No govt. jobs in Assam for people with more than two children

first_imgTwo years after the 126-member Assam Assembly adopted a population policy, the State Cabinet on Monday evening decided to make government jobs out of bounds for people with more than two children.The policy will come into effect from January 1, 2021.The Cabinet also adopted a new land policy that will make the landless indigenous people eligible for 3 bighas (43,200 sq. ft.) of land for farming and half a bigha for constructing a house. This will come with a rider: a beneficiary can sell the land only after 15 years of use.The State Assembly had in September 2017 passed the ‘Population and Women Empowerment Policy of Assam’ seeking to encourage small family. Apart from specifying that candidates with two children only would be eligible for government jobs, the policy warranted that existing government employees should strictly follow the two-child norm.“Implementing the population policy was necessary, given the pressure on land and resources in Assam. Providing land to the landless was also one of our commitments,” a Minister said after the Cabinet meeting.Other decisions taken by the Cabinet included increasing bus fares by 25% and providing ₹300 per month to widows under a scheme named after educationist Indira Miri. The scheme also entails a one-time grant of ₹25,000 for women who became widows on or after April 1.last_img read more

Controversial Gujarat anti-terror law gets President’s nod

first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill, a controversial anti-terror legislation passed by the BJP-ruled State in March 2015.One of the key features of the new Act includes the consideration of intercepted telephonic conversations as legitimate evidence.The announcement of the Presidential assent was made by Gujarat Minister of State for Home, Pradeepsinh Jadeja, in Gandhinagar on Tuesday.The Bill, earlier named as the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill, had failed to get the presidential nod thrice since 2004 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of the State.In 2015, the Gujarat government re-introduced the Bill by renaming it the GCTOC, but retained controversial provisions like empowering the police to tap telephonic conversations and submit them in court as evidence.Mr. Jadeja said the provisions of the Bill will prove crucial in dealing with terrorism and organised crimes such as contract killing, ponzi schemes, narcotics trade and extortion rackets.“The dream of Prime Minister Modi was finally fulfilled today,” he said.“One of the key features of this Bill is that intercepted telephonic conversations would now be considered legitimate evidence. This Bill also provides for the creation of a special court as well as the appointment of special public prosecutors. We can now attach properties acquired through organised crimes. We can also cancel the transfer of properties,” said Mr. Jadeja.Other provisions of the Act is the admissibility of a confession made before a police officer as evidence.last_img read more

Blazing Teodoro carries JRU past San Sebastian

first_imgSEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Teodoro went 4-of-13 from three to lead JRU with 19 points and three rebounds, while Abdulwahab Abdulrazak tallied a season-best 13 markers and seven boards.Ervin Grospe also added 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Jed Mendoza had nine markers, seven boards, and two steals.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 shutoutThe Heavy Bombers are now on a three-game winning streak at 5-3, and can close out the first round with another victory against Mapua on Tuesday.JRU lost hold of a 10-point lead, 52-42, entering the fourth period as San Sebastian tied the game at 58 with a bucket from Allyn Bulanadi with 5:01 to play. Coach clamps down on volleyball team’s celebrity status Read Next View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label02:42NCAA Season 93 Preview: JRU Heavy Bombers01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ But it was all downhill from there for the Golden Stags as Teodoro went off for the Heavy Bombers, followed by an undergoal stab from Grospe, a corner triple from Mendoza, and a thunderous slam from Abdulrazak with 21.0 ticks remaining.San Sebastian sorely missed the presence of leading scorer Michael Calisaan, who is serving his one-game suspension following his ejection from the team’s last game against EAC on Friday.Jayson David stepped up for the Golden Stags with 18 points on a 5-of-8 sniping from three, on top of six rebounds, while Bulanadi had 14 markers and seven boards,San Sebastian, though, wrapped up its first round with a 4-5 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro caught fire as Jose Rizal University silenced the home crowd in San Sebastian with a 73-62 victory Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at San Sebastian Gym in Recto.The veteran gunslinger drilled back-to-back deep treys in the final five minutes to restore order for the Heavy Bombers, 64-58, with 3:34 remaining as they held off a gutsy rally from the host school.ADVERTISEMENT JRU 73 – Teodoro 19, Abdul Razak 13, Grospe 10, Mendoza 9, Bordon 7, Poutouochi 5, Lasquety 4, Sawat 4, Dela Virgen 2, Mate 0, David 0, Mariano 0, Castor 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 62 – David 18, Bulanadi 14, Navarro 13, Gayosa 6, Ilagan 3, Baytan 3, Baetiong 2, Capobres 2, Are 1, Calma 0, Mercado 0, Costelo 0, Valdez 0, Quipse 0.Quarters: 12-17, 30-25, 52-42, 73-62.last_img read more

