Archers slay Maroons

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Mbala added: “We were eager, we cannot lose to the same team, which probably means that maybe we got to think about what we’re doing wrong.”Earlier, Far Eastern U inflicted more misery on winless University of Santo Tomas, while tightening its grip on fourth spot following an emphatic 96-70 victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img LATEST STORIES 13 PH kids earn FC Barcelona training slots Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Eager to settle an old score, La Salle came out tenacious early to deal University of the Philippines its worst beating of UAAP Season 80.Ben Mbala fired 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Green Archers also gave coach Aldin Ayo a fitting birthday present with an 85-62 demolition of the Fighting Maroons on Sunday to solidify their hold of second spot at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Facing one of the two teams that beat them in the past two seasons, the Archers zoomed to an early double-digit lead before coasting in the second half to raise their record to 6-2.Mbala made life difficult on UP top gun Paul Desiderio, who was held to just seven points on 2-of-13 shooting after scoring 30 points in the 98-87 win in the first round last Sept. 23.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We wanted this win so bad,” said La Salle guard Kib Montalbo, who also ended his shooting slump with 12 points.“We have lost to them four times this year, including tune-up games and its also coach’s (Ayo) birthday.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

FIFA urges referees to take their time for video review

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Referee Nestor Pitana of Argentina gestures during a training session in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — World Cup referees must ensure all the time used for video review is played at the end of each half — even if a stoppage takes 10 minutes.FIFA’s instructions to more than 100 match officials in Russia were outlined Tuesday, two days ahead of the often-contentious technology making its World Cup debut.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Teams and fans have been angered by some slow and confusing decision-making process, repeating problems seen in Russia at FIFA’s Confederations Cup warmup tournament last year.“It is ready for the World Cup but don’t think it will be perfect,” said Busacca of a system that has been tested since 2016 and formally approved only in March.Collina stressed that the outcome of decisions “is what really counts at the end of the day.” And the 2002 World Cup final referee has opted for experience to set the tone in the first of 64 games.Pitana refereed four games at the 2014 World Cup, and Irrati is from Collina’s native Italy which also used video review in Serie A.In a 90-minute news conference, Collina opened by making reference to corruption allegations against two match officials FIFA selected for World Cup duty but had to drop in recent weeks.The cases of Saudi Arabian referee Fahad Al Mirdasi and Kenyan assistant Aden Range Marwa “surprised us a lot,” he said. “We will continue to be clear and strict when something similar will occur.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Bill introduced to make doping in worldwide events a crime FIFA picked Pitana for duty, with Massimiliano Irrati of Italy leading a four-man video review team. They will work at a FIFA control center in the Moscow suburbs, several miles from the Luzhniki Stadium.Referees can call for reviews of possible clear errors and serious incidents missed in game-changing situations: goals scored, red cards, and penalty awards, plus mistaken identity.FIFA’s advice could lead to more decisions reviewed — and potentially overturned — having asked officials to let play flow and keep the option of a later review.“He is respecting the instructions that were given him on purpose by keeping the flag down,” said Pierluigi Collina, chairman of FIFA’s referees committee. “If he puts a flag up, everything is finished.”Video review still has doubters after a first full season in top leagues such as Germany’s Bundesliga which opted to use the technology.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “All the minutes, all the seconds, lost by VAR (video assistant referees) will be added at the end,” Massimo Busacca, FIFA head of refereeing, said at a news conference. “We don’t want to lose any seconds lost by any interruption.”The process for reviewing one of the most complex incidents that can be reviewed — a running confrontation involving all players — will take as long as needed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We will take all the possible time to see if there is a clear red card,” said Busacca, who was a 2010 World Cup referee. “When it is related to match confrontation and not respecting the image (of football), we can even stay 10 minutes at the video to see exactly what happened.”The first referee in the spotlight is Nestor Pitana of Argentina, who handles the Russia-Saudi Arabia match in Moscow on Thursday. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Brawl breaks out in Gilas-Australia game

first_img“We will continue the game that we all love. but to show the respect to Australia. Let’s just enjoy the game. Everybody calm down and let’s also respect the decision of the referees,” he added.Gilas is down big, 79-48, with Australia firing from all cylinders.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The situation intensified when both benches cleared and it was hard to tell who hit who first. Officials are currently reviewing the video as of posting time.Australia’s sharpshooter Christopher Goulding took the brunt during the unfortunate incident as several Gilas players like Allein Maliksi and Calvin Abueva  ganged up on him just outside the baseline.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDuring the lull, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas addressed the crowd at center court, urging the fans in attendance to settle down.“We didn’t want to happen what happened. Please respect the game and make our visitors feel safe in the arena,” Panlilio said. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA free-for-all broke out late in the third quarter of the Philippines’ duel against Australia in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers Monday night at Philippine Arena.The game was stopped at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter after a brawl erupted when Australia big man Daniel Kickert took out Gilas Pilipinas swingman Roger Pogoy with a shove.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan towncenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial A look at the road out of the World Cup’s round of 16last_img read more

