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Turnover: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Thomas seemed to sense his strange stay in Cleveland was over.After James hit a buzzer-beating jumper to beat Minnesota in overtime on Wednesday night, Thomas stood at his locker and wondered if he would be on the move again.“I’m tired of being traded,” he said. “That’s not a good thing. But I just want to be where I’m wanted. I like it here. It hasn’t been as planned, but I definitely want to be here.”The Cavaliers, though, had other plans and needed to do something rash while in a prolonged slump and with All-Star forward Kevin Love out with a broken left hand.Thomas, who turned 29 on Wednesday, wasn’t working out. He missed Cleveland’s first 36 games while coming back from a torn right labrum that knocked him out of last year’s playoffs. The Cavs tried to incorporate him into their offense, but it was forced and bogging them down.Cleveland is just 7-13 since Christmas Day, and the club’s slide has coincided with Thomas’ comeback. He played better on Wednesday night, scoring 13 points with seven assists in 31 minutes. But he’s a defensive liability on a defensively challenged team and the Cavs felt it was best to move him.While Thomas struggled on the floor, he didn’t help himself with some peculiar off-the-court comments.Following Tuesday’s embarrassing loss to the 17-win Orlando Magic — the Cavs blew a 21-point lead and scored nine points in the fourth quarter — Thomas questioned whether the team makes enough in-game adjustments.Those remarks were dismissed by coach Tyronn Lue, who said, “That’s not true.”Lue tweaked his rotations against the Timberwolves, giving more minutes to rookie Cedi Osman, who provided an infusion of needed energy. Late in the game, Thomas was pulled off the floor by Lue and the guard stood near Cleveland’s bench and shook his head in disappointment. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland completely changed its look — and perhaps its chances of winning a championship this season — on Thursday with a stunning sequence of deals. Cavs general manager Koby Altman traded six players, including Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, and two future draft picks in moves designed to not only help them in the short term but could potentially help keep LeBron James beyond this season.Just like that, the Cavs traded nearly half their roster, got younger and maybe wedged themselves back into contention to make a fourth straight Finals appearance against Golden State.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWatching from the West Coast, the defending champions took notice.READ: Cavaliers send Thomas, Frye to Lakers for Clarkson, Nance  Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “It’s interesting, really interesting,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said of Cleveland’s drastic midseason renovation. “It’s probably obviously something that they felt was needed. I feel like they made some good moves. I don’t know, we’ll see. A lot of action. That’s a completely different team now than the team we faced the last three years.“They’ve still got LeBron James. I think everything else at that point is irrelevant.”The Cavs began their shocking overhaul by sending the disappointing Thomas along with forward Channing Frye and one of their two first-round picks to the Los Angeles Lakers for point guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr.Thomas, who came over in last summer’s blockbuster trade with Boston for Kyrie Irving, played in just 15 games and wasn’t fitting in with Cleveland on or off the floor after he returned from a hip injury.As the Thomas swap was being digested around the league, the Cavs completed a three-team deal with Utah and Sacramento, said a person with direct knowledge of Cleveland’s moves. The Cavs sent Rose, who has also been slowed by injury, and forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz for forward Rodney Hood. They’ll receive guard George Hill from the Kings in exchange for guard Iman Shumpert, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity while the teams awaited league approval.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Moments later, James dropped his game-winner over Jimmy Butler to edge the Timberwolves and was mobbed teammates.It turned to be a going-away celebration. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting READ: Dwyane Wade returns to Miami as Cavs continue to dealAnd if all that wasn’t enough, the Cavs then dealt Wade to Miami for a protected 2024 second-round pick. It’s a homecoming for the 36-year-old Wade, who played 13 seasons in Miami, winning three NBA titles — two with James. Wade has said he wanted to end his career with the Heat, and he’ll get his chance.James went on Instagram to endorse the move for one of his best friends , posting “truly happy for my brother @dwyanewade!! It’s how it’s suppose to be. Love you my guy!! #WadeCountyBack.”While he was reunited in Cleveland with James, Wade was coming off the bench and his role may have been further diminished by the other new additions. Wade, though, had an impact during his short time with the Cavs.“A definite Hall of Famer when his playing career is complete, his basketball legacy is cemented by how he carries himself both on and off the floor,” Altman said. “His work ethic and commitment to the game of basketball with such an illustrious career was greatly respected by his Cavs teammates and everyone in our front office.”The massive makeover is intended to help the Cavs make another title run in 2018 with James, who can opt out of his $35.6 million contract this summer and become a free agent. The 33-year-old James has said he would like to finish his career in Cleveland and Altman, who has only been in charge of the roster since July, gave James a team he can lead back to the Finals.In Jordan and Nance, whose father played for Cleveland, the Cavs are adding a pair of young players with upside.“Jordan and Larry add athleticism, energy and length to both ends of the court for us,” Altman said. “This trade is also a reflection of our continuing commitment to invest in our roster in ways that help us evolve and compete at the highest level now and into the future.”The Cavs also protected themselves if they lose James by hanging onto the first-round pick they acquired last summer from Boston for Thomas, Crowder and center Ante Zizic.ESPN was first to report the dizzying run of deals. Defining matches FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers players, from left, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, JR Smith and Jae Crowder take a break during a review in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. James and the Cavaliers are going through their annual January freeze. It’s taking them longer to thaw this year, raising questions about whether they’re still the best team in the Eastern Conference or good enough to make their fourth straight NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)CLEVELAND — With their NBA title hopes fading fast, the Cavaliers got aggressive at the trading deadline.They swapped teams.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Is it Thiem’s time to win French Open? His coach thinks so

