NLEX sweeps Alaska, enters semis for first time

first_imgNLEX’s Kevin Alas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX booked a historic trip to the semifinals after sweeping Alaska following an 87-83 win in Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Michael Miranda emerged as the unlikely hero for the Road Warriors, who arranged a best-of-seven semis duel with No. 2 Magnolia beginning Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Miranda reentered the game with 3:20 left in the game after replacing JR Quiñahan, who fouled out, and scored five unanswered points, a 3-pointer and two free throws, that put NLEX ahead for good, 85-80, with 2:06 remaining.He finished with 12 and three rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We knew before the game that Alaska was going to get back at us a lot harder than in our first game. Our luck held up and the team deserves the credit,” said Yeng Guiao, who is only in his second season as NLEX’s head coach.“They really wanted this. They’re very hungry to make the semifinals and make our fans happy, make our supporters happy, our management happy. This bunch of guys were able to at least get to the farthest level that we can get.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Kevin Alas led all scorers with 18 points, including an acrobatic drive that extended the Road Warriors advantage, 87-83, with 1:12 to go. Alas also grabbed nine rebounds.The Aces, who drew a beastly effort from Calvin Abueva, missed their last five attempts from the field inside the final three minutes.Abueva wound up with 17 points and 16 rebounds for Alaska, which had 24 turnovers and shot only 4-of-20 from downtown.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Tigresses on wrong side of history as Lady Warriors finally end skid Read Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

No anthem or colors, but Russians are back at track worlds

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sergei Shubenkov, who won the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 world championships but had to sit out the Olympics last year because Russia was banned from international competition, said “I’ve got back almost all the rights I had.”Decked out in an electric blue Russia tracksuit at his national championships last Friday, he lamented he still can’t “take this beautiful, awesome uniform to the worlds and flaunt it.”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 starsKeen to head off any Russian celebrations, the International Association of Athletics Federations has issued its 19 neutrals with strict codes of conduct.The Russian flag and national colors are banned, so uniforms in neutral colors must be approved by IAAF officials. Red, white and blue are forbidden, even on hairbands or bandages or accessories. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Their world championship preparation is subsidized by the Russian state, while entry papers were submitted by the still-suspended national track federation, whose head coach Yuri Borzakovsky expects between five and seven podium finishes.Besides Shubenkov, another medal contender is reigning world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene, who won every round of the Diamond League this season. She just wants to block out the whole doping controversy. “I don’t want to waste my emotions on that. I need them for the competition,” she said.More than two years of investigations and bans have made the team stronger, says pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova. “Everyone who’s there will support the others,” she said. “We’re all friends like never before.”There’s a return for Russia’s only track and field Olympian of 2016, long jumper Darya Klishina, while some younger athletes could be medal threats too.Sergei Shirobokov, an 18-year-old racewalker, has promise but would be a controversial champion given his links to a training center where more than 25 athletes have been banned for doping.Still, it’s far from a full team.Among the absentees are 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov and former world indoor triple jump champion Lyukman Adams. Russian media reported both were refused neutral status by the IAAF.Dozens more are serving bans, including former Olympic champions.The IAAF is retesting samples from previous championships after World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren alleged a conspiracy of drug use and cover-ups stretching back years. An apparent cover-up of suspicious drug tests on the Russian track team before the 2014 world indoor championships is of particular interest.While Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted in March the previous anti-doping system “did not work,” there’s been no rush to investigate what exactly went wrong, at least not publicly. Several officials resigned last year in unclear circumstances, but the then-Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was promoted. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FILE – In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 file photo, world hurdles 110m champion Sergey Shubenkov competes during the Russian Stars 2016 track and field competitions in Moscow, Russia. Russia plans to send 19 athletes, including Sergei Shubenkov and Maria Lasitskene, to the track and field world championships in London in August 2017 despite its suspension from international competition over widespread doping. The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia’s suspension after the International Association of Athletics Federations reviewed their history of drug testing. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)ZHUKOVSKY, Russia — They won’t hear their anthem if they win. Their national colors — even on nail varnish — are strictly forbidden. Regardless, a group of Russian athletes is back at the track and field world championships.WAlmost two years after a blanket suspension for widespread doping, and a year after just one Russian was allowed to compete on the Olympic track in Rio de Janeiro, 19 will compete at the world championships starting Friday.In London, they’ll officially be “neutral athletes,” individuals not representing any country.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Los Angeles gets Olympics with an 11-year wait—and risks Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:49Robredo: 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 Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments If the neutrals win, the IAAF’s anthem will play. Under the rules, an athlete who sings the Russian anthem faces a fine, though any legal tussles could prove embarrassing for the IAAF.The rules “seem tough and a bit ridiculous,” said Shubenkov, who jokingly suggested there might be a loophole for fur hats. “Bringing a bear on a leash, would that count?”The Russians will be in London when the IAAF holds a string of ceremonies re-awarding medals from past championships after doping cases.Some originally belonged to Russians, including Tatyana Chernova, who beat Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill to heptathlon gold at the 2011 championships but was later stripped of that medal and others.The Russians certainly looked like a team as they met Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last week at their national titles.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Russian law enforcement has sought to present McLaren’s key witness, former drug-test lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, as unreliable. The government continues to deny any role in doping cover-ups, frustrating the IAAF, which wants Russia to either accept or disprove McLaren’s findings.Still, Russia is gradually getting closer to readmission to international track and field, which would make neutral uniforms a quirk of history. An IAAF taskforce on Monday said Russia was giving drug testers better access but hadn’t done enough to investigate past offenses.“We’re coming out of those crises,” Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told reporters last week. Russian officials have toned down once-vehement criticism of the IAAF as they try to build bridges.“It’ll be hard for the athletes to compete because they are all patriots of their country,” Kolobkov said when asked if he considered the absence of Russia’s flag insulting.Whether the Russian athletes are neutral or not, he said, “everyone understands who they represent.” FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

