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SMB, Ginebra, TNT emerge as favorites for PBA PH Cup title

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf the PBA Governors are to be believed, San Miguel is set dominate PBA Philippine Cup anew, although TNT and Barangay Ginebra are not far behind.Majority of the 12 governors said the Philippine Cup title is a virtual toss up between the three teams because of their size and the presence of the league’s big men in their line ups.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “They have good players, they have extremely good coaches,” said Rain or Shine governor Mamerto Mondragon of the three teams. ““San Miguel and Ginebra both have the bigs that dominate the league,” said Magnum Membrere, TNT’s assistant team manager.Alaska governor Dicky Bachmann hopes Alaska can go back to its status as a Philippine Cup elite, when it challenged San Miguel in 2015 and 2016, after it experienced a downhill 2016-2017 season.“For the top three teams, I would say San Miguel, Ginebra, and TNT,” said Bachmann. “Alaska, hopefully will be performing better this season.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours #KicksStalker: Hoops, iconic AF1s highlight ‘Battle Force Manila’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “TNT, Ginebra, and San Miguel,” said San Miguel governor Robert Non during the league’s preseason press conference Thursday. “TNT has an intact lineup and has the the bigs that can match up with June Mar [Fajardo], same is true with Ginebra because Greg [Slaughter] is back in the lineup.”San Miguel has effectively used Fajardo’s 6-foot-10 frame to rule over the Philippine Cup for three straight seasons with the giant from Cebu collecting four straight MVPs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe governors looked at Ginebra’s frontcourt partnership of Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar as the biggest challenge to San Miguel’s dominance.TNT, meanwhile, has the likes of Kelly Williams, Troy Rosario, and Mo Tautuaa in its frontcourt. All three stand at 6-foot-7 with the ability to stretch the floor while having the length the be effective down in the post. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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2 busted with cocaine in Kitty

first_imgTwo persons were arrested on Thursday after they were intercepted in Georgetown with a quantity of cocaine.According to Police reports, at about 13:00h, Police ranks received information which they acted upon and in doing so, they intercepted a motor car on Duncan Street, Kitty, Georgetown.A search was then conducted on the two persons and on the vehicle during which a bag containing 5466 grams of suspected cocaine was found in the car. the office subsequently arrested both the driver and the occupant of the vehicle who are assisting with the investigations.last_img read more

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Submission of Recast Budget Delayed

first_imgHouse Chairman on Ways, Means and Financen Rep. Thomas Fallah, announced the postponement of budget hearings to Monday, the 21st of May.As possible budget shortfall loomsThe recast of the 2017/2018 budget to perhaps tackle quick-impact development and empowerment in the pro-poor policy of the CDC-led government, is gradually elapsing with the delay of its submission which should have been since Thursday, February 15, 2018. The 2017/2018 fiscal period would finally end on June 30, 2018The House’s Chairman on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning, Thomas P. Fallah, said the Recast Budget is yet to be received by the House of Representatives and the continued delay would entangle it with the 2018/2019 budget, whose submission is scheduled for the 30th of April, according to the Public Financial Management Law.Speaking recently during the three-day Orientation retreat of members of the House of Representatives in Margibi County, Rep. Fallah urged the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to act accordingly.“The recast budget should have been submitted since the 15th of February, but now it has been delayed for eight days (Thursday),” Rep. Fallah said. “If the recast budget continues to be rescheduled, I am afraid that the submission of the 2018/2019 Budget would be a problem.”Although reasons for the delay have not been sufficiently explained, it is being speculated that another shortfall in the budget is expected to be announced.It can be recalled recently that the head of the the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) had expressed fears of a budgetary shortfall in view of the National Legislature’s decision to put a halt to the National Road fund tax scheme which had been projected to raise a total of US$11 million to support the national budget.The Government of Liberia had proposed a US$0.25 tax imposition on petroleum imports to be allocated to a road tax fund intended to support the maintenance of the country’s road network. However, the Legislature was of the view that the proposed tax was leading to increased hardships on ordinary Liberians and therefore recommended its immediate suspension.Since the suspension of the tax scheme, the GOL has faced difficulty in meeting its revenue projections.Also, according to the head of the LRA, Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, the forestry sector posed another risk to the budget because of existing and pending MOUs between GOL and actors in this sector waiving taxes deemed payable to Government.Commissioner Tamba had also disclosed that a US$6.1 million waiver on rice imports, considered an essential commodity, has also had a dampening effect on revenue collection. She added that while GOL had a heavy reliance on revenue derived from taxes on imports, she observed that only 35 percent of total imports were commercial as compared to non-commercial, which accounted for 65 percent of total imports.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Increased narco incidents recorded in Region 2 – crime unit

