Transformers roll past Coast Guard, make semis

first_imgBREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP deserts UAAP CDC in protest We are young Even with a powered-down lineup Customs proved too much for sinking Coast Guard last night.Alyssa Valdez scored 14 points as Customs tinkered on the lineup and pulled off a 25-18, 25-12, 25-18 win over Coast Guard, to bag a semifinal slot in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference at Philsports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READcenter_img BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “We’re really happy to win, this is a confidence-booster as we head to the semifinals,” said Valdez. “We still have to learn from our mistakes, the little things inside the court which make the difference at the end of the game.”BaliPure completed the semifinal cast after downing Laoag, 25-21, 26-24, 25-13, in the nightcap.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentCustoms coach Sherwin Meneses had the luxury of experimenting with his roster, resting his starters and giving others the chance to play.Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong scored seven points, while Michiko Castaneda and Lilet Mabbayad added five hits a piece. Sam Dawson fired 11 points for Coast Guard, which also drew six markers from skipper Hazel Mea and five points from Michaella Caraan.But there was no stopping Customs guns, firing 36 spikes against 21 of Coast Guard. The Transformers had more blocks, 7-2, and aces, 9-7.Customs and BaliPure joined University of Santo Tomas and Pocari Sweat in the next round.Earlier, Air Force hacked out a 22-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-21 triumph over Instituto Estetico Manila to move within a win of sweeping the eliminations in the Spikers’ Turf men’s volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

MDGs Impacts Not Adequately Assessed

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 to help reduce global poverty, improve global access to healthcare, education and Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) services, might have made a greater impact, but these are not actually felt or visible as a result of the lack adequate data.Delivering the Keynote address at the High Level Segment of the Annual Ministerial Review of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday, President Sirleaf said, though the MDGs made a lot of progress, the lack of capacities and accurate measurements for progress are serious issues in assessing the real impacts of the MDGs in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) such as Liberia.According to a dispatch from the US, the President spoke on the theme, “Implementing a Post-2015 Development Agenda That Works for the LDCs.”She also pointed out that due to the lack of consultations during the early years of implementation of the MDGs, most of the LDCs did not take ownership of the global objectives nor did they believe it to be solutions to their problems.“Moreover, by utilizing a uniformed set of targets, the methodology overlooked differences in country conditions and capacities, leading to challenges in assessing progress made by respective countries,” she said.Nevertheless, President Sirleaf indicated that the MDGs framework became an important tool for improving human development, especially in the LDCs; adding that significant progress has been achieved globally in addressing poverty, malnutrition and communicable diseases, as well as in human development indicators such as education and health.She stressed that when the MDGs was launched in 2000, Liberia was still mired in conflict with no knowledge and participation in its formulation.However, she noted that since 2006, Liberia has made significant progress especially in education, gender equality and women empowerment, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases as well as resource management.“These have enabled Liberia to attract investment and promote sustained and inclusive growth aimed at raising people’s well-being and expectations,” she said.President Sirlreaf however emphasized that the Ebola outbreak exacerbated Liberia’s economic growth decline, and its transformation which was already being affected by decline in the country’s main exports of rubber and iron ore.She said the experience of Liberia and its neighbors with the Ebola virus disease highlighted the fact that while all countries are at risk of such outbreaks, the LDCs are particularly vulnerable to public health emergencies, with severe impacts on the lives, livelihoods and the economies of these countries.She reiterated that Liberia’s experience suggests the fundamental importance of infrastructure and essential skills development, as well as training to strengthen the capacities of LDCs to respond to public health challenges and emergencies, and to mitigate shocks to health systems.Liberia currently serves as a member of the Global Coordination Bureau of the LDCs within the United Nations.The MDGs are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. It was adopted by the United Nations Millennium Declaration. It rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty by establishing measurable, universally-agreed objectives for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; preventing deadly, but treatable disease, and expanding educational opportunities to all children, among other development imperatives.The MDGs came to an end this year; though with a lot of progress, much still need to be done, especially in the Least Development Countries. It is shortly to be replaced with another global development agenda that is being prepared by the UN.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kings fall a puck short