The eyes have it: Max Scherzer embraces 2 different eye colors

first_img“No wonder we didn’t win, we were facing a cyborg,” Layne recalled thinking.Caused by the level and distribution of melanin in the irises, the condition’s name comes from the Greek “heteros (different)” and “chroma (color).” A study of 25,346 people in Vienna released in 1979 found an occurrence in 65, or 0.26%.Actors with the condition include Dan Aykroyd, Elizabeth Berkley, Kate Bosworth, Mila Kunis, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jane Seymour.Seymour, who has one green eye and one brown with a small speckle of blue and green, recalled the day Harry Saltzman and his co-producers were about to introduce her at an early 1970s news conference for being chosen to play Solitaire in the James Bond film “Live and Let Die.”“And then they looked at me and said, wait a minute, you have two different colored eyes. And I went ‘Yes’ with joy. And they said, ‘Oh, well, you’re going to have to wear contact lenses. We’re going to have to dye your hair black,’” she recalled Monday. “And I remember, I looked at Harry Saltzman and said, ‘Should I have a wooden leg? What else are we going to change about me? I’m so perfect. You’re about to show me to the world’s press. I’ve never done anything like this in my life, and it’s going to be terrifying anyway. And the first thing you said before I go out there is that I’m imperfect because of my eyes.’”ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve always celebrated it,” he said Monday, a day ahead of the opener. “Whether you liked it or not, that’s who I am.”Known for his strikeouts, stamina and success, Scherzer has had different eye colors since he was a baby. When he was in grade school, all the people in his drawings had two different eye colors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Whatever picture he had, he just figured that was just part of normal,” said his father, Brad. “From first grade on, he’s always embraced it. He’s always thought it was fun. He’s always made light of it. It makes Max unique. So that’s why he likes it so much, I guess.”Former big league pitcher Tommy Layne recalled facing Scherzer in youth ball back in suburban St. Louis. Scherzer was far bigger than Layne’s teammates and overwhelmed them. During the lineup for postgame handshakes, Layne looked up and noticed Scherzer’s eyes. Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer speaks during a news conference for baseball’s World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)HOUSTON — Max Scherzer was taunted over his eyes as a kid. Now he treasures them.Washington’s Game 1 starter in the World Series against Houston has baseball’s most unusual orbs: blue on the right, brown on the left, a condition known as Heterochromia iridis.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:11Makabayan 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 Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Scherzer’s unique lenses were twice celebrated in 2014 with different colored orbs on bobbleheads, first by the La Crosse Loggers, a Northwoods League collegiate summer league team in Wisconsin he played for in 2004, then then by the Tigers when they played Toronto.Nationals Park has a large photo of Scherzer above the second deck in right field, a shot mostly in black and white but emphasizing the blue and brown of his eyes. The team has been flashing a graphic on their outfield fence videoboards showing his eyes with “K” in the pupils to denote strikeouts — he led the NL annually from 2016-18 before a back injury cost him about month this year.He wore goggles with blue and brown lenses during postgame clubhouse celebrations, and he has adopted two dogs with the same condition: Rocco has different colors in each eye and Bo has eyes of half blue and half brown.“It seems everybody kind of outside the baseball world will always text me photos of, ‘Hey, you should get this dog. It’s got two different color eyes,’” he said. “It makes it easy, there’s a lot of dogs out there that have that.”Seymour, whose 23-year-old son Kris Keach pitches for the Tucson Saguaros of the independent Pecos League, plans to be rooting for Scherzer on Tuesday night. As far as she’s concerned, the eyes have it.“I meet a lot of people who say their kids have been tormented and tortured at school because they have two colored eyes. And could I possibly speak to their child to let them know that this is not something to be ashamed of,” she said. “It’s something wonderful.” DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World Series: How the Nationals and Astros match up Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own manlast_img read more

