San Miguel overcomes Globalport behind Santos’ heroics

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments “I was not able to give June Mar a lot of minutes because of his injury and he wasn’t able to join practice for the past two days because he’s still recuperating,” said Austria.Still, San Miguel enjoyed a three-pronged attack with Wendell McKines doing the most damage with 35 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists.Santos added 30 points to go along eight boards and five blocks while Alex Cabagnot had 27 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.Terrence Romeo led Globalport with 26 points and six boards while Holloway added 25 points and 23 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel bounced back and sank Globalport, 115-112, to get its third win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen, who are coming off a three-week break, had to rely on late-game heroics from Arwind Santos, who made the game’s final free throw and disrupted Murphy Holloway’s potential-game tying shot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Bench-clearing brawl erupts in La Salle, FEU pre-season game LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “Even though the players played sluggish, we were able to to come out as winners and I’m happy for them,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria as they improved to 3-1.Despite taking a 112-104 lead with 2:12 remaining in the game, the Beermen weren’t able to easily shake off the Batang Pier as the latter pounded to make it a one-possession game, 114-112, on the nine-second mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCompounding San Miguel’s situation was June Mar Fajardo’s injury.The three-time MVP is still nursing his injured right calf he sustained before the Fiba Asia Championship.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Bengal Warriors vs Tamil Thalaivas in Noida: Bengal Beat Tamil 33-29

first_imgAfter ending their 14-match winless run last time around, Tamil Thalaivas will hope for another good performance as they bid adieu to their fans in what will be their last appearance of the campaign.V Ajith Kumar has been one of their few positives from the season and he will be their go-to man on Wednesday as well. ‘Showman’ Rahul Chaudhari has had a forgettable campaign but will want to finish on a high with a performance similar to those we had grown accustomed to in the past.In defence, Ran Singh had a good game in their last outing and will need to organise the likes of Sagar, M. Abishek and Ponparthiban Subramanian for Tamil Thalaivas to get a positive result. It will be interesting to see if Bengal Warriors opt to play their bench players after giving them a run out in their last match. Defender Baldev Singh was the only regular starter to make an appearance in the loss last time around and coach BC Ramesh will probably look to rest him for the upcoming game.Coach Ramesh will also want to rest his stars and skipper Maninder Singh, who picked up a knock in his last appearance on the mat. The likes of Rakesh Narwal and Sourabh Tanaji Patil, who scored Super 10s in the last match, will also want to make a statement in their bid for a role in the semi-final.In defence, Mayur Shivtarkar and Viraj Vishnu Langde will be eager to make an impact with a spot in Bengal Warriors’ defence potentially up for grabs ahead of their semi-final.Escaping these deadly tackles – #IsseToughKuchNahi!Watch the 3 best defensive displays from the Panchkula leg here and top 10 here: https://t.co/PPDgGC5yNVKeep watching the action:? – #VIVOProKabaddi? – Every day, 7 PM onwards?? – Star Sports and Hotstar pic.twitter.com/BpVK1ySakP— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 8, 2019last_img read more

Juergen Klopp urges Liverpool F.C. fans to discuss ‘quality’ not price tag of Virgil van Dijk

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp wants the club fans to focus on the qualities that Virgil van Dijk will bring to the Anfield and “forget about the price tag”.Van Dijk will arrive at Anfield from Southampton at the start of next month after the clubs agreed a reported 75 million pound ($101 million) fee that would make him the world’s most expensive defender.The signing of the 26-year-old centre back is expected to offer stability to a Liverpool defensive line that has come in for heavy criticism this season.”Quality … That’s why we got him, that’s why we were interested in him,” Klopp told Sky Sports.”I can imagine people think ‘wow’ what a number it is. But for me it is not really interesting. We don’t make the prices, the market is making the prices. The first thing all Liverpool supporters should forget is the price tag.”We only talk about the player and what he can bring in — the quality, the mentality, the character.”Liverpool play two Premier League fixtures in the space of 48 hours when they host Leicester City on Saturday and then travel to Burnley on New Year’s Day.They featured in a similar quickfire double-header during festive period last season, when they beat Manchester City but could only manage a draw against Sunderland.”You cannot learn from it, you only learn to accept it,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com, referring to the fixture congestion.”Now the focus is on Leicester. We are prepared for that game, for sure, and then we will see.”advertisementLiverpool are fourth in the league table with 38 points from 20 matches. Leicester are eighth on 27 points.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Landmark 2018 fuels Olympic medal hopes for Indian table tennis

