Hotshooting GlobalPort routs Blackwater for 2nd straight win

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Just a week removed from its first win, GlobalPort continued to show it’s more than just a one trick pony after humbling Blackwater, 101-76, for its second straight win Friday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT More than the stellar offensive outburst, Jarencio celebrated the way the team has been playing defense as GlobalPort once again held the opposition below 80 points.“We hit our target, which is to hold them to 80 points below. That’s always been our target,” he said. “We just told the players that they have to play good defense all the way and this is the result of that.”Mac Belo carried the load for Blackwater with 17 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, but his efforts went down the drain as the Elite succumbed to their second straight defeat and fell to a 2-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The Batang Pier blew the game wide open with a big second quarter surge then led by as as high 31 points numerous times in the fourth frame and never let the Elite come within 20 points.After Globalport nailed 11 of 17 attempts from three in the first half, it was it easy for the boys of coach Pido Jarencio to come away with their second straight victory and level their record at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSean Anthony shot 6-of-10 from downtown en route to a 22-point performance, all but one coming in the first half, that went  with seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals.Stanley Pringle also added 17 markers, 11 boards, and five dimes, while Kelly Nabong got 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists for Batang Pier, who shot a 13-of-29 from three in total. View comments MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities SBP targets bigger audience, brings Fiba 3×3 World Cup to PH Arena Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Eagles Bring Down Giants, 27-7

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Sam Bradford kept the New York Giants in the game. His defense wouldn’t let Eli Manning do anything.DeMarco Murray ran for 109 yards and a touchdown, Nolan Carroll returned one of Manning’s two interceptions for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Giants 27-7 the night of Oct. 19.The Eagles had three takeaways, sacked Manning three times and forced two intentional grounding penalties.“All the credit goes to them,” Bradford said of Philadelphia’s defense. “For us to go where we want to go, I’ve got to play much better.”No kidding.Bradford threw for 280 yards with a 32-yard TD pass to Riley Cooper, but had three interceptions. The Giants got zero points off the turnovers.“We were stagnant,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “They did more with their opportunities than we did.”The Eagles (3-3) have won two straight to move from last place in the NFC East into a tie for first with the Giants (3-3). The teams meet again in Week 17.Neither team looked sharp in front of a prime-time audience. They combined for seven turnovers and 21 penalties.“That’s bad football,” Coughlin said.The Giants gave the Eagles first downs on a roughing-the-passer penalty and a running-into-the-kicker penalty to keep both of their TD drives going.Wearing all-black uniforms for the third time in franchise history, the Eagles got off to another slow start.Manning completed his first 10 passes, including a 13-yard TD pass to Odell Beckham Jr. for a 7-0 lead.But things went downhill for Manning from there.The Eagles took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter when Carroll jumped in front of a pass intended for Dwayne Harris and ran it back untouched for his first career TD.“Terrible read by me, bad decision to make that throw,” Manning said. “I should have gone to my next guys in my progression.”After Nikita Whitlock ran into punter Donnie Jones to give Philadelphia a first down at its 28, Murray took over. He had two runs of 11 yards each and finished off the drive with a 12-yard TD run to give Philadelphia a 24-7 lead in the third quarter.The Eagles were 1-3 before a 39-17 win over the New Orleans Saints at home last week. They’ll travel to play unbeaten Carolina (5-0) the night of Oct. 25.The Giants had won three in a row. They’ll host Dallas (2-3) next week.(ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

I-League: Real Kashmir and Churchill Brothers play out 1-1 draw

first_imgReal Kashmir FC played out a 1-1 draw with Churchill Brothers of Goa in their 15th round I-League match to remain in contention for the title in Vasco on Thursday.Farhan Ganie gave Real Kashmir the lead in the 55th minute but the league’s top-scorer Willis Plaza — with 16 strikes so far — equalised for Churchill in the 70th minute as the two sides grabbed a point apiece from the match.The draw, however, extended Real Kashmir’s unbeaten run to 11 matches.The first leg match had also ended in a draw (0-0) in Srinagar in November last year.With Thursday’s draw, both Real Kashmir and Churchill Brothers are on joint second in the I-League table with 29 points from 15 matches.Chennai City FC, whom Real Kashmir had beaten twice this season, are leading the table with 30 points from 14 matches.A total of 20 matches will be played by each team.Also Watch:last_img read more

