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Deputy editor of daily brutally beaten at his office, another journalist driven into exile

first_img RSF_en June 24, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Deputy editor of daily brutally beaten at his office, another journalist driven into exile Reporters Without Borders today condemned a vicious beating meted out to Luis Pablo Guardado Negrete, deputy director of the regional daily Noticias de Bahia, based in Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit state in western Mexico. The worldwide press freedom organisation also voiced dismay after Emilio Gutierrez Soto, of the daily El Diario del Noroeste in Ascension, Chihuahua state in the north was forced to go into exile in the United States on 15 June after men believed to be soldiers repeatedly followed him and threatened to kill him.Guardado Negrete was accosted by two individuals as he arrived at the headquarters of the Noticias de Bahia, on 21 June, who pretended that they wanted to buy him a car. Once inside the building, they closed the door and began attacking the journalist, beating him with a car amplifier and a toilet lid, before trying to strangle him with a shirt-tail.His assailants tried to get him to name the author and the source of an article published the previous week that implicated the owner of a local gym in a sex scandal. The deputy editor finally managed to take refuge in the toilets where he hid until the two men left. He needed hospital treatment for a double fracture of the jaw and a 12-centimetre cut to his left arm apparently inflicted by a knife.His brother, Lenin Guardado, told Reporters Without Borders that his two attackers had been successfully identified.Emilio Gutierrez Soto, of the daily El Diario del Noroeste in Ascension, was driven into exile in El Paso, Texas, on 15 June after receiving death threats believed to come from members of the military. The paper’s management said that the journalist and his son had applied for asylum in the United States.Around 50 soldiers illegally searched the journalist’s home on 5 May, after breaking down the door while the journalist and his son were asleep. Nothing was taken during the raid. Gutierrez Soto said he had been regularly watched and followed, possibly by soldiers out of uniform.“If it is confirmed that Guardado Negrete’s attackers have been identified, we hope that they will be found and promptly arrested”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “This case proves, if indeed it was necessary, that journalists are just as much in danger at their own place of work and that editorial offices should be properly monitored.” “As for the exile of Gutierrez Soto, we urge the federal government to open an investigation among the ranks of the army and in the meantime that the US authorities provide him with permission to remain in the country”. May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation News MexicoAmericas Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policiescenter_img News Follow the news on Mexico Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state to go further MexicoAmericas May 5, 2021 Find out more Reports NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Help wanted: Chemical Applicator for Noxious Weeds, Manager for Road and Bridge Departments for Sumner County

first_imgHelp wanted: Chemical Applicator –Noxious Weeds-Full-time and 1 part time.Pay Range:      $8.75 – $19.10HS diploma or GED and valid KS D/L.   Position involves skilled and semi-skilled manual work with a variety of chemicals in the control of noxious weeds. Tasks include equip. maintenance and operation of light specialized equipment with much work outdoors.  Some computer knowledge helpful.Apply online at www.HRePartners.com.  Applications close 5/04/2016.  If any questions, please contact the Sumner County Clerk’s Office, 501 N. Washington, Wellington, KS  67152.  Phone 620-326-3395.  EOE———Help wanted: Manager-Road and Bridge Department.Pay range $15.50 – $25.44HS diploma or GED and valid Ks Class A CDL.  10yrs experience or equivalent education and experience.  Position supervises personnel and implements work schedules.  Skills in supervision, communication and organization.  Much work done outdoors.Submit county application prior to 05-04-16 to Sumner Co. Clerk’s Office, 501 N. Washington, Rm 101, Wellington, 67152, ph 620-326-3395. Job description available. EOElast_img read more