first_imgThere has been an increase in drug related incidents in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) for 2017, as compared to last year. This is according to head of the crime unit in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands), Fazal Mohammed.Mohammed made the observation at the unveiling of the Division’s Christmas plans for the upcoming festive season. Mohammed during his presentation in the boardroom of the Richard Faikall Police Station, said it is the intention of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to reduce crime during the season.In doing so, the CID within the Division intends to increase patrolling, roadblocks and raids. Speaking on the increased trafficking of narcotics on the Essequibo Coast, Mohammed said there were 29 cases for possession of the illegal substance and 26 cases for the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking. Six persons were charged for smoking cannabis. In total for 2017, 61 persons were before the court for trafficking in narcotics and 24 persons were convicted.Statistics have shown that in 2016, 766.7 grams of cannabis was found in the region while in 2017, 14.971 kg were found – an increase of interdiction. With respect to cocaine, 563.1 grams was found in 2016 while 5.082.5 kg was found so far for 2017.He said Police from the Division were able to catch some of the traffickers due to constant roadblocks, intelligence gathering, as well as profiling of known characters.last_img read more

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Elections must be held in 2-3 months – Opposition Leader

first_imgCCJ ruling…as President still wants advice from unconstitutional GECOM ChairFollowing the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) validation of the No-Confidence Motion on Tuesday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has rejected the November timeline put forward by President David Granger for holding elections. The Opposition Leader insisted that elections must be held in two to three months.Jagdeo made this pronouncement at a press conference called shortly after the CCJ handed down its decision. According to Jagdeo, President David Granger’s insistence on a November 2019 date for calling elections, which he referenced in an address to the nation after the ruling, is not consistent with the reality of the situation.The Opposition Leader reminded that as per the CCJ ruling, an election date should have been set and President and Cabinet resigned since last year. He read Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution, which sets out clearly that Government must resign after being defeated by a No-confidence vote.Specifically, Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.“So there are clear provisions now that the no-confidence [vote was validated by the CCJ], there is no other recourse for the Government to challenge it. The final court has spoken. These two provisions have kicked in. And they should have been relevant since last year. So the count can’t start from today.”“The count should start from when the motion was validly passed, 21st of December. So what we’ve had is an illegal Government since March of this year. The period between the NCM and when the elections were to be held in three months, that period is also defined in the memorandum to the bill amending these Articles.”CaretakerAccording to Jagdeo, this definition speaks to Government staying on only to facilitate the holding of elections within that timeframe. The Opposition Leader expressed the view that Government staying on for almost a year after being defeated by a No-Confidence Motion is unreasonable.He pointed to the Government’s actions since it lost the No-Confidence Motion, such as the less than transparent awarding of billions of dollars in contracts, the allocation of lands and the privatisation of state assets.“Now that the Government has been illegal during this time, we will have to decide what will happen to much of their illegal acts in this period. But definitely from today onwards, any contract, anything outside of a caretaker capacity, these will be declared illegal by a PPP Government. It’s not business as usual. It’s no longer in court. The final decision was made and the Government is illegal as per that decision.”According to Jagdeo, such actions are a breach of the caretaker role the coalition Government was supposed to be playing since it fell to the NCM and he insisted that elections now be called as soon as practical.“We think that elections could be held within maximum three months. The CCJ has indicated that the consensus should be a principled and practical position – a principled position would be that elections are held tomorrow, a practical position is two to three months,” Jagdeo insisted, also calling for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to get into full elections mode.After the ruling, President Granger had announced in an address to the nation that while he respected the CCJ’s decision, elections could not be held based on the current list and that he has been informed by GECOM Chairman Justice James Patterson (whose appointment was also declared unconstitutional by the CCJ) that the soonest elections could be held was in November.Told about this, Jagdeo made it clear that they would approach the international community and that the President “had another thing coming”.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo during his press conference on Tuesday following the CCJ judgementsPresident David Granger during his address to the nation on Tuesdaylast_img read more

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7 year old donates birthday presents to Big Brothers and Big Sisters

first_imgPhoto:  Danielle Armstrong and Kristy Howes of Big Brothers and Big Sisters accept the donation from Brook Powell – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caBrook Powell celebrated her 7th birthday on January 7th and decided to donate all her presents to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St. John.  The donation will help Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St. John give Birthday presents to local children that the organization helps in the community.- Advertisement –last_img

