Neymar dazzles as Barcelona down Juventus

first_imgView comments Neymar had kept the guessing game about his future bubbling away after posting a picture of himself looking pensive on Instagram on Friday.But there was little to suggest that the charismatic striker is overwhelmed by the transfer saga as he produced a bewitching performance in front of a sell-out 82,104 crowd at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Brazilian broke clear after only four minutes but saw a tame shot from near the edge of the area drift away from the goal.Barcelona, with Lionel Messi starting, looked by far the more threatening of the two teams with Aleix Vidal and Messi both drawing early blocks from the Juventus defence. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Barcelona rang the changes at half-time, withdrawing all but two of their starting line-up, Neymar exiting for Sergi Roberto and Arda Turan replacing Messi. Juventus also made a raft of substitutions which led to the introduction of Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa amongst others.The changes immediately gave Juve a sharper attacking edge and Dybala was quick to test Adria Ortola with a rasping shot on 62 minutes that was turned around for a corner.From the ensuing setpiece, Giorgio Chiellini nodded home Dybala’s cross to make it 2-1.However it was Barcelona who finished the stronger of the two sides, with Luis Suarez repeatedly threatening to extend the Spanish side’s lead.Man of the moment Neymar departed the stadium without addressing reporters, while Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde could only repeat his desire to keep the Brazilian.“We want Neymar to be with us,” Valverde said. “We know his value on the pitch and what he brings to the locker room.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Chris Weidman tops Kelvin Gastelum in UFC college homecoming Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim At the other end Mario Mandzukic might have given Juve the lead on 14 minutes but his header from a Stefano Sturaro cross went wide.The Italians were made to rue Mandzukic’s profligacy a minute later when Neymar fired the Catalans into the lead, playing a clever one-two with Paco Alcacer and drilling his finish past Gianluigi Buffon.Nine minutes later and Neymar grabbed his second, picking his way through a static Juventus defence before burying a low shot beyond Buffon once more.Neymar might have had a hat-trick three minutes from half-time, when Messi floated a delightful pass in behind the Juve defence for the Brazilian.Buffon on this occasion was equal to the challenge however and blocked safely.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) and is teammate Brazilian forward Neymar warmp up before the International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Juventus FC and FC Barcelona, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 22, 2017.FC Barcelona defeated Juventus 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNeymar gave Barcelona fans a dazzling reminder of what they could be about to lose on Saturday, scoring twice as the Spanish giants defeated Juventus 2-1 in a pre-season friendly.The 25-year-old Brazilian superstar is at the centre of frenzied speculation linking him to a gargantuan, world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rafael Nadal confident arriving in Madrid despite disappointing run

