Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES But make no mistake, Durham is hell-bent on leading Meralco to the top of the mountain as he seeks to finish what he regards as an “unfinished business.”“I said last season that I feel I left an unfinished business with us finishing runner-up last year. So winning (the Best Import award) is great, but we got games and a championship we need to win,” he said. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BPC plum ‘validation’ of hard work, says Slaughter MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Allen Durham may have won his second Bobby Parks Best Import award, but the trophy was the least of his concerns on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Honestly, I’m not thinking about it now,” Durham said moments before Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Meralco and Ginebra.Durham had laser-focus when he entered the Big Dome for the all-important Game 2 as he was motivated to equalize the best-of-7 series.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“Right now, I’m just focused on winning. I’m grateful to win the award again, but my main concern has always been winning the championship,” he said.There’s no denying how much Durham impacts a game, averaging 25.44 points, 20.06 rebounds, 6.81 assists, and 1.25 blocks to help the Bolts get back in the Finals, their second in franchise history.
LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “His demeanor, duration of his walk to the podium, his playing to the crowd. … Pure Undertaker,” Madigan said.And Trump’s tiger-like pacing on stage behind Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate last fall in St. Louis? That’s how wrestlers stalk their opponents during pre-match taunting sessions.In this Sunday, April 1, 2007, file photo, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, center, held by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, prepares to have his hair cut off by Donald Trump, left, and Bobby Lashley, right, after Lashley defeated Umaga at Wrestlemania 23 at Ford Field in Detroit. Wrestling aficionados say President Trump, who has a long history with the game, has borrowed tactics of the sport to cultivate the ultimate antihero character – who wins at all costs, incites outrage and follows nobody’s rules but his own. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)In subsequent months of Trump’s tweets and public feuds, it became clear to Madigan and other former WWE writers that, consciously or not, Trump was channeling professional wrestling in his politics.“The parallels are uncanny,” said Domenic Cotter, a producer who in the mid-2000s cut backstage segments for WWE.Depending on your political affiliation, the writers said, Trump is playing one of two classic wrestling characters: The “heel,” or ultimate bad guy, who wins at all costs; or the modern-day wrestling protagonist, dubbed a “face” or “babyface,” in wrestling parlance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I think of Donald Trump as the ultimate babyface,” Cotter said, “almost in the ilk of ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, who was this rage-against-the-machine, anti-authority and establishment figure.”Cotter saw Trump employ a classic pro wrestling tactic during his first news conference as president-elect, when he ordered CNN reporter Jim Acosta to be quiet and barked, “You are fake news!”“In wrestling terminology, he cut a promo on that CNN reporter and got over him, basically,” Cotter said. “In wrestling, some smarmy heel is going on and on and on and the baby face quips a response right back and the audience goes crazy.”Perhaps Trump comes by it naturally. He hosted back-to-back WrestleMania events in his Atlantic City, New Jersey, Trump Plaza in 1988 and 1989. And then, most famously, there was a mock “Battle of the Billionaires” in 2007 when he body-slammed and then shaved the head of WWE boss Vince McMahon.Most recently, he picked McMahon’s wife, Linda, who ran twice unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut, to head the Small Business Administration.Ranjan Chhibber, a humanities and film studies professor at Florida State College in Jacksonville who has written about pro wrestling, said Trump is most clearly portrayed in the ring by the industry’s current bad-boy-turned-hero: CM Punk, a brash 38-year-old wrestler whom writers have dubbed the “Voice of the Voiceless.”CM Punk’s character often says he will say things no one else dares to say, and wrestling writers have created a new narrative for him that’s almost tailor-made for the current political environment of leaked emails and unauthorized dossiers: revealing the secrets of what happens backstage.“This is pro-wrestling writing genius,” Chhibber said.In wrestling, writers create season-long dramas that turn the mat into a stage for fantasy. Narratives pit good against evil, stronger personalities win over more subdued ones, and announcers legitimize the at-any-costs tactics of the “heels.”When Trump publicly supports Russia’s Vladimir Putin, depicted by the U.S. intelligence services as a sort of global “heel,” he is effectively playing the role of the announcer who builds up the bad boy in the ring, justifying his alpha-dog behavior, Madigan said. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Wrestling aficionados say the president, who has a long history with the game, has borrowed the time-tested tactics of the squared circle to cultivate the ultimate antihero character, a figure who wins at all costs, incites outrage and follows nobody’s rules but his own.“In our terminology, he’s playing it to the hilt,” said former World Wrestling Entertainment writer Dan Madigan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOn Sunday, Trump’s apparent fondness for wrestling emerged in a tweeted mock video that shows him pummeling a man in a business suit — his face obscured by the CNN logo — outside a wrestling ring. It was not clear who produced the brief video, which appeared to be a doctored version of Trump’s 2007 appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. But it was tweeted from the president’s official Twitter account.Madigan was first struck by the parallels last summer when Trump was introduced at the Republican National Convention. There was a backlit Trump, unveiled in stark silhouette, who then sauntered onto stage at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, just like wrestling’s most infamous antihero, The Undertaker. Trump tweets mock video showing him beating man labeled CNN1K viewsNewsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’? NEW YORK — Making bombastic boasts. Dropping signature catch phrases. Attaching insults to rivals’ names. Shouting down perceived enemies.If President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on television personalities, journalists and political rivals feel like something straight out of the pro wrestling circuit, it may not be a coincidence.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games And when Trump assigns prefixes to his political rivals’ names (think “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” Brzezinski or “Crooked Hillary” Clinton) he is effectively emulating the longtime wrestling announcer Bobby “The Brain” Hennan, who cheered on “heels” over rule-following “babyface” wrestlers he disparaged.“The hero is boring. He does the same vanilla thing,” Madigan said. “You always watch what the bad guy says and does.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA: Carmelo Anthony open to waiving no-trade clause for Rockets, Cavs—report LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera
Emboldened by the Union cabinet’s rejection of the sports ministry’s draft National Sports Bill, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is now ready to take on the government on the issue of age and tenure guidelines.The IOA has called a meeting of its office-bearers next week to discuss ways to get around the recommendations issued in the Government Order dated May 1, 2010.The National Sports Federations (NSFs) and the IOA are in no mood to surrender the momentum provided by the cabinet’s decision and insist that there should be no government control in their functioning.The guidelines issued by former sports minister MS Gill put a cap on the age and tenures of the office- bearers of federations, including the IOA, and would have become laws had the National Sports Development Bill been passed by Parliament.”Next week we have called a meeting of all the office-bearers of the IOA to decide our future course of action,” acting IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra told Mail Today on Wednesday.”There are still a number of issues to deal with and we want to get rid of the guidelines issued by the government which limit the age and tenures of officebearers, besides several other contentious issues.”In the past, the ministry has arm- twisted federations just to have control over the sports bodies. It recognises federations on its own terms which is absolutely illegal and unfair,” said Malhotra.However, despite the setback, sports minister Ajay Maken is defiant and said the reworked Bill that he will present before the Cabinet will still have the contentious issues – age and tenure limits, 25 per cent representation of players in sports bodies and bringing the federations under the Right to Information Act.advertisementMaken also defended his effort to bring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the ambit of the Bill.”If at all I go back to the Cabinet with the second Bill, I am not willing to compromise on certain issues like RTI, age and tenures and players’ representation in sports bodies. I am willing to remove any such provision which makes it look as if the government wants to control sports bodies,” Maken told Headlines Today on Wednesday.”What do they (BCCI) mean by they don’t get government funds so shouldn’t come under RTI? They are indirectly getting government funds. How about the tax exemptions? How about the land they get? How much did they pay for the Ferozeshah Kotla? ” BCCI does not have to pay entertainment tax; they don’t pay for the security provided during the matches by the government.Even the land for the stadiums is generally given to them free of cost. So people have the right to know what is happening in the BCCI. People should know certain things because, at the end of the day, their team represents the country,” said the minister.Whether Maken’s ambitious Bill manages to see the light of day remains to be seen, but most of the federations have either already changed their constitution or have agreed to change it as per the ministry’s guidelines.But those who had agreed to change the constitution may not follow it anymore while those federations, which have already changed it, are ready to continue but without government interference.Cycling Federation of India (CFI) claims it has changed its constitution according to the government’s requirements but it still doesn’t enjoy government recognition.”We have the recognition from the international and Asian bodies, besides the IOA. We conducted our elections as per ministry guidelines and applied for recognition but they haven’t responded yet,” CFI secretary general Onkar Singh told Mail Today . Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra said the federation is already under the RTI Act and gets its accounts audited regularly.”We have already amended the age and tenure guidelines in our constitution and will stick to it in our next elections,” Batra told Mail Today.
Brighton: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted he does not have the words to console disheartened players and fans after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton compounded a miserable week for Spurs.Four days on from a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Pochettino was looking for a positive reaction. Instead, Spurs looked like a side devoid of confidence after getting off to the worst possible start when captain Hugo Lloris gifted Brighton the opener and injured himself in the process.Neal Maupay took advantage of Lloris’s fumble to head the hosts in front before 19-year-old Aaron Connolly scored twice for the Seagulls on his first Premier League start.”We have to keep going. I have to say thank you for the fans. I feel sorry for them, it is massive effort to come and support us,” said Pochettino.”Now you cannot find any words to console them and our players because I think we are living a tough moment.”Mauricio’s reaction: pic.twitter.com/fG6DYOhboR— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 5, 2019Last season’s Champions League finalists have won just three of their opening 11 games of the campaign and five of their last 19 dating back to when these sides last met in April.While Pochettino could justifiably claim Bayern’s ruthlessness in midweek meant the scoreline was not a true reflection of his side’s performance, there was no excuse for being thoroughly outplayed by a Brighton side that had not won in six league games.”We’ve been playing quite well, but while you don’t get results you always need that three points just to give you some confidence,” said Brighton boss Graham Potter.”We attacked well, we defended well, we reacted when we lost the ball, we did everything we wanted to do. The personality on the pitch was really good.”Tottenham were on the back foot from the off when injury was added to insult for Lloris. The Spurs skipper dropped a simple cross into the box and as he fell backwards and landed awkwardly, Maupay stooped to head into an empty net.Lloris was given oxygen and morphine before being taken to hospital and now seems certain to miss France’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.”He’s in the hospital at the moment, the club is going to communicate (the severity of the injury) because I think he suffered a big problem in his arm,” added Pochettino.’EMOTIONAL IMPACT'”To concede and lose your captain was a massive emotional impact for the team.” 😍 Catch your breath, and sum it up in three words! GO!