Playing their best, PH gals falter vs world-class Thais

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The defeat sent the Philippines to the bronze-medal match against either Indonesia or Vietnam.Coming into the SEA Games, the Nationals were aiming to end their medal drought in the biennial meet that dates back to the 2005 Manila edition, when they bagged a bronze.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We still have a chance to medal. This is still an achievement for us, making the semifinals,” said PH coach Francis Vicente.Formed just three months ago and playing as one team just six weeks back, the Philippines barged into the Final Four with a rousing win over Malaysia (25-18, 25-11, 25-16) Thursday. It had its chance to top the group stage but the Philippines yielded a straight-set loss to Vietnam (26-24, 25-12, 25-23).Vietnam, the silver medal winner in the last SEA Games, and Indonesia were locked in the other semifinal battle.If Vietnam wins, the Nationals will have to deal with Indonesia, a team led by explosive spiker Aprilla Manganang.Manganang had a beef to settle against the Philippines, whose officials questioned her gender during the 2015 Singapore edition.However, the 25-year-old Indonesian said the controversy is now water under the bridge when she came to the Philippines last year for the Asian Club Championships.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Khan fears for McGregor in Mayweather bout Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonycenter_img Philippines’s Jovelyn Gonzaga (top L) returns the ball against Thailand players during their volleyball women’s semi-finals match at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine team displayed its best form in the tournament but still failed to measure up to Thailand to lose a 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 decision Saturday in the Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball semifinals here.The Thais, who regularly play in top-level tournaments like the World Championship and Olympics, didn’t hold their punches against the all-heart Filipinos and played their best players up until the end.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Dhaka ready for ICC World Cup opening ceremony

first_imgAn amalgamation of some of the well-known singers from Asia and outside, along with depiction of the rich and varied culture of co-hosts India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be the highlights of the grand opening World Cup ceremony here on Thursday.Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who have composed the official song for the World Cup, and Sonu Nigam will represent India while Runa Laila of the Dama dam mast kalandar fame and Mila, a local pop icon, will be the prominent Bangladeshis on display. Legendary Canadian singer Bryan Adams will add variety to what promises to be a spectacular show.The fireworks and laser show will be yet another attraction, but the competing teams will be conspicuous by their absence at the 10th edition of the tournament and the third in south Asia.Also, the culture of Pakistan, which was scratched as a co-host by the International Cricket Council (ICC) due to security reasons following the attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in March 2008, will not be seen at the over two-hour ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO Manzur Ahmed also said that Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina will declare open the 45-day, 14-nation tournament, though the presence of Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman is doubtful.”The full teams will not be there at the opening. Only the captains and the managers will be present. That is how (Indian company) Wizcraft has designed the ceremony,” Ahmed told MAIL TODAY.One major reason for the teams’ absence could have been a big logistical problem in transporting teams from various parts of the three south Asian countries. But when India and Pakistan cohosted the World Cup in 1987, all competing teams lined up at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.In fact, at almost all World Cups, the teams have got together before the first match. Wizcraft, in association with Bangladesh’s Asiatic Events, an advertisement firm, has designed the ceremony, but they are keeping the contents close to their chests. But sources said that Nigam, Laila and Mila will sing along with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.Ahmed gave a peep into what would be an evening of razzmatazz. “In the three segments, we will highlight the cultural heritage of the three cohosts.And apart from that, there will be the other formalities associated with this kind of event, like speeches, some songs, fireworks, and a lot of digital display – it’s a kind of laser show. It will all be high-tech. Bryan Adams is also going to sing,” Ahmed said.”There are special preparations they (Wizcraft) have been doing for one month and they have been rehearsing it here for the last one week. In the Bangabandhu Stadium, they have been doing the infrastructure and other preparations at another venue. Some of the rehearsals are being done at the army stadiums for the last one month,” said the former wicketkeeper- batsman who represented Bangladesh in the 1980s.”We will have a little more time for Bangladesh segment – 20 minutes, plus or minus – but the others segments will get about 15 minutes, plus or minus,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Giants End Mets’ Streak, 6-1

