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Kevin Alas not satisfied with performance despite snapping out of slump in NLEX win

first_img“When other players struggled, some of my teammates stepped up and that’s a good thing for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kevin Alas may have fully healed from his knee injury he suffered last season but he’s still slowly trying to get back into tiptop shape.NLEX’s young guard suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup but has since recovered to play in the Road Warriors’ first four games of the new season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes And it wasn’t just Alas, who broke out of his slump as the Road Warriors snapped their three-game losing streak to get to a 1-3 record.NLEX, however, had to endure the Dyip’s rabid rally in the third quarter when Columbian outscored the Road Warriors 36-17 in the third quarter.The Road Warriors had a 31-point lead, 65-34, late in the second quarter but saw it dwindle down to five, 91-86, early in the fourth quarter.“It was actually kind of a good thing because our character got tested when Columbian made that run,” said Alas.NLEX recovered later in the fourth quarter going on a 9-2 run to take a 100-88 lead after Philip Paniamogan’s three with 4:05 left.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The return, however, wasn’t as smooth as Alas had hoped for after he scored just a total of 17 points on a combined 7-of-33 shooting across his first three games.Alas admitted that he wasn’t that satisfied with his output and even though he broke that slump in the Road Warriors’ 107-97 win over Columbian he left the game wanting more from himself.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Personally, I’m not satisfied with my performance especially during the second half but I know that I can do better than that,” said Alas in Filipino who finished with 13 points, on 5-of-8 shooting, two rebounds, and three assists Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“The coaches have always told me to stay patient. I actually computed my field goals in the first three games, 7-of-33, and that was bad.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Hard-fighting Dyip show resilience in loss to NLEX US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik conferred with Padma Shri

first_imgIndian trailblazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar and wrestler Sakshi Malik on Thursday received the coveted Padma Shri Award from President Pranab Mukherjee in the national capital.Karmakar, hailing from Agartala, missed the bronze medal by 0.150 points as American gymnast Simone Biles won her third gold medal at the Rio Olympics last year.The 23-year-old had created history when she became the first Indian gymnast to enter the final on her debut at the quadrennial multi-discipline games after finishing eighth in the qualifying round.She had initially come to spotlight after winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, thus becoming the first Indian female gymnast to achieve the feat.Sakshi, on the other hand, won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category at the 2016 Summer Olympics.With the win, Malik became the first woman wrestler in India to win an Olympic medal and fourth Indian woman athlete to clinch the coveted medal after Karnam Malleshwari, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.Meanwhile, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and Paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu were other notable winners of the prestigious award.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Shipping Confidence Rises Despite Geopolitical Uncertainty

first_imgzoomlllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Shipping confidence has increased in the last three months despite ongoing geopolitical uncertainty, shipping adviser and accountant BDO said. “It is encouraging to begin the year with a small uptick in confidence,” Richard Greiner, Partner, Shipping & Transport at BDO, commented.“Despite continuing doubts and fears about trade wars, China’s GDP, uncertainty over exchange rates, President Trump’s decision-making, Brexit and general political instability in many parts of the world, shipping can still find reasons to be cheerful,” he added.The average confidence level rose to 6.2 out of a maximum score of 10 this quarter compared to 6 in Q4 2018.Confidence was up in Europe, from 6.1 to 6.3, and in North America, from 5.2 to 5.6. In Asia, meanwhile, there was a drop in overall confidence levels to 5.8 from the 12-month high of 6.3 recorded in the previous quarter.According to BDO, brokers were behind much of the increase in confidence. Their score was up from 5.2 to 5.9. On the other hand, the rating for owners and managers was down slightly from 6.4 to 6.3 and from 6.0 to 5.8 respectively. Charterers’ confidence was also down, from 6.8 to 6, although this still compared favourably with the rating of 5 returned 12 months ago.The survey was launched in May 2008 with an overall rating for all respondents of 6.8 out of 10.Survey analysisThe BDO quarterly survey found that the likelihood of respondents making a major investment or significant development over the next 12 months was down from 5.5 to 5.3 out of 10.What is more, charterers’ confidence in this regard reached a record high of 7.3. Brokers’ confidence was also up, from 4.1 to 4.9. However, owners recorded a fall from 6.3 to 5.4 while managers’ ratings were unchanged at 5.6.Expectations were up in Europe from 5.2 to 5.3, but down in Asia from 6.2 to 5.2.The number of respondents who expected finance costs to increase over the coming year was down from 67% to 48%, the lowest figure since August 2016. The figures for all categories of respondent were down, in the case of charterers from 80% to 33%.Demand trends were cited by 26% of respondents as the factor most likely to influence performance over the next 12 months. Competition and finance costs featured in second and third place respectively in this context.Freight marketsNet freight rate sentiment was positive in all three main tonnage categories identified in the BDO survey, with 51% of respondents expecting higher rates over the next 12 months in the tanker market. Respondents expecting lower tanker rates fell from 9% to 6% this quarter.In the dry bulk sector, expectations of rate increases were up strongly from 38% to 52%, while the numbers anticipating lower rates climbed slightly to 13% from 11%.The numbers expecting higher container ship rates rose by one percentage point to 26%, whilst those expecting lower container ship rates increased to 25% from 23%.“Net freight rate sentiment remains positive in all three main tonnage categories, and there is a growing recognition that shipping is emerging from an extremely difficult period as a leaner and greener industry,” Greiner continued.“A number of respondents noted that the financial difficulties faced by many companies in recent years have changed the dynamics of the industry, with an increase in consolidation, restructuring and mergers & acquisitions.”“At the same time, there appears to be general recognition that the likes of the IMO 2020 and Ballast Water Management regulations will help rid the industry of poorly maintained tonnage and increase both the viability and the pedigree of the world fleet.” “This will also appeal to potential investors looking to back environmentally compliant and technologically savvy industries. It seems that the shipping industry must prioritise achieving the benefits of regulatory compliance and technological innovation over the coming years,” he concluded.last_img read more