Barun Sobti’s wife is in love with his new look for Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon

first_imgActor Barun Sobti, who has a chocolate boy image, will be seen sporting a rugged and messy look in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. His wife Pashmeen loves the avatar.”Pashmeen loves the unshaved appearance. My previous roles always required a simple look and I couldn’t experiment much. With this show, I’ve finally been able to get this look, and it’s interesting. The response from the audience too has been fabulous,” Barun, who will play Advay Singh Raizada – an ambitious anti-hero, said in a statement.The Star Plus show will see him romancing actress Shivani Tomar, who will be seen as Chandni.Also watch: Barun Sobti aka ASR is ruthless in the new promo of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doonlast_img

A multifaceted travel junkie

first_imgAt the 5th Mail Today Tourism Summit, actor Gul Panag, spoke passionatelyabout her favourite tourist destinations and how responsible tourism is the need of the hour. Travel does three things for me. It allows me to de-stress, spend quality time with my family and is always a learning experience, said the star who is also a trained pilot, entrepreneur, politician and an adventure enthusiast.In a conversation with India Today group editorial director Raj Chengappa, Panag spoke about how state tourism boards should move beyond basic targeting and look at creating sub-sects of tourists. I’d like to see targeted reach from state tourism boards. Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand are strong cases for adventure sports. Madhya Pradesh could be a great place for rock crawling with SUVs or rock climbing. Within domestic travellers, these are the opportunities that exist.An avid champion of electric mobility, Panag will be headed to Bern, Switzerland, later this month to support the Indian Electric Racing team. I am going to Bern for the second time and this time around am going to use that opportunity to learn the significance of it being the Capital of Venice Burroughs.Ladakh remains the 40-yearold’s favourite destination and it’s always the mountains that are her calling when it comes to holidays. Citing experiential travel as the trend that needs to be chased, Panag said, Where can I show my son how to milk a cow or buffalo than in villages of our country? Talking about how the Archaeological Survey of India needs to take better care of monuments, Panag, also asked travellers to be responsible and avoid littering tourist places.advertisementA fitness enthusiast who has also co-founded a company creating fitness apps, Panag explores a city by running first. Her only pet-peeve with herself is that she doesn’t experiment with food. Unlike me, as a traveller you must explore the culture through food.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid hero Salgado: Solari and Isco need to talk

first_imgReal Madrid hero Salgado: Solari and Isco need to talkby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid fullback Michel Salgado says management must find a way to rebuild Isco’s confidence and commitment. After being dumped to the bench for victory over Rayo Vallecano on the weekend, Isco feels there’s no way back for himself under coach Santiago Solari. As such, he is now planning to quit Real next month.However, Salgado says: “Solari has to organise a meeting with Isco to find a solution to this problem.”They have to fix this problem as soon as possible!” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Valley of optimism

first_imgValley of optimismBacked by an unbeaten away record, a goal-scoring Scottish defender and a miracle coach, Real Kashmir are realising the I-League dream.advertisement Rohit Paniker New DelhiJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 06:17 IST Mason Robertson scored twice as Real Kashmir FC beat Mohun Bagan in the I-League. (AIFF Photo)Picture this: you take up a new role in Kashmir, a state with almost non-existent football culture; guide them to promotion and turn them into genuine contenders of country’s primary league title in their first season.That’s what David Robertson has done with Real Kashmir.The team with a 2-1 win against Mohun Bagan in Kolkata on Sunday rubber-stamped their credentials on I League and look to be on a run that could well end with the trophy in their laps.It would be premature to say the club has jumped hoops and have been the best side in the league. But catch a glimpse of the league table and you will know it’s a pageantry of Robertson’s efficient work with the club.For a state that has long craved for a peaceful life, is well reaping benefits of ‘the beautiful game’.”I think the success of Real Kashmir will put the state on the map. The growth of Kashmir football has been very difficult. Unlike Kolkata, we don’t have a tournament like the Calcutta Premier League. These players are pretty much playing among themselves. The players are getting exposure now and we have fans coming to watch the home matches as well. I think, with more professional players in the state now, it is beginning to change all that,” Robertson told Mail Today.Records speak for Real Kashmir. Seven goals conceded – the least by any club in the league – 15 goals scored, fifth highest in the league and five clean sheets to take them top of that particular stat chart. They are unbeaten in all away matches and are currently second in the table, three points behind league leaders Chennai City FC.advertisementAll this is accumulation of the former Rangers and Aberdeen left-back’s stringent regime and his eye for a steady defence.His major signing, also his son, Mason Lee Roberston has been a key member of the squad not just with his presence at the back but also as a frequent goal-scorer.”I think he has played well. Any foreign signing can be a good addition to the squad and Mason has done well to adapt to the team. He has been important for us during the set pieces and as you can see, he has scored goals for us,” added the father.On his part, Mason, who left Scottish club Peterhead FC for a country he has never set foot in, is enjoying his first season at the club.”I am having an amazing time in Kashmir. I think my father played a big part in me being here in India and I believe I made the right choice. I was introduced to the players and the people at the start and all are very welcoming. I believe my career is on the correct path,” Mason told Mail Today.Midfielder Surchandra Singh feels team unity has been the important factor behind Real Kashmir’s prolific start to life in the top division.The 25-year-old former Mohun Bagan man shifted base from Kolkata to Srinagar with a dream to one day play for the national team.Looking back, the Manipur boy said it was the right decision to make.”I come from the town where the likes of Renedy Singh were born. Whenever these guys came back from their clubs and national duty, they would train us. I have learnt a lot from them and it is the dream of one day playing at the big stage like them, that has kept me going,” he told Mail Today.”We are a unit and we play like a unit. Off the field, we have been on the road for so long, but the team integrity has been solid. I believe we can go on and be the champions.”From here, David Robertson and boys will have to step carefully in their quest to be another fairytale story of country’s primary league champions.Also Read | I-League: Real Kashmir beat Mohun Bagan to keep title hopes aliveAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri overtakes Messi as India thrash Thailand 4-1 to create historyAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play againstGet 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 David RobertsonFollow Real Kashmir FCFollow i-leaguelast_img read more

