Ray Allen watches PBA game, catches up with ex-teammate Bill Walker

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief One of the greatest shooters basketball had seen, Allen finished his 19-year career as the all-time leader in 3-point shots made with 2,973. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In an interview with Sports 5, Allen said that he is in the country for vacation.He said he doesn’t have anything concrete planned but it seems like he’s been checking out a lot of basketball here.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 shutoutHe visited the Lyceum Pirates Tuesday night before watching the PBA at MOA where his former Celtics teammate and now Blackwater import Bill Walker was playing.The 42-year-old Allen announced his retirement in a letter on The Player’s Tribune in 2016, two years after playing in the NBA Finals which turned out to be his last game. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Read Next Dumaan dedicates pencak silat gold to family Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNBA legend Ray Allen surprised Filipino fans at Mall of Asia Arena as he showed up during a PBA game between TNT and Blackwater Wednesday.Allen, who is a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat five years later, flew to Manila from Hong Kong on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

New Zealand give contracts to Ish Sodhi, Colin Munro

first_imgBatsmen Henry Nicholls and George Worker have been included for the first time on New Zealand Cricket’s list of 21 contracted players.Nicholls has played two Tests and 10 limited-overs internationals for New Zealand since his debut in February, and the 26-year-old Worker played two ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals last year.Legspinner Ish Sodhi and batting allrounder Colin Munro return to the list after missing out last season.Along with Worker and Nicholls they take places on the list, previously of 20 players, which have been vacated by former captain Brendon McCullum and his brother Nathan, who have retired from international cricket, and allrounder Grant Elliott, who is now available only for Twenty20 matches.last_img

Wimbledon 2017: Jelena Ostapenko keen to show her best against Venus Williams

first_imgLatvian Jelena Ostapenko believes she is getting better with every round and hopes to showcase the best of her abilities against five-time champion Venus Williams in the Wimbledon quarter-finals later on Tuesday.French Open winner Ostapenko struggled in her warm-up tournament in Eastbourne but has progressed to the quarter-finals at SW19 without losing a set in her last two matches after fighting for wins against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Francoise Abanda in the first two rounds.”In the first couple of rounds, I wasn’t playing my best and I was fighting but I feel like every match I’m getting better and better,” Ostapenko, a junior Wimbledon champion in 2014, told the WTA website (www.wtatennis.com).The 20-year-old, who beat world number four Elina Svitolina on Monday, will play on Centre Court for the first time against Williams, who has seven grand slam titles to her name, and the aggressive youngster is looking to enjoy the experience.”She’s a great player who has won many Grand Slams, and I’m just going to go on court, enjoy the match, and show my best,” Ostapenko added.A win for the Latvian could help her break into the Top 10 of the WTA rankings for the first time.last_img read more

Maharashtra sports para meet in January

first_imgMumbai, Nov 17 (PTI) The Maharashtra Para Sports, a meet for young para athletes, is to be held here from January 26 to 28.The meet, a first-of-its kind, is being supported by the Sports Authority of India and the Government of Maharashtra and hosted by the suburban Khar Gymkhana, it was announced today.Events are to be conducted for boys and girls in the under-12, under-15, under-18 and over-18 age categories in eight individual and two team sports.Competitions would be held in badminton, chess, carrom, tennis, table tennis, squash, swimming and karate (individual events) along with box cricket and rink football (team events).The meets organising secretary, Amit Modi, said invitations for the event have been sent to 500 schools.”We have also planned to visit the rural areas personally to invite them for the Maharashtra Para Sports,” he said.The meet is being planned annually with an “objective to start para sports development from the grass-root levels,” he added. PTI SSR RSY BASlast_img read more

