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first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netTAIPEI – Chot Reyes will wait until the literal final hours of the July 25 deadline before submitting his “Fighting 12” for the Fiba Asia Championship for fear of disrupting what little chemistry this Gilas Pilipinas team playing in the Jones Cup has achieved.But, by using the simple process of elimination, basketball fans back home could figure out, more or less, the composition of the team that will try to win the Asian title for the first time since 1973.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas had named Baser Amer, Mike Tolomia, Vin Pessumal, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Cruz, Almond Vosotros and Troy Rosario together with amateurs Bobby Ray Parks, Kobe Paras, Raymar Jose and Kiefer Ravena.Energetic Fil-German Christian Standhardinger will be the 12th man for the team seeking to defend the gold medal in Kuala Lumpur.June Mar Fajardo, Terrence Romeo, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Raymond Almazan, Jason Castro, Kevin Alas, Norbert Torres, Gabe Norwood, RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Matthew Wright and Calvin Abueva are then left, and Reyes would just have to drop three names from there.Blatche has been the Philippines’ naturalized player since the World Cup in Seville, Spain, in 2014 and in case his camp doesn’t come to terms with the SBP this time, Reyes made it clear that the replacement would be Standhardinger.Born to a Filipino mother, Standhardinger will not be eligible to play for the Philippines in Fiba-run events as a natural born Filipino because he failed to obtain a Philippine passport before he turned 16.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentscenter_img Johnson dazzled by Ball magic for Lakers “Yes, more or less,” Reyes said late Tuesday night after team dinner where his squad watched Chinese Taipei A upset Canada, 89-86, which put Gilas back in the title hunt here.He was asked if he already has an idea on who to bring to Beirut in Lebanon for the August 8-20 showcase where the Philippines will be grouped with China, Qatar and Iraq in the classification phase.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“But it would not be right to announce it now, with this (Jones Cup) tournament going on,” he said. Gilas planes back home in the early afternoon of July 24.Reyes had submitted a 24-man pool for the Fiba Asia that includes naturalized player Andray Blatche, and if the names playing in the Southeast Asian Games are put into consideration, most of those going to Beirut will come from the list of PBA veterans. LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ JRU’s short rotation took a toll on the team in the extra periods, as Teodoro, Ervin Grospe, Abdulwahab Abdulrazak, and Abdel Poutouochi all fouled out before the game concluded.Teodoro went 6-of-17 from threes to wound up with 30 points and six rebounds, while Jed Mendoza collected 24 markers, four boards, and four assists.Aaron Bordon also had 13 points, five rebounds, and three dimes in the defeat, as the Heavy Bombers saw their four-game winning streak snapped and fell to a 6-4 record.The Scores:ARELLANO 115 – Alcoriza 23, Salado 17, Flores 17, Taywan 15, Canete 12, Enriquez 9, Concepcion 9, Nicholls 5, Villoria 5, Abanes 3, Dela Cruz 0, Meca 0, Filart 0.JRU 109 – Teodoro 30, Mendoza 24, Bordon 13, Grospe 10, Abdul Razak 10, Sawat 9, Lasquety 4, Poutouochi 4, Dela Virgen 3, David 2, Mate 0.Quarters: 18-20, 43-39, 68-64, 89-89, 100-100, 115-109.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eustaquio, two other Filipinos headline ONE: Total Victory Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Those were big,” remarked Codiñera. Before that, the third guy was not evident, the third guy. We only have Salado and (Lervin) Flores, but the third option wasn’t there. But this time, we got good contributions from our bench.”Rence Alcoriza topped Arellano with 23 points on a 4-of-5 shooting from three, while Salado got 17 markers, seven assists, and three boards.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 openingLervin Flores added a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, Marwin Taywan got 15 markers and five assists, and Michael Cañete had 12 points and nine boards in the victory as the Chiefs rose to 4-6 in the standings.“It’s a game of spurts. They made a run, we made a run, but I guess it’s the stops and we made the key stops,” said Codiñera.center_img LATEST STORIES 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano just had enough gas left in the tank to beeat Jose Rizal University in a 115-109 double overtime thriller Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Catching the opposition by surprise, coach Jerry Codiñera went to his unheralded role players as guys like Allen Enriquez, Archie Concepcion, and Kraniel Viloria strung 10 straight points give the side 110-100 lead with 3:04 left in the 2nd OT, before Kent Salado put on the finishing touches.ADVERTISEMENT Tey Teodoro forced the first overtime with an off-balanced triple from the right corner with 2.5 seconds to spare in regulation to tie the game at 89.He continued his tear in the first extra period, drilling another trey this time from the right wing to give the Heavy Bombers a 100-97 lead with 18.5 ticks remaining.However, the Chiefs refused to die as Salado threw a crosscourt pass to Zach Nicholls, who then miraculously canned a desperation three with 2.0 seconds left to once again knot the game at 100. Teodoro still had a chance to win the game, but shot his floater too strong.“We’re already down, but the prayer shot from Zach gave us relief. We were able to regroup from that shot and got some energy from our bench,” said Codiñera.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