first_imgThat year, Nadal was coming off a series of injuries and ended not reaching the final of either tournament. He also didn’t win the title in Madrid, Rome and the French Open, dropping out of the top five in the rankings for the first time in a decade.Now things are different, though. Despite the disappointing results, the second-ranked Nadal says there is no reason for concern.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“My confidence is back,” Nadal said after the semifinal loss to Dominic Thiem in Barcelona, which ended his run of three straight titles in the tournament. “I really believe that I made very good improvements to create a good base to try to achieve my goals during the next couple of weeks.”Nadal will be trying to win his third straight French Open title — and 12th overall — at Roland Garros in June. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their semifinal match at the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Rafael Nadal hadn’t started the clay-court season with these many setbacks in four years.Not since 2015 had Nadal arrived at the Madrid Open without having won a title either in Monte Carlo or in Barcelona, the tournaments that mark the start of clay swing in Europe.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid He lost to Fabio Fognini in the semifinals at Monte Carlo, where he also had won three titles in a row. The only other time Nadal hadn’t won either in Monte Carlo or in Barcelona was in 2014.“Against Fognini I played the worst match probably in 14 years on clay. (Against Thiem) I played a good match. I was competitive and I enjoyed the match. I really felt competitive for the first time in a way that I want to feel myself. I am happy and I am confident that I made a big improvement.”The 17-time Grand Slam winner has won a clay-court title in each of the last 15 seasons. He is an eight-time finalist in Madrid, with his last of five titles coming in 2017. He was defeated by Thiem in the quarterfinals last year.Nadal will start this year’s campaign against the winner of the match between young Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime or Denis Shapovalov, a semifinalist last year. Auger-Aliassime is one of the sensations on tour this season, having reached the final in Rio and the semifinals in Miami.The other half of the Madrid draw has top-seeded Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who will be making his return to clay-court tournaments after two seasons. The 37-year-old Federer, a three-time champion in Madrid, is preparing to make his first French Open appearance since 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Rookie France Ronquillo gives FEU lift in Final Fourcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Federer hasn’t played on clay since Rome in 2016, but is looking for his third title of the season to add to his triumphs in Dubai and Miami. The only other player with two titles this season is Thiem, who beat Federer in the Indian Wells final. Federer and Thiem could meet in the quarterfinals in Madrid.The defending champion in Madrid is Alexander Zverev, the German who did not drop his serve in his winning campaign last year. He will start this year’s tournament against David Ferrer, the veteran Spaniard who is retiring following the tournament in Madrid.Petra Kvitova will defend her title in the women’s side. The second-seeded Czech is a three-time champion in Madrid and the tournament’s most successful women’s player with 27 wins and six losses. Naomi Osaka is the top-seed player this year in Madrid.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Filoil: JRU snaps 3-game skid, tops EAC

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The Heavy Bombers snapped their three-game slide to get to a 1-3 record, tying the Generals for the seventh spot.Agem Miranda lit up for 25 points while tallying four steals to lead JRU while Louise Delos Santos and Ry Dela Rosa had 16 and 14 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJRU head coach Louie Gonzalez said he didn’t expect this kind of win from his team especially with the Heavy Bombers going into a transition period.“I never thought that we could pull this kind of win because if you noticed we’re still on the process,” said Gonzalez, who replaced Vergel Meneses back in late April, in Filipino. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. South Korea scraps joint Olympic hockey team with North Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ “It’s the lifestyle we want to check because we want to teach the players how to become elite athletes.”Chester Carlos led the Generals with 17 points while JC Luciano finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists. MANILA, Philippines—Jose Rizal University notched its first win after beating Emilio Aguinaldo College, 84-79, in Group B of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Thursday at the competition’s namesake arena in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View commentslast_img read more


first_imgAuthorities say a northwest Iowa sheriff’s deputy has died following a crash in her patrol vehicle.The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department says Deputy Stephanie Schreurs died Tuesday afternoon.Schreurs was a 24-year veteran of the department.She was injured Friday morning when her sport utility vehicle ran off a road while entering a sharp curve.The SUV ran into a ditch, vaulted over a private driveway and rolled, coming to rest on the driver’s side.She was flown to a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hospital.The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the crash.Photos courtesy Lyon County Sherifflast_img

