Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Defending champion Pocari Sweat defeated the Power Smashers, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 22-25, 15-12, in Game 1 of their own series but will face a tougher closeout match as import Krystal Rivers has yet to secure her International Transfer Certificate.The Lady Warriors have had to rely on Michelle Strizak and a host of hardworking locals led by heavy hitter Myla Pablo, Jeanetta Panaga, Cai Nepomuceno, Elaine Kasilang, Desiree Dadang and Gyzelle Sy.Meanwhile, Army and Sta. Elena seek to make the finals outright against Air Force and Cignal HD, respectively, in the men’s semifinals.The Troopers upset the top seed Air Force Jet Spikers, 25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, while the Sta. Elena Wrecking Balls stunned the No. 2 Cignal HD Spikers, 25-20, 24-26, 25-22, 30-28.ADVERTISEMENT Decathlete beats SEAG long jump record BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BaliPure and Pocari Sweat took Game 1 of their respective best-of-three semifinal series to move within a win of making the championship round, but both squads will have to contend with teams whose backs are now against the wall when they take the court at PhilSports Arena.The Water Defenders took down the Cool Smashers, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21, and hope to withstand an expected fierce stand by Creamline, which is spearheaded by Alyssa Valdez, arguably the most talented player in the country today.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlso bannering the Creamline charge are imports Laura Schaudt and Kuttika Kaewpin.BaliPure is also hoping Jennifer Keddy and Joroensri Bualee, along with locals Risa Sato and Aiko Urdas, can finish the job. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BaliPure and defending champion Pocari Sweat have their sights set on a battle for the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference crown.Can Creamline, armed with the country’s best player, and Power Smashers do something about it?ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV
World number four Naomi Osaka will take on Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in the quarter-final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Friday.USA’s Madison Keys will take on Germany’s Angelique Kerber, while Japan’s Misaki Doi will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. In the fourth quarter-final, Camila Giorgi of Italy will take on Belgium’s Elise Mertens. On Thursday, Camila Giorgi dropped just three games to upset third-seeded Sloane Stephens. The unseeded Italian, who reached the semi-final last year, beat the 2017 US Open champion 6-0, 6-3.Misaki Doi upset seventh-seeded Donna Vekic 7-6 (5), 6-3 to reach the last eight, whereas Yulia Putintseva defeated qualifier Varvara Flink 6-1, 6-1.Naomi Osaka reached the quarters by beating qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 7-5, 6-3, while fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber won her first match since Wimbledon, beating American qualifier Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 6-4.Madison Keys defeated Zarina Diyas 5-7, 6-0, 6-4, as Elise Mertens beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaAngelique Kerberbelgiumcamila giorgi First Published: September 20, 2019, 11:58 AM IST
Chennai: Chennaiyin FC takes on ATK in a clash of former champions in an ISL game at the Marina Arena here on Wednesday, eyeing their first win of season-6.However, the task is easier said than done as the Kolkata team is coming off a 5-0 thrashing of Hyderabad FC at home on Friday last. Chennaiyin FC, to their credit, bounced back from 0-3 hammering at the hands of FC Goa in the opener, to pick up their first point courtesy a goalless draw against Mumbai City FC on the day of Diwali.Though CFC kept a clean sheet, head coach John Gregory would be concerned with the fact that the defence appeared shaky at times.Also, he would be hoping that the forward line gets cracking and finds the net.It was a night of missed opportunities as CFC and Mumbai City muffed chances with the former getting a lion’s share of attempts.Brazil’s attacking midifelder Rafael Crivellaro and Anirudh Thapa created several chances against Mumbai City and the coach will expect him and Maltese striker Andre Schembri to deliver in the games to come, starting with the one against ATK.CFC showed improvement from the game against FC Goa, but they would need to do well with regard to finishing and control the midfield more if they need to make an impression against Antonio Lopez Habas’ ATK.It is the defence that will worry the CFC coach as captain Lucian Goian didn’t look at his best in the Mumbai game and the onus would be on him to marshal the backline.CFC’s lanky Lithuanian forward Nerijus Valskis said the team should have scored against Mumbai, adding they were probably unlucky.He expressed the hope that he would get a start on Wednesday (against ATK) and be part of a win.However, Habas is not taking CFC lightly and said the Blues were a ‘dangerous team’.”(Chennaiyin are) dangerous. I don’t know Chennaiyin now, but I remember them from the past. Chennaiyin is a strong opponent. I absolutely respect the opponent, the coach, the players and the fans of Chennaiyin,” he said at the press conference in Kolkata on Monday prior to the team’s departure to Chennai.Habas would be happy with the way with ATK played against Hyderabad but will want to team to maintain the intensity against CFC.The CFC-ATK match promises to be an interesting tussle as both teams look to gain early momentum in a long season. atkchennaiyin fcindian footballindian super league First Published: October 29, 2019, 11:14 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