Film Study: How Glenn Spencer Puts OSU’s Defensive Speed to Work

first_imgYesterday, we looked at how disruptive Oklahoma State’s defensive linemen are which allows its linebackers and secondary to make plays. Today, we’re going to look at how relentless they are in pursuit of other teams’ QBs.What UT’s offense was doingTexas is in a spread formation with 4 WRs split out wide (two up top, two at the bottom) and the RB lined up to the left of Heard.Being third-and-long with less than a minute left in the game, it was reasonable to assume Texas would be passing the ball to get the first down, with the dead giveaway being the offensive linemen’s stances – all are in two-point pass protect stance. When the ball is snapped, the linemen take their steps backward and begin to read the rushers on defense.Heard gets the snap and immediately takes a quick five-step drop. However, he isn’t too far into his progressions before he decides to tuck the ball and run with it. What OSU was doingLike the last play, OSU is in its 3-3-5 Psycho nickel package. In addition to the three linemen (Taylor, Ogbah, and Bean), Ryan Simmons and Seth Jacobs are also playing up on the line of scrimmage.The other linebacker, Jordan Burton, is lined up across from the inside receiver at the bottom of the screen.Of the five defensive backs on the field, three are CBs and the other two safeties, who are both playing 10-12 yards off the line to prevent the deep ball.The way the defense is lined up before the snap and how it looks after is two very different things, which means OSU was disguising blitzes and coverage schemes to confuse Heard and his offensive line. It appears there’s no big stunts called for this play. Every rusher on this play, except for Bean, is actively engaged in trying to get to the QB. Bean, though, is playing as a first line of containment on Heard, with Burton adding some reassurance containment behind him. Notice when the ball is snapped, Burton, who had been assigned the tough task of playing “spy” on Heard all game, leaves his man and drifts a little to the left to play contain on Heard. Jacobs, who looks to be blitzing on the play, backs out and picks up Burton’s man. By the way, it’s pretty amazing that someone who weighs 225-230 pounds like Jacobs does is able to pick up an inside receiver that quickly and stick with him—yet another example of the speed that defines this defense and its players. On the other side of the defense, we see two CBs lined up across the two WRs, with a high safety behind them. Miketavius Jones is covering the inside WR. Just before the ball is even snapped, Jones takes steps toward the line. Once the snap occurs, Jones flies in full speed on a CB blitz and the high safety picks up his man.Why this worked for OSUUnlike the previous play we looked at, Texas has more blockers than OSU does rushers. That seems like it would be to UT’s advantage and buy Heard some time to make a play downfield. However, the OSU line is still able to push around the offensive line way while the disguised blitz by Jones is effective in getting to Heard on time.All remaining DBs (and Jacobs) who are playing coverage do a good job of not allowing the WRs to find any room, which, obviously, means Heard is unlikely to pass it. Once Heard sees Jones closing in, he decides to take off but is quickly corralled by members of OSU’s athletic line and brought down for a big sack. The 3-3-5 Psycho defense is an ideal defense for OSU to run; it relies on players being able to fly around fast. To run the 3-3-5 Psycho, specifically, a defense needs to have guys in the first two levels that are big, strong and fast. As you might have noticed, OSU’s defense is predicated on these things so it’s not too much for OSU to execute it.To really appreciate how far this program has come from a defensive standpoint, think back to the days when dual-threat QBs would do whatever they wanted to our defense. I still remember being in the stands for the Mizzou game in 2005 when Brad Smith ran for a cool 184 yards and passed for another 193. Two years later, I remember witnessing Colt McCoy run for 106 against us while gaining 388 total yards of offense. And I know we all still remember the 2011 K-State game when Collin Klein nearly gave all of us a heart attack while he rushed for 144 and 3 TDs and threw for another 231 and a TD.Fast-forward to 2015, and Heard, who had a school record 527 total yards of offense the previous week – by the way, the previous record belonged to Vince Young, who had 506 total yards in 2005 against…you guessed it—was held to 48 yards rushing and only 167 yards total. The great thing about this team is that, even if the offense isn’t performing up to par, the defense will keep us competitive in every game we play this year.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Leinster ruin Stuart Hogg’s farewell to claim Pro14 title against Glasgow

first_imgLeo Cullen knew the European Champions Cup finalists would be up against it playing Warriors in their own city, and the vast majority of the record 47,128 crowd were cheering on Dave Rennie’s team, but Leinster made a successful defence of their title at Celtic Park.Glasgow had run in seven tries against Ulster last weekend to book their place in the final and looked set to sparkle again when Matt Fagerson gave them the lead early on. But with their trademark grinding, relentless style, Leinster smothered their rivals into submission and claimed victory thanks to tries from Gary Ringrose and Cian Healy. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Glasgow Rugby Nick Tompkins’ hat-trick leads Saracens past Gloucester and into final Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Pro14 Topics Rugby union … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Read more Reuse this content Leinster Share on Messenger There were a worry for Fraser Brown before this year’s World Cup as his ankle gave way under him when he went in for a collision. The Scotland hooker had to be carried off on a stretcher with Stewart taking over.There was more pain in store for Glasgow as the Blues put the squeeze on in vintage Leinster style. Recycling the ball through ruck after ruck – 17 in total – they inched their way forward before Healy squeezed his way over. Sexton nailed the conversion and then a penalty to put his side ahead by five at the break.Glasgow needed an injection of spark as the second half got under way but their task grew tougher when Steyn was sent to the sin-bin after resorting to illegal means to smother Ringrose’s threat as Leinster broke away.Sexton kicked another penalty to put daylight between the sides but Glasgow did well to limit their losses during the 10 minutes they were a man light despite having Leinster camped in their 22 pretty much throughout.The Glasgow faithful had grown increasingly frustrated with the decision‑making of the referee, Nigel Owens, throughout the game and they did not hold back with the boos when the Welsh official opted only to flash yellow at Kearney after the Leinster full-back wiped out Hogg in the air.To rub salt into Warriors’ wounds the ugly collision left Hogg dazed and he was forced off for a head injury assessment just when his side needed him most.Glasgow got a lifeline, however, with five minutes left when Huw Jones span the ball wide for Stewart, who darted in to score. But Hastings fluffed his conversion and Leinster were able to hold on for league title number six. Share on Facebook Read more Exeter into final after Tom O’Flaherty’s solo try lights up win over Northampton Share on LinkedIn Stuart Hogg was making his last appearance for Glasgow but there was no fairytale ending for the Scotland full-back; he had a kick charged down as Ringrose scored and then was the victim of a shocking, mid-air take-out by his former British and Irish Lions teammate Rob Kearney, which earned a yellow card. The substitute Grant Stewart’s 75th-minute try proved too little too late for the home side.Both teams came out swinging. Warriors were given a let-off when Jack Conan dropped the ball just as Leinster looked set to carve their way in for the opening score.Johnny Sexton was not so fortunate as his miscued pass handed Glasgow the opening score 14 minutes in. Tommy Seymour did brilliantly to steal possession before Adam Hastings found touch with his kick. Leinster made a mess of the lineout and Glasgow patiently worked their way through the phases with Scott Cummins’ brave drive puncturing a hole for Fagerson to dive through and score. Adam Hastings converted.But Warriors’ celebrations were cut short as – 60 seconds later – Luke McGrath charged down Hogg’s kick inside his own in-goal area and the Ireland centre Ringrose was first to the ball.Glasgow were consoled with a Hastings penalty after DTH Van Der Merwe failed to get across the line after Kyle Steyn’s daring break. Share on Pinterest news The Observerlast_img read more