first_imgSlamming BJP government for spurt in prices of essential commodities during its 45-day rule, Opposition Congress on Monday took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for riding to power on promise of controlling inflation yet doing nothing on it.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP leaderSpeaking on the issue after his demand for suspension of Question Hour to discuss price rise was accepted by the ruling party, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the one-and-half-month rule of BJP government has seen all round rise in prices of vegetables and fruits.Since coming to power, the BJP-led government has raised rail passenger fares and freight charges besides hiking petrol, diesel and LPG rates that have cascading impact on prices of other commodities, the Congress leader said.Azad said when in 2012 the UPA government had raised rail fares before the railway budget, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat had written to the Prime Minister opposing such adjustments prior to presentation of the Rail Budget and had demanded its rollback.”In two years what has changed” that the BJP government raised not just passenger fares but also freight days ahead of the Railway budget, he said, pointing out that fares and freight have been raised by a steep 14-16 per cent.BJP and Modi’s 6-month election campaign was centered around price rise and Congress and UPA leadership was criticised for being oblivious to the plight of poor, he said.”If Congress did not know poverty and if BJP leaders had better knowledge, then why did they provide for back breaking prices rise in one-and-half-months,” he asked.advertisementAzad demanded immediate rollback in rail fares as well as the hike in diesel, petrol and LPG rates.He said the UPA had initiated landmark measures like the MNREGA and Food Security Bill to help poor.”Did we not spend money on infrastructure in 10 years,” he said, pointing to new airports that came up in Delhi, Mumbai and other places as well as roads and highways, schools and universities built in various parts of the country.”Even during world economic crisis, we did not stop spending on infrastructure,” he said, adding the BJP rule has seen “chaumukhi mahangi (all round price rise).”Earlier, soon after new members took oath and Chairman Hamid Ansari read out obituary reference, members in the Opposition benches were up on their feet demanding discussion on price rise.On being allowed by Ansari to speak, Azad said his party has given a notice for suspension of Question Hour and taking up discussion on price rise.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government was open to discussion on the issue.”We have absolutely no difficulty…you may start the discussion right now,” Jaitley said after which Ansari called Azad to initiate discussion on price rise and inflation.last_img read more

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sonny Thoss capped off an 11-3 Alaska run with jumper for a 90-82 lead with 6:40 left but Blackwater was quick to launch a counter attack.Blackwater went on its own 11-2 sprint to take a 93-92 lead after Allein Maliksi’s three-pointer with 3:41 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges The Aces, though, buckled down and scored on back-to-back baskets to take a 103-100 lead with 34.3 seconds left to play after Thoss’ free-throw line jumper.“Sonny Thoss won the game and that was so nice for us,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “He played the right way and his level of activity tonight was tremendous.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img “I thought the guys did a tremendous job considering all of the stuff that was going on.”Alaska has been plagued with injuries since the start of the season with JVee Casio, Vic Manuel, Simon Enciso, Kevin Racal, and GBoy Babilonia all out.Carl Bryan Cruz and Jeron Teng led the Aces’ offense with 18 points apiece but it was Chris Banchero, who orchestrated the tempo with 11 points and 16 assists.Ping Exciminiano also finished in double-digits with 14 points with nine rebounds while Thoss had 16 points and five boards.Maliksi had a game-high 25 points with five rebounds to lead the 1-6 Elite who dropped their fourth straight game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Murray State’s Ja Morant ascends to possible NBA lottery pick Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sonny Thoss. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alaska slowly got its groove back after holding off Blackwater, 103-101, for its second straight win in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Aces improved to a 2-1 record for sixth place in the standings in a game that nearly got out of their hands.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgManchester United are optimistic ahead of a crucial period of fixtures as they are close to finding their best form, midfielder Ander Herrera said ahead of Sunday’s top of the table showdown against Premier League leaders Manchester City.United beat top four contenders Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday, thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia along with a brilliant performance from goalkeeper David De Gea, to record their fourth consecutive league win.”We are going to find our best moment very soon,” Herrera told the club’s website. ( “We are second and chasing to be top of the table.”It was a fantastic result (at Arsenal) with some great performances. David was amazing, and we were clinical in the first half, with two chances in the first 15 minutes and two goals.”Jesse is on fire now, Paul (Pogba) as well, it’s a pity he got a red card. Romelu (Lukaku) didn’t score but he helped us a lot. The centre-backs — Victor (Lindelof) is in fantastic form right now. So we are optimistic of course.”City are in dominant form and look almost unstoppable as they aim to extend their 20-game winning streak across all competitions along with their eight-point lead.United play their final Champions League group match against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday and Herrera says the team are fully focused on sealing progression to the knockout stages rather than Sunday’s crucial league encounter.”I’m not thinking about Sunday, now it’s about CSKA. We are not qualified yet so we don’t think about City yet,” Herrera added.