AdvertisementChelsea have outclassed Bate Borisov in the Group Stage match of the Europa League with a margin of 3-1. Ruben Loftus Cheek has scored a Hat-Trick for the Blues in this match and Maurizio Sarri should be happy with this professional display by their team. With this win, Maurizio Sarri’s men reached to the top of the table of their Group in the Europa League and their qualification to the next round from this Group is now almost certain. Maurizio Sarri has opted to give rest to many of his first team players against Bate Borisov. But the players showed that they are always up to take the challenge. Ruben Loftus Cheek opened the scoresheet for the Blues at the 2nd minute of the match when Davide Zappacosta provided a beautiful ball in the penalty box towards him. Just six minutes later the young English midfielder guided the ball to the Goal from the corner taken by Willian. In the second half of the match, Ruben Loftus Cheek completed his Hat-Trick and his third goal was the best of these three. Pedro was running with the ball. One of the defenders of Bate Borisov tried to stop him. The ball came to Loftus Cheek and the young English midfielder’s right footed shot outside of the penalty box was a treat to watch. But the Blues failed to keep the clean sheet in this match as Alexei Rios put one back for the away team from the set piece movement. Maurizio Sarri has to concerned with his defense as they are going to face Burnley in this weekend at Turf Moor. Advertisement
A first reunion with Real Madrid in the Champions League final is Gonzalo Higuain’s chance to get his own back at his former club for never truly appreciating him and an opportunity to shake his reputation as a big game bottler.The conbative Argentine striker became the most expensive player ever in Italian football when he swapped Napoli for Juventus last year in an acrimonious transfer which left fans who felt betrayed burning replicas of his number nine shirt.His 90 million euro ($100.56 million) price tag, meanwhile, had many observers scratching their heads at the thought of Juve paying so much for a player renowned for failing to put away the simplest of chances when it mattered most.When a wayward header from Germany’s Toni Kroos bounced into Higuain’s path in the 2014 World Cup final, the Argentina striker raked the ball wide of the far post.In the 2015 Copa America final against Chile Higuain slid a rolling pass from Ezequiel Lavezzi into the side netting and later ballooned his penalty over the bar in the shootout.History repeated itself in the 2016 Copa America Centenario final with Chile when Higuain missed a third chance in a third consecutive final, collecting a third straight runners-up medal with his country.Those misses would have chimed with Madrid supporters who remembered his crucial wasted chances in Champions League eliminations by Olympique Lyonnais and Borussia Dortmund.Set against those mishaps were his 89th minute strike to snatch a 4-3 win from 3-1 down over Espanyol in his first season which sparked Madrid’s unlikely title win in 2007 and three prolific campaigns in which he scored more than 20 league goals.advertisementCriticism was never far away when things did not go his way, however, and that weighed heavily on a sensitive, unpredictable character like Higuain, who quit the club in 2013 for Napoli, later admitting he cried when he left Madrid.’Pipita’ had a slow start to life at Juventus after his bitter departure from Napoli but enjoyed plenty of support from the ‘Old Lady’s’ fans and hit form around the turn of the year, scoring seven times in five league games on his way to 24 goals which fired Juve to a sixth straight Serie A title.”Juve is similar to Real Madrid, they prepare you to win,” Higuain said in February. “But the supporters are not as demanding as Madrid. It’s not in their culture to boo their own players.”He showed his gratitude by celebrating his thumping strike at Monaco in the Champions League semi-final first leg by leaping over the advertising boards and crossing the running track behind the goal to salute the travelling fans.His second-half goal doubled his previous count of two in 24 Champions League knockout games, putting Juventus on their way to Cardiff and ending his hoodoo in Europe’s top competition.Now Higuain has the chance to put right his dismal record in finals, against the club that put him on the map but never called him one of their own.($1 = 0.8950 euros)
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London, Dec 25 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra and her singer husband Nick Jonas have become a part of “The Simpsons” family with their own caricatured characters.Priyanka, who is spending Christmas with her family in London, on Tuesday took to Instagram to share “The Simpsons” renditions by illustrators Stefano Monda and Rino Russo.Earlier this month, Priyanka and Jonas had three-day wedding festivities at Jodhpur’s royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, where they exchanged wedding vows as per both Christian and Hindu rituals in two separate ceremonies.Wearing a hand-beaded and embroidered Ralph Lauren gown with a 75-foot long veil, Priyanka looked ethereal at her Christian wedding ceremony. For the Hindu wedding ceremony, Priyanka sported a deep red lehenga, choli and dupatta. She looked every bit the ‘desi’ bride with the chooda, kaleere and garland. Nick ported a sherwani and a turban.In one of “The Simpsons” artwork, the couple is seen standing together as a married couple in a traditional ‘desi’ attire as the Simpson family looks on. And in the second they are seen in Christian wedding dresses with Homer Simpson officiating the ceremony. The two have the perfect Simpson look with protruding upper lips.While fans loved “The Simpsons” twist to their wedding festivities, some fans were wondering about the different skin tone in both the images. One user wrote: “Your skin is changing more colour than that of a white man”, and another wrote: “I am confused. You’re brown skinned in the other and yellow skinned here?”–IANSsug/nv/vmadvertisement