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss While he dropped a set for the third straight match, Thiem showed more flashes of his dominant clay-court game in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over Pablo Cuevas on Saturday to advance to the fourth round.“It was my best match so far,” Thiem said. “Not at all perfect yet, but the best so far.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFor a spot in the quarterfinals, Thiem will face Gael Monfils and likely a partisan crowd, too, against the French player.The other fourth-round matchups set Saturday: top-seeded Novak Djokovic vs. Jan-Lennard Struff; No. 5 Alexander Zverev vs. No. 9 Fabio Fognini; No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro vs. No. 10 Karen Khachanov; and No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. No. 24 Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 champion. Tim Reed regains form to top Ironman 70.3 in Subic Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Massu understands the expectations surrounding his pupil.“It’s normal that they put the name of Dominic (as) one of the favorite players, because of the results that he had in the past,” Massu said.Thiem, however, is becoming quite comfortable in Paris, where he also reached the final of the boys’ tournament in 2011.“Eight years ago when I made the final of the juniors I fell in love with this tournament,” Thiem told the crowd after beating Cuevas.Then Thiem, who is dating French player Kristina Mladenovic, entertained the crowd inside Court Suzanne Lenglen with a few words in French, apologizing for his beginners’ grasp of the language.At 25, Thiem has plenty of time to learn.“When you are 25 years old you are not even in the (halfway point) of your career,” Massu said. “The good thing about Dominic (is) he has the time.”Already up to No. 4 in the rankings, Thiem sits behind only Djokovic and Nadal, who are both 32, and Roger Federer, who is 37.“He knows that he has the chance one day to be No. 1 in the world,” Massu said. “You never know when — maybe soon, maybe later — but he works for that.”A trophy in Paris would be a big step toward the top. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too All top 10 men’s seeds are in the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since the 1970 Australian Open.When Massu looks at Thiem’s game it feels a bit like staring in the mirror. Massu used a similar style in winning gold medals in both singles and doubles at the 2004 Athens Olympics. There’s the big kick serve out wide, the heavy topspin, running around the backhand.“Many of the things that Dominic does today I was doing also, years before,” said Massu, who started working with Thiem this year. “Same ideas. So I understand what he wants.”Massu made an immediate impact on Thiem’s game when he guided him to his first Masters series title in Indian Wells, California, in March — which was surprising because until then Thiem’s best results had come on clay.Thiem reached the semifinals at the French in 2016 and 2017 before losing to Rafael Nadal in last year’s final. He also has four career wins at other tournaments over Nadal, the 11-time Roland Garros champion.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in four sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Dominic Thiem wants one thing and one thing only right now: To go one step further than he did last year when he reached the final at Roland Garros.“Dominic has a chance to win the French Open for sure, one day,” his coach, Nicolas Massu, said in an interview. “I hope that this year it happens.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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ICC launches women’s T20I team rankings, India ranked 5th

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) have released a 46-team table global Women’s T20I Team Rankings on Friday, following its decision earlier this year to award international status to all T20 matches between member countries.India are placed in fifth while three-time champions Australia lead the rankings, whilst Scotland are the top ranked associate member in 11th and Thailand take 12th place in the first table, following some good performances of late including a win over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup earlier this year.All women’s T20 matches between members have international status since the Asia Cup in June and the new rankings system will help teams gauge where they stand in the shortest format of the game, said an ICC release.The teams will have to play six T20I matches in the previous three to four years to remain on the rankings table.The system moves away from the combined rankings in place earlier and there is now a separate ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings table with 10 teams, in line with the men’s rankings, which are separate for each format.”We are committed to growing the game and T20 is the vehicle through which we’ll do this. Global rankings and international status for all T20 games between members is a huge step forward and will contribute to our efforts to accelerate the growth of the women’s game,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in a statement.”The new rankings will provide incentive for teams to play regularly and mark their progress globally. I wish teams all the best.”advertisementAustralia, who were top-ranked in the combined rankings system, are now ranked number one in both forms of the game and lead Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by three points in the T20I rankings table.Australia are on 280 points, New Zealand on 277 while England are just a further one point behind with 276 points.Australia, will however, have to win their upcoming three-match T20I series from October 25 to 29 against Pakistan in Malaysia by a 3-0 margin to retain their top spot.Pakistan will be unable to overtake sixth-ranked South Africa even if they were to pull off a shock 3-0 win.The West Indies, who will defend their ICC Women’s World T20 title at home from November 9 to 24, are ranked fourth with 259 points and India are a further 10 points behind in fifth place.The next five teams on the table — South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ireland — complete the lineup for the West Indies event.The list includes nine sides from Europe, 14 from Asia, 13 from Africa, four each from East Asia Pacific and the Americas, apart from Australia and the West Indies.India captain Harmanpreet Kaur welcomed the move.”I’m sure these rankings will encourage more countries to play the game regularly and teams will get a good idea of where they stand in the global context. Players always take interest in the ICC rankings as they are a true reflection of where teams and players stand,” she said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Golden Goals: Simon Cox for Swindon v Fenerbahce and Walsall (2008-09)

