The Indian hockey team’s poor performance in the London Olympics continued as they suffered their fourth consecutive loss, going down 1-4 to South Korea in their penultimate group B match at the Riverbank Arena here Sunday.Right-time Olympic champions, India returned to the Games after missing out on Beijing in 2008, were outpaced by the South Koreans.The South Koreans, who had suffered a 1-2 loss to lowly-ranked Belgium in their last match, played with vengeance. They were impeccable from their penalty corners, converting three of the five chances that came their way. Hyun Woo Nam (60th, 70th) struck twice while Jong Hyun Jang (6th) and Lee Seung (68th) got goals apiece.India were pathetic with their penalty corner conversions, misfiring all the four chances they got. Gurwinder Singh Chandi (10th) scored the only goal for India.It was an utter dismal performance by Indian on an occasion when they had only pride to play for.The Indian defence again caved in under relentless attack by the South Korean, who took an early lead in the sixth minute after Jang converted the penalty corner for his 103rd international goal.Stung by an early goal, the Indians stepped up the accelerator and found the equaliser four minutes later after an unmarked Chandi slotted in a precise pass from Dharamvir Singh.Barring the only goal, the Indians were uninspring as the forwards failed to connect with the centre-half. Dharamvir had his shot saved by the South Korean goalkeeper in the 14th minute while on another occasion forward Shivendra Singh failed to connect a great pass from S.V.Sunil when he had just the goalkeeper to beat.advertisementThe midfielders created many chances from the counter-attacks but the forwards were never in sync with them.South Korea struck thrice in the last 10th minute to pile the misery on the Indians, who paid the price of missed chances.Indians are still languishing at the bottom of the group with no points from four matches. The South Koreans are third behind the Netherlands and Germany, who are on course to the semi-finals.India in their last group encounter face Belgium here Tuesday.
“It’s a do-or-die game, so we just gotta want it more, double our efforts on both ends of the floor, and just really play together,” said De Liaño. “Win or lose, we still stick together. We’re just trying to stay positive, whatever the situation is, and learn something from it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Juan Gomez De Llaño produced his best game of the season with 20 points in the second half, but that wasn’t enough to lift the Maroons, who only had 12 assists and 23 turnovers.Perasol did welcome his prized guard’s second half performance, but the coach hopes more players will step up in the do-or-die match.“We couldn’t bring that type of game against any team,” said Perasol, referring to their performance last Sunday. “If the others don’t do their jobs, we can still get outscored, outhustled and outplayed.”The only silver lining for Perasol and the Maroons is the fact that they’ll have one more crack at a finals berth as an incentive for finishing second in the elimination round.“The blessing and the silver lining is that we’ve put ourselves in a situation that we have another chance,” said Perasol. “And that chance is going to be there for us. So if we want to be given a chance to be in the finals and deserve to be in the finals, we have to be better.”ADVERTISEMENT All-heart Road Warriors are top seeds for a reason “The way we played in most of the quarters, there’s just no way we can win against UST, let alone against other teams,” said Perasol. “We need to be a lot better.”Similar to their games this season, the Maroons again got off to a flat start in stark contrast to the Tigers, who found their groove from beyond the arc early as they built an 18-point advantage in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceEvery UP run was also countered by a basket stemming from the precise execution by the Tigers, while their defensive tenacity also kept the Maroons’ gunners in check with starters Kobe Paras and Jun Manzo struggling with their shots.“We cannot just be the recipient of their (Tigers) aggressiveness,” said Perasol. “We have to match up with their aggressiveness and just simply be better than them.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label03:15‘Perla’ intensifies into severe tropical storm02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress View comments Rice industry paralysis What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol remained defiant even after three defeats to University of Santo Tomas, counting a 20-point bushwhacking that set the stage for a knockout match with the resurgent Growling Tigers in the UAAP Season 82 stepladder semifinals on Wednesday.Even with their star-studded roster, the Fighting Maroons can’t seem to figure out the Tigers, who relied on their rookies in rolling to a wire-to-wire 89-69 victory on Sunday that exhausted UP’s twice-to-beat advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “I’d be delighted with that,” he said. “That’s what I’d like for next year.”Roger Federer has already said he plans to play in Tokyo, even though it adds to an already packed calendar. And Djokovic, who helped Serbia beat Japan in the new Davis Cup Finals on Wednesday in Madrid, said the Olympics are also part of his plans for 2020.