30 11 19

first_imgTrailing, 70-74, going into the final six minutes of the game, the Bolts were limited to just one field goal as the Gin Kings finished the game off with an 11-2 spurt to run away with the victory.Durham, the back-to-back Best Import, tried his earnest to keep the Bolts fighting, unloading 27 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, and three steals, but failed to get much support from his teammates.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 shutoutDurham, though, admitted Meralco dug its own hole after falling to an 18-point deficit in the first half.“It was tough. They put us in a hole early. We didn’t really to fight back because we got ourselves back in the game, but we can’t have it like that on Wednesday,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts anticipated a furious rally from the Gin Kings from the get-go, but still failed to match up as the defending champions ran to a 33-15 deficit.Meralco got its act together in the second half only to falter again late.“We knew they’ll come out and attack us really hard and everything like that. In the beginning, we didn’t react, but in the third quarter, we were right there. They just pulled away in the last few minutes,” he said.“I think we just got to hit a couple of more shots, preferably not play 5-against-8 with the officiating, and we just got to play better. Way too many players on the other side got to double figures and we can’t beat them like that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco import Allen Durham. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Allen Durham couldn’t help but vent his ire on the referees after Meralco’s 85-74 defeat to Ginebra in Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.“I think down the stretch, officiating was really bad,” Durham said, shaking his head in disbelief. “I mean, I’m not gonna blame it on the officials, we had our part too, but you can’t call a finals game like that.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Playing aggressive key to Ginebra’s success, says Tenorio Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

28 10 19

first_imgAaron Wan-Bissaka sees his future at Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Wan-Bissaka insists he sees his future at Crystal Palace.Looking to the next challenge, away to league champions Manchester City, Wan-Bissaka is upbeat.“It’s the same as other games, it makes no difference to me. I just play my game, put the effort in and work hard. I know I’ll learn something from [playing versus Leroy Sane et al], to help me in the future. They’re smart players, we’ve got to be smart as well. We’ll look to gamble, as they look to take their chances.”Asked about 2019, Wan-Bissaka sees his future at Palace. “My aim is to keep my position, and to keep improving.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

28 10 19

first_img​Brighton striker Locadia: I never wanted to leaveby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Jurgen Locadia has insisted he never wanted to leave the club.Locadia was said to be unsettled earlier in the season.But he has returned to form, scoring his second goal in a week to help his side defeat Everton. The win kept Brighton in 13th in the table, with a six point gap to Crystal Palace, who are a position lower.The Dutch forward said after the win over Everton: “I never wanted to go on loan or be sold in January. That’s not my intention.”But I made it clear I want to play games and I talked with the gaffer also.”I think my place is here in Brighton. I know I have had a difficult time not playing games but I think I have shown the last two games I am worthy of being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

27 10 19

first_imgCoach K gestures as he coaches a game.INDIANAPOLIS – APRIL 03: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils gestures as he coaches in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)No. 4 Duke defeated Georgia Tech 72-66 at home last night. The victory gave Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski his 423rd career ACC victory, surpassing Dean Smith for the most all-time. After the game, Krzyzewski addressed the crowd as part of a ceremony honoring his 1,000th-career win, which came against St. John’s on Jan. 25. As part of the tribute, the Duke players all wore “Coach 1K” shirts, with the number 1 embedded as part of the letter K. Krzyzewski touched on both milestones during his time on the mic, and thanked the Cameron crowd for its support. There might not be any more coach in American more synonymous with his program than Krzyzewski is with Duke basketball. Pretty cool moment.last_img read more

