Hamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College’s drive to the Final Four gets a little more bumpy as big man Hamadou Laminou suffered a torn ACL on his right knee and will miss the remainder of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Coach Ariel Sison, who confirmed the news Thursday, was left with no words as the Generals will have a huge hole in the middle with the absence of the Cameroonian big man.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I don’t know what to say right now. I’m just so down thinking that Laminou is out for the season,” he said.Laminou has been averaging 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks in the five games he played this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe went down late in the first quarter of EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano on Tuesday with a knee injury as the coaching staff downplayed the matter and hoped that it would only be a minor injury.“I thought it’s just another minor injury,” said Sison, obviously disappointed with the recent turn of events. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jason Day ‘hungry,’ eager to return to top of golf world MOST READ K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:05NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Laminou also incurred an MCL injury on his left knee in the preseason, but was able to make it in time for the Generals’ campaign this year.Sison has no other recourse but to continue fighting behind senior Sidney Onwubere, Jerome Garcia, Juju Bautista, and Francis Munsayac with EAC currently in third place with a 3-2 card.“Laminou is Laminou. It’s still different if he’s on the bench and ready to play, but we have other bigs who are ready to step up,” the mentor said.The Generals will play league leader Lyceum today at EAC Gym.ADVERTISEMENT
Buta Singh:As chairman of the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) Sardar Buta Singh, 48, is the most visible symbol of the success of the Games, In fact, Asiad ’82 has catapulted Buta Singh from relative obscurity straight into the national limelight. As Singh himself quips: “I won my last,Buta Singh:As chairman of the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) Sardar Buta Singh, 48, is the most visible symbol of the success of the Games, In fact, Asiad ’82 has catapulted Buta Singh from relative obscurity straight into the national limelight. As Singh himself quips: “I won my last gold medal when I was elected general secretary of the party in 1977,” But Mrs Gandhi undoubtedly made a wise choice in putting Singh in the Asiad saddle. He has successfully weathered the storms that buffeted the pre-Asiad buildup and much of the credit must deservedly go his way. The Asiad experience will also stand him in good stead in his new responsibility, that of India’s first sports minister.In an interview to India Today last fortnight at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on the first day of the athletics events, Buta Singh speaks about how Asiad was such a success and what it means for the future of sport in the country. Excerpts:Q. From present indications, it appears that the Games are a huge success. Did you really expect them to be this successful?A. Actually, I have always maintained that the Games would be a success but nobody believed me. But I was still confident because I wasn’t just making tall claims. My statements were based on the fact that since 1976 I have been closely involved in sports. I have watched the Olympics and the Asian Games and I was fully aware of what had to be done and that we could do it.advertisementQ. What do you think has been the biggest single factor that contributed to the success?A. That is a very simple answer. It is the dedication and commitment of everybody involved with the Asian Games. Right from the lowest sweeper to the highest official, there was a total commitment to ensure that the Games were a success. People have worked day and night without complaint with a sense of pride in what they were doing. As chief coordinator, I was coordinating all the various efforts with the federations and with the local bodies and the response has been fantastic.All our meetings were attended by nobody below the rank of secretary because we wanted to cut out the bureaucratic element as much as possible. It was a concentrated effort of a couple of lakh of people and we were inspired by only one thing, and that was that we cannot let down the country.Q. There are a lot of people from the Olympic Federation and other International sporting bodies at the Games. What has been their reaction to the facilities and the technical running of the Games?A. They are overwhelmed with the standards. In fact, if you look around, there are very few foreigners manning the technical side, most of them are Indians and they have been trained in a very short time. But still, they have done as well as in any international competition. That speaks very highly for the future of sports in this country.Q. Talking about that, what is going to happen to all the stadia and facilities that have been set up for the Asiad once the Games are over? Many people are not very optimistic about whether they will be maintained or not.A. They need not worry at all. All the main stadia like the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the National Stadium will be directly under the care of the Sports Ministry. Once the Games are over, we will draw up a proper agenda about how they will be maintained. But I can tell you now that we are already planning to hold at