Manchester United Matic calls for quicker VAR decisions: ‘It needs to take 30 seconds’ Dejan Kalinic 13:43 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) OLI SCARFF Manchester United Huddersfield Town v Manchester United FA Cup After more controversy surrounding the use of replay, the Manchester United midfielder called for the system to pick up the pace Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic insisted he was happy to see the video assistant referee (VAR) system used, but he wants it to be quicker.A Juan Mata strike was ruled out by VAR during United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup on Saturday, but only after a substantial delay and a technical issue. AdChoices广告Matic, 29, said he wanted the VAR to be part of the game, but the Serbian midfielder was unhappy with how long it took to make the decision. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We saw the goal and we are not sure it was offside but the referee made a decision and they saw it on TV and we are happy that we scored again and that’s it,” he said.”We just waited for the referee’s decision. “We knew that he waited for the people to see it on TV, to analyse it, but it was a little bit strange because you have to wait two minutes to see what happened, but it’s okay. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not.”I like it [VAR]. I think it will be better for football, they just have to do it a little bit quicker because we waited so long for the decision. Two minutes is a long time on the pitch but I think, overall, it will be good for football.”It’s normal that referees make mistakes every game and they can refer it to TV, but it needs to be quicker.”They have to do it in 30 seconds because, after two minutes, we are cold and this is the only problem. Other than that, I like it.”A brace from Romelu Lukaku helped United past Huddersfield as they moved into the quarter-finals.Manchester United will face Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-finals and are still alive in the Champions League as well, where they face Sevilla in the round of 16.
Napoli (Italy): National record holder Dutee Chand became the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal in the World Universiade after she won the 100m dash event here. The 23-year-old Dutee clocked 11.32 seconds to win the gold as she led the race from start to finish. Running at lane number 4, Dutee was the first one out of the eight athletes to blast off the starting blocks and she made most of it to fend of a late challenge from Del Ponte (11.33) of Switzerland. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherLisa KwaYie of Germany took the bronze in 11.39 seconds in the race run past midnight Indian time on Tuesday. The Odisha runner, whose national record stands at 11.24 seconds, thus became the first Indian to win a 100m gold in a global event. She has now become only the second Indian sprinter to win a gold in a global event after Hima Das, who clinched the top spot in 400m in the World Junior Athletics Championships last year. Dutee, who had a silver each in 100m and 200m in the 2018 Asian Games, is also only the second Indian track and field athlete to win a gold in the World Universiade. Inderjeet Singh had clinched the top spot in men’s shot put event in the 2015 edition. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAfter winning the race, Dutee, who recently admitted to having a relationship with a girl, tweeted: “Pull me down, I will come back stronger!” She further added: “With years of hardwork and your blessings, I have yet again broken the record by winning the Gold in 100m dash in 11.32 seconds at The World University Games, Napoli. In the pictures (picture of all three medal winners), are the winners too, with a heart of Gold from Germany and Sweden. Earlier on Tuesday, Dutee qualified for the final with a time of 11.41 seconds in the semifinal, which had made her the first Indian sprinter to make it to the final of World Universiade. On Monday, she had advanced to the semifinals from the heats with a time of 11.58 seconds. Dutee has a season best of 11.26 seconds in 100m, recorded in the Doha Asian Championships in April. She could not reach the semifinals in the previous edition of the World University Games in Taipei City in 2017, where Sanjivani Jadhav had won a silver in women’s 10000m race. Dutee is a student at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, a deemed university in Bhubaneswar. She is yet to qualify for the World Championships to be held in Doha in September-October. President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Dutee on her feat. “Congratulations @DuteeChand for winning the 100m sprint at the Universiade, the World University Games, in Naples. This is India’s first such gold and a moment of immense pride for our country. Please keep up the effort, and look to greater glory at the Olympics,” the President tweeted. Dutee replied to the President’s tweet, saying: “Thank you, sir. I will try my best to bring Olympics Gold Medal home. Once again, many thanks for your blessings.” Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also applauded Dutee’s efforts. “I’ve been passionately following since my childhood but it never came. Finally, for the first time, a gold for India! Congratulations @DuteeChand for winning the 100m sprint at the Universiade, the World University Games, in Naples,” Rijiju said in his tweet.