13 10 19

first_imgMONTREAL – A new group of mostly Lac-Megantic residents is seeking authorization from Quebec Superior Court to sue for economic and moral damages worth upwards of $5 million relating to the Lac-Megantic rail tragedy in 2013.Train engineer Tom Harding, Canadian Pacific Railway and Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, the defunct railway company at the heart of the disaster, are named in the court document filed in mid-May.The motion to institute proceedings was filed in Lac-Megantic and involves 49 plaintiffs who opted to not join another, massive class-action with 5,000 people and businesses that was authorized in 2015 against the same defendants.Earlier this year, the judge hearing that case joined it with a $409-million Quebec government lawsuit and another lawsuit brought by insurance companies. That one trial is to be heard in September 2019.On July 6, 2013, a runaway train hauling tanker cars loaded with volatile crude oil broke loose and barrelled into the town of 6,000 in the wee hours before derailing and exploding.It set off several massive blasts that wiped out a large swath of the downtown core and killed 47 people.Three former MMA employees charged criminally in connection with disaster were found not guilty by a jury last January: Harding, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie and manager of train operations Jean Demaitre.One month later, the Crown announced it would not appeal the verdicts.The new filing, like the other legal challenges against the railway, alleges that Canadian Pacific was negligent in the leadup to the accident and should have known the product being shipped was volatile. It also states the company had responsibility for the cargo being shipped.A Canadian Pacific spokesman said there would be no comment as the matter is under litigation, but the railway giant has previously denied any responsibility in the disaster because it handed off the trains to MMA for the final leg of the journey.The new motion describes the plaintiffs as people who resided in the Lac-Megantic area, owned or leased property there or were physically in the area at the time of the disaster and suffered losses.A total of $5.1 million is being claimed, with amounts varying from $15,000 to $1 million.The motion says the amounts are being sought for various reasons, including stress, being forced from home and the loss of income, personal property or enjoyment of life.A Quebec City law firm representing the 49 plaintiffs declined to comment further Thursday.Charles Shearson, Harding’s lawyer, said his client’s name remains on the list of defendants despite his limited means.“It’s another legal problem,” Shearson said. “I think his ultimate goal is to get all the legal processes out of the way so he can embark in some kind of healing, some kind of semblance of regaining a normal life for himself, given the circumstances.”Companies in this story: (TSX:CP)last_img read more

12 10 19

first_imgMy wife is having an affair and she has left me. Can you help me identify the reason behind her actions? I’m shattered and depressed.Name withheld We marry because we are in love, and we fall in love with those who meet our most important requirement – emotional need. When the one we marry stops meeting those emotional needs, we become vulnerable to others who are willing and also able to fulfil them. If we let someone else meet our needs, we fall in love with that person, and an affair is off and running. Once an affair begins, it is like an addiction. The same emotional attachment that drew you and your spouse into marriage is now directed to someone else. So, time shall decide the future. Don’t worry, all will happen for the best. Don’t be depressed. Focus on either mending the relationship with your wife or building yourself strongly. Also Read – Feel what you fear My wife is getting very cold. Since the last few years, she comes back from work very late and takes no interest in anything physical! We have a seven-year-old son and as a mother she does her duty. As a partner, she’s never there. What should I do? J. Singh, Noida Did you try speaking to her? Don’t chase her but ask her what the problem is. Do not neglect this as it will only create more distance. Sometimes work related stress leads to fatigue that might affect your relationship. Or may be, there’s something that has changed in you and is having a silent effect on her. There could be other reasons too. But, let’s be positive and try to fix it. Plan a vacation, preferably just the two of you. This will heal the situation and help bridge the gap. Try to ignite the physical element as that really impacts the marriage. Be alert, sensitive and spend a lot of time chatting and being with her. Wish you good luck and I’m sure, soon the sun will shine again. Also Read – Homecoming I can’t trust anyone. I feel everyone is selfish. Is this abnormal? Please help. R. Saha, West Bengal At first, I request you to have confidence in yourself. If you have a positive inner self, nobody can scar it. It is indeed a fact that in the present time, there seems to be a difference between the face and the mask people wear. People do have hidden agendas which may conflict your expectations. The best way to be a happier individual is to have less emotional involvement. Give every association the time it requires before you give in or open up completely. Selfish people do exist but alongside exist good souls. Life will bring both. Wish you the luck to differentiate between the two. Avoid worrying and just be yourself. My wife earns more than me and she acts bossy and rude with the family. What can be done? T. Kunal, New Delhi If you are sure that her financial strength is the reason for your unhappiness, please try and work some better arrangements for yourself. Try and earn more, if possible. I do not know your profession but in today’s time, multiple sources of earning is becoming vital for survival. In the mean time, try and express your heart to her. If she loves you, she might change her behavior. Don’t try your hands at something beyond you. Try your best to manage the relationship and hope she will change someday. Don’t lose heart and be brave enough to be happy no matter what the hurdles around you are. (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

