UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games gives Malaysia tourism a big push Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next READ: LOOK: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas Pilipinas Already missing the services of June Mar Fajardo (strained calf) and Christian Standhardinger (stiff neck and shoulder), the Philippines also had to deal with Raymond Almazan’s foul woes and Calvin Abueva’s sprained ankle after he slipped in the paint at the 2:01 mark of the second 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 shutoutCalvin Abueva being helped off to the bench. Photo from Fiba.comBut the Phoenix rookie came to the rescue as he drilled seven triples to finish with 25 points for the Philippines, which awaits the winner of the playoff between Japan and Korea for its next match up. He also had four assists.The quarterfinals are slated on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Romeo struggled to get his offense in the game, but made a living from the charity stripe, canning six of his seven freebies to finish with 10 markers, three assists, and two rebounds in the win.READ: Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia CupQatar remains winless in its three outings.Elhadary paced the Qataris with 23 points, six assists, three rebounds, and three steals in the losing effort, while Saad got a double-double of 18 markers, 11 boards, three dimes, and two steals.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 80 – Wright 25, Cruz 13, Norwood 10, Romeo 10, Castro William 6, Pogoy 5, Almazan 4, Aguilar 3, Abueva 2, Jalalon 2.QATAR 74 – Elhadary 23, Saad 18, Erfan 9, Abdelhaleem 8, Al-Muftah 6, Mohamed 6, Mohmmed 4, Abdelkawy 0, Al-Darwish 0, Al-Rayes 0.Quarters: 25-16, 41-27, 59-47, 80-74. View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Matthew Wright. Photo from Fiba.comBanking on its torrid three-point shooting, Gilas Pilipinas snared the top seed in Group B with an 80-74 victory over Qatar Sunday in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.Matthew Wright compensated for the Filipinos’ problems up front and caught fire to help them sweep Group B of the continental tilt, which also included China and Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Gilas PH squad underdog no moreWright wasn’t the only one who got going from downtown as the team shot 15-of-42 from three.Carl Bryan Cruz added 13 markers on a 3-of-9 shooting from three, while Gabe Norwood shot 2-of-4 from beyond the arc to wound up with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.Norwood’s three-pointer at the 7:49 mark of the third quarter gave the Philippines a 20-point edge, 49-29, but Qatar leaned on Mansour Elhadary and Abdulrahman Saad to slice the lead down to as low as five, 75-70, with 2:06 to play.Photo from Fiba.comHowever, Wright was there to restore order as he banged a corner three, followed by the dagger floater from Terrence Romeo to seal the deal for Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kilbane still unimpressed by Man Utd midfielder Pogbaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton defender Kevin Kilbane remains unimpressed by Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.United travel to Wembley to face Spurs in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first big test at 4.30pm.”It’s all very well strutting his stuff now Jose Mourinho is gone – Paul Pogba needs to show he’s not a one trick pony today,” Kilbane told the Daily Mail.”He could be one of the Premier League’s best midfielders but he is quite obviously a weak player who needs someone to tell him how good he is all the time, before he can perform.”Clearly Mourinho was not the ideal manager to get the best out of the Frenchman. “But then the former United and Chelsea boss has shown little sympathy for dozens of mavericks or pretty average players throughout his career.”The relationship between the two was poison but while Pogba is undoubtedly very talented, and now a World Cup winner, he has been really poor and remarkably inconsistent in this second spell at Old Trafford.”