TORONTO – WestJet says it is reviewing its baggage policy after a customer complained that it discriminated against travellers from certain countries.At issue is an airline policy that prevents travellers to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago from checking in more than two bags, unless the extra luggage is “a golf bag containing golf clubs.”Jared Walker tweeted about the policy after his 62-year-old mother was prevented from bringing an oversized bag on a trip to Jamaica to attend a funeral.Walker says the policy is “absurd” and shows preferential treatment to tourists, as opposed to travellers returning to their country of origin.WestJet says the baggage policy was in place for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago “due to the amount of access checked baggage brought by guests travelling to these particular destinations.”The company says it’s reviewing the rules related to golf bags, recognizing that “the optics are poor.”
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has primarily approved the report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal stating that less than 30 percent of the total booths in the state are ‘sensitive’, thereby ruling out the demand of BJP that all 78,000 booths in the state should be declared so.As per reports of the CEO’s office, 18,461 booths in the state have been identified as vulnerable, which is around 25 percent of the total number of booths. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources in the EC, South 24-Parganas, with 2,357 vulnerable pockets, is the most sensitive district in the state. Eight other districts including North 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata are also under the scanner of the Election Commission. “This will be reviewed and the final deployment of Central Forces will be made on the basis of vulnerability,” said a senior official in the CEO’s office. Moreover, the Election Commission’s preliminary report to the expenditure observers has also revealed that there are no ‘expenditure sensitive’ constituencies in Bengal. The report assumes significance as the EC has identified more than 110 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country as “expenditure sensitive” or prone to influence through money in the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the report, all parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu and over half of the seats in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka and Telangana have been identified as “expenditure sensitive”. 116 of 175 Assembly constituencies and 16 of 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra Pradesh are expenditure sensitive. A number of Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, Bihar, Karnataka and two LS seats in Jharkhand are under EC watch. A good number of constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana will also be closely monitored by the Election Commission. Sources in the CEO’s office stated that Bengal doesn’t have a history of exorbitant expenses in the election. In the last two major elections- the Lok Sabha election in 2014 and the Assembly polls in 2016, there was hardly any major seizure after the MCC (Model Code of Conduct) came into force. In the 2016 Assembly elections, the seizure was a little over Rs 7 crore, of which Rs 4 crore was released after verification. In Kolkata, the seizure was around Rs 5 lakh but the entire money was returned after verification. “There was a seizure of Rs 3 crore in absolute terms, which is very low considering the vastness of Bengal. The expense per constituency was also within limit and over 90 percent candidates submitted their return after the election. There was no case of bribery or illegal money transaction and so the state has been designated as non-expenditure sensitive,” the source maintained. It may be mentioned that expenditure sensitivity is determined by the past history of a constituency. The Commissioner of Police or the Superintendent of the district identifies a constituency as ‘expenditure sensitive’, meaning that it is prone to high expenditure and corrupt practices. The local administration, in consultation with the expenditure observer, also looks into the literacy, economic development or the number of complaints during the last election. On the basis of the report, the commission makes special arrangement for these constituencies.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet as his Special Representative in Haiti in succession to Hédi Annabi, who died in the earthquake that devastated the impoverished Caribbean country in January. It is the second time that Mr. Mulet, a seasoned Guatemalan diplomat who has been Acting Special Representative since Mr. Annabi’s death, will hold the twin positions of Special Representative and Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). He first served there from 2006 until 2007, when he was named Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and handed over the mission to Mr. Annabi.“In the weeks following the devastating earthquake, Mr. Mulet has demonstrated his remarkable leadership and through his resilience, strength, clear-sightedness and determination has anchored the efforts of the United Nations family, the people of Haiti, Governments of the region and the broader international community,” Mr. Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky said in announcing the appointment.Before 2006, Mr. Mulet served as Guatemalan Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg, negotiating tourism, trade and economic cooperation, as well as political issues. He also took part in preparing several summit meetings between the EU and the Latin American and Caribbean group.An active political presence in his country since 1976, Mr. Mulet promoted human rights, democracy and the resolution of indigenous issues. When Guatemala was ruled by military regimes, he was forced to leave a number of times and was wrongly imprisoned for a short period in 1981 before winning the first of many elections to Guatemala’s National Congress, where he was active in opposing the military’s “self-amnesty” law. Mr. Mulet, who has also served as Guatemala’s Ambassador to the United States, was educated in his home country, Canada, the US and Switzerland. He later attended Guatemala’s Universidad Mariano Galvez and became a lawyer.Mr. Ban also paid tribute to Mr. Annabi, a Tunisian, who he said ranked amongst the UN’s most dedicated and energetic officers. “Mr. Annabi’s commitment, integrity and diligence inspired and shaped an entire generation of United Nations officers and will continue to be the gold standard against which all who serve in the international civil service will be measured,” Mr. Nesirky said.The quake that destroyed the world body’s headquarters in the capital, Port-au-Prince, claimed the lives of 101 UN staff.MINUSTAH has been on the ground since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. Currently there are more than 9,000 military and police personnel deployed and nearly 2,000 civilian staff. 31 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet as his Special Representative in Haiti in succession to Hédi Annabi, who died in the earthquake that devastated the impoverished Caribbean country in January.
