GALLERY: Players, coaches hype up new season with PBA Media Day

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue A first in the PBA’s 42 years, the league gave chance to media to talk to players in a much more relaxed setting to talk about their careers and the upcoming season, which is opening on Sunday.Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PBA players, coaches, team officials, and media alike came down to Solaire to hype up the start of the 2019 season with the PBA media day.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

PM must be from Lok Sabha: Sangma in his last speech

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 4 (PTI) The Prime Minister must be from Lok Sabha, former Speaker P A Sangma had demanded in his last speech in the lower House.Speaking at a special session on November 27, 2015, for the last time in the House he once presided, Sangma had demanded that the Constitution be amended to enable election of Prime Minister directly by the Lok Sabha.He said that the Parliament has failed and it is “further failing” and also questioned whether India should go for a Presidential form of government.”Prime Minister of India, I still insist, must belong to Lok Sabha and he must be elected by the House, and then President can appoint him. Once Prime Minister is elected, there should be no scope for a confidence motion. There is no provision in the Constitution of India (which says) that every Prime Minister should take the confidence of the House.”The moment he becomes the Prime Minister, unless he is challenged by non-confidence motion, it should be presumed that he has the confidence of the House.”For fifteen years, no Lok Sabha Member was fit to become Prime Minister of this country. Then where is the Parliamentary system. If we have to borrow a Chief Minister, if we have to borrow a Rajya Sabha Member to become the Prime Minister of India, then where is the need for Lok Sabha? The Prime Minister of India must belong to Lok Sabha. We must amend the Constitution of India,” Sangma had demanded.advertisementHe was referring to past PMs Manmohan Singh, I K Gujral and H D Deve Gowda, who were members of the Upper House.Sangma, whose 18-month tenure of Speakership witnessed five confidence and no-confidence motions, insisted that people from a particular state should represent their state in the Upper House.”I have strong reservation about that. For representation in the Upper House, any representative must belong to his State because he is representing the States; it is the House of the States. How can a man from Kerala become a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam? It does not look nice. Rajya Sabha is becoming a rehabilitation centre,” Sangma had said. PTI PR RGlast_img read more

Arsenal in last-chance saloon as Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho renew rivalry

first_imgArsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho continue one of the most poisonous and one-sided rivalries in English football when Arsenal host Manchester United on Sunday.A fixture that once enjoyed the cachet of a heavyweight title fight – and often resembled one on the pitch as England’s preeminent teams slugged it out – has been relegated in status with United fifth and Arsenal sixth in the Premier League.But although it has no bearing on the title race and both clubs are struggling to even finish in the top four, Wenger and Mourinho in such close proximity will add some needle to this weekend’s Emirates Stadium showdown.Wenger has won only one of 15 meetings with a Mourinho team, and even that came in the Community Shield. What is more, he has endured regular taunts from nemesis Mourinho – a coach with vastly different football philosophy.Mourinho once labelled Wenger a “voyeur” and on another occasion called him a “specialist in failure”. For his part, Wenger branded Mourinho “stupid”.This season’s clash at Old Trafford, which ended in a 1-1 draw, passed off peacefully, but the relationship remains frosty.Were in not for the two managers involved, the significance of Sunday’s fixture would be questionable, although for Arsenal the stakes are higher than for United.Their hopes of finishing in the top four – something they have achieved 20 seasons in a row – look forlorn. Even five wins from their last five games would leave them relying on slip-ups by Liverpool and Manchester City.advertisementDefeat by United would extinguish any realistic chance Arsenal have of playing in next season’s Champions League — snapping an ever-present sequence stretching back to 1997.”It’s not in our hands,” Wenger said. “It is a big game. But for us more than focusing on the fact it is Manchester United, a big club and a big rivalry over the years, what is important is to have the chance to achieve our target.”We have no choice, we have to beat them.”On paper, fifth-placed United, who are five points above Arsenal having played a game more, have a better chance of finishing in the top four. But that appears to be Mourinho’s Plan B with Europa League glory beckoning.The Arsenal clash is sandwiched between away and home legs of the semi-final against Celta Vigo, and Mourinho is clearly prioritising the only piece of silverware to elude him, especially as that would ensure a Champions League spot.”We have two matches in one week against Celta,” said Mourinho, for whom winning the Europa League would complete a set of trophies. “It’s important to have everybody. In relation to the Premier League, I think it’s too late.”We played nine matches, seven of them in the Premier League (in April), and we had too many problems, too many players absent. We paid the price.”Wenger, whose future at Arsenal remains uncertain, is not buying any mind games, though.”We cannot speculate on any weakness of Manchester United. No matter who plays, they will have a strong team out.”Only a top-level performance will get us the win we want.”last_img read more

