Pacquiao the least alarmed “There are still many areas to work on, but the good thing is that we see them one by one here and we get a chance to do something about it before the SEA Games,” said head coach Francis Vicente.On top of the list: Floor defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Vietnamese flaunted dynamic floor defense and picked apart the Filipinos’ coverage when it mattered to subdue the hard-fighting Rebisco-PSL Manila squad, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 25-14.It was Rebisco-PSL Manila’s second defeat in as many games, and one that lined it up next against China’s Tianjian Bohai Bank on Saturday in the prestigious tournament. Camaraderie will be the last item in the SEA Games checklist the coaching staff needs to tick off as the Filipinos displayed seamless communication to force Vietnam to work hard on both sides of the court.Filipino superstars Jaja Santiago, Aby Maraño and Jovelyn Gonzaga combined forces for the Philippines to claim the second set, scoring from all corners to the delight of a packet of fans cheering them on at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace.The Philippines were leading the first set, 9-4, but fell to Vietnam’s unrelenting digs that it deftly converted to attacks most of the time.The fourth set was also close with Rebisco coming within 10-13 but Vietnam displayed even more energy to zoom ahead as the Filipinos committed one attacking error after another.Rachel Ann Daquis contributed nine points for the team, which nevertheless showed improvement from Thursday’s defeat at the hands of Hisamitsu Springs of Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Vietin Bank vs Rebisco PSL Manila. CONTIBUTED PHOTOUst-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan—The Rebisco-PSL Manila squad is under no illusion that it will be a dominant squad in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships here. The Filipino spikers are using this top-tier to find holes they have to plug before going to the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in August.And a battle-ready Vietin Bank of Vietnam exposed quite a number of them Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The UPA government and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday got whole-hearted support on the contentious Lokpal Bill from West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.”I know the PM is an honest man,” she said at the Press Club of India. “Do you think the inclusion of one person will strengthen the fight against corruption? Whether the PM or the CJI is included, it hardly matters. To fight corruption, we need a larger systemic change,” Banerjee said, making it clear she would support the UPA in its decision.By airing her decision, Banerjee ensured that she had the UPA on her side, especially with her state’s coffers empty. In fact, unlike in the past, the UPA’s second largest ally had no harsh words for the Union government. “The Trinamool Congress is not opposing the Bill,” she clarified.Contrary to the claims by the civil society members that they had been “cheated” by the government, Banerjee said, “Anna Hazare has been given a lot of respect by the UPA government.” In her opinion, electoral reforms were needed to be carried out by the Election Commission to effectively combat corruption.”The state funding of elections would go a long way in controlling the use of black money in the electoral process,” she said, adding that the money illegally stashed abroad should be brought back. On Rahul Gandhi taking over as the Prime Minister, a beaming Banerjee replied, “I love this (Gandhi) family. I had good relations with Rajiv Gandhi and now I have good relations with Soniaji, Rahul and Priyanka.” She added, “If the Congress decides that Rahul should be made the PM, we will support it as partners in the UPA government.”advertisementShe is also set to rest all speculation about the Trinamool giving up the railway ministry. “It is the only cabinet post with our party and we will retain the ministry,” she said.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Speaking after the match, Messi was asked about his relationship with Griezmann, who had said on Tuesday it was “difficult” to establish a connection with the Argentine while he had been injured. “Obviously we have no problem,” Messi said. “There is a good relationship with everyone, the dressing room is united. We needed this victory and hopefully now we can kick on and continue in this way.” FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manLuis Suarez scored a sensational double at Camp Nou and it was Messi that supplied the Uruguayan’s 85th-minute winner, with a pass at the end of a weaving run down the right. Barcelona now sit level on four points with Borussia Dortmund in Group F. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Real Madrid facing yet another goalkeeping crisis Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect Albayalde: ‘Never in one time that I asked for any favor’ PLAY LIST 03:02Albayalde: ‘Never in one time that I asked for any favor’00:50Trending Articles02:36Panelo denies endorsing Sanchez’s bid for clemency: I merely referred letter02:11Makabayan 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ There have also been suggestions of a rift between Barcelona’s players and the board, with Gerard Pique implying last weekend that articles critical of the team had come from higher up the club, however Messi denied the relationship had soured“We are fine. The important thing is to talk about the triumph of today and against Getafe,” he said.“We have Sevilla now to finish well before the international break. We will try to win it because it creates a mess when there is no football so we want to finish well and go out on a high before the break.”ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Barcelona’s French forward Antoine Griezmann (R) is congratulated by teammate Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi after scoring the first goal during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, on September 24, 2019. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)Lionel Messi insisted on Wednesday there are no problems between him and Antoine Griezmann or between the players and Barcelona’s board. Messi returned from injury to make his second start of the season against Inter Milan in the Champions League as Barca came from behind to win 2-1. ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A Hall of Fame college football coach has passed away. George Welsh, longtime Navy and Virginia head coach, passed away on Wednesday, according to a release from the University of Virginia.He was 85. Welsh was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004 after leading Navy back to prominence and bringing Virginia into the conversation.Virginia announced the news here.College Football Hall of Fame Coach George Welsh passes away.He led UVA to a 134-86-3 record from 1982 to 2000.Details: https://t.co/ZVopNxXBF1#RIPCoachWelsh pic.twitter.com/EBH5vilGVp— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) January 4, 2019Welsh compiled a 182-132-4 overall record as a head coach. He was awarded the Bobby Dodd Award as the national coach of the year in 1991 and was named the ACC Coach of the Year four times – 1983, 1984, 1991 and 1995.He also starred as a quarterback for the Midshipmen during his collegiate football career. Welsh was a first-team All-American in 1955 and finished third in the Heisman voting behind Howard Cassady of Ohio State and Jim Swink of Texas Christian.Welsh went on to work as an assistant under Rip Engle and Joe Paterno at Penn State after his playing career.