Full statement from Gregg Zaun who was fired by Sportsnet for inappropriate

first_imgTORONTO – Below is a transcript of the full statement released Monday by former Sportsnet baseball analyst Gregg Zaun after he was fired Thursday following complaints by female colleagues of inappropriate behaviour and language.Without any exception whatsoever, I want to issue an absolute apology for any harm or distress which may have been caused by my comments with any female colleagues over the recent past.It has never been my intention to give offence to anyone. I have done a lot of soul searching over the last few days and know that my ignorance of the harm caused by my language does not excuse it — for which I accept responsibility. While I am well recognized for my unfiltered criticism of others within the sports world, which has made many critics and enemies — in ignorance I allowed a similar attitude to influence all aspects of my lifestyle, causing distress for female colleagues.For more than 10 years now, I have had the privilege of working with the most amazing and talented people and I am agonized to learn that they were affected negatively by me. I apologize deeply to all my colleagues and friends for any offence. I cherish and am proud of our achievements working together.In the past, when brought to my attention that I demonstrated poor judgement or language and gave offence, I sought to change my behaviour and apologize for any hurt caused. My remorse in the activities drawn to my attention by Rogers this week affecting unnamed individuals, is that it was never raised before and I naively believed that my language and behaviour were not considered offensive.I regret my blindness to the impact of my actions that I would have corrected at the time, rather than allowing the harm felt to continue to fester.I have been blindsided and emotionally gutted by the allegations and will continue to be regretful. As I look to the future, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded and supported by family, close friends, and colleagues on whom I will continue to rely and thank for their support.last_img read more

Independent watchdog to handle complaints about border agency Liberals pledge

first_imgOTTAWA — Travellers, immigration detainees and others who feel they have been mistreated by Canada’s border agency will be able to complain to an independent body under a new measure included in the federal budget.The Liberal government is planning legislative changes to give the RCMP watchdog the additional responsibility of handling public complaints about the Canada Border Services Agency.The budget allocates $24 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, and $7 million a year after that, to expand the mandate of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.Border officers can stop travellers for questioning, take blood and breath samples, and search, detain and arrest people without warrants.The agency’s internal recourse directorate handles complaints from the public, while other bodies, including the courts, the federal privacy commissioner and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, examine various concerns about the agency’s work.But the border agency is not overseen by a dedicated, independent review or complaints body, prompting civil libertarians, refugee lawyers and parliamentary committees to call for stronger arm’s-length monitoring.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec maple producers have sweet year produce a record 159 million pounds

LONGUEUIL, Que. — The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers says the province enjoyed a record harvest this year due to a late spring and cold temperatures.Despite a late start to the season, more than 159 million pounds of syrup was produced in 2019.That’s 41 million pounds more than last year, which was a sub par year and exceeds the 152.2 million pounds produced in 2017.Part of the output increase is due to the addition of taps since the average yield decreased to 3.43 pounds per tap from 3.89 pounds two years ago.Quebec produces 72 per cent of the world’s maple syrup.The provincial agricultural association has set a target of annual sales of 185 million pounds within five years.The Canadian Press