“I’m going to try to be healthy, be fit, be prepared to play my best,” he said. “I played the Tokyo (ATP) tournament, I won it this year. And the Olympic Games are going to be played on the same courts, which are quite good for my style of the game, I think it’s quite suitable.”The 32-year-old Djokovic said he expects “fun” games in Japan.“Olympics are always bringing something extraordinary,” he said. “Every four years you get a chance to be part of the most historic sports events in the history of sport. You never get really a chance to, other than in the Olympics, to really sit next to all the elite athletes from their sports and dine with them and just exchange experiences and knowledge and everything. There’s a lot of storytelling, a lot of fun.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ The Olympics is the only top tournament Djokovic hasn’t won in his career. He won the bronze medal in the 2008 Games in Beijing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka during their Davis Cup tennis match in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID, Spain—Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have their sights set on playing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Murray said Wednesday “he would love to compete in Tokyo,” and Djokovic acknowledged the Olympics are “very high on the list of wishes for next year.”ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Rice industry paralysis MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Murray, the two-time Olympic champion in singles and a three-time Grand Slam winner, has been slowly coming back to full speed after undergoing hip surgery in January. In October, he won his first title since his return.He defeated Tallon Griekspoor 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Wednesday in his first Davis Cup match with Britain since 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I’ve really enjoyed playing in the Olympics,” the 32-year-old Murray said. “I’ve always enjoyed a team environment and competing for my country. Always really enjoyed that. So yeah, I would love to play in Tokyo.”The Olympic gold medalist in 2012 and 2016, Murray said he hopes to “feel healthy” and that his “body feels good” at the end of next year. LATEST STORIES What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Chelsea verdict due mid-December in FIFA transfer ban case 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 Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments Priority legislation in the 18th Congress
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who was convicted in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, believes there is nothing “special” about the pace attack of the current national team. (Latest Cricket stories)”We talk about talent..but this is all the talent that we have. I don’t think there is anything special about our pacers. It is an average sort of attack,” Asif was quoted as saying by the Dawn.”To develop something special, you must work hard. And of course some have abilities which are God-gifted. I’ve played a full season now but I didn’t see anything special be it Rahat [Ali] or Imran Khan or Sohail Khan,” he added.The right-arm pacer also expressed disappointment at the slow pitches being prepared in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for Pakistan Tests, saying they have “deteriorated the standard” of their cricket.”We get wickets in the UAE that favour our spinners. Yes we have won matches there and that has improved our rankings, but the truth is that playing constantly on the UAE pitches have deteriorated the standard of our cricket,” he said.The 33-year-old is off the view that Pakistan should shift ‘home’ venue to South Africa or Sri Lanka where the pitches are better and conditions more competitive.”Even Sri Lanka has better pitches compared to UAE,” he remarked.Expressing his views on the recent 0-2 whitewash in the Test series against New Zealand, Asif lamented the way Pakistan batting was exposed on the tour saying, “A little more bounce and swing made batting a different ball game for our players there,” he said. “These things must be noted by the experts and the coaches as well as the PCB.”advertisement”We could face a similar situation in Australia as well though pitches there will be relatively better,” he said.The right-arm medium pacer also called for grooming youngsters at the academies, including National Cricket Academy (NCA) for better results.”You see New Zealand has come up with a fine team in a population of three million. We are 200 million but our batting survives in Dubai alone where there is low bounce which can easily be negotiated,” he said.Asif has represented his country in 23 Tests, 38 ODIs and 11 T20s. He made his Test debut against Australia and ODI debut against England in 2005.