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAs we enter a new political era in our nation’s history, people all over America, make that the world, are concerned about the state of our country.Songs In The CurrentIt seems as though the only thing that we can all agree on is that we are divided. However, we have been here before and we know that the most lasting revolution starts with a fundamental change in consciousness.As a seasoned musician, composer, philanthropist and author, Peter Buffett has taken in all of the divisiveness, anger, and feelings of helplessness felt by many Americans, and has used it to create his most inspired and personal body of work to date. Songs in the Current could easily serve as the voice of Americans who for decades have felt marginalized and unheard. However, no matter how indignant this album may seem, it always finds its way back to its overarching thesis: that love is the answer. The emotions and ideas in this album range, but love is its fervent and clear gravitational center.Video: Woodstock – Peter BuffettPeter discusses the themes and importance of this project in his own words:“Songs in the Current speaks to a culture that is stuck. Government can’t fix it. More jobs won’t fix it. Reform won’t change it.“These songs were written to give voice to what my eyes have seen and my heart has felt in recent years. Over the last decade I have been exposed to people and their stories that have revealed the soul-destroying nature of our systems of finance and government, education and agriculture. Quicksand everywhere.“No laws or legislation can give us the hand we need to pull us out. Only a fundamental shift in consciousness can do that. Consciousness that starts with love at the center and builds structures outward from there.”Songs in the Current is comprised of brand new original songs, re-worked and re-recorded songs written throughout his musical career, and interpretations of classic songs, such as “Woodstock”, the lead single for this project written by Joni Mitchell and made famous by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. What ties them all together is the urgency they have in today’s political climate.“All the Noise” urges the listener to focus on the sound and power of their voice in a nation filled with distractions. As Peter puts it, “If we can’t hear ourselves… our voice, our thoughts… we can’t know ourselves. Or hear others. Noise everywhere – authentic voice (yours or anyone else’s) is very hard to discern.”“Room Enough” is a plea to those in power to concern themselves with the success of humanity, rather than their own personal success.“Already Flown” is an impassioned call to stop waiting and take action, saying “While you’re counting what you own/ We’ve already flown”. Peter says about the importance of this song, “Don’t think the current structures won’t test you – both in the world and in your head. And not everyone has the luxury to get up and go. But for those ready, willing and able to stand up, now’s the time.”In the upcoming years, coming together as a nation will not be easy. Songs in the Current offers hope to whoever will listen that if we stop, pay attention, and find common ground, love and empathy can be the ultimate revolution.Songs in the Current will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube, and Google Music.last_img read more

first_imgWashington DC: A team led by an Indian American student has been chosen by NASA to have its CubeSat — a mini research satellite to detect cosmic rays — flown into space on future missions of the US space agency. The researchers from the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association (YUAA), led by 21-year-old Keshav Raghavan, are among the 16 teams across the country whose CubeSats will be flown into space on missions planned to launch in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The team’s CubeSat BLAST (Bouchet Low-Earth Alpha/Beta Space Telescope) is named for physicist Edward A Bouchet — the first African American to receive a PhD in America. Students designed the satellite over the course of four years, and received the launch grant through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative competition. According to the NASA, BLAST is a scientific investigation mission to map the distribution of galactic cosmic radiation across the night sky. The satellite will identify and count alpha particles and beta particles in the rays, and measure the radiation energy around Earth. BLAST will contribute to the ongoing search for the origins and nature of these rays, which will provide insight into the origins of the universe. Typical CubeSat projects cost about USD 30,000, while the one developed by the team will cost around USD 13,000 to USD 20,000, according to Andrew Krzywosz, co-president of YUAA. Once BLAST, a cosmic ray detector, goes into orbit, it will collect data about particles travelling to earth from distant supernovae, Raghavan said. “Building a CubeSat and launching it into space is an ambition YUAA has had for quite a while. The founding members in 2011 had it as a goal in the back of their minds, but at that time, it was totally beyond our capabilities as a club,” said Jonathan Li, co-president of YUAA. The team said that as the satellite is ‘smaller than a loaf of bread,’ it costs orders of magnitude less than large-scale satellites. The work, so far, has culminated in a viable prototype that the team anticipates will be ready for launch in slightly over a year. CubeSats are miniature satellites intended as a standard, inexpensive design that can easily fit alongside larger satellites aboard launch vehicles. The CubeSat model has given student groups, hobbyist organizations, and research teams operating with limited funding or experience unprecedented access to space. CubeSats are built from a modular structure of 10x10x10cm cubes, and feature a wide variety of commercially available off-the-shelf components designed to fit the structure from various manufacturers.last_img read more

According to a Lufthansa communique, an Airbus A320 will offer two weekly flights, Mondays and Saturdays, between Agadir and Frankfurt. An Airbus A319 will provide another direct flight between Agadir and Munich every Sunday starting November 4.The two new routes will provide Agadir with access to 239 destinations in approximately 88 countries, the communique boasted.“Morocco will continue to be an important market for the Lufthansa group, and we are so happy to announce our two new lines linking Agadir to the main hubs in Germany. This is our third Moroccan destination, and we can’t wait to help travelers move to Agadir and other destination via our network,” said Nils Reichardt, the general director of the Lufthansa Group for Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya. The Souss Massa Regional Council governing the region around Agadir has been working hard to win collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism to increase tourism infrastructure and attract more investors and visitors. The new direct flights to Germany may add value to their endeavors.Lufthansa already operates flights between Germany and Marrakech through its low cost affiliate Germanwings. The company has regular flights between Casablanca and Frankfurt, Cologne, and Bonn and other flights to Tangier. read more

