Ravena, Teng lead respective teams in mini-tournament at Draft Combine

first_imgRunner wins marathon after competitors ahead take wrong turn Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP PBA IMAGESKiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng captained their respective crews to the top of their groups in the 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine mini-tournament Monday at Gatorade Hoops Center.Ravena, a two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, anchored Team A-2 as they swept Group A in lopsided fashion.ADVERTISEMENT There will also be a three-point shootout at 2 p.m., before the Finals commence at 2:30 a.m.The Scores:First Game:A-2 71 – Perkins 20, Flores 13, Herndon 13, De Chavez 8, Ravena 7, Cabahug 6, Manuel 4, Geronimo 0.A-1 49 – Casiño 12, Dagangon 12, Moralde 11, Jose 8, Apreku 4, Dela Peña 0.Second Game:B-2 60 – Vigil 17, Gabriel 13, Palma 12, Sumido 7, Baltazar 6, Sargent 3, Torres 2.B-1 58 – Bringas 16, Juico 15, Ortega 11, Onwubere 8, Capacio 6, Grimaldo 2, Sollano 0.Third Game:A-1 72 – Jose 24, Manuel 22, Dagangon 10, Apreku 6, Casiño 5, Moralde 5.A-3 68 – Potts 13, Nalos 12, Bulawan 10, Tallo 10, Gabayni 9, Enguio 9, Arong 5. The former Ateneo stalwart displayed his playmaking skills in his side’s 71-49 rout of  Team A-1 as Jason Perkins (20 points), Lervin Flores (13 points), and Robbie Herndon (13 points) did the damage on offense.Ravena, then, took charge down the stretch to pull off the 69-58 win over Team A-3, firing nine of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter.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 shutoutHerndon continued his stellar showing in the second game, going perfect from the field to wound up with 23 markers, as Flores had 13.Meanwhile, the Teng-led Team B-3 had its victory come in contrasting fashion, squeaking out a 44-41 thriller over Team B-2, and a close 49-48 shave against Team B-1.Teng showcased his full array of talent in the combine, pacing his side with 10 points in a highly physical first game before going for 23 markers in the second game, but not before dishing out the game winning assist to Kyle Neypes for the go-ahead bucket in the waning seconds of the second game. But it’s not all Ravena and Teng as the coaches in attendance also took notice of some stalwarts in day one.Raymar Jose, Louie Vigil, Julian Sargent, Jon Gabriel, Jett Manuel, Gab Dagangon, Davon Potts, and Michael Juico are just some of the prospects who churned out solid performances for their respective teams.The mini-tournament continues on Tuesday as it goes on to the crossover semis.Ravena’s Team A-2 will take on Team B-2 of Vigil and Sargent at 9 a.m., while Teng’s Team B-3 face off against Team A-1 of Jose and Manuel at 10 a.m.Team A-3 of Potts and Mac Tallo and Team B-1 of Juico and Arvie Bringas will also be meeting in a battle for fifth game at 11 a.m., before the losers of the crossover semis face off at 1 p.m. in a battle for third.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion 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 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 PH View comments Fourth Game:B-3 44 – Teng 10, Grospe 9, Neypes 8, Nicholls 8, Abrigo 5, Sara 4, Cahilig 0.B-1 41 – Juico 19, Capacio 8, Sollano 6, Grimaldo 3, Ortega 3, Onwubere 2, Bringas 0.Fifth Game:A-2 69 – Ravena 24, Herndon 23, Flores 14, Perkins 8, Geronimo 0, Cabahug 0, De Chavez 0.A-3 58 – Potts 16, Gabayni 12, Arong 10, Tallo 9, Nalos 5, Bulawan 4, Enguio 2.Sixth Game:B-3 49 – Teng 23, Grospe 10, Neypes 4, Abrigo 7, Sara 5, Nicholls 0.B-2 48 – Vigil 16, Gabriel 9, Sargent 9, Baltazar 6, Palma 6, Torres 2, Sumido 0. MOST READ Read Nextlast_img read more

