Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It’s really painful, disappointing conference for us. It’s more painful knowing it’s our first time to miss the quarterfinals. A lot more sleepless nights especially that we’re going to have to wait until December for the all-Filipino before we can play again.” Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Phoenix has had a busy season after being involved in several trade deals.The Fuel Masters, however, aren’t done yet in revamping their roster especially after a failed campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “Obviously, [we have] a need for additional big man in the draft. We don’t need just one, we need two more big men. Doug (Kramer) played well today, but we don’t have any more big man yet to complement, especially in the all-Filipino,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia after a loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday eliminated the Fuel Masters from playoff contention.“Our bigs like Willie Wilson, Eriobu are small bigs. We’re looking at the draft and of course, we are open to trades. We always discuss with management whatever comes our way that’s how we rebuild.”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 shutoutThe Fuel Masters made several moves this season. They traded second-year playmaker Simon Enciso to Alaska for veteran guard RJ Jazul, before acquiring former national team mainstay Jeff Chan from Rain or Shine, who got Mark Borboran and a future second round pick in return.Phoenix have also unloaded flashy guard Cyrus Baguio and got Dylan Ababou and NLEX’s 2020 second round pick. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients The team also took part in a three-team deal that sent TNT’s Ranidel de Ocampo to Meralco on Monday where the Fuel Masters let go of rookie Norbert Torres and ended up with the Bolts’ first round pick in this year’s draft and the KaTropa’s second round pick in 2019.Phoenix had a promising start this conference, winning its first two games. But the Fuel Masters’ campaign took a turn for the worse after their explosive import Eugene Phelps suffered a foot injury last month and star swingman Matthew Wright missed five games due to national team commitments.“Honestly, we didn’t know that Eugene’s injury was a stress fracture on his left foot. He was playing with pain and he wasn’t the same,” Vanguardia recalled. “We had to make a change, and Brandon (Brown) wasn’t in shape yet. We lost that long preparation we had before the conference.”“We also didn’t get lucky with the schedule. Our national team player missed the most out of our games. He missed five games this conference. It was tough because we saw how he can deliver when he’s with us for long stretches,” Vanguardia said of Wright.Wright unleashed 36 points while Brandon Brown added 33 points and 20 rebounds, but despite their big production, Phoenix still went on to drop its eighth straight game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:37Protesters 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 PVL: San Beda thwarts St. Benilde for second win View comments
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “There’s still a positive take because when you think about it, we committed 41 turnovers and we still didn’t get blown out,” said Sablan in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum following the Tigers’ 88-81 defeat.“We could’ve even won if we managed to limit our errors. We were up in assists, rebounds, it’s just that we committed so many turnovers.”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 shutoutUST did outrebound Adamson, 47-32, and had three more assists, 19-16, but off the Tigers’ miscues, 16 of which came off steals.Sablan, though, rued his team’s lack of chemistry with half of his team’s 16-man roster are new players. View comments LATEST STORIES “Honestly, the team’s chemistry isn’t that solid,” said Sablan. “We still haven’t translated the things we’ve done in practice into our games.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City UST head coach Boy Sablan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas head coach Boy Sablan remained positive despite the Growling Tigers sloppy performance in a loss to the Adamson Falcons Saturday.UST turned the ball over 41 times, the most since Far Eastern University committed 44 turnovers back in 2003, but Sablan still saw a silver lining.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 NU tops FEU to remain undefeated in PVL