PORT DOVER – More than three centuries after they camped out in Norfolk County, French explorers Francois Dollier de Casson and Rene Galinee are enjoying a moment in the spotlight.This year marks the 350th anniversary of the visit by Dollier, a Catholic priest, and Galinee, a deacon, to what later became Port Dover. Local Catholics celebrate the pair for conducting the first mass documented in this part of Ontario.Dollier and Galinee are also celebrated as the first explorers to document a round-trip to Montreal along a route that includes the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and east from Sault Ste. Marie through Georgian Bay, the French River, Lake Nippissing and the Ottawa River.In 1669, Galinee, Dollier and a support team of seven over-wintered on the banks of Black Creek. The location off Donjon Boulevard in Port Dover is marked by one of the oldest federal heritage monuments in Canada. The party built a cabin there and kept detailed records of their stay from October through to March, 1670.“The best part of this story is that it happened here,” John Ayre, of Simcoe, said in a presentation at St. Cecilia’s Church in Port Dover.“This is our story. They proved the inter-connectedness of the lakes. Until then no one knew that. Their journals and maps showed how the lakes were inter-connected and how travelling them could be done.”The Knights of Columbus, Dollier and Galinee Council 8149, in Port Dover is taking steps to keep the 350th anniversary in the public eye.Ayre’s presentation was his second this year. In May, he spoke to a full house at the Harbour Museum in Port Dover. Nearly 100 took in his presentation at St. Cecilia’s. Ayre is scheduled to make an encore presentation at the Harbour Museum on Oct. 27.The Port Dover Knights are putting together a 20-page booklet on the exploits of Dollier and Galinee.On Sept. 6, Most Rev. Joseph Dabrowski, auxiliary bishop of the London diocese, which includes Norfolk, will conduct a mass at the wintering site. The Port Dover Knights have also reserved a booth at next month’s Lynn River Music and Arts Festival in Simcoe.“We’re trying to raise awareness of this wintering site and the history of this area,” said Knights representative John Gots, of Port Dover. “We will continue to bring this story to the people. We hope the youth will get engaged. They are our future and they will keep this history going.“If this were down in the United States, I’m sure they would have a glass dome over the site by now.”In his presentation, Ayre likens the odyssey of Dollier and Galinee to a lunar space mission — but riskier. Through a combination of skill, luck and frontier toughness, they made it back to Montreal in the spring of 1670. The party had been given up for dead so their return was greeted as miraculous by the city’s 600 inhabitants.Dollier and Galinee’s stay in Port Dover was rather pleasant, with comfortable lodgings in a protected, bountiful location.“They said the bear meat tasted better than the sweetest hogs of France,” Ayre said. “They said the wine they made from wild grapes was better than the finest Bordeaux back home. They survived rather well.”In addition to bear, they also hunted deer and beaver, ate plenty of fish, and had ample supplies of wild apples, plums, walnuts and chestnuts.Dollier and Galinee did experience many challenges along the way. Ayre cited biting flies, near starvation, difficult portages, long days of rowing and the losses of a canoe and of sacramental items deemed essential to the conversion of natives.“`I leave it to you to imagine whether we suffered in the midst of this abundance in the earthly paradise of Canada,” said Ayre, quoting from Galinee’s journal of 1670. “’I call it so because there is assuredly no more beautiful region.’”“And I happen to agree,” Ayre

Japan probe of Boeing 787 battery finds signs of thermal runaway; battery maker’s profit down AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – An investigation into a lithium ion battery that overheated on a Boeing 787 flight in Japan last month found evidence of the same type of “thermal runaway” seen in a similar incident in Boston, officials said Tuesday.The Japan Transportation Safety Board said that CAT scans and other analysis found damage to all eight cells in the battery that overheated on the All Nippon Airways 787 on Jan. 16, which prompted an emergency landing and probes by both U.S. and Japanese aviation safety regulators.They also found signs of short-circuiting and “thermal runaway,” a chemical reaction in which rising temperature causes progressively hotter temperatures. U.S. investigators found similar evidence in the battery that caught fire last month on a Japan Airlines 787 parked in Boston.Photos distributed by the Japanese investigators show severe charring of six of the eight cells in the ANA 787’s battery and a frayed and broken earthing wire — meant to minimize the risk of electric shock.All 50 Boeing 787s in operation are grounded as regulators and Boeing investigate the problem. The Japanese probe is focusing on flight data records and on the charger and other electrical systems connected to the damaged battery.Lithium ion batteries are more susceptible to catching fire when they overheat or to short-circuit than other types of batteries. Boeing built in safeguards to gain safety certification for use of the relatively light and powerful batteries to power various electrical systems on the 787, the world’s first airliner made mostly from lightweight composite materials.Investigators earlier said they found no evidence of quality problems with production of the 787’s batteries by Kyoto, Japan-based, GS Yuasa, whose own aerospace ambitions are on the line.Yuasa said Tuesday that its April-December net profit fell 3.6 per cent to 5.5 billion yuan ($59.6 million) from a year earlier, as demand for batteries lagged due to sluggish demand in Japan and overseas.The company has struggled to turn its lithium ion business to profitability. In April-December its lithium ion business posted a 7.2 billion yen ($78.2 million) loss, it said, compared with an operating loss of 3.26 billion yen in the full-year that ended March 31, 2012. by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2013 6:41 am MDT read more

