Already in tough spot, TNT could miss 3 key cogs for 2 games PBA IMAGESGreg Slaughter thinks that Barangay Ginebra has yet to play at its best this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“I don’t think we’re peaking yet,” he said. “We still got two more tough games ahead of us. We’ll just take it one at a time.”ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slaughter shared the spotlight to the likes of Kevin Ferrer, who drilled two huge treys which triggered the fourth quarter pullaway, Scottie Thompson, who kickstarted the attack with his relentless rebounding and excellent playmaking, and Mark Caguioa, who made the most of his limited time on the floor playing active for the Gin Kings.“It was just a team effort,” he said.With games against Meralco and Rain or Shine ahead, Slaughter hopes Ginebra will be able sustain its game and advance to the quarterfinals.“Hopefully, we could just jell more and get a little more production out of our bench as the season goes on,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next If Ginebra’s game against TNT is any indication, it seems like the Gin Kings are slowly getting close to being at their full potential.Riding the trio of Slaughter, LA Tenorio, and Japeth Aguilar, Ginebra eviscerated the KaTropa in the fourth quarter to take a 93-78 win on Sunday for a share of the the fifth spot at 5-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSlaughter said the win would not be possible if not for the effort of their teammates.“It may show up in the stat sheet that we scored a lot of points, but there’s a lot of intangible plays made by our guys off the bench,” he said. AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Pacquiao eyes next fight in Malaysia in May or June After eight weeks of deliberation, the Ateneo big man bannered the 24 players who earned a ticket to play in the premier High School All-Star Game in the country that features the best young talents nationwide.The 15-year-old Sotto, who is also a part of the Gilas Pilipinas “23-for-23” cadet list, was instrumental for the Blue Eaglets as they claimed the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball championship, where he was named as the Finals MVP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills was named as the top point guard in the nation as he steered the Junior Blazers to their first ever juniors title this past NCAA Season 93 to finished the final rankings at two.Ateneo playmaker SJ Belangel is at close third, while also being honored as the top senior, followed by NCAA MVP Will Gozum of Mapua at four, and UAAP MVP CJ Cansino of UST at five. UAAP Mythical Team members Dave Ildefonso of Ateneo and L-Jay Gonzales of FEU were side-by-side at six and seven, respectively, while FCAAF and MMBL MVP John Galinato of Chiang Kai Shek finished at eight.Completing the top 10 are NU forward Rhayyan Amsali at nine and NCAA Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Fermin of Arellano at 10.Slotted at 11 to 15 are guard Clint Escamis of Mapua, forward Inand Fornillos of LSGH, center Warren Bonifacio of Mapua, guard Terrence Fortea of NU, and guard RJ Abarrientos of FEU.San Beda guard Evan Nelle claimed the 16th spot.CESAFI MVP Beirn Laurente of UV is the first of three Cebuanos which made it to the showcase as he finished at 17, followed by NU senior Miguel Oczon at 18, Adamson star Joem Sabandal at 19, and La Salle Zobel slotman Raven Cortez at 20.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Rounding out the top 24 are Mac Guadana of Lyceum, SM-NBTC Cebu MVP Joshua Yerro of UV, Harvey Pagsanjan of Hope Christian, and Cebuano big man Alex Visser of Sacred Heart-Cebu.Here is the final list of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24, with last week’s rank in the parenthesis:Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo (1)Joel Cagulangan, guard, La Salle Greenhills (3)SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo (2)Will Gozum, center, Mapua (4)CJ Cansino, forward, UST (5)Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo (7)L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman (6)John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek (11)Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU (8)Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano (9)Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua (10)Inand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGH (12)Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua (13)Terrence Fortea, guard, NU (14)RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman (15)Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda (16)Beirn Laurente, guard, UV (18)Miguel Oczon, forward, NU (20)Joem Sabandal, guard, Adamson (17)Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel (19)Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum (22)Joshua Yerro, forward, UV (24)Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian (23)Alex Visser, center, SHS-Ateneo de Cebu (21)All 24 players will be on hand for the High School All-Star Game, scheduled on March 23 at Mall of Asia Arena.The Chooks-to-Go/NBTC 24 is the first-ever attempt to rank the top high school prospects nationwide, with a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converging to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, NCAA CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments.The players were ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.The Chooks-to-Go/NBTC All-Star Draft is scheduled on Thursday, with coaches Chris Gavina and Topex Robinson set to mentor the two squads.NCAA champion coach Marvin Bienvenida of LSGH will select for Gavina, while UAAP champion coach Joe Silva of Ateneo will be picking for Robinson. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City MOST READ Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kai Sotto emerged as the best high school player in the country in the final week of Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center 24 power rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes they can bounce back from their 2-0 loss in New Zealand when they take on a new-look Australia in a three-Test series next month.”Australia are not a settled team, and they have made changes in the last (Test) match (against South Africa),” Misbah said in Lahore on Wednesday.”Their new players are familiar with their own conditions, but at the same time when someone comes new into Test matches, you have a chance to exploit it.”Australia avoided being whitewashed by South Africa as new caps Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, and Nic Maddinson won the day-night third Test in Adelaide last weekend.Misbah returned home after losing the first Test in Christchurch because of the death of his father-in-law. He would have missed the second Test in Hamilton anyway, because he was handed a one-match suspension for another slow over-rate. He will rejoin the team before the first day-night Test in Brisbane on Dec. 15.Pakistan’s top order struggled in seaming conditions in New Zealand. They lost nine wickets in the last session in Hamilton to lose by 138 runs.Only opener Sami Aslam and Babar Azam scored half-centuries in four Test innings. However, Pakistan kept faith in the same 16-man squad for the three Tests against Australia.”Conditions were difficult in New Zealand with plenty of grass on both wickets,” Misbah said. “But I believe wickets will be better in Australia, and this team has the capability to make a comeback.”Pakistan, who rose to No. 1 in the Test rankings, slipped to No. 4 after losing in New Zealand. But Misbah said Pakistan weren’t suddenly a bad team.advertisement”In one series, if your bowlers or batsmen do not perform, you can’t say it’s not a good team,” he said. “We have been taking 20 wickets (in a test match) in UAE, and I hope the players have learnt their lessons in New Zealand.”The 42-year-old Misbah, who has already quit ODIs and Twenty20s for Pakistan, has no immediate plans to quit Tests, and said as long as he stayed fit and the team needed him he will play on.”The team’s confidence level has come down with the recent performances in New Zealand. I am focusing on the Australian series and raising the level of the team and regaining the confidence of players.””I have said before, you don’t know what happens tomorrow, but I have no fitness problem and hope to play as long as I stay fit. If I felt the team still needs me and I stay fit, I will continue playing.”