Marathon runner OP Jaisha recovering well, say doctors

first_imgRio returned Marathon Runner OP Jaisha who was tested positive for H1N1 soon after she returned to the country is now responding well to the treatment at a hospital in Bangalore.”She was tested positive for H1N1 and has been under critical observation from the time of her admission. She is responding well to the treatment and her condition is stable. The government authorities as well as Sports Authority of India are being appraised about her health regularly,” said Dr Vivek Anand Padegal who is the Consultant Pulmonologist at Fortis Hospital.The former Chief minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy visited Jaisha in hospital and said, “Jaisha has been administered the best treatment available, her condition is stable now. I have spoken to the doctors and they have apprised me of the medical treatment, I think she will be able to leave the hospital in a couple of days.”Jaisha first underwent tests at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD), the government hospital that tests for communicable diseases. She later was admitted to Fortis hospital, Bannerghatta road where she has been kept under critical observation.OP Jaisha is the second Indian athlete after Sudha Singh who has been tested positive for the H1N1 virus after returning from Rio.last_img read more

Angelo Mathews declared fit for ODI series decider against India

first_imgSri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews has been declared fit after recovering from cramps for the winners-take-all contest of the one day international series against India on Sunday. The three-match series is currently locked at 1-1 with the decider being played ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium at Visakhapatnam.Mathews suffered cramps during his unbeaten 111 — his second hundred in the 50-over format — in the second match at Mohali on Wednesday. He bowled and batted without any problem in the training session ahead of the last ODI.”Angelo Mathews has recovered from cramps, he suffered at the end of the last game. He bowled as well as batted in the nets today. All our 15 members are fit and available for selection,” Sri Lanka team manager Asanka Gurusinha said on Friday.The islanders had a training session that lasted a little over three hours.Meanwhile, the Indian team called off their optional training session scheduled for later in the day.Sri Lanka won the opener in Dharamsala by seven wickets and then the hosts rode on skipper Rohit Sharma’s historic third ODI double century to clinch the second tie.(Courtesy: IANS)last_img read more

Arrow introduces next-generation IoT wireless modules

first_imgArrow Electronics has introduced a family of radio modules to jump-start IoT-device design, leveraging the power-efficient dual-core performance of STMicroelectronics’ STM32WB55 wireless microcontroller. The Sharky modules were co-developed with Italian designer Midatronics.The STM32WB55 microcontroller at the heart of these modules integrates a 2.4GHz RF transceiver supporting Bluetooth 5 (including BLE), Thread, and ZigBee stacks. Its dual Arm Cortex-M core architecture enables real-time secure application performance running on the 64MHz Cortex-M4F core, while concurrently managing the radio subsystem and security tasks on the co-integrated and completely independent Cortex-M0+.The Sharky modules, MDX-STWBP-01 and MDX-STWUP-R01, respectively give users the choice of an on-board PCB antenna or a UFL connector for attaching an external antenna. Balun circuitry for connecting the antenna is integrated in the MCU. Alternatively, the Sharkypro modules, MDX-STWBC-R01 and MDX-STWBW-R01 offer a choice of a chip antenna or no antenna, respectively.Compact and power-conscious, the modules draw 13nA in shutdown mode and 600nA in standby with the MCU real-time clock and RAM powered up. With -96dBm receive sensitivity and programmable RF output power, active current is also low at just 4.5mA receive and transmitting at 0dBm. Users can secure their devices on the IoT leveraging the MCU’s hardware-based encryption, Public Key Authorisation (PKA) and Random Number Generator (RNG), with customer key storage to keep keys hidden.The modules come with the RF (32MHz) and 32.7kHz crystals required by the MCU already fitted and are ready to start work. Users can accelerate their projects by taking advantage of ST’s STM32Cube development ecosystem, which provides MCU-configuration tools, middleware, and new extensions for the STM32WB55, including peripheral drivers, connectivity libraries, and a monitoring tool for RF testing. The Sharky modules measure 16 x 27.25mm and the Sharkypro variants are 14.6 x 23mm or 14.6x 14.6mm.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous OpenHW Group created and announces CORE-V family of open-source coresNext Marvell extends strategic partnership with Armlast_img read more