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L.A. ducks gator issue for a while

first_imgNOW that people have lost interest in the MacArthur Park dust-up, we can turn to a much more important issue: Namely, what’s to become of Reggie the alligator. You remember ol’ Reggie. The monster caused a sensation two years ago when he appeared in Machado Lake, down there at the southernmost tip of Los Angeles city proper. His owner, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer, had dumped the poor alligator into the parkside lake after the beast became too big for the bathtub. The alligator quickly became a media darling with his infrequent appearances drawing crowds to search the lake surface for the telltale knobby hump. What a tease. Reggie’s story of survival in the hostile waters so far from his native land won him hordes of fans. The community of Harbor City that surrounds the lake adopted Reggie as its unofficial mascot. “Save Reggie” T-shirts were made. Books and other prose were written. Reggie even got his own blog and MySpace page. But even as people flocked to the lake to catch a glimpse, hunters were called in. An alligator in the lake is all fun and games until the family schnauzer or a drunken boater turns up missing. But Reggie, as so many camera-shy celebs do when stalked, went to ground, and the hunters went home. Steve Irwin, star of “The Crocodile Hunter,” was lined up to fish him out of the drink once Reggie showed up again, but Reggie never did before Irwin’s death. When Reggie’s seclusion stretched into a few months, experts speculated he was hibernating as alligators do. After 12 months, everyone figured he was probably dead – maybe from lake-water pollution, maybe from other causes. Then, earlier this month and 18 months after he was last seen, Reggie came back – alive and kicking and bigger than ever. And now the question of what to do with Reggie is also back. Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn has become Reggie’s champion and protector of sorts, and she is torn over the reptile’s fate. As a public official, she feels responsible for the safety of her constituents. On the other hand, Reggie’s residence at Machado Lake is an inspiring tale of survival in the gritty city that many Angelenos can relate to. Plus, alligators are just freaky looking. The liability dilemma, however, boils down to a simple point: “It’s a live alligator. It’s a public park,” Hahn said. And an alligator can’t live on bread crumbs alone. Already, the ranks of the lake’s water fowl are looking thin. “There are some ducks missing. We haven’t done a count, but there are definitely some ducks missing,” Hahn said. Meanwhile, “The Crocodile Hunter” crew is preparing to launch a Reggie recapture. The crew is trying to work out a deal with Qantas Airlines to transport all the gear and traps to America. TV production requires more equipment than you might imagine. When I first wrote about Reggie about two years ago, I was enamored of the idea of L.A.’s own Gator Lake. After all, Angelenos have always lived in close proximity to potentially dangerous predators like coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and bears. What’s another? But now, I’m not sure. Since then, I visited North Carolina, where I bicycled around a recreation area that is known for its alligator-filled lake. I was fortunate to find one floating lazily next to a pedestrian bridge while a handful of turtles basked in the sun at its side. It struck me then that Reggie is truly foreign to Southern California. This is not North Carolina, where people grow up dodging the toothy fauna and always respect their potential lethality. And Reggie was raised in suburbia, not the swamps of the Southeast. Neither he nor we know the rules about normal alligator-human co-existence. Someone’s bound to break the rules. In truth, neither Reggie nor parkgoers are safe with him roaming about. How long until some random maniac decides to take a few shots at Reggie? Hahn said a few callers have already volunteered. How long before a stray Pepsi can lodges in Reggie’s throat? How long before there are no more ducks at Machado Lake? But that doesn’t mean Reggie should leave L.A. If the hunters are able to catch the wily gator, then the city needs to find him a permanent home where Reggie lovers can safely pay homage. He’s gone through too much and become too much a part of the Los Angeles story for us to turn him into luggage. But Reggie’s welcome at the Los Angeles Zoo may not last past his initial quarantine, according to the zoo folks. The zoo already has a perfectly good pair of adult alligators and still has four other little alligators that were confiscated from the home where Reggie had lived before he was tossed into the lake. “We have lots of alligators,” said Russ Smith, the zoo’s general curator of reptiles. True, but how many of them have their own T-shirts? 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DD Gardening: The perils of a soggy bottom!