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is backing this year’s Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award seeking to attract young talent into the automotive industry.Open to all higher education students, the competition aims to promote careers in the motor industry and showcase UK talent. Entrants must submit a written response to the question: Where do you think the next automotive industry revolution will start and what will it deliver?Six finalists will be selected to go before a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style judging panel to present their ideas to top industry executives including SMMT president and chairman, Ford of Britain, Joe Greenwell. Proposals may focus on technology, politics, production methods, financial incentives, or all of the above, as long it’s within the scope of the automotive industry.The winner of the award will be announced at SMMT’s Annual Dinner, 24 November at the Park Lane Hilton, and will receive one month’s work experience at each of the four partner companies (Ford, Harley Davidson, Honda and Marshall Motor Group) supporting the programme as well as a cash prize.Entries can be made online at and must be received by 23 October 2009.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State self-defense instructor Mark Karman (right) and Ohio State Navy ROTC member Scott Wostiac (left) aboard the USS Enterprise. Credit: Courtesy of Mark Karman.Imagine being an Ohio State fan thousands of miles away from Columbus while deployed and stationed on a military base. Now imagine your deployment is during the biggest college football rivalry game of the year. What do you do? How do you manage to watch the game? Who do you watch it with?For some military members affiliated with Ohio State, this scenario is all too real. Yet, those members of the armed forces are resilient in their effort to watch their beloved Buckeyes take on Michigan. From watch parties to finding Ohio State sports bars in foreign cities, the strategies of finding a way to watch the biggest game in college football seemingly never end while overseas.Ohio State self-defense instructor and lieutenant colonel Mark Karman’s experience watching the game differed depending where he was located, but the process of finding Buckeye and Wolverine fans was always the same.“You knew who was from Michigan because it would come out naturally,” Karman said.During his deployment in Africa and Iraq, Karman said he needed people to pick up his watch shifts in order to see the game. He also said watch parties often formed among Ohio State and Michigan military members. There was always some sort of food set-up, like chips and dip or other leftovers scrounged up from dinner before the game started. Each team’s fans would watch in a separate room, just close enough where they could hear the other group cheering and yelling. When Karman was stationed in South Korea, the experience vastly differed. On the night of the game, he and other Buckeye fans in his squadron were led into town to watch the game at a local bar. As they entered the bar, it didn’t take long to realize this bar was unlike any other in South Korea. Hundreds of Ohio State fans packed the small sports bar, anxiously waiting for kickoff at 2 a.m. Korea Standard Time. Karman said it was unlike anything he had seen before overseas, and the atmosphere was “electric.” When asked if the time zone difference played a factor, Karman shrugged it off and said that those determined to watch the game found a way no matter the time zone. The game was always watchable via the Armed Forces Network (AFN), a service network that offers ESPN and other channels streamed to troops anywhere. Ohio State strength and conditioning instructor and retired staff sergeant Jason Sturgill remembered dedicating the entire month of November to the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry during his time stationed at Guantanamo Bay for the military police. Sturgill said his military unit was from Ohio and there were always a few units from Michigan that made their presence known. From flying flags outside tents to repping school colors while off-duty, everyone on base knew who was from Ohio and who was from Michigan. Though he was not able to watch the game, Sturgill said his unit would usually watch the game from inside this huge tent on base that would fit between 500 and 1,000 people. On the day of the game, the tent was filled with both Ohio State and Michigan fans. Sometimes the rowdiness of the fans forced the game to be viewed in separate tents. Sturgill said his time at Guantanamo Bay was filled with small pranks and bets between the schools’ followers. He recalled how the flags of each school often flew over their respective tents leading up to the game.“We would steal [Michigan’s] flag the night before, and give it back the next day,” Sturgill said. One popular bet among the two groups was that the losing school’s unit would fly the winning school’s flag after the game.Sturgill also said another bet from the Michigan units was a push-up wager. The unit supporting the losing team would have to do the same amount of push-ups the winning team scored during the game.“So if Michigan scored 48 points on us and won, the Ohio guys had to do 48 push-ups,” Sturgill said.Karman and Sturgill said the overall tone of the rivalry overseas between the two schools was a friendly rivalry. They stressed how, even though there was animosity between the schools, everyone stationed overseas was there for the same reason: to serve and protect the United States and the rest of the world. Of course the rivalry can get intense at times, but sometimes fans have to take a step back from the feud in order to accomplish something greater. Ohio State fans usually don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, but they sure do give a damn about the whole military and its time and sacrifice. read more