first_imgNEW YORK— When Madison Bumgarner pitches at Citi Field, he gets World Series-type results.Bumgarner pitched through rain to extend his scoreless streak at the Mets to 18 innings, Hunter Pence homered and drove in three runs, and the San Francisco Giants ran at will against Noah Syndergaard in a 6-1 victory Sunday that stopped New York’s eight-game winning streak.“It is a fun place to pitch in,” said Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP.Bumgarner (3-2) is 4-0 with a 0.62 ERA at Citi Field and has the longest shutout streak by an opposing pitcher in the ballpark’s eight-season history. After adjusting his mechanics, he gave up six hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked three, lowering his ERA from 3.64 to 3.03.“It didn’t feel like I was 100 percent where I’d like to be, but it was really close,” he said.He escaped a second-and-third, two-outs jam in the third when Neil Walker popped out and threw a called third strike to his final batter, Asbrubal Cabrera, with the bases loaded in the sixth. His fastball had averaged 91 mph coming in, down from 93 mph last April, but he reached 92 mph at times against the Mets.“You can’t ask much more than six shutout innings,” catcher Buster Posey said.He pitched in a steady, light rain. Because of the forecast, Bumgarner had been expecting a delay.“Honestly, I didn’t think there was any chance we were starting on time, just from the way everybody had been talking,” he said. “I was about 20 minutes late in my pregame routine, so it’s a good thing I’m not a big routine guy.”One start after allowing five steals against Cincinnati, Syndergaard (2-1) gave up three more, and the stolen bases got him into trouble. Runners have swiped 12 bases in 13 attempts against Syndergaard this year, the most in the majors, according to STATS.Matt Duffy singled with one out in the fourth, stole second and took third when Posey singled. With Posey running on a full-count pitch, Brandon Belt hit an RBI grounder to second that otherwise likely would have been an inning-ending double play.Posey, a slow-footed catcher with 10 steals in eight big league seasons, isn’t used to creating offense with his feet.“You don’t hear that very often,” he said. “I think we knew coming into the game there was an opportunity.”Two pitches later, Pence drove a fastball to the opposite field and over the right-field fence for his fifth home run this season and the first off Syndergaard. After striking out Brandon Crawford to end the inning, Syndergaard slapped his glove in frustration.At 98.2 mph, the pitch was tied for the second-highest velocity offering on a home run this year, according to MLB’s Statcast, .03 mph less than the one resulting in a drive by the Milwaukee Brewers’ Domingo Santana off St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal.“When they’re throwing hard, that supplies the pop if you get a good part of the bat on it,” Pence said.San Francisco made it 4-0 in the sixth after Duffy singled and stole second, and Syndergaard walked Belt with two outs. Hansel Robles relieved, and Pence’s single to right drove in Duffy. With his second straight three-RBI game, Pence is batting .419 (13 for 31) with three homers and seven extra-base hits in his last nine.Syndergaard allowed four runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings as his ERA climbed from 1.69 to 2.51. New York lost for just the third time in 16 games.Angel Pagan singled in a run against Antonio Bastardo in the seventh, then strained his left hamstring while rounding first base, was tagged out and came out of the game. Kelby Tomlinson had walked and stolen the Giants’ fourth base.“I don’t think it’s anything,” Pagan said.RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Resilience keeps England on the right side of fine margins