first_imgAnyone can score a good goal. A swing of the foot, a lucky connection, and a ball that on any other day – on every other day – flies wildly high and wide this time rockets into the top corner. This is how Nemanja Matic ends up on the shortlist for the Puskás Award.The only fail-safe method of proving a goal was no fluke is simple: do it again, and again. Just as Dennis Bergkamp’s goal for Holland against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup made his earlier effort for Arsenal against Leicester all the finer, what makes Simon Cox’s goal for Swindon against Walsall in January 2009 even more mind-blowingly amazing is the goal he scored in a friendly against Fenerbahce in July 2008. The goals are not identical, but they are extremely similar. A long, high ball brought perfectly under control with a single gossamer touch from a player running into the centre of the pitch from the left, and an arcing, long-range shot that flew over the goalkeeper and dipped into the far corner. Read more Twitter Swindon Cox celebrates scoring for Southend against Charlton last season. Photograph: Huw Evans/Rex/Shutterstock Share on Twitter Fabulous as these goals are, Cox himself rates neither as his favourite or finest. He picks out two favourites, one scored for West Bromwich Albion against Tottenham in April 2011, which secured his team 40 points, denied his opponents a Champions League place and remains his only Premier League goal. It was a lovely, curling shot from just outside the penalty area, which Harry Redknapp, at the time the Spurs manager, described as “world-class” and his own boss, Roy Hodgson, considered “superb”. The second was another fabulous piece of skill, for Nottingham Forest against Birmingham City in September 2002. “I’d got injured while playing away for Ireland,” he remembers. “I came back and really wanted to make the game, but I didn’t train until Friday. We were getting beat and the manager threw me on with 20 minutes to go and I came up with that. I can watch that one over and over again, and I have done. It’s not one you easily forget about.”For those who haven’t seen it, or who have found it easy to forget about, here’s a reminder: “I had one of the biggest strappings you’ve ever seen on my foot and that’s probably what cushioned the ball more than anything else,” Cox says. “I remember the pass, the run into the area, and then it was just about being able to get something on the ball in terms of control.” The control was instant and suddenly the goalkeeper, rushing out ready to dive upon the ball, was hopelessly exposed. “When I saw him running out, he sort of made my mind up, as much as you have to do it all in a split second. I thought that if I could lift it over him, it’s only going to go in. If the goalkeeper hadn’t run out I probably wouldn’t have scored.”You are unlikely to have seen the goal he considers the best of all. It is not on YouTube or on any season-highlights DVD, though it was recorded on camera. Cox has lost his only copy. “My best goal, my best ever, was in a reserve game for Reading,” he says. “I can’t find that one. I don’t think even Reading can find it. I scored four in the game, and my fourth one was the one I’m talking about. It was a volley from just inside the centre circle that lobbed the goalkeeper. That’s my favourite ever one. It sat there nicely to be hit, but it was the audaciousness to have a go at something like that. It’s not something you’d try if it was 0-0, that’s for sure.” Golden goal Golden Goal: Scott Sinclair for Plymouth v Barnet (2007) This all adds up to quite the collection of memorable goals. Those that it is possible still to see share a spellbinding beauty. They are, without doubt, among the finest you will ever witness. To author one of them takes cunning, lightning reflexes and impeccable technique. To do it three times demonstrates a level of consistent magicianship that should rank the player among the very finest. This one, however, is seeing out the end of what should be his peak years in League One at Southend, with a contract that expires in the summer.“What puts the elite forwards into that category isn’t just that they have them in their bag of tricks, it’s that they’re more comfortable trying those sorts of things,” Cox says. “Whereas the people who are not in the elite, which is most of the world, will have a go at those sorts of things every now and again but are probably more happy to pass the ball wide and get into the box and score a header than try an audacious lob from 40 yards. Most professional players probably have the ability, but they’re cautious about trying it in matches. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Read more World Cup stunning moments: Dennis Bergkamp’s wonder goalcenter_img Most professional players probably have the ability, but they’re cautious about trying it in matchesSimon Cox Cox has scored more than 100 first-team goals, and has perfect recall of almost all of them. “If you tell me a goal, I’d be able to go back in my mind and tell you who passed it, or how it came about, or the feeling I had at the time,” he says. “When you talk about specific goals, or specific games, most players I’d imagine would be able to go back to that time and tell you a little bit about the day, or the game, or something that happened. There’d be something about it. For me, scoring goals is always quite memorable.”Perhaps this is because there haven’t really been enough of them. At one stage, while at Reading, Cox went 471 days without scoring, not exactly ideal for a striker even if he started a lot of the matches on the bench. His total tally of top-flight strikes stalled at one. But it’s also because many of his goals are genuinely memorable. Yet from all the goals he has scored across his career so far – at 30 there should be quite a few more to come – four stand out in his memory, of which those against Fenerbahce and Walsall are two.“I remember the Fenerbahce one really well even though it was just a pre-season friendly,” he says. “The ball got played into me. I remember that early in the game the defender kept trying to come tight, so I thought I’d try to flick this one over him and go for a one-versus-one race into the penalty area. But as it was it sat up really nicely and I thought: ‘Why not?’ Because it was a friendly it didn’t really matter if it went into Row Z or anywhere else, but thankfully it looped over the goalkeeper and into the net. So that one, it wasn’t quite luck but I had a different thought process about what I was going to do.“The Walsall goal was special because I wasn’t actually on a very good spell of scoring. I’d probably gone seven or eight games without one. And Lilian Nalis just tried to loop one over the defence, again for a one-against-one foot race. I was thinking: ‘You can just control this and drive with the ball into the area.’ Again it popped up nicely. This one was more technique than it was power, more precision than trying to kick the leather off the ball.” Pinterest features Share on Facebook Topics Share on Pinterest “I’m quite happy with what I’ve done in my career so far. I’m still 30, still able to get in positions to score goals. Hopefully I’ll sign a new contract at Southend, or just see what happens at the end of the season. While I’m still healthy and able to run around a pitch I want to play for as long as possible. I’ve never had lightning pace. Teddy Sheringham was my idol, the way he played the game in terms of his intelligence. He wasn’t the quickest, and he had to be sharper in his mind than he was with his feet, so he was a role model of mine. And I admired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who again wasn’t blessed with outstanding pace but always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.“I’m happy to have scored 100 goals. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d get that. I should have scored more in the Premier League, if I’d have got the chances to do so. For me personally, I probably got promoted to the Premier League a year early. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. I probably spent too many years sat on the bench, in my own opinion. More games than I wanted to. But in terms of where I’ve been, the teams I’ve played for, the leagues I’ve played in, I don’t think there’s much I can be too upset about really.” Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Firmino unfazed by Gabriel Jesus rivalry