Todd Mays committed to Oklahoma State last October from East Mississippi College, a junior college powerhouse where Mays was the standout running back.Mays totaled 641 rushing yards in an air raid offense, where he also split duties as a dual threat quarterback. But since stepping on campus, he has faced multiple injuries that have held him off the field.During Mike Gundy’s radio show with Dave Hunziker, he mentioned that Mays had faced another setback this fall with an issue with his thigh.“I think this will be the first week that he’s back out there and kind of in a routine practicing. We’ll see how his body holds up, but he’s been slowed down for 15 or 20 days.”Mays isn’t listed on the depth chart due to injuries, but he also faces a battle to return to the lineup with Carson, Childs, and Carr already seeing time at running back.[H/T to The Oklahoman]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: I wanted to change all eleven playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he wanted to substitute all his players during defeat to Leicester City.Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game early in the second half, after the Blues had been on top during the opening 45 minutes. Sarri introduced both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud after the goal.He said, “I wanted only to be more present, also physically in the other box, but apart from the subs the reaction wasn’t in the right way. If the reaction is like this you can change 11 players, it’s the same.”If I knew I would have solved the problem before this match. It’s difficult to understand because we have players with lots of experience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – The editor and publisher of a controversial Toronto publication are facing hate-related charges, one of which had never been laid previously in Ontario.James Nicholas Sears, 54, and Lawrence (Leroy) St. Germaine, 76, are each charged with two counts of wilful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group, namely Jews and women, Toronto police said Wednesday.Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said it is the first time in the province that hate crime charges have been laid alleging the wilful promotion of hatred against women.“In a multicultural and inclusive province like Ontario, the promotion of hatred stands in direct opposition to our fundamental values of equality and diversity,” Naqvi said in a statement.“Hate crimes are, by their very nature, serious offences because their impacts can be devastating, spreading from the individual, through the social fabric of our communities as a whole.”Toronto police said they received numerous complaints about the distribution and content of “Your Ward News” between March 2015 and June 27 and allege the accused published and disseminated editions that promoted hatred against members of the Jewish community and women.In an email Wednesday evening, Sears called the charges “politically motivated” and said they expect to “easily beat” them.“Part of our defence will be a constitutional challenge against the hate speech law, as it violates our right to free expression,” he said.Last year, the federal government ordered Canada Post to stop delivering “Your Ward News” after the then-minister of public services and procurement found it “highly offensive and well outside the norm of Canadian values.”The publication, which is posted online, routinely contains articles critics have claimed target women, Jews, Muslims and the LGBTQ community.Jewish groups are commending police for charging Sears and St. Germaine.The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs says it and other community activists have provided Toronto police with “evidence of antisemitic, racist, misogynist, and pro-Nazi content” in the publication.“There is no place in our city for the mass promotion of hatred against women and minorities,” CIJA chair Berl Nadler said Wednesday in a statement.The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies said it has been fielding complaints from the public about the content of the publication.“Just recently the ‘newspaper’ was delivered to a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood in central Toronto where many Holocaust survivors and children of survivors reside,” said Avi Benlolo, FSWC’s president. “These charges, we hope, will be a setback for those who peddle hate.”B’nai Brith Canada also welcomed the charges.“For years, ‘Your Ward News’ has attempted to promote hatred and poison the minds of impressionable readers against visible minorities,” spokesman Daniel Koren said in a statement. “We hope this will act as a deterrent for those who are looking to promote racism, discrimination and hatred.”
BERLIN – Passengers of budget airline Ryanair expressed anger Saturday over the way the company treated them following an unscheduled landing in Germany that forced dozens to seek hospital treatment.In interviews with German and Irish media, passengers described moments of terror as their plane — flying from Dublin to Zadar, Croatia, late Friday — descended suddenly, following what Ryanair said was a drop in cabin pressure.Oxygen masks fell from the ceiling and passengers reported feeling intense pain in their ears until the plane levelled off and landed at Frankfurt-Hahn airport.Minerva Galvan Domenech from Spain told news website Spiegel Online that passengers, some of them bleeding from their ears, mouth or nose, had to wait 45 minutes before being allowed to leave the plane.German police said 33 of the 189 passengers on board were taken to a nearby hospital after complaining of headaches, ear pain and nausea. All were able to leave again by Saturday morning.Passenger Conor Brennan told the Irish Times newspaper that “airport staff and Red Cross did their best to handle the situation, as Ryanair were nowhere to be seen.”“They really displayed a shocking lack of empathy for their customers, almost bordering on inhumane,” he was quoted as saying.Galvan Domenech said many passengers had to spend the night at the airport, some of them lying on the ground, according to Spiegel Online.Ryanair said passengers received refreshment vouchers but there was “a shortage of available accommodation.” Frankfurt-Hahn has long been a major base for Ryanair.A replacement flight took some of the passengers to Croatia on Saturday.Ryanair has long been dogged by accusations of poor service and bad treatment of staff. Last week, Ryanair pilots in Ireland staged their first strike and two more walkouts are planned July 20 and July 24.