first_imgEDMONTON, Alberta – Ryan Smyth had two goals and two assists and Ales Hemsky added a goal and three assists as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a two game losing skid with a 4-3 victory over the Kings on Saturday night. Shawn Horcoff also scored and had two assists, and backup goalie Jussi Markkanen stopped 32 shots for the Oilers. Michael Cammalleri, Patrick O’Sullivan and Brian Willsie scored for the last-place Kings, losers of seven of their last eight. Sean Burke had 27 saves. Trailing 3-2, the Oilers tied the score at 1:07 of the third as Smyth took a shot that hit Burke up high and Horcoff knocked in the rebound. Edmonton got the game-winner at 7:58 when Steve Staios’ shot from the point bounced off Burke and then caromed off a charging Smyth and into the goal. Los Angeles outshot Edmonton 35-31, including 16-5 in the second. The Kings wrap up their three game road trip at Calgary on Tuesday. Edmonton concludes a five game homestand on Wednesday against Columbus. NOTES: Both teams were playing in back-to-back games and had better records in their second games this season. The Kings are 2-5-2 in the openers, and dropped to 4-5-0 in the second games. Edmonton is 1-6-2 in the first game, and improved to 3-5-1 in the back end. … Oilers defenseman Staios returned to the lineup after missing several games with a knee injury. … Burke made his third start in goal for the Kings after being claimed off waivers earlier in the month. He got his first win on Friday in Vancouver after leaving due to dehydration early in the third period in his first start with the Kings on Jan. 20. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Oilers got to Burke just 2:48 into the first period as Horcoff passed the puck back to a trailing Smyth, who picked the corner for his 24th of the season. Los Angeles tied the score as Cammalleri’s point shot with just 28 seconds left in the period eluded a screened Markkanen. The Oilers reclaimed the advantage just 49 seconds into the second when Smyth made a no-look pass from behind the net to Horcoff, who tipped it to a waiting Hemsky to go up 2-1. Los Angeles tied it again at 11:05 on the power play as Lubomir’s initial shot hit a post, was kept out by defenseman Matt Greene, then picked up by O’Sullivan, who lifted it up. The Kings then took the lead at 13:17 when Greene gave up the puck to Willsie at the Los Angeles blueline. The Kings came in on a 3-on-1 with Willsie shooting it into corner, glove-side, on Markkanen. last_img read more

Site C workforce saw large jump in local workers in February

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has released the February employment statistics for the Site C dam construction project, which shows the dam’s workforce rose above 2,000 workers for the first time since last fall.In February, there were 2,086 workers directly employed on the Site C project in some capacity. The number of contractors on site jumped by 362 compared to January, while the number of engineers and project team members fell by 19. The contractor workforce totalled 1,557, a number not seen since October 2017.Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC Hydro- Advertisement -The number of B.C. residents employed on Site C as contractors jumped from 983 to 1,309, making up 84 percent of contractors – an increase of two percent compared to January. The number of Peace River Regional District resident contractors increased by 221, from 421 to 642. PRRD resident contractors jumped from 35 percent to 41 percent of the contractor workforce.Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC HydroLooking at rest of the statistics provided by Hydro shows that there were four temporary foreign workers employed at Site C during the month. There were also 17 apprentices, more than double the number from January, along with 269 women and 190 Indigenous workers.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal or Chelsea? Both fans think this transfer is a no-brainer – agree?

first_img1 Real Madrid have bought back Alvaro Morata from Juventus, but is not expected to stay long in Spain.The Liga side sold him to Juve in 2014, but inserted a buy-back clause, reported to be around £23m. Real are now expected to auction him off and both Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with the 23-year-old.Morata is currently playing for Spain at Euro 2016 and here, fans of the Premier League clubs talked about the possibilities of the striker playing for them next season.To remain up to date on all transfer rumours, click here. Real Madrid have bought Alvaro Morata back from Juventus last_img read more

HOLLYWOOD STAR IN DONEGAL? HAVE YOU SEEN HIM?