Budget 2016 expectations Indigenous communities left alone to deal with mental health

first_imgAPTN National NewsAlmost everyone in the North is impacted by mental health and addictions issues.And what is abnormal to non-Indigenous communities has become the new normal for many Northern communities which have been left to deal with the legacy of the Indian residential school system.APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

Reinvented the actor in me in New York Anupam

first_imgMumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is back in the country after almost three months, says it has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing the actor in him there. Anupam was busy shooting for the second season of the medical drama series ‘New Amsterdam’ in the US. He took to Twitter to announce his return to India after 100 days. “I am finally India bound after almost 100 days. It has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing my life and the actor in me,” Anupam wrote in the post he shared on his Twitter handle. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe also said he felt emotional on his return to India. “I am joyous and emotional going back to my country after a long gap. Looking forward to a familiar experience,” he added. Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the US, the medical drama – ‘New Amsterdam’ follows the brilliant and charming doctor Max Goodwin played by actor Ryan Eggold, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. On the Bollywood front, the 63-year-old actor was last seen on screen in The Accidental Prime Minister. He played former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the film.last_img read more

Federal agency to investigate Texas chemical fire

CROSBY, Texas — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says it will investigate a fire at a Houston area chemical plant that killed one worker and injured two others.The Chemical Safety Board said Wednesday it will join other agencies probing the cause of Tuesday’s blaze at a KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) northeast of Houston.The safety board, an independent federal agency that investigates industrial chemical incidents, is also probing the March 17 blaze at a petrochemical storage facility in nearby Deer Park .Rachel Moreno, with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, says her agency’s investigators haven’t been able to enter the plant because of ongoing clean up and emergency operations.Harris County officials say ongoing air monitoring shows no health risks to the area around the plant.The Associated Press read more

India and Sri Lanka to increase cooperation

Secretary to the President, Udaya Seneviratne and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu were also present during this discussion. (Colombo Gazette) He also requested India to increase the number of personnel trained by India. The Indian Defence Secretary agreed to look into the possibility of enhancing training facilities. President Sirisena stressed the importance of close cooperation between the two countries to ensure regional security. They also exchanged views on issues pertaining to bilateral defence cooperation and regional security.Sanja Mitra and Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando will continue discussions on these issues to further strengthen security cooperation between the two countries. The President thanked the Indian Government for the cooperation extended to Sri Lanka in security issues and for the training provided to Sri Lankan security forces personnel. India and Sri Lanka today agreed to increase cooperation in the security and defence spheres, including regional security, curbing drug smuggling and human trafficking and training of members of the security forces.These issues were discussed when Indian Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence in Colombo today, the President’s office said. read more