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH U14 girls team qualifies for ITF World Juniors Championships ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay has been under a microscope ever since the famed stable lost all of its four World titles in ONE Championship in a span of three months at the start of 2019.ADVERTISEMENT “If there’s an opportunity for a knockout, I’ll go for it. But based on experience, you can’t look too much for a knockout cause it usually turns out the other way around,” said Pacio. “If we’re going to look at it in the point system, I still feel like I won. But if you’re watching the bout, I understand how they feel that Saruta won—he kept moving forward and he was aggressive.”“Now the plan is to be committed with my attack. Last time, I was caught off guard and I wasn’t able to throw what I wanted to.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “This is not a new situation to us, we’re used to it already,” said Pacio. “In situations like this, the pressure is our friend. Now it’s up to us on how we’ll get our belts back.”Pacio was the first Team Lakay fighter to lose his World title after Saruta’s aggression and early control of the fight earned the Japanese the razor-thin decision win.Geje Eustaquio came next, yielding the ONE World flyweight belt to Adriano Moraes.Team Lakay then suffered its greatest defeat when Kevin Belingon lost the ONE World featherweight belt to Bibiano Fernandes and Eduard Folayang relinquishing the ONE World lightweight title to Shinya Aoki on March 31 in Tokyo.Pacio said he’s going all out in his rematch with Saruta especially since he believes he was the true winner of their first fight in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT There is, however, someone who can start reclaiming Lakay’s glorious mystique from 2018 and that is 23-year-old Joshua Pacio.Pacio (13-3) was once the owner of the ONE World strawweight championship but he suffered an unfortunate split decision loss to Japanese fighter Yosuke Saruta (19-8-3) back in January, but he’s focused more than ever to regain the strap that once belonged to him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe strawweight contender will have a chance at his previous title on Friday when he faces Saruta for the rematch in the co-main event of ONE: Roots of Honor at Mall of Asia Arena with thousands of prying eyes set to watch him intently.And Pacio is relishing that attention. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments
When the 64-team field for the 2011 NCAA women’s soccer tournament was announced Monday, the Ohio State women’s soccer team was included, giving the Buckeyes a chance to follow up last season’s run to the national semifinals. The unseeded Buckeyes (10-8-2, 5-5-1) will take on regional No. 4 seed Tennessee at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in a first-round matchup hosted by the Volunteers (15-6-0). OSU’s postseason hopes seemed to be in some doubt after the team suffered a first-round loss to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. Coming in as the No. 7 seed, the Buckeyes lost, 4-2, on penalty kicks after regulation and two overtime periods resulted in a tie, 1-1. The second-seeded Fighting Illini eventually went on to win the tournament. The Buckeyes concluded the regular season 10-8-1, with a 5-5-1 mark within the conference. A couple of program milestones highlighted the season. The team recorded the 200th victory in program history on Sept. 23 with a 2-1 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. That mark was eclipsed on the team’s alumni weekend. “I’m really happy with where the program is and what we’ve been able to do over the years,” coach Lori Walker, who was at the helm of 164 of the 200 wins to that point, said at the time. “It’s nice to recognize this milestone because it includes everyone who has been a part of it.” The 2011 senior class won its 49th game with a 3-0 triumph against Indiana on Senior Day at Jesse Owens. The victory moved that class into a tie with the 2006 class for the second-most wins for a four-year group in program history. “From top to bottom I think they’re just some of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with,” Walker said. “Anytime you can have nine seniors go from the beginning to the end together, it’s a testament to their strength.” Senior forward Caitlyn Martin, who tallied a goal in the victory, spoke about the close-knit relationships within the team. “We have a great senior group and we’re really close, so it was really special to go out on our last day in the Jesse and get a win and play for each other,” Martin said. “It was a great team effort.” The low point of the season was a stretch from Sept. 29 to Oct. 23, in which the team lost five of seven games, prompting Walker to say the offense was “in the crapper” following an Oct. 16 loss to Nebraska. It was during this slide that the Buckeyes let their postseason hopes almost slip away. In the end, the Buckeyes made the national tournament for the third straight season while several OSU players garnered postseason honors. Senior defender Danielle Scoliere followed up last week’s first-team All-Big Ten honors by being named to the conference’s all-tournament team last Sunday, while sophomore midfielder Danica Wu was named to the second-team All-Big Ten. Senior defender Liz Sullivan was OSU’s Big Ten sportsmanship honoree and also joined senior goalie Katie Baumgardner on the all-district academic third team, announced Monday. The winner between OSU and Tennessee will go on to the second round to play the winner between Illinois State and Milwaukee.
Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy (6) hits the ball while junior middle blocker Dustan Neary (18) watches during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior year of high school: staring out at the volleyball court and eating popsicles, Dustan Neary and Michael Henchy sat with their backs against the bleachers after defeating a high school rival for their first time in 10 years.“That was a pretty cool moment and I think it says something about our friendship off the court,” Henchy said of the time with Neary after the win.Now both juniors on the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, Neary and Henchy were previously high school volleyball teammates at Ventura High School in Ventura, Calif. The pair officially became teammates their sophomore year of high school when they both made the varsity team. Henchy said slowly but surely, he and Neary became good friends.“We didn’t really know each other freshmen and sophomore years. Our junior year we started to hang out a little bit and our senior year he started hanging out with me and my friend group a lot,” Henchy said. “It was more of an every weekend than an occasional kind of thing. Just spent a lot of time hanging out together … we could play pretty much any sport together.”Even though the two are good friends, they agreed they get a little competitive at practice, both in high school and today at OSU, where Neary is a middle blocker and Henchy is an outside hitter.“During high school our coach would have to split us up and put us on separate teams, it was always a battle,” Neary said with a laugh. “We would talk trash through the net all the time. But at the end of practice, we knew we were friends.”After high school, different recruiting processes led them to opposite ends of the country.Neary attended Moorpark Community College in California for two years before coming to OSU. Although Neary started playing volleyball in the fourth grade, he said he had more of a passion for basketball and that hurt him during recruitment.“I played basketball through high school and volleyball was kind of just something I did when I wasn’t playing basketball,” Neary said. “I didn’t start taking volleyball seriously until my junior year of high school … Everybody else had started (playing) earlier and I think they got noticed earlier, I was late getting into it. My talent was more raw, I guess.”Neary added he transferred to OSU so he could continue his volleyball career.Ventura High School boys volleyball coach Kim Adair said in a phone interview she loved Neary’s laughter on the court.“When he’d make a block or a kill, he would just turn around and have this grin on his face and then he’d get into the huddle and just laugh, just get joy from what he did,” Adair said.At 6 feet 6 inches tall, Henchy didn’t start playing volleyball until his freshman year of high school, and Adair said she enjoyed watching him develop a passion for the game.OSU men’s volleyball coach Pete Hanson said Henchy’s level-mindedness makes him a great asset on the court.“Michael brings a real level of steadiness, maturity … I think because we’re a pretty young group right now, that’s important for us,” Hanson said. “He keeps everybody pretty focused on the next play, regardless of what might have happened on the previous play.”Henchy said his decision to come to OSU was an easy one.“I took my official visit to Ohio State, went to a football game and got to meet the guys on the team and it was just a no-brainer from there,” Henchy said.Neary said after deciding to transfer, OSU was always an option because he had a good friend there.“In the recruiting process, I (sought) them (OSU) out first and out of the schools I showed myself to, Ohio State showed the biggest response,” Neary said. “Having my friend here made a difference.”Hanson said Neary’s work ethic was what made him appealing.“When we watched him at a junior college tournament, his team was playing in like eight or nine games in a couple hours and he seemed to play all the games,” Hanson said. “He kind of just kept going, and going, and going … and that is what kind of caught our eye — this guy just works hard all the time.”Henchy said he was excited to hear Neary was considering transferring to OSU to play.“When I found out he (Neary) was thinking of coming here, the wheels started to spin and I started putting in some good words with the coaches. I started telling him more about the campus,” Henchy said.In those two years, the two players kept in touch by emails and texts every now and then, and got to hang out on breaks from school.“After not seeing him that much for two years, I came here and it was pretty much exactly the same, exactly where we started off,” Neary said.On the OSU men’s volleyball team (7-6, 4-2), the two players have worked to become starters.“It’s funny lining up next to him in the front row and looking over and seeing the same thing the entire way through high school,” Neary said.Correction Feb. 25: An earlier version of this article’s headline had Dustan Neary’s first name spelled ‘Dustin,’ when in fact, it is Dustan.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – The violence in Nassau is so rampant that some believe the government will be unable to get it under control, despite strong efforts by Police and the Defense Force, greater support from the communities and dropping crime statistics overall. It is the murder rate that continues to escalate for the country and one man in a voice note being circulated following the shooting of murder suspect, Karran Collie in Elizabeth Estates around 10am Wednesday, told friends exactly how he feels.The man claims to Collie, who was shot to death in what was described as a hail of bullets. The shooting happened on Malaysia Way and Commonwealth Boulevard. It marks the fourth murder in just days for The Bahamas; the homicide count now stands at 77. Karran Collie was out on bail for murder at the time of his death.#MagneticMediaNews#couldFNMquellcrime#KarranCollie Related Items:#couldFNMquellcrime, #KarranCollie, #magneticmedianews
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has hailed La Liga, describing it as an ‘extraordinary’ division, despite Atletico Madrid dropping points to Villarreal on Saturday.Atleti was in the lead through Filipe Luis but left La Ceramica with a 1-1 draw following Mario Gaspar goal equalisation for Villarreal, while on the other hand, Jan Oblak pulled off several stops to ensure the score level.“La Liga is extraordinary, fantastic,” the Coach said after the game via Football Espana.“All the teams fight and battle, and it allows for a much more competitive League than when Ronaldo and Messi defined it.“It was a tough and intense game against a team who found themselves in a complicated situation, and we knew they’d react.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“We tried to make it a physical match in the first half, while in the second one we pushed on for the winner.“However it was tough like it always is here. It’s always been tight. We took the lead and our changes made us more lively, but our opponents grew.“They have quality and they’re a team who should be higher in the table. We weren’t surprised by what happened, they’re a difficult team to face and this is a complicated place to play.“I brought Thomas on to give us more dynamism as I thought he could combine better with Correa and Lemar.”