Guyana’s growth rate a reflection of Private Sector support – GMSA President

first_imgGMSA awards…taxes, energy, bridge tolls pose major challengesThe growth of Guyana’s economy which was presented as part of the 2018 mid-year report is as a result of continuous support from private stakeholders with an interest in the country’s propulsion.This was the sentiments of President of the Guyana Marketing and Services Association (GMSA), Shyam Nokta, during the Association’s annual award ceremony on Thursday. He expressed that members of the organisation would have played a key role in this progress.“Guyana’s economy grew by 4.5 per cent during the first half of 2018, compared to 2.5 per cent for the corresponding period in 2017. This growth was led by continued efforts from the Private Sector, including our members.”The report signalled an increase of 18.1 per cent in the forestry sector, 13.4 per cent in construction and an 8.2 per cent in the services sector, while theFinance Minister Winston Jordanmanufacturing sector contracted during the first six months by 2.4 per cent when compared to 9.9 per cent during that period. According to Nokta, this decline was due to the reduced production of sugar and rice.“This was primarily due to declines in the production of sugar and rice. Overall, the downward trend for the last few years in almost all the major productive sectors continued in 2018. Our members want to play our part in reversing these negative trends, but as we have said on many occasions, we need to be enabled to advance Guyana’s growth through a supportive environment.”Some of the challenges faced in the manufacturing industry is the cost and stability of energy along with taxation on electricity.“The high cost coupled with issues of stability and reliability has pushed many manufacturers off the grid and to self-generate. Tax measures introduced in Budget 2017 such as [Value Added Tax] VAT on electricity further compounded this issue and continues to affect manufacturers in 2018,” said the GMSA President.He noted that adjustments to the tax regime in 2018 led to some establishments being unable to reclaim Value Added Tax (VAT) on inputs for exported items. Infrastructure and access to remote areas also add to the list of challenges.“This is serving as a disincentive to not only manufacturing but exports. The extended rainy season coupled with lack of maintenance, rendered many key roads to the interior virtually impassable. This led to severe challenges in getting goods to hinterland locations overland and also affected the forestry and mining sectors in a major way.”The GMSA President also sought to point out that the recent announcement to increase the Berbice River Bridge tolls has raised other concerns. Prices mayGMSA President Shyam Noktaincrease since it would be unfeasible to retail the same rates at high transportation costs.“The recent proposed increase in tolls for the Berbice River Bridge has raised concerns in the manufacturing sector since it would certainly result in increased commodity prices. Perhaps even more concerning is the action by Government to take over control of the bridge’s operations – albeit temporarily.”For the 2019 Budget, it was indicated that 50 measures were submitted to Finance Minister Winston Jordan in areas pertaining to stakeholders in the manufacturing industry.“In our presentation to the Minister of Finance for Budget 2019, the GMSA put forward a menu of measures – 50 measures in fact, covering broad areas such as taxation, access to finance, public procurement, energy, standards and regulations among others. Sector specific measures were also proposed covering forestry and wood products, agro-processing, construction and engineering and the services sector.”last_img read more

Tax increase on booze, hydro, come into effect today

first_img“In the B.C. budget, there’s this wonderful paragraph talking about the philosophy that there’s only one taxpayer, and that an increase federally, or and increase municipally, or an increase provincially – it doesn’t matter because there’s only one taxpayer and it’s ultimately that person – you and I who are paying the bill,” explains Bateman. “That’s what this violates more than anything else; the fact that they write these nice things in their budget but they don’t actually walk out the philosophy.”Bateman adds, “Before you know it, all these little increases of a few bucks a month each have started to add up to real money.”That real money included another $66.00 per family just three months ago when the government jacked up the medical services premium tax, and Mr. Bateman also noted that for many, next month it will be property taxes and likely ICBC. Hydro and Liquor price increases are in effect today with electricity rates going up 6 per cent, or approximately $72.00 for the average home.The liquor price hikes vary – running from $1.00 to $6.00 depending on the product“There are some $15.00 bottles of wine that are going to go up 6 per cent, and that’s only a dollar but that’s still a substantial increase on a product you buy all the time,” says Jeff Guignard with the Alliance of Beverage Licensees. “About 80 – 85 per cent of the products do look like they’re going to be within a per cent or so, but we are starting to see some products – there’s going to be increases of 5 to 10 per cent.”- Advertisement -Meantime you can put down Jordan Bateman – the B.C. Director of the Taxpayers Federation – as among the unimpressed.“It’s a bad time to be a taxpayer in British Columbia – the nickel and diming of government increases is continuing,” says Bateman. “Even know it’s April first when a bunch of these come into effect, it’s certainly no laughing matter.”Bateman also says these hikes go against claims made in the most recent balanced budget presented by the province.Advertisementlast_img read more