Modern patience at all time low thanks to technology survey suggests

No one has the patience to wait for anything anymore.According to a survey of 2,000 British adults, three-quarters of respondents believe digital technology has made people more impatient than ever before across nearly all aspects of their lives, Study Finds reports.The survey, conducted by OnePoll, was commissioned by stationary supply company BIC. It found 38% of respondents were too impatient to take notes while listening to a speaker during a class or meeting.Jo Hollins, head of marketing & category management at BIC U.K. and Ireland, said in a statement: “Our research highlighted that we’re happy waiting just 2.8 days for an online grocery order to arrive, and 3.7 for a cherished handwritten bit of mail.“Thanks to technology, modern life moves faster than ever but it also seems we’re still willing to wait that little bit longer for a good old-fashioned handwritten letter – an extra day in fact.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Amongst other results, the survey showed that it takes people just 20 seconds to resort to anger when letting the ink dry on a greeting card, become ticked off after waiting 14 minutes for food at a restaurant, and waiting 22 seconds for a movie to load is enough to make them frustrated.Given the ease and convenience of modern technology, instant gratification has become the norm in daily life.Waiting a mere 16 seconds for a web page to load or 25 seconds for a traffic light to change also irked the restless respondents. AIR DELIVERY: UPS launches drone business, seeks to certify multiple pilots Amazon’s new drones to start delivering packages in months The worst culprit? Waiting in line.Forty-five per cent of respondents said that waiting in a line causes them to lose their temper when waiting for an “excessive” amount of time — which amounts to just 30 seconds for some.Despite knowing they are impatient, 95% of respondents agree the old saying ‘patience is a virtue’ still rings true. read more

Feds unveil plans to stop unfair business tax advantages reaped by individuals

Feds unveil plans to stop ‘unfair’ business tax advantages reaped by individuals OTTAWA – The federal government is proposing measures to tighten what it calls “unfair” loopholes for private corporations that enable many wealthy Canadians, including professionals like some doctors, to reduce the amount of tax they pay.Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled plans Tuesday designed to prevent some business owners from using a number of legal strategies to shield part of their income in order to gain tax advantages that are out of reach for most Canadians.Even Morneau himself, who had a successful business career before entering politics, admitted that if the changes are introduced he will likely pay more taxes going forward.“We see these approaches to managing people’s affairs through a private corporation as creating an unfair playing field,” Morneau said.“I don’t want to see one small subset of the population advantaged because of our tax code, so it is about creating fairness … All Canadians should be willing to pay that fair share, including myself.”The suggested changes include steps to prevent business owners from using their private corporations as a way to shift some their income to family members, including minors, who are subject to lower personal tax rates — even if those relatives are not involved in the business.The Finance Department believes about 50,000 families in Canada do this, a practice the government calls “income sprinkling.”When asked later Tuesday in an interview to describe the businesses associated with these families, Morneau said “a lot of professionals.”“There’s been a big increase in professionals that have been using these structures,” he said.Morneau said doctors and lawyers are among the examples, but he added that they also include many other types of professionals.To help address income sprinkling, the government is proposing measures such as stricter age-related requirements for family members and tests to ensure their contributions to the business are “reasonable.”Doing so would provide an estimated $250 million per year in additional federal revenue, or about $5,000 per family, the government said.The government also released proposed changes to target those who gain tax relief through passive investment income, which enables corporate owners and employees to make one-time investments from $100,000 of pre-tax income and retain them for 10 years.The feds are calling for the elimination of the tax-deferral advantage on passive income earned by private corporations.Ottawa is also looking to address a tax-planning approach that converts income into capital gains, which are taxed at a lower rate.It has yet to say how much additional federal revenue could be provided by closing those loopholes.There will be a 75-day public consultation period to allow stakeholders to examine and weigh in on the three sets of proposals announced Tuesday.Morneau said he expects to get some push back from Tuesday’s announcement.“Of course, when you change things in a way that make it less advantageous for some people, they’re not going to be happy about it,” he said.The president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said in an interview Tuesday that he’s concerned Ottawa’s proposed tax changes could have unintended, negative consequences on small and medium businesses.Dan Kelly, whose organization represents more than 100,000 members, said smaller firms in Canada are already preparing to face challenges such as rising minimum wages in some provinces, planned increases in premiums for Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan.He added they are also bracing for changes to NAFTA.“This is a pretty worrisome set of proposals out of the federal government,” Kelly said.“That uncertainty alone, given all the other knocks small businesses are taking right now, is just not a particularly welcome development.”Kelly stressed that he doesn’t take any issue with the government pursuing tax cheats, nor does he have a problem with steps to ensure rules are not abused.The government believes the use of private corporations to lower tax rates is an increasing trend in Canada and has been exacerbated by the shift toward more of a services-based economy.The number of Canadian-controlled private corporations grew from 1.2 million in 2001 to 1.8 million in 2014, the Finance Department said.From 2000 to 2016, the department said the proportion of incorporated, self-employed individuals almost doubled.While these tax-savings practices are legal, Morneau said they are unfair.“I have seen these for years,” Morneau said when asked about whether he came across these practices first-hand during his business career, which included serving as executive chairman of Morneau Shepell, the country’s largest human resources consulting firm.“I have not looked at my personal implications from these changes as we’ve gone through them and I’ve done that on purpose because I want to make sure the system is fair and I don’t want to consider my personal situation.“My expectation is that these changes, over the long term, will mean that I’ll end up paying more tax.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2017 9:44 am MDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Cancer is a growing global threat and prevention is key UN study