Ritayan Basu BirminghamMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 14:24 IST All England Championships: Saina Nehwal easily beat Kirsty Gilmour in straight games (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal easily beat Kirsty Gilmour 21-17, 21-18Sameer Verma lost to Viktor Axelsen 21-16, 18-21, 14-21Kidambi Srikanth won his match as PV Sindhu crashed outSaina Nehwal beat Kirsty Gilmour in straight games but Sameer Verma’s challenge came to end at the All England Championships, after losing to Viktor Axelsen in Birmingham on Wednesday.Nehwal, who is World Number 9, easily defeated her opponent form Scotland with a 21-17, 21-18 victory in the first round of the women’s singles to qualify for the next round.”I really enjoy a lot, it is something every player looks up to. The challenge is even more tough than regular Super Series events as everyone wants to have the trophy. You have to play your natural game to be the best and can’t really put the pressure on yourself, ‘that you have to have it’. If it is in your destiny then you will get it. The challenge is to give your and beat the best players,” Saina said after the match.Nehwal will meet Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt in the second round on Thursday.Always great to see @NSaina at the All EnglandCatch her reaction after a hard-fought contest with Scotland’s @KirstyGilmourr in a match where both players gave their all #YAE19 #allengland19 https://t.co/Qo9sZYd3XD pic.twitter.com/jiazNbVDWyYonex All England (@YonexAllEngland) March 6, 2019Sameer, on the other hand, gave a tough fight to Axelsen but went down 21-16, 18-21, 14-21.In mixed doubles, Sikki and Pranaav Jerry Chopra, who is coming back from an injury, lost 21-23 17-21 to Hong King’s Chang Tak Ching and NG Wing Yung. While, B. Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri lost to the Chinese pair of Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu 21-19, 21-16, 21-14 in their men’s doubles first round matchadvertisementEarlier, India other star shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out following a hard fought defeat to Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea in the first round of the women’s singlesSindhu went down 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 in an hour and 20 minutes.”There were too many points for me to cover and it was a good game overall. Maybe I should have controlled much more. It was just my bad luck and it was just not my day because my mid-court smashes were just going to the net. Overall, she played well,” Sindhu said after the match.B Sai Praneeth advanced beat compatriot H.S. Prannoy 21-19, 21-19 to progress to the second round of the men’s singles. Kidambi Srikanth also navigated the first round hurdle with a 21-13, 21-11 against France’s Brice Leverdez.In women’s doubles, the pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha Ram qualoified for the second round with a 18-21, 21-12, 21-12 win over the Russian pair of Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova. While, the more experienced Indian women’s doubles combination of Ashwini Ponappa and N. Sikki Reddy went down 21-16, 26-28, 16-21 to the world No.7 Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto in an hour and 17 minutes.Also Read | Srikanth eases into Round 2, Ashwini-Sikki go down fightingAlso Read | Sindhu crashes out in Round 1, Sai Praneeth knocks out PrannoyAlso Read | For me All England Badminton Championships is just another tournament: PV SindhuFor 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 Tags :Follow All England ChampionshipsFollow Saina NehwalFollow Sammer Verma Next All England Championships: Saina Nehwal through, Sameer Verma goes down fightingSaina Nehwal safely navigated her way through to the second round with a straight game victory over Kirsty Gilmour, while Sameer Verma went down fight to Viktor Axelsen at the All England Championships.advertisement
RIVERVIEW, N.B. – It all began as a bucket-list wish, but now a teenager with terminal cancer whose online campaign for kindness has inspired do-gooders across the globe is being recognized in her native New Brunswick with an official day in her honour.Rebecca Schofield, an 18-year-old who lives in Riverview, N.B., learned her years-long battle with brain cancer had taken a turn for the worse last December, with doctors giving her only months to live.She turned her terminal prognosis into a call for “mass of acts of kindness,” asking her Facebook followers to help her cross an item off her bucket list by doing good deeds and sharing them on social media under the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.The request soon went viral, eventually leading hundreds of people to commit altruistic acts in her name.“She started something just to encourage people to be kind, and it’s grown so much. It’s kind of got a life of its own,” Anne Schofield, Rebecca’s mother, said in an interview. “It’s really just a simple message: Be kind.