Ashes 2017: England must show hunger and belief to win, says James Anderson

first_imgEngland need to turn up with belief on the final day of the second Ashes Test if they are to stage a stunning comeback victory to level the series, James Anderson said on Tuesday.The tourists were apparently dead and buried after being dismissed for 227 in reply to Australia’s 442/8d on Monday, but seamer Anderson sparked a remarkable rally with his first five-wicket haul Down Under.England finished day four on 176/4 and need another 178 runs to win.A five-for and a 5?0? what was your key moment from day 4?Here are our big talking points! England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 5, 2017The highest successful fourth-innings run chase at Adelaide Oval was the 315 England tallied in 1902, however, and Anderson conceded there was plenty of hard work to do yet.”With the hunger, the real fight to get back in the series and see where it gets us. Hopefully, it can get us somewhere near.”There’s no gremlins in the pitch, it’s pretty good to bat on. There’s nothing to fear in terms of the pitch deteriorating. It’s just a case tomorrow of coming out tomorrow with belief.”We’ve got to believe we can do it and we’ve go the players in the dressing-room that can do it. Obviously, we’ll need a bit of luck along the way but we’ll give it a good go.””We’re going to turn up tomorrow with the same sort of attitude we had today,” he said.A five-wicket haul for Jimmy Anderson! Well played #Ashes #ohwhatafeeling @Toyota_Aus (@CricketAus) December 5, 2017Anderson said the tourists, beaten by 10 wickets in the series opener in Brisbane, had been desperate to put on a good show after their early disappointments in Adelaide.”We were really annoyed with the way we played the first couple of days,” he added.”We didn’t do ourselves justice in those first two innings with the ball and the bat. We wanted to show that we do have good character in our team and can get back into games by fighting hard and playing well.”Regardless of whether England manage to pull off the win on Wednesday, Anderson believes the tourists have proved they can compete with Australia.But a victory to even up the five-match series at 1-1 with three to play might have a big impact on the destination of the Ashes.”It would be huge for us, both in terms of what it would do for our confidence as a team and what it would potentially mean for them,” he said.”It’s very rare for a team to declare and go on to lose, so if we get a result tomorrow, it would be huge for a number of reasons.”Some, err… mixed reviews of @TheBarmyArmy after day four. #Ashes (@CricketAus) December 5, 2017last_img read more