According to IARC, a specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the disease is a growing global health threat.One in five men and one in six women worldwide, develop cancer during their lifetime, and one in eight men and one in 11 women die from it, IARC’s ’s Global Cancer Observatory says, in its first report since 2012.“These new figures highlight that much remains to be done to address the alarming rise in the cancer burden globally and that prevention has a key role to play,” said IARC Director, Dr. Christopher Wild. “Efficient prevention and early detection policies must be implemented urgently to complement treatments in order to control this devastating disease across the world.”Six years ago, there were an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths, compared with 12.7 million and 7.6 million, respectively, in 2008.Globally, it’s estimated that Asia will see nearly half of the new cases and more than half of the cancer deaths in 2018, partly because the region has nearly 60 per cent of the world’s population.Europe accounts for nearly a quarter of global cancer cases and one-fifth of cancer deaths, although it has only nine per cent of the global population.The Americas have more than 13 per cent of the global population but account for 21 per cent of cancers and some 14 per cent of global mortality.In Asia and in Africa, cancer deaths (57.3 per cent and 7.3 per cent respectively) are higher than the number identified (48.4 per cent and 5.8 per cent).This is because these regions have a higher frequency of certain cancer types that are associated with poorer prognosis, and higher mortality rates, IARC says, in addition to limited access to diagnosis and treatment.Lung cancer is a leading cause of death for both men and women and is the leading cause of cancer death in women in 28 countries, IARC says.The highest incidence rates of this form of the disease in women are in North America, Northern and Western Europe – notably Denmark and the Netherlands – China, and Australia and New Zealand; with Hungary topping the list.The findings suggest that many countries have much more to do to prevent smoking-related cancers, although a significant number have adopted measures to reduce smoking and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.“Given that the tobacco epidemic is at different stages in different regions, and in men and women, the results highlight the need to continue to put in place targeted and effective tobacco control policies in every country of the world,” said Dr. Freddie Bray, IARC’s Head of the Section of Cancer Surveillance.In addition to cancers of the lungs, those that target the female breast and colorectal areas, are the most common types.They are also among the five most dangerous forms of cancer, representing one third of all cancer incidence and mortality worldwide, according to IARC’s GLOBOCAN 2018 database, which provides estimates of incidence and mortality in 185 countries for 36 types of cancer.IARC says that the increasing prevalence of cancer is due to many factors, from population growth and ageing, while a change in the types of cancer diagnosed is linked to social and economic development.This is particularly true in fast-growing economies, IARC says, noting a shift from cancers related to poverty and infection, to cancers associated with lifestyles more typical of industrialized countries. read more

CONSOL Energy unveil water treatment plant for Loveridge and Robinson Run mining

first_imgCONSOL Energy unveiled a state-of-the-art water treatment plant near Mannington, West Virginia, reinforcing CONSOL’s support for coal mining in the region. The new facility is designed to treat a maximum flow of 3500 gallons per minute of mine water. The sources of the water are from underground mine areas on CONSOL Energy’s Blacksville #2, Loveridge and Robinson Run mining operations which is where the water is pretreated for the removal of metals prior to conveyance through around 34 miles of pipeline to the new West Virginia centralised treatment facility.“Nicholas J Deluliis, President of CONSOL Energy said “This facility is significant to CONSOL Energy and West Virginia on many levels. First and foremost, it allows CONSOL Energy to sustain our investment in our longwall mining operation and the numerous family-sustaining jobs required to support those operations in northern West Virginia for the next twenty to thirty years. It also supports our transformation into a truly diversified energy company. When we launched the Water Division one year ago, we laid out our strategy of identifying synergies across our operations to streamline operations, convert liabilities into assets, and minimise our environmental footprint. The Northern West Virginia Advanced Water Treatment Facility is a testament to how rapidly technology has been developed to address energy industry needs and how CONSOL Energy has adapted so we can continue to deliver on our core values of safety, compliance and continuous improvement.“This water treatment facility will allow CONSOL to continue its mining operations while helping to protect our state’s waterways and, in turn, keep West Virginians on the job,” Gov. Tomblin said at the dedication ceremony. Innovations like this plant, keep West Virginia on the forefront of meeting our nation’s energy needs while continuing to improve efforts to protect the environment.”The design at the new facility is based on a Zero Liquid Waste (ZLW) treatment process, which is comprised of a raw water pretreatment system, a reverse osmosis membrane system, evaporation and crystallisation of reverse osmosis reject, and ancillary support systems. The residuals from the treatment process, including softening sludge and mixed salts, will be disposed of in an on-site landfill, ensuring no liquid or solid waste from the water treatment operations will leave CONSOL Energy’s property.Completed in May 2013, the construction of the facility got underway in April 2011, generating 400 new construction jobs over the life of the project as well as 30 full-time permanent jobs required to operate and maintain the facility.   CONSOL Energy has entered into an operating agreement with Veolia Water, a division of Veolia Environmental, a global leader in sustainable environmental services.  The 10-year operating agreement is backed by a performance guarantee that ensures the future success of the facility.last_img read more