File photo- Pedestrians walk past a Punjab National Bank office in Mumbai, India February 21, 2018.REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiThe central government is planning to invite selected lenders for another round of merger in public sector banks (PSBs). The lenders that may be called for proposed round 2 of PSB merger include Punjab National Bank (PNB), Union Bank of India and Bank of India (BoI). If the finance ministry goes ahead with the plans, this would be the second merger this year after the centre merged Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank. Starting this financial year, both Vijaya and Dena were amalgamated with the Bank of Baroda.The Economic Times reported that the activity would take place in the second or third quarter of the current financial year. “We wouldn’t like to wait for too long,” said a finance ministry official. He further added that the government will amalgamate these banks through an alternate mechanism if the banks are not able to give options.”If the banks are not able to give options then the alternate mechanism (AM) group can make suggestions,” he added. Notably, the three banks that merged earlier — Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank — had done so through the alternate mechanism (AM). “It need not be a tripartite merger again. We will be looking at various combinations. It has to be organic, besides we will like some of these large banks to further consolidate their balance sheets in the first two quarters,” he went on to add. The logo of Union Bank of India is pictured on the wall of its branch in Kolkata, India, .Reuters fileHowever, there were also some counter-voices in the finance ministry against the proposed merger. It was argued that the timing is not perfect for the publicly owned banks. One of the other officials said: “Bank of India has just come out of the Reserve Bank of India’s PCA (prompt corrective action) framework. Union Bank of India and Punjab National Bank are also in the early recovery stage.” It is to be noted that in February, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) slapped PCA framework on Bank of India, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Bank of Maharashtra for not complying with the banking norms. PCA framework meant the imposed lending restrictions on financially weak banks.Fear of job lossesThe General Secretary of the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) had earlier highlighted the fear of job loss due to the consolidation of banks merged on April 1. “Firstly, there is no evidence that the merger of banks would strengthen the banks or make it more efficient,” he said. “Post amalgamation of the State Bank of India (SBI), no miracle has happened and it has resulted in the closure of branches, increase in bad loans, a reduction of staff and a reduction in business. For the first time in 200 years, SBI has gone into the loss,” he added.
Both the English clubs are going to fight it out for the Champions League.ReutersLiverpool FC is going to battle it out against English rivals Tottenham Hotspurs in the 2019 Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. This is the first instance of an all English Champions League Final since 2008 when Manchester United beat Chelsea in a penalty shootout after both teams could not break the deadlock in regular time.Both teams have had ups and downs throughout the tournament. The Reds made a memorable comeback from being 3-0 down against Barcelona to qualify with a 4-3 lead after winning the second leg at Anfield whereas the Lilywhites won due to a higher number of away goals against Ajax. When and where to watchThe Final begins at 9 PM local time and 12:30 AM (Thursday) IST. Viewers can catch the action live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. For online viewers, Sony LIV will be the platform for live streaming.Preview Liverpool is looking forward to win the Champions League for the sixth time with their charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp at the helm. After losing to Real Madrid in last year’s edition, the Anfield-based side is waiting to taste victory at European level for the first time since 2005. They also lost the English Premier League title to Manchester City despite losing only one game in the entire season.The Red’s road to Madrid was not at all smooth. They had a rollercoaster journey this year. They were placed in a tough group along with teams like PSG and Napoli. Liverpool finished second in the group to meet Bayern Munich in the Round of 16, whom they beat 3-1 on aggregate score. Liverpool looking forward to end their European Cup droughtReutersTheir biggest challenge came against Barcelona FC in the semi-finals. The Lionel Messi-led side was in sublime form with the captain leading the way. After losing 3-0 at Camp Nou, the Reds made a near-impossible comeback in the second leg at home. They beat the Blaugrana 4-0 to march into the Finals. Klopp now has a full squad to pick from with Roberto Firminho back in the frame after he was confirmed fit.On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur was placed in a much more difficult group than Liverpool along with Barcelona and Inter Milan. After the Lilywhites did not buy any new faces from the transfer window everybody thought they will exit the tournament in the group stage itself. But they proved all wrong and after facing many ups and downs throughout the season, the Mauricio Pochettino managed side made it to the Finals. Pochettino will hope that Kane will be fit for the match.On their way to the last hurdle before the trophy, they beat Manchester City in the quarterfinals 4-3 on aggregate score. The second fixture had a controversial VAR decision which helped Spurs greatly in going through to the semis.In the last-4 stage, they defeated a totally rejuvenated Ajax side on the basis of more away goals to set up a date with Liverpool. The situation of the squad is much better at this moment with Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Winks and Davinson Sanchez back in training.Liverpool have defeated Tottenham in this season’s Premier League twice, so they are the favourites. But it does not mean that Spurs will let them win easily. The Lilywhites will give their best to win the most coveted trophy in pan-European football.
