of the project and promised to fight it.For years, the property was farmed, and oil drilling began in the mid-20th century. More 400 wells have been drilled on the site but most have since been abandoned.If the plan is approved, the developer would confine drilling to 15 acres. The rest would be restored for use as open space or the development, where many of the homes with sweeping ocean views would sell for more than $1 million, Mohler said.Mohler declined to reveal how much the project would generate in revenue for Aera Energy, Cherokee Investment Partners and Brooks Street. He said remediation costs would run between $30 million and $40 million and would be covered by the project.To opponents, building that many homes is like erecting a new small town in the heart of already congested Orange County, where residents long for untarnished coastal views and relish how vernal pools fill with rainwater each spring, bringing the rundown site to life.Many would rather see the land lay idle since once homes are built it would be impossible to return to nature.“You can’t replace it. It is just unique,” said Terry Welsh, president of Banning Ranch Conservancy, which would like to buy the land but can’t afford it. “It doesn’t look like much to the untrained eye — you’ll see a dry browned oil field with old rusty pipes and gravel road and scraped earth — but look at the data.”Much of the debate by regulators will likely focus on how much space, and which areas, should be protected.Earlier this year, the Commission received more than 2,000 letters from project opponents. Among the much smaller number in favour, many want to see the site used for hands-on science programs in schools, which a developer-funded land trust has already begun running.Robyn Vettraino, who oversees the Newport Banning Land Trust, said the goal is to expand public access to the coastal habitat while restoring and preserving it.“If the project doesn’t get approved, they will drill oil for the next 100 years and their legal responsibility is once they stop operating the very last well,” she said. “We see this as the best way and the best kind of public-private compromise.”
September 20, 2019
Smartphones need a new pie-in-the-sky feature to shoot for, or else people will start questioning why these handheld supercomputers become “obsolete” after only two years. And right now the new space to innovate in when it comes to mobile is virtual and augmented reality features. Not only do they require a ton of pricey new tech, but they are also legitimately cool. Just ask HoloLens users and Pokemon Go players.To help augmented reality become a new standard, it needs to be part of the fundamental functionality of the mobile device. Manufacturers need to consider hardware like room-scanning cameras as well as software that can perform the calculations to make fake things believably appear in the real world. At WWDC Apple already showed off its ARKit AR development tools for iOS devices, so of course, its Android rivals are following suit. ARCore is Google’s new answer to augmented reality.Google is no stranger to augmented reality, but its experiments so far haven’t quite reached critical mass. The Project Tango augmented reality platform, while promising, found its way onto few phones. And we all dodged a cyborg discrimination bullet ever since Google Glass first failed to become a thing.So what makes ARCore any different? Well for starters it’s a continuation of the cool ideas from Project Tango. But it requires fewer special hardware features. So while it’s currently only compatible with Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8, running Android 7.0 Nougat or better, Google wants to reach 100 million Android phones and tablets across all manufacturers by the end of the development preview.Since this is a tool for developers right now most of the details we know about ARCore are more technical. It runs on familiar engines like Java/OpenGL, Unity, and Unreal. It tracks the position and movement of the phone itself to keep virtual objects properly oriented. It understands environments as well and can even estimate ambient light to pull off neat tricks like projecting realistic fake shadows.The ARCore SDK is available to developers starting now. Google provides some rudimentary apps like Blocks and Tilt Brush for creating AR content, as well as positioning services for more global AR experiences, but it will be even more exciting to see what the Android development community at large can pull off with this support. Regular reality is pretty bad these days. So we might as well augment it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Put Women on U.S. Currency With Google’s AR AppGoogle Maps’ AR Navigation Rolls Out to More Devices
September 15, 2019
Almost seven in 10 (68%) European employees state that they would consider looking for a new job if they discovered an unfair gender pay gap at their organisation, according to research by human resources management software organisation ADP.Its Workforce view in Europe 2019 report, which surveyed 10,585 employees across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, also found that 23% of UK respondents believe that gender pay gap reporting is necessary at their organisation; this increases to 26% of those aged between 16 and 34.Jeff Phipps (pictured), managing director at ADP UK, said: “The report shows that [employees’] attitude towards inequality is changing, especially when it comes to the gender pay gap.“Employees are prepared to vote with their feet, risking severe engagement, performance and reputational issues for the [organisations] concerned.”The prospect of undertaking gender pay gap reporting is relatively popular with employees in Spain (34%), Switzerland (34%) and Italy (30%), but only 11% of employees in the Netherlands agree with gender pay gap reporting requirements.Almost three-quarters (73%) of Italian respondents would consider looking for another job if there was an unfair gender pay gap at their organisation, compared to 68% of staff who work in the UK and in Spain. More than half (54%) of employees in France also agree with this.The majority (81%) of respondents aged between 16 and 34 would think about leaving their job if they found that their employer was paying men and women unequally.Phipps added: “Despite widespread calls for change, the gender pay gap appears deeply ingrained in workplaces in the UK, and the best way to move the needle is to approach it from a social, political and organisational perspective.“Communities, the government and [organisations] need to work together to redefine gender roles in society, provide policies that nurture and prepare women for positions of power and businesses should design a workplace that works for everyone and ensure that women are getting a fair chance to progress in their career.”