Two River Pride Takes Center Stage

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Borough Councilman Edward Zipprich had a message for the younger audience members participating in last week’s celebration of Two River Pride. Zipprich, who is openly gay, wanted participants to know that things are getting better.“I think we’ve begun to see a lot more tolerance,” Zipprich said at the June 20 event, held in at the Two River Theater.Organizers of Two River Pride expect the event to become an annual gathering in recognition of National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.While Zipprich said things have gotten better, he admitted there is still much work to be done on obtaining equality for the LGBT community. “We also have to get ready for the next generation,” he said.The evening was in large part geared toward a younger audience, giving them an opportunity to talk about their experiences in a nurturing and friendly environment, with positive role models offering their own experiences.A portion of the theater space at 21 Bridge Ave. was transformed into a makeshift coffeehouse – with coffee provided by Coffee Corral on Drs. James Parker Boulevard. There was an open mic session for musical and theatrical performances and reflections by some guest speakers. There was also a chance for participants to have their thoughts and reflections videotaped for use at a later time during various programs in local high schools.Kate Okeson, who helped Zipprich, Borough Council­woman Kathy Horgan and a handful of others organize the event, teaches art at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. She is an activist and is co-founder of Make It Better For Youth, a group that works with LGBT youth. She said the event was aimed at “trying to open the network up” for younger people who, while facing the traditional travails of adolescence, are looking to come to terms with their sexuality and deal with peer and familial issues.Okeson and Zipprich said it is good that young people are finding the strength to come out at an earlier age and it allows them to find their place in life. Zipprich, who is 53, said he didn’t come out until he was 37.“That common experience of ‘what will happen if I declare this?” Okeson said. “It can be all consuming, definitely.”“It took me a long time,” Zipprich said, recalling the trepidation he felt about how friends, family and colleagues would feel about his decision. “Was I really willing to give up my relationships with them to live openly?”Sue Fulton and the Giving Voice Choir from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County.Brenda “Sue” Fulton graduated in 1980 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the first class to allow women. She became an Army captain before resigning her commission to come out. Now, with the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, those wishing to serve can do so and not be denied the opportunity, she said.Joshua Fontanez of Browns Mill is an Army lieutenant who attended a military college in Vermont, where he says being gay wasn’t easy. “You can wish, hope and want,” he said, “but eventually, you have to put your foot down,” and fight for what you believe is right. Fontanez joined a group of gay students whose motto was “You’re not alone.” The school’s administration was surprised with the growth of the organization. “I knew we were doing the right thing when Fox News started attacking us,” he said.Mayor Pasquale Menna offered a formal proclamation from the borough council honoring the event, and advised the audience to use their vote to get their message across. “Equality is not something that just happens,” he told the mostly youthful audience. “You have to work for it.”After the evening’s events, Jordan Pollak, 19, of Manalapan described himself as a transsexual male, who will enter Rutgers University in the fall and will major in psychology and neurology. “I’m an expanding advocate,” Pollak said. “I’m trying to do everything I can to bring about change.“I actually think events like this can be lifesaving,” Pollak said. “These events can show people they aren’t alone.”Chris Hennessy, a 19-year-old Oceanport resident describ­ed herself as “gender queer.” Hennessy, who is attending Fordham University, said she came out to friends and family while a student at Rumson-Fair Haven High School. “Before I came out, high school was harder for me than after I came out,” she said.The revelation gave her confidence. As for her family, “Before I came out I didn’t know how they would respond,” but they have been quite supportive, Hennessy said. “When I heard about this event I thought I wished there was this type of event when I was younger,” Hennessy said.“We want to thank our youth,” said David Pasquale, chairman of the borough’s Human Relations Commission, and an organizer for the event, “because they always show us the best example.”last_img read more

ENGLISH-BRED PRIZE EXHIBIT ROLLS LATE TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH; TRAINED BY CASSIDY, SHE GETS MILE ON ‘GOOD’ TURF IN 1:35.56