Gov’t Committed To Providing Jamaicans With Quality Health Care – Dr. Ferguson

first_img A number of initiatives that have been implemented by the Health Ministry in furtherance of that goal. Story Highlights Government commited to ensuring that Jamaicans enjoy good health and health care services. Among them is the establishment of a National Paediatric Renal Working Group. Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has underscored the Government’s commitment to ensuring that Jamaicans enjoy their fundamental right to good health and health care services, especially children, whom he describes as the future of the nation.The Minister, who was addressing a Paediatric Renal Conference and Workshop at the Couples San Souci Hotel in Ocho Rios on October 6, outlined a number of initiatives that have been implemented by his Ministry in furtherance of that goal.Among them is the establishment of a National Paediatric Renal Working Group that has begun to chart a road map to tackle chronic kidney disease, and a national strategic plan to address the condition in children.Dr. Ferguson also cited the Tobacco Control Regulations, which are aimed at protecting both children and adults against the ill effects of tobacco smoke, by banning smoking in specified public spaces.He said the recently imposed regulations represent one of the most far reaching public health measures implemented in decades, the value of which will be more appreciated in years to come.“I am proud to say that Jamaica is the fourth country in the Caribbean to have such a law, the 45th in the world and the 17th in the Americas. We are very happy about that, but we are signaling that we mean business and that health is not a game,” he stated.The Health Minister said the feedback from the implementation of the regulations has been “overwhelmingly positive,” noting that the law has enjoyed the most public support of any policy in the country.“There are a few tweaks that we plan to make to ensure that the implementation is easier, and I expect that those proposals will be before the Cabinet in short order,” he stated.He stressed that the regulations are not about making criminals of smokers, but must be viewed within the context of the government’s responsibility to ensure healthy living, the “outcome of which will go down to the greater glory of the people of Jamaica”.last_img read more

Golden State Petroleum Sells VLCC Ulysses

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 ITCL, March 6, 2014; Image: Wikimedia My location zoom Golden State Petroleum Corporation’s subsidiary has entered into an agreement to sell the VLCC Ulysses (ex-Phoenix Voyager) to an unrelated third party.The sale is expected to take place in the first half of March and will comply with the provisions of the Indenture, as amended and supplemented governing the 8.04% First Preferred Mortgage Notes due 2019 issued by the Company.The price will result in an adequate bid, and pursuant to Section 12.1(d) of the Indenture, the net proceeds from the sale, together with the allocable portion of the debt reserve account, will be applied to redeem the allocated principal amount of notes for the vessel at 100 percent of the principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date, 90 days after the sale. Print  Closelast_img read more

VIDEO: Van Oord’s New Offshore Installation …

first_imgzoom Ever wondered how giant structures such as wind parks are erected offshore? Take a look at the following animation showing how offshore wind turbines are transported and installed at sea by a specialized vessel.The animation features Van Oord’s transport and installation vessel named Aelous at work, taking you one step at a time through the entire process.The vessel is equipped with a crane that can lift more than 900 tonnes and has accommodation facilities for 75 crew. Aelous can be jacked up and can work in a water depth of up to 55 m.Aelous was built at Hamburg-based shipbuilding yard Sietas and has a length of 139 m, 38 m beam, a design draught of 5.7 m and a cruising speed of 12 knots.Her first project will be the construction of the Luchterduinen offshore wind farm, which will be built 23 km off the Dutch coast near Noordwijk and Zandvoort.World Maritime News Staff, June 24, 2014last_img read more

Abu Dhabi Ports Inks Concession Deal for Fujairah Port

first_imgzoom Port developer and operator Abu Dhabi Ports has entered into a 35-year concession agreement to develop, manage and operate the port of Fujairah.Under the agreement, the parties said they would also establish a new operational arm, the Fujairah Terminals, which would be owned by Abu Dhabi Ports. Through the establishment of Fujairah Terminals, the agreement will grant Abu Dhabi Ports the exclusivity to enhance existing infrastructure in addition to managing all container, general cargo, RoRo and cruise ships in the port.Furthermore, the deal covers deepening of berths to -16.5 metres as the port prepares to welcome larger vessels, building a 300,000 sqm yard of storage space, as well as an additional 1 kilometre quay to accommodate the expected growth in the number of ships arriving to the port.Abu Dhabi Ports will also work on equipping Fujairah Ports with new and advanced equipment such as STS post-panama quay cranes, RTG’s as well as new IT systems.The port operator is set to launch the development of berths and yards in Fujairah in 2018, during which the port is expected to remain operational. Additional capacity and new quay cranes are scheduled to begin operations in 2021.Fujairah is aiming to handle 1 million TEUs and 700,000 tons of general cargo by 2030.The deal comes two months after the Dubai-based port operator DP World reached an agreement with the port of Fujairah to terminate the concession deal the parties entered into in 2005.The previous concession contract was on a build, operate and transfer basis (BOT) to expand and develop the Fujairah Container Terminal at the port for container handling and transshipment.Following the termination deal both parties have completed the transfer of operations from DP World to the port of Fujairah authorities.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Two men arrested in Sri Lanka over Taiwan bank hacking