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Jonny May’s early tries take England over the line against battling Wales Not since the championship was expanded to six teams, for a start, have England registered fewer points at home and still won the game. Rarely, too, have they benefited from a more high-profile TMO howler; Gareth Anscombe and his understandably unhappy head coach, Warren Gatland – “It was a terrible decision” – may also be New Zealanders but Mr Newman did his compatriots no favours by crucially ruling Anscombe had not grounded the ball in the 23rd minute.Nine times out of 10 Scott Williams would also have fancied diving beyond Underhill to score in the final quarter. On such tiny margins do successful title challenges rest.For all of Wales’s never-say-die commitment on a cold damp day, though, it has long since ceased to be coincidental that Eddie Jones’s side keep edging these tight games. Very often at the highest level it is the unsexy bits of play – the aerial contest, kick chase, restarts, defensive line speed – that settle big contests and Jones’s England are increasingly sound in all those areas. Like all top sides they also hate losing so intensely that, after a while, it becomes a self‑fulfilling prophecy.No two players exemplify it more than Owen Farrell and Mike Brown. Brown was named man of the match before being angrily defended on live radio by Jones – “He’s been the most criticised player in English rugby,” the head coach said – against those who would allocate the full-back’s jersey elsewhere.Farrell’s input was as vital as Jonny May’s two early tries, underlining why he ranks increasingly high among the most influential players of his generation.“That’s why he is one of the world’s best players,” said his recalled club-mate Richard Wigglesworth. “It’s not just the effect he has on the game as an individual but the effect he has on the people around him.”A clearly satisfied Farrell still had a tell-tale gleam in his eye 90 minutes after the final whistle; natural-born warriors love nothing more than a “proper” Test of manhood and spirit. England’s fingertips prove decisive in brawl in a squall against Wales Read more Six Nations 2018 features Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Read more Rugby union Wales rugby union team “There’s a resilience to us, I think,” he said. “I wouldn’t call it an invincibility but, when you’ve been in an arm wrestle for that long and come out on the right side, it shows you’re heading in the right direction. I think that’s what big teams do. They come out on top in the end. There’s no massive secret to what we’re doing. It’s about us working hard and preparing properly for the next Test.”In almost the same breath, though, the 26-year-old accepted that England might have gone down had Underhill not scooped the slithering Williams out of play just inches short of the line: “That tackle by Sam Underhill was unbelievable, one of the best you’ll see. It shows our attitude when it comes to it. Normally just try to get the player into touch. Sam’s got in close, got his shoulder on him, flipped him over and not even given him the chance to place the ball. He’s a tackling machine. You don’t expect anything less.”The modest Underhill made it all sound less calculating – “I just remember sheer panic … pegging it to the corner because I’d slipped over and they had an overlap and being so glad I made it in time” – but the former Osprey’s strength and awareness of angles underlined his rare defensive aptitude. With Joe Launchbury and Dan Cole as unselfishly influential as ever, Jones’s preference for electing durable characters with an unquenchable appetite for hard graft continues to yield consistent results.England have now won 15 Six Nations home games on the trot, equalling the great Wales and France sides of the 1970s and 80s and eclipsing even Sir Clive Woodward’s World Cup winners.The next step is to go one further and become the first country to win three outright championship titles in successive years, with Ireland’s visit to London on St Patrick’s Day now visible on the horizon.Injuries to Anthony Watson and Sam Simmonds will require monitoring but, otherwise, England could scarcely be better placed. If – that awkward little word again – Scotland can be beaten at Murrayfield and the head coach suspends hostilities with media outlets who do not agree with his every syllable, March could yield the most upbeat global coverage of English rugby since 2003. Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. There is no more tantalising – or irrelevant – phrase in the sporting lexicon than “if only”. Modern Test rugby is almost entirely about outcome, particularly when England and Wales share the same rugby field. Post-match regrets – and goodness, Wales will have a few – must be buried six feet deep or privately tucked away for extra motivation further down the track.It might be to England’s advantage, even so, to reflect momentarily on how they might be feeling had, respectively, the Kiwi television match official Glenn Newman and the home side’s replacement flanker Sam Underhill not bailed them out at the weekend.Even one converted Welsh try would have altered the complexion of the match and, potentially, the entire championship. While England sit joint-top of the table before the trip to Scotland on 24 February, this absorbing contest at Twickenham on Saturday was as taut as they come. Six Nations Share via Email Topics England rugby union team Since you’re here…last_img read more

National Water Policy to be Tabled in Parliament Soon

first_img The National Water Sector Policy and Implementation Plan 2019 is to be tabled in Parliament soon.Director, Water Monitoring, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (Water Division), Talia Gibson, said the policy is an update of the 2014 water sector policy and embodies the Vision 2030 National Development Plan for Water.Speaking at the recent Red Stripe Water Stewardship Knowledge Forum, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, Ms. Gibson said the policy seeks to address challenges in the water sector.“The Government, in achieving its objectives, aims, goals, and to deal with several of the challenges identified in the sector, intends to adopt an integrated water resources management approach to managing our water resources. The management of our water resources is a key factor. Water is not an endless source,” she said.Challenges in the sector include inadequate storage, inadequate infrastructure, and vulnerability to climate change, poor waste management practices, high energy consumption and high levels of non-revenue water.The objectives of the policy are to effectively manage water supply in utility and non-utility service areas; to increase resilience to climatic shocks, such as drought; to ensure effective management of wastewater; and to encourage rainwater harvesting, both as a primary source of access and as a drought management mechanism.Additionally, the policy seeks to provide sufficient water for achieving food security by improving irrigation services; ensure effective flood water control; and establish policy, programmes and physical structures in place for climate adaptation and energy efficiency in the water sector. The policy will also seek to facilitate private-sector participation in the water sector.Ms. Gibson further noted that the overall aim of the policy is to provide universal access to potable water and adequate sanitation by 2030.“In this policy, access to water means everyone should have access to at least 50 litres of water each day within 500 metres of their home. The goal of the policy is to ensure that Jamaica’s water resources are effectively managed, so as to provide for our nation’s social, economic, and environmental well-being, now and in the future,” she said. Director, Water Monitoring, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (Water Division), Talia Gibson, said the policy is an update of the 2014 water sector policy and embodies the Vision 2030 National Development Plan for Water. Speaking at the recent Red Stripe Water Stewardship Knowledge Forum, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, Ms. Gibson said the policy seeks to address challenges in the water sector. The National Water Sector Policy and Implementation Plan 2019 is to be tabled in Parliament soon. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Latvia Authorizes Korean Register