The JW Walsh Experience

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSII guess I’m surprised that you’re surprised.After the game on Saturday I saw and read a lot of “wow, I can’t believe the way Walsh threw the ball, I thought he was a much better passer than that.”Really?Did you watch the Kansas game last year, or the Iowa State game?Sure, he looked better against UTSA — to the point that I wondered aloud whose arm he’d hocked on eBay in the offseason but nobody was ever confusing his arm with Brett Favre’s or, for that matter, Wes Lunt’s. Even in the Mississippi State and Lamar games he made some throws that made me gasp out loud…and not in a “Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon in the ’09 Colorado game” kind of way.Look, this isn’t me bailing on No. 4 one game into the conference season. Gundy made a decision that anyone in his position would have made, I think, and he should roll with it.[1. I’ll flip on this only if OSU loses 3-4 games in a row, which if you watched on Saturday doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility.]But as I wrote after the Mississippi State game Walsh is fine as the starter and that’s about it. He’s a competitive dude and a really good runner and probably an above average college quarterback and that’s all.I know we like to put players and teams at one end of the spectrum or the other because, let’s be honest, saying a player or team is “the best ever” or “the worst ever” is a heck of a lot more fun than saying it is “just all right and probably going to be a little bit average at times.”That’s boring. I get it.But that’s the reality of the situation — and likely will be for the next three years unless he gets usurped as QB1.The amount of backpedaling I saw last weekend on Twitter and via email was almost comical. I was like “wait, aren’t I the one who’s supposed to be out on this guy?”The Walsh we saw last week in Morgantown was not who we’ll see the rest of the season — I’m willing to bet money that’s the worst game he plays all year. But some of the terrible stuff he did in that game? Yeah, that’s not going away.Everything he does poorly was on full display. I honestly don’t know if he can throw a football over 45 yards, his curl passes sail at times, he apparently makes poor choices at the line of scrimmage,[1. He audibled out of a run so he could throw a fade to Tracy Moore on second and goal from the 1-yard line.] and when Yurcich doesn’t design runs for him (specifically out of the diamond) he struggles to Johnny Football his way out of bad situations.Those are things you can kind of hide when your offense is humming and your offensive line is blocking well for you and your receivers are making plays but let’s not act like he was ever going to be this elite, Heismanian quarterback.You’re probably going to see a few more of these babies over the course of his career:Walsh completed 42.6% of passes on Sat, good for 93rd out of 101 games in Gundy era (min 20 pass attempts).— Oklahoma State Stats (@OSUStats) September 30, 2013 If you look back at his 2012 there was a lot more smoke and mirrors than anyone likes to admit. He beat Kansas, Iowa State, and Louisiana as the starter. That’s it.[1. I would say something here about how there’s a difference between being the starter on the Big 12 favorite and the backup against Iowa State on a team that had already lost a game but Walsh doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who much cares if he’s playing a pickup game with three people watching or in front of 60K at a Big 12 game.]The combined record of teams he’s beaten as the starter the last two years is 23-29,[1. As of 10/1/13.] and three of those wins are from Lamar this year and I can’t even imagine the teams Lamar is beating.Should he have beaten Texas? Sure, but he didn’t, which kind of speaks to what I’m trying to show you.He’s going to win some games and lose some games and do some electrifying stuff but also make some passes that make you wonder if he could start at QB on the five best A-League flag football teams at OSU. At his best he might be a slightly better version of Zac (certainly with more weapons at his dispoasl) which is why I can’t figure out why they refuse to run him more.If you’re playing the guy who’s supposed to be this great running QB wouldn’t you, you know, call some designed runs for him?All that stuff aside though, this is the guy everyone wanted and Gundy gave him to you. He satiated the masses and now the masses are wondering if they were right all along.Gundy said it best on Monday at his press conference.“They (the fans) loved JW when he wasn’t playing. Now he’s playing they don’t like him. That’s the society we live in.”Collin Klein proved to us last year that you can win a conference title without a great passer. I think OSU can win the Big 12 with Walsh (I’ve always wondered about this but I really do think it) but I don’t know that they’re ever going to win one because of him.There are big questions to be answered over the next few weeks from No. 4. He’s showed signs, for sure, but he’s a long way from where OSU needs him to beOf course, given his makeup, I half expect him to come out on Saturday against Kansas State and throw for 440 and four with a buck thirty on the ground and after scoring on a slick 30-yard run in the 4th quarter pull up his jersey and reveal that “eff you @pistolsguy” shirt I know Jeremy Smith made for him.This is all part of the JW Walsh Experience and for better or worse we’re all in on it for the next few years.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Emily Defroand: ‘England can get on the podium at the Hockey World Cup’

first_imgReuse this content Share on Facebook Listening to Defroand run through the schedule of her working week could get you out of breath by itself. It’s double sessions every day, with an emphasis on gym work. Even the rest day, on Wednesdays, is used by many players for swimming and yoga to help their muscles recover from the rest of the week. The Thursday sessions are the most notorious, though not for their physical demands.“Thinking Thursdays” recreates a match scenario but for a game nobody has played before. By changing the rules (two points for a goal, for example, or points for entering the shooting circle), players have to literally think on their feet; breaking the habits they have formed and creating new ones. Defroand loves it.Playing club hockey for Surbiton, Defroand is a full-time athlete, benefiting from UK sport funding as part of the Great Britain squad. The 23 year-old’s career has run in tandem with professionalisation and, after graduating from Birmingham University in 2016 with a masters in sports science, she became part of a new generation able to dedicate themselves entirely to the sport. “I submitted my dissertation a couple of weeks after the girls won gold in Rio,” she says. “It’s really been lucky, the timing of it all, it’s been a natural progression for me. I finished university, was able to trial for the squad and now I’m living my dream.”Defroand made her Great Britain debut in February and her current training is as part of that group. Like most of the GB squad, however, she will be representing England at the World Cup. The relationship between the two teams is a fluid one (and, indeed, England earned their second-placed seeding at the World Cup in part thanks to GB’s performance in Rio) and it was while playing under the flag of St George that Defroand got her first experience of tournament competition at the Commonwealth Games this year.“I will always remember that first game,” says Defroand. “The moment when I stepped out on to the pitch. We’re a sport-mad family and I’d always watched the Commonwealth Games as a kid, every one. I wanted to take a step back and think, you know? To think, wow this is it, this is why I’ve trained so hard. I looked into the crowd and my mum and dad were there and that’s just such a proud, proud moment for myself.”In the countdown to the World Cup, England hockey has encouraged its players to share details of their sporting role models as part of a campaign called Behind Every Great Player. There is no doubt about Defroand’s inspiration; her mother, Gill.“My mum has been the biggest influence for me growing up and becoming the hockey player that I am,” she says without a moment’s hesitation. “I got into hockey through her. I started playing at age seven because I used to watch her play every Saturday at our local club in Havering.“Mum would say that I’d steal her stick at half-time and be running up and down the pitch. By the age of 10 or 11 I was lucky enough to be playing in the same team. Since becoming a team-mate my mum’s been my club, my county and my regional manager. She’s my biggest fan and my biggest critic and this campaign is about trying to get that relationship between parent and child, get that support network, because it does make such a difference in sport. My mum has been such a fundamental part of my journey and I can’t thank her enough.” … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Emily Defroand is late, just, for her interview. Training overran. The England forward is in intensive preparations for the hockey Women’s World Cup, which begins at London’s Lee Valley park in seven weeks’ time. Not that she’s complaining.“It’s all go, go, go,” she says from Bisham Abbey. “We just finished training and we ran over slightly. Next we’ve got a team meeting, and that’s before our next training session. It’s a lot of work. Our gym work is based around being really buff, being strong and preventing injury. To be honest, I don’t think I appreciated it was such a key factor for performance athletes, and it really is brutal. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.” Hockey Topics Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIncenter_img Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Twitter GB women win historic hockey gold with shootout victory over Netherlands Share on WhatsApp Read more The Lee Valley is not far from the Defroand family home, which adds an extra local flavour to a competition already being billed as the biggest ever women’s sporting event on UK soil. Every England match is sold out and, after winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games in a strong field, the onus is on the hosts to match or better their performance.As Defroand counts down the days until the first centre pass, she is typically bullish about England’s potential. “You’ve got a mixture of experience and youth. You’ve got a real blend of pace but complete composure in our team,” she says.“I think we would be kidding ourselves if we didn’t think we could get on that podium. That’s what we focus on day in day out; to make sure we get these major medals. Over the last year we’ve come away with a European bronze, Commonwealth game bronze so why not go a few better this summer with our home support behind us?” Share on Messenger interviewslast_img read more

Targeted Growth Program Case Study – Cairns Touch Association

first_imgIf your affiliate is looking to grow its junior numbers, why not take inspiration from the Cairns Pirates Touch Football Association (CPTFA), who were a successful applicant in the 2012/13 Targeted Growth Program.The Targeted Growth Program has helped the CPTFA grow junior Touch Football in Cairns and in turn strengthen senior participation into the future. As well as junior growth, CPTFA are hoping to further develop relationships with schools, further educate and assist parents and help young talented players to contribute to the development of the junior program, as Kev Dwan explains. “The funding from TFA has been gratefully received by CPTFA in their endeavour to grow junior Touch in Cairns and thereby also strengthen the future senior program,” Dwan said. “Funding has already assisted with the purchase of equipment for the conduct of the program and particularly with equipment that will be used by coaches involved in the delivery of Touch in select school (after schools).” “Funding has also been used to enable coaches to deliver these Touch programs after school in nominated primary schools with a high proportion of indigenous students. These children love having the opportunity to learn the sport.”Dwan said that the funding will also help CPTFA to promote the junior competition within the Cairns community and the school sector.Applications for the 2013/14 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) are now open and all affiliates are encouraged to apply. For more information, please click on the link below:http://austouch.com.au/index.php?id=13&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=3893&cHash=ddf3ad2ae2Related LinksTargeted Growth Programlast_img read more

PM Breaks Ground for $860-Million Housing Project in Maxfield Park

first_imgStory Highlights The standard of living of residents of Maxfield Park in St. Andrew is expected to be greatly improved with the development of an $860-million housing project in the community. The standard of living of residents of Maxfield Park in St. Andrew is expected to be greatly improved with the development of an $860-million housing project in the community.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, today (October 3), broke ground for the Maxfield Park Development Project, which will see the construction of another 210 housing solutions for National Housing Trust (NHT) contributors.Mr. Holness said through these housing development projects, the Government aims to give all Jamaicans the euphoric experience of owning their own home.“It’s not just getting the better housing solutions, but just changing the way that people live can literally transform and uplift the lives of the people,” he said.The project, which is being undertaken by the NHT, will involve the development of 6.14 acres of land along Ricketts Crescent where, initially, the entity will conduct preparatory works to include demolition and removal of some existing structures; disconnection and removal of informal water and electrical distribution systems.The Prime Minister noted that the project was conceived over a decade ago and is one of the housing projects the Government pulled out of the pipeline and brought to the point of implementation.“It makes no sense that you have wonderful concepts, wonderfully well-laid plans, but at the end of the day, it’s not implemented. So the (new) mandate (of the NHT) was to expedite the implementation of housing projects,” he said.Mr. Holness noted that the NHT, which was initially given a target of 15,000 housing solutions, now intends to provide 23,000 units for Jamaicans by 2021.In the meantime, Leader of the Opposition, and Member of Parliament for the area, Dr. Peter Phillips, welcomed the project, which he said represented “continuity in policy”.“What is important is that the present Government came and found a project that was under way and… they continued with the project. I want to personally say thanks and express my appreciation,” he said.He also praised residents of the Maxfield Park community for their patience in “staying the course”, for attending sessions with the NHT, and becoming NHT contributors.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (second right), listens to Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Caretaker for the Maxfield Park Division, Omar Whyte (second left), at the ceremony to break ground for the $860-million Maxfield Park Housing Development Project at the project site along Ricketts Crescent on Wednesday (October 3). Also pictured (from left) are Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Karl Samuda; and Leader of the Opposition and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew East Central, Dr. Peter Phillips.A social-intervention programme has been in progress in the community since 2017, with one component being encouraging and improving NHT compliance.The infrastructure works for the project, which is slated to begin in March 2019, will include paved roads with kerbs, storm-water drains and a centralised sewage-collection system.The development will also comprise a potable water-distribution system, Jamaica Public Service (JPS) pole line electrical distribution system with street lights, as well as road markings.Construction of the housing units is scheduled to begin in October 2019.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (centre), engages in light banter with (from left) Leader of the Opposition, and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew East Central, Dr. Peter Phillips; and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Karl Samuda. Occasion was the ceremony to break ground for the $860-million Maxfield Park Development Project at the project site along Ricketts Crescent on Wednesday (October 3).The project forms part of the multifaceted Community Renewal Programme (CRP), financed by the Government of Jamaica and international development partners, which is designed to address living conditions in communities islandwide that are deemed the most socially problematic.It addresses community empowerment, housing, sanitation and waste disposal, economic opportunity, recreation, dispute resolution and crime, among other things.The programme aims to reach 100 of the most volatile and vulnerable communities in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon and Montego Bay.center_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, today (October 3), broke ground for the Maxfield Park Development Project, which will see the construction of another 210 housing solutions for National Housing Trust (NHT) contributors. last_img read more

Senate Approves Extension of State of Public Emergency in St. James

first_imgStory Highlights “When we speak of disruption of the gangs, even without naming them or naming the persons who have been charged or arrested, the numbers and the sheer decline speak for themselves,” she added. The Constitution provides that a period of public emergency can be declared by Proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any person or body of persons of such a nature and on so extensive a scale as to be likely to endanger public safety. The Senate on Friday (October 19) approved the Emergency Powers (Continuance) (No.4) Resolution 2018, which will extend the State of Public Emergency (SOE) in the parish of St. James until January 31, 2019. The Senate on Friday (October 19) approved the Emergency Powers (Continuance) (No.4) Resolution 2018, which will extend the State of Public Emergency (SOE) in the parish of St. James until January 31, 2019.Seventeen members of the Senate voted in favour of the Motion. There was one abstention, while three members were absent.In her remarks, Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade,  Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, noted that the extension seeks to secure the gains made and ensure their sustainability.“We are seeking to remove the threat to public safety. We still have work to do, but the security forces need our support, the people of St. James need our support, and we must give it to them,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith noted that between January 1, 2018, when the SOE was declared, and October 15, 2018, the St. James Police Division accounted for 79 murders and 88 shooting incidents.This represents a 67. 2 per cent decline in murders and a 53.4 per cent reduction in shootings when compared to the similar period in 2017.She noted that in 2017, the percentage of cases cleared out of the reported cases of murder was approximately 31.7 per cent, and in 2018 as at October 12, approximately 70 per cent of cases have been cleared.“Not only is the murder rate down significantly in St. James but the clearance rate has doubled, and the significance of this should not be understated,” Mrs. Johnson Smith said.“When we speak of disruption of the gangs, even without naming them or naming the persons who have been charged or arrested, the numbers and the sheer decline speak for themselves,” she added.She noted, too, that the clearance rate of reported serious crimes has increased from approximately 39 per cent to 62 per cent. “This can only be described as an unmitigated success,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith said the residents of St. James are experiencing an improved quality of life. “The fear factor has been reduced,” she said, adding that public order is returning.Senator Johnson Smith noted, as well, that the tourism sector is flourishing and will continue to provide legitimate employment for the residents of the parish.“The security forces have been doing an excellent job. All of the crime initiatives in the world could never be successful without the hard work and commitment of our policemen and -women and our soldiers, both on the ground and at the strategic level,” she said.She also noted that the improvement in the clearance rate is indicative of the improved trust between citizens and the police.During the SOE, the security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, restrict access to places and detain persons without a warrant.It also gives them the power to stop and question persons, seize property, and control public gatherings and movements.The Constitution provides that a period of public emergency can be declared by Proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any person or body of persons of such a nature and on so extensive a scale as to be likely to endanger public safety.The Emergency Powers Act refers to the existence of a State of Public Emergency and empowers the Governor-General to make regulations during a period of public emergency.last_img read more

AlSheikh Adds to AntiMorocco 2026 World Cup Bid Comments

Rabat – The head of Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority Federation, Turki Al-Sheikh, has again commented on the 2026 World Cup bids, publicly emphasizing that Saudi Arabia’s interests come first.In an interview with CNN, the Saudi official said that though his country has not voiced its official stance on the bids, Saudi Arabia is looking out for its interests first.Commending the North American bid, Al-Sheikh said that the US “is our biggest and strongest ally,” adding that the 1994 World Cup in the US “was one of our favorites; the fans were numerous and the Saudi team had achieved good results.” Al-Sheikh made it clear during his interview with Beki Anderson that Saudi Arabia’s vote will likely go to its “strongest” ally.When Beki asked him directly if he was referring to supporting the North American bid, Al-Sheikh answered: “You are intelligent Beki. You can read between the lines.”pic.twitter.com/RDdfyMvObg— ???? ?? ????? (@Turki_alalshikh) May 3, 2018Al-Sheikh’s stance on the Moroccan bid has been clear from the get-go.  The Saudi official recently posted several tweets implying that his country would vote for the bid that will serve its interests first.From these messages, it is clear that Morocco’s neutrality in the Gulf crisis between the Saudi Arabia coalition and Qatar incensed the Saudi official.In one tweet, Al-Sheikh wrote that “Some people went astray. If you want our support, you should seek it in Riyadh. What you are doing is wasting your time. Now ask the pseudo-state to help you,” referring to Qatar.In another interview with Saudi-based sports news platform Arriyadiyah in March, Al-Sheikh said that friendship has been “very detrimental to the Saudis.” He added that what really matters now to him is that “the 2026 World Cup needs to be hosted  in the best conditions.”Saudi Arabia’s implied support of the US bid is likely tied to US President Donald Trump’s own recent tweets bullying nations for support just weeks before the vote scheduled to take place on June 13, in Moscow.In his tweet, Trump wrote that it “would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the US bid.”The effect of the tweet is already shifting opinions. On May 3, the South African Football Federation denied its previous support of the Moroccan bid, deleting an early statement in April that had promised Morocco its vote. read more

Rdio launches free Web radio service in Canada US and Australia

SAN FRANCISCO — Digital music service Rdio (AR’-dee-oh) is launching its free Internet radio service in the U.S., Canada and Australia on Thursday.Files The move capitalizes on Rdio’s tie-up with traditional radio station owner Cumulus Media and helps it compete with digital rivals Pandora and Spotify.For now, the app that works on Apple and Android devices won’t play ads between the songs that are randomly picked based on genres, artists, songs or albums.The company hopes nonpaying listeners will sign up for a $10-a-month subscription that adds features like the ability to pick and choose exact songs and albums.On the Web, Rdio’s radio player will have ads that are sold by Cumulus Media Inc.Cumulus announced it was taking a stake in Rdio parent Pulser Media last month.Main image:Flickr/Hot Meteor read more