PH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

first_img“I think its important that you’re able to motivate yourself. We always believe in the triumph of the competitive spirit. Now that we’re getting support from the government, it’s important for us to give back to those who help us,” he said. “We’ll try our hardest, and if not, we’ll still try to achieve sporting excellence, inspire our countrymen, and bring honor to God and country.”RELATED VIDEOPH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games222 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The Filipinos will compete in archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, cycling, goalball, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, tenpin bowling, and wheelchair basketball in the regional games set from September 17 to 23.Woodpusher Menandro Redor will serve as the country’s flagbrearer after winning four gold medals in the visually impaired 2 division, which is for partially blind participants for chess in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games.He will also spearhead the chess team’s quest for seven golds in Kuala Lumpur as they gun to improve the six-gold harvest from Singapore.Also expected to strike gold are Paralympic bronze medalists Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta of powerlifting and Josephine Medina of table tennis.Though still lacking in support, Barredo believes that the paraathletes are more than ready to  make the country proud.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The 164-man strong Philippine team will feature 111 athletes competing in 12 sports with the goal of faring better than the country’s the 16 gold medal haul in Singapore two years back.The paraathletes also have a chance to turn things around for Philippine sports, after the country just managed 24 golds—way below its target of 50—in the 2017 SEA Games last month.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 shutoutPhilippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo is proud of how differently abled athletes have grown through the years since the association’s inception in 1997.“It’s been 20 years and we’ve had participation in five Paralympic games, five Asian Paragames, and this is the ninth edition of our ASEAN Para Games. If you could see, this might be our biggest contingent that will join outside of our country. We’re getting bigger and it’s because we’re showing our might,” he said. Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Josephine Medina wins the bronze medal in the women’s individual table tennis – Class 8 at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Photo by ITTF websiteLooking to surpass the gold medal haul of the country’s able athletes, the Philippine delegation is settingthe bar high for the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“The team is in high spirits, and if our estimation is correct, we have a strong chance of winning 27 golds, perhaps more,” said chef de mission Ral Rosario during the sendoff at the Dad’s in Mandaluyong City on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

St. Benilde records first win in final game in PVL

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Ikeh’s shows off 3-point stroke, Blue Eagles not surprised “They were too relaxed in the first set and I told them that we were both winless teams and whoever wants this game more will eventually take the victory,” said Lady Blazers head coach Macky Cariño in Filipino.“What they did in the first set looked like they didn’t want to win, good thing they were able to get their acts together to get the win.”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 shutoutRanya Musa led Benilde with 19 points while Rachel Austero and Felicia Cui combined for 27 points.Alyssa Layug had 12 points to lead the Lady Engineers. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde capped off its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference with a four-set win over Technological Institute of the Philippines, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Blazers owned the fifth spot in Group B with a 1-4 record while the Lady Engineers at the bottom with a 0-5 card.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

PH lifter Perez bags 3 golds in Asian Weightlifting Championships

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 18-year-old Delos Santos, who also hails from Diaz’s hometown of Zamboanga City, snared the three silvers in women’s 58kg category of the Asian Inter-Club with a combined lift of 177kg (81kg in the snatch and 96kg in clean and jerk).Nabieva Muattar of Uzbekistan ruled their division with a total effort of 197kg while Yu Won Ju of Korea placed third with 169kg. Delos Santos earned the bronzes in the Asian Cup.Ando settled for three silver medals after putting together 198kg in the women’s 63kg of the Asian Inter-Club.The Cebuana, who placed fifth in the recent Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan carried 85kg in the snatch and 113kg in the clean and jerk.Ando got three bronzes in the Asian Cup won by Fayzullaeva Kumushkhon of Uzbekistan following a combined effort of 201kg.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion ONE: Torres lone Filipino to win in Myanmar card Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLifter Elien Rose Perez captured three gold medals in the 2017 Asian Senior Cup Weightlifting Championships in Yanggu, South Korea.The prized find from Tagbilaran City, Bohol topped the women’s 53kg division after carrying 71 kilograms in the snatch and 87kg in the clean and jerk for a total output of 158.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Perez, a criminology student at University of Bohol, defeated Nepal’s Sanju Chaudhary, who pulled up 61kg in the snatch and 77kg in the clean and jerk to compile 138kg for the silver medal.A protege of Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, Perez also brought home three silvers in the Asian Inter-Club meet of the same tournament.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 shutoutPark Da Ae of Korea ruled their division in the inter-club by lifting 75kg in the snatch and 96kg in the clean and jerk.Maria Dessa Delos Santos and Elreen Ann Ando likewise made the country proud by pocketing three silvers and three bronzes each in their respective weight categories. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

UFC: New featherweight champ Holloway posts tribute to Aldo

first_imgAfter the dust has settled and all was said and done, Max “Blessed” Holloway still carries a lot of admiration and respect for Jose Aldo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe two engaged in an epic slugfest at UFC 212 over the weekend, with the proud Hawaiian emerging victorious and unifying the UFC Featherweight title via a third-round TKO stoppage.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage READ: Holloway stops Aldo in 3rd, wins UFC featherweight beltcenter_img MOST READ Crepes? Croissants? Wine? Players tempted during French Open Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Although he talked a lot of smack to his Brazilian counterpart prior to the fight, Holloway was all class afterwards and even posted a heartfelt tribute to the longtime Brazilian champion.The 25-year-old newly crowned titleholder posted two photos on his Instagram account, along with a lengthy caption for Aldo.“Losing is part of this fight game. Saturday night takes nothing away from his legacy. This is a guy who would show up to his gym sometimes without eating in the last day because he was so damn poor,” he described Aldo’s remarkable rise from poverty in Brazil.“This is a guy who built the 45 division and became king. This is a guy who found motivation to keep earning what he already had,” he wrote.“He defended his throne. For a decade. For honor. For his team. For his countrymen,” he continued.  “This is a guy who didn’t start at pole position in this world and look at what he achieved.ADVERTISEMENT View comments He ended his tribute by thanking Aldo in his native Portuguese.“He’s a GOAT (Greatest of all time), and his story will always be an inspiration to me and people of Hawaii. Obrigado, Ze @josealdojuniorfficial Obrigado,” Holloway said.As of this writing, Holloway’s post has garnered over 44,000 likes on Instagram.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