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2017)–A restrained fifth three furlongs from home, English-bred Prize Exhibit was called upon a furlong out and she responded with a rousing 1 ¼ length victory under Mike Smith in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes.  Contested over Santa Anita’s turf course which was listed as “good,” Prize Exhibit got a flat mile in 1:35.56.With longshot Poster Girl and eventual third place finisher Into The Mystic running one-two to the far turn, Smith was on the brakes while in close attendance between horses.“I was able to get her to relax early and she can be on the rank side,” said Smith, who has ridden the 5-year-old mare in her last two starts.  “Sometimes, going into a race where there’s not much pace, everyone thinks the same thing and it worked out that way today.  We took advantage…I think she can go a mile, a mile and a sixteenth…As long as you get her covered up and keep her turned off.”Owned by Deron Pearson’s D P Racing, Prize Exhibit was off at 3-1 in a field of seven older fillies and mares and paid $8.80, $4.40 and $3.40.Winless in 10 starts since taking the Grade II Monrovia Stakes here a year ago, Prize Exhibit now has seven wins from 31 lifetime starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $637,045.“We had her in the hill race (Grade III Las Cienegas at 6 ½ furlongs, turf, on Jan. 7) last week, but it came off the grass due to weather,” said Cassidy.  “She’s trained so well into this race…She’s a tough girl.  She can be tricky.  We’ve had to do a lot of different things with her and she’s just been happier lately.  We’ve been working her from the gate and she seems to like that.  She’s somethin’ else.”Irish-bred Jeremy’s Legacy, who was close-up while lapped on Into The Mystic around the far turn, ran well but couldn’t hold off the winner, finishing second, a head in front of “Into.”  Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Jeremy’s Legacy was off at 10-1 and paid $9.00 and $4.60.The second choice in the wagering with Flavien Prat up at 3-1, Irish-bred Into The Mystic paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.72, 47.93, 1:12.29 and 1:24.02.Racing resumes on Friday at Santa Anita, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m.last_img read more

You won’t believe the twist this Man United transfer saga has taken now!

first_img//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js Rio Ferdinand posted a video on Instagram which was directed at David De Gea A video posted by Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) on Jul 22, 2015 at 1:12am PDT Rio Ferdinand REALLY wants Man United goalkeeper David De Gea to stay at Man United.So much so that he posted this message to his former team-mate on Instagram.De Gea continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, with the latest rumour suggesting United would like Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas plus cash in return for the Spaniard. 1last_img read more

Missing dog: Have you seen Brody?

first_imgA West Highland White Terrier, or similar, has not been seen for two days. Brody, a resident from the Mennaward area, went missing on Wednesday and the owner is anxious for its return.If you have seen this dog, or you know who may own it? Please get in contact with Laura Harkin here!Missing dog: Have you seen Brody? was last modified: September 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Will HP Moonshot Ignite Or Fizzle?