least one major sports event a month in Delhi. One month we will have volleyball, the next basketball and so on. Whether they are international competitions or at the national level, we will make full use of the facilities.I also have a great desire to eliminate this label of Delhi being a purely political city. I want it to be an international sporting centre and God willing, I will do it.It will also give our sportsmen experience and exposure to international standards. As you know, we are making a bid for the Afro-Asian Games next year which we hopefully will get. We are also trying to bring the World Cup Football to New Delhi as well as the World University Games which are known as the Universiad. In all these they have agreed to consider our request and most of the people on the decision-making bodies are here now and have seen what we are capable of doing, so I think the future of sports has never been brighter. I also have a great desire to eliminate this label of Delhi being a purely political city. I want it to be an international sporting centre and God willing, I will do.advertisementQ. What has been Rajiv Gandhis contribution to the Games?A. He has contributed a great deal. He is a member of the Special Organising Committee and also of the Coordinating Committee. He has worked as hard as anybody else towards the success of the Games.Q. One of the bigger controversies has been the so-called Appu mess. What is the real story of Appu?A. I’m afraid the press has blown this up out of proportion. The Arunachal Government had permitted the Apollo Circus to capture and train two elephants. Then, the Arunachai chief minister asked us if one of the elephants could in some way be involved in Asiad. We did not say we would but the Apollo Circus people started advertising the elephant as Appu and the press picked it up. At no stage in our planning was there any intention to use a live elephant. In fact, (here is nothing wrong with using a live Appu as part of the ceremony but we just felt that it would not fit into the overall programme.Q. There has also been some confusion about the tickets. Most of the stadia seem to have plenty of vacant seats.A. I admit that there has been some confusion about the tickets and1 it could have been organised better. But there is not that big a problem a is being made out to be. Many tickets which were sent to the states and abroad were returned to us fairly late. But they are on sale now at two centres and are being sold every day and they are freely available. It is only the finals and semi-finals of certain events which have been sold out.Q. How is the day-to-day running of the Games being conducted?A. Every night, we have a meeting at 9.30 p.m. after the events are over. The meeting includes all the stadium directors and competition directors and we get together and discuss the lapses or drawbacks that may have taken place, and we decide how to tackle them. The meeting goes on till late at night, sometimes as late as 2 a.m. on most days, and we draw up the next day’s programme and everybody gets a copy of the programme at 6 a.m.Q. What have been the major lapses so far?A. I’m happy to say that there have been absolutely no major lapses so far; just minor ones which are easily sorted out among ourselves; like yesterday we had some fog from the mosquito control vehicles entering the table tennis stadium which delayed things by about half an hour. But that is all.advertisementQ. Now that you have finally got a Sports Ministry in the country, what are you planning to do about Indian sports ?A. Yes, there is already a draft paper which has been prepared and sent to the various states and once their replies and suggestions come in we will sit down and work out a national policy on sports. In fact, after the Asiad, I propose to sit down and take an overall view of the sports systems, and my main thrust will be to motivate the rural people who comprise the masses to get more involved in sports. We have tribals who will make fantastic sportsmen with the right training. We are going to tackle this on a regional basis and develop areas of promise. There is no reason why we cannot also set up universities for various disciplines.Q. And when exactly wilt that be?A. Actually, the way I feel right now, for the next six months, all I want to do is sleep.
Jaguar has teamed up with former British tennis number one, Tim Henman to help one Scottish tennis fan answer a question from the world’s number one tennis player, Andy Murray aided by the new XF Sportbrake.When Susan MacCormick, from Edinburgh, tweeted Andy Murray suggesting the remote Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court on the Scottish island of North Harris feature on the ATP World Tour, she didn’t expect to get a reply. But the tennis ace and Jaguar brand ambassador couldn’t believe his eyes and responded by asking: ‘Is that even real?’With Andy just weeks away from beginning the defence of his Wimbledon title, Jaguar arranged for Tim Henman to collect Susan in a specially camouflaged prototype and travel to the stunning location to prove its existence.The new XF Sportbrake will be the most dynamic premium estate car in the world when it debuts on 14 June, combining traditional Jaguar design and agility with a spacious and practical interior.”The Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court looks unreal, so I can see why Andy doubted Susan’s original message. We’ve proven that it really does exist now and the road to the court was the perfect place to try out the new XF Sportbrake as it mixes amazing scenery with some challenging