New Knicks regime open to moving on with or without Carmelo

first_imgView comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Anthony has a no-trade clause and has told the Knicks he would agree to a deal with Cleveland or Houston. But the Knicks don’t want to take back long-term contracts, which makes finding a deal difficult. Now Mills has Perry to help him find one.“From our vantage point, we made a decision as we were getting closer to hiring Scott that I felt it was important for us to slow down, regroup as it related to the trade scenarios of Carmelo,” Mills said.Perry has served in the front offices of Sacramento, Orlando, Seattle and Detroit, where he was part of the Pistons’ run of six straight trips to the Eastern Conference finals and an NBA championship. It was there where he said he learned the lessons about culture that the Knicks sorely need as they try to dig their way out of the dismal Jackson era.“In terms of Detroit, people talk about culture all the time, about winning cultures,” Perry said. “I think the biggest thing I learned there, you can have a lot of signs and printouts that have a lot of fancy statements, but at the end of the day you’ve got to live culture every day.”Mills, Perry and coach Jeff Hornacek detailed the vision they have for a franchise that emphasizes pride, work ethic and accountability. It sounds like another rebuilding stage, as Mills singled out the team’s young core and noted that the Knicks have all their first-round picks going forward.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jones Cup: Gilas fends off Japan for 3rd straight win Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks walks off the court after the 114-113 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2017 in New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPThe New York Knicks’ new regime is ready to move on with or without Carmelo Anthony.New president Steve Mills said Monday the Knicks have been talking to teams about a trade and will continue looking for a deal that works for the organization and its All-Star forward.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ But he believes New York fans are open to a rebuild if players are committed and play with passion. The Knicks barely did that in three years under Jackson, going 31-51 last season in Hornacek’s first year.That was overshadowed off the court by the Anthony saga and on it by the Knicks’ difficulty in grasping and sticking to an offense. Hornacek was supposed to open things up, but Jackson decided midway through the season he wanted a renewed focus on the triangle that he ran as a coach.“I don’t think we were restricted,” Hornacek said. “We were trying to meld some different ways you play basketball. We just weren’t able to do it the way we wanted to, but we’re moving forward.”They didn’t talk much about what went wrong under Jackson, preferring to focus on the future during their news conference at the team’s training center. Mills and Perry said they have a strong relationship, with Mills saying the first-time GM would be given room to make decisions and recommendations pertaining to the coaching and scouting staff.And with the Knicks insisting they would be accountable – as did Jackson, though he never talked to the local media during his final season – Perry said he would be straightforward and available as much as possible.“I see myself as a bridge builder, not a bridge destroyer, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “But we also feel that Carmelo could easily be a part of our team next year, and we have to understand how we’re going to play and what the expectations of how we’re going to play, and we’re going to move forward,” Mills said. “So maybe with Carmelo or maybe without Carmelo.”Mills also ruled out a buyout of Anthony’s contract, which has two years and about $54 million remaining and might be an easier route to a breakup than a trade.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 starsPhil Jackson had been eager to deal Anthony before he and the Knicks parted ways last month. Mills was promoted to president and the Knicks hired Scott Perry as general manager.They said the Knicks will focus on youth and athleticism, which doesn’t seem to leave room for the 33-year-old Anthony. But they added that veterans will still have a place in mentoring the young talent.last_img read more

Slaughter admits dealing with chemistry issues in 1st game back for Ginebra

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Big 2nd half propels Meralco over debuting Ginebra Greg Slaughter in his first game back since suffering an ACL injury 10 months ago. PBA IMAGESAfter being on the sidelines for nearly a year due to an ACL injury, Barangay Ginebra center Greg Slaughter admitted he is still groping for form.And it showed on Sunday night when Slaughter played his first game in 10 months.The Gin Kings were obviously a bigger team with the 7-foot Slaughter back in tow, but they also played differently as they tried to incorporate the Cebuano giant back into the system.“I think we just have some chemistry to figure out, you know? I’m coming in after over a year, during that time we really had a lot of success, so it’s up to me to try to figure out how to fit in with everyone,” Slaughter told reporters after Ginebra lost to Meralco, 93-78.“We have a different style of play now. So I’m looking how I can fit in, help everyone else, compliment our team to be better.”Known for its running game, Ginebra had just one fastbreak point while Meralco had 18. The Kings also had as many assists (22) as turnovers (21).“I think we started out well, but kinda lost our chemistry in that second half. We gave up a lot of easy fastbreak points. We didn’t have any fastbreak going on. I think we scored one point,” Slaughter noted.“I think that rebounds were out of control. That’s up to me, Japeth, and Justin and figure out with our big lineup how we’re going to control them rebounds because with a lineup with our size, I don’t think there should be any game where we lose rebounds.”Slaughter finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in a little over 30 minutes of play.He said he feels “better than before” but his timing is still off after the long layoff.“Still trying to find my timing and I’m trying to find how I can fit in with the guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 stars Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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NASA’s Curiosity rover lands on Mars, to trace the possibility of life