“She says that being kind is something that’s taught, and it’s not a hard thing to learn.”The campaign has attracted international media attention, and has even received a shout-out from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“It’s my pleasure to recognize Rebecca Schofield for her bravery, volunteerism and inspiring commitment to community,” Trudeau tweeted in February.The New Brunswick government has declared the third Saturday of September “Becca Schofield Day,” with several events being held in her honour, with proceeds going to three charities of the teenager’s choice.Premier Brian Gallant said he was “honoured” to take part in Saturday’s festivities.“Becca is an amazing individual, who has shown us that acts of kindness, big or small, can make a real difference,” Gallant tweeted. “The example she has set makes the people of this province incredibly #NBProud.”The Schofields’ Facebook page has been flooded with posts of good deeds as part of the inaugural celebrationSome gestures were as small as treating two chicken-suited mascots at a car dealership to Tim Hortons in New Brunswick, handing out “kindness cards” in Arizona, or sharing extra bus tickets with strangers in Kuwait.Others contributed to broader efforts such as giving quilts to veterans in Moose Jaw, Sask., or donating 750 handmade finger puppets to a hospital in Halifax.Heidi Wheelock of Woodstock, N.B., said she spent Saturday handing out “goodies” with her six-year-old daughter, Lucy, hoping that Rebecca Schofield will become something of a role model for the youngster.“(Rebecca) shows that even in the worst of times, you can always find the positive in something,” said Wheelock. “(She) is just kind of uniting, gosh, basically the world. There’s pictures of people that have been participating all over the place.”Zoe Cole, a 50-year-old cancer survivor from Miramichi, N.B., said she cried as she scrolled through social media Saturday, wishing “Becca Schofield Day” was a year-round national holiday.Cole said the teenager’s message has helped her deal with the emotional impact of disease by inspiring the type of support she felt she lacked during her own battle with cancer nine years ago.“I just brings back all these memories (of) how people should be,” Cole said. “People need to be reminded to be nice, and be kind, and to help others where you can. That should be instilled in us.”No one has benefited more from #BeccaToldMeTo than Rebecca Schofield, her mother said. She said when the teenager is too sick to leave the hospital, browsing through social media “brightens her day” as she takes pride in seeing people perform good deeds on her behalf.“In some ways, it was a very selfish thing to ask people to be kind to each other,” Anne Schofield said. “It benefits her so much more than you would know. … People are getting strength from her, and she gets strength from them.”— By Adina Bresge in Halifax
Eight stories in the news for Monday, Sept. 17———AMBER ALERT ISSUED FOR LITTLE GIRL IN SASKATCHEWANAn Amber Alert was issued Sunday night for a six-year-old Saskatchewan girl who RCMP say was in the back of her family’s SUV when it was stolen outside a strip mall in North Battleford. Police said Emma O’Keeffe suffers from epilepsy and autism, and is non-verbal and unable to walk. They said the vehicle was taken late Sunday afternoon after the girl’s mom left it running and went into a strip mall business. Police said Emma requires medication every 12 hours and that missing a dose could lead to extreme medical distress.———RECOVERY CONTINUES FOR CALGARY GIRL HURT IN TEXAS CRASHA Calgary girl who was paralyzed in a Texas highway crash in July is heading to a children’s hospital in California that offers high-tech treatments for spinal injuries. Ten year old Mehak Minhas is to arrive at the Shriners hospital in Sacramento today, accompanied by her eight-year-old sister Jupleen and mother Jasleen. The trio were on holiday with three other family members when their minivan collided with an 18-wheeler. Mehak’s father, brother and grandmother died in the crash.———PROTESTERS RALLY OUTSIDE ONTARIO LEGISLATURE DURING MIDNIGHT SITTINGHordes of protesters shouted to be allowed inside the Ontario legislature as provincial politicians gathered for a rare midnight sitting to speed up passage of a bill to cut Toronto’s city council nearly in half. Protesters also voiced their opposition to the bill inside Queen’s Park, heckling Progressive Conservative legislators with cries of “shame, shame” until the Speaker cleared the public galleries. Those who’d lined up outside to observe the debate chanted “Let us in!” and “Our city, not Ford’s!”———FEDERAL PARTIES RACE TO LINE UP NOMINATIONSFederal political parties are gearing up for the final parliamentary session before the next election, but while the Conservatives and the Liberals tout having many candidates nominated and money in the bank, the NDP has yet to nominate a single candidate. NDP president Mathieu Vick says the party revamped its nomination process over the summer and the new rules came into effect about two weeks ago.