12 10 19

first_imgMumbai: Urmila Matondkar, the star of 90s hit Hindi films like “Rangeela”, “Daud” and “Judaai”, is contesting the Lok Sabha election but says she isn’t approaching politics as a star and would rather be known as people’s representative.”I am not approaching this whole thing as a star with my star image. I am trying to get to grassroot and connect to people. I know it is going to be difficult. “I want to generate confidence in them about me as their representative more than just another star coming in, waving and asking for votes. Because that is not the thought with which I have gotten into it,” Urmila told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Considering she is a known face, ask her if Bollywood celebrities can be vote pullers, pat comes the reply, “I can’t talk about others, it is not fair. Media generally likes to generalise things as it makes their life easy.” She will be contesting the election from Mumbai North constituency, a seat held by Govinda. Urmila, who has been campaigning and meeting the locals, says some of the major issues of the area are housing, water scarcity, sanitation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The most important issue is housing and it is too deep rooted for anyone to get a solution quickly. The slum redevelopment needs to be looked into. Water is another big issue, it is also a deep rooted so overnight solution is not possible. Women’s health, local trains. But we need do to things. “This area is issue-ridden probably the most in Mumbai. People have been telling me about need for public toilets, water in Gorai area is another problem. Also (need for more) local trains as the population is more here and there is no infrastructure.” She is fighting against BJP’s Gopal Shetty, a seasoned politician who has called Urmila naive and zero in politics. But the actor isn’t affected. “That shows his mentality in the whole thing. He started of saying that this is going to be a battle of vichardhara (ideology) but non-stop he is speaking derogatory things about me, which I have never done. “I think there can be two things behind it – someone who is not very confident and all these things stem out of deep rooted fear that must have come in.” The actor said the kind of politics him and his party indulge in focuses more on “emotional battles”, keeping people occupied with “all kinds of emotional, religious and socio-economic issues.” “So that they do not come to main issues like what is progress? And where is the progress? “If that is the politics he is referring to, I am happy to be political zero. For me politics is giving your word, standing by it and abiding by it no matter what.”last_img read more

28 09 19

The Ohio State football team prepares to run onto the field prior to the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe idea that “records don’t matter” when it comes to Ohio State and Michigan has been reiterated throughout the week by the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein knows all too well how much of a dogfight the matchups between the Buckeyes and the Spartans are.Since 2011, the Buckeyes are just 2-3 against Michigan State — the worst mark OSU has against any team throughout the past five years. During that time, the Scarlet and Gray have never played in Spartan Stadium as a top-five team.That is, until Saturday. Elflein, among others, said the 3-7 record for Mark Dantonio’s team is nothing if not a ruse. A hot topic for OSU coach Urban Meyer this week has been how important competing for a Big Ten title — something OSU might not do this season — is for making a playoff case. Meyer, of course, deflected the question, and said he had not discussed the issue with his team.“Just want to beat Michigan State, man,” he said. “It means a lot.”Looking back through the past five years, that statement has been easier said than done.2011: Michigan State 10 – Ohio State 7In the wake of TattooGate, the Buckeyes lost long-time coach Jim Tressel and multiple players. In Luke Fickell’s interim head coaching stint, OSU came into the game against the Spartans at 3-1, with a loss to the University of Miami. The Buckeyes were simply outclassed in Ohio Stadium, as they failed to average more than a yard rushing on 39 attempts. Even with three forced turnovers, just 178 yards of offense and 82 yards of penalties suffocated OSU. OSU finished the year 6-7 without any real notable wins, except for a 33-29 victory over Wisconsin, who went on to win the Big Ten title. Next year, Meyer became the head coach for OSU, much to the excitement of Buckeye fans.2012: Ohio State 17 – Michigan State 16Meyer’s tenure started with a bang. After jumping out to a 4-0 start, the Buckeyes traveled to their first away game of the season. The Spartans proved to be a tough draw.It took a 314 total-yard performance from Braxton Miller to do it, and a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith to seal the deal. It was Michigan State’s second loss of the season.The Buckeyes never had a game as close as this one for the rest of the 2012 campaign, and OSU finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record. Due to ramifications from NCAA actions taken against the team after TattooGate, OSU was not bowl eligible.2013: Michigan State 34 – Ohio State 24 (Big Ten championship)After facing Michigan State for the two previous years in the regular season, the Buckeyes had to wait until the Big Ten title game to get a chance at Dantonio’s team. OSU was pushed to the limit for the second straight week after a 42-41 slugfest in the week prior with Michigan.The Buckeyes luck ran out, and Meyer suffered his first loss as OSU’s coach.Connor Cook torched the Scarlet and Gray defense with 304 yards and three touchdowns, while Jeremy Langfield pounded the ball up the middle against a relatively stout OSU rush defense. A late Langford touchdown run put Michigan State up by 10, and the Spartans never looked back.Defensive shortcomings mixed with a lack of an OSU passing game (eight completions for 101 yards) gave the Spartans the Big Ten title. The Buckeyes had to wait until early November of 2014 to get redemption.2014: Ohio State 49 – Michigan State 37The injury of Braxton Miller before the 2014 season began was supposed to doom the Buckeyes. That was until a little-known redshirt freshman quarterback by the name of J.T. Barrett trotted onto the field for OSU.Barrett, who had led the team to a 7-1 mark when OSU traveled to East Lansing, played one of his best games of his short career to that point. Piling up 300 yards through the air with three touchdowns, paired with a 154-yard, two touchdown performance for Ezekiel Elliott, the Buckeyes walked away from Spartan Stadium one win richer.The win was an upset, with OSU coming into the game at No. 14 and Michigan State at No. 8. A good showing against the Spartans helped propel the Buckeyes into Big Ten and eventually national championship contention.2015: Michigan State 17 – Ohio State 14With repeat title hopes on their mind, the Buckeyes struggled to find continuity at the quarterback position. Swapping between Barrett and Cardale Jones, who helped the team win a national championship following an injury to Barrett against Michigan in 2014, Meyer could not decide who should have led the team.With the decision made for Barrett to start, OSU’s offense floundered. Elliott touched the ball just 12 times, and Barrett threw for just 46 yards. Two turnovers for the Buckeye defense still wasn’t enough to bring home a win. Tyler O’Connor, Michigan State’s starting quarterback for this season, replaced an injured Connor Cook and managed the game to the best of his abilities. A game-winning field goal by Michael Geiger is an image most OSU fans have yet to let go, especially the windmill celebration the kicker did down the sideline after nailing the kick to top OSU.2016With title hopes on the line again for OSU, and Michigan State looking to save face following a disappointing season so far, fans in attendance should be ready for some fireworks in Spartan Stadium. OSU’s run game should dictate the pace of play, while the Silver Bullets might be able to grab a few turnovers. read more