first_imgIt’s not just on Bake Off where soggy bottoms can be a problem, anyone trying to grow Courgettes can suffer from the same problem. Indeed it’s not just specific to Courgettes, any plant which is a member of the Cucumber family (Marrows, Pumpkins, Courgettes) suffer from this infliction.Caused by the flowers getting wet at the time of pollination the fruit which forms develops a rotten base, which spreads up the fruit ruining that specific piece of fruit. More of an issue on outdoor grown Courgettes and Pumpkins than on polytunnel grown – due to rain dampening flowers. Gareth AustinThere is little we can do to prevent this ailment as gardens, the best course of action is to regularly inspect your crop, and with a sharp knife just cut off any fruit showing signs of a soggy bottom as early in their formation as possible – this stops the plant wasting energy on making this afflicted fruit any larger, and instead can concentrate on producing more female flowers – which in turn may have better luck with the weather. Regular feeding is also important, giving your plants a weekly shot of Comfrey fertiliser or tomato food will help the flower production.In Polytunnel production keeping the water of the flowers is easier, as you mainly have to focus on watering soil and not plants when you’re irrigating, but from time to time you can still get the odd soggy bottom fruit, this is caused by the condensation within the tunnel. Just do the same as outside, cut off and feed the plant.In general Courgettes are a really productive crop, and a real seasonal summer crop, however a big courgettes is not a marrow, indeed a marrow is a different botanical vegetable.Courgettes are best harvested when 5-7” in length, at this stage they are easier to work with and have better flavour – 15” courgettes are tough to cut, hollow on the inside and you have the awkward seeds to remove too! One plant grown in a Polytunnel can produce more than 50 of these small courgettes, outside you should get around 20 per plant, so weekly harveting should be part of your garden plan. Cucumbers are the same, regular harvesting of small fruits is advisable.Courgettes suffering from soggy bottomDD Gardening: The perils of a soggy bottom! was last modified: July 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGardeningGareth Austinlast_img read more

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Fate of former Enron chief executives in jury’s hands

first_img“They lied to their investors. They omitted critical facts, and at key times they put their own interests above those of their shareholders. And they lied, ladies and gentlemen, from the stand,” Berkowitz said forcefully. “It’s not business as usual. Don’t let them fool you.” Berkowitz responded to impassioned closing arguments the defense teams had presented Tuesday. Dismissing the notion that prosecutors fabricated crimes, he said crimes were committed by Lay and Skilling as well as by former executives who pleaded guilty to wrongdoing. He said the government presented overwhelming evidence that Lay and Skilling led a conspiracy to cook Enron’s books. “This isn’t Hollywood, ladies and gentlemen. We didn’t make this up,” Berkowitz said. “They have mocked the case, ladies and gentlemen, and said it was fictional. We make no apologies for what we presented here.” On Tuesday lead Skilling lawyer Daniel Petrocelli said prosecutors, unable to dig up tangible proof, found mouthpieces in ex-Enron executives who pleaded guilty to crimes they didn’t commit to avoid lengthy prison terms and expensive legal battles. Those witnesses just said what prosecutors wanted to hear, he said. “They had their eye on the prize. The prize was Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay, and that’s why we’re here,” Petrocelli said. “Documents don’t lie. People do. So you create evidence.” Lay lawyer Bruce Collins on Tuesday echoed what U.S. District Judge Sim Lake told jurors when they were selected Jan. 30. He said another judge presiding over numerous Enron-related lawsuits in another courtroom will decide whether Enron’s former top executives should empty their pockets to repay investors. The job facing the jury in the two defendants’ fraud and conspiracy trial is to decide if they are felons. “Today you decide if Ken Lay is locked in a cage for the rest of his life,” Collins told the jury. On Thursday, Lay will be on trial again – before Lake, but without a jury – in a case related to his personal banking. In that case, the government contends he obtained $75 million in loans from three banks from 1999 through 2001 by making false statements.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe trial is the premier case to emerge from the government’s 4 -year investigation into Enron’s descent into bankruptcy proceedings in December 2001. Lost in the company’s flameout were more than $60 billion in market value, almost $2.1 billion in pension plans and 5,600 jobs. Through 25 government witnesses, prosecutors sought to tie Lay and Skilling to an overarching conspiracy to lie to employees and investors about Enron’s financial health when they knew that accounting schemes hid hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, inflated profit and bad news. Skilling, who quit Enron four months before the company filed for bankruptcy protection, and Lay each spent more than a week on the witness stand proclaiming their innocence, arguing that market forces fueled the company’s collapse and they committed no crimes. They were the stars of the defense’s 29 witnesses. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake released three alternate jurors – two men and a woman – and advised the remaining eight women and four men on the jury that they could deliberate only when all 12 are together in the jury room. In his two-hour rebuttal argument Wednesday, Berkowitz tried again to persuade jurors that Lay and Skilling are crooks and liars. He urged the panel to toss aside defense claims that the government criminalized innocent comments, honest mistakes and normal business practices. HOUSTON – A federal jury Wednesday began deliberating the fate of former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, accused of lying to investors and employees before the collapse of the Houston-based energy giant in one of the biggest corporate scandals ever. Jurors got the blockbuster fraud and conspiracy case after more than 14 weeks of testimony and 21/2 days of closing arguments from prosecutors and defense lawyers. The jurors are deciding 28 criminal counts against Skilling, Enron’s former chief executive, and six against Lay, the company founder. Both face long prison terms if convicted. Sean Berkowitz, director of the Justice Department’s Enron Task Force, made one last plea to jurors to hold the defendants accountable for obfuscating the company’s financial problems in what prosecutors call a web of lies. “I’m asking you to send a message that it’s not all right. You can’t buy justice. You have to earn it,” Berkowitz said in his last words to jurors before they retired to a secluded room to reach a verdict. last_img read more