The UN Assistance Mission (UNAMI) has received, but been unable to verify, “reports of large numbers of casualties along with unknown numbers of persons who have died from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicines and health care,” according to a statement. As a result, the figures presented should be considered an “absolute minimum,” according to the Mission. Of those numbers, at least 854 people were civilians and 265 members of the Iraqi security forces.The worst affected Governorate was Baghdad, where 352 people were killed and 983 injured. An additional 1,604 Iraq civilians were injured in acts of terrorism and violence during the month. A further 342 people were injured.In a Security Council meeting last month, the 15 Members strongly condemned attacks by terrorist organizations including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and urged UN Member States to assist the Iraqi Government’s efforts to combat militants and implement its new political agenda.Also that day, Nickolay Mladenov, head of UNAMI briefed the Council on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, stressing that Iraq’s new Government will need international support as it works to restore security to large parts of the country. Summary Month Civilian Casualties Injured September 2014 854 1604 August 2014 1265 1198 July 2014 1186 1978 June 2014 1531 1763 May 2014 603 1108 April 2014 610 1311 March 2014 484 1104 February 2014 564 1179 January 2014 618 1052 December 2013 661 1201 November 2013 565 1186 October 2013 852 1793 September 2013 887 1957 August 2013 716 1936 July 2013 928 2109 June 2013 685 1610 May 2013 963 2191 April 2013 595 1481 March 2013 229 853 February 2013 418 704 January 2013 319 960 December 2012 230 655 November 2012 445 1306 Please note that all figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis has been carried out.
Since the fire, people in the local community have created a fundraising page to help support the family.Reverend Kate Peacock, rector of St Nicholas’ Church, has placed a book in the church, allowing people to pledge their support and offers of help to the Purdys.A GoFundMe page has also been set up to support the family and so far close to £3,000 has been donated.”The support we have received from the community has been absolutely overwhelming,” Mrs Purdy said.”Everyone has been so amazing, from the fire service, to the police, to the farmers who assisted the crews in offering hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to help put out the fire.”Although we have lost everything, in some ways, we have everything we need, and I can’t thank everyone enough for their help.”A Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue spokesman confirmed that the fire is being ruled as accidental. The house had stood in the village for 400 years, but only a few days after we move in, it burns down, so we feel pretty unluckySophie Purdy The Purdy family described the cottage as their ‘dream home’Credit:Mullucks Wells/SWNS The fire as it was being tackled at the Purdy family homeCredit:SWNS A family have been left homeless for Christmas just days after moving into their 400-year-old cottage when the wood burner they were using for the first time set light to the thatched roof.The Purdy family had only moved into their £865,000 “dream home” three days before it was razed to the ground on Dec 1.They had lit their wood-burner for the first time to warm up the five-bedroom cottage, but the thatched roof caught fire and burnt for hours.Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, fire crews were unable to save the home in Great Hormead, Hertfordshire. Paul Purdy, 38, and his 32-year-old wife Sophie are now homeless days before Christmas along with their children Oliver, three, and one-year-old Madeleine.Mrs Purdy said: “We are absolutely devastated and have lost everything. Fortunately we managed to rescue portraits of the children.”The house had stood in the village for 400 years, but only a few days after we move in, it burns down, so we feel pretty unlucky.”We have not heard back from the insurance company yet but we are hoping to rebuild once we are able to.”Although it was the worst day of our lives, it was one of the best days for Oliver, as he loved seeing all the fire engines and even got to sit in one.”He does keep talking about his new room though, and we don’t really have the heart to tell him that he doesn’t have a room anymore.”We are now basically homeless, and have been forced to stay at a hotel until we sort something out.” The Purdys first spotted the cottage six months ago and fell in love with their “dream home”.The couple, who have been together for 14 years, moved from their four-bedroom semi-detached property in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, at the end of November.Mrs Purdy, a project director for BT, said: “Nobody will ever know what happened. We caught the fire right at the start, which is the frustrating thing and the fire service said they thought there would be a little bit of damage to the thatched roof.”It is heartbreaking as we had bought our dream house after first seeing it about six months ago and we were really looking forward to it.”As for Christmas, we are probably going to spend it at my mum’s house. We’re just about to buy all the presents again as we lost all the ones we had bought in the fire.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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AdChoices广告 what, you thought the folks at creative were going to sit out tablet mania? heck no. the company joined just about every other consumer electronics manufacturer around with the recent introduction of two new tablets–a 10- and 7 inch ziio.the above shot is the seven inch. the tablet is available in 8- and 16gb capacities for $250 and $270. the seven inch screen is a resistive 800×480 touchscreen. there’s an hdmi out, so you can stream 1080p video from the device.we played around with the ziio a bit at the show, and it really feels like a fairly low end device–something that cheap price point reflects. the ziio is shipping now. check out some more shots of the device, after the jump.
Study: People Who Use Emojis Have More Sex (Kinda)’Emoji House’ Feud Turns Calif. Neighborhood Pink With Rage Stay on target Ahh, that’s better.Google has updated its hamburger emoji following Internet outrage over the tech titan’s upside-down sandwich.Late last month, media analyst Thomas Baekdal pointed out the long-time mistake: While Apple takes a traditional approach (tomato and cheese atop the patty), Google uses melted Muenster to cushion the meat at the base.So egregious was Google’s error that CEO Sundar Pichai stepped in, promising to “drop everything” to address the cheeseburger issue.Now I’d eat that (via Google/Emojipedia)And thanks to his vigilance, the forthcoming Android 8.1 release will include a more edible-looking emoji, with cheese layered on top of the patty.The hamburger emoji (also known as “burger” and “cheeseburger”) was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010, and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015. Individual companies can decide how they want to render each pictograph.Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter get it right with their Five Guys approach: lettuce, tomato, cheese, and patty, sandwiched between two buns. (Served with an abundance of salted fries and a whipped cream-topped milkshake.)Everyone seems to have their own take on the cheeseburger emoji; like snowflakes, no two burger emoticons are the same.Not all cheeseburgers are created equal (via Emojipedia)Samsung takes a page from Google’s misguided playbook, placing the cheese on top of the lettuce and sending chills down the spine. The bold HTC includes two patties, allowing for optimum separation of cheese and lettuce (though the top-to-bottom-bun ratio is all sorts of off).Ever send a cheeseburger emoji in WhatsApp? The intricate image includes what looks like mayonnaise and ketchup spread over cheese, with a salad underneath the meat.According to Emojipedia, which first reported the change, other impending emoji updates include “beer” and “beers,” soon to feature a full stein instead of a half-poured draught; as well as “cheese,” which corrects a bug that places a line through holes on the edge of the wedge.(via Google/Emojipedia)(via Google/Emojipedia)(via Google/Emojipedia)These adjustments are part of a beta update, and, as Emojipedia pointed out, may change before the public release expected later this year. But that’s unlikely.Here’s to hoping that this digital shift also applies to Google’s kitchen, as well: The Seattle office recently served employees something called an “Android burger”—with a slice of cheese under the patty.
A group of Washington State University Vancouver students and staff joined hands Thursday in a show of post-election unity.Mirroring similar college demonstrations across the country in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory last week, about 75 people gathered in the center of campus, shouting “Love not hate makes America great” and “No justice, no peace.”“It’s not about contesting the election per se, but about being a beacon of hope, progressive actions and policies,” said Scott Calvert, a 38-year-old anthropology graduate student who helped organize the demonstration.At local colleges, staff are working to address concerns over the results of the contentious 2016 election. WSU Vancouver’s top administrators sent an email campus-wide on Monday urging people to remain civil in a time of uncertainty.“It is important to discuss our differences, and equally important that we do so in ways that express mutual respect,” the email said. “And in doing so, we become a stronger community.”Jose Scott, a 21-year-old junior, is the vice president of college organization Black People United. Scott joined the demonstration to promote a message of love and support among WSU’s students. Scott has been pleased so far by how the WSU community has responded to the election, he said.
Sampson Ochotorena, September 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings“When it comes to addressing racism in America, not enough is said, so not enough is done.” -Miles McPhersonSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Senior Pastor and founder of The Rock church here in San Diego has released a new book.In the book, Miles McPherson describes how racial tension is widely recognized, yet rarely acknowledged. He goes on to suggest people in our society feel obliged to choose sides; for example: Us vs. them, Cops vs. protestors, and Blacks vs. whites.Miles McPherson joined us Tuesday afternoon with more on his book, The Third Option Posted: September 4, 2018 Miles McPherson addresses racial tension in his book, The Third Option Sampson Ochotorena Updated: 10:11 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitter
This week the U.S. Senate voted 99-1 to approve America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018. WRDA authorizes the programs and projects carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on locks and dams, dredging and other waterways projects. ASA supports WRDA reauthorization to continue the progress toward updating our inland waterways infrastructure that is vital to the movement of soybeans and appreciates Congress returning to a practice of passing the reauthorization bill every two years.The House passed the WRDA legislation by voice vote in September, so the bill now heads to the White House and the President is expected to sign it into law.The 2018 WRDA is a straightforward reauthorization bill with no new significant policy changes or funding. The annual funding for USACE inland waterways programs is provided through the annual Energy & Water Appropriations bill, which has included increased funding levels since 2014.ASA will heighten focus in the next Congress on efforts to further accelerate completion of the longstanding priority projects on the inland waterways system through the Appropriations process, the bi-annual WRDA in 2020, or a major infrastructure package facilitated by President Trump.
International Game Technology booked a 5% increase in both revenue and Adjusted EBITDA at constant currency in 2Q19 on the back of significant growth in global gaming product sales and strength in global lottery same-store revenue.Revenue for the quarter was US$1.23 billion, with operating income up 10% at constant currency to US$224 million and Adjusted EBITDA of US$454 million – the highest the company has achieved in three years. Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team IGT said that net income attributable to IGT was US$5 million while adjusted net income attributable to IGT was US$91 million, up from US$57 million in the prior year on growth in profit before taxes and a lower adjusted tax rate.By segment, North America Gaming and Interactive saw an 8% growth in revenue to US$274 million and 27% growth in operating income to US$85 million due to strong growth in product sales and systems.Revenue in North America Lottery held steady at US$309 million with operating income down 3% to US$78 million. The primary contributor to the segment, lottery services revenue, held steady at US$238 million.Internationally, revenue increased 20% to US$229 million although operating income fell 11% to US$30 million. International product sales grew 76% to US$114 million while services revenue and lottery revenue were both down in 2Q19.“We had a strong second quarter, with top-line growth driven by a sharp increase in gaming product sales and impressive gains in global lottery same-store revenues. Profits were up nicely in our North America Gaming and Italy segments,” said IGT CEO Marco Sala. “I am pleased with the broad-based improvement in key performance indicators for our main businesses.” RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts
With today’s struggling economy, magazine publishers are trying to do more with less while their businesses change dramatically—two facts that take their toll on those who work hard to keep these businesses running and thriving. But with these new frontiers that publishers are compelled to embark on come bright spots for those working in—or looking to enter—the industry. New jobs emerge, old jobs become fresh, and opportunities arise for individuals with unique talents and skills.NOTE: CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF VERSION (INCLUDES CHARTS) Here, FOLIO: takes a look at the current state of magazine-industry jobs—at hiring trends, compensation levels, new jobs emerging, the positions and skill sets in highest demand, the jobs becoming obsolete or changing most drastically, recruiting approaches, and everything related to the most vital resource a magazine business has—its staff. From hiring trends to salaries, and from advancement opportunities to the very real threat of outsourcing.Hiring Forecast Just as FOLIO: was putting it’s March issue to bed, Time Inc. announced that it will cut around 100 jobs in the first quarter, affecting positions “across a variety of functions and geographic areas,” according to a Time Inc. spokesperson.It was another stark reminder of the precarious nature of magazine industry employment. In January, McGraw-Hill cut 3 percent of its workforce, or 611 jobs (observers say that move was due more to a volatile subprime market hitting its financial services business and a declining stock price than the performance of its information and media division. However, that’s small comfort if you were one of the 611).Despite the gloomy scenarios, job security was just the third largest job-related concern for respondents to a recent survey of FOLIO: readers conducted last month (for the methodology, see page 34), after a desire for more pay and the number one concern, an ever-increasing workload. While 81 percent of the respondents said they do not fear losing their job within the next year, 31 percent of respondents said their company was downsized in the past year. With rising costs and the threat of recession looming, publishers want to stay as lean as possible. Hiring is likely to be very selective going forward, with some departments that affect the bottom line, like circulation and production, losing staff while others, like sales and online jobs that bring in revenue, gain.In the survey of FOLIO: readers, 53 percent said their company was doing the majority of their hiring in the online department, compared to 24 percent who identified print as receiving the most hires. Similarly, 88 percent of the respondents say their company is emphasizing online for growth, as opposed to 34 percent who said print was the main growth vehicle.Eliot Kaplan, editorial talent director at Hearst, says it’s a “great time to enter the industry,” as job descriptions broaden and employees gain marketable experience well beyond the printed page. But the ability to do so may be getting tougher and tougher, as publishers look to spread the extra work around to current staff instead of new hires. “We’re not adding a lot of bodies, we are doing all this with existing staff,” says Kaplan. Even with print, “We try to get fewer people touching the page without affecting the quality and making it as good as or better than ever,” Kaplan adds.Hearst is not alone in this mentality. “It is more a matter of thinking about how to get things done versus bringing in more people,” says Claudia Malley, publisher of National Geographic. However, this mindset affects some disciplines more than others.