———QUEBEC LEADERS TO SPAR IN ENGLISH DEBATEQuebec’s four would-be premiers face off tonight in the province’s first-ever televised English-language debate. Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, Francois Legault of the Coalition Avenir Quebec, Jean-Francois Lisee of the Parti Quebecois and Quebec solidaire’s Manon Masse are hoping to impress English-speaking voters ahead of the Oct. 1 election. The candidates will debate topics including education, health, economy, identity, the environment and relations with the English-speaking community.———CALGARY FLAMES CO-OWNER CLAYTON RIDDELL DIESClay Riddell, billionaire businessman and co-owner of the Calgary Flames, has died. The Flames confirmed his death in a statement on Sunday. Riddell joined Flames ownership in 2003 after spending much of his life building oil and gas companies, including Paramount Resources. He stepped down as CEO of the natural gas and oil exploration company in 2015, when his son, James, took over. Riddell founded the company that has been operating in Canada since 1976.———STEADY TRANSITION TO WINTER IN THE FORECASTThe Weather Network is telling Canadians they can expect to enjoy a full fall season with a steady transition to winter over the next two months. The network is predicting that winter won’t come early this year and that Canadians will get to experience a generally mild fall from now until the end of November. The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist, Chris Scott, says there will be a smooth transition in temperature through the fall months towards December.———POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE TO BE AWARDED TONIGHTAn array of musicians representing diverse sounds and experiences from across the country are in the running for the Polaris Music Prize tonight. Ten albums are in contention, but only one will be awarded as Canadian album of the year by an 11-member jury of journalists, critics and bloggers. The Polaris prize is considered one of Canada’s most prestigious music awards, with the winner receiving 50-thousand dollars. Former winners include Arcade Fire, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kaytranada and Lido Pimienta.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The New Brunswick Women’s Council will hold a forum with provincial party leaders in Fredericton on issues affecting women’s equality.— The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will hold hearings in Quebec City.— The Canadian Real Estate Association releases its monthly numbers and quarterly outlook on the housing market.— The Rohingya Human Rights Network and others advocating on behalf of the Rohingya will speak at a media conference on Parliament Hill.— RCMP to launch campaign in Winnipeg to end violence against women, children.— The City of Vancouver goes to court in a bid to close dozens of marijuana retailers operating without business licenses.— RCMP will provide an update on the death of a Belgian tourist who was allegedly killed while hitchhiking in British Columbia.—
Actor, comedian and Rally Health Ambassador Kevin Hart, and E! News host Maria Menounos hosted a free outdoor health festival, Rally HealthFest, at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City, lower Manhattan on Saturday, July 30, to show New Yorkers how making simple lifestyle changes can be a lot of fun and help improve their overall health.The New York Rally HealthFest featured fitness activities including boot camps, yoga classes, rock climbing and spin classes, as well as an interactive kids’ zone, all supported by Rally partner Asphalt Green, an NYC nonprofit.Attendees also had a chance to participate in a group workout with Ron “Boss” Everline, Kevin Hart’s personal trainer; got nutritional tips from young celebrity chef Haile Thomas; and earned prizes for participating in activities. There were plenty of healthy eats and beverages from Juice Press. Attendees also joined Rally partner DiamondBack to help build bicycles that will be donated to Madison Square Boys and Girls Club.“Kevin Hart is the ultimate motivator inspiring people to take charge of their health,”said Grant Verstandig, Rally Health founder and CEO. “As our Health Ambassador, Kevin has spoken directly with thousands of people at our HealthFests — most recently in Los Angeles — to help them learn steps they can take to adopt a healthier lifestyle.”Said Hart, “I’m passionate about health and fitness and really love meeting the awesome people who come out to our Rally HealthFests to renew, or make a brand new commitment to their own health and fitness. That’s powerful stuff. I want New Yorkers to know that taking even the smallest steps can make a big difference in their health, and we’re here to help.”To find out more, click here.