first_imgA string of tweets on behalf of US space agency Nasa’s rover Curiosity tracks the tense moments before the spacecraft landed on Mars. “I’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!,” said an ecstatic tweet after the rover landed safely on Mars.Moments earlier, another tweet said: “Backshell separation. It’s just you & me now, descent stage. Engage all retrorockets!”The critical tweets began with the one saying: “Guided entry is begun. Here I go!”.Less than a minute later, another said: “Parachute deployed! Velocity 900 mph. Altitude 7 miles. 4 minutes to Mars!”.And then it said: “Heatshield separation. Next up: Radar must lock on ground.”Soon after landing on Mars, the rover beamed its first photograph which showed a shadow of the rover on the red planet.”It once was one small step… now it’s six big wheels. Here’s a look at one of them on the soil of Mars,” added a tweet that referred to astronaut Neil Armstrong’s famous words “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” after he set foot on moon. The most high-tech rover NASA has ever designed landed on Mars on Sunday.The rover was slowly lowered into a massive crater by cables.With Curiosity on autopilot, engineers became spectators, anxiously waiting to see if Curiosity executes the routine as planned.Like football’s Super Bowl, there were celebrities on hand. More than a dozen were invited to watch the landing at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, including will.i.am, Wil Wheaton, Seth Green, Morgan Freeman and Alex Trebek.advertisementCuriosity’s trajectory was so accurate that engineers decided to wave off a last chance to tweak its position before atmosphere entry.Not ones to tempt fate, flight controllers planned to break out the “good luck” peanuts before Curiosity took the plunge as part of a long-running tradition.”It’s definitely the quiet before the storm,” said NASA sciences chief John Grunsfeld. “There’s tremendous anticipation.”One scientist who can relate to the mission is Cornell University planetary scientist Steve Squyres, who headed NASA’s last successful rover mission in 2004.This time around, Squyres has a supporting role and planned to view the landing with other researchers in the “science bullpen.””Landing on Mars is always a nerve-racking thing. You’re never going to get relaxed about something like landing a spacecraft on Mars,” said Squyres.Sunday’s touchdown was especially intense because NASA is testing a brand new landing technique. Due to the communication delay between Mars and Earth, Curiosity will be on autopilot. There’s also extra pressure because budget woes have forced NASA to rejigger its Mars exploration roadmap.”There’s nothing in the pipeline” beyond the planned launch of a Mars orbiter in 2013, said former NASA Mars czar Scott Hubbard, who teaches at Stanford University.Curiosity was launched to study whether the Martian environment ever had conditions suitable for microbial life.The voyage to Mars took over eight months and spanned 352 million miles. The trickiest part of the journey? The landing. Because Curiosity weighs nearly a ton, engineers drummed up a new and more controlled way to set the rover down.The last Mars rovers, twins Spirit and Opportunity, were cocooned in air bags and bounced to a stop in 2004.The plans for Curiosity called for a series of braking tricks, similar to those used by the space shuttle, and a supersonic parachute to slow it down. Next: Ditch the heat shield used for the fiery descent.And in a new twist, engineers came up with a way to lower the rover by cable from a hovering rocket-powered backpack. At touchdown, the cords cut and the rocket stage crashes a distance away.The nuclear-powered Curiosity, the size of a small car, is packed with scientific tools, cameras and a weather station. It sports a robotic arm with a power drill, a laser that can zap distant rocks, a chemistry lab to sniff for the chemical building blocks of life and a detector to measure dangerous radiation on the surface.It also tracked radiation levels during the journey to help NASA better understand the risks astronauts could face on a future manned trip.After several weeks of health checkups, the six-wheeled rover could take its first short drive and flex its robotic arm.The landing site near Mars’ equator was picked because there are signs of water everywhere, meeting one of the requirements for life as we know it. Inside Gale Crater is a 3-mile-high mountain, and images from space show the base appears rich in minerals that formed in the presence of water.advertisementPrevious trips to Mars have uncovered ice near the Martian north pole and evidence that water once flowed when the planet was wetter and toastier unlike today’s harsh, frigid desert environment.Curiosity’s goal: To scour for basic ingredients essential for life, including carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur and oxygen. It’s not equipped to search for living or fossil microorganisms. To get a definitive answer, a future mission needs to fly Martian rocks and soil back to Earth to be examined by powerful laboratories.The mission comes as NASA retools its Mars exploration strategy. Faced with tough economic times, the space agency pulled out of partnership with the European Space Agency to land a rock-collecting rover in 2018. The Europeans have since teamed with the Russians as NASA decides on a new roadmap.Despite Mars’ reputation as a spacecraft graveyard, humans continue their love affair with the planet, lobbing spacecraft in search of clues about its early history. Out of more than three dozen attempts flybys, orbiters and landings by the U.S., Soviet Union, Europe and Japan since the 1960s, more than half have ended disastrously.One NASA rover that defied expectations is Opportunity, which is still busy wheeling around the rim of a crater in the Martian southern hemisphere eight years later.- With IANS inputslast_img read more