According to the Police, three of the suspects are being held by the Terrorist Investigations Division (TID). Over 40 suspects have been arrested over the multiple bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, the Police said.The Police said that 26 of the suspects are currently being questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
In a message delivered by Special Adviser Iqbal Riza to the first high-level meeting of the Alliance in Palma de Mallorca, Mr. Annan said: “Trends of recent years have strained relations between East and West. They have notably strained perceptions between Islamic and Western peoples. If unaddressed, these may even threaten stability in our world.””Your High-level Group must assess these alarming developments. And it must propose a collective response to defuse these tensions,” he added.The Alliance, which was proposed by the Prime Ministers of Spain and Turkey and whose launch Mr. Annan announced earlier this year, will aim to address the hostile perceptions that foment violence and to bring about cooperation among the various efforts to heal divisions. The high-level group guiding the initiative is expected to present recommendations and a practical plan of action late next year.The participants range from such renowned theologians as Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Karen Armstrong of the United Kingdom, Arthur Schneir of the United States and Mehmet Aydin of Turkey, to administrators of cultural institutions, such as Ismali Serageldin of Egypt’s Biblioteca Alexandria and former UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Frederico Mayor. “Your diverse backgrounds and experiences epitomize what we all must strive towards: an alliance of social, political and civil forces to counter policies and actions which isolate cultures and societies from one another,” Mr. Annan said. “Only by such concerted efforts to come together can we deprive the extremist and the terrorist of the discontent and mistrust that serves as his oxygen.”This is a challenging task. It would be easy to descend into generalities, or adopt inflexible and unbridgeable positions. I trust you will avoid those pitfalls.”The Iberian melting-pot’s lasting legacy was learning and the exchange of ideas that benefited all humanity in the process, he said. Living today in one world, people have no choice but to understand and respect each other, live peacefully together and search for commonality in the best of each of their traditions, Mr. Annan said.
by Michelle Rindels, The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2014 8:41 am MDT LAS VEGAS, Nev. – That’s no mirage. The Las Vegas Strip has a new casino in business on the foundations of the old Sahara.A $415 million pleasure palace called the SLS Las Vegas — short for “Style, Luxury, Service” — opened Saturday with midnight fireworks and a party for 3,600 guests as the Strip’s tired north end continues to enjoy a post-recession renaissance.Nearby, visitors will notice that an end of the Strip long associated with empty lots, low-budget motels and frozen construction cranes is expanding once again.A Malaysian conglomerate has announced plans to fold the half-finished Echelon casino into an Asian-themed Resorts World Las Vegas. Australian casino giant Crown Resorts has purchased land where the New Frontier casino once stood. An open-air concert venue set to house the massive Rock in Rio USA music festival next spring is in the works.“Global gaming companies with deep pockets are investing in the north end of the Strip,” said Michael Paladino, a Fitch Ratings analyst.A new chapter in Vegas life is replacing memories of the Moroccan-themed Sahara, which once hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles. Its owners shuttered the 59-year-old casino in 2011 after years of keeping only one of its three hotel towers open and hawking rooms for $1 per night over Twitter. Everything from the slot-machine chairs to the camel lamps were auctioned off in a fire sale.