Katharine McPhee Supports Charity Walk For St Jude

first_imgIn 90 communities around the nation, supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are collecting pledges for the 4th annual St. Jude Give thanks. Walk on Nov. 17. to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases.Katharine McPhee supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Give thanks. Walk.The theme of this year’s 5K is Walk. Give. To help them live. The locations vary – from Soldier Field in Chicago and Jungle Island in Miami, to National Sylvan Theatre in Washington, D.C., Frisco Square in Dallas and the Atlanta Zoo, among others.Donor dollars help ensure that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continues its pioneering research and lifesaving treatment while fulfilling its commitment that no patient family will ever pay St. Jude for anything.Among those families is Ashley, a five-year-old St. Jude patient from New York City. She is receiving treatment for a cancerous tumor called brainstem glioma. Ashley loves clothes and is determined to beat this disease, so she can be a professional model one day.“As painful as a cancer diagnosis can be, it is not a child’s only defining moment,” said Rick Shadyac Jr., ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital CEO. “At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a patient’s journey is not just about survival – but surviving to enjoy a long lifetime of celebratory moments that they deserve to share with their families.”For the second year in a row, actress and Columbia recording artist Katharine McPhee is helping raise awareness about the walk. This year’s incentive package for fundraisers includes a trip to New York City with travel and accommodations, to meet McPhee and visit the set of “Smash.” The challenge: those who secure a minimum of 10 new online donations between Nov. 1-16 will be entered into the drawing.“Last year it was heartwarming to witness so many communities across the country come together for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said McPhee. “Touched by the generosity of these donors, I wanted to do something more this year – something that would leave a lasting memory and inspire more people to give.”Other celebrity guests fundraising and attending this year’s St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. events around the country are actress Josie Loren; “The Client List” actress Elisabeth Rohm; “The Hunger Games” actress, Ford model Kalia Prescott; actress Joey King of “Crazy Stupid Love” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful;” and Sabrina Soto, Target Style Expert for Home, author and HGTV designer and personality.“After walking the halls of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with my own mother, I was inspired by the patients to join the fight against pediatric cancer,” said Soto. “It is a cause that touched me because the amazing discoveries of St. Jude researchers and doctors are literally saving the lives of children around the world.”For children diagnosed with deadly diseases who never step foot on the hospital campus, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with the global medical community, helping save countless lives.Although St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has helped push overall U.S. survival rates from 20 to 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago, pediatric cancer remains the leading cause of death due to disease among U.S. children older than 1. To further improve survival, more research breakthroughs and innovative treatments are needed.St. Jude Give thanks. Walk serves as the official kick-off event for the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, which is a retail fundraising campaign throughout the holiday shopping season.For the latest details about specific events, visit Newswirelast_img read more

UNICEF partners with Gulf charity to educate one million children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with the Gulf charity Dubai Cares to bring education to one million children in need and help contribute to achieving universal primary education by 2015.Under the new partnership announced today, Dubai Cares – launched last September by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai – will work closely with UNICEF to support education programmes in Africa, Eastern Europe, South Asia and the Middle East.“Education provides vital opportunities for children and helps communities break the poverty cycle,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “With the assistance of Dubai Cares, UNICEF can expand its support for education programmes that contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” she added, referring to the pledges made by world leaders to slash poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015.UNICEF estimates that some 93 million children of primary-school age worldwide do not attend school. Most of them live in sub-Saharan Africa (more than 41 million), South Asia (31.5 million), and the Middle East and North Africa (6.9 million).As part of the initiative, Dubai Cares will help build and finance a variety of programmes in the field of primary education in developing countries, while UNICEF will support the building of new schools and the rehabilitation of existing ones, improving the quality of education, and achieving gender equality.Chairman Mohammed Al Gergawi noted that for Dubai Cares, UNICEF is “a natural partner as the UN organization has an incredible track record of more than 60 years in implementing projects to ensure children’s rights. It also has effective access to resources and expertise for coordinating large scale initiatives in a number of countries.” 19 February 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with the Gulf charity Dubai Cares to bring education to one million children in need and help contribute to achieving universal primary education by 2015. read more

Jim Treliving and Bruce Croxon return to judge Brocks Monster Pitch

Four student entrepreneurs from Brock University will have the chance to pitch their ideas to some big names in business next week.The Monster Pitch finalists will pitch their innovative products and services in four different industries — pet care, private aviation, real estate and socially responsible clothing — in a head to head competition for a funding and startup services package worth $15,000.Hosted by Brock Innovation Group, a Goodman School of Business student club, Monster Pitch is in its sixth year and is already sold out. The competition takes place at 1 p.m. Monday, April 3 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. It’s organized in partnership with the Goodman School of Business, BioLinc and is sponsored by Spark Power Corp.The event features a returning celebrity judging panel: Jim Treliving, one of five judges on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and chairman and owner of Boston Pizza International Inc.; Bruce Croxon, co-host of BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round13; Deborah Rosati, corporate director and co-founder of Women Get On Board; and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners.What: Monster Pitch competitionWho: Jim Treliving, Bruce Croxon, Deborah Rosati, Jason Sparaga, student entrepreneursWhen: Monday, April 3 from 1 to 4 p.m.Where: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre read more