New DTH regulations have made 49 per cent consider switching to online streaming services

first_imgNew DTH regulations have made 49 per cent consider switching to online streaming servicesA recently conducted research by YouGov suggests that many DTH subscribers feel the need to switch to OTT platforms due to more complex structures and higher pricing.  The majority feels that they are paying more than they were prior to the implementation of the new regulations.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 10:32 IST Photo: PixabayHIGHLIGHTS54 per cent felt that the new DTH regulations will make them spend even more.76 per cent have already made the switch to the new regulations. Around 24 per cent had preferred to choose the Free-To-Air channels along with a few pay channels.It has been almost two months since TRAI introduced the new DTH regulations. The new DTH regulations have so far gained mixed responses from the consumers. While some have given nod to the new regulations for a fair pricing system, others have complained about incurring higher bills than before. YouGov, a research agency, had conducted a study on the DTH market post the implementation of the new regulations and here are some findings from the study.Out of the number of people participating in the study, YouGov found that around 54 per cent felt that the new DTH regulations will make them spend even more for all the channels they require on their TV. Around 92 per cent knew about the new TRAI rules and 76 per cent of these have already made the switch to the new regulations.When it comes to satisfaction, around 55 per cent people voted in favour. They felt the new system brought more transparency to the system and has led to people paying only for those channels at a fair price. However, those who weren’t in favour of the new regulations claimed that they were willing to move to OTT platforms for their entertainment dose. Online platforms such as Hotstar, Prime Video and others come with overall cheaper plans and people are willing to ship to those platforms soon.With the new regulations, TRAI expected consumers to choose the a la carte system of choosing TV channels for a more efficient billing system. The study found that the new regulations have led to around 52 per cent of people choose channels on their own. Around 24 per cent had preferred to choose the Free-To-Air channels along with a few pay channels while the other 24 per cent preferred to go for the bundle packs.advertisementAs for the bouquet packs by broadcasters, the Star Value Pack was chosen by 46 per cent of consumers while the Zee Family Pack Hindi was chosen by 32 per cent of people. Tata Sky came up as the most preferred DTH operator in India with 30 per cent opting for it over others. However, 46 per cent felt the need to change to another operator since the standardized prices have been now implemented.With the new DTH regulations, it seems that more people are now willing to shift to online platforms due to lower costs and the advantage of accessibility around the world. Hotstar recently announced a new yearly plan at a price of Rs 365 that offered a year’s subscription to all Hindi TV shows, Hindi movies, news channels and sports channels. With affordable Internet added to the mix, online content channels seem the way to go in the future.ALSO READ | Soon, you may no more need to buy a Set Top Box while changing your DTH connectionALSO READ | New DTH TV rules from Feb 1: What is base pack, what is a la carte and everything you need to know in 10 pointsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow traiFollow DTHlast_img read more

Someone is Building a Treehouse Hotel in the Rainforest and It’s Amazing

first_img The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat As a child, I always dreamed of living in a treehouse — my own secret hideaway where I could create a world of my own, high up in a tree. Years later, I may finally have the chance.Ariel Stephenson and Zabrina Shield are combining their hospitality experience (which includes the Ace Shoreditch in London) and their love of nature to bring you the Bíku Treehouse Retreat in the Bocas del Toro province, a small archipelago Panama. The treehouse hotel is still under development and won’t be ready until sometime in the future, but we can get a glimpse at what it will look like now.Stephenson is from Bocas del Toro and, after observing how modern tourism was affecting the region, he wanted to build a place that reinvests the money into the community and addresses environmental, social, and economic issues. The London-based duo tapped Baca Architects to build the magical treehouse escape.Baca found inspiration in cocoa pods and other seed structures found in the Panama rainforests. The main lodge and surrounding treehouses, which will only be reachable by boat, will be constructed from materials like bamboo that are sourced localll; there will be a local design team and local labor as well. Bíku will include deep overhanging for sun protection, cross ventilation, water retrieval, and protection from storms.The treehouses will feature all the amenities you could want. There will be outdoor showers so you can freshen up in nature, shaded balconies to get respite from the sun, comfortable sleeping areas, and staircases that wrap around the tree trunk. Each treehouse pod will also be accessible by a hanging walkway.In the mood to swim with the fish or flex your muscles while rowing? The retreat will curate snorkeling and canoeing exhibitions. Other activities, like treetop adventures and chocolate-making, will be on offer too.If you want to get in on the ground level of Bíku Treehouse Retreat, a fundraising campaign (complete with perks) is scheduled for spring 2018. Simply click here to join the journey and stay updated on developments. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Editors’ Recommendations How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home last_img read more