first_imgWorld Cup ‘I’m here when needed’ – Firmino unfazed by Gabriel Jesus World Cup rivalry Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 01:35 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) roberto firmino - cropped Getty Images World Cup Brazil v Croatia Croatia Brazil Friendlies The Liverpool star will not dispute Tite’s Brazil starting line-up, despite coming off the bench to score against Croatia Roberto Firmino insists he would have no complaints over being a back-up to Gabriel Jesus for Brazil at the World Cup.The Liverpool striker came off the bench to score his side’s second in a 2-0 friendly win over Croatia at Anfield on Sunday.Jesus, who captained the side, endured a quiet game but the Manchester City star is expected to keep his place when Brazil kick off their campaign against Switzerland on June 17. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And Firmino says he will not dispute the decisions of head coach Tite in Russia.”I’m here to help Selecao,” he told SporTV. “Whoever Tite chooses, I’ll respect it 100 per cent and I’m here when needed, to give my best for the team.”Brazil’s clash with Croatia was an uneventful affair until Neymar, making his first appearance since February 25, broke the deadlock 69 minutes in with a superb goal.Firmino netted in the dying seconds as the South Americans claimed a third win in a row and sixth clean sheet in their last seven games.He can’t stop scoring at Anfield.  #BRACRO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 3, 2018Danilo, who played the full match at right-back and is expected to start in Russia in place of the injured Dani Alves, thinks his side are on target in terms of their preparations.”I’m very pleased for the way I played, first of all,” he said. “It was important to keep a clean sheet, being safe at the back, while having people up front who can make a difference. We’re on the right track.”last_img read more

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Loewe’s Bild 9 is So Next-Level Sleek It’s Making Us Feel Like TV Virgins