first_imgIf anything, give HP credit for historical parallels: when John F. Kennedy wanted to shake the U.S. out of a calamitous post-war funk, he gave Americans something to shoot for: the Moon. It’s very much in that spirit that HP’s management is hoping their latest Moonshot server product line will revitalize a company that’s been mired in declining hardware sales.Based on early indications, there is a good chance that this launch will be successful.Moonshot is not your typical server, with a single set of processors and memory storage sitting in a racked box, just one among many such boxes tightly networked together in racks and racks of such servers, filling up data centers, sucking in power and pumping out heat like a furnace. No, Moonshot is very much different.What We KnowReports have indicated that Moonshot servers will be small, cartridge-like devices only take up 6% of a current server’s space. Cartridges can be slotted into enclosures that will hold 45 of the microserver units. It is estimated that a standard server rack can hold anywhere from 10-40 enclosures, similar in look and feel to the Project Redstone development server configuration pictured above.This configuration will use 89% less power, early reports have stated. From a cost standpoint, that’s huge: not only are you knocking down your electric bill by nearly 90% per server, but low-power chips mean far less heat energy is created from voltage leakage and alway-on processors. Less heat means less money spent on cooling.“To put in that perspective, if just 10 large web services providers switched their traditional x86 servers to Moonshot, they could save a combined $120 million in energy operating expense and nearly one million metric tons of CO2 per year. The equivalent of taking over 180,000 cars off the road for a year,” CEO Meg Whitman said on a recent HP earnings call.Another unique feature of these devices: they aren’t tied to a single type of processor. Sure, there’s Intel chips in there, represented in the form of the low-power Atom processors, but there’s also support for ARM-based chips as well, from a variety of manufacturers. Multiple flash-based or standard hard drives are supported, too.That means you can order exactly the hardware combination you need, instead of trying to port your applications to a single rigidly defined hardware platform. Theoretically, you could build a single private cloud that would run applications built for multiple architectures, each application talking the the Moonshot unit that has the architecture it needs.What We Don’t KnowThe big unknown, at this point, is how much these microservers will cost. That’s going to be a key difference to whether these are truly going to reach their destination or just fizzle on the launchpad.Looking at HP’s ProLiant Gen8 servers, the low-end starts at $885 for the DL100 model, and $899 for the starting DL300. The question is, how many Moonshots equal the equivalent in processing power and storage of one of these full-sized server? If you tell me, hypothetically, that it would take five Moonshots to equal one DL100 (and trust me, I have no idea at this point) and each Moonshot costs $250, then that would be a problem, even factoring in the expected overhead for the customization costs that might be built in to the units.But, tell me that Moonshots will cost $150 with the same hardware specs, and I’d be all ears.Until we get the details on the price and the specs, there’s no telling how successful these will be. If HP were smart, they wouldn’t price these things out of the ballpark… and not just to attract sales from existing standard server owners. They also have to make prices attractive to keep potential customers from shifting over to a public cloud environment – a more difficult scenario every day as providers like AWS and Google keep lowering their prices.And even if Moonshots do take off, expect this to be a slow launch. Like the first moments of a Space Shuttle launch, when the rockets seem to just creep upwards, so too will Moonshots take a while to be widely deployed. Developers have to figure out how to work with them, and IT managers have to find reasons to put them on the procurement lists. To take off in the private cloud sector, there needs to be support from platforms like OpenStack and CloudStack soon.A lot is riding on this launch for HP, which could bring change to the IT industry as a whole: if a truly flexible low-power system can be introduced, the potential for savings and environmental benefits for the enterprise will be impossible to ignore.Image courtesy of HP. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Related Posts Tags:#HP#microserver#Moonshot center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Saving The World, One Text At A Time

first_imgIt was Marissa’s 18th birthday when she was rescued from an abusive pimp by a team of undercover police officers. A text message saved her life. Marissa sent a text to the Polaris Project, a nonprofit organization that works to combat human trafficking in the U.S., and in just two hours the nonprofit and law enforcement officers coordinated a way to remove her from the dangerous situation. Organizations like the Polaris Project are using text messaging to solve trafficking cases like Marissa’s. The nonprofit is partnering with Twilio, a platform that lets developers integrate voice and text services into mobile and web applications, to build in SMS services into its crisis hotline.Jennifer Kimball, a systems and data coordinator for the Polaris Project, shared Marissa’s story at Thursday’s Twilio conference and talked about how her organization is using SMS to effectively communicate with victims of human trafficking.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Nonprofit#SMS#texting#Twilio selena larson The pilot program launched in March has been very successful, with over 300 unique text message threads corresponding to 248 hotline cases. Almost 80 percent have been sex-trafficking cases. “We’re seeing people under 18 who are reaching out directly over text,” Kimball said in an interview. “On the phone hotline that has been historically very rare for us.”A Nonprofit PushTo further benefit nonprofit organizations like the Polaris Project, Twilio launched Twilio.org, a new initiative that will provide nonprofit organizations the communications technologies needed to have a greater impact on the communities they serve.Twilio.org promises to deliver “one billion messages for good,” and CEO Jeff Lawson said the company wants to make it easy for nonprofits to use Twilio to establish better communications tools. “We’re using the power of connections and communications to connect the dots,” Lawson said. “To close the gap, and make it so people that can help can connect with people who need help.”The Global EffectMultiple initiatives from Internet giants have surfaced this year, all with the ambitious goal of connecting the world to the web. But even if underdeveloped countries don’t have full broadband Internet access, their citizens are still connecting to each other via SMS, a resource that these tech companies could be potentially overlooking.Smartphones saturate the U.S. mobile market, so it might surprise users that 70 percent of handset shipments were feature phones last year. Mobile data plans in developing countries are often the same price as they are in developed nations, so the high price point deters potential users. That’s why many nonprofits have begun using SMS to communicate with their consituents. The Twilio-powered project Clean Kumasi partnered with US Aid to raise awareness about the health problems caused by public human waste surrounding areas like schools, villages and other public areas in Ghana. The community-led total sanitation program uses SMS capabilities to enable users to text notifications of human waste in public areas. The program eventually added call-in functionality, as people often preferred that method of communication. The Success Of SMSThe Polaris Project is just one of the many nonprofits that are quickly embracing text messaging to better connect with their communities. Although they are still focused on the United States, they plan on expanding to other countries, and SMS capabilities would be a huge benefit. “We’re starting to see a few more crisis texting hotlines,” Kimball said. “Any organization looking to reach youth, this is the way to do it.”Nonprofits are always looking for the most effective way to reach people in need, and SMS is proving to be a successful tool to further their missions. Images via Flickr and the Polaris Project The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Your Investment In Reading Blog Posts