Fast bowler Mohammed Shami on Tuesday made a strong comeback from a long-term injury lay-off as he starred with the ball to orchestrate Delhi Daredevils’ six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.Delhi Daredevils snapped their five-match losing streak as they beat defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay afloat in the Indian Premier League 2017.Daredevils batsmen fired in unison as they chased down the target of 186 with five balls to spare. Corey Anderson top-scored with an unbeaten 41 from 24 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes as Daredevils (189/4) overhauled Hyderabad’s total of 185.3 in 19.1 overs.If Anderson was Delhi’s star with the bat, it was Shami who was their showman with the leather.Shami, who was playing just his third match of the season for the Delhi outfit, bagged two wickets for 36 runs in his quota of four overs.Put into bat, skipper David Warner (30) and Shikhar Dhawan (28) gave the visitors a flying start, putting on 53 runs before pacer Shami in his very second delivery cleaned up the Aussie.Daredevils looked in a spot of bother with both the left-handers going hammer and tongs, before Shami controlled the damage with a rip-roaring yorker, which saw Warner’s off-stump flying.Warner’s dismissal brought in the in-form Kane Williamson (24), who along with Dhawan added 22 runs before the first strategic time-out did the trick for Delhi, in the form of the Indian left-hander’s wicket.Shami then jolted the visitors with the crucial wicket of Williamson, who, after hitting one four and six, ended up top-edging it to Chris Morris at deep square leg.advertisementShami’s efforts saw him pip Anderson for the man-of-the-match award.”I am playing after a long time, and this performance will lift my confidence level. I was trying to back myself. It will be good for me and my team.”If you get injured that disturbs you mentally. When on field, I do not feel that much pressure,” Shami said.When asked to shed light on his strategy, Shami said: “In the T20 format, you don’t think about runs as a bowler. We just wanted to use the new ball well, not give too much pace. We felt it would be work for us to mix up our pace.”Shami also said that he had different plans for both Warner and Williamson.”I had different plans for both of them (Williamson and Warner)… whether the batsman moves around or stays still, I stick to my plan, and the rest of it comes down to luck.”Meanwhile, Delhi’s stand-in captain Karun Nair termed the victory as a “complete team performance”.”It was a complete team performance. Really glad to have a win here. I think the bowlers gave it all.Nair was also happy to finally get some runs under his belt.”Bit disappointed to get out after getting a start, but glad to get some runs finally and hoping to kick on from here,” he said.
SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ prison sentence was more than doubled to 13 years and five months on Friday, a surprisingly dramatic intervention by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal in the Olympic athlete’s fate after the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said a panel of judges unanimously upheld an appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius’ original six-year sentence for shooting Steenkamp multiple times in his home in 2013.Under that initial sentence, which the court called “shockingly lenient,” the double-amputee runner could have been released on parole in mid-2019. Now, the earliest he’ll be eligible for parole is 2023.The ruling could finally bring an end to the near five-year legal saga surrounding Pistorius, a multiple Paralympic champion and record-breaker who was the first amputee to run at the Olympics and one of the most celebrated sportsmen in the world.Steenkamp’s parents, Barry and June, were “emotional” as they watched Seriti deliver the verdict live on television at their home, family lawyer Tania Koen said.“They feel there has been justice for Reeva. She can now rest in peace,” Koen told The Associated Press. “But at the same time, people must realize that people think this is the end of the road for them … the fact is they still live with Reeva’s loss every day.”Pistorius killed Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013 after shooting four times through a closed toilet cubicle door with his 9 mm pistol. He claimed he mistook the 29-year-old model and reality TV star for an intruder and was initially convicted of manslaughter by trial judge Thokozile Masipa. That conviction was overturned and replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court in 2015. Pistorius was then sentenced to six years for murder by Masipa, a decision also now rejected by the Supreme Court.Prosecutors called the six-year sentence much too lenient and the Supreme Court agreed, saying in a full written ruling released later that “the sentence of six years’ imprisonment is shockingly lenient to a point where it has the effect of trivialising this serious offence.”The Supreme Court said that Pistorius “displays a lack of remorse, and does not appreciate the gravity of his actions.”Pistorius’ brother, Carl, wrote on Twitter: “Shattered. Heartbroken. Gutted.” A spokesman for the Pistorius family didn’t answer calls from the AP.Pistorius should have been sentenced to the prescribed minimum of 15 years for murder, Seriti said, as he delivered the verdict of a panel of five judges at the Supreme Court in the central city of Bloemfontein. There is no death penalty in South Africa.The new sentence of 13 years and five months took into account the one year and seven months Pistorius served in prison and under house arrest after his manslaughter conviction.The new sentence was backdated to start on the day he began his murder sentence, on July 6 last year.Supreme Court judges are generally reluctant to change sentences handed down by trial courts, and it’s rare for them to change one so dramatically.“I did not expect the Supreme Court of Appeal to hand down such a lengthy sentence of imprisonment,” legal analyst Ulrich Roux said on the eNCA news channel. “But, if one looks at what the law states, and given the fact that murder does carry the minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, I think the decision could be vindicated.”Pistorius must serve at least half of the 13 years and five months — nearly seven years — before he can be considered for parole. He has served a year and five months of his murder sentence.Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, is being held at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre on the outskirts of the South African capital, Pretoria, and did not attend any of the appeal hearings.Friday’s decision also has possible consequences for where he is held for the remainder of his sentence. Pistorius was moved from the high security Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in central Pretoria to Atteridgeville, which houses prisoners sentenced to six years or less. Pistorius might now be moved back to a higher security facility.Pistorius’ lawyers have one avenue left open to them if they want to challenge the new sentence, and that is to appeal to the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa.Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court last year to challenge his murder conviction.___GERALD IMRAY, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
THESSALONIKI – Swiss-based company, Amani Swiss, a Karipidis family business, now controls 89.93% of Thessaloniki’s Aris F.C.’s shares according to an announment from the Greek Committee of Professional Athletics (EEA). The CEO of Amani Swiss is Irene Karipidis, the sister of Aris F.C. chairman Theodoros Karipidis. The move is a procedural one in nature so that the matters of the team can operate independently of the other business activities that the Karipidis has been involved with in the past.The EEA, received a request a few days ago, and after further examination, gave the “green light” for the transfer of the shares. Indeed, as stated in its announcement, the company will proceed to an increase of the share capital of the “yellows” by 1 million euros.In the Amani Swiss company of the interests of the Karipidis family, 89.93% of Aris FC shares were transferred, according to a communiqué from the Sport Professionalism Committee. The company is based in Switzerland and owns the sister of the powerful yellow man, Irene. This is a procedural move, so that the issues of the team “run” independently of the other business activities that the Karipidis family had in the past.The ESA received a request a few days ago and after examining the case gave the “green light” for the transfer. Indeed, as stated in its announcement, the company will proceed directly to an increase of the share capital of the yellow FCE by 1,000,000 euros.Otherwise, Aris players trained, as scheduled, at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium. Savvas Pantelidis, head coach of Aris, has two dilemmas ahead of Sunday’s derby against Olympiakos at the Giorgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Faliro. The first one is, will he use Argentine Martín Tonso as a starter who, while having trained normally the last two days, is coming off a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to an injury. The other dilemma for Pantelidis is if he will keep Giorgos Valerianos as the starter at right back or if he will reinstall Manolis Tzanakakis to the position, who has served out his suspension.TweetPinShare55 Shares
Realme will launch its first smartphone in China today. The Realme X is set to debut as the company’s first big flagship phone for the Chinese market and there is plenty that we know about the device already thanks to Realme. We also know that Realme X will come to India soon after its launch in China. The Realme X is notably the company’s first phone to sport a full-screen, notch-less display. It will also be the first Realme phone to offer a pop-up selfie camera and in-display fingerprint sensor.The Realme X launch event will kick off at 3pm (12:30pm IST) where we will find out its pricing and availability in China. Eager Realme fans in India will also be glad to know that the Realme X has been confirmed to launch in India soon. Based on the rumoured specs and the company’s tendency to offer disruptive pricing, the Realme X is expected to cost somewhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in India.Realme X expected specificationsRealme has revealed almost every key detail about the Realme X ahead of its launch. As far as design is concerned, we know that the Realme X will sport a glass and metal combination. The curved glass back will be offered in two gradient colours – a bluish purple and a whitish pink.On the front, the Realme X will likely sport a 6.5-inch notch-less AMOLED display with a FHD+ resolution. Realme has confirmed that the Realme X will offer an in-display fingerprint sensor. The device is expected to run on a Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM. We also assume the device will ship with Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 on top.advertisementRealme is also highlighting some powerful cameras as well. The main camera will offer a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor for high resolution images. Like the Realme 3 Pro, the Realme X will also come with Nightscape and Chroma Boost. The pop-up camera will likely hold a 16MP sensor. The battery capacity is unconfirmed yet, but the company has confirmed VOOC 3.0 fast charging support.Alongside the Realme X, the company is also expected to launch the Realme X Youth Edition, which will be a rebranded Realme 3 Pro. The Realme X Youth Edition will get the same design and specs as the Realme 3 Pro, which means you can expect a 6.3-inch waterdrop FHD+ display, glasstic rear panel, Snapdragon 710 chipset and VOOC 3.0 fast charging.Disclaimer: The reporter’s travel and stay in Beijing have been arranged by Realme.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro launched: India price, different variants, when on sale and everything you must knowALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro review: The OnePlus phone that is near perfectALSO READ | OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro launched: New cameras, new processor, new tech inside, price starts from Rs 32,999