Tory MP fined £1500 for submitting false expense invoices as court hears

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. However, he said Davies was not entitled to split the costs across two budgets, and said any claims had to be accompanied by genuine invoices.Davies served as a councillor in Powys before he was elected as MP for Brecon and Radnorshire at the 2015 general election, beating incumbent Liberal Democrat Roger Williams with the seat’s largest majority since 1983.He served as parliamentary private secretary to the Wales Office from January to July 2018.Before entering politics, he worked as a rural auctioneer, an estate agent and also managed a mixed veterinary practice in Hay-on-Wye. It was heard Davies' political career is likely to be "in tatters" There were two budgets available to him, the Start Up Costs Budget – for office furniture and IT equipment – and the Office Costs Budget, both of which he could claim the full amount from.But Philip Stott, prosecuting, revealed Davies found in February 2016 that only £476.02 was left in the Start Up Costs Budget, with £8,303.75 remaining in the other. Davies is the Conservative MP for Brecon and RadnorshireCredit:Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament He then created two fake invoices, so the £700 cost could be split between the two budgets – £450 to the Start Up and £250 for the other.Defending, Thomas Forster QC said his client – a 51-year-old father of two school-age children – was in a “privileged position” as an MP, but that his offending was a mistake rather than a “return to the bad old days” of “maxing out expenses accounts”.He said: “There is a very real likelihood that his political career is in tatters.”This is a tragically disastrous set of circumstances to which I accept he is the author.”It is not a financial cost, it is a harm to the integrity of Parliament.”Mr Forster added that his client underspent “across every single budget”.”This has taken a very hard toll on my family, on my staff and on myself”Prosecuting, Mr Stott said it was accepted that Davies had not sought to profit financially from the action and that he was entitled to claim for the pictures. Under parliamentary rules, Davies does not automatically lose his seat as an MP because his sentence was less than the 12-month minimum.He was ordered to carry out 50 hours of community service as well as his fine.Speaking outside Southwark Crown Court, Mr Davies said: “I have accepted today’s ruling and want to take this opportunity to make an unreserved apology.”I would like to reiterate that I made a mistake and at no point did I at any time try to make any financial gain.”This has taken a very hard toll on my family, on my staff and on myself.”I would now like to move on and continue my role of serving the people of Brecon and Radnorshire as their MP.” Christopher Davies was warned by chief whip Julian Smith following the sentencingCredit:Victoria Jones/PA Christopher Davies was warned by chief whip Julian Smith following the sentencing It was heard Davies’ political career is likely to be “in tatters”Credit:Geoff Pugh Davies is the Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire Sentencing, Mr Justice Edis said: “It seems shocking that when confronted with a simple accounting problem, you thought to forge documents.”That is an extraordinary thing for a man with your position and your background to do.”The two charges related to the period when Davies was setting up his constituency office following the 2015 general election.Political career ‘likely to be in tatters’He had contacted a photographer in his constituency and bought nine images from him to decorate and display in his constituency office, using his own money to pay the £700 for them initially. A Conservative spokesman said: “Chris Davies has been given a formal warning from the chief whip following today’s ruling.”He has apologised and it is right that the people of Brecon and Radnorshire now get to have their say about whether they still support Mr Davies.” A Conservative MP was today fined £1,500 and ordered to carry out community service for submitting false invoices to decorate his office, as a court heard it was likely his political career is “in tatters”.Christopher Davies, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, showed no emotion as he was sentenced by Mr Justice Edis at Southwark Crown Court.The 51-year-old was told he had committed “two very serious offences” which were “absolutely intended to deceive” when he appeared before magistrates last month to admit two charges of attempting to provide false or misleading information for an allowance claim.Following the sentencing, Davies was given a “formal warning” from chief whip Julian Smith.The court heard he submitted two false expenses invoices for landscape photographs to decorate his new office. read more