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Dec 21 (PTI) Indian table tennis earned the world’s respect in a watershed 2018 when the country won a historic two medals at the Asian Games after Manika Batra’s unprecedented showing at the Commonwealth Games. Sharath Kamal, arguably India’s finest player who is still going strong at 36, summed up the year aptly. “At the start of the year, if anyone would have said we will win one, let alone two medals at the Asian Games, I would have laughed it off. It has been that kind of year. Best ever year for me and best ever for Indian table tennis,” the veteran told PTI. The Sharath-led men’s team exceeded its own expectations by winning a bronze at the Asian Games in Jakarta after stunning the mighty Japan in the quarterfinals. His younger teammate G Sathiyan delivered under pressure by winning both his singles against higher-ranked opponents. The dream run did not end there as Sharath and Manika landed a mixed doubles bronze which has given them the belief that they are good enough to win an Olympic medal. To put the achievement in perspective, it was the first time that India returned home with an Asian Games medal ever since table tennis was introduced in the mega event’s program in 1958. The stellar performance forced even the ‘invincible’ Chinese to take notice. While the sport took giant strides, a star too was born with Manika pocketing as many as four medals including two historic gold medals in women’s team and women’s singles.advertisement She beat the then world number four and Olympic medallist, Feng Tianwei of Singapore, twice to step on the top of the podium. She later added a doubles silver and mixed doubles bronze to her kitty to become the most successful Indian athlete at the Gold Coast Games. Considering the bar she has set for herself, the world number 52 will have to keep improving to compete with the global best. It was only fitting that she ended the year by becoming the first Indian to win the Breakthrough Star award at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) awards in Incheon. Sharath and Sathiyan too ended 2018 on a high as they attained their best ever rankings. Sharath is 30th in the latest list and a place below him is Sathiyan. “Considering the kind of year we have had, we have to keep performing to maintain the momentum we have got. It is all about preparing for the 2020 Olympics now. Our best chance is in mixed doubles and Manika and I have already planned the roadmap leading up to the Tokyo Games,” said Sharath. Next year will see the players featuring in 14 to 16 events as they aim for the Olympic qualification. Italian coach Massimo Costantini, who guided India to a record showing in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, has joined the ITTF and the players need a new coach at the earliest. “While the TTFI is looking for the best available coach, we are losing momentum. 2019 is an important year ahead of the Olympics and whoever comes in will need at least three months to understand the Indian system. So, it is imperative that the coach is appointed as soon as possible,” Sharath added. While India can now aim for an Olympic medal, it got really close to winning one at the Youth Olympics in Argentina where the young Archana Kamath went down fighting in the bronze medal play-off. Otherwise, it would have been another historic moment in a truly historic year. PTI BS PM PMlast_img read more

You have picked that bits and pieces cricketer: Michael Vaughan trolls Sanjay Manjrekar

first_imgCricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar on Saturday predicted the probable Indian team for the semifinals of Cricket World Cup 2019 and as a surprise the former India player also named Ravindra Jadeja in his playing XI, whom he had termed as ‘bits and peices’ cricker few days back.As Manjrekar tweeted out his proable XI, former England captain Michael Vaughan trolled the former for changing his stance on the Indian all-rounder.During India’s game against Bangladesh, Manjrekar called Jadeja a bits and pieces cricketer and said, personally, he would rather prefer a batsman and a spinner in an ODI match, than someone like JadejaHowever, taking a U-turn on his stand, Manjrekar on Saturday called Jadeja a street-smart cricketer after the all-rounder struck in his first over during India’s game against Sri Lanka.Earlier, Manjrekar infuriated Jadeja when he called him a ‘bits and pieces’ cricketer as the all-rounder replied stongly to Majrekar’s words and said had enough of Manjrekar’s verbal diarrhoea.Trying to predict Indian team for the semis. Let’s see how many I get right. Do send yours too. Will retweet a few.RohitRahulViratPantHardikDhoniJadejaBhuviShamiKuldeep*Bumrah.*If pitch is not a turner.Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 6, 2019I see you have picked that bits and pieces cricketer !!! https://t.co/ChwxTgH76YMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 6, 2019On Saturday, Ravindra Jadeja came on to bowl as first change in the 11th over. He struck with his 4th ball when he found turn – he had bowled it slower than his usual speed and outfoxed Kusal Mendis as MS Dhoni completed the stumping.advertisementStill i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekarRavindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019On air for Star Sports at that stage, Sanjay Manjrekar said Jadeja was a street-smart cricketer.”Jadeja is a quick bowler and this is a pitch that’s going to turn. Of the 3 spinning options India have – Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal have been the game-changers for India in the middle for India in the last 18 months.”Come the semi-finals and finals, although he has been one with the higher average, Kuldeep and Chahal get more wickets, and have their average as a result under 30. India are assuming they are going to play England at Edgbaston, a small ground where the ball will turn for the spinners.”They won’t have the heart to play both wrist-spinners especially the England played those two wrist-spinners in the last game so I see Jadeja as a good compromise, a good option. He can keep the runs down when the pitch is turning.””He will be a force.. just have to contend with people like Morgan and Stokes. So Virat Kohli will have to bowl him at the right time as well,” Manjrekar said.Also Read | India vs Sri Lanka: Ravindra Jadeja a street-smart cricketer, says Sanjay ManjrekarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja set new record for India in ODIsAlso Seelast_img read more