Carlos Carvalhal talks to Renato Sanches. Photograph: Matt Bunn/BPI/REX/Shutterstock Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Although Sam Clucas has started to flourish under Carvalhal, other summer signings have made little impact. Abraham’s goals against Notts County on Tuesday were an encouraging sign but Sanches has endured a tough time and Wilfried Bony, who always seemed like a gamble, is sidelined with a serious injury. Throw in the situation with Mesa and Borja, who arrived the previous year, and it feels as though Swansea need to shake up their approach to recruitment.“We’re evaluating how we improve our process and that may be bringing in additional people in roles that could help,” Levien says. “The key for us is how do we learn from the mistakes that we’ve made and get better. So adding additional resources to that is something we’re looking closely at.”Jenkins, who is heavily involved in transfers, has said he will consider his position at the end of the season. The chairman has come in for heavy criticism from a section of the supporters, yet Kaplan and Levien take an alternative view. “Huw works his tail off, he’s dedicated to the club, he’s loyal to everything going on in the organisation, so we want him with us,” adds Levien. “That being said, we want to continue to improve the [recruitment] process.”In all the doom and gloom, Carvalhal’s arrival has provided some light. Swansea go into Saturday’s home game against Burnley unbeaten in eight matches, out of the relegation zone and with a renewed sense of hope. “The thing that’s really come through to me since Carlos has been with us is that his passion for football surpasses virtually anyone I’ve been around,” Kaplan says. “He loves the game and that affects the entire club.” Swansea City Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this content Swansea received only £35m for Gylfi Sigurdsson from Everton after paying Tottenham Hotspur a sell-on clause. Photograph: Nigel French/PA After going through some of the deals, it seems obvious that football in general – not just Swansea – would benefit from greater transparency on transfer fees. It turns out, for example, that Swansea received £35m for Gylfi Sigurdsson from Everton, after paying Tottenham Hotspur’s sell-on clause. Loans can also be misleading – Swansea were left with little change from £12m when it came to the cost (fees and wages) of borrowing Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham.Although it is hard to argue with the balance sheet, there is no getting away from the fact that Swansea could have spent their money better. Too many transfers have not worked out, highlighted by Roque Mesa and Borja Baston, signed for a combined total of £27m, being loaned back to Spanish clubs after making 13 Premier League starts between them. Swansea cannot afford to get those transfers wrong.“We can’t just paper over mistakes with money, you’re right,” Kaplan says. “Roque has a lot of value in La Liga, he’s a proven player. He could play in the Premier League in the right system. But the way Carlos is lining us up, we need a level of athleticism in our midfield. Borja came in around the same date we came in – that obviously doesn’t look very good. Facebook Kaplan and Levien rarely give interviews and they are not stepping out of the shadows all of a sudden because Swansea are showing signs of life – this conversation was set up when the team were bottom of the table. One of their reasons for talking is a desire to clear up a few things in relation to finances, where Levien says that “the reality is far different to the perception” – with the perception being that the Americans have overseen a tidy profit on players.According to their figures, Swansea’s total expenditure on transfers (including loan and agent fees) since their takeover in the summer of 2016 is £114.3m. The income from player sales during that period, they say, stands at £89.9m. As for the wage bill, it has increased by £12.9m on player ins-and-outs alone. Kaplan and Levien go on to make the point that the club has been able to counterbalance part of that trading-deficit through increased commercial and Premier League revenue. Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics Share on Facebook Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien are at the other end of a transatlantic line, extolling the impact of Carlos Carvalhal, acknowledging mistakes in the summer transfer window, dismissing concerns about asset-stripping, vowing to improve recruitment and singing the praises of Mike van der Hoorn, yet there is one point in particular that Swansea’s majority shareholders are keen to get across.“We can be criticised,” Kaplan says. “We’ve made some poor transfer decisions, no doubt. Nobody gets it right all the time. Our record has been mixed and this past summer wasn’t very good. That’s fair criticism. What’s unfair criticism is to say that we haven’t invested everything that the club has generated, and then some, to try to improve the team.” Twitter Pinterest interviews “On the other hand, to be fair to Huw [Jenkins, the chairman], he’s made some really good purchases. Alfie Mawson is a kid that our scouting group and Huw pounded the table on. We said: ‘We’re going to spend £5m on a player who’s played a total of four matches in the Championship?’ That seemed crazy. But there was a lot of conviction about Alfie and he’s worth a lot of money now.“And I want to be very clear, we have no intention of moving Alfie. This guy is a stalwart of our club. Mike van der Hoorn was also picked up for very little. He’s not fancy but that guy gets the job done and he’s not afraid to mix it up with anybody. We like that guy a lot. So you’ve got your positives and your negatives. That being said, it’s fair to say that the summer was very poor.”The Sigurdsson saga dominated that window, with Paul Clement, the manager at the time, critical of the time it took to agree a fee. Kaplan and Levien have no wish to get involved in a tit-for-tat with Clement, who was sacked in December, but they do cite mitigating circumstances when it comes to Sigurdsson, including Everton’s low initial offer and dealing with “multiple voices” at Goodison Park. As for the failure to sign a replacement, Kaplan and Levien say there were options but that Clement made it clear he wanted only Nacer Chadli. Swansea were not willing to meet West Brom’s £25m asking price for Chadli, and Kaplan and Levien maintain that was the right stance. Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn You’ve got your positives and your negatives. That being said, I think it’s fair to say that the summer was very poorSteve Kaplan Share via Email