first_imgHOLLYWOOD star Chris O’Donnell, whose ancestors are from Co Donegal, has landed in Ireland.So far he has made one appearance in Co Mayo….with reports he’s headed our way!The actor has played Robin in two Batman & Robin movies, and starred in blockbuster Scent of a Woman. His most recent role has been as a regular in NCIS: Los Angeles. He has been staying at Ashford Castle as part of a gig for CBS Watch – the magazine of the TV network.One website reports today: “After the official work is over Chris hopes to go to Co Donegal for a private visit.”The Irish American actor was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage by Mayo TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring.He said, “It’s a pleasure to be able to present Chris O’Donnell with a Certificate of Irish Heritage. I’m delighted that he has chosen to visit Ireland for his photo shoot, as his visit will generate significant coverage in the US. Events like this help to maintain Ireland’s profile as a tourism destination.” Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland said, “We’re absolutely delighted that Chris O’Donnell and Watch Magazine have chosen Mayo for their Spring 2013 photoshoot. It is a tremendous opportunity to highlight and showcase this part of Ireland to a huge American audience.”The magazine goes on sale next March – to support The Gathering 2013 – when the diaspora are being invited home to Ireland.Have you seen Chris out and about? Let us know at info@donegaldaily.com HOLLYWOOD STAR IN DONEGAL? HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? was last modified: June 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chris o’donnellHOLLYWOOD STAR IN DONEGAL? HAVE YOU SEEN HIM?last_img read more

Patrick Roberts: Celtic wanted to sign me permanently

first_imgPatrick Roberts has revealed Celtic were keen to sign him on a permanent deal before he finalised a loan move from Manchester City.The winger became a fans’ favourite during his 18-month loan spell from the English giants, which culminated in him playing a key role in the club going through the domestic season unbeaten and lifting all three trophies.Roberts returned to City for pre-season training but is now back in Glasgow on a season-long loan, which could have been longer.“Celtic wanted to sign me permanently,” he said. “At the end of the day I’m the one playing the football so I’ve got to be the one making those decisions and they were really good with me and allowed that to happen.”Roberts said he had not spoken to Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers much during the summer but that the manager and chief executive Peter Lawwell had both told him at the end of the summer they were keen to sign him again. He said he was delighted to be back in training and was at the best place for his development.“Going into training today it doesn’t feel like I’ve been anywhere at all,” he said. “It’s nice to get that reality again.“I think everyone knows my feelings on the club and how we performed last year. I feel this team at the moment is a tremendous group of players so I thought for me, the best place to develop is here. “Especially with the manager and the coaches here that give me the platform to do that. That was behind my thinking.” “City, being as they are and being my parent club, they obviously didn’t want to sell me. From that point of view it’s good for me that Pep and the team there still want to keep me and keep me involved.“That’s good for me and also letting me come here and carry on my development with the manager and the team is good as well so they have full interest in me, which is good for me personally.”The 20-year old was linked with other clubs in the summer but said he had made it clear a return to Glasgow was his preferred option.“City were good with me,” he said. “We had a few chats and they obviously understood my position and me coming back here was, for me, in my best interest. last_img read more

Watch: Pringle TD blames ‘anti-rural’ parties for post office closures

first_imgIndependent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle has claimed that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil’s anti-rural legacies are to blame for post office closures in Donegal.Pringle TD has put questions to the Minister for Communications and CEO of An Post this week over the closure of post offices across rural Ireland. Deputy Pringle sought to establish to what extent the Government made efforts to avert the series of post office closures recently announced which will see over 159 post offices closed across rural Ireland and 17 in Donegal alone.The answers, according to Deputy Pringle, revealed Fine Gael’s lack of investment in the post office network from day one and their continued progression of Fianna Fáil’s legacy of anti-rural Ireland policies which have undermined the existing post office network.Deputy Pringle said: “It’s clear that Fine Gael is continuing on what Fianna Fáil started. Between 1999 and 2011 over 700 post offices were closed down while Fianna Fáil was in power. That is an extraordinary number and a clear indication of the anti-rural Ireland sentiment that exists in both establishment parties.“Answers to my questions at the Communications Committee confirm that the all- Government approach to the post office network has been to put the cart before the horse. “I questioned why the Government was providing additional services to Postmasters who escaped the recent spate of post office closures rather than providing them to all postmasters before the closures were announced. It would make better sense to provide the tools and supports necessary to help sustain the network before actively undermining it further only to offer supports afterwards.“The Government has it completely backwards when it comes to rural Ireland. Donegal has the second highest number of post offices to close under the recent decisions by An Post. It’s proof that the viability of Donegal towns and villages continue to be targeted by the policies originally established by Fianna Fáil and which are being pursued by Fine Gael over the course of their Partnership in Government.“The attack on rural Ireland will not end here while these policies remain and there’s no doubt that the future of post offices remains uncertain,” concluded Pringle.Watch: Pringle TD blames ‘anti-rural’ parties for post office closures was last modified: September 5th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:post officesThomas Pringle TDlast_img read more