Yukon opposition parties chomping at election bit

first_imgAPTN National NewsOpposition parties in the Yukon are biting at the bit to get their territorial elections started.The territory is soon to follow Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories in electing a new government.But right now it’s a guessing game when the current government will drop the writ.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

Agadir Vibrates to the Rhythms of Jazz with Anmoggar N Jazz

By Mohamed HikalRabat – The French Institute in Agadir will present the International Jazz festival “Anmoggar N Jazz” October 25 to 28.In collaboration with the Wilaya of Agadir, the French consulate, the Souss-Massa region and the communal council of Agadir, the French Institute in Morocco has organized Agadir’s second Anmoggar N Jazz festival. Literally meaning “jazz festival,” Anmogar N Jazz takes its name from the Tamazight (Berber) language.The 2018 festival will offer various jazz bands and styles, including Edouard Ravelomanantsoa’s French quintet of Fresh Sound, Faiz Lamouri’s French-Moroccan quartet, Moisés P. Sanchez’s Spanish quartet, Taha El Hmidi’s Moroccan quintet of Amsli Amaynou, Andrea Motis’ Spanish quintet, Pierrick Pedron’s French quartet from France, and many others from Cuba, Brazil, and Canada. The communal council’s Brahim Radi venue will house the festival, which is open to the public Thursday through Sunday.The festival will also be a chance for the public to meet local artists and attend workshops and debates on jazz as an art and how it can be taught to future generations.Last year the festival attracted 900 visitors and featured eight bands. This weekend’s festival is expected to be an exceptional event to satisfy the zealous people of Agadir and tourists. Jazz N Anmoggar’s program is below:Thursday, October 256 p.m. – 7 p.m. Edouard Ravelomanantsoa Quintet (Fresh Sound 2018) – France8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Faiz Lamouri quartet – Morocco10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Moises P. Sanchez quartet – SpainFriday, October 266:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Taha El Hmidi quintet (Amsli Amaynou 2018) – Morocco8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Andrea Motis quintet – Spain10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Pierrick Pedron quartet – FranceSaturday, October 277 p.m. – 8 p.m. Stephane Kerecki quartet – France9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Diana Horta Popoff quartet – Brazil/France11 p.m. – 12 a.m. Mario  Hernandez Morejon quintet (El Indio) – Cuba/France/SpainSunday, October 287 p.m. – 8 p.m. Jowee Omicil quartet – Canada/France9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Robin Notte Quintet (Panam Panic)  and Hi Levelz – France read more