Minerva Punjab to get rematch against Real Kashmir: AIFF

first_imgDefending champions Minerva Punjab FC, who pulled out of their I-League clash against Real Kashmir in Srinagar citing security concerns, will get a re-match against the debutants, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided.The game was originally scheduled for February 18 but did not take place after Minerva refused to travel to Srinagar, insisting that their foreign players had been advised against it by their respective embassies in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.Minerva said the AIFF failed to give written security assurances that were sought by the club after the terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.”The AIFF Emergency Committee on Monday decided that there will be a re-match of Real Kashmir and Minerva Punjab but the date and venue is yet to be decided,” I-League CEO Sunando Dhar told PTI.”We have communicated this to Real Kashmir (since they are the host team) and we will take a decision (on the venue and date) after they give a reply. The plan is to have the match before the Super Cup preliminary round starts (on March 15).”I don’t want to say anything on date and venue now,” he added.Real Kashmir had turned up for the game last month, asserting that all the security arrangements were in place and they be awarded the three points after Minerva’s no-show.Minerva went on to argue that their pullout could not be considered a forfeiture as it was security grounds. The club refused to forego the three points, taking the matter to the Delhi High Court.advertisementThe court asked Minerva to go back to the AIFF I-League Committee for a resolution. The decision to have a re-match was, however, taken by the AIFF’s Emergency Committee.The League Committee had referred the matter to emergency panel, which comprises the AIFF President, five vice-Presidents and the Secretary General.Asked if there was still a chance of the match being held in Srinagar, Dhar said, “Let us wait for what Real Kashmir wants, in their reply.”Both the clubs are already out of title contention.Also Read | Delhi High Court rejects Minerva Punjab plea against AIFF over Real Kashmir game in SrinagarAlso Read | Exclusive: Secure or not? Minerva Punjab, Real Kashmir in war of words over Srinagar matchAlso Read | Disappointing not to play the game vs Minerva: Real Kashmir coach David Robertsonlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma out for 0 in India Board President’s XI vs South Africa

first_imgRohit Sharma out for 0 in India Board President’s XI vs South AfricaRohit Sharma’s hugely-awaited outing as an opener in red-ball cricket didn’t go as planned as the stylish batsman failed to score for Board President’s XI vs South Africa in Vizianagaram.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk VizianagaramSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 11:30 IST Rohit Sharma was out for a duck on Saturday (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma failed to score against the South Africans on SaturdayRohit was dismissed off his 2nd ball by Vernon PhilanderRohit is set to don the role of opener in Tests for India vs South AfricaRohit Sharma suffered the ill-fate of being dismissed for a duck in his last outing before the 1st Test vs South Africa starts on October 2. During the ongoing tour match of the visiting South Africans against the Indian Board President’s XI being played at Vizianagaram, Rohit opened the BPXI innings with Mayank Agarwal after the tourists had declared their 1st innings on 279/6.But Rohit lasted just 2 balls as in the 2nd over of the innings bowled by fast bowler Vernon Philander, the batsman was caught by Hienrich Klaasen without scoring. At the time of writing, BPXI were 13/1 in 3.4 overs with Abhimanyu Easwaran having joined Agarwal in the middle.Earlier, Yuvraj Singh said Rohit Sharma should be given an extended run in Tests if India are considering to promote him to open the innings in the longest format of the game.The selection committee has dropped KL Rahul for the upcoming 3-Test series against South Africa, starting October 2. Rohit Sharma has got the backing of the team management and the selectors and is all set to open in whites as well.”If you ask me, Rohit Sharma should have opened in Tests from the beginning of his career. You play him one match and then drop him and say Rohit Sharma is not scoring runs in Test cricket. How can you expect someone to perform without giving him 10 Test?” Yuvraj Singh said.”Now if you are making Rohit Sharma open in Tests, you should give him 6 Tests and tell him Rohit, you have got 10-12 innings, go and play your game, nobody will say anything. You gave so many chances to KL Rahul, so whoever is your opener, give him those 6 Test matches so that he can go and express his game.”advertisementAlso Read | Based on Virat Kohli’s workload, India can try a different captain for shorter formats: Yuvraj SinghFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs South Africalast_img read more