Studios Should Look to Trent Reznor for Future of Distribution

first_imgThere was an article over the weekend in the New York Times about new tactics Warner Brothers is planning to boost flagging DVD sales. Warner plans to release direct-to-DVD companion films alongside new releases in the future, in an attempt to build buzz for the later DVD release of the main feature. What they really should be doing, is to ditch the traditional DVD model altogether, and take a look at some of the things alt rocker Trent Reznor has done over the past few months.Warner’s plan involves creating a separate, direct-to-DVD movie for its 2009 blockbuster “Watchmen,” a graphic novel adaptation by the director of smash-hit “300.” The DVD-only release will follow an alternate storyline taken from the same graphic novel and will hit stores about a week after the movie opens in theaters.Warner is hoping for a few things from the DVD. First, to generate additional DVD revenue without much more cash put into production (now “Watchmen” can have an additional “ultimate” edition in witch both releases are edited together). Second, to help launch the movie project into a potential new franchise. “As television advertising becomes less effective because of declining TV viewership, movie studios need to reach a mass audience somehow, and having what amounts to ads sitting on store shelves is seen as a crucial antidote,” writes the New York Times.But it doesn’t seem like it will work. If DVD sales are down — off 3.2% last year, according to Adams Media Research — why would more DVDs be the answer? Will an additional, direct-to-DVD release of a secondary storyline really help sell more DVDs four months later? Doubtful. Remember, Warner Brothers isn’t putting the additional storyline on the “Watchmen” DVD as a value-add for fans, but instead asking people to shell out more money for additional content. It’s an advertisement on store shelves, yeah, but one that you have to pay for.The Reznor Blue PrintSpeaking to the New York Times about the potential for a “megamovie” that edits together both “Watchmen” and the direct-to-DVD release, director Zack Snyder says, “The überfans of this property are going to go crazy for that.” He’s right. The überfans — what Kevin Kelly might call “true fans” — will buy anything related to the thing they’re fans of. That was the concept behind the March release of the Nine Inch Nails album Ghosts I-IV.NIN frontman Trent Reznor realized that in order to make money, he needed only to appeal to his true fans, his überfans. He gave the first part of his four part album away for free on the Internet, and then offered higher quality downloads, and “deluxe” physical packages for a price ranging from $5 to $300.The result was that his true fans ate it up. Reznor pulled in $750,000 in three days from sales of music to his core fan base, and may have picked up a few new true fans along the way via the free downloads.The movie studios could learn from Reznor’s blue print. Clearly $750,000 is not enough to recoup the costs of a $100 million movie, but the movie studios don’t have to give anything away for free. What they should do is offer users a low cost, legal alternative to BitTorrent where movies can be had cheaply at high quality and DRM free. Then for the überfans — fans of the director, writer, actors, or movie itself — sell additional downloadable content, and offer high priced, physical “deluxe” editions with value added features, as well as all the normal movie merchandising and promotional tie-ins.Alternatively, maybe simultaneously producing a direct-to-DVD release is a good idea. But make it a direct-to-web release, and use it as a promotional vehicle for the movie. Break it up into small chunks (under 10 minutes each), and put it out on BitTorrent and YouTube in episodic format for free leading up to the full DVD/download release of the main feature. That’s akin to what Reznor did by releasing the first part of the Ghosts for free, and asking fans to pay for the rest of the album.ConclusionSpeaking of a direct-to-web release, in addition to the direct-to-DVD side movie, Warner is planning a series of a dozen 22-26 minute animated “webisodes” that will attempt to create buzz for the film and introduce viewers to its complicated plot (more precisely, they will be semi-animated story boards narrated by an actor). That’s a step in the right direction, unfortunately 26 minutes might be too long for the web format — especially for what amounts to a narrated slide show. That demonstrates that maybe Warner just doesn’t yet understand the new medium of Internet video.According to Snyder, the webisodes will eventually be combined as part of a later DVD release — which is the type of value-add that those überfans will pay for. But if the goal is to build buzz for a potential franchise, then studios should seriously think about the Reznor distribution blue print. It may not be as profitable in the short term, but could work at scale and help to turn some casual fans into true fans for future releases in the franchise. josh catone 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Trends#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more