EthiopianEritrean border remains tense potentially volatile UN mission reports

Troop movements continued to be reported on both sides in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) and adjacent areas between the two countries, which fought a bitter border war from 1998 to 2000, UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea’s (UNMEE) spokeswoman Gail Bindley-Taylor-Sainte told a news briefing. “The ban imposed by the Eritrean Government on UNMEE helicopters is still in place, and restrictions on the movement of UNMEE personnel and vehicles inside TSZ in Sector Centre and Sector West have been increased considerably,” she said. “Night movements almost all along the TSZ have been curtailed.”Asked about the use of the phrase “potentially volatile,” Ms. Bindley-Taylor-Sainte stressed the difficulties stemming from Eritrea’s ban on UN flights over its territory that seriously hampered UN monitoring over the Eritrean sector of the TSZ, and the risks for miscalculations. “Any miscalculation can lead to something that no one of us wants to think about at this time,” she said. “The (UN) Force Commander made it clear that you have (Eritrean and Ethiopian) forces much closer to the border than we are comfortable with particularly at a time when we can not see.“We have one group of forces that are 15 to 20 kilometres close to the border. We have another group where we have no idea where many of them are and therefore our degraded ability to monitor, it does create a situation and we have used the word ‘potentially’ because it opens the door for miscalculation.” In New York, the Security Council was briefed by Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan who just got back from a visit to the region in his capacity as Chairman of the Council’s Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations.In a statement to the press following the closed-door consultations, the President of the Council, Ambassador Andrey I. Denisov of the Russian Federation, voiced appreciation for Mr. Oshima’s report and “for the contribution and dedication of the troop-contributing countries” to the mission’s work.UNMEE, set up by the Security Council in 2000 to monitor the cessation of hostilities between the two countries, including troop positions and de-mining, has a current strength of nearly 3,100 troops and 206 military observers. Last month Mr. Annan called on the Council to ensure that Eritrean restrictions on UN peacekeepers were lifted, but at the same time he urged the 15-member body to address the underlying causes of the stalemate in the peace process between the two countries, including Ethiopia’s opposition to significant parts of an agreed Boundary Commission’s binding demarcation decisions. read more

New study shows Uber and the taxi industry can coexist

by Justin Slimm Posted Feb 8, 2016 12:35 pm MDT New study shows Uber and the taxi industry can co-exist A new study from the Montreal Economic Institute suggests ride-sharing companies like Uber and the taxi industry can share the road a competitive and fair market.Critics of Uber have been quick to point out the rules cab drivers have to abide by, which Uber drivers don’t, but in Australia, there is a $1 tax per ride, in order for taxi drivers to “buy back” their license.Youri Chassin is an economist with the MEI and said the idea of this study is to show there is a solution.”The whole point is to change, a little bit, the industry, to allow competition because the consumer is clearly a winner in that case, without creating big losers,” he said. “I think this is the way to go, this is compassionate, and it’s probably the kind of solution we should study more.”He added the temporary tax makes it fair for the taxi industry, promotes competition, and could raise $250 million towards licenses in the next five years.Edmonton recently became the first city in Canada to announce the legalization of Uber, but compensation has not been offered to taxi drivers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN kicks off year promoting international cooperation on water management

The United Nations today launched the International Year of Water Cooperation, which seeks to provide a platform for countries to collaborate in the management of this precious resource in the interest of peace and development.“Water is central to the well-being of people and the planet,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his video message for the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013. “We must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource.”More than half of the world’s people depend daily on water resources shared by more than one country and 90 per cent of the global population live in countries that share river or lake basins. However, 60 per cent of the world’s 276 international river basins lack any type of cooperative management framework.Mr. Ban stressed that with rising demands and changing climate conditions, it will be crucial for countries to work together to ensure every person has access to quality water.“Each year brings new pressures on water,” Mr. Ban said. “One-third of the world’s people already live in countries with moderate to high water stress. Competition is growing between farmers and herders; industry and agriculture; town and country. Upstream and downstream, and across borders, we need to cooperate for the benefit of all – now and in the future.”The General Assembly proclaimed 2013 International Year for Water Cooperation in 2010, following a proposal from Tajikistan. The Year will serve to raise awareness and prompt action on the multiple dimensions of water cooperation, such as sustainable and economic development, climate change and food security.“Overexploitation, management, financing of water resources, all of these aspects are incredibly important and cooperation at different levels is therefore critical,” UNESCO Science Specialist Ana Persic said during a press conference to mark the start of the Year at UN Headquarters in New York. Ms. Persic added that the benefits of intensifying cooperation include poverty reduction, equity, economic growth, and the protection of the environment. “We know water is critical for human life, but it is also critical for life on Earth if we want to protect and sustainably manage the planet we have.”The UN representative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Paul Egerton, underlined the link between climate change and water, stressing that extreme weather events result in desertification or extreme flooding in different areas and hinder development and access to safe water.“Water scarcity triggers migration, refugees, situations where basic human rights are weakened or threatened,” Mr. Egerton said, adding that fewer resources can also trigger conflict and governments need to address these risks immediately.The official launch of the Year took place today at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Headquarters in Paris, France. Opened by the agency’s Director-General Irina Bokova, the event gathered representatives from inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organization (NGOs), scientists and policymakers from around the world to discuss themes such as existing mechanisms for water cooperation and regional, national and local cooperation around river basins.As part of the launch, an exhibition entitled “Water at the heart of science” was inaugurated at UNESCO, and students from Japan travelled to meet their French counterparts to share their experiences related to water and prepare a youth declaration on water cooperation to be presented to the other participants. Cooperation on water issues will also be the theme for World Water Day, observed on 22 March. read more

BBC pay gap Hundreds of women in line for rises as topearning

first_imgIt emerged last week that a number of the BBC’s leading male presenters had agreed to have their pay cut in the wake of the row.The broadcaster said Jeremy Vine, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Nick Robinson and Huw Edwards would take reduced wages.Figures released in 2017 showed Vine was one of the corporation’s highest paid stars, earning £700,000-£749,999; Humphrys, who presents the Radio 4 Today programme with Robinson, earned between £600,000 and £650,000 and BBC News presenter Edwards earned £550,000-£599,999. Hundreds of women at the BBC are in line for pay rises after a review of on-air salaries found they were being paid significantly less than men.The report by consultants PwC found “no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making” but identified a series of “anomalies that need addressing”.The BBC has identified 188 roles requiring “upward pay adjustment”, of which 98 are male and 90 are female. But the women’s pay rises will be greater, the corporation said. “This will disproportionately improve pay for women as it is more common to find women in roles at the lower end of the current pay ranges.”These proposals are subject to consultation, but we think they will affect just under 200 people and should reduce the gender pay gap,” the BBC said in its written response to the report.In addition, around 230 people – mostly women – have raised pay grievances since the salaries of £150,000+ earners were published in July.Around half of those cases have been addressed and the BBC is currently trying to resolve the others. It is likely that most will see their pay adjusted.The report found that the overall pay gap for on-air staff is 6.8 per cent but among “lower-profile” presenters and reporters he figure rises to 12.6 per cent. In response, the Corporation said it will be making “substantial pay cuts for some men, and pay rises for some men and women”.Earlier, it emerged the BBC has proposed a £320,000 cap on its news presenters’ salaries after an outcry over gender pay inequality.The upper limit will also apply to editors and correspondents, although the plans have not been fully agreed or signed off and those affected by the cap have been the opportunity to respond.It has not been clarified if on-air staff will be able to earn more from other work at the BBC, such as entertainment programmes on radio and television. “The plans we’re setting out today go further and are more important steps in modernising the BBC and making it fairer.”We’ve already made an important start. We’re addressing unfairness in individuals’ pay and want to close the gender pay gap and have women in half of our on-air roles by 2020. Those are big, bold commitments I’m really serious about.”We are clear we’re going to tackle this and change for the better, and I hope other organisations take the same approach. The BBC can and must lead the way. I am determined that we will.”It comes as Lord Hall prepares to be questioned by MPs over the broadcaster’s pay culture.A report by a group representing women at the BBC said they have faced “veiled threats” while trying to raise the subject of pay, while the broadcaster’s China editor, Carrie Gracie, resigned in protest at pay inequality. In a statement on Tuesday morning, Director-General Tony Hall said: “The BBC believes in equality. No one should be paid differently because of their gender.”The BBC has a special role representing Britain. That is why we need to be, and want to be, an exemplar on gender pay, and equal pay.Lord Hall proposes new measures for tackling pay gap at BBCcenter_img Veteran broadcaster Humphrys agreed to cut his salary to around £250,000 to £300,000, saying the BBC is now in a different position financially to its past.Jon Sopel, BBC’s North America editor, has also accepted a pay cut. The figures released last year showed he earned between £200,000-£249,999, while Gracie earned £135,000-a-year.Radio 2’s Chris Evans topped the 2017 list on more than £2 million, while the highest paid woman was Claudia Winkleman on between £450,000 and £499,999. “Today’s report does not find evidence of gender bias in decision-making, but it shows that we have real and important issues to tackle, particularly in some areas of news and current affairs, and I’m determined to get it right. Vine hosts a weekday show on Radio 2, as well as featuring in BBC News’ election coverage, while Humphrys also presents Mastermind on BBC Two.last_img read more

