Nationals back as top teams collide

first_imgLATEST STORIES PBA Women’s 3×3 – March 18, 2016 PLAY LIST 35:47PBA Women’s 3×3 – March 18, 201616:08PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – December 16, 201500:47Romeo credits coaches, team after 41-point night01:37Protesters 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 PSC, Cayetano to meet on SEA Games hosting Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding All eyes, however, are on Romeo, who bailed Gilas out of the woods in two critical games in Beirut, as he returns to a Batang Pier crew badly needing a shot in the arm in a bid to join the frenzied hunt for top four berths and twice-to-beat privileges in the season-closing conference.And about the only thing coach Franz Pumaren is worried about is his prized5-foot-10 point guard getting enough sleep for GlobalPort’s 7 p.m. clash with powerhouse San Miguel Beer, which will welcome back Fajardo.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“He practiced (Thursday) but said that he hasn’t had any sleep yet,” Pumaren told the Inquirer over the phone.Romeo arrived with the rest of the PH team on Tuesday night and is battling jetlag, which could hit all the Nationals the hardest on Friday.“That’s the only problem we have right now,” Pumaren added. “Otherwise, he seems to be good. We will be using him (for the game) depending on how he feels. But definitely, he will play.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Romeo was the hero in Gilas’ 97-86 victory over China in the group stage and against Jordan, 75-70, in the clash for seventh place in the Fiba Asia Cup, and his return to GlobalPort certainly gives the Batang Pier more teeth against the Beermen.San Miguel is at 3-1 and will play the 6-foot-10 Fajardo limited minutes because of a pulled calf muscle that kept him out of the first three Gilas games.Wright, on the other hand, is sorely needed back at Phoenix Petroleum as the Fuel Masters try to arrest a five-game slide against TNT KaTropa in the 4:15 p.m. contest.The Texters are set to get back Castro and Pogoy.Phoenix will now have two deadly outside guns against TNT with Wright and new acquisition Jeff Chan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Photo from Fiba.comSleep or no sleep, Terrence Romeo—Gilas Pilipinas’ most explosive scorer in the recent Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon—is back to give GlobalPort a boost.June Mar Fajardo, Matthew Wright, Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy are returning as well, as teams slowly return to full force with the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations to enter its second half starting Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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IOC: 31 athletes test positive in reanalysis of 2008 Olympic samples

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee says 31 athletes in six sports have tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The IOC says it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the unidentified athletes from 12 countries.The samples had been stored at the IOC laboratory in Lausanne. They were retested using enhanced methods on athletes who were expecting to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.The IOC says “all those athletes infringing anti-doping rules will be banned from competing” in Rio.The IOC says the results of 250 retests from the 2012 London Olympics will “come shortly.”The committee will also undertake a “wider retesting” of medalists from Beijing and London.last_img read more

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SPORT-THAKUR 4 LAST

first_imgBoth Thakur and newly-elected secretary Ajay Shirke Both Thakur and newly-elected secretary Ajay Shirke refused to answer questions on the cooling off period recommended by the Lodha Committee for office bearers. “The matter is in court. As office bearers of the BCCI we wont be able to comment on it,” said Thakur. “The President has already answered the question. It will be only fair to respond when the judgement of Supreme Court comes,” said Shirke. “My personal opinion wont matter today, the matter is in court. We all have faith in our judicial system. I am sure in the interest of game of cricket, they will make the right decision, we should not jump (the gun) now,” said Thakur when asked about the one state one vote proposed by the Lodha Committee. Thakur said he shares a comfortable working relationship with Shirke, who was treasurer when N Srinivasan was the BCCI chief. “Mr Shirke is a very dear friend. I am comfortable working with him. We have worked before when Mr Srinivasan was the president, I dont see a reason why we cant do so again. “If you look at the (current) BCCI office-bearers, we have one of the youngest team we have ever had. I think its a good group of youngsters who can do well,” he said confidently. PTI SSR PM PMlast_img read more

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Sundar Singh Gurjar strikes gold at World Para Athletic Championships

first_imgIndia’s Sundar Singh Gurjar made the country proud on Friday when he bagged gold medal in men’s javelin throw event in the opening night of the World Para Athletic Championships in London.Sundar recorded his personal best effort of 60.36 metre to take the top honours and open India’s medal tally in the tournament.Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Priyantha Herath came second with 57.93 metre, while defending champion Guo Chunliang of China was third with a season’s best 56.14 metre.This was nothing less than redemption for Gurjar, who suffered a miserable heartbreak at the Rio Olympics two years ago.He was disqualified for reporting at the registration desk late by only a minute because he failed to understand the accent of the announcers.Meanwhile, Rio Olympic gold-medallist in Javelin Devendra Jhajharia is not taking part at the world meet after failing to achieve the qualifying mark.last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Had a Great Game Plan for Jerrod Heard and Executed it Perfectly