#BHAFC 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/DEwZXvRSTW — Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) October 5, 2019After a lengthy delay for Lloris to be stretchered off, Brighton pushed on rather than trying to protect their lead and were rewarded just after the half hour mark.Connolly was twice the quickest to react as he turned Dan Burn’s cross goalwards and, after Paulo Gazzaniga spilled his first effort, the Irishman followed up for his first Premier League goal.Tottenham have made a bad habit of letting leads slip in recent weeks against Arsenal, Olympiakos, Leicester and Bayern, but when forced to mount a fightback themselves were found wanting.Pochettino sacrificed club record signing Tanguy Ndombele at half-time for Harry Winks and changed system to a 3-5-2.However, rather than turning the tide, it was Brighton who got the third goal to kill the game off.Connolly jinked inside onto his right foot and curled a shot brilliantly into the far corner to round off an afternoon that he and the Seagulls will long remember.Spurs now have a two-week break to contemplate their terrible start to the season, but Pochettino insisted he should take the burden of any blame.”When we were on the top we were all together, and now when this type of moment arrives, we need to stick all together,” added the Argentine.”I hope that all the pressure is coming to me and lets the players be free to recover and find the way to win all together.”Now is a moment to be strong. We cannot underestimate this type of situation, but in times that are not so good there is always the possibility to make us stronger.” brighton and hove albionenglish premier leaguehugo llorismauricio pochettino First Published: October 5, 2019, 9:12 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Karnataka, where four seats are up for grab, is poised to Karnataka, where four seats are up for grab, is poised to witness a battle between the ruling Congress and the JD(S). Union Minister Nirmala Seetharaman of BJP, who needs just one vote more than the partys strength of 44, and former union ministers Jairam Ramesh and Oscar Fernandes of Congress are sure of victory. With 122 members, Congress has a surplus of 33 votes after ensuring the victory of Ramesh and Fernandes. It has fielded former senior IPS officer K C Ramamurthy as its third candidate for which it requires 12 more votes. With 40 members, dissidence-hit JDS is in an unenviable position as five MLAs have virtually raised a banner of revolt amid reports that they might indulge in cross voting to help Congress. JDS needs five more votes for its candidate B M Farooq, a corporate personality, to sail through but is struggling to keep the herd together. The JD(S) saw open defiance when four of its members stayed away from the legislature party meeting yesterday, called to chalk out a strategy for the victory of the party candidates in both Rajya Sabha polls and Legislative Council polls. The other state where there is keen interest in the contest is Haryana, where independent candidate R K Anand has the backing of unlikely rivals–Congress and INLD. To checkmate BJP, which is sure of sending Union Minister Birender Singh to the Upper House, the Congress today extended support the support of 17 MLAs to Anand, who also has the backing of INLDs 19 and Akali Dals lone MLA. A candidate in Haryana needs 31 votes to go to Rajya Sabha. The contest is between Anand and BJP-backed Independent candidate, Subhash Chandra, a media magnate, who has the declared support of BJPs 16 surplus votes. Anand appears to have an edge. (More) PTI Team PAL VSCadvertisement
LeEco CEOs got a chance to not only access its new OTAs,LeEco CEOs got a chance to not only access its new OTAs, but also make them an important part of its Pre-OTA Beta testing group. They also got early access to its news features, optimisations and eUI upgrades and the company will use their feedback for the improvement of products and services.About LeEco: LeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering internet and technology company with multiple internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 10,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.With Complete Ecosystem, Groundbreaking technologies, and Disruptive Pricing as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and Superphones, video production and distribution, smart devices/accessories and large-screen applications, to e-commerce and even connected super-electric cars. The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the Superphones, Super TVs, and in the near future, Le Autos. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media contact: Aaron Samuel Rajendran email@example.com +91-9686100143 LeEco, India Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160620/10148802 Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. (PRN) KSCadvertisement
Ben Stokes smashed a blistering century and Mark Wood bowled an excellent final over as England beat South Africa by two runs in the second one-day international in Southampton on Saturday for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.After Stokes’s heroics with the bat had helped England score 330 for six in their 50 overs, South Africa needed 10 runs from the last 10 balls of their innings with five wickets remaining, but an excellent final over from Wood that cost just four runs sealed victory.One worry for England ahead of the looming Champions Trophy starting on Friday is that Stokes managed to bowl only three overs in the South African innings having injured his knee in the first ODI win, but he remained on the field.”Those are the sorts of games you really want to win,” England captain Eoin Morgan said at the post-match presentation at the Rose Bowl. “You learn a lot more. The game got away from us quite a lot. Woody was awesome.”The visitors won the toss and elected to field, reducing England to 80 for three in the 16th over when Joe Root (39) was run out at the non-strikers’ end.But Stokes (101 from 79 balls) put on 95 for the fourth wicket with Morgan (45) and 77 for the fifth with Jos Buttler (65 not out) before he became a maiden ODI wicket on debut for South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.Opener Quinton de Kock (98 from 103 balls) led the South African reply before he was caught by wicketkeeper Buttler off Moeen Ali.advertisementCaptain AB de Villiers pitched in with a fluent 52, but the innings looked to be faltering until Chris Morris (36 not out from 22 balls) joined David Miller (71 not out from 51 balls) in the 44th over.The pair added 62 in 39 balls for the sixth wicket and looked as though they had won the game when they needed seven off the final over bowled by Wood (0-48 in 10 overs).But the England seamer produced an excellent over of short-pitched slower balls and the pair could only manage four singles to see victory slip away.”I can’t be unhappy, we fought right to the end and probably had it in the bag for most of that last half hour,” De Villiers said.