“We have taken two people into custody and we are looking for one more person.”Police in Sri Lanka did not disclose the name of the affected bank in Taiwan or the sum said to have been stolen, but a Sri Lankan media report said tens of millions of dollars had been wired out of the island. Bank officials were not immediately available for comment. The police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was working closely with Taiwan counterparts to track down the hackers, who are said to have breached the Taiwan bank’s computers last week. Sri Lankan police have arrested two men for allegedly helping international criminals who hacked into computers at a Taiwan bank and stole millions of dollars, an official said Sunday, according to the AFP news agencyThe pair were arrested after they tried to withdraw large sums of money that had been wired to their accounts with a Sri Lankan bank branch in the capital Colombo, the official said. Sri Lankan police investigated a similar theft in February last year when hackers broke into the computer system of the Bangladesh central bank and transferred US$20 million of stolen money to a Sri Lankan businesswoman.The money was recovered and an court investigation is pending. (Colombo Gazette) “We are looking at some US$1.3 million (RM5.51 million) that had come into three accounts in Sri Lanka,” the official involved with the investigation told AFP, asking not to be named. In Taipei the Financial Regulatory Commission confirmed that the local Far Eastern International Bank’s SWIFT system had been hacked through a computer virus but gave no details.Taiwanese media quoted the bank as saying that it detected irregularities in its SWIFT system and there were suspicious transactions starting Thursday to Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the United States.However, Taiwan police have recovered most of the money with the help of counterparts in other countries, the reports said. read more

Forum poll Ontarians among most floodworried

Their province facing record-high Great Lakes, and drained by rivers that have caused grief for many, Ontarians are among the Canadians most concerned about flooding, a new national survey suggests.Southwestern Ontarians have endured two straight years of damaging spring floods, menacing homes from Brantford to Windsor and Chatham, triggering emergency declarations and disaster relief, all the while as the region’s Great Lakes shoreline is reshaped by high water that’s undermined roads, closed parks and threatened landmarks.The Ottawa area and northern Ontario have also taken a pounding from recent floods.Fifty-five per cent of Canadians surveyed by Forum Research said they’re more concerned now about flooding than they were four years ago, with that worry – “somewhat concerned” or “very concerned” – rising to 62 per cent among those polled in Ontario.Only Atlantic Canadians matched the level of concern Ontarians registered in the survey.The results, part of Forum’s monthly federal political poll, were shared exclusively with Postmedia Network.The findings signal a shift in public perception, said Forum president Lorne Bozinoff.“Overall, this is the year of the environment and climate,” he said. “We’re seeing a major shift in public opinion.”“It’s something that the public is expecting more attention being paid to, climate and flood initiatives, than in the past.”The poll of 1,733 randomly-selected voters was conducted July 26 to 28.Among Ontarians, 37 per cent of respondents said they’re somewhat more concerned about flooding now than a few years ago, while one in four said they’re much more concerned.The poll comes months after Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government announced it’s cutting flood-management funding by half to conservation authorities, the network of 36 agencies across the province that oversee flooding defences and manage water risks.Bozinoff said he’s not surprised by the high level of concern in Ontario.“There’s been flooding in Southwestern Ontario, in Muskoka, in Toronto,” he said. “The recent flooding is driving these numbers.”Among Conservative voters, only 39 per cent said their concern for flooding has grown in the past four years. Conversely, 62 per cent of Liberal voters, 63 per cent of New Democrat voters and 71 per cent of Green Party voters said their levels of concern have increased.“The Tories are really federally marching to their own drummer, they’re in sync with their own supporters, but their supporters are not in sync with the rest of the country,” said Bozinoff.Even still, in a separate question, Forum found only 28 per cent of respondents nationwide are concerned about flooding affecting their own homes or businesses.The highest regional levels of personal concern were in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, at 38 per cent, and Ontario at 34 per ABOUT THE POLL Conducted by Forum Research July 26 to 28 1,733 Canadians surveyed by interactive voice response Results considered accurate to within three per cent, plus or minus, 19 times out of 20 We want to hear from you Send us opinions, comments and other feedback. E-mail your letter to: (no attachments please) Or go to Letters should be kept to 150 words. read more