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Fort Dunree fire ‘may have been started maliciously’

first_imgGardaí in Buncrana are investigating if a fire at Fort Dunree yesterday was started maliciously. An outbuilding at the military museum in Linsfort was totally destroyed in a fire on Monday morning. Fire services were quickly on the scene to extinguish the large blaze. The museum remains open to the public as normal.The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Gardaí have confirmed that criminal damage is one line of enquiry in the incident. Reports had been received about a group of youths engaging in anti-social behaviour in the area of Dunree Fort over the weekend. The alarm was raised at approx 10.30am on Monday morning when staff at the historical site noticed smoke coming from the old Officer’s Mess building. “It has not been ruled out that the fire may have been started maliciously,” said a garda spokesperson. “If anyone seen any vehicles or persons in or around Dunree fort area early yesterday morning or the previous night that arose suspicion then please contact Gardaí at Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.”  Fort Dunree fire ‘may have been started maliciously’ was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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News in brief: Chelsea Ladies suffer WSL defeat against Lincoln

first_imgFOOTBALL: Chelsea Ladies were beaten 2-0 at Lincoln Ladies in the Women’s Super League on Sunday afternoon.Bonnie Horwood put the hosts ahead direct from a corner and substitute Carla Cantrell scored in injury time.Chelsea’s best opening saw home keeper Karen Bardsley brilliantly deny Helen Ward.BOXING: Kilburn’s former British light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane has been signed by American star Floyd Mayweather’s promotional company, Mayweather Promotions, and will fight Pablo Cesar Cano of Mexico at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 14 September.FOOTBALL: Cauley Woodrow scored both goals as Fulham opened their Under-21 Premier League season with a 2-1 win at Manchester City.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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90% local music on radio gives upcoming musicians hope