The 21st annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised $6 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.Sir Elton John speaks onstage during Chopard at 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ChopardThe gala, which took place on Sunday, February 24, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was co-sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks, and Wells Fargo; American Airlines serves as the Foundation’s official sponsoring airline.Bono, actress Eve Hewson, Chairman and Founder of Neuro Diana Jenkins and singers Chris Brown and Asher Monroe attend Neuro at 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NeuroAttendees included Sir Elton John & David Furnish, Agnes Bruckner, Aisha Tyler, Andrew Rannells, Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer, Ashley Fink, Benji Madden, Bernie Taupin, Billie Jean King, Bono, Britney Spears, Bryan Singer, Carmen Electra, Chace Crawford, Chad Michael Murray, Chelsea Handler, Chris Brown, Chris Colfer, Chris Cornell, Christa B. Allen, Colton Haynes, Dave Grohl, Dustin Lance Black, Emma Roberts, Emmy Rossum, Eric & Janet McCormack, Finola Hughes, George Takei, Heidi Klum, Ian Somerhalder, Jaime King, Jane Lynch, Jane Seymour, Jared Harris, JC Chasez, Academy Award winner Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jenna Elfman, Jennifer Coolidge, Jessica Lowndes, Jim Carrey, Joel Madden, John Ratzenberger, John Waters, Judy Greer, Karina Smirnoff, Katerina Graham, Kelly Osbourne, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kyle Maclachlan, Lucy Lawless, Lydia Hearst, Matthew Morrison, Mehcad Brooks, Melanie Brown, Mena Suvari, Michael Buble, Miley Cyrus, Molly Sims, Naomi Campbell, Natalie Imbruglia, Nia Vardalos, Nicki Minaj, Nicole Richie, Nina Dobrev, Nina Garcia, Paul Wesley, Paz Vega, Peter Facinelli, Petra Nemcova, Quincy Jones, Rachel Griffiths, Randy Jackson, Rose McGowan, Russell Simmons, Ryan Kwanten, Sandra Lee, Sharon Stone, Skylar Grey, Steven Tyler, Terry Crews, Tim Allen, Topher Grace, Wilmer Valderrama, among others.David Furnish and Sir Elton John attend Chopard at 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ChopardGuests arrived at the Academy Awards Viewing Party for cocktails followed by a gala dinner and viewing of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. This year, Chef Gordon Ramsay, British celebrity chef, television personality, restaurateur, and holder of 14 Michelin stars, prepared an exquisite 5-course meal for guests that included chilled dungeness crab, braised beef short rib and sticky toffee pudding.The dinner was followed by a lively auction. Auction items included an iconic photograph of Faye Dunaway the morning after she won her Best Actress Oscar for “Network” by famed photographer Terry O’Neill that sold for $120,000; two sets of tickets to join Sir Elton John and David Furnish at the legendary Vanity Fair party that sold for $150,000 each; five days at Steven Tyler’s Hawaiian retreat that sold for $250,000. Sir Elton John also auctioned off four private performances by himself that went for $250,000 each, totaling $1 million. Following the auction, soulful Scottish songstress Emeli Sandé took the stage to perform several songs including hit song “Next to Me,” much to the crowd’s delight.In his remarks for the evening, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John celebrated the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague, praising the extraordinary work of the early AIDS activists portrayed in the film and calling for a renewed emphasis on AIDS advocacy.“How to Survive a Plague tells the story of AIDS activism in the earliest and most terrifying years of the AIDS epidemic. But you know what? Today, that activism is needed now more than ever if we are to achieve the promise of an AIDS-free generation,” said Sir Elton. “Our Foundation is clear on what is needed, we’re vocal in standing for what we believe, and we invest in the work that needs to be done. And I promise you that we’ll keep on fighting until the politics and bureaucracies yield to reason and justice. I don’t care how long it takes, we’re going to fight, and we’re going to win.”
TORONTO – Mining stocks and financials weighed on Canada’s main stock index Tuesday as U.S. markets also fell into the red, while the Canadian dollar gained ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 53.35 points to 15,915.68 in a broad-based decline that included the materials, gold and base metals sectors.In commodities, the February gold contract fell US$12.80 to US$1,264.90 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 14 cents to US$2.95 a pound.It was also a negative day for financial institutions, as the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) wrapped up the big banks’ earnings season Tuesday with a drop in profits, which were hit by reinsurance claims related to hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey during the quarter ended Oct. 31. The Canadian lender’s net income slipped to $1.23 billion, down from $1.35 billion during the same period a year earlier.Canada’s other big banks also saw losses, including Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD), which was down 1.32 per cent, and Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), which was down 0.59 per cent.“The banks are all a little weak today but if you look at the operating results the banks have reported we have seen fairly strong results from the vast majority of the banks,” said Colum McKinley, vice-president and portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management Inc.“And despite some concerns people have had about the Canadian economy and about housing and the effect that would have on the Canadian banks, we’ve seen fairly good results out of their underlying businesses so we continue to be encouraged by the results that we see being reported.”The energy sector was the lone bright spot among major sectors on the TSX, as the price of oil recovered modestly after a sharp drop on Monday. The January crude contract advanced 15 cents to US$57.62 per barrel.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract retreated seven cents to US$2.91 per mmBTU.“There is a bit of a divergence in the energy space,” McKinley noted. “There continues to be a near-term challenge on getting gas to markets effectively and concerns about growing oversupply. And so we’re likely to see that weigh on these stocks in the coming months and quarters.”South of the border, Wall Street fell into the red after a recovery for technology stocks lost ground. Telecom stocks, utilities and industrial companies had the market’s sharpest losses.