Annan urges Iraqis to confront terror with resolve to pursue peace and

“The Secretary-General is extremely concerned about the heightened violence in Iraq, which is overwhelmingly aimed against the civilian population,” a statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman said.”He is appalled by the latest series of bombings yesterday in Balad that killed more than 90 people and wounded many more, including many women and children, and another serious attack today in Hilla,” it added. “No cause can justify such acts of terror.”Noting that the attacks appeared to have been coordinated so as to kill and injure as many innocent civilians as possible, Mr. Annan said those who refuse to participate in the political process should not, by acts of intimidation and violence, deprive others of their right to do so.”He once again urges Iraqis of all persuasions not to be deterred by such violence and to express themselves peacefully through the democratic process, starting with the forthcoming national referendum on the draft permanent constitution,” the statement concluded.”The United Nations remains committed to working with all Iraqi communities and political entities in supporting the peaceful political transition of their country.” read more

The Super Bowls Best Matchup Is Gladys Knight vs The Clock

Help Me Make It Through the NightKris Krisofferson+66 So while anthems have gotten longer over time, the 40-year average is not fully accounting for that trend. When you do account for it5I used an AutoRegressive Integrated Moving Average model — or ARIMA — which allows us to better forecast time series data. the best forecast for the 2019 anthem is actually 119 seconds, 13 seconds over the 40-year average.Gender of the anthem singer is also significant. Men tend to sing the anthem more quickly than women — though not many men have sung the anthem in recent years, when the anthems have been getting longer overall. Still, the all-time shortest anthem performance was by a man — the incomparable Neil Diamond — who got in and out like a boss in a cool 61 seconds. And the longest anthem ever performed at a Super Bowl was by the unforgettable Natalie Cole in 1994, which clocked in at a diva-esque 148 seconds. Gladys Knight takes her time with interpretationsDifference in song length between Knight’s covers and the original songs Super Bowl LIII is not only about two of the league’s best offenses squaring off against one another — New England and Los Angeles — it’s also about America’s other favorite pastime: gambling. The total amount bet on the Super Bowl1In nominal, noninflation adjusted dollars has risen from $40 million in 1991 to more than $158 million in 2018, and much of that growth has come from “props” or proposition bets.For readers who aren’t degenerate gamblers, prop bets are wagers you can place on events during a game that don’t directly involve the final outcome. This year there are the standard prop bets, like if the Patriots will score a touchdown in the first quarter (they never have in a Super Bowl), or if the Rams will rush for more than 127.5 yards (they averaged 143.3 yards per game in the regular season and the playoffs). But there are also more exotic prop bets on things like whether Donald Trump will tweet more than six times during the game. (The implied probability on one offshore book is 58 percent that he will hit the over.)Another interesting wager is on the length of Gladys Knight’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Several offshore books have set the total for the anthem at 1 minute 47 seconds, and the implied odds for both the under and the over were set at one book at -115 — a 53.5 percent implied probability — on both sides.2This accounts for the house’s take on each bet, or “vigorish,” which is why the implied percentages add up to over 100 percent. The implied probabilities being equal indicates that the book has no real opinion on the length of Gladys’s performance — they just want to take a percentage from each side of the wager and hope bettors will place their bets evenly on both.But is Knight performing the anthem in over/under 107 seconds really close to a 50 percent proposition? Or is there evidence that might convince us that the oddsmakers got the probabilities wrong?To find out, I went to Youtube and watched 40 Super Bowl national anthems from 1979 to 2018. I eliminated any anthems with trumpeters (there were two) and then started timing the anthem from the moment the singer first started to sing and ended the timer after the completion of the first utterance of “brave.”3I didn’t include any extra “braves” or broader codas. Using this methodology, the 40-year average of all national