More Nova Scotians will soon be able to find a good home at a price they can afford. Housing Nova Scotia is investing $18 million to create up to 1,500 new affordable housing opportunities through rent supplements over the next three years. About 200 of the rent supplements will be available for use in Cape Breton. Ninety-two will be available this year, including 25 targeted to address homelessness. “We want to support more people in Cape Breton who are looking for a safe and affordable place to call home, including families and seniors on the public housing waitlist, and young people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness,” said Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Energy and Mines, on behalf of Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia. “Rent supplements bridge the gap between what people waiting for public housing can afford and the actual rental costs for units owned by private sector or not-for-profit landlords.” Government also invested $100,000 under the Poverty Reduction Blueprint for a one-year pilot project to address youth homelessness in Sydney. The Cape Breton Community Housing Association used the funding to hire a youth housing support worker, and to offer trustee support. The worker was provided with 10 rent supplements targeted for youth. Housing Nova Scotia also invested $114,000 over two years for the Cape Breton Community Housing Association to hire a housing support worker to focus on adults at risk of or experiencing homelessness. “The Cape Breton Community Housing Association is very pleased and encouraged by the new resources announced by Housing Nova Scotia to assist individuals experiencing homelessness in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality,” said Fred Deveaux, executive director. “These new resources will help end homelessness for many individuals, and this represents a good step toward addressing the systemic issue of homelessness at the community level.” Three-hundred of the rent supplements will be targeted for use by community agencies that support households who experience homelessness or are at risk of homelessness – with 25 made available in Cape Breton this year. Use of the remaining targeted rent supplements will be determined by Housing Nova Scotia and its community partners in subsequent years. There are about 1,700 rent supplements in use today, and 11,560 public housing units that provide safe, affordable homes to Nova Scotians. Over the past three years, Housing Nova Scotia reduced the public housing waitlist by 25 per cent. The new rent supplements will help to further reduce the waitlist by 30 per cent over the next three years. For more information on Housing Nova Scotia programs, go to http://housing.novascotia.ca .
TORONTO – The Toronto Real Estate Board is “pressing ahead” with the Competition Bureau’s demand to make home sales data available on realtors’ password-protected websites, but that doesn’t mean the board’s concerns around privacy are gone.In his first interview since the Supreme Court of Canada refused in August to hear TREB’s seven-year fight to keep the numbers under wraps — effectively forcing them to be made public — the board’s chief executive officer John DiMichele told The Canadian Press, “the element of privacy in our opinion hasn’t been settled completely yet.”DiMichele is particularly concerned because he claims to have seen evidence of brokers’ remarks about homeowners being posted online, information that is not included in the home sales data feed TREB had to make available to realtors last Tuesday.“If someone is receiving this data, we have a duty and responsibility to find out if it is coming out of our system because… (they) will say things like elderly gentleman, hard of hearing, knock loud, or children home alone between 3 and 5 p.m.,” he said, noting that codes to access and secure properties could also be included in the remarks.DiMichele wouldn’t reveal how he discovered such violations, but said they had been “brought to our attention” recently.He also refused to discuss in detail what kind of action will be taken against anyone who is caught posting unauthorized information or home sales data without password protections — conditions mandated in a Competition Tribunal ruling that came into effect recently, after the Competition Bureau argued that TREB’s refusal to release the data was anti-competitive and stifled innovation.“I can’t comment about specific cases, but if people are doing these things, we are certainly going to contact them, if they are contactable because right now my understanding is that some of these websites don’t have identifying information,” DiMichele said.“Where are they getting the data? If they are getting it from public records, just let us know. If they are getting it from another source that is not TREB, then there is not much for us to say on that, but if it they are posting this data of a private nature, we certainly have to take initiative.”In early September, the board sent cease-and-desist letters to real estate companies warning it will revoke data access and TREB memberships or bring legal action against members it believes are violating its user agreement by posting sales numbers online “in an open and unrestricted fashion.”The board’s lawyer Brian Facey previously said in an email to The Canadian Press that the letters were an attempt to find out the source of the members’ numbers and “ensure no one has breached their contracts with TREB.”TREB has never said how many letters it sent, but real estate companies Zoocasa and HouseSigma Inc. said they had received letters and had stripped their websites of the data until Sept. 18, when the TREB feed was allowed to be posted.Others, including real estate website Bungol, left the numbers up without password protections.Several realtors who applied for access to the TREB feed complained last week that they weren’t granted access as soon as it became available and many said they were still waiting to get their hands on the numbers as late as last Friday.The board has received about 1,000 requests for access to the feed from the board’s 50,000 members, DiMichele said, but only about 600 of those requests have been fulfilled so far.“Not every delay is on TREB’s side,” he said.“We are fulfilling them on a regular basis, but sometimes the other side is not prepared or we have people that think they want to do this, so they submit an application and go through the process and then they decide not to proceed, but we are working through it the best we can.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.