The forgotten Greek ANZACs

first_imgA second batch of ANZACs who fought in an equally devastating battle in Greece – 26 years after the widely-recognised battle in Gallipoli – have never been recognised in Australia, according to author Dr Maria Hill. The ‘second Anzacs’ were reassured they would be victorious in 1941, ahead of a dispatch to Greece. But what awaited them was a brutal reenactment of the Gallipoli tragedy. The 6th Australian Division and the 2nd New Zealand Division were sent to Crete, following a German invasion that crippled Yugoslavia and Greece. But on May 20th, 23 000 German troops, some of them in parachutes, landed on the shores of Crete. Dr Maria Hill, author of Diggers and Greeks described in her book that the soldiers were caught by surprise due to leadership decisions, over which there is still much controversy, much like how it was for Gallipoli. “The soldiers sent to Greece were sent almost as a political message, even though the British were aware that it was a risky operation,” Dr Hill said. “More than 6000 Australians were captured and taken as prisoners of war to Nazi camps, where they spent four years.” In the years following the war, the Greek government tracked down every Anzac who served in the campaign and awarded them a special medal. Meanwhile, this part of history has fallen by the wayside in Australia, as the government still does not recognise the veterans from the campaign and forbade diggers from wearing the badge as it is not an Australian honour. Dr Hill has lobbied for the recognition of the ANZACs by speaking to politicians, war memorial organisations and the public about the history of the Greek campaign, but she says the key to raise awareness to the issue is education. “It is very disappointing to see only two or three lines in history books about Crete, as if the Greek contribution has been rubbed out of history,” she said. “It is important for the descendants of the ANZACs for their fathers’ efforts to be officially recognised. I have received emails from readers of my book who are grateful that their fathers and grandfathers’ stories are being told. So far they had only heard stories told to them by family members.” Some emails Dr Hill received spoke of the mental and physical struggles faced by veterans who served in Crete, and gaps in information that family members were missing out on about the lives of important men in their lives. One email, from the son of a digger who was at Crete, read: “My mother (who is 106 years old) is still alive and it would be lovely for Dad to be retrospectively awarded a service medal before she passes away.” What all responses had in common was the desire from family members to have veterans’ efforts recognised as equally as the efforts of those who served in Gallipolli, the battle of Somme, and Kokoda. 2011 marked the 70th anniversary of the battle in Crete, and the Australian government along with war memorial committees are still in talks to make it possible for service medals to be awarded posthumously. Currently, only living veterans are eligible of receiving awards. Descendants, supporters and the few remaining living veterans have signed an online petition set up by Dr Hill to make sure Crete’s veterans, even the deceased, are awarded for their service. Dr Hill says more signatures are needed before the Defence Department will consider the proposal. The support of a federal minister would then be vital to the cause. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Travis Mandy Part 3 Paths to sobriety diverge

first_imgA three-part seriesSUNDAY: Winter. Drugs have a stranglehold on Travis and Mandy.MONDAY: Spring. Stuck in the cycle of recovery and relapse.TODAY: Summer. Ups, downs and a turning point.The Columbian visited with Travis and Mandy again, and updated their story in January 2014.BRUSH PRAIRIE — June 2013.Mandy Cooper took a hypodermic needle filled with methamphetamine, found a vein on her arm and injected it. Afterward, she went outside to compose herself with a smoke.Following Mandy’s homecoming from inpatient treatment, her addiction had returned.She was injecting again; her hard-fought recovery was in shambles.Hopelessness pervaded Mandy’s outlook on her protracted struggle with drug addiction, as well as the potential for reconciliation with her longtime boyfriend, Travis Trenda, 31.Together, the two had been trying to exorcise their personal demons. But as summer rolled around, they’d split, and Mandy, 21, was feeling helpless to the draw of the needle.In and out of recovery since returning from a 39-day drug binge in February, the couple had relapsed on methamphetamine toward the end of March.last_img read more