North Carolina Ports Makes Room for Bigger Ships

first_imgzoom As the North Carolina Ports Authority completed the expansion project of its turning basin at the Port of Wilmington, the port is now capable of accommodating post-Panamax vessels with a length of 350 meters and a breadth of 48 meters.Undertaken over a period of six months, the expansion, which was conducted as part of the ports authority’s ongoing infrastructure investment plan, will provide for the accommodation of vessels in the 8,000 to 10,000 TEU range, depending on the vessel’s profile.The turning basin project included the removal of an existing bulk pier and dredging along the port’s side of the Cape Fear River to expand the turning basin from 1,200 feet to 1,400 feet.The Yang-Ming Unity became the largest vessel to utilize the expanded turning basin and call the Port of Wilmington on August 7, 2016.Carrying some 8,200 TEUs, the vessel arrived to the Wilmington port after it transited the new locks of the recently expanded Panama Canal.After a banner year in fiscal year 2015, North Carolina Ports saw its best-ever financial year in fiscal 2016.“Fiscal year 2017 is off to an impressive start as well with the completion of the turning basin and the recent return of intermodal rail service to the North Carolina Ports,” the authority said.last_img read more

Province Invests in New Port Bickerton Community Centre

first_imgThe province is supporting a community effort that will enhance social and recreational activities and create a new home for the volunteer fire department in Port Bickerton. The Department of Economic and Rural Development, through the Community Development Fund, will invest $66,939 to support the Port Bickerton Community Centre Club and Seashore Volunteer Fire Department. “This project is a wonderful example of a sustainable initiative that will benefit the Port Bickerton area for years to come,” said MLA Jim Boudreau, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris, at the announcement today, Aug. 12. “By combining the two facilities, the centre will be more cost effective and its services will be more accessible to the community.” The current community centre and the volunteer fire station are in need of major repairs. The new facility will provide enhanced social and recreational activities, as well as health programs and services. The community will fund its portion of the project through the sale of the buildings and land. “We were delighted to receive funding from the province enabling us to move forward with this exciting project,” said Keith Horton, president of the Seashore Volunteer Fire Department. “This new building will be an asset to the community and will help promote the health and vitality of our residents.” The Community Development Fund assists regional areas and rural communities with local planning and entrepreneurship. It helps to develop co-operatives and projects to ensure sustainable communities across Nova Scotia. Last year, projects totaled more than $1.4 million.last_img read more

Photographer files complaint with police after alleged assault while on the job

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto newspaper photographer said he opted to file a complaint with police about being attacked while covering a protest in order to raise awareness about the dangers of escalating anti-media sentiment.Longtime Toronto Sun staff photographer Stan Behal said what he experienced last weekend — which included being hit on the head — was different from other incidents over his 35-year career, alleging it appeared to be fuelled by animosity toward journalists.The occurrence, coupled with increasing anti-media rhetoric from south of the border, made him feel the need to put the matter before police, he said.“The public is getting the message that you can get away with this, especially when someone as high-profile as the President of the United States says that we’re the ‘enemy of the people,’” Behal said. “That’s scary. That really makes what we do very difficult.”Toronto police said in a news release Thursday they were looking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an alleged assault on a 63-year-old man in the city’s downtown last Saturday. A police spokeswoman confirmed the victim of the alleged incident was Behal. Police said the suspect is a man in his 20s, with a muscular build and short brown hair. He was wearing a grey T-shirt at the time.Behal said the incident took place while he was covering an anti-hate rally in downtown Toronto on Saturday.A coalition of religious, labour and social justice groups had convened to counteract a planned demonstration by the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam, which is open about its anti-Muslim and white supremacist agenda. That group ultimately did not go through with its rally but those against it gathered nonetheless.Behal said that while many espoused messages of tolerance, a specific contingent made him feel targeted as he accompanied a Toronto Sun columnist and snapped photos of the event.Those individuals, who covered their faces with bandannas, followed, photographed and challenged him as he tried to complete his assignment, he said.Suddenly, a man whose face was not covered lunged at him, Behal said.A video posted on the Sun’s website shows a man rush up to Behal, swat at his head, grab his arm and eventually yank off his cap. Several people, including police, look on as the incident takes place.“I think he meant to do damage,” Behal said. “It looks like he’s just swiping to try and get my hat, but his hand comes down pretty strongly on the top of my head … It was quite painful.”Groups organizing or endorsing the rally criticized what happened, saying it undermined the purpose of the event.United Jewish People’s Order spokeswoman Lia Tarachansky, one of the event organizers, apologized to Behal for his ordeal and said no one should ever feel unsafe at an event denouncing hatred.“We did not go there to be violent, but to unite Toronto against hate groups,” she said.Evan Balgord, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, said hat-grabbing has become a feature of some protests and typically involves people removing the “Make America Great Again” caps that have become prevalent since Donald Trump launched his successful bid for the U.S. presidency.But Balgord said disrupting journalists in the course of their duties crosses the line.“The guy who did this should not have done this,” he said. “You do not lay hands on journalists at demonstrations.”At least one industry group said Behal’s experience raises alarms about the treatment of journalists in society at large.“In an era where epithets like ‘fake news’ are undermining the integrity of journalists around the world, we are seeing real, tangible effects of a concerted effort to establish distrust between the public and the press,” Cole Burston, the president of the News Photographers Association of Canada said in a statement.“The incident with Mr. Behal underscores the growing challenge our colleagues face in simply doing their jobs, and that’s not acceptable.”last_img read more