18 09 19

first_imgPSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said there is a “very good” relationship between star strikers Kylian Mbappe and Neymar of Brazil.This comment has trashed reports suggesting that the two strikers, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe do not get along.“Neymar and Mbappe have a very good relationship. They get on well with each other,” the PSG president said via FourFourTwo.“Everything else is just made up stories by journalists. It is impossible that there would be bad blood between them. They are happy to play together.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“The reintroduction of Mbappe and Neymar is scheduled for the start of the month. What is clear is neither of them will be going anywhere.”In the 2018 World Cup, Mbappe won the World Cup’s best young player award as France grabbed the trophy at Russia, while Belgium couldn’t let Neymar help Brazil past the quarter-finals.“My players were very good during the World Cup,” Al-Khelaifi added.“Brazil had a lot of pressure on them, but France had a fantastic World Cup and deserve to be the champions. Mbappe was incredible and Neymar was at his best despite the injury. He gave his all.”last_img read more

18 09 19

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expects a tough game against Arsenal and highlighted strike duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as the main threatThe unbeaten Premier League leaders will welcome Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday hoping to maintain their six-point advantage over Tottenham with a ninth straight league win.On Thursday, Gunners manager Unai Emery revealed he believes Liverpool can remain unbeaten for the entire season – just like when his club’s “Invincibles” managed to do so in the 2003/04 campaign.And Klopp dismissed the suggestion that Emery could be trying to pile the pressure on Liverpool by saying that.“That is not how I know Unai Emery,” said Klopp, according to Sky Sports.“I don’t think they will have the white flag and say ‘no chance’. It will be a really tough game tomorrow night, because they are good.“That is all I am interested in and all the rest is a nice little game, where people respond to your questions and you make stories of the answers.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We are focused on ourselves and that is all.”The German reckons Liverpool cannot afford a similar performance to the one they did at the Emirates Stadium last month, which ended in a 1-1 draw.“Play much better than we did at Arsenal, for example – that would be a good idea,” replied Klopp on what Liverpool could do better this time around.“Because, especially defending wise, we weren’t as good as we can be, or we were after that. I think it was a period where we didn’t do too well.“They are strong, good with the ball and very lively. Their counter-attacks are crazy quick – (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang and (Alexandre) Lacazette are an outstanding striker couple up front. It will be difficult.”The Liverpool and Arsenal match will begin at 18:30 (CET) on Saturday.last_img read more

2 09 19

first_img X Listen 00:00 /01:24 Share Florian MartinBruce Rutherford, international director with JLL, left, moderates a panel discussion on energy and real estate on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.Bruce Rutherford, an international director with real estate advisory firm JLL  in Houston, said there will be more bad news for energy in the short run and as a consequence, for real estate.“But we are coming to the end of this cycle,” he said. “And we will see a dramatic improvement in demand for real estate from energy companies probably in 2018, 2019.”JLL will publish the 2016 edition of its energy outlook in a few weeks.Rutherford said despite Houston’s economic diversification, more than half of its economy is still directly or indirectly connected to energy. And the industry tends to pay its employees well, so the many layoffs have a big impact on real estate.Some experts estimate that the price of oil will normalize by next year. But Rutherford said Houston’s housing and office market will not immediately pick up.“First they will hire people in the oil field, out in the field,” he said. “And only later will they hire people to fill office space – and we have a lot of office space to fill here in Houston.”He said the current market does provide opportunity for companies that are doing well to acquire cheap real estate.But those that are not doing well are better advised to get rid of theirs now, Rutherford said, because they may not survive until the market gets better. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

