Joel Embiid, JJ Redick lead way as 76ers beat Bulls

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Chicago Bulls forward JaKarr Sampson (41) and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) go for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO — The Philadelphia 76ers endured five straight losing seasons and bottomed out with 10 wins three years ago.Considering how far they fell during their rebuilding project, coach Brett Brown can sure appreciate where they are at the moment.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Embiid had five assists and blocked three shots in his second straight start after missing three in a row. The All-Star center has been dealing with a sore left knee, and the Sixers are managing his workload with the playoffs approaching.Redick nailed four 3-pointers. Tobias Harris added 16 points. Ben Simmons scored 14, and the 76ers pulled away in the third quarter after grabbing an eight-point halftime lead.JaKarr Sampson led Chicago with a career-high 29 points. But the Bulls lost for the sixth time in seven games.“It’s big time,” said Sampson, signed to a 10-day contract on Sunday. “I’m thankful for the opportunity (coach Jim Boylen has) given me to play big-time minutes in the NBA. It’s not often it happens. I’ve just got to take advantage of my opportunity.”SETTING TONEADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Joel Embiid had 20 points and 10 rebounds, JJ Redick scored 23 and the 76ers hit the 50-win mark for the second year in a row with a 116-96 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.“I know how difficult it is,” Brown said. “In the NBA, when you can have a team that can find 50 wins, it’s unique and difficult. I give (this) group credit. We’ve gone through a few iterations of what the team looks like. We all kind of understand the 50-win milestone goes away quickly when the playoffs begin. As it sits, to get back-to-back 50-win seasons is a great accomplishment for the guys in that locker room.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBrown, in his sixth year, was on the bench for four losing seasons before Philadelphia turned it around. The 76ers broke that run in 2017-18, reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals. They are now closing in on the No. 3 seed, with a two-game lead over idle Boston.Embiid dominated inside, Redick supplied the outside touch and the 76ers got back to winning after dropping three in a row, even though guard Jimmy Butler missed his second consecutive game because of back tightness. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Rain or Shine makes semis, rolls past NorthPort SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Outdueled by fellow MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo in a loss to Milwaukee on Thursday, Embiid scored 14 as the 76ers grabbed a 57-49 halftime lead.He cut for a thunderous one-handed alley-oop dunk off a feed from Simmons with just over a minute left in the half. A four-point play by Redick got the lead up to 57-47 before Chicago’s Walt Lemon Jr. drove for a layup in the closing seconds.The Sixers put the Bulls away in the third, outscoring them 29-19.TIP-INS76ers: Butler, who spent his first six seasons in Chicago, has missed three of the past four games. He was hurt in the Sixers’ win at Minnesota on March 30 when he missed an alley-oop lob from Simmons. … Greg Monroe had nine points in 10 minutes in his first game after signing with Philadelphia on Thursday.Bulls: G Zach LaVine (right knee tendinitis, bruised right thigh) indicated he will not play again this season, though the Bulls have not officially shut him down. “You have to evaluate the situation you’re in right now,” he said. “I think the risk versus reward of me playing right now is — you don’t want to hurt yourself further with two games left in the season.” LaVine missed his eighth game in a row Saturday. The Bulls host New York on Tuesday and wrap up the season at Philadelphia the following night. Boylen said Chicago has not made “a final decision that I can talk about” on LaVine, G Kris Dunn (strained back) or F Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff). … Boylen said F Lauri Markkanen continues to wear a heart monitor and tests have been “unremarkable.” The 7-footer from Finland has started running, shooting and participating in non-contact parts of practice. The Bulls shut down Markkanen for the remainder of the season last week because of a rapid heart rate and fatigue.UP NEXT76ers: Visit Miami on Tuesday.Bulls: Host New York on Tuesday. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

3 of the best therapeutic destinations in India

first_imgWe all look forward to weekends. No matter how much we love our respective professions, the daily hard work does take a toll on our mental and physical well being. We often get so busy working that we forget living (read healthy living). This is the reason why each one of us should consider going on a sojourn that leaves us feeling rejuvenated. And most importantly, kickstarts a healthy way of living. This is what we would like to call, travelling for health. Also read: Travelling helps increase sex drive, lose weight We know that it’s not as simple as it sounds. One needs to know the right place to go to. We have compiled a list of the finest detox retreats in the country to make your choice simpler.Ananda in the Himalayas, UttarakhandPicture courtesy: Ananda in the Himalayas There’s hardly any other resort in this country that takes wellbeing more seriously. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, this spa resort sits quietly in the middle of a sal forest, overlooking the holy town of Rishikesh and River Ganga. Calling itself a destination spa, the property is spread across an area of 100 acres within Maharaja’s Palace Estate. With a serene environment and untouched natural surroundings, Ananda offers experiences that integrates the traditional techniques of ayurveda, yoga and vedanta, dedicated towards promoting a healthy of living. Even the food offered in this resort is healthy, organic and plays a vital role in restoring balance between the mind and body, and harmonising energy. The resort keeps organises special workshops with visiting masters from different parts of the world, who are experts in different areas of holistic wellbeing. From May 1-22, renowned wellness expert Jivatma will be the visiting master in the resort.advertisementFor reservations, visit: www.anandaspa.comSomatheeram Ayurveda Resort, KeralaPicture courtesy: Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort  Somatheeram is a pioneer in the field of health resorts in India. At a time when this hospitality concept was still unheard of, Somatheeram opened its doors to travellers as the world’s first ayurveda resort. With more than two decades of experience, this resort’s expertise lies in providing traditional ayurvedic treatments. Enhancing the treatments is the location of this resort — set within 15 acres of greenery, the resort is perched on a hillock, just nine kilometres away from the famous Kovalam Beach. Those suffering from rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis and other ailments can visit this resort for curative treatments and therapies using natural ingredients. The resort is known to follow the ancient science of treatments with well-known ayurvedic therapies, including Pizhichil, Dhara and Vasthi, among others.For reservations, visit: somatheeram.inAshiyana: Yoga and Spa Village, GoaPicture courtesy: Ashiyana: Yoga and Spa Village  There can’t be anything better than to begin a healthy way of living in the country’s most favourite beach destination, Goa. Set amidst the rich flora and fauna of this tropical haven, Ashiyana aims at teaching its guests the way of joyful living, through the ancient wisdom of yoga therapy, customised for individual needs. The resort looks at providing treatments for some of the most common ailments, including stress, obesity, diabetes, insomnia, digestive disorders, heart diseases and so on. The best part about this place is that a person is only customised treatment is provided, so that individual attention is given to a particular body type and its ailments.For reservations, visit: www.ashiyana-yoga-goa.comlast_img read more