first_img“What’s scary about this situation is that you could have it all right, you could have that extra guy, but it’s always tough to have that extra guy. If you’re trying to have an extra guy for the quarterback, than you’re giving up something else. There are no guarantees that you can make a play, which is scary. The guy can beat you at any time. He could make you look foolish.”That was Glenn Spencer last Monday previewing Jerrod Heard and Texas’ offense. Twelve tackles for loss, seven sacks and a pick later, he acknowledged the mission was accomplished. “I thought the guys were disciplined in their pass rush, and when we wanted to add a guy, we knew he was going to run,” said Spencer after Saturday’s win. “Those guys got him flushed, and we had guys waiting on him. Not that we made the tackle every time, but we gave ourselves a chance.”AdChoices广告Yes, they did. And OSU’s defensive front was immense. Texas netted just two yards on 13 plays after Mason Rudolph’s pick six in the third quarter.It was how I thought they would do it, too. By trusting their secondary and letting a great defensive line and solid linebackers take over.Heard finished 9/17 for 117 yards and a pick. He only ran 19 times for 48 yards. He didn’t score.“They executed the game plan in the second half,” Spencer said. “… They just kept believing. They didn’t give up hope. They never gave up hope.”“Anytime you gotta chase that guy around like that … that’s a lot of miles we ran today. We had some things designed. When you try to get an extra guy for him, it leaves you one‐on‐one, and you give up a deep ball twice, it calls for that. We knew that was a risk we had to take, and luckily after those big plays, we usually held our own.”It wasn’t the biggest test this defense will face all season, but it was the trickiest to date. They passed it and, at times, made it look easy. Now we just need to clone Spencer and give him an offensive headset (that works). While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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NFL Rookie Running Back Pleaded Guilty To Drug Charge

first_imgThe sun sets behind the game between the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles.LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: The sun sets behind the game between the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)John Kelly legal update: the Rams rookie running back pleaded guilty after his October arrest. Kelly and former Tennessee teammate Will Ignont were charged with marijuana possession back on October 24. The pair was suspended for UT’s game against Kentucky as a result.Kelly was a breakout star for the Vols. He ran for 778 yards and nine touchdowns on the season, playing in 11 games. He also caught 37 passes for 299 yards.He was one of the lone bright spots in a brutal season for Tennessee, which ultimately cost head coach Butch Jones his job. After the year, he elected to forego his senior season, and enter the NFL Draft.The Los Angeles Rams took him in the sixth young. He is expected to be one of the main back-ups for star back Todd Gurley.We now know the result of the John Kelly legal situation.He is now on probation. He will also pay a fine and court costs, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel:Kelly must pay a $250 fine and court costs. If Kelly fulfills the terms of his judicial diversion agreement during a probationary period of 11 months and 29 days, the guilty plea will be expunged from his record.Tennessee linebacker Will Ignont was the passenger in the car Kelly was driving and faced a charge of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Ignont, who also appeared in court Tuesday, received a pass disposition and will have his charge dismissed with court costs assessed.Without Kelly and Ignont, Tennessee lost to the Wildcats in that game, 29-26. With that loss, the Vols went to 0-5 on the SEC season.Two weeks later, Missouri blasted Tennessee 50-17. Jones lost his job shortly thereafter.[Knoxville News Sentinel]last_img read more

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HapagLloyd CEO Market Is Still Challenging

first_imgzoomRolf Habben Jansen; Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd managed to shrink its net loss in the first quarter of this year, however, market headwinds persist, the company warns.The company’s net loss for the period stood at EUR 34.3 million (USD 41 million), almost halved when compared to the last year’s loss of EUR 58.1 million.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) reached EUR 219.4 million, also up from last year’s EUR 135.3 million.However, as the figures for the quarter include the contribution from the United Arab Shipping Company Ltd. (UASC), which merged with Hapag-Lloyd last year, the comparison of the figures can be made on a limited basis, the company stressed.“We have had a solid start into the current year, but the market environment is challenging. Freight rates have been under pressure, bunker costs and trucking cost in some important markets were up and we faced a weaker US Dollar, whereas higher transport volumes and synergies supported the result. We expect a gradual improvement of the market throughout 2018 – but most of that will only hit the books in the second half of the year,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd.Jansen’s mandate as the company’s CEO has been extended for additional five years.The company’s executive board said that earnings for the period were below expectations, primarily as a result of the significant increase in bunker prices and a changed cost structure due to the new service network.  Volatile freight rates and stiff competition are not making things easier moving forward.Growth has been reported in revenues and transport volume, with revenues increasing from EUR 2.1 billion to EUR 2.6 billion. Transport volume rose by 47.9 pct in the first three months of the year, particularly due to UASC, the company said.The average freight rate of 1,029 USD/TEU in the first quarter 2018 was in line with the last year’s freight rate of 1,056 USD/TEU, reflecting the competitive market environment.“Assuming that the general recovery of freight rates continues, Hapag-Lloyd’s average freight rate in 2018 is likely to be around the same as in the previous year,” the company said, adding that a clear rise in the average bunker consumption price is expected in 2018.“Provided that the expected freight rate is achieved and a significant portion of the synergies from the merger with UASC are realized, along with the expected improvement in the quality of earnings and the anticipated growth in volumes, Hapag-Lloyd is forecasting a clear year-on-year increase in its EBITDA and EBIT in 2018.”This also takes into account the one-off expenses of around USD 10 million resulting from the merger and integration.last_img read more

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Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee congratulates PV Sindhu

first_imgKolkata: Banerjee on Sunday congratulated shuttler PV Sindhu for becoming the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships. Banerjee said Sindhu’s feat will make every Indian proud. “Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 on becoming the first Indian to win the #BWFWorldChampionships. You make every Indian proud. Keep winning,” Banerjee tweeted. Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final in Basel in Switzerland on Sunday. The Indian won 21-7, 21-7 in the summit clash that lasted just 38 minutes.last_img read more