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 109.41 points to 24,180.64. The S&P 500 index edged down 9.87 points to 2,629.57 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 13.16 points to 6,762.21.Tech stocks began stumbling last week as expectations ramped up for Washington to push through an overhaul of the tax system. Technology companies already pay some of the lowest effective tax rates of companies in the S&P 500, so they have less to gain from the proposal.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 78.86 cents US, up 0.09 of a U.S. cent, ahead of Wednesday’s Bank of Canada interest rate announcement.That’s the highest level for the loonie in six weeks when it closed at an average trading price of $78.95 cents US on Oct. 24.– With a file from The Associated Press.Note to readers: CORRECTS TSX closing numbers
TOKYO – The Japanese government is slapping penalties on several cryptocurrency exchanges in the country, after 58 billion yen ($530 million) of virtual coins were lost earlier this year from hacking.The Financial Services Agency, which has been checking the exchanges, said Thursday that FSHO and Bit Station exchanges were ordered to halt operations for a month.It said FSHO was not properly monitoring trades and had not carried out employee training. The agency said it found that a Bit Station employee had taken bitcoins for personal use.Five other exchanges, including Coincheck, targeted in the massive hacking, were ordered to improve their operations.Coincheck had received a similar order earlier to beef up security measures.Japan is unusual in the world for embracing cryptocurrencies and setting up a licensing system to oversee their use.The exchanges ordered to improve their operations must file a plan to the agency by March 22.The theft at Coincheck of the NEM currency was the second major hacking assault on a Japanese crypto exchange after the Mt. Gox debacle in 2014.But Japan has chosen to seize the opportunity and regulate exchanges, setting up a licensing system last year, although experts say such measures are no guarantee against hacking and cybercrime.Japan has officially licensed 16 virtual-currency exchanges, and more, including Coincheck, are applying for licenses. As much as half of the world’s bitcoin trading is estimated to be in yen.Some countries like China are cracking down on virtual currencies, while other countries like the U.S. have been cautious, encouraging their use in limited ways.Japan has been far more accommodating to cryptocurrencies, attracting new businesses in the technology called blockchain.TV ads and billboard posters sing the praise of bitcoin, although they come with warnings, in fine print, to invest at your own risk.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyama
WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Metis Federation says it is taking the province to court in a dispute over planned hydro projects.Metis federation president David Chartrand met Tuesday with Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen and Manitoba Hydro to discuss a deal between the federation and the Crown utility.In March, Premier Brian Pallister quashed a $67-million deal that had been negotiated between the federation and Manitoba Hydro to help support a transmission line to Minnesota. The premier called it “persuasion money.”The federation said at the time it would file for a judicial review to overturn the decision because, it argued, the agreement was legally binding.“We were hoping that the province would have come forward with a position of an olive branch, given that we believe strongly that the agreement was negotiated between ourselves and Hydro,” said Chartrand.“They are not willing to sit down and they are going to overrule Hydro, which we believe they don’t have the legal right to do.”He said the federation has given its lawyers the green light to go ahead with court action, probably within the next week.Cullen said the two sides have agreed to disagree on the matter.“They feel it was an agreement,” he said. “Our understanding is that it’s really a proposal.”Cullen said the ball is in the Metis federation’s court.“It’s really up to them on how they want to proceed,” he said. “We’ll wait and see what their undertaking is.”Despite the disagreement on the transmission line, Cullen said the government is committed to consulting with the Metis federation.Nine of 10 Hydro board members resigned in March over what they said was Pallister’s refusal to meet with them to discuss important issues, including Indigenous rights.
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,262.88, down 108.67 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up one cent or one per cent to $8.80 on 17.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) Health care. Up 97 cents or six per cent to $16.98 on 12.1 million sharesCronos Group Inc. (TSX:CRON) Health care. Up $1.04 or 8.8 per cent to $12.81 on 9.9 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) Health care. Up $1.96 or 3.4 per cent to $59.64 on 8,4 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) Gold. Down 25 cents or 1.8 per cent to $13.35 on 6.1 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE) Energy. Down 10 cents or 2.5 per cent to $3.91 on 5.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR). Consumer discretionary. The parent company of Tim Hortons, denied a claim by a group of franchisees that the coffee pots they’re required to use have been shattering and injuring employees. RBI said the claim is yet another “false accusation” from a group that it has battled for more than a year.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) Energy. CNQ signed a deal to buy the Joslyn oilsands project for $225 million from Total SA and its partners, which include Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Canadian Natural will pay $100 million in cash on closing and make annual cash payments of $25 million over the next five yearsAimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) Industrials. The loyalty-points company agreed to settle a nine-year-old lawsuit over the expiry of Aeroplan mileage points and the closure of dormant Aeroplan accounts — setting the stage for a return of points to eligible members of the loyalty program. The agreement requires court approval.