The Week In College Football More Than Just BamaLSU

Stanford1161346%19%3% Penn State—2741<1%<1%<1% Oregon—2532<1%<1%<1% What to watch for this weekSECThe No. 4,1All the rankings I’m using in this article are the committee’s. one-loss Crimson Tide face No. 2, undefeated LSU in what is as close to a play-in game for the playoff as can be devised at this point in the season. Vegas has the Tide favored by about 6 points. That seems about right. After all, the game is in Tuscaloosa, and the FiveThirtyEight model gives home teams a 3.5-point advantage. But Alabama also has a slight edge over LSU according to FPI, despite its earlier loss to Ole Miss.The FiveThirtyEight model gives Alabama a 41 percent chance of making the playoff, largely because they’re favored in this game; LSU’s playoff odds are 30 percent. But let’s answer our first what-if question: How will those odds change after this game? My colleague Jay Boice ran additional simulations contingent on each team winning. In this thought experiment, if the Tide win, their odds would rise to 53 percent; but if the Tigers were to win, their odds would tick up to 45 percent. The Tigers’ odds are still lower, even if they beat Alabama, because their remaining schedule is so grueling. A road game against Ole Miss and a matchup with Texas A&M at home stand out on what is, going into this week, the toughest remaining schedule.(As a diehard fan who was born and raised in Baton Rouge, I’d like to be able to tell my fellow LSU faithful that these numbers favoring ’Bama are made up. But I can’t. What we Tiger fans do have going in our favor is Leonard Fournette, the Heisman Trophy favorite and, as Wright Thompson wrote, emerging legend.)Interestingly, though Alabama is favored to win and gets higher odds of making the postseason, because LSU is undefeated, the Tigers have higher odds (22 percent) of winning the conference, according to our model. (That’s because if LSU stumbles, Ole Miss is in position to win the SEC West with a tiebreaker over Alabama.) But beyond Alabama and LSU, Florida is waiting in the wings with an 18 percent chance of squeezing into the playoff. The Gators are looking like a good bet to win the SEC East, as they face only creampuffs for the remainder of their conference schedule; and if they emerge as a one-loss champion of the SEC, it will be hard for the committee not to include them.Big 12Baylor and TCU are putting up basketball scores each week. High-powered offenses drive the two highest-ranked teams according to FPI. Our model gives undefeated, No. 8 TCU the best chance of breaking into the playoff, even though Baylor is notionally better according to FPI. That’s because the Horned Frogs host the No. 6 Bears on Nov. 27 in what amounts to (assuming both teams are undefeated) a Big 12 championship game the conference never planned.The Big 12 is deep — very deep. Take this week’s biggest game: TCU faces No. 14 Oklahoma State. Although the Horned Frogs look strong according to our model — which gives them a 31 percent chance of making the playoff — the Cowboys can’t be ignored (they have a 6 percent chance themselves). The conference also includes a strong Oklahoma team, whom our model gives a 14 percent chance of making the postseason.Big TenThe FiveThirtyEight model gives No. 3 Ohio State the best odds of making the playoff: 61 percent. Furthermore, we give the Buckeyes a 16 percent chance of repeating as national champs. But look beyond them and you’ll see a strong conference, with the winner likely to be placed in the playoff.Ohio State has a difficult schedule ahead. Like the LSU vs. Alabama game this week, the Nov. 21 matchup against No. 7 Michigan State could be viewed as a de facto national quarterfinal game; Michigan State has a 22 percent chance of being in the final four. The winner likely will face currently undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten championship game.ACCAfter those three conferences, there’s a huge dropoff in quality. With the exception of Clemson, the ACC looks wobbly. That said, the undefeated Tigers are viewed favorably by the selection committee, which gave them their No. 1 ranking. Our model gives them a 51 percent chance of making the postseason (the best after Ohio State), but after them, Florida State is the next best ACC squad, with a 5 percent chance. That said, the Tigers face what is probably their toughest remaining challenge at home against the Seminoles on Saturday. If they survive, a what-if simulation we ran gives the Tigers a 61 percent chance of making the playoff. Furthermore, if they run the table in their remaining games, they’re likely to make the playoff (our model would put their chances at 99 percent), but if they don’t win out, the ACC champion won’t have a guaranteed spot. Why? Because if Clemson loses this week, our model would give both Clemson and FSU about a 15 percent chance.Pac-12What a total mess. Among Pac-12 teams, Stanford has the best chance of making the playoff, at 19 percent. Despite having just one loss, Utah does poorly in our model, registering a 6 percent chance — little better than unranked USC. FiveThirtyEight reckons that if Stanford does win out, it’s 90 percent likely to make the playoffs. In other words, the Pac-12 is not guaranteed a spot right now. To push the Cardinal’s odds up, Clemson would have to slip, and still a second team from the SEC or Big Ten might leapfrog the Pac-12 champ.Beyond The Power FiveThe best bet outside the five major conferences is No. 5 Notre Dame, with a 25 percent chance of making the playoff. Memphis and Houston, as impressive as they’ve been, stand only a 6 percent and 2 percent chance, respectively, of being included. In other words, the stellar mid-major teams should keep rooting for those in the major conferences to cannibalize each other. Good gosh o’mighty, what a college football season so far. It’s early November, and fans have already witnessed:a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown as time expired;an eight-lateral kickoff return that was returned for a touchdown as time expired;a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown as time expired; andthe ongoing dominance of the next Herschel Walker.Amid all this excitement, in walks the selection committee to cut the ribbon on its first iteration of this season’s College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings. Unveiled over the next month, these CFP rankings will determine who plays in the second-ever four-team playoff. But reading the CFP tea leaves can be overwhelming.Confused by the CFP committee’s weird pronouncements? Fearful that Condoleezza Rice and her comrades will stab your team in the back? (Baylor and TCU fans, you know the feeling.) Trying to interpret the CFP rankings probably makes you feel like the Michigan guy who made his way around the Internet: Temple22324541%<1%<1% RankingProbability of … Mississippi St.201917<1%3%<1% Northwestern214257<1%<1%<1% Clemson17756%51%12% Oklahoma1516315%14%5% Michigan State731915%22%3% Mississippi18171020%8%2% Oklahoma St.14111415%6%1% Houston25233330%2%<1% Utah12152118%6%<1% Iowa9122925%7%<1% Michigan1722187%6%<1% FiveThirtyEight can’t stop the CFP from screwing your team, but we’re going to try to use numbers and our football knowledge to prevent you from being blindsided.Each week, we’ll break down the latest CFP rankings, preview the big upcoming games and explore what-if questions. As we did last year, we’ll take an iterative and probabilistic approach to project which four teams the CFP committee will select into the playoff on Dec. 6.We’ll cover the Power Five conferences and make a special effort not to ignore the mid-major darlings. Translation: we’ll show Memphis and Houston some love. And as a born-and-raised LSU fan, I’m obliged to exhibit a cocky and blatant SEC bias intended to solicit all your angry emails.Before we dive into the new rankings and preview games by conference, a few nitty-gritty details about the model are worth reiterating from what editor-in-chief Nate Silver has written in greater detail elsewhere on FiveThirtyEight:Game predictions are based on a tweaked version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) for each team.Based on game results, each team is given an Elo rating that reflects, primarily, its strength of schedule and, to a lesser extent, the margin of victory in its games.Each team is given a new projected ranking based on the previous week’s ranking, the outcome of the game it has just played and its Elo rating.Then the model iterates through the season’s remaining games and, using past coaches’ polls as a guide, tries to predict what the CFP committee will decide.Latest CFP RankingsJust like last year, the CFP committee angered Big 12 fans. Baylor and TCU were ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, while Ohio State is third. One-loss Alabama sneaked in at No. 4 and LSU at No. 2, a clear sign that the committee respects an SEC schedule. But the committee really has a penchant for Clemson, the squad at No. 1. That also helps Notre Dame, whose only loss is to Clemson. The committee puts the Fighting Irish just outside the party at No. 5. Florida State16131513%5%<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Arkansas—3926<1%<1%<1% Ohio State31447%61%16% TCU84237%31%11% LSU25822%30%8% Memphis13143621%6%<1% Texas A&M193016<1%<1%<1% Toledo24244328%<1%<1% Alabama42614%41%11% UCLA2321225%1%<1% North Carolina—262323%<1%<1% Florida1091241%18%4% Wisconsin—18245%<1%<1% USC—20530%4%1% Baylor610132%31%13% Notre Dame589—25%5% read more