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Loewe’s Bild 9 is So Next-Level Sleek It’s Making Us Feel Like TV Virgins Close 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration -:-Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time –:- Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana The company that invented the television just reminded us how transcendental watching TV can be.From the same German wunderkind company that invented the television set, Loewe seems to have reinvented this commonplace electronic into a piece of damn-near perfect sculptural art…while packing it with state-of-the-art features that enhance the experience of watching television, even if it’s a crappy sitcom.While back in 1931 the minds at Loewe were presenting the world’s first electronic film transmission at the 8th Berlin Radio Exhibition, it would be Loewe’s London-based Creative Director Bodo Sperlein that designed the futuristic Bild 9— a highly sophisticated and swank as shit television set that we now dream about at night.Inspired by the Golden Twenties and Art Deco, Sperlein said he created Bild 9 to “radiate a presence and lightness so fascinating that it has an almost sculptural effect.”Bild 9 OLED TV/LoeweWell hook, line, and sink.This 7 mm screen (that’s slimmer than your iPhone, Johnny) stands on a hand-forged, ground, and polished steel frame, while a high-quality fabric on the back of the set disguises any and all connections and cables. The Bild 9 simple looks like a sleek canvas on a mount.Once you turn it on, the screen’s OLED technology produces a crisp image thanks to its use of self-lighting organic pixels. That means you don’t have to dim the lights for the screen to really radiate. Then when the TV is turned off, the pallet across the screen is a deep and intense blackness. The huge color spectrum made available via Dolby Vision’s high dynamic range images can be credited for the enhanced visual quality of the Blid 9. (I mean, this screen makes cheesy rom-coms bearable… and MLB a freaking vision).And we haven’t gotten to sound yet.Loewe offers a rich 120 watts of power from six separate speakers and four passive bass membranes. These speakers, the Loewe Klang 9, are a hybrid speaker-meets-subwoofer, which created a warm yet engulfing soundtrack to your movie, show, or… hey just play must from the set if you want.Bild 9 OLED Speakers/LoeweStore whatever app, show, or recording you want to watch on the Bild 9 home screen and you’re set.  It’s simple— which only adds to the beauty of this television.Choose from three mount offerings that include table stand for a shelf or rack, wall mount, or steel frame.The Blid 9 will transform your football Sunday’s into a classy experience, or, for movie buffs, make the theatre-quality image and sound scoffable.Either way, the Loewe Blid 9 is making us all feel like TV virgins and it’s very exciting. The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny last_img read more

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Sri Lankas experienced bowling unit key to victory says Thisara Perera

first_imgCardiff: Sri Lanka were far from perfect after yet another batting collapse against Afghanistan, but all-rounder Thisara Perera said the team always had faith in their “experienced bowling unit” to pull off the win. Sri Lanka registered their first win of the World Cup against Afghanistan after facing a massive defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their tournament opener. After being put into bat, Sri Lanka could only manage to put 201 on the scoreboard before Nuwan Pradeep (4/31) and Lasith Malinga (3/39) starred with the ball to bundle out Afghanistan for 152. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “We all believed in ourselves and we knew we have an experienced bowling unit, which is why we had five fast bowlers as we have that experience,” Perera said after the victory. “We had to take wickets otherwise we would have lost. So that’s why we had to stick to our basic plans and not do anything extra.” Having crumbled to 136 all out against New Zealand three days ago, Sri Lanka made a strong start with the bat against Afghanistan as Kusal Perera made 78. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up But they faced yet another batting disaster, losing nine wickets for 88 runs in a dramatic turn of event in the first innings. “As a batting unit we are disappointed because we got a nice start and after that we folded and lost five wickets almost back-to-back before the rain delay,” Perera said. “We know we have some issues as a batting unit and I think we have to try and improve going forward. Hopefully this win will give us confidence for rest of the tournament.” Captain Dimuth Karunaratne also struck 30 and Lahiru Thirimanne 25 but Sri Lanka lost seven wickets for 36 runs in the space of 11 overs before rain stopped play. They lost their remaining two wickets on the resumption of play, leaving Afghanistan with a target of 187 under DSL. Relieved with the win, Karunaratne admitted that the batting department needs improvement. “We had a good start after a long time but suddenly, we lost a couple of wickets and were on the back foot. That’s the negative part but otherwise, the bowling and fielding was really good. After losing the first game, it’s not easy to keep your mind positive,” Karunaratne said. “We have the experience in these conditions and that helped. Only thing we need to work on is to improve our batting in the middle overs.” Reflecting on the victory, Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha said the win will inspire confidence in players to perform better. “This gives us a lot of confidence because we really needed a win. We haven’t had much success lately. I’m sure you will see a better team, a better approach from our team after this win. We need this win badly,” he said. “It’s very hard to explain. We were in a very good position at one stage. I think the wicket is such, it’s very difficult to start I think. When a batsman is in it looked an easy wicket to bat on, but we lose one wicket and then we lose three wickets in one over. “There were a lot of tentative shots, that was the cause of some of the dismissals. We’re lacking in confidence because of what happened lately. We allowed them to come into the game,” he said.last_img read more

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Phoenix pay problems drop slightly bigger decline unlikely until late spring