Tito Santana on first WrestleMania and Hulkamania craze

first_img Videos Articles Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling sent this in.Today presents The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling’s ONE YEAR Anniversary special featuring WWE Hall of Famer and Former Intercontinental Champion, Tito Santana. John and Chad sit down with El Matador to discuss his legendary career and go in-depth into the great feuds and matches that helped define a generation of professional wrestling and make names like The Hammer, Macho and The Model house-hold names. We also take a look back at the year that has been in the world of TMPToW as we reflect on the moments and the guests that have helped make the show possible.Listen for a special promotion sponsored by and find out how you can WIN your very own Lucha Loot box courtesy of The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling.Full Episode Download Link: Santana Says He Was Told He Was In Line To Become WWF Champion Before Bret Hart: Santana On Strike Force As A Team & His Matches Against Rick Martel: Santana On Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & Their EPIC Feud: leaving the WWWF under Vince McMahon Sr. & coming back when Vince Jr. was ready to expand and his longevity in the company:When I came back from Louisiana Vince Sr. was still in charge. The only difference when I was working for Vince Sr. it was a much smaller territory. It was regional and when he eventually got sick and he passed the company over to Vince Junior, Vince (Jr.) immediately had big plans and I guess he didn’t dream them overnight and he had been thinking about it for quite a while. But they were different experiences. I had good experiences with both of them and God what a run I had. I think at one point I had been in the WWF in a single run longer than anybody else and up until I left you had Bret Hart follow the time that I did. But for a time I had the longest longevity in the WWF and both Vince Sr. and Vince Jr. treated me good.Being in the first ever match on a WrestleMania & not being in a marquee title match:I never realized it and I was kind of upset because at the time WrestleMania 1 took place I was involved in a really hot feud with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and we were selling out and we were the Main Event in big buildings and selling out shows that Hulk Hogan wasn’t on and that hadn’t happened too often in the WWF because Hulk Hogan was usually the headliner. So I felt that we had such a hot match that I was very disappointed to not be one of the matches for WrestleMania and I was feeling upset up to about a half hour before we went on. Vince Jr. came up to me and said the reason that you are the first match is because this is the biggest match in the history of the WWF and we need someone to get the people off their ass and I don’t think there is anybody else that can do it better than you can. That made me think that maybe he did appreciate my work and was giving me a bigger position than I even thought I was going to be in and I went ahead and wrestled, did my job and later on interfered in JYD’s match with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and it turned out to be pretty good. As the years go by I realize just how important the first match of WrestleMania 1 was.Does he think Greg “The Hammer” Valentine vs. Tito Santana for the WWF Intercontinental Title should have been on the show:Well yeah I did and we would have got a pretty good payday but I realized we were still doing monthly shows all over the country and all over the world so if they would have put one match on WrestleMania it would have taken away from going to L.A. and every big town all across the country. I think they were thinking about that also. Valentine and I was a long feud and from what I understand Howard Finkel has made statements that it was the longest feud in the history of the WWF and now there is definitely not going to be any feuds longer than that. We wrestled against each other for a year and a half.Did he ever expect WrestleMania to grow to the level it has reached now and his favorite WrestleMania match:I don’t think outside of Vince and maybe his family that anyone knew where this was going. I know myself, I had no idea the path that it was going to take and where it is now is unbelievable. I think it was WrestleMania 2 when we wrestled in L.A. and I teamed up with The Junkyard Dog and we went up against Terry and Dory Funk. That was a thrill for me to wrestle a guy in a big match who had a part of me getting into professional wrestling in the first place.His history with Hulk Hogan & being a part of the Hulkamania craze:Hulk and I started together in 1977 and he was right behind me and at the beginning he was a really humble guy and I think that I was really blessed because everywhere that Hogan went the territory just seemed to be on fire. The guy got over like a million dollars. We were together in New York in 1979 and both of us went to Japan and then both of us went to the AWA and he went and did the Rocky movie and when he came back Verne Gagne was trying to turn him into a heel and the people just weren’t buying it and the people just kept cheering him because the guy just looked so good. He was the best body in Professional Wrestling and he hit it at the right time and he got over. I made a lot of money throughout my entire career just because I was lucky enough to be in the same territory that Hulk Hogan was in.Tito Santana also discusses his IC Title matches with The Macho Man Randy Savage & his personality beyond the ring, being in multiple successful tag teams, Strike Force, Loving His Matches with Paul Orndorff, Becoming El Matador, Leaving the WWF, Still Working Indy Shows Today and so much more.Please subscribe to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on iTunes and via YouTube by searching the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling or visit the OFFICIAL Website of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling:  & and also now a part of the Radio Network.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipHulk Hogan Says He’s Headed To WWE’s Crown Jewel EventVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Weather Eye Overnight lows will dip below freezing next week

