Perasol on UP loss to DLSU: ‘Everything went wrong in the 1st half’

first_imgLa Salle took the fight out of UP early with a 51-27 lead in the first half before winning, 85-62.Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol said it was their poor start that caused their downfall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Everything went wrong in the first half, and I’ve always maintained that you can’t have a chance against a powerhouse team like La Salle if you don’t bring your best game,” said Perasol Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.UP made just nine shots in the first 20 minutes of the game while allowing La Salle to 15 field goals. La Salle also outrebounded UP, 25-15, in the first half. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “What I can take from that game is we responded well in the second half and I think we even outscored them,” said Perasol, whose team slid to fifth place with a 4-5 card. “I would really feel bad if we were not able to bounce back.” Melecio just happy to be back for La Salle after recovering from dengue BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight FILE – UP coach Bo Perasol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines didn’t get the same result it wanted when it stunned defending champion La Salle, 98-87, in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.The Green Archers were raring to get back at the Fighting Maroons and they did in emphatic fashion.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Pune to get India’s first ever liberal arts college

first_imgThe first ever university dedicated to liberal arts in the country – under the HRD ministry’s plan to establish universities for innovation – will be set up in Pune.The committee, in charge of making the concept note, has proposed that it should be named after Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.The institution’s uniqueness, however, isn’t only limited to its thematic specialisation. As proposed in the note, the varsity will be an experimental model in higher education with first-of-a-kind features.The university will offer a four-year bachelor’s degree and one-year master’s degree in arts and basic sciences. The committee has proposed that the institution will reserve at least a portion of its posts for scholars, artistes, authors, scientists from abroad to promote the exchange of ideas.Although, the group recently made a detailed presentation to HRD minister Kapil Sibal, it’s up to the government which recommendations should be accepted.According to the concept note, the university will have five schools of humanities, literature, philosophy, cultural studies and creative writing; school of social sciences for history, politics, sociology, economics and human sciences; school of sciences for mathematics, biological sciences, physical sciences and environmental science; school of performing arts for dance, theatre, music, film and sports; and school of visual and applied arts for painting, graphic, arts, textile arts, crafts, design and photography.The innovation universities were conceptualised as “world class” institutions during Arjun Singh’s tenure as HRD minister. The Bill was introduced in the last Parliament session. Although the universities have been described as world class, the experts group – with theatre personality Girish Karnad, academics Supriya Chaudhuri and Sunil Khilnani, and writer Ramachandra Guha – has warned against the use of such an epithet.advertisement”Instead of using ‘worldclass’, which is meaningless in the absence of any concrete embodiment, it would be best to think of such an institution, as offering an experimental model of higher education could be,” the concept note states.last_img read more

Whitewash of West Indies won’t be enough for India to get top T20I rank

first_imgA whitewash of the West Indies in the forthcoming two-match Twenty20 International series in Florida on August 27-28 will still not help second-placed India climb to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 rankings.India currently trail top-placed New Zealand (132 points) by four points, while third-ranked West Indies are on 122 points.A 2-0 win for India, will help them join number one ranked New Zealand on 132 points but the Asian side will be ranked second when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. (Also read: Cricket tips to Miami Heat stars, Team India wooing the United States) In this scenario, the West Indies will slip to fourth position with 118 points, one point behind South Africa.A 1-1 series draw will keep India ahead on 128 points with West Indies on 123 points.Windies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, who had smashed four consecutive sixes to wrap up this year’s World Twenty20 final against England in Kolkata, will aim to help his side win the series 2-0 and move to second place on 127 points and push India to third place on 124 points. (Also read: De Villiers, not Kohli, is the most exciting batsman for Richard Hadlee)KOHLI LOOKS TO CONSOLIDATE TOP-SPOTOn the other hand, India’s Test captain Virat Kohli heads T20I batsmen rankings with 837 points. With Australia’s Aaron Finch only 34 points behind, Kohli will be looking to consolidate his position at the top.Rohit Sharma is the next highest ranked India batsman in 23rd position, while Dhoni, who had led India to victory in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 title in 2007, is in 50th position but the likelihood of getting more batting opportunities could see him rise in the ranks.advertisementFor the West Indies, big-hitting opener Chris Gayle (eighth) and experienced batsman Marlon Samuels (17th) will be looking to move up the ranks with Lendl Simmons (31st), Dwayne Bravo (37th) and Andre Fletcher (48th) also trying to climb the ladder.The West Indies have two slow bowlers up on the table as top-ranked leg-spinner Samuel Badree and fourth-ranked off-spinner Sunil Narine will be out to garner points with medium-pacer Dwayne Bravo (39th) the next best on the list.ASHWIN, BUMRAH IN SPOTLIGHTFor India, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is in second position in the T20I bowlers rankings after a creditable show in Zimbabwe a few months ago when India won the T20I series 2-1.Ravichandran Ashwin is the other India bowler inside the top 10 in seventh position, while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is in 19th spot.Marlon Samuels is the best-ranked all-rounder from either side at fifth position.last_img read more