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Canadian minimum wage workers say theyre surviving rather than living

first_imgMONTREAL – Erendira Achati Keriti needed winter clothes, but she knew she couldn’t afford to buy them new.She managed to save enough money to buy second-hand garments, only to find they’d already been snapped up by the time she made it back to the thrift store.Keriti, a 39-year-old Toronto resident, said she struggles financially despite the fact she is employed.She’s one of a number of low-wage workers who have trouble making ends meet and who believe Canadian provinces need to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.While Alberta has pledged to raise the minimum wage to $15 by October 2018, others have declined to follow.Quebec will raise its minimum wage to $11.25 from $10.75 on Monday — a hike Keriti and several other workers interviewed by The Canadian Press say is insufficient.Keriti doesn’t have a steady job, surviving instead on short-term painting and construction jobs.She says she sometimes arrives at a job site only to be told there isn’t any work for her, meaning she and her partner live in constant insecurity.“At the moment I have nothing permanent in my life because I don’t know how much money I will make in the next month and how much I will be paid,” she said in a phone interview.Mathieu Proulx, who earns $13.50 an hour as a maintenance worker in Montreal’s Old Port, says he sometimes feels like he’s surviving rather than living.“You’re always waiting for the next cheque,” said Proulx, 43.” As soon as there’s an unforeseen (expense), everything becomes unbalanced.”In his small apartment in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district, a bass guitar sits unused in the corner. Proulx explains it’s broken and that he can’t afford to fix it.The situation can become even more serious when health problems strike.Golaeh Gaffari, a 40-year-old from Coquitlam, B.C., says she worked at a Tim Horton’s for five years before getting hurt.Now unable to work, she doubts she and her husband will be able to stay in the one-bedroom apartment they’re renting for $900 a month.Gaffari says prices have gone up significantly since she immigrated from Iran in 2008, while wages have stagnated.“Everything is going right up: transportation, rent, groceries,” she said. “Everything is being raised and nobody complains about it. But minimum wage, no.”Even workers who don’t have to pay B.C.’s sky-high rental prices say they have trouble making ends meet.Jonethan Brigley, who works at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, says about half his monthly budget is taken up by the $591 he pays in rent.The 29-year-old believes raising the minimum wage would be “a start” but should be followed by other measures such as stabilizing rental prices.While the so-called “Fight for $15” has its defenders, experts remain divided over whether the measure would have a positive impact on workers.One economist, Pierre Fortin, believes minimum wage needs to be evaluated within the greater context of salaries in the region — meaning provinces shouldn’t necessarily follow the $15 minimum wage movement begun in the United States.He points out that the minimum wage in Quebec in 2016 was about 46 per cent of the overall hourly average, according to provincial government statistics.In contrast, big American cities that have chosen to raise their minimum wages to $15, such as New York and San Francisco, have a ratio of only about 37 to 38 per cent, Fortin said.“The reason the Americans can justify very large minimum wage increases is because minimum wage is much too low at the moment,” he said.Similarly, Fortin said Alberta’s decision to phase in a $15 minimum wage can be justified by the fact salaries in the province are 30 per cent higher than a province like Quebec’s.Fortin warns that raising the minimum wage too fast or too high could result in thousands of fewer jobs and a higher school dropout rate. He thinks other measures, such as tax breaks, would be a better way of helping the poor.All four of the workers interviewed by The Canadian Press strongly disagree.“Employers always want to make more profits,” Keriti said. “Saying (raising the minimum wage would cost jobs) is a lie, it’s the excuse they use not to raise salaries.”Proulx believes a higher minimum wage would benefit the local economy by giving workers the ability to buy things they currently can’t afford.He says workers need a stable income all year long, not just a break at tax time.“(Our) needs are every month and every week,” he said. “If my dryer breaks, I can’t wait until May when I’ll get my tax refund.”– Follow @Vickyfragasso on Twitter.—A look at hourly minimum wage in Canada’s provinces and territories:Newfoundland and Labrador: $10.75Prince Edward Island: $11.25Nova Scotia: $10.85New Brunswick: $11Quebec: $11.25Ontario: $11.40Manitoba: $11Saskatchewan: $10.72Alberta: $12.20British Columbia: $10.85Yukon: $11.07Northwest Territories: $12.50Nunavut: $13Source: provincial and territorial labour websiteslast_img read more

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Liberals prepare big push on bills to reform how elections fought conducted