UNF meets Elections Commissioner

The United National Front (UNF) met Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya today.United National Party member Ajith Perera said that they raised their concerns with the Elections Commissioner on Parliament being dissolved and snap elections being called for. Perera said that under the 19th Amendment there is no legal provision for the election to be held earlier.He said the Elections Commission assured it will take a decision on the election after considering the legal aspects. (Colombo Gazette)

Police make arrest in violent robbery Hamilton man charged

Halton police have charged a Hamilton man for his involvement in a violent robbery and stabbing that happened earlier this year.In July, police said a fight broke out between two men involved in a drug deal at Brian Best Park in the town of Milton.The victim allegedly took money from a man without transferring the drugs and a physical altercation ensued. The 22-year-old victim was then stabbed in the throat with a knife and suffered life threatening injuries. Zachary Carter, 21, was arrested on Tuesday and has been charged with robbery, aggravated assault and weapons dangerous. He has been released on a promise to appear and an undertaking.

SMMT at Trade and Industry Select Committee today 9 March

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The industry has welcomed the introduction of tax breaks to support R&D investment in the UK. However, more assistance needs to be given to all SMEs in the automotive supply chain to protect up to 140,000 jobs and prevent further loss of these enterprises. Since 1996 SMMT Industry Forum has helped more than 450 vehicle and component manufacturers to improve performance. Shop-floor based, their training programmes encourage process improvement and waste reduction, cutting costs and improving bottom line performance. He added, ‘Our message is a positive one and we welcome the opportunity to present evidence to the Committee. But the partnership we have with government is one which needs to develop further. There is no room for complacency. Regulation, taxation and skills in the UK must allow companies to be competitive globally.’ Some of the most important factors affecting the sector include: Industry best practice Exports have been helped recently by a 15 per cent drop in sterling’s value. However, currency fluctuations continue to create uncertainty and, while the government dithers over any timetable for UK entry to the Euro, long-term investment decisions remain under threat. Chief executive Christopher Macgowan will highlight the strengths of an industry which generates annual turnover of £45 billion that supports 850,000 jobs. He will also promote the benefits of greater industry-government partnership to realise the sector’s long-term potential on the global stage. Investment SMMT representatives will today give evidence to the Trade and Industry Select Committee inquiry into the UK Automotive Industry in 2004. Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) are to be applauded for their efforts in attracting investment from overseas but more central co-ordination is needed. At present different UK regions can be involved in direct competition when the focus should be a national investment strategy. The Automotive Academy offers a joined-up approach to bridging the skills gap. With £15 million of government backing, the Academy has been tasked with developing a national approach to skills training from shop floor through to boardroom focussing on technical, leadership, management and support programmes. Approved courses, providers and assessors will be kite-marked. Regulation The industry believes that government should also be more active in promoting the benefits of investing in UK plc at home and overseas. This summer’s Sunday Times Motor Show Live, provides an ideal platform to demonstrate this commitment to all stakeholders. Mr Macgowan commented, ‘It is important that we don’t lose sight of two facts when focusing on the health of the motor industry. Firstly, the sector operates at an international level and we are a key global player. The UK boasts many of the most productive car and truck plants and a strong component manufacturing base. Secondly, there is a clear vision for the future: it is a prosperous future built on the foundations of skills, competitiveness and productivity. This will be realised, in part, through a stronger working relationship with government.’ Competitiveness and Productivity The industry must be given the opportunity to assess the impact of all new EU regulation at the earliest stage. The establishment of the Better Regulation Taskforce and government’s recently published Revised Regulatory Reform Action Plan are signs that the government is committed to what is a basic principle underpinning a positive business environment. The government should also avoid the temptation to ‘gold-plate’ when transposing EU Directives into UK law. A light touch with an approach that levels the playing field across Europe should always be the goal. This means no more onerous regulation – and costs – applied to UK manufacturers than those operating in mainland Europe. The motor industry suffers a skills shortage with many vacancies for qualified engineering and technician grade roles. Greater incentives for those pursuing science and engineering in higher education should be available and SMMT welcomes the recent launch of Employer Training Pilots. To demonstrate its commitment to customers SMMT members have created a New Car Code of Practice. In the form of a set of promises made by manufacturers to consumers, the new Code addresses OFT concerns about warranty terms and conditions. SMMT eagerly awaits the stamp of OFT approval. The skills shortage read more