Olympic swimming champ Sun Yang faces public hearing in doping case

first_imgFIRST VERDICTThe three FINA judges said Sun was “foolish in the extreme” to allegedly gamble on his version of events beating charges he evaded and tampered with a sample.Still, the panel wrote of “compelling justification” for Sun not to deal with a chaperone whose conduct was “extremely unprofessional.” The chaperone did not testify.The nurse’s qualification was also questioned and the collection visit was ruled “invalid and void.”Its confidential verdict dated Jan. 3 leaked that month to Britain’s Sunday Times.THE GOVERNING BODYWorld swim body FINA — led by the same executive director, Cornel Marculescu, since before Sun was born — has at times seemed conflicted dealing with China’s star.The 2014 ban was only belatedly confirmed. After winning Olympic gold at Rio in a hostile atmosphere, Sun was hugged poolside by Marculescu and later said he’d been watched over “like a grandfather.”In 2017, FINA awarded Sun a prize for “Outstanding Contribution for Swimming Popularity in China.”Asked about how this case played out, former WADA president Dick Pound told The Associated Press of his “complete lack of surprise.” LATEST STORIES GENEVA – One of China’s biggest Olympic stars will undergo a rare public hearing in a doping case on Friday with his 2020 Tokyo Games place at stake.FILE – In this Tuesday, July 23, 2019 file photo, gold medalist China’s Sun Yang gestures to Britain’s bronze medalist Duncan Scott, left, following the medal ceremony in the men’s 200m freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. One of China’s biggest Olympic stars will undergo a rare public trial of a doping case on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 with his 2020 Tokyo Games place at stake. Three-time gold medalist swimmer Sun Yang is facing a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal in Switzerland that seeks to ban him for up eight years. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)Three-time gold medalist swimmer Sun Yang is facing a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal in Switzerland that seeks to ban him for up to eight years for allegedly refusing to give samples voluntarily.ADVERTISEMENT “It is safe to describe the entire (visit) as problematic, highly unusual and, at times, confrontational,” the FINA panel wrote in a 59-page ruling, also noting “troubling and rather aggressive” conduct by Sun and his entourage.WADA believes Sun violated rules by refusing to provide samples requested on a properly scheduled visit. The agency challenged the FINA panel’s verdict with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Sun countered by opting to have evidence and testimony aired in a first open-court CAS hearing for 20 years.More than 100 media are expected at a Swiss lakeside hotel in the upscale, jazz festival city of Montreux. An online live stream will intrigue lawyers monitoring worldwide.“It’s a pity we can’t sell tickets,” remarked John Coates, president of the CAS management board. “There’s massive interest in it.”ADVERTISEMENT Amid crowd boos, Sun told the protesting Scott poolside: “You’re a loser. I’m a winner.”Two-time world swimmer of the year Adam Peaty said of Sun: “He should be asking himself now, should he really be in a sport when people are booing him?”THE LATEST CASEWorld-class athletes must inform anti-doping authorities where and when they will be available for one hour each day to give samples.A three-person sample team was a female lead official working for Sweden-based International Doping Tests & Management (IDTM), a female nurse to draw Sun’s blood, and a male chaperone to accompany the athlete giving urine. They waited at Sun’s home between 10 and 11 p.m. on Sept. 4 last year. Sun arrived just inside the deadline.Events unfolded at a nearby clubhouse. Blood was drawn but he objected to credentials for the chaperone who he alleged improperly used a phone to take photos and video of him.In an escalating row, a newly arrived (and twice banned) team doctor questioned the nurse’s authorization and argued to prevent the blood vial leaving.Sun’s mother instructed the bodyguard to get a hammer.During the lead official’s telephone call to IDTM, Sun and his bodyguard went outside to break the secure cool box containing the vial.An acrimonious visit ended at 3:15 a.m. with no credible prospect for analyzing samples. View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Consistency key for PH Azkals, says Cooper Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:09‘Disappointment’ if no cases filed vs ‘ninja cops’ – Gordon02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img Priority legislation in the 18th Congress The case is notorious for a vial of his blood being smashed with a hammer by his bodyguard. Sun allegedly helped by lighting the scene with his cellphone.It’s a colorful detail of a late-night dispute between Sun’s entourage and officials trying to take blood and urine samples after visiting his home in China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHowever, much of the case hangs on protocol and paperwork: Did the three anti-doping officials in China conduct themselves properly and have correct authorization documents to make their September 2018 visit valid?A tribunal appointed by world swim body FINA sided with Sun and merely warned him — though noted “it was a close-run thing.” Pound, who swam for Canada at the 1960 Rome Olympics, said of FINA: “I’ve never been that impressed with their devotion to anti-doping.”FINA did not respond to requests for comment about Friday’s hearing.PUBLIC HEARINGIn 35 years and thousands of cases, only once has CAS opened its doors for a hearing.It also involved a three-time Olympic champion swimmer who chose a public arena to answer allegations of tampering with a doping sample.Michelle Smith de Bruin starred for Ireland at the 1996 Atlanta Games amid widespread suspicion about her improved performances.In January 1998, a urine sample taken from her was corrupted with a large amount of alcohol.A CAS panel in 1999 upheld a four-year ban imposed by FINA.SECOND VERDICTIf the CAS panel upholds the appeal, Sun’s previous ban means he risks a heavier sanction for a second offense. MOST READ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ WADA wants a ban of two to eight years. It is unclear when it would start.A two-year ban backdated to September 2018 would bar Sun from the Tokyo Olympics and strip him of recent world titles. It could end the career of Sun, who turns 28 on Dec. 1.The verdict from three CAS judges is expected early next year. /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis WHO IS SUN YANG?His medal record ranks with swimming’s greats and his fame at home is as big as Yao Ming’s, the former Houston Rockets center.The 2-meter tall (6-foot-7) Sun is the first Chinese man to win Olympic gold in swimming, in 400 meters freestyle at the 2012 London Games. He added the 1,500 title in London, and the 200 at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.He parlayed a bad boy image — including a 2013 car crash driving a Porsche SUV without a license — into a lucrative portfolio of commercial deals, and 30 million followers on social media channel Weibo.His 11 world titles include the 200 and 400 freestyle in July that provoked anger in opponents. Medalists Mack Horton of Australia and Duncan Scott of Britain refused to stand with him on the podium in South Korea.POLARIZING FIGUREHorton went as far as accusing Sun of being a cheat as rivalries flared at the 2016 Olympics, and bad feeling continued into the 2019 worlds.Sun tested positive for a banned stimulant, citing a prescribed heart medication, and served a three-month ban in 2014. Soon after he won three titles at the Asian Games. WADA did not challenge that Chinese ruling.Secrecy about the case fueled skepticism over special treatment. China’s sports authorities and FINA published no details until after the ban ended.This year, American, Australian and British swimmers objected to Sun competing at the worlds while WADA’s appeal was pending.last_img read more