first_img“That blog post was too long.”“That newsletter was way too long.”“I’d read your stuff if you could just give me the summary.”Some blog posts are long. Some blog posts are short. But the length of the post is no representation of its value or the investment you should make in reading it. Your investment in reading a blog post (or newsletter) isn’t just the time is takes you to read it. Your investment in reading is far more significant.Your investment in really digesting something you read is the time it takes to read it + the time is takes to answer the questions that the author asks and answers + the time it takes to explore the answers to the questions that you come up with as you read + the time it takes to figure out how to apply any part of the idea that you find useful.You aren’t reading just to check the box “I read Seth’s blog,” or “I read Chris’s blog,” or “I read Dave’s blog.” Deriving value from reading is a more significant commitment of time and an even greater commitment of energy.If it isn’t the right time for you to make the full investment in exploring an idea, then don’t worry about it. The ideas that live on the web will still be here when you need them. If you don’t have time to read something, bookmark it and save it for later. I save important posts to Evernote and tag them so I can retrieve and study them later.If you’re going to take the time to read, invest the rest of the time you need to apply what you have read and learned. If something isn’t useful for you right now, discard it and invest your time on ideas that will benefit you.QuestionsWhy do you read blog posts and newsletters?What do you hope to get out of the time and energy you invest?What was the last idea that you read and took action on after having read it?What are you going to do with the next great idea you read instead of glossing over it and moving on?last_img read more

A Positive Rejection to Your Request for an Appointment

first_imgDo you believe a polite request for information or a call back is something other than a rejection?How do you assuage your prospect’s fears that you will waste their time? We have our scripts, and our clients have their scripts. When we make calls, we put our script up against the prospect’s script.There are countless reasons your prospect may not want to meet with you, but a good part of the time they refuse your request because they don’t hear a good value proposition in your pitch. But rather than allow you to overcome their concerns, they give you a positive sounding rejection.Email Me Some InformationWhen your prospect requests that you email them more information, they are politely telling you that they do not hear enough value in your pitch to agree to your meeting request. By asking you to email them information, they are giving you something that sounds positive instead of something that sounds negative. But it isn’t positive. It’s just a nicer form of rejection.There is no information that you can email your prospective client that is going to compel them to call you back and award you their business based on your magnificent and compelling sales collateral. No one is going to take your sales brochures home to study them.Call Me BackA request for a call back is no better. You might want to believe that your prospective client wants you to call back when they have more time, but they really just want you off their telephone. It’s hard to argue with a request for a call back because it sounds like there is interest. The fact your prospect asked you to call back feels like something positive. This too is another polite form of rejection.At no point will your prospective client be sitting by the phone waiting for you to finally call them back. If your prospect is your dream client, then it’s likely someone else’s dream client too. The fact that they are high profile and high value means that some other salesperson will be calling them in the next 24 hours. They don’t need your call.Let Me Call You BackYour prospective client sounds sincere when they ask for your number so they can call you back. You might even be able to tell that they are writing down your number. But your call back isn’t coming.Your prospective client knows that by being polite, you have to be polite. Pushing for an appointment would be impolite. It might even seem argumentative.It’s hard to argue with a positive rejection. But it is a rejection all the same. There is no difference between a positive rejection and a negative rejection; in neither case do you have an appointment with your prospective client.The right response is to address their real fears and concerns, namely that you are going to waste their time and that you have no value proposition that makes meeting with you worthwhile. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