Govt raises oil gas bidding round to three times a year

first_imgNew Delhi: Delays in bidding rounds notwithstanding, the government has increased the expression of interest (EoI) submission cycle for oil and gas acreage to three times a year from two times earlier, the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) said. India had in July 2017, allowed companies to carve out blocks of their choice with a view to bring about 2.8 million sq km of unexplored area in the country under exploration. Under this policy, called open acreage licensing policy or OALP, companies are allowed to put in an EoI for prospecting of oil and gas in any area that is presently not under any production or exploration licence. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe EoIs can be put in at any time of the year and were accumulated twice annually. But now, this cycle has been increased to three. “In view of recent policy reforms and changes aligned to promote ‘Ease of Doing Business’, the EoI submission cycle is increased from two, to three times in a year,” the DGH said in a notification. Previously, the two window of accumulating EoIs ended on May 15 and November 15 every year. EoIs accumulated till May 15 were supposed to be put on auction by June 30 and those in the second window by December 31. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to the revised EoI submission cycle; the first window for submission will be from April 1 to July 31, second from August 1 to November 30, and the third from December 1 to March 31 every year, DGH said. The overhauled oil and gas exploration licensing policy will be implemented from the 4th bid round. Junking two-year-old revenue bidding model for award of acreage for exploration and production of oil and natural gas, the Union Cabinet had in February approved a policy for awarding blocks based primarily on exploration commitment such as drilling of wells. This was aimed at attracting the elusive private and foreign investment to raise domestic output. The first OALP round was launched in 2017 and bids came in by May 2018. EoIs for second round closed on May 15, 2018 and the blocks were supposed to be put for auction by June but the round was delayed for reasons unknown. OALP-II was clubbed with OALP-III and finally launched in January. EoI submission window for OALP-IV has closed but the government is yet to announce the bid auction. The government has, under the first three rounds of OALP, awarded 87 oil and gas fields to private and public entities. The fifth window of EoI submission has started on May 16, 2019 and will end on November 30, 2019, DGH said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of cutting oil import bill by 10 per cent to 67 per cent by 2022 and to half by 2030. Import dependence has increased since 2015 when Modi had set the target. India currently imports 83 per cent of its oil needs. The new policy replaced the old system of government carving out areas and bidding them out. It guarantees marketing and pricing freedom and moves away from production sharing model of previous rounds to a revenue-sharing model, where companies offering the maximum share of oil and gas to the government are awarded the block. The government prior to this had been selecting and demarcating areas it feels can be offered for bidding in an exploration licensing round. Under this, 256 blocks had been offered for exploration and production since 2000. The last bid round happened in 2010. Of these, 254 blocks were awarded. But as many as 156 have already been relinquished due to poor prospect.last_img read more

Amazon Prime keen to cast Amitabh Bachchan

first_imgOne of India’s leading digital content platforms, Amazon Prime, has expressed eagerness to bring Amitabh Bachchan on board in one of its shows. Recently, Amitabh Bachchan had expressed his interest to work in the digital platform and Amazon Prime have heard him. At a press conference recently, the megastar was asked whether he would be keen to explore the digital platform as an actor, to which he had replied: “I am eager to work in the digital platform. Very nice web series are being made both in India and other countries. I would love to work in such series if someone approaches me.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainWhen Big B’s words were conveyed to the creative heads of Amazon Prime, Vijay Subramaniam (Vice President, content and communications) and Aparna Purohit (Head of India Originals) during an event, both of them looked quite excited and immediately expressed their eagerness to create a story that fits the megastar’s stature. Commenting on the same, Aparna said: “Sure, we hear him! But, for us, everything begins with a good story, how passionate the storyteller is about that story and what is the best way we can translate that story on screen and then whatever it takes to make that story relevant, exciting and engaging.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardVijay Subramaniam added: “We would love to do something with him! It’s just (about) finding the right story that fits not only his stature but also something that is of interest to him.” Amitabh Bachchan’s son Abhishek Bachchan has already associated with Amazon Prime for the second season of the web series ‘Breathe,’ which marks the actor’s debut in the digital platform. The second season is expected to premiere soon. On the other hand, Amazon Prime recently launched their youth-based reality show ‘Skulls And Roses’ featuring twin brothers Raghu Ram and Rajiv Lakshman as the hosts. Talking about the unique title of the reality show, Vijay said: “I think it is the contrast that we are trying to show, and you will see that when you watch the show. Inherently there is a conflict between these two facades in a young person’s life. Romance necessarily means sacrifice, compromise, togetherness and balance. It includes somebody else. While materialism necessarily means excluding everyone else and focusing on self. That inherent conflict has been captured in a very entertaining way, set in these two worlds.” ‘Skulls And Roses’ premiered on August 30 on Amazon Prime Video.last_img read more