HD Kumaraswamy slept on the floor during his stay in Chandraki village.TwitterKarnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s Grama Vaastavya (village stay) programme witnessed ugly scenes after he lashed out at the villagers at Raichur district as they questioned him on unemployment. The incident took place near Karegudda village of Manvi taluk on on Wednesday, when the workers from Yermarus Thermal Power Station protested in front of the KSRTC bus in which CM Kumaraswamy was travelling.#WATCH Raichur: Workers from Yermarus Thermal Power Station protested before the bus of Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy over wages and other issues & raised slogans of ‘Shame! Shame!’, while he was on his way to Karegudda for his ‘village stay prog’. The CM got angry on protesters. pic.twitter.com/FK3OI4limx— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019The protesters raised concerns over wages, unemployment and other issues to the CM. The angry protesters raised slogans against HDK which made him lose his cool. “When you have problems you come to me but when it is time to vote you vote for Modi,” an angry Kumaraswamy told the protestors.HDK also threatened to lathi charge the villagers for questioning him. He believes that the village stay programme will help the Janata Dal (Secular) have a better future by paving its way to the villagers’ hearts.
People belonging to Rohingya Muslim community sit outside their makeshift houses on the outskirts of Jammu. Reuters File PhotoIndia is in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar about its plan to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims it says are living in the country illegally, a government spokesman said on Friday, with state governments told to form task forces for the purpose.Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh since the early 1990s, with some of them then crossing over a porous border into Hindu-majority India.New Delhi says only around 14,000 of the Rohingya living in India are registered with the UN refugee agency, making the rest illegal and liable to be sent back. India is not a signatory to UN conventions on refugees and no national law covers it.“These things are being discussed at diplomatic level with both Bangladesh and Myanmar,” Interior Ministry spokesman K.S. Dhatwalia said.“More clarity will emerge at an appropriate time.”Junior Interior Minister Kiren Rijiju told parliament on Wednesday the federal government had directed state governments to “constitute task forces at district levels to identify and deport the illegally staying foreign nationals”.Rijiju was in Myanmar recently to attend an event, although it was not clear if he discussed the Rohingya issue.Officials in Myanmar could not be contacted immediately for comment.Amnesty International has said deporting and abandoning the Rohingya would be “unconscionable”. The Indian office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said it was “trying to find the facts” about New Delhi’s plans to deport them.Rohingya are generally reviled in India, where its 1.3 billion people are fighting for resources and job opportunities. Nationalist, anti-Islamic sentiments have also fuelled hatred towards them.More than 75,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since 9 October after an insurgent group called Harakah al-Yaqin attacked Myanmar border police posts, prompting a huge security crackdown in which troops have been accused of murder and rape of Rohingya civilians.A senior government official in Bangladesh, which has complained of being burdened by the heavy flow of refugees, said New Delhi was helping it solve the crisis.The Rohingya in India live mainly in Jammu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi in the north, Hyderabad in the south, and Rajasthan in the west.The Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, drew widespread condemnation in April when it threatened to launch an “identify and kill movement” if the government did not deport Rohingya settlers there.
Prothom Alo IllustrationPolice recovered the decomposed body of a schoolgirl in Chattogram’s Hathazari on Sunday night, two days after she went missing, reports UNB.The deceased was Tasnim Sultana Tuhin, 13, daughter of Abu Tayeb of Shahjalal Para, and a Class-VIII student of Hathazari Girls’ High School and College.Meanwhile, police arrested Shahnewaz Munna, 28, son of Shahjahan Siraj, a resident of the same building where Tasnim’s family lives, in connection with the murder, said Belal Uddin Jahangir, officer-in-charge of Hathazari police station.Tuhin’s elder brother said his sister went missing while she was going up the first floor of the building to her home tutor from their ground floor flat.Later, family members filed a general diary (GD) with Hathazari model police station.On suspicion, police detained Munna and interrogated him several times. As they failed to collect any information from Munna, they later released him.The suspicion grew further as police came to know that Munna’s parents were not there in their flat on Friday. Later, police interrogated Munna’s parents, but they did not give any information.As bad smell started spreading around from Munna’s house at night, locals informed the police.Later, police recovered the body from his flat around 9:30pm.Police and victim’s family members suspected that Munna killed Tasnim after having failed to rape her.Hearing the body recovery of the girl, hundreds of people gathered in front of the building and staged a demonstration there demanding punishment of Tasnim’s killer.
A sign on an insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, California, U.S., 26 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersA federal judge in Texas has ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional — a ruling that opposition Democrats quickly vowed to appeal.US district judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling came on the eve of the Saturday deadline to sign up for 2019 coverage in the federal health care program, known officially as the Affordable Care Act.The White House said it expects the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court. “Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place,” it said in a statement.At the US Supreme Court, five justices in the nine-judge court who voted to uphold Obamacare in a separate case in 2012 are still on the bench.Conservative Republicans have long opposed President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare plan which he signed into law in 2010.President Donald Trump made abolishing the program one of his main campaign pledges.The Texas-based judge said that the full Obamacare program was unconstitutional because in last year’s tax overhaul, Congress eliminated a penalty for people who failed to sign up for the program if they did not already have their own health insurance.The 2012 case was over whether such a penalty was legal — but now that it is gone, O’Connor says the whole Affordable Care Act should be stricken down because that provision is “the keystone” of the program.President Trump lost no time in tweeting his delight at the court’s ruling on a complaint brought by several Republican attorneys general and two Republican governors.”Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!” Trump wrote on twitter.”As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!” he said.Trump urged Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic House of Representatives speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi to “pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare.”- ‘Monstrous endgame’ -Angry Democrats vowed to fight back as they blamed Republicans for what they see as a debacle that will leave millions of Americans without healthcare.Polls consistently show that the ACA coverage guarantee regardless of pre-existing health conditions has strong popular support — an issue the Democrats used with great success in the recent November midterm elections in which they won control of the House of Representatives.O’Connor’s late Friday ruling “exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans’ all-out assault on people with pre-existing conditions and Americans’ access to affordable healthcare,” Pelosi said in a statement.While the court’s “absurd ruling will be immediately appealed, Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision,” she said.She vowed that when Democrats take over the House of Representatives in January, lawmakers “will move swiftly to formally intervene in the appeals process” to uphold Obamacare.Opposing the Republican lawsuit were 17 Democratic attorneys general led by Xavier Becerra of California.They argue that the tax law changes do not mean that the whole Affordable Care Act becomes unconstitutional.The Texas ruling “is an assault on 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions” and on “the 20 million Americans who rely on the A.C.A.’s consumer protections for healthcare,” Becerra said in a statement.”Our fight to save Obamacare is far from over. We will continue to fight these efforts to take Americans’ healthcare away,” he tweeted.West Virgina Democratic senator Joe Manchin, a state where Trump is popular and whose conservative attorney general is one of the lawsuit plaintiffs, issued a statement attacking the ruling as “misguided and inhumane.”
Pakistan said on Saturday it had cancelled a bus linking Lahore with India’s capital New Delhi, the last remaining public transport link between the neighbours divided by a dispute over the Kashmir region.Islamabad reacted with fury this week after India revoked the special status for the portion of Kashmir that it controls, calling the action illegal, a claim New Delhi denies.Pakistan has already cut two rail links, suspended bilateral trade and expelled India’s ambassador, all part of what it called a diplomatic effort to protest against the decision.Arshad Ali, tourism officer at Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation that runs the Pakistan leg of the journey, told Reuters the government had issued directives that meant the bus, that departs Lahore six days a week at 0600 local time, was suspended from Saturday onwards.”The operation will remain suspended till further decision,” he said.Delhi Transport Corporation, that runs the service in the other direction, did not respond to requests for comment.The service, known as the “friendship bus”, has long been seen as a symbolic link between the two countries. Launched in 1999, it has run almost continuously since, including throughout the last crisis between the two countries in February.Travellers wanting to cross the border can still do so on foot at the sole remaining open border post at Wagah, a process that often takes several hours due to stringent security checks by both sides.Fewer than 200 people a day now cross the border in the two directions, Indian and Pakistani officials at Wagah told Reuters. One official said it was unlikely the border would be closed despite the deterioration in relationships between the rivals.With no direct flights, the only other alternatives are costly and lengthy indirect routes, often via the Middle East.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Transition is not as fast as traditional small aircraft and does not have as great a range or cargo capacity (Transition can carry just 195 kg (430 lb), including passengers and fuel), but the less stringent requirements for flying light sport aircraft may make it attractive to people who would not normally consider training for a full pilot’s license. Training for a light sport aircraft license in the US requires only 20 logged hours in the air.The retail price of the Transition is expected to be $194,000 and Terrafugia expects the vehicle to be available by the end of 2011. The company has already received 70 orders. (PhysOrg.com) — The Federal Aviation Administration in the US has given approval to the Transition, a two-seater flying car developed over the last four years by Massachusetts Company, Terrafugia. Flying car takes wing: MIT alums’ invention makes its first test flights (w/Video) On the road, with its wings folded, the Transition is driven by a conventional front-wheel drive, and can fit in a regular sized garage. When it is ready to take to the air via an airport, airstrip, or suitable flat land, the wings are folded out and the rear-facing propeller engaged to enable the vehicle to take off. It needs a runway of just over 500 meters (one third of a mile).Federal approval of the vehicle was delayed because its weight of 600 kg (1,430 lb) was over the limit for a light sport aircraft (LSA), but the Transition has now been granted a special exemption to allow it to fly legally. The additional 50 kg in weight allows the vehicle to include safety equipment needed to meet federal motor vehicle standards in addition to aviation standards. The vehicle has better crash survivability than a normal light sport aircraft because of the safety features such as the safety cage and crush zones required for driving on the roads, but it is also safer because if the weather turns bad the plane can land and drive home instead of flying through unsafe conditions. Citation: Flying car should be available next year (w/ Video) (2010, June 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-car-year-video.html The flying car, or “roadable aircraft” as the company calls it, was designed by a team of engineers trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It can drive like a car at normal highway speeds but can also unfold its wings and fly.The vehicle runs on normal unleaded gasoline and has a cruising speed in the air of around 185 kph (115 mph). Its flying range is 740 kilometers (460 miles). When driven like a car with its wings folded the fuel consumption is around 7.85 liters per 100 km (30 mpg). The use of normal fuel instead of a reliance on aviation fuel will make the Transition the most environmentally friendly plane in the air. The vehicle will have features of regular road vehicles, such as crumple zones and airbags. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: www.terrafugia.com/aircraft.html Explore further
Journal information: Physical Review Letters Two-year-old children understand complex grammar © 2019 Science X Network Explore further Illustrative derivation trees for (a) simple English sentence, and (b) RNA secondary structure (after ). The latter is a derivation of the sequence ‘gacuaagcugaguc’ and shows its folded structure. Terminal symbols are encircled. Credit: arXiv:1809.01201 [cond-mat.dis-nn] More information: E. DeGiuli. Random Language Model, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.128301 , On Arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.01201 Citation: Physicist applies statistical mechanics theories to explain how children learn a language (2019, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-physicist-statistical-mechanics-theories-children.html Most parents notice that children learn a language in a standard sort of way—they pick up words as labels for things and then one day, start assembling words they have learned into sentences. Linguists have noticed that the changeover from speaking words to speaking sentences is usually quite abrupt, making many in the brain science field wonder what actually happens. In this new effort, DeGiuli proposes a theory to explain the process and uses physics theories to do it.DeGiuli starts out by suggesting that a context-free grammar (CFG), which covers most human languages, can be viewed as a physical object, conceiving it in a more physical way, such as must be the case inside the heads of people who are able to speak a language. He further proposes that a CFG can be modeled like a physical tree (not just a virtual one such as those typically used to describe CFGs)—with surfaces representing sentences that include all the words a person knows, whether they make sense or not. He then suggests that as a child hears new words and processes them, they begin to build grammar rules in their brain, some of which are deeper than others. The deepness of the rules is assigned as the brain assigns weights to different rules—those with more weight are deemed more likely to lead to sentences that make sense. It is at this point that DeGiuli introduces statistical mechanics theories into his proposal to explain how the weighting process works. He believes it is possible that the brain uses two major factors to decide how to prune branches in the grammar tree: how much a given weighting results in depth assignments within a tree, and how much they do so to arrive at surface-level assignments. In the end, he notes, it would be the sparseness of the tree that defines the level of usability of the tree to form sentences. When it reaches a certain point, the tree suddenly becomes usable and the child begins spouting complete sentences at his or her parents. Eric DeGiuli, a physicist at École Normale Supérieure, has proposed that a human language grammar can be viewed as if it were a physical object, allowing theories such as those in statistical mechanics to explain how a child learns a language. In his paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, he describes his ideas and his hopes that they might one day be associated with neurological evidence. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
This year, a unique festival will mark the beginning of summer for Delhi. Coming to the city at the end of April is ‘Delhi Theatre Festival’, a unique 2-day event with back-to-back plays from the best in the country, at the Siri Fort Auditorium. This April 29 and 30, New Delhi will play host to some of the best plays India has seen in recent times.The two-day festival has plays featuring some of the biggest names in theatre, with Naseeruddin Shah, Rajit Kapur, Deepti Naval, Saurabh Shukla among others. The festival will bring 3 plays in Hindi and English, with diverse themes and a stunning cast. Naseeruddin Shah and Rajit Kapur’s “A Walk in the Woods”, “Ek Mulaqaat” featuring Shekhar Suman and Deepti Naval, and “Barff” with Saurabh Shukla in the lead and as director. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe festival will host panel discussions, theatre workshops and other exciting activities apart from the plays, making this a unique festivalThe initiative is in its debut year and is a brainchild of Alchemist marketing and talent solutions. The company is known for its annual production of Anoushka Shankar’s concerts, as well as for organising shows and live entertainment not just in India, but abroad. Says Manish Porwal, Managing Director of Alchemist, “Despite a highly discerning audience of theatre-goers, Delhi lacks enough options in the cultural and live entertainment sphere that cities like Mumbai and Bengaluru enjoy. We are very proud to have established a platform where theatre will thrive and envision the annual ‘Delhi Theatre Festival’ to be the breeding ground for theatre in India. This year’s chapter is the first of what is set to be the largest property in the theatre calendar in the coming years, attracting Indian and international audiences”
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Tags: Hawaii, Westin Hotels & Resorts Here’s your first look at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, coming May 2018 Share Posted by Travelweek Group HAWAII ISLAND — Renovations are well underway at the soon-to-debut The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, with the very first images of the property having just been released.The US$46 million renovation will include upgraded guestrooms, an entirely new adults pool and new dining venues, all of which will debut in May 2018. During its transformation, the property will remain open as the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.Upon completion, The Westin Beach Hapuna Resort will be the only Westin on the Big Island.King RoomSuiteSuite bathroomSuiteThe resort in its current form as Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel has the following currently available for guests:Redesigned guestrooms and suites (140 of 232 rooms, inclusive of suites); Hapuna’s guestrooms are among the largest on the Kohala CoastA new adults-only pooloffering a serene poolside experience overlooking the award-winning Hapuna BeachAdult Pool and SpaAdult Pool and SpaFour new dining concepts: Meridia, a Mediterranean inspired restaurant; Naupaka Beach Grill, an innovative casual restaurant featuring an extensive list of local brews on tap;‘Ikena Landing, an open-air breakfast venue with a buffet and a la carte options; and Piko Coffee+Bar, a barista bar serving 100% Kona Coffee and fresh grab ‘n go selectionsSophisticated lobby experience that includes a new Living Wall vertical gardenand interactive check-in pods << Previous PostNext Post >>
March 15, 2004 There are 74 peach trees in the peach orchard next to the camp greenhouse. Pruning these trees is one of the major tasks in the early spring for the agriculture and land-use department. [Photo & Text: Ayano Atsumi] Agriculture crewmembers, Ryan Laska and Sara Kurzhals, prune peach trees in the orchard. [Photo & Text: Ayano Atsumi] One of the apple trees, brought from a local abandoned orchard and transplanted in camp this winter, is starting to bloom (left). The Williams pear branches grafted onto a wild pear tree are growing well and have been pruned. It might bear fruit this summer (right). [Photo & Text: Ayano Atsumi]
Vivendi has confirmed that it has been approached by Numericable majority owner Patrick Drahi’s investment vehicle Altice “regarding a potential alliance” between its telecom subsidiary SFR and cable operator Numericable, in which Drahi holds a controlling interest.However, Vivendi said it “has not received any formal offer” and that its supervisory board “will announce a decision, if necessary, as and when appropriate”.The clarification comes after French financial daily Les Echos reported that the media and telecoms group had struck an agreement in principle to sell a majority stake in SFR to Numericable and would likely pull its plan to float the operator on the stock exchange.According to the paper, Vivendi’s supervisory council has give a green light to SFR CEO Jean-Yves Charlier to begin detailed negotiations with Numericable based on this agreement.According to Les Echos, Vivendi chairman Jean-René Fourtou and Drahi met last week, kicking off the latest round of talks. Under the deal under discussion, Altice would hold a 50% stake in a new combined entity, with Vivendi holding 32%.The paper said the deal is likely to value SFR at about €15 billion. This includes about €8 billion in debt, about four times gross operating profit. Potential synergies from a deal are estimated at around €6 billion, in particular thanks to the possibility of SFR using Numericable’s network rather than leasing capacity from Orange, as it currently does. In addition the pair could pool their resources in investing in fibre, as well as making savings in maintenance and interconnection costs.The latest news follows Altice and Numericable’s successful separate introductions on the stock exchange, giving Drahi additional financial leverage in negotiations.