first_imgzoom Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society – has been authorized as a “recognized organization” of the Latvian government to deliver statutory services.KR is now able to conduct relevant surveys, audits and issue certificates to Latvian flagged ships for SOLAS, MARPOL, ITC, ICLL, ISM Code, and MLC. ISPS Code related certification will also be carried out upon acquiring prior approval from the government of Latvia.Dr. Kim Chang-wook, Executive Vice President and acting Chairman and CEO of KR said: “We are extremely pleased to be given the stamp of approval by the Latvian government. We are now authorized by 67 individual countries to deliver statutory services. This latest approval is a further demonstration of KR’s growing strength and reach within the international shipping sector.”This authorization follows similar acceptance by Oman earlier in the year and brings the total number of countries where KR is authorized to carry out ship survey and certification work to 67.Press Releaselast_img read more

Winter Storm Preparations Advised

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to prepare for a snowy Nor’easter today, Jan. 12, that will make driving conditions hazardous and could lead to an interruption of power and other services. Environment Canada forecasts some areas of the province could receive up to 30 centimetres of snow by Thursday, Jan. 13. “Nova Scotians should take precautions,” said Ross Landry, Minister for the Emergency Management Office. “Our advice is that families have food and other supplies on hand for at least 72 hours.” Nova Scotia Power says it has placed repair crews on standby. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal warns that drivers should check road conditions before travelling and, if at all possible, avoid driving during severe weather. The department has more than 500 pieces of snow removal equipment provincewide ready to clear snow and salt roads. Road conditions across the province are available by calling 511 and visiting . Detailed information on winter safety kits and preparation can be found at .last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter “We are so touched and honoured that Animal Behaviour has been recognized this way by Academy voters,” said Alison Snowden and David Fine. “We are grateful for the fantastic support the film has had from everyone who worked on it in Vancouver, Montreal and at the NFB. It’s wonderful to come back to making a short film with the NFB after so long and have this recognition. Humbling, to say the least.” Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Toronto, ON – The Vancouver-based Oscar-winning animation duo of Alison Snowden and David Fine has received another Academy Award nomination—for their hilarious new National Film Board of Canada (NFB) animated short Animal Behaviour, taking us inside a group therapy session for animals who grapple with issues not unlike like our own.Animal Behaviour is produced and executive produced by Michael Fukushima for the NFB’s English-language Animation Studio in Montreal.The NFB is bringing all Canadians into the Oscar celebration with two weeks of free streaming of Animal Behaviour, from February 11 to 24 on, Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube. Advertisement Image courtesy of NFB. Advertisementlast_img read more

Suspects lawyer offers condolences at Tunisia terror trial

TUNIS, Tunisia — A lawyer for suspects in the 2015 attack that killed 38 people in a popular Tunisian resort has offered condolences to the victims’ families.Twenty-one suspects, who have all denied any direct role in the attack, attended Friday’s final hearing in the trial. The court will adjourn and the deliberation will last at least 10 hours before a verdict is reached.On June 26, 2015, in the coastal city of Sousse, attacker Aymen Rezgui walked onto the beach of the Imperial Hotel and used an assault rifle to shoot at tourists, then continued onto the hotel pool before throwing a grenade into the hotel.Rezgui was killed about 15 minutes later by police.The Associated Press

Cabinet approves relief measures for tourism industry

He said that among the relief offered are tax concessions and loans with interest to be paid in July next year. The Minister also said that security scanners can be imported tax free. Cabinet has approved several relief measures for the tourism industry which took a hit from the Easter Sunday attacks.Tourism Minister John Amaratunga told Parliament today that the relief measures will not just be for five star hotels but even others involved in the industry. He said he expects the tourism industry to get back on its feet and return to what it was in a year. (Colombo Gazette)

Magna partners with Michigan startup to retrofit selfdriving shuttles

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Auto parts supplier Magna International Inc. is partnering with a Michigan startup to retrofit self-driving shuttles for service in the United States.Ontario-based Magna will retrofit May Mobility’s low-speed self-driving electric transit vehicles from the chassis up for an initial deployment on June 26 in Detroit.Magna will update the vehicles with custom doors, a panoramic moon roof, drive-by-wire technology and sensor integration at its custom build centre in Troy, Mich.May Mobility, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., will upgrade the vehicles with its proprietary technology that would allow them to operate safely and reliably in urban and residential environments.The new partnership announced Wednesday will create an undisclosed number of self-driving shuttles that can increase to hundreds and eventually thousands as demand increases.Magna has partnered with several companies to develop and manufacture self-driving systems. read more