A man and woman in their 70s have died after the car they were in was hit by a Ford Transit van which was being pursued by police.Scotland Yard said police officers spotted a van being “driven erratically at speed” which failed to stop.The vehicle collided with a Citroen C3 on Footscray Road, Eltham, at just after midnight on Saturday.Paramedics were called, but both the male and female in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the alcohol limit, driving while unfit through drugs and death by dangerous driving, the Metropolitan Police said.Officers added that the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.The incident follows four deaths this year involving police vehicles.Paul Radcliffe, an 18-year-old student, was hit by a car which had failed to stop for police in Oadby, Leicestershire on January 19. Off-duty PCSO Holly Burke, 28, was hit by a car being pursued by police in Bearwood, in Sandwell, West Midlands, on January 22. On the same day, a 26-year-old refugee from Eritrea died when she was hit by a 999 response car in Walthamstow.  Jessie Whitehead, 74, was riding a mobility scooter when she was struck by a marked car as it responded to an emergency call in Warwickshire on January 23. 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. read more

first_imgUpdated 11.25amTHE MINISTER FOR Health will be asked this morning by Senator John Crown about a meeting between the Taoiseach, two ministers and the tobacco industry.The meeting between the industry members and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Ministers Alan Shatter and Michael Noonan, took place in government buildings a fortnight ago, Arthur Beesley reported in the Irish Times today.CriticisedSince the meeting came to light, the Taoiseach has been heavily criticised by both Senator Crown and MEP Nessa Childers. Senator Crown said that he wants to know who arranged the meeting, and told that he plans to use his time at the Committee on Health and Children meeting today, at which Minister for Health James Reilly is present, to ask him about the issue today.He said he does not believe that government should be meeting with the tobacco industry, and that it is “simply unconscionable” that such a meeting occurred. “They are not our partners,” he pointed out.“This is entirely inappropriate,” said Senator Crown, adding he believes Ireland should be a tobacco-free country by 2030 and that the tobacco industry should be informed about this.CondemnedNessa Childers MEP has condemned Kenny and senior Ministers for not disclosing their meetings with the tobacco industry, which she says breaks terms of a World Health Organisation (WHO) treaty of which Ireland is a signatory.This is absolutely shocking and shows complete disregard for all in Ireland who campaign for public health issues and against cancer in Ireland. It will be especially embarrassing for the Irish Presidency, which is overseeing the negotiations on the EU Tobacco Products Directive. The Taoiseach and senior Ministers have met with the industry lobby for John Player, British American Tobacco, and Japan Tobacco International. These meetings happened despite a warning from fellow Health Minister James Reilly last year to his cabinet colleagues of their obligations under the WHO treaty.Under the WHO framework convention on tobacco control (Article 5.3): “2.2 Where interactions with the tobacco industry are necessary, Parties should ensure that such interactions are conducted transparently. Whenever possible, interactions should be conducted in public, for example through public hearings, public notice of interactions, disclosure of records of such interactions to the public”.Childers said that “we need to know how and when this terrible industry is lobbying the government, and why”.The Tobacco Control Directive is now before her Public Health Committee in the parliament, and Childers said they “will be fighting for a strong EU tobacco law”.ShockThe chief executives of Ireland’s largest health charities have written to the Taoiseach to communicate their shock about the meeting.The Irish Cancer Society and Irish Health Foundation say the meeting “shouldn’t have happened” and that they are “very concerned” about it. They say that the tobacco industry is “not a normal industry and cannot be allowed a seat at the decision-making table”.The two charities have requested to meet the Taoiseach, Minister Noonan and Minister Shatter as soon as possible.Read: Cigarettes, tobacco and counterfeit vodka seized in €1.5 million sting operation>Read: ‘Nearly 30 per cent’ of cigarettes sold in Ireland last year were illegal>last_img read more

first_img By Cliodhna Russell Share136 Tweet Email3 PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS is set to be awarded with Peru’s highest honour, the “Gran Collar” of the Order of the Sun.Higgins is visiting the Peruvian capital Lima today to kick off a 12-day tour of South America.This trip is the first time an Irish President in office has visited Peru, Colombia and Cuba.The President of Peru indicated that he will be awarding Higgins with the country’s highest honour prior to the trip.Higgins will begin his time in the country with a visit to the tomb of Ambrosio O’Higgins, a native of Sligo, who became one of the last Viceroys of Peru in the Spanish period and whose son Bernardo O’Higgins fought for Chilean independence and was later appointed Supreme Director of Chile.The President will deliver a keynote address on the work and humanitarian vision of Roger Casement, who documented abuses associated with the extractive practices in the period of colonial exploitation.He will also attend a reception for members of the Irish community in Peru.Read: Poll: Do you think the Obamas should get the Freedom of Dublin?> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 8:04 AM President Higgins set to be awarded Peru’s highest honour This trip is the first time an Irish President in office has visited Peru, Colombia and Cuba. Feb 8th 2017, 8:04 AM 15,275 Views 31 Comments Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Imageslast_img read more