anthem singers4I removed choirs and trumpeters to calculate this average is 106.1 seconds, roughly in line with the total set by the books. So the total is correct so far as the average goes, but it also seems lazy. Surely there are other factors that might help us better predict how long Gladys might sing.For starters, the performance time of the anthem has changed as the Super Bowl has grown to become the unparalleled cultural phenomenon we now enjoy each year. As the pomp, circumstance and viewership have increased, the time anthem performers spend on the stage has also risen. Ave MariaAnna Moffo+65 Tracks of My TearsSmokey Robinson & The Miracles0 The Need to BeJim Weatherly+13 Wind Beneath My WingsRoger Whittaker-34 For Once in My LifeBarbara McNair+50 You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to MeRay Price+8 Baby I Need Your LovingThe Four Tops+1 SongOriginal ArtistDifference The Way We WereBarbara Streisand+36 Cloud NineThe Temptations-9 Fire and RainJames Taylor+33 I’m Gonna Make You Love MeDee Dee Warwick+30 Groovin’The Young Rascals+27 YesterdayThe Beatles+70 SongOriginal ArtistDifference Thank YouSly & the Family Stone-45 Taking a larger view, only two anthems in the past 15 years have been performed faster than the 40-year average of 1 minute 47 seconds. And when I looked at the age of the anthem singers, I found no significant correlation between age and performance time.6p-value: 0.228 On the other hand, we can look at one of Knight’s previous performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” itself, which is solid piece of evidence against the over, running for 92 seconds. It was, however, performed 28 years ago. All things considered, the bookmakers appear to have this line wrong on Gladys, and her upcoming anthem performance is probably going to go over 107 seconds.Researching a single prop was a lot of work, and it’s understandable why books might not want to put this level of effort into each and every bet they publish. But it does imply that there are profitable edges for some Super Bowl props. Using the Twitter machine, I threw up a bat signal for a gambling expert to help me confirm my priors. Rufus Peabody, a professional sports bettor and former ESPN contributor who is well-known in gambling circles for the scale and volume of his Super Bowl prop wagers, agreed to help.“The time and effort to accurately value props is pretty high,” Peabody said. “Some books put more effort into their props than others, and for some props there’s almost no data. Books will move the lines aggressively when sharp bets are made though, which helps them adjust.”I’ve been keeping an eye on the Gladys anthem line, and it hasn’t moved all week. I was tempted to bet the over, but when I was confronted with the prospect of having to convert real money into Bitcoin in order to place a bet on an offshore site, I decided to abort. When I looked around for somewhere to place the bet in Las Vegas — where they accept actual money — I struck out. Peabody explained that prop bets like anthem length are illegal in Las Vegas because of restrictions on the types of sources casinos can use to “grade” or determine the outcome of a bet.Even if it won’t net me any cash, I’ll be pulling for Knight to go over regardless. I want her to belt out that last note in “home of the brave” for an egregiously long time. After all, my Twitter credibility is on the line, and that’s serious business. Every Beat of My HeartThe Royals-49 Heard It Through the GrapevineMarvin Gaye-39 Let It BeThe Beatles-21 The Look of LoveDusty Springfield+85 Everybody Needs LoveThe Temptations+8 Midnight Train to GeorgiaCissy Houston+42 I Wish It Would RainThe Temptations-4 Baby Don’t Change Your MindThe Stylistics-1 Finally, Knight herself appears to be a singer who knows how to stretch a note. Using whosampled, I identified 31 covers performed by Knight and timed the cover performance of each using similar criteria to the anthem timing. Knight’s covers were 7 percent longer than the originals on average, good for a bonus 12.7 seconds of soothing soul per track. In perhaps the best comp to the national anthem — “Ave Maria,” a soaring, vocal-heavy standard covered by hundreds of artists — Gladys’ performance was 37 percent longer than the standard version. Goin’ Out of My HeadLittle Anthony and the Imperials+7 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’The Righteous Brothers-14 Average+13 Is There a Place?The Supremes-34 Feel Like Makin’ LoveRoberta Flack+129 sec. All I Could Do Is CryEtta James+2 I Feel a Song (in My Heart)Sandra Richardson-19 Yes, I’m readyBarbara Mason-1 Sources: YouTube, Whosampled Keep an EyeDiana Ross & The Supremes-9 read more