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Wednesday was a nice day to dry out before the next Pacific weather system was knocking at our door. We have rain and showers today before another weather system rolls in later on Friday. That will bring steady rain and showers over the weekend. There will be plenty of good snow in the Cascades and that will include the mountain passes, with snow falling pretty much non-stop Friday night through Sunday.Then we enjoy perhaps all of next week with sunny skies. It will feel more like December weather with highs in the mid-40s and lows at or below freezing. For those of you that haven’t had a good freeze yet, mainly in the inner city of Vancouver, you will next week. So those summer flowers still showing life in outdoor pots may finally succumb to their end of life.Gusty east winds will blow, adding to the wind chill. This will not be a cold air mass as temperatures in the upper elevations will be in the 40s and 50s. Think inversion. The coldest overnight lows will be, of course, in outlying calm regions of the county.Central and Eastern Washington will get colder each day as warm air aloft traps the colder air near the surface and low clouds will form and bank up against the Cascades. So next week will see plenty of sunshine on the west side, but have that holiday nip in the air, allowing everyone a good chance to be outside without freezing snow and ice.It will be curious to see what nature has up its sleeve later in December as far as a threat of lowland snow. At least we get off to a much better start to December than last year, when it rained almost every day the first week. Overall December 2016 was much colder than normal, with the average mean temperature of 36.8 degrees, nearly 4 degrees below average.last_img read more

In Our Communities

first_imgNew Mexico is suing the Air Force over contaminated water on and near Cannon and Holloman Air Force bases, the Air Force Times reported. “Today we begin holding them accountable,” New Mexico Environment Secretary James Kenney said when he announced the suit last week….Texas is making a play to get the Space Force headquarters in Houston, according to KTRK-TV. “I hope you will agree with me that the Space Command belongs in Space City,” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) wrote in a letter to President Trump….Port San Antonio is planning a public-private partnership to build a new innovation center and cybersecurity complex, Route Fifty reported. “The future belongs to innovators, and in an increasingly connected world, innovations are grounded in making essential physical and virtual connections,” Port President and CEO Jim Perschbach said in a press release.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Texas, in 2017. Texas Air National Guard photo by Photo by Master Sgt. Sean Cowher ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Indo Tibetan Border Police officer becomes 1st Indian civil

first_imgNew Delhi: Indo Tibetan Border Police DIG Aparna Kumar has become the first Indian civil servant to scale the Mount Denali in Alaska, the highest mountain peak in North America. The officer climbed the peak on her third attempt, and also completed her “Seven Summits” Challenge, an ITBP statement said here. An IPS officer of 2002 batch from the UP Cadre, Kumar is at present posted as DIG, ITBP Northern Frontier at Dehradun. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us She left India for the mission on June 15 and was expected to reach the summit around July 10. But due to fair weather and also her tenacity, unflinching spirit and unflappable mind, Kumar reached the target much before. She unfurled the Tricolour and the the ITBP flag at the summit. After the spectacular feat, the officer’s next target is to reach the North Pole in the summer of 2020 and complete the “Explorer’s Grand Slam” (Seven Summits and the North and South Pole), which has been achieved only by a handful of people so far.last_img read more

AL supporters bring broom procession against rival candidate in Kachua

first_imgDeclaring him persona non-grata in Kachua upazila, a group of women on Friday brought out a ‘broom procession’ against Awami League-nominated candidate in Chandpur-1 constituency, Golam Hossain.The procession, led by female affairs secretary of upazila AL Rownak Ara Ratna, Mohila AL upazila unit president Salma Sahid and its general secretary Taslima Chowdhury, started from in front of the upazila AL office in the afternoon.It ended at Kachua bypass road after parading the main roads of the upazila headquarters.Later, the processionists burned the effigy of Golam Hossain, also former chairman of National Board of Revenue (NRB).Speaking on the occasion, Ratna said Golam Hossain has no connection with the upazila Awami League.”Leaders and activists of upazila AL and its associate bodies won’t accept anyone except Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir in this constituency,” she said.The ruling party handed out nomination papers to both Mohiuddin and Golam Hossain for contesting the upcoming general election from Chandpur-1 (Kachua) constituency.Both of them also filed nomination papers to the returning officer.last_img read more