Tehran: Iran’s president is making his first official visit to Iraq this week as he faces mounting pressure from hard-liners at home in the wake of the Trump administration’s unraveling of the nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani’s trip billed as “historic and noble” by his foreign minister is meant to solidify ties between Shiite power Iran and Iraq’s Shiite led-government, a strong Tehran ally. It is also Iran’s response to President Donald Trump’s snap December trip to Iraq and the American president’s comments that US forces should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighbouring Iran, with which Iraq shares a 1,400-kilometer-long (870 miles) border. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingAt the time, Trump slipped into Iraq at night, without stopping in Baghdad, to greet U.S. service members at a base far from the Iraqi capital where he extolled the American troops’ fight against the Islamic State group. Rouhani later mocked Trump’s visit, asserting that flying into Iraq under the cover of darkness meant “defeat” for the US in Iraq and asking the US president why he didn’t make an “open and official visit.” “You have to walk in the streets of Baghdad … to find out how people will welcome you,” Rouhani said at the time. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangRouhani’s visit to Iraq will provide an opportunity for reaching “serious understandings” between the two neighbors, Iran’s top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif told the official IRNA news agency from Baghdad, where he was preparing for Rouhani’s three-day visit that starts on Monday. Rouhani, who had visited Iraq privately before becoming president, had planned an official visit in 2016 but that one was cancelled over unspecified “executive” problems. This time, Rouhani, who is on a second four-year-term, is particularly vulnerable because of the economic crisis assailing the Iranian rial, which has hurt ordinary Iranians and emboldened critics to openly call for the president’s ouster. Tehran sees the US military presence at its doorstep in Iraq as a threat one that could also undermine Iran’s influence over Baghdad. Zarif alluded to that on Sunday, saying that any country which tries to interfere with the good Iran-Iraq relations would “be deprived of opportunities for itself.” Iran also sees Iraq as a possible route to bypass US sanctions that Trump re-imposed last year after pulling the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Tech-Enabled ArenasToday’s arenas and stadiums, fans’ at-home viewing experiences, and teams’ on-field strategies are all more interconnected than ever before. Ongoing technology advancements that support these fronts require constant upkeep and maintenance of underlying infrastructure. This is now paramount to the sports industry. stadium-77878__340.jpg Last month, a record number of sports fans tuned in to watch the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team win its fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup. As a former collegiate soccer athlete myself, it was great to see so many people catch the fever of women’s soccer and cheer the team to another title. The Business Value of Voice Quality Using WebRTC Sorell Slaymaker February 21, 2019 As WebRTC-enabled embedded real-time communications becomes mainstream, it’s critical the technology lives up to the hype. All of these assets (e.g., machines, computers, lights, scoreboards, cameras, pipes, wires, etc.) require a skilled team of service, repair, and maintenance technicians who perform regular upkeep and consistently troubleshoot problems. Tools that allow technicians to understand the nature and history of previous repairs to assets provide immense value. Further, all-mode communications functions support instant communication and collaboration, offering support to technicians to get information or answers no matter where they’re working. These are just a few examples of the types of tools that support accurate and timely maintenance to help avoid slowdowns or downtime to a stadium’s asset network and allows for a seamless game experience for all. In addition, with sports teams utilizing tracking technology to better inform on-field strategies and the health of their players, Internet connectivity allows these technologies to deliver insights to teams. For example, FC Barcelona has recently helped co-develop a wearable technology system called Wimu. The technology relies on wearable sensors to track players’ positions, speed, recovery distance, heartbeat, force of collisions, and other statistics. The two most-critical components to sporting and other live events are electricity and Internet connectivity. Without electricity, there’s no viewing experience for fans at home and a lackluster experience for fans in the stands. Ensuring maintenance of circuit-breaker systems and having an open line of communication with city officials around the nature of an area’s power grids are essential for broadcasts to occur. Thankfully, service technicians are skilled at maintaining these underlying systems and “keeping the lights on.” While electricity is the backbone and heart of any broadcasting experience, Internet connectivity is a close runner-up. Internet access allows broadcasts to be streamed outside of the stadium and connects fans globally to an event. Further, the Internet of Things is changing fans’ in-stadium experiences through in-seat concession ordering, offering access to live camera feeds from TV or Web streams and many more technology-based offerings. Throughout the last two decades, there have been several notable sporting tech “fails,” including the 2013 NFL Super Bowl and 1990 NHL Stanley Cup Finals blackouts as well as the 2010 Minnesota Vikings Metrodome roof collapse due to extreme snow (no one was hurt.) In today’s always-on society, sporting fans are hyperaware of any interruptions, whether digital or in person, that hinder their experiences of watching their favorite teams. WebRTC: What Are You Waiting For? Allie Mellen January 14, 2019 Here’s why you should be using this real-time communications technology to update and improve your contact centers. And