Immunization Dont let the flu bug you

With flu season looming, Brock Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) is encouraging faculty, staff and students to educate themselves on how to stay healthy.As colder temperatures roll in and humidity levels are reduced, an optimal environment is created for the influenza virus to flourish. The biggest step people can take to protect themselves and others is to get a free flu shot available locally.Last year, HSW partnered with Brock nursing students to develop an informative influenza video to increase awareness regarding immunizations and to provide helpful tips.The Brock community can also visit the Niagara Region Public Health website for useful information about how the flu shot works and where locally they are available.While the suggested resources are intended to educate and increase awareness, the decision to get the flu shot is ultimately an individual decision. Consultation with a health professional, a walk-in clinic or a pharmacist is recommended. Educate yourself, family and friends on how to stay healthy this flu season. Don’t let the flu sneak up on you. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse tops Michigan in Ann Arbor

Senior midfielder Christopher May (25) carries the ball during a game against Michigan on April 12 in Ann Arbor, Mich. OSU won, 13-8.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern reporterANN ARBOR, Mich. — A win is a win, but a win over a rival can have more significance.After a 13-8 victory in Ann Arbor on Sunday, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team remained undefeated against Michigan and improved to 3-0 in Big Ten play this season. But the victory over the Wolverines was more than just a check in the win column.“Coming into their place and seeing all these nasty colors out here, it means a lot to us to get this win on the road,” senior defenseman Evan Mulchrone said.OSU struck first when senior midfielder David Planning put the ball in the goal 57 seconds into the game, followed by a strike from junior attackman Carter Brown 16 seconds later. But Michigan was quick to answer the Buckeyes’ fast start as the Maize and Blue went up, 4-2, early in the second quarter.“The goalie was hot early,” OSU coach Nick Myers said. “We took 10 shots in the first quarter and only scored two goals.”Myers said he was confident the goals would eventually fall, though, and they did. The Buckeyes retook the lead near the end of the first half with five unanswered goals, going up 7-4 before the break.“They came out playing really well,” Mulchrone said. “We got back to playing our original game of sliding and making them earn their goals, stopping unassisted goal scoring.”The Buckeyes acknowledged the Wolverines’ talent and effort going into the game, but Planning said he knows a rivalry victory requires more than just physical strength.“At the end of the day, it’s about hustling,” he said. “It’s about how badly you want the win.”Sunday’s game marked OSU’s first victory over Michigan as part of the Big Ten conference, making a “special rivalry” even sweeter, Myers said.“It’s our culture versus theirs, and we did what we do,” he said. “The seniors now have completed their 4-0 streak, but now we can focus on next week and our fourth opportunity to get another conference win.”OSU is set to return to Columbus to take on Maryland in its final home game on Saturday. The Showdown at the ‘Shoe is set to take place at 11 a.m. prior to the football team’s annual Spring Game. read more

Pomeroon boat captain charged with illegal ammunition possession granted 250000 bail

The boat that was interceptedA Pomeroon boat captain was today (Tuesday), granted bail in the sum of $250,000 after he was charged for illegal possession of ammunition when he appeared at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Courts.Twenty-eight-year-old, Rollin Fernandes of Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two (2), was charged with having the ammunition on October 4 at said Pomeroon during his appearance before Magistrate Esther Sam.It was previously reported that Fernandez and his bowman were arrested during a Joint Service Exercise conducted in the Pomeroon River.The shotgun cartridges that were allegedly unearthedAccording to reports, ranks from the Guyana Police Force, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Coast Guard, who were stationed at the Floating Base in the Pomeroon River, conducted a stop-and-search exercise on the cargo vessel.During the routine check, the ranks unearthed an unlicenced 12 gauge shotgun and 67 matching cartridges concealed in the bow of the boat.Fernandez and his 32-year-old bowman were intercepted and were said to be assisting Police with their investigations.The unlicenced 12 gauge shotgunHowever, only the ammunition charge was brought against Fernandez.Bail was objected to by the Police Prosecutor, however, same was granted in the sum $250,000.Fernandes who is expected to make his second Court appearance on November 11, is also required to report to the Charity Police Station every Friday until the completion of his trial. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related1 of the 9 involved in NWD illegal firearms, ammo bust jailed for 3 yearsOctober 28, 2017In “Court”Cops arrest man found with shotgun in MahaiconyAugust 28, 2019In “Crime”Pomeroon boat operator arrested with unlicenced gun, ammoMay 30, 2017In “Crime” read more