September 15, 2019
LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials are searching for an elderly man who has vanished in Lauderdale Lakes.Eighty-five-year-old Carl Medford was last seen near his Lauderdale Lakes home, Sunday afternoon.He stands 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 160 pounds. Officials said Medford has Alzheimer’s.According to police, Medford was driving a 2017 Hyundai Elantra with the Florida tag HCWC41.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers 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.
September 1, 2019
Mary Teddy Wray is one of the ten participants in the Memory Ball that will take in Baltimore on April 8. (Courtesy photo)On April 8 the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting its 11th Annual Memory Ball at Baltimore’s Marriott Waterfront. The Memory Ball takes the form of a “Dancing with the Stars” style competition as Baltimore locals from various walks of life compete against each other after months of practice with trained professionals to raise the most money for Alzheimer’s research. The Memory Ball is a black tie affair and each vote serves as a dollar donation to the Alzheimer’s Associations cause.Alzheimer’s is a widespread disease that affects many people across the globe, an estimated 5.5 million people in America have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and many of the ten participants, including Dr. Mary Teddy Wray, have a personal connection to the cause.Wray is a dentist located in Harford County, Md. who worked her way through dental school as a caregiver for a patient that was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.“I had to support myself through school, I was an immigrant, I was here by myself and I didn’t have anybody…the only job I could find was being a caretaker for this woman (Lucy Garfield) who had Alzheimer’s disease. I took care of her from 6 in the evening to 6 in the morning. I fed her, bathed her and put her to bed for four years,” Wray told the AFRO.During her time as Mrs. Garfield’s caretaker Wray said she saw the deleterious effects of Alzheimer’s disease firsthand, and it inspired her to make a difference.“I want to participate and dance because I know how dreadful this disease is, I saw the changes in her from the year I started taking care of her to four years later when I finished dental school and I saw the toll it took on her,” she said.By March 21, Wray had raised $18,589 in funds and is close to achieving her goal of $27,000.Rachael Campbell, vice president of administrative services at Correct RX Pharmacy, and Derek Valcourt, CEO of Creative Spot Productions are this year’s Memory Ball co-chairs. “I have attended Memory Ball since 2005 and served on the steering committee in 2016: what an honor to now assist as co-chair,” Campbell said in an interview with Patch.com. “These are exciting times for the Alzheimer’s Association.”Tickets for this event can be purchased at act.alz.org and all proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Alzheimer’s Association and advancing efforts to find a cure.
September 1, 2019
Beyond incorporating wireless payment devices and tablets for menus, restaurants can’t really be counted as places filled with the latest technology. That is unless you visit Japan, of course.Japanese restaurants have been using conveyor belts to deliver food to their customers for decades, but one establishment has taken such eating to the next level and made the whole experience very smart and fully automated.Spencer Kelly, of BBC technology program Click, visited this new restaurant located in Tokyo to demonstrate just how smart it is.As you can see in the video above, there are no waiters, just the people preparing the food (who customers never see) and a person manning the tills to collect payment. Food passes by each table on a conveyor belt, but there’s also a tablet with a menu you can use. Selecting a special dish sees it delivered on a separate high-speed conveyor no more than a couple of minutes later.In a typical conveyor restaurant you take your plates to the counter so they can add up how much your meal costs. Not here. The plates go down a chute for cleaning, and they automatically get added to your bill. And for every five plates of food you empty, a game appears on the tablet that if you beat sees a prize sent to the table in the form of a small toy.The smart doesn’t just stop at food delivery and automatic bill creation, though. The restaurant is also hooked up to monitor how many people are sat there eating, and what they are eating. That information is compiled and used to inform the kitchen staff which dishes they should be preparing and how many new dishes they should be adding to the conveyor.