Lifesaving call for Cork doctors as stabbed crewman airlifted off ship

first_imgDOCTORS BASED AT Medico Cork made a “potentially lifesaving” call, after their assistance was sought by the captain of a ship on which a crew-member was stabbed.A Chinese crew-member aboard the ‘Long Glory’ cargo ship was stabbed on Thursday — receiving wounds to the leg and lower back.He received initial medical treatment on board, but, prompted by concerns that his condition might deteriorate, the captain decided to seek advice on whether he should be airlifted off before the vessel reached land. The Panama-registered bulk carrier was 860 miles south of Mizen Head at this stage, but was on a course for Irish waters.Photos of the man’s injuries were sent to the Cork-based ‘Medico’ unit, and doctors there advised that the man be taken to hospital as soon as possible, as the stab injury to his back was close to vital organs.“It was a very good judgement call — possibly a lifesaving call for the doctors,” an operator at the Irish Coast Guard station in Valentia told TheJournal.ie. The man was airlifted from the vessel for hospital treatment in the Azores islands late on Thursday evening.Based at Cork University Hospital, ‘Medico Cork’ provides medical support and information for vessels at sea — usually those in Irish waters but occasionally ships further afield.The Long Glory was en route from South America to Iceland when the stabbing occurred. Further details surrounding the violent incident are unclear at this stage.Read: Coast Guard helicopters stand down mission due to severe weatherRead: Man confirmed dead after rescue operation in Avoca Riverlast_img read more

Voyager 1 atteint une nouvelle région aux confins du système solaire

first_imgVoyager 1 atteint une nouvelle région aux confins du système solaireLa sonde américaine Voyager 1 se situe actuellement dans l’ultime zone avant sa sortie du système solaire, a indiqué lundi la NASA. Ce faisant, elle deviendra le premier engin à parcourir l’espace interstellaire.Voyager 1 va t-elle enfin quitter le système solaire ? Lundi, la NASA a annoncé que la sonde américaine est récemment entrée dans une nouvelle région des confins de notre système qui se trouve à 18,5 milliards de kilomètres du Soleil. C’est du moins ce qu’ont indiqué les instruments de bord de la sonde qui serait ainsi arrivée à la jonction entre l’espace intersidéral et notre propre système. Comme l’ont expliqué les scientifiques responsables de la mission, cette zone est comme une autoroute magnétique par où les particules à haute énergie venant de l’espace interstellaire entrent dans le système solaire et où celles à basse énergie provenant de ce dernier s’en échappent. “Bien que Voyager 1 soit toujours à l’intérieur de l’environnement solaire, nous pouvons désormais avoir aperçu de ce à quoi ressemble l’extérieur parce que les particules entrent et sortent de cette route magnétique”, a indiqué Edward Stone, le responsable du projet à l’Institut de technologie de Californie (Caltec) à Pasadena.”Si nous jugions seulement à partir des données sur les particules chargées, j’aurais pensé que nous étions en dehors de l’héliosphère. Mais nous avons besoin de regarder ce que tous les instruments nous disent et seul le temps nous dira si nos interprétations à propos de cette frontière sont correctes”, a indiqué Stamatios Krimigis, basé au Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. L’exploration du Système solaire la plus fructueuse jamais lancée Néanmoins, “nous pensons qu’il s’agit de la dernière étape du périple de Voyager 1 avant d’entrer dans l’espace interstellaire”, a expliqué Edward Stone. “Selon nos estimations, Voyager 1 pourrait sortir du système solaire d’ici deux mois ou deux ans au plus”, a-t-il ainsi ajouté.L’autre sonde Voyager, Voyager 2, elle aussi lancée en 1977 un mois après la première, se situe quant à elle à 15 milliards de km du Soleil. A elles deux, les sondes ont survolé Jupiter, Saturne, Uranus, Neptune ainsi que 48 de leurs lunes. Les données recueillies par les neuf instruments à bord de chacune des sondes en font la mission d’exploration du Système solaire la plus fructueuse de toute l’histoire spatiale. En effet, les deux engins ont notamment révélé un grand nombre de détails sur les anneaux de Saturne et permis de découvrir ceux de Jupiter.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreIls ont également livré les premières images précises des anneaux d’Uranus et de Neptune. Les deux Voyager ont en outre permis la découverte de 33 nouvelles lunes et révélé l’activité volcanique de Io ainsi que la structure étrange d’Europe, deux lunes de Jupiter.(crédits photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech) Le 4 décembre 2012 à 17:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Abdulrahman believes the UAE can still win Asian Cup