Grains mostly higher Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery rose 7.40 cents at $5.2140 a bushel; Mar. corn fell .80 cent at $3.7760 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 2.60 cents at $2.8920 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 2.60 cents at 8.9960 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle rose .38 cent at $1.2530 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was up .20 cent at $1.47 a pound; Dec. lean hogs fell .76 cent at .6282 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img

The BC Oil and Gas Commission is hosting Orphan Sites Information Sessions

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission is hosting information sessions on Orphan Sites.The information sessions are for landowners that have orphaned well sites, how they are identified, how risk is managed and how they are restored.Wednesday, April 24th, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre. For more information on the sessions email; or call 250.794.5200last_img

New developer purchases Station 44 land in Fort St John

first_imgThe Monark Group of Surrey now owns the property.  Developers Monty Sikka and Mark Catroppa are the founders of the company and in a press release, said they would develop the city’s only master-planned community.The developers are proposing to build single-family, duplex, and row homes along with condominiums and apartments and integrate them with commercial and retail spaces.The new owners, the Monark Group, have not said when construction will start on the property but are currently looking for investors and possible homeowners.  You can learn more about the project at FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 207 acres of land in the southeast corner of Fort St. John has been sold to another developer.The Station or as it has been known in the past, Station 44, is a section of land behind the UFA Cardlock along the Alaska Highway in Fort St. John.Since the early 2000’s the property has been bought and sold several times. Each developer has proposed to build a mix of residential and commercial/retail in the area.last_img read more

Northern Iraq UN voices concern about civilians safety need for humanitarian aid

“We are deeply alarmed by the situation in northern Iraq, and in particular the situation of vulnerable minority groups, including the Yezidi, Christian and Turkomen communities,” Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva.She underscored that widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian populations because of their ethnic background, religion or belief may constitute a crime against humanity.OHCHR also voiced concern at “very disturbing reports” about the treatment of women. In specific, Ms. Shamdasani said they were told of women being sold as sex slaves, and being punished for not adhering to misinterpretations of Islamic laws. The agency also had very worrying information about children dying and about the recruitment of child soldiers.“All parties, including ISIL and associated armed groups, must abide by international humanitarian law, including the obligation to protect the civilian population,” the OHCHR spokesperson said.The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday voiced concerns about the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people as a result of the violence. There are reports of ISIL attacks in Kirkuk, and Qaraqosh, and earlier attacks in Tal Afar and Sinjar district of Ninewa Governorate, affecting mainly the vulnerable communities of Christians, Turkomen, and Yezidis.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is coordinating with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to provide assistance in the northern part of the country. Armed clashes have further exacerbated the situation there, forcing people to flee, including in Erbil city, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“An estimated 50,000 people are believed to be trapped on Sinjar Mountain, and over 200,000 are estimated to have made their way to Dahuk governorate over the past 72 hours,” a UN spokesperson said in New York, stressing that the number of those displaced remains fluid and unverified.The main priorities for the rising numbers of people fleeing Sinjar, which ISIL took over on Sunday, are water, food and shelter, and there are concerns regarding soaring temperatures, which are next week forecast to hit 111 degrees Fahrenheit.UNHCR, WFP and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), along with partners, are providing assistance for up to 200,000 people who fled violence in Sinjar last weekend, and who are moving northward to Dahuk Governorate in the Kurdistan region. Iraq: Displacement – Sinjar, Ninewa Governorate as of 04 Aug 2014. Credits: OCHAThe UN agencies said that working with partners, they have pre-positioned stocks in Dahuk in order to rapidly respond to those arriving from Sinjar and other areas. WFP set up three emergency field kitchens in the area, in partnership with the local Barazani charity foundation, and said more would be established in coming days.WFP is also trying to establish hubs in Basrah and Baghdad to facilitate food and transport arrangements, said spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs. Additionally, the agency is seeking to establish new transport corridors to bring food into Iraq, including a southern corridor through Kuwait.“Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the crisis,” said Ms. Byrs. “Some people are in difficult situations in and around Mosul in hard-to-reach areas.”Before the latest wave of displacement, starting with the violence in Mosul in early June, WFP was already assisted about 240,000 people who had fled conflict in al-Anbar Governorate, as well as more than 180,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria, who were sheltering in Iraq. read more