corners. I can’t wait to drive the car again – perhaps a bit closer to home.”Tim even had time for a quick match with up-and-coming junior tennis player Logan Urquhart, 13, from Nairn, who was being put through his paces by coach Mike Martin at the idyllic Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court. The trio are now lifelong members of the Outer Hebrides Tennis Club and free to use the remote facilities whenever they like, while Susan will get to meet the world tennis number one later this summer at the world premiere of the new XF Sportbrake.advertisementThe XF Sportbrake premium estate will join the award-winning XF sports saloon in the Jaguar line-up and its dynamic silhouette has already been sketched on the grass of centre court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Jaguar is official car partner for The Championships at Wimbledon 2017, which runs from Monday 3 July to Sunday 16 July.Also Read:Jaguar Land Rover commence bookings for Jaguar XE diesel variant in IndiaAlso Read:Jaguar Art of Performance tour at Aamby Valley airstrip
Smartphone-maker Alcatel on Thursday launched a new tablet “A3 10″ at Rs 9,999 in India which is now available on Flipkart.The 4G/LTE device is powered by 1.1 GHz quad-core processor alongside 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM storage, which can be further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. It runs on Android Nougat operating system.Also Read: Alcatel launches Pixi 4 phablet for Rs 9,100″The new ‘A3 10’ is designed to provide our users with a complete immersive experience. The tablet comes with an array of features, that are unprecedented at this price and shall change the shape of this segment entirely,” said Praveen Valecha, Regional Director, Alcatel India, in a statement.Also Read: MWC 2016: Alcatel unveils Idol 4, Idol 4S, Pop range phones & Plus 10 tabletThe tablet with 10.1-inch IPS display also sports 5MP primary camera and 2MP front camera along with 4600mAh non-removable battery.”The device provides up to seven-hours of battery time on a single charge,” the company claimed in a statement.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It’s at this stage of the season, when games seem to matter more and trophies are on the line, where Manchester City was relying on Pep Guardiola coming into his own.After all, this was the acclaimed serial winner who was going to “transform our team to a whole new level,” according to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak as he welcomed the Spanish coach to City amid much fanfare last June.Guardiola has come up short.Over the past six weeks, five of City’s seven games have been high-profile showdowns across three competitions — Monaco in the Champions League, Arsenal in the FA Cup semifinals, and Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in the English Premier League — and City has failed to win a single one. Overall, in 11 league games against the current top seven this season, City has won just two of them.There is another blockbuster looming, a derby against archrival Manchester United on Thursday, and City dares not lose.Guardiola is feeling the heat as he faces up to a first season without winning a major trophy in a nine-year coaching career that started spectacularly at Barcelona and continued at Bayern Munich.City was eliminated by Monaco in the last 16 of the Champions League, knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal on Sunday, and is only in fourth place in the Premier League — the final Champions League qualification spot — with five games left.Lose to United at Etihad Stadium and there’s a real chance City will not even qualify for the Champions League next season, which would be a calamity for a club of its ambition and financial power, not to mention a huge embarrassment for Guardiola.United makes the short journey across town on a 23-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, only now a point behind City in fifth place and with its aura gradually being restored under Jose Mourinho, Guardiola’s old foe from their time at the Spanish league with Real Madrid and Barcelona.Mourinho thrives on these sorts of occasions, delivering tactical masterclasses this season notably in grinding Liverpool’s prolific attack to a halt at Anfield in October, and outwitting league leader Chelsea in a 2-0 win this month.In this department, namely getting results in the big games, Mourinho is outclassing Guardiola.So where has Guardiola been going wrong?GAME MANAGEMENTArsenal hadn’t come from behind to win a game against any of England’s big six — City, United, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool — since late 2012. Until it played City on Sunday, that is.Losing in that way to a side as fragile as Arsenal currently is highlights an issue that is becoming apparent at City under Guardiola: Managing games.City was 1-0 up and in command against Chelsea in a home league game in December, only to concede three goals through poor defending in the final half-hour and lose 3-1. City was 2-0 ahead at home to Tottenham in January, lost control, and drew 2-2.Guardiola knows this is an issue. Even against Sunderland, a match City comfortably won 2-0 in March, Guardiola was unhappy with his players for coasting through the final 25 minutes.City needs to add some steel and team shape to its pretty football.POOR FINISHINGGuardiola can sound like a broken record when he laments his side’s failure to finish off chances.