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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “The break is huge for us,” said Victolero, whose team practiced from Wednesday to Saturday.“The team is tired from our almost daily grind starting in the quarterfinals. It’s a good thing we got one win [over San Miguel] before the break.”The Hotshots battled back from 20 points down in Game 1 to prevail, 105-103, but the Beermen restored parity with an emphatic 92-77 triumph last Sunday.“They remain the heavy favorites, and what’s required of us is consistency throughout the game on what we need to do,” said Victolero after the Game 2 defeat. “I hope we learned from these last two games.”Paul Lee, Magnolia’s franchise player, needs to rediscover his lethal touch after averaging just 8.5 points in the first two games of the series.But Victolero is more concerned with the way his team needs to defend reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ll continue to put different defensive looks on June Mar,” said Victolero. “And we’ll do the same on their shooters.”For the Beermen, it will be about imposing their firepower on the Hotshots the way they did in Game 2 when the likes of Brian Heruela and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser sparkled off the bench.“That (Magnolia) team is trying to take away our crown,” said San Miguel forward Arwind Santos in Filipino. “We can’t just give it to them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Even after a much-needed breather, emotions are still running high and things are not about to cool down as defending champion San Miguel Beer and Magnolia break their standoff on Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Coaches Leo Austria of San Miguel and Chito Victolero of Magnolia are hoping the six-day Lenten break has rejuvenated their players as they attempt to grab the edge in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series, which has seen the Beermen and Hotshots not only trade big shots, but called for flagrant and technical fouls in a not-so-friendly duel between the sister teams.“You can see the determination of both teams,” said Austria, who is looking to steer the Beermen to an unprecedented fourth straight All-Filipino crown. “Magnolia is a strong contender and they are really hungry to win a championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBeyond the physical play, Victolero, who is coaching in his first championship series, wants his players to stay focused when they take the Big Dome floor at 6:30 p.m.He said the break couldn’t have come at a better time for his players, who survived NLEX in a grueling six-game quarterfinals. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments Twin triumphs of a lifetime In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

first_imgMathiba Molefe Children are set to parade the streets of Yeoville in celebration of Africa’s legacy at the Gauteng Children’s Carnival.(Image: Play Your Part)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mpolokeng M. MoloiPublic Relations OfficerGauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation+27 11 355 2623+27 83 554 1974RELATED ARTICLES• Educated children help the nation grow• Nurturing the children• Putting children’s rights first• Teaching children to love themselvesThe start of spring after a long, cold winter will be marked with a celebratory carnival, which will also reference the vibrant history and culture of South Africa. Schoolchildren from across the province will participate in the third annual Gauteng Children’s Carnival through Yeoville on Saturday, 7 September.In all, 90 schools are participating. The carnival will be centred at Yeoville Boys Primary School, but the children will put their creative skills on show in a parade through the suburb’s streets in costumes of their own making. The Children’s Carnival is part of the build-up to the Road to Gauteng Carnival, scheduled for December. It will expose not only South African arts and various cultures, but those from around the continent. In this way, it will help to end xenophobia by exposing the youth to other people.It aims to enforce the feeling that Africa is one community, and to help African nationals hailing from all corners of the continent integrate into local spaces. It will also spread unity among the diverse groups of young people.Yeoville was previously known for its energy and artistry, all of which will be brought back to life by the children and their colourful, extravagant costumes. The theme is “Celebrating Africa’s Legacy”. Given that Yeoville has such a large African community, the carnival organisers identified it as the perfect venue to make as big an impact as possible.Organisers hope it will help to strengthen social cohesion and return the suburb to its former splendour. Another aim is to highlight the importance of education and to use this day of fun and games to encourage participating children to pursue their dreams of one day becoming world-class professionals in the fields of their choice.Festivities will begin at 10am and end at 4pm, starting with a 2.3km walk, the route of which will be painted in bright colours. Among those who will attend are Trevor Fowler, the Joburg city manager, and Boy Ngobeni, the head of the Gauteng department of education, as well as representatives from SA Breweries, which is working alongside the National Youth Development Agency and the Department of Trade and Industry on the You Decide campaign.You Decide is aimed at educating the youth and building awareness about the dangers of alcohol consumption and abuse at a young age.About the carnival, Lebogang Maile, the MEC of sport, arts, culture and recreation, says: “The Gauteng Children’s Carnival is more than fun and more than showcasing talent; it is also a means to urge youth’s interest in education using the arts. It is about telling the youth to remain in school while pursuing their talent or ambition, especially within the entertainment industry. It is also about celebrating Africa’s heritage and creativity. The learners don’t only participate on the day but get involved in the creation of the costumes, music and dance.”The interest from local leaders such as the area’s ward councillor, Sihlwele Myeki, has led to an additional number of children from Yeoville and surrounding areas being allowed to join in on the action this weekend. Music will be provided on the parade by DJs performing on flatbed trucks. They are the finalists of the 2012 Gauteng Carnival DJ programme, held to unearth musical talent.Children will also be involved in the hip-hop programme at Yeoville Boys Primary School, in which they will compete in activities such as such as emceeing, poetry, graffiti and dance. It will take place after the parade, and marks the end of the Dance to your Rhythm project aimed at high school pupils who have a passion for all things hip-hop.last_img read more