UN envoy urges respect for religious freedom after Israeli forces disrupt Easter

A top United Nations envoy on Saturday said he was dismayed that a peaceful Easter procession led by Palestinian Christians through Jerusalem’s Old City was disrupted by Israeli security forces. “Once again I call on all parties to respect the right of religious freedom, granting access to holy sites for worshippers of all faiths and refraining from provocations not least during the religious holidays,” said Robert Serry, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. According to a statement issued by the Special Coordinator’s office, Mr. Serry and members of the diplomatic corps visited an Easter procession from the New Gate to the Holy Sepulcher at the invitation of the Palestinian Christian community in Jerusalem. The procession was stopped at a security checkpoint prior to the entry on the church grounds. “Despite earlier assurances to the Palestinian Christian community in Jerusalem of unhindered access to the Holy Sepulcher Church on the occasion of Easter celebrations, the Israeli police refused to allow such entry claiming they had orders to that effect,” the statement said, adding that a “precarious” standoff ensued ending in an angry crowd pushing their way through.“The Special Coordinator was dismayed that a peaceful procession on the occasion of Easter in the Old city was disrupted by unacceptable behaviour from the Israeli security authorities.” read more

These Are The Only 4 Teams With Any Chance Of Beating The

Driven by Jones and Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland had the fourth-most-efficient offense in the country according to Synergy, averaging 94.7 points per 100 plays. The only problem is that the duo doesn’t have a lot of help — during the season, only one other player on the roster made more than one 3-pointer per game, and no one else averaged double-digit shot attempts.So as Maryland moves through the tournament and considers the possibility of another matchup with UConn, the biggest question will be whether they can get some balanced scoring around their two stars. As usual, the women’s NCAA Tournament this year is all about the University of Connecticut. Led by star forward Breanna Stewart, the Huskies are undefeated and chasing their fourth consecutive title, a feat that FiveThirtyEight’s tournament forecast gives them a whopping 71 percent chance of pulling off. That makes UConn a front-runner of colossal proportions; by comparison, you could combine the title probabilities for the seven most likely champions in our pre-tournament men’s forecast and still not match the Huskies’ odds.But despite their status as heavy favorites, the UConn women still have to play their games, and that means there’s room for the improbable to become reality. The other three top seeds in the tournament — Notre Dame, Baylor and South Carolina — have each lost only one game, and all three outscored their opponents by more than 15 points per game during the season. They don’t quite have the résumés of UConn, but they are very good teams.According to FiveThirtyEight’s model, those three teams and the University of Maryland — the No. 2 seed behind Notre Dame in the Lexington region — are the only non-UConn squads with a greater than 1 percent probability of winning the championship. The odds are slim, but let’s focus on the most likely candidates to do the unthinkable.Notre Dame (9 percent championship probability)Notre Dame’s strength lies in its backcourt, with ACC Tournament MVP Madison Cable leading the way at both ends of the court. Cable finished the season ranked third in the nation in 3-point percentage, at 47.6 percent, and she was the fourth-most-efficient offensive player in the country1Minimum 300 plays. according to Synergy Sports Technology’s points per play metric. She’s also a ball-hawk on defense, averaging nearly two steals per game with a Synergy rating among the nation’s top 10 percent of individual defenders.And Cable isn’t the only two-way talent on this Irish roster. According to data from, only 52 players in Division I had an effective field goal percentage above 55 percent and a steal percentage above 3 percent this season; between Cable, freshman Marina Mabrey and reserve Hannah Huffman, the Irish have three of them in their backcourt. A proven formula for engineering upsets