TweetPinShare0 Shares TORONTO — While the New York Knicks credited Carmelo Anthony’s leadership, the Toronto Raptors had questions about his foot — specifically whether it was out of bounds on a pivotal play in the game.The referees instead called Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry for a foul on Lance Thomas, the recipient of Anthony’s subsequent pass with the Knicks leading by one.Thomas converted both free throws with 17.2 seconds remaining and the Knicks held on to hand the Raptors their first home loss of the season, 111-109 on Nov. 10.“When we came in we reviewed the play,” crew chief Ed Malloy said afterward. “We did see Anthony step out of bounds and should have awarded the ball to Toronto.”Anthony scored 25 points to help the Knicks to their third road win in four attempts this season — after registering just seven such wins over the entirety of last season — and was in no mood to revisit the past.“I don’t want to see it, I’m getting out of here,” he said. “Ain’t no need for me to look back and watch it, it’s over with. I don’t even know if I did it. Probably, but we’re getting out of here with the win.”While Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he saw the Knicks star step out of bounds with his own eyes, Toronto forward DeMar DeRozan, who scored a season-high 29 points in the loss, said the Raptors should still have pulled out the victory.“All night there were a lot of things we were definitely frustrated about,” he said. “We still had a chance to pull it out. I missed a free throw, and even though I missed a free throw we got the ball back and missed a layup. Just a combination of things.”Chief among them would have been Toronto’s 23.5 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc, compared to New York’s 47.8 percent conversion rate from the same distance, which accounted for 33 points. Thomas went 3-for-3 from 3-point range as part of the 17 points he added off the bench.“He’s another guy who adds value to what we are and he helped us win this game tonight,” coach Derek Fisher said of the backup forward, while acknowledging that his team wasn’t great on the night.“We were fortunate to get out with the win giving up 60 points in the paint and fouling as much as we did; those are areas that we’re really trying to improve in a major way.”(PAUL ATTFIELD)
Wearing a jeans on your wedding day when you could order the world’s most expensive suit and wear that? Why not! That was Steve Jobs. He drove a Porsche and had a luxurious apartment in the one of the most expensive quarters of New York, yet on his wedding day he took his wows wearing a jeans. The revelation is part of many “he-really-did-that tales” in Small Fry, a book written by his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs.Jobs, the legendary co-founder of Apple, was known for many things besides laying the foundation and giving a direction to what is now an almost trillion dollar tech company. And some of these things were eccentric at best and bizarre at worst. Jobs was not only famous for being a college drop-out but also for his temperamental nature. But those were not the only “qualities” that made him stand apart from his peers.The technologist exuded a distinctive and somewhat queer style not only in terms of his simplistic lifestyle, which involved a luxurious yet seemingly empty house and a pescatarian diet, but also in terms of personal style. Jobs, like other revolutionary inventors including Sir Albert Einstein who is famous for his grey suit, unkempt hair and no-socks rule, had a distinct style. On any given day at Apple, the revolutionary inventor could be seen donning a black turtleneck T-shirt by Issey Miyake, Levi’s 501 jeans along with his New Band sneakers.The fixation that Jobs had with his jeans and black turtleneck T-shirt was easy to spot on a workday. But did you know that he sported a similar attire during his wedding to Laurene Powell?advertisementWhile Laurene, on the day of their wedding, wore a customary white wedding dress, Jobs instead of wearing a tuxedo (which is the convention for such events) wore what can rightly be described as bits and pieces of the ensemble. While Jobs did put on a jacket and a bow tie (that is a part of the outfit), he replaced pants with his beloved jeans.Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Jobs’ daughter with his high-school girlfriend Chrisann Brennan, recently penned a memoir titled Small Fry detailing her life with her famous father. At one point in the book, Lisa reveals interesting details about Jobs’ wedding with Laurene. “Laurene’s dress was ivory silk; my father wore a jacket and a bow tie with jeans, as if he were one of those puzzles where each part of the body is clad in a different costume,” she wrote describing her father’s odd style.ALSO READ: Steve Jobs believed schools and colleges made people bozos, didn’t care for daughter’s educationJobs was not exactly unaware of the world of fashion. But he simply had his likes and dislikes. As Lisa repeatedly mentions in the course of her book, he frequently shopped at luxury fashion brand, Armani. Even so, jeans happened to a piece of clothing that he could never seem to part ways with.
