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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ford Forza Triathlon team. Photo by Mark GiongcoStars will be converging in Cebu this weekend, not just to grace the event, but also partake in the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines.Celebrity triathletes Matteo Guidicelli, Paul Jake Castillo, Bubbles Paraiso, Dyan Castillejo and Kim Atienza will all be participating in the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run event.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Joining the men’s fray are Regent 5150 Subic winner Sam Betten, Tim Van Berkel, David Mainwaring, Alexander Polizzi and Luke Bell of Australia, Mauricio Mendez of Mexico, Brent McMahon of Canada, Kiwis Cameron Brown, Braden Currie, Eddie Rawles and Callum Millward of New Zealand, Americans Brad Williams and Iain Alexandridis, Czech Jakub Langhammer, Johan Stofberg of South Africa, Italian Jonathan Ciavatella, and Eric Watson of Bahrain.Meanwhile, the women’s race is emerging to be a crowded one, with Jacqueline Thisleton, Alise Selsmark, Kirra Seidel, Monica Juhart and Kerry Mulholland, Hungarian Anna Eberhardt, New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson and Filipina bet Kim Kilgroe all out to claim the tiara.The weekend is going to be an action-packed one, with the staging of the IronGirl, a 5km fun run for females 12 years old and above, scheduled on Friday and the Alaska IronKids on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Other stars like Piolo Pascual (bike), Gerald Anderson (bike), Jake Cuenca (bike), Enchong Dee (swim), Gretchen Fullido (swim), and Kim Chiu (run) will be engaging in individual legs as part of their relay teams.The celebrities, who took the time out of their hectic schedules and become ambassadors for healthy lifestyle, are just part of more than 2,600 triathletes from a record 51 countries who applied and will race on Sunday which will start and end at Shangrila-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.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 starsTim Reed and Dimity-Lee Duke, both from Australia, lead the elite pro side which are out for the top purse of $5,000 each in the men’s and women’s divisions.Reed clocked 3:51:46 to win the Cebu tilt last year. Blackwater not in a rush to find new import National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games
Pakistan’s new head coach Mickey Arthur says he has grown from his turbulent experience in charge of Australia that was marred by ‘homeworkgate’ in 2013.Arthur was last Friday appointed coach of a team that has built a reputation for being notoriously difficult for mentors but has nonetheless risen to No.3 in the Test rankings.The South African dropped vice-captain Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Usman Khawaja from the third Test in Mohali for not completing a task, where they were asked to list three items on ways to improve after the side’s comprehensive defeat in the second Test.Post homeworkgate Arthur was fired after the series that Australia lost 0-4. He acknowledged his time with the Australia national team didn’t run smoothly, but the South African said he has benefited from lessons learned.”I hate the word ‘homeworkgate’. And I hate that whole issue. But at the end of the day, would I have done it again? Maybe, maybe not. I’m not sure. But I certainly learnt a massive amount out of the whole experience,” Arthur was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Tuesday.”There are things I would have done differently but they’re not for open discussion,” the 47-year-old added.”The principles I had in South Africa I tried to introduce in Australia and maybe I needed to be a bit more flexible and really judge the temperature a bit better, and a willingness to change. That makes me a better coach now.”Arthur was criticised by several high-profile Australian players, including wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, following his tenure.advertisementDarren Lehmann took over from Arthur following the disastrous ‘homeworkgate’ tour of India in 2013, and the former Australia player immediately struck up a strong working relationship with then captain Michael Clarke.Challenge for Arthur Arthur said he believed Pakistan’s bowling group is the equal of any in Test cricket. He added that he has “unfinished business” with Australia and is relishing the opportunity of a three-Test series, including a day-night fixture at the Gabba later this year.”The work that Darren and his staff have done with the players has been very, very good. It’s been outstanding. You do feel a little bit like you were on the right track in terms of player identification but who knows?”I’m just looking forward to playing against them at the end of the year. It’ll be a great summer. Hopefully we can get (the Pakistan players) up to speed – they can certainly test Australia in all departments,” he added.