first_imgATHENS – Panathinaikos produced an emphatic performance on Thursday and made the most of Olympiakos’s numerous turnovers to win Game 4 of the final series and force a fifth game on Sunday in Piraeus to determine the new champion of the Basket League.The Greens won 71-58, having led by up to 21 points in the second half before dropping a gear to ease into a 2-2 score in the best-of-five finals.Nick Calathes, who spent some of his morning in hospital due to the fever he had throughout the day, managed to notch up 14 points and handcuff Olympiakos captain Vassilis Spanoulis, who did not make a single two- or three-point shot.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

City leaders want to expand homeless storage centers

first_img Posted: January 30, 2019 Updated: 7:13 PM Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- City leaders are talking about doubling the size and opening new homeless storage centers.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on these homeless storage centers. January 30, 2019center_img Dan Plante, City leaders want to expand homeless storage centers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img‘Beach Head’ in Social Networking “Cash flow at Bebo is likely to be pretty light, so the buy will cause some dilution at AOL although it will not have a meaningful impact on Time Warner’s bottom line,” Bearn Stearns analyst Spencer Wang said today. “The deal gives the company a ‘beach head’ in the social networking space, which, when combined with other AOL assets (AIM on the social networking side, Platform A on the ad side), will drive strategic value. Other than that, the main value is in helping AOL grow internationally.”In recent months, AOL has moved to bolster its position in advertising-supported Web media and marketing, spending nearly $1 billion on online advertising acquisitions. Last week, AOL announced the launch of Open AIM 2.0, a developer-friendly version.Bewkes Open to AOL Deal The announcement comes just two days after recently-installed Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes, speaking at a Bear Stearns conference, admitted what most media-watchers already knew: that the company is exploring strategic options—including a spinoff of AOL, or, as he said, “whatever configuration makes it the strongest and the most valuable.”The admission is in stark contrast to Bewkes’ previous public statements, as recently as a month ago, which downplayed the potential for an AOL spinoff—and scoffed at the long-held theory that the company will eventually split off its Time Inc. publishing division.On Tuesday, Bewkes acknowledged that AOL’s revenues would be flat through June. On Monday, the New York Times reported that a top executive installed last summer to run AOL’s new advertising division, Platform A, had been fired.The companies would not discuss what role Bebo’s U.S.-based founders Michael Birch and wife Xochi would have in the company post-sale.According to PaidContent, venture capital firm Balderton Capital will reap about $140 million—nine times what it invested in Bebo less than two years ago—with its sale of a 15.7 percent stake in the company. In an unexpected move, AOL has agreed to acquire Bebo, the London-based global social media network, for $850 million, the companies announced this morning. The sale comes on the heels of the admission by Time Warner’s chief executive that the company is open to an AOL spin-off.AOL is expected to integrate its popular AIM and ICQ instant message services with Bebo’s 40 million members. Bebo, with offices in San Francisco and Austin, was rumored to be in sale talks earlier this month, but AOL was not mentioned among its reported suitors.“This is a tremendous acquisition and one I think is game-changing for AOL,” said AOL CEO Randy Falco during a conference call. “It puts us squarely as a leader in social media.”News of the sale sent Time Warner’s stock price down 3 percent in morning trading. [NOTE: Click here for an updated stock price.]last_img read more