Womens volleyball Ohio State looking for a comeback after loss to Hoosiers

Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point during a match against Nebraska on Oct. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is trying to rebound following a 3-1 upset at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday and a loss to Wisconsin at home prior to that.The Buckeyes will have two opportunities for redemption when they host back-to-back home matches this weekend at St. John Arena. OSU clashes with Rutgers on Friday and No. 10 Penn State on Saturday. The loss to the Hoosiers put OSU outside of the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll for the first time this season. Upcoming opponent Rutgers holds a 4-23 record and has yet to win a Big Ten match this season, while the Penn State Nittany Lions have maintained their powerhouse presence in the conference and stand at 18-7 overall. Penn State also swept the Buckeyes 3-0 the last time the two teams met on Oct. 19 in University Park, Pennsylvania.Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said the team’s loss to Indiana was just the nature of the beast that is the Big Ten conference. “They played really good defense against us, and I don’t think we were able to respond,” she said. “It’s just part of being in the Big Ten. You can’t underestimate anyone, and everyone has something to offer.” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the Buckeyes have been in a rut for the past couple of matches. Prior to Indiana, OSU took a tough loss to Wisconsin at St. John Arena by a margin of just 11 total points. “The last couple matches, we’ve struggled finding rhythm. We make two or three good plays and then we’ll miss a serve at a crucial time or we just won’t make a play,” Carlston said. “We need to be able to string those runs together.”Putting the past aside, the Buckeyes – from the newcomers to the veterans – are choosing to stay optimistic heading into weekend play. “I really believe we can do it. We’re ready,” said freshman outside hitter Bia Franklin. “We’re going to practice hard this week, and it would be really nice to (get) that revenge (on Penn State).” Sandbothe is looked at as one of OSU’s senior leaders, and the team turns to her in times of trouble. Her strategy relies on keeping everyone calm and collected in the huddle. “It’s just taking a deep breath and refocusing, letting everyone know that we’re all on the same page,” she said. “The middle is a really great time for us to reset.” Sandbothe isn’t just leading by her words. Her play is speaking volumes about her and the team that surrounds her. During the Buckeyes’ last match with Wisconsin, she locked down the OSU record for most career blocks in history with 518 rejections. Sandbothe said the record has only added fuel to her competitive fire. “Now I want to slaughter it. Now I’m going to make sure that it’s not going to be broken for a lot longer,” she said. “It (breaking a record) gives you a greater appreciation for what this program means and the fact that there are people who put the jersey on before you and there’s going to be people who put it on after you.” Sandbothe is confident that OSU can put on a strong performance this weekend. She said back-to-back Friday and Saturday matches are good for the team’s pace. There is also the advantage of playing on home court. Carlston is looking a little farther than the weekend with the NCAA tournament coming up in December. All members of the Buckeyes’ teams have mentioned throughout the season their anticipation to be in the Final Four, which will be played in Columbus at Nationwide Arena. Carlston feels that 12 out of the 15 teams in the Big Ten have the ability to make it into the NCAA tournament, and this is the time for his team to make a statement that OSU should be one of them.“For us, taking care of our business this weekend at home is important,” he said. The Buckeyes will first take on the Scarlet Knights on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m. on Saturday, both at St. John Arena. read more

Poll Do you have confidence in the Garda Commissioner

first_imgPoll: Do you have confidence in the Garda Commissioner? Sinn Féin will today publish a motion of no confidence in the Nóirín O’Sullivan. Don’t know (1515) YesNoDon’t knowVote Mar 27th 2017, 9:28 AM Yes (2888) 47,623 Views AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA is at the centre of another controversy.It was revealed last week that gardaí had miscounted the number of breath tests they carried out over the past five years by almost one million.It was also revealed that almost 15,000 people were wrongly convicted and had penalties imposed on them by the courts.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said yesterday that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan should reconsider her position if clarity isn’t given on how these errors occurred.Meanwhile, Sinn Féin will today publish a motion of no confidence in O’Sullivan in the wake of the new figures.O’Sullivan has also come under pressure recently in relation to the scandal surrounding Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe and Tusla.So, what do you think?Today we’re asking: Do you have confidence in the Garda Commissioner? Share364 Tweet Email 104 Comments center_img Monday 27 Mar 2017, 9:28 AM Image: Eamonn Farrell/ By Cormac Fitzgerald Poll Results: Short URL Image: Eamonn Farrell/ No (23322) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Budget 2019 Sensex rallies over 500 pts Nifty nears 11000 mark

first_imgOffice workers walk past a digital broadcast at the Bombay Stock Exchange showing Indian Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presenting the budget in parliament New Delhi, in Mumbai on February 1, 2019.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe BSE benchmark Sensex rallied over 500 points in afternoon trade Friday, driven by consumption and auto stocks as investors welcomed individual tax exemptions and sops in the farm sector announced in the interim Budget.Overall, market sentiment was bullish even as the government overshot the fiscal deficit target for the current financial year and announced some populist measures, which experts believe will increase fiscal burden on the exchequer.The 30-share Sensex was trading 506.21 points or 1.40 per cent, higher at 36,762.90; and the 50-share Nifty inched near the 11,000 mark rallying 143.30 points, or 1.32 per cent, to 10,974.25.In a major relief to the middle-class, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal Friday proposed to double the threshold tax exemption limit to Rs 5 lakh and increased the standard deduction to Rs 50,000 from Rs 40,000.The proposal will benefit 3 crore middle-class tax payers, Goyal said while unveiling the Budget proposals for 2019-20.As widely expected, the finance minister announced the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi for small and marginal farmers, providing Rs 6,000 per year to be transferred directly to farmers’ bank accounts.Goyal said the fiscal deficit for the current financial year is expected to be 3.4 per cent of GDP. As per the Budget estimate, the fiscal deficit for 2018-19 was pegged at 3.3 per cent.Consumption-driven stocks rallied the most after the Budget announcement, with BSE auto, consumer durables, FMCG and realty indices soaring up to 4 per cent.Top gainers in the Sensex pack included Hero MotoCorp, Maruti, M&M, Bajaj Auto, HUL, HCL Tech, Bajaj Finance, ITC, HDFC and L&T, rising up to 7.51 per cent.Vedanta was the biggest loser on Sensex, cracking over 16 per cent after the metals and mining giant Thursday reported a 25.54 per cent decline in consolidated net profit at Rs 1,574 crore for the December 2018 quarter on the back of higher expenses and drop in commodity prices.Other losers included Axis Bank, Yes Bank, ICICI Bank and PowerGrid, falling up to 0.72 per cent. The rupee, meanwhile, was trading 5 paise lower against US dollar to 71.13.last_img read more