is maximizing possessions and making 3-pointers, and with Cable and company in the backcourt, the Irish seem to have that part of the equation down.Of course, UConn is on the opposite side of the bracket, so facing the Huskies would take getting through several other very good teams, particularly Maryland. Notre Dame has lost to UConn once this season, 91-81 in early December. But the Irish were missing their leading scorer and best frontcourt defender, Brianna Turner. With Turner back on the floor alongside Cable and that backcourt, the Irish might have a chance if they face UConn for the championship, which would be a rematch of last year’s title game.South Carolina (8 percent)No one in women’s college basketball attempted more free throws than South Carolina this season — 770 total attempts, about 24.0 per game. The vast majority of those free throws were earned by the starting frontcourt, A’ja Wilson and Alaina Coates, who averaged a combined 28.0 points, 18.8 rebounds, and 4.4 blocks per game. At 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-4, respectively, the duo is big enough to match up with anyone, but the two players are skilled and versatile enough to exploit those matchups.However, the pair was badly outplayed in South Carolina’s loss to UConn last month. Wilson chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds — both below her season averages — and Coates was dreadful, scoring 2 points on 1-for-6 shooting from the floor. That’s how the Huskies held a team that usually averages 89.6 points per 100 plays (14th-best in Division I) to a mere 76.1 in the 12-point defeat at home. If South Carolina is going to pose any threat to UConn in a rematch, it’ll need a lot more from Wilson and Coates.South Carolina will also need some support from its backcourt. No one on the team averaged more than 3.0 assists per game, and the Gamecocks had more turnovers than assists this season. The team only made 33.1 percent of its 3-pointers, 81st in the nation. Pounding the ball inside is South Carolina’s strength, but balance might be the key for the team to hit its ceiling if it gets another shot at the Huskies.Baylor (7 percent)Niya Johnson, Baylor’s point guard, may be the team’s most important player despite averaging just 7.1 points per game and rarely shooting any 3-pointers during the regular season.2She attempted only nine threes all season long. Such is the power of her playmaking: She averaged 8.7 assists per game, 1.4 more than any other player in the country, and was responsible for 26.1 points per game between her scoring and passing. Along with the slashing game of Nina Davis, Johnson’s skills as a facilitator have helped keep Baylor among the nation’s top five teams in field goal percentage this season.But as much as those two help keep the Baylor offense afloat, defense is what drives the team. Baylor allowed the nation’s third-fewest points per play during the season and ranked third-best in opponent field goal percentage, third in rebound margin and ninth in blocks per game. Baylor has the size to match up with anyone, including UConn, and the team’s plan will no doubt be to wear opponents down with its defense.The question, however, will be whether Baylor can score enough to make it work as the team gets deeper into the tournament. It had the country’s 18th-most efficient offense, and that may not be enough against a UConn defense so dominant that it finished the year with a per-play efficiency rate that was 3.4 standard deviations better than the Division I average.Maryland (3 percent)Maryland gave UConn one of its toughest challenges this season, losing by 10 points in a December game that was closer than the final score indicated. So it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Maryland keep things tight against the Huskies in a rematch, should the opportunity present itself.Maryland has a dynamic inside-out combination in Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough. The former is a powerful low post scorer who put up 24 points on 12-14 shooting against UConn. The latter is a deadly outside shooter who led the nation in 3-point percentage — at 54.0 percent, she was more than 5 percentage points ahead of the next highest qualified shooter. Together, they ranked among the most efficient high-volume scorers in women’s college basketball this season: read more