first_imgFor United Arab Emirates icon Omar Abdulrahman, his team can still win the 2019 AFC Asian Cup as they only tied 1-1 with Bahrain.The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain tied 1-1 in the opening match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The Emirati team has only won twice in the last ten matches, and this has worried the fans and press.“The team carries the hopes and dreams of all the people of the UAE and needs the efforts of all,” Abdulrahman told Sport 360.“We must all be keen to support and encourage players. Whatever the outcome, the championship is still long and the team still has a great chance of progressing further in this tournament.”ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.“The Whites led well but did not succeed in achieving the victory that was awaited by fans of UAE football against Bahrain,” he added.“Luck did not win in this confrontation, but I wish success to players in both of the next two games against India and Thailand.”“We need to support the Whites to the end, I have confidence in the ability of the team to reach the second round and continue the quest for the title,” he explained.“The public will support the players a lot, and raise their spirits to do their best, to achieve the desired results.”last_img read more

Soldotna Looks At Banning Cellphones While Driving On School Property

first_imgIn June 2017, the City adopted an ordinance limiting the use of electronic screen devices while driving on public roads in the City limits, and setting a fine amount as a minor offense. Jordan Chilson, Council Member: “Based on my discussions with local school administrators, there have been ongoing safety issues with parents distracted by cell phones in their parking lots during student pick up and drop off times. I believe the safety of our local students is paramount and this ordinance will serve as a reasonable tool we can provide to help address these issues.” If passed this would not however apply to hands free device usage or parked vehicles not in operation. This fall the Alaska State Legislature passed House Bill 333 which grants authority to municipalities to regulate use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle in active school zones as well as on school property. The bill was introduced to reduce the use of cell phones while driving in active school zones or on school property.center_img The Soldotna City Council will introduce Ordinance 2018-039 at their meeting on Wednesday, December 12. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will introduce an ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday that would prohibit the use of handheld electronic devices while driving in school zones and on school property.last_img read more

Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian To Serve On National Task Force On Inmate Health

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) recently announced the formation of a joint task force to reduce jail inmate recidivism through continuity of health care services.Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, who has been a leading voice in both the local and national discussions regarding the intersection of behavioral health and the criminal justice system, has been selected to serve on the task force.The task force, made up of NACo and NSA members representing county leaders, law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, behavioral health and veterans’ services, will explore the impacts of the national mental and behavioral health crisis and the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP), which strips federal health and veterans’ benefits from individuals upon admission to jail – not upon conviction – leading to increased recidivism.“Stripping federal health benefits from those jailed but not convicted, and are presumed innocent, is a violation of their constitutional rights,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “By providing continuity of health care to those most in need, counties can help break the cycle of recidivism exacerbated by untreated physical and mental illnesses and substance use disorders.”“This task force will work tirelessly to remove the roadblocks people face in getting the care they need,” said NSA Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson. “These experienced people will fix this problem and help the thousands of mentally ill citizens trapped in Americas’ jail without the proper care.” Members of the new task force will explore the impacts of existing federal policies on recidivism and health outcomes of local jail inmates. A focus will be placed on those individuals suffering from mental health, substance use disorders and/or other chronic health illnesses.An issue plaguing sheriffs and jails throughout the United States is that of the increasing number of inmates with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Due to the lack of community resources, jails have become the de-facto mental health hospitals and treatment facilities and have assumed the liability as well. Across the nation, there is growing reliance on local jails to serve as “one-stop” treatment centers for these afflictions. Under current law, those who can afford bail keep their health care while those unable to pay – who are most susceptible to illness – face a gap in coverage. Research shows gaps in coverage lead to higher rates of recidivism resulting in over-incarceration.The double standard created by MIEP is putting undue strain on local judicial, law enforcement, public safety and human services systems leading to increased health care costs and poorer health outcomes. Having access to federal health benefits for non-convicted individuals would allow for improved coordination of care, while decreasing short-term costs to local taxpayers and long-term costs to the federal government.The suspension of federal benefits for pre-trial detainees not only presents constitutional challenges but also unjustly increases the fiscal impact on sheriffs and counties to pay for needed medical and mental health care, that but for their incarceration, the federal government would cover. These monies, if reinstated, would increase sheriffs’ ability to provide additional programming and resources to inmates and allow for a smoother transition into communities for the inmate without a lapse in benefits and medical care.Read more about the need to reinstate federal health care benefits for non-convicted justice-involved individuals here.Members of the Task Force:Co-Chair: Hon. Nancy SharpeCommissioner, Arapahoe County, Colo.Co-Chair: Hon. Greg ChampagneSheriff, St. Charles Parish, La.Delrice AdamsExecutive Director, Cook County, Ill. Justice Advisory CouncilHon. Michael AdkinsonSheriff,Walton County, Fla.Hon. Kathryn BargerSupervisor, Los Angeles County, Calif.Hon. Roy Charles BrooksCommissioner, Tarrant County, TexasHon. Brett ClarkSheriff, Hendricks County, Ind.Hon. Jerry ClaytonSheriff, Washtenaw County, Mich.Hon. Thomas DartSheriff, Cook County, Ill.Hon. Jerry DemingsMayor, Orange County, Fla.Hon. John FlynnDistrict Attorney, Erie County, N.Y., Member of the Board of Directors, National District Attorneys AssociationHon. Daron HallSheriff, Davidson County, Tenn.Hon. Michael HeldmanSheriff, Hancock County, OhioHon. David HudsonJudge, Sebastian County, Ark.Hon. Clay JenkinsJudge, Dallas County, TexasHon. Peter J. KoutoujianSheriff, Middlesex County, Mass.Hon. Steven LeifmanAssociate Administrative Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Miami-Dade County, Fla.Nick MacchioneDirector, Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego County, Calif.Hon. John McMahonSheriff,San Bernardino County, Calif.Hon. Gabriel Morgan Sr.Sheriff, Newport News, Va.Hon. Christopher MossCounty Executive, Chemung County, N.Y.Hon. Eric SeversonSheriff, Waukesha County, Wisc.Hon. Helen StoneCommissioner, Chatham County, Ga.Hon. Tim SvensonSheriff, Yamhill County, Ore.Hon. Janet ThompsonCommissioner, Boone County, Mo.Hon. Errol Toulon, Jr.Sheriff, Suffolk County, N.Y.Hon. Jenny WilsonMayor, Salt Lake County, UtahEdward ZacharyDirector, Veterans Service Office, Medina County, OhioAbout The National Association of Counties & National Sheriffs’ AssociationThe National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking; promote exemplary county policies and practices; nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks; optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings; and enrich the public’s understanding of county government. www.naco.orgThe National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the U.S., representing more than 3,000 elected Sheriffs across the nation, and with a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among Sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of law enforcement, public safety, and criminal justice. Throughout its seventy-eight year history, NSA has also served as an information resource for all law enforcement, as well as State governments and the Federal government.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSenator Markey & Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian Promote Expansion Of Opioid Treatment In JailsIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff Visits DC To Advocate For Pretrial Health Care CoverageIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian Elected President of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ AssociationIn “Government”last_img read more