A Strategy for Cost-Effective Efficiency in Tucson

first_imgLike a lot of building-industry professionals who run their businesses solo, Tucson-based Michael Ginsburg has become a utility player in his market. La Mirada Homes, which he launched in 1976, offers design, construction, remodeling, and general contracting services. And now, Ginsburg is bringing his experience to bear on the design and construction of a near-net-zero-energy, modest-size house that, he says, could be offered for a comparably modest price.Ginsburg calls it the S.E.E.D. Home (for its “super energy efficient design”) and will celebrate its inception with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday. The 1,935-sq.-ft. four-bedroom home’s performance is pegged tightly to the energy efficiency of the structural-insulated panels that will comprise its exterior walls and roof, Ginsburg told GBA. He said he chose SIPs filled with polyurethane foam over alternatives that feature polystyrene because the former offers better thermal resistance for a negligible difference in price.The wall panels are rated R-24, which, with R-5 foam board under the exterior stucco and 2 inches of interior-side dead space for electrical wiring, would bring the composite R-value of the exterior wall to 34. The roof panels, supported by structural gluelam beams (no 2x wood), will provide R-41 insulation.A slow-curing floorThe walls and roof will go up before the slab foundation is poured to shade and prevent cracking in the concrete, which will later be colored and polished. The slab will be insulated to R-8 underneath and at the edges, Ginsburg said.The house is not, however, designed to take advantage of direct solar gain, a prospect the builder “completely rejected as a passive heating strategy because of the inherent overheating and management problems” it would have presented in a single-story house of this size and layout. Rather, the building will be equipped with a SEER 16 dual-stage heat pump, hydronic radiant floor heating, radiant floor cooling, and a whole-house fresh-air exchange.In an e-mail to GBA, Ginsburg also pointed out that “there are no interior (weight-)bearing walls to interrupt the thermal integrity of the floor of the shell. Therefore, the concrete floor is, in effect, a thermal mass element for the entire square footage of the home. With no direct solar gain, I can now use, control, and manage the floor for heating and cooling. In essence, I’ve created a ‘living cave.’ Achieving and maintaining a constant interior temperature will be easy and cost-effective.”The home’s renewable-energy equipment will include solar hot water collectors and a photovoltaic system capable of feeding electricity back into Tucson Electric Power’s grid.The project design has received HERS ratings of 18 and 20 from two independent, accredited HERS raters, Ginsburg said, although he noted that getting financing was a bit more difficult. After several rejections from other lenders, the builder explained, the president of Bank of Tucson “gave me a hearing regarding the concept and nature of the project first, before even considering our financials,” and then proceeded with an appraisal, financial review, and loan approval.We’ll post cost details, more specs, updates, and images as they become available.last_img read more

Corbett Tiger Reserve Director removed after his shoot-at-sight order

first_img Last week, Mr. Dhakate had issued shoot-at-sight order and pressed two drones into service after movement of poachers was reported along the southern fringes of the park.150 forest officials were deployed and a total of 388 camera traps installed at sensitive points within the territory of the park.Villagers in the area were also informed of the same and were advised to avoid taking animals for grazing to the core areas.The order, however, raised eyebrows following which Mr. Dhakate has been removed from his post. The Director of Corbett Tiger Reserve has been removed from his post following a controversy over shoot-at-sight order issued by him in the national park to check the activities of poachers.Uttrakhand’s Chief Secretary S. Ramaswamy said that Parag Madhukar Dhakate has been replaced by Dheeraj Pandey as Director.D.V.S Khati, the Chief Wildlife Warden, said that Mr. Dhakate was not authorised to issue any such order.Also Read Corbett Tiger Reserve workers get the nod to kill armed poachers last_img read more