Clasicos are rarely wholesome experiences. They tend to be games beset by nerves, tension, arguments and spats.We had all of that at Camp Nou on Wednesday, as Barcelona drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg. But we also had growth.It is just half-time in the clash between football’s biggest rivals, but both sides will leave pleased with their evening’s work. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Certainly, Real Madrid showed just how far they have come under Santiago Solari.In October, they came to this stadium and were given a savage beating by Barcelona, with the Catalans romping to a 5-1 victory which resulted in Julen Lopetegui being sacked as Blancos boss.Since then, Madrid have made slow but steady progress and, remarkably, they now seem in a state of calm. For a club which usually is a box of fireworks, that is no mean feat.Zinedine Zidane’s greatest achievement as Real Madrid coach, on the way to three consecutive European cups, was steadying the ship, and it seems Solari is now doing likewise.The coach is achieving it in a different way, though. Solari isn’t afraid to make decisions that other coaches would shy away from.The Argentine has brought in Vincius Junior, a player Lopetegui overlooked, and the Brazilian’s explosive impact on the left flank has helped reignite Madrid’s season.In the Clasico, the teenager was erratic but still made an important impact. It was his cross to Karim Benzema that led to the opening goal, with the Frenchman squaring for Lucas Vazquez to finish in the sixth minute.Gareth Bale saw the goal from the bench and it looks like the Welshman will remain one of the high-profile victims of Real’s resurgence, alongside Isco.Solari’s attacking trio of Vazquez-Benzema-Vinicius is balanced. Bale no longer seems to fit up front.After coming on in the second half, the forward performed poorly, failing to link up with his team-mates and eventually wasting a good chance to put Madrid back in front.Barcelona had levelled in the 58th minute through a player enjoying growth of his own.Malcom may well have saved his Barcelona career on a night which started badly for him but ended brilliantly.After missing an early chance when Luis Suarez played him in, the winger refused to wallow in self-pity and sparked Barcelona’s recovery.Lionel Messi’s thigh problem sustained against Valencia kept him out of the starting line-up and Malcom grasped the chance to replace the Argentine with both hands.Eventually, he put Barcelona level on the night, showing the confidence to curl home from a tricky angle even with team-mates screaming for the ball.However, this Clasico was just the prelude to two more coming up in under a month, with the second leg on February 27, before a vital clash in La Liga on March 2.Both Madrid and Barca have tough schedules in the next four weeks which could end up defining their season.The Champions League kicks back into action with Barca facing Lyon and Madrid clashing with Ajax.Barcelona must travel to Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla in La Liga, while Real Madrid face bitter city rivals Atletico this weekend.In the space of just a month, everything could be turned on its head.A disastrous season for Madrid could become a sensational one if they manage to knock Barcelona out of the cup and score a league victory which would bring them back into the thick of the title race.Or if the Catalans, with Messi back, can win at the Bernabeu twice in four days, then they would be well positioned for a shot at another treble, after their successes in 2009 and 2015.Only after the dust settles on the third occasion these teams meet in the space of a month will we understand the true lie of the land.For now, enjoy a rare, wholesome Clasico. The fire and fury won’t take long to arrive.
NORMAN, Okla. — The Latest on the trial in Oklahoma’s lawsuit against drugmakers, blaming them for contributing to the nation’s opioid crisis (all times local):2:35 p.m.Drug companies being sued by the state of Oklahoma for fueling the state’s opioid addiction crisis say the products they manufactured were heavily regulated by state and federal agencies and addressed an important need for pain management.Attorneys for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson delivered opening statements Tuesday in the nation’s first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis.Janssen attorney Larry Ottaway told a Cleveland County judge that the company represents only a small part of a vast supply and distribution chain for opioid products that is extensively regulated by various federal agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says the powerful painkillers led to the “worst manmade public health crisis” in U.S. history.___10 a.m.The nation’s first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis is underway in Oklahoma.Opening arguments started Tuesday with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter saying powerful painkillers led to the “worst manmade public health crisis” in U.S. history.Drugmakers deny those claims.Lawyers for consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson and several subsidiaries are expected to start making their case later Tuesday. Two other pharmaceutical companies have settled with Oklahoma.The trial could bring to light documents and testimony that show what the companies knew, when they knew it and how they responded.The outcome could also shape negotiations on how to resolve the roughly 1,500 opioid lawsuits filed by state, local and tribal governments. Those have been consolidated before a federal judge in Ohio.The Associated Press
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — First oil has been pumped at the $14-billion Hebron offshore oil platform off Newfoundland and Labrador, officials with ExxonMobil Canada announced Tuesday.The company said the platform extracted its first oil on Monday at the Hebron field in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin, located 350 kilometres southeast of St. John’s.“Our goal since the Hebron project was announced in 2008 was to safely achieve first oil in 2017,” company president Carman Mullins said.“Today we delivered on our commitment. Hebron is an engineering and construction marvel and thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can proudly say they helped design and build the platform.”Built at Bull Arm, the massive gravity-based platform is 230 metres high and weighs 750,000 tonnes. The structure was towed to the drilling site in early June and has begun production ahead of schedule.The Hebron oil field was discovered in 1980, and it’s estimated it will produce more than 700-million barrels of oil throughout the lifespan of the project.At peak rates the platform is expected to produce up to 150,000 barrels of oil per day and has a storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels of oil.During its production phase, Hebron is expected to generate millions in annual royalties and taxes for the cash-strapped province. It’s also expected to provide long-term employment for over 600 workers.The governing Liberals have said the project will generate more than $10 billion in royalties and benefits over the next 20 years — less than half the estimated $23 billion once hailed by the former Tory government.Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady said it was a “great day for the province” to have its second offshore oil project in operation in addition to Hibernia.In addition to ExxonMobil Canada, project partners include Chevron Canada, Suncor Energy, Statoil Canada and provincial Crown corporation Nalcor Energy with a 4.9 per cent equity stake.