NL Tories apologize for using singers Victory Song without approval

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s Tory leader has opened his election campaign with an apology to one of the province’s best-known musicians.Ches Crosbie apologized Thursday morning after former Great Big Sea member Sean McCann objected to the Tory campaign’s use of his song, “Victory Song,” at the party’s campaign launch in St. John’s on Wednesday night.McCann said the song is about his successful battle over addiction and the Tories did not ask for or get his permission.He asked them to stop using it.Crosbie said the party had been late contacting McCann for permission, and should have waited for his approval.He called it a mistake, apologized, and said it won’t happen again.“Sean, you’re an inspiration to NLers everywhere. Wasn’t intended to be a ‘campaign song,’ but was played at campaign HQ. It is a great song. No harm intended, keep making amazing music,” Crosbie said on Twitter.Premier Dwight Ball called an election for May 16 on Wednesday evening, in what’s shaping up as a close race between the ruling Liberals and opposition Tories.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Big Stars To Perform Songs By The Who For Teenage Cancer Trust

first_imgThe Who hits 50 at Shepherds Bush Empire on November 11 with a special star-studded gig featuring some of the biggest names in music performing Who songs for the Teenage Cancer Trust.The house band for the evening is The Who’s band featuring Simon Townshend, Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino, Billy Nicholls, Frank Simes, Loren Gold and John Coury, and they will be joined onstage by some of the best artists in the world all performing Who classics.Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher, Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield, Geddy Lee from Rush, The Strypes, Brody Dalle, Tom Odell, Amy Macdonald, Andy Burrows and Rizzle Kicks as well more to be announced soon, have chosen their favourite WHO songs to perform in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.The Who’s Roger Daltrey is a long-standing patron of Teenage Cancer Trust and has been curating the charity’s annual flagship event, Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, for 15 years. In that time the shows have raised over £19 million to help young people with cancer and the charity has grown to include 28 specialist units and 48 expert teenage cancer nurses and youth-support coordinators.Tickets to the gig go on sale on Friday, October 31, here.last_img read more

Top UN refugee official urges end to Ivorian stalemate to ease humanitarian

10 February 2011The head of the United Nations refugee agency warned today of a worsening humanitarian crisis in Côte d’Ivoire and called for an immediate end to the political stalemate, which has led tens of thousands to flee their homes amid violence and uncertainty. “The political blockade is becoming more deeply entrenched, causing the humanitarian situation to get worse and worse,” said António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “People are very afraid,” he added in a statement.Côte d’Ivoire has been in turmoil since early December when outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo refused leave office despite opposition leader Alassane Ouattara’s UN-certified victory in November’s run-off election. Mr. Ouattara has been recognized by the international community as the West African country’s duly elected president.Mr. Guterres said his office has registered at least 35,000 Ivorian refugees in neighbouring Liberia, and an equal number of internally displaced persons in western Côte d’Ivoire who are in dire need of shelter and other basic relief supplies.Earlier this week, a plane chartered by the UN refugee agency, known as UNHCR, flew from the city of Liège in Belgium carrying 2,450 tents from the agency’s emergency stockpile in Copenhagen and a convoy of trucks will transport 93 tons of relief aid from Accra, the capital of Ghana, to Abidjan, the Ivorian commercial capital. “We face the risk of a possible massive displacement of Ivorians,” said Mr. Guterres, adding that the crisis could also have a negative impact on Liberia, which is recovering from the 1999-2003 civil war, as well as other countries in the region.“Given these circumstances, I commend Liberia for its open-border policy and the Liberian people who have so generously opened their homes and shared their scarce resources,” said Mr. Guterres, who also appealed for international solidarity with the Ivorian people and the Liberians hosting them.“Urgent international political action is necessary to resolve the stalemate and restore calm,” said the High Commissioner. “All citizens of Côte d’Ivoire should feel secure at home and no longer forced to flee in search of safety,” he added.In a related development, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky today confirmed that a radio station run by the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) is still broadcasting despite a declaration by the country’s National Council for Audiovisual Communication (CNCA) that the station had been suspended.Mr. Nesirky told reporters in New York that UNOCI has not been informed of the decision to shut it down, and described the purported decision to close down UNOCI-FM as “another unacceptable attempt by Mr. Gbagbo’s camp to disrupt the mandated operations of UNOCI.”The head of the UNOCI-FM, Sylvain Semilinko, told UN Radio in an interview that the freedom of the press in that country has been suppressed.“The whole media landscape in Côte d’Ivoire has been muzzled by Mr. Gbagbo’s camp because they don’t want freedom of speech, freedom of press. They don’t want pluralism of opinion since the election. There is a clamp down on the media,” said Mr. Semilinko.Meanwhile, UNOCI reported that it is carrying out its mandated tasks as usual, saying that it provided free medical care to 3,099 people, distributed 71,000 litres of water and conducted 4,822 patrols last month. Nearly 1,000 of those patrols were in Abidjan.Cote read more