as Internet connectivity remains critical for reaching fans across the world, it’s also essential for new and emerging ways of officiating and strategizing gameplay. Traditional sports are now relying more and more on technology and data to ensure accurate calls on and off the field. For example, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup leveraged video assistant referee (VAR) systems. First introduced in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, VAR technology allows for review of calls made by in-play referees using video footage and offsite VAR teams who analyze said footage and report a final recommendation to onsite officials. On the FieldMy husband is a high school basketball coach. At a recent game, the digital scoreboard malfunctioned. No one in the gym could figure out how to fix it, and the game was canceled. You would think the score could be kept on the court, but with shot clocks and the timing of set plays, we’ve become so reliant on “things running” that we can’t continue games without the equipment working. Real-Time Services Putting Real Pressure on CIOs May 21, 2018 Keep your network performing optimally with these three tips, as Martello Technologies discusses in this sponsored post. Beyond Internet-connected systems, other crucial technologies in sports arenas must be serviced. Bathrooms and plumbing systems must function without issue. Food and kitchen equipment at concession stands must maintain regulatory levels of food safety operation and cleanliness. Medical devices in trainer and first aid rooms must function properly in case of athlete or fan injuries. Automated parking systems must function seamlessly to allow for easy entry and exit from event venues. The list goes on. As servicing underlying infrastructure becomes more complex given the evolved nature of today’s stadium and broadcasting activities, outfitting field service technicians with modern communication and collaboration tools to optimize their work has never been more important. With planned game and broadcast times that can’t be moved or delayed, there’s no room for multiple truck rolls or secondary attempts to make sure systems are working properly. Ensuring consistent communication between field service technician teams around the nature of technologies and infrastructures allows teams to quickly understand and address problems before they delay events. Interactive Intelligence Provides Glimpse into PureCloud’s Future Sheila McGee-Smith February 11, 2015 CEO Don Brown made it clear in a recent call with financial analysts that PureCloud is not just a multitenant replacement for the company’s traditional product. But while the world’s best players are giving it their all on the field, many fans don’t consider the crucial behind-the-scenes work performed by service technicians who ensure stadium systems are up and running and global broadcasts are beamed out with no latency or interruption. If you enjoy watching live sporting or music events in person or at home, you have a force of field service technicians to thank. The field of play has certainly changed dramatically since I was on the soccer pitch. As my children are beginning to become more interested and involved in sports, I’m happy to know there are a vast amount of new and emerging technologies that will help them train and play more effectively. I’m also happy to know that there is a force of field technicians who dedicate their careers to keep the game playing, and keep the world running.Tags:News & Viewsfield serviceservice techniciansReal-Time CommunicationsUnified Communications & Collaboration Articles You Might Like Solving the WebRTC Interoperability Problem Andrew Prokop February 23, 2015 While designers of WebRTC are proud of the flexibility that not defining a signaling protocol brings, pragmatic people like me are confused and frustrated. Like digital scoreboards, soon teams will be so reliant on this technology, that when it breaks, an immediate fix will be imperative. And that service technician who no one thinks about will become an even more important factor in the success of the sports industry. When the equipment breaks and the game stops, we need service technicians leveraging modern communications and collaboration tools and software to help get jobs done. 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Witness: Spouse of Spain princess wanted sports deal ‘toll’ MADRID – A witness at the trial of Spain’s Princess Cristina and 16 others has testified that the princess’ husband wanted a commission of 300,000 euros ($339,000) as a “toll” to help the regional Balearic Islands government land a cycling sponsorship deal.Former Environment Minister Jaume Matas said Thursday he approved the 2003 payoff deal in return for Inaki Urdangarin’s influence. The Banesto cycling team was then one of the world’s best.Matas, regional leader of Spain’s Balearic Islands at the time, is among the defendants in the trial.Urdangarin is accused of using his former title of Duke of Palma to embezzle public funds for sporting deals through his non-profit Noos Institute.Money was allegedly funneled from Noos for personal use.Cristina, King Felipe VI’s sister, is charged with tax fraud. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2016 5:19 am MDT Last Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Junior college transfer Malcolm Pridgeon (66) blocking with the offensive linemen. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerAt Ohio State’s annual media day on Sunday, coach Urban Meyer announced that redshirt sophomore defensive end Darius Slade ruptured his Achilles in practice and will miss the 2016 season.Meyer also said that junior college transfer offensive lineman Malcolm Pridgeon will be out three months with a knee injury.Slade was a member of the 2014 recruiting class who redshirted his first year and then played seven games in 2015 at defensive end.Pridgeon has junior eligibility after transferring from Nassau community college in New York. He was expected to compete for the right tackle position.“With that said, the offensive line depth is a concern,” Meyer said. “Defensive line is starting to materialize a bit with depth.”