Kevin Pietersen brought it upon himself

first_imgKevin Pietersen’s ouster from the England team – for the third Test underway against South Africa certainly, maybe longer, perhaps forever – was a shocker on several counts, not the least because he is the best player wearing the Three Lions emblem.The issue was somewhat stifled because of the overwhelming presence of the Olympics but is no less significant for that and has serious ramifications for the sport and its players all over the world – particularly in India where player power can be unbridled.Has Pietersen been victimised for being an individualistic, abrasive person as he may have been, or did he force this action on himself with his insensitivity and indiscipline?It’s not a matter than can be easily judged in black or white. There are layers of grey that permeate it. For instance, other players have been critical of their teammates – several from England about Pietersen in books or byline articles – either directly or by insinuation.What has really transpired in the England dressing room over the past year or so is still mired in speculation. My take is that Pietersen overplayed his hand in the circumstances -he was in a running feud with the ECB remember -then tried to withdraw it when he realised hewas playing with fire, alas all too late to prevent himself from getting burnt.The charitable view is that Pietersen was being, well, himself. As in life, mavericks are not unknown in sport too. If anything, they add to its appeal though this might not necessarily go down well with authority every time.advertisementThe antics of Usain Bolt, for instance, have rubbed athletics officials the wrong way often enough. It might be recalled that at the Beijing Olympics, the sprint gold medallist was chastised by the head of the International Olympics Committee Jacques Rogge for not trying hard enough in the 100m despite clocking 9.69 sec!Rogge believed Bolt could have improved his timing had he not slowed down perceptibly towards the finish line, thumping his chest in ostensible self-aggrandisement.A great deal has changed since then. Bolt has become the biggest drawcard in athletics and those in authority are not as averse to his shenanigans as they were earlier, though even after his stupendous achievements in London recently, Rogge was reluctant to call him a ‘legend’; the description he preferred was ‘iconic’.Be that as it may, there is a thin line which divides maverick ways from the more serious ones of indiscipline and a disruptive attitude. So, while everybody agrees that Pietersen is one of the most talented cricketers in the world, he also has a tendency to grandstand needlessly.His latest run-in with the English Cricket Board over text messages sent to members of the South African cricket team while England was playing a series against South Africa emphasises all of that.In keeping with Pietersenian peculiarity, he made fun of the England captain Andrew Strauss and fellow team members in texts to some of the South African team. At the same time, he went out and hit a brilliant 149.Then, instead of issuing a formal apology as demanded of him after the texts became public knowledge, he shot a Youtube video of himself talking about how much he loved playing for England.The ECB was not amused and Pietersen had to give them the formal apology they wanted. He was then dropped from the third Test. If at first glance Pietersen’s antics don’t seem quite so serious, funny even, they point to someone who is fighting demons within himself.It is also someone who seems to be throwing a petulant tantrum by himself for Pietersen had earlier said he does not want to play ODIs but only Test cricket and the IPL. The ECB ruled he cannot play in the T20 World Championships either if that was the case.To a player who wants glory and money this condition was unacceptable; to a board looking for the best team with full commitment to submit to the demands of one is untenable.It has not worked to Pietersen’s favour that the entire England team has stood as one with the captain and the ECB. The simple truth is that there is enough talent in the England team now, and good as he may be, Pietersen is just one of many. The fact that he has mocked his own teammates, even if in banter – to an opposing side – was the last straw.The ECB stood its ground and so reined Pietersen in. In that, there is also a lesson for other cricket boards in how to deal with showpony superstars.advertisementlast_img read more

Paul Zamar headed to San Miguel Beermen

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Left unsigned in the 2012 rookie draft, Zamar helped Thai team Mono Vampire push Alab Pilipinas to the limit in last year’s ABL Finals.San Miguel Beer will only be Zamar’s second PBA team at 31 years old.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ The crafty guard who has made pro tours overseas—including a stellar stint in Asean Basketball League, will be sent to Beermen for second round draft picks in 2021 and 2022.Zamar’s shipment is among the multiple transactions the Elite will be making in the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefShortly after the 2018 PBA Draft, Blackwater star big man Poy Erram was traded to NLEX’s first-round selections Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter.Zamar is expected to buy time for the Beermen to develop new playmakers as they prepare for the eventual slow-down of superstar guards Alex Cabagnot, 35, and Chris Ross, 33. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:42PH 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 TNT coach Bong Ravena says absent Terrence Romeo ‘just sick’ Paul Zamar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Zamar, whose long and equally arduous journey to the PBA became one of the season’s feel-good stories last season, opens another chapter in his hoops career.Zamar is set to find a new home with the San Miguel Beer after his stint with the Blackwater Elite, sources have told the Inquirer.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Kemba Walker unloads 30 as Hornets beat Cavaliers