Chelsea Signs Kovacic on Loan from Madrid on Deadline Day

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Chelsea has signed Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid for the season.The move was completed on the final day of the Premier League’s transfer window.The 24-year-old Kovacic was part of Croatia’s run to the World Cup final, where it lost to France. Kovacic has been at Madrid since 2015, joining from Inter Milan.Chelsea has also sold a player — goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois — to Real Madrid. The Belgian was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga after Chelsea met the goalkeeper’s 80 million euro ($93 million) buyout clause from Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.The transfer window is closing a day before the season opens on Friday with Manchester United hosting Leicester. United manager Jose Mourinho says he is “not confident” of signing players Thursday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Best phones under Rs 10,000: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Honor 7A, Realme 1 are the best ones to buy this July

first_imgIt is a fact that the budget segment is the busiest in India as far as phones are concerned. In developing country like ours, consumers mostly prefer buying phones that have an eye-catchy design, offer decent hardware, and all of that for a pocket-friendly price. With pocket-friendly here I mean under Rs 10,000 category. Sadly, while there are many phones in this segment, the ones that are worth buying are few. Many of the phones sold for under Rs 10,000 come with boring design, outdated software, poor cameras or slow performance. Finding an all-rounder under Rs 10,000 is rare.There are exceptions, though. And these are the exceptions that are part of this list. So without much ado, here are the under Rs 10,000 phones that you should keep in mind in case you are looking for your next smartphone.Xiaomi Redmi Note 5We reviewed the Redmi Note 5 and called it the “best phone under Rs 10,000”. Kind of. Xiaomi announced the Redmi Note 5 alongside the Redmi Note 5 Pro earlier this year. The phone comes with almost all the features that one wants in a smartphone launched in 2018 — a bezel-less display, solid build quality, outstanding performance and long-lasting battery life. If only the Redmi Note 5 was more attractively designed and had a better camera, we would have called it the best phone under Rs 10,000 without any qualifier like “sort of” or mostly. We would have called it “the best phone under Rs 10,000. Period.”But, considering the price of the phone — Rs 9,999 for 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and Rs 11,999 for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage — what the Redmi Note 5 Pro offers is brilliant.advertisementThe Redmi Note 5 comes with a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with a 2160x1080p resolution and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery. The phone was launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9, but reports are that Xiaomi will be upgrading the phone’s software to Oreo soon. The Redmi Note 5 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. The phone comes in two models — the base one with 3GB and 32GB of internal storage, while the expensive model packs 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. In terms of camera hardware, The Redmi Note 5 comes with a single 12-megapixel rear sensor with f/2.2 aperture, phase-detect autofocus, and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, the phone includes a 5-megapixel sensor with LED flash.Honor 7AHonor is leaving no stone unturned to compete with Xiaomi. The brand, which is owned by Huawei, recently launched two new budget segment smartphones — Honor 7A and Honor 7C. Interestingly, both the phones fall under Rs 10,000 phone category, but in our review we found the Honor 7A to be a better device. We can say Honor 7A to be all-rounder phone under Rs 10,000 category. One problem, the phone’s design could have been better, it looks dated.The Honor 7A follows the latest trends and comes with a screen ratio of 18:9. Overall, the Honor 7A offers good performance, long lasting battery life, snappy software and a camera that captures clear and detailed pictures. Compared to the Redmi Note 5, Honor 7A comes with more recent software as it runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 software. The phone comes in only in one variant, with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Honor 7A sells in India at the price of Rs 8,999 on Flipkart. The Honor 7A has a 5.7-inch Full View HD+ IPS LCD display with a 1440×720 resolution and it is backed by a 3,000mAh battery. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. The Honor 7A features a dual-rear camera system consisting of one 13-megapixel camera and another 2-megapixel camera for depth sensing, which is used for portrait mode feature. On the front, the phone includes an 8-megapixel camera with “soft” selfie light.Xiaomi Redmi Y2If you’re looking for a phone that captures great pictures and is also pocket-friendly, Redmi Y2 is the one you should try. Xiaomi announced the Redmi Y2 in India recently with the starting price of Rs 9,999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version. The price of the top-end 4GB RAM and 64GB storage goes up to Rs 12,999. Apart from the excellent camera performance — both front and back — the Redmi Y2 offers decent performance in games, good battery life and looks exceptionally good for its price.The Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch HD+ display with a 1440x720p resolution and 269ppi pixel density. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. It runs Android Oreo-based MIUI 9, and if recent reports are to be taken into consideration, will be upgraded to MIUI 10 very soon. The Redmi Y2 is backed by a 3,080mAh battery and comes with a dual-rear camera system consisting of 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors. On the front, the phone comes with a 16-megapixel camera with ‘soft’ LED flash. The front camera is also used for face unlock feature.advertisementRealme 1Realme is not a familiar name. But what about Oppo? Well, that you recognise. Realme is a brand owned by Oppo. This brand has been introduced by Oppo with an aim to compete with the likes of Xiaomi and Honor in the budget to mid-range segment. The first Realme phone that Oppo launched in India is the Realme 1 and we find it to be a good offering. We reviewed the Realme 1 and found it to be a decent sub-Rs 10,000 phone. Overall, Realme 1 offers battery life that easily lasts one full day on a single charge. The performance is good too. The only areas where Oppo could have worked a little more to make Realme 1 better are design and display. But despite lacking a few things here and there — it doesn’t have fingerprint sensor, for example — we know that the Realme 1 is a safe bet because it gets the basics mostly right.The Realme 1 sports a 6.0-inch FHD+ display with an aspect ratio 18:9 and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 chipset. The phone is offered in three variants — 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB of RAM. It comes with up to 128GB of internal storage. The Realme 1 comes with single 13-megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash, PDAF and bokeh mode. On the front, the phone sports an 8-megapixel camera, which supports screen flash and depth mode. The Realme 1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.0 out-of-the-box and is backed by a 3,410mAh battery.Xiaomi Redmi 5The Redmi 5 is all about value for money. It is a tremendous value for money, probably the best value for money in the whole smartphone market. We said as much in the India Today Tech review. The smartphone has a great build quality, good display, excellent performance and long-lasting battery life. The software and the cameras could have been better — sigh, there is no end to the desire for perfection.The Redmi 5 is available at a starting price of Rs 7,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage version, while the top-end 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant sells for Rs 10,999 and the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage comes with a price tag of Rs 8,999.The Redmi 5 comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ IPS LCD display that has resolution of 720×1440 pixels. The phone is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU and runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9. The Redmi 5 is backed by a 3,300mAh battery and comes with single camera setup on both front and back. The rear camera uses 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and supports phase detection autofocus, and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, the Redmi 5 comes with a 5-megapixel sensor with LED flash.advertisementlast_img read more