The special lighting, which began on 23 June, aims to send a strong message of UN commitment to the battle against HIV/AIDS, while focusing attention on the special session. The large AIDS ribbon was inscribed on the building by using red plastic film, which was temporarily attached to 550 designated windows on both the east and west sides of the Secretariat building. The materials were provided by Alkit Digital Imaging of New York City, which helped to make the project possible by offering concessionary prices to the UN. The resulting image will be used on a special stamp issued early next year by the UN Postal Administration.This historic project was undertaken by the UN Department of Public Information and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), along with its seven co-sponsors, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.
“This constitutes a positive step towards ending cycles of deadly conflicts that have caused immense suffering to the Congolese people,” Mr. Ban said in a statement from his spokesperson.Talks between the M23 – mostly composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April last year – and the Government have been held in Kampala, Uganda, under the auspices of the Chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the Mediator, as well as Ugandan Defence Minister and Facilitator, Crispus Kiyonga.The deal, reached after weeks of stalled talks, was finalized last night in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, signed by President Museveni and President Joyce Banda of Malawi, the chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The agreements effectively end the Kampala Dialogue which aimed at reaching a final and principled agreement that ensures the disarmament and demobilization of the M23 and accountability for human rights abuses.“The DRC Government and M23 have respectively signed declarations reflecting the consensus reached during the Kampala Dialogue on steps necessary to end the armed activities of the M23,” towards long-term stability, reconciliation and development in the country, according to the joint ICGLR-SADC (Southern African Development Community) final communique. Under the outcome documents, former rebels are entitled to amnesty for rebelling, but are not granted immunity to alleged perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, or gross violations of human rights.Both sides also agreed on the following: the release of prisoners; the end of M23 as a rebel movement and the possibility to establish itself as a political party; and the return of extorted and looted properties during the M23’s brief occupation of Goma in November 2012.The two declarations also include provisions for the return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes. In the past year alone, the fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.In his statement, Mr. Ban “urges the parties to begin implementation without delay and to fully respect their commitments,” the spokesperson said. Meanwhile, the joint communique calls on international partners, particularly the UN and the African Union (AU) “to work together and provide support and resources to the Government of the DRC for the implementation of the commitments.” Turning to the wider instability in the country, Mr. Ban called on all other armed groups in the country – which include the Mayi Mayi, the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU) and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – to “lay down their weapons and pursue their objectives through peaceful political means,” the spokesperson said.Mr. Ban said that he hoped that the DRC and its neighbours will build on the latest positive developments to address the root causes of instability in the eastern part of the country.Those plans include the implementation of an 11-nation Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region signed earlier this year under UN auspices as a comprehensive approach to sustainable peace in the region.The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, has been building support for the framework which she has dubbed ‘the framework of hope.’Mrs. Robinson has led a group of Special Envoys, which includes Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC, as well as United States Special Envoy Russ Feingold, African Union Special Representative, Boubacar Diarra and the European Union Senior Coordinator Koen Vervaeke.
Then-redshirt-sophomore tight end Nick Vannett (81) advances the ball during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorA tight end has to be an offensive lineman who can catch like a receiver. Or is it a wide receiver who can block like one of the big uglies?Often, players who play the tight end position exhibit a little of both sets of skills needed to succeed and excel in one area, but the Ohio State football team might just have two players who excel at it all.“I’ll take our two tight ends (senior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-junior Nick Vannett) over anyone in America,” coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday at a fundraiser luncheon.Heuerman is the starter at tight end, but he’s currently out for the remainder of spring practice after having foot surgery.Vannett said the two tight ends have always pushed each other to improve, and now, with Heuerman gone, he is trying to keep that trend up and potentially win the starting spot.“Over the years, we always pushed each other to be great, challenge each other in practice,” Vannett said. “It kind of hurts not having him out here, but someone’s got to step up. I kind of took the challenge upon myself to go out and get better.”Meyer said he has noticed the improvement in Vannett, who only recorded eight catches and a touchdown last season, calling him “one of the two or three most improved players on the team.”Tight ends coach Tim Hinton said he has seen Vannett play well in the spring, especially in the absence of Heuerman.“Nick’s had a phenomenal spring so far, and obviously getting a few more reps (now) that Jeff’s a little nicked up,” Hinton said April 3. “Each of those reps are opportunities to get better and improve … He was able to make a lot of plays today and he’s more physical at the point of attack in blocking. He’s doing a great job of managing the X’s and O’s. Boy, he’s having a great spring.”The Buckeyes are returning one of the nation’s top offenses from 2013, after finishing seventh in the country with an average of 511.9 yards per game. But with a lot of turnover, losing six starters including wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown and running back Carlos Hyde, the Buckeyes will be looking for new players to step up.That’s where the tight ends come in, Vannett said.“We’re still finding our identity right now,” Vannett said. “When you lose guys like ‘Philly’ Brown and Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde, it’s hard to replace those guys. But me and Jeff, we’re trying to step up and be that key, that go-to guy. Before he got hurt I thought we were doing a really good job and we’ve just got to keep pushing it.”With this being his fourth season in the program, Vannett said he has realized the time to become a leader and grow as a player is now.“Being a junior, it’s time to mature,” Vannett said. “You’ve got to watch a little more film, you’ve got to understand defenses better and I’ve got two more years after this so if I don’t do it now, when am I going to do it? Just really taking it as a serious job and just going out there and doing what I’ve got to do, helping others out and doing what I have to, to be successful.”If Vannett wants to prove his worth and increase his playing time in 2014, whether it be as the lone tight end or in a two tight end set, his time in spring without Heuerman is running out. Spring practice concludes Thursday, with the annual spring game taking place at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium.But he was quick to add that although Heuerman is gone for the time being, he has to grow on his own to reach his lofty goals.