first_img17 May 2016Local producer Jemaine Roberts said the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) decision of playing 90% local content will give musicians an opportunity to make a living creating music. With 18 SABC stations required to follow the proclamation, Roberts hoped that overlooked musicians will be getting the airplay they deserve and that their creativity warrants. Jemaine RobertsIt gives hopeRoberts, producer at Hyper Nova Productions in Johannesburg, explained artists were demotivated because radio stations would not easily accept their work. “Now radio is forced to play mostly local music, so that gives artists new hope and they feel like they can make a living by doing what they love.”Roberts, who has been a music producer for 12 years, said it was tough to earn money as a musician because radio stations preferred playing international artists or established locals. This meant that South Africa did not develop a live music culture that would expand the market for new musicians.“As South Africa we are still growing the music industry – much slower than the rest of the world – but we are getting there. In the [United] States or the United Kingdom, it’s easier to make a living from live gigs and internet content.”He said that 90% local music on radio is an amazing initiative. “It will definitely benefit me as a producer directly because now artists have something to work towards and I can facilitate that process. Now artists can finally earn money this way via Southern African Music Rights Organisation.”Roberts has worked with artists such as Joyous Celebration, Revamp Nation, Brenton Goldman and CJay.ImplementationThe announcement was made by SABC’s chief operations officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng on Wednesday and the following day – Thursday 12 May 2016 – SABC radio stations implemented the 90% local music decree.Those radio stations cater to a variety of genres, but have a special focus on Kwaito, Jazz, Reggae and Gospel.Veteran musician Don Laka said in an interview with the SABC that they are also planning road shows to promote local music.Watch Laka and SABC Head: Group Communications, Kaizer Kganyago talk about the initiative:Copyright control Billy PaulsonBilly Paulson, musician and founder of the Northern Arts Festival in Port Elizabeth said he has been thinking about running his own radio station, just so that he could play only Proudly South African music.Paulson cautioned the pros and cons were not carefully considered. “The two things the industry must now teach artists is the importance of quality, and secondly we need more copyright control.’The announcement is good, he said, but it is just the beginning of educating local musicians. “[It is] no use you are played 10 times and your royalty statement does not reflect accordingly.”Paulson grew up in the industry. “I wrote my first song in 1974. In 1984 I had my first hit called Step by Step. I earned a mere R47 in royalties.”He said he had released More Sal Die Son Weer Skyn in 1994. “To date it is performed on albums that I am not even aware of. I do not earn royalties off these guys. Nobody teaches artists that you cannot just record another man’s tune and not pay,” he said. Churchil NaudeChurchil Naude, a Mitchells Plain born rapper said that currently radio stations like KSFM in Parys, in the Free State plays his music. “Here in Cape Town it seems that there is a buddy system. Some local radio stations that target the Coloured market, don’t even play music done by Coloured musicians.”He said that he hopes that the 90% local music on SABC radio stations does not only play a limited amount of artists.The feedbackRadio listeners shared their opinion on Twitter:#AfricaMonth & the SABC takes a progressive decision of playing 90% local (African) music across it’s 19 radio stations. #TheAfricaWeWant— Clayson Monyela (@ClaysonMonyela) May 11, 2016So good. RT @RiahCPP: Our music is good ???? 100% local enjoying it @bonang_m #TFR— Bonang B* Matheba (@bonang_m) May 12, 2016Thank you 90% #LocalIsLekker just heard PitchBlackAfro and #H2O— Gorila (@saulak) May 12, 2016Television contentAccording to a press statement, from 1 July 2016, the SABC will increase its local content offering on television. “Recently the SABC encouraged independent and emerging producers through a successful engagement, to approach the corporation with fresh proposals and content,” reads the statement.“The SABC looks forward to receiving contributions from all over the country. To support this initiative commissioning editors will be appointed in all the provinces at the various SABC offices.”Local music fillers will also be used between programmes.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 18, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 171218We have a fairly calm start to the week. Moisture so far over Ohio has been pretty minor. We do have to deal with lingering moisture through the day today, and in many cases, but we do not expect much. With the clouds we are only looking at minor precipitation, spits and sprinkles here and there, for a total of no more than a few hundredths to .15” over 40% of the state.Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday look dry with better sunshine potential. Temps remain normal to above normal and we will see no snow left anywhere in the state by late this week (there is only minor snow cover remaining in northern Indiana as of this morning anyway, a lot of which was in areas that have not been able to see as much sun. We see good west winds through the period, with a turn to the strong southwest not likely until late in the week.On Friday, we see those southwest winds develop, and clouds build quickly. However moisture is slower to arrive and we are projecting now only a few hit and miss showers for Friday during the day. Much better moisture fills in overnight Friday night through Saturday the 23rd. Through Saturday midday we can see .25”-.75” over 90% of the state. Some models are trying to put much heavier rain in over southern Indiana with thunderstorms, but we are not going there yet. This Saturday precipitation will be the start of what could be a very interesting holiday weekend.The balance of Saturday and most of Sunday will be dry, but colder air tries to come in from the NW. Meanwhile, moisture continues to flow up the old, stalled frontal boundary sitting to our south. Eventually, Christmas Eve night we see this moisture surge back north, covering most of the state by Christmas morning. Cold air maintains its advance from the northwest, setting up a potential rain in the south changing to snow in the central and to light snow in the north kind of set up for early Christmas morning. And, the precipitation continues through Christmas day, adding to snows in the central and north. The precipitation finally leaves Tuesday the 26th, by midday. It is way too early to project where heavy snows and problem spots will be, and we expect the track of this system to change over the next few days. But, this is the “headline event” of the weather over the next 10 days, especially since it dances around Christmas itself. The map above shows total precipitation from the 22nd through early the 27th. This will have rain, but some of these totals can be snow, depending on where the cold air set up and when!Behind that system, the bitter cold air is coming in and parking over the state. Temps will be well below normal through the turn of the month. We should be mostly dry through the extended window, but a strong complex developing in the southern plains needs to be watched for the New Year’s weekend too…as that is an area we watch closely for winter storm development.last_img read more

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HTC 10 review: One and only HTC phone that you should buy