first_img Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 4:23 PM ‘A great deal of fear’ in Irish-American community after man arrested in Boston on immigration offences John Cunningham was arrested on Friday for living illegally in the US. Share67 Tweet Email5 37,214 Views THE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs has confirmed that it is providing consular assistance to an Irish man who was arrested in the US over immigration offences.John Cunningham was arrested on Friday for living illegally in the US. He now faces deportation from the country.The DFA said that it was aware of Cunningham’s case and that it was providing consular assistance.Cunningham is the former chairman of Boston Northeast GAA. He has been living in the US for a number of years.The DFA also said that it was aware of the number of arrests of Irish citizens who have come to the attention of US Immigration authorities.“We are conscious of the understandable concern amongst the Irish community in the US, as there is in others, given developments under the new Administration,” a spokesperson said.Our Embassy in Washington and our Consulates across the US continue to monitor the situation closely, in conjunction with the Coalition of Irish Immigration CentresThe spokesperson said that the Irish Embassy was in close touch with US authorities. It also said the number of deportations of Irish citizens to date this year had not increased compared to other years.‘World turned upside down’Speaking this afternoon on RTÉ’s News at One, Boston immigration lawyer John Foley said that he had been to see John Cunningham on Sunday.“Basically his world has been turned upside down. He’s been hit with an immigration tsunami,” said Foley.Life as he knew it is over. And so he – like many in Irish community are living – [is] looking his shoulder if you will.Foley – who isn’t involved directly with Cunningham’s case – said that it wasn’t a question of if Cunningham would be deported. He said it was almost certain that he would be.“It’s not a question of the deportation going ahead – it’s going ahead,” said Foley.He – like many of the Irish – enter on the visa waiver programme. So they can come and stay for 90 days. The waiver part means they’ve waived all right to judicial processing.Foley said that there was “a great deal of fear” in the Irish American community.US president Donald Trump promised a crackdown on illegal immigration to the US during his campaign trail.It is estimated that there are over 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US, including around 50,000 undocumented Irish nationals.The DFA urged concerned Irish citizens to remain calm and to stay in touch with their local Consulate and Immigration centre. It said that if necessary people should consult with an immigration lawyer about their particular circumstances.Comments have been disabled on this articleRead: Watch: Enda’s ‘lecture’ to Donald Trump on immigrationRead: US immigration attorney warns undocumented Irish to ‘remain silent or you’ll be gone very quickly’ By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: RTÉ Prime Time via Screengrabcenter_img John Cunningham now faces deportation from the US. Image: RTÉ Prime Time via Screengrab No Comments Short URL Jun 20th 2017, 4:23 PM John Cunningham now faces deportation from the US. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgChangement climatique : un mur pour protéger les Îles Marshall de la montée des eaux ?Archipel du Pacifique dont les îles et atolls sont pour bon nombre situés à moins d’un mètre au-dessus du niveau de la mer, les Marshall envisagent d’ériger un mur pour se protéger de la montée des eaux, face à la menace du réchauffement climatique.Phillip Muller, l’ambassadeur des îles Marshall à l’Onu, a lancé ce week-end un appel aux donateurs internationaux afin de financer la construction de ce mur. Un projet dont le coût est estimé à 20 millions de dollars, soit 14 millions d’euros environ. Le pays entend ériger un mur de cinq kilomètres sur l’atoll de Majuro, où vit plus de la moitié des 55.000 habitants des îles. Les autorités souhaitent également combler de petites baies qui serviront de tampon en cas de tempêtes et d’élévation du niveau de l’eau. À lire aussiUn nouveau rapport incite à un changement drastique d’alimentationIl y a deux ans, la vulnérabilité des îles Marshall, composées de 29 atolls et cinq îles dispersées sur 800.000 kilomètres carrés dans l’ouest du Pacifique, avait été révélée après d’importantes inondations. Engendrées par des tempêtes, elles ont touché l’archipel pendant une période de grandes marées. Si les vagues ne s’étaient pas élevées à plus de deux mètres, elles avaient contraint des centaines de personnes à évacuer les lieux, et provoqué d’importants dégâts matériels.Pour financer les projets visant à protéger le pays des impacts du changement climatique, Phillip Muller espère avoir accès aux fonds des donateurs internationaux promis aux pays les plus fragiles face au réchauffement de la planète.Le 7 novembre 2010 à 12:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgWell, no. Princess Bubblegum can’t be the next President of the United States. She’s a fictional character. Plus, as far as we know, she wasn’t born in the United States and spawned from a giant mass of gum called the “Mother Gum” so she probably doesn’t count as human enough to be a viable candidate.However, in the event that we can choose any fictional cartoon character to run for President and to take part in presidential debates, we could do worse than Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time. She has been leading the Candy Kingdom in the Land of Ooo for centuries, after all.There are plenty of other fictional characters that can qualify for the position (such as actual US citizens or people), but few have the long resume to back them up like PB.She’s certainly qualified for the job. She has years of experience and has been leading the Candy Kingdom from obscurity and desolation into relative profit and normalcy for all that time. In the episode “The Vault,” we learn that she was responsible for the founding of the city, along with the creation of the Gumball Guardians that protect it. So we know that she has infrastructure and organizational experience, and has a stable domestic defense policy in place. She also regularly plans events for the kingdom, such as