NOW HIRING Town Is Hiring Custodian For Middle School

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington is hiring a Custodial Worker. The job listing is below and can be found HERE.Position: Custodial WorkerUnit: AFSCME IReporting To: Superintendent of Public Buildings or designeeWages: $842.55/wkLocation: Middle School. Location subject to change 2:30PM – 10:30PM.Hours: Depending on shift assignment. Shifts are currently 6:00AM – 2:30PM, 9:30AM – 6:00PM, 10:00AM to 6:30PM, 2:30PM to 10:30PM, and 3:00PM to 11:00PM. School Vacation & Summer Schedule is 7:00AM to 3:30PM for all school assignments. Hours are subject to change.Application Deadline: March 29, 2019Definition:A semi-skilled custodial worker that has knowledge of the routine, preventative, and overall care and maintenance of public buildings.Essential FunctionsWorking under the supervision of the Superintendent of Public Buildings or designee:Sweeps floors, dusts, vacuums rugs, washes floors, cleans restrooms, polishes and waxes furniture and floors, empties wastebaskets in offices and common areas.Washes windows, paints various surfaces, changes light bulbs, shovels snow, clears ice covered surfaces, collects and disposes of rubbish.Moves and sets up furniture.Replaces light bulbs, performs minor repairs to furniture, buildings, and equipment, maintains and operates heating and cooling systems in buildings.Accepts and unload deliveries.Performs other similar tasks or related work as assigned.Minimum QualificationsGeneral knowledge of cleaning materials and methods.Ability to perform heavy manual labor.Ability to understand instructions, read labels and gauges, and follow directions and/or instructions.Valid driver’s license.Job EnvironmentWork is performed both inside and outside. May be subjected to loud noise and exposure to extremes of heat and cold temperatures and inclement weather. Required to traverse uneven terrain, may be required to bend or stoop and is subject to one or more hazards such as those associated with working near equipment, mechanical and electrical systems. Work environment will be moderately noisy and at times very loud due to students, visitors and staff traveling through corridors, as well as work areas such as boiler rooms.Physical RequirementsThe work is mutually mental and physical. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear for extended periods. Frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reaches with hands and arms, crawls and climbs. Specific vision abilities required include close and medium distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to read labels, gauges and instructions on cleaning supplies, building and custodial equipment. Must be able to hear normal sounds, distinguish sound as voice and communicate through human speech. Required to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.To Apply:Submit resume, cover letter and completed application to:Town Manager’s OfficeAttn: Assistant Town Manager/Director of Human Resources 121 Glen RoadWilmington, MA 01887or via email at: jobs@wilmingtonma.govIf submitting by email please use “Position: Custodial Worker” in the subject line. Resume and cover letter, or application may be attached to the email.EOELike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Town Of Wilmington Seeks Custodial Worker For Wilmington HighIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Public Buildings Department Seeks Custodial WorkerIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Town Seeking Custodial WorkerIn “Government”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly December 16 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioPresident Obama Makes Bristol Bay Off-Limits For Oil, Gas Development Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCPresident Obama today extended an executive action that puts Bristol Bay off-limits to oil and gas development.State Hires Project Lead for Medicaid Expansion Annie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageThe department of health and social services has created a new position to help the state work toward the goal of expanding Medicaid.  The job is Medicaid Expansion Project Director and it’s being filled by Chris Ashenbrenner, who spent two decades working for the department and came out of retirement to take on this challenge.North Slope-Bound Tanker Wrecks, Spills 1,200 Gallons of Diesel, Catches Fire Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksA fuel tanker headed to the North Slope wrecked at a remote spot along the Dalton Highway Sunday, overturning and spilling more than a thousand gallons of diesel. The truck subsequently caught fire and burned.Anchorage School Board Puts Money into Savings, Rilke Schule Facility Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage School Board decided how to spend their unexpected $24 million fund balance during a lengthy Monday night meeting. Most will be saved to make up for next year’s anticipated deficit. The money was originally budgeted for this year, but the district spent less than planned on salaries because they had difficulty hiring and retaining highly experienced teachers.Juneau School Board to Decide if Montessori Borealis Should be its Own School Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauMontessori Borealis has been part of the Juneau School District for 20 years as an optional program.After a couple years of planning, the Montessori Borealis community submitted a proposal last spring to become its own school. The school board will decide tonight.Troopers Release Names of Missing Kuskokwim Travelers Daysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelAlaska State Troopers have released the names of the two other travelers that remain missing on the frozen Kuskokwim River.Alaska Power Company Customers Will See 11 Percent Rate Hike Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – HainesThousands of rural Alaskans will see their power bills go up after the first of the year. That’s because the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, or RCA, approved an 11 percent rate increase last week for Alaska Power Company customers.That’s lower than the hike the company asked for. But it’s still more than many residents in Southeast and the Interior say they can afford.Are Agencies Prepared for Effects of Climate Change? Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageAs Alaskans grapple with the effects of a warming planet, they look to federal and state agencies to help with problems that are too big for an individual or even a community to tackle. But it’s not clear if statutes, regulations and agency funding are up to the task.last_img read more