“Most of it’s just internal for me. I want the best for myself,” Vannett said. “I’m a competitive person and my goals are, I want to be the best tight end that goes through Ohio State and that’s just the pride I have in myself. Every time I come out on the field, I want to get better at one area of my game and also just help out the offense.”The regular seasons kicks off Aug. 30 at noon against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Thames Valley Police confiscated £236,000 from him despite being cleared after he failed to explain where the money had come from. Mari Van Gerwen was jailed for 17 yearsCredit:National Crime Agency Judge Rupert Lowe told him he had used his horse business as a cover for the smuggling operation, expecting to get substantial sums of money. He added: “That is an extremely expensive occupation, notwithstanding the sponsorship and prize money and the returns of the rising school and horse-trading business.”I am confident that at least part of your motivation of you becoming involved was to further the cause of her very expensive career at the highest level.”Jody, who attended every day of the trial and gave evidence for the defence, heard the judge tell her she was an innocent victim of her father’s drug dealing.Judge Lower added: “I don’t imagine for a moment that he let her know what he was doing. She has been an innocent victim and she will suffer for this.” The horsebox used by Mari Van GerwenCredit:National Crime Agency Cash found in the possession of Mari Van GerwenCredit:National Crime Agency But Canterbury Crown Court heard that officers were suspicious and began searching a special compartment, where they discovered 50 kilos of the Class A drug. It had a street value of £3.96 million,Van Gerwen denied all knowledge of the drugs and claimed the purpose of his journey was to deliver the horses to a female associate in Bracknell.Following his arrest in Dover, Dutch Police raided Van Gerwen’s house in Limbricht, the Netherlands, and seized 270,000 euros.He was found guilty on Wednesday of importing class A drugs and jailed for 17 years. 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. He said: “I accept you run a legitimate horse trading business and you spend a good deal of your time running a riding school and assisting his daughter’s career.”You were convicted by a jury in a very short space of time of importing 50 kilos of cocaine. I am confident that you were not the boss of this enterprise but a courier and you got involved in order to make money.”This trial took place against a background of the very successful career of your daughter Jody as an international showjumper.” Van Gerwen faced a similar charge at Reading Crown Court 18 months ago, but was acquitted by a jury. A showjumper’s father smuggled £4 million of cocaine into Britain inside a horsebox to fund his daughter’s career, a court heard.International showjumper Jody Van Gerwen, 27, cried as her 52-year-old father Mari was jailed for 17 years.The Dutch horse dealer and former showjumper, who has his own stables and training centre, claimed he had been forced to smuggle the Class A drugs into the country.In July last year, he arrived at the freight lanes at Dover Eastern Docks with two horses in a horsebox.He told Border Force officials the horses were not for jumping or racing and that he was heading to Bracknell, Berkshire, with 5,000 euros. Jody Van Gerwen is an international showjumper
The Boards of Directors of NIBA-The Belting Association and the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) announce the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit to be held in the fall of 2017. The leaderships of both associations have dedicated much effort in designing a program that they say “will continue to provide the exceptional experience already enjoyed at each organisation’s current annual meeting as well as bring enhanced benefits that are only possible through a joint conference.With the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit, members of both associations can look forward to:Enriched networking opportunitiesNIBA and PTDA have been in existence for many years and have strong membership attendance at the annual meetings. A joint meeting will offer members more opportunities to connect with new people who have new ideas to share.Enhanced educational contentSecuring top calibre speakers with relevant content, providing takeaway value for all attendees at all management levels, is possible because of the combined budgets and volunteer expertise of both associations.Minimised conflicts and reduced multiple meeting attendance costs for shared membersOne joint meeting will reduce time out of the office and costs (both registration and travel) for those companies that are members of NIBA and PTDA.PTDA President Ken Miko, Director of Category Management and Strategic Accounts for BDI, believes the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit will bring membership innovative new ideas. Miko notes, “We set out to create an event that is truly a joint event—that is, maximising the opportunities for members of both associations to meet and discuss their businesses.”NIBA President Tom Wujek, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Flexco, agrees. “We took the best practices from each organisation’s annual meeting and crafted a conference that elevates networking and education to a whole new level,” says Wujek.The NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit will:“• Focus on getting business done. Both associations pride themselves on hosting an annual meeting where the business of product-specific industrial distribution is the reason for attending. The compact schedule will offer opportunities for discussing business in both formal and informal settingsIncrease the efficiency of doing business. One of the top advantages in attending the current NIBA Annual Convention and PTDA Industry Summit is the ability to meet with distributors and manufacturers in one location. With the combined attendance of both associations’ members, the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit amplifies this advantage by bringing more potential partners togetherCombine the product focus of the NIBA Convention Expo with the management meetings of PTDA’s Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX). Participants from every level of a member company’s management team—from the CEO to the branch manager—will derive value from this new hybrid experienceOffer each association a chance to highlight the programs and services developed to improve members’ business processes, training programs and business development initiatives.”A joint planning committee consisting of members from both associations—supported by the staff of each association—will be appointed to design the event.NIBA-The Belting Association is a voluntary association of individuals and organisations who have joined together to further the interests of all fabricators, distributors and manufacturers of belting and related products.The mission of NIBA-The Belting Association is to promote the common business interests of all distributor/fabricators and manufacturers of conveyor and flat power transmission belting and material that enhances/changes belt.
Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Recommended for you Related Items:governor peter beckingham, house of assembly, parliament, pnp, premier rufus ewing TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Mar 2015 – The House of Assembly in an all-day debate, but not before parliament was officially reopened with the Speech from the Throne which was delivered by the Queen’s representative in the islands, His Excellency, Governor Peter Beckingham. The speech which is prepared by the governing party and more specifically is coming from the Premier is an overview of intentions for this new legislative period. The Rufus Ewing led administration explained that next year being an election year has nothing to do with the plan to now rapidly complete PNP Manifesto promises. “Mr. Speaker, the creation of jobs through public and private sector infrastructure development projects, creation of an Invest Turks and Caicos Agency with an SME programme facilitating the development of local businesses, the continued reduction in the taxation burden and the increase in minimum wage are all strategic policies, to which we are committed, that will ensure economic growth and development and the empowerment of Turks and Caicos Islanders.”No accident, that tourism in 2014 grew by 24% or 400,000 guests for the calendar year and the government says it will make the public sector work environment more equitable for Islanders and will spend $9 million on pay increases for the sector. The Investment Unit is also announced to create policies and programs to support Small and Medium size businesses and the PNP Administration says the people ought to expect a strong effort to ensure country is getting value for money with the TCI hospitals contract. Other key areas of focus during the Speech from the Throne: development in education and the promise to have enough seats for students; more scholarships so islanders can have at least a first year degree and public sector training. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The commission evaluating the structure and size of the Army is considering the possibility of multi-component aviation units that include both regular Army and reserve personnel, partly as a way to embrace the “Total Army” concept.The National Commission on the Future of the Army’s aviation subcommittee is studying the Army’s controversial plan to move the National Guard’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the service’s active component.The subcommittee — led by Commissioner Robert Hale, the former DOD comptroller — is looking not just at force structure options but also at “organizational options,” including ways the Army could make greater use of multi-component units, Hale told Defense News.“By multi-component I mean organizations that have one part of the regular Army and one from the reserve components,” Hale explained.He cited the Air Force’s reserve-associate concept — in which reserve components and the regular Air Force share aircraft — as one possible model, but said that approach likely couldn’t be applied in the Army because in many cases all pilots are assigned their own helicopter.“But there may be other approaches that would work in terms of greater use of multi-component, forward-deployed units and I think they are worth looking at,” Hale said. Such an approach would help achieve the “Total Army” concept, which calls for more closely integrating active and reserve components, according to the story.The subcommittee, however, has not reached any final decisions on either the force structure or the organizational issues, “but I think we are making good progress,” Hale said.The commission is looking at the structure and size of the Army, determining the proper mix between the active and reserve components, and assessing how government policies will affect mission requirements. Its final report to Congress is due Feb. 1, 2016.Last week, Commission Chairman Carter Ham, a retired Army general, said the commission is on track “perhaps just barely” to meet its reporting deadline.
About one-third of Army and Air Force infrastructure is excess to those services’ needs, according to a broad capacity analysis released by the Defense Department.Overall, 22 percent of the department’s capacity is excess; only 7 percent of the Navy’s infrastructure is unneeded.The parametric analysis compares various facility measures to changes in force structure, using 1989 as a baseline. The estimates are based on projected force levels in fiscal 2019. Because DOD had a significant amount of excess in 1989, the results of the analysis are conservative, according to the report. The analysis is not designed to determine whether any particular base has excess capacity, it emphasized.The results also can’t be used to predict the scope of closures in a future BRAC round, it said.“While 22 percent excess is substantial, the results of this analysis cannot be used to project the potential size of BRAC closures broadly, nor can the excess in any category of installation be used to project the likelihood of an installation closing,” according to the report.Past base closure rounds have reduced plant replacement value by an average of 5 percent.The most striking figures in the report are the estimates by installation category, with the results ranging from no increase — beyond the 1989 baseline — to levels of excess capacity above 50 percent. Estimates of excess capacity by installation category for the Army include:administration — 29 percentdepots — no increasearsenals/industrial manufacturing — 36major training active — 2major training reserve — 53maneuver — 42schools — 44test and evaluation/labs — 46Army total — 33Estimates of excess capacity by installation category for the Air Force include:depots — 1 percenteducation and training (parking apron space) — 7education and training (classroom space) — 53large aircraft — 36small aircraft — 43product centers, labs and test & evaluation — 14Air Force Reserve — 24Air National Guard — 24Air Force total — 32Estimates of excess capacity by installation category for the Navy include:naval bases — 22 percentMarine Corps bases — 27air stations — no increaseaviation maintenance — 13depot maintenance, Marine Corps — 9shipyards — no increaseresearch, development, test & evaluation — no increasetraining air stations — no increaseNavy total — 7The Defense Logistics Agency’s distribution depots have an estimated 14 percent excess infrastructure. The analysis found no increase in excess space since 1989 in the agency’s supply centers. Dan Cohen AUTHOR