Good Hope woman fears for her life as soninlaw allegedly threatens

Scared: Zorina MahaseOne week after she almost lost her daughter at the hands of an abusive farmer, Zorina Mahase is now scared for her own life and is contemplating fleeing the home she lived in for several years as the man has been threatening to “finish her off” before turning himself in to the police.The 48-year-old woman of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Monday told Inews that she is fearful for her life after persons in the area reported to her that the farmer was seen and was threatening her life. According to the woman, whose daughter was chopped mercilessly on February 24, she made a report to the police but was told that they cannot do anything since they are still searching for the farmer.The distraught woman was almost moved to tears during an interview with Inews as she said, “We gah leave the house and go now, we gah find somewhere to go because the man still deh out deh”.Mahase’s words were triggered by last Sunday’s episode when the 35-year-old man chopped her 22-year-old daughter, Vashti Mahase, several times with a cutlass while she was serving him a restraining order at his Lima Dam home in Mahaica.Injured: Vashti MahaseThe elder Mahase, a mother of seven, said she has lived in her home for almost 19 years now and has never had an issue to cause her to move, even as she reported that her injured daughter’s condition is improving.The fearful woman said she never had an issue with the farmer until she learnt that he abuses her daughter, which is something she was unable to accept.“I just want somebody to find the man, the police just said they can’t do anything because they nah know way de man deh. Tell me what I can do because I mind me children them without a father for over 19 year and now me got to leff me house and go…how lang me gun able fuh hide from me home wah me wuk all de days of me life fuh build,” she cried.Efforts made by this publication to contact the Divisional Commander, Calvin Brutus, proved futile.Young Mahase was sent to the home of the suspect accompanied by a rural constable to issue a restraining order a few days after he threatened to chop her head off.Inews was told that in the process of serving the restraining order, an argument ensued between the two and while Mahase’s back was turned, the farmer gruesomely attacked her with his cutlass, firing chops at her face, head, hands, back and other body parts.The rural constable who was with her allegedly ran for cover, leaving the woman at the mercy of her attacker.According to the mother, her daughter was told that it was compulsory for her to be present when the restraining order was served since she needed to identify him.Police are searching for the suspect. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman critical after being brutally chopped by loverFebruary 26, 2019In “Crime”Farmer’s brutal chopping of wife: Video of confession disappearsJune 23, 2019In “Crime”Police yet to apprehend farmer who brutally attacked wifeMarch 13, 2019In “Crime” read more