first_imgOTTAWA – After more than two years riding the brakes on a raft of promised reforms to election laws, the Trudeau government is preparing to put the pedal to the metal to get them in place in time for the next federal election in 2019.With Elections Canada generally needing a year to implement changes to the rules governing elections, that leaves the government with just seven months to push at least three bills through Parliament — one of which hasn’t even been introduced yet and another of which has been parked at the introductory stage for 16 months without any attempt by the government to move it along.“The window of opportunity to implement major changes in time for the next general election is rapidly closing,” Stephane Perrault, the acting chief electoral officer, warned a House of Commons committee last month.Appointing a permanent chief electoral officer — a position that’s been vacant for almost 18 months — remains another important piece of unfinished business as the clock ticks down to the next election.During the 2015 campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised a host of changes to the way elections are fought and conducted. He has since jettisoned his vow to replace the first-past-the-post voting system but Liberals insist the others remain in play.Bill C-33, introduced in November 2016, was meant to be the first of two bills to deliver on those promises, reversing what Liberals saw as the most egregious of changes wrought by the previous Conservative government’s Fair Elections Act, which critics had warned would disenfranchise thousands of voters.The bill would make it easier to vote, restoring the use of the voter information card as a valid piece of identification and reviving the practice of vouching for a voter without ID. It would restore the chief electoral officer’s authority to conduct voter education and outreach and move the commissioner of elections, who enforces election laws, back under the roof of Elections Canada.It would also repeal the prohibition on voting by expat Canadians who’ve been out of the country for more than five years.But C-33 has gone nowhere since its introduction, “sitting awaiting second reading, unmoved, unloved, completely stalled,” as Conservative MP John Nater put it recently. And even those who applauded the bill have begun to wonder if the government has lost interest.The Canadian Federation of Students and the Council of Canadians, which launched a constitutional challenge to the Fair Elections Act, had been delighted by C-33. But now with the bill stalled, the case remains before the court and the government must file its responding evidence by March 30.“Students are troubled to see the government’s failure to repeal voter suppression elements of the so-called Fair Elections Act passed under the Conservatives government,” said Justine De Jaegher of the students’ group. “This Liberal government made a promise to repeal these elements and, despite introducing Bill C-33 to do just this, the legislation has been languishing for nearly a year and a half.”Andrea Furlong of the Council of Canadians said the bill, once passed, would enhance the integrity of the entire electoral system.Theirs isn’t the only voting issue before the courts.Last week, the Supreme Court began hearing the case of two expats who are challenging the loss of their right to vote because they’ve been out of the country for more than five years. The top court had initially agreed to the Trudeau government’s request for an adjournment on the basis that C-33 made the matter moot but, more than a year later, the bill is no closer to becoming law so the case is proceeding.However, the government insists it’s now gearing up to push the bill through.“We remain firmly committed to the legislation and we intend to see it debated in the House soon,” said Mark Kennedy, a spokesman for government House leader Bardish Chagger.“This is a priority for the government.”As well, the government is expected to introduce next month a second bill that will encompass the other democratic reform promises Trudeau made in 2015: limiting spending by political parties in the run-up to the official campaign period, possibly stricter spending limits during campaigns and creating an independent commission to organize televised leaders debates.The government has signalled that the bill will also include spending limits on third party advocacy groups and measures to ensure they are not funded by foreign money.And the government may yet introduce another bill to regulate social media giants like Facebook, which is at the centre of the international scandal over the unauthorized use of users’ personal information to manipulate voters. Trudeau has reportedly given them six months — ending this summer — to prove they can police themselves or face government action.While the Liberals have been dragging their feet on the bills aimed at delivering on Trudeau’s democratic reform promises, they’ve acted much more swiftly on legislation prompted by a furor last year over so-called cash-for-access fundraisers featuring the prime minister and cabinet ministers.Bill C-50, which would require parties to publicly advertise fundraising events attended by ministers, party leaders or leadership candidates, was introduced last May. It has already been passed by the House of Commons and is now in second reading in the Senate.last_img read more

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Interview skills problem solving tackled in new Youth University series

Youth University has launched a Lunch and Learn series on topics related to teaching and developing youth skills.The series consists of four interactive sessions per term, each led by Youth University staff and senior Brock students. The first, held Jan. 14, was led by two students who presented problem-solving and team-building activities for camp and the classroom.“With increasing talk about the importance of learning outside the classroom as an important complement of higher education, we are committed to acting as a ‘living laboratory’ for Brock students,” Youth University director Kate Cassidy said. “We help them experiment with, and integrate, the knowledge and skills they have obtained in class through a variety of opportunities that further their education and engagement year round.”The next Lunch and Learn session will be Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Sankey Chamber. Sonya Forsey, Youth University summer enrichment manager, will present tips on interview skills for working with youth. Everyone is welcome.Quick link:• Youth University read more

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WVa governors companies ordered to pay 35M in lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge has ordered companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to pay $35 million over a lawsuit accusing them of violating a mining contract.U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove in Kentucky on Monday ordered the Kentucky Fuel Corp. and the James C. Justice Cos. to pay the sum.The lawsuit was filed by the New London Tobacco Market and Five Mile Energy. They are accusing the Justice companies of failing to pay mining royalty payments and retainer fees.The ruling includes roughly $17 million in damages, $17 million for royalties and $1 million in retainer fees.A lawyer for Justice’s companies says they plan to appeal the judge’s ruling.The Associated Press read more