“It happened many times, but it is what it is: We have to score and we didn’t,” he said after the FA Cup loss to Arsenal.The most obvious example was Kevin De Bruyne hitting the crossbar from point-blank range when City was 1-0 up at the Etihad against Chelsea, which went on to equalize moments later.In the league game against Everton, City came away with just a 1-1 draw after missing two penalties and scoring from just one of its 19 second-half shots.City owns some of the most coveted attacking players around, but their lack of ruthlessness has infuriated Guardiola.DEFENSIVE WEAKNESSParticularly with captain Vincent Kompany injured for much of the season, City hasn’t had an obdurate enough defense to be able to sit back and see out games.Nor has goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s shot-stopping or command of the area been strong enough to bring reassurance in pressure moments.Guardiola’s “attack at all costs” mentality might not help in this regard, either.BAD LUCKAll managers can point to moments of misfortune during games, but Guardiola has had a legitimate sense of grievance with certain key occasions.Notably the shove on City winger Raheem Sterling by Kyle Walker in Tottenham’s area moments before Spurs equalized in the 2-2 draw in January.Against Arsenal, City had a goal wrongly disallowed when it was 0-0 in the cup semifinal and could have been awarded a stoppage-time penalty for handball against Nacho Monreal in the league fixture.Guardiola tries to make a point of not openly complaining about referees, but his exasperation can be clear in the technical area.STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
India captain Virat Kohli empathized with Dale Steyn after the South Africa pacer was ruled out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Tuesday due to a shoulder injury.While wishing him a speedy recovery, Virat Kohli said Dale Steyn was in a “great mental space” and was geared up for his World Cup swansong.Steyn suffered a second shoulder injury after arriving in the UK for the ongoing World Cup. The veteran pacer, who did not play the opener and the clash against Bangladesh, had picked up a shoulder injury during his short stint for Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League 2019.Steyn has been plagued by multiple injuries over the last 3 years during which he played only 13 ODIs. The latest World Cup-ending injury comes as a major blow to Dale Steyn as well as South Africa’s chances of reaching the final four.Speaking to the press on the eve of India’s clash vs South Africa, Virat Kohli said: “I feel really bad for Dale. He looked really happy. He was bowling really well and then suddenly we found out that he was not going to be able to continue. I feel bad for him because he has been a friend for a very long time.”He is a motivated guy. He has been very happy to come back and play for South Africa. He has been doing very well. He still has the hunger and passion, but those niggles and injuries are just not going his way. I can understand his frustration about those injuries. I wish him a speedy recovery.advertisement”He was looking in a great mental space, enjoying his cricket, bowling really well. I can understand how he must be feeling and I am feeling bad for him.”Hey @DaleSteyn62 – Our Skipper @imVkohli wishes you a speedy recovery #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/VcbBWveObwBCCI (@BCCI) June 4, 2019Dale tried really hard to get back into the team: Faf du PlessisSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis said Steyn needs a bit of love at the moment and revealed that the 35-year-old gave his best in a bid to recover and play for South Africa in World Cup 2019.”Dale has tried really hard – really hard – to try and get back into the team. It’s been a tough two years, and we’ve got to be strong for him. He’s going to need a bit of love. He tried unbelievably hard to get fit for this campaign, which would have been his last World Cup. We’ve got to be there for him now,” du Plessis said.Kohli-led India certainly start as favourites against South Africa as the Proteas have had their worst start to a World Cup campaign. After losing the opener to hosts England, South Africa was stunned by Bangladesh on Sunday.Apart from Dale Steyn, South Africa have also lost Lungi Ngidi to an injury. The tall pacer who has suffered a hamstring strain will be unavailable for at least the next few matches.Also Read | Don’t need to answer Kagiso Rabada in a press conference: Virat Kohli on immature commentAlso Read | South Africa pace ace Dale Steyn ruled out of World Cup 2019Also See
This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa, an opportunity to highlight the importance of being aware of, and prepared for severe weather.Joe Rodriquez of Sioux City Fire Rescue says that preparation starts by making a emergency plan to have your family prepared in case a tornado or severe weather event occurs:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/EPLAN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………for three days. :15Rodriquez says you should also be prepared in case electricity to your home goes out:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/EPLAN2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….your levels are. ;22The annual tornado drill will take place on Wednesday at approximately 10 a.m.Sirens will sound during that half hour as part of a mock tornado warning:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/EPLAN3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………with your family. ;08Rodriquez says it’s also a good time to check the batteries on your home smoke detector if you haven’t done that yet this spring.