“The jobs that are going away are in production,” says Henry Donahue, Discover Media’s CEO. “Now service providers are taking on services to differentiate themselves and you can shift lots of responsibilities from the production department to the vendor.”Donahue adds finance to the list of departments seeing contraction as companies look to cut overhead and cost. On the flip side, Donahue says he did a great deal of hiring in 2007 and expects it to continue in 2008—mostly in online and editorial. “It is mostly an investment in content creation,” he says.Dick Ryan, president and CEO of ZweigWhite, has a similar perspective: “We can’t have enough editors, analysts and research associates on staff because we generate all our own content.” But ZweigWhite is somewhat unique in that 80 percent of its revenue comes from subscription and research report sales. Only two out of the company’s 75 employees are in advertising sales—a burgeoning field for lots of companies today.National Geographic’s Malley expects sales to be a hiring hot spot this year. She says she’d also love to hire a strategic marketing director to focus on creative solutions for clients that move beyond advertorials to be more like “complex units,” with several components like wall maps and pull-out inserts. Ideally, she’d like to see this develop into something like a small agency within the department, organized by categories such as technology, electronics, imaging, and so on.Gary Rubin, chief publishing officer of the Society for Human Resource Management, says his organization has added approximately eight positions to its Web staff alone. “Web is where the future is,” he says, “and we need to be sure we are staffed appropriately.” He expects to do even more Web hiring in 2008.Sales and online project management are the top jobs to be filled at Interweave, a division of Aspire Media, according to Aaron Wilmot, the company’s HR director.Still, some are holding back in 2008, especially in light of economic concerns. “There’s been a downturn in the construction market,” says Ryan. “We will be cautious with respect to hiring at the same pace as last year at this time. We got in front of the curve and had to react as the market turned.”Sylvia Lewis, director of publications at the American Planning Association, says, “Planning keeps on pumping out more pages, but only once in the past seven years have we added more staff.” She says the magazine will soon need more editorial help but doesn’t expect to get funding for a full-time staffer and will probably outsource.NewBay Media is focused on revenue people. “We’re looking for individuals who can generate revenue and have diverse experience in multimedia,” says CEO Steve Palm. “The person who will have a difficult time moving forward is just a print-seller or someone who can’t handle multiple offerings and closes simultaneously. Those times are gone, although there are a lot of people who still haven’t embraced online or events.”Palm says he’s satisfied with the current levels of edit and IT staffers at his company and has no plans to expand in 2008. “We’re pretty lean, everyone has a role. I do think less about positions and more about individuals. We’re looking for people with a multimedia focus, who are able to handle a lot of different closes, a lot of different media types. If we find those people, the good news is they are able to do a lot of heavy lifting for us.”Business-to-business publisher Vance Publishing is focused on a digital push. “We have been expanding our hiring in the area of digital for the past 18 months and plan to continue,” says president and COO Peggy Walker. “We are hiring Web developers, digital sales, e-product management and Web editors. Positions that are becoming obsolete are print-centric—whether in editorial, sales or audience development. The skills we are looking for include those inherent in the positions mentioned plus smart, agile, flexible, creative and entrepreneurial.”Enthusiast publisher Future US is adding to online and senior management. “We are actively recruiting. We’re placing a job right now for an online person and we’re looking outside the traditional circulation market for that role,” says COO Tom Valentino. “The recent hiring we’ve done is in a senior capacity. We’ve hired an events director who in turn hired a couple more event people to extend that into a proper business. If you look through the list of jobs we’re recruiting for, you’re not seeing many in the traditional print area.”Hanley Wood is investing in digital, including $2 million in personnel and an additional $5 million in Cap Ex, even as CEO Frank Anton admits his company is getting “hammered” by the current downturn. Endurance Business Media offers franchises—of its 360 magazines, 320 are franchises. As the franchises expand, the company is hiring several new people in each new market. But president and CEO F. Blair Schmidt-Fellner says he’s expecting a challenging year with magazines in the real estate space, and is budgeting “just a couple hundred thousand dollars” for new hires in 2008.