MONTREAL – Despite global business tensions, companies will continue to invest in technology and CGI Group Inc. is well-positioned to take advantage of the growing market, chief executive George Schindler said Wednesday.In his view, both consumers and other citizens want access to a more digital experience, prompting companies and governments to take action.“This is really not a situation where they can decide not to invest,” Schindler said during a conference call to discuss CGI’s fourth-quarter results which topped expectations and boosted its share price on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Spending on technology and use of outsourcing are expected to increase over the next three years, according to estimates from the information technology and consulting firm.Last year, CGI conducted a survey that suggested 40 per cent of companies wanted digital strategies for all of their businesses, compared to 12 per cent the year before. The survey involved 1,300 business people and leaders, as well as government representatives in 17 countries. Canadians accounted for 15 per cent of respondents.“In many cases, we find that companies are now changing their business through IT projects, not the other way around,” Schindler said.He told analysts that new technologies, such as massive data analysis and automation, are shaking up business models and stimulating spending.CGI ended the year on a high note with earnings above expectations in the fourth quarter, during which profits and revenues increased.Investors reacted favourably, as shares closed up 2.97 per cent at $81.47 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.For the three-month period ended Sept. 30, the Montreal-based company posted net earnings of $293.5 million, or $1.03 per share, a 40 per cent increase over the same period in 2017.Quarterly revenue reached approximately $2.8 billion compared to $2.61 billion in the fourth quarter last year.“The company reported constant-currency revenue growth of five per cent year over year, above our estimate of 4.1 per cent year over year, mostly due to stronger-than-expected revenues in Europe and Canada,” said analyst Maher Yaghi of Desjardins Capital Markets in a note to clients.Excluding non-recurring items, including a $22 million restructuring charge, adjusted fourth-quarter earnings increased 12.4 per cent to $ 309.8 million or $ 1.09 per share.The performance exceeded the expectations of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, who expected adjusted earnings per share of $1.07 in the last quarter of the year.“We continue to see a market climate conducive to achieving our strategic aspirations of doubling CGI over the next five to seven years,” Schindler told analysts.Schindler did not express concern over the outcome of the mid-term elections in the United States, as Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives from President Donald Trump’s Republicans.Some observers say this could allow Democrats to block Republican efforts, particularly around government spending. CGI generates about 13 per cent of its annual revenue through contracts awarded to the U.S. federal government.For the full year, CGI generated net earnings of $ 1.1 billion or $3.95 per share, up 10.3 per cent from its 2017 financial year. Revenue soared by 6.1 per cent to $ 11.5 billion.Companies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A)
TORONTO — Hydro One Ltd. and Avista Corp. have formally requested that the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission reconsider its order denying approval of the $6.7-billion takeover of the U.S.-based energy utility.In a 34-page filing on Monday, the two companies say the commission erred in reaching its decision because it “misapprehended” the political risks that Ontario’s ownership stake in Hydro One poses to Avista, understated the value of the transaction’s benefits to ratepayers, and incorrectly based its conclusion about possible provincial interference with Avista upon perceived harm to Hydro One shareholders.Hydro One and Avista requested that the commission rehear the order to accept additional evidence, including a letter from Ontario’s deputy minister of energy and testimony from Hydro One’s new president and CEO.If a rehearing is granted, Hydro One and Avista requested expedited proceedings that conclude by the end of January, two months before the March 29 closing deadline in the merger agreement and subsequent expiration of Hydro One’s funding for the transaction.Washington state regulators had said they would not allow Ontario’s largest utility to buy Avista for fear the provincial government, which owns 47 per cent of Hydro One’s shares, might meddle in Avista’s operations.The U.S. regulator cited Premier Doug Ford’s move to force former Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt to retire, which was followed by the resignation of the entire 14-member board, as evidence that the province was willing to put political interests above those of shareholders, including those that own a majority of the Ontario utility’s stock. Companies in this story: (TSX:H)The Canadian Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Fire Department has extinguished a kitchen fire at the Sushi Heaven restaurant this morning.Fire Chief Fred Burrows said firefighters were called out to the restaurant in the plaza next to No Frills in Fort St. John shortly after 7:00 a.m. Wednesday.Burrows said that upon arrival, firefighters discovered light smoke emanating from the restaurant. After entering the restaurant, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the restaurant’s kitchen, while the restaurant itself suffered minor fire damage. Burrows explained that the building’s sprinkler system managed to help contain the fire, but was also activated inside the adjacent No Frills and Dollar Tree stores, causing minor water damage. Burrows explained that staff from both stores are assessing the extent of the water damage caused by the sprinkler system activation, and there’s no word on when either store will reopen. Fire crews at the scene of a fire at the Sushi Heaven restaurant in Fort St. John. Photo by Chris NewtonHe said that the fire investigator is currently conducting their investigation, and while the cause of the fire is currently not known, it is not deemed suspicious.