BNP to stage sitin in front of Nayapaltan office

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders and activists on Tuesday decided to stage a sit-in programme in front of its Nayapaltan central office protesting at the jailing of their party chief Khaleda Zia in a graft case, reports UNB.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said that police verbally gave them permission to hold the programme on the premises of the Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh at Kakrail.As police did not get them written permission, they now took decision to hold the programme in front of their party office, said the BNP leader.BNP leaders and activists have already started gathering in front of the party office to stage the sit -in-programme.The party leaders and followers will observe the programme from 11:00am to 12 noon.On Saturday, Rizvi announced a three-day protest programme at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office after BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in jail in Zia Orphanage Trust case.As part of the programmes, the party leaders and followers will also observe a hunger strike from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Wednesday across the country.On 8 February, a special court convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the graft case.last_img read more

New Twitch policies have been edited following user outrage

first_imgAfter 24 hours of consistently negative responses from fans and a Reddit AMA that can only be described as brutal, Twitch has released a new blog post outlining edits to their previous changes. The bad new is that copyrighted music mute blocks are still going to happen for all recorded sessions, but there’s a silver lining to be appreciated.While some view the changed being made over at to be somehow preparing for an acquisition, it feels more like the budding startup is finally doing something to manage the cost of their gaming empire.Twitch is available on just about every device nowadays, and the service still relies heavily on players to produce content, losing themselves for hours watching games in the process. Responses to policy changes that would mute music from copyrighted sources and seriously limit how long you could save recorded game sessions have forced Twitch to compromise, leading to an appeal button for flagged content and some adjustments to the stored video policy.The precious decision to limit recordings were based on usage, according to Twitch. Next to no one watched a video stream 14 days after it was published, and as a result the company decided to purge recorded videos that were older than that for free accounts and older than 60 days for paid accounts.Additionally, if you wanted to create a highlight reel from your game sessions you could only make them two hours long. This causes a problem for speedruns, which are obviously longer than two hours but still something that requires a single video to demonstrate your successful speedrun. Recognizing this, Twitch has reversed the highlight policy and made it so these videos have no maximum time limit.Twitch has done well to listen to their users, but the outrage caused by the original posts means many of the top players on Twitch are considering using alternative services to stream their games. While Twitch has certainly demonstrated they are willing to compromise on these matters, it’s possible there’s still more fallout to come from these decisions.last_img read more