Michigan Court of Appeals rules 21 that righttowork law applies to 35000

Michigan Court of Appeals rules 2-1 that right-to-work law applies to 35,000 state employees AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Eggert, The Associated Press Posted Aug 15, 2013 3:27 pm MDT LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s right-to-work law applies to 35,000 state employees, a divided state appeals court ruled Thursday in the first major legal decision on the much-debated measure eight months after it passed.Judges voted 2-1 to reject a lawsuit filed by labour unions representing state workers. In a state with a heavier presence of organized labour than most, thousands of protesters came to the Capitol late last year as the Republican-backed measure was passed quickly.The law prohibits forcing public and private workers in Michigan to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, and applies to labour contracts extended or renewed after late March. It went to court after questions were raised whether it can apply to state employees, since the Michigan Civil Service Commission, which sets compensation for state employees, has separate powers under the state constitution.The majority said legislators have the broader authority to pass laws dealing with union fees.“In light of the First Amendment rights at stake, the Michigan Legislature has made the policy decision to settle the matter by giving all employees the right to choose,” Judges Henry Saad and Pat Donofrio wrote, adding that legislators decided to “remove politics from public employment and to end all inquiry or debate about how public sector union fees are spent.”Dissenting Judge Elizabeth Gleicher said the court’s decision strips the civil service panel of its “regulatory supremacy” clearly laid out in the state’s constitution, which allows the four-member commission to regulate “all conditions of employment” for civil service workers.“It cannot seriously be questioned that imposition of an ‘agency fee’ constitutes a regulation of a condition of employment,” she wrote.The commission currently has three appointees of former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and those members have battled with Republican Gov. Rick Snyder over other proposals affecting state workers.In January, Snyder himself asked the Michigan Supreme Court to step in early and decide the legality of the right-to-work law, particularly the state employee issue, but the high court declined.Multiple union-led lawsuits have been filed to strike down Michigan’s right-to-work law. Legal challenges in neighbouring Indiana, which passed a right-to-work law just before Michigan did, have been unsuccessful.The contracts for unionized state employees end Dec. 31. The United Auto Workers, which represents about half of them, recently began contract talks with the Snyder administration.Police officers and firefighters are exempted from the law and must pay union fees. read more

Womens EHF CL Main Round 100 Visitors Saturday

Four games of the Women’s EHF Champions League Main Round – four wins of visitors. Oltchim and Buducnost in the Group 2, while Larvik and Gyori in Group 1 took very important points:Krim Mercator : Oltchim Valcea 25:31 (13:16)Metz : Budućnost 27:29 (14:15)Midtjylland : Larvik 22:26 (9:16)Itxako Navarra : Györ 26:28 (13:14) Budućnost PodgoricaKrim MercatorOltchimWomens EHF Champions League ← Previous Story SEHA 2nd Part begins: Favorites celebrate wins! Next Story → Gyula Gal is back to Hungary