August 29, 2019
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Greece does not permit same-sex marriages, but the couple were permitted to wed by the island’s pro-LGBT mayor, who agreed to register their union.There was technically no explicit legal ban on same-sex marriage at the time, as the country’s civil marriage law stated marriage was between “two persons”.However, just a few months before the couple’s tenth wedding anniversary, their union was struck down by the this week.Greek newspaper I Kathimerini reports that the Supreme Court ruled the couple’s wedding was not legally recognisable.The court ruled that the law “is considered to reflect the moral and social values and traditions of the Greek people, who do not support the legalization of marriage for homosexual couples”.According to the newspaper, the couple are expected to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.The ECHR has not previously upheld same-sex marriage rights, though a string of rulings have bolstered basic rights protections across the EU.The couple’s marriage came under legal threat within weeks of their union in 2008, and it was quickly declared voic.The case has slowly worked its way through the courts.Speaking to GSN in 2012, Mr Katsagiannis said: “Up until when we got married, recognizing same-sex relationships wasn’t really an issue or in people’s minds.“But after that happened there was a lot of coverage by the media and it really put the issue on the map for Greece and it’s still much more discussed since then.“Local church parties and the extreme right came out really against our marriage, but it allowed the political left to come out in favor of gay marriage and we did have a lot of support from many people. That was a really positive aspect.” Greece passed a law allowing same-sex civil unions in 2015, after strong resistance to same-sex marriage.The civil union legislation was passed by a vote of 193 to 56, with 51 abstentions.Last year the country passed a bill expanding the rights of same-sex couples and ensuring equal protection in workplaces regardless of gender, religion or sexual orientation.However, Greece lags behind much of Western Europe on LGBT rights.Same-sex adoption, equal marriage, and IVF for lesbians are all still banned in the country.The country has a long way to go before legalising same-sex marriage, which is opposed by the Orthodox Church.An EU court is currently considering a case that could bring sweeping new rights for gay couples across the EU.The European Court of Justice is currently considering the case of Romanian man Adrian Coman, who tied the knot to his American partner, Claibourn Robert Hamilton, in Belgium in 2010.Despite their legal marriage in one EU state, Romania had sought to resist the activist’s attempts to gain residency rights for his partner, as it does not allow same-sex marriage.But the ECJ case will consider whether provisions in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union relating to freedom of movement grant rights to same-sex spouses.It could have an impact well beyond Romania, setting a precedent for the many European countries that do not currently allow same-sex couples to marry.13 EU states allow same-sex couples to marry and several others allow civil unions.Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia are among the states that do not recognise same-sex partnerships.The ECJ case will consider whether “the term ‘spouse’… includes the same-sex spouse” in Mr Coman’s case.It will also consider whether EU law “requires the host Member State to confer the right of residence on the same-sex spouse of a citizen of the European Union”.If Mr Coman’s challenge is successful, the ruling could require all EU states to grant legal recognition and residency rights to same-sex couples who have been married elsewhere, as would be the case for heterosexual couples.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Let Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videoUS Supreme Court rules in favor of baker who refused to make gay wedding cakeDisappointment for LGBT rights in Taiwan after gay tourism is boomingPINK NEWS- Greece’s Supreme Court has upheld a decision to void a gay couple’s marriage, nearly ten years after they tied the knot.Themis Katsagiannis and Dimitris Tsambrounis tied the knot on the island of Tilos nearly a decade ago, in June 2008.
August 26, 2019
August 18, 2019
4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Check your body, save your life Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Tensions have grown since April, when Tokyo’s nationalist governor announced he was planning to buy three of the islands from a private family Japan recognizes as their owner. Japan’s government is now also talking about buying them.Last month, a group of activists from Hong Kong were arrested and quickly deported after landing on one of the islands, which are controlled by Japan.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s deputy prime minister says tensions over an island dispute with China have been fanned by activists, but have not hurt official relations between the countries.Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada on Thursday said the two governments are reacting “calmly” to rising emotions over their longstanding dispute over the uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that Japan calls the Senkaku and China calls the Diaoyu. Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
August 17, 2019
TNS revealed the secrets of the Australian travel market in Domesticate 2010, a deep-dive study which analyses travel behavior. The study found that social policy and attitude change is required to address the tendency for Australians to stockpile their annual leave.At the launch of the study on Wednesday, Director of travel and leisure research at TNS, Carolyn Childs, revealed 31% of Australians currently employed are holding 10 or more days and 18% are holding 20 or more days of leave in reserve. ” There are a set of core beliefs around annual leave in Australia that prevent many from travelling; converting non-travellers, and winning back those not travelling as much, is a wider societal challenge we face,” said Childs. The study found that the top reasons for accruing leave, among those with 10 or more days stockpiled was situational reasons (e.g. saving for a big trip), caution in the current climate with many keeping a ‘leave buffer’ for financial security and employer constraints. According to Childs: ” Australia is one of the few countries that allows workers to accrue annual leave, but by OECD standards our leave proportion is slow, our ability to stock-pile is extreme, and our provision of ‘social’ leave (e.g. sick, parental or carers leave is not generous.“The research suggests Australians feel they get mixed messages on the subject of taking leave – employers want us to use our leave but send subliminal messages that discourage it.“And in times of economic uncertainty, people are nervous about being away from their desks.“The ‘No Leave, No Life’ initiative is already addressing this issue, but the research suggests a wider policy debate is needed across society and government.”The TNS Domesticate study also reported that the two critical areas for the travel industry to address are the increased competition posed by South East Asia and persuading Australian to rethink the value they place on Australian holidays. Australia has recently encountered a shift in their competitive set with South East Asian destinations no longer perceived as merely ‘fly and flop’. The region has established itself as a destination with greater emotional appeal due to the transformational and immersive experiences it offers. According to Childs: ” The emotional appeal of the region, coupled with rational justifications, such as increased capacity on routes, competitive airfares, favourable exchange rates and an extremely low in-market spend, have combined to strengthen the competitiveness of South East Asia even further. “To stave off this challenge, we need to work with the elements of the Australian offer that really engage consumers, such as relaxation and reconnection.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29051/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>