India beat New Zealand, take unassailable 2-0 lead in Test series

first_imgBengaluru, July 21 (PTI) The Indian men’s hockey team registered its second successive victory against New Zealand, beating the visitors 3-1 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Test series at the Sports Authority of India’s Bengaluru Campus here.India began the opening quarter with a structured attack. It was striker SV Sunil who took the teams first potential shot on goal in the opening minute but was well defended by New Zealand goalkeeper Richard Joyce. India dominated the quarter as the teams attack won two PC opportunities, however, the home team could not convert and the two teams ended the first quarter in a stalemate.The second quarter saw India showcase an improvised attack. They won three back-to-back PCs in the 18th minute and Rupinder Pal Singh was third-time lucky after two of his previous flicks were blocked by New Zealands first rusher. It was Manpreet Singh who made a perfect injection that was powerfully picked up by Rupinder to fire it past Joyce, fetching India their first breakthrough. Almost a minute later, the experienced forward Sunil fetched India another PC, however, this time the variation did not work.In the 24th minute, Stephen Jenness caught the Indian defence off guard when he pierced through the striking circle, beating PR Sreejesh, who had run up to block him and found an open goal to put the ball into the post for an equaliser.India retorted back with a splendid field goal in the 27th minute through striker Sunil, who worked in tandem with Simranjeet Singh. This brilliant goal won back India their lead and ended the second quarter with the scoreboard reading 2-1 in favour of the hosts.advertisementNew Zealand stitched together an improvised defence in the third quarter but their attack remained jaded.India upped the ante in the final quarter as they made enthralling forays into the striking circle. One such attempt, Sunil made a brilliant pass from the right flank to Mandeep Singh, who swiftly deflected into the post, taking India’s lead to 3-1 in the 56th minute. The defence held strong to keep up the lead till the end. PTI BS BSBSlast_img read more