Monster Hunter World is Even Better on PC

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Monster Hunter: World is one of the year’s biggest games. In fact, it is currently Capcom’s fastest selling title of all time. PS4 and Xbox One owners have sunk countless hours into the beast-slaying phenomenon, but PC owners were left out of the party. Capcom decided to delay the release of the PC version in order to ensure it is of the highest quality. After spending many days trying it out, I can say this was a wise decision. The PC version of Monster Hunter: World lives up to, and oftentimes exceeds, its console counterpart.Fundamentally, Monster Hunter: World on PC is identical to the console versions. Players must hunt monsters to gain materials for crafting better armor and weapons to slay stronger beasts. It’s a simple but highly addictive gameplay loop. It is easy to spend many hours hunting the same monsters to get the right materials. This would be tedious if the hunts weren’t so engaging. Tracking a creature and battling it across each of the game’s enormous maps never gets boring. The feeling one gets when finally taking a monster down is beyond exhilarating. There’s a reason why the series has endured for so long. It’s a total blast.AdChoices广告Monster Hunter: World gives players various options to adjust. This includes things like resolution scaling, texture quality, ambient occlusion, volume rendering quality, and so forth. If you don’t want to fiddle with all of that, you can select from any of the four presets: Low, Mid, High, Highest (Ultra). If you’re a PC gamer, then you’re no doubt familiar with these settings. Though the setting options are robust enough, it is annoying that you can’t switch them on the fly. Attempting to change graphic settings in-game will boot you to the main menu. My advice is to let your PC manually give you the best settings. That way, you don’t have to constantly keep going in and out of the game to see how things look.My PC has a GTX 1080 graphics card with an i7-4790K CPU and 16GB of RAM. This is actually a little above the required specs for the game. Since my rig could handle it, I tested to see how things run at high resolutions. I could run it at 4K resolution, but the frame rate dipped to 30 frames per second and lower. Running it at 1440p resolution worked fine, but the frame rate hovered around 45-60 FPS. Since I prefer a steady frame rate, I set the game to 1080p with a locked 60fps. I can get higher frames if I unlocked the setting, but it fluctuates too much for my tastes. If your rig is more powerful than mine I’m sure you might be able to get 4K/60 or better. But I was happy enough with my settings.Coming off of the PS4 Pro, playing Monster Hunter: World on PC is like seeing things through new glasses. What immediately caught my eye was the higher and steady frame rate. All of the animations look extremely smooth. After playing for a few hours, other improvements start to emerge. The game has a great deal of additional particle effects and animations in the environments. I wouldn’t say things looked vastly different, but the subtle changes were noticeable. Monster Hunter: World is known for feeling “alive,” something which is even truer on PC. The environmental detail really is impressive.The higher frame rate is most evident during combat. The PS4 Pro version runs smooth, but it has nothing on the PC port. I performed attacks with greater ease than on console. The same goes for dodging and blocking. Because of the higher frame rate, I was better able to read monsters’ movements. This allowed me to attack and defend more effectively and quickly. It’s as if playing on console was weight training for the PC edition. My character feels so light and fluid in comparison. As someone who has dumped so much time into the game, playing on PC is just pure joy.While the game certainly looks better on PC, it isn’t a night and day situation. For the most part, Monster Hunter: World on PC is visually on par with consoles. Capcom didn’t throw in a bunch of new hyper-detailed textures or anything. This may be a problem for some, but I don’t mind it. This has a decidedly stylized look that could be lost with uber textures. I appreciate the fact the game looks familiar, but just more polished and clean. I realize the system requirements are on the higher end of the spectrum, but don’t expect anything like The Witcher 3 in terms of visuals. It looks great, but not mind-blowing.You can certainly play all of Monster Hunter: World solo. However, if you really want to appreciate what the game is about, you’ll want to play online. Finding matches online is no different on PC than it is on console. Once in a server, you can jump into others’ quests or post your own. During my time online, I didn’t run into any problems. Things went as well as expected. There was never any lag or stuttering. The only main difference I noticed is that getting into an online session is faster on PC (as is loading in general). Some players are already very far into the game, meaning you should have no problems finding or joining quests.Playing online is great for several reasons. The main one is obviously because it helps keep monsters from focusing solely on you. You’re able to better attack a creature if it is distracted by other players. The other reason is because monsters are actually more challenging when in a party. That isn’t to say they are easy when playing solo, but monsters are extremely aggressive when they’re being hunted by a full party. This makes taking them down all the more satisfying. Also, it’s just plain fun to kill monsters as a group. It helps you feel like part of a greater community, even if your partners are all strangers.The only major gripe I can lobby at Monster Hunter: World on PC is that I can’t use the character I created on PS4. I put a lot of work into my character, so having to start over from scratch on PC is a bummer. That isn’t the say there isn’t a small part of me that is perfectly willing to start from scratch. There’s an appeal to raising a new character since I’ve effectively maxed out mine on PS4. However, given the time invested, I wish I could transfer my Charge Blade wielding badass over to PC. This is the main reason why I will continue playing Monster Hunter: World on PS4 despite all of the advantages of playing on PC.Monster Hunter: World is one of the best games of 2018 and easily the strongest entry in the franchise. Because of that, it is great to see it on PC. At the time of this writing, the PC port has sold well over two million copies on Steam. That’s impressive considering it has only been available for less than a week. Though it isn’t as graphically impressive as other PC titles, its gameplay is what makes it exceptional. Hopefully, we’ll see future sequels release simultaneously on PC and consoles.If you’re a PC gamer, please do yourself a favor and check out one of this generation’s finest gaming experiences. You will not be disappointed. May the Sapphire Star light your way!Love old school PC games? Check out our roundup of the ultimate in 90s PC Games. center_img ‘God Eater 3’ on Switch Brings Franchise Back to Its RootsHands-On: ‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Beta Left Us Hung… last_img read more

Rotten meat will raise awareness of risk of animal food FIAPO

first_imgKolkata: The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) today said the carcass meat recovery from dumping grounds in West Bengal would hopefully raise awareness on the health risks of consuming animal products. “With the extraordinary increase in lifestyle diseases, from kidney disease to heart disease, may be it is time we re-look at our diet…to move towards a greener diet over one including animal products,” FIAPO director Varda Mehrotra said in a statement here. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsStating that it has information that meat consumption in the city is going down, Mehrotra said that many people were avoiding it after reports that meat was coming from dead animals of dumping grounds.”Meat being sourced from rotten bodies of cats, dogs and even diseased animals in unhygienic conditions is not uncommon. Animals bred for the purpose of meat are routinely given anti-biotics, growth hormones and other drugs and their meat may contain these drugs with many viruses and bacteria. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Hopefully this situation can bring awareness… the FIAPO director said.He said many people could not make the difference between the meat of carcass of dumping grounds and slaughtered animals as they were used to consume the final product with little or no consideration to where it was sourced.Mehrotra said research showed that multiple lifestyle diseases were routinely caused or heightened by consumption of meat, milk and eggs.The FIAPO referred to cardiovascular diseases where ‘elevated level of LDL cholesterol’ (commonly called bad cholesterol) is the major reason for development of vascular (cardiovascular and cerebrovascular) diseases. “To reduce the LDL cholesterol, we need to avoid trans fats, saturated fats and dietary cholesterol. The main sources of these three foods are meat, eggs, dairy, fish and seafood,” he said.Dr Pramod Tripathy, founder of ‘Freedom from Diabetes’ was quoted as saying, “hypothyroid, osteoporosis, diabetes, high cholesterol cardiovascular disease and cancer… all seemingly unrelated diseases have one thing in common. And that is, raised fasting insulin levels.”Insulin rises in the body because of insulin resistance. And insulin resistance increases because of excess fat, excess acid and insulin like growth factor (present in all animal products),” he said.Leading nutritionist and holistic wellness counselor Dr Ira Rattan said, “progression of PreDialysis Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is slower on diets based on soya protein than on diets based on animal protein.”last_img read more