Parents of Path Students Worry Less

first_img Some 1,007 cooks who prepare lunches for PATH beneficiaries are now being paid $323.8 million in salary directly from the Government, so that parents no longer have to worry about paying for their lunch.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said there was a 47 per cent increase in the 2017/18 budgetary allocation to the PATH programme, and with parents asked to pay $50 daily for the lunches for the students, the Government decided to take over the payment of cooks’ salaries, so parents who are poor no longer have to pay it.Senator Reid was addressing parents and teachers who attended a Sensitisation and Consultation Session at Glenmuir High School in Clarendon on August 28.“If the child is hungry, he won’t learn, and we don’t want them to stay away from school because they have no lunch money. There should be no embarrassment, victimisation or discrimination. The children will get lunch five days a week,” the Minister said.Senator Reid told the parents that in high schools where a concessionaire provides lunch, PATH recipients will also get their lunches from them.“There are some concessionaires with whom we have worked out a formula between them and the school as to how to use additional funding support, because, as a policy, we are saying to schools, all the children who are vulnerable and poor must be supported by the Government,” he said.On transportation, the Minister cited studies that showed some 20 per cent of students being absent from school because of transportation difficulties.He said that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), which now services some parts of St. Catherine, is highly subsidised, so the cost of transportation for parents in urban areas is much less than it is for those in rural Jamaica.“We have built out capacity in 12 parishes, targeting the poorest of the poor, those who would not be able to send children to school because the bus fare is not there. We have given money to the school to contract private contractors to pick up your child from home, take them to school and back; so there is no excuse,” Senator Reid said. He said that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), which now services some parts of St. Catherine, is highly subsidised, so the cost of transportation for parents in urban areas is much less than it is for those in rural Jamaica. Some 1,007 cooks who prepare lunches for PATH beneficiaries are now being paid $323.8 million in salary directly from the Government, so that parents no longer have to worry about paying for their lunch. Story Highlights Senator Reid told the parents that in high schools where a concessionaire provides lunch, PATH recipients will also get their lunches from them.last_img read more

Canadian playwrights Moscovitch Youssef shortlisted for Siminovitch Prize

first_imgCHARGES MAY APPLY Playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s most recent play, Little One, premiered at the Summerworks Theatre Festival and she is currently playwright-in-residence at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. In 2009, she was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for her play East of Berlin. Moscovitch hails from Ottawa but moved to Toronto about ten years ago to pursue more opportunites in her field.Subject: fi-mv-fame-hannah On 2011-08-16, at 5:20 PM, Rodan, Galit wrote: Hannah Moscovitch 5.JPG Hannah Moscovitch 1.JPG Hannah Moscovitch 2.JPG Hannah Moscovitch 3.JPG Twitter The National Arts Centre says Toronto emcee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Vancouver writer Marcus Youssef are also finalists for the lucrative award. Last year’s award went to director Nadia Ross, while protegee prizes went to Sarah Conn and Shaista Latif. Past winners of the playwrighting prize include Olivier Choiniere, Daniel MacIvor and Carole Frechette. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The winner gets $75,000 and can choose a protege to receive $25,000. This year’s winner will be announced Nov. 6 in Ottawa.center_img Advertisement OTTAWA — Montreal actress/writer Evelyne de la Cheneliere and Toronto-based writer and librettist Hannah Moscovitch are among four playwrights shortlisted for this year’s Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Facebook The Siminovitch Prize rotates on a three-year cycle, honouring theatre professionals in the alternating fields of design, direction, or playwriting. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Lightstream Resources proposes to pay down 118 billion in debt with stock

CALGARY — Lightstream Resources said Wednesday it has been granted preliminary court protection from creditors as it pursues a plan to reduce its debt by $1.175 billion, a move that would see secured creditors receive 95 per cent of the struggling oil and gas company’s equity.Current shareholders would end up with 2.25 per cent of the equity in a revitalized Lightstream, which has been unable to keep up with its interest payments since the collapse in oil prices that began in late 2014. Unsecured noteholders would get 2.75 per cent.Oil patch relieved as AER signals it will assess deals on a case-by-case basisDividend cuts ‘a last resort’ for banks under severe oil and gas stress: Moody’sThe plan outlined by Calgary-based Lightstream would reduce its annual interest payments by about $112 million.The company had previously warned that it wouldn’t be able to make a $41.7-million interest payment on June 15, starting the clock on a 30-day grace period that ends Friday.On Wednesday, the company said the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench had granted a preliminary interim order prohibiting holders of its secured and unsecured notes from declaring it in default or taking other enforcement steps. It said it will return to court in August to seek permission to hold meetings with stakeholders where they will vote on its recapitalization plan.The proposal still requires approval from secured and unsecured creditors as well as its shareholders. Lightstream was built through a series of acquisitions starting in 2009. It boasts a strong base of light oil production in Alberta and Saskatchewan but its debt totalled $1.6 billion at the end of 2015.The company launched a sales process for its core Bakken light oil producing assets in Saskatchewan in late 2014 but CEO John Wright said previously it couldn’t find a suitable buyer in a down market.Lightstream’s annual average production in 2015 fell 22 per cent to 31,392 barrels of oil equivalent a day due to asset sales and lower investment in new wells. It reported a net loss of $946 million, including a non-cash writedown of $661 million to account for lower anticipated future commodity prices.Canadian Press read more

Ford recalls 230000 minivans to fix rust problem that can cause rear

Ford recalls 230,000 minivans to fix rust problem that can cause rear seats to come loose by The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2013 12:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Ford is recalling 230,000 minivans in 20 cold-weather states and Washington, D.C., to fix rust problems that can cause the third-row seats to come loose.The company says the recall affects Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans from the 2004 through 2007 model years. They were sold mainly in Canada and U.S. states where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.The recall covers 196,500 minivans in the U.S. and another 33,500 outside the U.S., mainly in Canada.Ford said Thursday that rust can weaken the mounting brackets that hold the removable seats to the van floor. The company says no crashes or injuries have been reported from the problem.Dealers will install new seat mounting brackets, placing them outside of the area that can rust. They’ll also install panels above the rear wheels to prevent water from entering, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said. Owners will be notified of the recall by letter during the last week of March.“The panels will protect that area so that it won’t get any other exposure to corrosive elements,” Felker said.The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the vans from the 2004 model year in December, and added 2005 through 2007 to the probe in April because they all have similar seat designs.Vans in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Delaware, Maine, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Indiana, Michigan, New York, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., are being recalled. read more

Ohio State womens hockey set for weekend series against North Dakota

Senior defenseman Sara Schmitt (22) attempts a shot on goal during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s hockey team will try to put an end to its three-game losing streak as the Buckeyes prepare for a weekend series against the University of North Dakota.The Buckeyes (7-6-0, 5-5-0) hit the road this weekend to play UND (5-7-1, 3-6-1) in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association battle.Last weekend, the Buckeyes dropped two games to No. 2 Minnesota to extend their losing streak to three. OSU coach Nate Handrahan said despite the team’s inability to pull out a win in those three games, its energy and morale hasn’t changed.“We did a lot of good things inside those games against very good teams,” he said. “We need to make some adjustments but the players have done a good job of getting back to work.”One thing that Handrahan has consistently worked on this season with his team is specialty situations and special teams play. This weekend, all of that practice will be put to the test.So far this season, UND is undefeated when scoring on the power play.“Coach really stressed in practice this week, being active and knowing their personnel,” OSU senior forward Taylor Kuehl said. “They have a couple great shooters that can really hit one-timers. Coach stressed knowing who is on the ice.”Senior captain Sara Schmitt said, as a defensive player, killing the power play is something she has focused on personally.“Just working on blocking shots and reading the play,” Schmitt said. “We have to clear the puck whenever we have the chance.”UND coach Brian Idalski said that Schmitt is a key player for the Buckeyes both defensively and offensively.“Defensively (OSU is) very strong, the Schmitt girls are terrific. In fact one of them (Sara Schmitt) is leading the team in scoring,” Idalski said during a Wednesday press conference. “Very aggressive fore-check. They are going to work hard all over the ice, a lot of physical battles. It’s going to be a grind.”Schmitt’s sister — Kari — is also a senior defenseman for OSU.Even though the Buckeyes excel in their defensive play, Kuehl said there is still work to be done offensively.“We’ve struggled scoring goals. For offense we are still looking for production and chemistry between lines,” Kuehl said. “We’ve changed lines quite a bit this season and we are trying to find who works well together to create something specific, like aggressive lines or more skilled lines.”One thing UND is set to have to their advantage for the series is their home ice support. Attendance at UND women’s hockey games is ranked third this season, while OSU is ranked 20th, according to U.S. College Hockey Online. UND averages an attendance of more than 1,314 where OSU averages an attendance of around 300.Both Schmitt and Kuehl said that being seniors, they are use to stepping on the ice and having fans root against them. Kuehl said there is something about it that she actually likes.“I think its fun playing in an atmosphere with a bunch of fans against us,” Kuehl said. “It’s a goal of ours to take the energy from them, play our game and take the crowd from them.”The series between the teams is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at in Grand Forks, N.D. Friday’s game is set for an 8:07 p.m. start, with Saturday’s set to begin at 5:07 p.m. read more

At 24 Asher Allen Retires From NFL

At 24, former Georgia Bulldog star football player Asher Allen, perhaps visualizing health concerns in the future, alerted Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier that he’s retiring.Allen, a three-year defensive back with the Vikings, has yet to say why he is quitting his profession, but he did suffer concussions in back-to-back seasons. With Junior Seau’s recent suicide and Dave Duerson’s and others — all because of brain injuries from playing football, it makes sense that Asher would give retiring as an option.But to do it at such a young age is surprising. Frazier said, “He’ll talk about it more at some point. But he explained to me that this was something he wanted to do. He had given it a lot of thought and that’s what he wanted to do.“I didn’t see that coming. But everybody has to make decisions that are the best for their family.”Allen became a starter last season after injuries hit the Vikings. He played in 12 games and started nine. The 2009 third-round draft choice added depth to the secondary. read more

Still no word on new Ohio State football coaches pay

(Left) Former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson is reported to be coming to OSU as a defensive coach. Courtesy of The Daily CollegiateArkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash is reported to be coming to OSU as a defensive coach. Courtesy of Arkansas Athletic Department It has been a week since Ohio State formally announced a new addition to football coach Urban Meyer’s coaching staff, and another is imminent, according to multiple reports, social media accounts and the school’s own directory.OSU officially named assistant head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson to Meyer’s staff Jan. 15. But the other new staff member, co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Chris Ash, has yet to be announced by the school as a coach.Aside from when Ash will officially join Johnson as a member of the Buckeyes coaching staff is how much each new coach will be paid.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern in a series of emails Tuesday that the Buckeyes have “only announced Larry Johnson as a member of the coaching staff.”The spokesman also said the Department of Human Resources has yet to inform him of Johnson’s salary following multiple email requests by The Lantern beginning Jan. 15.The Lantern has been requesting information on both of the new coaches’ salaries since Johnson was announced by the school as a coach last week. The Lantern staff requests for the salaries of new OSU employees after their hiring and is typically provided the information within 24 to 48 hours of submitting the request.Though he has not yet officially been named an OSU coach, Ash has since changed the bio for his personal Twitter account, @CoachChrisAsh, to reflect his reported new position.“Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach for The Ohio State University,” the bio reads, also including a URL address to the football page on the OSU athletic website, where he has yet to be listed.Ash is also listed on OSU’s public directory Find People as “Assistant Coach – Major Sports.” Ash’s working title is listed as “Assistant Coach – Football” in the directory.Johnson, who is set to replace former OSU defensive line coach Mike Vrabel after Vrabel announced his intentions to join the NFL’s Houston Texans via Twitter Jan. 9, is known for his ability to recruit and mentor defensive linemen who eventually make the jump to the NFL. Meyer called Johnson an “outstanding addition” to the Buckeye coaching staff and said he has “great respect for (Johnson) as a family man, as a coach and mentor of young men and as a recruiter,” according to an OSU press release.It appears Johnson has already been hot on the recruiting trail since being announced as a coach at OSU. According to his personal Twitter account, @OSUrushmen1, Johnson’s first day working for the Buckeyes was Jan. 16.“Great first day as a buckeye on the road ! Osurushmen1,” a tweet from the account read. Johnson, along with Meyer, was also in a photo posted to the social media site by OSU defensive line commit Dylan Thompson, @BRONCODE59, posted Monday evening.According to the USA TODAY coaches database, Ash made a base salary of $550,000 this past season at Arkansas, including a “max bonus” of $45,833. Johnson’s salary while he was at Penn State was not available on the database, and the school did not respond to multiple requests by The Lantern for the figure.In his second and final year at OSU, Ash’s predecessor, Everett Withers — who was announced as the new head football coach at James Madison University Dec. 20 — earned $585,000. Vrabel made $291,004.Both coaches look to strengthen a defensive unit that has gone south since Meyer took over following the 2011 season, a year where the Buckeyes finished with the nation’s 19th best defense. The unit finished 34th in 2012 and 47th overall this past year.OSU is set to kick off the 2014-15 season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Czech tyre company enters earthmover segment

first_imgAt Bauma this week in Munich, Czech tyre group Mitas introduced its brand new ERD-45 18.00R33 tyre for rigid dump trucks which will be available on the market in May 2016. The pattern is designed for hard surface conditions and boasts excellent traction according to the company. The ERD-45 has sidewall protection and is also highly resistant to cuts.The Mitas ERD-45 18.00R33 is the first size in the Mitas product offering for rigid dump trucks and further extension of this range is planned for next year.“Mitas is significantly extending its product range in the segment of earthmover tyres and ERD-45 is one of the highlights,” said Andrew Mabin, Mitas’ Sales and Marketing Director. “During 2016 we will introduce four new tread patterns and eight new tyre sizes dedicated to the earthmover segment. These product launches are made possible thanks to the massive investments we made in our production plants in recent years,” added Mabin.last_img read more

Insolvent borrowers will be named and shamed online in new system

first_imgDISTRESSED BORROWERS who enter the State’s new insolvency regime will have their name and address posted online – raising fears from the opposition that struggling homeowners could be shamed away from engaging in the system.Justice minister Alan Shatter has confirmed that the Insolvency Service of Ireland will maintain a public register of people who have entered into the various arrangements allowed under the new insolvency laws.Those laws require the register to be made available to the public, and will be available online.The registers will include a debtor’s name, address, year of birth and the date on which they entered into the insolvency regime, and contact details for the insolvency practitioner who is supervising their entry into the process.Names will only be removed from the register after they have left the procedure – which in most cases will take at least three years.The confirmation has prompted fears from Fianna Fáil that the public register will have a ‘name and shame’ effect on people hoping to avail of the system to work their way out of chrnoic debts.“I am genuinely concerned that naming distressed borrowers in this way could put off a lot of people overburdened with debts from seeking relief under the new insolvency arrangements,” said the party’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath.“I cannot see how it is in the public interest to publish online the identity of people who may have had no other option but to avail of one of the debt relief options under the new service.”The inclusion of names on a public register would allow “family, friends, neighbours and complete strangers” to be aware of a person’s financial distress, he said.Fianna Fáil has called for an amendment to the rules so that the public register would contain details of the arrangements entered into, but not identify the borrower directly by name.Read: Personal Insolvency service will be available to gardaíMore: Why you can’t see the ‘black book’ that was never used for the banking crisislast_img read more

Schengen under threat for Greece

first_imgGreece activated the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism on Thursday, agreeing to allow EU border agency Frontex on its frontier with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and to trigger the Rapid Border Intervention Teams mechanism (RABIT) for extra help with patrols in the Aegean.The European Commission confirmed Thursday that it received these three requests from Athens. The action came after a number of unnamed EU officials claimed that there were calls for Greece to be excluded from the Schengen free travel area because of complaints about the way it is handling the flow of migrants and refugees and its failure to live up to commitments made at the Western Balkans Route Leaders’ Summit in October.The EU Civil Protection Mechanism allows Greece to benefit from material support. Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas said Thursday that Athens had not made the request for assistance earlier because it needed to assess its needs first.“We did not know exactly what we needed and, more importantly, how we would use what we asked for,” he said at a news conference.Greece sent a list containing 23 categories to Brussels. Among the things the government is asking for are 26 ambulances, six water pumps, four diesel-powered generators, 500 large all-weather tents, 100,000 waterproof jackets, 50,000 woolen blankets, 100,000 sleeping bags and 100,000 first-aid kits.The agreement with Frontex will see the border agency provide personnel to help register refugees and migrants at Greece’s border with FYROM, where some 6,000 people have now amassed as a result of Skopje refusing to allow anyone except Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, who can qualify as refugees, through.The situation in the Greek border village of Idomeni is becoming increasingly tense, with clashes breaking out between refugees and migrants from countries such as Iran, Pakistan and Morocco. A man believed to be from Morocco was fatally electrocuted after touching high-power railway cable when he climbed on top of a train.“There will be a solution soon for Idomeni,” said Mouzalas. “We are trying to convince people to return to Athens.”Frontex officers are expected in the area next week but their job will be to help register those preparing to cross the border.“It is crucial that all migrants entering the European Union are properly registered. Migrants at Greece’s northern border will be checked and those found not properly identified will be registered,” said Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.The agency says it currently has 195 officers on the Aegean islands. In October, Frontex called on EU member-states to provide 775 border guards for its activities, with 600 to be deployed in Greece. EU members have so far offered 447 officers.Mouzalas rejected claims that the Greek government is unwilling to work with Frontex. He said Athens had rejected the idea of Frontex guards patrolling Greece’s border with FYROM but had repeatedly asked for more help from the agency in other areas.“In May, we asked Frontex for 318 people but less than 100 are currently involved in operations,” he said. “On September 25, we asked for 1,600 people and we have so far not received any response.”Greece has also made a formal request for the deployment of a Rapid Border Intervention Team to provide help on the Aegean islands. “Over 50,000 people have arrived in Greece since November 1,” said the European Commission.“The scale is immense and the Commission is working very closely with the Greek authorities to assist them in this challenge.”Mouzalas added that a so-called “hot spot” would soon be ready on Lesvos and that the Greek army would undertake the construction of two more on Leros and Kos.“There is a temporary hot spot on Chios but we have plans ready for the construction of a permanent one,” he said. “The only island where we are having trouble finding a place is Samos.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Rumor of a Hazel Dell eviction was just that

first_imgA rumor about a Hazel Dell apartment complex evicting all its tenants in a Courtyard Village-esque scenario sounded plausible and spread online — but it turned out to be untrue.What’s more, the rumor involved an unlikely target: A Vancouver-based property management company trying to make a dent in the affordable housing crisis.Westwynd Apartment Homes at 10117 N.E. Ninth Ave. was sold in February 2016 to Christensen Properties LLC for $13.6 million. It was formerly Crown Plaza and had a “pretty tough reputation,” according to an email from Richard Gress, CEO and executive vice president of RealVest Corporation, the company managing Westwynd. Businessman and philanthropist Paul Christensen owns RealVest. Kathy Maynard and Mike Maynard own Westwynd.Gress said the complex was financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To get the loan, a comprehensive inspection was required and certain repairs had to be made, while other repairs could be made within the first 12 months. Those requirements include completely renovating 90 of the 120 units at Westwynd, which are set to be finished by April 30.Rents are being raised about $50 for renovated units. Current rent at Westwynd is below fair-market rent. A one-bedroom apartment is $950 to $995, and a two-bedroom unit is $1,095.last_img read more

Financial Conduct Authority consults on new financial advice factsheet for employers

first_imgThe Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation on proposed guidelines designed to clarify the regulatory framework around financial advice, including the development of a factsheet for employers and pension trustees.The consultation is based around four of the recommendations made in the Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR), which was launched by the Treasury and the FCA in August 2015 to explore how financial advice and guidance could be made affordable and accessible for all.This includes the proposed production of a new factsheet for employers and pension trustees, which will set out what help they can offer employees on financial matters without crossing the regulated advice boundary and giving advice they are not authorised to provide. The factsheet will be developed and promoted in conjunction with The Pensions Regulator (TPR).The factsheet includes information about the situations in which employers and trustees would require FCA authorisation, what advice employers and trustees should or should not provide, and how they might communicate or promote financial products, pensions, and workplace savings.In addition to the employer and trustee factsheet, the recommendations that the consultation covers include the development of a clear framework for firms offering streamlined advice on a limited range of consumer needs, providing clarity on the standard information required as part of the fact find process and setting out considerations for verifying a fact find that has been performed by a third party, and new guidance to support firms that help consumers make their own investment decisions without a personal recommendation.The consultation will be issued in two parts, the second part of the consultation will launch this summer and will cover changes to the FCA handbook, consolidation of non-handbook guidance, proposed revised guidance on the amended advice perimeter, and guidance informed by the experiences of the FCA’s Advice Unit in developing automated advice models.The first consultation will collect feedback on non-advised services guidance by 23 May 2017, and on guidance for streamlined advice, the fact find process, and the employer and trustee factsheet by 11 July 2017. The FCA plans to publish the findings from the first part of the consultation in September 2017.Alongside this, the Financial Advice Working Group has published its final report on financial wellbeing in the workplace, as well as the definitions of guidance and advice, and on the rules of thumb and nudges to enhance consumer financial wellbeing.The Financial Advice Working Group has recommended that the Money Advice Service develops a guide and online portal informing employers how they can support their employees’ financial health.The FCA and the Treasury will review the outcomes from FAMR in 2019.Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, said: “Employers and trustees are well-placed to help influence employees saving behaviour, but many are concerned about promoting their schemes and pension savings in the fear they might cross the regulated advice boundary. We had high hopes that FAMR would help to allay these concerns with the publication of a factsheet clearly setting out what employers can say to their employees. However, simply reminding employers they can only provide factual information, but must avoid promoting their scheme as it could constitute a financial promotion, will give cold comfort and little reassurance to employers.“We’re hopeful that the Financial Advice Working Group proposed portal and employer guide will go a long way to addressing this by helping employees to manage their financial wellbeing via the workplace. Thousands of pension savers are stagnating due to inertia and although the ‘streamlined advice service’ could be a breakthrough, many simply will not seek help. The workplace is at the heart of pension saving, but more needs to be done to empower employers to talk more positively about their own scheme, supported by financial advice from the experts.”Tom McPhail, head of policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, added: “There is a lot of detailed and dedicated work here. The rules of thumb provide clear, simple messages for all. Above all, we want a financial services system which delivers accessible solutions for all investors, and which encourages them to make the most of their financial future without compromising on regulatory protections.“Probably the most challenging area and the one most important to get right, is the boundary between advice and guidance; investors need to be able to access cost-effective support while having absolute clarity about the nature of the service they are receiving.”last_img read more

Democrats to Oppose House Authorization Bill over Reliance on OCO Funds

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will whip Democrats against the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill over opposition to the measure’s reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to get around the Budget Control Act spending caps.The unprecedented move follows a DOD briefing Wednesday for House Democrats that concluded, “this bill is the wrong bill,” according to House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.). The annual policy legislation typically passes with bipartisan support.Equally surprising was the announcement by Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, that he also would vote against the measure.The House Democrats’ opposition to the authorization bill is an extension of the Obama administration’s stance against FY 2016 spending bills that adhere to the statutory spending caps while providing budget relief to the Pentagon but not to domestic agencies. The authorization bill, which the House was scheduled to start debating Wednesday evening, would allow DOD to spend $96 billion from its OCO account, including $38 billion on operations and maintenance needs that ordinarily would be funded in the department’s base budget. OCO is not subject to the spending caps.The House bill’s reliance on OCO to shield DOD from the full force of the spending caps wasn’t the only reason it prompted a veto threat from the White House on Tuesday. The Office of Management and Budget also cited restrictions on DOD’s ability to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees, along with its failure to adopt cost-cutting reforms proposed by the administration such as BRAC.Despite Democratic opposition, the House bill still should pass, said Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), reported the Hill. “I think we’ll still pass it,” he said. “It’s really unfortunate because it has this tradition and history of bipartisan support in overwhelming numbers.”last_img read more

Amways India investments to cross Rs 1000 crore by 2020

first_imgAmway — American beauty, health and home care products maker — will cross Rs 1,000 crore in investments in India over the next five years. India is the third international market for the company outside the United States.In an interview to The Economic Times, Doug DeVos — the company’s global president — said India has made remarkable progress in terms of growth and regulation. In a bid to launch country-specific products and to source locally, the company named Anshu Budhraja as its India head. The company is reportedly investing “heavily” in its India operations.”Local leadership always works better since they know the market, work better with governments and understand the culture. We always had succession planning on our mind and things have moved significantly over the past one year,” DeVos, who is currently on a brief visit to India, told the publication.The company, which is one of the world’s largest direct selling businesses, has manufacturing plants in China and Vietnam, apart from the United States. It has reportedly invested in Rs 550 crore to set up its first plant in Tamil Nadu. Of the $335 million it had set aside for global expansion, the company spent more than 30 percent on its India operations.”Potential of the Indian market is very dramatic. It is still difficult to do business here and it is a little slower and more complicated then we had hoped. We’d love to see the pace improve and barriers to growth reduce. But things are certainly moving in the right direction,” DeVos was quoted as saying by ET.Amway recorded a 12 percent drop to $9.5 billion in its worldwide sales last year, The Economic Times added.last_img read more

Chloe and Nadine Kick Ass and Take Names in Lost Legacys Launch

first_img We’re only four short days away from the release of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. To celebrate the game’s launch, Sony has released a brand-new trailer that’s packed with all sorts of crazy action. In addition, the company has also unveiled some hi-res wallpapers for desktops, tablets, and smart phones.First up is the launch trailer. Like previous videos for the game, this trailer sets up the story. Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross visit India in order to find an artifact called the Tusk of Ganesh. They aren’t the only ones seeking this elusive item, however. Throughout their journey, the heroines must square off against the soldiers of a warmonger named Asav. Despite not featuring series star Nathan Drake, this adventure will contain everything fans love about the franchise.Then we have the wallpapers. These feature promotional art for the game that you may have seen floating around the internet. Three of them are game posters, while the others are character portraits of Chloe, Nadine, and Asav. What’s great about these is that they are sized for whatever device you want to use them on. They are also in 4K, so no matter where you use them, they’ll look nice and clean.AdChoices广告In other Uncharted news, Uncharted 4 will receive a multiplayer update when The Lost Legacy drops next week. Additions include Asav as a playable character, and new player skins for Chloe and Nadine. These contain new character models and outfits from Lost Legacy. Uncharted 4 will also get a new Survival Arena mode. This modified Survival mode features 100 waves of different enemy types, new wave modifiers, and a new Siege mode. The Lost Legacy will launch with all of Uncharted 4‘s multiplayer content.You can pre-order Uncharted: The Lost Legacy from Amazon. It will be released on Tuesday exclusively for the PlayStation 4. You can download the wallpapers over on the official PlayStation Blog.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive last_img read more

Dolphins agree to oneyear deal with Jay Cutler

first_img Advertisement The Miami Dolphins have opted to sign Jay Cutler over Colin Kaepernick to replace injured starter Ryan Tannehill for the 2017 season.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, The Miami and Cutler have agreed to a one-year deal for $10 million, plus incentives.Miami and former Bears QB Jay Cutler are finalizing a one-year deal, sources tell ESPN. Two sides are expected to hammer it out shortly.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2017 Cutler had been added to Fox’s NFL coverage as a color analyst, but instead will head to Miami to reunite with Adam Gase, who served as offensive coordinator in Chicago in 2015, one of Cutler’s best as a pro.Kaepernick watch continues.last_img

New tower with 92 rooms coming to Occidental Nuevo Vallarta

first_img MIAMI — Occidental Nuevo Vallarta will boost its capacity with a brand new guestroom tower with 92 new rooms, set to debut in the first quarter of 2020.The US$8 million project will bring Occidental Nuevo Vallarta’s key count to 366 rooms and suites. Located in the Riviera Nayarit, Occidental Nuevo Vallarta is part of the Barceló Hotel Group.The pool at Occidental Nuevo VallartaEach new room will feature Pacific Coast views of Bahía de Banderas, says the company.“Our number one priority at Occidental Nuevo Vallarta is the satisfaction of our guests,” says Juan Luis Sampol, Director of Barceló Hotel Group’s Pacific region. “Occidental Nuevo Vallarta’s new tower will improve our guest experience offering by providing travelers with more exclusive options when selecting their rooms. We’re confident that this will be a great success for the brand.” Tags: Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> New tower with 92 rooms coming to Occidental Nuevo Vallartacenter_img Travelweek Group Friday, June 21, 2019 Sharelast_img read more