first_imgOTTAWA – The backlog of problem pay files created by the federal government’s Phoenix pay system fell slightly in March — the second straight monthly decline, figures released Friday show.But a significant decline in the backlog isn’t expected for some time, warned Public Services and Procurement Canada, the department that oversees the troubled pay system for nearly 300,000 civil servants.The central pay centre in Miramichi, N.B., was still dealing with 625,000 transactions as of March 21, the department said — down from a peak of about 633,000 transactions that were awaiting processing in late January.“This decrease is promising, but with additional work left to do on overpayments and collective agreements, a continual decline is not expected until later this spring,” the department said on its website.The March backlog included 377,000 cases that went beyond the pay centre’s normal monthly workload of 80,000 pay transactions.The percentage of pay transactions that were processed by the pay centre within the government’s own self-prescribed service standard grew to 59 per cent, up from 51 per cent in late February. However, that rate is also expected to fluctuate as the April 30 income tax filing deadline draws near.Today’s new figures follow a survey, commissioned by the Public Service Alliance of Canada, that suggests more than 80 per cent of federal workers have been impacted by Phoenix — severely, in the case of nearly 20 per cent of respondents.“Phoenix has clearly had a devastating effect on the mental health and well-being of federal public service workers,” said PSAC national president Robyn Benson.“Employees deserve compensation for the stress and anguish Phoenix has caused for more than two years, as well as the time they have spent dealing with their pay problems.”The 17 unions representing federal employees have called on Ottawa to pay “damages” for the stress and financial burdens caused by Phoenix. Talks with union officials have been ongoing since the Trudeau government opened the door to compensation in its February budget, although neither the unions nor the Treasury Board Secretariat, which is overseeing the talks, have revealed the extent of the demands.The survey results were similar to findings of a wider-ranging poll conducted by the government in 2017, which found about one in three respondents reporting that “pay or compensation issues cause stress at work to a large or very large extent,” a Treasury Board spokesman said in an email.“The poll commissioned by PSAC reflects what we already know about the impact of compensation issues on employee and workplace well-being,” said the email.Later this spring, an auditor general’s report is expected to take a deeper dive into the causes of the Phoenix pay debacle.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

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Murder trial told that mother alone had opportunity to kill girls

first_imgThe Canadian Press LAVAL, Que. — A Crown attorney told jurors today that Adele Sorella was the last person to be seen with her daughters before they were found dead in the family home.On the first day of his closing arguments, Simon Lapierre repeated the Crown’s theory that Sorella alone had the opportunity to kill Amanda, 9, and Sabrina, 8, on March 31, 2009.He said it was impossible that another person entered the family home and killed the girls, noting that there was no evidence of a break-in or struggle and nothing had been broken. The girls’ bodies showed no signs of violence, and the cause of death was never determined.Lapierre said there is no reason to think the deaths were accidental. He reminded jurors of a first responder’s testimony that the girls were found lying side by side in their playroom, as if they had been laid there.The prosecutor also told the jury that the Crown is not required to establish a motive for the crime.Last week, Pierre Poupart, one of Ms. Sorella’s lawyers, spent four days going over the reasons his client should not be found guilty. Her trial on two charges of first-degree murder began in November.last_img read more

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TSX caps good week by closing higher as investors respond to pipeline

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index capped a good week with the energy sector closing higher Friday as investors responded positively to federal action to kick-start construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Ottawa ordered the National Energy Board to redo its environmental review of the controversial project, this time taking into account the impact of additional oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.The move came less than a month after The Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval the NEB and the cabinet gave the project in 2016, citing improper consultation with Indigenous communities and a lack of review of the marine shipping issue.“Any sort of movement on pipelines is viewed to be somewhat positive so we’re seeing a little boost on that side,” said Jamie Robertson, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.The November crude contract was up 46 cents US to US$70.78 per barrel on the day. It gained 2.6 per cent for the week and closed at a 10-week high.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.38 points to close at 16,224.13, after reaching a high of 16,267.69 on 463.6 million shares traded.The TSX was up 1.3 per cent on the week while the loonie improved. On Friday, the Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.42 cents US compared with an average of 77.48 cents US on Thursday.“It just feels like some of the tension around trade and tariffs has quieted down a little bit so the market is cheering that a little bit,” Robertson said in an interviewAltaGas Ltd. was the day’s biggest gainer, rising 5.87 per cent, while Prometic Life Sciences Inc. led on the downside, falling 7.41 per cent.Overall, base metals led, rising 1.36 per cent, while the health-care sector dropped 2.31 per cent led by Prometic and cannabis companies. Canopy Rivers Inc., the venture capital arm of the marijuana company Canopy Growth, closed down 11.4 per cent to $7.75, after gaining 150 per cent Thursday on its first day of trading on the TSX Venture exchange.Tilray Inc. closed down 30.25 per cent to US$123 on the Nasdaq, two days after it went on a wild ride by surging more than 90 per cent, dropping into negative territory and rebounding after the licensed producer said it got approval to export medical cannabis from Canada to the U.S. for a clinical trial.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average hit a new high, gaining 86.52 points to 26,743.50. The S&P 500 index lost 1.08 points to 2,929.67, while the Nasdaq composite was down 41.28 points to 7,986.95.The economic data is supportive of strong earnings in the U.S. and Federal Reserve policy clearly indicates that rates will continue to rise, Robertson added.“The overall sentiment remains to be very constructive.”The November natural gas contract was up one cent at US$2.97 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$10 at US$1,201.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 11.75 cents at US$2.86 a pound.last_img read more

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Nuclear power to stay prominent UN atomic energy agency reports