Opinion We cant afford to take a single job for granted as

first_imgLAST WEEK THE Irish people had their say on how they are represented and how the important issues in their locality are addressed by their Local Authority. A dominant issue of national and local discussion has been employment, how to support existing jobs and how to provide new ones. Given the renewed focus on a local approach, where does your Local Authority fit into this equation?Traditionally, local authorities are seen as service providers in their communities covering everything from street lighting and planning to motor tax and roads. In terms of engagement with business, local authorities are often seen as being reliant on local economies as opposed to being a central driver of economic activity.At the most basic level however, local authorities are major employers in their community, supporting direct and indirect employment. In many cases, this local spend has equivalent impact to a major Foreign Direct Investment employer, acting as a boon for local business.At a broader level, local authorities facilitate growth by working with other State agencies in supporting investment decisions. This practical support underpins many major jobs announcements such as Eli Lily in Cork, Pay Pal in Dundalk and Kerry Group in Naas.What more can be done locally?While major jobs announcements are needed and very welcome – our capacity to create jobs through growing existing businesses and supporting new ones will form the backbone of our economic recovery.All too often businesses fail for lack of advice or appropriate mentoring at their early stages. For the person taking the leap and starting their own business, accessing enterprise supports needs to be as simple, positive and coherent as possible.Responding to this need, the roll out of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) is bringing together the local knowledge and existing business supports of county councils with the skills of Enterprise Ireland to provide 31 experienced teams across the country.For those trying to start or grow a business the new structures present a much more effective way to access vital supports including capital grants, training programmes and business mentoring – the idea is as simple as it is potent, all information and direction in one building. These activities can be daunting for some clients, but the new system will cut down on the time it takes to identify the appropriate supports and how to get them – be it market research, legal obligations, risk identification or sales planning advice.For the entrepreneur with the idea and the potential, there will always be issues that they haven’t considered. The aim of the LEOs is to provide streamlined access to the right information and support so they can get on with the job of developing their business.Importantly, the establishment of the LEOs will mean that all categories of business – including sole traders, micro businesses and small and medium sized companies – will have access to Government supports and advice. Previously some businesses – for example, companies who were too large to access County Enterprise Board supports, but were not exporting and therefore did not qualify for Enterprise Ireland supports – fell through the cracks between different agencies. Thankfully this will no longer be the case.Commercial ratesThe development of the LEOs is one key element of local authorities’ role in actively supporting enterprise and investment in their localities. This is an important positive change but any discussion of the relationship between local authorities and business in their localities inevitably contains a discussion on commercial rates. This is an important issue and has been the subject of considerable commentary recently as rates are seen to account for an increasing proportion of local authority budgets. This is, however, not due to increasing rate charges but instead a decline in other local authority income.In response to the cost pressures on businesses, the vast majority of rating authorities have frozen or reduced commercial rates – including 87 out of the 88 rating authorities either reducing their annual rate on valuation or freezing it in 2013.Between 2006 and 2012 average collection rates for Commercial Rates fell by a fifth, down from 93.3% in 2006 to 74.2 % in 2012. Taken together, both the fall in collection of rates and the cost of bad debts serves to exert further pressure on local authority finances.Like business, local authorities been responding to these changed circumstances and in recent years, have seen a 23% fall in staffing levels and also delivered efficiency savings of €839m nationally.With the launch of the LEOs, local authorities are again responding to changed circumstances and needs – and in doing so are striving to develop and grow their relationships with local business and enterprise.The futureIt is extremely clear from our recent history that we cannot afford to take a single job for granted. The impact of each existing job supported or new job created means more money, more confidence and more people circulating in our towns and villages.Building on the recovery underway in our economy requires local authorities to leverage their local knowledge and provide support services that deliver real value and benefit to local enterprise.On their side business should make full use of these services as they seek to create sustainable local jobs.Through collaboration and new ways of working together, business and local authorities can harness their respective strengths to improve towns and villages around the country. Now, more than ever, local authorities are open for business.Peter Hynes, Mayo County Manager and County and City Managers Assoc. Committee on Community, Social and Economic Development.Noonan: online tool will unlock €2 billion in funding for small businesslast_img read more