33 confirmed dead after California warehouse fire

first_img By AFP 33 confirmed dead after California warehouse fire Authorities say they have no idea how many more bodies they may find. Firefighters assess the scene where a deadly fire tore through a late-night electronic music party in a warehouse in Oakland, California. Dec 5th 2016, 7:13 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 3 Comments THE DEATH TOLL from a fire at a California warehouse where a rave party was taking place rose to 33 last night, with the authorities saying they had no idea how many more bodies they may find.“When we started this investigation, if you would have told us we would have 33 victims, we wouldn’t have believed you,” Sergeant Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department told reporters, adding that crews had searched less than half of the gutted building.“I don’t know how many people are left in there. We have no idea how many people were in that building that night,” he said. Image: AP Photo/Josh Edelson Firefighters assess the scene where a deadly fire tore through a late-night electronic music party in a warehouse in Oakland, California. Image: AP Photo/Josh Edelson Share1 Tweet Email 8,804 Views Monday 5 Dec 2016, 7:13 AM Short URL We’re expecting the worst and hoping for the best in regards to how many more victims we find.The fire in Oakland, near San Francisco, broke out about 11:30 pm Friday (0730 GMT Saturday) at the cluttered warehouse where artists and students worked and lived, even though the structure wasn’t licensed for such use.The electronic dance music party, with between 50 and 100 guests, also took place without a permit.Although the cause of the fast-moving blaze remains under investigation, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the district attorney had opened a criminal investigation as a precaution to preserve options as the case unfolds.“You have to understand that the scope of this tragedy is tremendous,” she said.We have many, many witnesses to interview. We are in the process of doing that.Victims as young as 17Eight victims have been identified based on fingerprints so far, ranging in age from 17 to 35.Some were from Europe and Asia, and the Oakland authorities are working with the State Department to contact foreign governments, Kelly said, declining to reveal which countries. Source: AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezBodies were found scattered throughout the warehouse, known locally as Oakland Ghost Ship.“We’re finding people throughout the entire square footage of that structure,” Kelly said.It’s so random. We’re finding victims where we least expect it.The authorities yesterday asked relatives of the missing to “eliminate future delays” in identifying victims by preserving such items as hairbrushes and toothbrushes for DNA samples.“We will ask for them as we need them,” said Captain Melanie Ditzenberger of the sheriff’s department coroner’s bureau. Source: Josh EdelsonBucket by bucketOakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed has said the interior of the warehouse was maze-like, “filled end-to-end with furniture, whatnot, collections”.“There wasn’t a real entry or exit path,” she said.Images published online show artwork, pianos and wooden objects throughout the building, which helps explain why the blaze raced through the structure despite firefighters’ arrival within three minutes.Firefighters also said the building appeared to have had no sprinklers or smoke detectors.Officials said the roof collapsed onto the second floor, which was connected to the ground floor only by a makeshift system of wooden pallets.A dozen bodies were found in an area in the middle of the building, Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton said. Source: Marcio Jose SanchezFirefighters had taken every precaution to treat human remains with respect as they cleared debris bucket by bucket, she added.The fire was the deadliest incident in Oakland since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in northern California, which killed 63 people.The deadliest nightclub fire in the United States in recent decades occurred in 2003, when pyrotechnic effects by the rock band Great White set off an inferno at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island, killing 100 people.Oakland, a city of 420,000, was once deemed largely unsafe but is now home to a more affluent population attracted by affordable rents and proximity to San Francisco.© AFP 2016Read: Death toll from California dance party fire rises to 24Read: Death toll from California party fire could reach 40last_img read more

Poll shows withering support for PASOK and Papademos

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram PASOK’s declining popularity is threatening to consign the party that has dominated Greek politics for the past three decades to also-ran status at the next general elections, according to a new opinion poll, which also indicates that the public’s faith in interim Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is on the wane. The Public Issue poll for Sunday’s Kathimerini indicated that support for PASOK has dropped by 1.5 per cent since December and the Socialists now have 14 per cent of the total vote. Despite a slight decline, New Democracy remains the leading party with 30.5 per cent, which is well short of what would be needed for an outright majority in Parliament. This would give the conservatives about 130 seats in the 300-seat Parliament. PASOK would secure about 40 seats, compared to the 160 it won at the parliamentary elections in November 2009.The party’s dramatic decline means that it is on the verge of being overtaken by the parties of the left. Democratic Left, the most moderate of the three leftist parties, saw support rise to 13.5 per cent. It’s leader, Fotis Kouvelis, is the most popular party chief with an approval rating of 56 per cent. The Communist Party (KKE) garnered 12.5 per cent and the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) 12 per cent. The right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) saw its support dip slightly to 5 per cent in the latest survey, which also suggested that one in three voters would abstain. The poll also indicated a 5 per cent drop from December in Papademos’s approval rating. More significantly, it showed an increase in the percentage of Greeks who do not trust him to manage the country’s economic problems. The figure stands at 62 per cent now, compared to 35 per cent when he took over in November. Almost nine in 10 believe Greece is heading in the wrong direction.last_img read more

Indian Heaven Wilderness closed for East Crater Fire

first_imgCARSON — The Indian Heaven Wilderness in the southern Gifford Pinchot National Forest is closed to the public because of an approximately 1,000-acre wildfire dubbed the East Crater fire, burning near East Crater, a small peak in the interior of Indian Heaven WildernessThe U.S. Forest Service announced the closure Sunday. Also closed is a large area on the west and east sides of the wilderness.Forest Service staff on Sunday evacuated the Pacific National Scenic Crest Trail and swept campgrounds in the area to get all visitors safely out of the area.The closed area is bounded by Gifford Pinchot roads Nos. 30, 24, 60, 6020 and 6030.Indian Heaven is a large plateau full of meadows, small lakes, sub-alpine timber and huckleberries. It is laced with trails and a well-used summer hiking area due to the gentleness of the terrain.The Pacific Crest trail is closed from Crest camp on road No. 60 north to Surprise Lakes trailhead on road No. 24. Goose Lake campground is open.last_img read more

Wilmington Band Parents To Sell Refreshments At Concerts On The Common Raffle

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are two summer fundraisers from the Wilmington Band Parents & Friends Association:Refreshments At Concerts On The CommonThe Wilmington Recreation Department has asked the Band Parents to return this year  and support the Concerts on the Common Series by selling popcorn, beverages and other food items. This was a very successful series of fundraisers for the Band Parents last year. This year’s concerts are on July 11th, 18th & 25th. Concerts run from 6:30pm to 8pm.Wildcat Jumbo Jenga RaffleThanks to the talents of Band Parent Doug Moore, the Wildcat Band Parents will holding a raffle for a Wildcat Jumbo Jenga during the month of July and first week of August. With 69 blocks and carry case, this is a great addition to your backyard summer festivities!Tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10. We’ll be selling raffle tickets during the Concerts on the Common Series beginning Wednesday, July 11th. If you would like to purchase raffle tickets in advance, please reach out to the Band Parents via email.(NOTE: The above information is from the latest WHS Band Parents e-newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Band Parents Raffling Off Limbo Game KitIn “Community”Wilmington Band Parents Raffling Off A Jumbo Wildcat Connect Four GameIn “Community”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With ‘BackTrack’ On July 24In “Community”last_img read more

Deploys more troops in Xinjiang to plug infiltration

first_imgChina arrested 27,164 criminal suspects last year in the volatile Xinjiang and authorities have beefed up security in the violence-prone region which borders PoK and Afghanistan by deploying more troops, making it the country’s largest provincial-level military region.The military reinforcement comes against a backdrop of the US troops pulling out of Afghanistan and extremists launching terrorist attacks on civilian targets, state-run China Daily reported. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenXinjiang, the province with majority of Uygur Muslims is experiencing most violent attacks in by East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), an Al-Qaeda backed outfit which became active in the backdrop of unrest between Uygurs and Han migrants.Peng Yong, commander of the PLA Xinjiang military region, said troops will vigorously enforce border controls and carry out “realistic combat training”.The Xinjiang military region is a regional command that covers Xinjiang and the Ali area in the west of the Tibet not far from Indian border.last_img read more

Grandfather infant killed while trying to fend off sexual abuser of 11yrold

first_imgKolkata: An aged person and a nine-month-old child have been killed after the accused was deterred from sexually abusing an eleven-year-old child at Karandighi in North Dinajpur. On Thursday morning, the accused was arrested by the police.According to sources, on Tuesday evening, accused Ali Shah allegedly went inside the minor girl’s room and tried to sexually abuse her. When the girl showed resistance, Shah took out a knife and held it across her throat. Hearing the screams of the victim, the girl’s grandfather came in and Shah attacked him too. He was hacked repeatedly. His wife also ran inside the room and tried to prevent Shah. Sensing danger, Shah attacked her and the nine-month-old baby of the old couple. When locals tried to detain him, he fled the scene. All the injured were immediately rushed to Raigunge Super Specialty Hospital where the aged person was declared brought dead. Rest of the injured members were admitted there. On Wednesday, the nine-month-old baby died. A complaint was filed against Shah at Karandighi police station by other relatives of the family. As the news of the second death surfaced in the locality, locals became agitated and demanded Shah’s immediate arrest. Police had already initiated a thorough search in the area for the accused. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Thursday morning, acting on a tip off, police got hold of Shah from somewhere in Bihar. The murder weapon is yet to be recovered. According to locals, Shah was a relative of that family. Previously, he used to tease the girl whenever he saw her. The grandfather had warned Shah against eve-teasing. After the warning, the situation improved a bit. As Shah was not obstructing his grandchild any more, the grandfather thought, Shah might have stepped back due to his warnings. But his assumption was found wrong on Tuesday.last_img read more