Despite it being a major outage, Gammer says crews worked quickly and were able to restore power to all affected customers within 2 hours and 40 minutes from when the initial outage had occurred at approximately 8:50 p.m.Reports of fires after the outage were shared all over social media, but those were all controlled flaring at facilities all over the B.C. Peace and in Prince George. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 125,000 customers were without power from 100 Mile House to Prince George and the B.C. Peace. on Wednesday night due to a major power failure.According to B.C. Hydro Media Relations, Bob Gammer, the cause of the power outage is still under investigation but believes the power outage was caused by a lightning strike that then caused a transmission circuit fault.“In terms of a cause, we suspect it’s lightning and we are continuing our investigation in terms of where the lightning hit, how one lightning strike could cause this great of an outage because we do get hit by lightning many times a year and our protective absorbs that and we just continue on. Something was different this time and we are looking into that.”
Attanayake had said the meeting was “routine” and said there as no indication Jayasekera was to leave the UNP. (Colombo Gazette) UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera is expected to join the government today, well informed sources told the Colombo Gazette.Jayasekera is expected to formally crossover to the government benches in Parliament. Sources also said that he is expected to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning. Jayasekera is expected to resign from his parliament seat and contest the North Western Provincial Council polls with the government. The UNP MP who had been a strong critic of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had met the President on an earlier occasion as well.However subsequently he had met Wickremesinghe and UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake to discuss his concerns regarding the party.
TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,157.29 up 20.11 points):Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:PMZ.UN). Retail property owner. Up $3.36, or 14.58 per cent, at $26.40 on 11,119,021 shares. A group led by KingSett Capital and the Ontario Pension Board has launched a $4.4-billion takeover offer for Primaris, one of Canada’s largest shopping mall owners. The offer is worth $26 in cash per Primaris unit.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down five cents, or 1.50 per cent, at $3.28 on 5,824,737 shares. Its rail-equipment workers in Quebec were set to vote Wednesday night on a conciliator’s recommendation for a new collective agreement that would end the nearly five-week strike.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Wireless telecommunications. Up 34 cents, or 2.96 per cent, at $11.84 on 5,594,730 shares.PMI Gold Corp. (TSX:PMV). Miner. Up nine cents, or 12.16 per cent, at 83 cents on 5,214,128 shares. The Vancouver-based company is merging with Keegan Resources Inc. (TSX:KGN) and will operate under the name Asanko Gold Inc.Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (TSX:GTE). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 1.44 per cent, at $5.63 on 4,634,805 shares.Grandview Gold Inc. (TSX:GVX). Mineral explorer. Unchanged at half a cent on 4,277,900 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,184.54 down 8.32 points):PetroFrontier Corp. (TSXV:PFC). Oil and gas. Down 19.5 cents, or 63.93 per cent, at 11 cents on 14,612,425 shares.TransGaming Inc. (TSXV:TNG). Electronic entertainment. Up 2.5 cents, or 45.45 per cent, at eight cents on 3,882,086 shares.Companies reporting major news:Laurentian Bank (TSX:LB). Bank. Down $1.19, or 2.60 per cent, at $44.56 on 275,827 shares. The company is boosting its dividend for the fourth time in less than two years after the Montreal-based bank’s profits surged 71 per cent in the fourth quarter due in part to acquisitions.RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:REI.UN). Retail real estate. Up 34 cents, or 1.26 per cent, at $27.30 on 521,051 shares. The Toronto-based company has conditionally agreed to buy five regional malls and three other shopping centres currently owned by Primaris. RioCan values that part of the Primaris portfolio at $1.1 billion. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2012 5:41 pm MDT
by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 1:38 am MDT FRANKFURT – Mail and freight company Deutsche Post DHL saw its profits dip in the first quarter as a tough global economy meant companies shipped fewer goods by air.A large one-time gain in the year-ago quarter from the sale of the Postbank business to Deutsche Bank also hurt the profit comparison, the Bonn, Germany based company said Tuesday.Overall, Deutsche Post made a net profit of 498 million euros ($647 million) in the first three months of the year, 5.9 per cent lower than the year ago equivalent of 529 million euros. The Postbank sale added 186 million euros last year.The profit fall came despite a 0.6 per cent rise in revenues to 13.44 billion euros.Deutsche Post, which operates an air freight hub in Cincinnati, Ohio, said its freight business saw slower demand for freight in “a strained macroeconomic environment” that includes a stagnant European economy.Air freight revenue fell 8.2 per cent to 1.2 billion euros, with a particularly strong decline in the technology and manufacturing sectors. Still, operating earnings for the freight division showed a 1 per cent increase due to strict cost management.Deutsche Post, which has 473,000 employees in 220 countries and territories, emerged from the former government post office through privatization, and remains Germany’s domestic mail carrier. The German government owns a 24.9 per cent stake through its KfW bank.The company maintained its full-year forecast for as much as 2.95 billion euros in earnings before interest and taxes. Deutsche Post DHL net profits fall 5.9 per cent as tougher economy slows freight revenues AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Several of Brock’s building codes were updated in May.New building codes to several St. Catharines campus buildings will now appear on campus maps, event locations and student and faculty timetables within BrockDB and Sakai.Changes of note include:South Block changed from ‘AS’ to ‘STH’573 Glenridge changed from ‘GL’ to ‘GLN-A’ (or GLA on timetables)International Centre changed from ‘IC’ to ‘GLN-B’ (or GLB on timetables)Plaza Building changed from ‘PL’ to ‘PLZ’Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex changed from ‘CA’ to ‘CRN’Goodman School of Business (formerly Taro Hall) changed from ‘TA’ to ‘GSB’The Rankin Family Pavilion (under construction) is RFPBelow is a full list of Brock’s building codes.Code NameAL Alphie’s TroughBAR-A Barn – ABAR-B Barn – BCAR Carpentry ShopCJD Brock Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC)CLS Concordia Lutheran Theological SeminaryCRN Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research ComplexCUB Central Utilities BuildingDEC DeCew ResidenceDNLD McDonald’sEA-1 East Academic – Building 1EA-2 East Academic – Building 2EA-3 East Academic – Building 3ERP Alan Earp ResidenceGLN-A 573 GlenridgeGLN-B International CentreGSB Goodman School of BusinessGWY Gateway ResidenceHAM Hamilton CampusHH Harrison HallHPP Heritage Place PlazaHRTN Tim HortonsHS 140 LockhartIH Inniskillin HallKC Kenmore CentreLOW Arnie Lowenberger ResidenceMCA Mackenzie Chown – Block AMCB Mackenzie Chown – Block BMCC Mackenzie Chown – Block CMCD Mackenzie Chown – Block DMCE Mackenzie Chown – Block EMCF Mackenzie Chown – Block FMCG Mackenzie Chown – Block GMCH Mackenzie Chown – Block HMCJ Mackenzie Chown – Block JMWS Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsPLZ Plaza BuildingQV-1 Quarry View Residence – Block 1QV-2 Quarry View Residence – Block 2QV-3 Quarry View Residence – Block 3QV-4 Quarry View Residence – Block 4QV-5 Quarry View Residence – Block 5QV-6 Quarry View Residence – Block 6RFP Rankin Family PavilionRBC Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child CareRH Rodman Hall Art CentreSBH Scotiabank HallSC Student Alumni CentreSER Service TunnelsSH Theal HouseST Arthur Schmon TowerSTH South Block (also known as Academic South)TH Thistle ComplexTRL Trillium LaneVAL Gordon and Betty Vallee ResidenceVIL-A Village Residence (Courts 1 – 6)VIL-B Village Residence (Courts 7 – 9)VIL-C Village Residence (Courts 10 – 12)WC-A Walker Sports Complex – Physical Education CentreWC-B Walker Sports Complex – Eleanor Misener Aquatic CentreWC-C Walker Sports Complex – Storage Bldg. (at Ball Diamonds)WC-D Walker Sports Complex – Field HouseWH Robert S.K. Welch Hall (including David S. Howes Theatre)Note:Main Campus: Anything above the escarpment, west of Glenridge AvenueEast Campus: Anything above the escarpment to St. David’s Road, east of Glenridge AvenueSatellite: Anything not on Main Campus or East Campus
Savvy travel bookers who click on low price adverts may find they are often lead to air, rail and bus websites which do not have any seats at the advertised reduced fares.The advertising watchdog has found that in at least one case this is because there were never many low fare seats available at all, and has banned Megabus from advertising its seats as “from £1” after it was found only three per cent of seats were available at that price.The company uses distinctive blue and yellow buses, emblazoned with the advertisement: “From £1 + 50p booking fee (subject to availability)”However, the ASA has instructed the company not to use this tagline unless a significant number of seats were being sold at that price.Two complainants flagged the misleading advertisement to the ASA, after Megabus sold its journeys from Aberystwyth to Birmingham as “from £1”, as well as its travel from Leeds to new destinations in Yorkshire and offered “day trips from £1” from London to Bath. The company assured potential customers that “as always, our fares are from £1”. Megabus revealed that one each route there was just one £1 ticket available at the time the adverts were viewed. The company explained the number of fares available for £1 for any given route varied due to the amount of stops and number of bookings.For the Aberystwyth to Birmingham route, there were theoretically six tickets available out of 147, and for London to Bath there were three out of 96 on the five-stop route, of which one was for the full journey from London to Bath. There were no £1 fares at all for the route from Leeds to various destinations in Yorkshire, because there was an additional fee for the second leg of the journey.Those hoping to secure a £1 ticket, the company explained, have to book around a month in advance.The ASA ruled: “We considered that customers would be able to understand that not all tickets would be priced at £1, but would expect to be able to find the ‘from’ price in the ads for tickets across a range of dates if they booked in advance.”Because only between three and four per cent of fares available were priced at £1, the ads must not appear in their current form and that in future Megabus must “ensure in future that when using the ‘from £1’ price claims, a significant proportion of the advertised fares were available at £1, so consumers would have a reasonable chance of obtaining the products at the advertised ‘from’ price”. The ASA ruled that the company can only market its seats as “from £1” if a significant amount of seats are at that priceCredit:PA 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.
But some things are beyond my control. For example, this whole controversy about Jaz-Z going to Cuba — it’s unbelievable. I’ve got 99 problems and now Jay-Z is one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON2XWvyePH8(YouTube: CSPAN)THE UNUSUAL ANNUAL tradition of the US President cracking jokes for an audience of reporters and celebrities continued last night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.Barack Obama’s speech has largely been hailed as both hilarious and better than that of actual comedian Conan O’Brien this morning.If you don’t have time to watch the full video, here are a selection of the Democrat’s best lines:These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be. Time passes. You get a little grey. I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate. The History Channel is not here. I guess they were embarrassed about the whole Obama-is-a-devil thing. Of course, that never kept Fox News from showing up. They actually thought the comparison was not fair – to Satan. But the problem is, is that the media landscape is changing so rapidly. You can’t keep up with it. I mean, I remember when BuzzFeed was just something I did in college around 2am. Of course, everybody has got plenty of advice. Maureen Dowd said I could solve all my problems if I were just more like Michael Douglas in “The American President.” And I know Michael is here tonight. Michael, what’s your secret, man? Could it be that you were an actor in an Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy? Might that have something to do with it? I don’t know. Check in with me. Maybe it’s something else.More: 9 adult toys you won’t believe existPicture: Caption competition: What have Babs and Barack seen?! I had dinner with a number of the Republican senators. And I’ll admit it wasn’t easy. I proposed a toast — it died in committee.