Apple Drops USBC Dongle and Accessory Prices Following Criticism

first_img There’s really no way around it—Apple has serious port problems. With the iPhone 7, it removed the headphone jack, much to the chagrin of audiophiles. The newly announced MacBook Pro has a whopping six USB Type-C ports. That’s great! However, those are all the ports it has. That’s not so great!The USB Type-C standard has been gaining ground in the last few years as computers, and mobile devices adopt it. Now, most Android phones come with this port standard, rather than the older microUSB. USB Type-C is a definite improvement because the plug is reversible, it’s faster, delivers more power, and can output almost any kind of signal. In the future where all your peripherals are Type-C, that will be handy. Right now, it means you’ll need a lot of adapters. It just so happens, Apple sells those adapters.The outcry was swift after the new MacBook went on sale. Apple was making a killing on all those dongles, but it has now relented and lowered the prices. Some of Apple’s first-party adapters have seen price drops as high as 50%. For example, the standard Type-C to Type-A dongle (the old USB you’re familiar with) is down to just $9 now. Most third-party accessories Apple sells are at least 25% off as well. It makes the situation much less aggravating for new MacBook buyers.In addition to the drop in dongle cost, Apple is lower prices on all USB Type-C and Thunderbolt peripherals by 25% through the end of the year. That includes products like the 4K and 5K LG displays and external card readers powered by Type-C. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on targetlast_img read more

Fire engulfs barn in north Clark County

first_imgFire engulfed a barn in north Clark County late Thursday, according to emergency radio traffic.The fire was reported about 9:50 p.m. at 15109 N.E. 369th St. in the Fargher Lake area.Crews arrived on scene to find fire had spread throughout the 7,200-square-foot barn, one of several structures on the property, according to radio traffic and county records.last_img

Alleged bribes over half a million ex Minister Shane Gibson given bail

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 4, 2017 – Nassau – Over half a million dollars in alleged bribes is what the former Labour Minister and once Hurricane Matthew Czar was charged in connection with at Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.   The charges against Shane Gibson, who limped and hopped his way into the court house were concerned with Jonathan Ash and included 16 counts of bribery, two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, two counts of conspiracy to commit extortion and 15 counts of extortion – where it is alleged that between January 2 and April 30, 2017, Gibson extorted $250,000 from Mr Ash.As it relates to  the bribery challenges, it is alleged Gibson solicited more than $250,000 from Mr Ash between February 2 and March 30, 2017; the conspiracy to extort is alleged to have happened between January 2 and April 30, 2017.   The cumulative figure comes to a reported $610,000 in alleged kickbacks to the former Minister for the National Insurance Board.The suspicious leg injury of Shane Gibson which is shown in cell phone and media videos of his arrival at court on Thursday was said to be caused by a boating accident.    Gibson is represented by Damian Gomez, QC, Wayne Munroe, QC, Anthony McKinney, QC, and Alex Dorsett.  He is released on $40,000 bail with sureties and was allowed to keep his travel documents, will not have to check in with Police and is due back in court on October 3.#MagneticMediaNews#ShaneGibsongivenbail Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #ShaneGibsongivenbaillast_img read more

Maurizio Sarri thinks he needs more time to make Chelsea top

first_imgOn the eve of the Premier League derby at Stamford Bridge against Manchester City, Chelsea chief Maurizio Sarri asked for patience after his team suffered two defeats in their last three Premier League outingsAfter an outstanding start of the season, the Blues have struggled to maintain the impressive performance in the past few weeks, having failed to secure all three points in three out of their previous four league clashes.After running unbeaten in 18 games across all competitions, the London outfit has suffered a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium. What’s more, they allowed the returnees, Wolverhampton Wanderers, to come back from a goal down and clinch a 2-1 victory last midweek.However, former Napoli manager believes he needs to get some time to help his side return to the top of the Premier League.“What happens if Guardiola had no time in City? Maybe the best team in the world (would not have been) City in the last year,” he told Evening Standard.“My problem is to improve my players, to solve the situation, to solve problems, to try to gain a lot of points.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Then there is the club that will decide what is better for them.“For him (Guardiola), it’s impossible to improve 20 players in the first season.“He told me, in the first season, you have to work only on 14, 15 players otherwise you are in trouble.“You need a season just to understand the real situation here (in England).”With Chelsea expected to take on the Citizens on Saturday’s afternoon, Maurizio Sarri is poised to take Guardiola’s scalp as his team trails the unbeaten Premier League leaders by ten points.last_img read more