New projections from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) show that nuclear power will remain a key energy source in the coming decades, with over two dozen new reactors now under construction globally.A new report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) projects an average growth rate of up to 2.5 per cent, or expressed as wattage, 679 gigawatts, by 2030. The low projection would be 447 gigawatts for the same period.“Our job is not so much to predict the future but to prepare for it,” said IAEA Nuclear Analyst Alan McDonald. “To that end we update each year a high and low projection to establish the range of uncertainty we ought to be prepared for.”The report documents 435 operating nuclear reactors around the world, including 103 in the United States alone. Globally, 29 more are under construction. The US had the most operating units, followed by France, with 59; Japan (55) and the Russian Federation (31).Of the 30 countries with nuclear power, the percentage of electricity supplied by nuclear ranged from a high of 78 per cent in France to just 2 per cent in China. But the report notes that China is experiencing “huge energy growth and is trying to expand every source it can, including nuclear power.” With four reactors under construction, China plans a nearly five-fold expansion by just 2020. Nuclear power’s share of worldwide electricity production rose from less than 1 per cent in 1960 to 16 per cent in 1986, and that percentage has held essentially constant in the 21 years since 1986, according to the IAEA. Nuclear electricity generation has grown steadily at the same pace as overall global electricity generation. At the close of 2006, nuclear provided about 15 per cent of total electricity worldwide.Serving as the main global forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear technology, the IAEA carries out programmes to maximize the useful contribution of nuclear technology to society while verifying its peaceful use. 24 October 2007New projections from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) show that nuclear power will remain a key energy source in the coming decades, with over two dozen new reactors now under construction globally. read more

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UN envoy condemns killing of Palestinian civilians in recent days

A statement released by the office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process said Mr. Roed-Larsen was “particularly disturbed” by the killing this morning of 70-year-old wheelchair-bound Mahmoud Halfalla in Khan Yunis.”The Special Coordinator sends his sincere sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and calls on the Government of Israel to abide by its obligation under international humanitarian law to avoid the use of disproportionate force in densely populated areas and to protect the civilian population,” the statement said.Mr. Roed-Larsen is scheduled to deliver the regular monthly briefing to the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East tomorrow. read more

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Business Highlights

Business Highlights AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ___Study: Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32 per centWASHINGTON (AP) — Medical claims costs — the biggest driver of health insurance premiums — will jump an average 32 per cent for Americans’ individual policies under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, according to a study by the nation’s leading group of financial risk analysts.The report could turn into a big headache for the Obama administration at a time when many parts of the country remain skeptical about the Affordable Care Act. The estimates were recently released by the Society of Actuaries to its members.While some states will see medical claims costs per person decline, the report concluded the overwhelming majority will see double-digit increases in their individual health insurance markets, where people purchase coverage directly from insurers.___Housing, manufacturing give US economy liftWASHINGTON (AP) — Gains in housing and manufacturing boosted the U.S. economy over the winter, according to reports released Tuesday, and analysts say they point to the resilience of consumers and businesses as government spending cuts kick in.U.S. home prices rose 8.1 per cent in January, the fastest annual rate since the peak of the housing boom in the summer of 2006. And demand for longer-lasting factory goods jumped 5.7 per cent in February, the biggest increase in five months.February new-home sales and March consumer confidence looked a little shakier, but the overall picture of an improving economy drove stocks higher on Tuesday.___GM in next phase of hoped for Buick revivalNEW YORK (AP) — Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: There’s this famous car brand whose average driver is more familiar with Social Security than social media.General Motors Co. will make another attempt to get Buick to appeal to younger buyers with freshened up versions of the Regal midsize sports sedan and the LaCrosse luxury car. GM unveils the pair Tuesday ahead of the New York auto show.Youth has been the theme of several Buick marketing campaigns during the last three decades, with famous pitchmen like Tiger Woods and Shaquille O’Neal. Sales have even risen recently after a dramatic and lengthy decline. But even with that recent success, odds are against GM making Buick a go-to option for large numbers of drivers below the age of 40.___T-Mobile to start selling iPhones on April 12NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA on Tuesday said it will start offering the iPhone on April 12, filling what its CEO said was “a huge void” in its phone lineup.T-Mobile, the fourth-largest of the national U.S. phone companies, has been losing customers to the bigger companies, which all sell the iPhone.The company will charge $100 up front for the iPhone 5, then another $20 per month for two years. That’s on top of service fees for voice, text and data that start at $50 per month. Total monthly cost starts at $70 per month, substantially below prices offered by bigger companies.___Cyprus businesses hurt as banks stay shutNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot businesses were under increasing strain to keep running on Tuesday after financial authorities stretched the country’s bank closure into a second week in a an attempt to stop depositors from rushing to drain their accounts.Cyprus Central Bank governor Panicos Demetriades said “superhuman efforts are being made” to open banks on Thursday.“Temporary” restrictions will be imposed on financial transactions once the banks open, he said, but he would not specify what they would be or how long they would be in place.___Ratings dip but ‘American Idol’ gets the adsLOS ANGELES (AP) — In the heyday of “American Idol,” the notion that it could lose ratings to a zombie slugfest or standard crime drama would have been laughable.That was then. With Fox’s singing contest shedding about 20 per cent of its audience so far this season to hit new lows, it’s been leapfrogged repeatedly in total viewers by series like CBS’ “Person of Interest” and “NCIS.”In a harsher blow to a blockbuster that once ruled the advertiser-adored young adult segment, “American Idol” has been overtaken this season by AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” despite the addition of glossy new “Idol” judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.But in its 12th season, “American Idol” is managing to hit the right notes with sponsors if not always with fickle viewers: It has kept its status as TV’s advertising leader among series and the loyalty of its biggest backers, including Ford and Coca-Cola.___Berkshire amends warrant deal with Goldman SachsOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett’s company will likely become one of the biggest shareholders in Goldman Sachs Group Inc. later this year, and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. won’t even have to part with any cash to do so.Berkshire and Goldman said Tuesday that they had renegotiated an agreement that gave Berkshire the right to buy 43.5 million shares of the investment bank for $115 per share. Now the 2008 deal will be settled with stock this fall.Buffett and Goldman Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein both characterized the deal as an endorsement of the investment bank — much as they did when Buffett invested $5 billion in Goldman during the financial crisis.___Supervalu eliminating about 1,100 positionsNEW YORK (AP) — Supervalu is eliminating about 1,100 jobs nationwide, or about 3 per cent of its workforce, less than a week after the supermarket operator completed the sale of five grocery chains.The company said Tuesday that sale of the five grocery chains means that the remaining business will need “significantly fewer” corporate and store support roles and functions.Supervalu has struggled for years to turn around its business. The broader supermarket industry has been facing growing competition from big-box retailers like Target, drugstore chains and dollar stores. While bigger chains such as Kroger Co. have adapted by tweaking store formats and improving discount programs and product offerings, Supervalu has scrambled to keep pace.___Warning issued on doctors’ stakes in device firmsMIAMI (AP) — Federal health officials have issued a rare warning about doctors’ ownership of shares in medical device companies that allow them to profit from performing surgeries with those products.The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services issued a fraud alert Tuesday that called the practice “inherently suspect” and said it may violate anti-kickback laws.The agency has only issued a handful of these national fraud alerts in the past 20 years and the warning sends a strong message to the medical industry.___AP Source: CBS buys half of TV Guide net for $100 millionLOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with CBS’ deal for TV Guide says the broadcaster is buying a 50 per cent stake in TV Guide’s cable channel and website for nearly $100 million.The price is less than what JPMorgan Chase’s One Equity Partners paid for a similar stake four years ago and brings CBS Corp. into an equal partnership with Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.The deal terms come from a person who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.___By The Associated Press(equals)The Dow Jones industrial average rose 111.90 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 14,559.65. The S&P 500 index rose 12.08 points, or 0.8 per cent, to close at 1,563.77. The Nasdaq composite rose 17.18 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 3,252.48.Benchmark crude for May delivery rose $1.53 to finish at a five-week high of $96.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, rose $1.19 to end at $109.36 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Wholesale gasoline rose 5 cents to finish at $3.11 a gallon. Heating oil added less than a cent to end at $2.88 a gallon. Natural gas advanced by 11 cents to finish at $3.98 per 1,000 cubic feet. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2013 5:53 pm MDT read more