GHMC penalises wine shop for littering

first_imgQuthbullapur: GHMC has been strictly enforcing city cleanliness. With a vision to make Hyderabad a tidy capital, GHMC started the cleanliness drive in Quthbullapur. Its officials imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 on Satyam Wines at Suchithra in Quthbullapur for littering garbage and for not keeping the store clean. The store owners presented the cheque of 50,000 to the GHMC officials, accepting their fault. Untidiness, causing nuisance and poor maintenance of garbage at the store are the other reasons for the huge penalty.last_img read more

Cardinals Release 2019 Lacrosse Schedule

first_imgThe Cards return to Louisville on March 9 for their ACC home opener against Duke. Louisville will then break from ACC action for a game against Duquesne on March 11 in Pittsburgh followed by a game at home against Cincinnati on March 13. The Cards conclude their busy week when they host their third 2018 NCAA Tournament opponent Syracuse on March 17. Postseason play begins on April 24 in Boston, Mass. at the ACC Tournament. The opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament are slated to begin on May 10-12 with the Final Four occurring in Baltimore. First up in the Cards’ three-game home stint is Delaware on March 31. Louisville will then have a week to prepare for 2018 NCAA Tournament semifinalist North Carolina on April 6. Fans will have one final opportunity to see the Cardinals in action at UofL Lacrosse Stadium when they take on Ohio State on April 9. On March 2, the Cardinals kick off ACC play with a trip to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame. In a quick turnaround, Louisville remains in Indiana for a mid-week tilt against Butler on March 5. For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLLacrosse. Print Friendly Version After a week of preparation, the Cards welcome Mercer for their home opener on Feb. 24. The month wraps up when Louisville hosts Vanderbilt at UofL Lacrosse Stadium on Feb. 27. The regular season caps off with a pair of conference road games against two 2018 NCAA Tournament foes. First, Louisville squares off against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. on April 13 before meeting the national runner-up Boston College on April 20. On March 23, the Cardinals travel to Blacksburg, Va. to face Virginia Tech, their second straight 2018 NCAA Tournament squad, before returning to Louisville for their final three home games of the season.center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville lacrosse head coach Scott Teeter announced the 2019 schedule, which features games against seven 2018 NCAA Tournament teams and eight contests at UofL Lacrosse Stadium. The Cardinals’ roster is filled with underclassmen, featuring just one senior in attacker Tessa Chad. Chad saw action in all 17 games a year ago, ranking second on the team with 42 goals and 49 points. “We are very excited about the upcoming season and the opportunity to play such a challenging schedule,” said Teeter. “We will have a young team, but we’re encouraged by the way they have developed and are anxious to get the season started.” The Cardinals open their season on Feb. 8 in Evanston, Ill. with a matchup against 2018 NCAA quarterfinalist Northwestern. Two days later on Feb. 10, the Cards head to Milwaukee, Wis. to take on Marquette before concluding the three-game stretch of road games to open the season at 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Denver on Feb. 16. Story Links The leading returnee is sophomore midfielder Caroline Blalock. Blalock was named Second Team All-ACC a year ago after leading the team with 43 goals, 55 points and 24 caused turnovers.last_img read more