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Motorist faces brush with the law after being caught on camera brushing

first_imgMr Tulip pictured this driver cleaning his teeth at the wheelCredit:Mercury Press Mr Tulip pictured this driver cleaning his teeth at the wheel A father caught the moment a motorist appeared to brush his teeth while driving down the motorway for more than five minutes.Robert Tulip, 42, from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, was on his way to Blackburn on October 13 with his wife when he noticed the driver in the car next to him appearing to still be completing his morning routine.The support worker claims the motorist was cleaning his teeth for around five minutes and using a travel mug to spit into while driving 50-60 miles per hour along the M62. At first my wife thought I was joking. She thought I was having a laugh. She didn’t think anyone would do thatRobert Tulip Mr Tulip shot the footage to show his wife Lisa, who was driving and didn’t believe it was actually happening.Even though the incident amused Robert he admits these “stupid” actions can risk lives and hopes the video will ‘shame’ the motorist and make other drivers think twice.Mr Tulip said: “It’s such a distraction. The video only shows a little part of what I saw. I was trying to prove what he was doing. I don’t think he was aware at all that I was filming him.”I wanted to shame him. I didn’t do it for a laugh. I did it because people like that should be accountable for their actions and realise they’re putting the rest of us in danger.”There is no way you are 100 per cent committed to what is going on around you [if you are doing that].”If it was myself and I was stupid enough to do something like that and someone filmed it I would be embarrassed and think twice about doing it again. “We were driving along and I saw the man and it took us a mile or so to catch up with him again because he took off when we first saw it.”A couple of more minutes later he was still doing it. Must have been about five minutes in total.”I was half expecting him to spit out the window but he was spitting into a travel mug. It was 1pm, it was a bit of an odd time to be cleaning your teeth whilst driving.”At first my wife thought I was joking. She thought I was having a laugh. She didn’t think anyone would do that.”After Mr Tulip spotted the red Vauxhall Astra driver he decided to share his dash cam footage to help raise awareness to the dangers this can cause to other drivers.Mr Tulip said: “I ride a motorbike and you see quite a lot when you’re on a bike because you observe more. I see the dangers more than most car drivers.”What really annoys me as a motorbike driver is when people get in their cars they’re in a little bubble and that puts other drivers in danger.”I showed it to the friend we were visiting and he thought it was hilarious. At first I thought it was funny but when he was continuing to do it I thought he could put someone’s life at risk.”I saw the funny side of it. It’s funny as long as nobody was getting hurt. I’ve not seen any one doing it before. I’ve seen plenty of people using their phones.”They don’t realise the consequences of it and it’s the same with this. You get car drivers going 100 mile an hour without getting fined or prosecuted and it puts the rest of us in danger.”I want to try and raise awareness to these dangers.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Labrador run over by four trains narrowly avoided death

first_imgPoppy the dog is cared for by staff at Garston VetsCredit: Garston Vets / SWNS.com  Garston Vets / SWNS.com She was given the all clear within a week and sent home.”It’s something that her owners never believed would happen,” added Ms Holmes.”She is making good progress but, unsurprisingly, has a degree of discomfort still. Fortunately, she hasn’t lost her appetite.”Network Rail said a train driver reported seeing something near the Hawkeridge footpath level in Westbury crossing at about 7.30am on January 17.Trains on the line were told to run with caution and an operations manager arrived on site to find injured Poppy twenty minutes later. A black labrador was lucky to be alive after it was run over by four trains but avoided death. The dog, called Poppy, chased a deer onto a railway line while out on a walk with her owner.Poppy and the deer were both hit by a passenger train, but where the deer was killed instantly, the pet survived by lying still in the middle of the tracks as three other trains passed overhead, all missing her.Poppy suffered broken ribs and Garston Vets in Westbury, Wilts, said things “looked very dark for Poppy”, but she pulled through.Sarah Holmes, of Garston Vets, said: “Her face was extremely swollen, she had a large wound on her back and was in considerable pain.”But we were amazed that the only broken bones were a couple of ribs.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Samuel Honrubia in Montpellier until 2014

HC MontpellierSamuel Honrubia ← Previous Story Tanja Milanovic ended career Next Story → Zvonimir Serdarusic (Celje PL): RNL is step ahead us” Second left wing of French champion HC Montpellier, Samuel Honrubia (24) prolonged his contract with a club until 2014.  He is a “kid of the club”, who signed first contract in 2004. Currently he is sharing time on the court with Michael Gigou, but his time is coming.

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Opinion Ageism is far too prevalent we need a cultural shift in

first_imgFOR THE NEXT three days at the United Nations (UN) in New York, human rights and older people are being discussed. This is the fifth session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) set up in 2010 to strengthen the protection of the rights of older people, and one of the outcomes of its deliberations could be a new international Convention on the Rights of Older People.The issues to be discussed this week include the care of older people, violence and abuse against older people and planning for end of life care.The need for a ConventionThe human rights of older people have been somewhat neglected in international human rights law. While many international human rights instruments are universal by nature, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), older people are rarely specifically mentioned, in the Covenants themselves or in the commentary or recommendations made by the Committees established to monitor compliance with the Covenants.International human rights law does not articulate or explain, for example, protection from elder abuse or support for older people in care settings in the same way the Convention on the Rights of the Child deals with the specificity of issues that children face, such as child protection and adoption.It is clear there are gaps in protections available to older people in our existing human rights infrastructure. This surely does not make sense given the projections for global ageing populations. By 2030, 16% or 1,375 million of the total global population will be over 60 years old (currently it is 11% or 809 million) and for the first time ever there will be more people over 60 than children under 10. This means that the number of people whose rights may be violated, without adequate protections is increasing at a rapid pace.We need a common minimum standard set of rights for older people that governments can sign up to. These would not necessarily be new rights, but the articulation of how each human right specifically applies to older people and what measures governments must take to comply with it.A new Convention would provide a welcome cultural shift in how older people in Ireland and globally are perceived. Ageism is too prevalent. Older adults are often seen as a burden rather than the bearers of rights who have helped build the infrastructure of their respective societies and economies, and continue to contribute even when they are no longer in employment.A new Convention would help increase the visibility of older people and move towards older people being viewed as rights holders rather than recipients of charity or welfare.IrelandIreland will be represented at the meeting but has up until now not been supportive of a new Convention and has rowed in behind the EU’s position, also not in favour of new legally binding instrument.However in the last year Slovenia came out in support of a Convention so it will be interesting to see the nuance in the EU position at the meeting this year.It is important that Ireland and the EU continue to support the OEWGA process at least. We in Age Action are calling on them to support the drafting of a new Convention. The negotiation and drafting process for human rights Conventions at the UN is very lengthy and it is not uncommon to take a decade or longer so we will have to be patient.The lived experience of older people Getting the lived experience of older people here in Ireland and globally reflected in a Convention will also be hugely important. Meaningful consultations with older people on how they perceive their rights will need to take place, as well as participation by older people in the negotiation process as happened with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Once the Convention is negotiated the work in a sense will have only begun. We will then need to ensure that Ireland ratifies it and the rights it contains are fully realised for older people on the ground.Lianne Murphy is Development Officer in Age Action’s Ageing & Development Programme.Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn’t care about themRead: 14% of older Irish people prescribed ‘inappropriate’ drugslast_img read more