SYLVAN LAKE, AB – Natural Resources Canada says there has been a 4.6 magnitude earthquake in central Alberta.The federal department’s website says the quake occurred around 5:55 a.m. local time Monday and was lightly felt in Red Deer and in the town of Sylvan Lake to the west.It says the quake was about a kilometre beneath the surface. There were no immediate reports of damage but Joanne Gaudet, communications officer for Sylvan Lake, says the power went out in most of the town.The utility company Fortis was expected to restore full service by mid-morning.The U.S. Geological Survey website says an earthquake similar to the one that struck Alberta has a sensation like a heavy truck striking a building that can rattle windows and may break some dishes or windows.Gaudet said there has been seismic activity in the past between Sylvan Lake and the community of Rocky Mountain House.Gaudet, who lives in Red Deer, said “at the very least it woke me up.”
OSU junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson (23) leaps to spike a set by OSU senior setter Taylor Sherwin (8) during a match against Maryland on Nov. 7 at St. John Arena.Credit: Madelyn Grant / Lantern photographerThe No. 17 Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set for a chance at a season sweep against No. 12 Illinois when the two teams go head-to-head Wednesday night.The Fighting Illini (19-6, 11-3) and Buckeyes (18-8, 9-5) played earlier this season in Columbus in a closely contested battle. Ending in five sets, the Buckeyes prevailed, 16-14, in the final frame.Three days later, the Fighting Illini traveled to then-No. 5 Penn State and defeated the defending national champions in four sets.Coach Geoff Carlston said he expects the Fighting Illini coaching staff to motivate the team because the previous matchup was so close and either team could’ve won.“Obviously there’s going to be a little bit of a payback,” Carlston said. “I’m sure their coaching staff is going to use that, say, ‘Hey remember what happened last time?’ Whenever you play a team twice, and you win the first one, there’s some motivation there certainly, and playing at their court, they have a good crowd, and it’s a lot tougher to play on the road than it is at home.”Since playing in Columbus on Oct. 8, the Fighting Illini have won eight of nine conference matches, with the lone loss coming at Northwestern on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes have won six of nine conference matchups in that stretch.Freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said she’s seen a lot of improvement in the team since playing the Fighting Illini earlier this season.“We’ve been getting better, we’ve been working hard to fix a few things that we know we wanted to make some improvements on,” Schirmer said.She added that the Buckeyes need to work on “staying steady and consistent” if they want to come out of Huff Hall with a win.Freshman defensive specialist Kalisha Goree has seen improvements in the gym, too, she said.“Every day we’re just coming here trying to get better,” Goree said. “And I can see an improvement in all the girls.”The Fighting Illini will be led by sophomore middle blocker Katie Stadick, who ranks first in the Big Ten in blocks per set with an average of 1.46. Redshirt-junior outside hitter Jocelynn Birks is also top in the conference in points per set with an average of 4.54.The team as a whole is first in the conference in blocks, averaging 2.88 per set, and second in digs with 15.01 per set.Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said the team will treat Wednesday’s contest like any other match, even though the Fighting Illini might be fighting for revenge.“We just have to take every road trip like it is,” Sekinger said. “We just have to really focus and do what we did against them when they came to our house.”Wednesday’s match is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. in Champaign, Ill.
Ohio State players celebrate a goal in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State’s men’s lacrosse team is headed to the NCAA championship game for the first time in program history as the Buckeyes knocked off Towson 11-10 in the semifinals on Saturday.Trailing the Tigers 8-3 early in the second quarter, the game looked to be potentially out of reach for the Buckeyes. But behind an 8-1 run in the second half, OSU completed a miraculous comeback in the Buckeyes’ first-ever appearance in the semifinals.Towson (12-5) struck first as senior midfielder Mike Lynch scored the first goal of the game with 10:36 remaining in the first quarter. But the Buckeyes (16-4) found the back of the net twice in eight seconds as sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski and sophomore midfielder Logan Maccani scored a goal apiece to give OSU its first lead of the game.Late in the first quarter, Towson evened the game up at two when sophomore midfielder Jon Mazza barely slipped the ball over the goal line.The Tigers opened the game up early in the second quarter as two Towson players – senior attackmen Joe Seider (two goals) and Ryan Drenner – scored three goals in the first four minutes of the period.OSU freshman attackman Tre Leclaire ended the run with his first goal of the game, but the Tigers scored twice before the end of the quarter to pull ahead 8-3 at halftime.Towson opened the second half by extending its lead by one goal, but OSU came right back as senior attackman Eric Fannell threw a behind-the-back pass to fellow senior attackman Austin Shanks who finished the highlight-worthy play off with a goal.That goal gave the Buckeyes life.Leclaire scored his second goal of the game on a fast break, then Shanks scored his second goal of the game as OSU utilized a man-up advantage. With 4:11 remaining in the third quarter, Fannell ripped a shot, scoring his first goal of the game to pull the Buckeyes within one goal of tying the Tigers.But Towson senior midfielder Tyler Young ended the Buckeyes run as he scored his 13th goal of the season. OSU ended the season strong, though, as Fannell scored his second goal of the quarter to pull his team within one.With 11:42 remaining in the final quarter, Leclaire fired a laser past Towson’s goalie to tie the game for the first time since the first quarter.The Scarlet and Gray rally didn’t end there.With 10:20 remaining, senior midfielder JT Blubaugh scored, delivering OSU its first advantage since the Buckeyes’ relinquished their 