Virat Kohli praises ‘relentless’ James Anderson for landmark achievement

first_imgVirat Kohli heaped praise foe James Anderson for his achievements and said that he has enjoyed the rivalry with the Englishman on this tour of England.On Tuesday, Anderson picked up his 564th Test wicket to surpass Glenn McGrath and become the pacer with most number of wickets in Test history.He was well on his way to doing so on day four of the Test match as he picked up two quick wickets during the fag end of the day and equalled McGrath in the process at 563 wickets. But the third wicket eluded him and it finally came when he clean bowled Mohammed Shami to win England the match and break the 11-year-old record.With the wicket, Anderson now has 564 scalps in whites and is the fourth highest wicket-taker of all time in Test cricket. And, India’s captain was all praise for his one-time nemesis, who however, failed to get him out even once in the five Test matches played in the series.Also read – Anderson surpasses McGrath to become 4th highest wicket-taker in Test cricket”It has been fun. We haven’t had any sort of arguments through the series. It has been nice and competitive. We have had a word here and there, it has been sarcastic…nothing too serious. As a cricketer after a stage, you want to be pushed, you want to be tested and guys like him test you all the time. He has been very relentless with his skills and that is why he stands at the top of the fast bowlers leaderboard and he deserves it totally.advertisement James Anderson has failed to get Virat Kohli’s wicket even once in the five-match Test series (Getty Images)He bowls all types of deliveries, which is a massive asset to have. He deserves what he achieved today because he has worked hard for it and has been relentless and patient and he has challenged not only me but a lot of batsmen in world cricket especially in these conditions and hats off to what he has achieved,” said Kohli at the post-match press conference.Also read – Did think about going for victory at tea time, says Virat Kohli after Oval lossReacting to his achievement after the match, an emotional Anderson said he was happy that he achieved the landmark in Alastair Cook’s final Test match.”Im happy Cookie was on the field to see that wicket. I am just happy to win the game, I wasn’t thinking about it. When Pant and Rahul put on that partnership it looked like they may get close so my job was to hold an end up. I didn’t think Id bowl 14 overs from that end. Thankfully Joe let me take the new ball eventually which gave me a chance to get that wicket,” said Anderson.Also read – Virat Kohli rues missed opportunities after 4-1 series defeat to EnglandThe moment @jimmy9 became the most profilic quick bowler in Test history!Scorecard/Videos: #ThankYouChef Cricket (@englandcricket) September 11, 2018McGrath, whose record Anderson broke to become the pacer with most number of wickets in Test cricket, had earlier said that the Englishman is likely to hold the record for a long, long time.Records are nice and I’ve been very proud to have taken more wickets than any fast bowler in Test history, but any high is there to be beaten and I will be equally proud of Jimmy when he goes past me because the fast bowlers’ union has to stick together, whichever country we come from.”Also read – A series of what could have been: Opinions float after India lose 4-1 to England”It is only a matter of time now before he gets there and I will be getting in touch with him as soon as he does to say well done. I have an awful lot of respect for Jimmy. Good luck to him. I believe once he goes past me he will never be beaten,” McGrath told Sportsmail.last_img read more

Video: The First Touchdown Of The 2019 College Football Season

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is officially underway.Earlier this morning, ESPN’s College GameDay crew broke down the action before tonight’s huge non-conference contest between Miami and Florida.Kirk Herbstreit and company gave their College Football Playoff picks and revealed which teams might surprise this year.While the show was focused on the FBS programs, it was the FCS level that actually got the party started.Villanova and Colgate faced off in a battle of FCS programs.In the early portion of the games, the Wildcats scored the first touchdown of the 2019 college football season.Dan Smith hit Jalen Jackson for an 18-yard touchdown pass.Check it out.There it is. The FIRST touchdown of the 2019 college football season.Jalen Jackson finds his way into the end zone for @NovaFootball.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) August 24, 2019That’s a great way to start off the college football season.Villanova extended its lead to 14-0 and looks to be in control of the game.The FBS action gets started tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN as the Hurricanes take on the Gators.Stay tuned for the latest from college football.last_img read more

Ship Operating Costs to Rise in 2016 and 2017

first_imgzoom Vessel operating costs are expected to rise in both 2016 and 2017, with repairs, maintenance and spares set to record the most significant increase in each of the two years, according to shipping consultant Moore Stephens.Vessel operating costs are expected to rise by 1.9% in 2016 and by 2.5% in 2017, while the cost of repairs and maintenance is expected to grow by 1.7% in 2016 and by 1.9% in 2017. Additionally, expenditure on spares could go up by 1.7% in 2016 and by 1.8% in 2017.Moore Stephens said that the predicted overall cost increases for 2016 were highest in the container ship sector, where they averaged 3.3% against the overall survey increase of 1.9%.Container ships also headed the expected cost increases for 2017, at 3.4% compared to the overall survey average of 2.5%. Tankers featured in second place for both years at 2.5% for 2016 and 2.9% for 2017.The mood of respondents in the study generally was quite pragmatic, with many referencing the need to address such familiar problem areas as over-tonnaging, excessive competition, a paucity of finance, rising fuel costs and burgeoning regulation and legislation.“An even greater discrepancy is expected between operating costs and freight rates,” one respondent said, adding that “owners will manage to make ends meet, but barely.”The cost of meeting regulatory requirements was high on the list of concerns cited by respondents, one of whom noted that “operating costs will rise for technical expenses such as maintenance and repair held over from previous years, while the cost of ballast water treatment plant will have to be taken into consideration in 2017 drydocking budgets.” Another respondent pointed out that “with the Ballast Water Management (BWM) convention coming into force in 2017, drydocking costs will increase significantly, depending on the type and size of ship involved.”Respondents were also asked to identify the three factors that would most affect operating costs over the next 12 months. Overall, 20% of respondents identified finance costs as the most significant factor, followed by competition at 19%. Crew supply was in third place with 18%, followed by demand trends and labour costs.“The predicted increases in ship operating costs for 2016 and 2017 compare to an average fall in operating costs in 2015 of 2.4% across all main ship types recorded in the recent Moore Stephens OpCost study,” Richard Greiner, Moore Stephens Partner, Shipping & Transport, said.“In 2008, for example, the average operating cost increase absorbed by the industry was no less than 16%. Meanwhile, one year ago, expectations of operating cost increases in 2016 were 2.8% on average, so the fall in that expectation to 1.9% is of note.”last_img read more