Maria Sharapova tries her hand at table tennis after Wimbledon exit

first_imgMaria Sharapova is apparently taking some time off her busy tennis schedule and has picked up on another sport. While the world is currently engrossed in football, taking about the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, Sharapova is not behind. According to her Instagram profile, she has been following football as well.But there is another sport that Sharapova is keen on playing and following up on her competitive nature, she wants to compete in that as well.In a recent photograph posted by Sharapova on Instagram, she can be seen across a table tennis arena with the tiny racquet in her hand.On the other side of the table is the English business and philanthropist Richard Branson and Sharapova wrote in her post, “Free ticket to space if I win?”Free ticket to space if I win? @richardbransonA post shared by Maria Sharapova (@mariasharapova) on Jul 8, 2018 at 2:15am PDTAccording to Sharapova’s post, it looks like the Russian star is currently in Italy.Puglia + Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) July 8, 2018Sharapova was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round itself by fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko.Sharapova was in a winning position after taking the first set but Vitalia broke her with the Russia 5-4 up, took the set to tie-breaker and won the set.In the third set, Sharapova took a 2-0 lead only to blow it up and eventually lose the match. Maria Sharapova was knocked out of Wimbledon 2018 in the first round. (Reuters Photo)Sharapova said that it was cause of concern for her that she threw up the match like that but promised to work hard and come back stronger.advertisementSharapova’s form has not been very consistent ever since she returned from doping suspension.In April 2017, Sharapova returned to tennis court after a 15-month doping ban but a whole year that Sharapova won her first WTA title.After putting up decent performance at the US Open, Sharapova travelled to China for the China Open and Tianjin Open and she went on to win the latter. Maria Sharapova won the her first WTA title, Tianjin Open, after a gap of two years. (Maria Sharapova Instagram Photo)Apart from that one title, Sharapova has made some rare appearance in quarter-finals of various tournaments. After reaching the quarter-final of 2016 Australian Open, the first time Sharapova reached the same stage was in this year’s French Open when she got a walkover from an injured Serena Williams.In the quarter-final though, Sharapova lost to Garbine Muguruza in straight sets.last_img read more

Ex-coach booked on charges related to US gymnastics sex scandal

first_imgChicago, Aug 31 (AFP) The former women’s gymnastics coach at Michigan State University turned herself in to authorities Thursday, to face charges that she lied to police investigating a massive sex abuse scandal in the sport. Former gymnasts have accused Kathy Klages of turning a blind eye to the assaults perpetrated by Larry Nassar, the ex-doctor who abused hundreds of athletes in the guise of medical treatment, including Olympic champions such as Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Madison Kocian. Nassar admitted his crimes, plead guilty, and is serving three prison sentences that will keep him behind bars the rest of his life. State prosecutors have turned their attention to those who may have been alerted to the abuse, but failed to stop Nassar. Klages retired from MSU last year. She was the women’s gymnastics coach and worked with Nassar, who treated athletes at the university and at USA Gymnastics events and trainings. Some athletes have claimed Klages was told about Nassar’s abuse and did not believe accusers. She is charged with two counts of lying to investigators probing how Nassar managed to evade detection. “Witnesses have said that they reported Nassar’s sexual abuse to Klages dating back more than 20 years,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement. “Klages denied to law enforcement officers about having been told prior to 2016 of Nassar’s sexual misconduct.” Klages was arraigned on one felony and one misdemeanor charge. Together, they carry a maximum sentence of six years. She was freed on $5,000 bond and is expected back in court next week. She did not enter a plea.advertisement Klages’s attorney dismissed the charges as politically motivated, according to The Detroit News. “There is irrefutable evidence that will undercut these claims that have been made,” her attorney Takura Nyamfukudza said, according to the newspaper. “These charges are based on someone pointing the finger, that’s all it takes, a very low standard of proof,” he said. Nassar’s former boss at the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, William Strampel, is also facing various charges, including willful neglect of duty for failing to properly supervise Nassar. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Henderson to remain England captain

first_imgEngland Henderson to remain England captain against Slovakia Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 00:00 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henderson - Cropped Getty Images England WC Qualification Europe England v Slovakia Slovakia Liverpool The Three Lions will again be skippered by the Liverpool midfielder when they take on their closest Group F rivals at Wembley Jordan Henderson will remain as England captain for Monday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Slovakia.Manager Gareth Southgate confirmed the Liverpool midfielder will remain as skipper after leading his country in the 4-0 away win over Malta on Friday.England 15/2 to beat Slovakia 3-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Southgate is yet to announce a new permanent captain since the international retirement of Everton forward Wayne Rooney.A second straight game with the armband would appear to put Henderson in a strong position for the role, with Gary Cahill and Harry Kane also mooted as candidates.All present and correct – the full 26-man squad trained today.— England (@England) September 3, 2017″Jordan stays [as captain] and there is no point in changing that,” Southgate said at his pre-match media conference.”Normally the captain does the two games when we have been together unless we change the team and that guy does not play.”Southgate also confirmed Manchester United defender Phil Jones will start the Slovakia match alongside Henderson, with all 26 of his players available for selection.England are two points clear of closest rivals Slovakia at the top of Group F and a victory would put them on the brink of sealing their place in Russia, while defeat would see them lose top spot.last_img read more