“There were some dark days,” said Sam Bakhshandehpour, president of Los Angeles-based SBE, which owns many hotels, nightclubs and restaurants as well as the SLS. “But we held on.”While $415 million may sound like a lot, it’s not for Vegas. A typical Strip casino overhaul includes a dramatic implosion of the old building, but SBE kept the Sahara skeleton. This meant the work cost about one-tenth of what a ground-up rebuild would have.The casino floor is back, but it’s smaller and spills into the same trendy restaurants that SBE develops in Southern California.This restaurant-centric focus looks like a winner. Analysts say Las Vegas visitors have awakened from their recession slumber less inclined to gamble, but hungry for fine food. They’ll find it at celebrity chef Jose Andres’ Bazaar Meat, gourmet burger joint Umami and The Griddle Cafe, a Los Angeles staple whose larger-than-life pancakes attract epic lines for Saturday brunch.Rooms starting at around $100 a night are airy and modern, with white sofas under windows, mirrors on walls and over the bed, and whimsical details such as monkey prints on the ironing boards.The battered Vegas economy remains an undeniable feature of the Sahara’s SLS rebirth. Bakhshandehpour says they received 117,000 applications for 3,400 positions.“It was absolutely humbling,” he said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Storied Sahara casino renamed, reborn; first major Vegas Strip resort opened since downturn
An image of the bar shortly after the tragedy occurred. Source: Ceasefire Massacre screengrabTo this day, it is unclear why this particular pub was chosen. Irish filmmaker Trevour Birney, who produced a documentary about the massacre said last year:“I don’t think any of the authorities have ever been able to work out why that bar was chosen. There were no links to terrorists in that bar, unlike other bars where there had been some sort of incident before or some sort of knowledge. The police could find nothing that would link the terrorists to that bar and yet, it was the most humble of bars in County Down — [they were] very simple, very proud, but very humble people.16 people have been arrested, 51 searches have been conducted, 605 statements were recorded and more than 2,500 actions raised as part of the investigation but still no one has ever been charged.Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Gareth Talbot described the incident as “a sickening, indiscriminate and completely futile attack committed by terrorists who gave no thought to the innocent lives they shattered, then and now”.He said police remain firmly committed to apprehending those responsible for the murders. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesOn this 20th anniversary, with all its pain for families and survivors and perhaps reflection for those involved, I would ask anyone with information about the murders to come forward and speak to police.The anniversary should bring into focus the fact that it is never too late to do the right thing, to come forward with any information about individuals or events. Police will not give up but what we really need is for people to make statements and give evidence.Anyone with any information can contact detectives in the Incident Room on 028 3751 7390 or by email to MIT8@psni.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively, people can provide information without giving their details to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Related: ‘They’d only gone to the bar to support the Irish team, yet they died for their love of the sport’> Source: Ceasefire Massacre screengrabTWENTY YEARS AGO today, six men were shot dead and five others injured by UVF members while watching the Ireland-Italy World Cup match in Heights Bar in Loughinisland.None of the gunmen involved have ever been charged with the murders and today police in Northern Ireland appealed for information, saying a renewed investigation is underway.Barney Green, Adrian Rogan, Malcolm Jenkinson, Daniel McCreanor, Patrick O’Hare and Eamon Byrne all lost their lives that day in the bar which was frequented by both Catholics and Protestants well away from the core areas of violence during the Troubles.
Weird terms trend all the time. On occasion, however, we get some true gems. Remember “Bear Gall Bladder Uses?” How about “Why Won’t My Parakeet Eat My Diarrhea?” “Is Kevjumba a heterosexual bear wrestler?” certainly follows in that proud tradition. The odd phrase pretty much dominated Google search last night, carrying into this morning, leaving folks who follow such things generally scratching their collective search engine optimizing heads.So, how does a phrase like “Is Kevjumba a heterosexual bear wrestler?” make it to the top of the Google heap? Simple. A popular YouTube video. Kevjumba is Kevin Wu–a former Amazing Race contestant. Upset that Google auto-suggests “Is Kevjumba Gay,” the reality show star suggest a more…manly search phrase. Wu has more than one million followers. The aforementioned video has 180,000 views and counting at the moment. The rest, they say, is viral. Video after the jump.