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Vote to help physicist create his Lego dream machine

first_imgLego is all about creating from your own imagination, but a significant part of their business also comes from selling pre-arranged sets of blocks that make something finite but truly spectacular. Still, when Lego’s enormous catalog of pre-planned projects fails to deliver your machine of choice, what’s a creative physicist to do? One post-doc working at the Niels Bohr Institute recently spent more than 80 hours creating a fiftieth-scale model of the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS detector; what was he supposed to do, just leave it there?Using Lego’s ingenious private crowdsourcing site, physicist Sascha Mehlhase is looking to get his creation an official release. The original is displayed at the Institute itself, but Mehlhase believes that bringing it to a larger audience could help foster a healthy interest in physics. After all, after assembling a model of the detector that (probably) found the so-called God Particle, who could help but wonder just how the real version works?The original model, on display at the Niels Bohr Institute.Though Lego has been contacted about the project already, the company has a burgeoning platform to develop such ideas in place. Essentially a Kickstarter for Lego, Cuusoo allows the community to vote, rather than invest, and decide the next great block kit to come to market. As the project page itself notes, the ATLAS experiment, performed at the LHC, is arguably the largest scientific experiment ever performed. By contrast, this ATLAS model is made of just 560 Lego pieces, and can be assembled in less than an hour.Though the project is billed as a “education/outreach” project, it seems to focus more on the “reach” than the “educate.” Though a retail product will undoubtedly find its way into more young hands and minds than an online blueprint, I have to wonder how much real knowledge is being conveyed. Giving young builders the challenge of designing such a model for themselves would certainly engender more actual understanding, as self-directed research always does.That is, however, a more general point about the modern nature of Lego. If you’d like to support the ATLAS model on Cuusoo, be sure to vote. The threshold for review by the Lego gatekeepers is 10,000 votes, and as of this writing the ATLAS project has fewer than 500.last_img read more

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USA Today Ronda Rousey signing with WWE described as imminent