2-1 lead in the first quarter. Just over four minutes later, OSU extended its lead to 11-9 when senior midfielder Johnny Pearson scored his first goal of the game.Towson pulled within a goal with 3:17 remaining as Drenner scored for the fourth time in Saturday’s game. But that was it for the Tigers as the Buckeyes held on for an 11-10 victory, sending them to the championship game.Saturday’s game wasn’t the first matchup between these two teams. OSU knocked off Towson 6-3 on March 15.OSU advanced to the NCAA semifinals with a 7-4 win over Loyola Maryland in the first round and a 16-11 victory against Duke in the quarterfinals. Towson reached the semifinals after upsetting Penn State, 12-8 in the first round, and Syracuse, 10-7 in the quarterfinals. The Buckeyes will take on the winner of Saturday afternoon’s No. 1 Maryland – No. 5 Denver matchup at 1 p.m. on Monday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Lionel Messi used to form a star duo with Neymar back in his days at Barcelona – and now, the Brazilian attacker can possibly join Real Madrid and Messi would hate to see that…The Argentinian star claimed that it would be terrible to see Neymar playing for their biggest rival as he had a huge success at Barcelona and he shouldn’t forget all the trophies that he won there.The Barca star striker spoke about this possible transfer as he said, according to Goal:“It would be terrible because of everything that Ney means to Barcelona.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Although [Neymar’s time in Barcelona] ended the way it did, he won important titles here, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga.”“If he ends up in Madrid it would be a tough blow for us and for all of Barcelona.”“And on a football level, it would make Madrid much stronger than they already are.”
Hearts manager Craig Levein has revealed he expects Steven Naismith to return to action before the end of December.The former Norwich City striker picked up an injury during the early stages of the Scottish League Cup semifinal on October 28.Levein has marked the game against Aberdeen on December 22 as a potential return date for Naismith and the former Rangers forward remains on target in his recovery from a cartilage operation.News: Pereira has gone on loan from United to Hearts George Patchias – August 13, 2019 The young Portuguese goalkeeper has secured a loan deal for the remainder of the season to Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.According to a…“The recovery has gone well,” said Naismith, according to Sports Mole.“I’m at the late stage of the rehab and I feel good. We have hit every target along the way and it’s more a case of finishing that off and having some good training and then I’ll be available.”“I know we spoke about the Aberdeen game but I’ll not tempt fate, I’ll just get my head down and work hard.”
Pant in action during the first T20 in GabbaAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesJudgement day is almost upon us and on Monday, April 15, Virat Kohli will meet with the five selectors of the Board of Control for Cricket in India to selected India’s 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup 2019. Kohli will be in Mumbai on Monday to play Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and will visit BCCI’s headquarter in the morning after which the World Cup squad will be announced. One of the two topics of debate regarding the squad is that regarding the second wicketkeeper with no clarity on whether Dinesh Karthik will make it or whether Rishabh Pant will be given the nod. Pant or Karthik? Potential vs dependability The debate between the two reserve wicketkeepers is one between potential and dependability. Pant has many fans among the cricketing community because of what he can do on his day but thus far, his day has not come in the Indian blue. Pant has been a massive success for his IPL team and also played well in India’s Test team. MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik after guiding India to victory in Adelaide.Daniel Kalisz/Getty ImagesIn fact, Pant made it to the Indian team on the back of breathtaking performances in the T20 tournament for his Delhi franchise. He is widely regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen and the likes of Ricky Ponting has likened him to Adam Gilchrist. But for all his potential, he has not made the most of the opportunities afforded to him.On the other hand, Dinesh Karthikyou is a proven commodity for India and has been their designated finisher in T20Is. With Karthik, one knows what to expect. He may not have the potential to singlehandedly win games but given a situation, one can be assured that he will perform his role. Karthik is one of the best finishers in world cricket and has done so for India on many occasions. Neither player has set the IPL on fire but Pant has the advantage over Karthik owing to his magical knock of 78 off 27 balls in the opening game against Mumbai Indians. Role of IPL – captain vs selectorCaptain Kohli had said that performances in the ongoing IPL will not have any bearing on the selection for the World Cup. “No, I don’t see the IPL having any influence on World Cup selection. I think that will be very, very radical sort of analysis,” the Indian captain had said. “We need to have a solid team. Before we head into the IPL, we need to be absolutely clear of what team we want for the World Cup. I don’t see anything changing on how the IPL goes for any of the players,” he added. The entire nation will be looking up to Kohli during the World Cup.GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty ImagesChief selector MSK Prasad had taken the opposite route to his captain when he said that IPL is an important factor in determining the World Cup squad. “I have a different view (on the IPL debate). IPL is an Indian international tournament which offers so many complex pressure situations. Rather than sitting and training, you will have to go through so many pressure situations be it with the batting, bowling or fielding,” Prasad said.”This IPL offers a competitive atmosphere. If you see the example of 2013 and 2017 Champions Trophy, we did exceedingly well because we had IPL prior to that. It will only help our players which otherwise a normal bilateral series will definitely not offer. It is just four overs (for bowlers) but it is important how to keep themselves fit other than that,” Prasad concluded.