scientific conferences and parties, so we know she has community relations experience.We also know that she is thoughtful about foreign relations, or at least she tries to be. She tries to maintain a semblance of neutrality when visiting neighboring kingdoms and until war breaks out or the leader of said kingdom does something reprehensible, she’s usually well-mannered and eloquent. Even when faced with leaders like the obnoxious and terrifying Lemongrabs, she manages to keep her cool (for the most part).Her ability to maintain neutrality in the face of clear incompetence is probably one of her strongest traits as a leader. Despite the Ice King repeatedly trying to kidnap and stalk her, she comes to his aid, invites him to events, and seems to generally put up with him.In the event that one of those relationships goes sour or if another threat lands on her doorstep, she has safety covered. She’s represented her kingdom in many crises, including the Lich, and always seems to have a plan in an emergency.An administration under PB (or Bonnibel, depending on how close you are), would be one centered around the continued expansion of knowledge in science and technology, with our President at the forefront. She’s never been afraid to test out something new, whether it’s resurrection, nanobots, or the creation of new life. There wouldn’t be a Candy Kingdom without her because she’s mostly made every single resident. She wouldn’t have to do this for us, but we’d have a President with priorities, working on advances that could impact our society for the better. Or worse (more on this later).This has little do with her qualifications, but wouldn’t it also be nice to have a gay President? And to maybe have Marceline as the First Lady? Just a thought.So in general, Princess Bubblegum would make a good President. She’s fearless, knows how to interact with foreign countries, is knowledgeable about the position, and is confident in her politics. There wouldn’t be any threat, domestic or foreign, that can sway her. She has the experience and the character for the job.But…The Princess has a lot of flaws that don’t exactly disqualify her from a hypothetical presidency but would make her a very questionable country leader. This is especially true in a democracy or republic where the people can hold their leaders accountable. While she has always been resolute in her ideologies, that means trouble when she does something wrong.Her foreign relations slate isn’t clean. It was her interference that led to Flame Princess getting locked away. While you can argue that PB made the decision in the best interests of her people–because Flame Princess’ powers would be dangerous–she still didn’t hesitate to ruin the lives of rival kingdoms in her own self-interests. This of course, has consequences later.Bubblegum has a history of nationwide and abusive surveillance on her people. As we see in “The Cooler,” she would go so far as to bug citizens that have left the Candy Kingdom in order to spy on other leaders, such as Flame Princess. She even has cameras in the citizens’ private bedrooms.While people in the US have had the ability to question the government on its surveillance policies without the threat of arrest (not quite the same as somebody leaking private documents on the NSA), you wouldn’t be so lucky in the Candy Kingdom. Princess Bubblegum has established absolute rule and doesn’t take criticism well. In “Apple Wedding,” she breaks into the King of Ooo’s home to prove that he’s a fake while at Tree Trunks’ wedding. When called out on this invasion of privacy, she throws everybody in jail, including the bride and groom.Her arrogance and need to control everything has gotten the best of her. She was eventually usurped by the King of Ooo in an election for leader of the Candy Kingdom in the episode “Hot Diggity Doom,” thinking that she didn’t need to campaign for her people. Of course, her citizens don’t make the best decisions on their own, so it’s not surprising that she lost her title. The citizens eventually revolt against the King, but not before PB all but gives up on leading her people.And even without the politics and current events getting in her way, she’s still a dangerous control freak. I mentioned earlier that her fearlessness in scientific progress is commendable, but the way she goes about experimentation is questionable to the point of being destructive.While the princess is an expert in the scientific field, she doesn’t have a strict code of ethics. She creates and abandons life on a near episode basis and has been doing it for centuries. She tests out experiments without thinking of the consequences before it’s too late and she has to call in Finn and Jake to help.In the clip above, we see a test of muffin nanobots that goes horribly wrong. Since the beginning of the series, she has been getting into trouble, such as when she tries to resurrect citizens and accidentally turns them into zombies or tries to create somebody like Goliad to replace her in the event of her death and nearly causes the end of it all anyway. Her stubbornness has nearly caused the apocalypse (and might again, if the fan theories are true).Princess Bubblegum has the relationships to be a great politician and the confidence to lead people into dangerous waters. She has been there in times of crisis, has built the Candy Kingdom up from nothing, and only wants to improve the quality of life for her people. Her citizens live in relative safety and normalcy for a reason.However, she’s reckless and doesn’t think of the consequences to her actions. She talks before she thinks. She doesn’t give her citizens a voice and is similar to a dictator in many respects. An absolute rule isn’t out of reach for her and she doesn’t listen to others that may advise her. The Candy Kingdom citizens are generally a bunch of idiots, but her diminishing patience with them won’t help them in the long run and only makes things worse.A leader that has that much control over their citizens and makes decisions on their own wouldn’t make a good US President. There needs to be balance in an administration, and there is no such thing in the Candy Kingdom.But how about you decide? Princess Bubblegum makes her presidential run in Boom’s one shot Adventure Time: President Bubblegum available now at Comixology.last_img read more