Will Ferrell Deletes His Facebook Account

first_imgIn this day and age, with misinformation running rampant, it’s important that we protect the truth, as well as those who work to bring it to light. I can no longer, in good conscience, use the services of a company that allowed the spread of propaganda and directly aimed it at those most vulnerable.I love my fans and hope to further interact with them through my comedy via the mediums of film and television.-Will Ferrell “I know I am not alone when I say that I was very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of millions of Facebook users’ information in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens’ privacy,” Ferrell wrote in the post.He continued, “I can no longer, in good conscience, use the services of a company that allowed the spread of propaganda and directly aimed it at those most vulnerable.”Ferrell joins the budding revolt against Facebook in the wake of the user-privacy fiasco. Playboy also has announced that it was leaving the platform, after Elon Musk deleted the Facebook pages for Tesla Motors and SpaceX last week. Brian Acton, a co-founder of messaging app WhatsApp — which Facebook acquired in a deal valued at $19 billion — called for a Facebook boycott in a March 20 tweet: “It is time. #deletefacebook.”Ferrell, in his farewell post on Facebook, admitted that he’s “always had an aversion to social media” and has primarily used it “to help support our work at Funny Or Die” — the comedy media company he co-founded — as well as some of his personal projects and charity causes. Ferrell does not maintain official Twitter or Instagram accounts.Here’s the full text of Ferrell’s message, posted on Tuesday:Hi Friends,I’m reaching out to let you know that in 72 hours I will be deleting my Facebook account. I am not deleting it immediately, in order to give this message enough time to get across to my fans and followers.I have always had an aversion to social media and have primarily used it as a tool to help support our work at Funny Or Die, some of my personal projects, as well as charity causes that I am passionate about. Facebook allowed me to promote and share the work of many dedicated and talented individuals who deserved recognition.I know I am not alone when I say that I was very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of millions of Facebook users’ information in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens’ privacy. I was further appalled to learn that Facebook’s reaction to such a violation was to suspend the account of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower. Popular on Variety UPDATE, 3/31: Will Ferrell’s official Facebook page has been deleted. The link to his page currently displays the message, “Sorry, this content isn’t available right now.”Previously:Will Ferrell has had enough of Facebook.The comedian and actor, in a post on the social-media platform, said he will delete his Facebook account by this Friday. His page currently has 10.1 million fans.Ferrell cited Facebook’s mishandling of user data in the case of Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political data-analytics firm that obtained unauthorized info on 50 million users without their knowledge or consent. Facebook has pledged to make changes to give users more control over privacy settings and restrict usage of data on its platform, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized for the situation. But evidently those measures haven’t satisfied Ferrell. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

FIFA partner executive flees ticket sales arrest in Brazil

first_imgRelated posts:FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics FIFA arrests transform Blatter heir into face of football scandal FIFA denies Blatter deputy approved $10 million payment Swiss prosecutors probe 53 ‘suspicious’ FIFA cases RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – An executive from the World Cup’s hospitality services firm escaped out the back door of his plush Rio de Janeiro hotel Thursday to avoid arrest on charges of illegally selling tickets, police said.Raymond Whelan, a British director of FIFA partner company Match Services, fled the luxurious Copacabana Palace Hotel after a judge ordered him and 10 other suspects to be held in detention, the Rio prosecutor’s office said.“The Englishman fled through the hotel’s back door and is considered a fugitive,” Rio police said in a separate statement.“We saw him in (security) footage leaving in a hurry,” Fabio Barucke, the case’s lead investigator, was quoted as saying by the G1 news website, adding that Whelan had fled an hour before police arrived.Police have launched a manhunt for Whelan, who is accused of being involved with a scalping network that has sold thousands of tickets worth millions of dollars, going back to the 2002 World Cup.Whelan, who denies the charges, was initially arrested on Monday but was granted preventive release the next day.Police filed charges against him and 11 other suspects on Wednesday and submitted the case to prosecutors, who requested an arrest warrant against all except one who was cooperating with investigators.Prosecutors said the 12 suspects face charges of organized crime, illegal ticket sales, corruption, money laundering and tax fraud.Brazilian media have published leaked phone calls between Whelan and one of the chief suspects in the case, French-Algerian Mohamadou Lamine Fofana, discussing hospitality packages for games including Sunday’s final.But Match Services has defended Whelan, saying he was innocent and that there was nothing illegal about the conversations.The Zurich-based company says Whelan was discussing the sale of 24 hospitality packages at the correct price, though he rounded up the figure to $25,000 from $24,750 per package, and that the deal was never concluded.Match Services said Wednesday that Whelan would voluntarily relinquish his World Cup accreditation but that he had not committed any wrongdoing.Prior to the news of Whelan’s sudden disappearance, the executive chairman of Match Services and its sister company Match Hospitality issued a statement criticizing Rio police.“Those responsible for the investigation from the 18th Precinct of the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro are not experts in FIFA World Cup ticketing or hospitality,” chairman Jaime Byrom said in the statement.“Notwithstanding our belief that the action taken against Mr Whelan was illegal and baseless, Match Services and I personally remain totally committed to assist the authorities from the 18th Precinct or any other jurisdiction in FIFA’s fight against illegal ticket sales.”Byrom said cooperation with the authorities had led to “a number of successful arrests of actual touts.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more