No. 1 spot, last playoff berth at stake in crucial NCAA stretch

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Pirates and the Red Lions clash in the first game on Thursday, with the former aiming for an unprecedented 18-0 sweep, while the latter gunning to avenge their lone loss of the season.Also at stake is the top spot, as a San Beda win ties them with Lyceum at 17-1. But for the former to move up to number one, they have to beat the latter by more than five points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut if the Pirates triumph on Thursday, that will turn the playoffs into a stepladder semis, with the Intramuros-based crew earning an outright berth in the best-of-3 Finals.Meanwhile, Arellano (9-9), Letran (9-9), and San Sebastian (8-9) are all making their case for the last semifinal ticket, and after Tuesday’s playdate, the Chiefs and the Knights are tied. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa However, it can still be a three-way logjam for the fourth spot if San Sebastian topples Perpetual in the final eliminations game on Thursday, giving them identical 9-9 marks.In that scenario, the Golden Stags will have a bye owing to their superior plus-30 quotient over the two, leaving the Knights (minus-9) and the Chiefs (minus-21) facing off in the first playoff on Friday.The winner of that duel will take on San Sebastian next week with the fourth semifinals seat hanging in the balance.One thing’s for sure, all NCAA teams still in the Final Four race will have their eyes firmly locked in on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hong Kong expects Standhardinger to play full season in ABL Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEvery game matters, especially for the last remaining teams  in the playoff chase of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Lyceum (17-0), San Beda (16-1), and Jose Rizal University (11-7) have all clinched their seats in the Final Four, but of the three, only the Heavy Bombers are locked in at the third spot.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Howard, Walker help Hornets send Nets to 8th straight loss