Homer Man Cited For Wanton Waste Of Big Game

first_imgTroopers seized Walkers ATV and rifle during the investigation. A mandatory court date was set for November 6 in the Homer District Court, according to online court documents. The investigation by Troopers revealed Walker shot a sub legal bull moose in the Caribou Hills area near Homer on September 14. Walker failed to salvage any of the meat from the moose, and all the meat spoiled in the field. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Homer man was cited for wanton waste of a big game animal, and taking a sub legal bull moose, on November 2.center_img Anchor Point Wildlife Troopers cited Russell Walker, 55, of Homer for one count of wanton waste of a big game animal, and one count of taking a sub legal bull moose in GMU15C.last_img

The Atlantic Unveils Redesign

first_imgCheck out more here … While Newsweek has apparently started the process of reimagining its print magazine—ordering design guru Roger Black to come up “fantasy versions” of the newsweekly—another iconic American magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, has completed a radical revamp of its own.FOLIO: VIDEO Q+A: Atlantic Media President Justin Smith The magazine is set to unveil the redesign—just the eighth in its 151-year-history—tonight at an art gallery on Manhattan’s West Side. Pentagram, the design firm charged with the Atlantic’s overhaul, has posted some behind-the-scenes photos of the process, including a few options that didn’t make the cut.last_img

Get 15 to 20 off select items with Amazons Prime Rewards credit

first_img Apple Apple See it See at Amazon 15-20% off selected items at Amazon Note that resident Cheapskate Rick Broida is off today, but he’ll return tomorrow! CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See All 1:51 Bonus deal: Insignia 50-inch 4K Fire TV for $270 $144 See It See It Best Buy Apple AirPods 2019 Tags Share your voice Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • Get 15% to 20% off select items with Amazon’s Prime Rewards credit card $159 Roku is our top choice for smart TV operating systems, but Amazon’s Fire TV is in the running — especially now that YouTube is fully supported. Yes, it’s a bit odd that Best Buy’s house brand, Insignia, is being sold by archrival Amazon, but today’s media and retail landscape makes for strange bedfellows. The important thing is that you can get $80 off a 50-inch 4K TV. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $144 Save $80 $144 Amazon Mobile For Prime Rewards Visa cardholders Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements Comment Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs stream with some help from… Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? The Cheapskate 1 A lot of folks may have signed up for an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card in the run-up to Prime Day in order to get the usual perks. It can be used anywhere and earns Prime members 5% back at Amazon.com and Whole Foods, 2% back at restaurants, gas stations and drugstores and 1% back on all other purchases. There’s no annual fee and international travelers won’t be hit with any foreign transaction fees. If approved, you’ll get an $80 Amazon gift card.But, for the next few days, the Prime Rewards Visa Card can also earn you 15% or 20% back on a few select products for a limited time. You can earn 20% back on Jabra Elite headphones and 15% back on a wide range of Bose products, a Samsung sound bar and APC surge protectors. The Samsung offer ends on July 20, the Bose offer ends July 21 and the Jabra and APC offers end July 31. There are also nontech cash back offers: get 15% back on cycling, surf, snow and other outdoor gear. These offers end on Dec. 31.As always, be sure to check the fine print. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Amazon Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Amazon’s Prime Rewards Visa Signature card.  Amazon Yes, Prime Day has come and gone — though two days later, we’re still seeing a lot of hangover deals still available. We’ve pulled together some of the most notables ones here: Best post-Prime Day deals still at AmazonBest post-Prime Day deals still at WalmartBest Apple deals still available: AirPods, iPads, Apple Watch and MacBooks are all still on saleBest post-Prime Day laptop deals: Big price cuts on Chromebooks, MacBooks and moreBut those are mostly all older deals that are still hanging on. You’re here for new deals, right? So let’s jump to one that’s new — or, at least, new to us: a big ol’ cash-back offer at Amazon, and a nice discount on a 50-inch Fire TV. • $270 at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: Amazon Prime Amazon Bose Samsung Applelast_img read more

Governor CM KCR congratulate Sindhu on her big win

first_imgHyderabad: Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and other leaders congratulated badminton star P V Sindhu for winning the Gold medal at BWF World Badminton Championship. Governor in a congratulatory message said, “the nation feels proud of her historic accomplishment.” Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao congratulated Sindhu and said that by winning the championship, Sindhu made the country proud. He desired that Sindhu should win many more such victories. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us TRS leaders including the Ministers lauded the Olympian Badminton star for her achievement. TRS working president KT Rama Rao said, “many many congratulations to PV Sindhu on winning gold at badminton world championship. What a fabulous performance. May your success inspire many more youngsters to dream big and bring glory to India.” Former Minister T Harish Rao said, “congratulations on becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal at the #BWFWorldChampionships we are proud of you.” Sports Minister V Srinivas Goud said that Sindhu has created history by winning the championship. TRS Floor leader in Lok Sabha Nama Nageswara Rao said that Sindhu won the title with fighting spirit and commitment. Youth should take inspiration from the Telugu sensation, he added. BJP senior leader Bandaru Dattatreya, BJP Chief K Laxman and others also congratulated Sindhu.last_img read more