New Executive Director appointed to Legal Aid Commission

first_imgKaren Hudson has been appointed as the newest executive director of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, effective Sept. 1. “I wish Ms. Hudson all the best in her new position,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Ross Landry. “Legal Aid is an essential service that not only helps Nova Scotians access legal services, but helps our overall justice system.” Under the Legal Aid Act, the commission can appoint a barrister to be executive director of the commission. The Legal Aid Commission made its selection at its June board meeting. Ms. Hudson has been with the Legal Aid Commission for 23 years, serving as staff lawyer, managing lawyer and director. Ms. Hudson has guest lectured at Dalhousie law school and has organized and presented at international legal aid and law conferences. She has also served or chaired a number of boards, including Metro Food Bank, Veith House and Alice Housing. “We are pleased to have a person of Karen Hudson’s many achievements take on this leadership role,” said Donald Harding, chair of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, “We are fortunate to have Karen bring the benefits of her skills and experience to the commission’s operations.” Ms. Hudson will succeed Gerard Lukeman, who has held the position since 1997. The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission is responsible for legal aid for Nova Scotians and delivers services through 16 community-based law offices and three sub-offices.last_img read more

Jennifer Lopez Named As Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals Spokesperson

first_imgJennifer Lopez is joining Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as an official spokesperson to encourage supporters to “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are.”Video: Jennifer Lopez: Give Kids Every Chance to Live BetterThe actress and singer is the latest celebrity to join Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ efforts to raise funds and awareness for 170 member children’s hospitals across North America. The new campaign brings attention to the importance of urgently needed donations to children’s hospitals.Lopez, an actress, singer, American Idol judge and mother of twins, is a longtime supporter of children’s hospitals through her Lopez Family Foundation. She will be appearing in print, television and radio advertisements, including commercials airing during this season’s final episodes of Fox’s American Idol.“We are so pleased to have Jennifer on board as our official spokesperson to help with raising funds and awareness for children’s hospitals,” said Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals President and CEO John Lauck. “Children’s hospitals are charities and need donations to help provide much-needed, life-saving care and expenses not covered by government programs or insurance. As a mother and longtime supporter of local children’s hospitals, Jennifer understands how donations can make a difference in the level of care kids receive.”Donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals stay local and are used however the hospital needs them most, typically for funding critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.In the Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are advertisements, Lopez wears a yellow Miracle Band. The design resembles the identification bands worn by children while in the hospital and represents the 62 kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals every minute. Anyone can order a free Miracle Band at Supporters are encouraged to share their reasons for wearing a Miracle Band on social media with #MiracleBand.last_img read more

Indigenous man tossed from Whitehorse hotel in violent confrontation caught on video