first_imgView comments LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ Howard set the tone from the start, with 10 points and 11 rebounds after just 10 minutes of play in the first quarter in leading the Hornets to a 32-28 edge.“That first quarter really hurt us,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “It wasn’t going as well with Dwight Howard in there, but we all have to help him (center Jarrett Allen) and do a better job; that is a load and a half.”Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who was an assistant in Orlando when Howard began his NBA career there, said he is surprised the 32-year-old who has had both knee and back surgery still is capable of nearing his career high in rebounds (26).“You’re talking about a guy that’s had major knee surgery and major back surgery,” Clifford said. “You’d never know it.”It is what his Hornets teammates have come to expect from Howard, who recorded his 37th double-double.ADVERTISEMENT “When guys get into a rhythm of playing 3-4 times a week, even though they’re fatigued, they’re in a rhythm,” Clifford said. “The break is great for everybody, it’s a reset. You get refreshed. And then the first game or two, it’s a little bit more like early in the season where they’ve got to get back into rhythm, feel comfortable again.”UP NEXTNets: Host Chicago on Monday.Hornets: Visit Washington on Friday. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Even with his exhaustion, Howard dominated the interior Thursday night, grabbing a season-high 24 rebounds while adding 15 points as his Hornets topped the Brooklyn Nets 111-96.Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting as the Hornets improved to 25-33 with their second straight win. All five Charlotte starters scored in double digits and the Hornets hit 52.4 percent from 3-point range.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDante Cunningham had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who lost their eighth straight game and fell to 19-41.D’Angelo Russell, starting for the first time since November knee surgery, scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Read Next “That’s what he does, man,” Walker said. “That’s what he does. He gets every rebound, he dominates the paint. It showed in his numbers. Twenty-four? That’s unbelievable, man. We’re going to need that from him every night if we want to make a push. We’re going to need that Dwight Howard to be there every night for us.”Even with Howard’s early dominance, both teams were playing their first game since the All-Star break and had to shake off the accompanying rust that resulted in roller-coaster play. The Hornets held a 55-53 halftime lead after hitting 46 percent behind the arc. Charlotte then had a 13-0 run to start the third quarter, sparked by seven points from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.And the Hornets still needed Walker’s big fourth quarter, when he had 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting, to secure the victory.The Hornets outscored the Nets 31-22 in the fourth, and Howard managed to tack on just two more rebounds to his total in that final quarter.“I was tired,” Howard said with a sigh afterward. “I was tired. I should’ve got more.”TIP-INSNets: Have yet to win in February. Their last win came Jan. 31 against Philadelphia. … Russell started for the first time since Nov. 11. The guard had arthroscopic surgery to “remove loose bodies” in his knee. Russell returned to the lineup Jan. 19, but has been playing in a reserve role. … Allen Crabbe’s second 3-pointer was his 140th of the season, moving him into sole possession of seventh place in Nets’ single-season history.Hornets: Howard had his fifth game of 20 or more rebounds this season, one shy of the most by a player in Charlotte franchise history. … Charlotte has just 10 home games remaining this season. … This marked the first game the Hornets played since general manager Rich Cho was fired last week. Assistant general manager Buzz Peterson has assumed the position in an interim role.STATUS: HOPEFULAtkinson said he’s “hopeful” that both Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert will be able to return to the lineup for Monday’s game against Chicago. Hollis-Jefferson has missed the last 10 games with a right groin strain, and LeVert has missed the last four games — the first for a concussion, the last three for a right knee sprain.“I know that’s not an NBA official term — hopeful — but I’m going to stay with hopeful,” Atkinson said. “They both worked out pretty hard again (Thursday) morning, but we’ll see how they look (Friday).”FINDING RHYTHMThe All-Star break has both positives and negatives, according to Clifford. Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) gets by a grimacing Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie, who was caught in a screen by Hornets’ Dwight Howard (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dwight Howard said he was tired. He called his legs “noodly” and “wobbly.”“My legs and mind wasn’t on the same page,” the Charlotte center explained. “Next time, I’ve got to make sure they’re on the same page so I can get more rebounds for the team and we can get a good win.”ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Officer dies of cardiac arrest after fan violence in Spain LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

8 days agoArsenal management rubbish injury doubts for William Saliba

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal management rubbish injury doubts for William Salibaby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal management have rubbished injury doubts for William Saliba.There’s been claims from The Athletic of concerns regarding the defender’s ‘groin strength’.But the Metro says the club are confident he will be ready to compete for a first-team spot next season. Saliba joined Arsenal from St Etienne in the summer and was immediately loaned back to the French club.But Arsenal soon got a chance to have a closer look at the 18-year-old centre-back as he visited their London Colney training base after being ruled out of the first seven games of the season with a hamstring injury.Saliba eventually made his return to action in Ligue 1, making his first three appearances of the season prior to the current international break. last_img read more