Puduchery, May 29 (PTI) Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi today assumed charge as the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.Senior judge of the Madras High Court Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh administered the oath of office and secrecy to 66-year-old Bedi at Raj Nivas. Bedi is the fourth woman Lt Governor of the Union Territory, a post which was under the additional charge of Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island for nearly two years. Chief Secretary to Puducherry government Manoj Parida earlier read out the her warrant of appointment issued by President Pranab Mukherjee. Chief Minister designate V Narayanasamy, former Chief Ministers N Rangasamy, R V Janakiraman and M D R Ramachandran, PCC president A Namassivayam, elected legislators, Member of Lok Sabha Radhakrishnan, N Gokulakrishnan (Rajya Sabha), French Consul General Philippe Janvier Kamiyama and former Ministers were among those who witnessed the ceremony. The LGs post in the Union territory had been lying vacant after the Narendra Modi Government removed UPA nominee Virendra Kataria on July 12 barely a year after he had been appointed. Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island Lt Gen Ajay Singh had been given additional charge of Puducherry. Born on June 9, 1949, Bedi, the countrys first woman IPS officer, had led the BJP campaign in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections but had to face the worst defeat in her maiden political innings with Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP winning 67 of the 70 seats.An IPS officer of 1972 batch, Bedi had sought voluntary retirement from the service in 2007. She was then posted as Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development.advertisementA sports lover and an author, Bedi is a recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award as well as UN Medal for outstanding service. She was one of the pioneers of anti-corruption movement in 2011 along with Anna Hazare and Kejriwal.Chandrawathi was the first woman Lt Governor and she held office for a short period from February to December 1990.The next woman LG was Rajendra Kumari Bajpai who held the office from 1995 to 1998 and she was followed by Rajani Rai from 1998 to 2002. PTI CORR RC RT
New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The Supreme Court today dismissed the plea of the Tamil Nadu government seeking review of the 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for jallikattu events in the state and bullock-cart races across the country.A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R F Nariman rejected the state governments review petition, filed in 2014 through its Chief Secretary, saying that it was illegal and unconstitutional as the taming of bulls for such an event amounted to “cruelty”.Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for the state, submitted during the hearing that the jallikattu is not cruel as a whole, and instances of animal torture are isolated cases.The apex court had on January 21 dismissed similar pleas for re-examination of the 2014 judgement.A bench of Justices Gopala Gowda and P C Ghose, during in -chamber proceedings, had dismissed the review petitions filed by some residents of Tamil Nadu seeking reconsideration of the ban order on the controversial bull-taming sport.On January 8, the Centre had issued a notification lifting the ban on jallikattu in Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions, which was challenged in the apex court by Animal Welfare Board of India, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, a Bangalore-based NGO and others.The apex court had stayed the notification.Jallikattu, also known Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of the Pongal harvest festival.The court in its 2014 judgement had said that bulls cannot be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu events or bullock-cart races in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country and banned their use across the country.advertisementThe apex court had declared Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act, 2009 as constitutionally void, being violative or Article 254(1) of the Constitution. PTI ABA SJK RKS SC
Sony has unveiled its new 2019 lineup of Xperia smartphones at the MWC 2019. The new Xperia range focuses on offering a bigger display with a taller aspect ratio of 21:9. The 2019 Xperia range brings three new models – Xperia 1, Xperia 10 series and Xperia L3. Similar to what the leaks suggested, the Xperia 1 is the successor to the Xperia XZ3 Premium while the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus are midrange offerings with the new display. The Xperia L3 is the most affordable offering of the lot with entry-level specifications.Sony hasn’t unveiled the pricing for the new Xperia smartphones. The brand has also not announced the availability of the Xperia 1 so far. However, Sony says that the Xperia 10 and Xperia L3 will be on sale across select markets from February 25.Xperia 1 specificationsThe Xperia 1 is the successor to the flagship Xperia XZ3 Premium from last year. The Xperia 1 offers a new ultra-wide display with an aspect ratio of 21:9. Sony calls it the CinemaWide display and uses the X1-style image processing used on Bravia TVs for accurate colour calibration. On the Xperia 1, the new display renders images at a resolution of 3840 x 1644 pixels (4K resolution) and supports HDR (BT.2020). This is an OLED panel, thereby making it the world’s first 4K OLED panel on a smartphone. The Xperia 1 also comes with Dolby Atmos on its stereo speaker setup. Sony says that Amazon and Netflix have content that can take advantage of the new 21:9 display as well as the Dolby Atmos audio.The Xperia 1 also debuts Sony’s first triple camera setup. All three cameras have a 12-megapixel sensor. The primary camera sports a 1/2.6-inch sensor with an F1.6 lens and gets OIS as well as EIS along with Dual Pixel autofocus. The second camera is a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom while the third unit comes with 16mm ultrawide camera. The camera can track the subjects’ eyes and re-focus on them if the subject comes back after leaving the frame.advertisementAs for the chipset, the Xperia 1 is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset and comes with 6GB RAM as standard. Users can choose between 64GB and 128GB storage options, with 512GB expandable storage. The phone runs on Android 9 Pie and comes with several software features to enhance gaming as well as multitasking. The phone runs on a 3330mAh battery. The Xperia 1 is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 on both front and rear. Sony hasn’t announced the prices for the Xperia 1 yet.Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus specificationsThe Xperia 10 series brings the flagship features of the Xperia 1 at an affordable price. And of course, that means these phones compromise on some features. The Xperia 10 series features the 21:9 wide display but instead of using an OLED panel, Sony is using an LCD panel to keep the costs low. The Xperia 10 gets a 6-inch display with full HD+ panel while the Xperia 10 Plus gets a 6.5-inch display with a full HD+ screen. The Xperia 10 has no chin and slim bezels to the sides but a huge forehead that houses all the sensors and the earpiece.The Xperia 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 630 chipset with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Xperia 10 Plus gets an upgraded Snapdragon 636 chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Both models get expandable storage. For the cameras, the Xperia 10 Plus gets a 12-megapixel primary camera with the 1/2.8-inch sensor and an 8-megapixel secondary telephoto camera. The Xperia 10 Plus can shoot 4K videos with EIS for stability. The Xperia 10 gets a 13-megapixel primary rear camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor, but can still shoot 4K videos. Both the phones have an 8-megapixel selfie camera identical to the Xperia 1.When it comes to the battery, the Xperia 10 Plus gets a bigger 3000mAh battery while the Xperia 10 has to do with 2870mAh battery. They don’t support fast charging.Xperia L3 specifications The Xperia L3 is supposed to be an entry-level offering in 2019 lineup. The Xperia L3 comes with a 5.7-inchHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by a 12nm MediaTek Helio P22 chipset along with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The Xperia L3 runs on Android Oreo out-of-the-box. For the cameras, there’s a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for the rear while the selfie shooter is an 8-megapixel camera.ALSO READ | Xperia XZ1 review: The best Sony smartphone but that’s not enoughALSO READ | Sony set to make geeks drool with sleek Xperia 1, Xperia 10 at MWC 2019ALSO READ | Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus will get chin-less display, to get Snapdragon 660 chipset
Callum Hudson-Odoi has made the right decision to stay at Chelsea and turn down Bayern Munich, according to Shaun Wright-Phillips as the winger looks set to renew his contract in the coming weeks.The Blues are understood to have verbally agreed to a new five-year deal, worth up to £180,000 a week , with their 18-year-old talent, as lawyers look over the paperworkA signing date has yet to be agreed between the club and the player but the final arrangements are thought to now be a formality after Hudson-Odoi rejected long-standing interest from Bayern to commit his future to Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Wright-Phillips knows what it means to be sought after by two major clubs after moving from Manchester City to Chelsea in 2005.The former Blues winger is impressed with Hudson-Odoi’s early career and believes Eden Hazard’s £88 million ($107m) departure to Real Madrid means that the pathway is now open for him in west London.”For me, I thought he always had to stay,” Wright-Phillips told Goal at the finals of the #BetRegret Cup , part of the nation’s largest safer gambling campaign. “Especially with Hazard leaving. It has opened a pathway for him. He can become that person.”Maybe not to Hazard’s capability, but he has the potential to create a lot of problems for teams in the Premier League. He is an entertainer. He likes to take people on, create chances and score goals. I think, as a fan, when you are sitting there in the stadium you want to be on the edge of your seat.”He brings that X factor of what will he do next? So, I think he will be good for Chelsea. Sometimes, for me, age doesn’t matter if you have the maturity of a man, which is something he has. He has learned and the more games he has played in and around the first team, the more experience he gets.”I think he has grown into it really well. Now he just needs to keep his consistency level up to show what he is capable of. I love watching both (Ruben) Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi. I think they are going to have big seasons for Chelsea.”You have seen them do it at the end of last year and I think now they will do it on the big stage this year.”Chelsea are going to have to discover a way to be creative and score goals in the absence of Hazard after the Belgian superstar scored 21 goals and provided 18 assists last season, and Hudson-Odoi will be part of the formula to replace their departed playmaker.Christian Pulisic is the only major incoming of the summer in west London, as he was signed before FIFA’s transfer ban was implemented on the Blues. The £58m ($70m) signing from Borussia Dortmund has made an impact with two goals in pre-season and he is likely to start against Manchester United for his side’s first game of the 2019-20 season on Sunday.Wright-Phillips hopes that comparisons with Hazard do not put undue pressure on the USMNT international, but he is happy that his old club have attracted a player who he has watched for some time.”I like the way Pulisic plays,” he added. “I have kept an eye on him from when I was in the United States. I watched a lot of Dortmund. I like the way he plays; he drifts in and out of games. Nice touches, takes people on and he knows where the net is as well.”So, for Chelsea, they have two exciting wingers. They need to get them on the ball as much as possible. I don’t think you should compare either of them to Hazard. He was in a league of his own when he was there. I feel like they have just got to show the world what they are capable of.”Wright-Phillips was speaking from the final of the #BetRegret Cup, part of the UK’s largest safer gambling campaign . Teams from across the UK have been battling it out throughout the summer, which culminated at the national final at Powerleague Shoreditch on August 4. Bet Regret is that immediate sinking feeling you get when you place a bet you know you shouldn’t have, for example when you’re bored, drunk or chasing losses.