Secretary Mike Pompeo Announces End To Iran Sanction Waivers IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:40Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:38?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … On Sunday the UAE said four commercial cargo ships were attacked off its eastern coast, near the Hormuz Strait. A day later, Saudi Arabia confirmed that four of its vessels were also targeted by sabotage attacks at the Fujairah port. Apart from Saudi and UAE ships, some foreign oil carriers were also attacked.The Strait of Hormuz holds a strategic significance as more than 25 percent of the world’s crude passes through it. The rising sabre-rattling by the US and Iran over the nuclear pact and sanctions on Tehran has ratcheted up tensions in the region.The military build-up is happening on both the sides. While Iran has boosted its naval presence in the Strait of Hormuz in the last fortnight, US has moved bombers and warships to the region. Washington believes the threat of Iranian attack on its assets and allies in the region is high but Tehran has offered the caveat that it’s boosting military build-up in order to resist the US aggression. Close ReutersEven as tension in the Persian Gulf remained elevated, the US has sent two Navy warships armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles to the region, according to the latest reports. These warships are supported by a carrier strike group stationed of the coast of Oman, according to the US Naval Institute (USNI).Meanwhile, CNN reported US claims that it’s in possession of images of Iranian commercial vessels that are equipped with missiles. The channel clarified that the US government hasn’t given proof to establish the calm that Iranian commercial vessels are carrying hidden missiles and other munitions.Earlier last week, the US had sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf, following an intelligence assessment that the threat of Iranian attacks on US and allies’ assets in the region had escalated. The US has said there have been “indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against U.S. forces and our interests”.Over the last weekend the tensions worsened with the attack on oil vessels of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab emirates at Fujairah port. The Houthi militia in Yemen claimed the drone attacks but the US and the Saudi authorities believe Iran was behind the attack by the Houthis, their Shia associates in Yemen. On Thursday high-level Iranian officials publicly said Iran was suspected for the drone attack on the oil tankers.Defiant IRGCEven as the US increased its fire power in the Persian Gulf, Iran dismissed the military show of strength. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said earlier this week the US aircraft carrier stationed in the region wasn’t exactly a strategic asset for the US but a liability. He said the US risked far too much by positioning a warship close to Iran with scores of fighter planes and thousands of soldiers.
Kolkata: Senior officials from Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Beliaghata ID Hospital on Saturday visited Basanti Colony in Ultadanga after two persons reportedly died of scrub typhus.It is a disease caused by bacteria and is spread among people through bites of infected rats and other insects. The most common symptoms of scrub typhus include fever, headache, body aches and sometimes rash. Basanti Colony falls under Ward number 32 of the KMC. A woman and a child died in the area after reportedly being affected by scrub typhus. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA 26-year-old woman, Sabina Bibi, died earlier this month while Subho Moira died on November 18. Both of them had been suffering from fever and other flu-like symptoms for few days before finally succumbing to their ailments. The locals suspected that the victims died of unknown fever. But the senior officials of the KMC now suspect that this could be a case of scrub typhus. Eight more patients from Basanti Colony area are also affected with similar symptoms. A team of civic officials and Belighata ID Hospital monitored the situation in the area and collected blood samples from nine fever-affected patients on Saturday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe KMC officials have also undertaken a drive to clean the area. Dr Dipankar Maji, executive medical officer of borough 3 of the KMC, Sourabh Chatterjee, medical officer of Ward 32, Dr Rehena Sarkar, microbiologist, senior officials of Beliaghata ID Hospital and laboratory technicians, local councillor visited the spot. State Consumers Affairs minister Sadhan Pande also inspected Basanti Colony area to supervise the situation.