Cabinet Approves Drafting of Local Government Legislation

first_img The legislation will facilitate the modernisation of the local government system in Jamaica. The proposed Local Governance Act was created by consolidating several existing acts and will introduce several new concepts. Story Highlights Cabinet has approved the issuing of drafting instructions for the three strategic laws in the local government reform process. Cabinet has approved the issuing of drafting instructions for the three strategic laws in the local government reform process.These are: the Local Government Act, the Local Government and Financial Management Act, and the Local Government Unified Services and Employment Act.Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, made the announcement as he addressed a Community Development Committees Conference held on Wednesday, November 13, in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland.He said that the legislation will facilitate the modernisation of the local government system in Jamaica and enable local authorities to more effectively respond to the citizenry.“What this will do is allow for the local authorities to have more autonomy and be responsive to their citizens once these laws come into being. We still have some stages to go; drafting instructions will now be issued to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel and so they will have to look at all the laws, cross check to see which one interferes with which law and so on. It will take a little time,” Mr. Fagan said.He stated that the Government is serious about local government reform, and will be seeking to expedite the process by “engaging the services of some lawyers outside of what exists in government.”The State Minister said that the proposed Local Governance Act was created by consolidating several existing acts and will introduce several new concepts and tenets which “better reflect a modern approach to local governance and would strengthen local self-management, making local authorities autonomous and responsive to their citizenry”.“The primary focus is on issues of good governance, including accountability, transparency, inclusiveness and equity, local self-management, participation of civil society in the local governance process.  The Local Governance Act is an important piece of legislation that will certainly facilitate the bid to identify additional means of driving local economic development, which will, in turn make a significant contribution to national economic growth.  It will also allow for a certain level of independence … for local authority to tap into the communities’ powerful reservoir of energy and common sense for local economic development,” Mr. Fagan noted.He said that effective governance was the pathway to economic development, both at the local and national levels.“We pride ourselves on being a transparent government, a government for the people, by the people and as such, we will continue to forge ahead with plans/legislation that will see citizens getting more involved in the governance process,” he stated.The conference staged under the theme: ‘The governance framework: the pathway to local economic development,” was part of a series being carried out across the island as part of Local Government and Community Development Month.The events are organised by the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the National Association of Parish Development Committee (NAPDEC), through sponsorship from National Integrity Action (NIA).last_img read more

Snam Enagás Fluxys Ink Deals to Acquire Stake in DESFA

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Snam, Enagás and Fluxys have inked agreements to jointly acquire a 66% interest in DESFA, a Greek operator in the natural gas infrastructure sector.The agreements were signed in Athens on July 20 between the European consortium consisting of the three companies, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) and Hellenic Petroleum.Under the terms of the agreements, Snam will acquire 60%, Enagás 20% and Fluxys 20% in the Greek operator.The consortium was awarded in April the tender for the privatization of DESFA on the basis of an offer of EUR 535 million (USD 627 million). Today’s contracts were signed following authorizations received in recent days by the European Commission and the Hellenic Court of Audit.The completion of the transaction is expected by the end of the year, subject to several conditions.DESFA owns and operates a high-pressure transport network of about 1,500 km, as well as an LNG regasification terminal at Revithoussa.Thanks to the support of Snam, Enagás and Fluxys DESFA will be able to fully exploit its strategic position in the Mediterranean. The consortium also intends to promote innovative uses and new sources of natural gas in Greece to further contribute to the sustainable growth of the natural gas market, the economic development of the country and make a contribution to the country’s emission reduction process.The consortium has secured a > 10-year non-recourse acquisition financing corresponding to approximately 65% of the enterprise value. The financing is subject to documentation and closing is expected to occur in the next few weeks.“Snam is ready to work with its partners to accelerate the growth of DESFA and the development of Greece’s infrastructure so that the country can have a key role in the realization of an increasingly integrated, secure and sustainable European energy system, which will benefit Greek and European consumers,” Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam, commented.“Being part of this consortium is a unique opportunity for us to contribute our know-how as TSO, together with the Greek expertise, to the security of supply and the energy transition in Europe. Greece is a strategic country for these purposes and its gas infrastructures are key to supporting a decarbonized economy and a progressing true common energy market within Europe. With today’s signing, we are a step closer to this being a reality,” Marcelino Oreja, CEO of Enagás, stated.“Our consortium will be able to transfer technical and operational capabilities to DESFA, to develop new uses of gas such as compressed natural gas for cars, LNG for heavy duty vehicles and ships, and to introduce renewable gasses such as biomethane in order to drastically reduce the country’s emission of both harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases,” Pascal De Buck, managing director and CEO of Fluxys, explained.last_img read more