Ohio State senior forward Shayla Cooper guards against Penn State’s forward Kaliyah Mitchell on Feb. 1 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Summer Cartwright | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s basketball team continued its longest streak of season with its sixth straight win against Penn State on Wednesday, 87-72.OSU (20-5, 10-1 Big Ten) was lead by junior forward Kelsey Mitchell in scoring (23) and assists (5). Sophomore forward Stephanie Mavunga picked up her tenth double-double of season with 11 rebounds and points. Penn State coach Coquese Washington said OSU’s versatility makes them the best team head coach Kevin McGuff has had. “They got great guard play,” she said. “They have fantastic post play and they can throw a lot of different looks at you. They went big there, and then they can go small and quick and spread the floor.”Penn State came out in a 2-3 defense, which the Buckeyes were able to take advantage of. Throughout the first half the Buckeyes passed the ball well, allowing OSU to find their shot from the extra pass. The Buckeyes shot 53.3 percent from the field and hit 50 percent from beyond the arc in the first half. McGuff said the Buckeyes were finding the open man, which sophomore forward Sierra Calhoun capitalized on.“Sierra shot the ball extremely well,” he said. “With as much zone as we see that’s really important and our players did a good job of moving the ball and finding her. She’s an outstanding shooter and you could see that tonight.”Calhoun followed Mitchell in scoring for the Buckeyes with 17 total points, hitting five 3-pointers. Defensively, the Buckeyes opened in a uncharacteristic 2-3 zone, forcing eight turnovers in the first quarter and 18 by the end of the game.McGuff said the turnovers might’ve been related to OSU’s different defensive look.“We played a little bit more zone, I wanted to give Penn State a different look than what they probably thought we were going to do,” he said. “I thought we were effective. We were active and energetic with our zone.”In the second half, the Buckeyes kept up their offensive intensity. OSU was particularly a threat from deep and were able to pass the ball around Penn State’s defense, hitting six 3-pointers at 46.2 percent shooting from deep.Penn State was lead by sophomore guard Teniya Page with 32 points. Page was followed by senior guard Sierra Moore with 8 points and she led the Nittany Lions with eight rebounds. Ohio State will look to continue their winning streak at Wisconsin at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
PSNI DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING the murder of Thomas O’Hare and Lisa McClatchey in Armagh on 6 November 2006 have arrested a 33-year-old man.The suspect was detained in the Essex area yesterday, Wednesday 22 May, with the assistance of Kent and Essex Police.He is expected to appear before Armagh Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.The couple, 33-year-old O’Hare and McClatchey, 21, were in their home on the Foley Road, near Keady, Co Armagh almost seven years ago when up to six men broke in, and set them both and the house on fire.They died as a result of their injuries.After the attack, four men were treated in St James’s Hospital, Dublin for their burns, out of the jurisdiction of Northern Ireland.Read: Gardaí arrest two men over double murder in NI six years ago>
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Hilary Ryan, new chief magistrate for TCI, new criminal advisor for TCI, Tanya Lobban-Jackson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI. August 25, 2016 – The Turks and Caicos Justice system, this month, gets two new defenders; a criminal justice adviser and a chief magistrate.Directly we get Tanya Lobban-Jackson, originally of Jamaica but moving here from the Cayman Islands, where she was senior Crown Counsel, as the new magistrate. Lobban-Jackson was sworn in last Thursday.Hilary Ryan is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s newly appointed Criminal Justice Adviser to the Caribbean Overseas Territories. Ms Ryan, who will be based in Miami, will have a particular focus on child safe-guarding, serious crime and money laundering, and the criminal justice system.Giving insight into a meeting held just a couple of days ago, His Excellency Peter Beckingham, the Governor said: “I hope that Ms Ryan’s new role will encourage all the parts of TCI involved in criminal justice to look to the UK for advice and possibly financial assistance. We had very positive discussions with the Chief Justice, Police Commissioner, Acting DPP, Prison Superintendent as well as with the Chief Magistrate and Court Administrator about their work, and identified a number of areas where more support may be possible from the UK. Ms Ryan also highlighted the value in other jurisdictions of a Criminal Justice Board of senior practitioners, which could be a helpful mechanism as well in Turks and Caicos.” – HE Peter Beckingham.Ms. Ryan also has great experience, said the Governor, in working with the US DOJ or Department of Justice.
The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, held a mark-up of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, along with three other pieces of legislation: Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) and Trade Facilitation and Enforcements Act. TPA was passed by a vote of 20-6 and heads to the Senate floor later this month.TPA would establish congressional trade negotiating objectives and enhanced consultation requirements for trade negotiations, to provide for consideration of trade agreements, and for other purposes. Passage of TPA would clear the way for the Administration to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and aide in successful congressional approval.On, Thursday the House Ways and Means Committee is set to mark-up the same TPA bill.Earlier in the week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, urging Members to vote Yes on TPA. An Action Alert was also sent to ASA Directors, State Presidents and Staff to mobilize individual members to contact their representatives who sit on the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.
CHALDOVAR, Kyrgyzstan — An American military refueling plane carrying three crew members crashed Friday in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian nation where the U.S. operates an air base key to the war in Afghanistan.There was no immediate word on the fate of the KC-135 crew. Officials at the U.S. base said they had no information yet on the cause of the crash.The plane crashed in the afternoon near Chaldovar, a village about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of the U.S. Transit Center at Manas base, which is outside the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek. Pieces of the plane, including its tail, lay in a grassy field bordered by mountains; the air was infused with the heavy stench of petrol.The plane was on a refueling mission for Afghanistan war operations at the time of the crash, a U.S. defense official in Washington said, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to discuss the details of an ongoing investigation.Emergency officials said the front section of the plane has not yet been found, the Russian state news agency ITAR-Tass reported from Bishkek.A resident of the agricultural and sheep-grazing area said the plane exploded in flight.“I was working with my father in the field, and I heard an explosion. When I looked up at the sky I saw the fire. When it was falling, the plane split into three pieces,” Sherikbek Turusbekov told an AP reporter at the site.The U.S. base, which is adjacent to Manas International Airport outside Bishkek, was established in late 2001 to support the international military campaign in Afghanistan. It functions as an interim point for troops going into or out of Afghanistan and as a home for the tanker planes that refuel warplanes in flight.