2 09 19

first_img Share President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Under twin clouds of legal investigations, the leaders of the United States and Israel pledged Monday to further strengthen ties as President Donald Trump said he might travel to Jerusalem to preside over the May opening of a new U.S. embassy. Prospects for using such a trip to unveil his much-vaunted but still mysterious peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians were uncertain.Hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump said his controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city had improved chances for ending the conflict, despite Palestinians’ insistence otherwise. The two steps enraged the Palestinians, who claim part of Jerusalem for the capital of an eventual state and accuse Trump of abandoning the U.S. role of honest broker.Monday’s meeting came as Trump and Netanyahu cement an increasingly close relationship yet amid profound turmoil in the Middle East that threatens hopes of a resumption in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and also attempts to restore stability in the volatile region. Iran and its activities in Syria and Lebanon are a profound concern to Israel, and Netanyahu made clear Iran is his highest priority.Trump said that despite their anger, “the Palestinians, I think, are wanting to come back to the table.” There was no apparent evidence for the assertion as the Palestinians aren’t even cooperating with U.S. mediation right now.Trump said his Mideast team, led by his son-in-law Jared Kushner, was hard at work on a peace proposal that is nearing completion, even as Kushner’s status is in limbo after losing his top secret security clearance.Trump said he had actually given peace hopes by removing Jerusalem as an obstacle in long-stalled negotiations that have collapsed under successive U.S. administrations of both political parties. “Nobody could get past, No. 1 Jerusalem,” he said. “We’ve taken it off the table. So this gives us a real opportunity for peace.”Trump said he was looking into the possibility of making his second trip to Jerusalem as president in mid-May, when the embassy is slated to move into a temporary location that is now an annex of the U.S. consulate. “We’re looking at coming,” he said. “If I can, I will.”With Netanyahu looking on, Trump said he had rejected a $1 billion plan for a new embassy in favor of a temporary facility that would cost only $250,000. Eventually, however, that embassy would have to be expanded to accommodate more than a handful of diplomats. The cost of an expansion likely would run in the hundreds of millions of dollars, based on construction costs for U.S. embassies around the world.For his part, Netanyahu lavished praise on Trump for the Jerusalem recognition and the embassy move, comparing him with the Persian King Cyrus, who allowed Jews to return to Jerusalem from Babylon 2,500 years ago; former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour,who signed a declaration in 1917 supporting the creation of a Jewish state in what was then the British mandate of Palestine; and President Harry Truman, the first world leader to recognize Israel in 1948.“Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people throughout the ages,” Netanyahu said. He added that the U.S.-Israel relationship had never been closer than since Trump took office.For all the warmth and bonhomie, misgivings are percolating under the surface over Iran, where Israel sees Trump’s efforts to date to crack down on the Jewish state’s arch-enemy as lacking. Trump has vowed to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran in mid-May unless the U.S. and Europe agree on sanctions that would punish Iran for activity not covered by the accord or, in some cases, would be eventually permitted under its terms.Israeli officials are concerned Trump may not demand enough, particularly on Iran’s ballistic missile program, and are wary the administration may be acquiescing to Iran’s growing presence in Syria and influence in Lebanon — two Israeli neighbors.“Iran has not given up its nuclear ambitions,” Netanyahu said. “It came out of this nuclear deal emboldened and enriched.”“Iran must be stopped,” he said.Netanyahu arrived in the United States over the weekend as Washington was gearing up for the annual conference of AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby, that will give him a respite from swirling legal troubles at home. He and his wife were questioned separately by police for hours on Friday in a pending corruption case before his departure for Washington. Just before meeting with Trump on Monday, Israel police announced that a Netanyahu confidant had agreed to turn state’s witness in the burgeoning case.Netanyahu will speak to the AIPAC conference on Tuesday. Vice President Mike Pence and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley are to address the conference later Monday.last_img read more

1 09 19

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are moving early to advance legislation to end parental rights of rapists.The Senate could debate the bill on the floor as early as Friday.A House committee also has passed the bill to the floor, where it will be taken up next week.Legislative leaders have said they are making the measure a priority this year, after it failed to pass in nine previous sessions.last_img