first_img(Violent video sparked a protest Thursday night from locals demanding answers from hotel. Submitted photo)APTN News Kathleen MartensA video posted on Facebook shows a violent confrontation between a homeless Indigenous man and a Whitehorse hotel employee on New Year’s Eve.And all because the homeless man wasn’t a guest.“It was during that really cold snap we had…I rolled down my window and yelled, ‘Hey, what the hell are you guys doing?’” said a man who witnessed the commotion at Westmark Whitehorse hotel.The witness, who spoke to APTN News on condition of anonymity, said the temperature was about -45C with the wind chill.“It looked like he was trying to throw him out of the building…I was surprised to see that because usually they call the cops.”The 10-second video was posted this week on social media and appears to show a larger, hotel employee grabbing the Indigenous man by the coat and yank him towards to the front door.The Indigenous man then appears to throw a punch at the hotel employee who responds with striking the Indigenous man twice before pushing him out the front door. Once outside the scuffle to continues before the video ends.The witness said the smaller man is from Inuvik: “He might be homeless. I think he’s from Fort McPherson, NWT.”Kwanlin Dun First Nation Chief Doris Bill couldn’t identify the victim but said she was “disturbed” by the violent confrontation she watched on Facebook.“The day and age you can push people around without any consequences, well those days are over,” she said.A lawyer for the hotel’s owner – Holloway Lodging Corp. – said the employee didn’t follow proper procedure but the video didn’t show everything that happened.“We don’t want our employees to put themselves at risk,” said Jordan Vaeth. “We advise them that what they should do is simply call the police.”He said the video sparked an internal investigation that is confidential. But he confirmed the employee still works there.A group with handmade protest signs gathered outside the hotel Thursday night “in response to the video of a First Nations man being forcefully ejected from the hotel.”A spokesperson for the protest said in an email they want to meet with hotel management to discuss what happened.“It is our hope to find some answers as to what happened to that man in the video, and to affirm our position that the intolerance demonstrated by assaults of this nature are unacceptable and will not go unaddressed,” the spokesperson told APTN.Meanwhile, Vaeth said what isn’t seen on the video is that police were called and arrived within minutes.“The portion that you don’t see they had been allowed into the hotel because they’d asked for admittance, so the front desk person had gone allowed them in, spoke to them inside and then the portion that you see is when they had refused to leave,” said Vaeth.He said the man was ordered to leave because he was “not a guest.”RCMP told APTN they were aware of the video but declined to comment.Vaeth said police told him they couldn’t find the alleged victim.Bill urged the hotel owner to join with the community in finding a solution to dealing with vulnerable people.“I understand this is a business. But this is not the way to do things,” she said.“When it’s close to -40C outside you want to stop into a business or whatever if it gets too cold to warm up.”On its website, the Westmark Whitehorse describes itself as the Yukon’s largest hotel and conference centre.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

The Tragically Hip backing Newstrike deal with CanniMed Therapeutics

first_imgTORONTO – Newstrike Resources Ltd. says the Tragically Hip is backing the company’s deal to be acquired by CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.The band is a creative partner and shareholder in Newstrike, the company (TSXV:HIP) says.In a statement on behalf of the band, guitarist Rob Baker says the combination “will create shareholder value and a formidable force in the Canadian cannabis market for many decades to come.”CanniMed (TSX:CMED) struck an friendly deal in November to acquire Newstrike in an all-stock transaction.CanniMed shareholders would own approximately 65 per cent of the combined company, while Newstrike shareholders would hold the remaining 35 per cent.However, Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) is looking to stop the deal as part of its own hostile offer to buy CanniMed.last_img read more

External risks more acute for Canada than in the recent past IMF

first_imgOTTAWA – The external risks facing the Canadian economy are more acute than in the recent past, the IMF said Monday in an annual review that has focused on the country’s housing market in recent years.Cheng Hoon Lim, the IMF’s assistant director, Western Hemisphere Department, said economic anxiety is high with concerns about the future of the NAFTA talks and developments in international corporate taxation including the recent U.S. corporate tax cuts.“The impact of lower corporate tax rates in the U.S. could make Canada a less attractive destination for investment,” she said.The IMF report recommended it was time for Canada to examine its corporate tax in the face of the changes in the U.S.Lim also said failure to reach a NAFTA agreement within a reasonable time frame could hurt investment and growth for an extended period.The IMF report estimated failure to reach a new NAFTA agreement could reduce long-run Canadian real gross domestic product by 0.4 per cent relative to its baseline forecast. That amount could increase if non-tariff trade costs increase, the report noted.The IMF said it expects the Canadian economy, which grew by three per cent last year, to slow to growth of 2.1 per cent in 2018 and 2.0 per cent in 2019.In its report, the IMF noted the housing market continues to remain a key domestic risk for the economy. But, it said that the vulnerability has moderated somewhat, as the housing market has shown signs of cooling down.“It will remain a vulnerability for some time given the large stock of household debt,” Lim said.The Canadian government said it continues to monitor the issues raised by the IMF report to ensure that its actions continue to support growth and contribute to a strong middle class.“Our government’s approach of investing in people and in the economy is yielding positive results, which are being recognized around the world,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in statement.Last week, the United States ended an exemption from steel and aluminum tariffs that had been granted to Canada, Mexico and the European Union.Canada responded by announcing plans for tariffs on some $16.6 billion of U.S. goods including steel and aluminum, but also a wide range of consumer goods.The IMF report came ahead of the Bank of Canada’s latest financial system review report that is expected Thursday.In its November report, the Canadian central bank said high levels of household indebtedness and housing market imbalances remain the most important vulnerabilities.last_img read more

Amid rising demand for designer drugs international experts weigh tougher controls