The government on Thursday said prices of pulses were easing as per reports from states due to de-hoarding operations and arrival of fresh crop, but a look at the retail rates reveal that this daily source of protein continues to remain dear.”Retail prices of pulses have registered declining trends as per market reports from the states. Release of pulses seized under de-hoarding operations is being expedited,” the ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution said in a statement.”Arrival of new crop has also started. This will help to moderate prices further,” it said, adding that Tur or Arhar dal was cheaper by as much as 3.59 percent in the past week alone at Rs.152.11 per kg on November 18, against Rs.157.77 before that.Similarly, it said the price of Urad dal was down by 6.08 percent — from Rs.150.43 a week ago to Rs.141.28 on Wednesday.But at the retail level, the government’s claims did not appear to hold ground.At the Big Basket online retail store, Tur dal was quoting way above at Rs.201 per kg and Rs.375 for a two-kg bag.Reliance Fresh also priced its Tur dal at a price of Rs.219 per kg.At other retail stores, prices fluctuated anywhere between Rs.190 and Rs.230 per kg.Even the commerce ministry data on wholesale price index for October, released on Monday showed that the pulses remained dearer by 52.98 percent over the past year.Even when compared with the previous month, there was a spike of 9.17 percent.The build-up during the current fiscal year, that is since April 2015, has also been rather steep at 41.45 percent.Similarly, data on consumer price index released by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation showed a 22.24 percent inflation rate of pulses as on July 2015, compared to the previous year.The consumer affairs ministry also said thousands of tonnes of pulses had been seized under the de-hoarding operations by the states, which were auctioned or offloaded in the market to increase availability.Curiously, while data released on November 12 said 1,33,828.31 tonnes had been seized, that released six days later showed a lower quantity of 1,32,777.14 tonnes had been confiscated.At the same time, the prices of some other items of mass consumption — onions and tomatoes — were rocketing.On Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha reviewed the prices and availability of essential commodities, especially pulses, tomatoes, onions and edible oils in an inter-ministerial meeting.”It was observed that the increase in prices of tomatoes and onions is largely on account of disruption of supplies due to heavy rains in the southern states which is expected to be temporary,” a press note issued after the review said.”The situation is expected to ease in the coming days,” the statement added.
Here’s What You Should Know Before Dipping Your Toes In The Online Dating Pool Close Earlier this week, Google suspended the Chinese developer – Do Global, which was reported to committing the Ad click fraud by automatically clicking on ads on behalf of users, according to BuzzFeed News. The Search giant removed nearly 50 apps of the developer, which were registered under Do Global and under some other generic names like “Pic Tools Group” and “Photo Artist Studio”. Now, renowned file managing app – ES File Explorer – seems to face the wrath of Google. The search giant has unlisted the ES File Explorer from the Play Store.ES File Explorer is a well-known and longest running file manager, though its popularity has declined as it passed from one developer to another. Recently, it is uploaded under the name of ‘ES Global’ on the Play Store, though the app is actually owned by ‘Du Global’. As LinkedIn confirms, Du is a subdivision of DO Global, which is caught in the Ad click fraud scandal.A few years back, ES File Explorer was listed among the best file manager apps for Android. But since it sold to the third party and stayed in news for bad causes – unwanted charging screen, an unwavering stream of ads, and an unsettling vulnerability allowing others to steal your files by being on the same network – many users switched to alternative apps like Solid Explorer or Files by Google. ES File Explorer removed from Play StoreES File ExplorerDO Global had round 100 apps on the Play Store and had a total of 600 million installs. Last year, in a similar course of action, 8 apps from Cheetah Mobile and its subsidiary Kika were removed by Google due to similar ad fraud. Google asked the developer to resubmit its apps with an improved version.QuickPic, one of these notorious apps owned by Cheetah Mobile, has now been listed on Play Store again. In a statement, the company said to Android Police that QuickPic was not removed due to click fraud. Same way, Google can ask DU Global to resubmit its apps and ES File Explorer might return with changes in future. Until then, if you are using ES File Explorer, then you should uninstall it and should wait for an improved version or use an alternate app. Google Play Protect system now scans over 50 billion apps on users’ devices each day to make sure apps installed on the device aren’t behaving in harmful waysGoogle Blog (screen-shot)Moreover, Do Global has also released its official statement regarding the recent scandal. The company has claimed to do an internal investigation and has apologized for irregularities in some of their products. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:09Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:08?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …