March 17, 2020
  • 2:01 pm Munro beat 10-man Lacovia
  • 1:54 pm Williams stops Sharapova
  • 1:48 pm MoBay United’s Owayne Gordon to miss RSPL final
  • 1:33 pm Player power gets better of Ranieri
  • 1:27 pm Leblond wants Davis in Contender quarter-finals

first_imgQue shoots 68, posts 3-shot ICTSI classic lead Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite It marked the second straight week that the visiting team conquered the home squad in the NCAA on Tour. Last week, San Sebastian stunned Arellano, 76-67, at the Chiefs’ home for its first victory.The Cardinals struggled to contain Eze’s strong inside presence as the Nigerian nailed a basket inside the paint for a 44-34 lead with 3:19 remaining in the third period.But the Cardinals started making headway from there as Laurenz Victoria and Orquina combined to give the Cardinals a three-point edge with 4:05 left.“We expected them to come back because this is their home court and fatigue affected our players,” said Gican.Despite falling to 1-2, Mapua coach Atoy Co saw plenty of positives from his squad.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Unfazed by the large home crowd, Perpetual Help overcame Mapua’s last-ditch surge to escape with a 63-60 victory last Thursday night for its first win of the NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at the newly refurbished Mapua Gym in Intramuros, Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ AJ Coronel finished with only 10 points but he buried the biggest basket of the game—a triple with 1:22 remaining—to extend the lead to four for the Altas, who watched Andoy Estrella and Almel Orquina miss desperation triples in a frenetic endgame sequence.GJ Ilagan finished with 13 points, while Prince Eze added 11 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as the Altas chalked up their first victory in three outings. The Altas’ record should have been at 2-1, but their opening win against St. Benilde was nullified because they wore the wrong uniform color.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“This is a good win for us,” said Altas coach Jimwell Gican.“We always tell the players to keep working hard and trust that we will get rewarded and this is what happened today. It’s a good sign because we won on Mapua’s home floor.” “At least the boys really fought their heart out,” said the PBA legend turned coach.“The problem is there are some players who always want to take the credit. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you have to look at the situation, whether you can take it, you can make it or not.”“I just hope they’re going to be more matured as this season keeps going,” he added.Leo Gabo paced the Cardinals with 12 points while Estrella, the hero of last week’s 78-75 win over Letran, finished with 11 points, four assists and four boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgPolice in suburban Orange County are looking for two men who burst into an apartment, opened fire, and killed a recent college graduate.Dead: Chelsea DebidinAt a home in Walden, New York, a tight-knit family with roots in Guyana was receiving visitors Monday, and mourning a terrible loss.Chelsea Debidin, a 21-year-old dean’s list student and recent grad from SUNY-Orange County, was shot and killed while visiting her boyfriend at his family’s Knox Village apartment.“They kicked in the front door and basically opened fire on the residents there, in the apartment,” New Windsor Police Deputy Chief Michael Farbent said. The local Police are being assisted by state Police and the FBI in the search for the two men.A neighbour told CBS2’s Tony Aiello off-camera, he heard a bang, the sound of glass breaking, and then three rapid gunshots just after midnight early Saturday morning. At the site of the broken window on Monday, a bouquet of flowers was left in memory of the victim.“No criminal record, a college student, a good girl by all accounts,” Farbent said. “As far as the motive right now, we’re not 100 per cent certain”.Friends are posting social media tributes to Debidin, including the following ones:“My heart is so heavy. Not only did your beauty amaze so many, but your generosity and compassion changed many lives,” and “I’ll always remember that beautiful smile of yours”.Police want to hear from anyone with information, or who may have seen the gunmen fleeing the scene. Police said the victim’s boyfriend also was shot. He’s hospitalised and is expected to recover.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Mike Mururi is confident of finishing third in the 2017 KPL season. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – A head of the 2017 Kenyan Premier League season Finale, Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Mike Mururi is determined to lead the club to their best ever performance by finishing third.Kakamega Homeboyz, who were promoted back to the Kenyan Premier League last season, have had a commendable 2017 season and in the month of September they finished second in the standings behind champions Gor Mahia. However, they slipped to be dislodged in the second position by Sofapaka to currently sit sixth with 49 points but Mururi, the 2014 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Coach of the Year confidently told Capital Sport they will finish with a bang.“We started with a punch this season but we slipped a bit because of the injuries that we got. It slowed our momentum. We cannot finish second because Sofapaka are unreachable but I am sure of a third place finish,” Mururi said.Kakamega Homeboyz Hedmond Mauda leads goal celebrations after scoring the second goal.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaA third place finish for Homeboyz will be made possible if they win away to Nzoia Sugar at the Sudi Stadium on Saturday and hope Posta Rangers, Tusker FC and Kariobangi Sharks lose their season end matches.“I am going to Nzoia to collect maximum points. My players have morale and I know they will score goals for me in Nzoia. I am going for nothing less than finishing third in the league this season,” the coach affirmed.Mururi, who joined Homeboyz in 2016 from Chemelil Sugar, said after the season, he will immediately embark on building a solid team that will challenge for the KPL title in 2018.“I will reinforce my team in pre-season since I want to go for a kill and win the league next season because it is very possible. This season has been our best. As it’s expected during the pre-season, some of the players will leave the club and that means we have to replace them.”Mike Mururi joined Kakamega Homeboyz in 2016 from Chemelil Sugar. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHomeboyz have been described as a team of meanest defence this season, with statistics showing they are the third team to concede less goals (22goals) with Gor Mahia and Posta Rangers conceding 20 goals each.Forward Jeremiah Wanjala has been outstanding for them this season, having netted seven goals. He was recognised by being named the SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya Player of the Month for September.Homeboyz were first promoted to the top flight league in 2015 after topping the then Football Kenya Federation Division One League with 75 points, one point above second placed Posta Rangers who were also elevated to KPL.However, Homeboyz were relegated the same season, but they bounced back immediately in 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgA man who stole a cigarette machine from a pub has been jailed for eight months.Grigore Adamache, was part of a three man gang who broke into the Glencar Inn in Letterkenny and made off with the machine. The men had been caught trying to steal the machine earlier on the night of November 25th last but were spotted by drinkers and fled.However they returned and broke into the pub and stole the machine valued at €2,000 as well as cash and cigarettes to the value of €1,035 in the machine.The 23 year old, of 118 Meadowbank in Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.He also admitted breaking into adjoining homes at Ashbrook, Letterkenny, on November 11th.Adamache, a Romanian national, admitted being part of the gang who ransacked the houses and stole laptops, alcohol, cash and jewellery.However, he claimed he only acted as lookout for the gang and only got two packets of cigarettes for helping to steal the cigarette machine.Judge Paul Kelly said these types of offences are all too common and said families faced devastation when they returned home to find their properties had been ransacked.He sentenced Adamache to four months for breaking into each house but ordered the sentences to run concurrently and also another four month sentence for stealing the cigarette machine, meaning he will serve a total of eight months in jail.Man jailed for eight months for stealing pub’s cigarette machine was last modified: December 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cigarette machinecourtsdonegalGardaiRansackedThe Glencar Innlast_img read more

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first_img 10,000 Meters 13. Griffin Jaworski, 31:39.95 Story Links Day 1 Results 1,500 Meters (Prelims) 2. Emma Huston, 4:34.61 9. Taylor Scholl, 4:33.44 2016 MVC Outdoor Track & Field Championship – Day 1 May 13, 2016 Terre Haute, Ind. TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Three student-athletes scored and four others qualified for final events on Friday evening during the opening day of the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship.Cassie Aerts (David City, Neb.) was the Bulldogs’ top finisher in a final with a fourth-place showing in the 10,000 meters. Her time of 36:30.28 was just 14 seconds off the winning pace in what was her first 10,000 meters as a Bulldog.The men’s team got points from a pair of field events with David Silkman (Leawood, Kan.) finishing fifth in the javelin with a throw of 192-0, his best toss in two seasons. Michael Dolan (Lincolnshire, Ill.) was seventh in the hammer throw with a mark of 173-5, a personal best.The women’s team advanced a pair to the finals in the 1,500 meters as Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) and Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.) both moved through the preliminary heats. Huston recorded the second fastest time of the day in 4:34.61 while Scholl was the first competitor to advance on time alone in 4:33.44 in the second heat of the event.In the men’s 1,500 meters, Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) had the second best time of the day in 3:55.62 to advance as well. Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.) clocked a personal best time of 21.21 to finish fifth in the heats of the 200 meters and advance to the final as well.Action resumes at the MVC Championship on Saturday with field events starting at 3 p.m. And action on the track beginning at 5 p.m. Women’s Team Standings (Through 4 events) 1. Wichita State 49 2. Southern Illinois 27 3. Northern Iowa 26 4. Bradley 19 5. Illinois State 10 6. Indiana State 8 6. Loyola (Ill.) 8 8. Drake 5 9. Missouri State 4 Men’s Team Standings (Through 3 events) 1. Wichita State 55 2. Southern Illinois 25 3. Illinois State 12 4. Northern Iowa 11 5. Drake 6 6. Bradley 4 6. Indiana State 4  Print Friendly Version Live Results center_img 1,500 Meters (Prelims) 2. Robert McCann, 3:55.62 13. Ali Jandal, 3:58.72 14. Josh Yeager, 3:58.72 Javelin 5. David Silkman, 192-0 Pole Vault 12. Christina LeMunyon, 11-8 Drake Individual Women’s Results 200 Meters (Prelims) 18. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.20 Hammer Throw 7. Michael Dolan, 173-5 Drake Individual Men’s Results 200 Meters (Prelims) 5. Demetrius Shelton, 21.21 11. Pierce Vincent, 21.53 20. Aaron Chier, 22.04 2016 MVC Outdoor Track & Field Championship – Day 1 May 13, 2016 Terre Haute, Ind. 10,000 Meters 4. Cassie Aerts, 36:30.28last_img read more

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first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Defensive end Bruce Irvin, whose playing time has decreased dramatically in the past two games, has been released by the Raiders.“We would like to thank Bruce Irvin for his years of service to the Oakland Raiders and we wish him the best,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said in a statement released by the team.Irvin played just nine snaps in a 34-3 loss to the 49ers Thursday night. Counted upon to provide an outside …last_img

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first_imgBam-Hutchison describes her most memorable moment as the day she met Nelson Mandela, more than 10 years ago. In the same week that she received her award in London, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) awarded its 2008 Prize for Peace Education to South Africa’s Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, for a project managed by Bam-Hutchison until 2005. Author and community development strategist June Ban-Hutchison’s achievements, in spite of living and struggling through the apartheid education system, have finally been recognised on the world stage. “It felt like a night at the Oscars, with over 800 people including celebrities applauding me in one of the world’s most powerful capitals,” Bam-Hutchison said after the awards ceremony. Bam-Hutchison was a leading anti-apartheid activist on the Cape Flats and a teacher during the Soweto uprisings. 14 November 2008 “It was a thrilling week of achievement and work recognition for me, as I have studied and specialised in history education for probably 20 years or more,” Bam-Hutchison said. The GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards showcase achievements by members of minority groups, attracting a diverse and powerful audience of high achievers.center_img “He stood up tall and dignified and bent over to greet me and to thank me for my role in fighting apartheid,” she recalled. “His hand was huge and warm. I’ll never forget that moment of silent respect and recognition, and the warm twinkle in his eyes and smile.” Bam-Hutchison recently received the prestigious Achievement through Adversity Award from British First Lady Sarah Brown at the 10th annual GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards in the UK. “I did not consider myself a celebrity like that. Come on, this is Ainsley Harriott!” The project, Turning Points in History, saw the publication of the first new South African history book for secondary schools since 1994. Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott presented Bam-Hutchison to Britain’s First Lady and the audience. “He then led me off the stage and walked with me to take me to the television team for a backstage interview. He told me how honoured and pleased he was to have met me. Article first published in The South African. Republished here with kind permission.last_img read more

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first_imgWake turbulence that is suspected of causing the upset that injured 15 on a Qantas 747, south of Hong Kong, on April 7 is a growing problem that needs another look.According to Aviation Herald reports,  there have been 34 wake turbulence incidents in the past 10 years but 11 of those have been in the past two years.The most serious was the apparent encounter between an Emirates A380 and a corporate jet. The A380 was performing flight EK412 from Dubai to Sydney and was at FL350 about 630nm south-east of Muscat when the business jet passed underneath in the opposite direction.The corporate jet, an MHS Aviation Challenger 604 was operating flight MHV-604 from Male to Abu Dhabi with 9 people on board and was en route at FL340.After the A380 passed the crew lost control of their jet and were only able to regain control of the aircraft only after losing about 10,000 feet. A number of the passengers sustained injuries.Wake turbulence is a natural by-product of powered flight but was not generally regarded as a serious flight hazard until the late 1960s, says the US FAA.Interest – and concern – in this phenomenon greatly increased with the introduction of large wide-body turbofan aircraft during the late 1960s and a concern about the impact of greater wake turbulence.The FAA said that “this was the impetus to conduct research to gain additional information and determine what safety considerations were necessary as more and more large aircraft entered the industry fleets.”According to the FAA “an investigation of the wake-turbulence phenomenon, conducted by Boeing in mid-1969 as part of the FAA test program, included both analysis and limited flight test and produced more detailed information on wake vortices. The flight tests provided a direct comparison between the 747 and representative from the then current jet fleet, a 707-320C.Those tests that were later extended made several observations;1.    The strength of the wake turbulence is governed by the weight, speed and wingspan of the generating aircraft.2.    The greatest strength occurs when the generating aircraft is heavy, at slow speed with a clean wing configuration.3.    The wake was observed to move down initially and then level off and it was never encountered at the same flight level as the generating aircraft or more than 900 feet below the generating aircraft.Minimum radar-controlled wake turbulence separation distances were established for the following aircraft with the separation distances depending on the weight of both the leading and following aircraft.Adjustments in separation distances were made as more information on the wake-turbulence phenomenon was gained during the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s, but the basic concept of using aircraft weights remained constant.The US National Transportation Safety Board data show that between 1983 and 1993, there were at least 51 accidents and incidents in the United States that resulted from probable encounters with wake turbulence.In these 51 encounters, 27 occupants were killed, 8 were seriously injured, and 40 aircraft were substantially damaged or destroyed.But by far the worst encounter was the November 12, 2001 , loss of an American Airlines A300, Flight AA587, in New York with 265 lives lost.The A300 took off after a Japan Air Lines Boeing 747, flight JL047, bound for Tokyo-Narita. While JL047 was preparing for takeoff, the tower controller called AA587, cautioned the flight crew about wake turbulence.While in a climbing left turn, the crew of AA587 heard a rattling sound, possibly caused by wake turbulence and then fifteen seconds later the Airbus began to yaw to the right.The first officer, who was the flying pilot, applied full right and left rudder and called for max power.He then again full right and left rudder and the tail of the A300 snapped off and the plane crashed into the Queens area killing 5 on the ground as well as all on board.According to Aviation-safety.net the probable cause was: “The in-flight separation of the vertical stabilizer as a result of the loads beyond ultimate design that were created by the first officer’s unnecessary and excessive rudder pedal inputs. Contributing to these rudder pedal inputs were characteristics of the A300-600 rudder system design and elements of the American Airlines Advanced Aircraft Maneuvering Program. ”While the Airbus A380 has been singled out of attention, wake turbulence is an industry-wide problem that is increasing mainly because air traffic is doubling every 15 years.And with that increase in air traffic comes congestion and more stacking or holding of aircraft prior to landing.With more larger aircraft such as the A380, 747 and 777 and increasing traffic perhaps the time has come to revisit strategies to avoid wake turbulence.last_img read more

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first_imgCheck out these video tutorials to get started in Assimilate Scratch 8 and MyAssimilate.If you’re after Pro Res encoding on a Windows machine, or 4k for the price of 2k, then Assimilate Scratch 8 might have the solution that you need. In the short interview above Steve Bannerman describes what Scratch can do and his take on the future of the 4k, 6k, 8k (and more) race, to Josh Apter from MEW and AOTG.Assimilate Scratch 8 and  Scratch LAB are the two main products from Assimilate Inc. and if you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between them, then this quote will set you straight.“SCRATCH Lab is designed for production and VFX dailies review & comment, conform, primary colour correction, set looks, create LUTs and output multiple simultaneous deliverables. SCRATCH is a full end to end DI system that starts with dailies, and adds full secondary color correction, compositing, finishing and mastering features. It is a full DI house in a box.” – AssimilateWith 90-day free trial’s available of both systems t’s worth it to give Scratch a whirl for yourself. They’ve also recently announced MyAssimilate which is their collaborative cloud based solution, to allow greater flexibility for freelance artists to work remotely. Check out the brief animation below to understand how it all fits together.Scratch 8 Video TutorialsIn this fast-paced series of video tutorials, Laura Castelli,walks you through how to get started with the essential basics of Scratch 8:In this 5 minute tutorial you can learn how to create Apple certified Pro Res exports in Scratch 8 and Scratch LAB, a unique feature.In this last quick tutorial you can learn how to create a three-stripe colour grading process (similar to the Technicolor 3-stripe process) with Cyan, Magenta and Yellow, as well as getting to grips with the blending modes in Scratch 8.MyAssimilate Collaborative SolutionMy Assimilate works in conjunction with Scratch 8 and Scratch LAB to allow you to collaborate remotely with clients or other artists and consists of four elements: Remote, Project Repository, Scratch Web and the Gallery. Find out all about how they work in the short intro videos and tutorials below!Other PremiumBeat Posts on ScratchThere’s so much happening on the PremiumBeat these days, it can be hard to keep up. Check out these two previous posts for even more Scratch 8 related resources and to check out Scratch Play – the free universal media player.Scratch 8 Workflows and Webinars | Download Scratch Play for Freelast_img read more

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first_imgMarine biologists are keeping a watchful eye on coral reefs stressed by rising temperatures in the western Pacific—and debating the signals. “The signs are still there that we may see the third global-scale bleaching event in 2015,” says C. Mark Eakin, a coral reef ecologist in charge of the Coral Reef Watch, a service of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in College Park, Maryland. Others say the prognostication is premature. “I just don’t think we know at this stage,” says David Wachenfeld, director of reef recovery for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in Townsville, Australia.The debate centers on how much to trust a computer model and how to assess the variability of local weather. There is a wild card as well: the episodic climatic event known as El Niño, which dramatically warms Pacific waters but affects weather worldwide. One point all reef scientists agree on is that rising seawater temperatures due to climate change make the survival of coral reefs increasingly precarious.Corals harbor colorful symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae, which use photosynthesis to produce nutrients for themselves and their hosts. When the water gets too hot the corals expel the zooxanthellae and turn white, or bleach. If the water cools soon enough, the algae return. 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There may be a mild El Niño now getting under way. “A weak El Niño probably would not have triggered mass coral bleaching and mortality in the late 1990s but is much more likely to do so today after 25 years of ocean warming. This is why there is considerable concern among key scientific groups about the growing risks posed by even a mild El Niño event on the world’s coral reefs,” says Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, in Australia.NOAA keeps a close eye on sea surface temperatures. Scientists with its Coral Reef Watch use satellite data to plot sea surface temperatures on online maps. Colors indicate four levels of concern for corals: watch, warning, alert level 1, and alert level 2. The office also forecasts seawater temperatures several months in advance.Modeling late last year predicted the two highest stress levels occurring in January for many areas throughout the western Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.              The NOAA model is a long-term climate model that doesn’t take into account short-term weather events. But with the most recent data on sea surface temperatures, Coral Reef Watch’s latest modeling now shows just “watch” for the Great Barrier Reef through January with “alert level 1″ arriving toward the end of February. Eakin says that higher temperatures that late in the austral summer probably won’t produce severe bleaching on the reef. In addition, the Great Barrier Reef area got some welcome relief in late December from rain, winds that churned up cooler water, and shade from clouds. Eakin remains concerned about significant and widespread bleaching elsewhere. Waters are warming up around the Pacific islands of Kiribati, Nauru, and the Solomons. “My big concerns are the reefs on these South Pacific Islands, the Indian Ocean, and perhaps Southeast Asia later this year,” he says.Given the uncertainties, Wachenfeld and other reef scientists want to see how conditions evolve in the coming weeks. Others note bigger threats, such as chronic pollution and destructive fishing. Reducing the impact of these insults will make reefs more resistant to bleaching, says Terry Hughes, a coral reef scientist at James Cook University, Townsville. And, voicing a common sentiment, he says it is already known what needs to be done to limit bleaching: “The sooner we put a limit on carbon emissions the better.”last_img read more

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