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Running back Maurice Washington #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers stretches for an extra yards against defensive lineman Winston DeLattiboudere #46 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first half at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska’s football program has released a statement regarding the troubling report about running back Maurice Washington that surfaced earlier today. Washington is reportedly facing charges for revenge porn and child porn in California.NBC Bay Area is reporting that Washington, a California native, is facing those charges in his home state after allegedly sending an explicit video of a 15-year-old female victim teen being sexually assaulted.Washington himself is not believed to be part of the alleged assault – nor is he believed to have recorded the video – however he is accused of keeping and sending the video to the victim last spring. Washington and the victim reportedly dated while in high school.Washington, who dated the victim during his freshman year at The King’s Academy High School in Sunnyvale, is being charged under the “Revenge Porn” law because he’s accused of sending the video to inflict emotional damage on the victim. Because the victim was 15 when the video was recorded, he’s also being charged with distribution of child pornography, a felony.“I tried so hard to forget it, and then to have someone just throw it back in my face like that and taunt me with it was just so evil,” Taylor, the victim, told NBC Bay Area on the condition we not use her last name. “Maybe that’s the wrong word to use, but I felt like it was evil, like why would you ever want somebody to feel that pain that I felt that day?”Nebraska has released a statement regarding the report: Statement from Nebraska athletics regarding Maurice Washington. #huskers pic.twitter.com/iemHiB4Tqt— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) February 11, 2019Washington’s attorney, John C. Ball, also spoke to NBC:“Mr. Washington will continue to be fully cooperative with the authorities in this situation,” he said. “We are in contact with those authorities, and are in the process of making arrangements to move forward and resolve this matter. Mr. Washington has confidence in our justice system, and knows that he can rely on the fundamental constitutional rights of due process and the presumption of innocence.”Washington, a four-star recruit, averaged nearly 6 yards a carry for the Huskers during his freshman season.You can view NBC’s full report here.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, met with leaders in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and its agencies today (March 27) and reassured them of his commitment to support them with their various mandates.At the meeting, which was held at the Heroes Circle offices of the Ministry, Mr. Holness reiterated that Minister Karl Samuda would provide oversight of the Ministry, in light of the recent resignation of former Minister, Ruel Reid.“For the next few months, I will be spending some time with you, meeting with you one-on-one, meeting with the various agencies, just to ensure that the Ministry is functioning and properly mandated and missioned,” the Prime Minister said.He reminded the leaders that the national policies put in place at the Ministry have to be focused on, and can only remain successful if the human resource elements associated with the Ministry are effective.“A crucial element in the growth equation is the human resource element. There are some other elements that we have to pay attention to, and that includes violence. Education is strongly linked to behavior, and we’re seeing that violent behaviour in our society is at epidemic proportions,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister said as it relates to the socioemotional component of human development in Jamaica, which the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is often responsible for, quite a bit needs to be done on the socio-emotional element side of our education system.“We need to be producing persons who have a higher level of reasoning, analytic ability and emotional sensitivity, so a part of my interest is to try and turn the ship of the Ministry into that direction, to spend a little more time on the socio-emotional development of our population,” he added. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, met with leaders in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and its agencies today (March 27) and reassured them of his commitment to support them with their various mandates. Story Highlights “For the next few months, I will be spending some time with you, meeting with you one-on-one, meeting with the various agencies, just to ensure that the Ministry is functioning and properly mandated and missioned,” the Prime Minister said. At the meeting, which was held at the Heroes Circle offices of the Ministry, Mr. Holness reiterated that Minister Karl Samuda would provide oversight of the Ministry, in light of the recent resignation of former Minister, Ruel Reid.
A much-needed new clinic for Shelburne-area residents will soon enter the final stages of development. Government will contribute $1.65 million to renovate the old health clinic on the Roseway Hospital property. The new primary health-care collaborative centre will have a team of family physicians and other health professionals. The Municipality of Shelburne and the Town of Shelburne, along with the Roseway Hospital Charitable Foundation, will also contribute to the project. It will move into the final design phase, with construction expected to begin next spring. “The community played a key role in identifying the need for a modern primary health-care facility,” said Bob Legere, chair of the Roseway Hospital Charitable Foundation, today, Aug. 28. “Our foundation is pleased to join the Municipality and Town of Shelburne and the province in giving local people an opportunity to play a part in bringing this new health centre another step towards reality.” “The community was clear about their expectations for this facility, and the government listened and acted,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We are working to ensure Nova Scotians have access to the right care at the right place, at the right time.” Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine said the group effort made the new clinic and its approach possible. “Young doctors and health professionals are telling me they want to work in collaborative care clinics like this one,” said Mr. Glavine. “The community and governments worked hard to make this clinic a reality, and I’d like to thank everyone for their strong advocacy and support.” “This clinic will help us provide the types of care residents need early on, which will help them stay healthy and, in some cases, may help them avoid the emergency room,” said Janet Knox, CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. “It will also be a great recruitment tool as we work to attract more physicians, nurses and other health professionals to the Shelburne area.” The clinic will also include space for family medicine residents from Dalhousie University on residency placement in Shelburne. This project was announced in 2011 and was designed as a more traditional doctor’s office. It did not include space for health teams working together or residents who are part of the family medicine residency program. The province had originally committed $429,000 to the project, but as it evolved, more investments were needed for the design and scope.
CALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is cutting 1,000 wells from its 2019 drilling forecast due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.The industry group says it now expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in Canada this year, down from its November forecast of 6,600, and 19 percent behind the 2018 total of 6,948 wells drilled.In B.C. the number of wells remains unchanged at 382. PSAC CEO Gary Mar says a lack of market access continues to discourage investment in oil and gas exploration and production in Canada.“While we are excited about the final investment decision of LNG Canada for its Kitimat LNG project, development, and production activity to supply the natural gas for the facility is still years away”, continued Mar.He says Alberta’s decision to curtail oil production by 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 has added to uncertainty levels, leading to more delays on spending decisions by producers.He says his members are laying off workers and struggling to stay solvent with current active rig levels below 40 percent, down from over 50 percent at the same time last year.The forecast reduces the number of wells expected to be drilled in Alberta by about 580 to 2,950, and in Saskatchewan by about 450 to just under 2,000.
CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Wedneesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Sept. delivery rose 3 cents at $4.83 a bushel; Sept. corn was up .60 cent at $3.45 a bushel; Dec. oats gained 6 cents at $2.79 a bushel; while Sept. soybeans advanced 8.20 cents at 8.5360 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Oct. live cattle rose 3.24 cents at $0.9762 a pound; Sep. feeder cattle gained 3.24 cents at $1.3555 a pound; Oct. lean hogs was off .24 cent at .6028 a pound.The Associated Press
Survey: Growth at US services companies slowed in January WASHINGTON – A private survey says U.S. services companies grew in January at the slowest rate in nearly two years, as global economic challenges are showing some signs of spreading to consumers.The Institute for Supply Management said that its services index fell to 53.5 last month from 55.8 in December. The January figure was the lowest since February 2014, when it was 52.6. Still, any reading above 50 signals that services firms are expanding.“It’s a little bit of a cooling off,” said Anthony Nieves, chair of the ISM non-manufacturing business survey committee. But Nieves stressed, “As long as we’re staying above the 50 baseline, things are still going in the right direction.”The U.S. economy is off to a rocky start in 2016. Stocks have plunged. Manufacturing activity fell in January for the fourth consecutive month. U.S. growth economic growth slowed sharply in the final months of 2015. China, Japan, Europe and Brazil face more immediate financial challenges.Still, the U.S. services sector has been a source of stability amid the turmoil. The ISM index has been expanding for the past six years, its gains dovetailing with the recovery from the recession. An improving services sector has coincided with a healthy dose of hiring, as employers added 292,000 workers to their payrolls in December. The unemployment rate held at 5 per cent.Economists say the government jobs report for January to be released Friday should show another 200,000 jobs added.The majority of respondents to the survey for the services index were positive about business conditions. But they expressed concern about the global economy and turbulent stock market eroding consumer confidence.The services survey showed continued but slower growth for business activity, new orders and employment.Falling oil prices have hurt U.S. exports and factories, yet that has meant more breathing room for consumers, whose wages have barely budged. Gasoline costs have tumbled 13 per cent over the past year to a national average of $1.79 a gallon, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge.The troubled global economy walloped the United States in the October-December quarter of last year. Annual economic growth slowed to a rate of 0.7 per cent from 2 per cent in the prior quarter. Consumer spending, business investment and exports each decelerated as 2015 ended.Manufacturing remains the primary drag.The ISM’s index of factory activity inched up to 48.2 from a revised 48 in December, but any reading below 50 signals a contraction. The index has stayed below 50 since September.The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers. Its services survey covers businesses that employ the vast majority of workers, including retail, construction, health care and financial services companies. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2016 8:11 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Thursday, June 4, 2015, file photo, Jazmin Donati places a price label on baked goods for sale at Panther Coffee, in Miami. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for January. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
WHO 2019 Map of measles incidence rate per million in the WHO European Region, January—December 2018 (data as of 01 February 2019) This surge in measles cases last year coincided with more children than ever before receiving their full two-dose vaccination in 2017, showing an estimated 90 per cent immunization coverage – the highest since records began in 2000. Coverage with just the first dose of the vaccine also increased slightly to 95 per cent, the highest level since 2013.Forty-three European countries interrupted transmission of endemic measles for at least 12 months as of the end of 2017, showing that elimination of the disease is well within reach for the whole region.WHO explained that this seeming contradiction between the record numbers of those being protected, as well as contracting the disease, can be explained by the fact that vaccination rates nationally, are not matched by major immunization gaps at a regional and local level.“The picture for 2018 makes it clear that the current pace of progress in raising immunization rates will be insufficient to stop measles circulation,” said Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director of WHO’s Regional Office for Europe. “While data indicate exceptionally high immunization coverage at regional level, they also reflect a record number affected and killed by the disease”.“Progress in achieving high national coverage is commendable,” added Dr. Nedret Emiroglu, who heads the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases for WHO Europe. “However, it cannot make us blind to the people and places that are still being missed. It is here that we must now concentrate increased efforts. We should never become complacent about our successes but continue to strive to reach the final mile. Together we can make this happen,” he stressed.To prevent outbreaks and eliminate measles, WHO says countries need to sustain at least 95 per cent of national and sub-national immunization coverage with two doses of measles vaccine, as well as identify and target all pockets of under-immunization among their populations. This will ensure protection for everyone – including babies too young to be vaccinated and others who cannot be immunized due to existing diseases and medical conditions.WHO has developed a European Vaccine Action Plan for 2015 to 2020, which lays out a strategy endorsed by all the region’s 53 Member States to eliminate both measles and rubella. In 2018, measles killed 72 children and adults in the European Region, which consists of 53 countries, including Azerbaijan, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.Close to 82,600 people in 47 of those 53 countries contracted the virus, representing the highest number of annual cases in the past decade: three times the total reported in 2017, and 15 times the record low, reported in 2016.The biggest hotspot by far, is Ukraine with 53,218 reported cases in 2018, followed by Serbia with 5,076, Israel with 2,919, France with 2,913 and Italy with 2,517.
For just a while, it seemed like maybe, just maybe, we were headed for the unthinkable.The Houston Rockets opened up a 17-point edge after one period, couldn’t miss and led the Golden State Warriors by 10 going into half of Game 6 on Saturday night, a contest Golden State had to have to keep its season alive. Based on how the last two games had gone — with Houston coming out on the winning end of two close games — it would have been fair to think that this might be it for the Warriors. Even without injured star point guard Chris Paul, Houston came out of the gate scorching, hitting 8-of-12 from distance in the opening quarter while the Warriors connected on just 1-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.But then Klay Thompson happened, and the Oracle Arena crowd came to life. Thompson and Stephen Curry caught fire and helped Golden State land yet another patented third-period haymaker — one that would daze the Rockets more than in Game 4 — en route to outscoring Houston by a ledger of 93 to 47 from the end of the first quarter to the end of the contest. And we found ourselves with a Western Conference finals series knotted at three games apiece instead.Thompson’s second-half outburst — reminiscent of his landscape-changing Game 6 showing against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West finals two years ago — lifted the Warriors to a 115-86 victory Saturday, giving the league two Game 7s this holiday weekend.And while it’s easy enough to say that the Warriors simply shot better Saturday, there was a bit more to it than just that.For starters, Golden State, in an effort to force the Rockets into defensive catch-22s, has begun leaning considerably on pick-and-pop sets in which Thompson comes over to set a screen for either Curry or Durant. In fact, that play — which the Warriors ran seven times in Saturday’s win alone — has generated far more points in these six games (42) than it did during the entire 82-game regular season that just passed, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats. All told, Golden State has had Thompson screen for either Curry or Durant in a pick-and-pop scenario 7.4 times per 100 possessions against Houston this postseason, up from less than once every 100 plays during the regular season.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/klayscreens.mp400:0000:0001:43Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Utilizing this play more than a handful of times presents a significant shift in two key ways. First off, the Warriors — with their against-the-grain style — don’t really run all that many pick-and-roll sets to begin with, instead orchestrating a beautiful, yet chaotic web of off-ball screens that works to free up the team’s historic stable of sharpshooters. Beyond that, even when Golden State does use more traditional screen-and-roll sets, it usually does so with Draymond Green, who makes use of all the attention shown to Curry to operate with downhill, 4-on-3 advantages.Being able to go to that play — and averaging 1.45 points per time they use it — has helped unclog what, at times, has become a stagnant offense during this series. Back during Game 5, a miked-up Steve Kerr was shown imploring Durant to move the ball earlier and more often to stop the switchy Houston defense from clamping down. The two-man game with Thompson helps facilitate that, as it forces defenders to either seal off Durant or Curry’s driving path, or to fan out toward Thompson — who has by far the NBA’s quickest jumpshot release — at the arc.Beyond Thompson’s breakout showing for 35 points, a couple of other things stood out. Among them: Houston’s 21 turnovers. The turnovers might merely be a problematic one-game blip, but they may be cause for concern in light of likely NBA MVP James Harden — who ran out of gas down the stretch of the Rockets’ playoff run in 2017 — being asked to carry the load again. If Paul can’t play through his hamstring injury in Game 7, Harden will need a ton of support to close the series out.It’s unclear whether he can expect any of that help to come from officials. Harden, the NBA’s perennial leader in free-throw attempts, didn’t get to the line at all after halftime despite some plays that looked as if they’d draw a whistle because of the apparent contact that’d taken place. This sequence, with the Warriors up by 7 points with about 10 minutes to play, stood out in particular.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/nofoul.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But at this stage of the game, with Houston being this close to taking down the reigning champs, Harden and the Rockets seemingly have to know that no one is going to hand them anything.Instead, they’ll have to go in and take what they perceive to be their rightful place on the NBA throne. And that may very well take everything they have Monday night, especially now that Golden State appears to have found its groove on the offensive end of the floor.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
The Buckeyes take the field prior to the game against Rutgers in High Point Solutions Stadium on Sep. 30. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State moved up one spot to No. 10 in Week 6 of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, following Saturday night’s 56-0 road win at Rutgers.The Buckeyes are one of four Big Ten teams in the top 25, all of which are ranked in the top 10. Penn State remained at No. 4 after dispatching Indiana at home, 45-14. Wisconsin is slotted at No. 9 following a 33-24 home win against Northwestern. Michigan moved up to No. 7 coming off its bye week.Georgia replaced USC at No. 5 after the Trojans lost at then-No. 16 Washington State. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Oklahoma round out the top five.The Buckeyes play Maryland (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus 4 p.m on FOX.AP Top 25Alabama (44) Clemson (17) Oklahoma Penn State Georgia Washington Michigan TCU Wisconsin Ohio State Washington State Auburn Miami (FL) USC Oklahoma State Virginia Tech Louisville South Florida San Diego State Utah Notre Dame Florida West Virginia North Carolina State UCF
There are a lot more where these came from. If you’re longing for more pointless pairs of properties, check out Just Two Things on Tumblr for more updates. You can also follow the Just Two Things Twitter bot as it mechanically combines names into new mash-ups just waiting to be exploited. Breaking Bad plus Superman? Breaking Man. Harry Potter plus Kill La Kill? Harry Kill.Are you as sick of vapid pop culture pandering as I am? Would you be caught dead in any of these shirts? Let us know in the comments! We did it. We’ve finally won the war against culture. It wasn’t easy. It took decades of nerds being ostracized due to their offbeat interests, only for those same interests to get co-opted by massive corporations, until suddenly the very air we breathe is now full of Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and the franchises not owned by Disney.Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy some geeky movies, TV shows, video games, and whatever else. I’m a Senior Editor at Geek.com for crying out loud. But the current omnipresence of nerd culture isn’t always pretty.No, I’m not talking about the legitimately horrific harassment that infests the internet. That’s a whole other issue. I’m talking about good old-fashioned pandering. These days if you can open up Photoshop, stick Doctor Who and a Banksy photo in a blender, and slap it on a hat, you can make some real money from less-than-frugal dorks. Everyone is guilty of this, from the soulless profiteers at TeeFury to the earnest fan artist with the insufferable DeviantArt or Etsy page.In this agonizing new age of meaningless mash-ups, the heroic Tumblr blog Just Two Things has taken up the task of chronicling the worst of the worst. And we’ve collected a sample of their findings. Below you’ll see 11 examples (or 22 things) of artless juxtapositions for money or nerd cred or something.All your favorites, from Deadpool to Pokemon to Firefly, are ruthlessly strip-mined of value. Each slide has a link to the source Tumblr post, where you can read more snarky commentary from the curators tracking our declining culture. In the captions I’ll also be providing some creative writing thought experiments on what kind of movie or TV show or game these mash-ups would be if they actually existed. Angry Mutant Ninja Birds is a mobile beat ’em up where players fling themselves at an army of green Bebops.Source<><>
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Chechen immigrant was shot to death by authorities while being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing case early Wednesday after he lunged at an FBI agent with a knife, officials said.Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, was gunned down at his home during a meeting with the agent and two Massachusetts state troopers, authorities said. The agent was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The FBI gave no details on why they were interested in Todashev. But acquaintances said Todashev knew one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, from mixed martial arts fighting in Boston. Public records also show Todashev lived in Watertown, Mass., just outside Boston, last year.Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police days after the April 15 bombings. His brother, Dzhokhar, survived and is charged with carrying out the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.Muslin Chapkhanov, a former roommate of Todashev’s in the Orlando suburb of Kissimmee, Fla., said Todashev knew the older Tsarnaev brother. “He was living in Boston and I think he trained with him,” Chapkhanov told The Associated Press.