One of Southeast’s longest-serving lawmakers is retiring. Peggy Wilson says she will not seek re-election to her Wrangell-based House district.Download AudioShe’s stepping down for two reasons.Wrangell Rep. Peggy Wilson addresses the Southeast Conference in 2011. She’s retiring after seven legislative terms. (CoastAlaska News)“My mom hasn’t been well. And I just worried about her so much. And because of session I couldn’t go,” she says. “And since December, I’ve had four great-grandbabies being born and there’s another one on the way. I missed it with my grandchildren and now my grandchildren are having children. I feel like it’s given me a second chance.”Wilson says her own health is fine. But at 68, the long days and late nights are taking their toll.“I don’t want to be falling asleep in committees. And maybe I need to let somebody younger do this,” she says.Wilson’s been in Alaska’s House of Representatives for 14 years. She began as the Wrangell-Petersburg-Sitka representative. Then reapportionment dropped all but Wrangell and added Ketchikan, Saxman, Hyder and Prince of Wales Island.She originally planned to run for re-election this year. But she knew it would be tough.“Ketchikan really is so used to having their own person that they really want somebody from Ketchikan. But they wanted somebody from Ketchikan last time and I made it,” she says.Wilson’s first big issue was education. And she’s continued to push for funding and other improvements.“It was my legislation that got the cost differential into place. And I feel real good about that,” she says.But she’s very concerned about the Legislature and administration’s recent directions. She says focusing on charter, church and home schools will hurt existing public schools.“We do need to make changes in education. But we can’t make them and leave people out. We’ve got to make the changes so that it can ultimately reach everyone and not just a select few,” she says.One of Wilson’s biggest disappointments was the failure of a roads, ferries, harbors, airports and highways infrastructure fund.The retiring Wrangell lawmaker authored bills for the past six years. One measure made it through the House and to the Senate Finance Committee this year. But it remained there when the final gavel fell.She hopes to find someone to carry the ball.“I definitely am going to look for people who will continue, because I firmly believe for the health of Alaska overall, our roads need fixing. We need to have more roads. And it’s not going to happen with the current status quo,” she says.Wilson continues on the job until her successor is sworn in early next year.That’ll cap a 19-year legislative career – 14 in Alaska and five in her previous home of North Carolina.“I’m will miss it. There’s a little bit of emptiness in my heart already and I can feel it. You just can’t walk away and forget it. It’s impossible,” she says.Hear an interview from her last campaign.At least two people are running for Wilson’s House seat.The most recent to announce is Ketchikan Visitors Bureau CEO Patti Mackey, a Republican who ran two years ago. Another is Ketchikan teacher Dan Ortiz, an independent. Others are expected.Wilson, a retired nurse, says she’ll endorse whoever wins the August GOP primary. Wilson won her first Alaska election in 2000, making her the first woman to serve in two states’ legislatures.
“Otherwise they cannot afford the healthcare that they need,” Rogers said. A Miller Trust isn’t something that just anyone can walk into a bank to set up. It requires careful legal advice. Alan didn’t even know a Miller Trust was an option before he talked to Alaska Legal Services. “Since we’ve opened our doors,” Nelson said. “So this would be the first time.” “It was enough to where it became too much for me and my sister to manage on our own,” Borbridge said. “It was pretty obvious she needed 24/7 care.” That meant finding a long-term care option for Cecilia, which wasn’t easy. That many elderly people struggle to secure and afford long-term care is nothing new. Governor Mike Dunleavy’s extensive budget vetoes threaten to make matters worse. Potential cuts to senior benefits and Medicaid have many concerned. But the elder community faces another potential setback – this one tied to cuts to the Alaska Legal Services Corporation. That legal advice might get harder to come by in Southeast Alaska, depending on whether or not Gov. Dunleavy signs HB2001. His vetoes from earlier this summer eliminated state funding for Alaska Legal Services. The House voted to restore that funding, but until the bill is signed into law, the future of legal aid remains in limbo. Alan lives on a fixed income. So without legal advice to help navigate the aging process, he, and many of the people in his community, are wondering where they’ll turn next. Cecilia Borbridge used a Miller Trust to afford the medical care she needed at the end of her life. (Photo/Borbridge Family) But it isn’t a trust like any other: After a person passes, the state can tap the Miller Trust to reimburse itself for whatever it paid out for that person’s care through Medicaid. Rogers advised Alan to set up a Miller Trust for his mother. And it worked. She got into the Pioneer Home, where she lived for three months before passing. Rogers, the attorney in Sitka, says the threat of fewer services thanks to budget cuts leaves people like Borbridge at risk. Nelson says Alaska Legal Services expects to serve 1,393 fewer people statewide without state funding. Three offices will close. She doesn’t know yet which ones. And this elimination of funding is unprecedented. In the Alaska Legal Corporation’s 52-year life, it has always received a state appropriation. Alongside other legal advice for low-income people, she spends a lot of her time helping elderly people afford medical care through something called a Miller Trust, or Qualified Income Trust. That’s what Rogers helped Alan set up for Cecilia. She also helped the Borbridge family manage their assets – another necessary step to qualify. The cuts to Alaska Legal Services could mean fewer people will have access to that support. Alan Borbridge and his sister cared for their mother at home for as long as possible. Cecilia Borbridge wanted to age at home. She came to Baranof Island as a teenager to attend Sheldon Jackson when it was still a high school. And she never left. When Cecilia needed