31 08 19

first_img Dark inflation opens up a gravitational window on the first moments after the Big Bang A model that could see testing at the LHC is one developed by Anupam Mazumdar, a scientist at the Lancaster University in the United Kingdom and his colleagues Rouzbeh Allahverdi, at the University of New Mexico in the United States, and Bhaskar Dutta, at Texas A&M University. Their model shows how inflation generates the “seed for structure,” and describes how cold dark matter accounts for “missing” matter in the universe. Thirdly, the model’s inflation explains neutrino masses. The results of the paper can be found in “Unifying Inflation and Dark Matter with Neutrino Masses” in Physical Review Letters.“We know dark matter has to exist,” Mazumdar tells PhysOrg.com. “We see its influences. But it has to interact really weakly with the rest of the universe. This is why the right-handed supersymmetric neutrinos – sneutrinos – are a dark matter candidate. The right handed sneutrinos also give rise to tiny neutrino masses observed in nature.”Mazumdar also explains that the universe is expanding: “It undergoes inflation.” So Mazumdar and his peers wondered if it was possible to tie inflation to dark matter and neutrino masses. “We wanted to see if we could tie these things together in a model that can be tested in a laboratory.”Part of the challenge involved in putting together their model included the fact that in most standard models that address this question, the inflaton field values are entered by hand. Inflatons are characterized by integer spin. “We had to figure out how to talk about an inflaton as a scalar particle and try to identify what an inflaton is, exactly,” Mazumdar says.He goes on to explain that no single particle acts like an inflaton. Instead, a combination of particles is needed. “When we combined an sneutrino, a standard Higgs particle and a supersymmetric lepton, we found they act like an inflaton whose masses and couplings are not ad-hoc but well motivated and constrained by the current experimental limits.” “The model shows that the inflaton which is responsible for inflating is also responsible for neutrino masses….This component could also act like dark matter,” Mazumdar continues. “Now it is something that can be verified in experiments. Once the properties of the supersymmetric neutrino are found, the testable properties can help us identify dark matter.”“We are always looking for evidence to back up observation,” Mazumdar points out. “Until now, finding ‘missing’ matter has relied on cosmic microwave background experiments. It was thought that inflation could only be tested by this method. Now we have proposed a simple model that would allow inflation testing on earth.”Mazumdar hopes that the model he and his peers have developed can be tested at the LHC by the end of this year or the beginning of next year. “This could answer the questions of why neutrinos have such small mass, and whether they would make a good dark matter candidate and the inflaton candidate.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. One of the biggest mysteries of the universe deals with questions of dark matter. There are several experiments and models being designed all over the world to try and determine what would make good dark matter candidates. And with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland, some of these experiments may be ready for testing. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: Designing a test of neutrinos as dark matter candidates (2008, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-01-neutrinos-dark-candidates.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

31 08 19

first_imgKolkata: The nation-wide hackathon contest ‘Bengalathon 2018’, organised by the state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department to showcase the innovative skills of technology enthusiasts at the national and international arena has evoked tremendous response.More than 1,500 teams across seven states competed amongst each other to provide innovative solutions to real life challenges using emerging technologies. Some of the key problem statements were based on financial fraud, riot prediction, toto on call, predictive claim analysis etc. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe best performers were recognised and prizes were handed over for first, second, joint third and jury’s choice at the Bengal Global Business Summit on Friday. The first prize went to BP Poddar Institute of Management and Technology for their solution on Riot Prediction, the second prize was bagged by a solution on Student Record Keeping where one Rohit Gupta and his team participated as an individual group. The joint third prize went to Arup Sengupta and his team from TCS for their solution on Toto on call and to Shubhraj Singh and his team from University of Technology, Burdwan University, for their solution on Private car sharing. The jury special was given for solution on Toto on call by Hozaifa Wahid and his team from RCC Institute of Information Technology. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that Bengalathon 2018 was launched by the then IT minister Bratya Basu in July last year. “Our government is taking all possible measures to position Bengal as the best in embracing emerging technologies and its use in real life challenges. The next generation needs encouragement which will give them the impetus to produce their best. The posts in their profiles of social networking sites suggested that they were thrilled to receive the recognition from the venue of the summit that was attended by so many foreign delegates and industry captains all over the world,” a senior official of the IT department said. The state IT department will now try to extend assistance to those who have come out with such solutions so that they can commercialise their ventures.last_img read more

19 08 19

first_imgAir Canada flights now at LAX’s Terminal 6 Posted by Share Thursday, May 18, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img MONTREAL — Air Canada’s flights and Maple Leaf Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport are now located at the renovated and modernized Terminal 6, following an overnight move from Terminal 2.Air Canada’s 19 daily flights arrive and depart from gates 68A, 68B and 69B at Terminal 6, “offering a more convenient connecting experience for customers whose onward flights are with our Star Alliance partners”, says the airline. A new Maple Leaf Lounge, the airline’s third in the U.S., is located past security near Air Canada’s gates.“As the largest foreign carrier operating at LAX, we are pleased to offer our customers continued improvements in their airport experience with this move to Terminal 6,” said Benjamin Smith, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Our new LAX lounge complements our daily Boeing 787 Dreamliner LAX-Toronto flights featuring our Business Class-Transcontinental product with lie flat suites.”Currently seating 83 customers, Air Canada’s LAX lounge will offer total seating capacity for 118 people this fall after expansion is completed. Air Canada has 22 Maple Leaf Lounges worldwide including three in the US. (LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and now LAX).More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAir Canada’s LAX nonstop service offers up to seven daily flights from Toronto, four from Montreal, six from Vancouver and two from Calgary this summer. Tags: LAX << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