Register Now » 6 min read September 16, 2011 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. PowerPoint, Microsoft’s presentation tool, was once ubiquitous as the business standard for organizing, distilling and demonstrating business ideas. Now, PowerPoint has far more competition. The Web has sparked a brisk market in alternatives for presenting your next big idea.And we spent about a month distilling the best among the new offerings in online presentation systems. Here are four worth knowing.Google Docs PresentationsWhat it is: Google Docs, part Google Apps’ set of Web-based tools, contains a presentation-building tool which is both simple and powerful. Similar to Google’s document-sharing capability, users can create, edit and collaborate over the Web on what are usually basic slideshow presentations. Slides can be shared, published, embedded in a website or posted online for mass consumption. Microsoft PowerPoint presentations from your computer can also be uploaded into Google Docs Presentations. What you might like: It’s easy and free. Even if your company doesn’t have its own paid Google Apps account, any person with a Gmail account has access to this presentation function at no charge. Hardcore Windows users will miss PowerPoint’s luxurious features like powerful graphics tools, easy to use animation features and myriad type styles, but even beginners can muddle through Google Docs Presentations to create professional-looking presentations.What you might not like: The tool’s features are limited. While art, audio, sophisticated graphics and even full motion video can be linked from elsewhere on the Web, doing so requires a good grasp of Google Presentations’ inner workings, which aren’t as easy to master as they may first appear.We found it usually made sense to do complex presentations elsewhere.SlideRocketWhat it is: For a full-featured, Web-based presentation builder, SlideRocket is the ticket. The online tool offers the same capabilities found in Google’s presentation tools, but with many premium features. Slideshows as well as slide libraries can be shared between users in a company’s SlideRocket account. Media and images can be stored and placed in more than one company presentation, where they can be used again without collaborators having to go searching for them. A stripped-down version is free. Versions with features such as the ability to share and view presentations offline start at $24 per user per month.What you might like: A rich set of design tools lets users create visually impressive slides with a reasonable investment of time and effort. Slideshows can include video and audio voice overs. There are also a number of features that go beyond presentation building. The Pro Version has an online meeting function as well as an analytics tool quantifying how viewers interact with user slideshows.What you might not like: SlideRocket requires a lot of work. Yes, it is a powerful presentation builder, but the average user is likely to need a commitment to learning it. If you have dedicated presentation developer, SlideRocket is a good bet. But for the average presentation, SlideRocket may not be worth the effort.PreziWhat it is: Prezi offers a different approach to building online presentations. Rather than a series of traditional slides, Prezi’s Web-based tool works from a single canvas where you insert elements such as text, images and video and then link them together to create visual storylines. A Prezi presentation starts as this mash of text, images and video and then zooms in on each cluster of connected ideas, topics and other media in the order determined by the user. If the tool sounds a little offbeat, it is. The basic tool is free. Paid versions start at $59 per year, and offer such features as personalized company branding, improved privacy settings so only those in your group see it, and you can work offline. What you might like: Prezi forces users to think about their presentations in sum and then visually diagram them with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get design tool. We found it easy to create nontraditional looking presentations. For example, connecting a series of facts on one slide to another would be tough to do with a more conventional tool like PowerPoint. And we liked a tool called the “Zebra,” which is basically a big cursor that allows for easy editing of complex elements. If you want to kick-start your demonstration ideas, Prezi is your choice.What you might not like: The unique Prezi presentation system will require buy-in from your team since it asks them to think about their presentations, and their ideas, not as a series of static, fact-filled slides, but a sequence of stills culled out of a larger visual theme. That means committed PowerPoint users could be Prezi haters. Plus, the sweep of Prezi tends to make presentations, how shall we say, “ambitious” because Prezi prompts users to think in a larger scale and then gives them powerful tools to present that large idea at full scale. So big ideas tend to get really big in Prezi. Plan on aggressive editing and review of Prezi content to keep it on message.SlideBoomWhat it is: SlideBoom offers an easy-to-use hosting service for PowerPoint users looking for a simple way to share their presentations online. SlideBoom converts PowerPoint presentations into Flash files which can be shared with others or embedded into a website. The service is free for uploading and sharing up to 100 presentations. The PRO Account, which runs $195 per year, includes up to 500 presentations and includes more options for embedding and sharing statistics showing how many people have viewed your slide shows.What you might like: SlideBoom is a quick and easy way to get your PowerPoint presentations from your computer onto the Web. It works with multiple PowerPoint versions, from 2010 all the way back to 2000. If you want to get that old PowerPoint where everyone can see it, and you don’t want to learn anything new, SlideBoom works.What you might not like: SlideBoom provides a nothing more than basic public Web link that shares your presentation. The bland page containing your slides can have advertisements, though ads-free slideshow channels can be branded for your company using a paid account. If a small-business owner is looking for a rich online experience for a presentation, SlideBoom isn’t likely to be the best choice.