SAMSUNG SAID NET profit plunged almost 20% in the second quarter as competition from cheap Chinese phones and the strong won saw sales slump in its key mobile business.The South Korean electronics giant said net profit came in at 6.25 trillion won (€4.5 billion), down 19.6% in the first on-year decline for nearly three years.Operating profit stood at 7.19 trillion won, down 24.6% from a year ago, while sales tumbled 8.9% to 52.35 trillion won.“The second quarter was affected by several factors including the slow global sales of smartphones and tablets and escalating marketing expenditure to reduce inventory,” the company said in its earnings report.“The appreciation of the Korean currency also chipped away at this quarter’s operating profits, which amounted to about 500 billion won in missed revenues prompted by the foreign exchange market,” it said. The firm added that the second half of 2014 would “remain a challenge”.The won is currently running at six-year highs against the dollar, hitting South Korea’s export-driven economy.Cautious optimismThursday’s figures were in line with earnings estimates released earlier this month, when Samsung also issued an explanatory note attributing the profit decline to increased competition from cheap Chinese devices.Samsung had expressed cautious optimism about a more positive third quarter with the release of its new smartphone lineup, and a much lower marketing spend compared with the second quarter.But while the company is expected to roll out a new version of its popular oversized Galaxy Note smartphone, the next quarter will also see the expected launch of the iPhone 6 by main high-end rival Apple.Alarm bells have been sounding for a while over Samsung’s reliance on smartphone sales in mature markets such as Europe and the US.Efforts to expand sales in emerging markets, most notably China, have stumbled over the growing challenge posed by smaller rivals producing cheaper handsets.Kim Hyun-Joon, senior vice president of Samsung’s mobile unit, vowed to “act more aggressively” in China by rolling out more mid- and low-end phones.“There are concerns about profit margins being squeezed in a short term… but growth of the low- and mid-end market is a global trend,” Kim said in a conference call.“We will respond more aggressively to meet demand in the Chinese market… in the latter half of this year by introducing more products with better specification as well as better price competitiveness,” he said.But he added that concessions on price would probably prevent and improvement in mobile unit profits in the third quarter.Samsung’s share price took a beating on the earnings news, closing 3.73% lower on Seoul’s main stock exchange.‘Smartphone heyday over’The world’s largest smartphone maker has a diverse product line ranging from memory chips to home appliances, but more than half of its profits are generated by mobile devices.Second quarter sales of its mobile unit fell 20% on-year to 28.45 trillion won, while operating profit slid nearly 30% to 4.42 trillion won.“You can say Samsung’s smartphone heyday is now over,” said Greg Roh, a Seoul-based analyst at HMC Investment Securities.“Given that companies are now competing over price rather than hardware specification, the key challenge will be how to minimise the pace of profit decline,” he said.The consumer electronics unit – selling products from TVs to refrigerators – saw operating profit surge 80% on-year to 770 billion won, but not enough to offset the decline in the mobile business.April saw the global roll-out of the latest version of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy series smartphone, the Galaxy S5, which came with a free premium software bundle valued at more than $500 as the firm sought to pull in buyers tempted by cheaper models from Chinese rivals like Lenovo and Huawei.Initial sales of the S5 were positive, although critics said it offered little in the way of real innovation to set it apart.There is a general consensus that smartphone evolution has hit a barrier that will only allow incremental improvements on existing design and technology, rather than market-changing reinvention.According to International Data Corp., a record-high 295.3 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter.Huawei nearly doubled its shipments from the same quarter a year ago, while Lenovo also weighed in with strong performance, IDC figures indicated.Samsung remained the world’s top vendor with 74 million handsets shipped, but saw its overall market share slip seven percentage points to 25.2%.- © AFP 2014Read: Samsung postpones Tizen smartphone launch so it can improve its new OS >Read: Facebook’s latest app is offering developing countries free access to Wikipedia and Google >
There have been various rumors about what was in store for users of slightly older Mac computers when Mountain Lion arrives later this month. A supposed list of supported models leaked a few days ago, and now we know that to be genuine. Speculation has now moved on to why these models made the cut, while others didn’t.The list of supported products goes back a number of years, mostly to 2008 models. However, many of the machines left out are still running 64-bit chips, sometimes even the same ones in the supported Macs. Here again is the list for your perusal:iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)Xserver (Early 2009)The list of unsupported Macs is live on Apple’s Mountain Lion upgrade site, so it’s for real now. What it appears to come down to is that the previous generation Macs have less capable GPUs. OS X’s graphical subsystems have been updated in 10.8, and it’s possible support for these GPUs simply wasn’t a priority.The drivers for these older GPUs are from a time before 64-bit support was assumed on OS X. They would have originally shipped with 32-bit drivers. Apple could conceivably work up some new drivers to get these Macs on Mountain Lion, but that would be distinctly un-Apple.I still expect the Mac App Store to block unsupported Macs from downloading the new OS. The whole thing might be a little annoying for users of 3-4 year -old computers, but such is life when you sign up with Apple.More at Apple, via Hot Hardware