Sold openly, including online, new psychoactive substances (NPS) are marketed as “legal highs” with nicknames such as “spice”, “plant food”, “bath salts” and “meow meow”, and sold openly via the internet.Uncontrolled and therefore not tested for safety, the potential harm of these drugs is greater than that of traditional drugs. “The adverse effects of NPS are poorly understood and present a global health risk,” UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Yury Fedotov said following a meeting of international experts last week in Vienna, Austria.The meeting brought together some of the world’s leading organizations working to tackle the threat of “legal highs” including the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), as well as international and regional organizations and experts from 22 countries.During the meeting, the participants agreed that while all the tools exist to track NPS, these substances remain challenging.The drugs, a type of mephedrone with effects similar to the effects of cocaine and amphetamines, are based on existing illegal recreational drugs with chemical structures that are modified to varying degrees to evade the drug laws. The number of NPS reported by Member States to UNODC rose in the past year by 41 per cent to 354 from 251, while countries reporting detection climbed to 90 from 70, the UN agency reported.During the meeting, the WHO committed to prioritizing substances to be evaluated for potential harm under drug conventions, to align its review process with meetings for the Commission on Narcotic Drugs for faster review, according to a news release.In response to the proliferation of NPS, UNODC has launched an early warning system in June which the UN said will allow the global community to monitor their emergence and take appropriate actions.UNODC is also supporting its “Make health your ‘new high’ in life, not drugs,” awareness campaign to inform the public, particularly young people, about the harmful effects of NPS. read more

Brock remembers in solemn ceremony

Staff, students and visitors pin poppies to the wreaths laid in the Ian Beddis Gym.Members of the Brock community gathered in the Ian Beddis Gym today to pay tribute to people past and present who fought for their country.The annual service hosted by the Faith and Life Centre featured readings from various student organizations, as well as President Jack Lightstone.“We cannot forget the people of our nation who, from all walks of life and cultures, step forward and put their lives on the line in the name of values we hold dear and share internationally,” said chaplain David Galston.“From the first nations who have been here since time immemorial to the most recent of immigrants, people of our land gave their lives for rights that cannot be compromised.”Lightstone said Remembrance Day is not a day to glorify war, but to honour those who give the supreme service to their country.“We gather precisely because war is a catastrophe that should inspire us all to work for peace.”Mary Ann Major of Scotiabank at Brock lays a wreath with her father, veteran Bill Blue.Gerry Grant, a veteran and Brock alumnus, lays a wreath.President Jack Lightstone lays a wreath on behalf of Brock. read more

Books AND gaming both have place with student entrepreneurs

first_imgImage: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandScience experiment book for 5-12 year olds that uses materials found around the house.From Shauna Bannon Ward and Samantha Brennan at Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, Co Offaly.2nd place: Eco Style (supported by Dublin City Enterprise Board).Eco-friendly personalised canvas bags.Designed by Aine Murray and Kaitlin Murray at Our Lady of Mercy College, Dublin.3rd place: Lil’ Shopper (supported by Cavan County Enterprise Board).Whiteboard with velcro stick-on pictures that helps parents keep their children occupied while they shop, or as an aid to help children with disabilities to communicate.Designed by Caoimhe Marie O’Reilly at Loreto College, Cavan.Juniors1st place: Chook Books (supported by Tipperary South Enterprise Board). THE WINNERS OF the Student Enterprise Awards show that the nation’s young entrepreneurs can happily imagine both the traditional and the technological take a place in their future.The winners of the senior category had as their idea a fun game called ‘Squeazy’ – based on a classic science experiment – but also shortlisted in that category was a video gaming business called Social Gamers, which aimed to produce video gaming events. The winners in the intermediate category and junior category both had book ideas as their entrepreneurial bid – one is a science book, called Boom Book, which used materials you might find about the house; the other is the Chook Books, a series of books about keeping hens.Read about some of the winning ideas and be inspired…Seniors1st place: Squeazy (supported by Leitrim County Enterprise Board).Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandA quality game experience developed from the classic science experiment, ‘Cartesian Diver’.Designed by Matthew Hewston, Fergus Munday and Luke Sheridan at St Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.2nd place: Sweet Tooth (supported by Wexford County Enterprise Board).Succulent range of Irish handmade artisan chocolates.From Joanna Murphy Sutton at Presentation Secondary School, Co Wexford.3rd place: Social Gamers (supported by Kerry County Enterprise Board).Production of video gaming events.Idea by Marsell Fazilov, Davin Barrett and Imed Abnoun at CBS Tralee, Co Kerry.Intermediate1st place: The Boom Book (supported by Offaly County Enterprise Board). Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandSeries of books about keeping hens.Designed by Andrew Butler and Martina O’Reilly at CBS High School, Clonmel.2nd place: Comfort Crutch (supported by Fingal County Enterprise Board).Cushion that makes crutches less painful on your hands.Designed by Sean Capper at Skerries Community College.3rd place: Tweetech (supported by Sligo County Enterprise Board).Manufacture and sale of bird boxes with wireless inbuilt camera.Designed by Paddy Bird (yes, really), James Devaney, Michael Donaghy, Callum O Domhnaill and Michael Kilcoyne, all from Sligo Grammar School.How do you stop your water bottle leaking onto your iPad?>Column: ‘You need passion to be an inventor’>last_img read more