Oculus Rift S A new VR with insideout tracking improved resolution and

first_imgAt GDC 2019, the team at Oculus launched a brand new addition to their VR collection, Oculus Rift S in partnership with Lenovo. The reason for this partnership is to speed up manufacturing and to improve upon the design of the original Rift. Oculus Rift S will be priced at $399 during launch in Spring, this year. Jason Rubin, Facebook and Oculus’ vice president of VR partnerships and Nate Mitchell, Oculus’ head of VR product said that every existing and future game on the Rift platform will be playable on the Rift S. Features of the Oculus Rift S Improved Resolution This new VR device has a 2560 x 1440 resolution (or 1280 x 1440 per eye), which is 1.4 times the total pixels higher than the original Rift. The new display is LCD instead of OLED, which brings a handful of benefits like a better fill-factor (less unlit space between pixels). However, this often lacks the rich colors and contrast of OLED. Rift S’s LCD display seems quite up to the task, despite running at 80Hz compared to the Rift’s 90Hz. Clarity and Field of View With improved fill-factor of LCD, the screen door effect (unlit space between pixels) sees a pretty solid reduction which makes the Rift S clarity seem better than the moderate change in resolution. With a slightly larger field of view and minimal mura, what you see inside the headset looks a lot like the original Rift but with better clarity. The screen door effect is less distracting, and it’s easier to get lost in the content. No Hardware IPD Adjustment As Rift S uses a single display, it has no hardware IPD adjustment (unlike the original Rift) to change the distance between the lenses to match the distance between the eyes. A proper IPD setting is important for visual comfort (and makes it easier to achieve maximum panel utilization). While IPD on the Rift S can be adjusted, to an extent, in software, users on the outer limits of the IPD range might be left wanting. Oculus hasn’t specified what they consider to be the headset’s acceptable IPD range. A new ‘Passthrough+’ Rift S new Passthrough+ allows users to ‘see through’ their headset by piping the video feed from the onboard cameras into the displays. The company says they’ve paid special attention to make sure the feed is low latency, high frame rate, and stereo-correct, which is why it’s called ‘Passthrough+’. An inside-out ‘Insight’ tracking Rift S uses an ‘inside-out’ tracking system (called Insight) which places five cameras onto the headset itself. The cameras look at the world around the user, and computer vision algorithms use the information to determine the position of the headset. The on-board cameras also look for glowing lights on the controllers (also invisible via infrared) to determine their location relative to the headset. An inside-out system like this is vastly more complex than the outside-in system of the Rift. Room-scale Out of the Box Rift S is easy to set up, and now has room-scale tracking out of the box, which means players can be more immersed in some games by walking around larger spaces and turning around naturally instead of relying on stick-based turning. Depending upon the game, having full 360 room-scale tracking can really enhance immersion levels. Other features in Rift S include hidden audio, improved design and Ergonomics, and much more. To know more about Oculus Rift S in detail, head over to its official website. Read Next Google announces Stadia, a cloud-based game streaming service, at GDC 2019 Epic Games announces: Epic MegaGrants, RTX-powered Ray tracing demo, and free online services for game developers Microsoft announces Game stack with Xbox Live integration to Android and iOSlast_img read more

REVEALED Travellers want to use their mobile phones inflight

first_imgTravellers want to use their smartphonesat 35,000 feet. Image: Attention airlines: the people have spoken and they want their phones back!According to a recent study conducted by One Poll on behalf of AeroMobile, over 70 percent of the surveyed British travellers said that they would use their mobile phones in the air, if they could.Surprisingly, travellers were not actually interested in making or receiving calls, with only 19 percent saying they wanted to talk on the phone, while the rest said they would want to use their mobiles for texting and social media (almost half of the people surveyed) as well as online gaming ( a third of those surveyed).Under 35s were leading the technological demand with over 80 percent stating that they would use their phones during a flight, compared to just over half of over 55s.Women were found be more likely to use their phones for social media, whilst men needed their phones for making and receiving in-flight calls.How much would you pay to use your mobile phone at 35,000 feet? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N.last_img read more

The Week Ahead How Credit Score Impacts Mortgage Terms

first_img Share This week, LendingTree’s Chief Economist Tendayi Kapfidze will release analysis of lender offer data using a sampling of borrowers with a range of credit scores. LendingTree announced that the report aims to provide insight to how credit score impacts mortgage offers.According to a preview of the report, purchase APRs for conforming 30-year fixed loans offered on LendingTree’s platform were down 3 bps to 4.31 percent in October. Consumers with the highest FICO scores (760+) saw offered APRs of 4.18 percent in October, compared to APRs of 4.44 percent for consumers with scores of 680-719. The average purchase down payments for mortgages have also been rising for seven months and have reached $59,680. Refinance APRs for conforming 30-year fixed loans were up 10 bps to 4.26 percent. Finally, average monthly payments barely changed at just over $1,100 for both purchase and finance. The full LendingTree monthly report will be released during the week.Also to be released this week:Treasury Budget, Monday, 2:00 p.m. ESTNational Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index, Thursday, 10:00 a.m. ESTHousing Starts, Friday, 8:30 a.m. ESTValueInsured Fall 2017 Modern Homebuyer Survey in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News November 12, 2017 502 Views center_img The Week Ahead: How Credit Score Impacts Mortgage Terms 2017-11-12 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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