@12thManFor much of the offseason, the playing surface at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field has looked more like a parking lot than it has a football field. With the Aggies’ renovating their stadium, Kyle Field has been without grass for months. The grass is back. Texas A&M has been installing its playing surface at Kyle Field over the last day or so. It looks great. Real spot! The NEW Kyle Field!! #12thman #GigEm pic.twitter.com/d8OIn7sOyQ— Jeff Banks (@jbsttamu) July 29, 2015West side almost done #kylefield pic.twitter.com/kNNkm2yMF8— Mendl (@CzechMendl) July 31, 2015Took a tour of Kyle Field at Texas A&M this morning. Impressive stuff. Largest SEC stadium. pic.twitter.com/GDOstRYXn1— Jarom Jordan (@jaromjordan) July 31, 2015 @12thManLooking good, Aggies. Texas A&M’s first home game is set to take place Sept. 12 against Ball State.
AAP government allots 40 bigha land to DU for opening girls’ degree collegeThe girls’ degree college will have residential facility for staff and faculty, and hostel facility for the students along with a sports complex.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 20, 2019 12:01 IST Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has approved the allotment of Gaon Sabha land measuring 40 bigha in Fatehpur Beri to the universityThe AAP government has allotted a piece of land in south Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri area to the Delhi University for the opening of a girls’ degree college.Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has approved the allotment of Gaon Sabha land measuring 40 bigha in Fatehpur Beri to the university, according to a letter sent by KS Meena, director(panchayat), Delhi to DU’s vice-chancellor Yogesh Tyagi.The college will have a residential facility for staff and faculty, hostel facility for the students along with sports complex, it stated.READ: DU admissions: Delhi University to provide full scholarship to students whose parents are no moreAllotment of land on the lease for 99 yearsAccording to the terms and conditions, the allotment has been made on free of cost basis on lease for 99 years and the university will have to obtain the prior sanction from the DDA/MCD before putting structures even of temporary nature on the land.It will be the responsibility of the university to protect the land from any type of encroachment and will have to submit the site plan to the lessor (Delhi government) and maintain open space around the boundary wall by planting trees.READ: DU Admissions 2019: Over 58,000 students admitted in Delhi University so farREAD: DU Admissions 2019: 14 new changes in Delhi University admissionsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPuja Kumari Yadav Tags :Follow AAP governmentFollow Delhi UniversityFollow Girls’ degree college
Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni deployed in Kashmir Valley as part of Victor ForceMS Dhoni requested to take on patrolling, guard and post duties and will stay with the troops in Kashmir Valley.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 25, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 15:34 IST HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni has opted to take on patrolling, guard and post dutiesDhoni will be deployed in Kashmir Valley as part of Victor ForceDhoni had made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour to serve his regimentMS Dhoni will be deployed in the Kashmir valley as part of Victor Force. The former India captain will stay with the troops and he will take on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty.Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) MS Dhoni is proceeding to 106 TA Battalion (Para) for being with the Battalion from 31 Jul-15 Aug 19. Dhoni had taken a two-month break from cricket to serve his regiment.MS Dhoni, India’s most successful captain, had made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour.MS Dhoni, who holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion), was accorded the honour by the Indian Army in 2011.4 years ago, MS Dhoni became a qualified paratrooper when he completed5 parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircrafts at the Agra training camp.Dhoni was involved in a gutsy partnership with Ravindra Jadeja in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup but India fell just short as New Zealand reached the final.MS Dhoni had led India to victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy.In India’s first match of the 2019 World Cup against South Africa, MS Dhoni had donned the Balidan crest on his wicketkeeping gloves. However, the ICC said it was against rules and he removed the crest for India’s second match of the tournament against Australia.Also Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan back in ODI side, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer includedAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Indian ArmyFollow Kashmir ValleyFollow India cricket team
Dallas Cowboys Linebacker and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame inductee Justin Durant hosted a private reception and toy drive at Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana in Victory Park on December 15 to benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas-Oak Cliff Club.The mood was decidedly merry and bright when 65 people donated more than 100 toys to Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas-Oak Cliff Club. Durant’s friend and two-time Superbowl Champion Bethel Johnson joined the festivities.Justin’s fondness for Boys and Girls Clubs dates back to his own youth when he was enrolled in his hometown Boys and Girls Club.“I grew up in the Boys and Girls Club in Florence, S.C., so I felt the need to give back,” Durant said. “I wanted to partner with chapters here in Dallas to try to give back and do something with the community. I should have been doing it before. Now I’m trying to make up for lost time.”Nearly 70 people attended, including Dallas Cowboy Justin Durant, former New England Patriot Bethel Johnson, Josh from 102.1 The Morning Edge, Jasmine Sadry from 102.1 The Edge iHeart Media, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Cowboys reporter Clarence Hill Jr. and, of course, representatives from Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.“On behalf of over 6,000 youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, we are extremely grateful for the generous support provided by Justin Durant’s Toys for Tots at Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana and now for Charity Giveback benefitting our Oak Cliff Club,” said Charles English, President and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. “This holiday season will be especially bright and happy for the many families that have entrusted their children to us. Justin’s generous gift ensures that we can continue to provide critical and results-based programs. We are sincerely grateful.”Presenting sponsors included Macallan, Snow Leopard Vodka and Brugal Rum (Edrington America), Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana, The Landings St Lucia with additional support provided by Robert Half International, D4SM, Luv Your Events, Nike, W Hotel, Yeroc Eyewear, Schuyler 4, Haupt Shirts, Phil’s New Money Friends, Jenny Meets Penny, Megan Averbuch, Fashion Stylist of Belles and Rebelles, Jen Abrams Style, Unity Vintage Jean Co. and Marlyn Schiff.
Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Toronto-based SpinVFX handles the elaborate effects work on Netflix’s ‘Umbrella Academy.’ (Courtesy of Netflix) Advertisement Advertisement The rise of pricey, VFX-heavy streaming projects in Ontario has presented the province’s post-production industry with seemingly limitless opportunity to stretch creative talent beyond the classic mix of police and medical dramas and soaps.As sound supervisor on Hulu critical darling The Handmaid’s Tale, Jane Tattersall was tasked with creating a bold, dystopian audio environment for the totalitarian Republic of Gilead in the upcoming third season. “The [streamers] raise the bar because they have confidence in you,” says Tattersall of MGM execs. “And, in turn, we’re made to work harder and push the envelope.”John Rakich — whose recent Ontario location manager credits include Netflix’s Mark Millar superhero series Jupiter’s Legacy and monster-hunter thriller October Faction — jokes that he and others have become fixtures in the streaming giant’s family. “It’s very rare to see something being made here that’s not for a streaming service — even the CBC’s Anne With an E. Somehow we’ve all ended up working for Netflix.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Rabat – Saudi Arabia’s Tareq Ben Laden Group is reportedly planning to invest $1.5 billion in the construction of a 514-meter tower in downtown Casablanca. If built, the tower will be the largest in Africa and Europe.The tower will include commercial complexes, business centers, tourist businesses and recreational facilities.In addition, the tower will host smart offices equipped with the latest technologies. “The smart tower” will be the first of its kind in Africa and Europe to be linked entirely to the internet. According to Hespress news website, the company officials are only awaiting the approval of the Moroccan government before starting the construction work.The tower will be comprised of 114 stories, the same as the number of Suras (chapters) in the Holy Quran, added the website.The tower will also include upscale residential complexes, the largest shopping and entertainment center in the African continent, a 7-star luxury hotel and restaurants run by international brands.The project will be fully funded and implemented by the Saudi businessman Tareq Ben Laden.
The influx appears to be continuing, comprising mostly children, women and the elderly who are reported to be in dire need of food and health care, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a news release today. The clinic in Fassankony has already treated some of the most urgent cases, it added.”This development is very worrying,” UNHCR’s Africa Bureau Director in Geneva, David Lambo, said. “It is obvious that many areas in Liberia are still very insecure and fighting continues.”It is vital that peacekeepers are deployed throughout Liberia as soon as possible. We cannot afford to have a large-scale outflow of refugees into neighbouring countries at this time. On the contrary we should be moving towards a post-conflict recovery stage and prepare for repatriation as soon as possible,” he added. On Friday the UN Security Council unanimously approved the establishment of a peacekeeping mission in Liberia with 15,000 soldiers following a ceasefire and peace accord between the rebels and the government and the departure of former President Charles Taylor to exile in Nigeria. At present a UN-authorized multinational force, mainly from West African nations, is deployed in the country to maintain the peace after 12 years of conflict.The new arrivals are said to be from the Loma ethnic group and apparently fled Liberia’s Lofa county fearing ethnic reprisals after the Liberian army pulled out and the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), one of the main rebel groups that has been battling the government, announced that they would take over their towns.UNHCR estimates there are nearly 116,000 Liberian refugees in the south of Guinea.
Carnival posts 1Q profit on lower fuel costs; ship problems lead to discounts, slow bookings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2013 9:43 am MDT MIAMI – The world’s largest cruise line has suffered through a number of high-profile mishaps. Yet passengers continue to book vacations thanks to discounts, albeit at a slower pace.Carnival Corp. offered more sales to attract wary passengers after an engine fire last month crippled the Carnival Triumph, leaving 4,200 people stranded for five days without working toilets or power. This week, two more of its ships had mechanical problems, ruining the vacations of thousands more travellers.Carnival Corp. said Friday that it earned $37 million, or 5 cents per share, in first quarter ended Feb. 28. That compares with a loss of $139 million, or 18 cents per share, a year earlier. But its forecast for the year came in below analyst’s predictions. Its shares fell more than 2 per cent.On Thursday, the company ended the voyage of the Carnival Dream after the ship’s backup emergency diesel generator failed, causing problems with elevators and toilets. Instead of continuing back to Florida, Carnival was forced to charter airplanes to fly home the ship’s 4,300 passengers. The Dream’s next trip, which was supposed to start Sunday, was cancelled. All of the passengers scheduled for that voyage will receive a refund for the cruise and airfare.The company also said that another ship — the Legend — was having mechanical problems and would skip its stop at the Cayman Islands, heading straight to its final port in Tampa, Fla. instead. Carnival runs cruises under 10 brands including Holland America, Princess, Cunard and its namesake line.Vacationers have been wary about booking cruises ever since the Costa Concordia — also owned by Carnival — sank off the coast of Italy in January 2012. Passengers have returned to the seas, but many needed to be coaxed by deep discounts.Asked if they would like to share how deep the discounts have been for the various lines, Carnival executives replied, “Not particularly.”In its earnings release Friday, the Miami-based company said advance bookings for 2013 are behind the same point a year earlier. The company blamed Europe’s economic problems for its inability to raise prices. North American prices are up slightly but those in Europe and Asia are lagging behind. Passengers in Europe are booking vacations much closer to the date of departure, Carnival said.The company now expects revenue to be flat for the year, compared with a previous forecast for growth of 1 to 2 per cent. That outlook worried investors. Carnival shares dropped 78 cents, or 2.2 per cent, to close at $34.95 Friday.Carnival’s rivals have also been hurt by the lagging European economy. Summer Mediterranean cruises favoured by Italians and Spaniards are suffering due to economic woes in those countries. Last month, Royal Caribbean, the world’s second-largest cruise line, wrote down $413.9 million due to a substantial drop in bookings and prices in Spain because of the government’s austerity measures there. Royal Caribbean also blamed residual fears from the Costa Concordia disaster for a drop in European bookings.Executives said Carnival is doing an assessment of emergency power and redundancies across its entire fleet following the Triumph mishap. Howard S. Frank, the company’s chief operating officer, didn’t estimate the possible cost of improvements for analysts during a conference call Friday. “I don’t see it as being enormous,” Frank said.The company refused to tell analysts how much it spent each year on safety and training.For the quarter that ended Feb. 28, adjusted earnings were 8 cents per share. Analysts had expected 3 cents per share. Revenue rose slightly to $3.59 billion. Analysts expected $3.64 billion.The best thing going for Carnival right now is declining fuel prices.The cruise line paid $677 per metric ton for fuel in the first quarter, down 4 per cent from the same period last year. That savings alone accounted for 3 cents per share.
Classics Professor Michael Carter is the new Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in Humanities.Carter, who specializes in Greek and Roman history and culture, has been with Brock University since 2000. His research focuses on Greek and Roman sMichael Carterpectacles such as ancient athletics, gladiatorial combats and related events in the amphitheatre.Carter was the 2013 recipient of the Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2014 Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.He has served on Senate, as Classics department Chair and last term was the Acting Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Curriculum.He started his new role July 1.
← Previous Story Four teams, one dream – Draw for Women’s EHF CL Final4 on Tuesday in Budapest Next Story → Women’s EHF Final4 draw – Gyor VS CSM Bucharest, Rostov against Vardar EHF Champions LeagueRK Vardar Skopje RK Vardar Skopje left wing, Timur Dibirov, believes that his team will stay among the best teams in Europe. The 34-years old flying Russian talked for Balkan-Handball.com just after winning the SEHA Gazprom League trophy in Skopje, about future after “era of Raul Gonzales”:– I do not agree, you know why? The most important thing Raul did was to make a machine from this club, an institution that can work without him, without Arpad, me, other players. Raul leaves, we know what coach we are talking about, but this machine just needs to continue working, working, working. I do not expect that Vardar will be weaker. We will go up, we want to continue. We all say that Kiel or Barcelona are institutions. While we have such support from the State, fans, the entire Balkans, why not? – said Dibirov and confirmed that his plans are linked with staying in Skopje in team which won’t be “Russian” as media writing:– Yes. Why a lot of Russian? That’s all speculation, that’s not true. Now, we are just like Serbs or Croats. Nevertheless, whether in Vardar one Russian player, three, the only important thing is result. So, we can talk about Spaniards and others. My plan is to help the club every day, and if the club has confidence in me, I will be happy to work this job for many years here – concluded Dibirov.Arpad Sterbik (RK Vardar), Mijailo Marsenic (Fuchse Berlin), Luka Cindric (PGE Vive Kielce), coach Raul Gonzales (PSG Handball) will leave Skopje at the end of the season.
← Previous Story When is enough?: A change is due in Pan America Next Story → “Victims of WCh 2019 Play-Off” – Gaber and Potic to miss decisive clashes The first matches in EUROpean Play-Off for the World Championship 2019 in Denmark and Germany ended with two draws and only away-win of Hungarian team in Koper, Slovenia.The most convincing were Croats, who beat Montenegro 32:19, bur also Macedonians showed class against Romania 32:24, while Serbia surprisingly high outplayed Portugal 28:21.Results of the first matches:Lithuania – Iceland 27:27Czech Republic – Russia 27:26Netherlands – Sweden 25:24Norway – Switzerland 32:26Croatia – Montenegro 32:19Slovenia – Hungary 24:29Belarus – Austria 28:28Serbia – Portugal 28:21Macedonia – Romania 32:24 Play Off World Championship 2019
THE BODY WHICH independently assesses the government’s budgetary objectives has said that it does not see any room for tax cuts in the next two years.Speaking before the Oireachtas Finance Committee today, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council’s chairman, Professor John McHale, said it was the view of the council that there will not be any scope for tax cuts in the near future.He also warned that if the economy does not grow at the rate expected next year – GDP growth of 2 per cent – then the planned budget adjustment of €2 billion may need to be harsher.The Tánaiste last week signalled that there may be scope for relieving taxes on some middle-income earners in the lifetime of this government.But McHale said today: “We really don’t see scope in the next year or two, but if both projections pan out as currently anticipated there could well be scope after 2016.”He said there would only be “limited room” post 2016 and said that this would be less likely if there was high inflation.Despite this McHale said “we should be through the worst of it by 2015″.The Council was before the committee to discuss its recent report criticising the government’s decision to exit the bailout programme on Monday week without a precautionary credit facility.In that report the council said that the chances of Ireland not reaching the deficit to GDP ratio of 3 per cent by 2015 had increased from a one-in-three chance to a one-in-two chance as a result of exiting the bailout without a backstop.Council member Sebastian Barnes (below) told the committee that the state of the public finances could be hit next year by problems in the health budget.“We’re trying to present an objective analysis and things are getting better,” he said, but he added that “as a result of the decision the risks [of Ireland not meeting the target] have increased now.”He continued: “We’re not saying it’s a reckless policy, but we’re just saying, in our view, that the risks have increased considerably.”Former deputy director of the International Monetary Fund, Donal Donovan, told the committee that the €20 billion in funding built-up by the NTMA is an “important weapon in an arsenal” but said that relying only on that “might not necessarily be the most prudent approach”.Using a car insurance analogy, he told the committee that just becuase you don’t have a car crash for a year does not mean “it was a bad idea to have taken out insurance” for that year.Read: Decision on credit line will make it ‘more difficult’ to access future supportsCharts: Here’s how the government’s liabilities have increased to €208bn in five yearsAnalysis: 5 reasons why the government decided to exit the bailout and go it alone