first_img Pinterest Ronda Rousey nearly loses finger filming TV Show My bad,I corrected it. She was undefeated 12 and lost 2 fights… is that a massive loss record?Are u a UFC fighter?Name me the 5 female fighters. WhatsApp December 7, 2017 at 10:28 am Lesnar also lost his last two fights (before coming back last year) is that a losing streak? Ronda Rousey sustains a gruesome finger injury on the set of “9-1-1”, underwent surgery Top UFC Women’s Star Speaks About Charlotte Flair Now Playing Up Next December 7, 2017 at 6:28 am Steven Herrera nupendallas Seriously? So when Lesnar lost in UFC I guess he was damaged goods too? Rhonda is badass. I want to see her come out with a Hotrod t-shirt and a kilt baby. Imagine the possibilities with Flair alone! December 7, 2017 at 6:20 am December 7, 2017 at 7:53 am December 7, 2017 at 6:31 am Cris Cyborg Will Test Free-Agent Market December 7, 2017 at 10:44 am Google+ You are pathetic. If I remember correctly Hulkster was in the main event. 24 COMMENTS nupendallas pretty much, he ran crying to a wrestling company. Now Playing Up Next Another Top UFC fighter Is Calling Conor McGregor ‘Irrelevant’ December 7, 2017 at 10:32 am Facebook J™ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In MMA is either u win or u lose. Losing fights does not make u damage goods or a loser. I for one would like to see her enter a WWE ring and entertain. Just hope that she can adapt to the world of pro wrestling cos its a totally different ball game compare to UFC.And is obvious why Dana White don’t want Rhonda to go to WWE. Cameron Huff December 7, 2017 at 2:51 am December 6, 2017 at 11:58 pm J™ You know nothing- losing meets a lot-do you think uFC is going to hype a fighter with a massive loss record? Hell might as well re-sign Ken Shamrock. True UFC fighters know that Rousey’s career in MMA is over she had a hot little run but now she’s a B level fighter- I can think of 5 female MMA fighters who today would destroy her with ease, Anonymous December 7, 2017 at 10:31 am You are a schmuck- I have forgotten more about wrestling than you will ever learn. You are probably one of these Cena generation fans- and just to let you know I have been following UFC when they had no rules are very limited rules and no weight classes-i.e the Royce Gracie era.Rhonda Rousey is listed as #21 in the top female MMA fighters and this is from a reputable source : https://www.tapology.com/rankings/33-current-best-pound-for-pound-female-mma-fighters J™ I think she’s very marketable.Amateur record: 3-0, all by submissionPro record: 12-2. 12-0 to start, 9 submission & 3 KOs.Won bronze at the 08 Olympics for judo.In ’07, she won silver in the world championships and gold at the pan am games.The women’s division has a ton of talent and it was just injected w some new talent. I think bringing Ronda in, especially if she can take on Roddy Piper’s Rowdy gimmick, can be huge. She doesn’t even have to wrestle.Have her debut as Broken. What I recall most from UFC 1 (which is strange) is the knock out Teila Tuli took in the very first match despite being much, much larger and when his tooth came flying out…as if to say, this crap is the real deal. Steven Herrera WWE 24 – Revolutionary: The Year of Ronda Rousey to premiere this Monday after RAW December 7, 2017 at 9:05 am theFranchiise December 7, 2017 at 6:36 amcenter_img Twitter nupendallas December 7, 2017 at 10:30 am Her 2 losses especially the last one was a train wreck she literally got destroyed. She’s no longer a big name. She had her 15 mins of fame- her fans at one time were drinking the Kool-Aid. Remember people were saying she could beat Floyd Mayweather and she even believed the hype and was throwing jabs at him no pun intended? She is an after thought in MMA much better female fighters out there so basically WWE is picking up the trash as usual. Now Playing Up Next December 7, 2017 at 10:33 am December 7, 2017 at 6:25 am Lesnar never went on a losing streak like Rousey, Her last 2 fights were brutal KO’s by underdogs- no one will give a rat’s ass that she joins the WWE circus. When a MMA fighter goes to wrestling it’s usually b/c their career is over- hence : Tito Ortiz, Rampage Jackson etc December 7, 2017 at 8:41 am December 7, 2017 at 12:19 am Now the question is will she be a full timer? theshoebox503 I’m looking forward to her debut so that’s 3 out of 4 here so by that logic, people will care, even if you / some don’t – live and let live dude! Her little segment with The Rock and The Authority at WrestleMania 31 was the main thing I remembered about her the most. Ronda’s hype died after she got her ass whooped by Beth Correia. She’ll probably be the female Brock Lesnar of the Women’s Division and wrestle here and there. Just as long as she’s not the one to end Asuka’s undefeated streak I don’t care who she wrestles. Amanda Nunes J™ UFC 239 Preview: Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm December 7, 2017 at 10:38 am Wow man! Now Playing Up Next J™ Steven Herrera nupendallas December 7, 2017 at 11:04 am UFC 1 AND Wrestlemania 1? Wow you’ve must have seen some stuff! But now he is laughing when he looks at his back account. This is pointless and stupid. Rousey was all hype until she got her ass handed to her several times. Now the WWE is signing this loser who no one even cares about- she doesn’t have a future in the UFC anymore-so leave it up to the WWE to sign damaged goods. Colby Steven Herrera December 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm I thought her first loss was to Holly Holm? Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next nupendallas December 7, 2017 at 3:26 am December 7, 2017 at 1:00 am Colby USA Today is featuring a story about Ronda Rousey moving closer to signing a deal with WWE, a move the article describes as being “imminent.”The article notes that the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion appeared to have her final mixed martial arts fight last December at UFC 207, losing to Amanda Nunes. It was Rousey’s second MMA loss after a devastating knockout loss to Holly Holm a year prior.“Two people close to Rousey told USA TODAY Sports that she is finalizing details of her move to WWE. The people requested anonymity because the switch has not been announced.”Rousey has been involved with WWE in recent months, including attending the Mae Young Classic, various WWE TV tapings and live events. She has largely been supporting friend and former MMA fighter Shayna Baszler, who has also come to terms on a deal with WWE and will be debuting shortly in NXT.UFC President Dana White seemed to rule out Rousey ever making a return to the octagon again for the UFC in the near future after two losses in a row.“I wouldn’t want to see it. I wouldn’t want it to happen. I care about her. She has got money … and all that stuff. I don’t want to see it happen.”WWE did not immediately respond when reached for comment by USA Today.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipUFC 239 Preview: Amanda Nunes vs. Holly HolmVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:52/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:49 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list theFranchiise Steven Herrera stinkelbaum December 8, 2017 at 3:56 pm OK whatever u say man, Mr name calling know it all who cannot accept other’s opinions…U know what they say about arguing on the internet…. December 7, 2017 at 3:21 am Ronda Rousey, Sonya Deville join Total Divas Season 9 cast, will premiere on October 2 Cameron Huff Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Hazel Dell Metro clinches regional semifinal spot