first_imgHTC makes some amazing phones. There’s no denying that. When in doubt, you can always check out the One M7, or any other One-range phone — save the One M9 and M9+ , which were bad — for that matter. If you’re one on a tight budget, the company has a fair share of mid-level Desire phones that you can go for. HTC’s One and Desire phones have always managed to stand out from the crowd on the back of their pleasing looks and polished user interface. No other company gets even close.HTC was probably one of the first few companies to come out with a phone boasting of a rounded metal back with plastic antenna inserts on the back. And yet, every single time you see an all-metal phone with distinct antenna lines on the rear, you’re instantly reminded of the iPhone. Well, the irony! A lot of this has to do with Apple’s clever marketing strategies. HTC instead has relied heavily on carriers to promote its phones. The times they are a-changin’. The company has grown wiser with time. The One A9 was only just the beginning ; the One X9, just a drop in the ocean. HTC was saving the best for the last. Enter HTC 10, HTC’s best smartphone to date, and very well, the top contender for the best Android flagship phone of the year.Design and build qualityAll flagship HTC phones have carried the ‘One’ moniker for as long as, ahem, one can remember. All flagship HTC phones have also carried the ‘M’ moniker for as long as one can remember. Things are however different this time round. The company has decided to let go of certain things that were holding it back in the past and for the first time built a flagship phone without the One and M monikers. The phone is now simply called the HTC 10.advertisement You might say the HTC 10 is just another smartphone with big bulging chamfers. But there’s something very out of the ordinary about its ordinary design statement Naming aside, the HTC 10 isn’t all that different from last year’s M9+. But that is alright. The M9+ looked beautiful and so does the HTC 10. In fact, unlike the M9+ that was slippery, the HTC 10 stays put in hands. It’s safe to say that HTC’s new phone hits the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 straight out of the ball park as far as ergonomics are concerned. It’s just that good. The HTC 10 achieves this feat on the back of chamfers: big pointy edges that extend all along the rear of the phone.HTC might as well have played safe and gone with something more – for the lack of a better word – regular. But honestly, HTC has played it safe for far too long. And it hasn’t been helping its case much. The company gave us the first glimpse into its wild side when it launched the One A9, a phone that oddly resembled the iPhone. With the HTC 10, it’s going for the kill. And no, it doesn’t look anything like the iPhone, in case you’re wondering.Also Read: HTC 10 quick review: The chosen one You might say the HTC 10 is just another smartphone with big bulging chamfers. Take that away, and it’s no different from last year’s model. In fact, put it next to the Galaxy S7, and the HTC 10 doesn’t have enough to make you want to pick it up on the spur of the moment. But, give it a try, and its build quality and subtle no-fuss looks will make you want to hold it some more. It’s one of those instances where first impressions don’t necessarily mean the end of the world.It’s not as slim and light as the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5, but it’s got just the right weight, and just the right girth… gives you something to hold on to: always a plus.The front is very reminiscent of the One A9 with an oblong physical home button alongside curved 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3.There’s something very out of the ordinary about the HTC 10’s ordinary design statement. Especially in the way the buttons just ease firmly into the edges, the grooved texture of the power button that feels confident to click, and the touch-sensitive home button on the front that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Not to forget, it’s super-fast and super responsive. If there’s one thing that left me wanting, it has to be the backlit capacitive keys. They feel anaemic. Also, some waterproofing would have gone a long way in making me fall head over heels.advertisementDisplayThe HTC 10 comes with a 5.2-inch QuadHD Super LCD 5 display with a 1440 x 2560-pixel resolution. Display is fantastic. But then, even last year’s M9+ came with a fantastic display. So, what’s different? HTC says the 10’s new LCD 5 panel is 30 per cent more colourful and 50 per cent more responsive to touch than its predecessor. The difference will be indiscernible to most users, but there is, a difference nonetheless.HTC seems to have gotten things right as far as colours are concerned. The HTC 10 takes things forward after the One A9. Although, it dumps the AMOLED panel of the One A9 in favour of a more neutral LCD panel, colours look every bit as rich and vibrant as on the former. The phone has excellent viewing angles and outdoor legibility is just spot on. It doesn’t get as overboard with colours as the Galaxy S7, but a more neutral palette is all the more soothing to the eyes. The only quibble I do have with the HTC 10 is the lack of an always-on display, something that both the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 have.SoftwareThe HTC 10 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based Sense UI. Sense was already a pretty good user interface. Folks back at HTC have made it even better with its latest iteration. While Samsung still feels obliged to stuff TouchWiz with some bloat or unwanted apps, even in its most toned down avatar, HTC has gone ahead and reduced their number to almost a zero. If that wasn’t enough, it has also removed many duplicate apps and instead gone with only stock Android solutions. For instance, Google Photos is your basic gallery app on-board the HTC 10.By minimising bloat and omitting duplicate apps, HTC has made an already smooth UI, smoother. And it’s every bit as customisable. Sense gives you many options to tinker around with the user interface. You get to change themes, icons, tones and more. A new addition to Sense is freestyle layout themes. Freestyle layout themes essentially allows you to place stickers on your