iPhone 5 4G Could fall release mean LTE

first_imgThere have been a lot of rumors floating around the web that the iPhone 5 release would be delayed until fall. Apple has had a pattern of releasing new iPhone hardware in the summer during its World Wide Developers Conference, but according to a release from Apple earlier this week, only new versions of Mac OS and iOS will be introduced this year (not that they’d spoil the iPhone 5 in the invite).So what’s up with the delay? Macotakara, a Mac blog in Japan, reports Apple hasn’t ordered components for the next-gen iPhone. Because of that, the iPhone 5 could be planned for Apple’s 2012 fiscal year, which starts on September 25. It’s likely that Apple could release the phone in October or November so the company doesn’t miss the big holiday season sales. From what we’ve seen around the web, a fall release is imminent. But, Apple has fooled us in the past, and the company has been known to quickly change its plans at times.The delay may be worth the wait, though. A fall release seems awfully suspicious and leads us to believe we may be seeing a 4G iPhone. LTE is being introduced to more and more phones, and many Android devices with LTE capabilities are expected this fall. So, autumn would be the perfect time to jump into the LTE game and not get left in the dust, which has never been Apple’s way of doing things.That being said, the company has been weary of quickly adopting new technologies in the past. Take the original iPhone for example. The first edition was launched with EDGE while other phones out at the time had 3G.Again, take all of this with a grain of salt because Apple keeps its secrets tightly locked up, and this is all just speculation. With that, Apple has said it will release a white iPhone this spring, so you’ll have that to hold you over until the iPhone 5 comes out.More at Mackotakaralast_img read more

Sharp combines gestures proximity and illuminance detection on a single sensor

first_imgThe next generation of smartphones is going to be all about the sensors that enable us to do cool new things without ever having to touch our handsets. And Sharp’s newest toy looks like a must have in this brave new world.Sharp has developed a new sensor designed to offer significantly improved gesture controls, lighting, and proximity detection using a single component, and it will be headed out to manufacturers later this month for them to start experimenting with.This hardware will enable manufacturers to offer greatly improved control over things like automatic brightness or screen disable when the phone is close to your head, but it will also allow for situations where the contents on the screen is directly affected by the proximity of your body to the sensor. You could, in theory, have text on a screen that got larger automatically as you brought the device closer to your face, or better control for face detection features like those seen in the Samsung Galaxy S4 right now.The sensor also unlocks access to a range of gestures for controlling your phone without ever needing to touch it. How advanced and involved such gestures become is down to the manufacturers choosing to use it, but it could make for some new and interesting smartphone control gesture sets next year.Demo sensor, showing the image grow and shrink with proximityIt’ll be about a year before we see the sensor in consumer products, but Sharp expects the demand for this technology will be significant over the next couple of months. This seems like the type of sensor manufacturers will be looking to add to their products over the next year, if for no other reason than to compete with Samsung, who has certainly pulled ahead of everyone else with their sensor-based features recently.last_img read more

Sony will have 39 playable games at PAX Prime this weekend

first_imgWith the PS4 launch date now set as November 15, Sony has a set timeframe within which it can really push the PS4 hard. This coming weekend is PAX Prime 2013 in Seattle, and it’s clear Sony intends to do exactly that with 10 PS4 titles playable during the 3-day weekend event.Not only that, but Sony is also highlighting both the PS3 and PS Vita titles that are arriving soon. In total there will be 39 games playable on the show floor on Sony hardware. You can check out the full list below split by platform:PlayStation 4Blacklight: RetributionContrast#DRIVECLUBHohokuminFAMOUS Second SonKillzone: Shadow FallKnackOctodad: Dadliest CatchRes0gunWarframePlayStation 3Batman: Arkham OriginsBEYOND: Two SoulsCounterSpyDiablo IIIDiveKickGran Turismo 6PuppeteerrainRatchet & Clank: Into the NexusPS VitaAtomic NinjaBatman: Arkham Origins BlackgateBIT.TRIP Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm AlienDoki Doki UniverseDragon Fantasy Book IIFezFlowerHohokumKickbeatKillzone: MercenaryLone SurvivorLuftrausersMetricoProteusRayman: LegendsReal BoxingSpelunkyTearawayTerrariaTxKIf you are lucky enough to be attending PAX, there’s some Sony swag up for grabs, too. You can try and get one of the 500 PlayStation 4 Passports, which in turn could lead to a bunch of PlayStation prizes. We don’t know what they are yet, but the fact there’s only 500 chances means it’s probably going to be good and include some hardware.Amazon staff will be giving out exclusive PlayStation t-shirts for when you pre-order games at the PlayStation Booth, and there’s four different Tearaway badges to be collected if you head over and see Media Molecule. There’s also a chance to win a PS Vita by tweeting a photo to @TearawayGame of you doing something Tearaway related.last_img read more