Indian oil imports from Asia Pacific spike in October as refiners tap

first_imgIndia’s crude oil imports from the Asia-Pacific region spiked last month as its refiners looked beyond their traditional suppliers for cheaper purchases amid a global supply glut.Crude imports from points east of India, mainly Malaysia and Australia, surged to 187,000 barrels per day (bpd) in October, the highest since April 2014, according to ship tracking data obtained from sources and compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Research & Forecasts.That was more than double the volume imported from Asia-Pacific in September and up some 70 percent from a year ago, the data showed. The surge in shipments were a boost to Malaysia, Southeast Asia’s second-biggest oil producer, and Australia, where some refineries have been shut.Malaysia in particular has been looking for stable outlets to bolster oil revenues and cushion the impact of falling global crude prices, reducing spot prices to attract buyers and offering grades to refiners further away such as in India.”Malaysia has reduced the premium (to the Brent benchmark) it charges, so these grades have become attractive. Also, freight cost from Malaysia is less compared to Nigeria, that makes the Malaysian grade cheaper,” said a senior executive at Bharat Petroleum Corp.Malaysian oil supplies to India last month were the highest in six months, the data showed.Refiners in India normally buy Malaysian oil through term deals but BPCL recently procured barrels through spot tenders. Shell supplied Malaysian Kikeh and Miri grades to BPCL in October under a deal obtained through a spot tender.Last month, the Indian refiner for the first time also imported the Russian Sokol grade from Far East Russia, a high-quality crude that usually goes to refiners in nearby South Korea and Japan.Other spot values for Asia-Pacific crude loading in September fell to multi-year lows, as refinery margins weakened amid slowing regional demand and a buildup of product stocks, further boosting the shipments from East Asia.And at a time of slowing demand growth in China, India looks like the “brightest spot” for Asian barrels, said Ehasan Ul-Haq, senior analyst at London-based consultancy KBC Energy Economics.Still, India by far meets the bulk of its oil demand through supplies from Middle East, West Africa and Latin America, with Saudi Arabia regaining its top supplier status in October and Iraq falling back to the second slot.Crude futures have already lost around 60 percent of their value since mid-2014 due to a global oil glut that has sparked price competition among producers from West Africa to East Asia in a fight for global market share.Overall in October India imported nearly 9 percent more crude than a year ago at 3.94 million bpd, according to the shipping data.last_img read more

Blue Origin Planning Another Rocket Launch Before End Of June

first_imgBlue Origin/WikipediaNew Shepard spacecraft landing with parachutes.Billionaire Jeff Bezos said Friday his commercial space company Blue Origin will likely perform another test flight from Far West Texas before the end of June.The company has been ramping up activity at its secretive test site north of Van Horn, Texas recently, carrying out its third successful test launch from West Texas in April. Bezos said in an email the company is gearing up for another flight of its New Shephard space craft that will test what happens when one of the craft’s crew capsule parachutes fails.The crew capsule is designed to pop off a reusable rocket and float gently back to Earth with the help of multiple parachutes after a few brief minutes in space.Blue Origin plans to test the capsule’s back-up protections in the event of a parachute failure, which Bezos says include a “two-stage crushable structure” that absorbs rough landings and special seats that do the same. “We’re planning to demonstrate the redundancies built into the capsule on this re-flight of the vehicle by intentionally failing one drogue and one main parachute during descent,” Bezos said. “This should occur around 7 ½ minutes into the flight at an altitude of 24,000 feet.”The historically tight-lipped company has been opening up some as it further develops its technologies. Bezos live-tweeted during the company’s last test in April, and he said he will announce when the company has a date set for this next test.The upcoming flight will mark the fourth time Blue Origin has reused the same rocket, a capability Bezos has previously called a “game changer” in the commercial space industry. Sharelast_img read more