full-time, professional help. Alan and his sister turned to Sitka Pioneer Home in town. His mother required Tier III care at a cost of some $7,000 a month, Borbridge said. Despite being on a fixed income, Cecilia still made too much money each month to qualify for a Medicaid waiver that would defray the costs of care Monthly payouts from her retirement fund put her “way over income” to qualify for that waiver Borbridge said. That’s because, depending on the specifics, Medicaid waivers or Medicaid is often the only way for low-income seniors to get support for long-term care, said Catherine Rogers, a member attorney at the Alaska Legal Services corporation. Without the legal aid the organization provides, people might struggled to afford or access help with things like setting up trusts. For the past ten-odd years, home and family care worked for the Borbridge family. But after a minor stroke earlier this year, Cecilia’s needs began to exceed Alan’s capacity. The fate of the vetoes is currently uncertain: HB2001 restores much of the funding eliminated in Gov. Dunleavy’s line-item vetoes. That bill passed the House and Senate, but awaits the governor’s signature — or a second round of vetoes. “The way I look at it, it was a help-help for us and the state,” Borbridge said. “Everybody’s happy, everybody gets their money.” “People can lose their house, protections, or ability to access healthcare,” Nelson said. “These are people that are already on [the] cusp of not being able to afford things,” Rogers said. “Without someone doing this kind of work you leave vulnerable people unprotected.” Alaska Legal Services faces a loss of about $759,000, or a fifteen-percent of its budget. It might not sound catastrophic, but that money helps Alaska Legal Services operate in rural communities like Sitka, said Nikole Nelson, executive director of the organization. For the Borbridge family, the Miller Trust was make or break. Cecilia had savings, Alan says, but far from enough to consider a stay in the Pioneers Home without Medicaid and the Miller Trust. And there’s no way Alan could have figured it all out on his own. “Minimum $150 or $200 an hour for an attorney, that’s really out of the question for a lot of people,” he said. “You don’t wake up in the morning and say ‘you know, I need to spend a few thousand on attorneys.’” Without insurance through a Medicaid waiver, there was no way the Borbridge family could have afforded the Pioneer Home long-term. A Miller Trust changed that. They could funnel the quote-on-quote “extra” money that pushed Cecilia over the Medicaid limit into a special account. It’s a complicated, but essential, tool for the elderly community, Rogers says.
DiskMax PC cleaning software review by Martin Brinkmann on September 23, 2017 in Software – 10 commentsDiskMax is a free program for Microsoft Windows that you may run on devices running Windows to clean the computer system.Computer users have two main reasons for wanting to clean old or temporary files from their devices. First, because it frees up disk space that they may use for other data, and second, because it removes traces from the system.Lastly, some may also like the feeling of having a lean and clean system, but that is more a psychological thing.DiskMaxDiskMax is a free system cleaning software for Windows. The program is compatible with all recent versions of Microsoft Windows, and needs to be installed before it can be run on a target machine.The interface lists the four available scan profiles on start. These are: user, all users, system, and system+.The icons on top highlight the areas that will be scanned and cleaned by the application when you make a selection or hover over the profile.The two user scans limit the scan to user related data that is temporary (temporary files, logs, caches, and so on).The two system scans include user scans and scans that target other system areas.User ScanThe first configuration page General opens when you select the user scan profile. It lists various user related locations and types of temporary data that you may scan for files that you want removed from the Windows PC.This includes crash dumps, diagnostic logs, a scan of User Registry locations, and Microsoft Office temporary files.After you have made the selection on the screen, the browsers configuration page opens. The program supports Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. It can remove the Internet cache, clear the browsing history and cookies, clear form data, and optimize databases for each browser.There is no option unfortunately to add specific browser profiles or non-supported browsers to the list of supported web browsers.DiskMax will run the scan and the deletions afterwards. There is no option to go over the scan results first before the removal operation starts.The all users scan is identical to the users scan profile; the only difference is that the scan runs on all users of the Windows machine and not only the current user.System ScanThe system scan includes a scan of all user scan locations plus additional items. It may empty the Windows Recycle Bin, and scan the main drive to remove additional temporary files from them.This includes Windows caches, .Net Framework logs, Internet logs, repair information or orphaned installed files.The next page lists Windows Update items that you may clean. You may remove downloaded update installers, clear the Windows Update Event cache, or clear the Windows Update history on that page.The System+ scan profile adds additional scan locations to the process. It adds an option to clean the event log completely, and to optimize the drive.Closing WordsDiskMax runs the operation automatically once you hit the start button. One downside of the program is that it will run the cleanup operation automatically after the scan; it does not support an option to display the results of the scan first to give users options to deselect locations or items.Another shortcoming is that you cannot add custom locations, other browsers for instance, to scans.The application is well designed however and ran without any issues. It displays a report in the end that highlights how much space it recovered.Now You: Do you use disk cleaning softwareSummary12345 Author Rating4 based on 6 votes Software Name DiskMAxOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://www.koshyjohn.com/software/diskmax/ Advertisement