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Cleveland center Larry Nance, Jr., whose team led 38-25 in the middle of the second quarter and 46-41 at halftime, had on a one-name answer when asked what the difference in the game was.“Kemba,” Nance said. “He started to heat up in that third quarter and really just took over. Any time a player like that gets going, it’s hard to slow him down.”After going scoreless on 0-for-5 first-quarter shooting, Walker scored nine points in the second quarter while shooting 4 for 8, and added 17 points in the third quarter (6-for-9 shooting) and four points in the fourth quarter (on 1 for 4).TIP-INSCavaliers: Jordan Clarkson returned to action after missing Tuesday’s game at Indiana. … Matthew Dellavedova missed Wednesday’s game with left knee soreness.Hornets: It was was their fourth of a five-game homestand. … After Friday’s game — Charlotte’s 19th home game of the season — the Hornets will play 29 of their final 51 games on the road. Charlotte’s front-loaded home schedule is due to the Spectrum Center hosting NBA All-Star Weekend (Feb. 15-17) in addition to two college basketball tournaments.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit Toronto on Friday night.Hornets: Host Detroit on Friday night. Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons spark 76ers rout of Knicks TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hornets coach James Borrego said he had a simple message for Walker during his first half struggles.“Yes — keep shooting,” Borrego said. “He’s been doing this his entire life. I said, ‘Stay confident, keep shooting and we’re going to keep looking for you.’,,, Sometimes players need to see one drop, then two drop and three drop and he got rolling there.”Jeremy Lamb added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Marvin Williams had 18 points and 10 boards for Charlotte.Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points, Jaron Blossomgame had 15 and Cedi Osman added 13 for the Cavaliers.After the Cavaliers pulled to 88-82 with 8:52 left in the game, Charlotte started a 17-4 run to seal the win.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets looks to pass around Collin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during their game at Spectrum Center on December 19, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C.— Kemba Walker admitted he was frustrated watching his shots misfire for the third straight game as the Charlotte Hornets fell behind by double digits in the first half.However, the two-time All-Star kept pushing, prodding and eventually found his way with 30 points and six assists as the Hornets rallied to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-99 Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ “It’s frustrating,” Walker said of missing the first seven shots one game after scoring a season-low four points on two of 13 shooting last Saturday. “It was shots that I usually make and shots that I work on all the time.“Sometimes, you’ve just got to stick with it and try your best not to let the frustration get to you. You know, keep positive thoughts and just keep on pushing through.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefA reverse layup with 4:49 left in the first half got Walker untracked and he finished shooting 11 of 26, including 4 for 12 on 3-pointers, as the Hornets even their record at 15-15.It was the ninth game of the season with at least 30 points for Walker, and helped Charlotte stop a two-game losing streak. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Derrick Rose hits last-second shot, Timberwolves beat Suns

first_imgLATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose shoots the game-winning shot over Phoenix Suns’ Mikal Bridges. Minnesota won 116-114. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)MINNEAPOLIS — Derrick Rose and the Minnesota Timberwolves needed this one.With 30 seconds left, Rose missed the first of two free throws and was kicking himself for failing to give his team the lead.ADVERTISEMENT “I missed a lot. it was all up to my teammates and the coaches for giving me that confidence, putting the ball in my hands and just believing in me,” Rose said.It was a good confidence boost for both the oft-injured guard, and a team that had lost two of its last three home games by a combined seven points.“He needed that shot, you know what I’m saying?” Gibson said. “He’s been putting in so much work in, we’ve been in that situation a couple times this year and it didn’t go his way.”Rose picked up the slack for Towns, who had 30 points but only two after halftime. He went 13 of 13 from the free-throw line in the half, but struggled against Phoenix’s double teams in the second.“We just stepped it up in the second half,” said Dragan Bender, the main man charged with defending Towns. “We came out, tried to double him, try to get the ball out of his hands and make the other players make plays.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Patriots the early pick in Las Vegas books PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I kept saying, ’You’re going to get another shot,” Taj Gibson said he told his long-time teammate. Twenty-nine seconds later, Rose proved Gibson prophetic.Rose hit an 18-footer with 0.9 seconds left to give the Wolves a 116-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He carried his team by scoring 29 of his 31 points in the second half to help Minnesota overcome an 11-point deficit.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 starsGibson dunked to pull Minnesota within one with less than a minute to play. Karl-Anthony Towns intercepted a bad pass from Booker, and Rose hit the second of two foul shots to tie it at 114 with 30.5 remaining.After giving Rose his pep talk, Gibson grabbed the loose ball after Devin Booker lost it on Phoenix’s next possession. With the shot clock off and the crowd on its feet, Rose calmly dribbled down the clock against Mikal Bridges before pulling up and hitting the final shot. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With Towns struggling against double-teams in the second half, Rose kept the Wolves in the game on 11-for-18 shooting in the half.SLUMPING SUNST.J. Warren led Phoenix with 21 points and Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. each added 18. Warren’s last-second corner 3 hit off the side of the backboard.“I think we played well enough to deserve to win this game, but again we didn’t find a way to close the game,” Suns coach Igo Koksokov said. “It’s just a bad taste in our mouth after this loss, but we have to learn from mistakes.”The Suns lost all four on their trip to fall to 4-20 on the road this season. A night after losing by 20 in Charlotte, Phoenix shot 46 percent, but went 22 of 32 from the line.“We had a lot of mistakes that hurt us,” Warren said. “We’ve got to be smarter and value the ball more and just convert.”COACH CONNECTIONSKokoskov recounted his first memories of Wolves coach Ryan Saunders when serving on Flip Saunders’ coaching staff in Detroit through 2008. “Good things happen to good people and very well deserved,” Kokoskov said. “Sometimes it’s hard when you’re coming from a basketball background and a coach’s background. It puts a lot of pressure on guys like Ryan because he was in the shadow of Flip. … I’m really, really happy for Ryan. I think he’s going to be a very good coach for a long time in this leagueTIP-INSSuns: With C Deandre Ayton (ankle) and F Richaun Holmes (foot) out injured, Bender made his first start of the season and had 12 points and 10 rebounds. “Drag was phenomenal,” Warren said. “I’m happy for him.” … Veteran guard Jamal Crawford, who played last season in Minnesota, was active and on the bench for his 1,300th career game. He missed the previous three games with a sore left knee. “His experience, his voice, his presence, the wisdom he’s sharing in the locker room when the coaches are not around, it’s priceless for the group and we’re thrilled to have him,” Kokoskov said before the game. Timberwolves: Towns notched his 10th career game with 10 or more made free throws. He also matched his career high with four steals. … F Robert Covington (bruised knee) and G Tyus Jones (ankle) remained out.UP NEXTThe teams meet again Tuesday night in Phoenix.last_img read more