home screens. Each sticker can be assigned with a specific widget or function. I didn’t find it very useful, but for someone who’s into a lot of tailor-made stuff, it’s nice to know the option is there.Performance and battery lifeA top-tier Android flagship phone in the year 2016 would be incomplete without Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor. This one’s clocked at 2.2GHz – in the HTC 10 — and coupled with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card. The single-SIM phone supports 4G LTE connectivity.A combination of high-end hardware and slick, bloat-free software ensures the HTC 10 runs smooth as butter, and has absolutely no trouble whatsoever in dealing with tasks, both basic and hard-grinding. Graphical games are handled well, with no lag at all, even at maxed out settings. All this, and the HTC 10 still manages to stay cool as a cucumber. The only time that it did get warm – visibly – was while charging, and that’s not really a point of concern.advertisementThe HTC 10 is an absolute treat for audiophiles. That’s right, BoomSound is back with a bang, only this time it’s sporting an all new look and feel. HTC has replaced the dual stereo setup of the company’s heydays – much to my disappointment — with a mono speaker out, and opted for a separate tweeter (bottom) and subwoofer (top) each with its own dedicated amplifier. The result, well, it doesn’t sound quite as good as it used to, once upon a time, but it also doesn’t get any better than it, in this day and age. Let’s just say, the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 (and the iPhone 6S) sound ridiculously quieter in comparison. The HTC 10 doesn’t outdo the HTC One M8 though.Also Read: HTC 10 launched in India: Top features, price and everything you need to know But then, the HTC 10 has an ace up its sleeve. The phone supports Hi-Res Audio and can upscale all (lower-res) audio to 24-bit quality. It also ships with dedicated Hi-Res earphones in the box for the purpose. The Hi-Res Audio + Hi-Res earphones combo is without a doubt the most compelling feature to buy the HTC 10. It’s just that good (read, loud).The HTC 10 is also the first Android smartphone in the world to support Apple’s AirPlay wireless audio streaming format out-of-the-box. This means it can stream audio to Apple certified speakers as well as Apple TV.Phone calls made with the phone are of excellent quality and we did not encounter any odd call drop issues with our review unit.The HTC 10 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery which is non-removable. For your reference, battery life of the HTC 10 is somewhere in the middle of the Galaxy S7 (max) and the LG G5 (min). You can call it decent, at best. While extreme usage got us close to 13 hours, moderate to light usage got us close to one full day, without breaking a sweat. Most users, with more generalised usage will be able to squeeze out one to one and a half day out of the phone. Also, Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 means the phone charges like a bullet.CameraThe HTC 10 sports a 12-UltraPixel camera on the rear with F1.8 aperture, laser autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and dual-LED flash. The HTC 10 uses the same sensor as the Nexus 5X (and Nexus 6P for that matter) but a different (and brighter lens). HTC’s UltraPixel sensor is notorious for allowing more light into the lens, resulting in brighter pictures. This in tandem with OIS should technically entail in the best Android flagship camera phone of the year. Well, it’s not. The Galaxy S7 is.The HTC 10 isn’t so much of a bad camera phone – it’s pretty good actually – as it is inconsistent. Normally, it would go about clicking pretty detailed photos in varied light conditions (even tricky, and low light) without losing a breath. Then all of a sudden, it would overexpose a shot leaving behind blown out highlights and throwing colours totally off guard.The HTC 10 compensates for its hit-and-miss rear camera by giving you the best front-facing camera in a high-end phone this year The camera app has to be the biggest highlight of the HTC 10. It is pretty well-equipped – replete with 4K (with Hi-Res Audio), RAW support and full-on Pro modes – and boasts of the best navigation scheme – with buttons and no text — I’ve seen in a flagship smartphone. Also, it’s up and running in a jiffy. In fact, the whole thing (including autofocus and shutter speed) works like a speeding bullet.The HTC 10 compensates for its hit and miss rear camera by giving you the best front-facing camera on-board any high-end flagship this year. The phone has a 5-megapixel camera on the front with f/1.8 aperture, autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and a screen flash. Clicks some amazing and detailed selfies, this one. Even in tricky light situations. XPreviousNext  Should you buy it? The HTC 10 is easily the best phone that HTC has built in like forever. The phone has all the bells and whistles of a top-tier flagship, and it’s safe to say that it delivers on almost every front as well. It has top-notch build quality, a sharp display with good viewing angles, a fantastic front-facing camera with OIS, flagship-class performance and decent battery life. The star of the show however has to be the phone’s bloat-free Sense UI and its Hi-Res Audio prowess. No other phone comes even close to the HTC 10 in this regard.Is it perfect? No. Is it the best Android flagship phone of the year? Not really. The Samsung Galaxy S7 (and Galaxy S7 Edge) still has my vote – because, well, camera and battery life — but, that’s just my opinion. The HTC 10 gets dangerously close. In fact, if you’re willing to give the HTC 10’s hit and a miss rear camera the benefit of doubt, there’s frankly no compelling reason why you shouldn’t go for it, even at a price as high as Rs 52,990.This is the phone that long-term HTC fans have always wanted, this is the phone that long-term HTC fans have always deserved.Also Read: 10 features that stand out in HTC 10 ####HTC 10####8/10########Good stuffGreat build qualitySharp displayFantastic front cameraHi-Res Audio prowess####Bad stuffBattery life could be betterHit and miss rear cameraNo waterproof bodySingle SIMlast_img read more

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