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Di Maria Mbappe will certainly win the Ballon dOr

first_imgThe “phenomenon” Kylian Mbappe will only get better and will certainly win the Ballon d’Or during his career, says Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Angel Di MariaAt just 20 years of age, Mbappe has already achieved things in his short career that most footballers can only dream about after tasting a great deal of domestic success and winning the World Cup with France last summer.The forward’s exploits saw him win the inaugural Trophee Kopa for the world’s best U-21 player along with finishing fourth in the 2018 Ballon d’Or poll.And Mbappe looks set to possibly go on to achieve even higher standards this season with the Frenchman leading the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 14 goals in 13 games for PSG.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“Kylian is a phenomenon,” Di Maria told France Bleu.“Since his exit from Monaco he has grown a lot as a player and produced an extraordinary World Cup.“If he continues like this, surrounded by team-mates with great potential, he will evolve further and will certainly win the Ballon d’Or.”Mbappe, who found the net in PSG’s 3-0 win over Amiens last weekend, will be looking to continue his strong form for Saturday’s Ligue 1 match against Guingamp.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Northwests dry spell will last into next week

first_imgWe had a little relief from the heat Wednesday as marine clouds were very slow to burn off. In fact, the predicted highs of low 80s fizzled to the low 70s without too many complaints.Our friends in the higher elevations near 1,000 feet and farther east enjoyed clear skies all day. The coastal strip had drizzle overnight into early Wednesday, enough to wet the streets in some locales.The weather forecast now includes more of those morning clouds but highs still above average, mainly in the 70s to perhaps near 80 degrees if we get considerable clearing.The odds of any showers or thunderstorms over the weekend have dissipated and will remain over the southern Oregon Cascades. Bad news down there with possible lightning. Locally, the dry spell continues into next week and maybe through the last day of the month. Certainly not much on the horizon to bring us any rainfall.I had a couple of emails Wednesday afternoon asking if our 80-degree weather is over for the year. Even though the forecast calls for highs in the 70s, sure, we can still get 80 degrees, especially if we receive an easterly wind flow. October can have highs in the 80-degree range with no problem, although it just takes a little bit more doing, ha, ha.last_img read more

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