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes takes MVP, top offensive player awards

first_imgMOST READ “I’m so humbled,” he said. “This is just the beginning. We’ve got a long ways to go.“It is an honor. It’s a hard award to win. The next award I hope I can get is the Super Bowl.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Mahomes’ ingenuity — the guy can throw from all angles and make plays inside and outside the pocket — energized the Chiefs’ fan base and excited fans across the league.“The play is never dead. He can find new ways to get you the ball,” Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce said. “It may look like a screwball, a slider here or there, but it’ll get to you eventually.”Mahomes is the sixth straight quarterback and 11th of the past 12 years to win MVP. No Kansas City player had won the award since the Chiefs joined the NFL in 1970.Earlier, he was selected as the top offensive player, beating Brees 30 votes to 16.“Yeah, I mean, it’s awesome … I got put into a great situation,” he said. “I got to learn behind a great quarterback in Alex Smith. I got to be on a team with a lot of playmakers who helped me excel my game and make me look really good on a daily basis. And, then, to be able to go out there and win football games in front of a passionate fan base is something I get the luxury of doing.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Barkley also made a team-high 91 receptions for 721 yards, and his 2,028 yards from scrimmage led the NFL.For his work as defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, Vic Fangio got the head coaching gig in Denver. He also won The Associated Press 2018 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year Award on Saturday.Philadelphia Eagles DE Chris Long won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for community service.“I don’t know, I’m very humbled,” Long said. “It’s hard to feel deserving with those guys on stage and, obviously, this guy right here on the statue. It’s a very heavy statue and it makes sense because his legacy is immense. I’m just honored.” LeBron James sitting out for Lakers against Warriors Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who will play in Sunday’s Super Bowl against New England, took his second straight Defensive Player of the Year award.Donald, the only unanimous All-Pro this season and the first Rams player selected for top defensive honor, joins Lawrence Taylor and J.J. Watt as players to win the award in back-to-back seasons. Donald led the NFL with 20½ sacks.“Any time you put a body of work into it and then it pays off,” Donald said, “and you’re rewarded for it, it means a lot. It’s a blessing.”Chicago’s Matt Nagy, in his first season with the Bears, was voted Coach of the Year.Nagy has overseen the development of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who blossomed in his second pro season, and saw a defense befitting the “Monsters of the Midway” dominate opponents at times. He is the fifth Bears coach to win the award, joining team founder George Halas (1963, 1965), Mike Ditka (1985, 1988), Dick Jauron (2001) and Lovie Smith (2005).“It’s crazy to think this is one person, so for me, it’s being a part of this organization and for our players,” Nagy said. “Just being able to believe in what we wanted to do with our culture and then follow through with it.”Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was chosen the Comeback Player of the Year, following a lost 2017 season to a shoulder injury with a sensational 2018 campaign.“I truly believe there are players on every team, every roster that could be Comeback Player of the Year in their own ways,” he said. “Honestly, the best part was playing football again — having fun playing football and being pain free.”Giants running back Saquon Barkley was the top offensive rookie, while the defensive rookie award went to Indianapolis linebacker Darius Leonard.Described by some as a “generational running back,” Barkley rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns behind a weak New York offensive line. He drew 26½ votes and edged Baker Mayfield. The Cleveland quarterback who was selected first overall in the draft, one spot in front of Barkley, earned 21½ votes. Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs accepts the award for AP offensive player of the year at the 8th Annual NFL Honors at The Fox Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (Photo by Paul Abell/Invision for NFL/AP Images)ATLANTA — Patrick Mahomes’ breathtaking breakthrough season earned him the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award.The Chiefs quarterback landed a pair of honors at NFL Honors on Saturday night, taking The Associated Press 2018 MVP and Offensive Player of the Year awards. In his second pro season, Mahomes led Kansas City to its first AFC title game since 1993 with some of the most creative and clutch plays the league has seen in years.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments Mahomes received 41 votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees got the other nine.With only one previous start, Mahomes entered the season as something of a curiosity in Kansas City after the Chiefs traded veteran Alex Smith to open up the job. It didn’t take long to erase any doubts as Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first AFC title game since the 1993 season, throwing for 50 touchdowns, 5,097 yards and had a 113.8 QB rating, trailing only Brees.last_img read more

World Cup quarterfinals: Hummels’ early header takes Germany through to semifinals