Water line break in National City causes massive sinkhole floods several homes

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A water line broke Wednesday morning in a hilly neighborhood on the border of San Diego and National City, flooding several nearby homes and opening a large sink hole that partially swallowed a pickup truck.The pipe ruptured in the 4500 block of Delta Street, just west of Interstate 805, where San Diego’s Mountain View neighborhood meets National City. Delta Street was still closed around 7 this morning, roughly an hour after the water line first broke.A pickup truck was partially swallowed by the sinkhole, footage from several news crews showed. The hood of the truck was under what looked like several feet of water, with the bed jutting out.The break happened near the top of a hill and flooded several nearby homes. Just after 7 a.m., city crews appeared to have stopped the flow of water from the broken line. Updated: 5:06 PM Ed Lenderman, January 17, 2018 Water line break in National City causes massive sinkhole, floods several homescenter_img Ed Lenderman Posted: January 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Giuliani needs to get facts straight on Stormy says Trump

first_imgPresident Donald Trump talks to the media as he leaves for Dallas to address the National Rifle Association on 4 May 2018 at the White House in Washington. Photo: APUS president Donald Trump suggested Friday that Rudy Giuliani, the aggressive new face of his legal team, needed to “get his facts straight” about the hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election. Giuliani quickly came up with a new version.Trump chided Giuliani even as he insisted that “we’re not changing any stories” about the $130,000 settlement, which was paid to Daniels to keep her quiet about her allegations of an affair with Trump.Hours later, Giuliani backed away from his previous suggestion that the 27 October settlement had been made because Trump was in the stretch run of his campaign.“The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the president’s family,” Giuliani said in a statement released Friday. “It would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not.”A day earlier, Giuliani had said on Fox News: “Imagine if that came out on 15 October 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton.”Trump said Friday that Giuliani was “a great guy but he just started a day ago” and the former mayor of New York City was still “learning the subject matter.”Giuliani revealed this week that Trump knew about the payment to Daniels made by his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and the president paid Cohen back.Giuliani insisted Trump didn’t know the specifics of Cohen’s arrangement with Daniels until recently, telling “Fox and Friends” on Thursday that the president didn’t know all the details until “maybe 10 days ago.”Giuliani told The New York Times that Trump had repaid Cohen $35,000 a month “out of his personal family account” after the campaign was over.He said Cohen received $460,000 or $470,000 in all for expenses related to Trump.Giuliani’s suggestion that the president knew anything about the payments — even as a monthly retainer — appeared to contradict Trump, who has repeatedly denied the affair and told reporters on Air Force One last month that he hadn’t known about a settlement with Daniels.Trump’s irritation was plain Friday when reporters reminded him of his previous denial. He blasted the media for focusing on “crap” stories like the Daniels matter and the special counsel’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.The president claimed that “virtually everything” reported about the payments — which are the subject of swirling legal action and frenzied cable newsbreaks — has been wrong. But he declined to elaborate.It was Trump’s own team’s missteps that yielded another day of headlines about Daniels. In his statement, Giuliani said his previous “references to timing were not describing my understanding of the president’s knowledge, but instead, my understanding of these matters.” He didn’t elaborate on that either.Giuliani’s statement correcting himself came just a day after he said, “You won’t see daylight between me and the president.”The about-face came amid concern in the White House that Giuliani’s comments could leave the president legally vulnerable.While Giuliani repeated his belief that the payment did not constitute a campaign finance violation, legal experts have said the new information raises questions, including whether the money represented repayment of an undisclosed loan or could be seen as reimbursement for a campaign expenditure. Either could be legally problematic.The episode also revived worries in Trump’s inner circle about Giuliani, who enjoys the media limelight and has a tendency to go off script. He had been widely expected to join Trump’s administration but was passed over for secretary of state, the position he badly wanted.His whirlwind press tour this week bewildered West Wing aides, who were cut out of the decision-making process when Giuliani first revealed that Trump — who often boasts about signing his own checks — had some knowledge about the payment to Daniels.No debt to Cohen was listed on Trump’s personal financial disclosure form, which was certified on 16 June 2017.Asked if Trump had filed a fraudulent form, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday: “I don’t know.”Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking to be released from a non-disclosure deal she signed in the days before the 2016 election to keep her from talking about a 2006 sexual encounter she said she had with Trump. She has also filed defamation suits against Cohen and Trump.Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted Friday that “Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Trump are making it up as they go along.” He added: “How stupid do they think all of us are?”Trump is facing mounting legal threats from the Cohen-Daniels situation and the special counsel’s investigation of possible Russian coordination with the Trump presidential campaign.Cohen is facing a criminal investigation in New York, and FBI agents raided his home and office several weeks ago seeking records about the Daniels nondisclosure agreement.Giuliani has warned Trump that he fears Cohen, the president’s long-time personal attorney, will “flip,” bending in the face of a potential prison sentence, and he has urged Trump to cut off communications with him, according to a person close to Giuliani.Trump has of late publicly downplayed his relationship with Cohen but did acknowledge last week that Cohen represented him in the “crazy Stormy Daniels deal.”The president’s self-proclaimed legal fixer has been surprised and concerned by Trump’s recent stance toward him, according to a Cohen confidant.Cohen was dismayed to hear Trump marginalise his role during an interview last week with “Fox & Friends” and interpreted a recent negative National Enquirer cover story as a warning shot from a publication that has long been cozy with Trump, said the person who was not authorised to talk about private conversations and spoke only on condition of anonymity.Cohen also had not indicated to friends that Trump’s legal team was going to contradict his original claim that he was not reimbursed for the payment to Daniels.last_img read more

BCL forms probe body over Mondays clash

first_imgA three-member committee has been formed to look into Monday’s clash between factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) after announcement of a 301-member central body, reports UNB.New vice-president Al Nahian Khan Joy, law affairs secretary Fuad Hossain Sahadat and research secretary Pallab Kumar Barman are members of the committee.It has been asked to submit a report within 48 hours, said a Bangladesh Chhatra League press release issued on Monday night.At least seven people were injured during the clash at Madhur Canteen. Witnesses said the melee took place when a number of BCL activists, who did not get any post in the new committee, held a press conference in the canteen.last_img