first_imgGenerally, it’s not a good thing when sports teams become predictable. The one exception? When people just start predicting you are going to win. This has become the case for Hazel Dell Metro, which improved to 3-0 in pool play Thursday by beating South Coast of Oregon 8-5 in the Babe Ruth Pacific Northwest 15-year-old Regional at Propstra Stadium. The victory secured HDM the top seed heading into Saturday’s semifinal, with the tournament winner advancing to the Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown, N.Y.Despite the normalcy of outscoring its opponent, there were some differences for Metro on Thursday than from what it has seen throughout the tournament. The first was that the mercy rule did not go into effect, and the second was … HDM actually trailed.South Coast, which entered the game 2-0 in the regional, took a 2-0 lead when Clayton Duryee knocked in John Dodson with an inside-the-park home run in the first inning. But Metro — perhaps predictably — didn’t rattle. “I was just thinking that we need to hit the ball and get them back,” HDM catcher Brady Benson said.And his team did just that — right away. Kaiden Grotte hit a single with one out in the second inning, Brooks Hanson walked, and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. Then, Andrew Haley reached on an error, Benson slapped an RBI single, Sam Walker drove in a run on a fielder’s choice, and Benson scored on a wild pitch. Just like that it was 4-2.last_img read more

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Driving New Revenue Through Telemarketing

first_imgB-to-b publishers are going to market with more products than ever—including their own and those of their clients. The advantage they offer, of course, is a narrow, targeted audience. The challenge they face is to avoid tapping out that audience, or allowing their marketing messages to get lost or misdirected in a sea of direct mail and email.For this reason, many publishers are leaning more heavily on telemarketing. Once seen as mostly a cost center, this service is now helping to drive new revenue, especially in lead generation.At Haymarket Media, clients pay an average of $50 to $100 per lead, depending on complexity, according to Tracey Harilal, a circulation marketing manager at the company who works with its Direct Marketing News and Medical Marketing and Media brands. In many cases, specific questions are tacked on to the end of a requalification script. In other, more targeted cases, where an advertiser wants to reach a senior-level executive or a very specific job title, designated lead-generation calls are conducted.While some Haymarket brands—such as SC Magazine—have been running custom lead generation campaigns for a while now, Harilal says her brands just started doing so in August 2011. Since then, she’s seen a significant upswing in advertiser interest; revenue from these campaigns has jumped almost 50 percent in the first four months of 2012, compared to 2011. For Harilal, telemarketing makes up 60 to 80 percent of her overall budget—but the return rates, and her need to meet a 100 percent one-year direct request for the BPA audit, make it essential. For lead generation, the return is at about 80 to 85 percent, versus roughly 10 percent in other channels combined. For subscriptions, the return is about 75 percent, with telemarketing accounting for 50 or more percent of all requalifications.Westerman, who not long ago joined Summit from Ziff Davis Enterprise, says he is currently working to ramp up Summit’s telemarketing approach, to be more in line with how the service was used at Ziff. There, in addition to lead generation, calls were used in conjunction with email for live and digital event recruitment, registration and reminders.Cross-promotion of products and events across the company’s brands is another key use he’d like to carry over. “The Summit brand is not as well known as individual brands we go to market with,” says Westerman. “When we cross-promote, one thing we want to communicate is that [the audience] might be solicited by a sister brand, and why.”Data gathering is a rich opportunity for a variety of reasons, especially in a company like Summit that has data as well as media products. “In addition to a transaction, we have the opportunity to ask two or three research-style questions that we might be paid by a client to ask, or for research we’re doing on our own behalf,” says Westerman. “I think the granularity of the information you can collect on the phone tends to be higher than when people are registering for something like a content syndication on the Web.”These questions—beyond basic demographics such as company size, job title, industry, etc.—are also used for list hygiene and database management. Telemarketers can capture more nuanced information about matters like buying schedules, buying power and budget availability to find out how qualified a person is, and who else at the company might be worth calling.Making it WorkHaymarket recently hired a dedicated staff person to oversee lead generation campaigns. This person monitors the daily activity of campaigns—an absolute necessity—and formats data for the daily or weekly reports that need to be sent to clients.For many publishers, these types of campaigns have led to tighter coordination between sales and circulation. Complementing this are software applications—APIs— that tie a vendor’s system to the publisher’s, automatically uploading and distributing data from calls instantly, without the need to manually update an Excel spreadsheet.More on this topic The Broader Role of Telemarketing The New Backbone of Content and Marketing: Data Finding New Ways to Use Telemarketing Preparing for BPA’s Telemarketing Recording Rules Revitalizing Lead Generation with Analytics and Business Intelligence Q&A: Summit Business Media’s Chief Audience Officer Peter Westerman On His New RoleJust In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered by Email or Phone?At Vance Publishing, director of audience development Donna Hansen says telemarketing efforts have been focused on gaining email addresses. “In an ideal world, you’d have an email address for everybody and you’d not have to pay for telemarketing or direct mail,” she says. On the other hand, she adds, telemarketing’s return is much higher—at about 60 to 70 percent, versus 10 percent through email or about 5 percent or less through direct mail.“With budgets being cut back, you have to put your dollars where you know you’re going to make the numbers,” Hansen says.According to Peter Westerman, chief audience officer at Summit Business Media, the common perception of cost savings through email may be off. “I’d almost challenge the assertion that, in b-to-b, email is cheaper,” Westerman says. “Certainly on a direct cost basis, a call center is going to be more expensive. But over time, when looking at the fully loaded cost center of email, with managing lists and deliverability, in a narrow b-to-b market, you’ll find those costs start to get buried and hidden.” Especially for clients demanding more targeted, highly qualified leads, he says, phone is much more effective than email.last_img read more

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