Ebola still Exists Ministry Reminds the populace

first_imgBy Amie SannehThe Health Ministry is informing the general public that the Ebola epidemic is still active and taking a devastating toll in the three affected West African Countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, despite remarkable global intervention to control the disease. To date, over 27,145 confirmed cases and 11,147 deaths have been reported indicating a significant increase since the disease was halted in Liberia in May 2015. This is contained in a press release from the Ministry of Health and Social through the Directorate of Health Services. According to the release, the country is worried that suspected cases of Ebola infection have now been officially reported in Bissau Guinea, posing higher risk of spreading the disease to other countries, including The Gambia.Equally of concern, is the firm evidence that indicates widespread complacency at all levels in the country, in the misguided belief that Ebola is no longer a problem in the Subregion, it added.“The current resurgence of Ebola Virus Disease in our Sub region and the situation in our neighborhood has warranted the National Ebola Virus Disease Task Force to declare a heightened state of alert in the Gambia with regard to Ebola,” the release states.As a result of this, the Health Ministry has put in place these measures:– More frequent meetings of the National Task Force and its sub-committees to direct the implementation of the national strategies to keep Ebola out of The Gambia;– Intensify engagement of communities and interpersonal communication networks onEVD;· Translation of EVD messages into 6 local languages and Arabic for ease of public understanding of the messages.· Steps to ensure that the designated Ebola Treatment Centers in the Western Regions & Municipalities, LRR, URR and MRC in Fajara are brought to a state of READINESS to manage any cases of Ebola as well as prevent its spread to other areas of the country;· o Accelerate the ongoing integrated training of health and other extension workers, community members and families on Ebola prevention and control; .· Update and distribute throughout the country the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)· on EVD;· Periodic simulation exercises at some designated Points of Entry and Treatment Centers.However, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through the multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary National EVD Task Force assures the general public that it is closely monitoring the situation and will keep the public regularly updated on the Ebola situation. As of today, no case has been detected among travellers through the country’s designated Points of Entry.As part of efforts to keep the situation under control, the Government of The Gambia through the National Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Task Force (which is chaired by the Honourable Minister of Health & Social Welfare) and its constituent subcommittees namely, Coordination, Epidemiological & Laboratory Surveillance, Case Management, Communication & Social Mobilization and Logistics & Safety have embarked on effective and efficient implementation, monitoring and supervisory mechanism geared towards achieving a state of readiness to prevent the introduction of the Ebola virus into the country and to respond speedily and effectively, as well as prevent its spread within The Gambia, should Ebola enter the country, the release ends.]]>last_img read more

Former Celtic footballer warns Brendan Rodgers

first_imgPeter Grant has said there are not many teams that can match the stature of the Scottish Premier League current championsRecently there have been some rumors that current Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers might be going to English Championship club Aston Villa.And former Celtic midfielder Peter Grant has warned him that he should think it twice if he wants to be in another team.“Anybody that manages Celtic is always going to be attractive to anyone because to manage Celtic you have to be something different: you have to handle a lot of criticism, a lot of praise, you are under scrutiny 24/7,” he told The Sports Mole.“Villa is a Premier League club in the Championship. You can say that, but you have to get back there.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“I could say that about 20 teams in the Championship, it’s a hell of a difficult league,” he added.“But there is a big expectation, wonderful club with a big fan base, facilities and stadium are magnificent, second to none. It is a big attraction for anyone.”“I can understand 100 percent people being interested in Brendan, there is no doubt about that. But Celtic is a massive club and there are not many places you can go when you leave Celtic and still be at a big club,” he continued.“The bottom line is, I think the frustration comes from the fact that you always want to improve. But it’s very, very difficult in the Scottish league and that’s not being disrespectful, because the money they pay now in England is phenomenal.”last_img read more

TCI Ministry of Health – One Dozen Health Tips for Cold Flu

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – TCI Ministry of Health – One Dozen Health Tips for Cold & Flu SeasonCover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.Put your used tissue in a waste basket.If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or long enough to sing the birthday song twice.If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth (germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth).Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.If you or your child is sick with the flu stay home from work, school or daycare. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods, manage your stress, and be physically active.Everyday preventive actions can help slow the spread of germs that can cause many different illnesses including the flu. Health Ministry Provides Resources To Treat Persons Affected By Riverton Smog Health Ministry adding to Zika-proofing Fund Related Items:flu season, health ministry, tips Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos in serious talks with Panama for Tourism & Health relations Recommended for youlast_img read more

Committee Deal Reached on Moving Trade Promotion Authority Forward

first_imgSenate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden have reportedly reached a deal on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill itself, including the mechanism for taking away “fast track” legislative protections from a trade agreement. However, introduction of the bill is still stalled due to controversy over the renewal of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.Despite the bill not formally being introduced, three cabinet members – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and US Trade Representative Michael Froman – will appear before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday to testify on TPA. This news is a positive step forward for TPA and getting a bill passed in the Senate.last_img read more