This is the new jersey Ireland will wear against Turkey today

first_imgIRELAND ENTERTAIN TURKEY at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon in the first of their end-of-season friendlies.While Martin O’Neill has vowed to experiment with his starting line-up, Irish supporters will see many familiar faces in action. The only uncapped players in the squad are goalkeeper Robbie Elliot and defender Shane Duffy.There will, however, be something fresh to look at. Ireland will wear their new home jersey for the first time. The kit is somewhat of a throwback with white collars and a simple [nothing flashy here], clean design. Source: Umbro IrelandWhat do you make of the new kit? Will you be rushing out to buy it?O’Neill vows to experiment in Ireland’s summer friendliesGiles: Bill will be hugely missed but I’m not thinking about retirementlast_img read more

Sarkozy says France is trying to humiliate and destroy him

first_imgFORMER PRESIDENT NICOLAS Sarkozy has accused France’s justice system of trying to “humiliate” and “destroy” him, after he was charged in a corruption probe that could spell trouble for his future political ambitions.The former conservative party leader fought back in a broadcast interview yesterday, just hours after his release from questioning over a highly publicized investigation into judicial allegations that he took 50 million euros ($67 million) in illegal campaign funds from Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi.The detention — a very unusual move for such a high-level figure — has dominated French news broadcasts, and comes as his faltering UMP political party has floated a possible comeback by the hard-driving 59-year-old.Sarkozy, who spent nearly a day in custody on Tuesday answering questions about his 2007 presidential campaign, said on TF1 TV and Europe-1 radio that he was “profoundly shocked” over his 16-hour detention.“Is it normal that I should be in custody for so long?” Sarkozy asked, squinting intensely at an interviewer. He said his detention was motivated out of “a desire to humiliate me.”“A part of the justice system is being used for political purposes,” he said, warning of an unspecified plot.“In our country … there are things that are in the process of being organized,” he said. “The French need to know them, and in their conscience, and freely, need to judge what’s happening.” Members of the media stand in front of the entrance to the anti-corruption office of the French police. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesLe Monde newspaper has reported that the questioning centers on whether Sarkozy and his lawyers were informed about an investigation into the Libyan case by magistrate Gilbert Azibert, in exchange for promises — that were never fulfilled — for him to receive a post in Monaco.“Azibert did not get a post in Monaco,” Sarkozy said. “There has been no move in favor of Monsieur Azibert.”He hinted that the charges wouldn’t necessarily stop him for running for president again in 2017 — although he left people guessing about his future career plans.“I’m not a man who is discouraged by villainy and political manipulation,” said Sarkozy, lashing out at what he called left-leaning magistrates “whose political obsession is to destroy the person who’s meant to be investigated.”Earlier, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the investigation was being carried out independently of the Socialist government. His boss, Socialist President Francois Hollande, defeated Sarkozy in the presidential race in 2012.“This situation is serious. The facts are serious,” Valls told BFM TV.Sarkozy is accused of tapping political allies to gain intelligence on a flurry of probes linked to campaign finance. He has vigorously denied the claims, and insisted Wednesday that he has “never betrayed trust” of the French people.After further investigation, judges will determine whether to hold a trial.Read: Former French President charged with corruptionlast_img read more

Une espèce non identifiée de rat géant découverte en Angleterre

first_imgUne espèce non identifiée de rat géant découverte en AngleterreBrian Watson, un agriculteur de la région nord-est de l’Angleterre a découvert dans son champs une sorte de rat géant. L’identité du rongeur reste pour l’heure un mystère. Est-ce un ragondin, un rat disproportionné ou une femelle enceinte? Les spécialistes restent perplexes. La créature abattue par Brian Watson à Waskerley, dans le nord-est de l’Angleterre, est pour le moins singulière.”Je n’avais jamais vu un aussi gros rat de ma vie” affirme l’agriculteur et pour cause, la photo que celui-ci a posté sur Twitter révèle un spécimen de près d’un mètre de long!À lire aussiUn nautile extrêmement rare observé pour la première fois en 30 ans en PapouasieLa réelle identité de l’animal sera toutefois difficile à déterminé étant donné que Brian Watson a décidé de le bruler, par peur de rameuté les curieux. Toutefois, les experts s’accordent à penser que le rongeur serait un ragondin, un animal originaire de l’Amérique du sud et introduit en Europe vers le 19ème siècle.Vivant dans les rivières, cet animal est particulièrement redouté pour les nombreux dégâts qu’ils causent sur les berges, les cultures et sur la faune aquatique. Cet animal est considéré en Europe comme une des dix espèces exotiques les plus nuisibles selon une étude de l’Ecological Society of America menée en 2009. Découvrez en vidéo le rat géant découvert par Brian Watson sur Maxisciences Le 25 avril 2012 à 13:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more