10 08 19

first_imgLos Cabos is home to the world’s most sought after golf courses, most luxurious spas and the most exclusive resorts, but one of the destination’s biggest attractions remains the impressive array of culinary delights. With exciting restaurants and award-winning chefs, even the most discerning palate will be impressed by the delicious cuisine and tantalizing flavors offered at “Land’s End.”Travelers to Los Cabos may further explore the destination’s delectable gastronomy by participating in any of the numerous interactive and personalized culinary programs offered. From wine tasting events to cooking classes, the following select Los Cabos hotels and resorts offer a unique way for travelers to experience the gastronomy of Baja Sur:One of the newest resorts in Los Cabos, Capella Pedregal, offers guests an exclusive look into a “day in the life” of an Executive Chef. This exciting one-day cooking class, allows guests to accompany the chef as he shops at the local farmers markets and meets the fisherman at the pier with their daily catch. Following this, guests will return with the chef to the resort’s hacienda style kitchen and learn how to prepare ceviche with the fish bought at the pier that same morning while enjoying a delicious breakfast and lunch. For those looking to immerse themselves in an authentic cooking experience, Capella Pedregal also offers a three-day cooking class, focusing on the regional cooking which highlights the flavor and techniques of Mexico. As part of the three-day cooking class, guests learn how to make salsa, classic Mexican dishes and traditional desserts. Lunch is provided each day along with a personalized chef jacket to commemorate the experience. The one-day class is $70 per person and the three-day class is $200 per person plus tax and gratuity. For more information, please visit www.capellahotels.com.Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort is home to one of the most unique spas in all of Mexico, the SOMMA WineSpa. Devoted to life, serenity and longevity, the resort has paired their exclusive wine-based spa treatments with a special wine tasting that takes place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Guided by the resorts’ Sommelier, the tasting takes place on the wine spa’s expansive terrace and includes four Mexican wines that are each paired with signature canapés. The SOMMA WineSpa tasting is $36 per person and includes tax and gratuity. For more information, please visit www.fiestamericanagrand.com.Guests can learn the secrets of the award-winning cuisine of Las Ventanas al Paraiso by participating in cooking classes with the resort’s chefs. This one-hour lesson is held every Saturday in the open-air demonstration kitchen located in the property’s herb garden. Chef Fabrice creates a different menu each week, and the dishes he prepares are then served to participants for lunch. Cooking class price is $110 per person plus tax and service fee. Also available at Las Ventanas are tequila lessons, which take place every Tuesday and Friday. Specially trained “Tequileros” teach guests about different types of tequila, the distillation process, and the appropriate way to drink it. The price for the tequila lessons is $75 per person plus tax and service fee. For more information, please visit www.lasventanas.com.One&Only Palmilla takes guests on a cultural journey with a choice of three interactive culinary experiences. Take part in a cooking class with famed Chef Larbi Dahrouch and learn how to create his renowned Mediterranean cuisine. For $120 per person, lunch includes a pairing with wine from the resort’s 700-bottle cellar with wines from around the world as well as local options. Sample Mexico’s most famous spirit – tequila – with a tasting of eight varieties from different regions. Served with canapés, this tasting will give guests a true sense of Mexico. Guests can also sample six sakes along with canapés while learning about the sake production and the different categories. Both tastings are $50 per person. For more information, please visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com.Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach offers guests a variety of classes where they can get involved in the making and tasting of their own food and drink. With three bars located within the resort, guests can taste and make drinks with tequila tasting, available for $25 per person. Also available are complimentary Mexican wine tastings as well as mixology classes, where guests can learn to make their own tasty creations, offered for only $5 per person. For guests interested in how to re-create the colorful cuisine they enjoyed during their stay, there are two cooking classes hosted by the Sunset Beach chefs. For $100 per person, guests can watch Chef Antonio de Livier of La Frida Restaurant create his signature dishes and enjoy the menu afterwards or enjoy the fresh seafood of Los Cabos with a Japanese flair as they take part in Chef Kata’s sushi making lessons and sake tasting for $75 per person. For more information, please visit www.pueblobonitosunsetbeach.com.The Westin Resort & Spa’s “Westin Unwind” experience takes place each evening, featuring the tastes, sights and sounds of Los Cabos. Each night, at the hotel’s fire pit, guests can enjoy tequila tastings, tips on mixing margaritas and lessons on damiana, an herbal-infused Mexican liqueur, while enjoying taquitos and guacamole. This complimentary program is available to all guests and encourages them to socialize, make new friends and create a special memory during their vacation. For more information, please visit www.westin.com/loscabos.www.visitloscabos.travellast_img read more