first_imgPacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) and other investors have sued Citigroup Inc over the bank’s alleged failure to properly monitor toxic securities backed by more than $13.8 billion of mortgage loans, resulting in $2.3 billion of losses.According to a complaint filed on late Tuesday, 25 November in a New York state court in Manhattan, Citigroup breached its duties as trustee for the 25 private-label trusts dating from 2004 to 2007 by ignoring “pervasive and systemic deficiencies” in how the underlying loans were underwritten or being serviced.The investors said Citigroup looked askance at the loans’ “abysmal performance” out of fear it might “jeopardise its close business relationships” with loan servers including Wells Fargo & Co and JPMorgan Chase & Co, or prompt them to retaliate over its own problem loans.Some loans backing the 25 trusts came from issuers including the now-defunct American Home Mortgage and Washington Mutual. The lawsuit seeks class-action status and unspecified damages.Citigroup spokeswoman Danielle Romero-Apsilos declined to comment.TIAA-CREF and affiliates of Prudential Financial Inc and Aegon NV’s Transamerica are among the other plaintiffs.Pimco, a unit of German’s Allianz SE, has filed lawsuits against other banks raising similar allegations over other mortgage trusts. A Pimco spokesman declined to comment.Bond issuers appoint trustees to ensure that payments are funnelled to investors, and handle back-office work after securities are sold.Trustees have in recent years become a target for investors who lost money on badly underwritten mortgages, and believe the trustees shirked their duties to force lenders and bond issuers to buy those loans back.last_img read more

Border killing yet to be brought down BGB DG

first_imgBorder Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and India’s Border Security Force (BSF) sign a Joint Record of Discussion (JRD) in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: UNBBangladesh and India have agreed to continue their joint efforts to bring down border killing to zero level, reports UNB.The decision was taken during the border talks between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and India’s Border Security Force (BSF), which formally ended in New Delhi on Friday, through signing a Joint Record of Discussion (JRD).Both the sides also pledged to carry on their joint efforts to prevent crimes especially smuggling drugs, narcotics, gold, and weapons alongside human trafficking at the border, according to a message received in Dhaka on Friday evening.The director general-level border talks between the BGB and BSF formally began at BSF Camp Chhawala in New Delhi on Monday.BGB director general major general Md Shafeenul Islam led the 14-member Bangladesh delegation while his counterpart BSF DG KK Sharma headed a 20-member Indian delegation.Although BGB DG major general Md Shafeenul Islam thanked BSF for its initiatives to prevent causalities of Bangladeshi people in the frontier, he also expressed his concern as incidents of deaths and injuries are yet to bring down at zero level.BSF DG KK Sharma said the BSF is using non-lethal weapons to avoid casualties in the border even after being attacked by dangerous border criminals.The BSF has followed the principle of utmost tolerance and minimum enforcement policies, he added.It is possible to bring down the casualties at zero level by taking action against border criminals under the existing law of the country as well as preventing them to cross the border illegally, the BSF DG further said.The BSF DG appreciated the cooperation of BGB and other Bangladeshi agencies to search Indian separatist groups and also requested to continue further cooperation in this regard.Noting that no such group exists in Bangladesh, BGB DG Md Shafeenul Islam clearly said that Bangladesh never gave an opportunity to any criminal/terrorist group to use its land against any other country.During the meeting, both the sides agreed to take action against the deliberate border violators and to hand over the border crossing people to the border guards of their respective countries.It also agreed to continue the preventive efforts against human trafficking alongside to take initiative to rescue trafficked victims quickly as well as for their rehabilitation according to laws in their respective countries.Both the sides also agreed to organise the 48th biannual BGB-BSF DG-level conference In Dhaka in March or April next year.last_img read more