News Watch Andie Case cover Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” amy-winehouse-youtube-star-andie-case-covers-rehab Email Twitter Facebook Amy Winehouse: YouTube star Andie Case covers “Rehab” See the Seattle-based singer/songwriter interpret the GRAMMY-winning hit, plus learn how the late Winehouse influenced herTim McPhateGRAMMYs Jul 20, 2017 – 5:24 pm GRAMMY.comAre you in the know on Andie Case’s soulful voice? If you are one her YouTube subscribers, chances are you’re already dialed in. But if not, you’re in for a rare treat.The Seattle-based singer/songwriter has put her own stripped-down stamp on Amy Winehouse’s GRAMMY-winning modern classic for the latest installment of The Recording Academy ReImagined series.Filmed at YouTube Space in Los Angeles, Case is backed by bandmates Adam Woolman (guitarist) and Kevin Past (drummer) for this exclusive cover performance. “I chose to sing ‘Rehab’ [for ReImagined] because when I first heard the song, it almost shocked me,” said Case. “It was so different from anything else … and it was so genuine. I grew up listening to a lot of classic music and [this song] brought that back, and I think that’s why I loved her so much.”With 1.1-plus million YouTube subscribers, Case has garnered an audience for her viral videos, which include original material such as “So Low,” drive-by sing-alongs to hits by Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo, and covers of songs by Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry, among others. In 2016 she left behind a job as a barista to focus on her music career full-time.Is Andie Case an artist to keep on the radar? Judging by this on-point take on “Rehab,” I’d say, “Yes, yes, yes.”More ReImagined: Watch Lindsey Stirling cover Green Day
Alarmed by a crisis over its flagship brand Maggi, Nestle has appointed Suresh Narayanan as its India MD in a major reshuffle, replacing Etienne Benet.However, the appointment is yet to receive an approval and Narayanan will take charge next month once it is done.”Narayanan will function as a designate. The proposal is subject to necessary approvals,” ET Now reported quoting, citing a statement from the company.Benet, the incumbent Nestle India MD, will move to the company’s headquarters in Switzerland.According to some reports, Nestle has appointed an Indian to head its operations in the country after a gap of 16 years.Narayanan joined the company in 1999 in India and later worked as head of sales for Nestle’s South Asia Region from 2005 to 2008. During this period, Narayanan led many structural and strategic changes in sales and customer management.Currently, he is the chairman and CEO of Nestle Philippines.Narayanan’s appointment comes at a time when the company suffers from huge losses due to a ban on Maggi noodles by the Indian authorities.On 5 June, India’s food safety regulator, Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), had ordered Nestle India to recall all available stock of Maggi noodles from the market after more-than-permissible levels of lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) were found to be present in samples of the noodles that were tested across laboratories by various states.”The way the matter played out was unfair to Nestle. The company wasn’t given a chance to prove themselves,” said Equinox Labs chief executive Ashwin Bhadri.Analysts see a 50% decline in volume growth of Nestle India’s ready-to-eat food products in 2015 as a result of ban of Maggi noodles, before recovering to 100% next year.Nestle had filed a case in the Bombay High Court challenging the ban imposed by FSSAI on Maggi.Recently, the court has allowed the company to export Maggi noodles, currently banned in several states in the country.