The Ashok fills lives with Christmas cheer

first_imgChristmas is around the corner and with that comes tempting discounts, offers and scrumptious buffet loaded with festivity. Inspired by the beautiful festive season, The Ashok curates an exclusive menu for young and adults alike to fill this season with the spirit of goodness and pure happiness.The fun and tempting lunch for the kids would want them to have more of every yummy delicacy on the healthy menu. The special menu comprises of yummy sweet corn soup ‘Kiteretsu’s Love’, Shizuka’s favourite grilled chicken patty with cheese and veggies, Pooh’s Magic served with French fries, Nobita’s Choice of pasta, Sweet Snowball called Chhota Bheem’s Delight and Mermaid Mania Sundae. To make it even more special for your little one, The Ashok offers free beverage for him/her. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAt the dusk dawns, make way to treat your taste-buds with tempting dinner buffet laid down especially for the lovers of festivity. Also to add more ‘cheers’, enjoy a glass of wine on the house while you immerse yourself in the pleasure of live synthesiser performance. For every bill exceeding Rs 1000 at The Samavar or The Cake Shop, be ready to get surprised with unexpected gifts. Visit Mr Santa Claus and wish him a Merry Christmas. And if you are too old for Santa, go meet your favourite Cartoons or check out some tattoo art.last_img read more

Robert Zemeckis to Remake The Witches – Angelica Huston not Impressed

first_imgAnne Hathaway heads up the cast of Robert Zemeckis’ new film, an adaptation of The Witches, based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 novel. The film is set to hit the big screen on October 16, 2020. Octavia Spencer (The Help) joined the cast in mid-February 2018, with Blackish director Kenya Barris expected to co-write the script with Zeneckis.Oscar winner Anne Hathaway is reportedly starring as the Grand High Witch, a role played by Anjelica Huston in the first adaptation of the children’s book in 1990. The book is about a boy who stumbles across a coven of witches who secretly inhabit the world — and hate children.Anne Hathaway. Photo by ONU Brasil CC BY 3.0Sources say that the new film will be truer to the Dahl novel than its predecessor. According to The Wrap although the 1990 film gained a cult following, it turned out to be a box office flop and was publicly disowned by Dahl shortly before he passed away. The sticking point was that the film changed the ending of his book which he creatively disagreed with.Variety reports. Octavia Spencer would play the grandmother of Bruno’s character, and Eastick is portraying the other boy who takes on the Witches.Octavia SpencerHathaway last appeared in the summer hit Ocean’s 8, a spinoff of the Ocean’s Eleven movies.The Witches holds a special place in the affections of those who admire Roald Dahl. Originally published in 1983, the storyline is set in both England and Norway. However, it was controversial from the first, with some critics deriding the book as sexist.“The Witches is a timeless book and movie about the enterprising strength and brilliance of independent women. At first look, it might seem like a misogynist portrayal of the female sex — positioning them as ugly, cold, and in need of being destroyed in order to suppress their domination of the world — but that is far from the case,” says DahlThe site goes on to say that although the goal of the women is to turn all children into mice, the depiction of women working together and supporting each other is a strong image of female solidarity. We shall see which direction this new film will take it in.Related Video: 16 Best Oscar Wilde Quotes:The 1990 film was directed by Nicolas Roeg, and Rowan Atkinson co-starred with Huston. Dahl did not like this version, saying he was “appalled” at “the vulgarity, the bad taste” and “actual terror” in certain parts of the movie.It took Angelica Huston some eight hours of make up time to transform into the iconic role of  Grand High Witch. When asked by Entertainment Weekly about the remake, Huston was not upbeat about the project, “I don’t really know why because I think Nick Roeg made the ultimate Witches…It was his particular brand of wit and irony that made it what it was.”Angelica Huston pictured in 2014. Photo by Mingle Media TV CC BY SA 2.0Roger Ebert said in his review that it was the first film aimed at children directed by Roeg and that the director usually infuses twisted, at times sinister elements to his films, in that case the grotesque depiction of the witches and mice children, who have to face real world predicaments. The result being, in his opinion, Roeg’s movie might have come off as too intense for many young viewers.Nicolas Roeg. Photo by che CC BY-SA 2.5Ebert concluded that “The Witches is an intriguing movie, ambitious and inventive, and almost worth seeing just for Anjelica Huston’s obvious delight in playing a completely uncompromised villainess.”Read another story from us: Mel Gibson to Remake Controversial 1969 Western ‘The Wild Bunch’The new film was originally the project of Guillermo del Toro, until it migrated to Robert Zemeckis.last_img read more