New survey suggests far fewer Jupiter sized rogue planets than thought

first_img Explore further Back in 2011, an international team of researchers conducted a study of rogue planets and reported evidence suggesting that there are approximately twice as many rogue Jupiters as main sequence stars. In this new effort, the researchers took a new census gain a more accurate estimate.Identifying rogue planets is difficult, of course, because they do not emit any light of their own—against the black of space, there is nothing to see. But when they move past light emitted from a distant star, a lensing phenomenon can occur. This happens when light from the blocked star is magnified by the planet’s gravity, causing a lensing halo effect that can be seen by instruments here on Earth. The size of the planet can also be calculated by noting the lensing duration. The researchers with this new census winnowed down the millions of stars in the dataset to just 2,617 high-quality microlensing events. This represented a much larger sample size than the one used by the team in 2011—they analyzed just 474 events.The researchers conclude that Jupiter-sized rogue planets are far rarer than the earlier census claimed. But they note it is possible that are more Earth-sized rogue planets roaming around than currently believed. The data also showed that of the big rogue planets roaming the Milky Way, approximately 25 percent of them are likely gas giants, with the remaining 75 percent represented by rocky or ice giants. Citation: New survey suggests far fewer Jupiter sized rogue planets than thought (2017, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-survey-jupiter-sized-rogue-planets.html An artist’s impression of a gravitational microlensing event by a free-floating planet. Credit: J. Skowron / Warsaw University Observatory © 2017 Phys.org Simulations suggest Planet Nine may have been a rogue More information: Przemek Mróz et al. No large population of unbound or wide-orbit Jupiter-mass planets, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature23276Planet formation theories predict that some planets may be ejected from their parent systems as result of dynamical interactions and other processes. Unbound planets can also be formed through gravitational collapse, in a way similar to that in which stars form. A handful of free-floating planetary-mass objects have been discovered by infrared surveys of young stellar clusters and star-forming regions as well as wide-field surveys, but these studies are incomplete for objects below five Jupiter masses. Gravitational microlensing is the only method capable of exploring the entire population of free-floating planets down to Mars-mass objects, because the microlensing signal does not depend on the brightness of the lensing object. A characteristic timescale of microlensing events depends on the mass of the lens: the less massive the lens, the shorter the microlensing event. A previous analysis of 474 microlensing events found an excess of ten very short events (1–2 days)—more than known stellar populations would suggest—indicating the existence of a large population of unbound or wide-orbit Jupiter-mass planets (reported to be almost twice as common as main-sequence stars). These results, however, do not match predictions of planet-formation theories and surveys of young clusters. Here we analyse a sample of microlensing events six times larger than that of ref. 11 discovered during the years 2010–15. Although our survey has very high sensitivity (detection efficiency) to short-timescale (1–2 days) microlensing events, we found no excess of events with timescales in this range, with a 95 per cent upper limit on the frequency of Jupiter-mass free-floating or wide-orbit planets of 0.25 planets per main-sequence star. We detected a few possible ultrashort-timescale events (with timescales of less than half a day), which may indicate the existence of Earth-mass and super-Earth-mass free-floating planets, as predicted by planet-formation theories. Journal information: Nature (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Warsaw University Observatory, Ohio State University and the University of Warwick has found evidence that suggests there are far fewer Jupiter-sized rogue planets roaming the Milky Way galaxy than prior surveys have shown. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes using data compiled from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment to analyze light curves of approximately 50 million stars for the period 2010 to 2015 and what they found by doing so. The gravity of a free-floating planet may deflect and focus light from a distant source star when passing closely in front of it. Owing to the distorted image the star temporarily seems much brighter. Credit: J. Skowron / Warsaw University Observatory The researchers conclude by suggesting their findings jibe with logic—there are likely to be fewer rogue giant planets because they would have a stronger gravitational connection to their original star system. Smaller, Earth-like planets, on the other hand, could be flung off with relative ease. 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.last_img read more