“Like everyone else, we’ve grown a bunch with the Internet,” says Schmidt-Fellner. “We have a full-blown consumer site, not just b-to-b. We focus on search engine optimization and things that may not be a b-to-b concern and that takes up some positions. We will hire fewer people in ’08. We still have a couple Internet positions to fill, and we do a lot of it with consultants. We’ve been cutting way back on pre-press—we have close to 400 people at two printing plants, and we print millions and millions of these magazines, and every year there seems to be more systems that allow you to touch the paper less and be less involved in the actual production process.”Sales and marketing positions are the primary focus right now for consumer luxe publisher CurtCo. “We scaled up toward the end of last year,” says group publisher David Arnold. “We’re hopeful that if this year continues as it started, we’ll be able to add a couple people, probably one on the marketing side and one in sales.”Euphemisms Or New Positions?For the most part, no particular jobs are becoming obsolete—but dated job descriptions are.During his keynote presentation at the FOLIO: Publishing Summit last month, Meredith Publishing’s Jack Griffin said, “We don’t hire editors anymore, we hire content strategists.”That comment spawned a wave of vehement protests at Foliomag.com, as many editors expressed their objection to what they perceived as a cheapening of the editorial role with a euphemism. Others think the debate over job titles misses the point. “Perhaps everybody here should focus more on delivering content that’s exactly what the consumer demands rather than worry about what astute title you’re assigned for your work,” wrote one reader.However, the fact is, job descriptions are changing and they reflect a multimedia approach. Former Time Out New York editor Brian Farnham recently resurfaced on LinkedIn, looking for possible candidates for a “production manager” position at his online news and information startup Polar News. The position seems to combine editorial, marketing and circulation responsibilities and the job description says, “This person will OWN a specific vertical in a new online news and information site—conception, development, execution, reporting, and measurement.”Last year, Government Computer News editorial director Wyatt Kash gave FOLIO: his wish list for new positions he’d like to see to help accelerate online growth, including online graphic designer, multimedia asset manager, metrics analyst, and community editor. “My sense is we’re leaving new products on the table because we aren’t seeing how it can be used,” said Kash.The pure-play ad salesperson is one of the most obvious changes. “Salespeople need to be much more creative,” says National Geographic’s Malley. “They’re not just selling pages but programs.”In April 2007, Entrepreneur Media eliminated its print publisher position, replacing it with two new vice presidents of integrated sales. “We think the traditional publisher’s role is kind of disappearing,” president Neil Perlman said at the time.PART II: Jobs Not Becoming Obsolete, But Some People ArePART III: Digital Age RecruitingMethodologyThe survey sample of 12,270 was selected by FOLIO: from FOLIO:’s domestic circulation. Data was collected via an email survey from February 4 to February 7, 2008. The survey was closed for tabulation with 885 usable responses, a 7% response rate. Margin of error for percentages based on 885 usable responses is 3.2% at the 95% confidence level.
BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury speaking at a press conference in London on Wednesday.The way ruling Awami League skipped the British parliament’s dialogue on Bangladesh is a matter of shame for the nation, said BNP leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury.“Everyone, present in the dialogue, was stunned at the Awami League’s activities. We’re embarrassed. This is a shame for the country and nation,” he said at a press conference in London on Wednesday.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member also said the AL, through this, proved that it does not believe in dialogue, discussion, accountability, and democracy.He pointed out that this kind of dialogue gives an opportunity of accountability for both the parties as there is no room for discussion in the country.On Tuesday, a dialogue styled ‘Terrorism in Bangladesh and Rule and Law’ was held at the upper house of the British parliament.The dialogue was expected to be attended by both the AL and the BNP.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s economic affairs adviser Masihur Rahman, her foreign affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi and AL government’s former foreign minister Dipu Moni were supposed to join the dialogue.They arrived in London as well, but finally did not join the dialogue.After the dialogue, the AL delegation, however, organised a press conference at the Bangladesh high commission in the UK where they said they did not join the dialogue as it was organised at a personal level.BNP standing committee member Khorsu, the party’s assistant secretary for international affairs Rumeen Farhana, and another BNP leader Humayun Kabir, however, represented the party in the dialogue.The dialogue discussed Bangladesh’s politics, the next elections and the human rights situation.Joining the dialogue, BNP officials alleged that Bangladesh’s AL government is harbouring terrorism to mute its opponents and militancy is spreading its tentacles in absence of democracy.