first_imgGermany’s Mats Hummels scores the opening goal. (AP Photo)Germany reached the semifinals for a fourth straight World Cup by beating France 1-0 in a cagey match settled by a first-half header from Mats Hummels. Match Report | Match Photos The center back headed Toni Kroos’ free kick in off the underside of the bar in the 13th minute in one of the few chances created in muggy conditions at Maracana Stadium. Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer punched away Karim Benzema’s powerful drive in injury time to preserve the lead, having saved well from Mathieu Valbuena and Benzema in the first half. Next up for Germany as it seeks a fourth world title will be the winner of Friday’s later quarterfinal between Brazil and Colombia. France struggled to impose its attacking game in the face of a robust, experienced Germany side that seemed more comfortable on the big stage. It guaranteed Europe at least one representative in the semifinals – the Netherlands and Belgium also have chances to qualify on Saturday – and continued Germany’s recent dominance over France at World Cups. The most notorious of those was the meeting in the 1982 semifinals in Spain, when Germany won on penalties following a 3-3 draw in a match marked by a late and high tackle by Germany goalkeeper Harald Schumacher on France defender Patrick Battiston that escaped punishment. That went down as one of the most riveting matches in World Cup history, but the rematch – 32 years on – couldn’t have been more different.advertisement The occasion was perhaps too much for a young, revamped France team playing together in football’s marquee tournament for the first time. The attacking flair that characterized much of their play in the group stage was largely absent in the 2-0 win over Nigeria in the second-round and again here in Rio de Janiero. Tightening up both its defense and midfield, Germany selected a more robust team after looking shaky and open in a 2-1 win over Algeria in the second round and gave France little room to play. It meant for a turgid first half of few opportunities but Hummels made no mistake with his, proving too strong for his marker, Raphael Varane, from a typically dead-eye delivery from Kroos. At the other end, France pierced Germany’s high defensive line to produce chances for Valbuena and Benzema but goalkeeper Neuer was equal to both attackers’ efforts. The weather conditions played a part in the slow tempo of the game but France stepped up the pressure in the second half, with Neuer saving a header from Varane as the center back tried to atone for his weak defending for the goal. Benzema’s late chance got French fans excited but Germany could already have been 2-0 by then, with France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saving a low shot by substitute Andre Schuerrle on a counter-attack. VINE: Antoine Griezmann in tears after defeat to Germany. #FRA https://t.co/R5FveNcN53 2014 World Cup (@2014WC_Brazil) July 4, 2014  Lineups:  France: Hugo Lloris; Mathieu Debuchy, Raphael Varane, Mamadou Sakho, Patrice Evra; Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi; Mathieu Valbuena, Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema. Germany: Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Hoewedes; Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller; Miroslav Klose.last_img read more

Chinese troops salute Indian flag at I-Day celebrations in Ladakh

first_imgA ceremonial meeting of border security personnel was held between India and China in eastern Ladakh on Friday to mark the 68th Independence Day of India, an official statement said.The delegations from the two countries had Indian Army and Into-Tibetan Border Police representatives on the Indian side and members of the People’s Liberation Army on the Chinese side.The celebrations opened with both Indian and Chinese delegations saluting the Indian tricolour.”The ceremony which lasted for approximately four hours included cultural and entertainment shows and sports events. The event was attended by ladies from both sides which symbolises growing peace, confidence and desire of establishing tranquility along the borders,” an official statement said.”Participation of Chinese delegation in India’s Independence Day celebrations is a gesture which will further foster the friendly relations between India and China and build up mutual trust and confidence,” it said.Both sides reiterated their commitment to uphold the protocols and agreements signed between the two countries and acknowledged that the peace and tranquility which prevails along the Line of Actual Control should be further strengthened and stabilized, the statement added.A similar ceremony was held on the Chinese side on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Day on August 1.last_img read more

Don’t expect to puff away at next year’s Tokyo Olympics

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Japan’s national legislature last year approved a ban on smoking inside public facilities, but the measure was seen as weak and excluded many bars and restaurants.Tokyo’s city government separately enacted tougher rules last year to protect from second-hand smoke. All provisions kick in during the run-up to the Olympics.Smoking is still allowed in small eateries and bars. They make up half of Japanese establishments, where it’s common to see a customer eating with chopsticks in one hand and a cigarette in the other.“Countering passive smoking has long been a concern,” Keiko Nakayama, a Tokyo city government health official, said in a statement to The Associated Press. “We would like to push for approving more anti-smoking measures so people stay healthy longer.”The city’s smoking policy will be reviewed in five years. But more regulation will always face tough opposition despite the fact that smoking has declined in recent years.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte However, don’t expect to puff away at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.Organizers on Thursday announced a stringent ban on all tobacco products and vaping devices. Smoking will be banned at all indoor and outdoor Olympic and Paralympic venues, plus within all perimeter areas of the Tokyo Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOrganizers say the prohibition is tougher than regulations for the last two Summer Olympics in London and Rio de Janeiro.“Tokyo 2020 aims to leave a legacy of improved health for the country at large,” organizers said in a statement. FILE – In this April 7, 2017, file photo, people gather at a smoking area in Tokyo. Tokyo is a smokers’ heaven. Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can still light up in small restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don’t contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to prices in other world cities. Tokyo organizers on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, announced a stringent ban on all tobacco products and vaping devices. Smoking will be banned at any indoor or outdoor Olympic or Paralympic venue _ including perimeter areas being run Tokyo 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)TOKYO — Tokyo is still a smoker’s heaven.Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can light up in some restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don’t contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to other major cities.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Adamson posts 1st win in new head coach’s debut View comments The Japanese government has a large stake in tobacco. It owns a third of the stock and is the top investor in major cigarette company Japan Tobacco Inc. The industry was a government monopoly until 1985, and is a huge source of tax revenue.Smoking is cheap in Japan compared to other developed countries. A pack of Marlboro cigarettes costs about $5. In London and New York it’s about $14, and in Sydney it’s $20.According to World Health Organization data for 2015, 32.7 percent of Japanese males smoke, compared to 24.4 in the United States. The highest figures were East Timor (78.0) and Indonesia (74.9), and the lowest two were in Africa: Ethiopia (7.6) and Ghana (7.1).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

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