3 08 19

first_imgAs the prospect of life without a paycheck sets in for 800,000 federal employees and others affected by the ongoing government shutdown, questions are arising about health insurance and other health benefits — dental and vision coverage, and long-term care insurance.Will shuttered agencies continue to cover benefits for employees and contractors as per usual? We’ve dug up some answers.Are federal workers and their families still covered by their health plan? For the most part, federal employees needn’t worry about that, according to the Office of Personnel Management, which has published an FAQ blog post on the topic.Both the online FAQ and the health insurance industry’s trade association confirm that coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits program will continue even if some federal agencies affected by the shutdown aren’t issuing those paychecks and or paying the insurance premiums.”The shutdown should not impact their coverage,” says Kristine Grow, spokeswoman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, the trade group that represents insurers, including those that offer coverage through the federal program. “It’s business as usual.”Once the shutdown ends and those payments resume, workers should expect that their usual share of premiums plus the accumulated amount that wasn’t deducted during the missed pay periods will be taken out.”Procedures may vary somewhat by payroll office, but the maximum additional deduction allowed under regulations is one pay period’s worth of premiums (in addition to the current pay period’s premium),” says an OPM spokeswoman.Does the same hold for contract workers? Less clear is what will happen to workers under contract with the affected federal agencies — including some people working as analysts, administration assistants and janitorial staff — who are mostly excluded from the FEHB program.Many firms that contract with the federal government offer their workers insurance. The federal Office of Personnel Management recommends these contracted employees consult the human resource office at their company for answers regarding the shutdown.”In 95 percent of cases, even if it’s not required by law, I would think most everyone would continue that coverage,” says Rachel Greszler, a senior policy analyst and research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, who studies economics, budget and labor issues.Contract workers who buy their own health coverage and are struggling to pay bills without their paychecks may have less recourse, beyond asking insurers for a grace period in paying premiums. But there is no requirement that insurers grant such a request.”We are concerned about the disruption that this shutdown has caused our members and their families,” notes a corporate statement from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield — one of the insurers near Washington, D.C. “We are currently exploring how to best address this issue should the shutdown continue.”Beyond basic health insurance, what other health benefits could be affected? Depending on how long the shutdown lasts, dental, vision and long-term care insurance programs may start sending bills directly to workers.Federal workers pay the premiums for these benefits themselves, according to Dan Blair, who served as both acting director and deputy director of the OPM during the early 2000s. He is now a senior counselor and fellow the Bipartisan Policy Center in D.C.Because workers’ checks are not being processed, the amounts usually sent to these carriers each pay period also aren’t being paid. If the shutdown lasts longer than two or three pay periods, workers will get bills for premiums directly from these firms and should pay them “on a timely basis to ensure continuation of coverage,” the OPM says in its FAQ. Blair agrees.There also may be a delay in processing claims for flexible spending accounts. These are special accounts in which workers use pretax money deducted from their paychecks to cover certain eligible medical expenses — such as eyeglasses, braces, copayments for doctor visits or medications, including some over-the-counter products.With no paychecks going out, these deductions are not being made and transferred into FSAs. Once paychecks start up again, the amount deducted will be adjusted so the worker will get the annual total they had requested.During the shutdown, though, reimbursement claims to these FSA accounts also won’t be processed, the OPM says. Blair suggests holding off on big-ticket purchases during the shutdown, if possible, and to always keeping paperwork on the purchases.Another consideration: People who switched health plans before a furlough may find their paperwork wasn’t processed in time.In those cases, the OPM says to stick with the old health plan until the shutdown ends and the new plan is processed. The new plan will pick up any claims incurred.How will workers know if their change was processed? The OPM’s FAQ says workers who receive an ID card in the mail are enrolled.”The new policy will be what applies and pays benefits, but there could be some administrative burdens and hassles on the part of workers if the shutdown continues much longer, if the initial bills are not going to the right insurance company,” Greszler says.Overall, Blair says workers should continue to monitor news media sites — particularly those that focus on federal workers and issues — looking for any updates.”We’re getting into uncharted territory and there are always things that pop up that no one has planned for,” says Blair, who did not face any shutdowns during his tenure at OPM.Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit, editorially independent news service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more